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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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EAST BOROUGH

  • July 4, 2014 5:27 am

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East Borough, in Costa Mesa since 2010, has just started serving modern Vietnamese food in Culver City about two weeks ago.

I love that we’re getting all these new Vietnamese places coming to our side of the tracks because this means they’re bringing Banh Mis!

Typically, in Little Saigon, you get your Pho at a Pho place and your Banh Mi’s at a Baguette shop. The two rarely mix company. Boo!

There is nothing like dipping the crusty French baguette containing a spicy Vietnamese sandwich into a steaming pot of Beef Noodle Soup (Pho). This is pure joy and it’s not allotted to me nearly enough.

That appears to be changing.

I loved that they serve a Pho Baguette, which is all the stuff you want and crave in Pho (shoved inside a French baguette), and then give you a side of broth to dip it in. A Indochine dip, if you will.

And I will.

The Banh Mi was certainly on the expensive side but a nice size and so delicious.

The Tofu Spring Roll was nice but could have used a few more herbs.

What we didn’t care for was the Vermicelli Noodle dish. Not enough veggies, not enough herbs and the chicken was bland and rubbery. Just a bowl of boring rice noodles with a few scattered pieces of lettuce and the chicken (we also found a piece of bone).

Now, this place just opened so don’t judge East Borough too harshly. They’re just getting their shit together.

EB seems to be geared for a strong nightlife presence with a decent Cocktail program and some non-traditional Vietnamese inspired dishes for dinner.

If you come for lunch, like we did, get the Banh Mi (don’t share, each person gets their own. That’s an order) and you’ll be pleased.

Stray from my instructions and you’ve only got your stubborn, disobedient a** to blame.

9810 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 596-8266
east-borough.com

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SPRING ROLLS  -  lemongrass chili tofu, peanut sauce

SPRING ROLLS -
lemongrass chili tofu, peanut sauce

SAU’ SPICE CHICKEN VERMICELLI NOODLES - noodle salad of greens, herbs, cucumber, bean sprouts, peanuts, fried shallots, pork imperial roll

SAU’ SPICE CHICKEN VERMICELLI NOODLES – noodle salad of greens, herbs, cucumber, bean sprouts, peanuts, fried shallots, pork imperial roll

PHO BAGUETTE -  beef brisket, basil, onions, hoisin sriracha aoili. side car pho

PHO BAGUETTE -
beef brisket, basil, onions, hoisin sriracha aoili. side car pho

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PLAN CHECK – FAIRFAX

  • July 2, 2014 5:31 am

One of the specials, some kind of spicy burger. I have no memory except of its deliciousness.

One of the specials, some kind of spicy burger. I have no memory except of its deliciousness.

The Plan Check location on Sawtelle is one of my very favorite restaurants ever. I’ve been there three times and that never happens.

One and done, is usually my philosophy.

But when I heard they were opening a location within walking distance (and a few blocks from The Grove) I had to check it out. Had to, once again, get my burger on.

Plan Check makes LA’s best burger. I often wrestle with placing Father’s Office above PC, but I have now given up on that futile notion. Plan Check makes the better burger.

And the Fairfax location (a bit more loungy and geared towards the nightlife than Sawtelle) does not stray from Sawtelle’s perfect burger formula.

Soft, pliable bun coated with crispies, perfect sized and seasoned patty, lots of ooey gooey cheese and sauces. What more could you ask for?

If you can only eat one thing here, get the burger.

If you make it back a second time, get the Smokey Fried Chicken.

If you are as obsessed as I am, come, yet again, for the Southern Fry (fried chicken sandwich).

The fries are great, but I wouldn’t really bother with the stuffed mushrooms. I ordered them with my burger and they were forgettable.

One thing you MUST save room for are the Cruller Donuts with whipped cream. THEY ARE AWESOME, YOU IDIOTS!!

Sorry, not sure what came over me.

