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last updated June 27, 2014

Here is the list of restaurants. Most, if not all, of these have been mentioned or pictured in the blog. Finally, all the pertinent details are in one place for your convenience, including my favorite(s). Please note: in many cases, I haven’t tried a lot of things on the menu. I am a creature of habit; if something tastes good, I’ll keep ordering that item until the end of time. So, yeah — I don’t know how the other stuff on the menu is, but the one thing I order is great, at least to me.

These are all located in California and Nevada, but I’ll add more if I get the chance to travel. You can always send me your favorites from your area and I’ll make a note of it for when I visit.

Listings first organized by CITY’S geographic location (north to south) within the STATE, and then alphabetically.

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California

San Francisco

Fried Egg Sandwich with Bacon and Tomato A M E R I C A N
Beachside Coffee Bar & Kitchen
4300 Judah St, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122 • (415) 682-4961 • Mon-Thu Sun 8am-9pm, Fri-Sat 8am-9:30pm
Cozy little spot two blocks from the beach with a solid menu. Ideal alternate when the much more popular (and more expensive) Outerlands restaurant has a three-hour wait for brunch on a Sunday (that really happens, all the time). I have only had breakfast and brunch here, but their lunch and dinner items look tasty.
Fried Egg Sandwich $8.75
the dainty gentleman I C E..C R E A M
Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th St, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110 • (415) 626-5600 • Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Spiffy ice cream spot with unusual as well as traditional flavors and sundaes. New flavors often introduced. First time I had ice cream with olive oil and sea salt here. Yeah. I know. It was really, really good. Long lines inevitable, especially on sunny days.
Banana Split: caramelized bananas, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and toasted walnuts, Dainty Gentleman: honey lavender ice cream, hot fudge, blood orange olive oil & maldon sea salt
Roast Duck C H I N E S E . / . B B Q
Cheung Hing
2339 Noriega St, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122 • (415) 665-3271 • 9am-9pm
I always, and I mean ALWAYS, get a roast duck to go when I come home. I get another one for the road when it’s time to leave and try to make it last as long as possible. It never lasts past a few hours. Cash only.
Roast Duck $8.75 Half/$14 Whole
A M E R I C A N
The Cliff House
1090 Point Lobos, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121 • (415) 386-3330 • click on the link or call for the hours, it’s too complicated to list them all
There are two sides to the restaurant: Sutro’s and the Bistro. Sutro’s is more upscale, Bistro more casual (although both are pricey). I’ve been to Sutro’s once and had one item there (it was good). I’ve been to the Bistro for brunch and I’ve only ever had Classic Eggs Benedict. Yum. Their complimentary popovers inspired me to learn to bake.
BISTRO: Classic Eggs Benedict $14.95 | SUTRO’S: Braised Mussels $23 lunch entree/$16 dinner appetizer
Chashu Ramen J A P A N E S E
Genki Ramen
3944 Geary Blvd, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118 • (415) 665-3271 • Mon-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri 11:30am-1:00am, Sat 11:00am-1:00am, Sun 11:00am-11:00pm
Nice little spot just down the street from Family Billiards. Ramen is not exceptional, but still good, especially after tournament matches and much drinking.
Chashu ramen $8.95
C H I N E S E . / . D I M . S U M
Koi Palace
365 Gellert Blvd, DALY CITY, CA 94015 • (650) 992-9000 • Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, Mon-Thu Sun 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm, Sat 10am-3pm, Sun 9am-3pm
BEST. DIM SUM. EVER. People will be in the parking lot 30 minutes before the doors open. Once it’s t-minus 20 or 15 minutes, they’ll start lining up at the door, even in the middle of a rainstorm.
Rose Wine Soya Chicken $12 Half/$22 Whole
complimentary appetizer plate P E R S I A N
Lavash
511 Irving Street, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122 • (415) 664-5555 • Mon closed, Tue-Sat 11:30am-10pm, Sun 12pm-9pm
Best Persian in San Francisco. Love the little complimentary appetizer plate of lavash, shirazi, feta, and salad herbs that comes with every meal.
Koobideh $16
Kalbi K O R E A N
My Tofu House
4627 Geary Blvd, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118 • (415) 750-1818 • Mon-Sun 11am-10pm, Sat 5pm-10pm
Fueling station for me before I Greyhound back to the southland. Only place I know of that serves mushroom tofu soup. You can wait a long time for a table, best thing to do is go early or late.
Assorted mushroom soft tofu soup $9.45, Kalbi $9.45 lunch/$17.05 dinner
hot ginger lemon apple cide with bourbon A M E R I C A N
Outerlands
4001 Judah St, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122 • (415) 661-6140 • Tue-Fri 11am-3pm, Tue-Thu 6pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-3pm
GREAT FOOD but the waits are correspondingly RIDICULOUS. Get in line early, very early. They do not have an extensive menu, but they do not need one — they execute the items they have extremely well. Have yet to be disappointed with anything I’ve ordered. I always get the Hot Ginger Lemon Apple Cider with Bourbon. It’s so good even my mom doesn’t care that I’m drinking. In fact, she’ll sneak sips when I’m not looking.
Hot Ginger Lemon Apple Cider with Bourbon $10
clam chowder and spicy bloody mary A M E R I C A N
Tadich Grill
240 California St, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111 • (415) 391-1849 • Mon-Fri 11am-9:30pm, Sat 11:30am-9:30pm, Sun closed
Financial District restaurant traces its roots to the Gold Rush. I usually come here for corned beef, occasionally get their signature dish, the Hangtown Fry (oysters and bacon frittata). Brother and his boss always get the branzino (whole broiled fish). New England clam chowder made deep impression on me because it’s better than mine. Spicy Bloody Mary with real horseradish handles the hangovers.
Clam Chowder $6.50/$8.50, Hangtown Fry $22.95, Branzino $22.75

