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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

RUEN PAIR

  • April 9, 2014 5:22 am

Chinese Broccoli with Crispy Pork

Chinese Broccoli with Crispy Pork

Since I’m a natural sheep, a follower of others, I came to Ruen Pair cuz it’s always on some sort of Top Thai list. I am powerless to ignore those lists.

RP is located in Thai Town (obvi) in the little restaurant strip mall filled with 6 Thai restaurants. Thai Mecca, if you will (and you will).

While on the smaller side compared to the other guys, RP does not disappoint. Every dish was better than the last. Nothing was devoid of intense flavors.

I never even needed any chili paste or hot sauce! Everything was perfectly spiced/sauced.

Chesty said it was her favorite Thai place so far.

And that’s saying something because her list of “Things Chesty Likes” is very short. I’M not even on it.

5257 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 466-0153
ruenpair.menutoeat.com

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Pictured on the right are the rogue Christmas carolers trying to get donations. It was painful. I gave nothing. Merry Christmas ya filthy animal.

Pictured on the right are the rogue Christmas carolers trying to get donations. It was painful. I gave nothing. Merry Christmas ya filthy animal.

Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple Fried Rice

Pad Kee Mao

Pad Kee Mao

Won Ton Soup

Won Ton Soup

Won Ton Soup

Won Ton Soup

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FRANKLIN AND CO.

  • April 7, 2014 5:00 am

Blue Cheese Tater Tots

Blue Cheese Tater Tots

Franklin and Co. is located on the Eastside(ish) in a ‘lil section known as the Franklin Strip.

It looks like a hundred other new restaurants. Bare Edison bulbs, lots of well worn wood surfaces and plenty of trendy ingredients on the menu.

That’s not always a bad thing. Like in this case.

My English burger was really tasty, loved that it came on an English muffin and was on the simple side. No complaints.

The Duck Fat Waffle fries were a must order as are the Blue Cheese Tater Tots.

Sigfried really liked her Vegetarian Gyro as did Captain her Turkey Burger.

Chesty Morgan and Tenille both ordered the Lobster Rolls and boasted of ample lobster meat and not too bready.

All that being said, I don’t think any of us would race to come back. No real reason. Just plenty of other lobster in the sea.

Move along folks, nothing to see here.

5923 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 463-1552
Franklinandcotavern.com

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BBQ Bloody Mary

BBQ Bloody Mary

Duck Fat Waffle Fries with Black Cherry Ketchup

Duck Fat Waffle Fries with Black Cherry Ketchup

Scotch Egg

Scotch Egg

Vegetarian Gyro

Vegetarian Gyro

Lobster Roll

Lobster Roll

Turkey Burger

Turkey Burger

The English Burger

The English Burger

Charlie!

Charlie!

BRITE SPOT

  • April 4, 2014 5:10 am

Southern Decadence -  Buttermilk biscuit, chicken fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, country sausage gravy, sunny side up egg

Southern Decadence -
Buttermilk biscuit, chicken fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, country sausage gravy, sunny side up egg

Since 1949, Echo Park has had a Brite Spot amongst its breakfast choices.

Sorry, I had to go there.

You can choose to go several routes here. Healthy and simple, or grotesque and artery clogging.

Three guesses which path I chose…

The Southern Decadance is all that and more. Somewhere in all that jazz is a slab of chicken fried chicken, topped with a large, flakey biscuit sone cheese and a fried egg and topped with ample sausage gravy.

This kind of situation is what I see happening for my death row last meal. Breakfast for dinner! How fun, I would think. Shortly before pondering which vein they would use for lethal injection.

The dish was over the top and delicious. If I had one complaint, I would say the gravy could have been a bit more flavorful, but after a few dashes of tabasco (not my hot sauce of choice, but all they had) it was as good as I could hope for.

The Hangover was a nice, less insanely fattening option if you’re into scrambles (which I am. Sexually) the habanero sausage was really spicy and delicious.

The BLTA was, at first, missing the A but it was soon brought once we complained about it being skipped but they sure put a ton of bacon on this the thing. Heavy on the B, light on everything else.

Service was a bit slow on a Sunday afternoon, so come here if you’re in the mood for a leisurely outing and not for grub and go.

1918 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 484-9800
britespotdiner.com

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They also serve pies.

They also serve pies.

B.L.T.A. -  Bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, mayo, sourdough

B.L.T.A. -
Bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, mayo, sourdough

Cole Slaw

Cole Slaw

Hangover -  Scrambled eggs, chicken andouille sausage, grilled peppers, fried potatoes, cheddar & jack cheese, green onions, habanero pesto, sour cream, toast

Hangover -
Scrambled eggs, chicken andouille sausage, grilled peppers, fried potatoes, cheddar & jack cheese, green onions, habanero pesto, sour cream, toast

Attack of the Breakfast Monster. For some it may look dreamy, for some, a grotesque nightmare

Attack of the Breakfast Monster. For some it may look dreamy, for some, a grotesque nightmare

An early morning walk in Silverlake

An early morning walk in Silverlake

THAI ORIGINAL BBQ

  • April 2, 2014 5:29 am

Garlic Ribs

Garlic Ribs

I had always avoided this place in the past because it’s housed in a former Taco Bell, but today our first choice was closed down by the health department (one little rat crawls over the inspector’s shoe and suddenly it’s all over) so this was our second choice.

While it ain’t much to look at inside either, the food was fantastic.

The Panang Curry was super rich, creamy and spicy. I couldn’t keep my hands off it. I’m so slutty for this curry.

The Garlic Ribs were a bit fatty and awkward to eat but still enjoyable.

Loved the Drunken Noodles/Pasta (both dishes were basically the same, just different noodles) perfect amount of spice, really high quality meat. I was shocked by the thick cuts of steak. Thank you kindly for not giving me gristle.

What I love about Thai food is that even high end thai food will never set you back much. Go ahead and order some extra egg rolls, you won’t go broke doing it.

5324 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 962-2004
originalthaibbq.com

Drunken Pasta

Drunken Pasta

Drunken Noodles

Drunken Noodles

Panang Chicken Curry

Panang Chicken Curry

Garlic Ribs

Garlic Ribs

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