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9th Ave Festival 2007


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9th Ave Festival 2007

Miss Needle | May 19, 2007 01:33 PM


Just came back from the disappointing 9th Ave Festival. I know it's not the most chowish place, but I really expected more. We had raw clams around 40th Street that were pretty good. That was the highlight. It went downhill from there. I'm not sure if it was the weather, but there were many empty slots. In addition to the usual mozzarepas, sausage stands, etc. you did have Posiedon Bakery, the Indonesian restaurant, Amy's Bread and Mitchel London. But I think the standard street fare and sock/bra stands outnumbered the restaurant stands. In addition to our clams, this is what we had:

Nutella crepe -- DH really was craving for one -- it actually turned out to be the 2nd best thing we had today
Alcapurria -- OK, cold until you got to the center
"Cuban" empanada (Empanada Mama) -- filled with sofrito and pork; 3rd best thing we've had today
"Viagra" empanada (Empanada Mama) -- filled with scallops, shrimp and imitation crab meat in a fluorescent yellow sauce; pretty bland and tasteless
Mitchel London -- mini burger (very cold) and a mini cupcake (cake was moist but icing was too sugary); Mitchel London had one of the best displays there -- all the food was lying out, but that's why the burger was stone cold
Thai steamed dumplings -- kind of lukewarm and lifeless
Millie's Pierogies -- just unappealing; no care into the dish

I was really disappointed this year. It has been getting worse over the years. I think this is the year that will not make me go back next year. I think we would have been happier if we just had a meal in a restaurant. We like to eat the small things at these festivals because we don't have huge appetites and want to try as much as we can. Unfortunately, we weren't able to try the bigger items like the jerk chicken, etc. Perhaps those dishes taste better.

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