Thursday, December 28, 2017
Full Moon House
960 North Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Full Moon House used to be Golden City, and is across the street from Fullhouse Seafood Restaurant, and the now closed Master Chef! I believe Full Moon House opened in March or April of 2017. I find it very interesting that Chinatown has three non Chinese restaurants that opened up and seem to be doing really well; Howlin' Ray's, Burger Lords, and Little Jewel of New Orleans, but Chinese restaurants are closing like Golden City and Master Chef!
Anyways, I was recently in Chinatown and I was going to eat at Master Chef. But, when I walked to their restaurant, it was closed! Then I noticed Full Moon House and decided to give them a try. Full Moon House is bright, well lit, big dining space. From what I remember the decor is basically the same as Golden City.
Starting at 9:30pm they have a late night menu, where certain dishes are discounted a couple dollars.
The skinny soft noodles aren't my thing. I much the spaghetti lo mein noodles more. This dish was ok, Many of the onions were raw which made for a weird taste. Some of the noodles were burnt, and some were well cooked. Weird! The shrimp, smaller than the sauteed shrimp, weren't that plentiful. I would order the spaghetti lo mein the next time.
Service is good. The restaurant was busy when I was there. But, the servers were nice, and the food came out quickly.
I would go back to Full Moon House to try some of the other dishes. But, I still miss Master Chef!
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Capital Seafood Restaurant
755 W Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Capital Seafood Restaurant is the sit down restaurant that also owns Capital BBQ & Dim Sum Express, which is a few doors south.
While the outside of Capital Seafood Restaurant doesn't look great, inside it's a very nice place. They put some time and money into the decor. It's a big room with tables all over and a back room that had karaoke.
Service was good, but they way they brought the dishes were screwed up! They brought the spinach first, then the lobster, then the noddles, then the shrimp! How about the lobster and spinach at the same time?
Overall I thought Capital Seafood was good, but some dishes I wouldn't order again.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
5657 Kanan Rd
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
I'm visiting a friend in Agoura Hills and she says Italia Deli & Bakery has great sandwiches. So, I drop in and pick up a couple sandwiches. There are a couple tables outside, but it's mostly people picking up sandwiches. They were very busy and I was shocked at how many people were inside.
It's a decent sized space with the deli counter along the left wall and a few rows of grocery items.
Service is good. My friend called in the order, and I picked it up. The sandwiches were ready when I got there. But, the cashier charged me for two large sandwiches, when we got one large and one small. I didn't realize this until I was walking back to my car. I went back and the cashier refunded my the price different.
The sandwiches at Italia Deli & Bakery are good quality sandwiches, in a wealthy area, but I just don't think the quality justifies the high prices. At Capri Deli, a large cheese sandwich is 12 inches, and $9.99. A small 6in is about $7. I get that we are talking about two different zip codes, but I just don't think the quality of this sandwich justifies the high prices.
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Manohar’s Delhi Palace
581 S Azusa Way
La Puente, CA 91747
Manohar’s Delhi Palace is located in a very Latino strip mall. But, they get a steady stream of diners coming into their restaurant for a their buffet lunch. The buffet lunch is $15.95. There is a good selection of meat items, but if you're vegetarian your choices are a bit limited.
Service was OK. There is one guy who is filling up water glasses all the time! You will not be out of water for too long here. But, after paying our bill in cash, we never brought back our change! We didn't tell them keep the change. Unless the customer tells you to keep the change, servers must give back change!
Overall I thought Manohar’s Delhi Palace was below average! I've found other Indian buffets with larger selections of vegetarian items and better tasting food.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
17947 W Chatsworth St
Granada Hills, CA 91344
Freebirds World Burrito looks like a direct competitor to Chipotle, a fast casual burrito restaurant that uses fresh ingredients. Freebirds has been in the LA area for a few years, but the location near USC closed and the other locations, I don't usually travel near the other locations.
This Freebirds is located in your standard suburban strip mall, that has other chain restaurants. It's located near Porter Ranch, where that natural gas leak caused people to move out of their homes, and the gas company putting people's lives in danger just o make a profit!
Service was ok. The girl who would eventually help me, was nice but when I walked in there were two customers who were taking forever to order. She was standing behind the counter doing a couple things, until finally maybe 3-5 minutes after I arrived she asked what I wanted to order. What she was doing wasn't an emergency, and something that could have been done later. At the very least acknowledge that I'm there and you'll help me as soon as you're done.
Overall Freebirds compares favorably to Chipolte. I think Freebirds has a more reasonable sized burrito and they didn't have that e-coli scare like Chipotle. Chipotle has more locations in LA, so far, and I don't think Freebirds is worth driving out of your way. I won't rush back to Freebirds, but I would go back if I'm in the area.
