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Good value in downtown Media

Looking for good dinner options at $15 or less per person, within walking distance of State St. Any cuisine is acceptable. Thanks!

Jan 09, 2008
sbudick in Pennsylvania

Salmon caviar?

I'm new to the Philadelphia area. Can anyone point me towards a source for cheap salmon caviar open today (Sunday) or tomorrow (New Year's Eve)?

Dec 30, 2007
sbudick in Pennsylvania

Bindi in Philadelphia

Could you tell us where this restaurant is?

Dec 18, 2007
sbudick in Pennsylvania

Antigua Bread in Highland Park?

No, it's not in a mini-mall, it's right next to Las Cazuelas at Ave. 57.

Jun 19, 2007
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

Counter Intelligence

Speaking of which, does anyone have the inside dope on when/if an updated edition of this classic will be available?

Jun 13, 2007
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

Antigua Bread in Highland Park?

Not yet. They've had some trouble connecting to the city sewage line and that set them back a few months. The new goal is for a June opening.
BTW, there's also an intriguing cafe type space right across Fig. that's looked set to open for a few weeks now. No sign up last time I checked, but looked tres chichi for Highland Parque.

May 17, 2007
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

Help in Highland Park!

Next door to each other at Ave. 57 & Figueroa are Pupuseria La Arca & Folliero's. La Arca has some great, stick to your ribs, basic Salvadorean cooking. I've never seen another gringo there besides myself, I think it's badly overlooked by chow types. Folliero's is pretty ok, I find the dough very bready, but it has many fans on this board. The best thing about the place IMHO is the atmosphere, exposed brick and Thelonius Monk, the best place in the area to see a true cross-section of the neighborhood.
Las Cazuelas across the street has good pupusas too.

Another spot rarely mentioned on this board is Mom's tamales on Pasadena Ave. & Ave. 33, which has a nice huevos rancheros/tamale combo for breakfast, and is great enjoyed semi-outdoors on their patio on a sunny weekend morning. Salsas are great and you don't see chicken mole tamales every day.

Feb 20, 2007
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

Pambazo - Tacomiendo and elsewhere

El Huarache Azteca, 5225 York, was serving them from a mobile stand a few months ago, pretty tasty. I don't recall seeing them on the menu at the permanent location, but they may have them there. I had one in Morelia, Michoacan last year, don't know if that's the ancestral home.

Feb 17, 2007
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

Antigua Bread in Highland Park?

I talked to the owner this morning. There's no relationship to Antigua coffee on Huntington. He expects them to open in April with maybe 30% Guatamelan breads and the rest more European style breads and pastries. Looks really promising, could be great for the neighborood.

Feb 06, 2007
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

Antigua Bread in Highland Park?

Anybody know anything about what looks to be a future bakery/cafe at Ave. 57 & Figueroa? They've got a snazzy web site up at antiguabread.com, but no info is provided. Might there be a relation to the antigua coffee house on Huntington?

Jan 31, 2007
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

Apple Cider

Johna's Organic Orchard sells a top notch cider at various area farmers market, including the one in Highland Park on Tuesday nights.

Nov 21, 2006
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

Chiles en Nogadas at La Casita knock your socks off

A key difference being that La Casita prices are perhaps 1/2 of those at Babita and the "gourmet" pretense is completely absent.

Nov 21, 2006
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

Day of the dead

Sorry, just saw your message. You probably have about 20 min! My discovery was a pombazo from Huaraches Azteca, basically a torta roll dipped in their amazing roasted red chile and pregrilled, then stuffed with carne asada etc. I don't think anything can top their huaraches, but the pombazo is a great alternative. I can't remember seeing it on the menu at the restaurant, but I may have missed it.

Oct 30, 2006
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

Day of the dead

I'm about to head out to the event at the Hermon Park, just off the 110, at the Via Marisol exit. I stopped by earlier to look at the altars going up, which look great, and noticed that Huaraches Azteca was setting up a booth, as well as another, small-scale huarache/pupusa operation, the comal was just heating up. There looked to be space for a number of additional vendors, this promises to be a pretty outstanding event.

