Quick snaps from Connie and Teds
Cold lobster roll with mayonnaise - this great version of it survived takeout really well - the roll maintained its structure well enough to complement the lobster
Chowder - Rhode Island (clear) and New England (creamy); we couldn’t decide so got both (there’s also a Manhattan)
Fried chicken sandwich - the crust of the chicken stayed crispy enough on the ride home
Gumbo that was reheated for later - nice and unctuous, with good depth of flavor that didn’t rely on salt
I love Gjusta, and I will continue to order from them and enjoy it; however, this is the first time I’ve had it delivered, and my order didn’t handle the extra delay that well. Previously, I’d picked up or eaten in, and I think I’ll opt for one of this options from now on. Specifically the bread on the Banh mi americano was soggy throughout. Given I had just bought a baguette and sourdough from them, I should have just repurposed the filling into some fresh bread.
Beef brisket sandwich (I still miss the prime rib sandwich!)
Banh Mi Americano
They, along with Il Romanista and Superfine, have been my favorite pizzas during this pandemic. Ronan cooks their pizzas most of the way and then provides reheating instructions, and the crust turns out really nicely, with plenty of chew and just enough crisp. They definitely scratch the Sotto itch (and maybe even surpasses the pizzas from Sotto (RIP), which were a touch overbalanced on chew and under balanced on crisp).
This was my 2nd time ordering, 1st time with delivery (the other time was pick up). The original ETA was 60 minutes, but it took 90 minutes. I was a bit bummed out at not being given a realistic ETA, and now looking back and reading all the articles, it sounds like Doordash service probably waited until a 2nd order was made and then had them both delivered at once. Yet another reason to order directly with the restaurant and pick up yourself.
We ordered 3 pizzas, and this was two of them (the third being the How Nduja Want It)
Sweet cheeks (with Honey) - great combination and not overly cloying
Margherita - nothing needs to be said
Reheated Silkie Chicken Broth from PRD
I think this is no longer available, but this is definitely Asian mom approved. My mom loved it!
I was honored to be @PorkyBelly ‘s delivery driver for this and for Jame, repaying the favor from prior occasions!
As mentioned before, this pizza is excellent, and it survives reheating extremely well. My favorite was the peperonata, though they all were fantastic.
My first time eating food from this restaurant, and under these not-so-great times, but the homemade pasta was glorious. I think @J_L has been a cheerleader for this place for a while, and I can see why.
Really really loved the tagliatelle with ragu and the squid ink bavette. They use olive oil liberally, and I enjoyed the extra decadence.
Calling this place a “pop-up” is unfair, as I believe they have been serving BBQ in West Adams during the weekends for a long while now. Lonnie Edwards and his family provide home made southern style BBQ in their mobile smoker. During the weekends, they park it outside of a loan office and take walk-in traffic (though I was able to text and preorder). QPR is outstanding, though I also think the absolute Q part of that equation is fantastic.
We ordered a slab of ribs, some rib tips, and beef links. This came with potato salad, beans, and white bread, and we also ordered Mac and cheese. We were huge fans of this place - the ribs were really succulent, with the meat falling off the bone (yes, I concede that some would call this overcooked), and I found the meat flavorful, with all the bbq sauce really nicely cooked through. They make their own bbq sauce and rub. The potato salad tasted homemade in the best way, and my wife really enjoyed the Mac and cheese, saying it actually tastes like A well executed version of Mac and cheese And not Mac and cream . Definitely going to try this again.