Enjoying some Dominican food in Uniondale reminded me of what we look for when out to eat.
The stews. The casseroles. The sauces. The tastes. The textures. The flavors.
It reminded me of traditional Greek cuisine, but with slightly different seasonings.
Not that there's anything wrong with an expertly prepared piece of protein atop expertly wilted spinach, or a very, very juicy and charred burger atop a commercial bun where the juices run down your arm and onto a cold plate with a cold slice of anemic tomato and some lettuce.
Or even a high quality aged steak expertly broiled "to perfection", whatever that means, with a few choices of monkey dish sides.
But it's the tastes, textures, flavors, of traditional foods that keep us hounding for chow.
I was talking with a friend over some stewed chicken and codfish stew, and he said it's "ethnic" foods we seek.
I thought that odd, but asked if "German" is ethnic? Is Italian ethnic? Is "Portuguese" ethnic? Is "Latin" ethnic? Is "Greek" ethnic?(Sorry, but there is no example of "ethnic" Greek on Long Island. Even Astoria itself has only a couple left in the neighborhood).
So, after agreeing to another lunch date for some German Rouladen and Sauerbraten, I ask here of my fellow Chowhounds, do you have a place that serves tasty and deliciously satisfying traditional food? Ethnic or not.