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SAPP COFFEE SHOP

  • September 1, 2014 5:00 am

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I have avoided Sapp Coffee Shop for years because I was frightened of Boat Noodles.

This benign sounding dish is made with pig’s blood and I just wasn’t having it. I had had a similar Filipino soup called Dinuguan and did not like it one bit.

I had accidentally ordered boat noodles a few years back and enjoyed it…until I found out what they were.

I don’t consider myself an adventurous eater. I like creative uses of food (for example, stuffing Mac and Cheese inside absolutely anything is fine with me) and I like interesting combinations (I’ve had wood flavored ice cream and enjoyed it) but I don’t eat entrails. Sorry, I’m boring.

But when Sonigram came to town, I knew he’d go with me and that I would trick him into ordering it. “It’s the most popular dish here, you’ll love it!” I pleaded.

I think I held out 2 minutes in the car ride over there before I spilled the truth. Thankfully, he was still game. For the gamey soup.

Well, I served myself a small portion and found myself loving it more with each bite. Wow, it didn’t taste like cutting my lip at all! It tasted like a super rich beef broth.

It was actually really tasty!

Now, I’ve read that some places serve a sub par Boat Noodles and you can taste the metallic, sour (read: blood) residue a bit too much. Oy.

I actually found myself enjoying the Jade Noodles even more! Those fun, green colored noodles topped with bbq pork, crab and duck are super tasty. You can get them dry or in soup form.

The Thai Iced Teas were probably the best I’ve ever had. They were more like Thai Slushies. Anything that keeps my body temperature down is much appreciated.

Like many places in Thai Town, it’s small, unassuming, very crowded and cash only, so come prepared. And then overcome any of your blood fears and order those Boat Noodles, for God’s sake!

5183 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 665-1035
sapp.menutoeat.com

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Thai Iced Teas

Thai Iced Teas

Papaya Salad

Papaya Salad

Jade Noodles with BBQ Pork, Duck and Crab

Jade Noodles with BBQ Pork, Duck and Crab

Boat Noodles with Beef, Tripe, Liver and Meatballs

Boat Noodles with Beef, Tripe, Liver and Meatballs

Canelé

  • August 29, 2014 5:05 am

A canelé is a small French pastry with a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust.

A canelé is a small French pastry with a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust.

Ok, let’s answer your question, “What the hell is a canelé?”

Well, first, I would kindly ask you watch your language.

If you must know, it’s a cute, little baked dessert from Bourdeaux and the servers pass them out to you as you exit the restaurant.

Oops! Did I ruin the surprise? So sorry!

Get over it, potty mouth.

Canelé is also the name of a cute (adjective repeat alert!) French restaurant in Atwater Village that would fit in perfectly as your neighborhood haunt. Too bad you don’t live in Atwater.

And if you do, stop rubbing it in.

They serve many traditional French dishes and also offer a very popular brunch. No reservations are accepted so be prepared to wait or fight for your table. It will be worth the black eye, trust me.

My Boeuf Bourguignon served over buttered noodles was quite the treat! You’re presented with tender chunks of beef over a ton of noodles, and you’ll probably need to take the rest home if you have any sense of decency. We aren’t animals, remember.

Especially if you’re going to order the incredible Flourless Chocolate Cake. You’re gonna want to order this, trust me. Don’t trust me on most other things, however. I’m quite the unsavory character.

3219 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 666-7133
canele-la.com

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Brandade - Salted Cod and Potato with tomato confit and toast

Brandade – Salted Cod and Potato with tomato confit and toast

Seafood Soup

Seafood Soup

Boeuf Bourguignon with buttered egg noodles

Boeuf Bourguignon with buttered egg noodles

Flourless Chocolate Cake with vanilla ice cream

Flourless Chocolate Cake with vanilla ice cream

CARNEYS

  • August 27, 2014 4:20 am

The Red Baron - Polish with Red Cabbage and Mustard

The Red Baron – Polish with Red Cabbage and Mustard

Opened in 1975, Carney’s is an LA institution located in a train car on the Sunset strip that every Angeleno should visit at least once.

You just have to sidestep the abundance of tourists whilst doing it.

The Red Baron hot dog was delicious, loved the combo of red cabbage, mustard and polish dog.

The Chili Cheese fries were decadent and one of the least healthy things I’ve ever placed in my mouth.

My favorite part of Carneys was that there was free parking. Free, non-valet parking on Sunset Blvd??? Yes folks, it does exist.

And there are actual parking spots available since tourists don’t seem to realize you actually DO need to rent a car in LA, as you can only stroll Hollywood Blvd so many times before you crack.

