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Buttermilk baked chicken sandwich at Lemonade

That sandwich is seriously good and ranks near the top of my sandwich stack ranking. It's a pieced of baked chicken with green tomato, white cheddar, and aioli between a pretzel bun. There's a lot of texture and fresh, bright flavors going on here. Messy to eat but worth the effort to keep things together, particularly when you approach the crusty edges of the bun and get that pronounced pretzel flavor. The accompanying greens (arugula I think) made for a balanced combo. My spouse and I also shared some prepared items--ahi tuna with watermelon radishes, curry cauliflower, and butternut squash with corn nuts. All items were equally flavorful with great textures, especially the squash and corn nuts. My 3-year old devoured his mac and cheese which I sampled and thought was good but not up to my favorite over at Upper West. Nonetheless I'll be back for that sandwich.

Jun 04, 2014
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Fresh figs?

WF has them by the pound on National in Mar Vista. I also saw them at SM Farmers Market (Pico).

Jun 04, 2014
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Mariscos Chente Question

I went to the Centinela location on Friday night and ordered the Pescado Zarandeado with lots of corn tortillas and just went to town with making my own fish tacos. So good! Especially with a few Negra Modelos to wash it all down.

Mar 14, 2011
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Quiet Conversation Restaurants

Josie in Santa Monica. Gratuitous use of fabric throughout both the front and rear dining rooms make for a quiet scene.

Feb 26, 2011
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Playa on Beverly

I went with my wife for Valentine's day and we both loved it. The food was overall outstanding the service was prompt and very friendly. The cocktails (Julian Cox of Rivera was helming the bar) were excellent. Pictures at
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Feb 24, 2011
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California Roll burger from 26 Beach

I recently devoured the colossal California Roll burger from 26 Beach in Venice and I was quite impressed at how all the flavors and textures worked together. The burger came with avocado, real crab meat, ginger, wasabi mayo, lettuce, tomato, Angus 1/2lb patty, and thick-cut fries which were like larger versions of In and Out's fries. I had to eat this burger in fourths while strategically "re-stabbing" the 7" high burger with the skewer so as to avoid the leaning tower of burger from becoming a Hindenburg. A messy albeit delicious lunch experience.

My coworker ordered the Texas Burger with chili and said it was good but that the chili needed more spice, and another coworker ordered the Kobe burger and gave it high praises.

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26 Beach
3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

Oct 22, 2010
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Dinner suggestions for 9/4

I'll be in a similar situation with an early dinner before an 8pm show at The Shubert. We're leaning toward Sushi of Gari 46, which is very close to the theater, and I'm quite sure we can have dinner and be out well in time for our show. I know Aureole also has a pre-theater dinner option for $55.

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Sushi of Gari 46
347 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036

Aug 30, 2010
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Early Le Bernardin dinner before 8pm show at Shubert?

Thanks! I will save Le Bernardin for another night.

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Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Aug 27, 2010
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Early Le Bernardin dinner before 8pm show at Shubert?

I've got tickets to see Memphis at the Shubert Theater for an 8pm performance on a Friday. Le Bernardin is not far from the theater and so I was thinking I could do an early dinner there, maybe 5:30pm, before the show. Do you think I'd have enough time to have an enjoyable dinner and then walk over to the Shubert? Or would I feel rushed to make my 8pm show time? If that's cutting it too close, what are some other great options (maybe Gilt or Marea?) near the Shubert? Thanks!

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Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Aug 26, 2010
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Red Velvet Cake at Los Feliz Costco

Saw them at the Marina Del Rey store...so tempting....almost bought one for dinner.

Mar 23, 2010
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My review of SeoulTown Tapas at BREADBAR

Glad you were able to enjoy the food. Did you see any new dessert items? I heard chef Lee has a new bacon-chocolate roll dessert and I'm hoping to make it out for a 2nd visit to give it a try.

