After a three-month withdrawal from Nime Chow and Crispy Pork, my favorite Asian restaurant has finally reopened – at least for take-out.
“A lot of people have called and asked me if I was all right,” Lemongrass owner Shang Wong told me last week, as he finally reopened the popular Warwick restaurant.
“I’m OK,” he assured me. “I just didn’t want any of my staff or customers to get exposed. For now we will do take-out and see how everything goes. We have all been working hard and needed a vacation. I stayed home and did a lot of remodeling.”
At 5:30 p.m. last Saturday, I joined a line of six cars, with more pulling up behind me, as staff checked my phone order and quickly brought my order to me. You must call ahead, and pick-up time is quick (10-20 minutes).
Lemongrass has a huge menu, including sushi, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. There are 32 combination dishes, all in the $10 range. I ordered one of my favorites – twice-cooked pork with veggies, a spring roll and enough fried rice for two meals.
Joyce enjoyed the Singapore noodles, thin noodles with shrimp, chicken, veggies and curry. Of course, we started with Nime Chow.
Village Greek food truck
Chef Niko Papadopoulus runs the Village Greek food truck that makes at least weekly stops in Warwick, offering authentic Greek cuisine.
In addition to the traditional pulled pork, lamb and chicken gyros, Niko cooks lamb kabobs, falafel pitas and other Greek delicacies.
Last Friday, the truck was parked next to I.M. Gan Liquors at 360 Warwick Ave., where a steady line gathered to taste his Mediterranean cuisine.
Joyce enjoyed five stuffed grape leaves ($6) and a chicken gyro pita ($10), while I chose their special, poutine, a French Canadian dish like nothing I’ve ever tasted before.
Prince Edward Island potatoes are used for the French fries, which are mixed in a delicious French gravy with Vermont cheese curds (($12).
You can check out the daily location of the food truck by calling 489-6921 or emailing them at EatVillageGreek@gmail.com. They can also be found at their website, EatVillageGreek.com.