Shopsins...what do you get?
Never thought about going here..I thought of it as one of those tourist traps that offers mediocre food with some crazy gimmick. I actually went all the way down there to eat at Katz with my husband but upon looking at the long long line, I walked right out with security guys yelling to pay. Then I went to the Russ and Daughter to buy some smoked fish but the line was also really long too...at this point, I am pretty upset and hungry so I decide to go back to my office. Then I decided to check out Essex market to buy some bread from Pain D'avignon and saw Shopsin and decided to settle in.
My husband ordered the Indianboy sandwich which has lamb, mint fig curry, potato lace and peas and I ordered panko pork, yam fries, haricot vert red onion.
OMG, both of the sandwiches were so so good! and i haven't said that since....I don't think I ever said that after eating a sandwich. We gulped down the sandwiches. The waiter was shocked to see them gone so fast..not a crumb left on both plates. the waiter was actually pretty friendly.
Ebelskivers - like a combo of banana bread, french toast and pancakes all rolled into one
Mac and Cheese pancakes
Bacon and Egg pancakes
Castles - the sliders are the best I have ever had. EVER
Piaf - it's like french onion soup, with eggs and toast.
Egg Chimichanga - their guacamole is unbelievable. I was surprised!
If you liked poached eggs, any of the "Pete" dishes. They are all good. I like the Wiggly Pete.
Mac and cheese pancakes, slutty pancakes, or bacon and egg pancakes. The sliders. Any of the "petes" (egg dishes). Have heard the soups are good too:
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BTW, this past week we finally discovered the Tasty 1 and Tasty 2 platters. The Tasty 2 is two blueberry, two slutty, and two cinnamon raisin. Just enough to get a take of the slutty cakes without getting tired of them (although I think the pistachio nuts are amazing and make the dish). Although my fiance ended up stealing half of my bacon/egg pancakes, with a few generous squirts of their housemade hot sauce and half the maple syrup bottle.
Meanwhile, I discovered become addicted to their take on the orange julius: an Orange Boulius: foamy orange with pomegranate. Delicious!
Friend of mine went more lunchy with a small soup (chipotle cream - exactly as advertised, creamy and spicy and smoky) and a Jew Boy sandwich. BBQ pulled beef brisket, grilled onions, and Swiss cheese. Yum.
Call first - I was over at Essex Market on Friday, and Shopsin's was closed for renovations.
I've only eaten there once. I had the yin/yang combo with szechwan (sic) shrimp soup and refried cheese rice. Soup was great; rice was fine, nothing special. The breakfast dishes are renowned.