Mar 22, 2010
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Review of Upper West in Santa Monica

Thanks :).I've drive by here occasionally and it's usually a happening place. I'm going back this week to try the burger, and can't wait for them to start brunch.

Mar 22, 2010
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Review of Upper West in Santa Monica

Full write-up with pictures:
http://www.danieleats.com/2010/03/upp...

Summary:
A new restaurant called Upper West has emerged in the place that was formerly the Santa Monica Bar and Grill, located on Pico blvd. almost directly under the 10 freeway overpass. Upper West has an all-new interior, new owners and staff, and a vibrant menu of American fusion dishes. Championing the kitchen is Nick Shipp, who once worked under Wolfgang Puck and was formerly the head chef at Pete's Cafe and Bar near downtown LA. Last Thursday night I decided to round up some coworkers for dinner at drinks to see what Upper West has to offer.

I start off with a $10 specialty drink, the Pepperoncini Martini with Casadores Reposado tequila, pepperoncini tomato juice, Belgium white beer. Strong flavors of tomato and pepper give the drink a tangy and savory profile; think bloody Mary but with no pulp and a thinner consistency. I couldn't taste much from the beer, but the smokiness of the Casadores tequila (of which I have a giant Costco bottle at home) came through beautifully and wasn't overpowering. I loved this; in fact it reminded me of the Blood Sugar Sex Magic at Rivera.

First appetizer is Seared beef carpaccio: Quick seared beef tenderloin, wild arugula salad, basil balsamic dressing, horseradish aioli and extra virgin olive oil. Excellent quality beef is a must for this type of dish to really excel, and these paper thin beef slices were indeed of high quality and seasoned perfectly with the creamy aioli. The arugula cuts into the meatiness while the sheets of Parmesan provide another layer of flavor and texture. Combining the beef with the arugula, Parmesan, and the dressing made for a fantastic mixture of flavors with each bite.

Next appetizer is Braised lamb crepes: Port braised Colorado leg of lamb, crunchy russet potato, madras curry crepes, garlic spinach, Israeli feta and lavender demi. The lamb meat was very tender and plentiful in quantity, and it paired well with the spinach, potato, and salty demi. I felt that the heavy and deep flavors from the lamb and sauce completely masked crepe; in fact the crepe's flavor was mostly lost in this dish, with just some of the crepe's texture being noticeable. A larger crepe would have helped balance the taste, but otherwise this was a great appetizer.

My entree was the BLT: pastrami spiced thick cut Nueske bacon, green tomato, butter lettuce and sweet corn sun-dried tomato aioli on focaccia. Nueske bacon is delicious (the best I've had) and Upper West made sure to fill every bite of the BLT with lots of it. Bright flavors from the butter lettuce and green tomatoes completed the BLT experience while the hearty focaccia held everything in place. The accompanying side of chipotle sweet potato fries was different in that the fries weren't crispy but were soft and even a bit mushy. I enjoyed the flavor but was distracted by the too soft texture.

Others in our group tried the short rib and the burger. I tried a little of the burger and thought it was good, but I'll save final judgment until I get my own.

For dessert my coworker and I shared the Key lime tart with Graham cracker crust, blueberry syrup, basil-coconut sorbet (below). It was good but not memorable. The key lime filling was soft with a nice sweetness to tartness ratio, but the crust was too thick and was actually overcooked in some parts. A slightly softer crust would have for easier scooping of filling and crust with each bite. The basic-coconut sorbet was nice and refreshing, almost acting like a palate cleanser between each bite.

Overall this was a resounding success for all of us; everyone in our group kept raving about the food, the drinks, and the scene throughout the night. By 7pm the place was absolutely bustling with activity and I can only imagine how packed it would be on a Friday or Saturday night. Our waiter was very prompt and polite, and our empty plates and glasses were cleared quickly. A quick check of the Yelp reviews shows that about dozen others are also singing the praises about Upper West. Prices were very reasonable as well, with the beef carpaccio and lamb crepes coming in at $10 each, the BLT at $13 ($1.50 extra for the chipotle fries), and the key lime tart at only $7.

