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RAMEN HAYATEMARU

  • July 21, 2014 5:15 am

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Today’s ramen is brought to you by the letter “G”. For Gyoza.

While the ramen here was very tasty, my favorite part of the meal was the delicious spinach and pork gyoza. I could eat this stuff all day, every day. Well, that’s a slight exaggeration. I would eat something different on Sundays.

We both found the Fried Chicken to be far too fatty to enjoy, I would say skip it entirely but some people like that kind of thing and who am I to tell you that it’s crap and you have poor taste.

But, you do.

While they offer half sized bowls of ramen for 5$, I would suggest you just go for the full size ($7.50 – $8.50) because those bowls are not enormous and you will happily finish every bite. Because you’re not wasteful. I was going to say that you’re a pig.

Like most ramen joints, it’s located in a strip mall in West LA and you’ll be in and out in under 30 minutes and for less than $10 bucks.

Because you’re a fast eater and you’ll probably develop intestinal problems later in life.

11678 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 444-7555
http://hayatemaruusa.com/

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Gyoza

Gyoza

Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken

White Miso Ramen (with a tarantula crawling out)

White Miso Ramen (with a tarantula crawling out)

Jjigae Ramen

Jjigae Ramen

CASA BIANCA

  • July 19, 2014 5:48 am

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When I first moved to LA all those years ago, people used to tell me that the best pizza in LA could be found in Eagle Rock, at Casa Bianca.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

What we enjoyed tonight was not delivery, it was DiGiorno.

It tasted like something straight from the freezer section, the crust was like cardboard.

Keep in mind, I enjoy frozen pizza and I enjoyed this pizza as well.

But the game has changed.

Pizza has evolved.

No longer are we satisfied with the pizza our parents took us out to eat.

Casa Bianca no longer has a place amongst the kind of high quality pizza LA has to offer.

It’s a kitchy, warm, casual pizza parlor with excellent meatballs, super friendly servers and checkered tablecloths you don’t mind spilling on.

Nothing wrong with any of that.

If Casa Bianca was located in Silverlake, it would be filled with a much trendier crowd (I’m trying to avoid using the term “hipster”) but here it was was 50% elderly and the other half comprised of the children/grandchildren who were taking them out. So sweet.

Keep your expectations low when visiting and maybe order a pasta or two. Maybe even skip the pizza altogether.

1650 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 256-9617
casabiancapizza.com

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Half Antipasto Salad

Half Antipasto Salad

Meatballs

Meatballs

Medium Deluxe Pizza (sausage, mushroom, green pepper)

Medium Deluxe Pizza (sausage, mushroom, green pepper)

I'm assuming these are the original serving platters

I’m assuming these are the original serving platters

DINO’S PIZZA

  • July 18, 2014 5:03 am

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Dino’s is one of those throwback pizza parlors where you can just hang out all night. And we accidentally did.

“Should we leave now?” one of us asks. “Well, all the waiters are over there counting their tips, so…” retorts Captain.

I know this place has been around forever and I know they have good reviews on Yelp but….was this really going to be any good? Or did everyone just like the place because they came here as kids?

YES, IT’S REALY THAT GOOD!!

To be honest, when I spied the Lasagna pizza coming out and saw how thick it was, I instantly thought “Uh oh…gut bomb”.

But it wasn’t! The crust had this incredible popover consistency! It was so light and airy, with a nice little crisp at the bottom. I’ve honestly never had anything like it.

And I want more, dammit.

The three of us ordered three small pizzas and I was 100% sure we’d have leftovers and I’d be munching on it the following morning in bed watching “Gossip Girl”, I mean “House of Cards” on Netflix.

This was not the case. We ate every slice.

Dino’s offers three types of crust. Thick, Regular and Thin. We ordered the Four Cheese (white pizza, basically) on the thin crust but seeing how delicious the regular crust is, I would suggest sticking with that style. Unless you hate popovers, but then you wouldn’t be human and in that case, wouldn’t be able to read this blog.

