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Third Stop -- Great Neighborhood Gastropub

i have to piggyback on the comments here. this is a real find in los angeles. the beer selection, while not exhaustive, covers its bases well. and many are only five bucks! how can you beat that?

i went with a group of friends and we all sampled different brews (try the delirium, it'll knock you out!). we also split lots of food items. i think we all loved the pizzas the best, but had no problems enjoying the shepherds pie and tasty fries. we were there on a friday night, so it was crowded inside, but we found a few tables outside and merged them to accomodate our group.

Oct 27, 2006
dgonzale80 in Los Angeles Area

Echo Park/Silver Lake pizza spots

Thanks for the tip! We went to Nicky D's and tried the garlic clam (red sauce) pizza. The thin style pizza is a nice change of pace (and it's easy to not feel as bad when you eat half the pizza as compared to, say, a Chicago-style pizza!). We split a cannoli for dessert. Yummy.

Sep 25, 2006
dgonzale80 in Los Angeles Area

Echo Park/Silver Lake pizza spots

I've been wanting pizza all week long!! I'm going out tonight on a little datey-date and I thought I'd hit up the chowhounds for some advice on where to grab a good pie on the east side.

I've had the Chicago-style pizza at Masa before and I thought it was great, but I'm looking for something a little less heavy. Oh yeah, and desserts, too :)

Sep 23, 2006
dgonzale80 in Los Angeles Area

Good and Cheap in Charleston

good and cheap in charleston! my favorite topic. i spent two years (2002-2004) in charleston with americorps*nccc and, getting by on about $300 a month, we all quickly sought out the good, cheap places on the peninsula when we needed to get off of the decommissioned naval base in north charleston. here are a few places my buddies and i enjoyed:

HANGOUTS:
yo burrito (i'm not sure if it's there anymore): this place has enormous burritos and a really nice salsa bar. it reminds me of the la salsa chain here in los angeles, except this restaurant catered to the poor college crowd near the c of c campus. the restaurant also featured really crappy beers at super cheap prices. cheap beer and burritos. the best. i liked this place much better then juanita greenberg's on upper king.

andolini's: drop in for a quick slice (or two) of pizza and a pint of PBR for about $5. this place is also popular with the college crowds and the nccc-ers on a budget.

tho i don't think their pizzas were outstanding (sometimes the dough was charred other times it could be really, really chewy), the mellow mushroom was a popular place to go because of their massive beer selection. tons of bottled selections and the ability to split a pie with friends made this a no-nonsense draw. i believe the mellow mushroom may be a regional chain as i saw them in birmingham and asheville.

the kickin' chicken made the best chicken tenders and honey mustard sauce i've ever had. ever. their honey mustard recipe must have the same common ingredient with zankou's garic paste... crack. i've been fiending for it since leaving south carolina but nothing in southern california has satisfied the craving.

kaminsky's: coffee, tea and desserts. try the red velvet cake, if they have it.

TO GO WITH OUT OF TOWNERS:
basil: this was a new restaurant when i was in charleston and it became an overnight sensation. sprig rolls, pad thai, all the usual stuff are done well and the place is really trendy with a nice looking crowd. we used to like hitting this place before orchestra concerts.

meritage: small plates. fun patio. the food is slightly more sophisticated than any of the other restaurants we'd frequent, but it made it a nice choice for birthdays or what have you.

places also worth checking out:
hominy grill
cypress
vickery's
the mustard seed (mt pleasant and maybank hwy)
bookstore cafe

sheesh, i'm overdue for a visit back to the peninsula.

Zacatecas, Mexico report

A fun place to check out as well, tho off the beaten path, is El Laberinto. Meander through a small maze of alleys and you'll find locals selling fresh nopalitos, tunas (prickley pears) and maybe some aguamiel... but once you arrive at el laberinto you can have a try at zacatecas-style birria. There are also several cheese stores specializing in mennonite cheeses. So good!

Aug 24, 2006
dgonzale80 in Mexico

quick Hollywood Bowl meal

i've never tried this place. i'm really fond of the cheese store of silverlake, tho. wow, cabrales is starting to sound good.

Aug 18, 2006
dgonzale80 in Los Angeles Area

quick Hollywood Bowl meal

Say you're heading to the Bowl from Echo Park... what are some quick, tasty places to pop in and pick up a to-go meal?

Aug 18, 2006
dgonzale80 in Los Angeles Area

West Covina dining options?

'one world' is a really tasty vegetarian restaurant in the strip mall located behind the edwards cinemas next to the 10. while you wait they bring out a bowl of fresh roasted peanuts. i typically order the garlic 'beef' balls with brown rice. it's flavorful, chock full of protein and not meat :)

Jul 17, 2006
dgonzale80 in Los Angeles Area