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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vromans back

 

 

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 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

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Alex Donuts

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

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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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vromans back

 

 

 

 

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

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All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2013

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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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Fish Tacos at The Cat & Fiddle in Hollywood

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All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2012

Yesterday was a ridiculously gorgeous day & I needed a way to kill it – with dignity  – not holed up in my troglodyte’s haven – day drinking over my millionth homemade pizza.  My friend Katie & I decided that something greasy, perhaps on a bun, definitely in public, maybe with a rowdy or, at least, spirited crowd, beer & outdoor seating was in order.  After rejecting Saddle Ranch (which we only considered due to its proximity to our decision-making locale) as a place for the Jager & beer bong crowd – we remembered Cat & Fiddle.  It seemed a perfect choice – though I feared it would be packed & the outdoor seating option (a primary concern) taken out of play.  Sitting inside a dark pub on a gorgeous Los Angeles holiday weekend would be a sin.  As it happened – we got rock star parking & the place was deserted.

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Inside & out.

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Pardon the sub-par images but the bright, speckled sunlight made getting surreptitious but lovely outdoor photos impossible – and inside – it just felt rude to linger photographing the few folks that were belly up to the bar.

After some discussion – Katie opted for fish & chips & a hard cider – while I had fish tacos & a Stella.

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I find the food here quite good – assuming you are ready to eat PUB food & not fucking quinoa risotto and things made of kale, sea palm & kelp.  If healthy eating is your goal – head to the good but insanely pretentious Cafe Gratitude (check out this menu http://cafegratitudela.com/menu/) – which isn’t far away.  My fish tacos – while fried – were very yummy.  I ate everything – including a side of fries.  Katie cleaned her plate, too, except for the infinity of peas that made up the bed for her haddock & fries.  Seriously – they must have given her and entire bag of frozen peas.  I wonder in what quantity they get their peas delivered – because they cannot seem to unload enough on any one unsuspecting diner.

The patio outside is full of trees & umbrellas & flowers & a center fountain.  And – most delightful – is the doggy menu – for when your dog is your date – DOG MENU.  It is a perfect place for summer eating & drinking & getting fat.  With your dog.  Can’t beat that!  So after 2500 calories, two beers & both of us feeling like we’d swallowed a cinder block, Katie & I stepped out of Cat & Fiddle very happy to have killed a few sunny hours in their dog-friendly, garden patio.

http://www.thecatandfiddle.com/

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