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BUN BOY EATS SONOMA COUNTY

  • October 31, 2013 5:35 am

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Last weekend, Grace Slick and I went on a little road trip up north to visit our friend Nancy (of Sid and Nancy fame) to see her new digs and eat some good NorCal grub!

Since it is October and we are nearing Halloween, Nancy had decorated her apartment accordingly and we enjoyed a spooky punch with a large ice cube shaped as a hand, keeping the concoction cold.

For dinners, Nancy mostly cooked for us at her cute home in Petaluma but we enjoyed brunch and lunch around Sonoma County quite often and I thought I would share with you what you can expect to nosh on if you’re ever in the area.

This is a really cute and quaint town with some amazing restaurants. That’s what happens when you live in close proximity to San Fran…great chefs get burned out and take their genius to the suburbs!

SPINSTER SISTERS

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Kimchee Deviled Eggs

Kimchee Deviled Eggs

Dave's Granola Waffle -   whipped local butter + maple-agave syrup

Dave’s Granola Waffle –
whipped local butter + maple-agave syrup

South A Scramble (served with toast) -   Local farm Eggs, bacon, cherry tomatoes, summer squash, jack cheese, onion, basil

South A Scramble (served with toast) –
Local farm Eggs, bacon, cherry tomatoes, summer squash, jack cheese, onion, basil

Wilted Kale Salad -    blue cheese, cherry tomatoes, bacon, chopped egg, pugliese croutons, mustard vinaigrette

Wilted Kale Salad –
blue cheese, cherry tomatoes, bacon, chopped egg, pugliese croutons, mustard vinaigrette

Gluten Free French Toast with caramelized peaches

Gluten Free French Toast with caramelized peaches

Chocolate Donut Holes w/ Blackberry Sauce

Chocolate Donut Holes w/ Blackberry Sauce

Damn hippies...

Damn hippies…

DIAVOLO PIZZERIA

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Oven Roasted Beets

Oven Roasted Beets

Diavola Pizza - Roasted Red Peppers, Provolone, Arugula & House Meatballs with pine nuts and raisins

Diavola Pizza – Roasted Red Peppers, Provolone, Arugula & House Meatballs with pine nuts and raisins

Sonja Pizza - Tomato, Marscapone, Prosciutto and Arugula

Sonja Pizza – Tomato, Marscapone, Prosciutto and Arugula

For our last night in Petaluma, Kaisha made us an amazing dinner and a meat and cheese platter to die for!

Nancy's Charcuterie and Cheese Platter

Nancy’s Charcuterie and Cheese Platter

Nancy's Pumpkin Sage Pasta with Heirloom Tomato Salad and Kale

Nancy’s Pumpkin Sage Pasta with Heirloom Tomato Salad and Kale

TEA ROOM CAFE

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Vegetable Frittata

Vegetable Frittata

Johnnycake - green chili and cheddar cheese corn cake

Johnnycake – green chili and cheddar cheese corn cake

Baked Eggs

Baked Eggs

Eggs-in-a-Hole

Eggs-in-a-Hole

PEKING TAVERN

  • October 30, 2013 5:00 am

The Perfect Dumpling

The Perfect Dumpling

Peking Tavern is a downtown gastropub, serving Beijing street food and they sure know their way around a dumpling!

Or dumpy, as we call them.

Now, they’re having their soft opening this week so we have to forgive any hiccups. I’m not judging them based on their prices (tonight, everything was $5 including cocktails) or their service (everyone was really friendly, if a bit scattered) or the general setup or seating (your order at the counter and then hope to find a seat).

I’m just here for the dumplings.

And I was not disappointed.

They were awesome!

They were also impossible to pick up with the plastic chopsticks (Peking, take note: WOODEN) and watching folks (including myself) fight other guests for the few and far between condiment trays (I don’t eat dumplings without chili paste) proved to be quite entertaining.

I was hit with a passive agressive “Uh…sure” as I walked away with the tray. Lady, you have one bite left. Choke it down bare and go home, you’re taking up valuable real estate for the line of folks currently placing their order and wondering where the hell they’re gonna sit.

