The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

DOWNTOWN LAYLA’S: HOOKAH RUMORS UNFOUNDED? (UPDATED)

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1/27/2009 A while back I reported that according to owner Dino Sakakini, the downtown location of Layla’s Falafel was opening within a matter of weeks. That was over two months ago. The delay is not really a huge surprise to those following the story as the space has been leased for nearly two years. Once […] [Read More]
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INAUGURATION WEEK WRAP-UP: A FESTIVAL OF FOOD

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Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridian, New York. 1/26/2009 I wish I could have updated sooner but it has been a busy week. Well, I really haven’t been back to work since I was down in Washington covering the inauguration. Inauguration day meals consisted mostly of Triscuits on the bus and a mess of Special […] [Read More]
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VALENCIA ON FOOD NETWORK: THE LBC FORGETS TO SET HIS TIVO

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ABOVE: Chef and co-owner Michael Young employs a little Don Julio Blanco for effect while cooking for the lunch rush at Valencia Luncheria in Norwalk. VALENCIA LUNCHERIA: 172 MAIN ST., NORWALK 1/13/2009 Last night, Guy Fieri’s Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives featured Valencia Luncheria in Norwalk. Yeah, I know. Too late. I knew […] [Read More]
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SONO UPDATE: LUSHE’S SONO DINER

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1/13/2009 ANOTHER QUICK UPDATE: Owing to the downturn in the economy, Lushe Gjuraj, the owner of several area restaurants is retooling and converting Habana Restaurant and Bar in SoNo into an ‘upscale diner’ to open in the next week. Lushe’s SoNo Diner, at 70 N. Main St., will open as early as Thursday, pending city inspections. […] [Read More]
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KELLEY AND PING: BUDGET SOHO

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Noodle soup with duck broth and meat, egg noodles, wontons and vegetables at Kelley and Ping, SoHo. $10.50. 1/11/2009 KELLEY AND PING: 127 GREENE ST., NEW YORK CITY While running around the city with a friend-of-a-friend from LA, we and ducked into Kelley and Ping in SoHo for lunch. I’d probably stop by more often […] [Read More]
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THE LBC ON ASSIGNMENT: CAPITOL HILL

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Trust me, this tastes way better than it looks. 1/06/2009 GOOD STUFF EATERY: 303 PENNSYLVANIA AVE. SE, WASHINGTON D.C. It’s fairly apparent that I’ve never met a cheeseburger I didn’t like, but today with the Colletti’s Smokehouse burger from Good Stuff Eatery in D.C., I can honestly say I’ve never been happier to lay eyes […] [Read More]
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¡HOLY CABRITO! GOAT TACO ALERT

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Tacos de barbacoa de cabrito at Casa Villa, Stamford. 1/04/2008 CASA VILLA: 182 WEST MAIN ST, STAMFORD I’ve never been accused of being a glass-half-full kind of guy. But, after realizing I was an hour early for the Three Kings Day event at the Yerwood Center in Stamford, I had a clear vision of this […] [Read More]
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THE GREAT FRENCH FRY ROLLBACK OF OUGHT-NINE

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1/2/2009 While I am not generally one for new year’s resolutions, I will say this: in 2009 I will make an effort to control my famously substantial appetite for French fries. Let me make one thing clear, I’m not vowing to avoid fries altogether this year. I am just proposing to give up the baskets […] [Read More]
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