Downtown Brooklyn: Review of Sofia’s Cart

Sofia at cart

Sofia at her cart.

Boy do I hate to copy Food Network with this line but “The best sandwich I ever had…”came on a unsuspecting day when I went to meet the owners ofBrooklyn Cupcakes. We decided to meet at a Starbucks on the corner of Court St in downtown Cart_smallerBrooklyn.  I was walking across the street when a street vendor caught my attention.  I simply asked to take a photo and happened to mention that I was restaurant critic.  The owner Sofia, a petite Greek woman began to make gyro for me and also a chicken rice dish.  I noticed the menu is price friendly.  Most items average about $5 bucks or less.

As the food was being prepared, I  chatted with her son, a culinary student who hopes to take the business to new heights one day.  Because Sofia does not speak much English, her son shared her story of how she got into the business that she has been doing for over 20 years.  For sixteen years Sofia, has been a staple sighting on the corner.  Trying to put food on the table for her kids is how she began feeding probably thousands of New Yorkers over the years. Like Paula Deen’s story her sons would help their mother with the business.

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The best sandwich I ever had is the Sofia’s gyro comprised of tender marinated lamb meat over flowing on pita bread.  Ecstasy explodes in your mouth.

Van Nuys, CA: Chios Peruvian Grill

Ceviche at Chios

Although, I have eaten Peruvian cuisine I will not claim to be an expert on the authenticity of tastes.  Luckily, on this venture to the Chios Peruvian Grill, my dining partner was the expert.  We had a Peruvian chicken dish.  I ordered the quarter chicken.  It had great flavors and the two sides that I opted for were plantains and what they called a Peruvian bean which looked like Navy beans to me.

Mi pollo peruanas, plátanos y frijoles.

Mi pollo peruanas, plátanos y frijoles.

My dining partner ordered ceviche and a rice dish similar to Paella.  The presentation of all the dishes were splendid.  My dining partner commented on the overwhelming freshness of the food at this restaurants in comparison to many other Peruvian restaurants.

paella like dish

We thought some of the dished could stand a tad bit of salt or a smidgen of some seasoning but all in all we like Chios Peruvian Grill and we expect return to this location on Sepulveda Blvd.  The restaurant is located in the northern part of Van Nuys bordering North Hills.  The decor is nice for a simple date night and there is indoor and outdoor eating space.

Where: 7755 Sepulveda Blvd Van Nuys, CA 91405Van Nuys

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