Tabatha Coffey from Bravo’s “Tabatha Takes Over” TV show sat next to us but left shortly after she grew frustrated she couldn’t order another drink.

Chesty Morgan and I really loved the Pork Dumplings, the Beef Potstickers and the Beef Roll. We didn’t care for the Scallion Pancake (I always want to like them but they’re only as flavorful as the condiments you dump on top of them) and the Salad Plate was fine but unnecessary.

I really enjoyed the White Tiger Soda (with yogurt liquer and raspberry) and Chesty preferred the Wong Chiu Punch (with hibiscus liquer and lemon), she found my yogurt cocktail too tart and that was exactly the reason I liked it.

Peking Tavern is a casual and fun bar that serves killer dumplings. Think of it like that and you will not be disappointed.

806 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 988-8308
pekingtavern.com

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Dumplings in Progress

Dumplings in Progress

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Drinks!

Drinks!

Steamed Pork Dumplings

Steamed Pork Dumplings

Scallion Pancake

Scallion Pancake

Salad Plate

Salad Plate

Beef Roll

Beef Roll

Beef Potsticker

Beef Potsticker

RAO’S

  • October 28, 2013 5:07 am

Meatballs

Meatballs

The original Rao’s, in East Harlem since 1896, has been touted as the toughest reservation in the country (possibly, the world) to get a reservation at.

Because they don’t really take reservations.

You kind of have to know somebody.

And since I’ll never know anybody, I’ll have to just make due with the location that just opened up in Hollywood.

Which isn’t the easiest to snag a ressie at either…but since I’m Bun Boy, I got in.

Cuz I called a ton of times.

While it can’t match the intimacy of the tiny, ten-table NYC eatery, Hollywood Rao’s still feels cozy and warm, like we had just walked into grandma’s house to escape a snow flurry on Christmas.

The latter part comes mostly from the fact the joint is decorated for the holidays year round. Love it.

Another thing I loved about our epic, almost 4 hour meal was that the crowd wasn’t LA at all. It was like they transplanted the exact kind of east coast crowd I would have expected at the original location.

Even Billy Crystal was dining here this evening.

No pretention. No snobby waitstaff.

Just good, old-fashioned, old-school Italian food in a super fun, casually upscale environment.

The highlights were the incredible Meatballs (best I’ve ever had and I’m not exaggerating) the famous Lemon Chicken (if you Google it, Ina Garten can show you how to make it) and the Penne with Vodka sauce and pancetta.

In fact, I could eat those three things on a weekly basis, they were so damn delicious.

While the prices are a bit higher than Angelenos may be used to, keep in mind the “small plates” movement wouldn’t dare step foot inside Rao’s without getting it’s ass kicked so you get a lot of grub for your dough.

Appetizers and Entrees, just like God had intended.

Near the end of our crazy fun meal (we closed the place down) we met Louie, who I think is one of the managers (my memory is a bit hazy, thanks to the bottle of liquer he placed on our table to help ourselves to) and by the end of the night, we felt like family.

I RARELY revisit a restaurant (life’s too short) but I would make an acception for Rao’s. I want to come here to celebrate every holiday.

Unless it falls on a weekend, because Rao’s isn’t open on weekends.

1006 Seward St
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 962-7267
raosla.com

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It's Christmas in July (and all the other months too)

It’s Christmas in July (and all the other months too)

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Bread Basket

Bread Basket

Cheers!

Cheers!

House Salad

House Salad

Mozarella Toasts

Mozarella Toasts

Attempting to split the meatballs like civilized adults.

Attempting to split the meatballs like civilized adults.

Penne with Vodka Sauce

Penne with Vodka Sauce

Rigatoni with Bolognese

Rigatoni with Bolognese

Veal Parmesan

Veal Parmesan

Peas and Prosciutto

Peas and Prosciutto

Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken

Lamb Chops

Lamb Chops

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Cheesecake

Cheesecake

HONEY’S KETTLE FRIED CHICKEN

  • October 25, 2013 5:33 am

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FRIED CHICKEN WEEK!

Honey’s Kettle started in Compton so it’s gotta be legit fried chicken, right?

Well piggies, it is!

