MY Favorite Vendy Awards Hopeful
I can’t believe that nobody reviewed Veronica’s Kitchen from Yelp, Chow, or New Times. I hope that my humble little review does her justice. I found about Veronica’s Kitchen from streetvendor.org, they are an organization that “… works to correct the social and economic injustice faced by these hardworking entrepreneurs. Reaching out to vendors on the street, we hold clinics to educate vendors about their legal rights.” An awesome – awesome NGO, go check it out!
But I digress back to Veronica’s Kitchen, which has been nominated
as one of the top 5 vendor for the 2007 Vendy Awards. I was very curious about Veronica’s and since it is walking distance from my apartment I gave it try.
Once I arrived at my destination it was very quiet not so much hustle or bustle just a lot of prep before the lunch crowd, so I was in luck. The street cart seemed like a family affair with her son cooking away and Veronica prepping fresh veggies by his side. The menu is as simple as can be on one side you see the main choices of meats, which are stew chicken, curry chicken, jerk chicken, bbq chicken, fried fish, oxtail, and curry goat. The sides consist of white rice, mac & cheese, peas & rice, mixed veggies, toss salad, green beans, candied yams, potato salad, collard greens, and fry plantains.
Is your mouth water yet, b/c mine is just reliving what is now my new addiction. One can order small meal ($5) or large meal ($7) both come with 2 sides. I asked what was the most popular and the son suggested the jerk chicken w/side of mac &cheese and fried plantains. All went into a nice container with gravy on top, which I think came from the oxtail stew.
The combination of the sweet supple plantains mixed with the hot and spicy jerk chicken was beyond my expectations. The chicken was tender, seemed like it was cooked with a dry rub and yet it was moist almost stew like, the mac and cheese was great – even better with the gravy smothering it.
It was one of the best meals of 2007 so far but really I don’t think any where else will compare now, I know I say a lot of places are great but since I have been reviewing for cheapassfood.com this is by far the best meal this is including meals I have consumed that are not in the cheapass range. With that said check this place out it is well worth your dough and it’s been long over due for Veronica’s Kitchen from what she tells me, she has been around for 3 years and counting.
It would help to know where the cart is located so that other hounds can sample her cooking as well... Otherwise nice post - any street vendor that raises the bar above the overcooked, under-seasoned mess served at the nearly-ubiquitous imitation halal carts on every other corner of the city certainly earns my approval.