This give restaurants a chance for you to sample some of the goodies that they have in their restaurants and this begins my food adventure that night.
You guessed it! It's all in the name. This is The Shrimp Lover.
If you were away from the Boiling Crab game, you might not know what The Shrimp Lover is, but it has its similarities. If you do know what Boiling Crab is, then, I would say it's worth a shot trying this place out. It's a Cajun/Creole,l Thai, Seafood restaurant. How about let's have the food speak for the restaurant, but before we begin. How do we get there?
If you are familiar to the Redondo Beach area in California, it would be in the area on the right of the pier that seems like a village of white buildings. If not, Google it! Hahaha.
I know what you're thinking...this place is 420 friendly or they use bud in their food?!
Well, that's not what you should be thinking. You will soon find out.
This place was brought to you by the makers of Kogi Truck. Yes! Roy Choi! Ever since Thrillist posted it, I had to check it out.
If you know what POT is, I'm talking about the main restaurant. [skip to next paragraph] If not, let me give you the run down. There are 3 places at the Line Hotel that have POT in it: The cafe, the bar and the restaurant out in the back of them both. I'm talking about that restaurant.
Once you enter the hotel, you will see the cafe on your right and the bar on the left with hella tables everywhere. On the right of the bar, if you walk all the way to the back, you will see green neon lights that spell..you guessed it! POT! And you follow that small ass hallway and boom! You're there!
When we first went there, around 8. We couldn't even get in, but we were smart the 2nd time. Then, again.. the first time was when it just opened so..makes sense. Back to the point..I suggest going early if you're trying to avoid people. Haha.
Yellow Fever is a relatively new restaurant, which opened up late last year. Ever since last year, I always saw it getting built up whenever I pass by Pop Monster, but never got to try it until now. And so, here is my experience.
When I went, it was for a Thursday night din din around 7. The parking lot is pretty small, because they share space with 2-3 other stores. [So, if you do decide to come, go when it's not too busy] There will be a big yellow sign with YELLOW FEVER in block letters above.
When you go inside, it's a decently sized area with a bunch of tables and the counter on your right with menu and register. The workers there were pretty helpful, especially that it was my first time going there. The menu on the wall is pretty much like the one below:
The Pan is an American restaurant that is quite small and not that noticeable, surprisingly. Even though it's off on the corner of the street, at least at first, I couldn't find it. I would say that The Pan is a breakfast spot that has a pretty good selection of breakfast foods: Pancakes, Omelets/Scrambles, and some of their specialty breakfast foods. Even though they have breakfast served all day, they have other foods there for the lunch/dinner times, such as pizza, hot dogs, burgers, etc.
When I first heard of this place (word of mouth), people kept on mentioning their The "Original" Loaded Hash Browns, The Stuffed French Toast and their Pizza. Just by how they described it, I had to put this on the list to try.
One day, I went with my cousins and everyone's significant other to this place for breakfast. I ordered their original loaded hash browns.
[Normally would show picture, but it got deleted with my phone. :( ]
Let me tell you what's in the hash browns first and then let me describe to you how it taste.
"2 eggs any style Bacon, sausage, green onions Jack and cheddar cheese over Hash browns, topped with chili
aioli. Choice of toast."
"Both bacon and sausage were cuddling on top of a bed of oh so crispy hash browns underneath this velvety blanket of jack and cheddar cheese with these pillows of 2 eggs (sunny side of course) so that when you poked into those eggs, it's natural insides would just ooze out all over the food. And you can't forget the generous helping of chili aioli magic."
They weren't kidding. It was pretty good. And so I went a second time a couple months later
Me, my girlfriend and my other friend went for dinner. Instead of trying the breakfast, I tried something else. Restaurants wouldn't put something on their menu if it wasn't good and so, I got a hot dog. I don't normally go for hot dogs at a restaurant, but this was surprisingly filling.
This is called, "The Hungry Dog." This was fully loaded. IT had a Kielbasa with chili, cheese, fried onions, coleslaw and that bbq ranch mayo drizzled all over. Can't forget the garlic fries on the side.
The flavor was pretty strong with the coleslaw with a slight smokey flavor from the mayo. It all worked pretty well together and that added crunch made it top notch.
If you guys want to check it out, here's the address and website:
16601 S. Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90247
Until next time, happy eatings!
It was a regular night..just like any other night. Hanging out with the usuals and yet, before you know it, one of your best friends actually comes home! Karl's arrival to Cali from Indiana. So what do you do??? You freakin' hang out!
Everyone met up at Oko Cafe. If you're not from the area, Oko Cafe is a Boba place in Gardena, CA that sells the option of making your drink "Sumo Size Me." If you don't have an idea of what that is, it's bigger than the picture below. The one below is actually "Kawaii Size."
They have a wide variety of flavors and types of boba drinks...plus you're not limited to just having boba in your drink. The awesome part is that since it's not just boba, they got coffee, hella teas, etc., even food. If you want to see it, go to http://www.okocafe.com/menu/. They even have food challenges here, which is pretty cool. The ones I can remember from the top of my head are the fry challenges, boba, burger, and ramen. Not sure what else that have though, and I'm not quite sure about the actual details of each challenge. If you complete it, I know you get to write your name and time on this sheet of paper that gets put up on their wall. [Check out the pics below and you can see it]. Definitely, come here a bunch of times for my boba fix, which they actually say on the top of your cup. Lol. Gotta get that Milk Tea Fix, especially at 11pm. :)
Thank goodness I found this place. I LVOE YOU YELP! Something about this place is just so good.
