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I admit, its been a busy traveling June for
stuffing my face working…
Strolling through one of the many cool neighborhoods in Chicago, we decided to again take the advice of local Cleveland foodasauruses @Cleveland222 and @khwatts and Chicago munchas @lmuehara and SouthernMatt – and we headed to Lincoln Park for Del Seoul (@Del_Seoul).
Bustling sidewalk traffic keeps this place busy as the staff cranks out tons of local favorites.
Located at 2568 North Clark Street (daily from 11a-10p) – this easy access location is perfect for a quick bite or lunch on the go.
Lines are brisk and inside is brand spankin new.
Inside, you order your food and they table card you with flags.
Since it was a beautiful day in Chicago, we opted for the take out (Take Away for you across the pond fans).
Our peeps said to go for the gipper and try the Kimchee fries…twist my arm.
Kimchee Fries: French Fries topped with sautéed kimchi, onions and pork belly scallions, melted cheddar and jack, sour cream – $6.95
The fries were delicious but we wished they were more crispy. The pork belly was delicious and as you can see, the world is covered by the melted cheddar and jack as well as a healthy dose of sour cream.
Our line has mixed emotions on warm kimchee.
Cold will bring the texture and crisp out in the foods
Hot will bring the kimchee juice into the fries.
I guess the great debate for fries and toppings wage on.
Either way, we will be ordering these again.
Kalbi Tacos: BBQ beef short rib, cilantro-onion relish secret slaw and sesame – $2.50 each
Despite the LA sounding tacos, this was just OK. I prefer more crunch in my tacos esp since it says slaw. Also Kalbi needs to be shredded more. for cleaner easier bites.
Korean BBQ “Banh Mi” Sandwich – Spicy BBQ Chicken: Spicy Grilled Chicken w/ soy, garlic and Korean Chilis – $5.75
Chicken was well prepared, but my guess is the line didn’t have a Korean on the line. Like your Mom, I wish it was more spicy. Bread was great.
Korean BBQ “Banh Mi” Sandwich – Korean Ribeye Steak (bulgogi): Korean style ribeye steak w/ seet-soy, soju marinade – $5.95
Meat was seasoned well and the sandwich was meat heavy. NICE! We love how the bread soaks up the au jus from the bulgogi.
Korean BBQ “Banh Mi” Sandwich – Sesame-chili shrimp – Hand-battered panko shrimp, sesame-chili aioli, banh mi veg – $6.95
This reminded me of a LA PoBoy more than a Vietnamese Banh mi. Probably because of the heavy aioli.
BTW-Just because you add Japanese panko to your deep-frying of shrimp…doesn’t make this more Asian.
Either way, this my #2 pick because it reminded me of a shrimp PoBoy.
Korean BBQ “Banh Mi” Sandwich – Spicy BBQ Pork: Korean Gochujang marinade, Tangy sweet, smokey and grilled – $5.75
This should be their banner sandwich. as. it. was. freaking. delicious.
Lots of heat here in the gochujang (or kochujean sauce). Got the hint of sweet and smokey for sure. Grill marks? Damn straight!
Best part? It was stuffed to the max w/ delicious succulent pork.
Just unbutton your pants and order two.
Either way, Del Seoul will be on our Chicago list for great food and great location.
Munchamuncha yobo fans…
Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…
The last trip to Louisiana was terrible to say the least.
So when given a chance to sample “authentic” cajun food right here in Cleveland, I was skeptical to say the least. But never have @Cleveland222 and @KHWatts led us astray (reference Lotus of Siam in Vegas post). If you don’t follow them on Twitter, you’re missing out.
So on their orders, we headed to South Euclid in search of Battiste & Dupree Cajun Grill. Our first and second attempts failed as they were closed….but after seeing their “winter kitchen hours” we were back on track.
Located at 1922 Warrensville Center Road in a non-descript neighborhood strip mall, it is one of the more unassuming dining establishments in Cleveland…ie get your dry cleaning done, eat dinner, get a 6 pack of Schlitz, condoms, and lotto tickets…you get the idea.
