Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Giamela's is located at 3178 Los Feliz across the street from the Los Feliz Par 3 Golf Course, 323-661-9444. There's another location in Sunland but I haven't been there yet. The sandwiches are old school, fresh and very filling. Today, I ordered the pastrami. They come wrapped in white butcher paper but when you unwrap them, the explode. it even comes with three layers of the paper to catch this explosion. it's very well designed.

Thursday, April 24, 2008


Carneys has two locations in LA. Last night after the Allan Kaprow performance by Steve Roden at LACE, we went to the one at 8351 Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood, 323-654-8300. I started going there in the early 80's but it's been around since the late 60's. It's opened til quite late so it's a great place to show up with rowdy friends and eat a hot dog or chili burger. The restaurant is an actual train that they hauled to the Sunset strip. I love their chili fries and Chicago dog. It's an awesome combo!!! So naughty and mouthwatering. One of my favorite memories of the place is when we walked in. I think it was around the late 80's. Sitting at one of the tables was four people including a thin young African American man with a lot of make up on. They were laughing and having a good time and I couldn't help but think I had seen him before. Later on I realized that he'd been on SNL in minor roles. It was Chris Rock and who knew that he'd become the mega-star in just a year or two? That's Hollywood for you.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Cafe Balcony

Kio Griffith and Misato Nagare had an art opening at Cafe Balcony last night. Cafe Balcony is located at 12431 Rochester Avenue, WLA CA 90025. They have a cool website at This was my and meg's first time there and it was great to see Kio's work up on the walls. Cafe Balcony makes awesome coffee. Order the Siphon coffee and watch the lab go to work. It's a series of glass containers from a lab and an Bunsen burner. it's fun to watch it brew and the cool thing is the grinds don't cook so you end up with a super smooth cup of coffee.

Taco Plus

Off of Santa Monica BLvd on Bundy at 1525 South Bundy Drive, West LA CA 90025, 310-207-0793, Taco Plus is in a mini mall across the street from Starbucks and the Blockbusters. They have an extensive menu of charbroiled chicken, burritos, tortas, and full combos. We ordered chicken tacos and tacos al pastor. It's a small space and the lunch line yesterday was chunky. it got crowded. I recommend you get their menu online and call it in. It's solid taco making ala west side.

Friday, April 18, 2008


This restaurant is in the weired intersection where Pasadena Avenue, Ave 26 and was it Mission? meet. 2622 Pasadena Avenue, LA CA 90031, is an awesome Comida de Mexico! I ordered a coke with my huevos rancheros. The salsa was hot and yummy. it had fresh tomatoes and the green chile was very VERY hot. No siesta for me, thanks, my mouth is on fire. The refried beans were extremely delicious. More than anything, the people were cool. I was probably the only non-Spanish speaking person in the bustling restaurant. I love that sign they have outside!

Monday, April 14, 2008

French Quarters

Who knew? Actually, quite a few people. This place is often packed when I've passed by, especially at night. The French Quarters is located at 7985 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood CA 90046, 323-654-0898. There's a pleasant out door patio but inside is a trip. It's a mini-French-like mall? You have to check it out, it's hard to describe. We stopped by for some breakfast. We ordered the eggs benedict and the wild blueberry pancake. All was delicious. I would definitely go back for breakfast. meg and I shared it and they were kind enough to seperate both order for us so these pix are actually half an order.

Hamburger Habit

I wasn't sure if I'd posted Hamburger Habit yet so i ordered a BLT and not their hamburger. HH is located at 11223 National Blvd in West LA, adjacent the 405 Freeway. It's in a strip mall that includes a Radio Shack and one the coolest magazine stands in the City. The BLT is actually on the menu as the BB LL TT and is really tasty. I ordered a lentil soup and a chocolate milk shake too. The lentil soup is always chunky and delicious, definitely comfort food. The shake was awesome!. There's definitely a lot more ice cream than milk in there. The other cool thing is that after you order, they give you a playing card and that's what they call when your food is ready, "Queen of Diamonds!" or "King of Diamnds!".

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Pure Luck Restaurant

Located at 707 North Heliotrope Drive, LA CA 90029, 323-660-5993, Pure Luck is a vegetarian junk food eatery. Jeffe told me about it and said it was really good. great food, not too much money and the vibe is kick-back. I stopped there for lunch today and had a really good time. I ordered the Coke from Mexico which is different than the one made in the US because the Mexico version uses sugar cane sugar for their sweetener (did you know? I didn't). I ordered a Glasgow sandwich which is delicious. Great bread topped off with a bean-bean sauce, tofu and green pepper mix. Eating it was like a sloppy Joe experience; fun and well, sloppy. I also ordered the soup of the day which was Pozole. I didn't exactly know what that was. It never hurts to ask. Very tasty. Across the street is the Bicycle Kitchen and Scoops and yes, of course i got some ice cream afterwards. Oh, and I was cleaning my work area lastnight and found the first digital camera I ever bought. Four AA's and it works.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Automat, 936 Chung Kind Road, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA 90012. This brand spanking new experiment is really super cool. Naomi, the owner is an art history major, who upon graduating, decided to open up a food place amongst all the art galleries on Chung King Road. There are three mega-red vending machines and they have sandwhiches you might see at Whole Foods and unusual drinks like Cuban Soda or Japanese Ice Coffee. Today I bought a bag of "Milky", the Japanese white caramel-like candy; Sahale Snack of pistachio that includes sesamee seeds, pepitas, fig and Moroccan Harissa; and lastly a bag of Popcorn Indiana's authentic Summer Picnic BBQ Kettlecorn. "2 cul"

Wood Ranch (The Grove)

A movie and dinner. That's a traditional date! So, we found ourselves at the Wood Ranch before the movie 21 at the Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, LA CA 90036, 323-937-6800. Wood Ranch is a chain. There's a bunch of them around the LA and Orange County areas. It was the night of the Kansas VS North Carlolina game; NCAA Final Four Men's Basketball. From where Meg and I sat, we could see eight wide screen monitors with the game on. If you're into it, it's pretty cool. If not, it can get very jarring to the point of nausea. Our server, Desmond was absolutely cool and gracious. I ate the ribs with a side of coleslaw with peanuts and sweet potatoes. I also ordered a Bass ale on tap. It was pretty awesome and I didn't fall asleep during the movie. The ribs were good but not excellent. I think a steak may have been a better choice which I will order next time. There's a lot of stuff on the menu and the atmosphere is adult fun. (sorry, no images, I lost my camera)