South Havana vs. South Federal in our Street 16 tournament
Havana Street or South Federal Boulevard. Which of these ethnic food hot spots is tops? Vote below!
For South Havana Street:
Like Federal Boulevard to the west, Aurora's South Havana Street features a United Nations-like string of restaurants, most of them holes in the wall that don't look like much from the outside, but inside cook up authentic meals inspired by cuisines from around the world. Spots like Han Kang BBQ and Seoul BBQ provide the means to sate any Korean food craving, Pho 79 turns out some of the best noodle soup in the city, impeccable dumplings come by the steamer at Tao Tao Noodle Bar, Addis Ababa provides a craveable Ethiopian wot, and kick-ass Mexico City-style tacos can be found at El Costeno, a restaurant within a restaurant. No matter what you're looking for, though, Havana Street offers a passage to adventure for the strong of heart and stout of stomach.
And here's why South Federal deserves your vote:
So pho, so good! The pho restaurants -- like Pho Duy and Pho 95 -- of South Federal Boulevard are just the start of the culinary pot-stirring along that stretch of road. You'll also find Vietnamese restaurants like New Saigon and Saigon Bowl that boast more expansive menus; Asian markets and bakeries that sell all matter of exotic ingredients (as well as some of those ingredients already rolled up into sandwiches); Chinese restaurants like Super Star Asian and Hong Kong Barbecue that have special, secret menus; other Chinese restaurants like Star Kitchen that roll out dim sum all day. And, of course, there's an endless array of Mexican options, from La Villa Real, a streetside taco truck, to mole-slinging Tarasco's to stands selling shrimp so fresh you'd swear you were on the coast.
What'll it be? Vote (and sound off in the comments if you wish) below!
Voting ends at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, March 18. Vote in more Street 16 match-ups.