Aww... I just as I was about to post this, I read joe's post about his bad experience at Loteria (Yeah, I feel your pain, I've been conned into trying them so many times... each time... it fell flat) and I'm glad to be here to give him some HOPE! :)
It all started with a little taste someone gave me a bit of their corned beef hash for breakfast and it was WONDERFUL... At first, my mind flashed back to that rich Verkedel, mashed potato and corned beef patty they have at Indo Café then I remembered that wonderful corned beef sandwich I had at Langers And THEN, I got really happy I realized that later I was meeting some friends at Farmers Market that afternoon. And that was home to Magees and their legendary Corned Beef Plate! YEAH!!!
Magees stand is located in one of the stalls bordering the upper portion of the farmers market. It looks fairly large and long, but looks rather empty Taking an initial peak you see steam tables of what appear to be overdone veggies and the scariest looking enchiladads youve ever seen in your LIFE At the very end though, there is a carving station when they are constantly slicing out big chunks of roast beef and turkey. Neither of which look that great But then, there is a big flat fatty chunk of corned beef BEAUTIFUL.
The plate runs around $10.00 and includes two sides. I choose the quarter of cabbage (Which was looking a bit over done sitting in the steam table) and potatoes (They gave me three!) This plate is a much better deal than the sandwich, which is about $7.00 and doesnt include anything. Plus, they just pile on the meat into the plate!! I had more than enough to make a sandwich for which to enjoy on my long flight to Florida the very next day! :)
And now the tasting Hmmm The corned beef, as amazing. Very flavorful and tender. The carver trimmed some of the fat, but not all, which was fine with me... heh It went perfect with the cabbage, which I was very happy to see it had some give when I took the first slice. Not over done at all, and also tasted great. Then a little bit of potato (Again, just perfectly done, wonderful taste, soft but not mushy, not waxy nor grainy) to cleanse the palette and I was ready for another bite of that big red meat! :)
I think I found my absolute favorite meal at the Farmers Market (Although I have yet to try the Gumbo pot!) that is also a great deal (Its honestly enough for two! :) So don't lose hope joe! :) 3rd and Fairfax may have something for you yet! :)