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LAUREL TAVERN

  • November 29, 2013 5:35 am

Bacon Blue Cheese Burger

Bacon Blue Cheese Burger

Laurel Tavern is a hip and bustling craft beer and gourmet grub (Ok, I guess it’s a gastropub) spot located right off of Laurel Canyon in Studio City.

Super easy for us non-Valley folk to get to. That’s key.

They seem to be known for a few things (Burgers, Pork Belly Skewers and Chorizo Queso Fundido) but tonight, we just tried the burger.

Burger patty was juicy, I loved the combo of bacon and blue cheese and it wasn’t too big to fit my mouth around.

Really solid food, no complaints at all. Drinks were tasty and the servers were super friendly. Shockingly so.

If I lived nearby, I would definitely come more often.

But seeing as I don’t live in the Valley, I probably wouldn’t come back.

It’s gonna take a lot more than beers and burgs to get my ass over the hill (at 2 mph in rush hour).

11938 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 506-0777
laureltavern.net

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Nectarine Smash

Nectarine Smash

Hot Pretzel

Hot Pretzel

Fries!

Fries!

Chopped Salad

Chopped Salad

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TWINS SLIDERS

  • November 28, 2013 5:24 am

Pair of Twins and Dirty Fries

Pair of Twins and Dirty Fries

The original Twins Sliders location has existed on Sunset blvd as a cute little walkup for like, two seconds, before this larger sit down location popped up on Fairfax near Canters.

And, to be honest, I got no time for a walkup. Burgers are more complicated to eat standing up than, say, a hot dog.

When I found out about this more convenient situation, I hightailed it on foot (parking is scarce and I live nearby) and soon had my mouth knee-deep in mini burgers and cheesy fries.

The menu is really simple, two kinds of sliders: beef and fried chicken (and fries and shakes, of course).

While I absolutely loved both the burger with it’s caramelized onions and plentiful thousand island, the star of the show was the Spicy Chicken with Cajun sauce and pickles. It was perfect perfection!

Chicken was juicy, hot and expertly coated in a nicely spiced blanket of goodness. Not some pre-formed patty.

Definitely get one of each but make your very last bite be of the chicken. Trust me.

The Dirty Fries are also a must. Your protruding gut will hate you for it, but your tongue and brain and olfactory system will be singing your praises.

They offer a $20 over the top Milkshake with every candy bar you could think of including an entire twinky. If this isn’t the downfall of America, I don’t know what is. And I’m happy to go down with this sinking ship.

446 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
http://twinssliders.com/

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There wasn't much going on tonight, clearly.

There wasn’t much going on tonight, clearly.

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Dirty Fries with Cheese and Sauce

Dirty Fries with Cheese and Sauce

Spicy Fried Chicken Slider with Cajun Dressing & Pickle

Spicy Fried Chicken Slider with Cajun Dressing & Pickle

Cheeseburger with Onions, Thousand Island and Pickle

Cheeseburger with Onions, Thousand Island and Pickle

MISSION CANTINA

  • November 27, 2013 5:35 am

Great local hangout

Great local hangout

As ya’ll may know by now, when I do NOT place a picture of food at the top of my post, the joint is probably best for drinks.

Tonight, K.B. and I wished to celebrate Thirsty Thursday with a few margs and wash it down with some decent Mexican food.

This place is casual, relaxing with a pleasant, intimate ambiance.

We came early so the crowds were minimal. Good for finding a seat. Bad for people watching.

The margs were fantastic! Especially for only $5 bucks (Thursday’s only, they’re normally $8).

No sweet and sour here! They clearly make their own tart, limey mixture and I approve.

The tacos were very tasty but VERY small. Either knock a few bucks off the prices or give us three, mister.

Enchiladas were a better deal and also very tasty.

I would hunt this place down if I needed a marg, but not so much if I just needed to eat.

Sober Sally’s should look elsewhere.

5946 W Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 469-3130
themissioncantina.com

Mission Margarita - $5 on Thursdays - Notice how it's NOT neon green?? Love it.