Lastly, the owners mentioned they'll be adding lunch and brunch very soon. I have a strong feeling I'll be making many return visits here. Highly recommended.

Upper West
3321 Pico Blvd
Santa Monca CA
90405

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Upper West
3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Mar 15, 2010
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My review of SeoulTown Tapas at BREADBAR

Thanks! There were some hits and misses but ultimately we enjoyed the food and the experience.

Mar 08, 2010
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My review of SeoulTown Tapas at BREADBAR

Full write-up with lots of pictures:
http://www.danieleats.com/2010/03/seo...

Summary:
A few weeks ago Debbie Lee (Food Network The Next Food Network Start) started her SeoulTown Tapas event at BREADBAR restaurant in West Hollywood to showcase her "Seoulful" cuisine. It's a limited-time pop-up event similar to LudoBites where the chef makes use of a restaurant to showcase his or her dishes. And as it turns out, SeoulTown Tapas is chef Lee's fine tuning of her recipes before she rolls out a restaurant of her very own in the West Hollywood area.

I was quite excited when I heard of this event and so I made a reservation for last Friday night to experience first-hand what chef Lee has in mind for her upcoming restaurant. We walked in around 7pm to a mostly empty restaurant, and a server hands us the menu, categorized into small, medium, and large plates of different prices. Chef Lee walks out from the kitchen to personally greet us and gives us a full run down on all of the menu offerings.

Our group starts off with a few small plates, then moved to the medium and large plates and finally onto desserts. Here is what we enjoyed:

Curry bean hummus, wonton crostini. This was an interesting way to start our night of Korean Tapas. The creamy hummus started off being cool to the palate, then gradually built up a nice heat profile as you downed each spoonful. It paired well with the crostini, though unfortunately some pieces were burnt along the edges.

Korean rice cylinders, maple smoked bacon, jalapeno ponzu. Bacon seems to be omnipresent these days and here it finds itself wrapped around Korean rice cylinders, which are similar to what you'd find in a Korean duk boki dish. The bacon nearly overpowers the mild rice in taste, but the two pair nicely, especially when dipped into the spicy ponzu. An even spicier ponzu would have been great.

Grilled tofu, Japanese eggplant, pimento scallion glaze. As you likely know, tofu and eggplant have such subtle flavors, but here the pimento glaze adds a little smokiness and heat to intensify up those flavors. Fonda and I felt the eggplant was a little firm for our liking, but I'd much rather eat a firmer eggplant than one that's been overcooked to a pile of mush.

Kimchee citrus pork, roasted Fuji apples. The last of our skewered items was a pork and Fuji apple combo. Though the apple was nice and sweet, the pork was slightly overcooked and needed much more flavor. I ended up dipping the pork in the ponzu from the rice cylinder dish to help offset the pork's dryness and bland taste.

Stir fried kimchee, pork, gochujang splash. I love kimchee and simply cannot get enough of this pungent veggie when I'm out eating Korean dishes. Here it's stir fried with pork and this time the pork doesn't disappoint. Gochujang--a Korean red pepper paste--adds a pungent blast of heat to the dish; it's that type of heat that hits you in the back of the throat. This was one of my favorite dishes of the night.

Mama Lee's meatloaf, ground rib eye, soy onion demi, shitake. This was the table favorite and for good reasons; it was tender, moist, and comforting just like a good meatloaf should be. I found the demi to be a little salty but it wasn't a problem once you started mashing your teeth on that beefy, finely-ground rib eye. More shitake mushrooms would have been nice; perhaps we'll see shitakes as a separate side dish sometime soon as they pair very well with the meatloaf.

