Part 5 – Sixty or More Los Angeles Restaurants for Your Consideration

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Queen Mary – Long Beach, CA

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Highland Park Diner – Rochester, NY

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Queen Mary – Long Beach, CA

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.

HERE is the link to Part 2.

HERE is the link to Part 3.

HERE is the link to Part 4.

I am also taking this opportunity to post a few of my favorite images that I have taken of restaurants not in Los Angeles –  above.  Enjoy!

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THE PIKEY – Hollywood, CA

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PIMAI IT’S THAI – Hollywood, CA

My blog about Pimai It’s Thai is HERE.

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SADDLE RANCH – Hollywood, CA

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THE SERVING SPOON – Inglewood, CA

My blog about The Serving Spoon is HERE.

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SETTEBELLO PIZZERIA – Pasadena, CA

THINNEST crust pizza ever.  Wonderful!

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SPITZ – Hollywood, CA

My blog about Spitz is HERE.

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ST. FELIX – Hollywood, CA

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STATE SOCIAL HOUSE – West Hollywood, CA

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SUSHI SPOT – Tarzana, CA

THE BEST SUSHI around Los Angeles

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SUSHI STOP – Hollywood, CA

My blog about Sushi Stop is HERE.

BEST PRICED sushi in town!

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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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Part 3 – Sixty or More Los Angeles Restaurants for Your Consideration

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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.

HERE is the link to Part 2.

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GUISADO’S – East Los Angeles, CA

Best fucking tacos in LA & lots of vegetarian ones!

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HOME RESTAURANT – Silverlake, CA

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HUNGRY CAT – Hollywood, CA

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IN AND OUT BURGER

That is the secret menu “Grilled Cheese” below.  It is basically a cheeseburger with everything & the meat patty removed & not replaced with anything.

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JAMESON’S IRISH PUB – Hollywood

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KETTLE GLAZED – Hollywood

Clearly – I go here every day.  DEFINITELY try the Cruffin!!

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KITCHEN 24 – Hollywood

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 L.A. ROSE CAFE – Hollywood

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LA SIRENA AZUL – Inglewood, CA

My blog about La Sirena Azul is HERE.

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LARCHMONT BUNGALOW – Larchmont Village, CA

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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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vromans back

 

 

Part 1 – Sixty or More Los Angeles Restaurants for Your Consideration

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Hi everybody!  That is me just above.  And this is the first entry in a several part recap of restaurants I have visited around Los Angeles.  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.   The images above are from Millie’s in Silverlake.   The beer below was at La Poubelle – a spot that is too dark to photograph with much success.  There isn’t a spot in this list that I do not recommend highly.  They span the city from East L.A. to Inglewood and all over Hollywood.  I included two spots in Santa Barbara.   It is just too fucking hot to cook this week – so I am using this heat as an opportunity to reflect.  I hope you enjoy this photo retrospective and maybe try out a few new places yourselves!

 

My blog about MILLIE’S is HERE.

My blog about LA POUBELLE is HERE.

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OK – here we go!

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3 DOG CANTINA – Hollywood

3 DOG CANTINA – in my blog HERE.

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33 TAPS  – Hollywood

 

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54TWENTY – Hollywood

54Twenty in my blog HERE.

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101 COFFEE SHOP – Hollywood

My blog about the 101 Coffee Shop.

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BENNY’S TACOS VENICE

My blog about Benny’s Tacos.

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BIRDS CAFE – Hollywood

My blog about Birds.

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BLUE PALMS BREWHOUSE – Hollywood

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CHEEBO – Hollywood

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CHI DYNASTY – Los Feliz

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DAVEY WAYNE’S – or – GOOD TIMES AT DAVEY WAYNE’S – Hollywood

My blog about Davey Wayne’s.

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OK!  There are the first ten.  I hope you try some of them out!!! And don’t forget about my book!  www.BathingBook.com.

 

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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BEER! And other lunch items at Spitz, 3 Dog Cantina, Mission Cantina & Golden Road Pub – in & around Hollywood, California

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The last time my badass boyfriend, Miles, was in town from Little Rock – it was over 100 degrees nearly every day of his week-and-a-half long stay.  Hot like the temperature recorded on my drive to LAX – in that photo above.

