Num Pang Sandwich Shop

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Had a Cambodian inspired sandwich recently? No? No problem, you can just go to Num Pang Sandwich Shop at one of their five NYC stores. I stopped by their Grand Central location.

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It’s a quick-serve environment, mainly take-out, but a couple of the locations have seating. One thing that themes all of the locations is the fun, vibrant graffiti-clad walls and the hip-hop music that you’ll hear. Since it’s not Burger King, they request that you don’t ask to modify their sandwiches and enjoy them as they’ve been designed. Which, is no problem since there’s really something for everyone, including great salads and sides. 

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I ordered Roasted Cauliflower (Cucumber, Pickled Carrots, Cilantro, Chili Mayo, Chinese and Thai Eggplant Spread, Chili Soy). This sandwich was awesome. First off, this thing is meant best for the likes of Mick Jagger or a snake with an unhinged jaw…it’s huge. Once you get past the fact that you probably won’t be a clean-eater, you’re able to enjoy it’s awesomeness. The bread is toasted, crisp on the outside, warm and pillowy on the inside. Then you have the creamy chili mayo on top of the fresh, crunchy cucumbers and pickled shredded carrots. The roasted cauliflower has a great crunch to it, but still a little bit tender on the inside. One of the most special things about this sandwich is actually the Chinese and Thai eggplant spread. I’d like to order a jar of that, please. It’s savory, a little bit sweet, and has a great heat behind it. 

The Shorts:
Name: Num Pang Sandwich Shop
Location: 140 East 41st Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? That eggplant spread alone got me hooked.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely. Super legit sandwiches, with a great variety. 

Restaurant L’Avenue

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If you’re going to do brunch in Montreal, you should go to L’Avenue located in Plateau Mont-Royal. Now, there will be a line outside, and you’ll have to deal with it…but, you probably won’t wait more than 20 minutes or so. Inside, the wall is covered in fun graffiti and a motorcycle hanging from the ceiling (don’t worry, it won’t fall if you’re sitting under it…hopefully). The music also makes the environment, the playlists are fun, with good energy. 

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If you’re an Eggs Benedict fan, this is the place for you, they have a wide variety of Benedicts to choose from. I figured they knew how to make a great crepe too, so, I went for the Whole Wheat Crepe with cinnamon baked apples and cottage cheese. Each dish is also served with their signature fresh fruit skewers. The crepe was delicious, light and had lots of flavor. The skewers are the perfect accompaniment as well, fresh and perfectly portioned. 

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And of course, real Maple Syrup.

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Oh, and whether you need to use the bathroom or not, you have to go inside (yes, it’s black lit). Best party bathroom. Ever.

The Shorts:
Name: Restaurant L’Avenue 
Location: 922 Mt Royal Ave E, Montreal
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. Good food, good tunes, good ambiance.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. Brunch it up!