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"Chicken and Rice" -- What NYC can do, LA certainly cannot do better

ipsedixit | Mar 26, 2014 03:29 PM

For those of who have spent any time in midtown Manhattan, you will no doubt have seen, waited in, or laughed at the lines for the Halal Guys at 53rd/6th. And if you haven't, you can read up about it here:

Well, now LA has its own "Halal Cart" and it's called Chicken and Rice, and nowadays you can find them in DTLA in the Fashion District serving up lunch. Fancy, flash-enabled website,, and the obligatory Twitter account,

Ok, so intro out of the way, how's the food, you say?

Just. Not. Very. Good.

You get a choice of chicken or lamb over rice.

Ordered the chicken over rice. Several things to note here.

First, it's only white meat, which in the grand scheme of things isn't a big deal because of the obligatory "white sauce" (more on that in a minute), but besides from being a bit dry, the meat was also sort of vapid. Like stale, condensed, squished together Peeps.

Second, the accouterments -- generally lettuce and tomatoes in NYC. Here? Arugula (and spinach I think). Ugh.

Third, the white sauce. This is actually pretty good, and a pretty good facsimile of what you can find on 53rd/6th. It's got that creamy, sweet, tangy flavor you're looking for and expecting. (Note: not diet food, and if you don't like mayo, stay away and do "red sauce").

Ok, and the last kicker? It's going to set you back a full Alexander Hamilton (that's $10 for you non-numismatics). Why is that a kicker? Cuz, it's like fucking $3 cheaper in the heart of midtown Manhattan!

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