Fried Artichokes and a Decent Burrito (aka What Midtown Can Learn from Northern California…)
I spent the weekend in Northern California, and realized there are three things we desperately need for Midtown Lunch’ing:
#1. A fried artichoke sandwich. Had this at the Lighthouse Harbor Grill in Moss Landing, a town between Santa Cruz & Monterey known for its delicious (and plentiful) artichokes. You gotta a love a town that has so many artichokes every single restaurant in it serves a fried artichoke sandwich.
#2. A decent burrito. My quest to not eat Chiptole for an entire year is about to enter its 11 month (the official date I fall of the wagon is 7/18), and it takes just one bite of a burrito from California to justify my decision. A burrito from any random place on the West Coast is ten times better than anything we have here. Why can’t NYC make a decent burrito? Is it really that hard?
Here’s a shot of my Carnitas Super Burrito from Taqueria Marlen in Mountain View, CA. It might look the same as some of the burritos here in NYC, but don’t be fooled- the taste couldn’t be different.
#3. A Bouchon Bakery. Oh wait… we have one of those! I’ve gotta start taking advantage of this a little more often. A slice of Napa right in Columbus Circle. Check out a picture of their delicious Vegetable Jardiniere Sandwich, after the jump…
It may be a little pricey, but it’s the cheapest way to sample a little bit of Thomas Keller magic. The Bouchon Bakery in Yountville is cheaper than the one in the Time Warner Center… but the travel time is a tad bit shorter.
For more Northern California Food Porn, check out the Midtown Lunch Flickr Page