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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Tokyo Town Sushi

Tokyo Town Sushi
12820 La Mirada Blvd
La Mirada, CA 90638

Tokyo Town Sushi is located in a shopping center that is undergoing some renovations.  That's why you don't see any signage on the front of this building.  It's a medium sized place with tables in the middle of the room, the sushi bar on the right, and booths on the left.

They have "happy hour" pricing all day Monday-Thursday.  Then from 11am-6pm on Friday to Sunday.  I went for lunch on a Wednesday, so I got the happy hour prices.

Shrimp tempura- $4.95. Regular price-$6.95. Frozen pieces of shrimp, fried well.  Nice and crunchy.  A good deal.

Tuna sushi-$3.50.  Regular price- $5. Nice portion.  Good fresh fish.
Popcorn shrimp roll-$7.50.  Regular price-$10.95. Popcorn shrimp on top of California roll.  A huge portion, with loads of popcorn shrimp-which were crunchy and good sized pieces of shrimp.  The rolls were good and fresh.

Shrimp tempura crunch roll, $7.50.  Regular price-$9.50. A fresh and good tasting roll.

Service was good.

I would go back to Tokyo Town Sushi anytime.  The happy hour prices are a steal.  The regular price are a good value!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Tacos Cancun

Tacos Cancun
459 W Broadway
Glendale, CA 91204

Tacos Cancun is a small tacos restaurant on the western part of Glendale.  There are about ten tables in the dining area.  You order at the counter and pick up your food at the window.

 Grilled shrimp taco-$2.50.  A bit dry, they need to add more crema, though they did give you a mild green salsa.  There were about 4-5 small sized shrimp.  Your choice of flour or corn tortilla.

 Grilled fish taco- $2.50- They use pollock, and it's grilled.  As with the shrimp tacos, it was a bit dry. 

Service is friendly and good.

I won't go back to Tacos Cancun for the fish or shrimp tacos.  Nothing special about them.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lupetti Pizzeria

Lupetti Pizzeria
710 E 4th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Lupetti Pizzeria is a fairly new pizza place in the Arts District.  The only signage is the neon pizza sign pictured above.  Apparently, there is a bar, complete with a secret door, inside this building.  But, most of the building is a pizza.  There is bar seating and a few tables, along with a counter. 

Fresh pizza- $12, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and basil.  Their version of the margherita pizza.  This was good, not great.  The sauce is a bit too sweet, but the crust is pretty good.  Toppings were fine, but a bit stingy on the amount of cheese.

Service was good.

I may go back and try their regular pie, but if it is the same sauce as the Fresh pizza, I won't be a fan.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Tacos 1986

Tacos 1986
611 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Tacos 1986 is a very popular taco stand in Koreatown.  They became more popular after the LA Times recently wrote a story about them.  Located about a block north from Wilshire and Western, parking around here is terrible.  Take the Purple Line or a ride share.  Another block or two north is Monty's Good Burger, a vegan burger place.

About 8pm on a Saturday night, the line had maybe 10 people, but grew steadily, as we waited for the tacos.

Mushroom taco, $3 and mushroom vampiros, $5, grilled crispy tortilla with cheese, salsa and guacamole.  The only items a vegetarian or vegan person can eat is the mushroom tacos, assuming they do not use lard making the tortillas.  The tacos were outstanding.  The mushrooms are sauteed to perfection.  Lots of good flavor, but a bit rubbery.  Not sure if they used canned mushrooms or fresh.  If they are fresh, they had been in the warmer for too long.  The guacamole was outstanding.  Very good flavor, with a hint of heat.

The mushroom vampiros was ok.  The grilled crispy tortilla was too hard.  It didn't work well.  I didn't taste much cheese.  I should have tried the quesadilla instead.

Service is good.  The line moves quickly.

Tacos 1986 was pretty good.  Though I won't rush back, and I wouldn't wait more than 10-15 minutes in line.

Dan Modern Chinese

Dan Modern Chinese
146 S Lake Ave Ste 105
Pasadena, CA 91101

Dan Modern Chinese is located in the same complex as Lemonade and Green Street Restaurant.  Dan Modern Chinese is trying to become a better Ding Tai Fung.

Vegetable dumpling, steamed. $9.  This wasn't good.  Just filled with chives, with very little flavor.  You needed to dunk it into some soy sauce to add flavor.

Service is good.  Expect a 20 minute wait after ordering dumplings.

I'm not a big fan of Din Tai Fung, it's not the holy grail for dumplings.  But Dan Modern Chinese has a ways to go before coming close to Din Tai Fung.