Eat Like a Chef at Pachanga Patterson, Opening Tuesday in Astoria

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Photo: Danny Kim

Its funny, the way some of the best things to eat never make it out of a restaurants kitchen and onto a customers plate. But these family meals, as kitchen grunts call them, are the inspiration for Pachanga Patterson, a Mexican canteen from the folks who own the nearby Italian restaurant Vesta. Chef Michelle Vidos menu runs the gamut from Manchego quesadillas to pork-belly enchiladas, and if youve ever wondered what a moo shu duck taco would taste like, this is the place to find out its a nod to Vidos stint working for Patricia Yeo. As at Vesta, Vido will source many of her ingredients locally, including produce from Brooklyn Grange and tortillas from Coronas burgeoning Tortilleria Nixtamal. Take a first look at some of her handiwork in our slideshow.

Pachanga, Patterson 3317 31st Ave., Astoria; 718-554-0525

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