Monday mornings are tough, but this series isn't. Social Sightings offers a quick taste of interesting food tidbits that we've recently spotted. It goes down as easy as your first cup of coffee, and should whet your appetite for the week ahead.
It's easy to slip into the habit of always ordering the same thing at your favorite restaurants, but some kitchens make it tougher by offering fun and creative specials. For instance, Brutal Poodle's regular menu is full of heavy hitters (much like its playlist), but it also goes all in for off-the-menu items, which are often inspired by its favorite bands. Recent examples include Mac-tallica Headbanger Mac & Cheese, the I Did It All for the Cookie ice cream sundae, and the Nathan Explosion, a relleno-topped burger honoring the frontman of fictional metal band Dethklok.
Pizza and beer are a classic combo, and one that Hops & Pie does right. But we also love this Tennyson spot for its sandwich of the week special
. From five-spice fried chicken to a banh mi with crispy pork belly to smoked brisket, you never know what special you'll find on any given visit — and we wouldn't have it any other way.
Eighth Avenue bakery La Fillette (which is planning a move to a bigger location
on East 14th Avenue this year) is well known for its breakfast sandwiches
, but it should be on your list of lunch spots, too. It regularly offers new midday options, such as the Spicy Lamborghini with braised lamb and feta or a cold-cut combo on its airy focaccia. Pastry flavors change monthly as well, which means there are many reasons to visit here, and visit often.
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Not only does Fire on the Mountain offer a new sauce flavor monthly, it also goes far beyond wings with its regularly rotating specials. Before August ends, stop by the Highland location for fried cheese curds, a peach and feta salad, and the Carver, a sandwich with grilled chicken breast tossed in spicy peanut sauce, wasabi mayo and peanut coleslaw on ciabatta.
The owners of vegan eatery Somebody People just opened a vegan pizza place called Everyday Pizza
. While "vegan" may turn some people off, the best way to get a taste of Trisha and Sam Maher's "vegetable-forward" approach to food is at Somebody People's Sunday Supper, which offers a prix fixe menu of five courses for $35 per person. The menu changes weekly, but it never disappoints and is always surprising in its appeal to meat lovers and veggie lovers alike.