Mission Margarita – $5 on Thursdays – Notice how it’s NOT neon green?? Love it.

Enchiladas Verde

Enchiladas Verde

Barbacoa Tacos

Barbacoa Tacos

HAKKASAN

  • November 25, 2013 5:43 am

Golden Crispy Duck Roll

Golden Crispy Duck Roll

Hakkasan is ultra swanky restaurant concept starting in London and bringing it’s upscale chinese fare in a mega gorgeous space to Beverly Hills. Right where it belongs.

Any restaurant spending millions on the decor are taking a huge risk. That being said, when it comes to Beverly Hills, just charge double for the food and you’re all set.

Let us fiscally foolish folks happily pay your ginormous rent.

What I love about my experience with high class Chinese is that it’s always delicious. I guess soy sauce, garlic and chili paste make everything taste amazing.

Between Mr. Chow, Chi-Lin and now, Hakkasan, I’ve yet to be disappointed by super high quality meats and exotic veggies that also look gosh durn perty.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Edamame Dumplings: Not only are these bright green wonders a sight to behold, but they taste incredible.

Hakka Noodles: These thin ramen-esque noodles are very simple (soy sauce is what I taste the most) but SO effective.

Crispy Duck Roll: Thick egg rolls packed to the gills (or beaks) with flavorful duck meat. These are a must order.

Stir-fried Black Pepper Rib Eye Beef with Merlot: Super duper tender peppery beef bites, SO good, best dish we had.

Char Sui Bao: Some of the tastiest little steamed bbq pork buns you’ll ever pop in your mouth. These are perfection.

Fruit Salad with Macadamia Nuts and Emperor Dressing: Fun chunks of festive fruit covered in a slight sesame dressing.

LOWLIGHTS:

Guilin Chili Style Wok Fry Quail: While I loved the flavor and crispy coating, there wasn’t much meat to behold. Super messy to be eating in a nice restaurant.

Mabo Tofu: This dish was really good once you added rice, but a very odd, squishy texture on it’s own. I actually liked it with the rice, so maybe bump this up to a MEDLIGHT (if there is such a thing).

Chilean Seabass Daikon Roll: While I liked the idea of this and the flavors were light and fresh, it came out super hot and too large to just pop in your mouth (but I did anyway and burned my mouth) and yet not able to really cut each piece in half without making a mess.

Obviously, any chic restaurant is going to come at a chic price, but even by Beverly Hill’s standards, lunchtime at Hakkasan can turn into a pricy affair. Many of the meat dishes were in the high 30’s. I do think it’s worth the splurge, however. Go for it, cheapskates!

I’ve been twice since it opened (which I NEVER do) if that tells you anything.

233 N Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 888-8661
hakkasan.com/beverlyhills

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Crab and Sweet Corn Supreme Soup

Crab and Sweet Corn Supreme Soup

Char Siu Bao

Char Siu Bao

Chilean Seabass Daikon Roll (order comes with three pieces but my picture sucked, so here's what one piece looks like)

Chilean Seabass Daikon Roll (order comes with three pieces but my picture sucked, so here’s what one piece looks like)

Black Pepper Rib Eye with Merlot

Black Pepper Rib Eye with Merlot

Four style Vegetable in Szechuan sauce

Four style Vegetable in Szechuan sauce

Edamame Mushroom Dumpling

Edamame Mushroom Dumpling

Hakka Noodle with mushrooms and Chinese chives

Hakka Noodle with mushrooms and Chinese chives

Guilin chili style wok fry quail

Guilin chili style wok fry quail

Mabo tofu with beef and Szechuan pickled vegetable

Mabo tofu
with beef and Szechuan pickled vegetable

Fresh fruit salad with macadamia nut and emperor dressing

Fresh fruit salad with macadamia nut and emperor dressing

SCARPETTA

  • November 22, 2013 5:15 am

Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil

Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil

Chef Scott Conant (of Top Chef and other various Food Network shows) owns four other Scarpetta locations across the country besides the one I dined at tonight. All in glitzy locations (NYC, Miami, Vegas and Toronto).

