juicy pork

7 Express, Flushing, NY

We recently went on a food crawl in Flushing, Queens, looking for the best Chinese food the area has to offer. We went into the adventure with a list of restaurants we were planning on checking out, but perhaps our best, and cheapest, “meal” came right as we got off the train at 7 Express…

As we rounded the corner onto Roosevelt Avenue after exiting the station, we happened across this little take-out window selling pork buns…

Simply sitting on the open counter in a crockpot…

We were hungry so got an order as an appetizer for our day of eating.

Three for a dollar!

And they were AMAZING!

Warm. Moist. Juicy. Flavorful.

Pillowy, plump pork perfection!

7 EXPRESS

135-42 Roosevelt Ave.

Flushing, NY 11354                                                   

Howard’s Cafe, Patchogue, NY

Some friends and I took a trip out to Long Island this weekend for a brewery/winery tour. While we planned out where we would be drinking, we left our eating options to chance. Along the way, we found a number of little local gems, like Howard’s Cafe in Patchogue…

Located in a strip mall near Blue Point Brewing Co., Howard’s is a quaint cafe with a long burger list, house special sandwiches, and a few seafood and pasta options. I went with one of those house specials, Howard’s roast pork sandwich…

Served on garlic bread with melted mozzarella and au jus, I picked a winner!

The sesame hero roll was freshly-baked, flaky on the outside and fluffy on the inside, the juicy pork had been lightly fried to crisp it up just a bit, and the garlic made each bite pop.

And here’s the other thing about Howard’s, every single one of their burgers, sandwiches and entrees come with a bowl of salad, a side of your choice (I got the house made steak fries) and a pitcher of Bud or Bud Light or carafe of house wine! And they kept refilling our pitchers!!

All this for just thirteen bucks!

No wonder this place was packed!!

HOWARD’S CAFE

Sunwave Shopping Center

404 S Service Rd.

Patchogue, NY 11772

631-758-6161

Recipe of the Day: Melissa’s Pork Carnitas        


Low and slow cooking leaves inexpensive pork shoulder juicy and fork-tender, while browning it up in the skillet brings on the distinctively crisped edges.