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Overheard on the Boston Board

"The fried chicken isn't bad, but the one thing I love at Grumpys is the grilled cheeseburger. A grilled cheese sandwich, with a hamburger in the middle. I order it with extra cheese to make my Lipitor prescription worthwhile." – jjbourgeois

"Even though they have all sorts of breakfast dishes, my favorite thing to get there is the fruit cup with granola and yogurt and a slice of wheat toast on the side. I know it sounds like something anyone could throw together, but it's so good—you can tell they take care with every ingredient." – Pia on Spot Cafe

"Went to Baza for the first time last month and was pleasantly surprised by the variety of deli meats offered. Especially love their Old Polish ham." – emilief

Dim Sum Picks at Winsor Cafe

Winsor Dim Sum Café doesn't have the creaky rolling carts that Western dim sum lovers find so charming, but the food is "wow," says a dazzled lipoff. Order the following items off the menu.

• Beef tripe with turnip, "a hearty stew that seemed just right for a cold and rainy morning," says lipoff.

• Nian gao, Shanghai fried rice cakes, "one of the most authentically Shanghai dishes I've had in the U.S.," says lipoff.

• Scallion pancakes and fried stuffed eggplant, "amazing and fresh out of the fat," says nsenada.

• Sesame balls filled with bean paste. "I've only ever had them from bakeries, where they get cold, and the oil is all congealed and nasty. I always wondered what anyone ever saw in them," says nsenada. But served hot and fresh, they're a revelation.

• Crab dumplings, which come in a bit of soup.

• Fried silverfish, a bland but nicely textured fish served on a mixture of chopped chives and jalapeños: "We ate that one down to the bare plate and would have ordered another dish if we weren't already so stuffed," says lipoff.

Winsor Dim Sum Café [Chinatown]
10 Tyler Street, Boston

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Food-Dork Mecca in Brooklyn

Tom Mylan, one of the cofounders of the Brooklyn Kitchen, has described it as a "clubhouse" for the burgeoning Brooklyn artisan food scene. Housed in an old brick factory in Williamsburg, it's equal parts retail shop, butcher shop, and classroom. Upcoming courses include how to make fresh mozzarella, how to pickle and jam, making home-brew, and improving your knife skills. It's also quite a piece of eye candy, from the tattooed, thrift-store-fashionable people working and shopping there to the carefully curated new and vintage kitchen goods for sale. Check out our slideshow to see what we mean. READ MORE

Annarosa’s Finds Its Feet in Salisbury

Annarosa's Bakery, previously called out in the Digest for making fantastic baked goods in Newburyport, has moved to a new place in Salisbury. "This is terrible news," quailed baldbert.

Not so, as it turns out. The new location is bigger, allowing for a larger oven and increased production. In other words, you might actually get a baguette before they all sell out for the day. There's also a spacious parking lot and expanded hours that now include Sundays, and the bread is as reliably great as always. "I am a real crustophile," says Kunegunde, who was seduced by a loaf of sourdough. "The Annarosa's crust was outstanding, thick, tasty, slightly scorched in places—the best bread crust I've had in years."

Annarosa's Bakery [North Shore]
175 Elm Street, Salisbury

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“Red as an Apple” Picks Up New Meaning

Move over, Honeycrisp and SweeTango. A new UK apple variety known as the Redlove Era is promising to revolutionize the visual aesthetics of the fruit. Eric Steinman, writing at, notes:

Fatty ’Cue: No Revelations, Just Good Food

Fatty ’Cue, a Southeast Asian–meets-American-style barbecue joint in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is subterranean and sweaty. Loud ’60s R&B on the stereo. A tiny space, dark, and raucous. A place you could see yourself getting really drunk in, happily, while eating a small mountain of ribs.

Opened this year by Zak Pelaccio of Fatty Crab fame, the restaurant was talked about endlessly by the Brooklyn food-nerd scene. Its style can be summed up as fish sauce meets pit smoker. READ MORE

What Should I Think About Jolene Sugarbaker?

I don't know how to feel about Internet cooking instructor Jolene Sugarbaker, who's been posting cooking videos to YouTube for years now. On the one hand, this "Trailer Park Queen"—in reality she's a male comedian named Jason Saffer—has a lot of fans, and does have a winning way in front of the camera. And a theme song with a lot of head-nodding, which I find amusing. READ MORE

Love, Devotion, and Handmade Corn Tortillas

"El Taco Sabroso Grill stands rightly accused of serving up some of the tastiest traditional Mexican fare that I have enjoyed outside of Mexico," says degustateur. "Antonio and Guadalupe Zamayoa, who hail from Michoacan, have operated this little gem with love and devotion for over 7 years."

The handmade corn tortillas are worth the trip alone, says degustateur: "Light, pillowy, yet substantial with a hearty corn masa flavor. Among the very best…"

There are excellent chilaquiles, with farm-fresh-tasting eggs, and cheese-laced, lardy refried beans. They also serve the best verde chicharrones degustateur has ever had, with more than the usual subcutaneous fat for extra flavor. There are tender chicharrones tacos and chicken tacos: pure taco bliss. Most phenomenal of all is their al pastor taco, with "such an amazing variety of textures and flavor that my taste buds were working overtime to delineate them all – lean, fatty, crunchy, soft, gristly, charred, mild, spicy, savory, sweet … whew!" says degustateur.

Chicken in mole poblano is beautiful, with a dark red mole, distinctly citrus-y and lovely. But the chicken is the best part. "This was no ordinary chick. In my guesstimation, she was free-range, freshly slaughtered, never frozen and cooked to absolute perfection," says degustateur. "Sublime!"

El Taco Sabroso Grill [Orange County]
214 W. Santa Fe Avenue, Placentia

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Rockin’ Ramen in the Valley

The Valley, not much known for its quality Japanese food, has a brand-new ramen joint: Ramen Jinya. It's just barely soft-opened. "I have no bones about reviewing it early though, because frankly, the place rocks," says rameniac.

They offer ramen in the style of Ramen California, with a full complement of organic side dishes and nouveau ramen. "Traditionalists take note, however. The special on the day i went was a very authentic wafu tonkotsu ramen, and it's pretty much what you'd find in Tokyo, loaded with bonito and even fish powder, which gives the soup a nice gritty texture," says rameniac.

The namesake bowl, Jinya Ramen, is a chicken ramen, perfect for beginners leery of hard-core pork ramen. "I haven't had a bowl this good since I was at the Ramen Museum in Yokohama," says Gourmet Pilot. "Heck, it's better than the bowl I had recently in Dotonbori in Osaka."

The broth is rich and tasty and the noodles nicely al dente, says Akitist. Even the curry here is pretty good, says Gourmet Pilot.

But be aware: They seem to be closing on unexpected days during their early period. Their official off day is Sunday, but some Chowhounds have experienced other closures. They've also run out of ramen at least once due to unexpected popularity. So call ahead.

Ramen Jinya [San Fernando Valley - East]
11239 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City

Discuss: another one?? RAMEN JINYA is here! studio city gets ramen, finally. and it's good. (nano-review)
Finally! Great ramen comes to the Valley!

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