This place just exudes class.

Scarpetta doesn’t have a dress code but maybe put on a jacket, ya bum. Show some respect.

Two dishes that this place is known for are shocking in their simplicity.

A plate of spaghetti in a marinara sauce.

And a bowl of saucy polenta with sauteed mushrooms. Sorry, I meant fricasseed. Hard to spell on the first try.

Both creations appear to have very few ingredients. But often times those are the most memorable dishes.

To get everything right is skill. Art. Dumb luck.

The thicker than your average spaghetti noodles were perfectly cooked.

Lightly coated in the perfect tomato sauce, I couldn’t stop eating.

And normally, I’m the type of guy that likes a bunch of weird sh*t in my food. Who knew?

The polenta was truly decadent. I could have drank straight from the bowl with zero shame.

It was so soupy, you needed bread to sop it up and thankfully there was an incredible bread basket at our disposal.

The duck breast was probably the best prepared I had ever had. Often it can be rubbery or too chewy. Loved it!

For dessert, we had the famous Vanilla Caramel Budino.

If you ever see a budino on a menu, ORDER IT! They’re like pudding on crack. I hate that expression so let’s find a new drug.

It’s like pudding on Molly!

225 N Canon Dr
Montage Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(866) 743-7559
Website

Amazing Bread Basket with slices of Stromboli!

Amazing Bread Basket with slices of Stromboli!

Creamy Polenta with Truffled Mushrooms

Creamy Polenta with Truffled Mushrooms

Braised Lamb Agnolotti

Braised Lamb Agnolotti

Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil

Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil

Lavender Honey Glazed Duck Breast

Lavender Honey Glazed Duck Breast

Vanilla Caramel Budino

Vanilla Caramel Budino

MICELI’S

  • November 20, 2013 5:09 am

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Miceli’s is Hollywood’s oldest Italian restaurant (since 1949) and while it’s most certainly a tourist trap, it’s also a fun, historic local haunt that is worth checking out.

It’s dark and campy inside. Dangling from the ceiling are the corpses of cheap Chianti bottles, signed by previous patrons.

They seem to have live music most nights (that means someone at a piano singing or crooning waitresses milling about).

The food is typical traditional Italian fare. You will find no quinoa or kale in these dishes and that’s why I love this place.

That being said, you’ve gotta know what to order.

The Sausage Cannelloni? Not so much.

That Antipasta Misto? Uh, probably wouldn’t again.

The classic Lasagna is super tasty. Great meat sauce with the perfect cheese situation. Sometimes lasagnas can be too cheesy. I know, I know. But it can happen.

The pizza is really great too. The crust could be crispier but wadya gonna do?

You’re gonna sit your butt down and not complain about the ice cold butter on the table just as the waitress walks up and starts to give you real attitude cuz you’re being an annoying customer.

1646 N Las Palmas Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 466-3438
micelisrestaurant.com

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Love dem rolls...

Love dem rolls…

Anitpasto Misto

Anitpasto Misto

Lasagna - Aunt Angie's Original

Lasagna – Aunt Angie’s Original

Sausage Cannelloni

Sausage Cannelloni

Miceli's Special Pizza

Miceli’s Special Pizza

You can customize your own bottle and they'll hang it up after you leave! (or so they tell us)

You can customize your own bottle and they’ll hang it up after you leave! (or so they tell us)

SQIRL CAFE

  • November 18, 2013 5:58 am

Brioche Toast with Ricotta and Plum Thyme Jam

Brioche Toast with Ricotta and Plum Thyme Jam

Sqirl is a trendy and cute bakery slash coffee shop in Silverlake that is famous for their brioche toast and homemade jam.

Seeing as carbs and sugar are the polar opposite of all that is LA (although hipster Silverlake likes to buck the trend shortly after starting it) I wanted to check out the madness.

Another tasty dish Sqirl does well is the Poached Egg and Kale on Brioche. I guess, that way you don’t feel so bad eating the least healthy bread ever, if there’s a smattering of a hip greenery on top.

