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Honestly, the thing to get at Zankou is not the rotisserie chicken. It is the Tarna (AKA the chicken shwarma). THAT is what has all the seasonings and flavor on it. And then you pair that with the awesome garlic sauce and you get yourself a little piece of heaven...

The rotisserie chicken, even at its best, is fine (and only becomes great when paired with the garlic sauce).

Jan 30, 2015
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Ultimate Downtown Food Crawl?

You can check out this map I've made (of Cheap Eats for all of LA):


But, as I say, this is for "cheap eats" for the most part, and not for sit-down restaurant dishes.

Nov 07, 2014
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2014 Sammy Awards - Who's In?

1.) Milanesa Cemita Sandwich (ask for papalo on it if they have it).

A freshly fried milanesa beef on crusty cemita bread with chipotle, avocado, and Oaxacan cheese and, when available, this really bizarrely pungent herb called papalo. This sandwich is super flavorful and it is, for me, the best Mexican sandwich around!

@ the Cemita Truck in front of the Smart & Final at 10113 Venice Blvd (just west of Clarington) [they are generally open Monday-Saturday from the morning until about 2pm in the afternoon)

2.) Chopped Beef BBQ Sandwich
This is a straight-ahead chopped beef sandwich but it's nicely smokey and the sauce is great (I recommend the "mixed" sauce). Also, the atmosphere is really neat as the BBQ is smoked in this outdoor kind-of "shack."

@ JNJ Barbecue at 5754 West Adams Blvd

Oct 31, 2014
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Argan oil

I have seen it at Surfas before. You could call up and see if they still have it...

Jul 24, 2014
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Any Mexican restaurants that serve Goat? (Glendale/Burbank)

There's Birrieria de Don Boni in Boyle Heights, which is not that far from Glendale/Burbank. All they serve is goat! And the place is packed. The broth they serve it with has a very deep, rich flavor...

It's the "Number 1" place referred to in this article (although not by name):

Mar 04, 2014
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Koreatown, Little Armenia and Thai Town most interesting restaurants?

People don't talk about it much (probably 'cause it's a little out of the way), but the falafel at Elena's Greek-Armenian Cuisine in Glendale are hands-down the best I've had!

Lunch Prix Fixe & Early Bird Menus...

What are the best Lunch Prix Fixe Menus and/or Early Bird Menus you guys can recommend?

With regards to lunch prix fixe, I know about db Bistro Moderne (and have had it before--it was great), J&G Grill, and Zuma.

With regards to early birds, I know about Catfish Dewey's.

While I will be centered in Hollywood, the location can range from Miami to Boca Raton.

Can you guys think of any other ones?

Thanks for your help!

Cheap Eats Food Tour--What Am I Missing?

So my brother and I (who actually grew up in Florida, but have rarely made it back in the last 15-20 years) are gonna be in Hollywood for 2 weeks. We love trying all sorts of Cheap Eats, preferably really unique or distinctive items, but also just the best of a given genre (e.g., pizza, subs).

I went through all of the assorted posts on this board and below is the list I've accumulated (while it's centered in Hollywood, it can extend all the way down to Miami or all the way up to, say, Boca). Please tell me if you think I'm missing something or if you have an opinion on a place I already have.

I don't have an exact definition for Cheap Eats but it's generally gonna be less than $10; also, generally, it's not gonna be a sit-down place but it can be.

Thanks for your help!


Villa Rose Pizza (Chicago thin-crust)
1114 N State Rd 7(south of Taft; north of Johnson); Hollywood, FL 33021; (954) 983-7660

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La Granja (Peruvian)
4810 S State Rd 7(just south of Griffin); Davie, FL 33314
(954) 321-8668

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Rustic Inn Crabhouse (Garlic Crabs--Monday lunch crab special)
4331 Anglers Ave (just north of Griffin on Ravenswood); Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 584-1637; Mon-Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm; Sun 12 pm - 9:30 pm

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Tark’s Seafood (fried clams)
1317 S Federal Hwy (just north of Sheridan); Dania Beach, FL 33004
(954) 925-8275; Mon-Thu, Sun 11 am - 10 pm; Fri-Sat 11 am - 11 pm

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Le Tub (burger; key lime pie)
1100 N Ocean Dr (south of Sheridan, north of Hollywood Blvd); Hollywood, FL 33019; (954) 921-9425

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Rickey’s (wings)
4799 Hollywood Blvd (just west of 46th avenue); Hollywood, FL 33021
(954) 966-1429; Mon-Sun 11 am - 2 am

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Bob Roth’s New River Groves (key lime pie)
5660 Griffin Rd (just west of the Turnpike); Davie, FL 33314
(954) 581-8630

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Sonny’s Cheesesteak
1857 N 66th Ave (just north of Taft); Hollywood, FL 33024
(954) 989-0561; Mon-Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm

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Sub Center
5913 Hollywood Blvd (just east of 441); Hollywood, FL 33021
(954) 983-6110; Mon – Sat 8am – 10pm; Sun 9am- 8pm

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Pita Pockets
2727 Hollywood Blvd (just east of 95); Hollywood, FL 33020
(954) 239-8609; Mon-Thu 11 am - 10 pm; Fri-Sat 11 am - 12 am; Sun 12 pm - 8:30 pm

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Mauro Pizza
1904 Hollywood Blvd, Ste B (just west of Young Circle), Hollywood, FL 33020
(954) 929-4001

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Doris Italian Market (subs)
2424 Hollywood Blvd (just east of the Library—east of 95); Hollywood, FL 33020
(954) 921-9647; Mon-Sat 9 am - 6 pm; Sun 9 am - 4 pm

10020 Pines Blvd (west of University);Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
(954) 499-0600; Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 7 pm; Sat 8:30 am - 6:30 pm; Sun 8:30 am - 5 pm

2077 N University Dr (north of Atlantic Blvd); Coral Springs, FL 33071
(954) 346-7774; Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 7 pm; Sat 8:30 am - 6:30 pm; Sun 8:30 am - 5 pm

