This Restaurant Only Serves Taquitos and It’s Glorious


A new food joint has opened up on the Lower East Side of New York, a haven for late night snacks, fried food, and quick bites that sop up all the cheap vodka you’ve been throwing back.  Taquitoria, on Ludlow street, only serves taquitos, but since that’s all they do, they do it damn well.  


Taquitoria has quite the résumé: its owners/chefs worked at Restaurant Marc Forgione, and are dedicated to quality ingredients and creating kick-ass street food taken up a notch. After sampling tons of different varieties, they settled on a yellow corn tortilla, twice fried to surround fillings made from Bell and Evans chicken, brined in secret spices, or short ribs from Creekstone Farms. Oh, and don’t forget Berkshire pork, topped with Cholula.

All I can say is, I’m very glad I’ll be drinking on the LES this weekend, and I know exactly where I’m getting my snack for the train ride home.

H/T + PicThx Thrillist


Umami Burger Debuts PB&J Ice Cream Sandwich Made with Jelly Donut


Umami Burger is upgrading their dessert line-up with a particularly decadent dessert: Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches. The concoction comes from a collaboration between L.A. Creamery Ice Cream and Stan’s Donuts in Southern California.

The flavor mash-ups include: Peanut butter and jelly ice cream sandwiched between a jelly donut; chocolate ganache ice cream sandwiched inside a chocolate peanut butter donut; cinnamon toast ice cream stuffed between a cinnamon roll with chocolate chips. Ok, so the last one technically isn’t a “Donut” Ice Cream Sammie but… at this point the sound of saliva waterfalling out of my mouth is making it hard to concentrate… You were saying?

The new Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches are now available at every Umami location in Southern California and New York for $6 and $8 a pop, respectively.


Hipsters in Brooklyn Make ‘Silent Dining’ A Thing


Because nothing says good company like 90 minutes of silence and punishment for talking.

But that’s exactly what  happened the other night at Eat, a restaurant in Brooklyn that recently hosted a  dinner where all the guests vowed to be completely silent throughout the meal. The four-course, $40 dollar dinner of “organic locavore” bites, lasted an hour and a half.  If you slipped up and spoke, your plate was removed and placed on a bench outside, where “loudmouths” were expected to finish their meal.  Maybe I just don’t get it, but I’m pretty sure a simple “thank you” shouldn’t elicit such treatment.

The dinner was inspired when Nicholas Nauman, the event’s organizer, ate a meal in an Indian monastery, and remarked on the peacefulness of the experience. His goal was to eliminate the “sound and fury” of dining.


Overall, it sounds like the kind of pageantry one comes to expect from the New York dining scene.  Would you participate in a silent dinner? Let us know in the comments below!

H/T Eater + PicThx WSJ


Cronut Inventor Partners with Shake Shack to Create a Cronut Custard


Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel is teaming up with Shake Shack to bring the masses Cronut Hole Concrete. This special edition item will be available next Tuesday, September 17 starting at 10 am.


Cronut Inventor Dominique Ansel Unleashes the ‘Magic Soufflé’


First off, Dominique Ansel, the creator of the (in)famous Cronut, would like you to know that “It’s not so much about making the next Cronut. It’s about making something other than the Cronut.”

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, behold: the Magic Soufflé. The new creation features a chocolate soufflé hidden inside a brioche infused with orange blossom water. The mini pastry tower also houses a touch of Grand Marnier and Ansel recommends consuming the dessert while it’s still warm and fresh.

If you happen to be in line for the Cronut tomorrow, staff will be offering samples to a few lucky patrons. The Magic Soufflé will debut this weekend at the Spring Street bakery in New York with a $7 price tag.

We’re currently taking bets on how long it takes before knock offs start popping up in LA.

H/T Eater + PicThx Dominique Ansel


500 Ramen Burgers Making LA Debut This Saturday


Here’s the best news you’ll read all day: the Ramen Burger is headed to Los Angeles this weekend only!

As made famous by creator Keizo Shimamoto, the Ramen Burger is set to make it’s West Coast debut in Torrance at the Mitsuwa Market this Saturday, September 7th. Shimamoto is only serving up 500 of these bad boys and “maybe some more,” so head out get there early to avoid being “that guy” who missed out on this momentous mouthwatering occasion.

As we reported last month, the Ramen Burger made it’s official US debut in New York at Smorgasburg. I managed to get a hold of one of these epicurean creations last week while on vacation in the Big Apple and here’s some truth; these delicious beings are worth the hype. Crispy on the outside but still chewy on the inside, the noodle buns are grilled with a slight crisp, while the green onion, arugula and shoyu sauce atop the beef patty bring traditional Asian flavors to an American based dish.

The burgers start flipping at 11AM. So, good luck, my fellow Angelinos!

PicThx Ashley Khawsy


Ramen Burgers, From Top Sirloin to Top Ramen


I’ve seen a lot of fusions come about in the food world but never did I imagine that ramen would get friendly with a burger and pop out a hybrid baby of epic proportions. Meet the Shoyu Ramen Burger.

This frankenburger  is made up of a prime beef patty glazed with a secret shoyu sauce, nestled between some fresh scallions, arugula and some fresh noodle ramen buns. Because who needs bread when you can fry up some noodles instead?

The ramen burger made its New York debut this past weekend at Smorgasborg in Williamsburg, Brookyn. Master creator Keizo Shimamoto perfected these unique burgers back in Tokyo and whipped up 100 of these bad boys for the Brooklyn-based flea market.

Ugh, not fair. Howabout we make this a permanent thing, guys?

H/T + PicThx Zagat


Ravioli Pizza Exists, Satisfies Your Daily Carb Intake


There is no such thing as too much pasta, nor is there such thing as too much pizza. Given these ubiquitous facts, it only made sense that Rosa’s Pizza would combine the two in order to create the finest of delicacies: Ricotta Ravioli Pizza.

The pizza joint, located in Huntington, New York, is known for their cheese-laden pies among the locals. J. Kenji López-Alt of Serious Eats notes that it’s the “kind of place you’d sneak out to during middle school lunch hour, offering your friends snap bracelets in return for pizza since you’re the only kid who never got an allowance.”

The actual ravioli pizza features whole ricotta ravioli baked right on top of the pizza. As López-Alt puts it, the item is “cheese-stuffed carbs, placed on top of carbs, covered in more cheese, topped with some extra cheese for good measure.”

Ugh, STFU and take my money.

H/T Neatorama + PicThx Serious Eats