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A Year in Elmhurst

Eric Eto | Apr 11, 2001 04:52 PM

Just realized that it's my year anniversary since moving into the nabe. It's been a chowhound utopia living in such proximity to Ping's, David's Taiwanese, New Kim Tuong, Joe's Shanghai, Taste Good Malaysian, Takrai Thai, My Thai, Pho Bac (despite what it used to be), Captain King, and even the Georgia diner for those greasy breakfasts (good breakfast sausages), not to mention the plethora that is Jackson Heights. Since all of these places have earned mention on the CH boards, I'd like to mention a few of my discoveries that haven't made its way on these boards.

I’ve frequented Parillada Mi Tio (on Queens Blvd/57th Ave), an Uruguayan/Argentine steakhouse not only for their steaks, but for their extremely delicious and inexpensive sandwiches. I’m hooked on the chivito sandwich which contains steak, ham, and cheese. A little chimichurri, and it’s magical. I’m also hooked on the veal roll sandwich. And if I’m feeling audacious, I’ll also order a chorizo sandwich which runs $2.50. Gotta love that.

The Kam Lun supermarket on Broadway (near Queens Blvd) near the Grand Ave/Newtown R/G subway entrance, has some really good Chinese steam table stuff. The variety seems endless when you get there around noon for lunch. It’s best avoided by the late afternoon after the food’s been sitting for most of the day.

The Afghani kebob place on Broadway near Dongan Street makes quite delicious burgers. These burgers may not provide the visceral burger experience with grilled onions that the big dog likes, but they’re good burgers in a burger deprived area. The sign on the awning states “meats prepared daily for our famous burgers” which originally drew me in. Surprisingly good is the chicken burgers there that’s similar to a ground chicken kofta shaped into a patty, flecked with herbs. The kebobs are decent as well.

I’ve been curious about the Chinese restaurant opposite New Kim Tuong along the row of businesses on Broadway. The sign outside is in Chinese, and there’s not a lick of roman characters I can detect, not a menu on the window either. Any thoughts?

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