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Finally made it to Shopsin's!

Alright so I finally made it to Shopsin's today on my day off from work. Arrived at about 1:45 and there was no wait. As soon as I sat down my server gave me a nice tall glass of water, which I sorely needed since I was coming in from the 90 degree heatwave outside.

I pretty much studied the menu before I came knowing how long it is, but I just ran through it one more quick time to see if there was any new additions or anything different. Luckily, it was the same exact menu I had been looking at for the past week lol. And yes it takes a while to study the menu, still about 500 items on it.

So, the server came back and I proceeded to go with half order of mac n cheese pancakes, half order of slutty cakes, and an egg burrito. I then said to him, "What kinda shakes you got?", which prompted him to look at me and say "Dude that's a lot of fuckin food". I was like um yeah? He goes yeah and to answer your question we can make any shake you can think of... but thats a lot of food. "If you are still hungry after you eat all that I'll get you a shake". Fair enough I thought. So then came out the food and yeah he was right.. it was a ton of food. I got through 2 mac n cheese, 2 slutty, and a decent portion of the egg burrito, leaving about half of the tortilla but I ate most of the inside (eggs, rice, beans, greens, cheese).

I have to say the food came out fast, hot, and it was really good. I loved the slutty cakes especially. If you like pistachio, PB, cinnamon these are for you. The mac and cheese pancakes were also really good but I don't think they are destination worthy. Egg burrito also really tasty. Definitely want to go back and get a shake and try the sliders. Kenny was there and on his best behavior too for all who wanted to know.

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  1. I was actually there this morning - all this Shopsin's talk gave me a hankering to return. I had the Traif: "Jewboy" egg sliders with bbq brisket, onions and cheese. As they didn't have OJ at the time, I washed it all down with chocolate milk. So far, this is the breakfast to beat for '09, absolutely superb in a way that only comfort food can be - and easily the best sliders I've ever had. The brisket was fork tender and had a nice, spicy kick. The soft, cushy buns and the cheese were also of a high order. As good as the parts were, the whole was better.

    What to say about a joint where it's easier to get bbq brisket than it is to get fresh squeezed orange juice at 9:15 in the morning?
    p.

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    1. re: Polecat

      Yeah it definitely is some kinda place. And his son was doing all the cooking today. Kenny was sitting down most of the time but got up for about 10 minutes to go into the kitchen. Him and his son were playfully yelling expletives to each other for most of the hour or so I was there... really hilarious stuff. And his son came out and basically congratulated me for eating all of that food. I was wearing y David Wright jersey and since he is a Mets fan he said to the people sitting at the counter.. "You see that kid over there? He finished off 2 orders of pancakes and an egg burrito ... thats a Mets fan baby." Haha I was dying. I didn't feel out of place at all for my first time there. The server was cool and didn't have an attitude. He even asked me if I wanted beans and rice in my burrito. So they do try to accomodate you and despite over ordering they didn't throw me out.

      1. re: steakrules85

        Don't worry, just when you least expect it, they'll probably throw you out... :-)

        1. re: egit

          I just got the DVD "I Like Killing Flies" also. Really good stuff.... very entertaining.. you really get to know the family pretty well through the documentary.

          1. re: steakrules85

            Ha! What? They have a documentary?? Where can I find one?

            www.thelunchbelle.com

            1. re: LeahBaila

              Yes it is called "I Like Killing Flies".

    2. That's a nice report, although I do think the mac n cheese pancakes are destination worthy. Congratulations on hammering all that food.

      1. steakrules,

        Glad to hear that you it made through your Shopsin's experience without incident and that you enjoyed the food. You certainly can pack it away! lol You now have a week to recover before the Bo Ssam. ;)

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        1. re: RGR

          Haha, yes RGR I will be ready don't worry about it.

          1. re: steakrules85

            I have no doubt you will be an eating force to be reckoned with at the Bo Ssam, steakrules. Keeping up with you will definitely be a challenge! lol

            1. re: RGR

              Yeah gotta save up all my room for the Bo Ssam.. gunna try not to fill up too much on appetizers or on any unnecessary stuff haha.

        2. Love the slutty pancakes. . .

          Which did you like better - mac n cheese or slutty cakes? I have not tried the mac n cheese pancakes yet.

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          1. re: financialdistrictresident

            My girlfriend and I prefer the mac n cheese over the slutty. But the slutty are VERY good too.

            1. re: financialdistrictresident

              It really depends on if you like sweet/nutty or savory/cheesy (IIRC the mac and cheese go great with jam, too). The pistachio and spices in the slutty can get kinda overwhelming after a while IMO. They're both very good but different.

              1. re: financialdistrictresident

                Tough call both were really good. I think they could have took the mac n cheese pancakes off the griddle 30 seconds sooner and they would have been better . Only because the cheese was a bit too hard of top instead of stringy and melted. I think I may give a very SLIGHT edge to the slutty cakes. Both are definite must tries though for sure.

                1. re: steakrules85

                  I like that they cook the cheese and little crisp on the mac n cheese cakes. Nothing better than some burnt cheese. YUM.

                  1. re: Slob

                    What (if any) kind of sauce accompanies the mac n cheese cakes?? Thx.

                    www.thelunchbelle.com

                    1. re: LeahBaila

                      Hot sauce and maple syrup. I myself really enjoyed them with the maple syrup and butter. Surprisingly the sweet and salty comes together perfectly.

              2. Great report, and glad you enjoyed it. The servers always call us out for ordering a ton of food. However, when you clean the plates (like we frequently do), they also tell you things like "Fantastic job guys!" or "Wow, you guys destroyed that!"

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