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Clinton Hill/Wallabout: Where's It Good?

John Francis | Dec 13, 200602:26 PM     3

Just moved to The Chocolate Factory at Park & Washington Avenues and am starting to get my bearings. Don't see too many posts for the northern end of Clinton Hill, but maybe some of you can help me fill in the blanks.

Most of the nearby eateries seem to be on Myrtle Avenue, and Maggie Brown, Zaytoons, Mojito, and Luz are among those that are well spoken of. Any comments on these, or on other places not too far away?

Had a meal at Kum Kau the other night and didn't think much of it; the pork bun didn't taste quite right, the pepper stake was OK but the flavor was kind of subdued, and the waitress forgot to bring my rice until finally I caught her attention and reminded her. Haven't written the place off by any means but I'm not keen to return.

John's Donut is a luncheonette with something of a greasy spoon atmosphere, had a decent breakfast there while waiting for the Associated Supermarket across the street to open, but otherwise I can do better in my own kitchen.

I like the idea of soul food at Five Spot and deep fried turkey at Jive Turkey. Other specialized places on my list to try are Kinara's Indian Food, Rencher's Crab Inn, and Yamashiro. Anyone have any comments? Also, does anyone have any favorites among the Chinese places that they think are better than Kum Kau?

Appreciate any information and opinions to help me get started.

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