It’s damn good, in fact.

So good, I went back the next day to get more.

My chicken sandwich was a little tough on the edges but the center meat was nice and tender. Loved the cole slaw. The bun could have been softer.

My friend’s chicken and blueberry hotcakes were fantastic. I want more!

I would suggest just ordering the basic fried chicken and a hotcake or two and you won’t be sorry.

The biscuits were tasty too, but they were more doughy than flakey. If you have to choose your carbs wisely, go HOTCAKE!

Oh, and the mashed potatoes were excellent too. Screw it, just make it your cheat day or pretend you’re carb loading for a marathon.

9537 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 202-5453
honeyskettle.com

Chicken and Blueberry Hotcakes (and biscuit)

Chicken and Blueberry Hotcakes (and biscuit)

Kettle Fried Chicken Sandwich

Kettle Fried Chicken Sandwich

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

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GOLDEN BIRD

  • October 23, 2013 5:33 am

2 Piece Fried Chicken Meal

2 Piece Fried Chicken Meal

FRIED CHICKEN WEEK!

As with Jim Dandy, you’re going to have to head to South Central to enjoy this juicy fried chicken with a spicy, magical coating.

Golden Bird, in LA since 1953, really focuses their talent on the batter and seasoning but still manages to turn an often thought of dry chicken breast into a succulent experience.

Seriously, how do they make these chicken boobies so juicy?? (I’m assuming Satan has his hand in it)

While the skin isn’t too terribly crispy, they make up for it in the seasoning.

Golden Bird’s motto is “It’s all about the Flava” and you’ll certainly see why after your first bite.

Check out their enormous selection of bottled sodas displayed on an entire wall.

The outside is really old and run down but inside it’s actually kind of nice. Just pay no attention to the homeless woman that will come in and ask you for a piece of chicken and then retreat to the bathroom for the rest of your visit.

“Ok, we’ve had our chicken, now let’s get the hell outta here!” – Chesty Morgan

8300 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90047
(323) 750-0705
goldenbirdrestaurant.com/index.html

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Mac and Cheese and Candied Yams

Mac and Cheese and Candied Yams

Better than Sex Cake (FYI, it's not)

Better than Sex Cake (FYI, it’s not)

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JIM DANDY

  • October 21, 2013 5:32 am

4 Piece Fried Chicken

4 Piece Fried Chicken

FRIED CHICKEN WEEK!

Today, Chesty Morgan and I headed to South Central LA to try two of their most famous fried chicken joints.

While we both were a little nervous to make the drive here, we thanked our lucky stars that the chicken made it all worth it.

Jim Dandy serves the quintessential fried chicken. Nothing fancy, nothing gimmicky, just basic fried chicken juicy, flavorful and very crispy.

I was shocked at how juicy my chicken breast was.

You’ll be ordering through bulletproof windows (unnerving at first) and then eating in your car as there is no dining room, so don’t be alarmed. It’s worth it (don’t make me say it a 3rd time!)

Chicken bits and crumbs will spill all over your car seats and you’ll have forgotten to get enough napkins but you’ll not want to go back in to get more.

JD’s also makes an excellent banana pudding dessert and the corn fritters dusted with powdered sugar are a unique must try.

The only sour part of the experience was my brief humilation as we walked through the front door and a group of youths in a car muttered under their breath “You guys lost?”

Needless to say, it took us less than 10 minutes to scarf everything down and drive off to our next chicken spot.

1824 W Manchester Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90047
(323) 758-1411

Fried Chicken Breast

Fried Chicken Breast

Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad

Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding

"You guys lost?"

“You guys lost?”

HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD PIZZA CRAWL

  • October 18, 2013 5:25 am

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Today, Bun Boy and gang are headed out to a beautifully picturesque stretch of Hollywood Boulevard to taste six pizzas in six blocks.

Fighting hoards of tourists, angry Darth Vaders and crazy crack addicts along the way.

Why do a pizza crawl in a part of town not particularly known to have good pizza, you ask?

Cuz it sounded fun!

And we’re pigs.

Was I expecting the ‘Za to actually be any good?

NO!