 

East Bay

Peking Duck C H I N E S E
Great China
2190 Bancroft Way, BERKELEY, CA 94704 • (510) 843-7996 • Mon-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-9:30am, Tue closed
ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT. Fabulous variety of authentic dishes. most famous for Peking Duck served with thin crepes and Double Skin salad (“skin” is noodle-like starch sheets made from green beans). Hot & Sour soup cures hangovers. INSANE wait times, especially on weekends for brunch/lunch.
We went nuts: Peking Duck $34.95, Double Skin $14.95/$19.95/$24.95, Hot & Sour Soup $6.95/$9.95/$13.95, Pork Dumpings $6.95, Guo Ta Fish Filet $12.95, Beef with Golden Chives $13.95, Chinese String Beans $9.95

 

Half Moon Bay

fish 'n' chips S E A F O O D
Barbara’s Fish Trap
281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94018 • (650) 728-7049 • Mon-Thu Sun 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9:30pm
I love fish ‘n’ chips and I love it best when I get it here. My brother gets the seafood pasta. That’s all we’ve ever tried. Ain’t broke, don’t fix. Long waits on the weekends during peak hours. Cash only.
Fish ‘N’ Chips $12.50

Monterey

A M E R I C A N . C O U N T R Y
Tarpy’s Roadhouse
2999 Salinas Hwy, Monterey, CA 93940 • (831) 647-1444 • Sun-Thu 11:30am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10pm
First went to this place in the middle of a heavy rainstorm. It was a little creepy to be the only person there, but damn, the food was good. I had the wild boar with cherry sauce and a three-berry pie. I went back a few years later and there were LOTS more people (and the prices were higher, of course), but the food was still good.
wild boar, if they have it

