Wednesday, November 26, 2008
If you went to St. Francis Prep, you knew better than to cut class.
Unless the risk involved a trip to Cherry Valley.
The Whitestone deli boasts a much nicer awning than it did a few years ago, but its selection of sandwiches and snacks lives on as an artery-clogging manifesto to every tempting food known to man (onion rings on my bacon and cheddar sandwich? Why yes, please).
For now, here's the soup scoop:
Cherry Valley Deli & Grill
12-29 150th St.
Soup: Grilled Chicken Corn Chowder
The good news: Where do I begin? With its profusion of red peppers, zucchini, corn and white potatoes, the chowder had volume and enough of a spicy kick to make it really interesting. Fine strips of grilled white chicken are a satisfactory substitute for bacon bits, which many corn chowder recipes call for -- they add a nice, smoky punch without the fat.
The not-so-good news: Pointing out a flaw in this soup is like chastising a supermodel for being born with an outtie belly button -- does it really matter?
But I'll play devil's advocate.
Cherry Valley -- please add more delicious chicken chunks to your already glorious corn chowder soup.
Overall Verdict: Yes, please.