9101 Lakeridge Blvd (Yamato, east of 441; west of Lyons); Boca Raton, FL 33496
(561) 482-0770; Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 7 pm; Sat 8:30 am - 6:30 pm; Sun 8:30 am - 5 pm

Sicilian’s Frozen Custard
5917 Hollywood Blvd (just east of 441); Hollywood, FL 33021
(954) 985-8050; Mon-Thu, Sun 11 am - 10 pm; Fri-Sat 11 am - 11 pm

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Noor’s Bakery (Middle-Eastern)
4691 Ravenswood Rd; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 986-1944; Tue-Fri 9 am - 5 pm; Sat-Sun 9 am - 4 pm

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Catfish Dewey’s (early bird 4pm-6pm)
4003 N Andrews Ave (north of Oakland Park Blvd-east of 95d); Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
(954) 566-5333; Mon-Sun 11:30 am - 10 pm

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Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza
2203 S Federal Hwy (south of Davie Blvd; north of 595); Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 462-5555; Mon-Sat 11:30 am - 10 pm; Sun 12 pm - 10 pm

11037 Pines Blvd # 430 (just east of Hiatus); Pembroke Pines, FL
(954) 443-6610 Sun - Thu 11:30am - 10pm; Fri & Sat 11:30am - 11pm

17901 Biscayne Blvd (south of Ives Dairy Road), Aventura, FL 33160
(305) 830-2625; every day: 11:30am – 10pm

My Market & Deli (sandwiches)
229 SW 17th St (west of US1); Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
(954) 764-5253; Mon-Fri 7 am - 6 pm; Sat 8 am - 5 pm; Sun 8 am - 4 pm

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Primanti Brothers (sandwich and pizza)
901 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd (just south of Sunrise); Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 565-0605; open 24 hours

516 E Oakland Park Blvd (halfway between 95 and US1); Oakland Park, FL 33334
(954) 565-7100; Mon-Wed, Sun 11 am - 10:30 pm; Thu-Sat 11 am - 11 pm

2019 N University Dr (just north of Sunrise); Sunrise, FL 33322
(954) 578-3900

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Bravo! Gourmet Sandwich (Peruvian sandwiches)
2925 NE 6th Ave (south of Oakland Park; east of Andrew); Wilton Manors, FL 33334
(954) 533-4350; Mon 10am-6pm; Tue-Thu 10am-9 pm; Fri-Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 9:30am-8 pm

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La Spada’s Hoagies
1495-D SE 17th St (east of US1); Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 522-3483; Mon-Sun 10 am - 8 pm

2645 S University Dr (south of 595; north of Griffin); Davie, FL 33328
(954) 476-1099; Mon-Sat 10 am - 8 pm; Sun 11 am - 8 pm

4346 Seagrape Dr (just south of Commercial; just west of A1A); Lauderdale by Sea, FL 33308
(954) 776-7893; Mon-Sat 10 am - 8 pm; Sun 11 am - 8 pm

2240 NW 19th St (just S of Glades, W of 95—S on Renaissance Way); Boca Raton, FL 33431
(561) 393-1434

7893 W Sample Rd (east of University; west of Rock Island); Coral Springs, FL 33065
(954) 345-8833

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Joy’s Roti Delight (Caribbean “pita sandwich”)
1235 N State Rd 7 (just north of Sunrise Blvd); Lauderhill, FL 33313
(954) 587-7700; Mon-Sun 10 am - 9 pm

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Calypso Restaurant & Raw Bar (Caribbean food; key lime pie)
460 S Cypress Rd; Pompano Beach, FL 33074
(954) 942-1633; Mon-Fri 11 am - 10 pm

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Shake Shack
1111 Lincoln Rd (just south of 17th St; just east of Alton); Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 434-7787; Mon-Thu, Sun 11:30 am - 11 pm; Fri-Sat 11:30 am - 12 am

1450 S Dixie Hwy (just east of SW 57th Ave); Coral Gables, FL 33146
(786) 470-3701; Mon-Thu, Sun 11 am - 11 pm; Fri-Sat 11 am - 12 am

University Commons; 1400 Glades Rd (just east of 95); Boca Raton, FL 33431
(561) 923-0847; Mon-Sun 11 am - 11 pm

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El Rey de Las Fritas (Cuban Hamburger)
1821 SW 8th St; Miami, FL 33135
(305) 644-6054; Mon-Sat 8 am - 10:30 pm

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Versailles (Cuban food)
3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135
(305) 444-0240; Thu 8 am – 1 am

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Georgia Pig Barbecue & Restaurant
1285 S State Rd 7 (just south of Davie Blvd); Davie, FL 33317
(954) 587-4420; Mon-Thu 6 am - 8 pm; Fri 6 am - 9 pm; Sat 6 am - 6 pm

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Tom Jenkins
1236 S Federal Hwy (south of Davie Blvd); Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 522-5046; Tue-Thu 11 am - 8:30 pm; Fri-Sat 11 am - 10 pm

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----Every Monday Night at Young Circle from 5:30-9:30pm: Twenty-Five Food Trucks

Ricky's Fish Tacos New Truck Returns to Virgil Ave. & Serving Daily!

Is he ONLY at the Virgil location now or is he also at the Chinatown location still?

Dec 16, 2013
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Lebanese Kebab Recommendations in LA?

Carousel Restaurant in either Glendale or Hollywood (the one is Glendale is much nicer; but the food at the Hollywood one is very good even though the place itself is nothing to look at).

Get it with the yogurt sauce...

Oct 23, 2013
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Jarred piquillo peppers?

I have bought them at Whole Foods and Bristol Farms in the past.

Mar 06, 2013
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See What's New on Chowhound

Overall, the changes are fine. BUT, the huge downside of the font being so big is that now, you can't see many topics at once. I used to pretty much be able to see all the topics on a board at an instant. Now, I have to scroll to see all the different topics. It just feels like it is really ZOOMED IN!!! All the changes would be fine if you just make the font a dash smaller...

Dec 17, 2012
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It's-It now in grocery stores!

