Dine-Out

It is not every day you get to eat Vietnamese at a sit down, and it’s not pho.  Usually its spring rolls or a bahn mi sandwich to go, or a nice big hot bowl of pho at a hole in the wall. Brodard in Garden Grove has some of the best Vietnamese food around, especially the rolls.  They even have some french pastries as well.  I wasn’t a real fan of Vietnamese food, until I gave it a chance. Coming here though was a challenge. Their main entrance is actually in the back. You will get lost, like I did, if you assume the entrance is in the front. I don’t even think they have an entrance in the front. Even if they did, the sign wouldn’t read “Brodard Restaurant”. It was all in Vietnamese — or maybe that was an entrance to something else. Either, way, the entrance is difficult to find, and it is in the back. Once you find this place though, you will be glad that you did.

We ordered the Cha Gio (egg rolls).  The crispy rolls willed with pork, shrimp, crab meat, clear vermicelli and vegetables.  It was served with and array of Asian greens and lime chili fish sauce. I wrapped the egg rolls in the Asian lettuce, put some mint and cilantro inside, and dipped it in the sweet and sour sauce.  To say the least, my taste buds were having a party.  Every flavor was present, and the cilantro and mint leaves gave it that depth.  Texturally, it was a treat as well.  This was an all in one flavor packed appetizer that is a must order.

The Nem Nuong Cuon (pork spring roll) is what they are known for.  The grilled pork paste was wrapped in rice paper with lettuce, cucumber, carrot, daikon, and mint.  It was  served with house special sauce.  In my opinion, the sauce made this dish shine.  The spring rolls in itself were tasty, but the sauce is what makes this dish. The house special sauce was some sort of shrimp paste sauce.  It went very well with the rolls.

As a hot dish, we ordered the Bo Luc Lac (Shaken beef)  The dish had filet minon chunks, mixed with onions, mushrooms, scallion and spices.  It was served with tomato rice with a salad.  The filet minion was very soft and tender — not an ounce of chewiness. The vegetables were fine and the rice was alright.  I didn’t really like the sauce it was in as much.  It kind of tasted like bean paste, but milder in flavor.  It would have been nice to have more meat, but we all know how pricey filet minon is.

At the end, we ordered our Vietnamese coffee and it completed the meal.  Not as good as Lee’s, but still very good.  I realized how much flavor Vietnamese food has.  It was fun to see the spring roll making station as workers almost endlessly rolled each one.  It’s no wonder that they need so many people making these things, everyone orders them. If you are in the area, and want some Vietnamese food, Brodard is all you need. There is a Brodard Chateu down the street. I don’t know if it is related or not, but this one is the real deal.

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Everything about Vegas is over the top.  One of the most over the top breakfasts can be had at Hash House a Go Go.  They are known for their crazy concoctions of burgers stacked high, pancakes larger than pizzas, and breakfast plates big enough for three, four maybe. I have been to the one in San Diego, and the long wait was rewarded with plates of impossible to finish food.  Delicious at that.  Going to Vegas, knowing there was a Hash House off the strip and on the strip, my breakfast was set.

We ordered the iced pistachio mocha to start things off.  It was milky and ice cold.  The pistachio taste was subtle, but there.  It was similar to the Nutella shake at Burger Bar. The chocolate was a nice background flavor.  Imagine chocolate hazelnut (nutella) but then replace the hazelnut with pistachio. It worked!  Tasty!

The craziest dish I have ever seen was the sausage gravy pot pie.  It had scrambled egg and mashed potatoes which was normal.  This was I guess their version of sausage and biscuits, but mutated to a giant monster.  The bottom was a bowl formed by an upside down hat made of a biscuit type bread.  Inside the bowl was massive amounts of mashed potatoes which kind of sucked. There was even a bunch underneath the makeshift bowl.    I was looking for more sausage pieces, though there were some.  After a few bites of this dish, it was a bit tiring.  I don’t see how anyone can finish this dish.  Carb overload is an understatement.

