After a brief (10 month) hiatus, we are back, pounding The Gouge (a nick-name for Gouger Street I haven't discussed with Mel yet). And THIS TIME, it's serious.
It is serious for a couple of reasons:
1. The rules have changed.
2. Things are serious.
3. We're on the South Side.
The South Side of The Gouge, isn't like the North. The first thing you notice is that it attracts a certain type of person. More specifically: a wealthier type of person. Which brings us to Rule Change No. 1: No more ordering the most popular thing on the menu.
We simply can't afford it. A quick perusal of the South Side menus has turned up a few places where a main can easily be $45. Each.
While on the North Side, we could happily order the popular ribs, or the must-have chicken, and still not spend more than $30 between us. On the South Side, we are just one specialty-suggestion away from blowing our food budget for the month. In fact, selecting "The Gouge" as a new nickname was probably very well judged.
Nothing makes reality kick in like having no money.
|I'm stealing bikes now! How are you going to pay for your meal?|
Rule Change No. 2: No more ordering the weirdest thing on the menu. Paying $15 for a disgusting photo got real old. Paying $45 for the same joke is not happening.
On with The First Contender:
In short: we have discovered a new Ying Chow. East Taste is everything Ying Chow used to be: loud, friendly, delicious food, fast service. When the waiter scolded us, shouting "Chop chop!", she wasn't telling us to pay our bill and GTFO, she was admonishing us to move our plates out of the way to make room for more food.
We kicked the night off with class. A few drinks, a little driving.
|Eyes on the road, Franzy ...|
More customers = More $$$ = Good
And lo and behold, they squeezed more people in and immediately brought them drinks. They are business geniuses.
|And brought out simultaneously. How did they think of that.|
The food was excellent in all sorts of delicious ways that will be outlined below:
|Shallot pancakes: Excellent. This shot was taken 7 seconds after the plate hit the table.|
|Flaming Kangaroo doused in fire: excellent. BBC (lower left corner) - like an old friend who never lets you down. Except for that one time at Ying Chow: excellent.|
|Hot eggplant thing in a bowl: despite the lack of meat, excellent.|
Thanks everyone for your patience over the hiatus. We have been finishing PhDs and some other stuff. Normal programming will resume as of now.