Yeah, they've had It's-Its at Ralphs for more than a year now...

Sep 15, 2012
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One Day Food Tour?

I recommend you attack one section of this map I made. It is almost entirely cheap eats-type places where you don't need to sit down and where pretty much everything is around $5 to $10.

And here are the results of going to these places:

Jul 15, 2012
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Homemade ice cream on the Westside

My house...


Jul 13, 2012
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french for extra credit

Le Dijonaise in Culver City is very reasonable French and they have most of the classics...

Jul 11, 2012
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Fav/Best Snow Shaved Ice in Los Angeles?

Brian's Shaved Ice on Sawtelle

Jul 02, 2012
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Orange County Cheap Eats Food Tour--The Aftermath...

So, thank you to everybody that gave suggestions for the OC Cheap Eats Food Tour. We just completed it yesterday.

Unlike the LA Food Tour, which was 3 days (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/848063), we only had 1 day for this one. From 10:30am until about 6pm, we had 4 people, and then 2 people had to leave, so my brother and I finished the rest of the tour of on our own (going to about midnight). Overall, we hit 24 different places!!

The favorites were definitely the Banh Mi at Banh Mi Cho Chu and the chocolate cake shake at Portillos. Without a doubt, a lot of the unique Vietnamese dishes were a lot of fun to try but were just missing something to make them really great (and, FYI, 2 of the people on the food tour were Asian-American and everyone, including them, was in basic agreement on most of the scores).

The dessert drink at Thach Che Hien Khanh was definitely fun and unique with its combo of coconut milk and all sorts of weird, funky textures and beans and stuff. I didn't really get the Marble Taro bread at 85C (it was just too floury and bland and starchy) while some of the other breads there, which had more butter and eggs in 'em, were pretty good.

And, yes, I am embarrassed to say that my family does like crappy fast food too so we checked out the Doritos Locos taco (which none of us had tried before) and also made a stop at Sonic for shakes (kind of a tradition we have on food tours).

There were also places we would have tried but they were closed on Sunday or they were just too far out of the way to make it worth going to with our limited time.

Also, a big shout out to Sanjeev Gupta, the owner of Traditions, the Indian restaurant in Tustin. He was a super nice dude and their flatbread that we tried was really unique and tasty.

At the end of the night, someone told us about M&M donuts in Anaheim, which we had not heard of. So, we went to check out their famous warm blueberry donuts (and the place is only open from 11pm until about noon--yes, that's right). The place is insane. We stood in line for 25 minutes and it literally did not move. Literally no one got served. And then it started to move slowly. After another 15 minutes or so, we got our blueberry donuts. While similar to Krispy Kreme in that they were glazed and warm, these were cake donuts rather than yeast-raised donuts and had a really crispy, crusty exterior which were good. The donuts were good, but the place is insane in that they can't increase the capacity (there are only 2 people in the shop and they are this busy every night, which would probably lead a normal business person to add another worker or something). So, can I advocate you go? No. But the donuts were good.

With regards to the scores, they are just based on taste and how much the dish was enjoyed and whether you'd wanna eat it again. Atmosphere, authenticity, presentation and things like that were not taken into account.

ORANGE COUNTY FOOD TOUR (in the order in which we tried them)-
July 1, 2012
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/kREl

Moscow Deli (Odessa Sandwich)-

Ngu Binh Restaurant (banh it kep banh ram [deep fried savory mochi ball]


Brodard (Nem Nuong Cuon [pork spring roll])

Thach Che Hien Khanh (che bam au [Vietnamese dessert drink])

Banh Mi Cho Chu (BBQ combination banh mi [Vietnamese sandwich])

New Duc Huong (Nuco Mia [kumquat sugarcane drink)

Quan Hy (bahn beo [steamed rice cake topped with shrimp and caramelized shallots])

Banh Mi So 1 (Banh Tieu [fried crusty sesame bread])

Huong Giang (spicy “pork hash” wrapped in banana leaf—50 cents)

Los Chilangos (barbacao [goat] taco & pambazo [chile-soaked sandwich])

Portillo’s (chocolate cake shake; Italian beef with hot and sweet peppers & extra jus on the side)

Natural (corn cup [w/mayonnaise, butter, sour cream, mozzarella, parmesan]; chamoyada [mango shake w/salty, sour, chile syrup & chile tamarind straw])

Joe’s Italian Ice [“bada bing cherry” Italian ice w/ fresh cherry pieces]

Alebrije’s Grill [bright pink food truck] (acorazado “battleship” taco [comes w/fresh tortilla, milanesa beef, rice, cactus, avocado, tomato, and cotija cheese]; Mexican coke)

El Borrego Sagrado (Tlacoyo [huarache stuffed with chickpeas])

^Sonic (Batter Blaster Shake with brownie chunks, cookie dough chunks, and chocolate; Tater Tots)

*85ºC Bakery Café (marble taro bread, taro bun, chocolate chip bread)

*A&J Restaurant (spicy wontons)

*101 Noodle Express (beef roll)

*Traditions (Gobi Paratha [flatbread stuffed with masala-spiced cauliflower])

^*Bruxie (Chicken and Waffle Sandwich with Chili Honey, Cider Slaw and real Maple Syrup; custard sample)

^*Taco Bell (supreme Doritos Locos Taco)

^*Flurries (halo-halo "snow ice")

^*M&M Donuts (warm glazed blueberry donut)