My chorizo hash was sensible, but still came in a skillet.  It had jalapeno, red onion, cheddar cheese, and fresh tomatoes.  The kick from the jalapeno was a wake up call, especially compared to the monotone of the pot pie.  Chorizo is spicy as well, so this dish had a lot of flavor. The eggs were perfectly cooked over easy.  Though there was nothing special about this one, it at least kept me interested.

Hash House a Go Go is a place to go eat.  They make sure you are full, and you leave with a doggy bag every time. This is the opposite of tapas small plates.  You get one big plate, and a lot of it.  The food isn’t boring for sure.  They try to keep it interesting with interesting combinations and portions that are too big to make sense. I guess that is the fun of it all.  Vegas is all about buffets, but with Hash House, you will get enough — don’t worry.

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What is a theme park without cotton candy, popcorn, and corn dogs?  Well, without it, you don’t have yourself a theme park.  Corn dogs is on a stick, and is easy to eat on the go.  It is no wonder that there is almost always a line for the Corn Dog Cart at Disneyland. Good to know that this American classic snack can be had at America’s favorite theme park.  But is it my favorite corn dog?  It’s hard to say.  As for as classic corn dogs go, they are one of the best.

Waiting in anticipation, I was never this excited about a corn dog, ever.  It might have been the Disney magic people keep talking about.  The cart is a small wagon type food stand towards the end of Main St.  The corn dog was deformed looking — this was interestingly a plus for me. I never understood how corn dogs have that perfectly balled tip.  The batter was light and crispy, a bit greasy, but delicious.  Most importantly, the batter stuck to the hot dog.

It was a bit pricey, as all things are at Disneyland.  The corn dog was nicely sized though, and you can get chips or fruit as a side.  If you are ever at Disneyland and need a bite on the run, get your corn dog on.

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This is where it all started. Beverly and Rampart — this was the birthplace of the the Original Tommy’s hamburger. Tom Koulax founded Tommy’s in 1946, and the rest is history. Their menu hasn’t changed much. Chili burgers, being their signature item, is what I always get. Can’t mess with a classic. There are a bunch of Original Tommy’s in LA and OC — a few in NV. Future plans include AZ, but this one was the first.

I remember when I was a kid, my uncle would take me here all the time. Having been pretty big for my age, I prided in the fact that I could finish a whole chili cheese burger by myself. Albeit, half of it spilled on my shirt and face, it was surely a feat. That taste, even until this day reminds me of that little boy. All because of that messy chili. At this location, you can order from the original stand on the corner, or the expantion right next to it. The special thing about their burgers, is that there is nothng special special that they do to it. They are just pure ingredients at their freshest. Of course, the chili is what they are known for. It is velvety smooth and delicious.

Tommy’s is chili cheese burgers — the first thing when I think of a chili cheese burger.  I’m proud to be an Angelino, and I’m happy to have Tommy’s.

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Thai Patio – Night Time Chow At Thai Town

by Franklin on December 13, 2011

Where else can you get authentic Thai cuisine other than in Thai Town.  Located near Hollywood, Thai Town in Los Angeles offers some great food.  Thai Patio had some really well prepared Thai food.  Something about the spices in Thai food keeps me wanting more.  This restaurant does it perfectly.  The live music and open dining area is very inviting.  Those in seek of a hip night life and good Thai food can appreciate this place.

We ordered the crab fried rice.  I am absolutely in love with crab fried rice, especially this one restuarant near CSUF. Thai Patio’s, though good wasn’t as good as the one in Fullerton.   It wasn’t seafood like enough for me.

Though the crab fried rice was just normal, the grilled beef was amazing.  The taste was like no other.  It was a bit sweet and so very tender.  At first, I thought it would be on the tough side.  However they prepared it, it was a perfect texture. I liked the bbq marks that was on the beef.  It gave it a nice char flavor.  and whatever spices they use on these, it was delicious.

