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TOEBANG

  • April 30, 2014 5:45 am

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, Bacon Wrapped Rice Cake and BBQ Rib Skewers

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, Bacon Wrapped Rice Cake and BBQ Rib Skewers

One of Koreatown’s more fun establishments is the quirkily named dive bar and sorta restaurant, Toebang.

The tables are sticky, the bathrooms are a disaster and it can get packed in there. But you don’t come for all that noise.

You come for the BEER TOWERS and CORN CHEESE!

There’s just something about a tower of iced beer that says “Vacation in Seoul”.

Especially once you get to your 3rd one (which we did). Don’t scoff, it doesn’t hold as much as you’d think and we were a thirsty group!

The Corn Cheese is a simple skillet of buttery canned corn topped with melted cheddar. That’s it. While I was dreaming of diced jalapenos, I was still loving this dish. A must order.

Since we had just come from a large seafood lunch, we only nibbled on a few skewers.

The BBQ rib skewers were incredible! So tender and moist and well sauced. Another must order.

Especially if you’re on that Paleo diet bullsh*t.

But if that’s the case, you won’t be having the corn or beer, so there’ll be no need to come here, at all. Just go home and nibble on your jerky and almonds, you freak.

Chapman Plz
3465 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 387-4905

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Table Mischief

Table Mischief

Defaced wall adornments

Defaced wall adornments

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Tea Flavored Water

Tea Flavored Water

Singha Beer Tower (about $30 bucks)

Singha Beer Tower (about $30 bucks)

CORN CHEESE!

CORN CHEESE!

Sausage Skewer

Sausage Skewer

BBQ Ribs Skewer

BBQ Ribs Skewer

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, Bacon Wrapped Rice Cake and BBQ Rib Skewers

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, Bacon Wrapped Rice Cake and BBQ Rib Skewers

EMC SEAFOOD

  • April 28, 2014 5:11 am

Up close and far too personal

Up close and far too personal

EMC Seafood has only been opened about four months and already it has over 300 mostly positive reviews on Yelp. That’s saying something.

Now, when it comes to seafood, there’s a lot that Bun Boy can’t eat (“If it resides in a shell, it can go to hell” is my seafood motto) but I love raw fish, so I’m not completely left out.

EMC has a $1 Oyster happy hour that had everyone at the table excited. And they weren’t crappy, sickly fellas, either. Everyone quite enjoyed them.

Most of us started with the manly sounding “Hello Kitty Sangria”. Fruity and unique (like pink lemonade) but low on alcohol if that’s a concern for you. When has anyone gotten drunk off sangria, right? Well, maybe you, stick-thin lady.

I didn’t share many folk’s dishes, but I loved both the Fish Tacos and the Albacore Sashimi, both winners. Especially once I requested an extra side of tarter and hot sauce.

I heard nothing but positive comments on all the other dishes sampled, but it seems like the Soft Shell Crab Sliders were the least favorite and the Lobster Roll and Blue Crab Lettuce Wraps were the favs, after the oysters.

We were pleasantly coerced into the Brioche Bread Pudding and we were not disappointed. It was very delicious.

We got there at 4 pm and stayed til 6 and the place was already packed by then and a large, angry mob had formed behind us, anxious for our table. So, take note of that situation.

EMC is a fun, inexpensive and tasty foray into all sorts of seafood fare, Asian and American themed alike. Well worth checking out. Especially if you don’t have the shellfish thing, like I do.

3500 W 6th St
Ste 101
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 351-9988
emcseafood.com

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Hello Kitty Sangria

Hello Kitty Sangria

$1 Oysters

$1 Oysters

Crispy Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Albacore Sashimi

Albacore Sashimi

Soft Shell Crab Sliders

Soft Shell Crab Sliders

Crispy Garl ic Jalapeño Chicken Wings

Crispy Garl ic Jalapeño Chicken Wings

Mini Lobster Roll

Mini Lobster Roll

Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp Tacos

White Fish Tacos

White Fish Tacos

Blue Crab Lettuce Cups

Blue Crab Lettuce Cups

Congee with Uni

Congee with Uni

Brioche Bread Pudding

Brioche Bread Pudding

THE MORRISON

  • April 25, 2014 5:35 am

Deviled Eggs with White Anchovy

Deviled Eggs with White Anchovy

The Morrison is a Scottish gastropub in Atwater Village that is the modern answer to the much older, Renaissance-inspired Tam ‘O Shanter.