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94.1 Portillo’s (chocolate cake shake; Italian beef with hot & sweet peppers)
94.0 Banh Mi Cho Chu (BBQ combination banh mi [Vietnamese sandwich])
92.5 ^*M&M Donuts (warm glazed blueberry donut)
91.3 ^*Taco Bell (supreme Doritos Locos Taco)
87.6 *Traditions (Gobi Paratha [flatbread stuffed with masala-spiced cauliflower])
87.4 ^Sonic (Batter Blaster Shake with Chocolate, Tater Tots)
86.7 Alebrije’s Grill [bright pink food truck] (acorazado “battleship” taco; Mexican coke)
85.3 Brodard (Nem Nuong Cuon [pork spring roll])
85.2 Thach Che Hien Khanh (che bam au [Vietnamese dessert drink])
84.9 *85ºC Bakery Café (marble taro bread, taro bun, chocolate chip bread)
84.6 Natural (corn cup; chamoyada [mango shake w/salty, sour chile syrup])
84.0 *101 Noodle Express (beef roll)
80.9 Los Chilangos (Barbacao [goat] & pambazo [chile-soaked sandwich])
80.7 Banh Mi So 1 (Banh Tieu [fried crusty sesame bread])
80.6 Joe’s Italian Ice [bada bing cherry Italian ice]
80.5 Ngu Binh Restaurant (banh it kep banh ram [deep fried savory mochi ball])
78.3 *A&J Restaurant (spicy wontons)
76.3 El Borrego Sagrado (Tlacoyo [huarache stuffed with chickpeas])
76.0 Moscow Deli (Odessa Sandwich)
75.9 Quan Hy (bahn beo [steamed rice cake with shrimp & caramelized shallots])
70.6 New Duc Huong (Nuco Mia [kumquat sugarcane drink)
70.0 ^*Bruxie (Chicken & Waffle Sandwich)
69.6 Huong Giang (“pork hash”—50 cents)
58.0 ^*Flurries (halo-halo "snow ice")

^ indicates this location was not a scheduled stop on the OC FOOD TOUR
* indicates there were only 2 judges rather than 4

Jul 02, 2012
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Orange County Cheap Eats Food Tour--need suggestions and advice...

So, my brothers and I love going on food tours, where we literally hit 20-25 places a day, just sampling the best item at an individual place. Generally, these places are not sit-down type places (although they can be). And most of the stuff is relatively cheap. What we are not really looking for is expensive dishes at fancy places.

Here is a link to the one we did in Los Angeles County so you can see we're not joking around!!

One of my brothers is gonna be staying in Orange County for work so we are going to do an Orange County Cheap Eats Food Tour. I've already done a great deal of research (largely from looking at OC Weekly's 100 best dishes for the past few years as well as looking at other Chowhound posts).

Please tell me if you have any more suggestions for other places in Orange County. And, also, it really helps if you have a specific item to get at a given place. Please feel free to give opinions on the list I have already created (e.g., if there is a place on there that we don't need to stop at).

Thanks in advance!

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here's a Google map of all the places below: http://goo.gl/maps/kREl

Portillo’s (chocolate cake shake; Italian beef with hot and sweet peppers & extra jus on the side)
8390 La Palma Ave, Buena Park; M-Th, Su 10:30am-11pm, F-Sa 11am-11pm; (714) 220-6400

Los Chilangos (Barbacao de borrego [lamb or goat] & pambazo [chile-soaked sandwich]
)1830 W Lincoln Blvd, Anaheim; M-F 9am-9pm, Sa-Su 8am-9pm; (714) 999-5515

Kareem's Restaurant (falafel)
208 S. Brookhurst St, Anaheim, Su-M 11am-5pm, Tu-Sa 11am-9pm; (714) 778-6829

Natural (corn cup; chamoyada [mango shake with salty, sour apricot syrup, chile powder])
1177 S. State College Blvd, Anaheim; (714) 563-1343

Myung In (Wang Mandoo {Korean meat-filled buns])
8911 Magnolia Blvd. #3 [inside H-Mart grocery store], Garden Grove; everyday 9am-10pm; (714) 638-4099

Neveria Flor de Mexico (paletas, paleta de nuez [walnuts & almond milk])
7151 Katella Ave, Stanton; everyday 12pm-8pm; (714) 761-2813

Pee Wee’s Famous (sweet potato tater tots)
5942 Edinger St. #104, Huntington Beach; M-Sa 11am-8pm, Su 11am-5pm; (714) 846-3100

Ngu Binh Restaurant (banh it kep banh ram, #15 [deep fried savory mochi ball])
14072 Magnolia St., #107, Westminster; Tu-Su 9am-8pm; (714) 903-6000

Banh Mi Cho Chu (banh mi, lemongrass beef)
14520 Magnolia St, Ste B, Westminster; 714) 891-3718

New Duc Huong (Nuco Mia [kumquat sugarcane drink)
9081 Bolsa Ave #104, Westminster; (714) 897-8143

Pho Quang Trung (bun cha haoin [pork noodle soup in papaya sauce])
10072 Westminster Ave., Garden Grove; everyday 8am-9pm; (714) 638-2286
9211 Bolsa Ave, Ste 101-103, Westminster; everyday 8:30am-12am; (714) 891-2800

Thach Che Hien Khanh (che bam au [Vietnamese dessert drink])
9639 Bolsa Ave., Ste. A, Westminster; (714) 839-8143
9784 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove; (714) 537-5105

Banh Mi So 1 (Banh Tieu [fried crusty sesame bread])
9812 Bolsa Ave., Ste. 102, Westminster; (714) 775-8834

Huong Giang (“pork hash”—50 cents)
14564 Brookhurst St, Westminster; (714) 531-4930

Brodard (Nem Nuong Cuon [pork spring roll])
9892 Westminster Ave., Garden Grove, W-M 8am-9pm, closed Tuesday; (714) 530-1744

Dat Thanh (Nem Nuong Cuon [barbecue pork sausage spring rolls])
10032 McFadden St., Westminster; Su-M 10:30am-8pm, Tu, Th-Sa 10:30am-8:30pm; (714) 650-0910.

