Saturday, October 5th, we trekked out to Forrest Hills Stadium for The Infatuation (one of my favorite food blogs)’s EEEEEATS Con. A two day festival of food, EEEEEATSCon brought together restaurants and vendors from NYC, across the US, and even London. Our first stop was local favorite Crown Shy booth for a short rib sandwich.
From there, we swung by Bite Into Maine, a Maine lobster food truck brought to NYC for the weekend. The lobster was fresh and juicy served with the rich-Maine style mayo. For mini-Mexican, we hit La Contenta, based in lower Manhattan. The taquitos were rolled and fried with potatoes and beef topped with salsa roja, shredded cabbage, and queso cotija. The pork carnitas tacos were topped with salsa verde, pickled onion, rostizada, and radishes. Both were just the right amount of spicy.
Food wasn’t the only feature of EEEEEATSCon, there were several bars including a Captian’s Morgan Rum tiki speakeasy. Through the telephone booth…was a bar featuring cocktails served in a souvenir coconut.
After the drink break, it was time for more food! At the Lolo’s Seafood Shack we sampled the Shrimp Queso Nachos and Crab Cake sliders. Another feature of the festival is weekend-exclusive collaborations. This year, Shake Shack partnered with Uncle Boon’s for an egg-topped, Thai flavored burger.
My favorite bite of the day was pizza from Mama’s Too, an Upper West Side Pizzaria (yes, we are already planning to go to their actual location). The square pepperoni slice was pure pizza perfection while the Cacio Pepe slice was creamy and savory. While half our group waited in line for Mama’s Too, the other half ran to Crif Dogs for the Everything Bagel Dog and a Rueben Dog. The Rueben Dog was created by an Infatuation reader, and it was very delicious. The first key to the day was splitting everything, the second was having part of the group wait in one line, while the other half of the group went to a different line.
The final stops of the day were Revenge BBQ (for a sausage hero) and Salt & Straw, a famous West coast based, ice cream parlor. It was tough to pick a final flavor of the day, but we finally settled on salted caramel. Although Salt & Straw was one of the longest waits of the day, it was well worth it for the chunky, flavor-packed ice cream.
Overall, our day at EEEEEATSCon was a culinary adventure. I can’t wait until next year’s festival!