While, the TOS is filled with a mix of the geriatric and hipster set, the Morrison is more geared toward the youths of the Eastside. Anyone not needing a cane, except on rare occasion, is welcome to enter.

We didn’t try a ton of food on our first visit, but I enjoyed what we did have.

What I liked about the Fish and Chips was the fish was fried within an inch of it’s life. No soggy bits to be found. Soggy fried fish is more common then you’d think, sadly. The fries were a bit tiny but you get plenty of them and I enjoyed the seasoning salt they were coated with.

The Deviled Eggs could have done without the slab of anchovy on top but they were very tasty without it.

The olives were a bit flavorless but the pickles were incredible. Order those, without hesitation. Now. Did I stutter?

The Butterscotch Bread Pudding is over the top good and enormous, good for sharing with everyone at the table. And perhaps anyone in the vicinity of 30 feet.

They had a great beer selection and during happy hour, all the drafts are only $5 (there’s a lot to choose from).

The service was probably some of the friendliest I’ve ever encountered in LA. Genuine smiles, always checking on us, dealing with our chaotic ordering. It was a very pleasant surprise.

Unlike Link n Hops, The Morrison is definitely worth a road trip from wherever you live. Even if you live in Scotland. I bet they don’t even have deviled eggs there. What a sad lot.

3179 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 667-1839
themorrisonla.com

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House made Pickles

House made Pickles

Fries

Fries

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

Butterscotch Bread Pudding

Butterscotch Bread Pudding

For our second visit, we took part in the Morrison’s “Robert Burns Night”, an annual celebration of the Scottish poet most famous for writing “Auld Lang Syne”.

The host of the evening was Johnnie “The Scot” Mundell and he started the event by presenting the ceremonial haggis followed by a bagpipe player and the reading of traditional poetry.

Throughout the night, people were invited to come up and read any kind of poem they wanted. For a reward, they were given a free slug of scotch. Several from our group got up as well, Chesty seemed to have found her calling. Except for the minor Irish/Scottish mixup in the beginning of her speech. Luckily, the patrons of the pub did not throw any neeps or tatties (turnips or potatoes) at her.

It was a very fun evening, I highly recommend it for anyone that would like that sort of thing.

The Morrison's annual "Robert Burns Night"

The Morrison’s annual “Robert Burns Night”

Sinnamon Stick - Cinnamon infused Tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime

Sinnamon Stick – Cinnamon infused Tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime

Unicorn - Vodka, cedilla, lemon, ginger beer

Unicorn – Vodka, cedilla, lemon, ginger beer

Shockingly, not one kilt joke was made by our fearless leader. Here he is scolding someone making shush noises.

Shockingly, not one kilt joke was made by our fearless leader. Here he is scolding someone making shush noises.

Chesty Morgan reading her poetry.

Chesty Morgan reading her poetry.

Salt Lick giving good poem.

Salt Lick giving good poem.

Meatballs

Meatballs

morrison jam burger – english muffin, bacon, fig jam & stilton

morrison jam burger – english muffin, bacon, fig jam & stilton

Gin marinated Pork Loin

Gin marinated Pork Loin

Vegetarian Haggis

Vegetarian Haggis

Smoked Chocolate Ganache

Smoked Chocolate Ganache

LINK N HOPS

  • April 23, 2014 5:16 am

Hot & Spicy Italian: Pork, Beef, Onion, Spices

Hot & Spicy Italian: Pork, Beef, Onion, Spices

Located in Atwater Village on their Main Street (Glendale Blvd), Link n Hops is a casual beer and brat joint.

There are a dozen or so sausage selections, including a good variety of vegan options.

The Sampler Platter is a nice way to try several of them if you’re not into the bun part of things.

The bun is a bit large, on the doughy side, so you’re not really missing out.

I didn’t find the sausages mind blowing but there weren’t any duds in the bunch, they were all solid.

I didn’t care for the cheese sauce that came with the pretzel, could have used some kick but the pickle was one of the best I’ve ever had.

Definitely not worth a road trip but certainly come on by if you’re in the neighborhood for a beer, pickle and whatever game is on the telly.

3111 N Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 426-9049
linknhops.com

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Smoked Anduille

Smoked Anduille

Pickle

Pickle

Chicken

Chicken

Munich Style Pretzel

Munich Style Pretzel

Traditional Platter: Bratwurst, Hungarian Kolbasa, Smoked Anduille, Belgian Fries

Traditional Platter: Bratwurst, Hungarian Kolbasa, Smoked Anduille, Belgian Fries

TACOMIENDO

  • April 21, 2014 5:15 am

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Located in West LA on a desolate section of Pico near a strip club, in an auto repair shop strip mall, Tacomiendo would most likely not be one’s first choice for a nice meal out.

