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Sik Gaek 10.01.2011

A long overdue update that spans the summer, Eatclub has been too busy to blog.  Much like starving during a car ride en route to the eating destination only to get there and overeat; chew on the next few paragraphs mindfully. New World Mall can be called the new and improved Flushing mall; clean and modern, NWM is all asian business upstairs and far east party downstairs. The beats pump out from Lan Zhou every minute; literally the pounding of the hand made noodle dough resonates throughout the food court, magnetically funneling noodle lovers from Jersey and beyond.

Hand pulled noodles pulling in customers

Vegetable noodle soup with added pickled cabbage, hot sauce, and vinegar.

A good Korean seafood pancake for $5.

Sik Gaek
40-01 149th Pl.
Flushing, NY 11354

Don’t let the name fool you, Sik Gaek (sounds like Shik-Gehk) is a seafood restaurant named after a Korean manga and movie of the same name.  History lesson aside, Sik Gaek is a much like a boisterous restaurant typical of what you would find in Seoul.  Any food shyness must be left behind as you dive into a giant pot of various creatures from the sea swimming in a spicy broth all the while toasting korean beer and fermented rice brew.

Gather 4 seafood lovers and order the haemool jung gol (seafood hot pot) filled with:  lobster, clams, crab, sea snail, abalone, mussels, octopus, squid, razor clams, udon noodles, rice cakes, and sprouts.  Phew, not for the faint of stomach.  All the ingredients were super fresh and some were still alive.

A spicy steaming bowl of unkosherness.
How to order the way a Korean would:
1.   Order both OB beer and makkoli by the bottle (impress others with your Korean drinking ettiqutte).
2.   Drink and repeat step 1.  Also, order food if you wish.
3.   Get the seafood hot pot, and request the squid be served live.
4.  Ask for a hot pot stir fry with the leftovers and rice.
5.  Repeat step 1.

Can you spot the 4 Koreans in this pic?


Spondivits — 8.24.11

If you’re looking for a place to eat around the Atlanta airport, specifically a really dive seafood place, then Spondivits is a good bet.  I’ll cut to the chase and say that Spondivits is a big tourist trap in a dodgy, unremarkable area.  My boyfriend was raised in Atlanta and never even heard of it.

But since my friend already went there before on a prior business trip, we decided to go again.  We opted for coconut shrimp for an appetizer and shared a bucket of lobster and crab legs. The coconut shrimp was just okay, although my friend really seemed to have enjoyed it.  The lobster tails were small but that was almost expected. If you like butter with your steamed seafood, then you would like the crab legs since they already came out buttered and oily.

Each bucket pretty much costs $30 on average, whether you just get the crab bucket, crab and lobster bucket, shrimp bucket or a combo of it all. The bucket and appetizer were enough for the both of us as we weren’t that hungry.  Add a bottle of Corona to that and I was completely full.

I don’t really see myself coming back here unless I had to eat by the airport and had plenty of time to kill. (During dinner time, you will have to wait 30 min. on average) You can find fresher crabs at Joe’s Crab Shack and luckily there are a few here.

But I’m looking forward to having some good, fresh seafood here in landlocked ATL and will definitely update you when I find it.

The good: We didn’t over order.

The bad: There is good dodgy, like Pocha 32, where you drink and eat out of tin bowls and cups…and then there is bad dodgy.  This is the bad, dirty kind of dodgy place.

The ugly:  Valet is the only way to park here. It’s lame, especially for a dodgy place.

Spondivits                                                                                                                                        1219 Virginia Ave                                                                                                                     Atlanta, GA 30344-5211


Boston Crawl – 04.09.2011

Corner Grille
806 Pleasant Street
Worcester MA 01602

Formaggio Kitchen
244 Huron Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
Saturday BBQ

Red Hook Brewery
1 Redhook Way
Portsmouth, NH 03801

The Clam Box
246 High Street
Ipswich, MA 01938

China Pearl
9 Tyler Street
Boston, MA 02111

The Bell in Hand Tavern
45 Union Street
Boston, MA 02108

Eagle’s Deli
1918 Beacon Street
Brighton, MA

Saturday Morning BBQ Breakfast

Saturday Morning BBQ Breakfast #2

The Clam Box

Bonus Vid:  Anna’s Taqueria

Bonus Vid:  Chinatown Roast Pork

Flaming Clam Grill

3465 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA

If you’ve done Korean BBQ and you’re asking what’s next, Flaming Cram Grill in Koreatown L.A. is the place to go. But please only go if you LOVE seafood.

I went with four other people and we opted for the largest portion of the seafood BBQ which is $100. (It’s cheaper if you prefer the raw cold platter) I found it was perfect for the five of us, especially because they give you a ton of side dishes as well.

Probably one of the most annoying things about eating seafood is how much work you have to do to get some meat. Well here, they do it all for you and our server even portioned it among our plates. It’s a lot of work to shuck oysters and cut scallops and I’d run after you as our waitress did if I thought you didn’t pay tip.

