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TACO ZONE

  • October 1, 2014 5:44 am

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I think Taco Zone is my favorite of all the taco truck’s I’ve tried. Which, I must admit, is not nearly enough for my liking.

I often find many taco meats to be super dry from sitting around, but the pastor and asada chunks were nice and tender, sitting in their own delicious juices and there are a ton of salsas and toppings to make each taco your own.

They’re only $1.25 each, so get a few, or perhaps order an off the menu Mulita (my latest obsession) which is a small quesadilla using corn tortillas instead of flour.

The truck is parked next to the Vons parking lot on Alvarado in Echo Park and it appears the section of the parking lot closest to the truck is ok to park while you grab your tacos. I noticed a Vons employee walk by and not bat an eye so there is obviously a “free tacos for Vons employees” rule in force.

Vons Parking Lot
Alvarado & Montana (Echo Park)
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(818) 763-4085

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Amazing salsa bar

Amazing salsa bar

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GRUB

  • September 29, 2014 5:14 am

Complimentary Froot Loops and Cocoa Puffs

Complimentary Froot Loops and Cocoa Puffs

Grub is probably LA’s most popular brunch spot, if the crowds are any indication.

This cute old house turned restaurant packs them in, stuffing folks to the gills with their famous croissant French toast and over the top omelettes.

If you are a hungry person who cannot wait for the normal brunch hour, the crowds are quite minimal at opening time (9 a.m.) and the absolutely wonderful food is a much better reward than a worm for the early bird.

They serve one of the best breakfast burritos I’ve had, stuffing it to the gills with eggs, cheese and potatoes (not too many) with just the right amount of spicy chorizo.

The Friggin’ Amazing French Toast is the obvious choice if you’re in a sweeter mood, but also good for sharing with a few people and also ordering something else if you don’t want to put yourself into a coma.

If you want a happy medium between sugar and savory, the Ooh La La! Breakfast sandwich is the way to go. It’s an egg and crack bacon sandwich but with croissant French toast instead of bread. You don’t have to add any syrup if you want, but just a little bit does make turn this dish into a tasty masterpiece.

The creative selection of mimosas are fun and very delicious, we highly enjoyed both the Raspberry Jalapeno and the Lemon Basil options.

This place has really earned it’s spot as LA’s top brunch and I’m happy to grub out at Grub anytime I wake up early enough to avoid too much human interaction.

911 Seward St
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 461-3663
grub-la.com

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1/2 Carafe Raspberry Jalapeno Champagne Cocktail

1/2 Carafe Raspberry Jalapeno Champagne Cocktail

Mamacita’s Breakfast Burrito 9.75 Delicate Scrambled Eggs with Chorizo, melted Cheddar, Garlic & Herb roasted New Potatoes Topped with Salsa and Sour Cream in a Grande Flour Tortilla

Mamacita’s Breakfast Burrito 9.75
Delicate Scrambled Eggs with Chorizo, melted Cheddar, Garlic & Herb roasted New Potatoes Topped with Salsa and Sour Cream in a Grande Flour Tortilla

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OOH LA LA! Egg Sandwich 13.99 Fluffy scrambled Eggs, gooey Cheddar Cheese, two slices of our Sweet & Sassy Bacon sandwiched between two slices of our Croissant French Toast, served with a side of Maple Syrup.

OOH LA LA! Egg Sandwich 13.99
Fluffy scrambled Eggs, gooey Cheddar Cheese, two slices of our Sweet & Sassy Bacon sandwiched between two slices of our Croissant French Toast, served with a side of Maple Syrup.

MIXTO COMIDA LATINA

  • September 26, 2014 5:33 am

Free Range Chicken Taco with Cilantro Cream salsa

Free Range Chicken Taco with Cilantro Cream salsa

Silverlake’s Mixto Comida Latina is like a combo of authentic taco stand with a gourmet chef with Latin roots.

Nothing super weird in their tacos/burritos like caramelized sunchokes or pickled pig’s feet – you’ll just find super high quality meats, all the traditional fixings you’d want, lots of great salsas and the obligatory kale salad.

They also have some fun spins on Mexican desserts such as Blueberry Tres Leches cake and some delicious sounding Aguas Frescas (Pineapple Mint Ginger is incredible).

The basic tacos are on the small side, I would say three would fill one up nicely. The burritos were on the smaller side, so you probably won’t have to take half of it home but it still should suffice.

