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ROUNDS

  • June 28, 2013 6:14 am

The Western Devil - Buffalo Sauce, Bacon and Breaded Jalapenos

The Western Devil – Buffalo Sauce, Bacon and Breaded Jalapenos

Note to self. Never ask for a burger to be done medium well.

Rookie mistake.

I didn’t feel like dealing with any pink meat action, so as I began to make my way through my Western Devil burger, I realized how dry as a bone it was.

So, I won’t blame Rounds for that, only my foolish self.

I did envy the Santa Fe’s oozing chipotle mayo and wish I had some for my burger. Every burger needs sauce of some sort.

The Western Devil’s breaded jalapenos were definitely appreciated but there was only a scant amount of buffalo sauce.

Perhaps the dry as a desert burger soaked it all up?

While the Executive is no Father’s Office, it was very tasty too and the onions and blue cheese help keep things moist.

Moist.

Gross.

8871 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 855-1004
http://www.roundsburgers.com

The Santa Fe - Chipotle Aioli, Green Chili, Pepper Jack

The Santa Fe – Chipotle Aioli, Green Chili, Pepper Jack

The Executive - Caramelized Onions, Bacon, Blue Cheese

The Executive – Caramelized Onions, Bacon, Blue Cheese

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SANTOUKA

  • June 26, 2013 6:49 am

Spicy Miso Ramen - Small Size

Spicy Miso Ramen – Small Size

Santouka is located in a funky Japanese mall/food court so you know it’s gotta be good.

My favorite aspects of Santouka are the fact that the Spicy Miso is actually spicy (as a baby, I had an jalapeno pacifier), you can order a small size if you don’t have the time for a 3 hour food coma nap later.

And you can be in and out in 15 minutes since it’s food court style. No fuss. Leave your mess for the next guy and go!

My only sorta kinda complaint (but not really) is the noodles tasted of the Cup ‘O variety, but since when is that a bad thing? Sure, they’re not homemade but ask me if I left even one noodle fragment behind?

The answer would be no, my friend.

3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 391-1101
http://www.santouka.co.jp

Japanese Food Court

Japanese Food Court

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ATLACATL

  • June 24, 2013 6:21 am

Pan con Pavo - Salvadorean Turkey Sandwich

Pan con Pavo – Salvadorean Turkey Sandwich

I recently realized I have all but ignored Los Angeles’s amazing array of South and Central American dining establishments.

Time to rectify this!

Today’s adventure brought us eastward. To the Beverly and Normandie area, rich with Salvadorean cuisine.

I was a good foodie and did my Yelp homework before deciding where to go.

10 minutes later we were walking into what seemed to be an old home or church and then sat down in someone’s large living room. Or so that’s how it felt.

We were greeted in Spanish and I tried my best with my 2 year high school Spanish replies.

Sonigram speaks Castilian Spanish, so we were able to get by for the remainder of the meal.

After I kept making fun of his Spain-esque lisping. “Grathais!”

The food here is homemade and dirt cheap.

We stuffed our faces for $25 and that included a beer and a deliciously sweet Ensalada. Ensalada’s are a Salvadorean fruit beverage with bits of fruit and herbs (often cilantro). So tasty.

We loved the Pan con Pavo, which was like an open faced turkey sandwich. Loads of shredded, juicy white meat stuffed in a big roll sitting in a light gravy.

The tamales were very light and airy, not my favorite.

The empenadas were not great. I would avoid them. Kind of overdone and the filling was a bit bland.

Definitely get at least one Pupusa (one of the more famous Salvadorean foods) to share and pile on the delicious slaw they give you in a huge, glass jar.

Chicken Tamale

Chicken Tamale

Pork and Veggie Empenadas

Pork and Veggie Empenadas

Pupusa Revuelta - Pork and Cheese with a do it yourself slaw container

Pupusa Revuelta – Pork and Cheese with a do it yourself slaw container

Ensaladas - So good!