8351 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 654-8300
http://www.carneytrain.com

Chili Cheese Fries

Chili Cheese Fries

Red Barron and New Yorker

Red Barron and New Yorker

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Locals are frowned upon

Locals are frowned upon

GREENBLATTS

  • August 25, 2014 5:12 am

Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup

One of my very first Thanksgiving dinners in LA was procured from my local Jewish deli, Greenblatts. My parents were visiting from Washington and none of us felt like eating at an actual restaurant so we munched on our festive takeout in my apartment.

I’ve only sat at one of the few booths available, sandwiched between the wine shop and the deli case, but apparently there is also a larger upstairs dining area. But since I’ve never been up there, I can’t say for sure what mysteries await upstairs.

Chesty Morgan says they have an incredible Matzo Ball soup and also raved about her Pastrami sandwich. She ordered the 1/2 Sandwich/Soup combo and instead of giving her one half, they cut a mini sandwich in half.

Just in case you lay awake at night, worried that your pastrami sandwich will contain too much meat. “I can’t fit that in my mouth!” you protest, “There’s too much meat!”

My Turkey Breast dinner was tasty, but not as good as I remember it being, all those years ago. I guess 14 years in Los Angeles can change a man’s palate. Only a mans. Sorry, ladies.

C.B. said Greenblatts has the best Cobb Salad in LA but he also asked them to omit the blue cheese, so what the hell does he know??

K.B.’s turkey sandwich looked dry as a bone but he insisted it was not. Or maybe he didn’t. I don’t often listen when he speaks.

Greenblatts wine selection is pretty spectacular. Two steps from the $6.99 wine are the over the top Cristal and Krug champagne bottles that aren’t even behind glass cases!

I don’t often visit Greenblatts but it does make me happy to know it exists and that I can walk to it. If I actually walked anywhere.

OH! They have the best carrot cake I’ve EVER HAD!! Ok, now you can go.

8017 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 656-0606
greenblattsdeli.com

Enter through the backdoor like the VIP that you are.

Enter through the backdoor like the VIP that you are.

They have a great wine and champagne selection, including Cristal, Krug and Dom. Perfect for Tuesday movie night. If you're Paris Hilton.

They have a great wine and champagne selection, including Cristal, Krug and Dom. Perfect for Tuesday movie night. If you’re Paris Hilton.

Plenty of goodies in the deli case.

Plenty of goodies in the deli case.

Cobb Salad

Cobb Salad

Turkey Sandwich

Turkey Sandwich

1/2 Order Pastrami

1/2 Order Pastrami

Turkey Breast Dinner with Stuffing and Mashed Potatoes

Turkey Breast Dinner with Stuffing and Mashed Potatoes

Carrot Cake (one of the best I've ever had)

Carrot Cake (one of the best I’ve ever had)

The perfect bite (except it should be bigger and closer to my mouth)

The perfect bite (except it should be bigger and closer to my mouth)

SON OF A GUN – 2014

  • August 22, 2014 5:43 am

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Son of a Gun is one of those rare restaurants where I actually knew I’d come back. And come back I did!

As the seafood counterpart to the uber-popular Animal, Son of a Gun is easily one of my top 10 restaurants.

Chef/Owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (they sound like mobsters or professional wrestlers) also own my other favorite LA restaurant, Trois Mec. They basically can do no wrong. And if you say otherwise, they’ll hit you with a piledriver or give you cement boots.

While this place has some incredible seafood (you have to get something from the raw bar) their most famous for their Fried Chicken Sandwich.

I love a good FCS but this one was a notch above the rest. ORDER THIS!

It’s a huge chicken breast expertly seasoned with a nice, crunchy coating that will probably slip off (into your mouth) and topped with a nice cabbage and sweet pickle slaw. I love that they put in plenty of pickles, you’ll never run out. The brioche bun is super soft and toasted in what I’m assuming is a ton of butter.

The Fish and Chips were also super tasty. The fish was flaky and moist, the coating was thin, crisp and airy. Not too doughy and the fries were coated in herbs and the perfect combo of crispy and potatoey.

The Yellowfin Tuna Tataki is a super duper tiny portion. Do not attempt to share. The kimchi was a very pleasant accompaniment.

The Lemonfish Poke with crispy sunchoke chips are a definite must order. While I find sunchokes to be a mildly pretentious vegetable, they are really tasty when baked/fried and also went nicely with the slices of the never before heard of Lemonfish. It’s got a great name, eh?

Son of a Gun should be bumped up to the top of your restaurant list (if you have one, which you should) immediately. It was just as incredible as when I first visited in 2012 and I can only imagine it getting even better from here.

