Part 6 – The Final Post – Sixty or More Los Angeles Restaurants for Your Consideration

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Bell Restaurant, Lebanon, Missouri

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Bell Restaurant, Lebanon, Missouri – where Chili Dogs are seasonal!

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Apple Pan – West Los Angeles, CA

See my portfolio of Americana photos HERE.

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Highland Park Diner – Rochester, NY.

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Somer’s Restaurant – Cleveland, Ohio.

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.

HERE is the link to Part 5.

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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TACOMIENDO – West Los Angeles

My blog about Tacomiendo is HERE.

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TACOS POR FAVOR – West Los Angeles, CA

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TEDDY’S CAFE – West Los Angeles, CA

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THAI PEPPER –  Hollywood, CA

True dive but great food!

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CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH at THE BILTMORE HOTEL – Santa Barbara, CA

INSANELY awesome!   My blog about the Biltmore Brunch is HERE.

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CAVA – Montecito, CA

My blog about Cava is HERE.

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THE ORIGINAL PANTRY – Downtown Los Angeles, CA

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TOI ON SUNSET – Hollywood, CA

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TORUNG – Hollywood, CA

My blog about Torung is HERE.

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TOWNSHIP SALOON – Hollywood, CA

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TRAXX – Union Station, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

My blog about Traxx is HERE.

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VINOTEQUE on MELROSE – Hollywood, CA

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And there you have it!  Twelve more spots you can investigate yourself.   In the last 6 days – I have shared 60+ great Los Angeles (and Santa Barbara) restaurants & bars.  All are worthy of a visit!   ENJOY!!!!

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

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All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2014

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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

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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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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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Potato & Fish Tacos at Tacomiendo in West Los Angeles – America’s 17th Best Taco

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I love tacos.  I really do.  But I have become pretty snobby about them.  I usually get fish tacos (as I do not eat meat or chicken) and I prefer it not be fried.  Though I’ve had some might fine fried babies.  So – when I saw an article listing the “35 Best Tacos in America” – I knew I had to try any local ones on the list.

#17 was Tacomiendo.

17) Tacomiendo, Los Angeles: Potato Taco

At the no-frills, order-at-the-counter Tacomiendo, where you’ll hear much more Spanish than English spoken, the tortillas are homemade, the prices are reasonable, and the tacos are big. Burritos are a favorite here, but the tacos get high marks, too — and if you don’t mind carbo-loading, the unusual potato taco, potato chunks and cheese in a crispy shell, is certainly memorable.

They specifically mention which KIND of taco won at each joint.  As it turns out, Tacomiendo is over at Pico & Gateway – an area you couldn’t pay me to trek to under normal circumstances but my dog, Dexter, is undergoing physical therapy at Two Hands Four Paws which is only a few blocks away!  So, yesterday, as Dex had his day at the spa, I hopped over to Tacomiendo & ordered me some tacos (to steal the vernacular of my badass boyfriend, Miles).

There is a boatload of construction over there & it was a very confusing few blocks to navigate but, eventually, I spotted the place, tucked into an auto court sorta strip mall – on the southeast corner of Gateway & Pico.  Here is the outside.

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And here is the rest of that mall as seen from inside Tacomiendo.

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ALL car places so Tacomiendo can be easy to miss.  The obscurity of the place & the strip mall exterior actually raised my hopes about Tacomiendo.  I mean – who would even SEE this place, let alone put it on the list of “must try” taco spots?  If it was singled out – it must be incredible!  So – I ventured forward.

Here is the interior.

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There is a little salsa & other appropriate toppings bar over on the left on the yellow wall.

I looked at the menu overhead & couldn’t spot potato anything so I asked when it was my time to order.  Yes, I was told, they do serve a potato taco but it comes in a hard shell.  I was informed of this as if it would make me reconsider.  But – I was here expressly to try America’s 17th best Goddamn taco & I had good information that it was the potato taco here at Tacomiendo – so, undeterred, I ordered it.  I also ordered a fish taco & a Diet Coke (even though I think Diet Coke is tantamount to drinking engine fluid – as far as how good it is for you).   I paid my bill.

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Lunch for $7?  Not bad!  It seems the potato taco might be considered an appetizer.  Hmm.  I went to the salsa bar & stocked up & ate a bunch of these carrots & jalapenos.

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Pretty soon, a woman delivered this little basket to my table.

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That is the potato taco on the left.  The fish taco was a purist’s dream as it came in a homemade soft taco shell – naked.  Solomente grilled fish.  I topped it with cilantro, onion & two salsas and squeezed two limes over it.

Then I bit into the potato taco.  It seemed to be filled with a cheesy mashed potato.  Tasty – but not remarkable.  The potato taco at Senor Fish is better, in my opinion.  In fact, I preferred the fresh & delicious fish taco to the potato variety – primarily due to its simplicity & the wonderful homemade taco it was wrapped in.

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So – there you have it.  Both tacos were good enough to order again but I definitely preferred the fish one.

How anyone can list the 35 best tacos in America is beyond me.  I would have a very hard time listing the 35 best in Hollywood alone.  Taco stands are EVERYWHERE.  But there are a few more local joints on this list & I aim to try them all.  So far – the taco to beat (if you ask me) is the INSANE lobster taco here – at Benny’s in Venice – the best taco I have ever had.   Not sure how they missed that bad boy.  But – as I said – I will try the others they suggest & I will keep you posted on any changes & developments!

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Lobster taco at Benny’s in Venice.

Nick’s Cafe – Downtown Los Angeles

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All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2013

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Nick’s Cafe is as close to a real diner as anything else Los Angeles has to offer since the tragic demise of Phil’s Diner.  For my money, to call yourself a diner, you have to be an actual train dining car, otherwise, you are a coffee shop or, as Nick’s refers to themselves – a cafe.   Still, there are a few joynts around that get that diner vibe down while still being a brick & mortar facility – like Millie’s, for example.  Nick’s is another.  Located on the north side of downtown (north of Chinatown) & east of Elysian Park, it is in an area that feels sorta desolate & industrial.

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It is really easy to miss so definitely have the address in hand when you go to find it.  There is a small parking lot in the rear & a huge, dirt lot across the street.  Nick’s is only open for breakfast & lunch and accepts cash only.  HERE is a peek at the menu.

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Nick’s is patronized primarily by cops so, despite the sketchy neighborhood, this is one safe place to dine.  There is outdoor seating but the setting out there is pretty unimpressive so I recommend eating at the counter.

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Those are my parents sitting to the right of the woman in the orange.   While the interior is pretty standard cafe fare, if you sit there, you have the opportunity to interact with Nick’s feisty hostess.  Look at her practically photo bombing my efforts to document the interior:

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Again, those are my parents behind her.  She is awesome but let me give you one word of warning – do not ask her for hot sauce!  At least, do not ask for it if you have not yet sampled their house-made salsa that is on the counter in large carafes.

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She will tirelessly bust your balls if she sees you using any other hot sauce and, in fairness, their salsa is damned good!

And the food?  Great diner fare.  I haven’t tried too many things on the menu but what I have tried – I enjoyed.  Like this tuna melt:

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And the Scrambled SoCal:

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And here is a peek at a bacon cheeseburger:

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And while I haven’t had these Chilaquiles – but they looked so good – I am definitely getting them next time!

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I love this place.  Solid food, obscure location, great look, a hostess that makes you feel welcome while giving you a hard time (and it isn’t that bullshit kitschy schtick some restaurants have their waitresses employ) & great prices!   You should definitely check Nick’s Cafe out!

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