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PLANCHA TACOS

  • June 30, 2014 5:20 am

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Plancha kind of reminds me of Baja Fresh, if it were actually authentic.

They have a wide variety of healthier options, such as a separate vegetarian section and grilled fish tacos served on butter lettuce instead of tortillas.

The Al Pastor street taco was small but tasty.

All that aside, here’s what really blew me away.

THE JIMMY NACHOS!

Forget authentic, these are the kind of over the top nachos you would make at home, when no one was home. In your underwear. And a really long, stretched out shirt sporting more than a few holes. Hey, you’re at home, who cares!

Every bite has a ton of cheese sauce (no actual cheese is harmed in the making of this product) and refried beans and jalapenos and sour cream and guacamole.

I believe they’re vegetarian but whatever they threw in there, it was delicious!

These are certainly knife and fork nachos, no naked tortilla chips to be found.

So delicious. In case I didn’t get that point across, earlier.

Now, get dressed and go get yourself some! Just change that gross shirt, first.

8250 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 951-9911
planchatacos.com

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Al Pastor Street Taco

Al Pastor Street Taco

Tilapia Taco

Tilapia Taco

Jimmy Nachos

Jimmy Nachos

KANG HODONG BAEKJEONG

  • June 27, 2014 5:38 am

MEAT!!!

MEAT!!!

Kang Hodong Baekjeong (KHB) is, like, crazy stupid popular (CSP).

It’s one of the highest rated Korean BBQ joints in LA’s Koreatown, as the constant mob outside can attest.

Even at 5:30 pm there was still an hour wait for a table.

KHB is located in an enclosed sort of strip mall situation so we were able to grab a few drinks and meaty appetizers at Toebang before hand.

Once we finally made it inside, we were offered large plastic bags to keep our jackets in so they wouldn’t become infiltrated with smoke. Very thoughtful.

The scene is la bit chaotic, loud and bustling. Not good for a date but better with a group of friends.

The sides (banchan) were not as ample as Genwa but we did enjoy the squash and kimchee and you are given a large bowl of lettuce to wrap your meat in. Very Atkins. No rice paper or daikon slices, sadly.

We chose the Beef Sampler ($80) which says it feeds 3-4 folks. This was the perfect amount of food since we had snacked a bit at Toebang but if you’re super starving, I would suggest maybe ordering one more a la carte of pork or beef.

The sampler included thinly sliced brisket, marinated short ribs and boneless beef rib.

The brisket was our favorite. Super thin and tasted even better once it got a nice char on it.

The marinated short ribs were our second favorite. We didn’t love the Kkot Sal (beef ribs) they weren’t as tender as I’ve had at Park’s BBQ.

At KHB, the servers do all your cooking for you. Don’t bother trying to do it yourself, unless you’re grabbing a piece to eat directly.

If they catch you, they will grab your hand and place it directly on the grill. All while suppressing a slight, morbid giggle. Your dining companions are more than welcome to share in the subsequent hand meat, however.

Sorry, Hannibal Lector just kidnapped my blog for a moment. I’m back now.

3465 W 6th St
Ste 20
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 384-9678

The shortest wait for this place will be an hour. Most times it will be longer.

The shortest wait for this place will be an hour. Most times it will be longer.

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Cheese Corn

Cheese Corn

Kimchee and Squash

Kimchee and Squash

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Yangyum Galbisal - Marinated beef short rib

Yangyum Galbisal – Marinated beef short rib

Chadolbeki - Thinly sliced prime brisket

Chadolbeki – Thinly sliced prime brisket

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Kkot Sal - Prime boneless beef rib

Kkot Sal – Prime boneless beef rib

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Pork Belly

Pork Belly

SANAMLUANG CAFE

  • June 25, 2014 5:21 am

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Thai Town is filled to the brim with little hole-in-the-wall restaurants that look like they’re in desperate need of a bath.

Or at least a heavy rainstorm. Inside. Maybe someone should light a match and set off the sprinklers. Blessing in disguise.

Sanamluang Café could certainly use a scrub down but they have one of the best Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodle) I’ve ever tasted! Order this (and maybe nothing else).

The Red Curry looked like it was going to be thick, spicy and delicious but was really none of the above It was like someone had dumped a glass of hot water in it. Oops! That probably was meant to clean the grimy tables or the stained walls, sorry!

