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VILLAGE PIZZERIA

  • July 16, 2014 5:15 am

Ham, Sausage and Mushroom Sicilian

Ham, Sausage and Mushroom Sicilian

WARNING: Because of the severe lighting, all of my pics have a pink hue. My apologies.

Village Pizzeria has been serving fantastic thin crust and Sicilian pies in Larchmont since 1997 (the opened their Hollywood location in 2008).

It’s got a 50’s soda shop vibe inside but with limited seating, I would suggest coming here during off hours or on a rainy night. Doesn’t pizza on a rainy night sound pretty awesome?

Prices are decent, service is friendly and the pizzas are the truly delicious. I think Sigfried and Roy and I decided we enjoyed the Sicilian even more than the thin crust. Maybe because it wasn’t too doughy and had a nice crust to it.

This place is most certainly worth the drive from wherever you are. I don’t care if you live in Florida or Nigeria, just get here if you can. And yes, I’m quoting Oleta Adams.

131 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 465-5566
villagepizzeria.net

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House Salad

House Salad

1/2 Veggie, 1/2 Meatball

1/2 Veggie, 1/2 Meatball

Veggie Thin Crust

Veggie Thin Crust

Slice of Meatball

Slice of Meatball

Sicilian

Sicilian

PIZZANISTA!

  • July 15, 2014 5:19 am

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Pizzanista! is a must if you live downtown or on the eastside. It’s a really great NY thin crust slice.

I’m a big fan of crispiness when it comes to my pizza, so this place looses points for not being crispier. However, there’s a time and place for a huge ass slice of the kind of pizza you could fold a half dozen times so it could fit in your pocket.

Definitely hipster territory, you will order from the Ellen Paige cashier and then find a place to sit while the tattooed guy in back tosses his pizza dough in the air.

Located in the very trendy yet slightly-dodgy-at-night Arts District, you will find yourself on a street that appears to be an abandoned post-apocalyptic movie set filled with empty warehouses and zero foot traffic but smack in the middle will be Pizzanista! and equally hip Tony’s Saloon right next door.

You can eat your slice(s) at the bar if there’s no seating at the restaurant (it’s definitely on the small side).

Then you’ll wonder where to go to next since the street is pretty deserted and you’ll wish you hadn’t drank so much because you’re not entirely sure you can take on more than one Zombie in your inebriated state.

2019 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 627-1430
pizzanista.com

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Meat Jesus and Spicy Soppressata and Mushroom

Meat Jesus and Spicy Soppressata and Mushroom

Caramelized Shallot, Spinach, Grana Padano

Caramelized Shallot, Spinach, Grana Padano

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MAXIMILIANO’S

  • July 14, 2014 5:23 am

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No matter where you live in LA, Maximiliano’s in Highland Park (near Eagle Rock) is definitely worth the drive.

The space is large and minimally upscale and the service is very friendly.

Pizzas are definitely sized for one person to (mostly) finish and then take a slice or two home. So, order a few and share! Unless you have no friends, then you are more than welcomed to invite me. I’ll say no, because I don’t enjoy strangers but I could certainly recommend someone willing. You’re paying, right?

As far as favorites go, I was torn between the Deluxe (sausage, pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms) and the Potato Spinach pizza. Both were super crispy with ample, flavorful toppings. Crust was on the thicker side, so come hungry.

Thelma and Louise both loved the Mushroom pizza more than I did but I still managed to devour several slices eagerly.

They have a full breakfast menu for brunch but we only touched on the pizza section today.

Highland Park is an up and coming neighborhood with dozens of cute shops and bistros. Worth the drive on a weekend, I probably wouldn’t recommend in rush hour traffic unless you live on the eastside already or love long drives / books on tape.

5930 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 739-6125
maximilianohp.com

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Potato - Spinach, roasted garlic, ricotta, mozzarella, Regianno

Potato – Spinach, roasted garlic, ricotta, mozzarella, Regianno

Mushroom - Crimini, porcini, mozzarella, parmesan, asiago, truffle oil

Mushroom – Crimini, porcini, mozzarella, parmesan, asiago, truffle oil

Deluxe - Marinara, fennel sausage, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, crimini mushrooms, red onion, mozzarella

Deluxe – Marinara, fennel sausage, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, crimini mushrooms, red onion, mozzarella

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THE BOWERY

  • July 11, 2014 5:35 am

Bowery Burger w/ Sautéed Mushrooms and Herbed Goat Cheese

Bowery Burger w/ Sautéed Mushrooms and Herbed Goat Cheese

The Bowery is a dark, bustling, sort of cramped, very busy bar on Sunset in Hollywood that happens to serve a very popular burger.

I didn’t care if I ate anything else here, it was the burger I was after.