Many folks come here for takeout (they also deliver) as the line snaking out the door can attest to.

But I would suggest not doing either of those options and actually eating here. Part of the fun of these old school pizza parlors is to experience eating in public! (sorry, I guess that means you can’t swallow it whole like you would at home) If you can find a table, that is, it can get crowded. Please note, there is no table service. Order and pay up front, find a seat and then they bring the food to you. Deal with it.

Besides, even if you popped a dozen DeGornio’s in your oven at home, you’d never be able to recreate that magical “Pizza Parlor” smell.

3520 W Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 841-3311
dinosburbank.com

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The line is usually out the door (it's closing time)

The line is usually out the door (it’s closing time)

Closing down a pizza parlor on a Friday night is a beautiful thing.

Closing down a pizza parlor on a Friday night is a beautiful thing.

Bass Ale on Tap. "Wonderful" says Auggie

Bass Ale on Tap. “Wonderful” says Auggie

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

Lasagna Pizza - Italian Sausage, Meatballs, Tomatoes, Ricotta Cheese and Parmesan

Lasagna Pizza – Italian Sausage, Meatballs, Tomatoes, Ricotta Cheese and Parmesan

Pepperoni, Green Peppers, Olives and Banana Peppers (unofficially, the Auggie Special)

Pepperoni, Green Peppers, Olives and Banana Peppers (unofficially, the Auggie Special)

Five Cheese - Mozarella, Feta, Goat Cheese, Ricotta and Parmesan

Five Cheese – Mozarella, Feta, Goat Cheese, Ricotta and Parmesan

Pizza so good, make a 4 month old stand up and cheer! (and eat his fist)

Pizza so good, make a 4 month old stand up and cheer! (and eat his fist)

VITO’S PIZZA

  • July 17, 2014 5:16 am

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After eating as much pizza as I have been lately (five different pizza joints in five days) I can honestly say that I think Vitos is LA’s best NY slice.

I used to grant that honor to Westwood’s Lamonicas (it’s still pretty kick ass) but Vitos is impossibly thin, with just enough crispiness while still maintaining it’s foldability. Every NY slice must be foldable, FYI.

The actual location is super small with only a few tables so it’s more popular as a takeout/delivery spot and while it (and Joe’s Pizza) are some of the best delivery out there, Vito’s pizza is even better in person. If you want that little bit of oven fresh crisp.

846 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 652-6859
vitopizza.com

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White Pesto

White Pesto

Fresh Mozzarella Pie

Fresh Mozzarella Pie

VILLAGE PIZZERIA

  • July 16, 2014 5:15 am

Ham, Sausage and Mushroom Sicilian

Ham, Sausage and Mushroom Sicilian

WARNING: Because of the severe lighting, all of my pics have a pink hue. My apologies.

Village Pizzeria has been serving fantastic thin crust and Sicilian pies in Larchmont since 1997 (the opened their Hollywood location in 2008).

It’s got a 50′s soda shop vibe inside but with limited seating, I would suggest coming here during off hours or on a rainy night. Doesn’t pizza on a rainy night sound pretty awesome?

Prices are decent, service is friendly and the pizzas are the truly delicious. I think Sigfried and Roy and I decided we enjoyed the Sicilian even more than the thin crust. Maybe because it wasn’t too doughy and had a nice crust to it.

This place is most certainly worth the drive from wherever you are. I don’t care if you live in Florida or Nigeria, just get here if you can. And yes, I’m quoting Oleta Adams.

131 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 465-5566
villagepizzeria.net

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House Salad

House Salad

1/2 Veggie, 1/2 Meatball

1/2 Veggie, 1/2 Meatball

Veggie Thin Crust

Veggie Thin Crust

Slice of Meatball

Slice of Meatball

Sicilian

Sicilian

PIZZANISTA!