Chicken meatballs, magnolia berry sauce. Another excellent dish. The chicken meatballs were cooked perfectly and the berry sauce added a hint of sweetness to the savory chicken meat. Think of this dish as a upscale take on the chicken meatballs you'd find at any izakaya. A sprinkling of sesame seeds and scallions adds texture and visual interest, but not much flavor as was probably intended.

Sushi ssam style seafood, ginger rice, Ssamjang, tobiko caviar. Pretty, colorful, and mildly flavored are how I'd describe this dish. It's a little messy to eat, and each bite is mostly dominated in taste by the sharp tobiko. I liked the ginger rice but again the tobiko was so overpowering. The sushi was good, but I would prefer larger cuts (not chopped like above) to add more texture and taste; here the fish is somewhat lost between the romaine and the tobiko.

Sesame flatbread, soy braised pork, pesto, chile tomatoes. Both the pork and the chile tomatoes were excellent, and I especially loved the tenderness of the pork. The stacking of the flatbread, the pesto and the pork made for a nice flavor combination with each bite. I didn't get much in terms of sesame taste, and parts of the flatbread were far too crispy, but otherwise this was a solid choice.

Korean fried chicken with pickled winter vegetables. Our final savory of the night and it was my favorite, though just slightly edging out the insanely good meatloaf. Chef Lee just added this to the menu and I was eagerly anticipating getting my paws on this chicken. It wasn't heavily battered or crispy, but exhibited more of a baked taste and texture which was fine by me. The meat was very juicy, and the glaze and spices on the outside had a nice sweet and savory profile, with just a little heat. Pickled vegetables were provided on the side and played the part of cleansing the palette between bites. This is a must order if you visit SeoulTown Tapas.

Now onto desserts. There were four desserts available for choosing and we did what was most appropriate and ordered all of them.

Sesame donuts, chestnut glaze. These resemble empanadas more so than donuts. The taste was sweet but nothing remarkable; I did enjoy the chestnut glaze and made sure to scoop it all up with the donuts.

Butterscotch profiteroles, chile chocolate cream. Chef Lee's version of a cream puff has a filling of tangy chile-chocolate ice cream and is drizzled with butterscotch sauce. It's a nice pairing of tastes that worked well for me, but eating these puffs with their runny filling proved to be quite messy and I found myself alternating between using a fork and my hands to finish one, and yet part of me wanted to eat one whole (just not in front of guests!). Had the filling been firmer and more contained within the puff pastry then I would have had a better chance of consuming all of the flavors with each bite. I enjoyed but would probably pass for next time.

Fuji apple eggrolls, ginger mascarpone. My favorite of the four desserts was this sweet "egg roll" of crispy dough wrapped around a Fuji apple filling and served with a side of ginger mascarpone for topping. This reminded me of those delicious baked apple pies you can get at McDonald's, but only much more refined. The ginger mascarpone was heavenly and I couldn't resist eating a big dab of it with each bite of the eggroll --a little more ginger taste would have been nice but then I suppose some people would be put off by too strong of a ginger flavor. After finishing the rolls I made sure to spoon every last trace of mascarpone from the little jar.

Grilled Nutella sammie. A grilled sandwich with Nutella filling was our last dessert, and it was just average for us in terms of taste. The bread was a little dry and over-cooked, and I felt the Nutella needed something else to complement its taste. I was hoping for something along the lines of the fluffernutter I had at The Must last year; the bread was softer, chewier and the filling more generous in quantity.

Overall the desserts didn't wow us too much, save for the Fuji apple eggrolls (and my wife wasn't too crazy about those). For future dessert offerings, I'd love to see chef Lee's take on the hotteok (Korean sweet pancake) or perhaps even a house-made Choco Pie (a popular Korean snack item). I can only imaging a house-made Choco Pie with that ginger mascarpone and served with the chile ice cream...drools!

