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JP chow crawl, part deux

gourmaniac Aug 21, 2007 11:27 AM

In the true spirit of Chowhound, I did my jog/lunch over to the same crawl space from last Saturday's chow crawl (Centre Street) and tried a couple of the places that we missed: Yely's Coffee Shop and Cristal Restaurant. I view the running and chowing together as a sort of conservation of mass and energy to balance the calories. I'm afraid to say that Cristal was just OK. I had a fried chicken thigh and a couple of meatballs with rice and beans ($5). All were fine but not the revelation I had hoped while running there. Yely's, on the other hand, was very good. It was lined up with locals at lunch which was a good sign. Since, I'd had lunch, I only got a serving of chicharones ($2), sliced in pieces of porky goodness. Think a side of bacon with bones, dusted with adobo powder and deep fried to crisp the rind. A heart attack in a snack! I managed only a couple of pieces with enough left over for lunch tomorrow. Everything else looked good and it's clearly a local favorite.

  1. Joanie Aug 21, 2007 11:31 AM

    Where is Cristal again? I don't remember ever seeing that. Next stop, Amory Restaurant.

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    1. re: Joanie
      limster Aug 21, 2007 11:48 AM

      IIRC, it's a storefront on Centre Street, between Alex's Chimi's and Miami restaurant, a little closer to Miami and on the same side of the street.

    2. limster Aug 21, 2007 11:54 AM

      That's awesome, I have to get down there to try Yely's and also the chicken at Alex's.

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      1. re: limster
        hungryi Aug 22, 2007 10:14 AM

        Alex's is definitely my in-a-pinch go-to spot when pizza or pupusas just won't do.
        I highly recommend their delicious, flavorful (though maybe not the juiciest) rotisserie chicken. They typically want to cut it up for you, but I prefer it whole personally...
        I'm not wild about their sides- kinda greasy, you're better off to grab a bird and throw together your own sides. If you were feeling really lazy, maybe head across to Food Wall and order some garlic green beans!

      2. yumyum Aug 21, 2007 01:42 PM

        You're a man on a mission. Nice one!

        1. lschow Aug 21, 2007 03:04 PM

          mmm, yely's sounds good. where are the pictures? jk :)

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            eatanddestroy Aug 30, 2007 09:45 AM

            I'm sad that I missed the original JP crawl. But, I need to point out that it is about time more chowhounders start going to Yely's. I have been a fan of this place for ages. Every time I go, I ask them to pile up a container with a couple pieces of each of the following: chicken, pork, chicharones, plantains, and sausages. The price always ends up being about $10 (give or take a little each time), and it feeds at least three to four people.

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              tulseluper Aug 30, 2007 10:37 AM

              Oh yeah, Yely's Coffee Shop!!! I lived near there for a year, and had lunch at Yely's as often as I could (until it started to make me feel... unhealthy). For anyone curious, it's right across from the Jackson Square stop on the Orange line... thier pork (which is whacked with a cleaver before being put onto a mound of rice, served with lime wedges) is, to my tastes, one of the best lunches in the city. Get it with a side of yucca and you'll be ready for a nice, long nap afterwards..... aahhh...

              Also, I don't think they actually sell any coffee.

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