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November 11-20, 2015


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Friday, November 20, 2015

We perused the requisite head shots papering the walls at Casita Taco:

... as we waited for our al pastor ($2.19):

... fish ($3.19) and shrimp ($3.99) tacos.

The seafood selections were secondary to the pork pack which quelled our curiosity about this tiny turnout without beer.

The people were nice, but this wasn’t one for the rotation.

Casita Taco

405 N Victory Blvd.
Burbank, CA



Thursday, November 19, 2015

It was tofu balls ($6.50):

... before pinballs:

... at Button Mash where a stack of green rice crispied soy orbs were tilted with corn and green onion bumpered with sriacha aioli.

Ginger chicken wings ($8.50):

... with chili flakes were good, sticky, deep fried fowl flippers while the double cheeseburger ($9.00):

... with American cheese was a bit parched.

We asked for it medium rare but were told that they decline these requests so after a couple bites, we asked for some ketchup to perk the well done patties. We were told that they felt that it was best as served, but if we wanted ketchup, they could give us some for fifty cents.

We opted to use the price of a pinball game to acquire this portion.

We enjoyed the tofu balls as well as the alcoholic, Small Town root beer ($6.00) and a refreshing Common blood orange and tangerine cider ($7.00):

... but the rest of our chow was not a reorder.

Once fortified, we fired up the arcade:

... by mashing some buttons at this fun, strip mall stop.

Button Mash

1391 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The host at Trois Familia had to endure a rigorous questioning from a wait lister who kept asking how long it would be. The host replied that couldn’t give a ballpark since there are many factors (including people who put there name down and leave.) The lister kept rephrasing her question to the same polite answer. This is why it’s a good to experience a job in a restaurant before you visit one.

Considering the crowd in front:

... our wait was shockingly brief and we perched at a picnic table:

... within 10 minutes of arrival.

Beet tartare ($12.25):

... was a tostada with a hypnotic spiral of avocado. We thought of this as a hand-held helping as we opened our faces to this groovy gherkin and lime lilted LP.

The poached omelet sandwich ($14.50):

... had a tomago-like patty. This sweet eggcentric stack was strewn with caramelized onions, ham and American cheese in a soft, breakfast bundle. While fine, it wasn’t a reorder.

We are fans of Trois Familia’s siblings and will enjoy revisiting their waitlists soon.

Trois Familia
3510 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The best donut we have had in Los Angeles so far is the butter salt donut ($2.75):

... at Sidecar.

This wheel of wonder rolled on the tongue with a beurre noisette glaze fleured with sel with a tire pressure similar to the density of an old fashioned. Sidecar’s assembly line:

... produces flour forms in small batches insuring the a rapid rotation which resulted in a bit of crispy fringe to this nifty nugget.

The maple bacon ($3.50):

... was good and although it had a feather-light, fluffy foundation to the sap-sealed pork preserver, it didn’t meld as marvelously for us as the simpler saline sensation.

Apple fritters were not being made this week so we will have to return to inflate our spare tire another time.

Sidecar Doughnuts
631 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA



Monday, November 16, 2015

We made an abbreviated visit to AOC:

... during “cocktail hour” to sip a glass of rosé ($6.00) and a “Raoul Duke” ($14.00):

... which was the nom de plume of this sweet tart tasting tipple of bourbon, cherry heering, lime juice and Galliano.

A ‘sortment of salumi:

... and sumptuous slices of blue and goat cheeses ($10.00):

... were served with bread, dried fruit and walnuts before a brandade focaccia ($10.00):

... with leeks and “Spanish” fried chicken ($10.00):

... that was like chicken nuggets done right. These cumin-scented chick chunks were like grown up nursery food with moist middles and crisp crusts dipped into spiced aioli.

It’s been ages since we last designated this destination for appellation appreciation but we will have to take control and return soon.

8700 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA



Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sipping suds;

... we surveyed the high volume crowd at Tinhorn Flats where a pool table anchored the monitor-lined saloon.