It’s going to be melted dairy product on hot, soggy cardboard and we were going to love every minute of it!

Who knows what kind of surprises we’d encounter along the way? Come join us while we search for the best pie on the Street of Broken Dreams (and bongs) (and wigs).

(In full disclosure, I totally stole this idea from Serious Eats, who does a much better job)

GRECO’S NEW YORK PIZZERIA

Our first stop was near Hollywood and Highland, a place I had seen a million times but, of course, had never tried.

And why would I?

While it is across the street from my gym, there is often zero reason for me to be eating pizza at 6 a.m. after sweating on the eliptical machine and fighting away the homeless for a slice of pizza isn’t exactly an appealing aspect.

But today, it would be!

Greco’s was…ok.

Crust was crispy but on the thicker side, cheese and sauce were fine. Not much to say (kind of like most of the places we tried today).

Like at all of the places we were to visit today, we ordered one slice of cheese and one slice of pepperoni and all shared. No need to be greedy this early on, we still had a lot of pizza to consume.

6814 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 469-1696
grecospizza.com

Greco's - Pepperoni Pizza

Greco’s – Pepperoni Pizza

OUr first stop!

OUr first stop!

Stale ass pizzas on display

Stale ass pizzas on display

Not many of the spots we visited had many actual humans inside.

Not many of the spots we visited had many actual humans inside.

Behold....the 'Za... (August Kammer)

Behold….the ‘Za…(August Kammer)

The Pizza Crawl Crew!

The Pizza Crawl Crew!

In Hollywood, tourists enjoy snapping photos of the sidewalk for some reason.

In Hollywood, tourists enjoy snapping photos of the sidewalk for some reason.

LEILA’S PIZZA AND DELI

Most of the pizza parlors on the boulevard are layed out the same. You are immediately greeted by a long pizza display counter where you order, then you walk down a narrow expanse to the seating area.

Leila’s was my 2nd favorite pizza of the day. Good all around crust, sauce and flavors.

All the slices on today’s crawl were absolutely ginormous. One full slice is often too much.

I liked the vibe here, like having a pizza parlor in the lobby of your hostel. Very relaxed. You could probably take a nap here and no one would notice or kick you out. Too many more slices of pizza and that could end up being a possibility.

Onto the next one, folks!

6760 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 978-0238

Leila's - Pepperoni and Cheese Pizza

Leila’s – Pepperoni and Cheese Pizza

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Leila's has a hostel vibe with it's free computers for use and people just hanging out.

Leila’s has a hostel vibe with it’s free computers for use and people just hanging out.

Tenille digs in! And eternally loathes me for snapping this photo.

Tenille digs in! And eternally loathes me for snapping this photo.

Irish Car Bombs! Wisest decision ever when you're shoving pizzas into your belly at frightening speeds? Yes, it certainly was.

Irish Car Bombs! Wisest decision ever when you’re shoving pizzas into your belly at frightening speeds? Yes, it certainly was.

STEFANO’S – TWO GUYS FROM ITALY

This place probably served my least favorite pie.

The sauce was too minimal for my liking and nothing about it was very memorable.

It was one of those situations that proved even bad pizza is good pizza, so of course we finished every bite.

Funny enough, the interior here was the most inviting. Nice leather(ish) booths to sit in. It screams pizza parlor from the 70’s and there’s nothing wrong with that.

6705 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 463-0715

Stefano's - Pepperoni Pizza

Stefano’s – Pepperoni Pizza

Stefano's - Cheese Pizza

Stefano’s – Cheese Pizza

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Stefano's has an old school pizza parlor vibe but probably serves my least favorite pizza.

Stefano’s has an old school pizza parlor vibe but probably serves my least favorite pizza.

No, it's not a bad case of pizza belly. Captain is pregnant.

No, it’s not a bad case of pizza belly. Captain is pregnant.

Our edgy, tough and formidable group ready to take on anything. As long as that anything are slices of pizza and not hoodlums. thugs or scaliwags.

Our edgy, tough and formidable group ready to take on anything. As long as that anything are slices of pizza and not hoodlums. thugs or scaliwags.

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JOE’S PIZZA

Joe’s (which we’ve all tried before) was easily the best pizza on today’s crawl.