That is the heat reading on one of my two trips to get him at LAX (as his first attempt to leave was thwarted by the total incompetence of American Airlines – a fact that also allowed us a few extra days together so – there’s that).  Driving round trip from Hollywood to LAX is usually unpleasant, at best, but when it is 105 in your house & you have no air conditioning, you find yourself quite content on the 110 south in bumper to bumper traffic – because it is your only access to free AC.  Even the typically irritating fact that you cannot access the carpool lane because you are alone in the car is an inconvenience that rolls off you like the sweat on your own back.  Sweat that has dried & even causes a little chill as you blast the AC into your face so hard that your hair looks like a fright wig at the happy reunion with said beau.

The result of the uncivilized & oppressive & unyielding heat was that Miles & I spent far too many daylight hours in air-conditioned public places – usually ones with bars.  Not jail bars – but “belly-up-to-the” bars.  Bars with friendly bartenders.  Bars serving cold beer & the kind of acidic, unpleasant wine that most bars serve by the glass.   MMMMM!  That’s livin’!

The first time I picked him up at the airport, it was literally 105 in Hollywood so we went directly to Mission Cantina because Miles had a taste for Mexican food & because they serve this Pasadena-made beer – Craftsman 1903 – that I really enjoy.  He got a chicken burrito & I got a couple of fish tacos.

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Everything was delicious.  I’ve written about Mission Cantina before – when Miles & I first went there & then to the Museum of Death.  Here is the interior & outside patio.

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Our only issue on this day was that they had all their doors wide open & it was only a few degrees cooler in there than the oven just outside the doors.  I had sweat rolling down my legs and when a gal is wearing shorts & sweat runs down her legs – well – does the word “incontinence” mean anything to you?  It isn’t a pretty picture.

So – the next time I picked him up at the airport (an hour after dropping him off there) it was still 105 outside.  So – we decided to try a new place we spotted on our drive back home – Spitz.  I had never heard of it & the exterior gave nothing away as to what we might expect inside.  Here is the inside:

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They had Golden Road AND the Craftsman 1903 – both made locally.  I’m a fussy beer drinker so this pleased me a great deal.  So – Miles & I ordered beers & checked out the menu.

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Nearly everything on the menu had a carnivorous & vegetarian option!  That is a great thing for me (a vegetarian) & my “all meat all the time” boyfriend.  Unfortunately, neither of us were very hungry so we ordered only the Street Cart Fries which we were promised would be amazing.  And they were!

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Somehow, despite being loaded with a lot of damp toppings, these fries remained crispy & delicious.  Then we noticed – MY GOD – it was happy hour!  So I ordered a glass of white wine & Miles got another beer.  The wine was far more drinkable than your average happy hour white & served in a real wine glass AND it was a deep pour.  Suffice it to say, I will be returning to Spitz!

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On a hot Sunday, Miles & I staggered in from the heat – and I mean it was Africa hot – to 3 Dog Cantina.  I’d considered the place before but a peek inside revealed it to be MASSIVE & with a sports bar vibe.  Neither Miles nor I can tolerate sports so this place has been on the back burner.  Until that boiling hot Sunday.  We entered 3 Dog Cantina!

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Promptly seated in one of those huge booths by the window, I checked us in on Four Square because, as I’ve said before, I am a huge dork.  And because, sometimes, you get a little reward.  This check-in rewarded Miles with a free beer!  Bravo!  I ordered this cucumber margarita & it was pretty awesome.

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If I’m not mistaken, Miles also ordered a lemonade & a Coke with his beer & they were served in huge Mason jars.

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Not a fan of mahi-mahi, I ordered shrimp tacos & Miles got fajitas.

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The food was great, the room was very pleasant (despite sports on every wall) and it wasn’t crowded so we lingered as long as it took Miles to eat ALL of that chicken – which he did.  A miracle.

On the last full day of Miles’ trip, the temperature dropped into the nineties so I decided we could brave an outdoor meal.  We had been planning to try the Golden Road Brewery Pub and so try it we did.  It was even bigger that 3 Dog Cantina & offered indoor seating, outdoor seating & outdoor games.  Empty, it had the vibe of those massive bars in – like – Ensenada – that cater to college kids.  The sheer optimism of the size of it was intimidating.  Being there when it is crowded must be brutal.  But they had parking & it wasn’t crowded so we pressed on.