Monday, December 11, 2017
Tomoya Sushi & Izakaya
6020 Canoga Ave Ste 100
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Tomoya Sushi & Izakaya is located on a busy section of Canoga Ave. There are many homes, office buildings, and retail stores along this street. The strip center is interesting in that the back is a storage building, there is a bank next door, and a chain Mexican restaurant across the parking lot.
Tomoya Sushi & Izakaya was busy for a lunch, with a steady stream of people coming in. It's a dark restauran without much natural or artificial lighting! There are bench and table seating on the right side, and the sushi bar takes up the left side.
Service was good. Sushi came out quickly and our drinks were refilled.
I liked Tomoya Sushi & Izakaya, and while the prices are a bit high, I would go back here.
Friday, December 8, 2017
South Pasadena Farmer's Market-every Thursday
The South Pasadena Farmer's Market is open every Thursday. The number of people at the market depends on the weather. The better the weather, the more people. During colder days, there aren't many people there. There are many places to get a prepared food at the market, but one place, Mama Musubi, always has a line! During the summer months, there will be lines 8-10 deep when the market first opens, and around 6pm, the line is 15-20 deep!
Service is good. People are nice and friendly. The line does move quickly.
I don't always go to the South Pasadena Farmer's Market but when I do, I usually get something from Mama Musubi!
Friday, December 1, 2017
252 S Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91204
Shake Shack is the the New York based burger chain, that has tried to make a dent into the stranglehold In N Out has on burger lovers in Los Angeles.
The Glendale location is across the street from the ugly, fake Americana shopping complex. It's a big restaurant with seating to the right as you walk in. There are some tables outside too.
Crinkle cut fries-$2.99.
Since I don't eat meat, with the exception of the occasional fried chicken, I tried the shroom burger. I wish it wasn't deep fried, because portobello mushroom burgers are great!! But, the portobello mushroom is stuffed with cheese and then deep fried. It was good burger, but not great. Certainly, not mind blowing. Yes, I understand the pull for Shake Shack are the burgers with beef. I thought the ShackSauce was pretty good, a combination of ketchup and mayo.
The crinkle cut fries were very good. Nice and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Service was good. But, the door you enter goes right into the line to order, and they have the lines sectioned off into two parts, but there are three cashiers. Why not just have one line that is roped. I got into one section and the guy in front of me took forever to order. The other section two or three people finished ordering before I even got to order.
I don't see what all the hype if about for Shake Shack. It's ok, but I won't rush back!
21130 Golden Springs Dr
Walnut, CA 91789
If this building looks familiar, it should, it used to be Ranch House, that lasted for a short time. Jasmine has been open for about 2-3 years, and I finally made a trip. One thing, stupid Yelp has this address in Walnut. But, it is in Diamond Bar. Walnut does not go south of Valley Blvd.
Jasmine is tastefully decorated, but interesting they do not have any signage as you enter the actual restaurant! This a huge restaurant with their take out set up on the left side of the building as you enter, and the huge dining area to the right.
The salmon was a bit overcooked on the outside, but inside was amazingly moist! It was fairly flavorful but it didn't burst with flavor. The shrimp, four medium sized shrimp, was well cooked, slightly overdone. The rice was great, lots of flavor.
Service was good. It was surprisingly busy for a last lunch, with a good stream of people coming in.
Since there aren't many good Mediterranean restaurants in the area, Jasmine is a welcomed addition. But, it's not the best Mediterranean restaurant I've been to. I won't rush back.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
4330 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Gracie’s Pizza, is the owner a fan of Gracie Allen? Anyways, Gracie’s Pizza is about a year old and has been getting good reviews, but I think it's been under the radar in LA's pizza scene. I haven't found anything written about Gracie's on any foodie blogs or websites. I found it on yelp, while searching for another restaurant.
A small corner building, Gracie has a few tables as you walk in, a counter along the wall, and the bar and kitchen at the back. It's a dimly lit room, you wonder if this is a bar or a pizza place.
This was a very good pizza, one that deserves to be on any must try list of pizza in LA! It's a huge pie about 18 inches or so. Very good, firm, New York pizza like crust. Folds over well, holds up to the toppings, and good flavor. The cheese and veggies are fresh. But, for $4 total, I expected a bit more toppings on the pizza. There weren't that much spinach at all.
Service is good. As I mentioned earlier, I found Gracie's through Yelp. When I read the reviews, I take all reviews with a grain of salt, I saw one idiot yelper, isn't that an oxymoron, give Gracie's one star because of the high prices. He wrote he bought a couple slices, and a couple beers and the total was $80!! Well, a couple slices and a couple beers at most would be about $30. While he could have made a mistake, it could have been a couple whole pies and a couple beers for $80, his review distorts the facts! Nobody with the IQ above a lug nut would believe a couple slices of pizza and a couple beers would cost $80!
Anyways, I would go back to Gracie's Pizza anytime! A damn good pizza!
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Maki & Sushi Japanese
302 E Huntington Dr
Arcadia, CA 91006
Maki & Sushi is in a strip mall next to a well known coffee shop, an Indian restaurant, a French restaurant, and along Arcadia's restaurant row.
