Thursday, January 19, 2017

Cooking With Fire...Blowtorches. The Gastro Garage Hits Hollywood

(Please excuse any pictures issues. There was stage lighting/fire)

Imagine if you let a group of 5th grade boys create a restaurant. OK so maybe their restaurant would be a giant ice cream parlor or a sad McDonald's....

My point is that those boys would probably be insanely jealous of the jobs of the guys behind The Gastro Garage.

They quit various jobs to pursue cooking with gas....blowtorches (its propane.) Thats right. The entire menu at Gastro Garage is cooked by blowtorch and they will not let you forget it.

The menu centers around brioche (very rich buttery bread) savory donuts. They are filled and topped with various things and torched to be heated/cooked/caramelized.

With a giant blowtorch a few feet from your face cooking your food it brings new meaning to dinner and a show.

Does it work? Yes. The dishes do work. There are a few rough points here and there (only thing I really would point out is I think the truffle mushroom mixture on the truffle tank needs to be heated) but hey they are basically creating a entire style of cooking.

Besides the tanks they are also cooking kebabs aka "drill bits" by now you may realize you are going to be taking a lot of pictures and showing people at the office what you did for dinner that night.

You are going to try several dishes while you are here but if I had to pick one? Try Grandma's apple pie. It works with the buttery dough exterior very well.

Get here while you can because they are only here from Jan 19 - Feb 2 (call for hours/reservations)

                                    7065 & 1/2 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028

apple pie




salmon kebab

maple carrots kebab 


steak kebab 


making a drill bit (kebab)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This Deli Will Ruin Sandwiches for You

Don't go to Domingo's Italian Deli .  Why? Because 90 percent of sandwich shops will be ruined for you after eating here. 

Domingo's has been around since 1948 apparently and has only moved locations once. It's been with the current owner for a while. The shop itself is tiny in a little unassuming strip mall in Encino. 

What makes this tiny shop special though. Everything is made from scratch. A rare thing this day and age. Every morning sausages are packed, meatballs are made, and bread is baked.

Yes all the bread here is made in the morning. Their bread actually gets sold other places it's so in demand. 

You will get the why they bake their own bread when you try a sandwich. What sandwich? Any sandwich.
OK OK you should try a meatball. The pepperoni is house made also. And the deli sandwich with fried cheese made a friend of mine roll his eyes to the back of his head.

So yeah any sandwich. 

Do they have a full store with great Italian products? Yep. 

Am I just going to go on about sandwiches?


 17548 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Dish of the Week: Jimmy's Famous Tavern's Mac and Cheese.

With a name like Jimmy's you don't expect a restaurant to take food seriously. Maybe a sports bar.

 Jimmy's Famous Tavern blows any misconceptions about its name away pretty quickly.  The meat for the burgers is ground in house and the seafood is sourced sustainably,

But I digress.

Jimmy's mac and cheese may be the best mac and cheese you have in 2017.

They don't back away from strong flavors. Jimmy's mac and cheese is a sharp cheddar blend mac and cheese with a truffle infusion.

If you know cheese a strong cheddar mac and cheese might be grainy cooked by the wrong people (there's a lot of chemistry) but Jimmy's gives a smooth rich mouthfeel you wont find in a lot of restaurant mac and cheese dishes.

Honestly I could go and just eat this. (But I wouldn't. )

Don't take my word for it! Check it out!

            Locations in San Diego, Dana Point, Woodland Hills, Brea, and Santa Monica

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Tuck Room's New Brunch Menu is Killing it in Westwood

Yes you are going to scroll down and look at the pictures. I will wait.

OK ready?

The Tuck Room is still relatively new to Westwood.  It has Sherry Yard at the helm AKA Food Network's best baker.

I was actually a little sad you can't get Sherry's dessert menu with Brunch. You need to come and try the dessert menu by itself with an empty stomach.

Brunch has some nice pastry on it though. The ricotta stuffed toast is a must. It gives Sqirl (if you don't know it's a place with toast) a run for its money.

Oh and don't forget the bacon.

Go and tell us what you think!

                                          10850 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Latke fries 

Ricotta stuffed french toast 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Food Porn Weekend: Mesa

Mesa is a cool nightclub at the edge of the anti-mall CAMP in Costa Mesa. Before the clubbing though you should eat. Mesa is a full service restaurant before all the dancing begins. 

Chef Niki Starr helms the kitchen at Mesa and the message from the kitchen seems to be comfort. Your stomach should leave happy. 

Also there's a little drink porn below. 

FYI get that short rib and some bread to clean up the sauce. 

725 Baker St Costa Mesa, CA 92626

confit duck leg 

Smashed potatoes, caramelized brussel sprouts, chilean sea bass. 

short rib and gnocchi

ricotta cake with berries and sorbet.