It’s a very thick but somewhat small patty on a somewhat thin English muffin with the cheese / toppings of your choice.

It’s a very solid burger, definitely worth checking out if you’re in the neighborhood but probably not worth the trip if you’re coming very far.

The fries and onion rings were very tasty as well.

I also was surprised how much I enjoyed the chicken French dip. Very unique flavors but also worth ordering.

The best dish of the night was most certainly the Macaroni au Gratin (just call it Mac and Cheese, people!) Noodles were plump, covered in a béchamel cheese sauce and sprinkled with toasted bread crumbs. Absolute perfection.

6268 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 465-3400
theboweryhollywood.com

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Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries

Buttermilk Battered Onion Rings

Buttermilk Battered Onion Rings

Macaroni au Gratin

Macaroni au Gratin

Chicken Breast French Dip / Gruyure/ Red Onion Confit / Pretzel Bun / Jus

Chicken Breast French Dip / Gruyure/ Red Onion Confit / Pretzel Bun / Jus

BRU’S COUNTER

  • July 9, 2014 5:02 am

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Bru’s Counter is an upscale fast casual lunch spot in Century City that I’m guessing has a good year before it shuts down before anyone knew it was even there.

Awe, let us preemptively give a moment of silence for poor Bru.

Ebru Fidan Caplan also owns the successful “Bru’s Wiffle” a waffle joint in Santa Monica, so don’t feel bad for her. She has something to fall back on. Like a warm, soft waffle.

Bru’s Counter is a green establishment offering local produce, free range, hormone free and grass fed meats.

And you’re going to pay for it.

My Pinwheel Burger and Beet/Carrot/Ginger juice was about $20 bucks.

But both were very delicious.

The burger comes divided up into the tortilla of your choice, surrounding a very tasty pile of kale cabbage slaw (in a Stonehenge kind of way) and topped with a single risotto ball. There is a lot of parsley included in the tortilla, in case you hate the stuff.

Chesty Morgan’s Fried Chicken Sandwich was simple and excellent. Plenty of tasty breast meat and the bread was nice and soft par baked baguette. Be sure to ask for a side of the chipotle sauce to dip pretty much everything in.

Not sure why I bothered describing a bunch of food you won’t be able to eat since this place will be closed by the time this entry posts, but what else am I going to do with my life? Watch reruns of Gossip Girl on Netflix?

No, I will not….watch more than the first two seasons.

10700 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 474-9800
bruscounter.com

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Beet/Carrot/Ginger juice and a really cute little water cup. What a cute couple.

Beet/Carrot/Ginger juice and a really cute little water cup. What an adorable couple.

BRU’S CLASSIC PINWHEEL BURGER: PEANUT GARLIC KALE SLAW, PARSLEY, OREGANO, OLIVE OIL, PEPPER, CILANTRO

BRU’S CLASSIC PINWHEEL BURGER: PEANUT GARLIC KALE SLAW,
PARSLEY, OREGANO, OLIVE OIL, PEPPER, CILANTRO

Crispy Chicken Sandwich - CHIPOTLE PATSO: FRENCH FRIES AND NAPA VALLEY CABBAGE W/ HOUSE MADE CHIPOTLE SAUCE

Crispy Chicken Sandwich – CHIPOTLE PATSO: FRENCH FRIES AND NAPA VALLEY CABBAGE
W/ HOUSE MADE CHIPOTLE SAUCE

Yes, those are French fries inside!

Yes, those are French fries inside!

KOTOYA JAPANESE RAMEN

  • July 7, 2014 5:06 am

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Kotoya is another strip mall ramen joint in West LA that sells delicious bowls of hot steaming ramen.

My next word was going to be BORING, but it’s not.

Ramen is delicious and I have no problem with new spots popping up on a monthly basis. Bring ’em on! I’ll try them all.

I ordered the Red Ramen with a spicy level of #2 (not that spicy) and the Chashu (pork) was so freaking tasty. The curly noodles were cooked perfectly and the broth was flavorful but not as rich as Tsujita.

The Gyoza were PERFECTION! You have to order these or you’re a complete idiot missing out on the finer things in life. They’re big and plump and crispy all around. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.

Ok, we’re done here.

11901 Santa Monica Blvd
Ste 111
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 477-1199
kotoya-usa.com/index.html

Gyoza

Gyoza

Red Ramen #2

Red Ramen #2

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EAST BOROUGH

  • July 4, 2014 5:27 am

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East Borough, in Costa Mesa since 2010, has just started serving modern Vietnamese food in Culver City about two weeks ago.

I love that we’re getting all these new Vietnamese places coming to our side of the tracks because this means they’re bringing Banh Mis!