Their chicken Pad see Ew was by far my favorite.  It is quite possible that they have the best.  The noodles were thick and chewy — al dente. It wasn’t mushy at all.  The sauce and fresh vegetables brought the whole dish together.  Definately, the texture of the noodles is what makes this dish.  If I didn’t know any better, I’d think they made their noodles in house from scratch.

Thai Patio was authentic.  Maybe it was all in the name, or the fact that it was in Thai Town.  All of the food in Koreatown isn’t always good, so it can’t be the location.  It must be the food.  Everything was delicious, and they give you a lot of it. Asking for to go boxes is a must after your meal, because you will have left overs.  Next time, I would like to try more of the exotic (heavily spiced) dishes.

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The burger in it of itself is a classic.  More than a sandwich, it is a complete meal all in the grasp of your hands.  It is safe to say that everyone has had a lot of burgers in their life time — it is a go to item at any restaurant.  BLT Burger, located at the Mirage is a popular burger spot.  Known for their grass fed, Certified Angus Beef (CAD), their patties are amongst the freshest.

The Tex Mex Burger was a messy one, but still good.  The spiciness from the jalapenos and salsa weren’t really noticeable.  Probably because I like spicy food really spicy.  The messy part, the chili, was made with corn and beans.  The avocado, jack cheese, and sour cream made this burger very rich and creamy. Almost everything you’d find in a nacho was inside this burger.  And speaking of nachos, they offer that one the menu.  It looked good, but opted for the fries instead.

The fries were very good, especially the waffle fries.  It was crispy and perfectly seasoned.  Even after cooling off, it still remained crunchy somehow. As for the sweet potato fries, that was a different story.  They were somewhat soggy and not warm when it came to the table.  The waffle fries are the way to go here.

My favorite burger here wasn’t made of beef, but lamb.  The Lamb tandoori burger was made with Colorado lamb.  That is a good thing I assume.  Mint cilantro yogurt sauce, cucumber, olives, red onion, tomato topped this burger and complimented the meat very well. I usually don’t like the taste of lamb as it is too gamey, but this one was just right — not too gamey and the flavors of the meat and yogurt sauce went really well together.  If the bun wasn’t cold, this burger would have been perfect.

Of course, every burger needs a milkshake.  We ordered the nut job milkshake.  This was their version of the Nutella shake.  It had vanilla ice cream, Nutella, and slivered almonds. I wanted to compare this Nutella shake with the one from Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay.  Without a doubt, the one from Burger Bar is far superior.  The  Nutella flavor wasn’t prevalent enough at the one from BLT.  At times, I couldn’t even taste the Nutella.

BLT Burger had solid burgers.  Some were classic, and the specialty burgers were great.  Knowing what to order, one can find a tasty burger.  They have the classic BLT burger (of course), to other sides, and even alcoholic shakes. The decor is nice and relaxing.  If they worked around their little kinks, this could be one of my favorite burger joints in Vegas.

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Ocean Star – One Of Many Dim Sum Spots In The SGV

by Franklin on December 2, 2011

Dim sum is Chinese food served in bite size portions.  Kind of like tapas plates, but Chinese food. The interesting part is that it is only served in the mornings and lunch times.  You will see ladies push metal steamer carts around with stacks of yummy deliciousness.  Often times, you will find some interesting (weird for some) foods — chicken feet and tripe to name a couple. Ocean Star in Monterey Park is affordable and is busy as heck on the weekends.  Their dim sum is comparable to the good ones in Los Angeles.  Here are some of the items on the menu:

The chow mein is a thinner noodle, and it comes out room temperature.  Theirs was less oily which I like.  It was a nice complement to the other side dishes.

 

The clams were sauteed in some kind of hoisin or black bean sauce.  It was fresh for the most part, and tasty.