Xanh Bistro (Goi hoa chuoi [banana blossom salad])
16161 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley; M, W-Su 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-9:30pm; (714) 531-2030

Au Couer De Paris Bakery (pate chaud [sausage-stuffed puff pastry])
9441 Edinger Ave, Westminster, M-Sa 7am-7pm, Su 7am-6pm; (714) 775-8465

Delicias de México (paletas)
13466 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove; (714) 590-0031

Joe’s Italian Ice
12302 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove; M-Th, Su 11am-10pm, F-Sa 11am-11pm; (714) 750-1076

Los Primos (Tortas Ahogadas [chili-dipped sandwich])
2301 W 5th St, Santa Ana, every day except Tu from 9am-5pm; (714) 488-5609

Bangkok Taste (roti [dessert-style with sweetened condensed milk])
2737 N Grand Ave, Santa Ana; M-F 11am-10pm, Sa 5pm-10pm, Su 12pm-9:30pm; (714) 532-2216

El Borrego Sagrado (Tlacoyo [huarache stuffed with chickpeas])
1307 S Main St, Santa Ana; (714) 836-7501

Kim Huong Vietnamese & Chinese Restaurant (bun rieu [tomato-y Vietnamese noodle soup])
17311 McFadden Ave # B, Tustin; M-Sa 10am-6pm; (714) 838-6651

Rollie's Bakery (saltena [empanada])
14071 Newport Ave., Tustin, Tu-Sun 8am-8pm; (714) 669-8300

Cream Pan (korokke pan [potato croquette sandwich]; strawberry croissant)
602 El Camino Real, Tustin; Tu-Su 6am-4pm; (714) 665-8239

Traditions (Gobi Paratha [flatbread stuffed with masala-spiced cauliflower])
14131 Red Hill Av., Tustin; Tu-F 11am-2:30pm, Tu-Sun 5pm-10pm, Sa-Su 12pm-3pm; (714) 508-5959

Blackmarket Bakery (garlic artichoke croissant)
17941 Sky Park Cir, Irvine; Tu-Fr 8am-4pm; Sa 8am-2pm; closed Su; (949) 852-4609

Moscow Deli (Odessa Sandwich)
3015 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa; M-Th 10am-7pm, F-Sa 10am-8pm, Su 10am-4pm; (714) 546-3354

Layer Cake Bakery (almond croissant)
4250 Barranca Pkwy, Ste 1, Irvine; M-F 7am-7pm, Sa 8am-5pm, Su 8am-3pm; (949) 786-0223

J.J. Bakery (Taiwanese bakery: pork chop bun, taro toast, )
15333 Culver Dr., Irvine, everyday 8am-9pm; (949) 653-1678

A&J Restaurant (spicy wontons)
14805 Jeffrey Rd, Ste D, Irvine; M-F 11:30am-9pm, Sa-Su 10am-9pm; (949) 786-3585

101 Noodle Express (beef roll)
5408 Walnut Ave, Irvine; everyday 11am-10pm; (949) 654-8542

Strickland’s (ice cream)
4523 Campus Dr, Irvine; everyday 12pm-10pm; (949) 387-9955

A Market and Restaurant (anti-pasto sandwich [Italian sub])
3334 Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach; M-F 11am-10pm, Sa-Su 5pm-10pm; (949) 650-6505

Chili Chutney (mantu [Afghan ravioli)
24301 Muirlands Blvd, Ste A, Lake Forest; T-Sa 11am-9pm; Su 11am-8pm; (949) 859-1778

TK Burgers (cheeseburger)
110 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach; M-Th 10am-8:30pm, F-Sa 10am-9pm; (714) 960-3238

Surfin Chicken (Italian-y grilled chicken)
71 Via Pico Plz, San Clemente; M-Sa 11am-9pm, closed Su; (949) 498-6603

Sophy's Thai and Cambodian (Cambodian beef jerky)
3240 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach; everyday 9am-10pm; (562) 494-1763

Jun 22, 2012
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Detroit Cheap Eats Food Tour--need suggestions and advice...

Well, speak of the devil.

And this one I pretty much had to do solo...

NYC Food Gluttony Tour:

Jun 21, 2012
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Detroit Cheap Eats Food Tour--need suggestions and advice...

So, my brothers and I love going on food tours, where we literally hit 20-25 places a day, just sampling the best item at an individual place. Generally, these places are not sit-down type places (although they can be). And most of the stuff is relatively cheap. What we are not really looking for is expensive dishes at fancy places.

Here is an example of one we did in LA so you can see we're not joking around!!

One of my brothers is gonna be in Detroit for a few weeks for work so some of us are going to visit him and do a Detroit Food Tour. I've already done a great deal of research (in large part, looking at other Chowhound posts).

So, please tell me if you have any more suggestions for other places. We definitely like to hit things unique to the Detroit area. And, also, it really helps if you have a specific item to get at a given place Please feel free to give opinions on the list I have already created (e.g., if there is a place on there that we don't need to stop at).

(and, yes, I have things like Sonic and Culver's on there because we really like some ice cream shakes to break things up!!).

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Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/VTpV

Lafayette Coney Island (chili dog, loose burger, and chili cheese fries
)118 West Lafayette Boulevard, Detroit; open 7:30am to 4:30am; (313) 964-8198

American Coney Island (chili dog)
114 West Lafayette Boulevard, Detroit; open 9am to 9pm; (313) 961-7758

Motz’s Burger (sliders)
7216 West Fort Street, Detroit; M-F 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, closed Sunday; (313) 843-9186

Buddy's Rendezvous Pizzeria (square pizza)
17125 Conant Street, Detroit; (313) 892-9001; M-Th 11am-10pm; F 11am-11pm; Sat 12pm-11pm; Sun 1pm-9pm; (313) 892-9001

Niki's Pizzeria (square pizza with feta)
735 Beaubien Street, Detroit; 313-961-4304;

Supino’s (thin-crust pizza)
2457 Russell St, Detroit; Tu-Th 11am-8:30pm; Fr-Sat 11am-10pm

Eastern Market (Saturday morning market)
2934 Russell St, Detroit; Tu 11am-7pm, Sa 5am-5pm; (313) 833-9300

Mike’s Famous Ham Place (ham sandwich)
3700 Michigan Ave, Detroit; M-Sat 7am-3 pm; (313) 894-6922

Golden Fleece Restaurant (gyro)
525 Monroe Street, Detroit; M-Th, Sun 11am-1am, Fr-Sat 11am-3pm??; (313) 962-7093

