5 Things Midtown Needs From San Francisco
I was in the Bay Area over the weekend, and was able to partake in five things that Midtown Lunch desperately needs! #1 is the most obvious… and has been mentioned a million times before: In N Out Burger! Because everything is sourced fresh from the west coast, it’s unlikely that this will happen anytime soon- but there is no reason we shouldn’t be able to get the other four things!
#2. A burrito that is 2/3 the size of a 3 month old baby.
Oh, and it should be able to stand up on its own. None of this fork and knife bullshit. This carnitas burrito came from (what I thought was) a nothing place in Mountain View, California (but apparently is well known), called Taqueria Los Charros. And it was 1000 times better than anything I’ve ever had in New York City.
#3. Enormous tacos. Sure we have Tehuitzingo (on 10th Ave. btw. 47+48th) and the El Rey Del Sabor Cart (on 60th and 3rd) has finally brought some delicious Mexican food to Midtown… but these were on a-whole-nother level. The carnitas (on the right) was awesome, but the cabeza (on the left) was ridiculous. And I’ve never seen tacos with this much meat in them. Delicious salsa verde on every table sealed the deal. (From La Taqueria in the Mission… thanks to the Foodbuzz crew for the recommendation!)
#4. Good Vietnamese Food. We finally got an out of control Banh Mi place (even though it is out of bounds), and you can now get generic deli versions of bun and pho from Boi Sandwich on 3rd Ave. (btw. 44+45th) But this city has a real problem with decent Vietnamese food. Once again, I went to some hole in the wall place in Mountain View, that isn’t even considered that good- and had a better bun (with pork and spring rolls) than anything you get in NYC. Is this stuff really that hard to make!?!
#5. This crazy version of a cheap Chinese food buffet. As a lover of cheap Chinese food of all kinds (I’m seriously addicted to the stuff) I was amazed by this buffet at one of the 99 Ranch Supermarkets. I’ve had all you can eat cheap Chinese food. I’ve had pay by the pound cheap Chinese food. And of course, I’ve had the choose 2 items with rice or noodle Chinese food. But this blew me away… a $6.95, stuff all food you can into a Styrofoam container, cheap Chinese food buffet (in a grocery store! Awesome.) They did have two rules: only rice and noodles in half the container, and you have to be able to close the lid. Done and done. The check out person offered the guy in front of me extra fried calamari (free of charge) but didn’t do the same for me. I guess he thought I had take enough:
So great. And to top it off, they had a lot of more authentic Chinese foodstuffs, like salt and pepper shrimp, and pork chops. Oh… and (!?!) around the corner from this buffet they had a separate dim sum buffet. They should just rename this place “Zach’s Heaven”. None of it is what you would call “great”, but I had so much fun the lack of quality didn’t really bother me.
Well, I guess as long as we’re talking cheap chinese food, I have to add a #6.
Panda Express!!! (Eaten on I-5 from S.F. to L.A., where I am today.) Their noodles and orange chicken are cheap Chinese food nirvana.
If we could just get a few of these things in Midtown, I would never have to go to the west coast again… well, except for the weather. I hear it’s pretty crappy in NYC today. Sorry, I feel your pain. (If it makes you feel better, it’s raining in L.A. today.)