Friday, November 9, 2012
Damascus Bread & Pastry Shop
Here come three words I never thought would cross my lips, three words I always assumed I would be even less likely say than "Let's Go Yankees" or "Sweet, Jersey Shore":
It's too garlicky.
Now, don't get me wrong, I finished the first container within two days of buying it - I unleashed a burp after slathering this on a White Castle burger that I am relatively sure Elizabeth will be reminding me of until 2017 - and I've purchased more since then. I like it. But man, it would actually taste better if there was a less pronounced garlic flavor. I've finally found something with too much garlic.
This is getting too weird. Let's move on.
"No, thanks," I interrupted him. "I'll do that at home."
"Or, you're not eating it now, you're taking it home?" he replied. "Then you want to get two pies."
I assured him that if it was good I would be back for more.
It was really good. After heating it a few minutes in the oven, the dough was warm, a touch crisp on the corners and flaky throughout. And the chicken was really tasty. It wasn't spicy, so I slathered a little garlic sauce on a piece, which certainly boosted the flavor but did not really make the pie any better.
And, at $2, it's one of the best deals around. (I paid ten dollars for a pint of beer the other evening, which might have set the new standard for how expensive food and drinks are in this neighborhood.)
Why not, I thought to myself. I was hungry. The sandwich was ready in a minute and I took it home with me. It wasn't until I removed it from the bag that I felt the weight of it; the thing felt close to two pounds.
my beloved chicken tarna from Zankou - what I called probably my favorite sandwich in the world - but it was one of the best things I have eaten in a long time.
Notice how the last photo is surrounded by foil? I hadn't thought I could finish the sandwich so I wrapped it in foil and put it in the fridge. Three minutes later I said "Screw it, I want to eat the rest of it."
I considered going back a few hours later and getting another, but decided to wait.
Damascus is definitely a gem and I plan to eat my way through most of what they have to offer over the next few months. They have sujuk and basturma that I have yet to try. In fact, I haven't decided what I am making tomorrow for football-watching. Maybe I should use one of those? We'll see.
Posted by JustinM at 10:00 AM