These tacos are delicious, authentic and higher quality than the “C” rating truck parked next to the gas station where God knows what is happening inside.

*Drops tortilla*

*Picks up tortilla and brushes off with dirty hand*

At least, that’s how it would happen if I was working.

2827 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 668-1818
mixtomixto.com

You order here...

You order here…

....and then you eat here.

….and then you eat here.

Premium Pork taco with Citrus Habanero salsa

Premium Pork taco with Citrus Habanero salsa

Mixto Taco - Carne Asada, napa cabbage, onion, avocado, cilantro, white beans, green tomatillo salsa

Mixto Taco – Carne Asada, napa cabbage, onion, avocado, cilantro, white beans, green tomatillo salsa

FACTOR’S FAMOUS DELI

  • September 24, 2014 5:08 am

1/2 Pastrami Sandwich with chips

1/2 Pastrami Sandwich with chips

Factor’s Deli has the distinction of employing the rudest waitress I have ever encountered.

She’s been snarling at customers for years.

I’m positive that decades of disappointing tips have only added to her intense hostility, but she is so comically, over-the-top unpleasant, that I really wished she was our waitress today so my friends could see the show.

I remember once I wasn’t ready to order yet and she rolled her eyes, sighed heavily, scowled and stormed off like I had just insulted her grey, curly mullet. BTW, her hairstyle has not changed in 10+ years unless she decides to get fancy and pull it back with a stern, black hair band.

In days past, I always ordered the Fish and Chips but they have a really excellent Matzo Ball Soup which I was keen to revisit.

It’s still top notch.

My meatloaf sandwich was ok yet a little odd tasting but the Pastrami sandwich on Rye was excellent. A half sandwich and soup with a side is always going to be plenty of food for one person.

And if you attempt to save your waitress some effort and stack the empty plates for her, you shall be scolded like an insolent child. Be forewarned.

But please still do it so you’ll have a rude waitress story to tell your friends.

9420 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 278-9175
factorsdeli.com

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Woman about to whistle for her waitress. Oh boy is she in for a scolding...

Woman about to whistle for her waitress. Oh boy is she in for a scolding…

Homemade Pickles

Homemade Pickles

Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup

Chicken Pesto Panini

Chicken Pesto Panini

1/2 Meatloaf Sandwich

1/2 Meatloaf Sandwich

1/2 Pastrami Sandwich

1/2 Pastrami Sandwich

SQUARE ONE DINING

  • September 22, 2014 5:01 am

Salmon Benedict on Potato Pancakes

Salmon Benedict on Potato Pancakes

Square One Dining is all about locally sourced ingredients and hormone free meats. Which is why everything is a few bucks more than you’d find elsewhere. You ain’t getting served crap, folks. There’s a reason McDonald’s has a .99 cent menu.

Square One is also right across the street from an ominous Scientology center, which is an unnerving structure to walk by. You may be tempted to snap a photo, but the fear of suddenly being hit by a stray bullet or at the very least, your phone confiscated, may overcome you.

Once you make it past all that jazz, you’ll find a cute, friendly little café with some delicious breakfast options.

They seem to specialize in Eggs Benedicts; they offer several varieties. But I really enjoyed the Baked Eggs with Braised Greens.

Two eggs lovingly perched atop sautéed mushrooms and collard greens resting comfortably on top of a layer of yummy grits. In a griddle. Everything looks and tastes better in a griddle.

Since I craved further carbohydrate intake, I ordered the highly recommended Bacon Gruyere Scone, which is nice for dipping into the egg yoke. Or into your open mouth. Close your mouth, you animal.

After your delightful meal, you’ll make your way to your car and feel the sense of being watched. That’s just the street lamp looking security camera that’s monitoring your every move. Just keep your phone in your pocket and I’m certain you’ll make it out alive.

4854 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 661-1109
squareonedining.com

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Egg cartons on the ceiling.

Egg cartons on the ceiling.

Intelligentsia Coffee

Intelligentsia Coffee

Bacon Gruyere Scone

Bacon Gruyere Scone

Salmon Benedict on Potato Pancakes

Salmon Benedict on Potato Pancakes

Baked Eggs - braised mustard and collard greens with mushrooms and gruyere on grits

Baked Eggs – braised mustard and collard greens with mushrooms and gruyere on grits

THE DRESDEN

  • September 19, 2014 5:32 am

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

The Dresden has been around since 1954 and, yes, it’s the restaurant featured in the movie “Swingers”.