I never ordered them my first two visits cuz they seemed they would be dry and boring (and I was already stuffed to the gills with burger) but on my third visit, I had to see what the fuss was about.

This is a fuss-worthy dessert, you simply HAVE to get it. Idiots!

Sorry again. Ok, I’m leaving now. I’m in a mood.

351 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 288-6500
plancheck.com

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TROPIC THUNDER $12.00  jalapeno infused tito's vodka, mango, lemon juice, sugar

TROPIC THUNDER $12.00
jalapeno infused tito’s vodka, mango, lemon juice, sugar

BREEDERS CUP $12.00  tito's vodka, lime, agave syrup, cucumber, applewood smoked salt, beet horseradish

BREEDERS CUP $12.00
tito’s vodka, lime, agave syrup, cucumber, applewood smoked salt, beet horseradish

SOUTHERN FRY $11.00  smokey fried jidori chicken, spicy green pimento cheese, duck breast ham, pickles

SOUTHERN FRY $11.00
smokey fried jidori chicken, spicy green pimento cheese, duck breast ham, pickles

CRULLER DONUTS $6.00  cooked to order, cream, fruit

CRULLER DONUTS $6.00
cooked to order, cream, fruit

PLANCHA TACOS

  • June 30, 2014 5:20 am

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Plancha kind of reminds me of Baja Fresh, if it were actually authentic.

They have a wide variety of healthier options, such as a separate vegetarian section and grilled fish tacos served on butter lettuce instead of tortillas.

The Al Pastor street taco was small but tasty.

All that aside, here’s what really blew me away.

THE JIMMY NACHOS!

Forget authentic, these are the kind of over the top nachos you would make at home, when no one was home. In your underwear. And a really long, stretched out shirt sporting more than a few holes. Hey, you’re at home, who cares!

Every bite has a ton of cheese sauce (no actual cheese is harmed in the making of this product) and refried beans and jalapenos and sour cream and guacamole.

I believe they’re vegetarian but whatever they threw in there, it was delicious!

These are certainly knife and fork nachos, no naked tortilla chips to be found.

So delicious. In case I didn’t get that point across, earlier.

Now, get dressed and go get yourself some! Just change that gross shirt, first.

8250 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 951-9911
planchatacos.com

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Al Pastor Street Taco

Al Pastor Street Taco

Tilapia Taco

Tilapia Taco

Jimmy Nachos

Jimmy Nachos

KANG HODONG BAEKJEONG

  • June 27, 2014 5:38 am

MEAT!!!

MEAT!!!

Kang Hodong Baekjeong (KHB) is, like, crazy stupid popular (CSP).

It’s one of the highest rated Korean BBQ joints in LA’s Koreatown, as the constant mob outside can attest.

Even at 5:30 pm there was still an hour wait for a table.

KHB is located in an enclosed sort of strip mall situation so we were able to grab a few drinks and meaty appetizers at Toebang before hand.

Once we finally made it inside, we were offered large plastic bags to keep our jackets in so they wouldn’t become infiltrated with smoke. Very thoughtful.

The scene is la bit chaotic, loud and bustling. Not good for a date but better with a group of friends.

The sides (banchan) were not as ample as Genwa but we did enjoy the squash and kimchee and you are given a large bowl of lettuce to wrap your meat in. Very Atkins. No rice paper or daikon slices, sadly.

We chose the Beef Sampler ($80) which says it feeds 3-4 folks. This was the perfect amount of food since we had snacked a bit at Toebang but if you’re super starving, I would suggest maybe ordering one more a la carte of pork or beef.

The sampler included thinly sliced brisket, marinated short ribs and boneless beef rib.

The brisket was our favorite. Super thin and tasted even better once it got a nice char on it.

The marinated short ribs were our second favorite. We didn’t love the Kkot Sal (beef ribs) they weren’t as tender as I’ve had at Park’s BBQ.

