Where to you go for Portuguese Bean Soup and why?
I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but I like the PBS at Zippys. It has a rich deep flavor, a reasonable amount of sausage, maybe a bit skimpy on ham hocks, and its not overwhelmed with macaroni. I also love the PBS at Honey Glazed Hams on S. King Street. Lots of ham flavor in that one and the other flavorings are well balanced too. Proportionally more ham and less sausage than zippys, but not a shortage of either.
re: UES Mayor
Most of the things at Zippy's are good, a few aren't (personal opinion is they need to 86 or reinvent their katsu) but it seems like there should be PBS from somewhere that I like a whole lot more than I like Zippy's.
In general Zippy's tends to skimp on portion size, and service while usually adequate isn't wonderful, nor is Zippy's the bargain it once was.
On the other hand it beats the heck out of L&L drive in, someplace (again personal opinion) I just can't stomach. One shouldn't walk out of a place vibrating from the msg and salt overload when you ordered hamburger steak with gravy on the rice.