Oct 30, 2006
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

Highland Park

On Fig. and 56 is Folliero's. Was there last night for the first time in a few months, and while the pizza is as I remember it, fine, thin crust, crust a bit doughy and bland, the place looked great. They've removed a lot of the "Italian pizza place" white/red/green tile from the walls to leave exposed brick, and with Dave Brubeck playing, for real, it almost felt hip! Imagine, in Highland Park. At any rate, the food is fine as always, and super cheap, but go to be at the one restaurant in Highland Park that truly serves a cross-section of the neighborhood, and now, to feel like you're in a downtown loft!

Oct 27, 2006
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

Cinnamon vegetarian restaurant in Highland Park-Its day hath come!

I did try it within a few days of opening, and while my experience wasn't nearly as bad as yours, I wouldn't call it inspiring either. I decided to give it at least another month or two to work out the kinks before trying again to form any kind of comprehensive evaluation (see Oinkster threads for an illustration of the disastrous consequences of expectations). I will say that my meal, soy carnitas and chorizo were about what you would expect from a sort of macrobiotic soy pork plate, take that as you will. The service was confused, but not hostile and certainly within the realm of expectation for a new place, especially realizing that you're in Highland Park here, not Beverly Hills. FWIW, my wife really liked her mushroom soup. Will definitely comment again when I have more data.

Oct 25, 2006
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

your top five cheap restaurants in northeast LA/glendale/pasadena?

I finally made it to Atacor this weekend and was pretty blown away by the potato tacos and chile rellenos (name me another top notch Mexican hole-in-the-wall where you can split two amazing dishes with your vegetarian wife). The potato tacos were smooth as advertized and the red salsa (didn't know to ask for the green, dang) was unique and about as good as they come. The chile rellenos smacked of smoky poblanos and not oily reheated breading, also among the best in LA. All in all, definitely in my new Northeast LA top 5, and the interior looks a lot better after a couple of negro modelos (did I mention they serve beer?). Great discovery ladelfa!

Oct 16, 2006
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

La Casita Mexicana -Recs

I agree that you really can't go wrong. The least inspiring dish I've had is the straight up carne asada plate, but anything involving any of the moles will be outstanding. Many people's favorite are chiles stuffed with picadillo and topped with a crema/pomegranate sauce. Also don't miss the poached guava dessert which is fantastic.

Oct 09, 2006
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

Tepache agua fresca (fermented pineapple) at Huaraches Azteca

I felt the need to report this more out of novelty than pure savoriness, but I think it deserves a mention. Today at Huarches Azteca (5225 York Blvd), among the half dozen homemade, and out of this world, aguas frescas was one I hadn't seen before which was a really beautiful yellow color with reddish brown sediment which was of course stirred well before serving. The waitress told me that it was fermented pineapple, so of course I had to try one (they have regular pineapple as well).

From wikipedia: The tepache is a drink made out of pineapple cortex, some piloncillo or brown sugar and sometimes beer.
It is a drink known since prehispanic times in Mexico [...] Tepache doesn't have a high quantity of alcohol, since it is left to ferment around three days. The alcohol in it comes mostly from the addition of beer, being this the most common way of serving it in Mexico."

And the taste? Well, a lot like you'd imagine slightly fermented pineapple to taste, I can't think of a better description. I didn't detect any alchohol, but maybe if you had 4 or 5... It was good, though not exactly to my taste, I think I'll stick with the melon and regular pineapple, but I still score it a win for Huaraches Azteca, for my money the best antojitos in LA by a longshot (this place drips with unpretentious authenticicity).

Oct 09, 2006
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

Cornmeal crust pizza shell fillings

Mozarella and (preferably) roasted corn kernels (rest ears over the gas flame on your stove until the kernels are slightly charred). After baking, top with chopped cilantro and a few squeezes of lime. (credit for this idea goes to the Cheeseboard in Berkeley, CA)

Sep 21, 2006
sbudick in Home Cooking

Cinnamon vegetarian restaurant in Highland Park-Its day hath come!

