Today, we continue our Where the Chefs Eat series with a female perspective when we chat with Anita Jaisinghani, Elouise Adams Jones and Erin Smith.
Standard go-to: I don't really have a "standard restaurant," since I usually eat at my own, but if I had to name one, it would have to be Feast. I could walk there from where I live and love going there, sometimes even by myself with a big stack of newspapers on Saturday for lunch -- my quiet personal down time. I love all the soups they do -- they do this cold almond soup with grapes that I would run there for.
Cheap eats: Laredo Taqueria -- barbacoa and nopales tacos. Breakfast has now become my favorite meal of the day, and on the rare occasion that I do not feel like cooking, we will pick up tacos from here. They are also one of the few restaurants open early in the morning.
Another fave: Hugo's -- I love their duck mole. I go there every few months just for that.
Standard go-to: Au Petit Paris. I love the setting in the old house, and the owners did a wonderful job of preserving the charm yet making it functional. The snapper and the sea bass are favorites, but I'm all over the menu. Escargot is definitely a favorite.
Cheap eats: Los Dos Amigos. It's always a toss-up between the Carnitas Rancheras and Chicken Fajitas.
Erin Smith Executive Chef of Plonk
Standard go-to: I love Giacomo's Cibo e Vino! It's around the corner from my apartment, so I go there for lunch on my way to work. I recommend ordering several antipasti (the involtini di melanzane alla parmigiana is my favorite) and a pasta like the tagliatelle alla bolognese.
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Cheap eats: Tacos Tierra Caliente food truck at the West Alabama Ice House is my obvious answer for a "cheap eats" spot. I can walk there. Everything they make is delicious, but I recommend you try the lengua tacos.
Vegetarian: I fell in love with a vegetarian restaurant, Shri Balaji Bhavan, a few weeks ago and have been back several times since.