After a prolonged hiatus I am back. Had a good trip - spent part of it in Spain and will blog about that later - but am glad to be back in the hood. Even though I write this email from the west coast (another work trip).
Looks like I missed a lot in my absence -- the Nicaro fire, wonder what's going on there? Also a lot of pollo news with Nando's on the way and Mr. Chicken planning to roost right next to Velatis on Georgia Ave. We also have FS1 getting pretty close to throwing its doors open to serve us beer and some grub. Certainly a lot of chatter on this place. Will anyone go once they do open? People seem to have already formed serious opinions even before they've had a sip of beer or a bite of a burger. While my hopes are not sky high, I will certainly give them the benefit of the doubt and give them a try to see what they have to offer. Hope I can do that this weekend.
But in other SS food news, wanted to let folks know that Charlie Koiner's downtown farm has plenty to offer at always good prices. If you don't know Charlie, his little farm is at the corner of Easley St and Grove St -- just one block east of Fenton. While my pic of his signage to alert folks what he's offering at the moment leaves a bit to be desired, I will tell you he has kale, spring onions, lettuce, bok choy and if you get lucky - strawberries! While walking the dogs the other night we happen to notice Charlie had strawberries for sale ($5 per quart) so we high-tailed it over there and picked some up. Talk about sweet and good. Topped them with a little whip cream and it was an excellent dessert. Hope you can tell how good they look.
And since I haven't mentioned anything as it concerns pupusas, I did want to make sure you all were aware about the pupusa truck we now have in the hood. It is called El Salvadorena Pupusa. They have set up shop in the county parking lot right across from SS Towers in between Easley and Bonifant.
I will say the ladies who run this truck are not at this location all the time. We tried to get a handle on their hours and thought we were told they are there - todos los dias - from about noon to ten. But we've walked by a couple times this week during those hours and no truck. So, not really sure what to tell you. But if you're in the hood in the evening and can easily walk by, or swing by in the car, it is worth it if you'd like a good -- and inexpensive -- pupusa or tamale. And also don't mind eating in the parking lot or your car (aqui), or maybe taking it home if you live close by (para llevar).
Our first trip landed us one cheese pupusa and four bean tamales. All good. I have not often seen bean tamales and these were very tasty. Also, the cheese pupusa was not greasy at all. The items were served with some nice salsa and latin slaw. All this came to $6.50. Can you believe it? I wasn't planning on having this for dinner that night, but hey, you can't argue with good Salvadoran food. And for those looking for beef, chicken or tongue, they had that too. Hope you can find them and throw them a little business. Just be aware, little to no English is spoken. But food speaks for itself, right?
OK, that's all I have for now. Will be back soon with a review of Jackie's and her new chef. Maybe see you at FS1 this weekend!