But don’t be fooled by the simplistic outside advertisement street front sign.
Inside is like a New Orleans party waiting to happen.
The dining room is quaint – like seats 15 people comfortably. These close quarters make it a very intimate setting no matter where you are seated. Random too.
The menu is easy to read with a TON of choices – every step of the way, assisted by Junior who is the cooker, the baker, the candlestick maker. Seriously, this guy is the front of the house, bar tender, server, bus boy, take out counter, expiditer, phone operator, order taker, take away handler, waiter, water guy, DJ, marketeers, and most importantly, table schmoozer. I thought I do alot - you should see this guy in action! A visit to this restaurant is worth it just to see Junior in his element.
Our drinks came served in mason jars.
Two words: deliciously strong.
Do not be fooled…strong.
BTW-DJ Junior was quite random as we heard a mix of 80s rock, jazz, and country music being played for us.
First dish to appear: Red Beans & Rice – $6.25
Slightly spicy and clearly made with the classic southern trinity mirepoix which are onions, celery, and bell peppers (instead of carrots) – this was great. Also VERY large cuts of sausage makes a customer extremely happy too. Can’t go wrong with this authentic dish.
Second dish: Chicken and Sausage Gumbo in spicy stock – $8.50
This heat was intense…not in an overpowering way, but warming your soul kinda way. Large bowl too! Deep flavors and rich spiciness brought this gumbo as the best gumbo we’ve had in Cleveland.
As you can see, clearly using traditional ingredients and you can tell the contents of the gumbo. Awesome job. I thought there was a hint of coffee in the gumbo too (maybe too many Hurricanes at this point). Just order it-you won’t be disappointed.
Chicken Remoulade: A Chicken croquette, topped with remoulade sauce, served with Creole corn and jambalaya – $13.95
Croquettes were G-B-D, the remoulade sauce was spicy and the creole corn brought everything together. Already falling in love with this outstanding dish!
Chicken Etouff’ee – $10.25
This rich sauce was nothing like I’ve had before.
Most of the Etouffee I had in Louisiana was thin and soup-like. This Etouffee was dark, rich, complex, and definitely something you’d want to mix in your rice…or pour down your pants. Either way, you should order this now….and pour it down your pants.
Classically, we know this dish is usually served with shrimp, but we opted on the recommendation by Junior with his favorite – Chicken.
Shrimp Po’Boys breaded shrimp & seasoned with “Bayou Boy Blend” served on a loaf of French bread and dressed with remoulade, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and American cheese – $10.50 or (2) for $18.00 (served from 5p-7:30p).
This was the winner-winner-chicken-dinner. So. Frickin. Delicious. Best Thing I Ever Ate.
First off , shrimp was well prepared. Perfectly cooked and seasoned, this truly is the start of a great PoBoy.
Most other places deluge the PoBoy with mayo…not Battiste & Dupree Cajun Grill – this light drizzling of remoulade was perfect. Perfectly dressed.
This French bread was lightly crispy on the outside and thick on the inside. Additionally a few minutes on the grill top (with our friend butter) was a perfect touch in sealing in more flavors.
Don’t be afraid of the plain Jane slices of American Cheese. It is a PERFECT match here as they sit separating the tomato. This cheese layer prevents the shrimp soggy from our friend the tomato, plus the heat from the shrimp lightly melts the cheese and the remoulade provides a layer of fat that helps seals everything in. Love this.
Compared to other PoBoys, how good was it? Hmmm, like hit on your boss’ daughter right in front of him good. Daaammmmnnn!
Ending our meal, Junior brought out a praline dish which an old school creole/New Orleans famous dessert.
Doesn’t look like much but believe you me, we could have had at least 6 more of these rich desserts. De-freakin-licious.
So should you go? We suggest you call in sick to work and visit Battiste & Dupree Cajun Grill immediately.
Junior, thanks to you and your outstanding staff for a great dinner. We can’t wait to see you for your upcoming secret dinner. I so hope you will have 5 PoBoys just for me.
Show your boobies cause I wish I had a PoBoy for lunch today.
Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…