8370 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 782-9033
sonofagunrestaurant.com

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Yellowfin Tuna Tataki, White Boy Kimchi

Yellowfin Tuna Tataki, White Boy Kimchi

Citrus, avocado, watercress, kohlrabi, spring onion

Citrus, avocado, watercress, kohlrabi, spring onion

Lemonfish Poke, black radish escabeche, citrus, crispy sunchoke

Lemonfish Poke, black radish escabeche, citrus, crispy sunchoke

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

Fried Chicken Sandwich, spicy b&b pickle slaw, rooster aioli

Fried Chicken Sandwich, spicy b&b pickle slaw, rooster aioli

HOY-KA THAI NOODLE

  • August 20, 2014 5:24 am

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Hoy-Ka just recently moved from it’s former Los Feliz location to the prior home of an Asian sports bar almost in Thai Town.

Parking is non-existent. We magically found a spot behind the restaurant and I was certain our car would not still be there when we left.

The food here is fantastic! Take note! I didn’t require any chili paste, both the Green Curry and the Drunken Noodles were perfectly spicy and flavorful. So freaking good, folks. Don’t make me say it again.

Even though I really loved everything, my favorite dish of the night had to be the Hoy-Ka Noodle Soup. So good! Had a very unique sweet and sour flavor.

God knows what random objects were tossed in to make that wonderful flavor….

The place still looks like a slightly upscale sports bar except there are no sports. And no booze of any kind.

Come here to grub and go. And don’t forget to order a Thai Tea Shortcake for dessert, they’re pretty tasty. The owner came over and told us she made them herself so we felt obliged/pressured but thankfully it was so worth it!

5908 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Hollywood
Get Directions
Phone number (323) 463-1339

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Hoy Ka Noodle Soup - Pork

Hoy Ka Noodle Soup – Pork

Meatballs Noodle Soup

Meatballs Noodle Soup

Drunken Noodles with Beef

Drunken Noodles with Beef

Green Curry

Green Curry

Thai Tea Shortcake

Thai Tea Shortcake

BARBRIX

  • August 18, 2014 5:04 am

Brioche French Toast

Brioche French Toast

Babrix is one of my favorite Eastside (Silverlake) restaurants, I like it so much that I’ve actually been three times! Wha??

Today’s outing was an engagement brunch for Barnacle and Whale during a rainy afternoon. I’m not sure how us Angelinos survived the downpour, but by some miracle, we did not melt.

Barbrix was packed with lively folks knee deep in the $5 bottomless mimosas. Every table was filled with revelry and frivolity. Ours included.

Brunch features many breakfast items (standouts were the cornmeal blueberry pancakes and the brioche French toast) but also include lunch items such as the very tasty Barbrix burger (featuring a combo of ground sirloin, chuck and short rib) and the very popular Fried Chicken Sandwich (served on a pretzel roll with apple-napa cabbage slaw).

We relived the hilarious story of how Chesty Morgan and I were talking and suddenly “Where’s my balloon??” We both looked up to see it floating into the hemisphere.

The servers don’t let the champagne glasses get even half empty before they refill them (and the champagne actually does not suck) so be cautious while trying to get your $5 worth. You could end up needing the money you’ve saved for your DUI attorney.

I’ve been to Barbrix for dinner too where it has a great neighborhoody wine bar feel, and the dinner menu is excellent fare as well. Where ever you live, Barbrix is worth the drive.

Congrats Barnacle and Whale on your pending nuptials!!

2442 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 662-2442
barbrix.com

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$5 Bottomless Mimosas

$5 Bottomless Mimosas

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Crispy Brussels sprouts with ricotta salata

Crispy Brussels sprouts with ricotta salata

Deviled Eggs with marinated boquerones

Deviled Eggs with marinated boquerones

Saffron Arancini

Saffron Arancini

Dissection of an Arancini

Dissection of an Arancini

Hangtown Fry - with crispy oysters

Hangtown Fry – with crispy oysters

Fried Chicken Breast Sandwich

Fried Chicken Breast Sandwich

Barbrix Burger with grilled onions and gruyere

Barbrix Burger with grilled onions and gruyere

Cornmeal and Blueberry Pancakes

Cornmeal and Blueberry Pancakes

Dungeness Crab Hash with poached egg and tomatillo salsa

Dungeness Crab Hash with poached egg and tomatillo salsa

Affogato - Tahitian vanilla bean gelato "drowned" in espresso

Affogato – Tahitian vanilla bean gelato “drowned” in espresso

Buttermilk Cinnamon Doughnuts with rum caramel sauce

Buttermilk Cinnamon Doughnuts with rum caramel sauce

EGG SLUT

  • August 15, 2014 4:57 am
Fairfax - scrambled eggs, chives, cheddar, caramelized onions and Sriracha Mayo in a brioche bun

Fairfax – scrambled eggs, chives, cheddar, caramelized onions and Sriracha Mayo in a brioche bun

Please join me in welcoming today’s guest hosts, Tenille and Salt Lick. Since I had already moved to NYC, I wasn’t able to actually visit Egg Slut, so I had T and S go in my place. All pictures are Tenille’s and below are the unedited thoughts of both T and S. Thanks guys!

