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  • kevin Feb 26, 2008 09:30 AM

anyone been lately?

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    1. I haven't but I cant wait to go. Their pancakes and french toast list is to die for! Slutty cakes are supposed to be out of this world. I gotta go.

      1. I was really unimpressed when I went there for breakfast a couple of months ago. It was really crowded, and I thought the food was rather mediocre.

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        1. re: tarantula142

          One of the ones with the famous name (either slutty cakes or blisters) I didn't find so good, it was the one with cinnamon, I should admit I'm not partial to cinammon but based on the name and the rep of the dish I ordered it.

          Anyway Thw Kathy is great. I think it's the Kathy, something with a K. It's the standard mac n cheese pancakes but these have crushed red raspberries in them. Rad.

          1. re: 2slices

            Hmmm, perhaps I should give Shopsin's another shot...

        2. I had a Soggy Bottom Chicken Grinder there the other day which was based on the Coens' "O Brother Where Art Thou" apparently, as well as an italian hoagie. It was dripping with stock and garlicky oil, smothered in onions. Delicious and ultra filling, but a gastronomical nightmare. Oh man. Still, the milkshakes are as good as ever.

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          1. re: Nick F.

            They're closed Sunday. Don't go on Saturday! Go on a Wednesday or Thursday and there will be no one there, and you get to hear the history of the world from Kenny Shopsin, which is worth the cost of the good alone.

            Also, order soup. Cabbage Quesadilla. Chicken Gumbo. Ying Yang combos. Soup is where it's at.

            I actually think this incarnation of Shopsins has better food than the last one did at the end. It's less hectic and stressed on customer and staff both.

            I can't report on the whole menu (who could?) but I find it's better to order the stranger things on it. People are definitely sometimes like, "Uh, $15 for an egg and toast?". Get something you can't get anywhere else in the world. I really believe that Kenny Shopsin is one of our great culinary artists, and all great artists screw up. If they didn't take chances, they'd just be ordinary.

            1. re: apossibleworld

              They are closed on Mondays - not sure about Sundays.

              1. re: MMRuth

                I think that the whole Essex St. market is closed on Sunday.

                1. re: bobjbkln

                  Yes - now that I think about it - that's true. They were taking a survey the Monday I was there, about demand for their being open on Sundays.

              2. re: apossibleworld

                I couldn't agree more. Kenny's food and personality are anything but ordinary.