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MR C

  • May 30, 2014 5:51 am

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Mr. C is an Italian hotel chain and today we dined in the Beverly Hills location’s restaurant, which bears the same name.

The website states they have an attentive staff with European sensibilities, which is code for “They have accents.”

The servers were friendly and brief in conversation (my favorite kind) but in keeping with the European way of eating, everything took a bit longer than your typical power lunch normally would.

The menu was filled with lots of Italian words I had never heard of before, but while I enjoyed everything I ate, I found it to be a bit uninspired.

My salmon was perfectly cooked and delicious but swimming in oil, which was a bit off-putting.

The chicken and baked pasta dishes were both nice but nothing mind blowing.

The Tiramisu comes in an enormous bowl, which prompted me to give it the nickname “Tiramisoup”. Very good.

We came for Dine LA week, so our 3 course lunch was only $25. The regular menu prices are a bit steep, so keep that in mind and make sure you come here when someone else pays for you.

1224 Beverwil Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 226-6245
mrchotels.com

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Pomodoro e Mozzarella Campana with black olive tapenade

Pomodoro e Mozzarella Campana with black olive tapenade

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Broccolini Soup

Broccolini Soup

Baked Tagliolini Kamut with Wild Mushrooms

Baked Tagliolini Kamut with Wild Mushrooms

Norwegian Salmon Filet with lemon and capers and Pommes Natural

Norwegian Salmon Filet with lemon and capers and Pommes Natural

Chicken Spezzatino Capperi Pomodori with Roasted Polenta

Chicken Spezzatino Capperi Pomodori with Roasted Polenta

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

JUQUILA

  • May 28, 2014 5:39 am

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Juquila is an Oaxacan restaurant similar to nearby Monte Alban (West LA) with slightly better prices.

The food is very similar.

They have a few great $6.99 lunch specials and I think their best option is the Red Mole Chicken Enchiladas.

You get three decent sized enchiladas filled with shredded chicken breast and just slathered in delicious spicier-than-black-mole sauce and a molded lump of steamed rice.

The Black Mole Chicken is not one of the lunch specials but a nice, somewhat lower in carbs option if you prefer a sweeter mole and don’t mind picking meat from bones.

You animal.

The moles here are just as good as I’ve had at other places. No complaints. Delicious and overall I would definitely recommend this place.

The Horchata is fun because they put this miscellaneous stuff on top that turns the entire concoction pink! Watch out fellas, you’ll soon be shamed by your beverage choice!

11619 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 312-1079

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Chips and Salsa

Chips and Salsa

Horchata

Horchata

Black Mole Chicken

Black Mole Chicken

A closeup of the mole madness

A closeup of the mole madness

Red Mole Chicken Enchiladas

Red Mole Chicken Enchiladas

PIZZERIA MOZZA

  • May 26, 2014 5:38 am

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Pizzeria Mozza is almost too popular to function.

A reservation at a decent hour (not talking early-bird or night-owl) is always tough to come by and it’s always packed to the gills.

I almost wish someone would call in a bomb threat just so I can see what the place would look like without people. Well, I don’t wish that at all, actually. Forget I said anything.

The good news is that the pizzas here are AWESOME. Light and crispy crust, flavorful toppings and not nearly as expensive as Osteria Mozza next door.

Nancy’s Chopped Salad is highly recomended to balance out all the pizza action or you could just order another pizza and eat your veggies earlier in the day.

On second thought, just do that.

We ordered their most famous pie, the Squash Blossom pizza (not sure why it’s $5 more than all the other pizzas) and it’s quite exquisite. The sweetness of the tomatoes balances out the slightly bitter squash blossoms.

Also popular is the Fennel Sausage and Bianca but you pretty much can’t go wrong no matter which one you choose.

The Butterscotch Budino is also a must-order. It’s so delicious. It’s lighter than the (slightly more yummy) version at Gjelina which means each person can order their own. The whole sharing thing is over.

If you live in or visit LA, you HAVE to come here. No question. If you ever try to leave LA without dining here, border/airport security will detain you indefinitely if you cannot produce a Mozza receipt.