While both items were absolutely delish, I found the egg and kale more satisfying. Would have liked my brioche with jam a bit more… toasty. I would have even been fine with partially burnt, that’s how good the bread is.

Sqirl makes their own almond milk in-house (and since coffee is a food group in Silverlake) I decided to try their Almond Cappucino.

While tasty, I would have liked more almond milk and twice as much espresso. I’m not sure if that’s a reasonable request or not.

I arrived at Sqirl right when they opened but I’ve heard this place is a nightmare to find seating at (much like Sycamore Cafe) if you show up too late or on weekends.

I guess the early bird gets the brioche!

(BTW, forgive the photo at the very bottom. I knew this infamous Charles Manson house was in the area so I had to check it out. Serial killers and coffee with toast. The perfect day)

720 N Virgil Ave
Ste 4
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 284-8147
sqirlla.com

Cute water station (water dripped out at a snail's pace)

Cute water station (water dripped out at a snail’s pace)

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Pastries!

Pastries!

Almond Cappucino

Almond Cappucino

Kale and Poached Egg on Brioche

Kale and Poached Egg on Brioche

Brioche Toast with Ricotta and Plum Thyme Jam

Brioche Toast with Ricotta and Plum Thyme Jam

The old LaBianca Manson murder house.

The old LaBianca Manson murder house.

FLEMINGS

  • November 15, 2013 5:16 am

PEPPERCORN STEAK -  prime new york strip, cracked black and white peppercorns, proprietary “F17” steak sauce on the side, topped with lobster

PEPPERCORN STEAK –
prime new york strip, cracked black and white peppercorns, proprietary “F17” steak sauce on the side, topped with lobster

Flemings is a chain steak house, the kind of place I rarely venture to.

Not that I’m some food snob (I have a not-so-secret Chef Boyardee addiction) I just don’t love steak and if you want to see a chain’s food pictures, you can simply visit their website (or any one of their 150 locations).

However, tonight Clyde was invited by the Flemings folks (as he is a big wig who works across the street) for a free meal.

Thankfully he chose his dining companion correctly. Me!

With the encouragement of our gracious and lovely server, we pretty much ordered everything on the menu.

With the exception of Thanksgiving, I haven’t felt that uncomfortable after a meal in a long time.

Highlights were the Baby Lamb Chops (loved the two dipping sauces) the Wedge Salad (classic) the Chipotle Mac and Cheese, the crab cakes and the two decadent, insane desserts.

I enjoyed the flavors of the Roasted Mushroom Ravioli but they mushrooms tasted a bit rubbery.

The Porcini rubbed Filet Mignon was well cooked but I would have liked the porcini to come through more. Mozza has that situation perfected.

Thanks again to our bright and cheery server, you really made our evening more fun because honestly, I can’t stand the sight of Clyde anymore. Don’t tell him I said so. I’ll deny it. I’ll tell him YOU wrote this blog.

252 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 278-8710
flemingssteakhouse.com

THE NEW WEDGE  grape tomatoes, crispy onions, caramelized bacon and blue cheese

THE NEW WEDGE
grape tomatoes, crispy onions, caramelized bacon and blue cheese

JUMBO LUMP CRAB CAKES  roasted red pepper and lime butter sauce

JUMBO LUMP CRAB CAKES
roasted red pepper and lime butter sauce

ROASTED MUSHROOM RAVIOLI  portobello and shiitake mushrooms, porcini butter sauce

ROASTED MUSHROOM RAVIOLI
portobello and shiitake mushrooms, porcini butter sauce

FLEMING'S POTATOES  our house specialty with cream, jalapeños and cheddar cheese

FLEMING’S POTATOES
our house specialty with cream, jalapeños and cheddar cheese

CHIPOTLE CHEDDAR MACARONI & CHEESE  smoked cheddar and leeks

CHIPOTLE CHEDDAR MACARONI & CHEESE
smoked cheddar and leeks

NEW ZEALAND PETITE LAMB CHOPS - pistachio-mint pesto, "F17" sauce, polenta fries

NEW ZEALAND PETITE LAMB CHOPS – pistachio-mint pesto, “F17” sauce, polenta fries

PORCINI RUBBED FILET MIGNON - center cut, grilled high country asparagus spears, gorgonzola cream sauce

