Friday, August 29, 2014

Venice Whaler Gets a New Menu

The Venice Whaler has been around for a while. Since the 1940's the Whaler has been serving Venice Beach and the surrounding community. Recently the Whaler was reopened with a new hip American bad food menu to appeal more as a dining destination. Heres a couple of our favorite dishes from the new menu. 

Fish & chips.  Its a big hunk of cod sitting on top of fries. The beer batter gives it a great flavor and crunch and its pretty moist. The fries are also pretty good. I cant put my finger on what they do to them...

Short rib banh mi.    Its not a banh mi. Its a brioche roll with short rib. And its good! Its just not a Vietnamese sandwich. 

Wings. Giant wings. These may have been my favorite dish of the night. Wings that are about 4 times bigger than most other wing places. Grilled and tossed with buffalo sauce. Great bar food dish. 

Grilled corn on cob.  This corn is insanely tender. They may boil it? But whatever they do the corn almost melts in your mouth and with the lime and cotija cheese feels like an upscale street corn dish. 

Key lime pie.  Great way to end a meal. Tart and smooth. Just sweet enough without losing the great flavor that is key lime. 

                                          10 W Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

Fish & chips. belgian beer battered cod. house tarter. avocado. malt vinegar $16.95 

WINGS  $12.95

Grilled husk corn on cob. cotija cheese. lime. sesame seed butter $6.95

Key lime pie. house made pie. whip cream $6.95 

Short rib banh mi. brioche bun. pickled carrots. cilantro. chili aioli $12.95      

Thursday, August 28, 2014

2014 L.A. County Fair Preview

The 2014 Los Angeles County Fair is almost here! What to expect? Well the fair has a lot of things going on this year. Chicken Charlies is debuting a triple donut cheeseburger. The now famous Ramen Burger will be there there serving,...ramen burgers. Not to mention giant donuts, giant turkey legs, and giant ribs. The best part of the fair may be the new Luminasia exhibit. The fair has turned its hillside gardens into an elaborate Chinese lantern show. Theres dragons, monkeys, even a cluster of croaking frogs. Trust me there will be a million selfies in your Instagram feed of this when the fair opens. 

Giant donuts 

Chicken Charlie's triple donut  cheeseburger

Ramen burger 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Brio Tuscan Grille Opens in Irvine.

"I never would have guessed this was a chain" was a thought my guest said out loud at the new Brio Tuscan Grille at the Irvine Spectrum. I really couldn't blame him.  Brio doesn't conjure thoughts of the biggest Italian chain in the US at all (cough cough Olive Garden) with its sweeping high ceilings and fire pit seating area. The food however is the real star here. 
Yes this is a chain restaurant I would make the drive out to Irvine for. There were no real faults found. The calamari was my favorite thing the entire night. Fried with pepperoncinis it had a great bite. Add to it the garlic aioli and marinara dipping sauces and it was one of the best calamari dishes I have ever had. A great thing I found about Brio is their use of spices. Things may actually be hot for some people but I found the spice levels on everything I tried to be on point (note while the lasagna doesn't say its spicy it has spicy sausage in it.)  Dishes like the eggplant with shrimp and the   Pasta Alla Vodka balance their creaminess with heat extremely well. I am getting hungry thinking about it. I already have plans to take someone here for their birthday. 

618 Spectrum Ctr Dr Irvine, CA 92618


Spicy Shrimp & Eggplant 


Pasta Alla Vodka

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Restaurant of the Week. The Rockefeller in Hermosa Beach

The Rockefeller in Hermosa Beach may be a ten minute walk to beach but you wouldn't know it with the crowds that form at the newer location of the Rockefeller Gastropub.  Theres a reason for the crowds. Offering modern American dishes The Rockefeller kills with dishes like its parmesan truffle fries, truffle mac and cheese, and lobster pot pie to name a few. The fries here are fantastic. Crispy yet creamy inside made with Kennebec potatoes (one of the top potatoes for fries.) The truffle mac and cheese is great with three different cheeses, bacon, and truffle. The umami flavors of the bacon and truffle play really well with the cheese. Overall a great spot if you are in Hermosa. 

 422 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Freshly baked chocolate chip cookie with ice cream 

Truffle parmesan fries 

Lobster pot pie 

Korean cheesesteak 

  oysters rockefeller

Street tacos. 

Truffle mac and cheese 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hache LA Opens in Silverlake Today.

HACHÉ LA the newest burger spot of burger genius Michael Schepers (aka Mick) opens today in Silverlake. For those not familiar with Mick he owns what is arguably one of Southern California's best burger spots in Mick's Karma Bar in Irvine. But what makes Hache special? Well Mick grinds fresh sirloin steaks for the patties continuously throughout the day.
The differences between Silverlake and Irvine aren't that huge. Both have parking (an important factor for Mick.) Silverlake is quite a bit larger with a full kitchen. A lot of the basic menu from Karma Bar is at Hache with the only difference being the meat itself. The signature burgers are the habanero with feta and habanero and the Karma burger (I am thinking a Hache burger may be coming soon) which with its thousand island sauce the comparisons to In -N- Out are bound to happen.  Just make sure when you do try Hache to get a signature strawberry basil lemonade.

 3319 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, California

habanero burger 

Karma burger