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Trip report: soo cafe, caffe driade, la farm, market st cafe, tower

vinouspleasure | Apr 28, 201608:31 AM

finally made it to soo cafe, loved it! I started with the short rib which was good but probably too expensive to order again. The wings were messy but big, meaty and delicious. A lot more sauce than I've come to expect but i had Korean wings in NYC the other night and found myself clearly preferring soo cafe's.

Decided to spend a little time checking out coffee culture, headed to caffe driade, I dunno, seemed like it the place was trying a little too hard but I was just there one night and didn't really get the sense of the place. The person behind the counter seemed impatient to get back to his reading, coffee was good.

la farm was disappointing, I suppose I ordered the wrong thing, saw a lot of positive online reviews of the white chocolate baguette. The pale white crust should have been a dead giveaway, turned out to be a doughy, gluteny, sweet mess. I tried a couple of free samples and they were awesome, great crust, texture and flavor. So I guess the style of the white chocolate baguette has found a local audience.

the cappuccino at market st cafe hewed closest to the current, ultra-acidic taste profile in vogue in nyc coffee shops. I liked the place, it was quiet, clean and I was able to get a lot of work done. Not much on hand in the way of baked goods or food but I'd definitely visit again.

I did manage a meal at the pig and allen & sons. The Pig was once again fabulous and is probably now my favorite. A&S was better than last time but composed entirely of outside brown. not sure what's going on there. I did actually have time to get to ayden but couldn't talk myself into the 4 hour rt drive when there was such good local bbq. Maybe I'm getting old (or smart).

just remembered, headed back to tower indian for another dosa, this time pondicherry, which upped the spice profile but in the end, I preferred the onion rava masala dosa. btw, I, think the coconut chutney might be homemade, check it out. One of my partners from India chided me for not trying the vada and the idli, maybe someone here can give it a try and report back.

so that's it I think for 2-3 months. thanks again to the wonderful denizens of this board for all the great guidance and suggestions!

The Pig
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