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HERE is the menu.  Far more creative than I have come to expect at pubs.  I ordered the avocado fritters & the banh mi (because I have never seen a veggie one before).  Miles, predictably, got ribs.  And we both got their Point the Way IPA.

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I’ve had fried avocado before & found it mushy, warm & gross.  THESE were crispy & delicious.

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I cannot comment on the ribs but Miles seemed to enjoy them a great deal & he ate ALL of that hunk of cornbread.  I guess southerners like the cornbread crumbly while, southerners say, Yankees like it wet.  As a Yankee, that was news to me – though I am definitely in the “moist with fresh corn added to it” camp.  Miles, if you haven’t figured it out, is a light eater despite the fact that (or maybe because) everything he chooses to eat is heavy.  Meat meat meat.  If it is fried – even better.  “Vegetables” for him include (and are almost limited to) mac & cheese & french fries.  How he stays at 135 lbs at 5’6″ – I will never know.  Especially when you factor in the beer.  By I digress.

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That is the banh mi.  In fairness to Golden Road – I am not a huge tofu fan.  I don’t dislike it – as in – I will not avoid it but I never add it to anything that doesn’t already include it.  I don’t buy into that whole “Vegetarian?  My god!  How do you get your protein?” bullshit.

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So – I found the tofu in the sandwich sort of pointless & replaced it with the fried avocado.  Also, in fairness to Golden Road, they offer a sandwich with the fried avocado.  And the bread was ridiculously awesome.  So, next time – I will get that fried A.L.T. they offer.  And there will be a next time because it was distinctly pleasant to sit out on their big porch & drink their beer & nibble the goodies they offer.

So – there you have it!  Four new joynts to try out – whether you are a degenerate carnivore, a persnickety vegetarian or just an inveterate drunk.  Enjoy!

In closing – here are two completely unrelated but cute little animal posts.  You’re welcome.

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Te’Kila Mexican Restaurant in Hollywood, California

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Te’Kila is right smack in the middle of the most touristy part of Hollywood Boulevard.  I don’t tend to spend a lot of time on the boulevard there but, frankly, this blog is forcing me out of my comfort zone – always looking for something new to write about.  Te’kila has a surprisingly pleasant environment, situated as it is on the alley that leads back to a big Victorian house that is a historic landmark now – and allegedly the oldest building in Hollywood.  I stole these pictures from Google:

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HERE is a little history on the place.

At any rate – here is the alley:

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And here is the outdoor seating at Te’Kila:

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The prices are not too bad.  Here is the menu:

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Notice the $30 burrito?   Nobody at my table ordered that but from the looks of the stuff we did order – I bet that burrito is, indeed, gigantic.

Miles ordered fajitas which, at first, seemed pricey – until they showed up.

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They arrived sizzling away & were served with pico de gallo, guacamole, tortillas, black beans & rice.  Miles asked for the cheese.  There was easily enough food there for two so, at $16, it was a pretty good deal.

My friend Mike ordered the $8 garden burrito which also was huge.

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And I got the $11 shrimp tacos (pictured at the top, too):

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and they were fresh & delicious.

Chips & salsa & some cold beer & we were very pleased with the whole thing.

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Still, despite the food being ample & delicious & pretty reasonable, the bill (with 4 beers added) came to about $65 – plus tip.  I hate when you think you are being good & then get hit with an $80 lunch tab!  Worse yet, I had parked at a 2 hour meter & paid for, I THOUGHT, 2 hours with a credit card.  I thought I got two hours for $1.  Turns out, I paid $2 for one hour.  Those fucking electronic meters can be really hard to read in bright sunlight.  Anyway – after absorbing the $80 lunch – I came back to my car to find this:

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Fucking OUCH!  It really sucked because I genuinely thought I’d paid for two hours.  I even set an alarm on my phone to alert me after and hour & 45 minutes.  Grrrr!!

Anyway – despite the drama & the parking ticket, I’d still recommend Te’Kila as a great spot to eat lunch outdoors on a pretty day.

