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December 11-20, 2015


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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Grilled octopus and Brussels sprouts ($14.00):

at Commonwealth (not to be confused with Commonwealth in SF):

... was a tentacle-lizing tumble of mint and chili charged heads and shoulders. We devoured this dish after a pepper-punctuated, hummusy amuse.

Ahi sashimi ($14.00):

... with onion marmalade and avocado got crunch from wonton strips while shrimp dumplings ($12.00):

... went for a creamier cradle of seafood sauce with shitakes and chevre but the pork belly ($12.00):

... hit the spot levitated by lentils, tomatillo and pickled shallots.

Commonwealth was a friendly republic of rations.


222 S Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA



Saturday, December 19, 2015

There was no “ew” at Bru:

... where we poured over some perky potions with satisfying Sugarbloom stumps of roasted banana muffin and a dried blueberry, lemon scone.

Artistically disheveled hipsters hahaunt Bru, which was a fine filter fountain, but not one for our rotation.

1866 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA



Friday, December 18, 2015

Naming your business after the street location is a risk when you branch out, but Joan’s on Third:

... maintained their moniker for their Ventura Place venture.

New York breakfast sandwich ($12.00):

... was griddled, rustic bread with oozey jack, a sheet of omelette bedecked with bacon in a pleasing provision. What made this particularly good was the shatteringly crisp swine strips penned in this ‘nini.

Pancakes ($9.50):

... were also on point. These buttermilk blobs were a fluffy fortress of buttery syrup-soakers that made for a craveable, classic carb.

The pop tart ($3.25):

... had flaky pastry but the strawberry filling distribution was limited to a dollop dead center:

... leaving a desert in the dessert of diminished deliciousness, but the midpoint was marvelous.

There was plenty of other good looking grub to lure us back when we are Joan’zin for more.

Joan’s on Third

12059 Ventura Place
Studio City, CA



Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sous vide chicken centered a sandwich ($13.00):

... at Gardener Junction.

This fowl was finished with a fry to crust this crisp of this breast bundled in brioche perked with pickles and gemmed with a little lettuce.

A pleasingly pink puck potioned with “Secret sauce” made up the burger ($15.00):

... which was a cheery, Cheddared chomp washed down with a crisp 101 India pale cider ($7.00) and a refreshing Almanac Meyer lemon gose ($7.00).

Gardener Junction was a perfect pit stop on the way to a function.

Gardener Junction
1451 N Gardner St.
West Hollywood, CA



Wednesday, December 16, 2015

We considered ourselves derma-tologists as we pored over kishka ($16.00):

This tasty tube was tops moisturized with a tub of gravy at at Art’s Deli.

Our complexions were brightened by some lox and bagels ($27.00):

... but clogged with the oily potato pancakes ($11.00):

... which were tired taters.

The matzo ball soup:

... wasn’t our thing either due to its bland bath of broth.

The kishka made up for our other issues at this old school, kosher kitchen.

Art’s Delicatessen
12224 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

We have a soft spot for restaurants that are open 24/7. Sure, the chow is often uninspired, but their perpetually open arms make them welcome ports in a storm.

Dupar’s peach pie ($4.50):

... had a sousant of Sysco to the fruit filling while the lemon meringue ($4.95):

... was curd tailed by a lack of tartness under a tough cloud of whipped whites. We weren’t bothered by these un-delicious slices since the true experience was just to lounge in a booth, warm up and relax.

12036 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA



Monday, December 14, 2015

The fashion in fast fish is strip mall poke-curement.

Our bowls ($11.00 each) at Poke Bar:

... may have been a poor man’s chirashi, but they were still surf-isable seafood with chunks of chopped salmon and tuna personalized with brown rice, seaweed, cukes and yuzu dressing:

... as well as a white riced base to albacore, shrimp and spicy tuna.

This tidal tucker may not be top shelf, but it was a snappy, scalable snack.

Poké Bar

8539 W Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA



Sunday, December 13, 2015

We skywalked over to Luke:

... to farm some moisture in the form of a Rob Roy ($14.00). This was the drink we were looking for, with a balance of Scotch, Amaro Nonino, Carpano, Benedictine and bitters. We also welcomed the whisky sour ($12.00) which got body from egg white and force from bourbon.

The carpaccio flatbread ($18.00):

... was less our thing with a blonde base dominated by truffle oil. Blue cheese added interest and arugula sabored through with some lightness.

The Burger ($17.00):

... was a cheery, Cheddary chomp and nice side of shoestrings.

Our Kessel run was worthwhile for the drinks and we were glad they served our kind here.

Luke Bar & Restaurant

22616 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA



Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Far East Plaza in Chinatown has a Pok Pok and Ramen Champ but Chego!:

... charmed us with their kimchi Spam bowl combo($8.00):

... that was a hefty helping of canned carne and baby bok choy over rice highlighted with chili heat and seeded with sesame.

“Ooey gooey fries” ($6.00) were jack, Cheddar and cotija cheesed, beer battered batons with sour cream sambal, pickled garlic and cilantro. These spudtacular specimens were mandatory munching.

We were seduced by “The Sexy Burger Exhibit A” ($10.00):

... with its sweet smokiness. Fried shallots, coconut mayo, pineapple, cheese, sweet chili sauce and arugula undulated in this evidence of culinary corruption. We were only bummed that no brews were bibeable at this small storefront.


727 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA



Friday, December 11, 2015

A cup of coffee and a sinker:

...may not be what Sullivan would travel for, but the house made donut (75¢) at Philippe the Original:

... was a fine example of the classic cake circle. A dunk in the cup of coffee (45¢) improved both elements of this basic breakfast at the sawdusted center of sandwiches where we usually go for a dipped lamb.

Philippe the Original
1001 N Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA








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