 

The egg rolls were filled with cabbage and carrots.  Yes, a vegetable egg roll, but still good dipped in soy sauce.

 

These dumplings were delicious.  They are packed with vegetables and pork, and the outside dumpling part was nice and chewy.

 

Without a doubt, the most popular dim sum item is pork shui mai.  They are like meat balls with shrimp surrounded by a wanton wrapper.  They are one of my favorites.

 

Shrimp shui mai are whole shrimp, covered in wanton skins.  It is steamed, which leaved the outer wanton skin smooth, yet sticky.  Each bite was perfect with a little soy sauce.

 

These are shrimp in fried wanton.  The shrimp inside were meaty and the wantons were very crispy and crunchy.  Perfect, dipped in soy sauce and vinegar.

 

I always like to end my dum sum with mango pudding.  It isn’t too sweet and the texture is so nice after a nice meal.  It doesn’t quite taste like mangoes, but they are still delicious.

 

Ocean Star is one of my favorite dim sum restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley.  The price is right, thought they did raise their prices recently.  The servers are somewhat helpful and well organized. This place is perfect for big groups, banquets, and small gatherings.

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I want to make it clear that I do not support this restaurant in any way.  I understand of their actions to the community and I am only blogging about the food.  To my understanding, Larchmont Bungalow is in a legal battle with the city.  Back in 2009, they agreed not to make it a sit down restaurant, and only make it a take out restaurant.  Since then, they still have chairs and tables, and the legal battle is prolonged until January 2012.  We will see what happens soon.

Larchmont is one of those areas where you know you are amongst the rich.  Having luckily gone to an elementary school nearby, Larchmont almost hits home.  Unique boutique shops flood the area as well as nice eateries. One in particular, Larchmont Bungalow, is a nice breakfast and lunch spot. It reminded me of a home style of a Panera Bread or Corner Bakery. You pay first, and you get served after being seated. Because of this, it is a nice place for a weekend breakfast or groups. Being situated in Larchmont, it gets a bit busy in the mornings.

I ordered the seafood omelet.  I am not much of a fan of seafood in the morning, but I was still attracted by the popularity of the dish.  Inside it had, lobster, shrimp, blue crab, spinach, and truffle hollindaise.  The seafood meat was a nice mixture of flavors and was fresh for the most part.  The hollindaise was nice and creamy, and the truffle made it very rich in taste. It complimented the seafood quite nicely.  The potatoes that came with it were really good — perfectly cooked.

I usually like sweets in the morning, and the red and blue velvet pancakes were a perfect option for my craving.  It had cream cheese spread and home made whipped cream served with warm maples syrup — topped with walnuts.  More cake than pan cake, the cream cheese spread was sandwiched between each slice.  The contrasting red, white, and blue was very patriotic. The taste was amazing.  The cake was somewhat dense for its size, but still fluffy as a pancake should be. The frosting was sweet already, so the maple syrup was used sparingly and the walnuts gave it a nice textural crunch.  This was a great dessert breakfast, and should be ordered when eating here.

Breakfast in Los Angeles is one of my favorites.  The people, the aura of Los Angeles is exuded in the food here.  It is wholesome and filling — So Los Angeles to have red and blue velvet pan cakes on the menu.  At a joint like Larchmont Bungalow, you expect good food.  Breakfast here was pleasurable and relaxing.  They offer a lot of classic breakfast items, and they are known for their pastries and desserts. Shop a little, swing by and get some snacks, and you will be set.

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Gosh Cha Cha Chili.  Why did you do this to me?  You got me so excited, and now I am caught in the middle.  I ordered my food, but you made me wait 30 minutes for 2 tacos and a burrito.  At first you excited me because I got the last of the short rib. Score!  But why didn’t it taste like anything?  Why did I feel I should have gotten the far superior spicy bbq pork tacos?  I hate you, and I like you.  But for the most part, I like you.  Just don’t make me wait over 30 minutes for my food.  Thanks.