Our total bill for the 10 dishes, 4 desserts and my large Pellegrini came out to just under $120 before tax and tip, which was a great deal when you consider the variety and amount of food we ate, plus the fact that we fully enjoyed our 3 1/2 hour dinner. I loved the small-medium-large plate concept and it made for easy sharing and it certainly sparked conversations amongst us. Service was decent and polite but far from the Michelin-star service you'd get at Providence. Don't come here expecting that level of service, though, because just as with the LudoBites pop-up, you're paying mostly for the food and less for the service and scene. I'm definitely looking forward to chef Lee's restaurant and to seeing what new dishes she brings to her very own restaurant.

SeoulTown Tapas at BREADBAR West Hollywood
8717 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles CA, 90048
(310) 205-0124

Mar 08, 2010
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My DineLA experience at Grace

Porthos, pointone: I think the issue with my boar was that, when my friend and I split the dish, I got a portion that contained too much sauce mixed with the boar. I definitely enjoyed the pieces that had little or no sauce, but the ones that were slathered with sauce were almost ruined. My pumpkin risotto had almost no sea urchin; a definite misfire from the kitchen because after reading other reviews (such as the one above) it was clear that other people got more sea urchin.

Also, Porthos, what did your donut offering contain? Four donuts with ice cream (like mine) or 2 or 3 donuts with apples?

I really enjoyed this place and plan to head back with my better half for two three-course options.

Oct 13, 2009
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My DineLA experience at Grace

Full write-up with pics:
http://www.danieleats.com/2009/10/din...

Summary:

Last week I made a trip to Grace for their DineLA offering. I went on a Wednesday night with five others around 7pm and it was packed, and despite a few of us showing up well past our 6:45 reservation, Grace kept a table for us and seated us around 7:30. The DineLA menu has two price levels for dinner: $44 for three courses or $60 for five courses. Both include one appetizer, one entree, and one dessert, with the five-course option adding in another appetizer and entree. I decided to split a five-course and a three-course meal with my friend Linda, and looking back I now realize that it was a ridiculous amount of food. We both have monstrous appetites but two-three course options would have been just fine, especially when you consider the richness of the dishes. Everyone else wisely went with the three-course option. One thing I'd like to note is that the menu was slightly different than what was listed on the Grace website, which is in fact different that the one listed on the DineLA website. OK on with the food, here are our dishes:

Appetizer 1 - Pumpkin and Sea urchin risotto.
I know this gets rave reviews but quite honestly all I could taste was cream and butter. Pumpkin has a mild taste to begin with so that ingredient was doomed, and I could barely detect any sea-urchin. Linda agrees on this misfire. Skip this.

Appetizer 2 - Sautéed La Belle Farms Foie Gras with grilled pineapple, brown butter brioche, black pepper ginger caramel. (extra $10
)The perfectly cooked foie gras was buttery soft and very rich in flavor. It paired well with the brioche whose sweetness nicely counteracted the savory flavors of the foie gras. Notice the plating (on the blog posting)--it's gorgeous. .

Appetizer 3 - Lobster Cavatelli with Maine lobster, cavatelli pasta, fava bean purée, and chanterelle mushroom.
Delicious and perfectly cooked and seasoned. The dish could have used more lobster meat, but I think that would have increased the price somewhat. The mushrooms and fava bean puree added nice texture and were very fresh tasting.

Entree 1 - Grilled Tenderloin of Wild Boar with brussels sprouts, Yukon gold potato spaetzle, and violet mustard sauce. (extra $5)
The boar was cooked medium rare and served over a manicured arrangement of Brussels sprouts and potatoes. The meat was tender, juicy, and packed with flavor. Unfortunately, the mustard sauce was way too overpowering and nearly ruined the dish for me as it was simply far too pungent; I had to be careful to not mix the meat with the sauce. The Brussels sprouts and potato spaetzle, however, were delicious and paired nicely with the meat.

