The number of restaurant meals eaten at home is expected to grow by 20% in the next 10 years. Online food ordering is currently at an all-time high with “food” being the number 1 Google search category and “restaurant vouchers” not far behind.
Featuring over 250,000 menus from more than 200 local markets, allmenus.com is increasingly enabling us to order our favorite dishes not only from established biggies but many local eateries featuring artisan cooking as well. In NYC for instance, hungry take-out diners not only have their pick of Dominos or Subway but also direct online access to some of my everyday favorites like:
Texas Rotisserie & Grill
Billing themselves, “The Big Taste of Texas in a New York Minute”, Texas Rotisserie and Grill serves up top quality BBQ fast food at
fair prices. There is a great deal of debate surrounding what is the most authentic BBQ joint in NYC. There really isn’t an agreed upon destination, but one thing is for sure…this place delivers the comfort food using fresh and not overly fatty ingredients.
Sure Texas Rotisserie & Grill is a local chain and closely approximates what Boston Market offers but this is where the similarities end. Their cornbread is really a corn muffin, not pasty in the least with a real pieces of corn enhancing the flavor. Their mac and cheese is very creamy but in a good way….not salty and overly yellow. You’ll see chickens roasting in a huge rotisserie behind the counter but the fried chicken is to die for…crisp and not the least bit greasy! Charcoal flame grilled hamburgers, and wicked hot buffalo wings round out the major entrees.
Don’t miss out on their pot pies baked in sweet potato crust and their steak and philly beef sandwiches loaded with succulent caramelized onions and rich steak sauce. From their selection of 34 sides, I highly recommend their fried okra, real (not powdered) mashed potatoes, and their sweet plantain. Genuinely finger lickin’ good without the propaganda!
The fusion menu here covers Thailand (crispy roasted duck in red curry) to Japan (addictive ginger-accented chicken gyoza),
China (succulent tamarind-glazed spareribs), and Malaysia (chicken laksa in spicy coconut broth). Dishes also range in size from extra small ($4) to extra large ($14), making it simple to choose according to your appetite and budget. Small dishes include the Calamari Fritters with light-spicy ginger-avocado sauce cut into strips rather than the typical rings or seasoned duck apple salad accompanied with sweet sticky rice and fresh sliced mango. From the ‘medium’ list, try the Thai ‘Mieng-Kum’ Coconut Wraps; a combination of ginger, onion, peanuts, lime, crispy shallot and roasted coconut flakes in a Boston lettuce wrap. From the large dishes, try the Duck Pad Thai, crispy duck mixed in rice noodles stir-fried with eggs, tofu, bean sprouts, scallion and sprinkled peanuts.
A husband and wife team in the kitchen, each respectively from Jamaica and
St. Louis, rustle up a unique flavor stemming from their combination of Chinese seasoning and Jamaican sauces. Your first bite will undoubtedly be cornbread served with raspberry cream sauce. Menu standouts include cinnamon packed candied yams; bammy, a Jamaican staple of crisp fried yucca or cassava cakes; meaty, unusually tender baby back ribs dry rubbed, slow smoked with Mesquite for 10 hours, and slathered in honey barbecue sauce spiked with rum. My favorites are melt in your mouth fried catfish with grits, smoky flavored collard greens, grilled salmon with a side of sweet plantains, and mac and cheese that’s good enough to be a main dish on its own.
photos courtesy of Steve Mirsky & Allmenus.com