Last week I met up with a former student of mine from China who is studying in Singapore.
I took him to the Grand Central Market, which is, to the best of my knowledge, the best food court in Los Angeles.
The bread was crunchy and the pickled cabbage and the aioli provided a sweet and sour contrast to the crunchy, salty oysters and meaty shrimp.
The house fries with rouille were very good.
Prawn is the name of the seafood stall. I think it changed its name or it replaced another seafood stall called The Bomb, or something like that.
The sandwich was delicious, but so rich and greasy I could not finish it.
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.
The bun is light, similar to challah or a brioche. It was not greasy at all and I could have easily eaten two of them. Vegetables are an afterthought and the thin leaf of lettuce was sad.
The fries were too dry.
It’s over between me and In N Out. I’ve moved on to better cheeseburgers.
A few weeks ago I found myself in Carpintería, California.
Since The Spot appeared to be a local institution, lunch there would mr the most blogworthy, I reckoned.
It was a decently cooked cheeseburger served with romaine lettuce, a slice of tomato, ketchup and mustard. I believe there were pickles in the sandwich, of the sour variety. The patty had a nice char on it. The bun was toasted perfectly.
They had a minimalist condiment bar and I availed myself of sport peppers, the provenance of the name both eluded me then and now.
The people at Pie Hole know their pies! I’m not exaggerating how good these pies are. I love desserts made with eggs and I really liked this one.
A strong maple syrup flavor permeated the smooth custard. It was executed perfectly. Pie Hole is located on Hollywood near Vine.
Del Taco is a fast food chain of Mexican restaurants. It’s definitely better than Taco Bell. However, they don’t serve carnitas en salsa grande, so Del Taco will never make into the upper echelon of favorite Mexican restaurants.
That was just too much food for one person. I don’t know if they made the refríed beans with lard, but they were smooth. The shredded cabbage was fresh and crisp and complemented the fried fish. The tortillas were fresh and the hot sauce is genuinely spicy.
I finally tried poke at a Hawaiian chain restaurant in Sherman Oaks. It was very good. Of course I had many a rice bowl in Singapore, but this was the first time I had some dish called poke. I’m not sure if it’s authentic or not.
Lots of nice fresh maguro, flying fish roe, and pickled seaweed was served to me at this place.
I still feel like a tourist in Los Angeles. There was also miso soup which I hadn’t had in months.
So my first experience with this chain restaurant was positive.
I went to Danny Trejo’s Cantina this afternoon with one of my brothers.
Danny Trejo’s pockmarked visage is omnipresent in this restaurant on Cahuenga Avenue in Hollywood. The menu looks good and I will return.
This was awesome! Crispy strips of fried chicken, corn, rice, black beans, cheese and tomato were put together to make a tasty meal.
The house chipotle sauce was savory and earthy but the house hot sauce was even better.
There are so many reasonably priced restaurants in Los Angeles I really have to step up my game, as it were.