So, yesterday, as a way to celebrate Super Sunday (tongue firmly planted in cheek), I drew inspiration from an outstanding post by Eric Eto (8/05/03), and took Mom and Dad on a chow crawl through Queens, along the #7. At a near-balmy 32F, we only half froze!
Here are some highlights; I wish we could've done more!! Next time, we'll get out of the house earlier:
1)Shane's Bakery, just off the 61st St. stop. We were disappointed to find that they were out of Scotch eggs and vol-au-vent. The sausage roll was, in my opinion, leaden and flat-tasting, but Dad appreciated the subtle flavor of the white (veal?) pudding. The pastry was greasy, however, which detracted. The Cornish pastie had a slightly zippy, pleasantly-seasoned mincemeat and carrot filling (helped along by dipping it in a little HP sauce), with pastry that was a bit lighter and flakier. The scones were very good, though not - as another poster claimed - "the best this side of the Atlantic." No, those would be at the Inn at the Falls, in Poughkeepsie, of all places (but I digress). Dad and I enjoyed the raisin, and Mom had a cranberry, w/very tart cranberries that were a bit jarring at first, but enjoyable in their own way. They also sell British sweeties, and I thoroughly enjoyed some Rowntree's Fruit Gums.
2)Back on the 7, to 69th St. Had a bit of a time finding Pearson's BBQ, due to some road construction, but a friendly chap in the Pakistani? bakery on 37th Ave. near 71st St. pointed us in the right direction, and also sold us a few pastries. We had a green and beige one, which he said was flavored w/cashew and pistachio, but had no discernible nut flavor; one that was made w/chickpea flour (and resembled a Rice Krispy treat), which did have an unusual nutty flavor; and a doughnut hole-type thing which was buttery, super-sweet and yummy.
3)Found Pearson's. Friendly service, great smells. Standouts for me were the meaty pork ribs - smoky perfection that did not need to be masked w/bbq sauce (though they benefited from a sprinkle of salt), and the North Carolina-style bbq, which was chopped pork w/a really rich flavor. Mom loved the brisket, which was fatty and succulent. I had a pulled beef bbq sandwich, which was spicy but nothing outstanding, in my book. Being drowned in sauce, as it was, just reminded my of so much lousy stuff which tries to pass for bbq by hiding under sauce. I appreciated really being able to enjoy the smokiness of the "naked" meat.
4)Strolled up 74th St., back toward the 7. It was veritably percolating w/sights, smells, and sounds of India/SE Asia. I made a mental note of the Jackson Diner, mentioned in Eric's post, which we were too full to visit. We eyeballed the buffet from the window, though, and it looked really appetizing, and a bargain at $8.95 for - I believe - AYCE.
5)Finally, it was back on the 7 and to Main Street Flushing, where we popped into Joe's Shanghai to get some soup dumplings to go. I'd been to other Joe's locations before, in Manhattan, and noticed that this was one of the shabbier ones. The cheerful waitress informed us that we were lucky to have gone in yesterday, as they are closing for renovations, beginning today and lasting for about 3 months. Let's hope they do something about the bathroom, which was truly filthy. That somehow didn't deter me from enjoying my dumplings when I got home, though they do not travel well (broth leaks out, robbing one of the unique, exciting, mouth-scalding experience of eating soup dumplings). I think it's best to eat them on premises, if at all possible.
Okay, that's it for now. Eric, thank you for your
very thorough post. I barely scratched the surface, and we'll be back for more!!