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Real Cheap Eats' Summertime Blowout

Real Cheap Eats’ Summertime Blowout

by James Boo July 16, 2013

Exactly two years ago, I got together a small legion of New York’s best food explorers to build a new kind of cheap eats publication – one that would do justice to the diversity, affordability, and sheer excitement of dining out in this city. Today, […]

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Single Serving: Morir Soñando at Reben Luncheonette in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Single Serving: Morir Soñando at Reben Luncheonette in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

by James Boo September 13, 2012

The Reben Luncheonette, a decades-old breakfast-and-lunch counter in Williamsburg where fried eggs are accompanied by sagging mounds of orange potatoes and shriveled slats of deep-fried bacon, doesn’t have a lot going for it in the way of food. That’s probably why the storefront, along with […]

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Burmese Two Ways

Burmese Two Ways

by Zach Mann June 26, 2012

This story is fifth and last in a series on Burmese food in San Francisco. I’ve lived in Santa Monica a week now. Yet the other day, as I sat in a coffee shop, in walked a handsome man in his mid-thirties, designer sunglasses, with […]

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When Pigs Fly: Uncle John’s in Chicago (Where Barbecue Gets Sauced)

When Pigs Fly: Uncle John’s in Chicago (Where Barbecue Gets Sauced)

by James Boo August 24, 2011

My latest column for Serious Eats is the first of two stories on Chicago’s Southside, where ribs come fiercely smoky and typically smothered in a barbecue sauce that is not for the meek.

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Single Serving: Takoyaki at Otafuku in Manhattan, New York

Single Serving: Takoyaki at Otafuku in Manhattan, New York

by James Boo July 30, 2011

Do Japanese kids ever beg their parents for a six-piece takoyaki meal? I suppose this question begs another: How often do Japanese kids beg their parents? McChildhood culture aside, Otafuku‘s takoyaki beckon the cravings center of my brain anytime I’m within a few blocks from […]

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Real Cheap Eats NYC: The Real Deal

Real Cheap Eats NYC: The Real Deal

by James Boo July 19, 2011

There’s an entire world of restaurants within the borders of New York City. Frankly, I find it hard to give a shit about the newest opening, ambitious concept, or chef’s achievement when virtually the entire world also exists within the borders of New York City. […]

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En Pupusas Confiamos

En Pupusas Confiamos

by James Boo May 31, 2011

A recent conversation in the comments on this blog called into question the worth of a burrito, even at its best. The dichotomy drawn was one of convenience and choice: While a burrito embodies comfort and convenience, almost anything else offered over a taqueria’s counter […]

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When Pigs Fly: Barbecue Sauce Guides and a New York City Rib-off

When Pigs Fly: Barbecue Sauce Guides and a New York City Rib-off

by James Boo May 27, 2011

My latest barbecue columns for Serious Eats focus on America’s regional barbecue sauces and a hunt for the best barbecue pork ribs in Manhattan. A Guide to American Barbecue Sauce Styles Regional Barbecue Sauces Available by Mail-Order The Best Barbecue Pork Ribs in Manhattan Oh, […]

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Poc Chuc, Tres Chic

Poc Chuc, Tres Chic

by Zach Mann May 6, 2011

Burritos are pregnant with meaning. They are pregnant with lots of things, and some are even called pregnant by name, but others tell tales between the sheets of tortilla. El Porvenir’s carnitas burrito contains a San Diego origin story; the wet burrito at Berkeley’s La […]

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Pork Chop Price Discrimination

Pork Chop Price Discrimination

by James Boo April 12, 2011

Is $8.00 too much for this meal? The answer might depend on whether you’re the type of person to fork over $6 for bánh mì. After walking away from Bian Dang‘s stall at the still fresh Food Gallery 32, I proclaimed that their chicken leg […]

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