The Other Critics

The Corner Serves ‘Killer’ Pork Belly Sliders; Marabella’s Meatballs Are Not ‘Up to Snuff’

• “Killer” pork belly sliders and a downgraded but “still a gem” chicken pot pie were highlights on Craig LaBan’s visits to the Corner, but the fried chicken “was not just disappointing, but confusing,” and the masa tots “were just a bit too doughy, and too lightly fried” for “bar-food greatness.” [Inquirer]

• At Marabella Meatball Company Lari Robling fond the pork meatballs with mushroom sauce, “just wasn’t up to snuff,” the Caesar salad “had more croutons than romaine,” and the marinara sauce was “too watery and could have been cooked down a little more.” [Daily News]

• Adam Erace writes that the shrimp summer rolls at Pho Barclay “are fresh and well-made, but not very interesting without the usual addition of Thai basil,” but the beef-stuffed grape leaves “seethed juicy umami,” and the steak, tendon and flank pho was “memorable.” [Courier-Post]

• Midtown Lunchers think Tyson Bees’ “perfectly melted” kimchee and cheese quesadilla “could have used some meat or chicken,” and the pork bun’s pork belly was a “work of art” but “overwhelmed” by the bun. [Midtown Lunch]

The Corner Serves ‘Killer’ Pork Belly Sliders; Marabella’s