We ordered what sounded like it was to be a fairly innocuous dish. BBQ Pork on Rice.

I wasn’t sure what 50% of the contents even were, the slices of what appeared to be transparent pepperoni slices (Chinese Sausage) frightened me at first, but they ended up being tasty.

The deep fried pork belly looked positively petrified. Had they found it behind the fridge or lurking in a cupboard? We dared not try it cuz we’re wimps and our stomachs were already feeling wonky.

The dish comes with this lurid pink/red sauce to pour over everything. While I may have finished half of this mystery goo, I still do not know if I liked it.

I’ve noticed that meats over rice are a popular item at Sanamluang, so perhaps I should have just chosen the chicken instead.

I suppose I only have my adventurous self to blame.

5176 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-8006

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Red Curry with Chicken

Red Curry with Chicken

BBQ Pork over Rice

BBQ Pork over Rice

Pad Kee Mao

Pad Kee Mao

PACE

  • June 23, 2014 5:51 am

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Come to Pace for two reasons.

The Pizza. The Cedar Plank Salmon. And the romantic ambiance.

Ok, that’s three.

This place is really cute, I’m hard pressed to find better words to describe it. The place is a kind of a hodge podge of sections, each with a different vibe. It’s like walking into a house that someone kept adding on to.

It’s sort of a Winchester Mystery Restaurant, if you will.

I’ve eaten here twice before, both times I dined with semi-famous people who caused everyone to stare but not know who the hell they were.

Parking is valet only unless you’re really cheap like me and find parking along the treacherous stretch of Laurel Canyon a mere inches away from cars whizzing by you.

We sat on the covered patio, which doesn’t really have a view, thanks to the protective X-Ray curtain that encompasses the entire section. It’s still my favorite place to sit.

The salmon is some of the best I’ve ever had. It’s devoid of any fishiness and comes with two sides of your choosing. The roasted root vegetables were delightful (sorry, I had no choice with that word either) and the kale made me not feel so bad for eating the pizza.

The Pizzas are all named after Greek gods and we chose Zeus (all meat). They come in a rectangular flatbread style but the crust is on the thicker side. They’re really tasty and comforting if you’re hungry. Which is one of the reasons one comes to a restaurant, so let’s move on.

Pace is the perfectly Valentine’s Day spot for the Laurel Canyon hippy who has a little extra money in his organic, hemp pocket.

2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 654-8583
peaceinthecanyon.com

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Nuts and Olives

Nuts and Olives

Hercules’ pie - pepperoni, soppressata, sausage, tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella

Hercules’ pie – pepperoni, soppressata, sausage, tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella

Pace’s famous cedar wood grilled salmon seasoned with shallots, fresh herbs, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. With Kale and Roasted Root Vegetables

Pace’s famous cedar wood grilled salmon seasoned with shallots, fresh herbs, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. With Kale and Roasted Root Vegetables

CRAIG’S

  • June 20, 2014 5:54 am

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If you want to see celebrities, you come to Craig’s.

Please disregard the fact that I didn’t see any when I was there. But this is where they come, trust me. They’re reliable like that.

As I waited outside with my trusty camera bag, a would-be diner walked up to me (assuming I was paparazzi) and asked under his breath “Who’s in there??”

I should have lied and said it was Oprah, Gwyneth, or Pam (Dawber) but instead I let him down and told him I was here to photograph the food.

Because celebrities don’t really eat (pushing grilled endive around your plate is considered more of an activity) you would assume that the actual food would be an afterthought.

When I first moved to LA, the celeb hotspot was Il Sole and when I finally dined there I found the food to be overpriced and kind of blah.

Craig’s food pleasantly surprised me! Most of it was pretty tasty!

First of all, the menu is bipolar.

Half of it is comfort food (fried chicken, meatloaf, mac and cheese) and yet there’s a sizeable portion of the menu devoted to vegan items.

None of which we ordered today.

I’m assuming these items were to placate an actresses, such as Gwyneth’s, sensitive stomach. “If I have dairy, I will explode like one of those dead whales that sits on the beach for weeks in the hot sun. It’s brutal. And I’d rather suffocate my children with an organic pillow than consume sugar. But you go ahead, and enjoy. This meatless patty on a bed or arugula is my McDonald’s. Such a treat!”