Greater Los Angeles

pesto pizza up top, sausage pepper with pecorino below I T A L I A N
800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria
10889 Lindbrook Drive, WESTWOOD, CA 90024 • (310) 443-1911 • 11am-2am, 7 days a week
Build-your-own pizza as well as pre-set favorites are available. Everything can be customized. Twelve-inch diameter of thin-crust deliciousness. They have another location in Santa Monica and it is just as good. Other locations are in the works.
Pepper and Sausage $9.65
Spittin' Distance A M E R I C A N . F U S I O N
A-Frame LA
12565 W Washington Blvd, CULVER CITY, CA 90066 • (310) 398-7700 • Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm-12am, Sat 12pm-3pm & 5pm-12am, Sun 12pm-3pm & 5pm-11pm
This is a Roy Choi (of Chego fame) restaurant. Watermelon cocktail available during the summer called “Spittin’ Distance” (vodka, watermelon, black pepper syrup, lime, Maldon salt, fresh cracked black pepper) is fantastic. Seasonal menu changes often. All-you-can-eat fried chicken on lunch menu for $14.
Spittin’ Distance $11, Roasted Duck Breast $21
the Godmother I T A L I A N
Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
1517 Lincoln Blvd, SANTA MONICA, CA 90401 • (310) 395-8279 • Tue-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 9am- 6pm
Stone-cold AMAZING. Spectacular hot and cold deli with spectacular waits during peak hours and weekends. Most famous item is the Godmother sandwich with The Works. Freshly made ones are in basket on deli counter to save you the wait. Order online for same-day pick-up. Phenomenal beverage selection as well as jaw-dropping selection of imported gourmet foods, cheese, and wine. They enable my torrone candy addiction.
Godmother Sandwich with The Works $6.60/$8.80
Skirt Steak with Romesco Sauce and Balsamic Roast Onions A M E R I C A N
Blue Stove
220 Broadway, SANTA MONICA, CA 90401 • (310) 752-2701 • Mon-Thu 10am-8:30pm, Fir-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-7:30pm
This is Nordstrom Santa Monica’s restaurant and it is good. The prices look low but keep in mind that everything is served tapas-style, meaning the portions are appetizer-sized. If you are very hungry, you may end up spending quite a bit because the food is delicious.
Skirt Steak with Romesco Sauce & Balsamic Roast Onions $11.95, Cilantro-Lime Chicken Tacos $8.25, Seared Wild Mushrooms & Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Zest $7.25
Nutella Banana Crepe with Whipped Cream F R E N C H
Café Crêpe
1460 3rd Street Promenade, SANTA MONICA, CA 90401 • (310) 576-0499 • Sun-Thu 7:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 7:30am-1am
Preferred brunch spot for me and my starving artist friends. Good food at reasonable prices (for prime tourist territory). We all order the same dessert: Nutella Banana Crepe with Whipped Cream. Extensive menu of sweet and savoury crepes. Burgers are also good. Long waits on the weekend.
Bocconcini Cheese, Tomato, Basil, Olive, Olive Oil (I add Prosciutto) Grilled Panini $8.95, Nutella Banana Crepe with Whipped Cream $7.35
crazy ass Mai Tais will FCK YOU UP C H I N E S E . F U S I O N
Chi Dynasty
1813 Hillhurst Ave, LOS FELIZ, CA 90027 • (323) 667-3388 • Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm
Super-stylish coworker’s favorite spot located in a non-descript strip mall. Food is Chinese-American. Mai Tais are dangerrrrously potent, drink two at your own peril. Other locations in Studio City and Glendale.
Mai Tai (can’t remember how much, coworker bought them all for us)
Autumn Chicken Salad Sandwich A M E R I C A N
Clementine
1751 Ensley Avenue, LOS ANGELES, CA 90024 • (310) 552-1080 • Mon-Fri 7am-7:30pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun closed