Marty and Elayne, the famous lounge act who have been crooning, scatting and tickling the Casio ivories since 1982, are what keep people coming back to this infamous Los Feliz hotspot.

They are the dictionary definition of kitsch. I’m not entirely sure how old they are but judging by Marty’s dead cat hairpiece, they’re clearly not from this generation.

To be honest, I’ve only had drinks in the lounge section. I had no idea an actual restaurant existed on the other side. One that seems not to have changed since the place opened. I’m sure this was quite the swanky eatery back in it’s day.

If the white leather booths and bold red walls can attest to.

Many of the booths located down the center of the joint are encompassed with these odd wooden beams, like being in a psychedelic cage. It’s like the 70′s threw up all over the 50′s and no one bothered cleaning up the mess.

All this is part of the Dresden’s charm. I was truly enchanted. A word indicative of the era.

The food is the kind of thing your grandparents would have eaten for their 1st anniversary dinner. Definitely a time warp of Veal Parmesan and Shrimp Scampi. It’s hard to say the word “Scampi” and not think its the name of some cartoon Disney animal.

Everything comes with a side of noodles and the basket of sub-par garlic bread, which is not really worth the carbs, but you’re hungry and the food isn’t going to come out very fast.

The servers are mostly older gentlemen and when they serve you that Vodka Collins, you’ll think you’ve been transported straight to a scene from the Shining. This restaurant could have definitely been located in the Outlook Hotel.

I loved the fact that there was Chicken Cordon Bleu on the menu so I had to order it. I had no clue this dish existed outside of the frozen foods aisle. BTW, this is a great dish to order, it’s mighty tasty.

The prime rib was very thick and seemingly very tasty. I didn’t have any but my friend finished most of his gargantuan portion, so I’m assuming it wasn’t too revolting.

In conclusion, the food here is fine, a few dishes even good. But come here for kitsch first and kitchen second and you’ll be in good shape.

1760 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 665-4294
thedresden.com

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This is where Marty and Elayne perform. It also looks like a restaurant that has been closed for 30 years.

This is where Marty and Elayne perform. It also looks like a restaurant that has been closed for 30 years.

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Blue Cheese dressing with a side of salad.

Blue Cheese dressing with a side of salad.

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi

Veal Piccata

Veal Piccata

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Chicken Cordon Bleu with linguine

Chicken Cordon Bleu with linguine

MARIO’S PERUVIAN & SEAFOOD

  • September 17, 2014 5:18 am

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When you think of Peruvian food you usually think of ceviche or Lomo Saltado. Or maybe you never think of Peruvian food, in which case you, sir, are a racist.

Well, ceviche and Lomo Saltado are exactly what we ordered tonight (because we’re not racists).

We chose the fish ceviche since I can’t consume shellfish and it was really tasty. The sauce was nice and tart and the bits of celery and red onion nicely complimented the ample portion of very fresh white fish.

Lomo Saltado is steak stir fried with onions, tomatoes and French fries. With a side of rice. Peruvians love their carbs. (Oops, was that racist?)

Sometimes the dish is done poorly and the steak is tough and the fries are soggy. Not at Mario’s.

Steak was tender and juicy and the fries were perfectly soaked in the beefy flavor while still maintaining their shape. The fries are never going to be fully crispy, that’s just not how it’s done.

In fact, at Mario’s, this dish is 85% French fries and I thoroughly approve of that ratio.

Portions at the super casual Mario’s (located in Hancock Park-ish) are ginormous, so just plan on finishing half and taking the rest home. But be prepared for the disappointed looks from your waitress.

“You’re done??” she asked in disbelief. I felt awful so threw out some “had a big lunch” lie and went on my way. Head hung in shame.

But at least I’m not a racist.

5786 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 466-4181

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Ceviche de Pescado

Ceviche de Pescado

Lomo Saltado -

Lomo Saltado –

This Lomo Saltado is 75% French fries and that's a good thing.

This Lomo Saltado is 75% French fries and that’s a good thing.

Spicy Aji sauce - good for pouring over...everything.

Spicy Aji sauce – good for pouring over…everything.

FEAST FROM THE EAST

  • September 15, 2014 5:41 am

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Feast from the East has been around since 1981 and that outdated Chinese Chicken Salad that everyone raves about is pretty damn tired.

It’s just barely shredded romaine lettuce, wontons and shredded dry ass chicken. Oh, and a tiny portion cup filled with not enough salad dressing. It needs cabbage. It needs mandarins. It needs some other veggies.

