King Noodle
Neighborhood: Bushwick
1045 Flushing Ave.
718-456-6543
kingnoodlebk.com

Chili cheese fries have traditionally been reserved for two kinds of nights: the ones played out in college dorm rooms after a few bong rips, paired with pizza, PBR and episodes of Eastbound & Down, and then the nights where it’s just you, alone, drunk and lovelorn at 2am outside of a Wendy’s. Well, all that’s about to change, thanks to the folks at Bushwick’s psychedelic grub hub King NoodleThe Asian-influenced dinner menu (which features some dishes as fluorescent as the walls), is the brainchild of Roberta’s alum Nick Stubic.

The Mapo Tofu Chili Cheese Fries transform your favorite dairy-smothered munchie into something that is acceptable to enjoy sober, in public and with company. For ten bucks you get a very shareable bowl of classic fries graced with tingly Szechuan pepper sauce, soft globs of tofu, melted American cheese, a generous mound of ground pork, and bright green scallions. With so many unique elements deliciously cluttered into one dish (or as they call it on the menu, "snack"), these chili cheese fries feel more like a hearty plate of nachos than a side dish. Considering it contains nearly all of the major food groups with an awesomely spicy kick, it’s a “snack” that I’d be happy to consume in place of dinner. If there are more than four of you, I highly recommend you place two orders for the table.