I've been a bit remiss in my chowhounding -- and chow-posting -- lately. But here are three places I've eaten lately that deserve comment -- all mentioned on this board before but new to me.
CHUNG KING ON GARFIELD IN M.P.
Wow. This is where you learn about the two kinds of hot (there are probably more!) in Sichuan cooking: First there's the familiar searing you get from the red chiles on, for example, the delicious and crisp, totally unfamiliar almost Jerkey-like beef. And then there's the tongue-numbing, prepare-for-oral-surgery hot of the infamous sichuan peppercorn in, for example, the sichuan tofu dish. A friend who'd eaten similar fare in China took me to CK over the weekend. Made me want to follow him around the world. If you go to CK, be sure to try the hot turnips, and boiled peanuts, too.
ELENA'S ON GLENDALE AV
A Greek-Armenian joint I stumbled into the other day. (Thi, did you write about this restaurant? I think you did...) I'm ashamed to say that I was feeling only half-hungry and very unhealthy so all I ordered was a Greek Salad (great feta) and a lentil soup (interstingly astgringent.) But what a terrific place. Good food at good prices. Even the pickled cabbage was remarkable. I'll be back soon to sample the squab.
SUSHI GEN IN LITTLE TOKYO
A popular sushi bar that many here know but that I tried for the first time today. We started with herring-roe seaweed appetizer. Excellent! Have you all tried herring roe? It has this amazing crunchy texture -- like miniature bubble wrap. Very good Spanish mackeral followed, as well as credible (though not spectacular) scallops, clams, and uni. All in all, I give Sushi Gen high marks. Unfortunately, my lunch companion was full at this point, and I experienced a rare moment of restraint -- and didn't order more. I think I'll have to have sushi again for dinner...
That's all for now.