This place is located in the weirdest neighborhood ever.  Situated in between Lincoln Heights and the low lands behind Cal State LA, the location is awkward, but I guess it works. This Asian Mexican fusion makes Korean style tacos and burritos, as well as bowls.  As a fan of the Kogi Truck, I had to give it a try.  As You may already know, I clear like the food truck better.

The tacos were flavorful and huge.  They don’t use the tiny 2 inch tacos, but the ones they sell at the market. It was packed with flavorful pork, and the salad they put on top worked really well in the tacos.

The short rib burrito, which I assume caused the 30 minute wait, was a turn off for me.  The beef was chewy and tasteless.  The rice inside was mushy, and added to the blandness. Even the flour tortilla turned stale and hard, not warm and chewy.  The burrito, simply put, was not good.

Would I be stupid to come back?  No.  I wouldn’t mind getting a few Korean tacos.  I would be scared for the wait, so I would call ahead. Definitely, when the Kogi Truck is nowhere in sight, at least I know that this brick and mortar will stay put.

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Trying to kill time, I made a little trip to The Grove.  Crowded as usual, we decided to watch a movie. Feeling hungry after shopping a bit, I wanted to eat something. The Grove has a few restaurants, but I wanted something quick and delicious.  The Farmers Market was my best bet.  Searching for something to eat, none of the selections looked appetizing, until I found Loteria Grill.  Knowing there was one in Studio City and Hollywood, and judging by the line, I knew it had to be good.

We ordered the carnitas enchilada with rice and beans.  The meat wasn’t dry at all, and the red sauce was thick and not too spicy.  I would have liked the tortillas to be a bit more mushy, but the rice with the enchiladas were perfect. Unfortunately, I really did not care for the black beans.  I would doubled up on the rice if they let me next time.  All in all, this was an amazing dish.

Who doesn’t love melted cheese?  Who doesn’t love chorizo?  To satisfy my needs, I ordered the cheese fundito with chorizo.  This perfectly melted, somewhat crispy cheese plate was heaven in between the corn tortillas. The cheese was nice and hot, the chorizo was perfectly seasoned.  The pool of cheese grease on the bottom of the plate didn’t scare me.  This deconstructed quesadilla was delicious.  That is all I cared about.

The whole meal was amazing.  My favorite was the fundito.  I am a sucker for melted cheese.  Loteria Grill is a nice spot, especially amongst the hit or miss eateries around the Farmers Market. This spot has a lot of delicious looking food on the menu, and I would like to try them all one day.  Though a bit on the pricey side, you get what you pay for.  The Grove, and Farmers Market, until next time.

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This is a story of success.  It is about a perfect night that went as planned — the stars aligned, and most importantly, the food was surprisingly good.  Hungry before a show at Kodak Theatre, and barely having any time to eat, I was sad.  Nobody wants a quick hot dog or boring burgers from Mc Donalds before Cirque Du Soleil. You want something good and satisfying at a sit down restaurant.  An amazing show like that deserves better.

Knowing we only had about 15 minutes to eat, my reservations at Boho seemed impossible to make.  Looking up the menu on my phone, I knew what I wanted.  I called them up, ordered over the phone, and asked to reserve our seat.  We got there and was seated immediately.  From there, our food was served right away.

What did we have in that short amount of time?  We ordered pizza and mac & cheese.  That’s all it took to make us satisfied.

Everyone ordered the Bianca Verde pizza, so we had to try it.  It had preserved lemons, garlic, ricotta, arugula, grated Parmesan.    The arugula played nicely with the fresh melted mozzarella.  and the garlic and preserved lemons gave it a nice kick without being too overwhelming. The taste was so balanced and good, and the dough was perfect.  I would order this again when I revisit.

