Friday, January 18, 2019

Mr. Poké

Mr. Poké
20651 Golden Springs Dr
Diamond Bar, CA 91789

Long time residents of the area will remember this location as the original location for, Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe.  They moved about a mile away, and for the past two years, Mr. Poke has been here.  Cafe Terrace was a restaurant that went into this space after Charlie's moved. 

Regular poke bowl-$9.85.  Shrimp, Ahi tuna, and spicy tuna as the three proteins.  Spring mix and brown rice as the base, corn, edamame, corn, jalapenos, green and red onions, with sesame seeds on top.

Thursday, January 17, 2019


4939 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

 Soft pretzel-$5

Jaegarschnitzel-$19- housemade schnitzel, creamy mushroom sauce, spatzle and red cabbage!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Kismet Falafel

Kismet Falafel
317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

The last time I was at Grand Central Market, I went to a seafood place, Prawn.  I wasn't in the mood for something heavy, and found Kismet Falafel.  So I decided to give them a try.

They are located to the Hill entrance of Grand Central, and they are on the west side of the market.  They have a few seats at the counter, or you can find some tables that are spread around the market.

Classic falafel sandwich-$11. Tomato, tahini, cabbage, pickles, onion and basil.  This is stuffed with a ton of cabbage, pickles and onions.  Maybe two or three small sized falafel.  I would like to see more falafel-either bigger sized falafel, or another one inside the sandwich.  The falafel was fine.  Nothing special.  For what you get, it's a bit overpriced.

Service was good.

Kismet was ok. I won't return

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Counterpart Deli

Counterpart Deli
1559 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Counterpart Deli used to be Chango Coffee, and they opened up in December 2018.  Counterpart is a vegan deli, offering something that isn't available in the area. 

Vegan pastrami- $16, purple sauerkraut, vegan swiss, alfalfa.  Frankly, this was below average.  I felt like I could go to any grocery store, buy their vegan pastrami, cook it up, and then place it between the bread and other toppings, and it would have been just as good.  The vegan pastrami was just like any off the shelve seitan.  The dressing was good, the sauerkraut was fine, not that tangy, and the bread was fine.  But, overall, just a below average sandwich.  Not worth the $16 price tag.

Service is good.

I wouldn't go back to Counterpart Deli for this pastrami! 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Lucky Boy Drive-In

Lucky Boy Drive-In
640 S Arroyo Pkwy
Pasadena, CA 91105

Lucky Boy was listed by LA Eater as one of the best places to get a breakfast burrito.  Lucky Boy serves their breakfast burrito the entire day.

It's one of those greasy spoon type restaurants.  It's not really a diner, but then again it's not fast food.  There are some hidden gems in these types of restaurants.  Lucky Boy is cross the street from My Vegan. They have some outdoor seating on their covered patio.  There is the dining room inside.  You can order at the window outside or inside. 

Breakfast burrito-hash browns, eggs, cheese and choice of ham, bacon, sausage or chorizo, $7.58.  There is a ton of unseasoned hash browns, eggs, and cheese.  I know most people order with meat, and a salty bacon or sausage, may make up for the lack of seasoning on the hashbrowns, but they need to add seasoning!!  A very bland dish.  Another thing, I got this within a few minutes of ordering.  But, it wasn't hot!  As if the ingredients were sitting in a warmer and put together.  Maybe, they are cooked to order during breakfast hours. 

Service was good.

I wouldn't go back to Lucky Boy for their breakfast sandwiches.  Yes, the portion is huge, but very bland, and I doubt it was cooked to order.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sake Sake Sushi

Sake Sake Sushi
289 S Mountain Ave
Upland, CA 91786

Why are there two pictures of Sake Sake Sushi?  The first picture is their current location, which opened up in early November, 2018.  The second picture was their original location, that was closed down so this shopping center, could get an Aldi grocery store.  The original location was right next to Michael's, and on the south side of CVS.  Now, they are on the north side of CVS.

This shopping center has many restaurants that I reviewed, the now closed China Gate, San Biagio's Pizza, and Handel's Ice Cream- where Wednesday nights are $1.35 scoops!!

The lunch time all you can eat is $21.95.  The only rules are 90 minutes to order, you must eat the rice, and any leftover pieces are charged at $1.50 per piece.

Shrimp tempura-Crunchy outside, but mushy inside, a frozen shrimp tempura that needed more time cooking.

Calamari tempura- it seems they cooked this in two batches.  Some were burned or overcooked.  Others were cooked perfectly.  After eating one of the burned pieces, I stuck to the perfectly cooked pieces.

Seared tuna, shrimp, and tuna.  Good sized pieces, fresh

Rock N Roll- salmon, tuna, and albacore crabmeat, crabstick, avocado- Outside-cucumber and ponzu.  Outstanding roll, fresh and good flavor combinations!

Crunch roll-crabmeat and shrimp tempura inside, crunchy outside.  Most of the shrimp tempura they used in the rolls were small or not that fresh.  One piece has the tail with very little shrimp. 

Shrimp lover: Crabmeat and shrimp tempura inside. Outside- shrimp and avocado.  A very good roll!!

Shrimp Tempura hand roll- just a ton of crabmeat.  The shrimp tempura was ok.

Scallop Tempura roll- crabmeat, avocado, cucumber.  Outside-scallop tempura.  The scallop tempura was awesome!!  There are a ton of them, and all cooked perfectly!

Crunch Rainbow Roll-Salmon, tuna, albacore outside. Crabmeat, crabstick, shrimp tempura inside.  This had a bit too much sauce, but a good dish.

Service was pretty good.  One thing, they total came out to $23.65.  But, when I signed the credit card the card was charged $23.95.  Now, 30 cents isn't a big deal, I did take away that 30 cents from his tip.

Sake Sake Sushi was pretty good, but not as good as some other all you can eat sushi restaurants.  I won't go back.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

by CHLOE. Silver Lake

by CHLOE. Silver Lake
2520 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

by Chloe is a vegan restaurant that is attached to the Whole Foods 365 store in Silver Lake.  It's a fast casual restaurant with a few tables spread around the restaurant.  You can walk directly into the 365 store, without going outside again.  Chloe has a few locations, some in the northeast and in Europe.  I believe this is their only 


I didn't mean to shout, but Chloe's website had the descriptions in all caps.  I'm too lazy to write type all that.  Anyways, a damn good burger.  Very good flavor, the potato bun held up well to the patty and toppings.  

Large Mac & Cheese, $8.95. SWEET POTATO-CASHEW CHEESE SAUCE, SHIITAKE BACON, ALMOND PARM.  The shiitake back threw me off, because it tasted like real bacon, a bit less smoke flavor, but still very good.  The cheese sauce was good and the huge shells, cooked perfectly, were coated with the liquid gold.

Service was good.

I would go back to Chloe again!