a few downtown notes
* I thought I had reported on this a few weeks back, but I dont see the entry, so pardon me if this is a repeat: a new Mediterranean/gyro joint has opened on 8th near the Blue Wisp - Al Amin. Prices are cheap to reasonable. Menu is VERY similar to Raya's, and on a related note, Sam from Raya's tells me the owner once owned Jordan valley a long while back. I had the falafel (4.85) which was almost as a good as Rayas while a bit smaller and a bit more expensive. Well worth a try.
* I stopped by 5th and Race to see if New Orleans to Go Food truck had made its long awaited debut - they had twittered Friday would be the day - but alas, no NOTG. Will keep checking, keep you posted. They are also twittering: http://twitter.com/NewOrleansToGo
* a new Korean-ish steam table joint - TJ's Korean (no relation) - has opened on Court between Walnut and Vine. Very, very limited menu: Beef bulgogi for 5.99, Spicey Pork Bulgogi or Teriyaki Chicken for 4.99, any with rice, veggies, and a dumpling. The Beef Bulgogi (my first) was pretty good, but the portion was on the skimpy side. I will definitely ask for more rice when I go back to try the Pork. The little sample of the chicken teriyaki they added to my plate was not all that good, very cloying. They said they'd been open about 3 week now.
(now if only we could get some inexpensive indian food downtown)
* I have tried almost every slice they offer at Capri Tavola Calda on Walnut near 4th, and have come to the conclusion that they are all mediocre/OK with the noted exception of the excellent roasted red pepper and shaved parmesan slice, which is offerred only as an occasional special. I check almost every day. It is _that_ good.
* On a related note - not Roadfood, but I recommend the Ciabatta Bagel at Brueggers. It seems I am hooked on roasted red peppers (see prev item), which this has in abundance. Give it a shot.
* I stopped into Fred and Gari's one day when they were slow to ask about their pie schedule - you know, chocolate cream is on Wednesdays only, so I figured there's be other pies on other days. I was told that there are usually no pies whatsoever on Monday or Friday (business way down due to economy) but that they also made butterscotch on Wednesday and on Thursdays it's Lemon Meringue. Cant remember what they do on Tuesday, sorry. In any case, they ocassionally will throw in a pie off that schedule and so the only way to tell is to stop by and check their display case.
* I made it over to Taco Casa at Victory and McMillan and am happy to report that the Sancho Boat and Taco is just as good as ever. I really miss their old hidden location downtown - the tiny back-alley building that housed this operation has been torn down for a while now
* I still have not made it over to Tacqueria Mercado, and am going to have to rectify that soon. The menu is pretty extensive, what should I start with?
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