It needs to just go away.

The sesame chicken wings tasted good but they had clearly been sitting in the warming bin for an hour or so and were luke warm at best.

The meatballs were fine but had a rubbery consistency and freezer burned flavor and the teriyaki sauce was pretty pedestrian.

The BBQ Pork Bao was ok, but not nearly enough bbq pork for my liking.

Wow, did I like anything here??

Chesty didn’t hate the salad, which is why this place gets 2 Buns but I’m honestly surprised that a place with such average pseudo-Asian cuisine has lasted so long.

I guess even bad faux Chinese is still good faux Chinese.

1949 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 475-0400
ffte.com

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Teriyaki Meatballs

Teriyaki Meatballs

Sesame Chicken Wings

Sesame Chicken Wings

BBQ Pork Bao

BBQ Pork Bao

Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad

1949 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 475-0400
ffte.com

TOAST BAKERY CAFE

  • September 12, 2014 5:49 am

Stuffed French Toast - Caramelized Bananas, walnuts and banana pudding

Stuffed French Toast – Caramelized Bananas, walnuts and banana pudding

Toast is a popular breakfast spot on 3rd Street near the Beverly Center that becomes nightmarishly busy if you show up too late.

Thankfully, we showed up at 8 a.m. and not a creature was stirring, not even a cockroach.

There are two dishes here that I absolutely love that are also pretty unique to Toast.

If you’re feeling like setting off a sugar bomb in your gut, order the super delicious Stuffed French Toast.

What, you ask, is it stuffed with?

Well, not really anything. But it’s topped with caramelized bananas, walnuts and a ton of banana pudding. What?? Yes, banana pudding, suckas!

The lady sitting next to us was reading from the menu when she got to my stuffed French toast. “Well, that sounds disgusting!” she whisper-screamed.

She looked over at that moment, seeing me shove this “disgusting” meal into my face hole and I felt compelled to explain myself.

“I know I’m in store for a major sugar crash but I’m not going to eat the whole thing!” I insisted.

Later on when I was halfway finished, she looked over and taunted “You’re going to eat the whole thing, I just know it!”

The other tasty dish is the Penne Mattina. It’s essentially breakfast pasta. Penne with scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, feta, pesto and sundried tomatoes. It’s awesome.

I’ve only had breakfast at Toast so I can’t say what their other meals are like. And they don’t serve alcohol, so avoid this place if you’re in the mood for a boozy brunch.

Come here early to eat in peace without being shamed for your gratuitous order.

8221 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-5018
toastbakerycafe.net

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Penne Mattina - Penne with scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, sundried tomatoes and pesto.

Penne Mattina – Penne with scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, sundried tomatoes and pesto.

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Stuffed French Toast - Caramelized Bananas, walnuts and banana pudding

Stuffed French Toast – Caramelized Bananas, walnuts and banana pudding

THE TASTING KITCHEN

  • September 10, 2014 5:00 am

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Besides Gjelina, Tasting Kitchen is probably the most popular restaurant on Venice’s Abbot Kinney blvd.

Don’t even think about just walking in. FYI, you don’t own the place.

Tasting Kitchen serves seasonal, inventive and vaguely described dishes in an upscale setting with an outdoor feel to it.

Tasting Kitchen also has better taste in music than you do.

While munching on one of the 6-7 pasta options, getting your face and hands covered in sticky flax seeds from the very tasty chicken wings, or sipping a creative yet familiar cocktail, you’ll also rock out to the almost too loud current or retro hit flowing from the speakers.

Personally, I think this place works better for small plates and cocktails. I wasn’t blown away by the Halibut or the sausage pasta (which was a very large portion, btw).

1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 392-6644
thetastingkitchen.com

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English Garden - Gin, lime, fennel, cucumber

English Garden – Gin, lime, fennel, cucumber

Table Bread

Table Bread

Chicken Wings, apple cider, flax seeds

Chicken Wings, apple cider, flax seeds

Beats, currants, pistachios

Beats, currants, pistachios

And then day turns to night...

And then day turns to night…

British Tea Cocktail - Gin, pimms, lemon, egg whites

British Tea Cocktail – Gin, pimms, lemon, egg whites

Creste di Gallo, Calabrian sausage, breadcrumbs

Creste di Gallo, Calabrian sausage, breadcrumbs

Halibut, vermouth butter, caviar, English peas

Halibut, vermouth butter, caviar, English peas