First world problems.

Also, that was kind of a dumb joke.

641 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 297-0101
pizzeriamozza.com

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Nancy's Chopped Salad

Nancy’s Chopped Salad

Squash Blossom and Burrata Pizza

Squash Blossom and Burrata Pizza

Butterscotch Budino

Butterscotch Budino

NEPENTHE – BIG SUR

  • May 23, 2014 5:09 am
Ambrosia Burger

Ambrosia Burger

Nepenthe is Big Sur’s most popular restaurant featuring one of the most amazing views you will ever experience.

Who cares if the food is any good! Come here, order anything and just stare out into the ocean until you go cross-eyed.

The Ambrosia Burger is probably their most famous dish and it’s a tasty throwback burger. On a roll instead of a bun and slathered in a thousand island like special sauce, it’s definitely almost worth the nearly $20 price tag.

You’re paying for the view, so don’t get cheap on me now, folks.

48510 Hwy 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2345
nepenthebigsur.com

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BOULEVARD – SAN FRANCISCO

  • May 20, 2014 5:40 am

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Boulevard is one of SF’s nicest and longstanding popular restaurants, even if it’s a touch old school.

I hate the expression “bring your wallet” because why on earth would you leave it at home but this place is definitely on the pricey side. Good special occasion place.

Every single thing we ate was delicious. Portion sizes were substantial and service was excellent (not too snooty).

I really have no complaints here. Sorry if that bores you.

1 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543-6084
boulevardrestaurant.com

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El Diablo Ardiente - Milagro Tequila, lemon juice, cassis, jalapeno agave nectar, ginger beer

El Diablo Ardiente – Milagro Tequila, lemon juice, cassis, jalapeno agave nectar, ginger beer

Table Bread

Table Bread

FISCALINNI CHEDDAR & APPLE CHOPPED SALAD  Fuji & Pink Lady Apples & Castelfranco Raddicchio  Cold Pressed Apple Shallot Vinaigrette  Marcona Almonds & Sunflower Seeds 14.25

FISCALINNI CHEDDAR & APPLE CHOPPED SALAD
Fuji & Pink Lady Apples & Castelfranco Raddicchio
Cold Pressed Apple Shallot Vinaigrette
Marcona Almonds & Sunflower Seeds 14.25

AHI TUNA TARTARE  Oro Blanco & Ruby Grapefruits, Fresno Chili & Ginger  Brokaw Avocado, Citrus Leaf & Salted Plum Oil  Taro Root & Matcha Masago Rice Crackers 18.50

AHI TUNA TARTARE
Oro Blanco & Ruby Grapefruits, Fresno Chili & Ginger
Brokaw Avocado, Citrus Leaf & Salted Plum Oil
Taro Root & Matcha Masago Rice Crackers 18.50

NETTLE RAVIOLI DI FIORE  Wagon Wheel & Teleme Cheese Fonduta  Celery Root & Oregon White Truffle  Olio Verde 18.

NETTLE RAVIOLI DI FIORE
Wagon Wheel & Teleme Cheese Fonduta
Celery Root & Oregon White Truffle
Olio Verde 18.

EDEN VALLEY BERKSHIRE (KUROBUTA) PORK PRIME RIB CHOP WOOD OVEN ROASTED  Roasted Baby Garnet Yam & Sweet Potato Cannoli  Port Poached Shinko Pears & Grenache Aigre Doux  Pepita Pistou & Roasted Pork Jus 37.

EDEN VALLEY BERKSHIRE (KUROBUTA) PORK PRIME RIB CHOP
WOOD OVEN ROASTED
Roasted Baby Garnet Yam & Sweet Potato Cannoli
Port Poached Shinko Pears & Grenache Aigre Doux
Pepita Pistou & Roasted Pork Jus 37.

