Where the Chefs Eat: Joseph Stayshich, Mike Potowski, Daniel Nossa
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg Joseph Stayshich's daughter loves the morning thali at Pondicheri.
This week, we check in with the chefs from the Benjy's family -- Joseph Stayshich, Mike Potowski and Daniel Nossa -- to find out where they like to chow down about H-town. While all the answers are thoughtful and give a good roadmap of great eats around town, Nossa, who calls himself the "sandwich guy" at Local Foods, is obviously a foodie. His recommendations are so detailed and specific that you might want to print this out and hang it on your refrigerator, or take notes as you go along.
Executive chef, Benjy's in the Village
Photo by Gina Stayshich Chef Joseph Stayshich
Standard go-to: Having kids, we tend to frequent spots that will appeal to everyone...
We tend to find ourselves at Los Dos Amigos on Washington Avenue on Sunday mornings. One of the last holdouts of the old Washington Avenue (Pig Stand, anyone?), it serves great home-style Mexican breakfast that everyone in the family can enjoy. I personally like the huevos machacado. Plus, I get to ask my wife, "When are we going to get some chickens?" while looking out towards Wabash feed store across the street. We also eat a ton of Vietnamese food, Les Givral's is down the street, so we crush banh mi from there weekly. We also frequent Van Loc for their pho. My daughter Izabella loves to brunch it up at Pondicheri. Orange chocolate brioche, breakfast frankie, morning thali and masala eggs all in rotation over there.
Cheap eats: Easy -- tacos!!! My wife and I like the tacos at Tierra Caliente over by the West Alabama Ice House. They have great barbacoa and lengua. Lankford Market has awesome cheeseburgers! When I was younger, I would order them doubled up. As I have grown older, I realize that one of those tasty patties is enough. I go for the regular cheeseburger, so freakin' good! They have a variety of different burgers there and the kids dig their milkshakes. Don't forget the tots!
For a standout meal: Although I don't eat there often, I would say Oxheart is my standout place for a meal. When I travel, I always try to eat somewhere that makes me think about food and cooking differently, in a new light. Oxheart does that for me every time, and it's in my own backyard! Forward-thinking, third-coast cuisine...I have enjoyed several great meals at Provisions recently as well. Great bread service, love the ham of the day plate, and their pastas are ingenious and tasty. I am stoked about Coltivare, too!
Executive chef, Benjy's on Washington
Photo by Kevin Shalin Chef Mike Potowski
Standard go-to: Oporto. We like to order the specials, but we also get cheese and cured meats, crab and avocado crostini, piri piri shrimp, albóndiga marruecos. Also, Yum Yum Cha. Once again, we will order all the specials, and I love the chicken feet, honeycomb tripe, sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf, turnip cakes.
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