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Mar 7, 2007 04:54 AM

Cheap, Yummy Snacks in the Slope and nearby

Stopped by Antonio's, the generally-okay-but-nothing-fantastic pizza joint on Flatbush last night, near the B/Q subway and that American Apparel monstrosity.

$1.25 doesn't get you much anymore, but they've got these gooey, cheesy, spinach-broccoli, stromboli-like pinwheel rollup things that really hit the spot.

Let them heat 'em up nice and hot, and they get good and crisp on the outside and have a nice mushiness on the inside. They serve a similar purpose to, say, a certain kind of knish, but even at Yonah Shimmel's, most of them are soggy and cruddy (if you've got a better knishery, please let me know). We're not exactly talking high cuisine here, and it's definitely not fresh spinach or broccoli, but at least they're still reasonably green and not overcooked. They can use a little perking up with salt and hot-pepper flakes, but for $1.25, they're a small snack triumph, and for $2.50 for two, you wouldn't need to buy (or, dare I say it, cook) dinner.

Up the street, Christy's has great patties that are also pretty darned cheap, but the veggie ones -- the only ones I eat -- went up from $1.50 to $2 when they moved. Still a bargain for what they are, but not the steal that they were before the move.

Not exactly nearby, and already much-commented-upon in these boards, my other favorite sub-$2 yumminess are the tamales on 4th Ave and 11th Street. Anyone who doesn't know about these should hustle over and grab a dozen. Extra bonus enjoyment points for bringing them to a bar that lets you bring food in, and snarfing them with good beer (my bars of choice aren't especially near the tamale place but are closer to me up on Flatbush, but I'm sure there are others).

Anyone have any other suggestions for ultra-cheap, slightly out-of-the-ordinary snacks (ie, not just pizza slices) in the Slope and adjacent nabes?

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  1. This is more of a sub-question than a reply - I've seen some unusual- and delicious-looking South American-style sweets on the counter at the Red Horse Cafe on 6th & 12th but haven't yet tried them. Any reviews?

    1. Here's a few, (both veg friendly) tho they are not in the slope:

      in carroll gardens: the rice balls(with plain cheese or meat and cheese) and the proscuitto balls at Joe's Superette--on smith between carroll and 1st (or is it 1st and second) 2 for a dollar.

      on atlantic: spinach pies from damascus bakery, or the ones from the sahadi's prepared food counter

      on fulton street around bedford, or flatbush below the park, or church ave, any trini or guyanese place that sells doubles. 1 dollar each. Two or three can make a meal
      on/near fulton specifically are A&A (closes early--around 4) and Ali's.

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      1. re: missmasala

        The spinach pies at Oriental Grocery are (imho) even better, though different than the ones at Sahadi and Damascus. They are made with filo instead. They also have cheese pies.

        1. re: dimples

          I posted a response to this, but it was deleted. I don't know why. However, since it is chow info, I'll try again.

          Sahadi's also has the filo spinach pies, for those who are interested. those are the kind I get there. for the other kind, I go to damascus.

        2. re: missmasala

          Ok now it looks like you have told us exaclty where to get these doubles but maybe can you give the name of a few of the places that do sell these? I have a weekness for roti and chickpeas?

          1. re: Ljubitca

            see further up. closer to park slope are A&A and Alis, both on fulton close to bedford. Or A&A might be on bedford.

            Further away (and IMHO better) are singh's and the second A&A in richmond hill. (both on liberty ave. Singh's has two locations--liberty and 118th and liberty and 124th i believe)

        3. Can you give some further detail about Christy's veggie patties?

          1. 1. What are "doubles"?!? My curiosity is piqued!

            2.>>>Can you give some further detail about Christy's veggie patties?
            Sure. Patties in the Jamaican style have no relation to patties as in beef or sausage patties. So, a veggie patty isn't like a veggie burger. They're basically turnovers, or what I think the Brits call pasties. The dough is thin, rich and flaky. I like it more than the pastry that surrounds, say, empanadas or those Middle Eastern spinach pockets (which I also like). The other patty flavors, like jerk chicken, sound cooler than the veggie ones, but the veggie ones have a nice peppery flavor. Nothing too fancy -- cabbage, corn, peas, carrots -- but it all works.

            1. it sounds lovely thank you for the detail!