Lines weren't too bad last night, plus you can stare at that 34-foot screen while waiting.
Fried Chicken from Soi 29 ($6)
It's first marinated in chili, shallots, palm sugar, and shrimp paste, then coated in rice flour, returned to the marinade, then gets a jacket of Nestle's Nestum cereal. The breast meat is juicy, the dipping sauce is brightly flavored (fish sauce, lime, palm sugar, chili, ginger, garlic), and the outside is crackly-crunchy and peppery—we gnawed on these two pieces to the bone.
Som Tum from Soi 29 ($3)
Green papaya shreds, long beans, and tomatoes dressed with lime, chili, palm sugar, fish sauce, and peanut crumbles. A punchy palate cleanser between bites of fried chicken.
Braised Beef with Sour Orange Curry from Soi 29 ($9)
Served with mustard greens on a bed of jasmine rice. This is one dish we'd definitely come back for. It's a hearty portion, perfect with a cold beer, and the curry does not hold back on the heat. Dieterle was right in warning us about the spicy levels here. It made our lips tingle for a few minutes, which just had us forking up more.
Thai Iced Tea from Soi 29 ($3)
Lots of turmeric gives it that bright tiger-orange shade. The spice mix is all stirred up with condensed milk for a refreshing, totally chugguable and not too sweet drink. This is what we wanna slurp when we're craving Thai iced tea.
Käsekrainer from Edi & the Wolf ($6)
Polish-style sausage stuffed with molten gruyere that's ready to ooze out when you bite into it. Wolfgang Ban, the Wolf part of Edi & the Wolf, says he works with "a guy named Steve" in Greenpoint to get these sausages just the way he wants them. "People just think of German sausages at biergartens, but I wanted to get in touch with Polish roots with this one." It's also served with white cabbage and a tub of horseradish mustard for dunking.
Weisswurst from Edi & the Wolf ($6)
Pork-veal sausage blend served with Austrian potato salad. This sausage needs a good dunk in the horseradish mustard for some extra flavor (the Käsekrainer, on the other hand, doesn't really). A fine platter with a cold hefeweizen.
Pretzel from Edi & the Wolf ($3)
Imported from Munich in half-baked form then heated up here. Though authentic, it was a little dry, and no better than any streetside pretzel we could pick up around the corner.
Lobster BLT from Ed Brown ($12)
While $12 is definitely on the friendlier end of lobster roll price tags, this wasn't the best use of four tickets. The lobster hunks are drenched in a weird lemon-zesty mayo and the Nueske's bacon on top is chewy, almost to the point of stale jerky chewy. There's a pile of lettuce and tomato underneath with some avocado hiding in there. Also, it's more of a fork-required situation; hands alone aren't all that productive.
Littlenecks from Ed's Raw Bar ($6 for 4)
Served on ice with lemon wedge, cocktail sauce, mignonette, and hot horseradish. They're also selling Bluepoint oysters (three for $6) which we didn't try but expect are a good use of tickets.
Clam Chowder from Ed Brown ($6)
Nice big chunks of clam, potato, and celery in a broth that's thick but not very rich, a little milky. Served with Westminster oyster crackers.
Brisket Sandwich from Fatty Snacks ($9)
It looked outstanding. All that beef brisket piled high with magenta pickled onions, cilantro, chili jam, and smoked cheese sauce. But, eesh, no thanks. Far too much shrimp paste. Everything tasted like.. shrimp paste. We shoved it aside after a bite.
Pork Hot Dog with Pickled Slaw from Fatty Snacks ($6)
Another disappointment from Fatty Snacks. Biting into it, we were expecting a juicy but firm sausage with a little tug from the casing, but what we got was mushy meat paste spilling out. The texture was all off. If you're in a sausage and beer mood, which is a good mood to be in, stick with Edi & the Wolf.
Lemonade from Fatty Snacks ($3)
Tangy and mouth-puckery from all the lemon, but a little too sweet.