Good People Popcorn
633 Beaubien, Detroit; M-Th 11:30am-5:30pm, F 11:30am-7pm; (313) 963-2499

Taqueria Lupita (tacos)
3443 Bagley St, Detroit; M-Th 9am-10pm, Fr-Su 9am-11pm; (313) 843-1105

Slow’s BBQ (triple threat pork sandwich [bacon, pulled pork, and ham])
2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit; M & Sun 11am-10pm, Tu-Th 11am-11pm, F-Sat 11am-12am; (313) 962-9828

Chicken Shack (broasted chicken)
1871 Dix Hwy, Lincoln Park; Su-Th 10:30am-10:30pm, F-Sa 10:30am-11pm; (313) 383-9500
11401 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck; Su-Th 11-10, F-Sa 11am-11pm; (313) 365-1400
14630 Mack Ave, Detroit; Su-Th 11am-10pm, F-Sa 11am-11pm; (313) 821-9200
19795 Mack Ave, Grosse Pte Woods; Su-Th 11am-10pm, F-Sa 11am-10:30pm; (313) 886-6060

Sander’s Chocolates (bumpy cake and hot fudge sundae)
Livonia Sanders Candy & Dessert Shop, 37702 Six Mil, Livonia; (734) 591-2147
12 Oaks Sanders Candy & Dessert Shop, 27678 Novi Rd., Novi; (248) 344-2987
Grosse Pointe Sanders Candy & Dessert Shop, 16837 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe; (313) 882-4966

Polish Village Café (Polish sampler, dill pickle soup)
2990 Yemans St, Hamtramck; M-W 11am-9pm; Th-Sat 11am-11pm; Su 12pm-8pm; (313) 874-5726

New Palace Bakery (raspberry paczki [Polish filled doughnut]
9833 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck; 313-875-1334

Sheeba Restaurant (Yemeni stews)
8752 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck; open everyday 7am to 11pm; (313) 874-0299

Polonia (Polish food)
2934 Yemans St, Hamtramck; M-Th 11am-8pm, Fr-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 1pm-7pm; (313) 873-8432

Marcus Hamburgers (tube-shaped hamburger)
6349 E McNichols Rd, Hamtramck; (313) 891-6170

Al-Ameer (Middle Eastern food—stuffed lamb)
12710 W Warren Ave, Dearborn; everyday 10am-12am; (313) 582-8185

Roma Bakery (pepperoni roll; Middle-Eastern pastries)
6412 Schaefer Road, Dearborn; everyday 6am-5pm; (313) 581-5000

New Yasmeen Bakery (cheese bread + spinach pie and meat pie [Middle Eastern])
13900 W Warren Ave, Dearborn; M-Sat 5:30am-10pm, Sun 5:30am-9pm

Cedarland Restaurant (lentil soup, Middle Eastern food—big portions)
13007 West Warren Avenue, Dearborn; everyday 9am-12am; (313) 582-4849

Miller’s Bar (“ground round” burger)
23700 Michigan Ave, Dearborn; M-Sat 10am-2am; (313) 565-2577

Greene’s Hamburgers (slider)
24155 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington; 248-474-7980

Tomatoes Apizza (thin-crust pepperoni pizza)
29275 14 Mile Road, Farmington Hills; M-Th 11am-10pm, F-Sat 11am-4pm, Sun 1pm-10pm; (248)-855 3555

Ritter’s Frozen Custard
31227 8 Mile Rd, Livonia; Sun-Th 11am-10pm, F-Sat 11am-11pm; (248) 476-4571

Loui's Pizza (square pizza)
23141 Dequindre Road, Hazel Park; W-Th 11am-10pm, F 11am-11pm, Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-1pm; (248) 547-1711

Ronin (hoisin-glazed baby back ribs)
326 West 4th Street, Royal Oak; Sun-M 5pm-10pm, T-F 5pm-11pm, Sa 5pm-3am; (248) 546-0888

Zingerman’s Deli (sandwiches)
422 Detroit St, Ann Arbor; everyday 7am-10pm; (734) 663-3354

The Original Cottage Inn (pizza)
512 E. William, Ann Arbor; M-W 11am-11pm, Th-Sat 11am-12pm, Sun 12pm-10pm; (734) 663-3379

Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger (burger [long wait & “mean” service])
551 South Division Street, Ann Arbor; M-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 12pm-8pm; (734) 663-4590

PizzaPalis (Chicago-style deep dish pizza)
553 Monroe Street Detroit; (313) 961-8020
22022 Michigan Ave. Suite B, Dearborn; 313-724-7722
3171 E. Jefferson Detroit; 313-259-7272
23703 Greenfield Southfield; 248-552-7272

Union Woodshop (barbecue)
8 South Main Street, Clarkston; M-Th 4pm-10pm, F 4pm-11pm ,Sa 12pm-11pm, Su 12pm-9pm; (248) 625-5660

Culver’s (butter burger, concretes)
11001 Belleville Road, Belleville; (734) 699-6100
14800 Racho Road, Taylor; (734) 287-3147
6500 North Newburgh Road, Westland; (734) 595-1883
700 W 12 Mile Rd, Madison Heights; (248) 546-5300

Sonic (ice cream and shakes)
16270 Fort Street, Southgate
7725 North Wayne Road, Westland
305 West Eleven Mile Road, Royal Oak

Bob Jo’s Frozen Custard
4071 Fort St, Wyandotte; everyday 10:30am-11:30am; (734) 282-6818

Jun 20, 2012
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Loved the food at Hatfields, BUT....

uhhh... yeah. With all due respect, susiequeue, based on your description, it sounds like you are the one "in the wrong" to be upset about most of this stuff.

It's pretty darn standard for the server to say "these are compliments of the chef" when they bring out the amuse bouches. In fact, pretty much every time I've been served amuse bouches, that is what they say. On what basis would that be insulting?