Love the Rare Roast Beef sandwich with balsamic shallots and their Autumn Chicken Salad is the best I’ve ever had. Waiting time can be long and seating is limited, but you can order online and by phone for pick up. Located in Century City (other location in Beverly Hills) and priced accordingly.
Autumn Chicken Salad Sandwich $10.50, Egg Salad Sandwich $9.50, Rare Roast Beef Sandwich $10.95
tiny's prime rib rice bowl A S I A N . F U S I O N
Chego
727 N Broadway, #117, LOS ANGELES, CA 90012 • (323) 380-8680 • Tue-Sun 11am-11pm
Seared prime rib, rice, “w/ fried egg, water spinach, Chinese broccoli creamed horseradish, roasted garlic paste and shallots”. It’s pretty gotdang munificent and goes fabulously with beer. Owner Roy Choi is one of the first food-truck pioneers with his Kogi Beef truck.
Tiny’s Prime Rib Rice Plate $10.00
assorted artery cloggers C O O K I E S
Diddy Riese
926 Broxton Avenue, WESTWOOD, CA 90024 • (310) 208-0448 • Mon-Thu 11am-12am, Fri 11am-1am, Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 12pm-12am
“Do one thing and do it well,” that has GOT to be the Diddy Riese mantra. If you’ve ever received cookies from me, they came from here. They have 10 kinds of cookies, two types of brownies, ice cream, coffee, and milk. Cookies are 3 for $1, an ice-cream sandwich is just $1.75. Come here in flagrant disregard of your hardening arteries. You won’t regret it. Cash only.
cookies, duh
Juicy Pork Dumplings T A I W A N E S E . / . S H A N G H A I N E S E
Din Tai Fung
1108 S. Baldwin Ave, ARCADIA, CA 91007 • (626) 574-7068 • Mon-Fri 11am-3pm 5pm-9:30pm, Sat 10am-9:30pm, Sun 10am-9pm
Legendary broth-filled dumplings and Steamed Chicken Soup. Wait times average between 25-45 minutes. New branch to open soon at Americana at Brand and South Coast Plaza malls.
Juicy Pork Dumplings $8.50 for 10, Steamed Chicken Soup $6.50, Sauteed Pea Shoots (seasonal)
Avocado BLT A M E R I C A N
The Farm of Beverly Hills
439 N Beverly Dr, BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210 • (310) 273-5578 • Mon-Fri 7:30am-9:30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-10pm
Haven’t tried anything besides the items listed below because I am a creature of habit and those choices never let me down. They often do $20 for $40 Groupons and I get those when they pop up as it is a very good deal. One day I will steal a set of their barbed-wire plates and bowls.
BLT $9.95, Corn Chowder $4.50, Tuna Tower $11.95
pasta pancetta I T A L I A N
Fritto Misto
601 Colorado Ave, SANTA MONICA, CA 90407 • (310) 458-2829 • Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:30pm, Sun 11:30am-9:30pm
Great restaurant focusing on pasta. “Create Your Own Pasta”: choose pasta, sauce (they have several), and add-ins like chicken. One of the few restaurants where I actually try different things because their Pasta Specialties are all consistently good. Cream. Butter. Garlic. Generous portions. Tiny parking lot. Insane waits during peak hours. Call for takeout.
Greens and Gorgonzola Salad $6.00/$8.00/$10.00, Chicken Marsala $14.50, Pasta Pancetta $12.00
chicken wings J A P A N E S E
Furaibo
2068 Sawtelle Blvd, LOS ANGELES, CA 90025 • (310) 444-1432 • Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:00pm 5:30pm-11pm, Sat 5:30pm-11:30pm, Sun 5:30pm-10:30pm
Yakitori-ya famous for its chicken wings, and rightly so. They are addictive. Food served in small portions. Consume fried goodies with liberal servings of beer. My brother’s favorite is “Butter Scallops” which are… scallops cooked in butter. Most fun we had here was watching a blind date go up in flames.
Chicken Wings, Butter Scallops, Agedashi Tofu, Shishito Peppers
Lamb Soulvaki G R E E K
George’s Greek Cafe
135 Pine Ave, LONG BEACH, CA 90802 • (562) 437-1184 • Mon-Thu Sun 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm
This is where I used to go after a day out on the water deep-sea fishing. Ohhh yeah. The owner, George himself, used to come sit and chat with us. This was when the Long Beach location was in a very small, cozy spot with murals on the walls and garden trellises decorated with fake grapevines. They’ve since moved to swankier digs down the street. I miss the character of the old location, but the food is still extremely legit.
Lamb Souvlaki $11.75 Lunch/$13.95 Dinner
Ground Beef and Chicken Skewers P E R S I A N
Javan
11500 Santa Monica Blvd, LOS ANGELES, CA 90025 • (310) 207-5555 • Mon-Thu Sun 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-12am
Best Persian restaurant in Los Angeles and my brother’s favorite stop on my Los Angeles food tour. My mother loves their Olivieh Salad. Transcendent Basmati rice. Lunch menu (M-F, 11:30am-3:00pm) is a pretty good deal, otherwise, things can get pricey although the quality is excellent. When I make a score, I get Combination Appetizer Platter to go and try to make it last three days.
Combination Appetizer Platter (Dolmeh, Shirazi salad, Sabzi, and Olivieh salad, and home made pickles) $13.95, I ask for one skewer each of ground beef and ground chicken $13.95
pastrami, of course A M E R I C A N
Johnnie’s Pastrami
4017 Sepulveda Blvd, CULVER CITY, CA 90230 • (310) 397-6654 • Mon-Thu Sun 10am-2:30am, Fri-Sat 10am-3:30am
After an evening of pool and beer, this is the best nightcap. Hot mustard is great for sobering up and clearing sinuses. Complimentary old silver bowl of deli pickles served to you with plastic fork. Menu also features other diner classics although I have not tried anything but the Hot Pastrami.
Hot Pastrami $10.95
Les Pain Perdus Aux Fruits F R E N C H
La Petit Crêperie CLOSED
3809 Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 • (310) 437-0226 • Wed-Fri 9am-2pm, Sat-Sun 9am-3pm
Great weekend brunch spot. Staff of good-looking waiters are all Real French Dudes. Hawt. Fine selection of both sweet and savory crepes. Friendly, shabby-chic countryhouse decor. Although their specialty is crepes, I have only ordered Les Pain Perdus (Brioche French Toast) because it was fantastic and always has been. I do plan to try a savory crepe the next time I go.
Les Pain Perdus Aux Fruits (Macerated Fresh Berries and Strawberry Coulis) $12.00
it's butterfish, y'all C H I N E S E . F U S I O N
Lukshon
3239 Helms Ave, CULVER CITY, CA 90232 • (310) 202-6808 • Tue-Thu 12:00pm-3:00pm 5:30pm-10:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-3:00pm 5:30pm-10:30pm, Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm, Closed Sun and Mon
Not too “fusion-y” and the food is quite faithful to the original Chinese dishes. Tapas-style, we shared two items per person. Hawaiian Butterfish was our favorite by a mile, eat it sparingly (1 or 2 plates) or suffer the wax-ester consequences.
[Dinner prices] Hawaiian Butterfish $11, Chinese Black Mushrooms $10, Dan Dan Noodles $8, Crab Fried Rice $12
this is the Breakfast Sampler, another one I like to get D I N E R S , . B R E A K F A S T . & . B R U N C H
Magical IHOP
5655 Wilshire Blvd, LOS ANGELES, CA 90036 • (323) 297-4467 • OPEN 24 HOURS
So awesome you won’t believe you’re not getting punked. Complimentary valet parking. Free wifi. Genuinely cheerful service at all times. Your food looks like it does on the menu. Open 24 hours. Long-ass wait during weekend brunch hours.
International Crepe Passport Breakfast with Swedish Crepes $7.99
first course in the Ten menu is Egg Caviar: Soft Poached Egg, Lemon-Chive Crème Frâiche, American Caviar F R E N C H
Mélisse
1104 Wilshire Blvd, SANTA MONICA, CA 90401 • (310) 395-0881 • Tue-Thu 6pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-10 pm
Best French restaurant in Los Angeles with two Michelin stars. Priced accordingly. Staff a little hit-or-miss: I once experienced your stereotypical unpleasant haughty French waiter. Highly recommend “Ten” tasting menu: ten seasonal courses for $150 (not including tax, tip, or drinks), allow four hours to enjoy. I save up to eat here once every couple of years.