A mushroom burger ($12.00):

... tried to kick a fast food taste with blue cheese and a side of jalapeño chips ($3.00 supplement) which we tucked into the bun to add some heat.

Fish sticky fingers made up half of the fish and chips ($10.00):

... which wasn’t our thing.

The staff was friendly, but ultimately, this wasn’t our kind of watering hole.

Tinhorn Flats

2623 W Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA



Saturday, November 14, 2015

We returned to Square One:

... for a morning meal where we sat across the street from the Scientology Center and passed our stress test by ordering a well audited fruit bowl ($9.75):

A base of bananas covered with persimmons, asian pears, pink lady apples and plum. The grapes were a little suppressed, but it was still a nice break from the vat of pre-chopped matter you get at other eateries.

This came with a choice of gluten good which, for us was a cheery Cheddared chomp of a jalapeño scone.

The apple bran muffin ($3.25):

... while moist, worshiped at the alter of thetan. This dense dough delivery was a health food initiation invitation that wasn’t our thing.

Farro and brown rice were the base of the breakfast bowl ($12.00):

... with poached eggs, jalapeño halos, onions, bell peppers, spinach and sprouts. This was a clear winner at this Hubbard cupboard that was worth the cruise back.

Square One Dining
4854 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles, CA



Friday, November 13, 2015

Locals lounged for after work drinks during happy hour at The Smoke House:

... where the menu featured fluids and food for a fiver.

Cheap well whisky:

... washed down standard issue wings:

... calamari:

... and dry but boring tacos:

Hey, what do you expect? This is an old school lubrication station meant for a campy recharge.

Smoke House

4420 W Lakeside Dr.
Burbank, CA



Thursday, November 12, 2015

We chambered some chow at a cocktail party before shooting over to Son of a Gun:

... where we supped on apps and their take on a Vieux Carré - the Rum Carré ($14.00) This old standard was squared off with pirate potion in a fine fluid flanked by a Tokyo Black Porter ($9.00):

... from the Yo-Ho Brewing Company with chocolate and coffee waves in a can of coolant.

Smoked steelhead roe ($16.00):

... ‘sentuated a mound of maple syrup-sweetened whipped cream with pumpernickel shavings to add tread to this kooky combo.

Pulling back on the sweet might have made this more our thing.

The lobster roll ($9.00):

... was a micro mit of marvelous meat with a potato crisps in a two bite, double fisted snack.

Linguine and clams ($19.00):

... was a homey tangle of uni-fied strands. It would have benefited from crispy breadcrumbs, but that’s just being picky.

Smoked baby back ribs ($9.00):

... had a swell, sweet and sticky sauce with pineapple and shoyu and were solid swine spokes but the standout of the meal was the grilled asparagus ($16.00):

A fried egg hovered over jenga’ed asparagus reved with Romesco with crunch from Marconas.

Son of a Gun has a lock on the stalks at this sea fare site.

Son of a Gun

8370 W 3rd
Los Angeles, CA



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

So what’cha what’cha what’cha want when you see the Yeastie Boys truck:

... was not what we got.

We pulled over to find that they were sold out. Instead of losing our minds this time, we saw what looked like “Red Coffee” behind the bagel-less buggy.

It turned out that the “Alf” was absent from the sign and magenta moisture wasn’t flowing from this cozy café.

This embodiment of a millennial’s Pinterest page was striped with mustaches, antlers and bold graphic statements.

They cleverly stocked their carb case with Farmshop goods from which we pulled a crusty cranberry citrus scone, banana walnut muffin:

... and a Filipino roll:

... filled with feta and kale:

... (okay, maybe not so Filipino). This sweet, light bread got a nice salt kick in the center from the lactose lump which was enjoyable with mugs of beany brew.

We felt like we were visiting a refreshment stand in Disney’s Millennialland (the vaping section of the park where you need a minimum of four tats to ride hoverboards and every month is Movember…but in a good way…)

Alfred Coffee

3337 1/2 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA








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