Tuesday, November 13, 2018
' Again, counter seat, my favorite! It was by chance that I dropped in Cope's Knotty Pine Cafe for breakfast but WHAT A FIND!!!! It was the first time I'd spent time in Bakersfield. I'd driven through it before and once my Daughter's high school basketball team played there but this trip felt like my first time there. It was only a two day trip but I had a really great time, met a lot a nice folks and ate some great meals. I asked, as I so often do, what the most popular dish was and without hesitation, the server said Chicken Fried Steak. "You want toast, (i don't remember) or biscuits and gravy?" That's such a loaded question. Anyway, the B&G was incredible, with a white thick gravy you could almost stand your fork in and with those little bits of pork. So good. I smothered everything in that gravy. I will admit that I ate that around 10AM and didn't eat another meal till around the same time the next day.
I was at a little museum in Little Saigon and got to talk to the staff about the communities history. Before I left, I asked them were they thought the best Pho was and they recommended this place. It was amazing and perhaps the best Pho I ever had. It's everything; the fresh vegetables, the quality of the noodles but the broth is what really stood out. I can actually taste it right now. They are located at 14932 Bushard St, Westminster, CA 92683.
There are several Portola's but this one is in a stylish mall called the LAB, 3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. While installing my exhibition at OCMA, this was the best coffee in the neighborhood, so went often. They make a delicious Machiatto. If you walk into the mall and you see that there's a line at Portola, be sure to know that the line goes fast. Don't fret...
After a day of research at Quartz Hill Library, I wanted a burrito for the long drive back to K Town. Luckily, Primo's was open. They are located at 42157 50th St W, Quartz Hill, CA 93536. Quartz Hill is a unique community, nestled next to Lancaster, there are Joshua Trees all over the place and a sort of humble Western vibe. The chicken burrito I got was perfect and filling. I don't think i finished it. I didn't want to nod off while in gird-lock.
Located in a two story mini mall, Bento Place is at 1110 South Western Avenue Ste 101, Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA 90006. I wasn't sure what to expect at first but when you walk in, there's a nice balance between pop up, unique and convenient store-vibe spot. The pre-created bentos are well labeled but you tell the staff what you want and they actually prepare it for you. That was different. The food i got was fresh, tasty and well presented. I don't think I can afford lunch here everyday but look forward to treating myself another go around.
Quan Mii is located in Little Saigon at 9541 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683. I went my myself. For the most part I thought I did alright in terms ordering dinner. The descriptions for each dish were great. The technique of dipping the sheet of rice wrap in water and then making a spring roll was tough. I think i destroyed two of them before i could figure it out. I tried to discretely watch folks at other tables doing it but it's a skill, fo sure.