Each Friday, this list will track five of the best things Heavy Table’s writers, editors, and photographers have recently bitten or sipped. Have a suggestion for the Hot Five? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dhalpourie at Marla’s Caribbean Cuisine
Almost as good as trip to Tobago, Marla’s Dhalpourie flatbread is so satisfying that you might find yourself neglecting the excellent curries it accompanies. The bread starts as a ball of dough filled with a mixture of ground yellow peas, turmeric, garlic, roasted cumin, and a suspicion of habanero pepper. It’s rolled to a diameter of around a foot (and a thickness of almost nothing), baked to order on a griddle, and served hot. See a Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives episode about the bread.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Submitted by Jane Rosemarin]
Hog Frites at Surly Brewing
These fries are like poutine on crack: giardiniera, magically light cheese sauce, and perfectly pulled pork. There were audible gasps from the dude bros on either side of us at the bar.
[Last Week on the Hot Five: #1 | Submitted by Kate NG Sommers]
Corned Beef Sandwich at Paddy Shack at Halftime Rec
This sandwich is worth eating over and over, to the exclusion of whatever else is on the menu. The corned beef is sinfully tender, the Kerrygold cheddar is nutty, the horseradish mayo packs a teeny-tiny but critical kick, and the coleslaw balances everything out with a fresh, herbaceous crunch. It is a symphony that sandwich lovers will hear echoing through their heads.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | From a review by Ted Held]
Noodles at Macy’s Skyroom
Macy’s Skyroom noodles are good in a fast-food ramen sort of way: The chewy noodles are a great contrast to the fresh veggies and thinly sliced meat. The broth was remarkably good … not too salty, yet with a lot of flavor.
[Last Week on the Hot Five: #2 | Submitted by Brenda Johnson]
Cardamom Bread from Aki’s BreadHaus
Cardamom bread from Aki’s BreadHaus has a sweetness that’s subtle, not overpowering with sugar or frosting. Just toast it and serve with butter, or butter and jam, for a gentle, civilized breakfast or snack.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Submitted by Amy Rea]