Pimai It’s Thai – Hollywood, California

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Pimai.  It’s Thai!!  That name cracks me up.  It is hard for me to ever venture into any Thai restaurant other than my luhvah – Torung – but Torung doesn’t open until 5pm & I wanted lunch so I went to the Thai place nearest to where I live – Pimai It’s Thai.  I have eaten here before & have enjoyed it a great deal.  Their brown rice is actually a shade of purple & has a nuttiness that is really nice.  I forgot to ask for that rice yesterday – and maybe the lunch special doesn’t even offer that but the food we got yesterday was pretty great.  I had the Basil & Chili Shrimp Stir Fry (pictured above) & Miles had the same but with beef.

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I actually ordered scallops – but they were out.  The specials at lunch are $6.50 for veggie or tofu items, $7.50 for chicken or beef & $8.50 for shrimp or scallops.  The special includes rice, a little salad with a honey mustard dressing, a bowl of a consomme-like soup with spinach & some mystery (but tasty) bits in it:

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and a fried dumpling that I did not try because Miles believed it was pork-filled.   Both of us were impressed with how clean and how genuinely spicy the dishes were.  And the perfect amount of food for a good lunch.

There is outdoor seating – which is nice – and bizarrely uncommon in city that has nice weather 99% of the year.  Boston & NY offer far more outdoor dining options, I find.  Perhaps because everyone wants to enjoy the far less frequent fair weather there while they can.

Anyway – we sat outside & I neglected to photograph the interior.  Sorry.  HERE is their website, though, so take a peek.

And for your amusement – here are a few images of the ever Mercurial Miles B. Miller, my beer-drinking BF – and a picture of his frosty beer!

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And here are some pretty flowers that were nearby.

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Pimai It’s Thai (please ALWAYS use the full name when referring to this establishment) is located across from the Gelson’s on Franklin in the same strip mall with my new morning haunt – Tang Donuts.  I happen to be the FourSquare mayor of Tang Donuts – FYI – as I am (and will now likely always be) mayor of my now defunkt donut spot – Alex Donut.  At any rate – the strip mall isn’t especially appealing but the food at Pimai It’s Thai is & I highly recommend their exceedingly affordable lunch special.  Here is our bill:

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Much like at Sushi Stop – it is the inclusion of cocktails that ratchets the bill up.  If you have a handle on your day drinking – you can do much better than Miles & I do. At keeping the bill down, that is.  Without alcohol – we could have gotten out of there for about $20, including tip.

So – yeah.  Give Pimai It’s Thai a chance.  I don’t think you will regret it.

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Sushi Stop in Hollywood, California

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All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2013

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Apparently, there are five locations for this restaurant – the one in Hollywood, 2 on Sawtelle on the west side, one on Santa Monica & one in Encino.  I ate at the Hollywood location twice in the last week & happened upon one of the Sawtelle ones yesterday while in a driving NIGHTMARE FROM HELL trying to get back east from an aborted lunch attempt on Washington by the pier.

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I dragged my boyfriend Miles out there as we had to drop a friend off at a car rental place at Pico & Centinela anyway & the beach seemed too close to ignore.  My thinking was that 1) I live in LA & see the ocean less than once a year which is retarded and 2) Miles has come to see me 5 times in 8 months & he has not been taken west of LaBrea in all that time.  Seriously.  I think the Roosevelt hotel is as far as we have ever ventured.

So – I thought, “Hey – it’s a random Tuesday in March. How bad could it be out there?”  The answer, as it turned out, was BAD.  Fucking giant families of marauding tourists maneuvering poorly on oversized beach cruisers & dumpy people without shame wearing far less clothing than the 65 degree day demanded.  I have a tolerance level below zero for beach bars that have those plastic beer advertising banners flapping outside & way too loud music inside & thatched anything.   If there is a sign outside outlining a dress code that says “No baggy clothes, no bandanas, no harassing patrons about sports team favorites, no screaming” etc etc – I know I need to move on.  We attempted to get a seat on the upper deck at The Whaler here (stock photo)

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but timed our arrival EXACTLY wrong resulting in a half dozen people arriving after us getting choice people-watching seats facing out to the ocean while we sat inside the bar with blaring horrible music & no service.  I was made inconsolably infuriated by this injustice – I mean really really stupid mad – and just could not shake it off.  I apologized to Miles but just couldn’t stop throwing hate looks over my shoulder at these late arriving interlopers & I couldn’t stop saying, “I am so sorry.  I know this is dumb but I am inexplicably & disproportionately enraged by our situation here.”  Despite my embarrassment at my own reaction, I just couldn’t recover.  “Do you just wanna leave,” Miles asked, completely over my pouty complaints.  And I did so we did & it was a smart decision.

