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Two eateries - one Mexican, one Vietnamese - both hard to find,

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Two eateries - one Mexican, one Vietnamese - both hard to find,

Roger Lee | Jan 30, 2003 09:02 AM

It has been long since I posted. This is in no way due to any fault of the board's it is merely my way of dealing with the obsessive/compulsive disorder that came over me when I first started posting. Checking the boards 15 times a day to see if anything new had been said was clearly not a healthy way to lead my life. That aside, I feel that I have two discoveries that others might enjoy.

These two places are both hidden treasures. The first, Tehuitzingo 695 10th Ave appears from the outside to be a little mexican bodega, which indeed it is. If you go into the back, however you will find a tiny eatery with counters lining the walls and bar stools to perch on. Excellent tacos de lengua, barbacoa, pollo, carnitas, etc. delicious caldos (daily specials), quesadilla de huitlacoche. This is the real deal. Some spanish is needed here unless the personable English-speaking proprietor, Senor Lopez is present.

The second, Thanh Huong 271 Canal Street is at the very back of one of those street level bazaars that line Canal. A very modest sign declares "Thanh Huong - Com Pho" with an arrow pointing inwards. Again, a tiny eatery where com, pho, giat and khat are served with no pretension but plenty of deliciousness. Eschew the traditional squirt of hoisin and rooster brand hot sauce in the pho, request rather the plastic bowl of chopped tiny Thai bird peppers that sits on the refrigerated display that separates the kitchen from the dining area, sprinkle a FEW of these in the pho(they are potent and you can always add more but tracking down the little bits for removal is much more challenging), a squirt of lemon, some Thai basil and sawtooth herb and you are good to go.

These are both serious workaday eateries but both very good!

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