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Chowhounds Find the Best Fried Rice in New York

Chowhounds Find the Best Fried Rice in New York

Many Chowhounds think of fried rice as a homey combo of leftover rice and whatever's in the fridge. But the diverse variations served at restaurants nowadays prompt a rethinking of this humble dish—at least for those of us who don't have foie gras or bone marrow on hand at home. Here's an alphabetical list of New York restaurants that fry rice every which way. 1. ASIAN TASTE 8686-10 Whitney Avenue (between Macnish Street and 43rd Avenue), Elmhurst, Queens 718-779-8686 This Indonesian kitchen cranks up the heat to order in its Fried Rice 86 with egg, shredded chicken, and shrimp paste. 2. BAR MASAIn Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, Fourth Floor, Manhattan 212-823-9800Luxe accompaniments to Japanese-style fried rice include Peking duck with foie gras and fall mushrooms with white truffles. 3. BKNY THAI47-11 Francis Lewis Boulevard (between 47th Avenue and Weeks Lane), Bayside, Queens 718-281-2900Jumbo crab stars with stir-fried jasmine rice, egg, and vegetables at an out-of-the-way Thai spot. READ MORE

The Best Spots for Oysters in San Francisco

The Best Spots for Oysters in San Francisco

With the news last week that Drakes Bay Oyster Company, which produces 40 percent of the oysters grown in California, will have to cease operations at its farm in Point Reyes within 90 days, many are wondering how Bay Area restaurants will be affected. The stakes are huge, since an afternoon spent sipping wine and downing local oysters on the half shell is the quintessential San Francisco experience. As a tribute, here are eight local oyster spots that Chowhounds love, listed here in alphabetical order. 1. BAR CRUDO 655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco 415-409-0679 This Western Addition restaurant has an oyster happy hour that's always popular. The current happy hour menu includes $1 Washington state Pickering Passage oysters, as well as a dear-sweet-lord-delicious smoky seafood chowder. Fans crow about the extensive beer list, too. 2. BIX 56 Gold Street, San Francisco 415-433-6300 If your must-haves also include martinis, bartenders in jackets, and a classy vibe, slide into Bix in Jackson Square and order six oysters on the half shell with mignonette. On offer recently were the Walker Creek variety, from the mouth of Tomales Bay. READ MORE

The Best Tamales in Los Angeles

The Best Tamales in Los Angeles

Tamales are celebration food in Mexico and Central America, so it's no surprise that as the holidays approach, Angelenos' desire to find the best heats up. Fortunately, Los Angeles has tons of excellent options, in styles ranging from traditional Yucatecan to upscale contemporary. Here are 11 versions Chowhounds think are LA's finest, listed alphabetically. 1. ALBERTO TAMALES1644 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles213-484-4485The signature firm masa is just right, neither too sweet nor unpleasantly grainy. Get here on weekends for the widest assortment of fillings. 2. CHICHEN ITZA3655 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles213-741-1075Simple, delicious tamales that hold up the next day for leftovers. READ MORE

Chowhound’s Top 10 Uses for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Chowhound’s Top 10 Uses for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving is a holiday of plenty, leaving most of us with food to spare when Thursday's feasting is done. It's easy enough to just eat... READ MORE

New York’s Best Chicken and Waffles

New York’s Best Chicken and Waffles

Fried chicken and waffles, a soul food classic most likely popularized in the rural South, just couldn't be kept down on the farm. Over the decades it's migrated to urban climes north and west—like Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles (where chicken and waffles meets the club sandwich). And New York City, where Chowhounds have swapped tips on their favorite versions. Here's an alphabetical list. 1. AMY RUTH'S113 W. 116th Street (between Lenox and Seventh avenues), Manhattan 212-280-8779 Fried or smothered chicken on a waffle—known here as the Rev. Al Sharpton—is a perennial favorite at this Harlem destination. 2. BACK FORTY190 Avenue B (between E. 11th and 12th streets), Manhattan 212-388-1992 East Village brunchers rave about moist buttermilk fried chicken served atop a delicious waffle. READ MORE

Chowhound’s 10 Thanksgiving Cooking Essentials

Chowhound’s 10 Thanksgiving Cooking Essentials

No holiday raises more cooking questions than Thanksgiving, and there’s no better place to ask for advice than Chowhound. Check out ... READ MORE

