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Oct 5, 2008 06:35 AM

Atlantic Antic '08 Today!

Assuming the weather is reasonable I'll be checking it out. Every time I've gone it's been fun and it's a good chance to sample plenty of local food and music in one fell swoop.
Here's this year's food map:

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  1. Talk about just-in-time info! Had no idea there was a food map for Atlantic Antic. Headed over in about an hour and just printed the map out. Can't wait to hit La Mancha for those grilled sardines!

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      1. re: lambretta76

        Anybody have the jambalaya at Stan's in previous years? Thoughts?

        1. re: pitu

          I had it yesterday - very disappointing. Way too much tomato and not enough sausage, chicken, shrimp or anything else. Just tasted like rice in tomato sauce with some bits of tomato skin. Had a few bites and chucked the rest. Did pretty much the same with their popcorn shrimp - I liked the breading, but there was too much of it so I couldn't taste the shrimp. They'd be better off using the breading for hush puppies and putting the shrimp in the jambalaya.

          1. re: lambretta76

            To answer my own question - it's in front of the YMCA. Look for the guy with the hat made of pig ears and a pig tail. Seriously.

            He's serving a spicy pork (not beef) burger with pickles. It's fantastic.

            Off to the corner of Atlantic and Bond, where Building on Bond is serving pretzel sandwiches with smoked beef or pulled pork.

              1. re: lambretta76

                Those pretzel sandwiches looked really good. Has anybody eaten there/know if it's on their menu?

                1. re: jumpattack

                  Don't know about the menu. but can somebody fill me in---what's this pretzel sandwich all about? Is it a regional thing from somewhere? I shared both--beef & pork-- and I can't say I found it a great concept. Pretzel was too hard until the gravy softened it up a bit. Beef was ok but not exciting and the pork's sauce I found to be cloyingly sweet. This is not a review.....I'm not well enough versed in this food group to compare with a standard. Just an expression of personal taste. But to the original question---is this a sandwich style imported from some other town? I've never heard of using pretzels this way. And I'm not sure I'm sold on the idea.

                  Also---bummer--I had very limited time so I dashed out for an above-mentioned sausage burger only to realize, as I searched around the YWCA that I was at the wrong Y. Read the post too damned fast. Too late to get back down to the Court St. area. oh well.

                  1. re: jumpattack

                    They don't serve food yet, but when they do this sandie is going on their menu (we asked yesterday as well : )

                  2. re: lambretta76

                    In the same booth someone else was selling 3 types of excellent gelato--a chocolate peanut butter, and a pear flavor that had no cream but was delicious! Did anyone try the gelato from the Obama burger booth?

                    1. re: chocolatefancy

                      Yeah - I tried the pear bourbon one. It was delicious - nice fresh, crunchy pear flavor/texture, but only a slight hint of bourbon at the tip of the tongue.

                      Does anyone know who made it?

                      1. re: chocolatefancy

                        Flacito had the chocolate peanut butter, a little spoonful for me was excellent.

                    2. re: lambretta76

                      The Obama burger was the bite of the day -- thx lambretta for the heads up!

                    3. re: JoanN

                      At three bucks a head, those li'l fishies are luxurious...I know this is New York, but really, the pros at "Pic-Nic" on Ferry Street in Newark can load up a tray of supersize succulent sardines on Portugal Day for about $13 including thickly sliced broa (the signature corn-bread, multiple pieces). True, I saved the round-trip PATH fare.

                      1. re: Mike R.

                        The price keeps going up every year. A few years ago they were a dollar each. Last year they were two for three. This year . . . . as you say, luxurious. Still damned good, though.

                        1. re: JoanN

                          At $3 a pop, they are expensive. But I have to say that they were the best I've had this year. And that includes ones I've had in Lisbon, Oporto, and on the Costa del Sol in Spain.

                          I agree that the Portugal Day eats are cheaper, but the ones I got from Seabra's one year were sop peculiarly spiced that it reminded me of the aftertaste of ... well ... puke. So, one bite for me was $10, the rest went in the garbage.

                          The chorizo they had this year was top notch, too, but the sangria was a bit on the bleh side.