Ten Tasting Menu $150.00
Breakfast Cupcake C U P C A K E S
My Delight Cupcakery
1520 North Mountain Avenue, ONTARIO, CA 91762 • (909) 988-4151 • Mon-Sat 10:00am-8pm, Sun closed
Breakfast Cupcake: “buttermilk-based cupcake with bits of applewood smoked bacon, iced with light, buttery maple frosting, topped with more bacon, drizzled with maple syrup”. Late-Night Breakfast Cupcake: “waffle-inspired cupcake stuffed with buttermilk-marinated fried chicken, topped with buttery maple frosting, a golden piece of fried chicken, and a drizzle of our secret blend of maple syrup and spices.” YUMMERS.
Regular-sized cupcakes $3-$4, mini cupcakes $1.50-$2
Chicken Teriyaki (dark meat) J A P A N E S E
New Japan
11283 Santa Monica Blvd, LOS ANGELES, CA 90025 • (310) 477-0557 • 11:30am-1am
This reincarnation of the original New Japan by the Sushi Stop cartel is highly convenient and good after drinking. Open late (by L.A. standards). Cash only.
Chicken Teriyaki $6.75
Key Lime Pie with Blueberry Compote A M E R I C A N
Nook Bistro
11628 Santa Monica Blvd, LOS ANGELES, CA 90025 • (310) 207-5160 • Mon-Thu Sun 5:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm
Intimate little spot with a large communal table and individual tables on the sides. The two booths require reservations. I like their Maple Ribeye Steak when they have it, although it is on the pricey side. My Affordable Luxury Tactic is to come just for coffee and dessert.
Key Lime Pie with Blueberry Compote and Whipped Cream $7.00, Chocolate Pot de Creme $7.00
Pho Tai Nam V I E T N A M E S E
Pho Filet
9463 Garvey Ave, SOUTH EL MONTE, CA 91733 • (626) 453-8911 • 8:30am-9pm, Tue closed
Their claim to fame is using filet mignon in their pho. They also have kobe beef pho available (although I think that’s a bit of a waste). Their broth is a bit gingery and on the sweet side. Cash only.
Pho tai nam $6.50, egg rolls $4.50
cherrystone clams, tuatua clams, various oysters S E A F O O D
Quality Seafood
130 S International Boardwalk, REDONDO BEACH, CA 90277 • (310) 372-6408 • Mon-Fri 10:30am-8pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am-9pm
THE place to go for fresh oysters, clams, and other delicious ocean critters. By far the widest and best selection of shelled edibles. Only place I know that carries Steamer Clams from the East Coast. They will also steam the live lobster or crab of your pick. They have smoked fish, fresh fish market, fried fish counter, and several varieties of ceviche and poke. And live sea urchins.
Live uni is pricey, I think $15 per pound, East Coast Steamers $11.95/lb, Tua Tua Clams $9.95/lb, Ahi Tuna Poke $9.95/lb, fresh oyster prices vary
A M E R I C A N . / .M E D I T E R R A N E A N
Sam’s by the Beach
108 W Channel Rd, SANTA MONICA, CA 90402 • (310) 230-9100 • Tue-Sat 5:30pm-10pm, Sun 5pm-9pm
Best steak of my life was from this place. It was a 24oz bone-in ribeye with a peppercorn sauce. I still dream about it. Otherwise, cozy spot with good food. They participate in DineLA and for $25 (not including tax, tip, or drinks), their three-course dinner option was a complete steal. I only come here during DineLA when I can afford it.
Ask about the specials. Specials I have enjoyed: Ribeye with Peppercorn Sauce (sigh) $38, Beef Stew from DineLA menu.
Shoyu Ramen with Ikura Rice J A P A N E S E
Santouka
3760 S Centinela Ave, LOS ANGELES, CA 90066 (in Mitsuwa) • (310) 391-1101 • 11am-8:30pm
By far my favorite ramen joint, ever. Best, freshest ikura I have ever had (and I have been to some nice places). Cures hangovers. Cash only.
#61 Shoyu Ramen with Soy Sauce Egg and Ikura Rice $12.59
delicious garlic prime rib I T A L I A N
The Stinking Rose
55 North La Cienega Boulevard, BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90211 • (310) 652-7673 • Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm
Everything here has garlic. Adjust your dining and after-dining companions accordingly. Eat the bagna cauda (which is addicitive) sparingly so as to leave more room for your entree. Prime rib one of the best I’ve had. They also have a San Francisco location: 325 Columbus Avenue / (415) 781-7673.
Garlic Roasted Prime Rib $36.95/$39.95/$49.95
fabulous quality for the price J A P A N E S E
Sushi Stop
2053 Sawtelle Blvd, LOS ANGELES, CA 90025 • (310) 473-3999 • 11:30am-10:00pm
Regular menu items are all $2.75, specials go up to $5.50. Quality is definitely good for the price. Other location down the street (2222 Sawtelle Blvd / (310) 479-1222) serves beer and has parking in parking structure. Cash only.
Salmon Skin Salad $2.75, Blue Crab Hand Roll $2.75, Toro (seasonal)
Triple Berry Shortcake A M E R I C A N
Sweet Lady Jane
1631 Montana Avenue, SANTA MONICA, CA 90403 • (310) 842-8291 • Sun-Wed 7am-10pm, Thu-Sat 7am-11pm
THE cake place. My favorite cake — Black Forest — is only available by special order (friend birthday-gifted it to me once), but it is the best Black Forest cake I have ever had. Otherwise, I like the Triple Berry Shortcake best out of their extensive and beautiful selection. They also have pastries, pies, cookies, desserts, breads, coffee and tea.
Triple Berry Shortcake $9 (it is a large slice of cake — I eat half and take half to go)
Bold Ramen with Tofu and Pork J A P A N E S E
Tatsu
2123 Sawtelle Blvd, LOS ANGELES, CA 90025 • (310) 684-2889 • Sun-Wed 11am-2am, Thu-Sat 11am-3am
Delicious as-you-like-it ramen spot. Order (and customize your order) via iPads mounted on the wall. When done, a receipt prints out and you take it to the hostess to be seated. Small space, limited seating, but it’s all worth it. Open late. Cures hangovers.
Bold Ramen (medium spicy broth, kurobata pork, seasoned soft-boiled egg, green onions, garlic) $10
Beef Satay and Duck Fried Rice T H A I
Thai Boom
10863 Venice Blvd, LOS ANGELES, CA 90034 • (310) 842-8291 • Mon-Sun 11am-10pm
Best Tom Kha Gai (Coconut Chicken Soup) I’ve had so far in my life. Cures hangovers. Friendly staff. Tiny parking lot. Don’t forget to ask for Nam pla.
Tom Kha Gai $6.50/$9.50, Pad Kee Mow with Steamed Tofu and extra Thai Basil $9.50, Beef Satay $7.95, Duck Fried Rice $9.50
T H A I
Thai Original BBQ
11323 183rd St, CERRITOS, CA 90703 • (562) 924-0042 • Sun-Thu 11:30am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:30pm
If I’m at Hard Times Bellflower, this is my preferred place to get food. It’s not close, so you’ll have to drive to pick it up or convince someone to do it for you. I’ve only had the Beef Satay Combination, but I hear the rest of the menu is good, too.
S8. Beef Satay Combination (forgot how much it cost, think it’s around $10)
Pork Belly Taco M E X I C A N . F U S I O N
TLT Food
1116 Westwood Blvd, LOS ANGELES, CA 90024 • (310) 443-4433 • Mon-Wed, Sun 11am-10pm, Thu-Sat 11am-11pm
Bright green decor to remind you everything has a lil bit o’ lime (TLT stands for The Lime Truck). Nice selection of fusion tacos, my favorites are pork belly, seared ahi tuna, and beef short rib. Short rib quesadilla also very nice as is the $4 side of sauteed shishito peppers. Prices much higher than standard taco trucks, but that’s the way it is. Cures hangovers.
Pork Belly, Beef Short Rib Taco $4, Seared Ahi Tuna Taco $5, Beef Short Rib Quesadilla $9
diabeetus C U P C A K E S
Yummy Cupcakes
220 26th St, BRENTWOOD, CA 90402 • (424) 238-6330 • 10am-7pm
Red Velvet cupcake here is the best I’ve had. Moist cake, just-right frosting, and nothing too overly-sweet (weird thing to say about cupcakes, I know). Many, many flavors — they even incorporate Maker’s Mark whisky. Seriously, their list is insane. My favorite flavors: Red Velvet, Chocolate Coconut, Lemon Raspberry, and Vanilla Apricot.
most regular-sized cupcakes $3.25