Chowhounds Pick the Best Banh Mi Sandwiches in San Jose

Chowhounds Pick the Best Banh Mi Sandwiches in San Jose

Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches are a quick, inexpensive meal that relies on the quality of a few ingredients: lightly pickled vegetables, grilled or roasted meats, pâté, and shatteringly crisp French rolls. With its large Vietnamese community, San Jose, California—capital of Silicon Valley—is a prime banh mi destination, where the sandwich quality is high, prices are low, and the competition is fierce. Here, in alphabetical order, are the top picks on Chowhound: 1. CAM HUNG 903 Reed Avenue, Sunnyvale 408-735-8989This friendly café offers a dozen banh mi, including two vegetarian options. 2. DAKAO 98 East San Salvador Street, San Jose 408-286-7260Chowhounds agree that this Downtown spot is quick, cheap, and tasty. 3. HUONG LAN 1655 Tully Road, San Jose 408-258-8868 The grilled pork sandwich at this Chowhound favorite hits the right balance of meaty and fatty. READ MORE

Seattle’s Best Teriyaki Shops

Seattle’s Best Teriyaki Shops

Teriyaki is everywhere in Seattle. That's not surprising, since Seattle's the birthplace of American teriyaki, an adaptation of Japanese yakitori featuring a soy glaze heavily sweetened with sugar instead of mirin. (In 2007, Seattle Weekly traced the city's teriyaki history, beginning in the mid-1970s.) Here, in alphabetical order, is a list of nine Seattle-area teriyaki joints that Chowhound users think are the region's best. JOY TERIYAKI12334 Lake City Way NE, Seattle206-361-5188 Teriyaki chicken is an option here, but Chowhounds know that it's the authentic Mongolian specialties that make this Lake City restaurant a worthy destination. #1 on map KONA KITCHEN8501 Fifth Avenue NE, Seattle206-517-5662 This Hawaiian and Japanese fusion restaurant serves up delicious teriyaki beef; it's skewered with pineapple, mushrooms, and other veggies. #2 on map OKINAWA TERIYAKI1100 Western Avenue, Seattle206-447-2648 This downtown favorite rises above the average teriyaki joint. Lunch always draws a crowd. #3 on map READ MORE

LA Koreatown’s Best Spots for BBQ

LA Koreatown’s Best Spots for BBQ

Koreatown in Los Angeles is one of the densest urban areas in the United States. It’s packed with people, coffee shops, designer boutiques, markets, and nightclubs, but the restaurants—some of which are open 24 hours—are its biggest draw. So who has the best Korean barbecue? Here’s an alphabetical list of top spots from Chowhound. CHOSUN GALBEE3330 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles323-734-3330This venerated restaurant is upscale and pricey, but the high-quality meats and panchan are worth every penny.#1 on map DWIT GOL MOK/DGM3101 West 8th Street, Los Angeles213-388-0067Famous for its bo ssam (steamed pork wrapped in lettuce or cabbage) and fried chicken wings, this busy, Korean-style pub also does barbecue. Beware the large smoking section on the terrace.#2 on map GENWA5115 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles323-549-0760Recently expanded, this go-to spot dishes out over 20 panchan plates. Go for the barbecue, but don’t miss the bibimbap!#3 on map READ MORE

New York’s Best Falafel

New York’s Best Falafel

New York is deep in first-class falafel, from trucks, takeout dives, Israeli-style lunch counters, and homey Lebanese kitchens, among other places. Here's an alphabetical list of some of Chowhounds' favorite places to get it: ALFANOOSE8 Maiden Lane (between Broadway and Nassau Street), Manhattan 212-528-4669 This Syrian-Lebanese restaurant, a longtime Financial District lunch hangout, rolls out fresh, cumin-spiced falafel.#1 on map AZURI CAFÉ465 W. 51st Street (near 10th Avenue), Manhattan 212-262-2920 Even the famously cranky proprietor doesn't deter hounds from these Israeli-style falafel sandwiches and standout salads.#2 on map DARNA FALAFEL200 Court Street (between Warren and Wyckoff streets), Brooklyn 347-799-1673 This cozy café adds portobellos and roasted peppers to its well-constructed falafel wrap.#3 on map READ MORE