Clyde and I shared enough food for 4 humans (per the usual) and stopped eating just short of feeling like absolute hell.

One of our favorite things was the Buffalo Chicken Pizza. I loved everything about this, the flavors weren’t overpowering, the crust was nice and thin as to not become a lead anvil in our stomachs.

We also loved the Jalapeno Creamed Corn. While $12 for a dish of corn and peppers is outrageous, it was DELICIOUS! Who needs money anyway??

The Honey Truffle Fried Chicken was excellent! Two substantial pieces of breast meat coated in a heavenly honey laden batter with just a smattering of truffle bits (it does not overpower).

A few things we did not care for were the Pigs in a Blanket. The hot dog chunks were a bit dried out and super tiny.

Also, the Sausage Stuffing came as three bland medallions, kind of flavorfless and not worth it.

I noticed they added $5 to the chicken because we must have used the dreaded “Split” word and they separated the entree onto two plates.

Try to use the word “Share” or better yet, say nothing at all. This meal cost us $100 a person (included two drinks each) so no need to rack up the bill any higher if you can help it.

Please note, this will NOT be the mentality of the hotshots dining around you. They won’t care what this meal costs and will be looking at you like you must have been given a Craig’s gift certificate by a wealthy friend for Christmas.

P.S. Try to get a wealthy friend to give you a gift certificate here.

8826 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 276-1900
craigs.la

Only poor* people avoid the valet. This includes me.

Only poor people avoid the valet. This includes me.

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Table Bread

Table Bread

Danny Ocean

Danny Ocean

Cucumber

Cucumber

Meatballs

Meatballs

Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a Blanket

Sausage Stuffing

Sausage Stuffing

Jalapeno Creamed Corn

Jalapeno Creamed Corn

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Honey Truffle Fried Chicken

Honey Truffle Fried Chicken

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Cookies

Cookies

Butterscotch Pudding

Butterscotch Pudding

FRANK’S RESTAURANT

  • June 18, 2014 5:18 am

Mixed Breakfast Burrito

Mixed Breakfast Burrito

Frank’s is a small, inexpensive and nondescript Mexican restaurant near the Grove that is known for having a killer breakfast burrito and for being super easy to drive by without noticing the joint.

I found the “Mixed Meat” concoction to be on the dry side, could have used more eggs, less potatoes but it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve put in my mouth.

I more enjoyed the Chilaquiles, you are given an enormous portion with a side of delicious refried beans and free chips and salsa.

It’s a carby way to start the day, but you can savor the flavors still in your mouth as you pass out at 11 from a carb crash.

363 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 655-5277

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Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles

FAST TACO

  • June 16, 2014 5:16 am

Chicken Taco Plate

Chicken Taco Plate

Here’s why I love Fast Taco. The answer may surprise you.

It’s fast.

Well, not really that fast. But it’s a great deal. Maybe it should be called “Great Deal Taco”.

For $5, I got a delicious bean and cheese burrito, nicely grilled, and a taco. The perfect amount of food for a quick and casual lunch.

Maybe they should rename it Quick and Casual Taco, but then customers would be wondering what a casual taco is.

Ok, this is all giving me a headache. Come here or don’t, I couldn’t care less.

2901 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 450-4255

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Bean and Cheese Burrito and Al Pastor Taco Combo - $5 bucks

Bean and Cheese Burrito and Al Pastor Taco Combo – $5 bucks

Al Pastor Taco

Al Pastor Taco

Bean and Cheese Burrito

Bean and Cheese Burrito

DEAN SIN WORLD

  • June 13, 2014 5:33 am

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DUMPLING WEEK!

Dean Sin World was our final dumpling restaurant of the day. We only came here because Mama Lu’s had closed.

This was also our least favorite. In fact, some of the food was downright unsettling.

First, it was hot as hades in this little bakery (and only four tables).

Second, it tasted like everything had sat out all day and then had been reheated just for our dining pleasure.

The entire time we were there, I spied a tray of meat filled pastries just sitting out, minding it’s own unrefrigerated business.

I know that empanadas often sit out, but for some reason, I pictured all the food in this joint just hanging out at danger zone temperatures. Smoking and playing cards.

The Xiao Long Bao had an odd taste going on, I didn’t care for them.

