No. 74, Waffles & Chicken from The Slummin' Gourmet & Waffles de Liege

No. 74, Waffles & Chicken from The Slummin' Gourmet & Waffles de Liege
photo by Elsie Fang

Hey, kids: guess what time is it? It's time to restart that Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!!

Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this for us Forkers--an opportunity to highlight dishes from restaurants we'll never fully review, or secrets from old standbys. Anyhoo, let the march begin...

When it's a party of one, we typically end up dining at a luxe lonchera. We're familiar with most of the menus, so deciding on what to order comes down to which trucks are present. Coming up with new and original items can be challenging when you're confined to a kitchen on wheels, but not for our next entry.

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There's a certain camaraderie between loncheras; an unspoken understanding between owners. They experience similar growing pains, triumphs and stories of mechanical SNAFUs. If you linger long enough at a roundup, crews will start taking orders and delivering meals to each other. It's a gesture of friendship and respect (plus reason to go on a diet after a while). So it was a natural progression when chef Tony Lu from Slummin' reached out to a certain Wu-Tai waffle duo with a light bulb moment. The end result: a genius collaboration of taste.

Lawrence Tai and George Wu specialize in dessert waffles. Pearl sugar and Fosselman's a la mode are their not-so-secret weapons. While most patrons line up for their eats as a final course, they agreed to step away from their comfort zone and cook up a limited-run entree. The guys were in charge of a savory, aged cheddar waffle. Tony's flavor profiling skills made it a base for savory Jidori chicken, rich maple butter, corn gravy and balsamic drizzle to finish. It's a little Southern, a bit New American and a mouthful of umami flavor.

We commend The Slummin' Gourmet and Waffles de Liege on their teambuilding skills. It's only occurred twice so far-- but if you start rallying now, we bet a third time isn't out of the question.

The list: 75. Ahi Tuna Tartar at Nieuport 17 76. Chicken Wings at Hashigo Korean Kitchen 77. Brussels Sprouts Pizza at Pizzeria Mozza 78. Breakfast Sausage Hash at Thasos Greek Island Grille 79. Chocolate Doughnut with Jacobsen Sea Salt at Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee 80. Loco Moco Dog at Dogzilla 81. Fruit Tart at Le Croissant Dore 82. Daing Na Bangus (Marinated Milkfish) Silog Breakfast at Chowking 83. Strawberry Basil Lemonade at Mick's Karma Bar 84. Lemongrass Chicken Salad at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop 85. Tofu Soup at Tasty Thai 86. Take-Out Dim Sum at Capital B.B.Q. and Dim Sum Express 87. Hodo Gwaja at Cocohodo 88. Popcorn Chicken Salad at Guppy House 89. Fried Okra at Memphis Soul Cafe & Bar 90. Salted Egg With Bitter Melon & Scrambled Egg at Tasty Noodle House 91. Boysenberry Lemonade from Bautista Creek Local Produce at SOCO Farmers' Market 92. Scallop Carpaccio with Curry Oil and Yuzu Vinaigrette from Cafe Hiro 93. White Board Specials at Taco Adobe 94. Coney Dog at LinX 95. Halal Pizzas from San Giovanni Pizzas 96. Clayuda at El Fortín 97. Lunch Buffet at Dosa Express 98. The Meats at Darya in Orange 99. Panocha at Taquería Zamora 100. Bean-and-Cheese Burrito from Del Taco

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