They’re a New York chain that began slumming it over here for some reason and we’re certainly glad they did, cuz it’s awesome.

Everything about it is top notch. Good crust, sauce and toppings.

No complaints.

Even if we had any, we were too full to form any legible sentences. Just lots of heavy sighs.

We were getting full….

Onto the next!

6504 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 467-9500
joespizza.it

Joe's Pizza - Caprese

Joe’s Pizza – Caprese

Joe's Pizza - Cheese and Caprese

Joe’s Pizza – Cheese and Caprese

Joe's Pizza - White Pizza

Joe’s Pizza – White Pizza

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The peeps at Joe's thought we were quite dumb for photographing and filming and had zero interest in any kind of Bun Boy award of excellence for best pizza. Jerks.

The peeps at Joe’s thought we were quite dumb for photographing and filming and had zero interest in any kind of Bun Boy award of excellence for best pizza. Jerks.

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This mean old lady would not serve us! We would show her. By standing out front of her store and discussing the situation for at least 5 minutes. She must have been forever traumitized as a result.

This mean old lady would not serve us! We would show her. By standing out front of her store and discussing the situation for at least 5 minutes. She must have been forever traumitized as a result.

ASPARAGUS PIZZA

Since we were brutally kicked out of Greco’s #2, we desperately needed a replacement (like a hole in the head).

So, we headed off the boulevard just a bit to Asparagus Pizza on Cahuenga.

The odd fact about Asparagus Pizza is they don’t actually have any asparagus on the menu.

Kind of a disappointment.

The homeless guys twitching and talking to himself next to us (chowing down on a big plate of spaghetti) seemed not to mind.

We had zero room left in our bellies for any more pizza. We were stuffed. We were done.

Onto our last pizza joint!

Asparagus Pizza

Asparagus Pizza

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The man on the left was most certainly not talking to himself and shaking about.

The man on the right was so upset about no asparagus at Asparagus Pizza that he couldn’t stop talking (to himself) about it.

Asparagus Pizza - Cheese and Pepperoni - As you can see, this place offers no actual Asparagus as a topping.

Asparagus Pizza – Cheese and Pepperoni – As you can see, this place offers no actual Asparagus as a topping.

PIZZA AL FORNO

Our last stop on the crawl was probably my 2nd favorite pizza of the day.

Wait, didn’t I already say that? Ok, maybe my 3rd.

Really thin, NY style, lots of cheese, great sauce. Not very crispy, but the folding kind of pizza we all can appreciate.

Pizza al Forno, like all the others is a super casual, walk in, grab a slice and leave because there’s nowhere to sit. And because you’ve just about had it of Hollywood.

Well folks, it’s been a fun day exploring the wonders of Hollywood boulevard pizza with ya’ll.

While I wouldn’t exactly encourage you to go out on this crawl yourselves, I do hope I’ve given you the tools to navigate this famous street the next time you have relatives in town and you need to feed them in a hurry after they insist on seeing the Chinese Theater.

6541 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 962-8903

Pizza al Forno - Pepperoni

Pizza al Forno – Pepperoni

Pizza al Forno - Cheese

Pizza al Forno – Cheese

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Hollywood Boulevard, the street of dreams. And Pizza. And Tourists. And Crazy people.

Hollywood Boulevard, the street of dreams. And Pizza. And Tourists. And Crazy people.

Hollywood Boulevard is full of surprises! Unlike all the other aggresive street characters, these fries will NOT make you tip them for taking a pic.

Hollywood Boulevard is full of surprises! Unlike all the other aggresive street characters, these fries will NOT make you tip them for taking a pic.

DINAH’S FAMILY RESTAURANT

  • October 16, 2013 6:11 am

Oven Baked Apple Pancake

Oven Baked Apple Pancake

I believe the Brady Bunch came to Dinah’s for their Sunday dinners long before Greg became a square and gave up his guitar. Probably on their way to the airport (as it is right next door) for their next groovy gig in Duluth or Topeka or Pueblo, CO.

