FIPS Food Throwdowns is a monthly series where we order the same exact thing from two different Park Slope restaurants, get it delivered, and evaluate which was better. It's a culinary smackdown...a triumph of the delivery will.
If you're unfamiliar with FIPS Food Throwdowns check out our first one, where the sombrero-wearing ayayayayyyy ridiculous Rancho Alegre beat out Barrio in a guacamole throwdown in the biggest upset of 2010 (not counting the Sandra Bullock/Jesse James debacle, of course. It's embarassing how much I care).
This month, it's all about the Asian invasion, baby! And by Asian invasion, I mean something really inauthentic like sweet & sour chicken. Szechuan Delight versus Red Hot II—who will be the champion?
Both places will be judged by certain criteria:
Ordering ease: Ever had to spend 15 minutes on the phone just trying to order a fucking chips and guacamole only to find out they have a $30 minimum and don't take American Express? Yeah, thanks, Los Pollitos II. We appreciate it when a place makes it simple.
Delivery time: Anything under 15 minutes is a miracle. Anything over 45 minutes, I'm grabbing my torch and pitchfork.
Price: Because you should never spend $40 on takeout unless it's 4AM, you're drunk, and you decide that you and your two friends need 5 large pizzas.
How'd it hold up?: Soggy fries, leaking miso soups, cold pizza—even though I know my food is being slung over some guy's shoulder and transported on a bike, I'd like it to not look like it was.
Bonus: Extra sauces? Plastic containers that you can use again for lunch? Score.
So, let's do this!