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Soft-cooked egg on rice cake at Miso Izakaya
There's a lot to love at Miso these days. The duck buns are juicy, the ramen milky and satisfying. But my favorite treat from this izakaya is also one of the most unassuming (and cheapest, at $3). It's a dish that recalls the pleasures of childhood breakfasts — the soft egg and crispy toast. But here the crunch is provided by a rice cake, which the egg sits primly atop until broken, when the yellow yolk runs down into the rice and creates a simple treat that feels decadent all the same. 619 Edgewood Ave. 678-701-0128. www.misoizakaya.com.
Crab salad at Empire State South
Ryan Smith has a knack for juxtaposition. Give him a dainty piece of fluke, he'll add crispy pig ears. Or, as with his crab salad, give him the delicacy of crab meat, and he'll find crunch and heat to act as perfect counterpoints. This past spring's crab salad was a medley of contrasts: crab, peanuts, slivers of hot peppers. It evoked all that's good about traditional seafood salad but turned it on its head, giving it crunch, nuttiness and spice, and eschewing mayo for a housemade contrivance called peanut milk. Literally, the milk you can squeeze from a peanut if you're Ryan Smith. It was both amazingly pleasurable but also cerebral, and that's a juxtaposition I can get behind. 999 Peachtree St. 404-541-1105. www.empirestatesouth.com.
@TheGorgeousJR: "[It is] very inexpensive; we sell it at the shop. You can get it…
Where can you buy caul fat?
This looks amazing. However, I see a bell pepper on the counter, and bell pepper…
Love pork belly.
Some food just doesn't photograph well, even if it is tasty.