                    4. I went and it was awesome! I ended up going kind of nuts with my camera and did a long blog post on all the local sweets I found.
                      On the non- sweets tip I greatly enjoyed the vegetable combo from Waterfalls. Love their stuffed cabbage.

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                      1. re: citysweettooth

                        The sardines at La Mancha looked good but we found seats outside of Jolie and had the pork sandwiches with a very mild horseradish alioli... they ran out of lamb early. What I liked was that the staff was very into it and there was no gouging going on... fries and sangria were also very good as was the music. Surprising.

                        1. re: Flaco

                          great day at atlantic antic, delicious food, good music and overall a decent weather. Favorite bite of the day, the spicy pork burgers with mustard seeds and pickles. Mmmm, so good. More here:


                      2. ?Que Paso? The church-based food on Hoyt and Atlantic was sadly absent - missed the giant bacalaitos!

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                        1. re: Mike R.

                          I was so bummed - I love the bacalaitos, but only one place was selling them, and at $2 a pop for tiny ones.

                          Also a bummer was the "I'm selling iced tea" woman - who was just singing into a microphone besides the stand, not in the thick of things (and serving up the iced tea) like in years past. (I haven't been in a couple of years, though, hence me going a bit overboard on the food this year.)

                        2. Obama burgers were definitely the highlight- I ended up eating two of them.
                          The jerk chicken stand down by Hicks St has a huge line every year. Yesterday I waited it out, and I'm glad I did. It was good stuff.
                          Sardines are always fun.
                          Malko wasn't using the antique spit yesterday, and they were having issues with the heat on the new one. They asked me to come back in an hour. I meant to get back out for one of their usually tasty schwarma, but forgot.

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                          1. re: EJC

                            We waited in line for about an hour for a schwarma sandwich yesterday. I was too full, but some of my companions had them and loved them. I had the falafel sandwich, but had it doctored up with hot sauce and the onions with sumac that they put on the schwarma. It was outstanding, one of the best falafel sandwiches I've ever had. (And that was despite the carppy store-bought pita it came in.)

                            1. re: lambretta76

                              It's the place next to them that used to have the best schwarma, but this year they didn't even put out a table. And Malko was just setting up at 2:30 PM, looked like at least another hour before it would be ready. (And speaking of inflation and sticker shock, the sign said $10)

                              1. re: bobjbkln

                                Was it Oriental Grocery that used to have the vintage spit? I thought it was Malko, too, but it didn't seem right, spatially.

                                It's a shame the Yemeni places don't get into it - it would be great to see some whole roasted lamb.

                                And did anyone happen to try the new brick oven pizza place that's opening where Soju used to be?

                                1. re: lambretta76

                                  i am pretty sure i paid someone's mortgage in sixpoints beer. ouch, my head.

                                  1. re: TBird

                                    Their Atlantic Amber was almost too hoppy for me, but it was pretty good.

                                    Forgot to ask - did anyone try the pizza from the mobile brick oven pizza guy that was sharing space with the Salvatore Ricotta women?

                                    1. re: lambretta76

                                      Yes the Sardines have gone up, by those who lasted until the end could’ve gotten 2 for $5. Waterfront’s pulled pork was as always good. Love their cole slaw as well and Papa Chubby and Black Coffee are always a treat.

                                      Sahadi’s was O.K., just had to go because it’s the only Sunday their open. Looked like Damascus had bigger lines. Also liked the bahn mi from Andy's

                                      Besides the liberal open container policy (I was told that the 7-6 has a new precinct commander and was not familiar with The Antic, hence the “please drink in the immediate area” signs. Some people obliged, others like myself didn’t bother and were not harassed. Everyone was out for a good time, let’s just hope some idiot doesn’t ruin it for the rest of us next year) we thought one of the sleepers of the day was the storefront Church on maybe Bond Street? They made a mean fried chicken - does anyone know if they do this on non-Atlantic Antic days?

                                  2. re: lambretta76

                                    It was Oriental. Theirs was great. But, they didn't do it last year either. Saw the one at Malko, but for a $10 sandwich to eat on the street, I passed.

                                    1. re: lambretta76

                                      Yes, it was Oriental Grocery that in the past had the vintage copper spit and (IMO) the much better schwarma. The owner said he was too busy to put out a table this year. It is a shame he felt that way.