It's a small restaurant where the kitchen and sushi bar take up most of the space. It was packed in a Saturday night after Thanksgiving!
Service is good. The sushi came out very quickly and the servers were nice.
I wouldn't go back to Maki & Sushi Japanese. It was fine, but nothing outstanding.
Friday, November 24, 2017
3515 Wilshire Blvd Fl 1
Los Angeles, CA 90010
So Roy Choi- who brought the food truck craze to LA, with his Kogi food truck, has opened a couple restaurants in LA. He recently decided to open up a pizza place to serve hungry customers at his Pot Lobby Bar. There was a lot of fan fare about the opening. The pizza is a square like Detroit, pan, but not deep dish and thin like New York. Kinda of weird combo.
The name and the website, with a black and white picture of somebody smoke some pot is stupid. I get he is trying to cater to the drunk idiots who got the bar, and then smoke some pot before or after partying. But, give me a break.
It's inside the Line Hotel on Wilshire. It's really a small display case with what looks like toaster ovens reheating the pizza, which are already made. I don't know where the pizzas are made. Maybe in the kitchen of one of the restaurants he has at the hotel.
Service is good. The line moves pretty fast and the people are nice.
This was a complete waste of time and money! If you're a drunk, stoned idiot you may enjoy the pizza. But, this is a terrible example of pizza!
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
1247 N Grand Ave
Walnut, CA 91789
Secret of Kitchen is suppose to be about eight months old. You can see this space used to be QQ Teabar, since their sign is still up and Secret of Kitchen, just has vinyl signs.
A small restaurant with a few tables inside, I guess they must do a good take business or students from Mt. Sac, which is across the way.
Service was good.
I wouldn't go back to Secret of Kitchen. I don't think the food is that good.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Siam Palace Thai Cuisine
992 E Alosta Ave
Azusa, CA 91702
Siam Palace is located behind what used to be Country Chiken & Ribs, which is not only closed but the building has been torn down! It will be interesting to see what will be built on that property!
Siam Palace is a big restaurant, taking up two spaces in this strip mall. One side is the front of the house and kitchen, while the other side is the dining room.
Service was good. I was surprised we were the only people in the restaurant for most of our time. There was another table but they left within 10 minutes of us sitting down.
I won't go back to Siam Palace. I don't think the food is that good.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
650 S Grand Ave
Glendora, CA 91740
Ezze Sushi is just north of European Deli, and has been opened for a little over a year. The area is redeveloping as a long time Ralph's store has been replaced by Sprouts Market and a Ross store! Across Grand Ave is Ezze, a new complex with a cell phone store and a few other businesses.
Ezze has three rolls on special everyday for $7.95. They also have a happy hour from 3-7pm. And then an After Hour Happy Hour from 7-close, where all hand rolls are $2.95 and one piece of sushi-tuna, salmon, albacore, and yellowtail are $1.85.
My overall impressions of the sushi was they were pretty fresh, but on the small size.
Service was below average. They were nice. I sat at the sushi bar. I never got a menu when I got seated. A stack of menus were in front of me, so I grabbed one. It took forever them to take my order. The sushi did come out quickly. But, I saw the sushi chefs drink beer and that I unprofessional! I don't care if a customer bought you the beer. You're there to work, not drink with customers.
I won't go back to Ezze Sushi. While they have some good specials, the sushi is small and it's not the best quality sushi I've had!
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
1636 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
A snotty, douchy coffee shop in Silver Lake? That's Lamill Coffee!! A very pretentious, over priced coffee shop. Lamill is a big place with two areas of tables, separated by a wall, and their counter. It's counter service for a price! What do I mean? I saw their Service Charge Policy, on the counter, which states a 11.5% service charge will be implemented on all orders. The fairy tale is that it will help the workers make a living wage. In reality it boosts the profits of the company. Also, it is more like a 21% service charge as it's taxes at the roughly 9% rate in LA county!
This is a good sandwich with well cooked scrambled eggs, a good portion of white cheddar and some chives in the eggs. The bun was well toasted. It was worth the price tag since it was a good sized portion and it tasted good.
Service was OK. The cashier was friendly but had his mind on something else! He kept going from one tablet to another. He rang up my order on one tablet and while I was getting money from my wallet, he went to another tablet and tried to do something, then finally noticed I was ready to pay. What I think happened, was he was ready to clock out when I walked in. Instead of quickly taking my order, he would have been done within 2 mins, he kept trying to get the tablet to work, so he can clock out. I know this because within a few minutes after I sitting down, he walked out the door to go home! The runner who delivered my food to my table, was very nice and friendly. And my food came quickly, and it was hot and right off the grill!
I won't go back to Lamill Coffee! While my breakfast sandwich was good and worth the price, other menu items are too expensive and when you add their service charge, it's just too expensive for the quality of the food!