Entree 2 - Bacon Wrapped Saddle of Rabbit with wild rice, squash flan, roasted figs.
My favorite dish of the night. Tender rabbit meat wrapped in thick, smokey bacon proved to be a delicious experience in both taste and texture. The meat was so tender tender that I only needed a fork for cutting. I was getting full at this point but I didn't care, I did my best to finish two pieces (left the others for Linda)

Entree 3 - Day boat scallops with aged goat cheese red wine risotto, chanterelle mushrooms, red wine reduction.
These were probably the largest scallops I have ever seen. They were very fresh and cooked nicely throughout from edge to center and then artfully presented with tasty risotto and more chanterelles. I actually liked this risotto more than the one I had for an appetizer.

I can't believe I'm still eating at this point, but I found some room to scarf down a good portion of the pork shank, which someone else ordered. It was definitely fall-off-the-bone tender, but I thought it was a bit dry. I'm surprised this wasn't served with a side of house-made BBQ sauce as that would helped with the dryness. The accompanying chorizo home fries were very satisfying and full of wonderful, savory flavors. My friend really enjoyed the pork shank, and quite honestly that's all that mattered.

Dessert 1 - Flight of donuts with ice cream. (extra $3)
Now this was a different preparation that what was listed on the menu, as I believe the menu showed braised apples to go with the donuts. Said apples appear to have been replaced with additional donuts and another scoop of ice cream. As if I'm really going to have an issue with MORE donuts! As good as the donuts were, the ice cream was actually the best part of this dessert offering. It was intensely rich and creamy with lots of flavor. Get this.

Dessert 2 - Sticky Toffee Pudding with brûléed bananas, toffee sauce, hazelnut gelato.
I found this dessert offering to be a bit underwhelming. The pudding was more like a sweet bread and tasted not much better than something I could pick up Ralph's on the way home. The gelato, however, was delicious but I wouldn't order this dessert on a return visit. Stick with the donuts.

The total bill for my five-course meal--with supplemental charges for the foie gras, boar, and donuts--came out to $85 before tax and tip. I also ordered two drinks, a Not So Rust Nail and a Peach Gimlet, both of which were very food and VERY strong. Overall this was a great meal and a wonderful experience. The service was excellent and the portions were more than adequate. Be careful, though,with the supplemental charges as those can really bloat the final bill. Still, I'd recommend this place for DineLA--go with the three-course option and opt for the lobster cavatelli, rabbit, donuts, a peach gimlet or 2, and call it a deal. BTW DineLA ends this week so get your reservation soon!

Oct 12, 2009
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The $30 Kogi BBQ Dinner

I did not see the fries at the truck. Crack cocaine--yeah you nailed it. They're really good.

Sep 05, 2009
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The $30 Kogi BBQ Dinner

The fries were plain but were seasoned very nicely and had some heat, and came with a mayo-like sauce on the side -- I definitely recommend these.

Sep 05, 2009
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The $30 Kogi BBQ Dinner

Thanks for the correction; at $7 it's still a good deal and I'd definitely get it again. Ive had the sliders at Alibi Room and they're very good. Have not had the hot dog, but I've had the fries (fantastic) and the taro chips (a bit oily for me).

Sep 05, 2009
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The $30 Kogi BBQ Dinner

I know Kogi has been reviewed to death, but too bad, I'm going to post my review anyway =)

Full-write with pics and a Kogi "timeline":
http://www.danieleats.com/2009/09/30-...

Summary:
I've had Kogi BBQ many times from the Alibi Room in Culver City--and I do enjoy the flavors of this Korean-Mexican fusion--but I wanted to experience first-hand the madness of tracking down the truck and waiting in line with the hordes of the Kogi faithful.
I arrived at the expected landing spot in West LA (my 'hood) at 7pm--the time advertised on Twitter--and noticed about 20 people already waiting and staring at their iPhones. 20 minutes later the truck arrives and proceeds to park on the other side of the lot. People scramble as if swine flu just broke out right here right now.

