Red Star Sandwich Shop

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Sandwiches, people love them, right? Sure. I’m actually not wild about them (shhhh don’t judge), but, if they’re delicious enough, you’ve got me. And, if a place is serving them with amazing sides? Ok, definitely in. Well, you’ll find all that at Red Star Sandwich Shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. This fast-casual spot is serving up a variety of delicious Asian-American sandwiches, along with some equally tasty sides. Oh, and they even have a great collection of board games to play while you eat. No one said they had to be for the kids. Being mainly veggie, they had me covered with different options, and I was pretty pumped.

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To start, I had the Seaweed Noodle Salad. It was the perfect little bowl to get as a side. It’s light, but still has a wonderfully delicate vinegar flavor, mixed with sesame seeds, that goes so well with the noodles, cabbage and seaweed.

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Next, I had their Tater Tots as another side. So, heads up, these are probably my most favorite tater tots I’ve eaten. Why? Well, because they’re amazingly awesome, and they’re scratch made. Forget those frozen tots you’ve had in school, and probably in some lazy restaurants, and focus in on these little guys. They’re perfectly crisp and golden brown on the outside, and then, the inside is basically like mashed potatoes. Yeah, you’re pretty much eating fried mashed potato balls, and it’s incredible. Get some of their chili sauce on the side, and it might be the best decision you make that day.

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Finally, I had their Fried Tofu Sandwich (sautéed shiitake mushroom, corn, mixed greets, sweet Dijon mustard). This was great. The tofu has a marinade, making it really flavorful. The shiitakes are kind of everything in this sandwich though. They’re tender and savory, and really go well with all the ingredients. I love corn, so you could literally throw that in any dish and I’d eat it, and the sweet mustard brought everything together really nicely.

The Shorts:
Name: Red Star Sandwich Shop
Location: 176 Smith Street, Brooklyn NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Absolutely. The staff is awesome, and the restaurant itself is open and airy and super inviting.
Would I recommend it? For sure. And get those tots now, because rumor on the street is, they might be taking them off the menu (insert panic here). So, eat them, and then sign a petition to keep them on the menu.

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Burgers. Super American, right? Well, they’ve got them all over Brazil, you can find them at many luncheonettes, but, there really aren’t any stand-alone burger joints. Now, in Vila Magdalene, Sao Paulo, you can go to newly opened KOD Burgers, and I went on the opening night.

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This quick serve restaurant focus on all homemade ingredients, without frills. The menu will change occasionally from day to day, depending on what ingredients are in play that day. Vegetarians and vegans can also dine in with at least one veggie option every day.

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Since I don’t eat meat, I went for their vegetarian option that day, the Chick Chick (Burger vegano de grão-de-bico, tofu e curry). Now, the group I went with all had the beef burgers and loved them. So, I have to think they’re doing something right. However, I didn’t really love my veggie burger as much. I can respect the fact that it’s all made in house, using fresh and local ingredients. And, since it isn’t the only variation of veggie burgers that they offer (although it was that night), they might have tastier options to be tried. 

The Shorts:
Name: KØD
Location: Rua Mourato Coelho 1134 São Paulo, Brazil
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Personally, might not be my spot.
Would I recommend it? For meat eaters and burger enthusiasts, yes. There was a lot of positive feedback on the beef patties.