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Casell's Burgers is being resurrected!

That great lemonade too. Looking good!

Dec 06, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

I'm going to The Apple Pan tonight.

Bandara's banana cream pie is $10 a slice and not as good as the AP version.

Dec 06, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Food & Entertainment for a surprise party

The Magic Castle just got even MORE AWSOME by hiring Jason Sperber, formerly chef of Mountaingate Country Club, as their new chef. This is a big turnaround for a club with a decades long reputation for so-so food.
The food at the Magic Castle finally is worth the money and if you add in the entertainment and the facility itself, it is almost a bargain!
I've eaten chef Sperber's dishes at the Castle on three separate occasions and found them tasty and very satisfying.
Good call on the part of the Magic Castle's management.

Nov 27, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Casell's Burgers is being resurrected!

I hope Burger Boy is wrong, but fear he is right.

Nov 16, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Casell's Burgers is being resurrected!

Mustard seed, no horseradish - but it fooled almost everyone.

Nov 16, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Casell's Burgers is being resurrected!

Cassell's potato salad was unique and a wonderful sinus clearer due to the mustard seed involved.
I also hope they keep the sandwiches, especially the #10, grilled ham & swiss on that huge rye bread.
Good food!

Casell's Burgers is being resurrected!

Great news! Been a fan forever. Started going to the original location 43 years ago.

Best pecan pie in LA?

The Apple Pan makes a great pecan pie.

Nov 14, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Best Steak within 200 miles not 201

Mr. Taster: I would never ask anyone to reconsider their opinion. After all, differences of opinion is what makes horse races.

You find Jocko's "damn fine" and a "fine value".
Me, not so much.

End of story.

(At least we both enjoy The Little Jewel in Chinatown.)

Best Steak within 200 miles not 201

or a mention...

Oct 26, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Best Steak within 200 miles not 201

No confusion on my part as to Santa Maria BBQ Mr. Taster, Jocko's serves lots of other BBQ as do the roster of places you brought up, but back to the spencer steak.

That smoky, crispy crust that forms on the deckle of their rib eye is in fact the best element of the dish, but I can get smoky, crispy fatty meat without the long drive.

The recent Adam Perry Long BBQ pop-up (behind Jimmy Kimmel) comes to mind. Now THAT was transcendent and a revelation of smoky, crispy delicious BBQ (talking the short rib and wet brisket, man WHAT A CRUST!). That is what I call a destination.

Anyone that drives from L.A. to Nipomo for a revelation regarding a rib eye steak is on a crash course for disappointment.

In fact the other elements of the Jocko's meal are completely forgettable and not worth any mention at all.

YMMV

Oct 26, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Best Steak within 200 miles not 201

Yes, Jocko's is incredibly affordable, and one get's what one pay's for.

That steak is simply not worth the drive.

(I only had the famous spencer steak so I can't speak to the BBQ.)

Oct 26, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Best Steak within 200 miles not 201

"In response to the OP I suggest a pilgrimage to Nipomo, and a visit to Jocko's. There is a slight seasoning, Santa Maria rub (garlic salt,salt and pepper), but they raise their own beef, and the quality is fantastic.

--I tried Jocko's Spencer steak and found it just ok, not a revelation or transcendent. Not a destination place imho, too many better options here.--

Oct 26, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Bludso's For White People™- first visit.

Neil "big Mista" Strowder also does a mighty fine job. I love his pastrami & his pig candy is awesome.

Bludso's For White People™- first visit.

I guess I've been spoiled by Kevin Bludso and the excellent job he does at his original location in Compton.

The La Brea operation can't touch the original; that doesn't mean that it won't scratch the bbq itch for some/many. It will happily serve and be enjoyed by the surrounding area.

Destination bbq? I still drive from Century City to Compton
to scratch my itch for the always great real deal Que from the Master Pit Master, Kevin Bludso.

Oct 10, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Bludso's For White People™- first visit.

Speaking of big city restaurant service bbq reminds me just how much I miss Love's. Damn great beans.

Oct 09, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Another Lucky Day, BIG 50th Anniversary Special at DAN TANNA'S...

Perhaps this is an unadvertised special? (Maybe I shouldn't have let the cat out of the bag.)

Oct 04, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Another Lucky Day, BIG 50th Anniversary Special at DAN TANNA'S...

Here's the special I had last night. $50 bucks gets their normally $65 steak and pasta plus a side of asparagus! I heard this special will run one week...
(Adding the $10 split plate charge, two people can have the best steak in town for a song, $30 bucks each!)

Oct 04, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Best Po'Boy in L.A.

Love the cochon de lait po'boy at LJ
(also the whisky bread pudding)

Sep 23, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Today is my lucky day, Ike's Place Westwood soft opens with free sandwiches!

I was able to snag a free sandwich (order anything from the menu) at Ike's Place Westwood's soft opening / employee training. Chips and drinks were available by credit card only.
It seems the window for the soft opening is limited but I wouldn't be surprised if they do it again before Monday.
I tried a ribeye sandwich on their famous Dutch Crunch bread. It came dressed with pepper jack cheese & bbq sauce. Very nice bread and overall a tasty treat. I'm looking forward to trying the "dirty sauce" and also the "crack sauce".
The official grand opening is Monday and Ike is expected to be there.

Sep 18, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Roll 'N Rye 'n Culver City Closing?

I'll try Nate & Al some Tuesday. Does it have meat, carrots & onions like Brent's?

Sep 07, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Roll 'N Rye 'n Culver City Closing?

If you like split pea soup, Brent's has, imho, the best.

Sep 06, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Totally subjective: Little Jewel vs. Orleans and York Po-Boys

Little Jewel is the only place in town where one can order cochon de lait, and it is superb.

Little Jewel is the only place in town where one can get debris
on a sandwich or fries, and it is superb.

I agree with Ciao Bob; the roast beef at LJ is unmatched in this city.

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

I like to tip in cash, directly to the waiter (tipping in cash avoids the conversion fee the credit car companies typically apply). I leave zero tip on the card I use.
Might I suggest tipping in cash at these socially conscious establishments.

Sep 03, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

Pretty sure its Aunt Sally's.

Aug 25, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

Guilty as charged.

Aug 25, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

Chef Marcus brought over the creole mustard because he knows folks like to doctor-up their red beans & rice, and it was delish! Great plain, but with the mustard & hot sauce, BAMMO!(Brought half home)
Corn muffin with honey butter - niiice.
Also had the roast beef dressed, and with debris. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum. I think they have been to the crescent city more than a time or two!
Friday I brought home a bread pudding with whiskey sauce and it was sublime. Any fancy restaurant would be happy to sell this for $10 or more any day of the week.
This time I took a banana pudding with me; will report at a later time (too full now).

Little Jewel

I too had lunch at Little Jewel and was really impressed. I love the cochon de lait at Jazz Fest and having it saved me the plane fare to Louisiana. Damn it was good!
The homemade french fries are very close to the steak fries at Musso & Frank (that's a good thing)at less than half the price. Big thick bad boys of potato tasty goodness.
They don't stick it to you on the mexicoke, 12 ounce bottle $1.25 - 16.9 ounce bottle $1.50.
I took a bread pudding with whiskey sauce with me, for later.
Looking forward to going through their entire menu.

Aug 22, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

Aug 22, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

The Talpa - Fantastic Guacamole, Great table salsa & thick chips (as mentioned) NOW HAS A FULL LIQUOR LICENSE.
I love their rice & beans (read deal refried beans).
Nothing fancy but mighty good!

Aug 22, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area