With regards to the dessert selections, one reason you go out to upscale places is to try something different. I'm not saying whether that dish would be good, and trust me, in general I like old-fashioned desserts (e.g., a good ol' hot fudge sundae) more than esoteric restaurant desserts but the attitude with which you describe the desserts makes you seem a little... sheltered or something. If you went to Denny's and they had that, then yeah, that would be weird. But at an upscale restaurant, you can't be surprised by the fact that the pastry chef is trying something different. Once again, it might not be good, but your disgust at it seems to make you seem provincial (and, sometimes you can be surprised--I just ate at Del Posto in New York where I got a dessert with celery sorbet, figs, and goat cheese, and it actually was totally delicious!!)

I'll grant you the one about the salmon. If you asked him to describe the dish, then, yes, he should explain how it is prepared rather than actually describing the fish itself (unless it is a more unknown fish). But once again, you could just say, "no, I meant describe the dish itself, not the salmon," laugh it off, and move on, rather than feel personally slighted...

Jun 18, 2012
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Traveling between West L.A. and Anaheim Sat/Sun, need recs for quick, great eats on the way to/fro!

And make sure to get a chocolate cake shake!

Jun 10, 2012
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Tourist Chowhound Food Crawl

May 22, 2012
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LA Cheap Eats Food Tour--The Aftermath...

Yeah, Porto's was no fluke. Now, it should be noted, that while in the past I have had plenty of stuff at Porto's and it's always good, not everything is the best. The cookies and brownies and stuff are fine but nothing particularly great or worth getting excited over. But when you get the particular items we had (cheese roll, guava cheese strudel, and maybe the coconut strudel), they truly are done to perfection. The texture of the pastry is just perfect. And it's pretty consistent since they are just constantly making them fresh because they have so many people going through there. And then the medianoche sandwich is always tasty as well. On top of all this, everything is totally reasonably priced...

May 08, 2012
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LA Cheap Eats Food Tour--The Aftermath...

This was the Roscoe's at Pico/La Brea. Honestly, you basically are right in that the chicken is not the best fried chicken and the waffles aren't particularly good on their own. But, somehow, when you put it all together, the chicken, the waffles, the butter, and the corn-syrup-y maple syrup, there just is something good and satisfying about it. The sum really is greater than its parts...

May 08, 2012
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LA Cheap Eats Food Tour--The Aftermath...

Certainly a reasonable-seeming idea but the only problem is sometimes people have never had the item in question (like one guy had never had boba before). And, of course, it can work the other way as well (everyone but me had never had real "ramen" before besides store-bought, but they all ended up loving that). So, it is very hard to just subtract someone's score out because they didn't like it (for whatever irrational reason).

May 07, 2012
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LA Cheap Eats Food Tour--The Aftermath...

And, also, it should be noted that some things really split people. For me and another guy who really like boba, the bobas at China Express got pretty good scores (90 and 82). But two of the other guys just don't like bobas in general and as a result gave it a (55 and 60).

Similarly, with the Jack in the Box bacon shake (no longer on the menu, but I had some stored up for this occasion), another guy and I liked it and gave it 86 and 89. But then the other two guys didn't like it at all and gave it a 14 and 37.

But that's just the nature of this stuff. As a result, something with a medium score might have something really good that some people would like a lot but others wouldn't.

Also, with regards to the scoring, here's a general guide:

100-80 is very good
80-60 is good
60-40 is average/meh
40-20 is not too good
20-0 is pretty disgusting/inedible

May 07, 2012
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LA Cheap Eats Food Tour--The Aftermath...

exactly. The *** places are ones that I personally really liked (before we went on the tour). Most of them got really high scores but sometimes the other guys did like them but just didn't totally love them. And, then at some places (like Langer's and El Atacor), what we got didn't live up to what I had had in the past (just an off day or something).

May 07, 2012
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LA Cheap Eats Food Tour--The Aftermath...

Alright, I was worried the formatting wouldn't translate, but i guess it'll work.

Here are the scores. Now, for a little explanation, the scoring is just for the food. Each participant gave each stop one score (even if we had multiple items of food at one stop). Then we averaged the scores.

The score is basically for taste but it also is for things like uniqueness as well as desire to come back and have the food again. Basically, the score means how much do I really crave this food. Ambiance was not included in the score.

I wouldn't take these scores as truly definitive of anything. Sometimes one item we had at a place was really good and another item was just okay, so even though we would really recommend a particular item, the overall score for the place got a lower score because of the other item.

Similarly, some people sometimes gave a really funky score that would throw off the average of all the other scores. Like one guy (irrationally) hates any meat cooked with wine (things like beef bourguignon) so he did not like the poutine at Animal (which is topped with something similar) and gave it a 24, while the rest of us gave it a 99, 98, and 87. Now, he was being honest and the score reflected his taste. He just really didn't like it (but he was not saying it was badly prepared or anything--it just wasn't to his taste). But, as a result, the poutine got a much lower score than it "should."

Anyhoot, so take all this with a grain of salt, but here are the scores.