Ensaladas – So good!

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FIRST AND HOPE

  • June 21, 2013 6:44 am

Cheese & Crackers California Artisanal Cheeses, House Made Saltines (clearly, not Saltines but a cracker of some sort)

Cheese & Crackers California Artisanal Cheeses, House Made Saltines (clearly, not Saltines but a cracker of some sort)

I just spent the past 30 minutes reading all the bad reviews of First and Hope on Yelp. Sheesh! Serves me right for not doing my research!

This meal was certainly NOT worth $70 a person!

Not as awful as all the reviews, but would definitely NOT come here again.

The only reason we did in the first place was to see the Uncabaret show in the adjoining lounge.

I don’t know how this place stays in business. Possibly mob connections.

SOME HIGHLIGHTS:

To be honest, the Short Ribs were very tasty. Nothing mindblowing or unique, but quite solid. Juicy, tender and not fatty.

The Cheese and Crackers were fine. A bit elementary, but I enjoyed each cheese.

Our server was very friendly and attentive. Well, we were one of only two diners in the entire restaurant, so he’d better damn well be!

SOME LOWLIGHTS:

The food was pricey and not worth said price.

The place was dead, I felt bad for it. Like an abandoned puppy that charged people too much money to pet it.

The Truffle Mac and Cheese was less cheesy and more saucey. Managed to be both bland and too Truffley at the same time. What an amazing feat!

The Chicken Consommé Matzoh Balls & Soba Noodles was hella bland. Yes, so bland it made me say “hella”. They also spelled Matzoh wrong on the menu. Which I copied onto my blog directly from the website and I refuse to correct it.

The Creme Brulee was just ok.

The Beet Salad was dreadful. If I were Lucy and Charlie Brown served this to me, I woudl call him a blockhead. The beets were stringy and the stringy parts were just not chewable, i had to spit them out! I’ve never had beets like that. Maybe that’s what happens when they’re undercooked? Not sure.

First and Hope is a supperclub but I think they should get rid of the supper and focus more on the club.

I would HOPE that you would try to eat somewhere else FIRST before or after your downtown theater excursion if you wish to enjoy a nice meal.

710 W 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-8555
http://www.firstandhope.com

Truffle Mac & Cheese Gruyere Cheese, Winter Truffle

Truffle Mac & Cheese Gruyere Cheese, Winter Truffle

Beet Salad Candy Cane Beets, Wild Arugula, Bûcheron, Marcona Almond Vinaigrette

Beet Salad Candy Cane Beets, Wild Arugula, Bûcheron, Marcona Almond Vinaigrette

Chicken Consommé Matzoh Balls, Soba Noodles

Chicken Consommé Matzoh Balls, Soba Noodles

Coca-Cola Braised Beef Short Ribs Potato Purée, Baby Bok Choy, Mushrooms

Coca-Cola Braised Beef Short Ribs Potato Purée, Baby Bok Choy, Mushrooms

Creme Brulee with Fresh Berries

Creme Brulee with Fresh Berries

MYUNGIN DUMPLINGS

  • June 19, 2013 6:00 am

Inside the #1

Inside the #1

I, like many others, flocked to MyungIn because it was featured on the new Anthony Bourdain show.

As much as every foodie desires the obscure. The unknown. To be the first one to discover something awesome…it’s so much easier to just go to a place that someone has recommended. Even if you don’t know that someone (Bourdain).

There were plenty of negative Yelp comments from customers saying they had come here because of Bourdain and that MyungIn keeps running out of food.

What did you expect? On the show, they mentioned how there’s never anyone in there. They probably didn’t realize the crapload of overly critical piggies that would be knocking on their door (in a random strip mall in Koreatown) demanding the infamous over sized dumplings As Seen On TV.

Just come early! Obviously, they’ll run out! (as they did with our first choice)

Problem solved. Nothing to whine about.

