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SoVerySoft

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Sometimes our food pics aren't exactly "everyday food" and sometimes they aren't quite "food porn" - especially if they are restaurant pics. So I thought we needed another pic thread: The Restaurant Meal PICS Thread!

Here are some pics from this past weekend when Derrick (aka "Fish") was visiting.

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After picking him up at the airport, we went to the Skylark Diner for a late breakfast. I got Filet Mignon Benedict.


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Here's a closeup. The egg was cooked perfectly. (See it running all over the plate? mmmm!) The steak was medium rare. And that's Bernaise Sauce. It was really good. And I LOVED the crispy bits on the home fries.


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Friday night we had dinner at his hotel. It was crap. Here is my $12.50 burger which was ordered medium rare and came out beyond well done. The fries were dried out. And the service SUCKED.


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Saturday we had lunch at my old favorite restaurant "The Clam Hut". Sadly it is under new ownership and really not the same as in the old days. *sigh*. Here is Derrick with a bucket of steamers.


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A closeup of those steamers. Butter on the left, broth on the right.

 

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Clams Oreganata - the most delicious bites of the day. Actually...of the weekend! We ordered seconds.


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We shared an order of Alaskan King Crab Legs. They were ok. I used to get twin lobsters at the Clam Hut whenever I went - but they said they were "not in season yet". Say what?? :p


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Derrick and the crab legs and our second order of the clams oreganata.


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A close up. Yeah, they look good. I know. lol
 

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OMG SVS we are foodee sisters! I have been wanting to try that filet migon benedict for the last month *drool*. I was suppose to go to the skylark 4 different times and we keep rescheduling it. I checked out the menu and have been dying for that thing ever since. Steak and eggs benedict are my two favorite dishes. This place combined the two, it is ingenious! My friends think its a hip dinner and we need to be dressed up to go:doh: . They think there are going to be a ton of hot guys there and we need to act accordingly. I couldn't care less, I JUST WANT THAT DAMN DISH!!!!!

UGH, I am going there this week, I SWEAR! I don't care who is there or how I look. So how was it? TELL ME TELL ME TELL ME!!!!
 

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OMG SVS we are foodee sisters! I have been wanting to try that filet migon benedict for the last month *drool*. I was suppose to go to the skylark 4 different times and we keep rescheduling it. I checked out the menu and have been dying for that thing ever since. Steak and eggs benedict are my two favorite dishes. This place combined the two, it is ingenious! My friends think its a hip dinner and we need to be dressed up to go:doh: . They think there are going to be a ton of hot guys there and we need to act accordingly. I couldn't care less, I JUST WANT THAT DAMN DISH!!!!!

UGH, I am going there this week, I SWEAR! I don't care who is there or how I look. So how was it? TELL ME TELL ME TELL ME!!!!
Most of the food there is pretty good! Occasionally there is something that's just so-so. These eggs n steak were really excellent.

They have a bar there and I know it's a hangout - maybe that's why your friends want to dress up. The restaurant section is totally casual, tho.
 

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That place was OUTSTANDING!!! I got a different Steak and Eggs dish and some French toast and loved it. However, more than any of the food there, I just about MELTED over their fresh squeezed Orange Juice. If it wasn't, like $3.50 or someting a glass, I would have just had them keep bringing them all day!

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I went to a nyc pizzeria that has received a lot of hype in magazines/papers/foodie websites. It's Difara's/ in Brooklyn.



First off, the pizza is made by only one person, an octogenarian named Dom. When you go to Difara's, expect a wait. Since, we had to wait about an hour, I bought a square slice, right fresh out of the oven. I loved the sauce and apparently, the square pie sauce differs from the round one. Pieces of pancetta simmer away in it. It has a slightly (almost unoticeable) smokey taste.




Charring=FLAVOR! The crust is sublime.


After almost an hour, even with our little vorspeiser we were ravenous. We hadn't ate since breakfast (8 am) and walked around a lot. But you never rush the master at his craft. Here is the pie, before we dug in. He grows basil on the window sill and then cuts it on your pie before your eyes.




more char, more flavor!




The slice removed from the pie. After it's removed from the oven, and the basil is added, fresh pecorino is sprinkled all over. Then he gives a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil all over the pie.


Yes, this is the best pizza I ever had. I have a standard (Nunzio's which I was raised on (used to live a few blocks away) but now has been usurped. The pie is expensive at $17 but all the ingredients are top notch. Defintely worth the trip.
 

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that pizza just gave me a foodgasm. i'm going to go find a cig now...
 