95.0 ***Dino’s Chicken and Burgers ($5.50 half-grilled chicken + French fry plate)
94.9 ***Porto’s (cheese roll, guava cheese strudel, coconut strudel, medianoche sandwich with pickles)
94.7 ***Ricky’s Fish Taco’s (fish and shrimp tacos + hibiscus drink)
94.2 Baklava Factory (baklava)
93.6 ***Zankou (tarna [chicken schwarma] sandwich, extra-crispy bread with extra garlic sauce and mutabbal [baba ghanoush] with extra-crispy bread)
93.6 Kogi BBQ Truck (2 Korean short rib tacos)
93.3 Auntie Em’s Kitchen (red velvet cupcake)
93.0 ***Big Mista BBQ (brisket, pulled pork, pig candy [caramelized and smoked bacon])
92.8 Mexicali Taco & Co. (vampiro taco [quesadilla-like with garlic sauce] & cachetada [tostada])
92.3 Papa Cristo’s (gyro sandwich and baklava + chocolate baklava)
91.3 Bouchon Bakery (kouign-amann [caramelized buttery pastry])
90.2 ***Father’s Office (burger)
89.8 Pazzo Gelato (hazelnut chip, salted caramel, and banana pudding raspberry gelato)
89.5 Crazy Fish (Kinta Sushi Roll)
88.8 Brian’s Shaved Ice (1/2 Passion/Orange/Guava, 1/2 Pina Colada shaved ice filled w/Macadamia Nut Ice Cream topped w/Sweetened Condensed Milk & Li Hing Mui Powder)
88.8 ***Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine (falafel)
88.3 The Trails (pear walnut scone, lavender vanilla shortbread cookie, apple pie)
88.3 Jack in the Box (large strawberry Oreo ice cream shake)
88.0 Bay Cities Italian Deli (Large Godmother Sandwich—1/2 mild peppers, 1/2 hot peppers)
87.8 Santouka [Mitsuwa Marketplace] (#7 Special Pork Ramen)
87.5 ^^^The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. (toasted marble bagel with cream cheese)
87.3 Churro Borough of Los Angeles (churro ice cream sandwich with vanilla custard and churro ice cream sandwich with mexican chocolate ice cream)
87.2 ***El Taurino (al pastor & carne asada tacos)
86.5 The Counter (Caramel Apple Crumble Shake)
86.0 Umami Burger (Umami Burger and Manly Burger)
85.8 Skooby’s (barbecue-spiced Fries with Red Pepper Aioli)
85.5 Jack in the Box (Large Java Cookie Shake with extra coffee syrup and extra Oreo cookies)
85.5 ***El Chato Taco Truck (2 al pastor tacos, 1 carne asada taco, and 1 chorizo taco + horchata)
85.3 Dolce Monachelli (Italian butter rum bundt cake)
85.0 In ‘N’ Out (1 cheeseburger and 1 cheeseburger with extra grilled onions)
84.8 Blockheads Shavery Co. (Strawberry Snow Cream w/Fresh Strawberries, Almond Jelly, & Sweetened Condensed Milk)
84.5 ***Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n’ Waffles (1/2 fried chicken and 2 waffles)
84.5 Pie Hole (Mexican hot chocolate pie)
83.8 Coolhaus (Molten Chocolate Cake Ice Cream Sandwich with Oatmeal Raisin Cookies)
83.8 Fatburger (1/2 pound burger and strawberry/banana Oreo shake)
83.0 Zankou (soujouk [Armenian sausage] sandwich)
82.8 Primo's Donuts (buttermilk bar, maple donut, crumb donut)
81.8 ***Cemita Truck AKA Angelica Food Truck (milanese cemita [Mexican sandwich] with papalo)
81.0 ***Sapp Coffee Shop (Thai boat noodles)
81.0 101 Coffee Shop (Waffle Brownie Sundae)
80.5 Oinkster (ube shake)
79.1 Phillipe’s (lamb or beef French dip with blue cheese, double-dipped)
78.3 Bhan Kanom Thai (taro corn fritter and grilled coconut sticky rice stuffed with banana)
77.0 Animal (Poutine with Oxtail Gravy and Cheddar)
75.5 Wurstküche (Rabbit, Veal, & Pork Sausage and Rattlesnake & Rabbit Sausage)
72.5 ^^^Farmer’s Market at the Americana (Three Berry Agua Fresca)
72.3 Spudnuts (apple fritter, maple sour cream donut)
71.8 China Express (taro boba and mango boba)
71.0 Cacao Mexicatessen (duck carnitas + horchata)
69.1 The Foundry (Grilled Cheese with Tallegio, Raisin Bread, Apricot Puree and Short Ribs)
69.0 Mikawaya (mochi ice cream)
68.1 Berlin Currywurst (paprikawurst with Jambalaya Level 2 sauce)
65.3 Huckleberry Bakery & Café (Maple Bacon Biscuit)
65.0 Street (Kaya Toast)
64.8 My Taco (barbacoa de borrego lamb tacos)
64.3 Huarache Azteca (huarache [flat, hard taco] with al pastor + pineapple agua fresca)
64.0 Diddy Reese (Espresso Chip Ice Cream Sandwich with White Chocolate Macadamia & Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies)
62.5 Mitsuri Cake (red bean cake [imagawayaki]
61.3 La Estrella Tacos Truck (carnitas & cabeza taco + grapefruit drink)
59.8 Milk (nutella ice cream bar and Banana Peanut Malt [banana dulce de leche ice cream, malted milk, and roasted peanuts])
57.5 Oki’s-Dog (Oki Dog: two hot dogs on a flour tortilla, covered with chili and pastrami)
56.5 Jack in the Box (bacon shake—stored in my freezer from a few months earlier)
56.0 Bob's Coffee and Donuts (glazed donut)
55.3 ***Langer’s Deli (1/4 pound pastrami)
53.3 Flavors of Belize (chirmole soup AKA Black Soup of Death)
53.0 Cha Cha Chicken (Coconut Fried Chicken)
50.5 Frances Bakery & Coffee (souffle cheesecake)
50.3 Randy’s Donuts (buttermilk bar and jelly donut)
48.5 Hot Dog on a Stick (Hot Dog on a Stick & Mango Lemonade)
44.5 Olvera Street (champurrado—Mexican hot chocolate-type drink)
41.5 Mush Bakery (lahmajun [Armenian pizza] and za’atar flatbread)
37.4 Mateo’s Ice Cream & Fruit Bars (Mango Chili and Mamey Zapote Paletas)
37.0 ^^^Beard Papa (Green Tea-Filled Cream Puff with Cookie Crust)
36.5 ***El Atacor #11 (crispy potato tacos)
35.0 Hamada-ya Bakery [Mitsuwa Marketplace] (chicken curry doughnut)

^^^Rocket Fizz (Bacon Soda & Grapefruit Soda)
Galco's Soda Pop Shop (honey cream soda)
Grand Central Market (tamarind candy)

*** indicates one of my absolute favorite places
^^^ indicates this location was not a scheduled stop on the LA FOOD TOUR

May 07, 2012
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