At KHB, the servers do all your cooking for you. Don’t bother trying to do it yourself, unless you’re grabbing a piece to eat directly.

If they catch you, they will grab your hand and place it directly on the grill. All while suppressing a slight, morbid giggle. Your dining companions are more than welcome to share in the subsequent hand meat, however.

Sorry, Hannibal Lector just kidnapped my blog for a moment. I’m back now.

3465 W 6th St
Ste 20
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 384-9678

The shortest wait for this place will be an hour. Most times it will be longer.

The shortest wait for this place will be an hour. Most times it will be longer.

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Cheese Corn

Cheese Corn

Kimchee and Squash

Kimchee and Squash

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Yangyum Galbisal - Marinated beef short rib

Yangyum Galbisal – Marinated beef short rib

Chadolbeki - Thinly sliced prime brisket

Chadolbeki – Thinly sliced prime brisket

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Kkot Sal - Prime boneless beef rib

Kkot Sal – Prime boneless beef rib

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Pork Belly

Pork Belly

SANAMLUANG CAFE

  • June 25, 2014 5:21 am

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Thai Town is filled to the brim with little hole-in-the-wall restaurants that look like they’re in desperate need of a bath.

Or at least a heavy rainstorm. Inside. Maybe someone should light a match and set off the sprinklers. Blessing in disguise.

Sanamluang Café could certainly use a scrub down but they have one of the best Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodle) I’ve ever tasted! Order this (and maybe nothing else).

The Red Curry looked like it was going to be thick, spicy and delicious but was really none of the above It was like someone had dumped a glass of hot water in it. Oops! That probably was meant to clean the grimy tables or the stained walls, sorry!

We ordered what sounded like it was to be a fairly innocuous dish. BBQ Pork on Rice.

I wasn’t sure what 50% of the contents even were, the slices of what appeared to be transparent pepperoni slices (Chinese Sausage) frightened me at first, but they ended up being tasty.

The deep fried pork belly looked positively petrified. Had they found it behind the fridge or lurking in a cupboard? We dared not try it cuz we’re wimps and our stomachs were already feeling wonky.

The dish comes with this lurid pink/red sauce to pour over everything. While I may have finished half of this mystery goo, I still do not know if I liked it.

I’ve noticed that meats over rice are a popular item at Sanamluang, so perhaps I should have just chosen the chicken instead.

I suppose I only have my adventurous self to blame.

5176 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-8006

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Red Curry with Chicken

Red Curry with Chicken

BBQ Pork over Rice

BBQ Pork over Rice

Pad Kee Mao

Pad Kee Mao

PACE

  • June 23, 2014 5:51 am

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Come to Pace for two reasons.

The Pizza. The Cedar Plank Salmon. And the romantic ambiance.

Ok, that’s three.

This place is really cute, I’m hard pressed to find better words to describe it. The place is a kind of a hodge podge of sections, each with a different vibe. It’s like walking into a house that someone kept adding on to.

It’s sort of a Winchester Mystery Restaurant, if you will.

I’ve eaten here twice before, both times I dined with semi-famous people who caused everyone to stare but not know who the hell they were.

Parking is valet only unless you’re really cheap like me and find parking along the treacherous stretch of Laurel Canyon a mere inches away from cars whizzing by you.

We sat on the covered patio, which doesn’t really have a view, thanks to the protective X-Ray curtain that encompasses the entire section. It’s still my favorite place to sit.

The salmon is some of the best I’ve ever had. It’s devoid of any fishiness and comes with two sides of your choosing. The roasted root vegetables were delightful (sorry, I had no choice with that word either) and the kale made me not feel so bad for eating the pizza.

The Pizzas are all named after Greek gods and we chose Zeus (all meat). They come in a rectangular flatbread style but the crust is on the thicker side. They’re really tasty and comforting if you’re hungry. Which is one of the reasons one comes to a restaurant, so let’s move on.