  • July 15, 2014 5:19 am

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Pizzanista! is a must if you live downtown or on the eastside. It’s a really great NY thin crust slice.

I’m a big fan of crispiness when it comes to my pizza, so this place looses points for not being crispier. However, there’s a time and place for a huge ass slice of the kind of pizza you could fold a half dozen times so it could fit in your pocket.

Definitely hipster territory, you will order from the Ellen Paige cashier and then find a place to sit while the tattooed guy in back tosses his pizza dough in the air.

Located in the very trendy yet slightly-dodgy-at-night Arts District, you will find yourself on a street that appears to be an abandoned post-apocalyptic movie set filled with empty warehouses and zero foot traffic but smack in the middle will be Pizzanista! and equally hip Tony’s Saloon right next door.

You can eat your slice(s) at the bar if there’s no seating at the restaurant (it’s definitely on the small side).

Then you’ll wonder where to go to next since the street is pretty deserted and you’ll wish you hadn’t drank so much because you’re not entirely sure you can take on more than one Zombie in your inebriated state.

2019 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 627-1430
pizzanista.com

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Meat Jesus and Spicy Soppressata and Mushroom

Meat Jesus and Spicy Soppressata and Mushroom

Caramelized Shallot, Spinach, Grana Padano

Caramelized Shallot, Spinach, Grana Padano

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MAXIMILIANO’S

  • July 14, 2014 5:23 am

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No matter where you live in LA, Maximiliano’s in Highland Park (near Eagle Rock) is definitely worth the drive.

The space is large and minimally upscale and the service is very friendly.

Pizzas are definitely sized for one person to (mostly) finish and then take a slice or two home. So, order a few and share! Unless you have no friends, then you are more than welcomed to invite me. I’ll say no, because I don’t enjoy strangers but I could certainly recommend someone willing. You’re paying, right?

As far as favorites go, I was torn between the Deluxe (sausage, pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms) and the Potato Spinach pizza. Both were super crispy with ample, flavorful toppings. Crust was on the thicker side, so come hungry.

Thelma and Louise both loved the Mushroom pizza more than I did but I still managed to devour several slices eagerly.

They have a full breakfast menu for brunch but we only touched on the pizza section today.

Highland Park is an up and coming neighborhood with dozens of cute shops and bistros. Worth the drive on a weekend, I probably wouldn’t recommend in rush hour traffic unless you live on the eastside already or love long drives / books on tape.

5930 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 739-6125
maximilianohp.com

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Potato - Spinach, roasted garlic, ricotta, mozzarella, Regianno

Potato – Spinach, roasted garlic, ricotta, mozzarella, Regianno

Mushroom - Crimini, porcini, mozzarella, parmesan, asiago, truffle oil

Mushroom – Crimini, porcini, mozzarella, parmesan, asiago, truffle oil

Deluxe - Marinara, fennel sausage, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, crimini mushrooms, red onion, mozzarella

Deluxe – Marinara, fennel sausage, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, crimini mushrooms, red onion, mozzarella

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THE BOWERY

  • July 11, 2014 5:35 am

Bowery Burger w/ Sautéed Mushrooms and Herbed Goat Cheese

Bowery Burger w/ Sautéed Mushrooms and Herbed Goat Cheese

The Bowery is a dark, bustling, sort of cramped, very busy bar on Sunset in Hollywood that happens to serve a very popular burger.

I didn’t care if I ate anything else here, it was the burger I was after.

It’s a very thick but somewhat small patty on a somewhat thin English muffin with the cheese / toppings of your choice.

It’s a very solid burger, definitely worth checking out if you’re in the neighborhood but probably not worth the trip if you’re coming very far.

The fries and onion rings were very tasty as well.

I also was surprised how much I enjoyed the chicken French dip. Very unique flavors but also worth ordering.

The best dish of the night was most certainly the Macaroni au Gratin (just call it Mac and Cheese, people!) Noodles were plump, covered in a béchamel cheese sauce and sprinkled with toasted bread crumbs. Absolute perfection.

