Having just come back from an Upper Broadway street fair, my sister and I were lamenting the lack of variety of street fair food. We're not even talking 'quality' - just diversity. Does anyone recall some of the more inventive vendors and wonder what happened to them? Here are a few we recall with fondness:
* Fried Green tomatoes - Ya paid your money. Stepped back from the boiling cauldron. And waited. And waited. And waited. It was worth it.
* Fresh ramen - udon or soba noodles with a choice of tasty garnishes. Noodles were freshly prepared and made to order. Obviously a mom and pop shop--tough to satisfy queues of impatient fair goers --and it disappeared after two brief but glorious seasons.
* Southern Pork Sandwiches - these were so outstanding, but you put your order in and waited an hour. If you were lucky. The 'chef' underestimated how long it would take pork to cook and orders stacked up into infinity. Still, if you wanted to comb the fair and come back, the sandwich was outstanding.
* Fried Oreos - this got 'A' for effort tho it was sickly sweet. AND took forever to prepare.
* Vegetarian (African? Can't remember. Called something that started with an "N." Nyoti? Based in Brooklyn.) Boy, was that good. A selection of imaginative and delicious spicy and tangy vegetarian goodies.
Over the years, there were other attempts at diversity, but today, there seems to be NONE. It's either Athen's Delight, Sido, mediocre Thai, Italian sausage, dried-out corn-on-the-cob, Crepes and funnel cakes. (And now, thanks to our Mayor, there's not even a cool beer for those who need assistance getting this stuff down.)
Has anyone come across any better food stalls? Any good fair offerings still exist? Or should we give up. We welcome all suggestions to carry us through 'the season.'