Typically, in Little Saigon, you get your Pho at a Pho place and your Banh Mi’s at a Baguette shop. The two rarely mix company. Boo!

There is nothing like dipping the crusty French baguette containing a spicy Vietnamese sandwich into a steaming pot of Beef Noodle Soup (Pho). This is pure joy and it’s not allotted to me nearly enough.

That appears to be changing.

I loved that they serve a Pho Baguette, which is all the stuff you want and crave in Pho (shoved inside a French baguette), and then give you a side of broth to dip it in. A Indochine dip, if you will.

And I will.

The Banh Mi was certainly on the expensive side but a nice size and so delicious.

The Tofu Spring Roll was nice but could have used a few more herbs.

What we didn’t care for was the Vermicelli Noodle dish. Not enough veggies, not enough herbs and the chicken was bland and rubbery. Just a bowl of boring rice noodles with a few scattered pieces of lettuce and the chicken (we also found a piece of bone).

Now, this place just opened so don’t judge East Borough too harshly. They’re just getting their shit together.

EB seems to be geared for a strong nightlife presence with a decent Cocktail program and some non-traditional Vietnamese inspired dishes for dinner.

If you come for lunch, like we did, get the Banh Mi (don’t share, each person gets their own. That’s an order) and you’ll be pleased.

Stray from my instructions and you’ve only got your stubborn, disobedient a** to blame.

9810 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 596-8266
east-borough.com

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SPRING ROLLS  -  lemongrass chili tofu, peanut sauce

SPRING ROLLS –
lemongrass chili tofu, peanut sauce

SAU’ SPICE CHICKEN VERMICELLI NOODLES - noodle salad of greens, herbs, cucumber, bean sprouts, peanuts, fried shallots, pork imperial roll

SAU’ SPICE CHICKEN VERMICELLI NOODLES – noodle salad of greens, herbs, cucumber, bean sprouts, peanuts, fried shallots, pork imperial roll

PHO BAGUETTE -  beef brisket, basil, onions, hoisin sriracha aoili. side car pho

PHO BAGUETTE –
beef brisket, basil, onions, hoisin sriracha aoili. side car pho

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PLAN CHECK – FAIRFAX

  • July 2, 2014 5:31 am

One of the specials, some kind of spicy burger. I have no memory except of its deliciousness.

One of the specials, some kind of spicy burger. I have no memory except of its deliciousness.

The Plan Check location on Sawtelle is one of my very favorite restaurants ever. I’ve been there three times and that never happens.

One and done, is usually my philosophy.

But when I heard they were opening a location within walking distance (and a few blocks from The Grove) I had to check it out. Had to, once again, get my burger on.

Plan Check makes LA’s best burger. I often wrestle with placing Father’s Office above PC, but I have now given up on that futile notion. Plan Check makes the better burger.

And the Fairfax location (a bit more loungy and geared towards the nightlife than Sawtelle) does not stray from Sawtelle’s perfect burger formula.

Soft, pliable bun coated with crispies, perfect sized and seasoned patty, lots of ooey gooey cheese and sauces. What more could you ask for?

If you can only eat one thing here, get the burger.

If you make it back a second time, get the Smokey Fried Chicken.

If you are as obsessed as I am, come, yet again, for the Southern Fry (fried chicken sandwich).

The fries are great, but I wouldn’t really bother with the stuffed mushrooms. I ordered them with my burger and they were forgettable.

One thing you MUST save room for are the Cruller Donuts with whipped cream. THEY ARE AWESOME, YOU IDIOTS!!

Sorry, not sure what came over me.

I never ordered them my first two visits cuz they seemed they would be dry and boring (and I was already stuffed to the gills with burger) but on my third visit, I had to see what the fuss was about.

This is a fuss-worthy dessert, you simply HAVE to get it. Idiots!

Sorry again. Ok, I’m leaving now. I’m in a mood.

351 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 288-6500
plancheck.com

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TROPIC THUNDER $12.00  jalapeno infused tito's vodka, mango, lemon juice, sugar

TROPIC THUNDER $12.00
jalapeno infused tito’s vodka, mango, lemon juice, sugar

BREEDERS CUP $12.00  tito's vodka, lime, agave syrup, cucumber, applewood smoked salt, beet horseradish

BREEDERS CUP $12.00
tito’s vodka, lime, agave syrup, cucumber, applewood smoked salt, beet horseradish

SOUTHERN FRY $11.00  smokey fried jidori chicken, spicy green pimento cheese, duck breast ham, pickles

SOUTHERN FRY $11.00
smokey fried jidori chicken, spicy green pimento cheese, duck breast ham, pickles

CRULLER DONUTS $6.00  cooked to order, cream, fruit

CRULLER DONUTS $6.00
cooked to order, cream, fruit

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