Dinah’s, located near LAX, is the essential 1960’s diner and hasn’t changed one bit. With the exception of the ugly (in the modern, convalescent home sense) added back room where we were seated.

Mildly disappointed we were not in the main room to look at all the kitchy, vintage glory, I realized that oversized parties (such as the family reunion I assumed was happening next to us) were thrown back here. This is where the outcasts and unruly folk were placed.

Exactly where they would have placed the Brady Bunch, come to think of it.

Like the gregarious gaggle of middle aged women who asked me to take a nice group shot of them since they saw me shooting my food and I clearly had vast experience to understand the complexities of pushing the “take picture” button on an iPhone.

Then, they proceeded to hand me 4 more iPhones and 3 cameras. “Just one more!”

When I was finally allowed to enjoy my meal, I focused on the two foodstuffs this place is known for.

Chicken and the baked pancakes.

Instead of getting the complete chicken dinner like my friend Susarella did (you can order varying sizes of dinners, depending how many sides you want) I simply ordered one fried chicken breast.

And the Apple Pancakes.

While everyone raves about the chicken and it was good (if not a touch on the dry side. Perhaps that’s why they served my chicken with a baffling side of butter??) the Apple Pancakes were OUT OF THIS WORLD!

Loved them! The dish was basically super thin layers of sliced apples and minimal pancake batter, so it was light and good for sharing. I especially loved the crispy outer edges which had been already been soaked in butter before baking but I knew could used an additional quick spread.

Just a note. You pay up front, not at your table.

The waitress will NOT inform you of that fact.

You will have to wait for about 20 minutes, being ignored, before you get up and ask someone.

Then you will accidentally leave your leftovers in your hot car for about 12 hours and still debate whether or not to still eat them.

6521 S Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 645-0456
dinahsfamilyrestaurant.net

Supposedly, KFC stole the bucket idea from Dinah's.

Supposedly, KFC stole the bucket idea from Dinah’s.

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This place hasn't changed in 500 years.

This place hasn’t changed in 500 years.

Banana bread is just so-so. Much like the roll.

Banana bread is just so-so. Much like the roll.

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Single piece of fried chicken

Single piece of fried chicken

Did the waitress sneak a bite before she handed us our plate?

Did the waitress sneak a bite before she handed us our plate?

Chicken in a Wicket - Two piece fried chicken with one side, with roll and banana bread

Chicken in a Wicket – Two piece fried chicken with one side, with roll and banana bread

I didn't exactly take great efforts with the food styling here. These two food items don't particularly care for one another.

I didn’t exactly take great efforts with the food styling here. These two food items don’t particularly care for one another.

HINOKI AND THE BIRD

  • October 14, 2013 5:52 am

Lobster Roll, green curry, Thai basil

Lobster Roll, green curry, Thai basil

It seems silly to attempt to recount Chef David Meyer’s culinary triumphs when his website does a good enough job of that, so I won’t. He’s a big time chef, how about that?

Honestly, what drew me to Hinoki and the Bird were two things: the silly name and it’s close proximity to my workplace.

The futuristically bland neighborhood of Century City.

We don’t get many new restaurants in our hood and I’m sure all the agents at CAA are sick of trying to wow their clients, yet again, at Tom Colicchio’s Craft.

Outside of the Century City Mall, it’s all we’ve got as far as fine dining.

The peeps and H and the B are really smart having a large outdoor courtyard for seating as I must assume they have their biggest crowds during the lunch hour.

Today, I was joined by Chesty Morgan and Seigfried (and Elisabeth Shue, unbenownst to her) and we attempted to order pretty much everything on the menu.

Elisabeth could have easily joined us (she sat at the large table in front of us, joined by 20 of her dearest yoga/meditation loving, unemployed friends) there was so much food.

I appreciated that the portion sizes of the smaller plates were adequate and we were not wanting for more.

The highlights were the Pumpkin Toast, the curry Monkfish noodles and the Cold Ramen Salad. The Skirt Steak and Crispy Chicken were also quite tasty.

The beet salad was probably the only thing that wasn’t very remarkable. Don’t bother with that one.

Lunch cost us about $60 a person (we didn’t drink), so it’s probably best to save this for a special occasion place.