Pace is the perfectly Valentine’s Day spot for the Laurel Canyon hippy who has a little extra money in his organic, hemp pocket.

2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 654-8583
peaceinthecanyon.com

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Nuts and Olives

Nuts and Olives

Hercules’ pie - pepperoni, soppressata, sausage, tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella

Hercules’ pie – pepperoni, soppressata, sausage, tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella

Pace’s famous cedar wood grilled salmon seasoned with shallots, fresh herbs, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. With Kale and Roasted Root Vegetables

Pace’s famous cedar wood grilled salmon seasoned with shallots, fresh herbs, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. With Kale and Roasted Root Vegetables

CRAIG’S

  • June 20, 2014 5:54 am

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If you want to see celebrities, you come to Craig’s.

Please disregard the fact that I didn’t see any when I was there. But this is where they come, trust me. They’re reliable like that.

As I waited outside with my trusty camera bag, a would-be diner walked up to me (assuming I was paparazzi) and asked under his breath “Who’s in there??”

I should have lied and said it was Oprah, Gwyneth, or Pam (Dawber) but instead I let him down and told him I was here to photograph the food.

Because celebrities don’t really eat (pushing grilled endive around your plate is considered more of an activity) you would assume that the actual food would be an afterthought.

When I first moved to LA, the celeb hotspot was Il Sole and when I finally dined there I found the food to be overpriced and kind of blah.

Craig’s food pleasantly surprised me! Most of it was pretty tasty!

First of all, the menu is bipolar.

Half of it is comfort food (fried chicken, meatloaf, mac and cheese) and yet there’s a sizeable portion of the menu devoted to vegan items.

None of which we ordered today.

I’m assuming these items were to placate an actresses, such as Gwyneth’s, sensitive stomach. “If I have dairy, I will explode like one of those dead whales that sits on the beach for weeks in the hot sun. It’s brutal. And I’d rather suffocate my children with an organic pillow than consume sugar. But you go ahead, and enjoy. This meatless patty on a bed or arugula is my McDonald’s. Such a treat!”

Clyde and I shared enough food for 4 humans (per the usual) and stopped eating just short of feeling like absolute hell.

One of our favorite things was the Buffalo Chicken Pizza. I loved everything about this, the flavors weren’t overpowering, the crust was nice and thin as to not become a lead anvil in our stomachs.

We also loved the Jalapeno Creamed Corn. While $12 for a dish of corn and peppers is outrageous, it was DELICIOUS! Who needs money anyway??

The Honey Truffle Fried Chicken was excellent! Two substantial pieces of breast meat coated in a heavenly honey laden batter with just a smattering of truffle bits (it does not overpower).

A few things we did not care for were the Pigs in a Blanket. The hot dog chunks were a bit dried out and super tiny.

Also, the Sausage Stuffing came as three bland medallions, kind of flavorfless and not worth it.

I noticed they added $5 to the chicken because we must have used the dreaded “Split” word and they separated the entree onto two plates.

Try to use the word “Share” or better yet, say nothing at all. This meal cost us $100 a person (included two drinks each) so no need to rack up the bill any higher if you can help it.

Please note, this will NOT be the mentality of the hotshots dining around you. They won’t care what this meal costs and will be looking at you like you must have been given a Craig’s gift certificate by a wealthy friend for Christmas.

P.S. Try to get a wealthy friend to give you a gift certificate here.

8826 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 276-1900
craigs.la

Only poor* people avoid the valet. This includes me.

Only poor people avoid the valet. This includes me.

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Table Bread

Table Bread

Danny Ocean

Danny Ocean

Cucumber

Cucumber

Meatballs

Meatballs

Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a Blanket

Sausage Stuffing

Sausage Stuffing

Jalapeno Creamed Corn

Jalapeno Creamed Corn

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Honey Truffle Fried Chicken

Honey Truffle Fried Chicken

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Cookies

Cookies

Butterscotch Pudding

Butterscotch Pudding