About 40 minutes later--yes 40 minutes and I was about #15 in line--I have my Kogi dinner in hand and rush back home to take pics and to share with my better half. I'm not doing this again, but I wanted to just this one time because, well, I'm a foodie.

So about the food. The short-rib and pork tacos are very good; not overcooked or over-seasoned. These are just like the ones at Alibi Room. Unfortunately, the chicken and tofu tacos were misses. Chicken was dry, and the tofu taco was all heat with very little of any other flavors. The ones at Alibi have been much better.

Blackjack quesadilla. This was tasty and I loved how the sesame seeds added some texture. The green chili sauce packs some heat and has lots of flavor. The portion was also very good for the price (I think it was $5 or $6).

Short-rib burrito. I know this has eggs and cheese but the flavors from the meat and sauce were so overpowering. It's very filling and satisfying, though, and there's no denying that it was quite tasty overall. But, I'd probably skip this for next time and stick with the tacos

Grilled chicken and pineapple torta - Absolutely delicious. A spicy chipotle-like sauce adds nice heat, and the sweet pineapple cools things down a bit. This was the special of the day.

Total damage for the above items came to just under $30.

So is it worth waiting an hour or more for? Well, if the Alibi Room is convenient for you then I'll say skip the truck and just park yourself at Alibi Room (BTW they now carry Hite beer). And if Alibi Room isn't close to you, then it's tough to justify the tracking-down and driving and waiting. That said, if you happen to come across one of the trucks and the lines aren't long, then I definitely recommend giving it a try.

KobiBBQ
Follow them at twitter.com/kogibbq for truck locations.

Also served at:

Alibi Room.
12236 Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

-Daniel

Sep 04, 2009
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My review of Bar*Food. Home of the $0 hot dog

There was a flat screen near our table along the window but the volume was turned down and I don't think anyone was paying attention to it. This might be not be a good place to watch sports--you're probably better off at SF Saloon, Qs, etc.

Happy hour is 5-7pm (and everyday I believe)

Sep 02, 2009
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My review of Bar*Food. Home of the $0 hot dog

Here's the full list:
http://www.bar-food.us/drinks.html

I wouldn't compare this to FO or Yard House, but this is certainly better than most sit-down restaurants. It would be nice, though, if they had a full bar.

Sep 02, 2009
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My review of Bar*Food. Home of the $0 hot dog

Beer selection is very respectable. Fat Tire, Blue Moon, Black Butte, and others. I had the Bar Blonde which was nice, the house red, and a glass of Malbec which was very good. They don't have a full bar, however, so no mixed drinks. I would almost classify this place as a subdued Father's Office, which is a good thing in my opinion.

Sep 01, 2009
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My review of Bar*Food. Home of the $0 hot dog

Full write-up with lots of pictures:
http://www.danieleats.com/2009/08/bar...

Summary:
Located near the Wilshire and Bundy intersection, Bar*Food sits in the space once occupied by Zu Robata (which I tried once and found to be quite mediocre.) Bar*Food's reputation on Yelp is stellar--as of this writing it stands at 4 stars with 100 reviews--and so I was looking forward to giving this place a try during my usual Thursday happy hour outing.

The happy-hour menu includes the bar burger at $6 (versus $9), a selection of tap pours at $3.50 each, and a house red for $5. Another big draw is the inclusion of free hot dogs. Yes. Free hot dogs, full-size. They're on the happy hour menu. Price: $0. You're not going to find a deal like that on the west side.

As for the food:
Frites: just OK but needed more seasoning to make them stand out.

Potato Puffs: Battered and deep-fried mashed potato balls. These were delicious and I practically finished the entire basket.

Edamame: pan fried in black bean sauce. Very tasty but also a bit messy, especially for me :

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The $0 hot dog: Just as good as your basic hot dog. The simple mustard/ketchup/onion preparation works just fine.

Bar burger: Delicious. Meat has hints of soy sauce. I would have liked a better quality bun but overall this was very good.

