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SON OF A GUN – 2014

  • August 22, 2014 5:43 am

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Son of a Gun is one of those rare restaurants where I actually knew I’d come back. And come back I did!

As the seafood counterpart to the uber-popular Animal, Son of a Gun is easily one of my top 10 restaurants.

Chef/Owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (they sound like mobsters or professional wrestlers) also own my other favorite LA restaurant, Trois Mec. They basically can do no wrong. And if you say otherwise, they’ll hit you with a piledriver or give you cement boots.

While this place has some incredible seafood (you have to get something from the raw bar) their most famous for their Fried Chicken Sandwich.

I love a good FCS but this one was a notch above the rest. ORDER THIS!

It’s a huge chicken breast expertly seasoned with a nice, crunchy coating that will probably slip off (into your mouth) and topped with a nice cabbage and sweet pickle slaw. I love that they put in plenty of pickles, you’ll never run out. The brioche bun is super soft and toasted in what I’m assuming is a ton of butter.

The Fish and Chips were also super tasty. The fish was flaky and moist, the coating was thin, crisp and airy. Not too doughy and the fries were coated in herbs and the perfect combo of crispy and potatoey.

The Yellowfin Tuna Tataki is a super duper tiny portion. Do not attempt to share. The kimchi was a very pleasant accompaniment.

The Lemonfish Poke with crispy sunchoke chips are a definite must order. While I find sunchokes to be a mildly pretentious vegetable, they are really tasty when baked/fried and also went nicely with the slices of the never before heard of Lemonfish. It’s got a great name, eh?

Son of a Gun should be bumped up to the top of your restaurant list (if you have one, which you should) immediately. It was just as incredible as when I first visited in 2012 and I can only imagine it getting even better from here.

8370 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 782-9033
sonofagunrestaurant.com

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Yellowfin Tuna Tataki, White Boy Kimchi

Yellowfin Tuna Tataki, White Boy Kimchi

Citrus, avocado, watercress, kohlrabi, spring onion

Citrus, avocado, watercress, kohlrabi, spring onion

Lemonfish Poke, black radish escabeche, citrus, crispy sunchoke

Lemonfish Poke, black radish escabeche, citrus, crispy sunchoke

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

Fried Chicken Sandwich, spicy b&b pickle slaw, rooster aioli

Fried Chicken Sandwich, spicy b&b pickle slaw, rooster aioli

HOY-KA THAI NOODLE

  • August 20, 2014 5:24 am

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Hoy-Ka just recently moved from it’s former Los Feliz location to the prior home of an Asian sports bar almost in Thai Town.

Parking is non-existent. We magically found a spot behind the restaurant and I was certain our car would not still be there when we left.

The food here is fantastic! Take note! I didn’t require any chili paste, both the Green Curry and the Drunken Noodles were perfectly spicy and flavorful. So freaking good, folks. Don’t make me say it again.

Even though I really loved everything, my favorite dish of the night had to be the Hoy-Ka Noodle Soup. So good! Had a very unique sweet and sour flavor.

God knows what random objects were tossed in to make that wonderful flavor….

The place still looks like a slightly upscale sports bar except there are no sports. And no booze of any kind.

Come here to grub and go. And don’t forget to order a Thai Tea Shortcake for dessert, they’re pretty tasty. The owner came over and told us she made them herself so we felt obliged/pressured but thankfully it was so worth it!

5908 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Hollywood
Get Directions
Phone number (323) 463-1339

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Hoy Ka Noodle Soup - Pork

Hoy Ka Noodle Soup – Pork

Meatballs Noodle Soup

Meatballs Noodle Soup

Drunken Noodles with Beef

Drunken Noodles with Beef

Green Curry

Green Curry

Thai Tea Shortcake

Thai Tea Shortcake

BARBRIX

  • August 18, 2014 5:04 am

Brioche French Toast

Brioche French Toast

Babrix is one of my favorite Eastside (Silverlake) restaurants, I like it so much that I’ve actually been three times! Wha??

Today’s outing was an engagement brunch for Barnacle and Whale during a rainy afternoon. I’m not sure how us Angelinos survived the downpour, but by some miracle, we did not melt.

Barbrix was packed with lively folks knee deep in the $5 bottomless mimosas. Every table was filled with revelry and frivolity. Ours included.

Brunch features many breakfast items (standouts were the cornmeal blueberry pancakes and the brioche French toast) but also include lunch items such as the very tasty Barbrix burger (featuring a combo of ground sirloin, chuck and short rib) and the very popular Fried Chicken Sandwich (served on a pretzel roll with apple-napa cabbage slaw).

