often, what i really want is a little place that isn't all hyped-up and which gives me the good stuff. it's always a struggle: tell everyone about it? or keep it to myself? if the latter, sometimes it goes out of business (taking irreplaceable deliciousness with it--see bay leaf cafe's toor dal soup, now gone forever from my (and your) life). fortunately, most of the institutions on this here list of hole in the wall eating spots seem relatively secure. also, i blame christine for this, even if she does have a nice ligature on her homepage.