ANGUS FILET MIGNON WOOD OVEN ROASTED  Shaved Bacon & King Trumpet Mushrooms  Zuckerman's Fingerling Pommes Bordelaise & Horseradish Cre�me  Pearl Onions & Beef Jus 49.50

ANGUS FILET MIGNON
WOOD OVEN ROASTED
Shaved Bacon & King Trumpet Mushrooms
Zuckerman’s Fingerling Pommes Bordelaise & Horseradish Cre�me
Pearl Onions & Beef Jus 49.50

MOCHA CARAMEL MOUSSE  Bittersweet Chocolate, Caramel  Saint Frank Coffee Ice Cream, Hazelnut Praline 11

MOCHA CARAMEL MOUSSE
Bittersweet Chocolate, Caramel
Saint Frank Coffee Ice Cream, Hazelnut Praline 11

ICE BOX CAKE  Vanilla Rum Custard, Housemade Chocolate Wafers  Roasted Banana Sorbet, Cocoa Nib Cream 10.50

ICE BOX CAKE
Vanilla Rum Custard, Housemade Chocolate Wafers
Roasted Banana Sorbet, Cocoa Nib Cream 10.50

THE SLANTED DOOR – SAN FRANCISCO

  • May 19, 2014 5:58 am

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I don’t get up to San Fran very often, but I have been to Slanted Door before and it’s so incredible, I needed to go back, this time with mom and sis.

If you are interested in trying out this upscale Vietnamese spot, you’d better make a reservation a month in advance, it’s that popular.

Some of my favorite things on the menu are the Grapefruit and Jicama salad, the Lemongrass chicken and the Vegetarian Spring rolls, everything is so high quality and packed with flavor.

There’s not a single thing you could order here and not love. If you find something, send me the receipt and I’ll reimburse you. If you don’t receive payment in 6-8 months, please feel to reach out to me at customerservice@bunboy.com

1 Ferry Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 861-8032
slanteddoor.com

Mom and Sis in front of the Ferry Building

Mom and Sis in front of the Ferry Building

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grapefruit and jicama - , red cabbage, pickled carrot, candied pecan

grapefruit and jicama – , red cabbage, pickled carrot, candied pecan

vegetarian spring rolls -, tofu, shiitake, cabbage, mint, peanut sauce

vegetarian spring rolls -, tofu, shiitake, cabbage, mint, peanut sauce

vietnamese crêpe - , gulf shrimp, pork shoulder, bean sprout, yellow onion

vietnamese cr̻pe Р, gulf shrimp, pork shoulder, bean sprout, yellow onion

The inside of a Vietnamese crêpe

The inside of a Vietnamese crêpe

lemongrass chicken -, red onion, jalapeño, roasted chili paste, roasted peanut

lemongrass chicken -, red onion, jalapeño, roasted chili paste, roasted peanut

gingered beef sirloin -, rice vermicelli noodle, field greens, roasted peanuts

gingered beef sirloin -, rice vermicelli noodle, field greens, roasted peanuts

PHORAGE

  • May 16, 2014 5:44 am

Berkshire Pork Banh Mi

Berkshire Pork Banh Mi

Phorage is a new, casual Vietnamese place located in a strip mall in the Palms area of West LA.

It’s easy to miss if you were driving by.

I would say it’s a solid attempt if you live in the area, but nothing blew me away to the point of making this place “road trip worthy”.

The Oxtail Pho was the highlight for me, it was rich, flavorful and satisfying. The meat was a bit scary looking but I was perfectly fine not eating it.

The Berkshire Pork Banh Mi was ok but the meat was a bit too fatty and the baguette was a bit too thick, not as light and airy as I prefer.

The Chicken Bun bowl was also decent, I liked the noodles but I think this dish works better with beef. So, that’s really my bad. I shouldn’t blame the restaurant.

But I will anyway.

3300 Overland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 876-0910
phorageLA.com

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Oxtail Pho

Oxtail Pho

Chicken Bun Noodle Bowl

Chicken Bun Noodle Bowl

EL CHOLO

  • May 14, 2014 5:45 am

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El Cholo is LA’s oldest Mexican restaurant (est. 1923) and it certainly looks it.

Known for its kitchy decor and old school Mexican food, El Cholo is a fun and a not-to-be-missed LA landmark.

Each menu item is listed next to the year it was first introduced to the menu.