Mac & Cheese is one of my all time favorite comfort foods.  At BoHo, they add jalapeno, bacon, and Parmesan breadcrumbs.  It was interesting.  The cheese seemed like it was spicy nacho queso sauce, and the bacon gave it the saltiness. It wasn’t a traditional mac & cheese, but it was very delicious.

The atmosphere was very inviting and comforting, all in the middle of busy Hollywood.  Not only was the food amazing, but the service was wonderful.  I almost felt like I was a celebrity.  Getting seated immediately, getting our food right away, and holding front row seats to one of LA’s best theatrical shows made me feel special.  BoHo made it happen — they saved the night. The food was delicious, and the show was amazing  it was a great night. Thanks for saving the night BoHo

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I have always wanted to eat here.  I knew the food was going to be average, I knew it was exactly like Cheesecake Factory inside and out, and I knew there still would be a wait. Despite these foreseen events, I still wanted to go.  I mean, its Grand Lux Cafe.  It is what Las Vegasians  don’t eat (Yes, you read that right, Las Vegasians. Is that not the right term?) and what everyone else visiting Las Vegas do eat.  It is open 24 hours and is probably the busiest restaurants on the strip.  I came ate here not knowing they opened one up in LA inside Beverly Center.  I had to try it once at least, where it all started.

Just like the people at Cheesecake, complimentary bread and butter was served.  Thankfully, it wasn’t white and pumpernickel.  The bread was a great start as always.

I ordered the fried chicken and waffles.  I couldn’t decide between lunch and breakfast, so I had brunch. Before heading back to LA, I had to get some Roscoe’s-esque chicken and waffles.  Though this dish didn’t come close, the fried chicken strips were crispy.  The pecan honey butter sauce was good on the waffle which was also light and crispy.

I also tried the short rib grilled cheese sandwich.  It had slow roasted short rib slices, caramelized and picked onion,s arugula, and melted cheese. It was a solid sandwich and tasted really good.  It was rich in flavor and the side salad was a great companion.  The flavor was nicely balanced.

It was a pleasure trying the food at Grand Lux Cafe.  Having heavy influences from Cheesecake Factory, the similarities are evident. The food is consistently good and the price is always even better.  Gran Lux Cafe, attracts the masses.  The gamblers, clubbers, families, and older couples all eat here.  What you end up here is a standard meal for a decent price.  You get a little something for everyone.

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Why is it that the dirtier and grungier the establishment, the better the food?  I’m not talking about having a C rating for food health and safety.  I mean those hole in the wall mom and pop joints.  Boca Del Rio is one such establishment. Their Mexican food is so street food and so “unhealthy”, but really tasty.

I noticed they put cheese on everything.  The cook literally shaves a block of monterey jack cheese through a shredder.  He makes the tacos, then just starts shaving cheese all over the tacos. It literally snows cheese over the plate.  That is what makes this so delicious.

I ordered carne asada tacos.  It started off like a regular taco — tortillas, meat, onions, cilantro.  It doesn’t stop there.  They shave large amounts of cheese over the tacos, then top each one with red or green sauce.  These tacos were packed to the fullest — no room for anything else. The tacos were really good and the carne asada was seasoned well.  I never had cheese on a taco like this, and thought it was a bit weird at first.  After the first bite, I knew what I was missing.

The lengua quesadilla was the best.  Lengua is beef tongue, and could possibly be the best part of the cow. The texture of it is so different and beefy.  It was even better inside a large flour tortilla and copious amounts of monterey jack cheese.  The quesadilla was a bit greasy, but that was fine by me. The grease was flavor, and this had a lot of it.  It was so simple, but so delicious.  Lengua is king.

Boca Del Rio is a small Mexican spot.  They have a nice menu full of the favorites.  I would want to try the burritos next time I go.  Cheese on everything.  That is their secret.

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One in a while, you come across a BBQ spot that that really hits the spot.  A good BBQ restaurant is hard to find.  Checking my best friend yelp, I found this Blake’s Place, literally off the grid. Located in the industrial parts of Anaheim, they are hard to find.  You wouldn’t even think there would be a restaurant within a few blocks from there.  But once you get there and try the food, you will be glad you found it.