Like when Elisabeth Shue invites you to join her after Pilates. Your best bet is to gladly accept, you won’t be sorry. Pretend to take out your wallet when the bill comes but she’s a good egg and I’m sure she’ll pay.

10 Century Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 552-1200
HinokiandTheBird.com

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Chilled Ramen Salad, ginger braised short ribs, spiced english peas

Chilled Ramen Salad, ginger braised short ribs, spiced english peas

Monkfish, yellow curry noodles, eggplant, herbs

Monkfish, yellow curry noodles, eggplant, herbs

Baked Rice

Baked Rice

Miso marinated Skirt Steak, shaved turnips, chili

Miso marinated Skirt Steak, shaved turnips, chili

Miso Cured goat cheese, Heirloom Beets, sunflower vinaigrette

Miso Cured goat cheese, Heirloom Beets, sunflower vinaigrette

Pumpkin Toast, miso jam, goat cheese

Pumpkin Toast, miso jam, goat cheese

Crispy Marinated Chicken, lemon aioli

Crispy Marinated Chicken, lemon aioli

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LA CRONUT CRAWL

  • October 11, 2013 5:26 am
It's a gaggle of cronuts!

It’s a gaggle of cronuts!

Unless you live in NYC, you won’t be able to try an original Cronut.

And you know what I say to that? Who cares!

Do you really want to stand in a 2 hour line at 6 a.m. to find out they’ve sold out by 8 a.m.?? (BTW, that’s exactly the case. If you arrive in line at the infamous Dominique Ansel Bakery after 6 a.m., you’re screwed.)

Knock-off or not, whether it’s called a Crullant or Doughssant, any version of the original is pretty awesome and as much as we’re all sick of hearing about them, their popularity hasn’t waned.

On a random Saturday morning, I decided to try one. Ok, try 6. From 6 different places. All by myself. Like some 500 lb shut-in on his way to get supplies for a full day of binge watching Breaking Bad.

(Which wouldn’t be too far off)

On my journey, I discovered that while the style of croissant donuts varied from place to place, even a sub par Cronut is delicious.

My least favorite on today’s crawl was the Maple Bacon Croissant Donut (no punny name) from California Donuts in Koreatown. Mind you, it was still tasty. But didn’t have nearly the flakey croissant consistency or flavor. Was more just like a really great donut.

I also found the most expensive croissant donut (from Rockenwagner’s in Venice) to also be lacking. It was very chewy, too hard to eat. Tasty but messy.

My favorite was the Creme Brulee Crullant from Semi-Sweet Bakery downtown, hands down. Super dense and soaked with flavor, yet still light and flakey. I could eat one every day. The original is nice too but the Creme Brulee one is where it’s at.

#6 – CALIFORNIA DONUTS

KOREATOWN

3540 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 385-3318
CAdonuts.com

Maple Bacon Croissant Donut - California Donuts

Maple Bacon Croissant Donut – California Donuts

#5 – ROCKENWAGNER – 3 SQUARE BAKERY

VENICE

1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90293
(310) 399-6504
rockenwagner.com

Raspberry Crö-Dough - 3 Square Bakery / Rockenwagner

Raspberry Cr̦-Dough Р3 Square Bakery / Rockenwagner

#4 – SD DONUTS

MID-CITY

5850 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 935-2409
skdonuts.com

Peanut Butter Croissant Donut - SK's Donut

Peanut Butter Croissant Donut – SK’s Donut

#3 – FRANCES BAKERY

LITTLE TOKYO

404 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-4899

Chocolate Glazed Croissant Donut - Frances Bakery

Chocolate Glazed Croissant Donut – Frances Bakery

#2 – KETTLE GLAZED

HOLLYWOOD

6211 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-2344
kettleglazed.com

Cinnamon Sugar Cronut filled with Custard - Kettle Glazed

Cinnamon Sugar Cronut filled with Custard – Kettle Glazed

#1 – SEMI-SWEET BAKERY

DOWNTOWN

105 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 228-9975
semisweetbakery.com

Creme Brulee Crullant - Semi-Sweet Bakery

Creme Brulee Crullant – Semi-Sweet Bakery