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Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

I went to 'Miendo on Inglewood tonight just to try the diablo and they didn't have any.

I got shrimp fajitas instead, which weren't terrible, but definitely not what I had in mind.

:(

about 16 hours ago
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Takeout Before 10am or Lunch for 12 People around Culver City on a Saturday

Hoagies and Wings (Pico and La Cienega) delivers to Culver City. Really good wings, pretty good sandwiches. It seems like it's too far for them to deliver, but we live west of the 405 and they come to our house all the time.

Order online and they just show up with the wings. They have a bunch of flavors and everything.

1 day ago
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

George Petrelli Steakhouse???

I'll add Tattletale to my list. I knew it, just forgot it.

I don't know if TT or SL have food. I sometimes see the patrons eating pitas from the Egyptian place around the corner. I think SL is a Packers bar or at least it was at one time. Joxer's Daly is a Redskins bar. (I go back to when Joxer's was Stats.)

Aug 20, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

George Petrelli Steakhouse???

In fact, I did.

Aug 20, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

The Pastrami List 2014

When I read your post, I thought of this article I recently read. You might find it interesting:

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/we...

Aug 20, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

George Petrelli Steakhouse???

Since this thread went up, I've been making the neighborhood rounds. Did Petrelli's. Then I went to Backstage. Then Joxer's Daly. Just need to hit Dear John's and I'll rank them all. (I had never even been in Backstage to drink before Saturday -- I was a first timer.)

I wonder if Scarlett Lady serves food? I'm turning into a barfly.

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

That's why I stick with the tacos. Good tortillas, good fillings, that grilled scallion and I get a cup or two of those beans from the communal pot.

No rice.

Aug 19, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

"The burrito's at 'Miendo are just about inedible. Too Huge. Too Over Stuffed. But not in a good way."

Agree, they fall apart really easily, too. They use the wrong beans. Just not good. The rice isn't that good, either.

I don't remember eating at La Talpa -- I might have, but can't remember.

Aug 19, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

It really depends on what you're ordering. If you're just going for tacos, then 'Miendo is the one for us. I never, ever order a burrito at 'Miendo. Sometimes an entree, the tortas are good, mostly the tacos and never a burrito. That pot of beans is really nice, too. Also, 'Miendo stays open the latest of the three and has fresh squeezed juices.

For me, El Abajeno is the least interesting. For the dishes it does pretty well, there are usually better versions in the neighborhood, though maybe not at that corner. I don't think their rice and beans are anything more than average and their salsa is pretty standard. I usually only go to El Ab for breakfast because 'Miendo doesn't do breakfast and Sanchez (that Sanchez, anyway) has no where to sit.

Sanchez has the great asada and the best burritos of the three, including a pretty good shrimp burrito. Their tacos would be equal to or sometimes better than 'Miendo, except for the tortillas.

Oh -- every Sunday I pick up fresh tamales at El A before I walk to the Farmer's Market. I wasn't counting that in my equation.

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

I find them to be basically the same.

I live walking distance to the CC location -- tortillas are always fresh.

My restaurant row is Tacomiendo, Sanchez and El Abajeno. None of them are perfect, but each of a few dishes worth getting.

Aug 18, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Bean & Cheese Burrito, update

I had a craving on Saturday and went back to Lupe's, this time bringing my wife and older son. That bean and red is, to me, highly addictive. I ended up with 1.5 bean and reds and .5 bean and green and that was just right. The family really liked it, too.

Just tasty beans and flavorful red hot sauce. Wish they would open up a Lucy's #3 on the westside of town.

Aug 18, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Who remembers Arriba's in West L.A.? (It was called Arriba's, right?)

I graduated in the mid-80s -- so I was going to this place from about 80-85 give or take a year.

Aug 16, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Who remembers Arriba's in West L.A.? (It was called Arriba's, right?)

The La Barbera's thread reminded of Arriba's.

Does anyone else remember a Mexican restaurant in West L.A. named Arriba's? I'm pretty sure it was called Arriba's, anyway. (I'm bad with names.)

Arriba's was literally under the freeway on Pico near (I guess) Sawtelle. The building isn't even there anymore.

The reason I remember Arriba's is that they had a happy hour that students could love. The food at the UCLA dorms was pretty horrible, so we used to go to Arriba's where they had an all-you-can-eat Happy Hour. And for students, that meant ordering a Coke (assuming they carded us, which they did sometimes, but not every time) and then eating a pile of chips and salsa, and mini-chimichangas/burritos and the like.