Walking in, I had a good feeling about this place.  Not only did I see the catering trucks outside, there were a few police officers enjoying a meal.  You know if the police eat there, it has to be good food.

I read many good things about the Blake’s pulled pork pile.  Once it came out, my mouth dropped to the floor.  This thing was huge.  As they say,  You definitely need napkins for this one. The pork was not dry at all.  Most pulled pork I tried was overly sauced because the meat was so dry.  Blake does the pulled pork right.  The cole slaw gave it a nice crunch and the red onion really made every come together.  This was one of my favorite pulled pork sandwiches.

We also ordered the rib plate.  It included a lot of different cuts so we got to try everything.  It included baby back ribs, pork spare ribs, and of course a beef rib.  The plate also came with bbq beans, mac and cheese, cole slaw, and garlic bread. The BBQ at Blake’s really is delicious.  The meat was so fall off the bone tender and is never dry or burnt.  My favorite of course, was the beef rib.  Not only was it humongous, it was delicious.  Eating it with the mac and cheese and garlic toast was good too.  It was a great BBQ meal.

Of course, we ended the meal off with a nice dessert.  The banana cream pudding was really good.  It wasn’t too sweet and there were nice slices of banana and vanilla cookies inside. Delicious.

This was a cool spot.  I would never have came here or found this place if it wasn’t for the internet.  Hopefully, someone will read this blog post and find it to be a nice BBQ spot as well. So where is this place?  Its near the 91 and 57 around the outskirts of Anaheim.  You can Google Blake’s Place.  Make sure you keep that map open and GPS on.

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The Pint House – Oktobeerfest Is On And Poppin’

October 25, 2011

I was in Downtown Fullerton, and I came across The Pint House.  From the back, where the parking is, there were lights outside streaming across the dining area. There was a smokey smell coming from this place and it looked nice.  We wanted to give it a try. The inside was like an upscale pub [...]

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Naples Ristorante E Pizzeria – Salted Cured Meat And Fruit On Pizza

October 25, 2011

It was late, we were hungry, and we just had an awesome time at Disneyland.  Of course, we don’t want to settle nor go broke and eat at Disneyland.  We already saw what we wanted to see and rode Pirates, so the day was complete. We just needed to eat.  One of the more decent [...]

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Crepes de Paris – No Passport Necessary

October 18, 2011

Crepes are so delicious.  That paper thin pancake like disc, filled with whatever your heart desires — that is what a crepe is all about. Though, I can’t seem to get over the savory crepe.  I prefer the sweet kind, the ones for dessert.  Crepes de Paris in Brea is a quaint little crepe shop.  [...]

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Taste on Melrose – I Dine LA And I Love Taste

October 14, 2011

I’ve heard so much stuff about Taste on Melrose.  I’ve seen that building so many times on Melrose with the words “taste” on it.  “What is Taste?” I would ask myself. Thanks to Dine LA’s Restaurant Week, I took advantage of their 3 course menu.  Looking at their menu, I realized that all or most [...]

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Gordon Ramsey at The London – A Michelin Star Well Deserved?

October 14, 2011

DineLA’s Restaurant Week really lets people try many different kind of food.  After looking and what they had to offer.  I was caught between so many choices.  After a few reservations being booked, I was left with Gordon Ramsey at The London.  I am not saying this was a second best or last resort.  I [...]

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Bar + Kitchen – Slow Service, But I don’t Mind It

October 14, 2011

It is always nice to eat with family.  Being Dine LA Restaurant Week and all, we all wanted to take advantage and have lunch.  Since restaurant week comes in 3 courses and 3 dishes to choose from, the trio, my brother, cousin, and I went to Bar + Kitchen. Perfectly situated in Downtown, it was [...]

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