We ordered three types of dumplings (including the signature large King Bao-esque dumpling) which were all delicious. No salt needed, I would even watch it with the amount of soy sauce you use. It goes a long way.

For $25 bucks, two people can sufficiently pig out on steamed meats in buns and wontons and even have some leftovers.

And hopefully be too stuffed to bitch and moan on Yelp all night…

3109 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 381-3568

#1 - King steam dumpling with pork and vegetables

#1 – King steam dumpling with pork and vegetables

#10 - Dumpling and kimchi dumpling (I'm just copying it directly from the menu)

#10 – Dumpling and kimchi dumpling (I’m just copying it directly from the menu)

#8 - Fried Dumpling with Shrimp and Pork

#8 – Fried Dumpling with Shrimp and Pork

Complimentary Banchan

Complimentary Banchan

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This is how the water came. Grown-up Sippy cup!

This is how the water came. Grown-up Sippy cup!

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TOWER 42

  • June 17, 2013 6:52 am

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To be honest, the only reason we came here was it was close by and my friend’s bakery supplies the delicious pretzel buns their burgers come on.

I had never heard of Tower 42 before.

Of course, I rarely come to Playa del Rey.

Situated next to Lana del Rey, Playa is a sleepy, beachy, wetlandy part of West LA. I’m not really sure what there is to do there that you can’t do in Venice or Santa Monica.

I think it’s just cheaper real estate? I could be way off. I don’t know what I’m talking about, people. Don’t listen to me.

Tower 42 is a large, open-spaced, chic, modern beach themed joint that I think gets really hoppin’ at night. During the day, it was a ghost town.

Our waitress said it seemed odd that it was empty and then I made some hilarious “perhaps the world has ended” comment and, well, you know the rest.

While my burger was fine on all counts and my non-dairy friend’s salmon hit his boring-ass spot (friend, you are not boring but your diet sho nuff is), Tower 42 certainly is not road trip worthy.

No offense, waitress lady. It was not your fault. If I lived around the corner, I’d come here often.

Then I’d make a gut-busting pun about that and we’d all laugh and laugh and laugh.

119 Culver Blvd
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
(310) 823-6800
http://tower-42.com/

Salmon and Eggs

Salmon and Eggs

Build your own Burger on Pretzel Bun

Build your own Burger on Pretzel Bun

PINGTUNG

  • June 14, 2013 6:41 am

Pork Soup Dumplings

Pork Soup Dumplings

Pingtung has my dream menu, various Asian eats at my disposal. Ramen, Dim Sum, Sushi, Vietnamese….drool-worthy!

Don’t let the small front seating area fool you, there’s also a large patio in the back. That’s where all the people at!

Tonight, Clyde and I had a devil of a time finding a place to eat.

We thought we had ressies at Genwa Korean BBQ. “But my assistant made the reservation this morning, I heard her”.

“We actually don’t take reservations sir, but I’d be happy to place your name on the wait list”.

With an almost 30 minute wait ahead of us and Clyde’s temperatures soaring, we were outta there.

We decided to drive further into the heart of Koreatown for an alternate BBQ spot, Soowon.

Soowon’s wait was 45 minutes.

We would have already been placing a piece of expertly seared mammal flesh into our mouths at Genwa by now.

So, we left there, too.

After several times pulling over to look for a place on our cell phones and me blanking on my internal master list of restaurants, we finally remembered Pingtung.

Seated in seconds, we were shoving copious amounts of dim sum down our gullets faster than you can say “You can take your no reservation policy and shove it!”.

Perhaps, even faster.

My favorites were the Shanghai Panfried Pork Buns, the Chicken Chow Fun and the greasy but amazing Flatbread Beef Roll. Loved the light sweetness of the beefy filling! Just wear gloves when you pick it up.

We found the shrimp dumplings lacking in flavor and the radish cake was a bit too greasy. Still tasty, though!

When we spoke to the owner, he mentioned they have a ramen expert in the kitchen so I think I might have to go back before this post goes up and try one of their nummers sounding Ramen selection.

