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April 11-20, 2016


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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Valet parking for tacos? Are they tres haute? Nope, Trejo.

Danny Trejo’s likeness lured a line:

... to his take on a taqueria where we macheted our way through beef brisket ($4.00):

... and pork shoulder ($4.00):

... tacos.

These meat mats were okay, but did not register as a reorder. We found more interest in the fried chicken “taco” ($4.00):

... lounging in lettuce with a chipotle cream.

This crisp and juicy clucker hit the spot as did the tostada ($9.00):

... with shrimp, guac and peppers.

“Danny’s super rice” ($4.00):

... with quinoa and brown rice could have used more spicing, but was okay.

The beer taps were dry due to a pending liquor license so we de-parched with iced tea at this hype-driven haunt.

Trejo’s Tacos
1048 S La Brea
Los Angeles, CA



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The sushi sign still stands:

... at San-Sui where McCall’s meats has morphisized it into an outlet for their buttery, caramelized, kougin amann ($4.00):

Twenty40 addresses McCall’s need for sitting space and caffeination and we enjoyed their patio:

... with a couple cups of coffee and a somewhat soggy-centered fougasse ($4.00):

... with tomato and garlic.

We will answer the McCall for more of the baked goods (sans the fougasse) again soon.

2040 Hillhurst
Los Angeles, Ca



Monday, April 18, 2016

We took in some tipple at the football-focused Tavern on Brand.

They keep the television audio low enough to allow for conversation over the fumbled play of a chicken sandwich:

... that fouled out with its parched poultry presentation.

The burger ($9.95):

... went with our draft choice along with sugary sweet potato fries.

Chicken wings ($9.95):

... were loft levers that while not a reorder, were fine.

Tavern on Brand is a good place for a brew and burger but may not manufacture consistently coordinated cuisine.

Tavern on Brand
208 N Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA



Sunday, April 17, 2016

Dinette draws in hipsters faster than a pork pie hat sale at a beard grooming convention.

The bacon, leek and fontina galette ($4.00):

... had a higher dough to filling ratio than we prefer, but it was still okay.

We preferred the eggs on toast ($8.00):

... with thin slices of ham haled with Parmesan atop a mound of soft scram.

The waffle ($12.00):

... was light and pleasingly crusted under a strip on delectable bacon, but the poached egg was over cooked:

... to a solid state of jiggle-free joylessness.

We liked a lot about this street side snack stop, but it may not join the rotation.

1608 1/2 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Saturday, April 16, 2016

We couldn’t locate Scratch in the Encino Mall:

... and had to ring for directions to their second floor dining establishment.

This restaurant looked more like a casual wine bar than a tasting menu-focussed frontier and when we were seated, we realized that the radiation from the wood fire was way too hot to allow us to enjoy our meal.

They accommodated our request to move and we watched a couple waves of diners repeat our relocation as they hit the heat wave.

The tasting menu ($80 per person) began with a shooter of uni and avocado in a citrusy slug of a muscular, pepper potion:

... followed by a swell seared shrimp with scallions and pistachios.

Coconut and chamomile foam shrouded a raw oyster bulging over pork belly:

... in a treify triumph before a bowl of sweetbreads, escolar, grapefruit and sunchoke puree and chips with crunchy grains of amaranth and spinach chips.

Grilled oysters in Old Bay butter:

... were just warmed through to a gastero goodness followed by house made chorizo on a mushroom mousse with ikura, carrot greens and pistachios.

Roasted acorn squash with blistered tomatoes, mustard, onions and spinach:

... were a naughty gourdian gobble of sweetness.


... went swimmingly with carrot puree, pistachios, sugar roasted carrots, arugula and white onion while hangar steak:

... with umami enforcement from buttoned up mushrooms and crunch from filberts, creaminess from potato puree and vegetal variance from kale offered us bovine benefits.

Cow, sheep and goat coagulated in a triple creme:

... that the chef created with Step Ladder Farms in a relishable rind up to the dessert of coconut panna cotta with basil caramel, passion fruit sorbet and marcona almonds.

We are itching to return to Scratch’s upcoming ramen house next door which will open later this year.

Scratch Bar & Kitchen
16101 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA



Friday, April 15, 2016

An “Irish Goodbye” ($13.00) was a whiskied “hello” at Big Bar:

... where this fine fluid was dampened by a airline-esque cheese tower ($15.00):

The curds wheyed in with lackluster toes but the dried fruit was fine.

The Vieux Carre ($14.00):

... was a perky potion that proceeded prongs of asparagus ($6.95):

... and a likable lamb burger ($15.95):

... with olives and goat cheese with some doughily battered o rings.

We found the drinks better than the solid sustenance at this alcohol alcove.

Big Bar at Alcove Cafe
1929 Hillhurst AVe.
Los Angeles, CA



Thursday, April 14, 2016

We devoured a whole cake each at Cake Monkey:

... (where their business is layered lusciousness.)

The “must love chocolate mini” ($7.50):

... was laced with pearls of chocolate to provide a textural turnout (along with crisp honeycomb) to the buttercream-butressed bundle of bakeage.

The apple crumble mini ($7.50):

... roosted with roasted tree fruit in a peeling pile of delectable dessert washed down with cold brew coffee.

This pink purveyor of petite placations will lure us back for more of of their tantalizing towers.

Cake Monkey
7807 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Bento boxes” at Ozu:

... were filled with bowls of industrial strength miso soup lightened with Asahi’s as we chomped on our square meals of salad, rice, pickles and protein.

The salmon ($10.00):

... was done to the requested rare and the beef ($11.00):

was nicely red as well.

This cheap and cheerful lunch was a fine fueling foray.

Ozu East Kitchen
3224 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Breakfast sandwiches ($4.00 each) at D3:

... were 3D mentional morning mits of biscuit bound chorizo, avocado, egg and jack:

... and cured salmon, soft scram and creme fraiche.

A backyard patio:

... provided a shady spot to enjoy our pleasing pucks shot down with some coffee.

We will have to conquer Division again for continued carbohydration.

Division 3
3329 Division St.
Los Angeles, CA



Monday, April 11, 2016

The “Maine event” ($40.00) at Knuckle & Claw was a trio of top-loaded surf sandwiches (lobster, shrimp and blue crab) sided with a swell slaw.

Clam chowder ($9.00) was a creamy carton of spud studded soup.

We knuckled down on the lobster which clawed its way to the top of the trio which east coasted down with some saison suds:

... on the petite patio.

We will have to grab for some oysters next time we wash up in the area.

Knuckle & Claw

3112 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA








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