For a St. Patricks Day dinner we headed to that Irish-American bastion, Bridgeport. But not for fishnchips or Irish pub grub. No, driven into a frenzy by G Wivs jpeg images we had to sample the delights at Eds Potsticker House. We didnt get too adventurous, mostly ordering a subset of things already discussed and photographed, but wow! what a great meal!
The long, cylindrical potstickers: echoing Ponzus recent comments in this regard, these are hands-down the best potstickers weve had.
Smoked pork with scallion pancakes: slightly different presentation from that seen on Garys web page square pancakes folded diagonally to enclose two slices each of rolled, skin-on bacon. Excellent flavor, if a little heavy.
Lamb with cumin (and also sliced jalapenos, whole dried chiles, and sesame): absolutely sublime. (Is there anything out of the ordinary about the cumin they use? It seemed especially bright and delicious.)
Spinach stir-fried with garlic: perfectly done, and a refreshing accompaniment to the meatier dishes (presumably this is the amaranth variety known as 'Chinese spinach, no? It has a very nice earthy aspect).
Potatoes with vinegar: shreds of potato cooked al dente with vinegar, szechuan peppercorns, garnished with a few sliced mushrooms and whole chiles fried black: addictive. In ways, especially given the al dente texture, it seemed sort of like an Italian pasta dish but thats just an attempt to find words to describe a hitherto unknown but delicious treatment of Mr. Spud.
Our waiter was great and took genuine pleasure in interacting with our 3½ year old. His English had some gaps and it helped that we had a list already written out (in English) of what we wanted. But after we finished this feast, he also took the initiative to talk about things we might especially like to try on subsequent visits. Bringing in a six-pack of Hofbräu was no problem.
Thanks to Gary and his camera, to Chowhound for another great restaurant recommendation, and special thanks to whichever hound first discovered Eds!
Amata and Antonius
Eds Potsticker House
3139 S. Halsted
Sa, Su 10-10