Egg Slut and G&B coffee --- Grand Central Market
Yes, parking stinks as usual. Though now I now they validate for parking but I couldn't seem to find the fucking parking lot.
There is also a Red Line stop for Pershing Square so it is very convenient for the light rail stuff.
On to the goods. The market still looks quite like before but is slowly undergoing the whole gentrification process with upmarket joints such as The Egg Slut, G&B, Valerie Confections, and the Horse Thief Cue joint with fucking upmarket prices to match the dollar taco shops and ancient, antediluvian spice stores.
But I have to say that G&B's is exceptional as always (though maybe not quite as delicious and bitter and strong as when they had the little space within the constraints of Sqirel on Virgil, near Melrose). The guys are really friendly and cordial, which is a huge plus. None of that hipster vibes that you would receive at other great, gourmet, artisanal coffee joints around town.
As for the Egg Slut, I ordered the fucking slut, natch. It was good. May remind some of that buttery mashed potatoes vis-a-vis French by was it Joel Robuchon where he developed a complex though inherently simple ration of about 2/3 pure french butter to 1/3 potatoes to create a divine puree, or was it Marc Maneau (or was he the foie gras cubes guy?????).
Anyhow, the slut was good, though not exceptional. The egg yolk was properly runny and it did meld well with the patented and quite suave "potato puree". A return visit may be in store since I was streched for time and my fucking meter was about to go ka-blooh-ey on me.
And of course, the coffee will require a return visit. And the stench of barbeque emanating from Horse Thief was quite intoxicatingly delicious in the purest fucking sense. However, I'm pretty sure they don't open before 11 am in the morning.
The juxtaposition between the new, upmarket, gentrifried type joints was quite interesting in comparisoin to the old-fashioned al pastor shacks and $4 chop suey joints.
In regards to price, the Slut was $10, not a bad price for a slut, but a bad price for the egg slut and the capp was about $5 before tax and tip, so definitely not cheap, not cheap one bit.
The parking is at 308 Hill St. So it's the driveway on your right after you drive by Horse Thief and G&B. Do try Horse Thief. The prices actually have been reduced. Go for the brisket, but since you like Apple Pan's banana creme pie, you'll probably also enjoy HT's banana pudding over vanilla wafers. I can also vouch for the blue cheese & bacon potato salad and the mac & cheese.
I missed Sticky Rice but then again I was in a super fucking hurry to get back to my car at the meter.
If I didn't get back in time, my meal would have been the price of a truffle gohan dinner at Shunji and for what it's worth if someone does find all day parking and maybe telecommutes there, you can grab dinner at Zo which is about a ten minute walk away, not a bad houndish day in that case.
Glad you enjoyed the read. I think that was my longest review in fucking ages.
re: Johnny L
Yep. You're right. Good catch.
While I do love everything about Sticky Rice and their Panang Curry (which I eat about once a week) it's the Pad Thai along with the sticky rice and mango at Mercado La Paloma on Grand that I'm a huge fan of.
I eat at both, as I'm in the area pretty much all week.
Sorry about the mix-up. Aging is not for the weak.
>> the stench of barbeque emanating from Horse Thief was quite intoxicatingly delicious in the purest fucking sense <<
That's just beautiful writing. Keep up the great work, kevin!
When you find good parking on the next visit (enter the lot from the Hill St. side), linger a bit longer and try the Hainan-esque chicken rice at Sticky Rice. Hit up the Bulgarini cart afterwards for gelato.