You probably wouldn’t even see if it if you drove by, but thanks to word of mouth, it’s a pretty popular spot.

And not just for the hungry strippers.

Everything we ate here was delicious, not a bad item in the bunch.

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Headache inducing interior

Headache inducing interior

Carnitas Taco al Carbon

Carnitas Taco al Carbon

Carne Asada Burrito

Carne Asada Burrito

Shredded Beef Taco Dorado

Shredded Beef Taco Dorado

Carne Asada Sope

Carne Asada Sope

ALEGRIA ON SUNSET

  • April 18, 2014 5:16 am

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The menu looked so delicious online but I was just so let down by Alegria.

The fish tacos were pretty boring. No sauces, no cabbage, no crema. Just a few pieces of bland, unbreaded fish and some uninspired pico de gallo.

The burritas were cute but the carnitas were too salty for words. I’ll try to come up with some later.

The best dish that we tried was the Sincronizada. Like a quesadilla on steroids, this thing was packed with flavor. Highly recommended.

Oh, and the papaya smoothies were refreshing, too.

The dinner menu looked much better, to be honest. Just come for dinner so you don’t have to deal with the disappointment I did. You’ll be a better person for it, I promise.

Well, actually you won’t. Sorry.

3510 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 913-1422
alegriaonsunset.com

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Papaya Smoothies

Papaya Smoothies

Guacamole and Pico de Gallo

Guacamole and Pico de Gallo

Burritas - Mini burritos filled with Carnitas

Burritas – Mini burritos filled with Carnitas

Sincronizada (like a quesadilla)

Sincronizada (like a quesadilla)

Tacos de Pescado - Mahi Mahi Tacos

Tacos de Pescado – Mahi Mahi Tacos

DELANCEY PIZZERIA AND BAR

  • April 16, 2014 5:41 am

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Delancey is an upscale, exposed brick and dark wood pizza parlor with an East Coast vibe located in a populated stretch of Sunset blvd in Hollywood.

They have absolutely fantastic NY style pizza and pretty boring pasta.

The crust was thin with a nice balance of crispy and chewy (the edge was airy and crispy, mostly sauced – I hate a vast dessert of unsauced, totally exposed crust. Sauce it or spread some herbed oil on it. Don’t leave it a barren sand dune) toppings were very flavorful and you get a decent sized pie for the price.

They must have run completely out of salt for the pasta, which was sad and wrong. The noodles were perfectly cooked, it had so much potential.

Meatballs were small for the cost but tasty.

Great beer selection but I found the cocktails less inspired.

Come to Delancey for a delicious pizza and some beers and you’ll be just fine. And in pain due to pizza belly because you ate too much and have no self control.

5936 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 469-2100
delanceyhollywood.com

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Meatballs

Meatballs

Half Mercer (Mozzarella, Pepper Crusted Bacon, Caramelized Onions & Gorgonzola) and half Bay Ridge (Mozzarella, Italian Sausage & Pepperoni)

Half Mercer (Mozzarella, Pepper Crusted Bacon, Caramelized Onions & Gorgonzola) and half Bay Ridge (Mozzarella, Italian Sausage & Pepperoni)

Papardelle W/ Braised Short Rib, Fresno Chile & Shaved Parmesan

Papardelle W/ Braised Short Rib, Fresno Chile & Shaved Parmesan

BOMBAY CAFE

  • April 14, 2014 5:28 am

Lamb Frankie

Lamb Frankie

We came to Bombay Cafe for one of Sonigram’s last Indian meals in LA before heading off to the Grande Manzana.

I don’t know what this place is known for, but we today enjoyed a South Indian feast.

We enjoyed several items that reminded me of an Indian Burrito.

My favorite dish was the spicy Lamb Frankie. The lamb meat was perfectly spiced and saucy tucked snug in a slightly oily whole wheat wrap.

The Masala Dosa (a light, airy crepe filled with spiced potatoes) was nice for sharing but I wouldn’t make it anyone’s main dish.

The Pani Puri are a acquired taste, which I happily shall never acquire. They are these odd little hollow shells filled with mostly raw mung beans that you pour this weird green liquid inside. Not recommended unless you grew up with the stuff.

The Chicken Curry was A solid dish but slightly more work than I was in the mood for, picking my meat off the bone whilst hiding under a sea of sauce.