TENILLE:

Line was super long but actually went fast. We got it for there and a seat opened up at counter 1-2 minutes after we ordered. It’s a bustling hipster breakfast counter to an almost absurd degree but worth it. Would absolutely go again. Backs are right to the street so you feel very much a part of the city and outside which was cool. Great ambiance. Even with the crowd, they don’t rush you. Although we didn’t linger too long after eating since people were waiting but never felt pressed to eat fast.

I got the Fairfax (menu attached for reference). Super soft bun and everything super oozy gooey in the best possible way. They serve it with a fork. Eggs were very soft – perfectly scrambled. I was worried the Sriracha would overpower and be the dominate flavor but it was thinly applied and complemented it perfectly with a little heat and some extra flavor. Really tied it all together and upped the flavor of all the other elements. Was absolutely delicious although definitely rich – not an everyday breakfast sandwich. Very messy but so easy to eat.

We also got the Slut which was different and quite good. Not exploding with flavor but tasty great comfort food. Potato puree was well seasoned and had a great (very smooth) texture. Crostini diminished it. Was better with the spoon right out of the jar. Worth ordering just because it’s different and hipster heaven. Comes in a little jar and you mix it all together before eating. Attaching a pic for reference but do NOT use. It’s blurry.

Very reasonable process. Ours was under $25 and we got three items. Although Slut def a side – not enough for a full meal.

SALT LICK:

I don’t like egg sandwiches. Egg sandwiches are like the Hyundai Accent of food, no one gets excited about a Hyundai Accent. The best part of an egg sandwich is the bacon, but the bacon flavor always gets mushed up in the boring eggs and bun.

Not at Eggslut!

They pile thick, crispy, delicious bacon over a perfectly cooked over-medium egg that hangs off the side of a brioche bun that’s slathered in tangy ketchup. I loved it.

It’s definitely my favorite egg sandwich.

The brioche bun is a little too thick and not really that flavorful. I’d say that’s my only knock on the sandwich. If all of those same ingredients were on an english muffin, I would’ve been overjoyed. Still, loved this sandwich. I think Tenille mentioned it but the long line moved fast.

Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
eggslut.com

Bacon, Egg and Cheese

Bacon, Egg and Cheese

Menu

DEAR JOHN’S

  • August 14, 2014 5:40 am

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Ok, here’s the deal. This place was not good. Of all the old timey, vintage restaurants to be found throughout Los Angeles, this place is dire need of being closed down.

My pictures might paint the place in too flattering of a light, FYI. “Oh, it doesn’t look so bad”

You can thank Photoshop and a decent camera.

I don’t recall too many specifics (I often try to block out bad meals) but I know the burger contained bits of hard-to-chew gristle and the meat in the French dip was also hard to process.

BIG pet peeve of mine.

Also, If you’re gonna serve crappy food, at least offer it a price that matches.

Dear Johns, thanks for your many years of serving LA’s hungry veterans and other elderly patrons (seemingly, the only people dining with us today). I won’t be returning but good luck with all your future endeavors.

Sincerely,

Bun

11208 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 397-0276
dearjohns.net

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French Dip

French Dip

Bacon Cheeseburger

Bacon Cheeseburger

JAVAN

  • August 11, 2014 5:27 am

Beef Koobideh

Beef Koobideh

Javan is one of the more popular Persian restaurants around but as I’ve said in the past, every Persian restaurant in Westwood appears to serve the exact same dishes, prepared the exact same way.

I’ve yet to discover any discernible difference besides a minor alteration here or there.

Hopefully that isn’t as bad as saying all Persian people look alike?! I still feel a pang of guilt for saying it all tastes the same. And I’ve been to my share of Persian restaurants.

Today, the Bread Guy enjoyed his usual Fesenjan (chicken in a pomegranate and walnut sauce), which was a smaller portion than I’ve seen (but still ample) and I ordered the usual Beef Koobideh, which are these incredible moist kababs of seasoned ground beef.

Javan is certainly worth checking out but if you drive by accidentally, just keep going. You’ll hit another place and I’m sure it will be just as good.

I’m the worst reviewer of Persian restaurants, ever!

11500 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 207-5555
javanrestaurant.com

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Fesenjan - Chicken in a Pomegranate Walnut Stew

Fesenjan – Chicken in a Pomegranate Walnut Stew

Baghali Polo (Dill and Fava Bean Rice)

Baghali Polo (Dill and Fava Bean Rice)

Shirazi Salad

Shirazi Salad

Close up of the Koobideh

Close up of the Koobideh