Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Does anybody read this anymore.  Add a comment if you do.
And if you do, I want to be sure you know about two new places on Crenshaw:
1) Maverick's Flat.  On Crenshaw, just south of the Baldwin Hills Mall,  4225 Crenshaw Boulevard
Dance Club 1st floor where people dress nice. Dining room 2nd floor.  Super excellent food.  Really super excellent food.  Southern American food.  I've been there a few times for dinner, next I want to go for weekend brunch.
2) Post and Beam.  Pretty good, locally sourced, food - some grown in their own garden.  Loud (unless you are sitting outside), kinda hip.  On the back side of the Baldwin Hills Mall parking lot.  3767 Santa Rosalia Dr.  See you there, soon.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Pete's HotLinks

3701 W. Jefferson (on Jefferson just a half block west of Crenshaw,
almost across from the Kobbler King)
Just hot links - only sold raw - chicken and beef - mild, medium and hot
hog casing
made on the premises
I think they sell to all the local BBQ places,
but if you are having your own BBQ..., they are delicious!
You come into the little space behind the black security door
and order thru a window
$3.75 per pound
Open 7 days a week til 4pm

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Piping Hot Pupusa's at Tony's Front Yard Joint

Homemade, super excellent Pupusa's for pupusionados. After half dozen visits with various friends and neighbours, we now consider this the go-to place in 90018.
There is a new-ish place in the neighborhood that seems to operate on the fringes of legality, so we will not share the particulars of the address here in this public forum. Suffice it to say that, if you are reading this you probably know us and can email or call directly to find out the coordinates if you haven't already seen the place yourself.
We ate there tonight and this is front yard cuisine at its very best. Fresh made pupusas with all the fixins grilled up fresh, crunchy, and hot. Tacos on homemade tortillas. Burritos that we didn't try. Basically anything you can imagine made with corn, beans, cheese, and meat plus some delicious marinated vegetables, the cabbage slaw, and all sorts of salsas, one that was super super spicy. Everything was delicious and the price was right, $18 stuffed four people including drinks.
Open just a few nights a week. Highly recommended. Go there now.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sky's Gourmet Tacos

Sky's Gourmet Tacos
5408 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90019-3945
(323) 932-6253

It's right across the street from the House of Pain bakery and got great reviews on Yelp. So I'm willing to say, OK, we hit it on a bad day...  a really bad day... Someone else should go and see if this place warrants the 4 star reviews it's getting on Yelp. Or maybe it's just that the meat stuff is better than the veg.
Confusing to order, took forever, food was so-so.
I was with people who aren't as picky as I am, and even they weren't stoked.
Maybe their extensive vegetarian menu is just for looks and no one really orders from it.

Also, they have a truck. 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Gourmet Genie

I was really hungry on my ride home from Echo Park on Tuesday, but I didn't feel like locking up my bike and going inside a building to get food. I passed a couple of meat-centric food trucks, and my stomach was growling. Any food truck with a picture of a fuzzy animal on it that serves a factory farm version of that animal is super gross to me, even though the wafting scents smell pretty delicious.
Hoping to run across a truck with some vegetarian options, I turned down Hope Street, and near the corner of Hope and Olympic, there was the Gourmet Genie parked, advertising Mediterranean style cuisine.
I picked up a hommus pita wrapped sandwich for five dollars, and took it over to a lovely park in front of the Fashion Institute to eat. I was suddenly transported into a different city than the usual Los Angeles. A man was playing a guitar in the grass, and everywhere I looked, benches were occupied by people eating lunch or just enjoying the nice weather.
The sandwich was super. Tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, hummos and some other stuff I'm probably forgetting. The hummos was a bit chunky, with some garbanzos left intact. The proprietor of the truck said it was an old family recipe, but I don't care if he found it on the internet yesterday- it was fantastic!
The truck parks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings after 4pm on Hoover near Jefferson, in front of the Starbucks, but for up to the minute information on their whereabouts, follow them on Twitter.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Ta Bom truck

Brazilian tapas in the neighborhood?  Sim, at Ta Bom (It's Good), the city's only Brazilian lonchera, typically moored late afternoons on Jefferson near McClintock.  Thus far, I've sampled--with great satisfaction--the Coxinha (a croquette like delicacy), the ground beef pastel, Salpicao (a veggie wrap with shredded carrot, jicama, olives, and more), a top sirloin taco, and the Kibe.  Kibe is a cross between a meatball and falafel: extremely fine ground beef, combined with onion, mint, and wheat bulghur.  Excelente!  Most items cost between 2 and 3 dollars, and there's Guarana on hand for a wash down.  (Also, the staff will give you pointers on your Portuguese.)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

La Flor Blanca

La Flor Blanca
1279 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
In the mood for piping hot pupusas? Next door to the Indian place on Jefferson is this really yummy Salvadorean place that is festively decorated with images of El Salvador and serves up a full menu of food including excellent pupusas. We didn't try anything but the pupusas, so can only report on them. The pupusas are delicious indeed and come with a generous heap of tangy fresh cabbage slaw and zingy salsa. A delight! Cash only, but you don't have to bring much.