The Pan Fried Pork Buns were nice, those I enjoyed.

I had a bathroom emergency when I got home later, so I can’t be sure which of the three dumpling places we visited today was the culprit. But I like to think it was all Dean Sin World’s fault.

Buy a refrigerator! If only, to keep the door open to cool down the joint. Sheesh!

306 N Garfield Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 571-0636

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"Air-conditioning? That'll cost extra!"

“Air-conditioning? That’ll cost extra!”

This cat is waving goodbye to all future control over our bowel functions.

This cat is waving goodbye to all future control over our bowel functions.

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Meat Pies

Meat Pies

Pan Fried Pork Buns

Pan Fried Pork Buns

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Xiao Long Bao - Pork Soup Dumplings

Xiao Long Bao – Pork Soup Dumplings

Beef Roll

Beef Roll

WANG XING JI

  • June 11, 2014 5:26 am

Tang Bao - Giant Juicy Pork and Crab Bun

Tang Bao – Giant Juicy Pork and Crab Bun

DUMPLING WEEK!

Wang Xing Ji was our favorite restaurant of the day. Known for their enormous crab and pork soup dumpling, this place also makes a killer chicken xioa long bao. It was so freaking flavorful, I couldn’t stop eating them.

We also fell in love with their Green Onion Noodle. at first it looks like a bowl of bland, unsauced noodles but stir that sh*t up and behold the magic elixir that lay pooled at the bottom. These are a must order.

The infamous Giant Pork and Crab dumpling is sort of a mess to eat. You are given straws with which you suck out the innards before you rip apart the flesh.

The crab flavor was a little too strong for me and the entire table agreed that the chicken dumplings were the favorites.

Wang Xing Ji is located in San Gabriel in an enormous NIGHTMARE of a strip mall with crazy difficult parking. We endured three altercations with unruly folks (someone stole our spot, someone took too long leaving their spot and once we finally found a spot, the person parked in front of us asked us to move) so try to come early to avoid the madness.

You may just committ homicide that day…just for some dumplings.

140 W Valley Blvd
Ste 211
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 307-1188

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Excited for dumplings the size of a human head!

Excited for dumplings the size of a human head!

One dumpling place in the bag...one more to go. Let's watch how much we order....cut to stuffing ourselves silly.

One dumpling place in the bag…one more to go. Let’s watch how much we order….cut to stuffing ourselves silly.

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Green Onion Noodles

Green Onion Noodles

Green Onion Noodles

Green Onion Noodles

House Golden Buns (like a deep fried meat filled donut)

House Golden Buns (like a deep fried meat filled donut)

Inside the House Golden Buns

Inside the House Golden Buns

Chicken Soup Dumplings

Chicken Soup Dumplings

Tang Bao - Giant Juicy Pork and Crab Bun

Tang Bao – Giant Juicy Pork and Crab Bun

"Yes sir, we'll have one dumpling. Two straws"

Replacing the milkshake as a first date ice breaker

EMPEROR NOODLES

  • June 9, 2014 5:06 am

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DUMPLING WEEK!

The LA Times’ Jonathan Gold named Emperor Noodle as one of his top 6 favorite dumplings in the San Gabriel Valley and I can see why. They were pretty awesome.

This place only gets average reviews on Yelp, but they sure know their way around a Xiao Long Bao (soup dumpling) and their Pork Buns were also excellent.

We also ordered their duck noodle soup (which was nice, comparable to ramen) but I didn’t really care for their egg rolls.

This was only our first of three dumpling restaurants to be visited today (yes, three in one day) so we didn’t want to get too full before the next place.

I’m not sure if this place is very popular because they weren’t very crowded when we visited on a Saturday a little before noon.

As far as dumplings go, this place is quite note worthy.

Captain was very excited our table had a lazy susan on it, so keep that in mind if that kind of thing appeals to you. Which it should. If you’re human.

800 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91775
(626) 281-2777

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Shen Jian Bao - Pan Fried Pork Bun

Shen Jian Bao – Pan Fried Pork Bun

Vegetable Egg Roll

Vegetable Egg Roll

Xiao Long Bao - Pork Soup Dumpling

Xiao Long Bao – Pork Soup Dumpling

Duck Noodle Soup

Duck Noodle Soup

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