Carmen’s Original Nachos are so basic, you’ll laugh when you get them. It’s just a big hot plate of melted cheese over chips. And a few jalapenos thrown on top for some color. They’re SO good.

Louise found her Tacos al Carbon to be just ok while I really loved my Blue Corn Enchiladas. They were filled with shredded, moist chicken breast and not completely covered in cheese as you would expect.

I did not care for the Chile Relleno at all but was really impressed with their margaritas. While the coconut blended is as girly as you’d expect, the Pineapple Serrano was very tasty and not filled with gross sweet and sour mixer.

Come here for a fun, throwback, old timey Mexican night but just order wisely. Order any of the enchiladas and you’ll be fine. Stray from those….and don’t say I didn’t warn you.

1121 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(323) 734-2773
elcholo.com

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Coconut Margarita

Coconut Margarita

Jalapeno Serrano Margarita

Jalapeno Serrano Margarita

Carmen's Original Nachos

Carmen’s Original Nachos

Tres Tacos al Carbon (1990)  Grilled Marinated Top Sirloin with Bacon, Jack Cheese, Tomatillo-Chipotle Salsa,Black Beans and Rice.

Tres Tacos al Carbon (1990)
Grilled Marinated Top Sirloin with Bacon, Jack Cheese, Tomatillo-Chipotle Salsa,Black Beans and Rice.

Blue Corn Enchiladas (1986)  (Rosa's All Time Favorite!)  Marinated Breast of Chicken Enchiladas wrapped with Blue Corn Tortillas, Tomatillo Sauce, Sour Cream, and Avocado Garnish. Served with Black Beans and Rice.

Blue Corn Enchiladas (1986)
(Rosa’s All Time Favorite!)
Marinated Breast of Chicken Enchiladas wrapped with Blue Corn Tortillas, Tomatillo Sauce, Sour Cream, and Avocado Garnish. Served with Black Beans and Rice.

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POT (Restaurant)

  • May 12, 2014 7:07 am
Kat Man Doo - Steamed Dumplings

Kat Man Doo – Steamed Dumplings

One of my last meals in LA was also one of the most fun! Funnest! Most funnest!

With two of my favorite folks in tow, we headed to Roy Choi’s brand new Pot restaurant inside his swanky Line hotel in Koreatown. FYI, he’s taking over the world in case you hadn’t noticed.

We grabbed a few drinks in the lobby while we waited for our table. The drinks were good but I’m writing this several weeks after the fact so I can’t tell you one single detail about them. Oh! One of our party did not care for the mushroom one. There, everything you need to know.

When we entered the dining room, it felt like a big family party. Very fun, festive, bustling and full of hungry energy.

The three of us probably ordered way too much food. But since when did eating too much kill anyone? I’m not talking about a hot dog eating contest, mind you. Or heart disease 20 years down the road.

Ok, things just took a turn…

Before I go on about the food, let me preface by saying the flavors of kimchi permeate most the dishes here. So…you have to like kimchi…

Pot’s specialty are the Hot Pots, about a dozen different types of boiling hot soup like stews with various meats, noodles and veggies.

We ordered the Old School and the Dang, Son hot pots. The Old School tasted like a really delicious (kimchi) ramen soup and Tenille found the Dang, Son a bit on the fishy side.

The Noodle of the Day was a chilled somen with shredded beef, boiled egg and raw/pickled veggies. Very good, we all loved this.

Another standout were the Kat Man Doo steamed dumplings. Very tasty, a must order.

Our final dish was also our favorite, the Kimchi Fried Rice. It tasted like a kimchi wonderland, a kimchi explosion, a kimchi orgasm.

The “small” portion comes out on an enormous, steaming hot plate and it never cools down. Word of caution to all the innocent tongues out there. You’re gonna get burned, son.

Pot is a fun place to come and pig out, so don’t come here on a first date or if sweating profusely in front of your dining guests does not appeal to you.

You’re gonna get messy but you’ll be supplied with a kitchy apron which will ignite a hundred selfies you can post so the world can witness and be totes jelly (totally jealous).