We used to do the same thing at Baxter's, too, also long gone from Westwood Village. Baxter's was underground (I think it was where the Whole Foods is now) and they also had an AYCE Happy Hour. They never carded us, which was good for drinking, but also more expensive, though we could eat tons of whatever they served, which I don't remember.

All that said, and in order to make the thread current and not just a nostalgia thread -- are there still AYCE buffet-style Happy Hours around town or have they gone the way of Arriba's and Baxter's.

(Side note: After I graduated, my whole family went to Arriba's to celebrate. Luckily, my dad could actually afford to pay for a meal and my grandparents weren't forced to fill up on chips and spicy carrots.)

Aug 15, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

I dunno.

The same person who turned me on to Doomie's turned me on to Inti. We like it for what it is -- a cheap, neighborhood spot.

Aug 14, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

Always wanted to try Tere's.

It's actually in the same parking lot as Inti, which I mentioned up the thread. It looks pretty good.

Aug 14, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

Cat & Fiddle's patio is a fun place to order breakfast and kill time with the Sunday papers.

Aug 14, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

I agree.

Better than Veggie Grill/Native foods.

I heard it's also now open til like 3 am on some nights. I haven't been that late, my friend happened to mention it to me.

Aug 14, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

Thanks Kevin.

I don't know what I was thinking.

I edited my post.

I really do recommend Doomie's though.

Check out the photos of their food. Even a carnivore would enjoy it.

Thanks again.

Aug 14, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

I haven't been to Juquila or MA for ages so I can't compare.

But just for tacos -- I do like Tacomiendo. They have those homemade corn tortillas and they put that grilled scallion on the tacos. Plus, they have the great salsa and the pot of beans that you can help yourself to for free.

A couple of tacos on those fresh tortillas, some of those beans and one of their fresh squeezed juices is a solid lunch.

George Petrelli Steakhouse???

Petrelli's. My bad for being unclear.

I had touted it in a post above, then went back to confirm my feelings.

I still need to try Dear John's burger and sandwiches. To this point, I've only had the entrees like a steak or seafood, never a sandwich. But now that Petrelli's is fresh in my mind, I want to give DJ's burger a taste for comparison purposes.

Aug 14, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

If you like to eat an occasional vegan or vegetarian meal, you might like to give Doomie's a try (edited because Kevin was correct in his post below). We're not vegetarian/vegans, but we like the food there a lot and my "veggie" friends swear by it.

They have some "non-menu items" as well as the regular fair and the vegetarian Big Mac is really good and fun to try. There are nice people working there, too.

We also like Inti for "dive restaurant" Peruvian food. It's the opposite of fancy, just a small, family run spot on Melrose. It's only a block from Mario's Peruvian, which always has a crowd, but we like Inti much, much better. If you're ever in the mood for some saltado or something, in a neighborhood-type place,you might like to give Inti a try.

Aug 14, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

George Petrelli Steakhouse???

I went back to eat the burger on Tuesday and it's pretty darn tasty.

It's not in line with the current wave of gastropub burgers -- there aren't any "fancy" ingredients or anything -- but it's worth it if you're in a burger mood and you're in the neighborhood. We had hamburgers and fries and had the grilled onions. It's sort of weird that grilled onions are 2 bucks extra, but they do give you a mound of them. I mixed most of them onto the fries, which were okay but sort of ordinary. Two burgers with fries, two orders of fried onions and a Coors LIght (it just seems like a domestic beer in a bottle sort of place) was like 25 bucks. Not sure I'l go there every week, but I'd eat it again.

Now I need to get the burger at Dear John's for the Culver City comparison. Joxer's Daly, too, I've never been to Backstage, either, even though I've lived nearby forever. So, I need to hit that up, too.

Aug 14, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

George Petrelli Steakhouse???

Dear John has a bar and a couple of televisions, usually turned to sports, but with no sound. It's not a sports bar like Joxer's Daly, which is around the corner.

It's just one room with a bar, some booths and some tables and chairs. There is one larger table where you could sit maybe 10 people, I'm not sure.

They also have music nightly and it's a little kitschy, but we think it's fun. We like the guy who is there on most Saturday nights, he does like a Sinatra/Dean Martin type thing with hits of the 50s and 60s mostly. He has an iPod and he plays the music and sings along.

The crowd is neighborhood types, no one is driving across town to eat here, I don't think. The drinks are good, but old-fashioned as in Old Fashioneds. I don't think the bartender is going to win the Best Drink of 2014 award, but if you like a Manhattan or a martini, you're fine.