We relived the hilarious story of how Chesty Morgan and I were talking and suddenly “Where’s my balloon??” We both looked up to see it floating into the hemisphere.

The servers don’t let the champagne glasses get even half empty before they refill them (and the champagne actually does not suck) so be cautious while trying to get your $5 worth. You could end up needing the money you’ve saved for your DUI attorney.

I’ve been to Barbrix for dinner too where it has a great neighborhoody wine bar feel, and the dinner menu is excellent fare as well. Where ever you live, Barbrix is worth the drive.

Congrats Barnacle and Whale on your pending nuptials!!

2442 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 662-2442
barbrix.com

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$5 Bottomless Mimosas

$5 Bottomless Mimosas

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Crispy Brussels sprouts with ricotta salata

Crispy Brussels sprouts with ricotta salata

Deviled Eggs with marinated boquerones

Deviled Eggs with marinated boquerones

Saffron Arancini

Saffron Arancini

Dissection of an Arancini

Dissection of an Arancini

Hangtown Fry - with crispy oysters

Hangtown Fry – with crispy oysters

Fried Chicken Breast Sandwich

Fried Chicken Breast Sandwich

Barbrix Burger with grilled onions and gruyere

Barbrix Burger with grilled onions and gruyere

Cornmeal and Blueberry Pancakes

Cornmeal and Blueberry Pancakes

Dungeness Crab Hash with poached egg and tomatillo salsa

Dungeness Crab Hash with poached egg and tomatillo salsa

Affogato - Tahitian vanilla bean gelato "drowned" in espresso

Affogato – Tahitian vanilla bean gelato “drowned” in espresso

Buttermilk Cinnamon Doughnuts with rum caramel sauce

Buttermilk Cinnamon Doughnuts with rum caramel sauce

EGG SLUT

  • August 15, 2014 4:57 am
Fairfax - scrambled eggs, chives, cheddar, caramelized onions and Sriracha Mayo in a brioche bun

Fairfax – scrambled eggs, chives, cheddar, caramelized onions and Sriracha Mayo in a brioche bun

Please join me in welcoming today’s guest hosts, Tenille and Salt Lick. Since I had already moved to NYC, I wasn’t able to actually visit Egg Slut, so I had T and S go in my place. All pictures are Tenille’s and below are the unedited thoughts of both T and S. Thanks guys!

TENILLE:

Line was super long but actually went fast. We got it for there and a seat opened up at counter 1-2 minutes after we ordered. It’s a bustling hipster breakfast counter to an almost absurd degree but worth it. Would absolutely go again. Backs are right to the street so you feel very much a part of the city and outside which was cool. Great ambiance. Even with the crowd, they don’t rush you. Although we didn’t linger too long after eating since people were waiting but never felt pressed to eat fast.

I got the Fairfax (menu attached for reference). Super soft bun and everything super oozy gooey in the best possible way. They serve it with a fork. Eggs were very soft – perfectly scrambled. I was worried the Sriracha would overpower and be the dominate flavor but it was thinly applied and complemented it perfectly with a little heat and some extra flavor. Really tied it all together and upped the flavor of all the other elements. Was absolutely delicious although definitely rich – not an everyday breakfast sandwich. Very messy but so easy to eat.

We also got the Slut which was different and quite good. Not exploding with flavor but tasty great comfort food. Potato puree was well seasoned and had a great (very smooth) texture. Crostini diminished it. Was better with the spoon right out of the jar. Worth ordering just because it’s different and hipster heaven. Comes in a little jar and you mix it all together before eating. Attaching a pic for reference but do NOT use. It’s blurry.

Very reasonable process. Ours was under $25 and we got three items. Although Slut def a side – not enough for a full meal.

SALT LICK:

I don’t like egg sandwiches. Egg sandwiches are like the Hyundai Accent of food, no one gets excited about a Hyundai Accent. The best part of an egg sandwich is the bacon, but the bacon flavor always gets mushed up in the boring eggs and bun.

Not at Eggslut!

They pile thick, crispy, delicious bacon over a perfectly cooked over-medium egg that hangs off the side of a brioche bun that’s slathered in tangy ketchup. I loved it.

It’s definitely my favorite egg sandwich.

The brioche bun is a little too thick and not really that flavorful. I’d say that’s my only knock on the sandwich. If all of those same ingredients were on an english muffin, I would’ve been overjoyed. Still, loved this sandwich. I think Tenille mentioned it but the long line moved fast.

Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
eggslut.com

Bacon, Egg and Cheese

Bacon, Egg and Cheese

Menu

DEAR JOHN’S

  • August 14, 2014 5:40 am

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Ok, here’s the deal. This place was not good. Of all the old timey, vintage restaurants to be found throughout Los Angeles, this place is dire need of being closed down.

My pictures might paint the place in too flattering of a light, FYI. “Oh, it doesn’t look so bad”

You can thank Photoshop and a decent camera.

I don’t recall too many specifics (I often try to block out bad meals) but I know the burger contained bits of hard-to-chew gristle and the meat in the French dip was also hard to process.

BIG pet peeve of mine.

Also, If you’re gonna serve crappy food, at least offer it a price that matches.

Dear Johns, thanks for your many years of serving LA’s hungry veterans and other elderly patrons (seemingly, the only people dining with us today). I won’t be returning but good luck with all your future endeavors.

Sincerely,

Bun

11208 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 397-0276
dearjohns.net

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French Dip

French Dip

Bacon Cheeseburger

Bacon Cheeseburger

JAVAN

  • August 11, 2014 5:27 am

Beef Koobideh

Beef Koobideh

Javan is one of the more popular Persian restaurants around but as I’ve said in the past, every Persian restaurant in Westwood appears to serve the exact same dishes, prepared the exact same way.

I’ve yet to discover any discernible difference besides a minor alteration here or there.

Hopefully that isn’t as bad as saying all Persian people look alike?! I still feel a pang of guilt for saying it all tastes the same. And I’ve been to my share of Persian restaurants.

Today, the Bread Guy enjoyed his usual Fesenjan (chicken in a pomegranate and walnut sauce), which was a smaller portion than I’ve seen (but still ample) and I ordered the usual Beef Koobideh, which are these incredible moist kababs of seasoned ground beef.

Javan is certainly worth checking out but if you drive by accidentally, just keep going. You’ll hit another place and I’m sure it will be just as good.

I’m the worst reviewer of Persian restaurants, ever!

11500 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 207-5555
javanrestaurant.com

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Fesenjan - Chicken in a Pomegranate Walnut Stew

Fesenjan – Chicken in a Pomegranate Walnut Stew

Baghali Polo (Dill and Fava Bean Rice)

Baghali Polo (Dill and Fava Bean Rice)

Shirazi Salad

Shirazi Salad

Close up of the Koobideh

Close up of the Koobideh

SKY’S TACOS

  • August 8, 2014 5:01 am

Tilapia Taco

Tilapia Taco

Here’s a few notes on Sky’s Tacos.

It’s a tiny, dumpy taco restaurant (5-6 tables crammed next to each other). Don’t come here on a date, unless you wish to break up with that person that very night. In that case, you’re in the right place.

There is zero ambiance here. The walls are mostly barren. The lighting is harsh. Like I previously mentioned, great breakup spot. Many people were stopping in to pick up tacos to-go. These are folks in healthy relationships.

Thankfully, these tacos are terrific! Especially, the carnitas. The beef was juicy and KB really enjoyed his shrimp taco as well. The fish taco wasn’t the best I’ve had but it wasn’t the worst either. Quesadillas were also quite flavorful.

The tortillas seem to be fried on the same griddle as the meat and as a result, they have a nice beefy sear to them. This may not appeal to some, I’m guessing vegetarians.

The prices are about a dollar above your typical taco joint but the quality of the food warrants it.

If you have to have one last meal as a couple, Sky’s wouldn’t be your worst choice. Be sure to ask for extra napkins for the tacos and the tears.

5408 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 932-6253
skysgourmettacos.com

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One of the more unattractive restaurants I've been to.

One of the more unattractive restaurants I’ve been to.

Carnitas Taco

Carnitas Taco

Shrimp Taco

Shrimp Taco

Chicken Quesadilla

Chicken Quesadilla

2 Shrimp Tacos

2 Shrimp Tacos

LEO’S TACO TRUCK

  • August 6, 2014 5:05 am

Al Pastor Taco

Al Pastor Taco

The third stop on our TACO CRAWL is the famous Leo’s Taco Truck, parked in a lot at the corner of Venice and La Brea.

They’re known for Al Pastor and their tacos are only a buck!

Here’s a little backstory on Al Pastor, in case you were wondering what the hell it is.

When Lebanese immigrants came to Mexico, they brought the spit-grilled schwarmas with them.

This was adopted a bit and the pork (instead of lamb) is marinated in dried chiles, spices and pineapple but using the same spit roast technique.

The result is super juicy, super flavorful pork served in a small tortilla with a cube of pineapple.