The Line Hotel
3515 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 368-3030
eatatpot.com

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Friends with Aprons.

Friends with Aprons.

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Pickled Sea Beans

Pickled Sea Beans

Complimentary Kimchi Veggies

Complimentary Kimchi Veggies

Pickled Kimchi Radish

Pickled Kimchi Radish

Kat Man Doo - Steamed Dumplings

Kat Man Doo – Steamed Dumplings

Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi Fried Rice

Noodle of the Day

Noodle of the Day

Noodle of the Day

Noodle of the Day

Dang, Son Hot Pot - spicy rice cakes, fish cakes, onions, chewy noodles, hard boiled eggs, scallion, anchovy broth

Dang, Son Hot Pot – spicy rice cakes, fish cakes, onions, chewy noodles, hard boiled eggs, scallion, anchovy broth

Old School Hot Pot - marinated prime-rib bulgogi, noodles, kimchi, scallion, sesame

Old School Hot Pot – marinated prime-rib bulgogi, noodles, kimchi, scallion, sesame

The Bakery, located in the lobby serves all sorts of unique goodies.

The Bakery, located in the lobby serves all sorts of unique goodies.

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Hello Kitty Cake

Hello Kitty Cake

OPEN SESAME

  • May 9, 2014 5:28 am

Open Sesame (1 of 1)

Whenever I eat Middle Eastern food, I always think to myself “I need to eat like this more often!”

Not only is it delicious, but I feel so good eating it. I feel full and satisfied instead of feeling stuffed and guilty.

In short, eating this kind of food makes me feel like less of a fat f*ck.

Ali Kobeissi opened the original Long Beach “Open Sesame” 14 years ago, after having spent his first 19 years in Beirut, Lebanon. Working summers in a spice factory, it is safe to say he learned a thing or two about his current craft.

While I didn’t have a chance to meet him, I was very well looked after by the hostess and server who greeted me.

Both KB and I were feeling under the weather, so we the waiter prescribed us some oral medication and we both began to instantly feel better as the delicious cabernet’s antioxidants rushed through our body like a healing river.

We started with the Fried Potatoes (which had a nice lemony tang) and the Arayes (a spiced beef stuffed pita) but had to stop ourselves before we grew too full to eat our pending entrees.

KB enjoyed his Open Sesame combo, which was basically a kabab sampler platter (I especially loved the kafta, a mixture of ground sirloin, lamb and spices) and the enormous falafel on my Vegetarian platter was the star of that show. SO good! Plenty of hummus and baba ganouj to go around, too.

We were full but still needed something sweet so we ordered the due of ice creams. An enormous portion of Almond and Pistachio ice cream came our way, begging to be finished. We barely managed to oblige it’s request.

Open Sesame is a friendly, neighborhoody spot that can act as both an upscale and fun night out (full bar) or a casual and quick dinner.

7458 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 525-1698
opensesamegrill.com

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ARAYES  A special blend of lean ground beef, mixed with parsley, onion and spices, spread on a flat toasted pita served with tomato, fresh chopped parsley, onion and sourberry.

ARAYES
A special blend of lean ground beef, mixed with parsley, onion and spices, spread on a flat toasted pita served with tomato, fresh chopped parsley, onion and sourberry.

FRIED POTATOES  Our famous potatoes, sauteed with cilantro, garlic, roasted chili and lemon juice.

FRIED POTATOES
Our famous potatoes, sauteed with cilantro, garlic, roasted chili and lemon juice.

OPEN SESAME COMBO 18 Charbroiled skewers of kafta, chicken tawook and beef kabob. Served over basmati rice

OPEN SESAME COMBO 18
Charbroiled skewers of kafta, chicken tawook and beef kabob. Served over basmati rice

VEGETARIAN 13 Hummus, baba ghannouj, tabouleh, two falafel patties and a grape leaf

VEGETARIAN 13
Hummus, baba ghannouj, tabouleh, two falafel patties and a grape leaf

Almond and Pistachio Ice Cream

Almond and Pistachio Ice Cream

Blossom Tea

Blossom Tea