You just about positively need a reservation for Friday/Saturday night during peak hours.

I don't know how it compares to the Buggy Whip

Aug 11, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

George Petrelli Steakhouse???

Other than the burger with fried onions, not much to recommend here. Too bad for me, because I live close by and really want to like it. I'm pretty sure the soup is canned, but I have never confirmed.

I much, prefer Dear John's which is in the same neighborhood, with better food and live music. Not necessarily an awesome restaurant, but good if you live close by and you appreciate the scene as much as the food. Sort of a "the whole is better than the parts" sort of thing.

Aug 11, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Where Should I Have Lunch?

Went today for breakfast.

I totally forgot you recommended it in this thread, but remembered you had recommended it when we cruised to that soul food place up on Crenshaw.

We really liked it -- I had the fried chicken drummettes with over medium eggs, potatoes and biscuit. Excellent chicken and eggs. Patti had the egg whites with oatmeal and loved it. MIles did egg whites with salmon croquettes and corn bread. Love the way the toast the corn bread on the grill.

Thanks Jase.

Aug 10, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Hat's Pastrami Chili Cheese French Fries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naugles

Naugles was a Southern California fast-food Mexican restaurant chain that existed from 1970 to 1988. It was founded by former Del Taco employee Dick Naugle. The first Naugles restaurant was located at the southwest corner of Fourteenth St. and Brockton Ave. in Riverside, California (now a Del Taco). Dick's motto was "Prepare food fresh, Serve customer fast, Keep place clean!"

Harold Butler purchased Naugles in 1979 when the chain consisted of three restaurants. The chain was expanded by a system of non-exclusive franchises, which later was ruled unlawful by a federal court.[1] Butler built Naugles up to 225 restaurants by 1986, when he sold the chain to Collins Foods International.[2] Naugles merged with Del Taco in 1988.[3] A few of the Naugles menu items, such as those with the "Macho" designation, found their way into the regular Del Taco menu. Also, the Naugles Taco Sandwich (Del Taco called it a "bun taco") can still be ordered from Del Taco even though it does not appear listed on the menu.

Aug 07, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area
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Hat's Pastrami Chili Cheese French Fries

I like them, too.

There are three DTs near me. One on Lincoln near the IHOP. One on Jefferson across from Winchell's. And one on Venice east of Wendy's. I go to the one on Venice because the middle of the night cast of characters make me feel like I'm in a David Lynch movie.

Last time I was there a dude was screaming obscenities and various other non-sensicals and when the night manager went to kick him out the dude stole all the hot sauce packets as he was heading for the door.

Good time.

I will say this: Late night DTs runs make me very nostalgic for Naugles. There was once a Naugles on (I think) La Brea in Mid City and they had the best yet most disgusting egg, chili, cheese, burritos. I used to down those with fries in the middle of the night all too often back in the day.

What's your favorite of the Chipotle-way style fast-food-y pizza joists in town: 800 Degrees, or Blaze Pizza, or Pielogy, or Pizza Rev, or Ugly Pizza Co., there may be a few others ????????????????????

The one time I went in, it just seemed sort of sloppy. The food looked sloppy. The tables were not bussed.

There were a million screaming kids inside. (BTW -- I LIKE kids. But this was too many kids eating pizza and drinking cokes all at once). It felt like Chuck E. Cheese without the mouse. It felt like the snack bar at the batting cages.

I left and ate at Yamada-ya around the corner.

Aug 07, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

What's your favorite of the Chipotle-way style fast-food-y pizza joists in town: 800 Degrees, or Blaze Pizza, or Pielogy, or Pizza Rev, or Ugly Pizza Co., there may be a few others ????????????????????

Thanks for the rec.

Yeah, it's in Manhattan Beach and it's my nephew's favorite restaurant.

I'll give the coffee a shot the next time I'm down there.

Aug 07, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

What's your favorite of the Chipotle-way style fast-food-y pizza joists in town: 800 Degrees, or Blaze Pizza, or Pielogy, or Pizza Rev, or Ugly Pizza Co., there may be a few others ????????????????????

I walked into a Blaze and walked out.

It was very unappealing to look at and I didn't like the vibe at all. It seemed like a cheap imitation of 800 degrees. I do really like 800 degrees, though.

Mostly, I'm not that interested in going out to eat and having to prepare my own food. I had to endure Big Wok Mongolian barbecue last week and it's just not my thing.

Aug 07, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area