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the place we went to late dinner at in st louis when everyone was visiting was a dive called Pennies...here is a pic of the pork steak, smoked and yummie....and did i mention...huge???
 

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the place we went to late dinner at in st louis when everyone was visiting was a dive called Pennies...here is a pic of the pork steak, smoked and yummie....and did i mention...huge???
ok, that looks devine!!!! What are the sides?
 

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Late lunch at the Skylark Diner again...

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A scallop appetizer special. These were amazing, but very expensive ($11 for THREE). It's still a diner, after all. The scallops were on top of a julienne salad with mango, sweet red peppers, scallions, etc.


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Asian Chicken Wings with spicy sesame hoisin glaze and julienne vegetable salad (Julienne musta been busy today. :p ) The wings themselves were ok - but the sauce - too sweet and sticky. I like my wings just crispy. Big surprise?


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This was warm banana bread pudding with vanilla ice cream, candied walnuts, caramel sauce and crème anglaise. Effing YUM.​
 

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that looks soooooo good!!!

the sides were a wonderful home made potato salad and a chunky yummy applesauce....which is of course, manditory with pork...lol
 

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that looks soooooo good!!!

the sides were a wonderful home made potato salad and a chunky yummy applesauce....which is of course, manditory with pork...lol
ahhh ok! Apple sauce! I like that better than what I thought it was (sauerkraut!)
 

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i can totally relate, and while i am a german girl, and love sauerkraut, the thought of that with a pork steak...gag
 

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Just seeing the pictures of all that good food- makes me want to visit these places....:eat2: :eat2: :eat2: :eat1: :eat1:
 

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I have to get here again. I loved this place.


Late lunch at the Skylark Diner again...

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A scallop appetizer special. These were amazing, but very expensive ($11 for THREE). It's still a diner, after all. The scallops were on top of a julienne salad with mango, sweet red peppers, scallions, etc.


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Asian Chicken Wings with spicy sesame hoisin glaze and julienne vegetable salad (Julienne musta been busy today. :p ) The wings themselves were ok - but the sauce - too sweet and sticky. I like my wings just crispy. Big surprise?


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This was warm banana bread pudding with vanilla ice cream, candied walnuts, caramel sauce and crème anglaise. Effing YUM.​
 

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Where is the Skylark, SVS? I feel as if I should know this.


As of now, my favorite diners are Six Brothers in Little Falls/Totowa/Montclair(???I haven't an effing clue), and the Menlo Park diner in....Edison?. The Somerset is alright, too.
 

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Where is the Skylark, SVS? I feel as if I should know this...
It's on Route 1 (North) just north of Wick Plaza in Edison. Do you know where that is?

p.s. we missed you at Harold's :(
 

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My s.o and I went to one of our favorite cheap spots today. El Malecon is a Dominican restaurant, it's without frills or much atmosphere. What it lacks in decor makes up for in food. It's full of flavor, very homey, comfort type food. As with most Carribean food,it's not light. Let's get on with the photos.



They have different specials for every day of the week. Before 4 pm, you get the lunch price which is $6.00 and I still have leftovers to spare. I ordered the beef stew with rice & beans (you have a choice of sweet or starchy plaintains, cassava, french fries or a salad). The beef was extremely tender and I was suprised to find fresh cilantro in my stew. It certainly brightened up a heavy dish. It was well salted, which I find at a lot of restaurants that they fear the salt and bland dishes result from this.




I also ordered a papaya batido. It's just whole milk & papaya whirled in a blender. It has a slightly sour edge which I enjoy.



Malecon is well known for their pollo al carbon which is just another way of saying rotisserie chicken. I don't know what they herbs or type of marinade they put on it, but the skin is super crisp and the meat, even breast meat, remains moist. My s.o. never strays from this dish. Those two little plastic cups have a cilantro/garlic/oil/vinegar sauce. He can't stand it. His loss is my gain. The sauce (I think it's called aji?) punched up my rice & beans.


We shared dessert. I love tres leche cake. From wikipedia:

A Tres leches cake, or Pastel de Tres leches (literally: "cake of three milks"), is a cake or, rarely, a butter cake, soaked in three kinds of milk: evaporated milk, condensed milk, and either whole milk or cream. Since butter is not often used, tres leches is a very light cake, with many air bubbles. This distinct texture is why, although it is soaked in a mixture of three types of milk, it does not have a soggy consistency.
 

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Holy crap, my mouth is totally watering. It all looks GREAT but that chicken.....must.......have............now!!!!!!!


(oh, and the batido too!)
 

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