All The Things I Eat

Beef Tacos

By on Monday, August 27th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

I never expected to find a combination taco / pita restaurant.

And yet that explains Pita Palace, a late night restaurant in East Williamsburg serving up fine middle eastern food and authentic tacos.

The tacos were decent for 2a.m., although heavy on the lettuce.

Bushwick Pita Palace
243 Bushwick Avenue

Deep Fried Cheeseburger

By on Friday, August 24th, 2012 at 5:16 am

I visited a friend in Ohio and all I got was this deep fried cheeseburger.

What is it about American midwestern cuisine that requires everything touch the deep frier? Don’t think I’m complaining, I’m just saying, that’s how it is.

I tried to look up the restaurant where I ate this artery clogger, but I couldn’t find the place because so many bars in Columbus, Ohio were offering their own deep fried cheeseburger.

Truth be told, I was expecting more. I wanted the beef to be tender with globs of hot cheese melting from the inside, like a rice ball where the rice has been substituted for ground beef. No such luck, apparently.

The exterior was a bit crispier than an ordinary burger, and other than the extra grease, there wasn’t anything all that special about this burger.

Brisket Taco

By on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 at 5:25 am

Brisket taco

This taco filled was with brisket meat.

Beef brisket is ordinarily filled with flavor, but you wouldn’t really know it from the taco overflowing with lettuce and a heavy spoon of guacamole.

Still, as far as a beef taco goes, the brisket was moist and tender, a problem of many steak tacos. The brisket fell apart more like a pork taco but with the richness of beef.

Mexicue taco truck ny

Mexicue truck

Eggplant Sandwich

By on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 at 5:45 am

A hybrid of a eggplant parmesan and vegetable panini, this Italian sandwich proved a solid lunch.

The fried eggplant and mozzarella cheese seemed as though this sandwich would turn out to be a lot like a typical eggplant parmesan hero.

After a quick trip to the oven, the sandwich was warm but not hot and I realized that it included red peppers and olives.

A dash of balsamic vinegar sweetened everything just a bit.

I’ve come to think of Carmine’s as reliable when it comes to sandwiches, though for pizza I still prefer their competition across the street, Tony’s Pizza.

Carmine’s Pizza
346 Graham Avenue

Chorizo Tostada

By on Friday, August 10th, 2012 at 5:01 am

tostada from Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos in Buswick, Brooklyn

On a hot summer day, I wandered into this Bushwick taco stand.

Ordering at the Tortilleria requires writing out your desired food on little index cards and handing them over to the nice lady behind the counter. The whole thing seems little bit confusing at first, but at least the order comes out right.

Tostadas are always a problem to eat. Do you use a knife and fork? Do you use your fingers and eat it into like Godzilla biting into a flying saucer? The crispy shell cracks. Of course that crispiness is what makes it taste so good.

The atmosphere is “ramshackle chic” with just a few tables inside the shop and a handful more in an adjacent garage. But the food is good and attracts a mix of hipster trendsetters alongside local families.

Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos
271 Starr Street