Part 2 – Sixty or More Los Angeles Restaurants for Your Consideration

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It’s Tops Coffee Shop in San Francisco.

All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2014

To see images of my past posts & get links to the recipes – look on my Pinterest board – HERE.

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Alex Donuts

Chocolate Glazed from the defunkt Alex Donuts – now Kettle Glazed Donuts in Hollywood.

Riata Grill Dalas Tx

Reata Grill, Dallas, TX

There is a heat wave in Los Angeles this week & cooking is just oppressive.  So – I am taking the opportunity to present 60+ restaurants I have visited in the last two years.  This is not a complete list & some places here reflect images from multiple visits.  I am not going to get into reviewing them but I will post a link if I have blogged about specific places here in the past – and that link will likely have lots of info & more pictures (except for my earliest posts which were pretty simple). They will be listed pretty much in alphabetical order & if there is a website for the place – I will try to supply it by making the name of the place a link to their site.  HERE is the link to Part 1.

Below is a place called Cactus Jack’s in Evergreen, CO.   Sorry for the out of area teasers but – hey – maybe you will go to one of these places, too!

OK!  Let’s get started!

Cactus Jack in Evergreen CO

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DESANO PIZZA – Hollywood, CA

My blog about Desano Pizza is here.

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DINAH’S CHICKEN – Glendale, CA

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DOOMIE’S HOME COOKIN’ – Hollywood, CA

READ MY BLOG about Doomie’s VEGAN FOOD – including lots of pics & info about the vegan fried shrimp & vegan Big Mac you see here – and more – HERE.

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EL CASERIO  – Silverlake, CA

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FIESTA MARTIN – Inglewood, CA

My blog about Fiesta Martin is HERE.

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FIGARO BISTROT – Hollywood, CA

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FOXY’S RESTAURANT – Glendale, CA

Foxy’s insanely comprehensive menu HERE.

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FRANKLIN & CO – Hollywood, CA

I included Franklin & Co in my blog thrice – HERE and HERE and HERE.

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GOLDEN ROAD BREWERY – Los Angeles

My blog about Golden Road is HERE.

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GOOD GIRL DINETTE – Highland Park, CA

My blog about Good Girl Dinette is HERE.

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And there you have it!  Ten spots you can investigate yourself.  ENJOY!!!!

And don’t forget about my book!  www.BathingBook.com.  The REVIEWS ON AMAZON are awesome!

 

The top video there is trailer for my novel.  The second is me reading from it a while back – at Vroman’s.

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Desano Pizza Bakery – East Hollywood, California

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To see images of my past posts & get links to the recipes – look on my Pinterest board – HERE.

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All my posts now have a VERY customizable PRINT & PDF option.  Create a PDF & save the recipe to your computer or print it out.  It offers a “remove images” option & you can delete any part of the post you do not need before printing.  The button is below by the Twitter & Facebook links.

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Apologies!  I have been a REALLY naughty blogger!  Or rather – a very distracted one.  My badass boyfriend was in town for the last two weeks & that is always distracting.  But, add in the work I am doing for Waterfront Film Festival & auditions I have as an actress & trying to promote my new novel – well, the blog took a back seat so far back – it was like a can dragging behind a wedding car.

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The book (for sale HERE) is doing well.  Check out the reviews on Amazon!  I am very flattered!

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OK – so – while I do have a few recipes I mean to spring on you soon, my first post back will be about this AMAZING pizza place – DESANO – that I discovered out in the no-man’s land that is Santa Monica Boulevard east of Normandie.  It is all car parts & body shops & little huts that look like places to buy all the bits required for a Santeria ritual.  It is as run-down & vacant-seeming as Santa Monica Boulevard gets and hardly the place one might find amazing & authentic Italian pizza.  Miles & I were greeted by the owner in his thick & charming Italian accent.  What a delight!  No hipsters in too-tight baby T’s or facial hair from the cast of a Wild Bill Hickok biopic.  Just a regular person peddling pizza that is anything but regular.

Now – know that this place was suggested to us by our bartender, Stephanie, from one of our favorite watering holes & she sold this place so hard – that Miles suggested we have dinner there even though – EGADS! – they have no liquor license!  Know that Miles drinks beer with his eggs & bacon in the morning so – his agreeing to a booze-free dinner is epic.  We did inquire about the liquor license, however, as I, too, am wont to guzzle some (lots of!) vino with my meals & we were informed that they expected it soon.  Whew!

So – once parked in the ample parking lot, we entered through the door here –

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and entered this room –

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and then sort of wandered over to this open kitchen area –

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where we were informed that we had missed the real entrance entirely.  We were led to the place where one orders & we saw these crazy cannoli & the gelato bar.

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We were directed to order from a menu that reflected these selections –

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Miles got the Desano (I believe) and I got the Verdura.  We grabbed our beverages –

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and waited eagerly for our pizzas.  They arrived very quickly – maybe 5-10 minutes & they were glorious!

There is a little condiment bar with the expected pizza toppings – if you want to customize a bit.

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I made the mistake of getting a bit heavy-handed with that salt there – as it turned out to be THE saltiest salt on Earth but it did not dampen my pleasure much.  The pizzas were incredible & bizarrely filling.  Despite only being about 12″ personal pizzas – neither Miles nor I could eat more than half of one.  So we got boxes & had some for the next night.

People – this place is GREAT!  Run – do not walk – to East Hollywood & commence the gorging!

Desano PIzza Bakery!

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