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Egg Slut and G&B coffee --- Grand Central Market

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kevin Nov 19, 2013 12:08 PM

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.

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  1. Wayno RE: kevin Nov 19, 2013 12:25 PM

    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.

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      kevin RE: Wayno Nov 19, 2013 12:28 PM

      Sounds good, maybe I'll hit up all three next time.

      Hopefully they are open on Sundays too.

      Oh, and i forgot the Slut is open for a bit of extended hours now.

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        kevin RE: Wayno Nov 19, 2013 12:28 PM

        And thanks for the exact address of the lot.

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          kevin RE: Wayno Nov 19, 2013 01:52 PM

          I'll hit up that banana pudding for sure.

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            bringiton RE: kevin Nov 19, 2013 04:24 PM

            Horse Thief is pretty good 'que. I will be back.

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              jessejames RE: bringiton Nov 19, 2013 04:33 PM

              B minus my opinion and wicked expensive.

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          latindancer RE: kevin Nov 19, 2013 12:29 PM

          I'm in love with Sticky Rice. The Pad Thai and sticky rice with mango are absolutes at least once a week for me.

          Good report, Kevin, I've got to try the coffee.

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            kevin RE: latindancer Nov 19, 2013 12:36 PM

            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.

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              Johnny L RE: latindancer Nov 20, 2013 11:50 PM

              There's no pad thai at Sticky Rice.

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                latindancer RE: Johnny L Nov 21, 2013 08:15 AM

                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.

            2. J.L. RE: kevin Nov 19, 2013 12:57 PM

              >> 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.

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                kevin RE: J.L. Nov 19, 2013 01:38 PM

                Coming from my esteemed, prestigious colleague that is high praise indeed.

                Unless you're just messing with me.

                But I'll take the compliments where I can. :)

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                  J.L. RE: kevin Nov 19, 2013 01:57 PM

                  Seriously, great prose!

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                    kevin RE: J.L. Nov 19, 2013 01:58 PM

                    Thank you JL. :)

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                      kevin RE: J.L. Nov 19, 2013 02:12 PM

                      On a second read, I just realized its riddled with countless spelling errors and grammar faux pauxes.

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                      Ciao Bob RE: kevin Nov 19, 2013 01:58 PM

                      I do not think he's messing with you - it is fine, funny writing; so is, "antediluvian spice stores."

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                        J.L. RE: kevin Nov 19, 2013 05:43 PM

                        Just can't help myself from linking to this video...

                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXVtiN...

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                        kevin RE: J.L. Nov 19, 2013 01:47 PM

                        Who mans the Bulgarini Cart ? Is it Leo's wife ?

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                          Wayno RE: kevin Nov 19, 2013 02:02 PM

                          The cart wasn't open when I was there on a recent Saturday. Too bad it's not "manned" by the former popsicle girl who now works the Juicery. More smokin' than the Horse Thief's brisket.

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                            kevin RE: Wayno Nov 19, 2013 02:03 PM

                            Where's the Juicery ?????

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                              Wayno RE: kevin Nov 19, 2013 02:08 PM

                              If my directions are right, it's on the north interior wall, midway between the east and west perimeters. That assumes Horse Thief is in the southwest corner, and Angels Flight is across the street to the west.

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                                kevin RE: Wayno Nov 19, 2013 02:10 PM

                                Shoot, I did pass the Juicery cart, or stand, a tiny stand,right ? It didn't seem like it was even a fixture that happened applied to the real estate.

                                anyhow, i think it was a dude manning the joint today.

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                                  andytseng RE: kevin Nov 19, 2013 02:35 PM

                                  Whenever I've been by, it's just a younger, apathetic-looking (partially because he's on his phone half the time) guy.

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                                  kevin RE: Wayno Nov 19, 2013 02:11 PM

                                  Hope this does not come out the wrong way, but Leo's wife was a knockout, or even way beyond that.

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                                    Wayno RE: kevin Nov 19, 2013 02:28 PM

                                    You hope it DOES come out the wrong way?

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                                      kevin RE: Wayno Nov 19, 2013 02:33 PM

                                      Does not.

                                      Stupid fucking fone.

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                                J.L. RE: Wayno Nov 19, 2013 05:19 PM

                                So your business has gone over to the Juicery? :-)

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                                Johnny L RE: kevin Nov 20, 2013 11:51 PM

                                Bulgarini called it quits on the market, hasn't been there in weeks.

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                                  J.L. RE: Johnny L Nov 20, 2013 11:52 PM

                                  Sad to hear. Now, on to the Juicery...

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                                    Johnny L RE: J.L. Nov 21, 2013 08:25 PM

                                    I like their stuff, big fan of the Longevity with its strong beet flavor.

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                                SilverlakeGirl RE: J.L. Nov 19, 2013 05:28 PM

                                Please note Sticky Rice is today's Blackboard Eats

                                http://www.blackboardeats.com/sp/stic...

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                                  latindancer RE: SilverlakeGirl Nov 20, 2013 05:16 PM

                                  Well noted, thanks.

                                  I honestly love the place.

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                                infucknoshkoshwihelp RE: kevin Nov 19, 2013 01:26 PM

                                Awesome review, much enjoyed :)

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