Yes, I believe Ramen should be capitalized. Have some respect!

7455 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 866-1866
http://pingtungla.com

Chicken Chow Fun

Chicken Chow Fun

Pingtung Flat Bread Beef Roll

Pingtung Flat Bread Beef Roll

Radish Cake with Chinese Sausage

Radish Cake with Chinese Sausage

Shanghai-Style Panfried Pork Buns

Shanghai-Style Panfried Pork Buns

Spicy Crystal Shrimp Dumplings

Spicy Crystal Shrimp Dumplings

Coconut and Acai Berry Sponge Cake with Sliced Strawberries

Coconut and Acai Berry Sponge Cake with Sliced Strawberries

All the necessary tools...

All the necessary tools…

PAPA JAKES

  • June 12, 2013 6:05 am

Turkey Avocado

Turkey Avocado

If you’re a sub shop, I feel like you got a leg up in the restaurant biz.

Sandwiches are something people can eat every day. Not a special occasion kinda food like oysters or Twinkies.

I would eat at a place like Papa Jakes (I almost wrote John’s) once a week just cuz a sandwich under $10 is something I can commit to on a regular basis.

The Meatball was certainly the highlight. I like that they’re smashed and on the smaller side. The bread is amazing. Thin, soft with a crusty exterior French bread. Very simple and yum.

The famous Tuna was also amazing, the tuna was on the mayoey side (which I love) but that may deter some folks.

The Chicken Parmesan stood out because the chicken was shredded, some some bulbous patty shoved in a bun. Maybe could have used more cheese but I probably would have regretted it.

The Mushroom Pepper Cheesesteak was good. While cheesesteaks seem to be what everone on Yelp is ordering, I’m not sure they’re gonna win any awards. The meat could have been jucier. I could have used more cheese. Preferably Wiz.

The Turkey Avocado was as good as you can get with that situation. I mean, have you ever had a turkey sandwich that knocked your socks off?

If you have, its probably because of whatever ELSE is on the sandwich with it. Turkey is dry and boring, people. It needs gravy, cranberries, mashed pots and stuffing and a hit off a joint to give it a personality.

9527 Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 276-7823
http://www.papajakes.com/home.htm

Mushroom Pepper Steak

Mushroom Pepper Steak

Meatball

Meatball

The Famous Tuna with Cheese

The Famous Tuna with Cheese

Chicken Parmesan with seasoned fries

Chicken Parmesan with seasoned fries

CAPRIOTTI’S $1 BOBBIE ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL!

  • June 10, 2013 10:34 pm
Capriotti's Bobbie - Thanksgiving Sandwich

Capriotti’s Bobbie – Thanksgiving Sandwich

Capriottis, one of my favorite sandwich spots, is celebrating it’s 37th Anniversary this Thursday, June 13th.

And we’re all being given a present!

Come to any California location from 3-7 pm on June 13th and receive their signature Bobbie sandwich (Shredded turkey, stuffing, cranberry, a touch of mayo) for ONLY A BUCK!

You heard right, ONLY A BUCK!

Stop making me yell, people.

Just come to Capriottis this Thursday and cram a gratuitously delicious sandwich into your mouth. You can send me a thank you letter later, I’ll be waiting by my mailbox.

http://www.capriottis.com/

WILSHIRE @ BEDFORD – Beverly Hills
9683 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA
90212
(310) 858-1383

CULVER CITY
5495 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA
90230
(310) 391-1600

ENCINO
16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA
91436
(818) 986-2838

TORRANCE
17352 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, CA
90504
(310) 214-9200

WHITTIER
10126 Carmenita Road, Whittier, CA
90605
(562) 777-0779

COVINA
216 N. Azusa Ave., Covina, CA
91722
(626) 966-4007

WALNUT
505 North Grand Ave, Walnut, CA
91978
(909) 444-7782

GLENDORA
1331 S. Lone Hill Ave. Suite 120, Glendora, CA
91740
(909) 599-1600

NEWPORT BEACH
4221 MacArthur Blvd. Suite B-2, Newport Beach, CA
92660
(949) 769-2650

