A few weeks ago I was walking around the neighborhood and dinner hadn’t quite filled me up so I had a slice of New York style pizza on Hollywood Boulevard near around Mann’s Chinese Theatre or naybe to the west of it.
Shake Shack, of any burger chain, makes the best basic cheeseburger. The bun is brioche-like, the meat is juicy and savory and the orange cheese is melted evenly.
Since moving to Hollywood I’ve seen the Veggie Grill every time I go to the gym. Last Friday I decided to try out this vegetarian restaurant. It might even be vegan.
The quote unquote meat tasted like very lean beef. The vegan cheese like substance tasted more like thousand island dressing, which isn’t a bad thing. Organic corn nuts were served in a ramekin. They were okay, but I don’t think they added anything to the fake burger experience.
As I allow myself to eat dessert on the weekend, a few weeks ago I decided to check out Winchell’s Donuts, an established doughnut shop.
It was a good Boston cream. It tasted more wholesome than a Krispy Kreme of the same varietal. There was more chocolate on the doughnut than the latter. The coffee was as bad as one might expect, but this late morning treat gave me a huge caffeine and sugar rush.
Last month I worked at a summer school program and I didn’t take lunch because I had these expectations that this college in Los Angeles would have many ethnic restaurants around.
There was a pizzeria, a sushi restaurant and………..Taco Bell.
It was Taco Bell fused with KFC, so customers could order fried chicken and liquid cheese (no by itself, but as an integral component of many Taco Bell dishes).
Okay, i was in Long Beach and the lunch situation was grim. I didn’t have much time so I went into the Taco Bell-KFC hybrid.
Taco Bell was something I dreamt about during my sojourn in Singapore.
The fantasy version of Taco Bell is much better than the sad truth.
The chalupa sounded promising.
The meat was the traditional Grade D beef used by Taco Bell chefs for ages.
The jalapeños were the soft olive colored pickled ones that cost $2 for two quarts.
Sadly the cheese wasn’t liquid.
On my way to the FYF Festival I stopped off at Dog Haus, a restaurant apparently specializing in hot dogs.
The toasted bun was decent bread.
It was good, albeit messy.
At one time in my life I thought In N Out was the Alpha and Omega of fast food burgers. At one time I guess it has. But the burger Renaissance which began about a decade ago, has left In N Out behind. Don’t get me wrong- it’s much better than Wendy’s or McDonald’s or Burger King.
But Five Guys is better.
It’s over between me and In N Out. I’ve moved on to better cheeseburgers.