The most anticipated resaturant in Highland Park History? The Snakes on a Plane of Latino-vegeto cuisine? Well, the wait is almost over as CVR is apparently opening on Saturday September 23. This place promises to be unique, to say the least (anyone for soy protein carnitas or wheat protein in adobo sauce?). Like I say, promises to be interesting! See you there at 8AM!

http://cinnamonvegetarian.com/index.html

Sep 14, 2006
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

El Metate in Highland Park - Great new Mexican

As far as vegeterian food is concerned, I have seen them making chile rellenos, which are not on the menu, but their availability seems to be hit or miss.

Sep 05, 2006
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

El Metate in Highland Park - Great new Mexican

It's at 5305 N. Figueroa, between Aves. 53 & 54, on the North/West side of the street. It's a tiny place with no sign so it's easy to miss. I've always eaten there around 6-8pm, but according to my friend, the closing hours are somewhat variable. They're probably still working out the demand. They're open for breakfast, but how early I don't know.

Aug 31, 2006
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

La Estrella (pasadena) - review - soooo sad

The La Estrella at Figueroa and Ave. 61 serves the much admired fish tacos though I've never been much of a fan.

Aug 23, 2006
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

Fresh Corn Tortillas - btwn 110/5 & Pasadena??

Antojitos Guerrero on York will sell you tortillas right off the grill at 3/1$

Aug 17, 2006
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

El Metate in Highland Park - Great new Mexican

The waitress is from Morelia (Michoacan), explaining the Mich. connection I guess. This is a description of Morelia enchiladas from http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/d... "The enchiladas Morelia, a treatment from the interior of Mexico, balances crumbly white cheese with an earthy red-chile sauce to excellent effect. A verdant saladlike garnish, including romaine and radish and red onion, gives these enchiladas a refreshing garden effect that is particularly welcome as the heat sets in."
I don't think that they have air-conditioning, though I didn't notice the heat being particularly bad. Neverthless, you might want to wait until this awful heat breaks.

Jul 23, 2006
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

El Metate in Highland Park - Great new Mexican

After driving/walking by this gleaming new hole in the wall many times in the last several months, I finally got it together to visit El Metate at 5305 N. Figueroa. The restaurant is tiny, 2 or 3 small tables and counter seating opposite the grill. While studying the short menu on the wall, I watch the chef dip several tortillas into chile and throw them onto the grill where after bubbling for a few minutes, he filled them with a handful of queso fresco, onion and cilantro and then served them immediately topped with a bit more crumbled cheese and salsa. I've been unable to find enchiladas in LA made this way, as I had them in Michoacan, not baked with heavy layers of cheese, but light and fresh, spending just moments on the grill.
On my second visit I had a delicious asada torta, with perfectly crunchy asada and the tortta roll toasted on the grill.
Finally, yesterday I had my first rubenada, a "sandwhich" of 2 tortillas grilled with buche and melted cheese. The tortillas were wonderfully crunchy and with the homemade beans and excellent roasted chile salsas, I couldn't have asked for a better meal. The agua frescas are homemeade and are good, if not great.
Overall, I couldn't reccomend el Metate more highly for a reminder of true Mexican street food. I think it's far superior to Chico's, the La Fuentes, or any of the other Mexican places on the Figueroa corridor in Highland Park and is much more similar to Huarches Azteca. Furthermore, the staff is extremely friendly and obviously take a lot of pride in their food.

Jul 22, 2006
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

Fresh Duck eggs

A vendor at the Eagle Rock farmers market sells, I think, quail eggs, though they may be duck (probably whichever is more popular in Philippine cuisine).

Jul 15, 2006
sbudick in Los Angeles Area

Robin's Woodfire comes to the Highland Park Farmers' Market

Sorry for the false start today as Robin's didn't show up. They've paid for their stall so hopefully they'll be there next week, but we can't make any guarantees. They'll be grilling ribs, tri-tip, brats and hot dogs along with garlic fries and lemonade. While Robin's didn't show up, we did have a new Korean BBQ vendor today as well a "honey pineapple chicken" vendor. I didn't try either, but the Korean BBQ looked good. For updates on what's available at the market, including a weekly update on all the produce you'll find, check out http://www.its.caltech.edu/~sbudick

Jul 12, 2006
sbudick in Los Angeles Area