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January 11-20, 2016


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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tomato soup

... came with the flourish of a little cheese sandwich:

... at Little Beast where we warmed up in their dim dining room with some spicy meatballs ($10.00):

These porky pongs of tomato-sauced muscle mounds were pleasing as was the seabass crudo ($14.00):

... stacked with crisp wonton wrapper, cukes, radish, orange and frisee.

Steelhead ($23.00):

... with curried lentils, asparagus, baby bok choy, carrots and mushrooms went down swimmingly as did the flat iron steak ($25.00):

... with fingerlings, mushrooms and peppers bound with red wine jus and crema.

This creature cove was a nice, homey haunt.

Little Beast
1496 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Tuesday, January 19, 2016

It’s like a trust fall to enter a dive bar. These windowless warrens are a crap shoot. Reasonable orders are usually reserved to a shot or a beer and that’s what we went with at Club Tee Gee.

The bar was filled with customers that seemed to frequent this hydration hole where we drained our drinks as we took in the conviviality at this no frills intoxication station.

Club Tee Gee
3224 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Monday, January 18, 2016

The avocado “toast”:

... at Ozu:

... was a crisped rice base capped with yuzu guac and smoked kochujang.

This was the starter in one of their “packages” ($22.00) that included an Asahi to wash down a bowl of kimchi udon shrimp:

... that tasted like an Asian mac and cheese. This Spam-speckled, pasta plastered with “kimchi cream” got vegetal variation with watercress in a wacky wind up.

The “classic” package ($20.00) started with “charred edamame”:

... which weren’t as singed as we anticipated, but were still munchable miso’ed morsels with a bit of chili heat and a smattering of crushed wasabi peas followed by a pork ramen with fatty flaps of belly bouncing in a broth with a nicely medium boiled egg:

... and an Asahi to beer this belly bowl.

Chicken karaage ($8.00):

... were crisply cooked thigh chunks with a yuzu mayo to nudge these nuggets.

We liked this counter service kitchen and will return to try more of their menu.

Ozu East Kitchen

3224 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Sunday, January 17, 2016

We blew into the (sans-sign) Dune:

... for “sandwiches” which were roll ups on made to order mats of griddled bread.

The falafel ($8.50):

... was phenomenal with hummus, slaw, tahini and fried potato. Texture and flavor variances combined in this crave-worthy collection to make this required ordering.

The lamb ($10.50):

... was a nicely spiced, meaty, yogurt and citrus-scented, bleat bundle that also hit the spot, but was trumped by the herby falafel fortification.

We are not dune with this dispensary and will work our way through more of the menu soon.

3143 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Saturday, January 16, 2016

Yelling at the array of screens seemed to be the preferred pastime at Pat’s:

... where football enthusiasts gathered to expel elation and ingest alcohol.

We got a combo plate ($17.00):

... from the window to the neighboring BBQ and tucked into decent brisket and baby back ribs sided by slaw and collard greens.

Although we didn’t engage in the shouting, we enjoyed our clamshell chow washed down with some brews:

... before returning to the comparatively sedate streets.

Pat’s Cocktail Lounge
12121 Riverside Dr.
Valley Village, CA



Friday, January 15, 2016

Maybe blueberry chicken wings ($10.00):

... aren’t our thing, but these chili-charged appendages have their fans at Hyperion Public.

Our attention was instead twisted towards the hot pretzel ($9.00):

... which was a nice knot of kneadage washed down with an Old Fashioned ($13.00). This bourbon bibe was a top notch take on a standard, but the “Reservoir Dog” ($13.00) was a mezcal, basil, jalapeño and grapefruit glug that was less to our taste.


The Hyperion burger ($17.00):

... with bacon, mushrooms, caramelized onions, Cheddar and Jack was solid sided with sweet potato fries:

... which we enjoyed in this boisterous and friendly public house.

Hyperion Public
2538 Hyperion Ave.
Silver Lake, CA



Thursday, January 14, 2016

Rosemary feathered finely into the “Fair and Fowl” ($13.00) at All’Acqua:

... where this bourbon-based, lemon-lifted libation was a downy drink along with a “Shout at the Devil” ($12.00) with a rye, Grand Classico and Punt y Mes-sage of satanic satisfaction.

We watched a parade of pizzas into the wood burning inferno:

... from our oven-side seats where we landed a pollenated sausage ($19.00) circle curded with scamorza:

It was slightly wet in the middle, but it was still a pleasing pie.

Salmon ($24.00):

... was tendrilled with pea greens and pulled together with carrots and salsa verde. This grilled, gilled good was fine fin fortification.

We will find ourselves back at this Atwater eatery soon to sample more of their menu soon.

All’Acqua Restaurant
3280 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA




Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Room for cream?”

No thanks

The result of our exchange was a couple of cups so full that surface tension was the only force preventing disaster.

We managed to maneuver to our table without incident and enjoyed their house roasted wares along with a crumb-topped cranberry orange muffin of unknown providence (the barista said they threw away the labeled bakery box.)

We will have to return before they throw away the box next time to find out the origin of this swell starch stump.

Kaldi Coffee
3147 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Moby’s vegan venue, Little Pine:

...was staffed by a couple of bald white guys with black rimmed glasses that presented a doppled dining room where a tangy tomato soup ($6.00):

... tasted like it received sundried support.

Farro salad ($10.00):

... had crunchy walnuts and perky pomegranate seeds in this grain scattered with scallions and butternut squash.

Fried cauliflower ($8.00):

... were sweetly singed florets florished with romesco aioli while the mac and cheese ($12.00):

... got some texture from breadcrumbs in a glutenless go of a convincingly good take on a classic.

We glugged on glasses:

... from their simple selection of wines at this nifty new nosh nook that channels proceeds to animal causes.

The feel of the food is less about contorting cookery to fit constraints and more about tasty tucker. We plan to chomp on more of their chow soon.

Little Pine

2870 Rowena Ave.
Los Angeles, CA



Monday, January 11, 2016

The Monte Carlo ($13.00) at Wood & Vine:

... paid out with a rye, Benedictine and bitters in a winning hand of whisky while the “Bergamot Station” ($13.00) was a hard core tea tote with Earl Greyed bourbon with a bit of honey in this buzzy bibe.

Pork Rind Churros ($6.00):

... were sweet and salty swine skin scrubbed with cinnamon and sugar. These chicharrones were cheery chompage with our cocktails.

The deep fried burger ($15.00):

... was a Homeresque hamburger with a crisp-crusted cow core perked with pecorino, marrow and cranberry. This cardio vascular kryptonite was reinforced by a baseball of chicken liver mousse ($12.00):

Cocao nibs graveled the goods to texturize house made donuts planked with quince jam

Brussels ($12.00):

... were showered with rice krispies with Asian pear and a lime-lilted frozen yogurt. While we appreciated the bold, basily Brussels, the overall combination threw us with the frosty formation.

We’ll have to grab another Monte Carlo with pork rinds next time we intersect this establishment.

Wood & Vine
6280 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA








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