6268 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 465-3400
theboweryhollywood.com

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Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries

Buttermilk Battered Onion Rings

Buttermilk Battered Onion Rings

Macaroni au Gratin

Macaroni au Gratin

Chicken Breast French Dip / Gruyure/ Red Onion Confit / Pretzel Bun / Jus

Chicken Breast French Dip / Gruyure/ Red Onion Confit / Pretzel Bun / Jus

BRU’S COUNTER

  • July 9, 2014 5:02 am

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Bru’s Counter is an upscale fast casual lunch spot in Century City that I’m guessing has a good year before it shuts down before anyone knew it was even there.

Awe, let us preemptively give a moment of silence for poor Bru.

Ebru Fidan Caplan also owns the successful “Bru’s Wiffle” a waffle joint in Santa Monica, so don’t feel bad for her. She has something to fall back on. Like a warm, soft waffle.

Bru’s Counter is a green establishment offering local produce, free range, hormone free and grass fed meats.

And you’re going to pay for it.

My Pinwheel Burger and Beet/Carrot/Ginger juice was about $20 bucks.

But both were very delicious.

The burger comes divided up into the tortilla of your choice, surrounding a very tasty pile of kale cabbage slaw (in a Stonehenge kind of way) and topped with a single risotto ball. There is a lot of parsley included in the tortilla, in case you hate the stuff.

Chesty Morgan’s Fried Chicken Sandwich was simple and excellent. Plenty of tasty breast meat and the bread was nice and soft par baked baguette. Be sure to ask for a side of the chipotle sauce to dip pretty much everything in.

Not sure why I bothered describing a bunch of food you won’t be able to eat since this place will be closed by the time this entry posts, but what else am I going to do with my life? Watch reruns of Gossip Girl on Netflix?

No, I will not….watch more than the first two seasons.

10700 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 474-9800
bruscounter.com

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Beet/Carrot/Ginger juice and a really cute little water cup. What a cute couple.

Beet/Carrot/Ginger juice and a really cute little water cup. What an adorable couple.

BRU’S CLASSIC PINWHEEL BURGER: PEANUT GARLIC KALE SLAW, PARSLEY, OREGANO, OLIVE OIL, PEPPER, CILANTRO

BRU’S CLASSIC PINWHEEL BURGER: PEANUT GARLIC KALE SLAW,
PARSLEY, OREGANO, OLIVE OIL, PEPPER, CILANTRO

Crispy Chicken Sandwich - CHIPOTLE PATSO: FRENCH FRIES AND NAPA VALLEY CABBAGE W/ HOUSE MADE CHIPOTLE SAUCE

Crispy Chicken Sandwich – CHIPOTLE PATSO: FRENCH FRIES AND NAPA VALLEY CABBAGE
W/ HOUSE MADE CHIPOTLE SAUCE

Yes, those are French fries inside!

Yes, those are French fries inside!

KOTOYA JAPANESE RAMEN

  • July 7, 2014 5:06 am

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Kotoya is another strip mall ramen joint in West LA that sells delicious bowls of hot steaming ramen.

My next word was going to be BORING, but it’s not.

Ramen is delicious and I have no problem with new spots popping up on a monthly basis. Bring ‘em on! I’ll try them all.

I ordered the Red Ramen with a spicy level of #2 (not that spicy) and the Chashu (pork) was so freaking tasty. The curly noodles were cooked perfectly and the broth was flavorful but not as rich as Tsujita.

The Gyoza were PERFECTION! You have to order these or you’re a complete idiot missing out on the finer things in life. They’re big and plump and crispy all around. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.

Ok, we’re done here.

11901 Santa Monica Blvd
Ste 111
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 477-1199
kotoya-usa.com/index.html

Gyoza

Gyoza

Red Ramen #2

Red Ramen #2

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