12021 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 473-3388
bombaycafe-la.com

Pani Puri (little pastry shells filled with mung beans)

Pani Puri (little pastry shells filled with mung beans)

How to eat Pani Puri

How to eat Pani Puri

Lamb Frankie

Lamb Frankie

Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry

Masala Dosa

Masala Dosa

Masala Dosa

Masala Dosa

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PIZZERIA IL FICO

  • April 11, 2014 5:13 am

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Pizzeria il Fico is one of those quaint, homey Italian joints that everyone who’s been there loves, but that not everyone knows exists. If I lived closer, it would definitely be me “hop on in for a glass of wine and some pizza” spot. If I ever decided to become the type of person that repeated restaurants. Like…a normal person.

This place does everything pretty well, can’t think of a single dish that disappointed.

Neither was anything amazing enough for me to recall since I’m writing this two weeks after I ate here.

Wait, I remember now! Those eggplant rolls were fantastic, I really loved the flavor combo of the marinara, mortadella and mozzarella.

In my opinion, that sums up most Italian restaurants. They serve great food that you’ve had a hundred times before but most times nothing stands out as being life-changing and there’s nothing wrong with that.

For some reason we have a fondness, a nostalgic affection and don’t hold Italian restaurants to as high a standard.

Even if Fico was not very good, I probably would have still enjoyed myself because I would have just drank more wine. Everything’s better with lots of wine.

310 S Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 271-3426
pizzeriailfico.com

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I do NOT know these people.

I do NOT know these people.

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Polpette Filanti al Sugo - Meatballs Stuffed with Mozzarella in San Marzano Sauce

Polpette Filanti al Sugo – Meatballs Stuffed with Mozzarella in San Marzano Sauce

Involtino di Melanzana e Mortadella -  Eggplant, Mortadella & Mozzarella Rolls in Tomato Sauce

Involtino di Melanzana e Mortadella –
Eggplant, Mortadella & Mozzarella Rolls in Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti alla Chitarra -  Spaghetti with Clams, Garlic and Olive Oil

Spaghetti alla Chitarra –
Spaghetti with Clams, Garlic and Olive Oil

Lasagna con Bocconcini della Nonna - Meatball Filled Lasagna with Bolognese Ragu’

Lasagna con Bocconcini della Nonna – Meatball Filled Lasagna with Bolognese Ragu’

La Pugliese - Mozzarella, Rapini, Sausage, Roasted Tomato, Burrata & Caciocavallo Cheese

La Pugliese – Mozzarella, Rapini, Sausage, Roasted Tomato, Burrata & Caciocavallo Cheese

Short Ribs over Creamy Polenta

Short Ribs over Creamy Polenta

Pannetone Bread Pudding with Cinnamon Gelato

Pannetone Bread Pudding with Cinnamon Gelato

BELCAMPO MEAT CO.

  • April 10, 2014 5:52 am

Belcampo Cheeseburger

Belcampo Cheeseburger

Belcampo Meat Co. has a pretty cool thing going on. All their organic, humanly raised meats come from their very own farm near Mt. Shasta.

They sell this meat two ways. You can take it home and cook it yourself. Or you can sit at their small counter in the Grand Central Market and let them prepare it for you.

I’m a lazy F, so I chose the latter.

I was with a fellow hungry diner, so we ordered a bunch of stuff.

We started with the Beef Tallow Fries and the Spicy Fried Broccolini. Both were awesome. Must orders. The fries were just crispy enough and soaked in flavor and the broccolini had a great vinegary finish.

The Philadelphia Cheesesteak was my favorite. The meat was super flavorful and super tender. Super all around. So good.

The Pork Loin Milanesa sandwich was also truly excellent. Loved the breading on the pork patties paired with the creamy avocado.

The Burger was very traditional and very basic. It was definitely juicy and well cooked. Loved the brioche sesame seed buns! I want to take a long nap on them.

You’ll pay a buck or two more than your typical spot but you’re getting top notch meat and great service. So stop being so damn cheap.

Plus, Egg Slut has too big a line to wait in. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 624-2378
http://www.belcampomeatco.com/restaurant/los-angeles/

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Beef Tallow Fries

Beef Tallow Fries

Spicy Fried Broccolini

Spicy Fried Broccolini

Philadelphia Cheesesteak

Philadelphia Cheesesteak

Pork Loin Milanesa Cemita

Pork Loin Milanesa Cemita

Belcampo Cheeseburger

Belcampo Cheeseburger