i went on a little chow-x-pedition today in the bronx with fair results.
EBE YE YIE is a very sweet and friendly little restaurant just a couple blocks below the #4 train fordham rd stop on jerome ave. i came prepared with jh hill's chow suggestions but alas today i was out of luck because i showed up around 200pm which is too early. it seems they only have steam table stuff before 300pm or so, so all the good stuff is for dinner. no groundnut soup, fufu and jollof rice for me today. however the lady was starting to cook it all at the time and it smelled good in there.
as for the decor thing, can i say they have 'friendly' bulletproof glass??? heck the door is wide open and the place really has a cute small dining area in front. go late afternoon or for dinner---i didnt want to wait around so i got some fantastic homemade ginger beer and left.
i was too full and had another stop to make but i went by the other african place KOWOS on the bx15 bus and it looked pretty busy. there are a few other african businesses on that block so i know that helps.
anyhow after the EBE visit i walked across fordham toward belmont/little italy/arthur avenue.
on the way past all the busy shopping and cool hiphop clothes shops like pretty girl and dr. jay's i stopped for a barbacoa taco at a little stand in the outdoor market/bus turnaround by 3rd avenue/sears store on fordham. there are 2-3 stalls, this one was the farthest away from fordham. very slow service but pretty tasty chivo. they cut open the avocado, etc its the real deal. pretty good.
lots of action in belmont. i'm liking the mexican/albanian influx. i stopped and stared but did not go for the bureks at the pizza shop on arthur. to heavy, too hot today. i advise wait for fall. ps--the other albanian place near DOMINICK'S looks impenetrable anyone ever try it?
so i cooled off in the market and had a nice sesame seeded roll hero prosciutto sandwich from MIKE'S DELI. awesome as always. its been awhile i forgot they also give you some cold bowtie/pesto/smoked moz pasta with it. very very nice, in fact prob the best heros you'll ever have. they have panini's too and of course so much more.
afterward i got an ice cappuchino from DELILLIO BAKERY on 187th. really hit the spot. its like a coffee slushy. down the street i picked up some pignoli cookies and some handmade carrot pasta ($3.40/lb). i also browsed in the mt. carmel liqour store--very nice wine selection.
finally on the way back home i spotted a tacqueria find i or someone might wanna give a try. its called CATALINA TACQUERIA and its on willis ave at 138th street. the place is all renovated nicely, looks like they put a lot of work into it. oh well sometimes i work near there so i'll save it for another day.