Here’s Miles.  See?  He always LOOKS cranky but seldom is.

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At any rate – we got the Hell outta Dodge & spent three days trying to navigate our way back east – absolutely curing Miles of EVER agreeing to go west of Hollywood proper again.  It took three days, just to explain, because I made the mistake of also trying to stop into Wertz Brothers on Santa Monica & shop for a new kitchen table.  They had nothing so we left there & the next thing you know – I found myself in that web of streets over there including Motor & Federal & whateverthefuck – all of which are on a skewed grid heading in directions my car calls SE or NW.  To make it worse – I was trying to find entry ramps for the 10 right at the point that it intersects with the 405 – which is a clusterfuck and my stupid car navigation thing decided to be completely unable to understand the fucking questions I asked her – namely – get me HOME!   “Please say street address including the address number and city.”   I did – four times & finally turned it off before my rage overwhelmed me & I just drove us into a fiery death by intentional high speed crash into a construction zone.

Anyway – three days later – we got off the 101, safely back in Hollywood.  And we went to Sushi Stop – for our second visit.

The door at Sushi Stop has a box painted on it that says $2.75 in it – and the explanation for that is that most two-piece sushi dishes are $2.75.  Insanely cheap.  Look at the menu:

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Four-piece rolls are $4.  And Miles ordered the “Mini Teriyaki Bowl” (which was a full-sized bowl in my opinion) of chicken & rice – enough for a lunch meal all by itself – and that was only $2.75.

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The fact is – I can’t afford NOT to eat here!  Here is the rest of the menu:

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Miles’ initial fears that the sushi would suck ($2.75 does seem too good to be true) were quickly dispelled by our first visit.  I noticed that, on Yelp, there is a fair amount of complaining about this place but I find it delightful.  I’m not sure what people expect at this price point & some folks don’t seem to realize that a person doesn’t have to LOVE every Goddamn thing on a menu to make the restaurant a good one.  For example – Miles didn’t like the seared albacore & crispy onions for $8 (pictured at the top) but I did.   And look at this crazy tower of raw tuna ($5):

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On our second visit – I intentionally ordered a few things that seemed the most risky – namely the baked green mussels ($2.75)

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which Miles seemed to love (and he is very, very finicky) but I found the mayo on it a tad sweet.  Plus hot mayo is kind of icky.  But for $2.75 – fuck it.

I also ordered a spicy scallop roll ($2.75) seen here with some seared albacore sushi ($2.75):

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The scallops were really fresh & and did not have too much mayonnaise.  Yellowtail sushi is $4 but great:

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We also tried the $2.75 stuffed jalapeno

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which was good but the spicy tuna inside gets cooked when they fry the jalapeno & it comes out looking more like ground pork or chicken.  It actually freaked me out when I took the first bite & had to review the menu to make sure I hadn’t overlooked a meat ingredient.   I also ordered & enjoyed the Crispy Rice appetizer ($2.75) but neglected to photograph it.  Sorry!

Here is the spicy albacore tartare ($4)

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which I loved.  And here is the room:

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And here is the bill from one of our visits – including two glasses of wine & a beer:

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Without alcohol – we could have stuffed ourselves for $20.  I don’t know how you can really gripe about that, unless you end up with food poisoning – which we did not.  Either time.

So – I say, ignore the haters.  If you want the option of trying a bunch of stuff with very little financial risk or if, like me, you like to give the finger to the aesthetic of culinary decency & stuff yourself sick with sushi like a competitive eater – horrifying chefs & staff alike – Sushi Stop is the place for you.  The fact that there are TWO (at 2222 & 2053) on Sawtelle (in the cutest little hidden corridor of Asian restaurants) says a bit about its popularity.  So – cast caution to the wind, wear loose pants & grab your nearly maxed out credit card & run to Sushi Stop.  And definitely try that Spicy Tuna Tartare for $5.  It is the deal of the century!