The platter we ordered came with clams, oysters, abalone, conch, scallops and shrimp. I’m glad they didn’t come seasoned because they were so good plain since it tasted so fresh.  The only item they seasoned was the abalone which they dipped into sesame oil and proved to be a great combination.

calms and oysters in foil

seafood heaven



jumbo shrimp

kal gooksu ending

Red hot pepper flakes which are so ubiquitous in Korean cuisine was noticeably absent in our meal. The only red-colored items that came out was the spicy duk boki (rice cakes) that came with cheese and our server also mixed rice, shellfish and red hot pepper paste as one of our side dishes, which also turned out to be a great combo.

Other side dishes included edamame, flour pancake, o-deng or fish cake soup, rice porridge and small salad. At the end, they serve kal gooksu, (knife cut noodles) and I’d say we were pretty full at that point. All in all, I really loved the food and the experience and would go again…when I budget enough $.

"Juk" and salad

"Pajun" or seafood pancake

egg and dukboki w/ cheese O-deng or fish cake soup

The Good
The seafood was fresh, fresh, fresh.

That’s probably why it was expensive.  But by the way, they sell cheap O-deng and kimbap rolls in the back.

Like in many Korean joints, there may be passed out and inebriated Koreans here on a week night. I should have taken a pic of the guy passed out cold and posted it on http://blackoutkorea.blogspot.com/

Ated and reviewed by teeth

Boston 2010

Boston mega-review

Annas Taqueria

Sound Bites

Barking Crab

Cafe Luna

Ah Boston, the big city with a plethora of bars but no food, or shall I say no food when you need it, say midnight.  Doesn’t late night drinking and late night binging go hand-in-hand?

Anyhow, there are gems in bean town; the easiest to find and most consistent being Anna’s Taqueria.  It is the burrito from this simple mexican shop that I miss the most every time I leave Boston.  Cheap, quick, and TASTY.  Not secret-guilty-pleasure-taco-bell tasty but mexi-cali tasty.  Yes, Anna’s delivers with authentic taste without any commercial compromise.  The chicken and al pastor burrito are rockin’ as well as the guac’.  They even fearlessly offer lengua as a filling.  Filling food that costs just pesos.  Anna, te amo.

Chips and guacamole

Grilled chicken taco (left) and taco al pastor (right)

A restaurant with a line out the door is one of two things:  over-hyped or truly worth it.  If the restaurant is a breakfast/brunch shop, then it is definitely the latter.  Sound bites patrons were anxiously waiting to get in the door because of hunger and also because of the chilly morning.  Still it did not deter us nor those standing in line.  I have to give Sound Bites a second chance and try them again.  It has a great vibe, efficient albeit rushed staff, and great food.  It is this last point I am confident is true even though my breakfast that morning was below average.  On a recommendation by corned beef connoisseur Kevin, I ordered the poached eggs over corned beef and toast.  Unfortunately, it tasted like camp fire corned beef out of can.  The food did not reflect the quality of everything else in the restaurant and they must have ran out of the good stuff.  Someone in the kitchen made the bonehead decision to substitute with the easily identifiable canned counterfeit.  Insider tip:  if you find yourself waiting in line in the cold, go inside and grab a hot drink from the self service beverage station to help your wait in the cold line.

Tasty challah french toast

Close-up of faux corned beef hash at Sound Bites

The lowly crab dwells on the dark seafloor and looks rather dangerous to eat.  The Barking Crab restaurant is also difficult to find and from the outside looks like a rundown shack.  However, the inside is warm and has a fun sea shanty-like decor reminiscent of a Spongebob episode.  Seafood allergists beware, the scent of shellfish hangs heavy in the air when you enter.  We ordered fried calamari, steamed mussels and the 4lb. mixed crab bowl.  No small amount even for 4 hungry eaters.  Overall the crab was good but not great, with the standout being the snow crab.  We were in New England; we should have ordered lobster.  What were we thinking?

Like celebrating Christmas in a tug boat

Mixed crab platter looks like a crab when served

Have a brunch date?  Then bring your gal-pal to Cafe Luna.  The food will unfortunately not impress but this breakfast/lunch spot is quaint and nicely decorated.  The space is small which will force a more personable expereince for you and said date, for better or worse.  Unbeknownst to me, my buddy brought me here on a man-date but I did not protest.  Eatclub requires, at times, sacrifice.  I ordered an omelette and blueberry pancakes, standard stuff but I was disappointed.  The omelette order was wrong and the pancakes were merely plain pancakes with a blueberry topping.  I didn’t have the heart to complain as I was starving and did not want to see food go wasted, even if it’s overly salty.  My friend ordered eggs benedict with corned beef which looked and tasted very delicious.  Clearly I ordered wrong but I was having bad luck with Boston corned beef and but a breakfast joint with bad pancakes?  omelettes?  The only way I would come back would be if it was another date, just not a man-date.

Brunch at Cafe Luna

At least Boston has good beer…