PORCINI RUBBED FILET MIGNON –
center cut, grilled high country asparagus
spears, gorgonzola cream sauce

WALNUT TURTLE PIE  homemade caramel, walnuts and chocolate baked in a chocolate pie crust

WALNUT TURTLE PIE
homemade caramel, walnuts and chocolate baked in a chocolate pie crust

CARROT CAKE  three layer cake with cream cheese frosting topped with a drizzle of dark rum caramel

CARROT CAKE
three layer cake with cream cheese frosting topped with a drizzle of dark rum caramel

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RAHEL ETHIOPIAN VEGGIE CUISINE

  • November 13, 2013 5:53 am

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About a year ago, I wrote a very HARSH review of a neighboring Ethiopian restaurant but Rahel was a birthday dinner and I had no choice.

The supremely shocking thing is that I actually liked it…

I’m not at ALL saying I suddenly like Ethiopian food cuz I don’t.

But once you cut out meat from the equation, I don’t think I need to induce vomiting directly after my meal anymore.

Hurray!

Our group sat in a fun and random hut (sweat lodge) located in a corner of the restaurant and shared our meal from a large, communal platter of unfortunate looking piles of dog excrement, I mean lentil stews and veggies.

I had previously mentioned that Injera (Ethiopian bread which looks like a spongy napkin) tasted like the stuffing of a sour school bus seat cushion. Well, along those lines.

But for some reason, tonight I liked it!

The sour nicely balanced out the mildly spiced stews and veggies.

While this blog post will in no way make a case for Ethiopian food, I had a great time and the food didn’t suck.

The service was friendly, the interior was charming (even though the place was a ghost town) and the prices were low.

There. I said something nice.

1047 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 937-8401
rahelveggiecuisine.com

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We had just enough people to fit in this odd but fun hut. If someone else would have joined us, we would have hated them for depriving us of our hut experience.

We had just enough people to fit in this odd but fun hut. If someone else would have joined us, we would have hated them for depriving us of our hut experience.

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Since there are no utencils provided, we are instructed to wash our hands.

Since there are no utencils provided, we are instructed to wash our hands.

Sambussas - Kind of like Indian Samosas but stuffed with spiced lentils.

Sambussas – Kind of like Indian Samosas but stuffed with spiced lentils.

Millenium Special - A combination of : Split lentil Stew, Split-pea Stew, String beans mixed with carrots, Greens, Sunflower mixed with Injera, Potatoes mixed with Carrots and Cabbage , Punpkin Stew, Tomato mixed with Injera , Salad with house dressing

Millenium Special – A combination of : Split lentil Stew, Split-pea Stew, String beans mixed with carrots, Greens, Sunflower mixed with Injera, Potatoes mixed with Carrots and Cabbage , Punpkin Stew, Tomato mixed with Injera , Salad with house dressing

Backlava

Backlava

HODAD’S – SAN DIEGO

  • November 11, 2013 5:28 am

Double Bacon Cheeseburger

Double Bacon Cheeseburger

If you Google “Hodads” you’ll see that it is TV food personality Guy Fieri’s favorite burger of all time.

This may or may not mean anything to you.

If you’re me, you’re sick of his highlights and obnoxious enthusiasm.

But I’m just bitter, ignore me.

While I often order a double cheeseburger because they appear more impressive in a photo, in this case it was too much. I would have been fine with one patty (and about one less entire thick cut raw onion, this place is onion crazy).

There are a number of burgers I would place above Hodads but it was still tasty. Very old school, nothing fancy.

But I would only come here if in San Diego, I wouldn’t make a road trip out of it.

945 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-6323
hodadies.com

This is ONE burger, cut in half. Do not attempt to eat a whole one by yourself.

This is ONE burger, cut in half. Do not attempt to eat a whole one by yourself.

We lucked out that this place wasn't packed.

We lucked out that this place wasn’t packed.

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