You then take your taco to the salsa bar and dress it up in something fancy. Every kind of salsa or topping is there, don’t you fret.

What I liked even more than the tacos were the amazing Mulitas! Mulitas are essentially quesadillas using corn tortillas instead of flour. I had carne asada totday, which was quite recommended but I bet the Al Pastor would also be great crammed into the mix.

I had heard Leo’s only opened up at night but it appears that on weekends they’re open during the day as well.

Come check them out if you ever dare call yourself a local.

1515 S La Brea Ave (Venice and La Brea)
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 231-5116

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Al Pastor on a spit

Al Pastor on a spit

A closer look at the porky madness.

A closer look at the porky madness.

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Salsa Bar

Salsa Bar

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Tongue, Tripe and Pork Stomach Taco

Tongue, Tripe and Pork Stomach Taco

Mulita with Carne Asada

Mulita with Carne Asada

TAQUERIA LOS ANAYA

  • August 4, 2014 5:03 am

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Stop #2 on today’s TACO CRAWL is located closer to home, in West Adams.

Taqueria Los Anaya is a cute, clean, sit down full on Mexican restaurant with air conditioning and everything.

We all loved this place! Highly recommended.

We started with the chips, salsa and guacamole. I don’t normally rave about Guac because it’s often a bit bland but this stuff had a nice limey tang to it, ORDER IT.

We all ordered tacos of some sort and I also ordered Carnitas Sope. Sopes are like little open face sandwiches made on fried masa rounds (like really thick tortillas) made with beans, meat and salsa.

The Pollo Mole and Shrimp tacos were the standouts. I also loved their refried beans and garlicky rice.

Seriously though, there wasn’t anything here that wasn’t delicious. You can’t go wrong. Unless you don’t come here, that would be very wrong.

4651 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 731-4070
taquerialosanaya.com

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Guacamole

Guacamole

Camaron (shrimp)

Camaron (shrimp)

Carnitas Sope

Carnitas Sope

Pollo Mole Taco

Pollo Mole Taco

Three Taco Combo Plate

Three Taco Combo Plate

LOS CINCO PUNTOS

  • August 1, 2014 5:29 am

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Los Cinco Puntos is the first stop on today’s TACO CRAWL! Because who doesn’t want/need a belly full of tacos?

LCP is located in Boyle Heights, essentially East LA, and has been around for ages.

Here are a few brief notes on this place.

There is NO SEATING. There is also no convenient place outside to eat your tacos unless you wish to procure an unkempt grassy knoll in the middle of an intersection, having every car that passes by stare at you. (Which we did).

This place is more of a meats/tamales by the pound, take-and-go kind of place. But they’re also famous for their tacos and make their own tortillas in house, which is fun to watch.

There is an enormous banner stating that Yahoo named LCP as the best tacos in American and that Rachael Ray has agreed with this determination.

All street cred, lost.

Their tacos are enormous and chock full of meat. This meat will be fetched from sketchy looking bins filled with dissected animal corpses encompassed by gore-splattered windows. Try not to pay attention to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre aspect of today’s experience.

The flavors of the meats were nice and weren’t dried out (which can often be the case) and the tortillas were very tasty but I prefer smaller tacos (the only food I prefer small). These were very messy and difficult to eat without utensils.

FYI, don’t serve me a knife and fork taco if you don’t also provide a knife and fork.

Also, I like to control my own salsas and at LCP, they do it for you. I guess going to too many taco trucks lately have spoiled me. Sure, you, the employee, have to leave the counter once in a while and clean up the gigantuan mess that us, the disgusting public, will make. But wiping up a few pico de gallo spills is worth a returning customer.

That’s why places like TCBY (why do I keep bringing them up??) have all but disappeared from popularity. People like a do-it-yourself operation when it comes to certain things.

Give us free reign of salsa bars! That’s all we ask. Oh, and perhaps a few places to sit and devour our overly salsa’d tacos.

3300 E Cesar E Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90063
(323) 261-4084

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Don't worry, this place is not promising DIARRHEA. It could still happen. But, no promises.

Don’t worry, this place is not promising DIARRHEA. It could still happen. But, no promises.

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Meats by the pound

Meats by the pound

Homemade Tortilla Chips

Homemade Tortilla Chips

Is it lunch or crime scene??

Is it lunch or crime scene??

Nothing like homemade tortillas

Nothing like homemade tortillas

Asada taco with Nopales (cactus) and Carnitas Taco

Asada taco with Nopales (cactus) and Carnitas Taco

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Enjoying our tacos in the public "park"

Enjoying our tacos in the public “park”