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JP chow crawl, part deux

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JP chow crawl, part deux

gourmaniac | Aug 21, 2007 11:27 AM

In the true spirit of Chowhound, I did my jog/lunch over to the same crawl space from last Saturday's chow crawl (Centre Street) and tried a couple of the places that we missed: Yely's Coffee Shop and Cristal Restaurant. I view the running and chowing together as a sort of conservation of mass and energy to balance the calories. I'm afraid to say that Cristal was just OK. I had a fried chicken thigh and a couple of meatballs with rice and beans ($5). All were fine but not the revelation I had hoped while running there. Yely's, on the other hand, was very good. It was lined up with locals at lunch which was a good sign. Since, I'd had lunch, I only got a serving of chicharones ($2), sliced in pieces of porky goodness. Think a side of bacon with bones, dusted with adobo powder and deep fried to crisp the rind. A heart attack in a snack! I managed only a couple of pieces with enough left over for lunch tomorrow. Everything else looked good and it's clearly a local favorite.

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