Husband and I decided to play hookey from work today. "Mental Health", we like to call it. He shuttled Kidlet to school, and we were on our own. We didn't set out to center the day around the three squares, but it ended up that way.
10:00 - We stopped at Super Subs on 5th Ave/Thomas. This is a former Cousins Sub that was purchased by a family from NYC. Husband has been there a few times and tells me that they have the best breakfast egg-on-a-roll outside of New York, where he grew up. So he insisted we go.
The sandwich is fried egg, ham or bacon, and a merican cheese on a hard roll. You add your own salt, pepper and ketchup(a must). You get the sandwich and either a small coffee or small OJ for $3.49.
I haven't had their other food, but Husband says their sandwiches and salads(macaroni, pasta) are good.
We drove around downtown looking for prospective condos for my brother who wants to move back from San Francisco.
11:30 - A liquid lunch at Durant's. When we arrived the host asked if we had a reservation. No reservation, we're sitting at the bar. Good thing, he said, because they were booked solid for lunch. I used to meet a girlfriend of mine here for lunch once a month, so I know that it packs up at noon. One of our goals for the day was to get a bloody mary(the other was to catch a matinee), and Durant's have always been tops. It's a mini meal in itself, complete with a jumbo shrimp for garnish.
One of those X factors that Durant's has is that they pour Evian as their house water. No tap water, no extra charge for the Evian.
*If you ever come for dinner, get the Oysters Rockefeller, they're the best in town. As good as Mastro's is, they're OR's don't hold a candle to Durant's.
We go home, check the movie listings and realize that nothing good is playing. We have "North Country" from Netflix so we watch that.
3:30: We have to get Kidlet at 5:00, so there's really no time to do anything crazy. We just got in the car and started driving east, with no destination. Then it hit me:
"I know where we're going!"
"You'll see." I was driving.
After reading so many good things about Ranch Market, I wanted to finally try it.
It's easy to find on the corner of 16 St/Roosevelt. As soon as we walked in I knew it was going to be good. The first thing that hits you is the bakery - the free standing cabinets full of pan dulce and cookies. To the left is the bakery itself, with cabinets full of beautiful cakes, jello molds, flans, fancy pastries. WOW. We headed over to the restaurant area, where you can order food to go or sit at one of the many tables available. We walk up to check everything out. They have tortas(grilled sandwiches), carne, pollo, carnitas, and every kind of red/gree chile, caldo, rice, beans.
We decided on tacos. $1 each for what Husband refers to as "Rocky Point" tacos. The little itty bitty tacos. We got three each of Carne Asada and Carnitas.
After we ordered our food we walked over to the Refresco counter. They had everything you could want. Horchata, Agua de..Sandia, Guayaba, Pina, Platao, Coco, Tamarindo. Husband got an Horchata and I got an Agua de Sandi(Watermelon). They were delicious.
Our tacos were perfect when they came out. Each one had a little scoop of wonderful, crispy meat, onions, and cilantro. They give you little cups of red salsa and limes.
As we were eating Husband said, "We're coming back." Yes. Yes. And the prices are great.
They also have a tortilleria, where they are busy making corn tortillas; a nieveria, where they make homemade ice creams and vegetable juices; a sandacheria, a deli, and the panderia I mentioned earlier that produces pastries that look out of this world. The produce department alone is reason to come. Everything is fresh and ready to eat. Mexicans tend to shop a few times a week because they eat food as it's purchased. So having fresh, ready to eat produce is very important. *They also sell Mexican Coke*
I'm a convert. I'm going to save room next time so I can grab a pinwheel cookie or a little maranito that I used to eat as a kid.