Leave it to Taste of the Town readers to ferret out a source for an ostensibly obscure item. For Ginger McGraw, who’s looking for dried canellini beans, they have several local sources.
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Las Cazuelas specializes in the cuisine of the Puebla region of Mexico, and many of the regional specialties star on the menu. Arguably most notable is Mole Poblano, an even more nuanced blend of flavors that often include cinnamon, chocolate and sesame seeds.
Some things have been frequent requests in Taste of the Town over the years, as availability has shifted from place to place and, in some cases, drifted in and out of the market. One of those is Canfield’s Diet Chocolate Fudge Soda, most recently sought by Terry Marrone. Ellene Hohmann and Scott Kagan both said it’s still available at the Smith’s store at 2211 N. Rampart Blvd., Hohmann adding that it’s in the kosher section. …
OK, first we’ll deal with the elephant in the room: It ain’t pretty. But, truth be told, we didn’t go there for the atmosphere; we went there for the food. And when it comes to food, Streetcar Po’Boys rocks.
Judy Stevens is looking for seedless rye bread, and her fellow readers know where to find it.
During a brief phone interview a few months ago, a representative of Ohjah Japanese Steakhouse told me the owners’ goal was to make Japanese food, especially teppanyaki, accessible to everyone. After dining there, I’d say they succeeded.
Clam chowder is clam chowder is clam chowder? Not if you’re a fan of one type or another — but not both — and prefer either the creamy-white New England style or tomato-y-red Manhattan. It’s the latter that Shirley Bruss is seeking, and her fellow Taste of the Town readers have several suggestions for her.
Bernard’s not only brings the burbs a white-tablecloth-and-live-music experience with excellent service and fine, French-accented food, but it does it with an extremely varied menu and reasonable prices.
The hearty Irish dish known as corned beef and cabbage isn’t just for St. Paddy’s Day, lads and lasses. True lovers of the stuff can find it at select local pubs.
A reader asked me recently why I don’t review many Korean restaurants, and at first I couldn’t answer. When I think of Korean food, it’s favorably; the flavors of the classic bulgogi are especially appealing. And then it hit me: kimchi.
When we moved the Taste of the Town column inside the section, one thing we added was that I’d respond to recipe searches. I’ve found a few, but lately haven’t gotten any requests from readers.
On the surface, Mozen seems like kind of an unusual name for a restaurant. Think Mandarin Oriental — that’s the MO — and zen. And, yes, commence the eye-rolling, not for the former but for the latter. Except that in the case of Mozen Bistro, the “zen” part really isn’t a conceit.
A great way to discover a new product is to try it in a restaurant, but sometimes it’s only available on the wholesale level. When Donna DeFrank discovered Marzetti Simply Dressed Pomegranate Vinaigrette Dressing when it was served with a salad she got at Wendy’s, she asked where she could buy it and was told she couldn’t.
Artisan — as it applies to just about anything — is one of the biggest buzzwords in the food world right now, and artisan pizza places have been popping up like the mushrooms in their toppings during the past few years. So what makes Custom Built Artisan Pizza stand out?
While a lot of Taste of the Town readers are in search of restaurants that serve their favorite foods, Henry Arambula is looking for something he wants to cook at home — specifically, Polish sausage. And his fellow Taste of the Town readers have a few suggestions.
Al’s is in a former 5 & Diner — one of those big silver classic-diner things — and wears it well. And yes, this is the Al’s from Chicago, founded in 1938. It’s a franchise, but the Al’s folks take the reputation of their restaurants very seriously.
Who’s looking for the perfect Monte Cristo sandwich?
A Japanese restaurant in an old 5 & Diner? Talk about a visual non sequitur. “Fine dining” may be overstepping the bounds of its location and somewhat slow service, so consider it as applying solely to the food.
Memories of childhood favorites are the fuel that drives the Taste of the Town engine. This week the subject is Tastykakes, — specifically Butterscotch Krimpets Tastykakes — being sought by John Smith.
Until last week, my only familiarity with the Mad Greek Cafe had been a strawberry shake (a specialty) from the drive-thru at the flagship in Baker, Calif.
The Station Casinos Feast buffets and the Rampart buffet are among the restaurants featuring Passover specialty items.
Help is on the way for Lana and Len Lacombe, who are almost out of anchovy-stuffed olives for their martinis.
Lindo Michoacan is one of the valley’s most venerable Mexican restaurants, starting with the original on Desert Inn Road in 1990 and waxing and waning over the years to the current three locations, while competitors have come and gone.
If you’re a fan of potato pancakes, you understand why they could become a point of symbolism in a classic novel such as Erich Maria Remarque’s “All Quiet on the Western Front” — and why Taste of the Town reader Marion Hennings is looking for them. In typical fashion, her fellow readers have tips to report.
Sometimes I’m not impressed by an announcement that yet another celebrity chef is coming to town. This week’s case in point is Buddy V, aka Buddy Valastro. Aka TLC’s “Cake Boss.”