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Socca at G Street Food

Steve Oct 7, 2009 11:45 AM

I was very happy to hear that G Street Food, the new Mark Furstenberg lunch shop, is serving socca every day. This is the Nissarda street food of a chickpea crepe/pancake.

The pancake is excellent. The topping is good, could be great if the tomato coulis underneath the chickpeas was more tart (or more evident). It is made to order, which is a very good thing, but you will have to wait for it. At about $5.25, this could be the best cheap lunch right now in downtown DC.

I do wish there was an inexpensive drink option like the flavored water at Breadline.

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    jayjaymom RE: Steve Oct 7, 2009 12:02 PM

    Thanks for the heads up on socca at Breadline. This is also called farinata (just over the border from Nice along the Ligurian coastline). It's a great and healthy dish that people should try making at home. Use Italian (not Indian) chickpea flour, olive oil and generous lashings of sea salt.

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      shellymck RE: Steve Oct 7, 2009 01:51 PM

      I lived in Nice and saw it only rarely there. Now, if we could find pissaladiere or pan bagnat.

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        Steve RE: shellymck Oct 7, 2009 04:43 PM

        Funny you should mention....

        Pan bagnat is on the G Street menu. They don't have pissaladiere, as such, but I saw they do make an onion and parmesan tartine (Wednesdays) which is kinda sorta similar. In a way. More like french-onion-soup on a pizza.

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        hamster RE: Steve Jan 27, 2010 12:32 PM

        Hmm. No tomato coulis served with the socca I had on Monday. The pancake was good. The lentil stew served on top was fine. Surprisingly spicy and heavy-handed on the cumin, in my opinion.
        I was surprised by how large the serving was though. It is indeed a good deal. But next time, I'll try something else.

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          Steve RE: hamster Jan 27, 2010 12:49 PM

          Sounds like they've either changed the formula or they change the topping on a regular basis, like they do for other foods there.

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