Thai Bangers and Mash: My favorite dish of the night. The bangers were juicy and full of flavor. It came with cilantro mashed potatoes which were very good. Like BBQ comfort food kicked up a notch.

Spicy Tuna: Another hit with our group. The nicely seasoned and very spicy tuna sits atop deep-fried bricks of rice. I could eat an entire plate of these.

Bread pudding: a bit denser than your typical bread pudding but the taste and softness make this a must try. A generous scoop of ice cream pairs perfectly with the bread.

The scene at Bar*Food on a Thursday wasn't too crowded. Waitress was helpful and prompt, our food--except for the bread pudding--came out in reasonable times, and the crowd seemed chill. This is definitely a place I'll be returning to shortly.

Bar*Food
12217 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Sep 01, 2009
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Homemade pizza - some ideas and tips

That's interesting, mixing cake flour and AP. I'll have to try that. Thanks!

Aug 28, 2009
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Westside Tavern -- a resounding success

Hi, we did have to ask for bread & butter, and it wasn't on the bill. I'm surprised your server didn't offer it.

I prefer my drinks very strong (I usually go for Manhattans or straight Scotch) but the Moscow Mule was still very good. I'll try something else next time.

Aug 27, 2009
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Westside Tavern -- a resounding success

Warren Schwartz, who was the chef at Viceroy Hotel's Whist. He came out to greet us during dinner. That was incredibly nice of him since the place was extremely busy.

Aug 27, 2009
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Westside Tavern -- a resounding success

Full write-up with pictures:

http://www.danieleats.com/2009/08/wes...

Summary: I brought my in-laws to Westside Tavern last Saturday and everyone had nothing but high praises for the food, service, and the overall experience. The scene was bustling, busy, with everyone talking and having a good night out on the town. The long wooden bar is gorgeous and just might be the 8th wonder of the world if it were any longer. No reservations accepted and I argue that's a good move in an effort to help reel in the movie patrons just filing out of the latest blockbuster. Dish-town cloth napkins were a nice touch -- almost reminded me of those shop towels you can get at Costco. So how about the food? Let's see:

Spit-roasted chicken: absolutely delicious. The most flavorful and moist chicken I've had in recent times. The sweet mustard sauce provided was a nice compliment, but honestly the chicken had enough flavor on its own.

Duck conft with figs -- very tasty though not as moist as I would have liked, and it was slightly overcooked in my opinion, but otherwise this was well received by the table. Provided figs were nicely prepared.

Flat-iron steak with sea-salted fries. Perfectly cooked to a medium-rare and the sauce brought the overall taste to another level. The fries were ok and could have been crispier.

Day-boat scallops with potatoes and corn: I think this dish was $22 and it was probably the bargain of the night. Scallops were seared nicely with great color and texture--they retained that fresh out-of-the-ocean taste.

Salmon -- ok so the person who ordered this did not share so I can't comment (long story--read the blog comments), but I did hear phrases like "moist" and "nicely cooked"

Heirloom tomatoes: 1/2" thick slabs of wonderfully fresh tasting tomatoes drizzled with vinegar. Nicely done.

I know this place is known for their warm sticky toffee cake, but we had birthday cake back at the house so we'll have to try on another visit.

The overall service was excellent, the food came out in a reasonable time and all at the same time, and the drink selections (Moscow Mule, Pinot Noir, Syrah, several beers) were very good and reasonable priced. This place is an obvious do-over.

-Daniel

Aug 27, 2009
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Homemade pizza - some ideas and tips

Coll, the dough will still rise in the fridge but it will take longer. Sometimes I make the dough late at night, place in the fridge, then have my wife take out the dough next day around 2pm (if/when she works from home). Place the dough on a floured surface and cover with a dishtowel. It will be perfectly ready to stretch and toss in a few hours, as it will have come to room temp and softened up a bit. Hope that helps.

Aug 26, 2009
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