 

San Diego

TORO! S U S H I
Sushi Ota
4529 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109 • (858) 270-5670 • Mon 5:30pm-10:30pm, Tue-Fri 11:30am-2:00pm 5:30pm-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 5:00pm-10:30pm
Everything is very fresh. First time I ever saw luxury office chairs at a sushi bar. Located in hole-in-the-wall at a strip mall which gives it extra street cred. Reservations are a must and they prefer you be done eating in an hour (annoying, but oh well). Have yet to afford it, but I hear omakase is the way to go.
fish
mini fruit tarts D E S S E R T S
Extraordinary Desserts
2929 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 • (619) 294-2132 • Mon-Thu 8:30am-11:00pm, Fri 8:30am-12:00am, Sat 10:00am-12:00am, Sun 10:00am-11:00pm
Name says it all. Second location at 1430 Union Street (619) 294-7001, serves more savory items.
don’t even know where to start

 

 

Nevada

Las Vegas

they cook on a pot lid K O R E A N
Honey Pig
4725 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102 • (702) 876-0711 • Mon-Sun 11:30am-8:30am
Order all the stuff you usually get for Korean BBQ. Be sure to include an order of their famous pork belly from a pig that is only raised on a single Korean island. At the end of the meal, a server will come and cook all your leftovers (if any) with some additional ingredients to make fried rice you can take with you!
All You Can Eat BBQ $22 per person
crawfish with corn S E A F O O D
Hot N Juicy Crawfish
4810 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102 • (702) 891-8889 • Sun-Thu 12pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-11pm
Crawfish, crab legs, shrimp, and more, all by the pound. Choose your spice mixes and how spicy you want it. Get messy, leave happy.
all of it
it's toro, bitches!! J A P A N E S E
Kaizen Fusion Roll & Sushi
10271 Eastern Avenue #109, Henderson, NV 89052 • (702) 492-0216 • Mon-Thu Sun 11:30am-12am, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am
They have all-you-can-eat with an extensive menu including premium items — which can only be ordered once — such as the toro (highest-grade bluefin tuna) sushi shown to the left.
All You Can Eat $23-$30 depending on time and day
sundubu -- what I ate en route to my greatest victories in Las Vegas (for reals, y'all) K O R E A N
Kimchi
3049 Las Vegas Blvd #20, Las Vegas, NV 89109 • (702) 894-9944 • OPEN 24 HOURS
The best restaurant water, ever. For real. Don’t know what they put in it or how it’s filtered or if they stole it from elves and fairies — it’s f#cking refreshing as all hell. When the BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships was held just down the ways at the Riviera, I came here almost every evening to have their sundubu (spicy tofu soup). I also love their buffet-style selection of side dishes that include seasonal options.
Sundubu $12.95
lamb tibs with injera E T H I O P I A N
Merkato Ethiopian Cafe
855 E Twain Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89162 • (702) 796-1231 • 11am-2am
One night there were a bunch of dark-windowed Escalades in the parking lot and warlord-looking peeps in army fatigues and gold chains and berets within the restaurant. The food is extremely authentic.
Awaze Tibs in Lamb $9.50
assorted Omega-3 goodness J A P A N E S E
Sushi House Goyemon
5255 S Decatur Blvd #118-119, Las Vegas, NV 89118 • (702) 331-0333 • 11:45am-3:00am (last seating for All-You-Can-Eat is 2:00am)
All-you-can-eat. Open late. I will shank you for their delicious yuzu sorbet. That is all.
All You Can Eat Lunch $21.95 / Dinner $26.95