TUSTIN
2487 Park Ave., Tustin, CA
92872
(714) 258-0900

SAN MARCOS
1158 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Diego, CA
92078
(760) 471-8700

MISSION VALLEY
1620 Camino De La Reina, San Diego, CA
92108
(619) 542-1987

SDSU
6011 El Cajon Blvd. Suite 107, San Diego, CA
92115
(619) 265-2113

MONDO TACO

  • June 10, 2013 6:05 am

Angry Chicken - crispy chicken | hot sauce | blue cheese

Angry Chicken – crispy chicken | hot sauce | blue cheese

Mondo Taco is another one of those places who’s menu I become obsessed with.

“Must bring lots of friends, must try every taco”…I plot.

On this night, Chesty, Clyde and I were able to sample 12 delicious, unique, globally themed tacos….

…there are still so many I still need to try.

FYI, that’s the theme here. Tacos from around the globe. Around the world in 80 tacos.

You want Thai, you want Indian, you want Greek? Mondo Tacos got ya covered.

SOME HIGHLIGHTS:

*Love, love the handmade corn tortillas. They’re soft and malleable, unlike store bought. Scratchy and breakable.

*French Kiss – The mushroom dijon sauce was so freaking good, I need to learn how to make this at home and then pour it directly into my mouth.

*Angry Chicken – The star of the menu, the thick pieces of all white meat, the tang of the buffalo sauce and the creaminess of the blue cheese. All the buffalo wing flavor without the orange fingers (and shirts..and pants..)

*Big Ben – All their tacos from the sea were fantastic, the fish was cooked perfectly. Loved the tarter on this one.

*The meats were all super high quality, no bits of fat or gristle. Even some of the tacos that I enjoyed less, such as the Holy Mole and Car-Neato still had excellently seasoned, grade A meat.

The joint is a bit small so try to come during the off hours if you don’t like being around people. The prices are insanly cheap for the big ass deliciousness you get.

Trust me, you’ll toil for hours gazing at the menu wondering which tacos to choose.

FYI, just plan on coming back a few more times to alleviate any buyer’s remorse.

1292 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 939-0161
http://www.mondotaco.com/

Bayou Fish - grilled Cajun fish | jambalaya | Cajun aioli

Bayou Fish – grilled Cajun fish | jambalaya | Cajun aioli

Alexander the Great - Grilled chicken breast | whole marinated chipotle peppers | goat cheese | cilantro creme

Alexander the Great – Grilled chicken breast | whole marinated chipotle peppers | goat cheese | cilantro creme

Tokyo Shrimp - Tempura shrimp | avocado | spicy mayo

Tokyo Shrimp – Tempura shrimp | avocado | spicy mayo

Holy Mole - marinated chicken | mole | sesame seeds

Holy Mole – marinated chicken | mole | sesame seeds

Big Ben - fish fry | tartar | lemon

Big Ben – fish fry | tartar | lemon

French Kiss - shredded pork | Dijon mushroom cream

French Kiss – shredded pork | Dijon mushroom cream

Tempeh Thailicious - tempeh | chipotle peanut sauce | cilantro | onions

Tempeh Thailicious – tempeh | chipotle peanut sauce | cilantro | onions

Deep South BBQ Chicken - crispy cayenne onions

Deep South BBQ Chicken – crispy cayenne onions

Car-Neato - pulled pork | salsa verde

Car-Neato – pulled pork | salsa verde

Yo Adrian - rib eye | peppers | onions | mushrooms l provolone

Yo Adrian – rib eye | peppers | onions | mushrooms l provolone

Bring friends so you can share!

Bring friends so you can share!

Apparently, it's BYOManyB

Apparently, it’s BYOManyB