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La Tur and the food joints on Monterey Boulevard

Jupiter | Oct 9, 2003 05:03 PM

Hi all, it's been a while, hope everyone had a nice summer. i have been eating my way through my new neighborhood and thought i would report back on what i have found. But first i want you all to know that the country cheese shop on Divis and Oak has rounds of La Tur for 8 dollars. yummmmm, just ate a quarter of a round for lunch today. very delicious, sharp tang with nutty undertones and a phenomenally tasty rind with the gooey prats just melting on the tongue. it is getting better the longer i let it sit out. just tried it again after an hour at room temperature and it just keeps getting better and better....
you can read about La Tur here :

As for my new hood: i moved out near city college and have been making my way through the chinese spots in my neighborhood. (on the corner of Monterey and Genessee there are 3 dueling chinese restaurants)
we will start with the first, which i think is the worst: China Wok: too bright and too white and definetely catering to the americanized chinese food faction. We did take out from there 4 times and it got consistently worse with each turn.
The second is called Happy Family (or something like that) and the place is a total dump on the inside but they make the best version of lobster with ginger and scallion i have had in this town in a while. also some very good roast duck, but my husband was so grossed out by the decor, that we haven't been back to eat there in a while. The third is Lucky River and they are my favorite, the ducks in the window are a dead give away, haven't eaten there yet, but we get take out from there at least twice a month and they are very good. so far i have had the roast duck (excellent, totally crispy skin and excellent tender meat....mmmmmm; the general tao's chicken: good, hot, nice sauce, good chunks of hot peppers; the sauteed pea stems with garlic (always good); the beef with black ban sauce chowfun : nice not to heavy on the gravy (more dry than suacy) with lots of big chunks of pepper and onion and not overly heavy on the black beans; clams with black bean sauce: always one of my favorites, the sauce was not overpowering and the clam juice made the bulk of the sauce, rather than the black bean goo; hmmmm, what else....oh, we tired the pan fired noodles, but i don't think i was that impressed, since i haven't ordered them since.

The last restaurant i can recommend is Big Joe's Broiler, which we have been going to for Breakfast the last few weeks now. Now i am a total fan of both Jim's in the Mission and Tyggers in Glen Park and i have to say that Big Joe's beats them both hands down in price and taste. (especially taste.) Don't al go there at once though, cuase then i won't be able to get a seat. they have excellent reakfasts and are a little hole in the wall with only 4 tables and 8 counter seats. so delicious. i have so far had the standard 2 eggs and sausage, the pork chops and eggs and the corned beef hash (homemade and excellent) and the western omelette (also excellent)

so there you go,
have a great weekend, eat well and i will report back more findings in another few months.

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