First, of all. Before you guys even decide to come here, which will happen, not that I am over hyping this place, but I'm pretty sure most of you guys probably had the food truck before. It's been a while since I last had the food truck, so I'm not quite sure if they have the same food. Back to the subject...
Right when you find the restaurant, you realize that it's on a busy street. And for that matter, you gotta find that street parking aka dat meter parking. :( I hate that so much. Entering into the restaurant, its a small place. Maybe around 2 actual tables and bar tables on the rest of the eating area. There are two tables outside, but I prefer inside due to the random heat/cold recently.
On the menu, there are all sorts of foods. There are different types of proteins and then you choose whether you want tacos, burritos, or rice bowl versions of those dishes. A lot of those different proteins have attacked different cultures from an Asian to American to Mexican to whatever. Pretty nice. Me being a rice lover, I chose the rice bowl of course. Also, if you have a preference of rice, there are white and brown rice. Other than those, there are more dishes available. I know there are salad options, but I don't quite remember, myself but who cares! I'm not tryna be healthy. There are also appetizers and sides. They have both TRUFFLE FRIES and GARLIC FRIES!!!!! I know, fantastic. Also, they have 3 of their special drinks: MANGO something, guava something and LYCHEE LEMONADE! On top of all of those, there are combo options.
As for the foods that we ordered on our visit, this was it.
Truffle Fries $5: Okay, I miss truffle fries. It was an excellent crunch with a nice softness inside. The flavor of the truffle oils and Parmesan cheese was delicious. It was a good amount of both that did not over power the actual potato taste.
Lychee Lemonade $3: This was a new thing I've never tried and a must try. A well deserved purchase. It was a quite freshing drink of lemonade and lychee combined. It had the classic lemonade flavor with a lychee flavor twist. I don't know how they did it, unless they juiced a bunch of lychee and added it, but it was quite amazing!
Komodo 2.0 (Rice bowl with Brown Rice) $10: This was bomb. It was a top sirloin steak with a jalapeno aioli and corn salad. The flavor had a slight spice with a citrusy taste. It was good without the rice and honestly, with chips it probably would be fantastic. Almost like a dip! Hahaha.
Java (Rice bowl with White Rice) $10: It was a shredded pork with a nice salad. I felt like a pulled pork with Indonesian flavors.
Overall, I would definitely come back to this place and try the other flavors. It is fantastic. In the words of the restaurant, it is definitely DANGEROUSLY GOOD FOOD! :)
Before you start reading this, I just want to let you all know that it was so disappointing. If you still want to continue on and read it more into detail, continue reading on, but if not, just read the next blog. Lol.
Well, me and my girlfriend were pretty excited to get Taco Bell for once, and might as well try the New* Loaded Grillers since it just came out. So we picked up 2 of each (Loaded Potato, Chipotle Ranch Chicken, Beefy Nacho, and Special[Chili Cheese Fries]).
Yes I know...a lot of food. Hahaha. If you want to see how it is inside, look at the slideshow below all this jiberjaber.
First to be tried was the Chipotle Ranch Chicken. To be honest, it just tasted like cheese to me at first. I was so confused on what the flavor was, I felt like this burrito was just cheese and none of the flavors that was given. I was a bit ticked off, but then, once I narrowed down the flavors, I realized it actually did taste like Chipotle peppers and Ranch. It was okay. A lot of tortilla, barely chicken.
Secondly, was the Special: Chili Cheese Fries. At first, i just had a bite of potato, so I thought, "OH! It's the loaded potato." But the weird part was you could barely taste the chili and once that taste filled my tongue, I was like, "I guess it's a wanna be chili cheese fry."
The third "Loaded Griller" that entered my mouth was the Beefy Nacho. Okay, This one, I actually figured out. I just had to be obvious because narrowing down the flavors helped. It tasted like what it was advertised, except for one thing...I WANTED CRUNCHY RED TORTILLA STRIPS! I was so upset when it was just soft and limp. WACK. It tasted like fake ground beef. Haha.
And lastly, it was surprisingly, it was kinda delicious. It was the Loaded Potato aka a wanna baked potato. At first you taste the potato, which was expected and then a bit of bacon bit action tags along, making it a better ride. I honestly don't know how it tastes like a bootleg baked potato, but it really does.
So, if I had to choose between them all, I would say, the last one. Honestly, I just wanted to try it for the hell of it and it was slightly below okay.
Note* This isn't suppose to bash Taco Bell's food, but it was just not up to how they advertise it.
Phil's BBQ. What a different style of bbq. It's not Texas, it's not Memphis, it's San Diego style! My friends first told me about this a couple of years ago, and ever since I first tried it, I never gave a review/blog on it, so this is the perfect time. This place is big, and yet still gets a long line outside of the door that it eventually curves outside and ends up being near the store next to it. It's just that good! It looks like a more BBQish style (if there is a such thing) with wood tables, wood decorations, Americana kinda feeling. The workers are quite nice and helpful if you have any questions about the food, but as for me, I knew what I wanted before I even got to the restaurant.
Right when we got there around 11:30am (Opened up at 11:00am), there was already a line outside the door. When I asked one of the workers, she was telling me that the line was already long before they even opened! Truly a masterpiece! As you go through the line, you happen to see the menu above so that you can prepare yourself prior to the order. The menu and pricing is below:
I would say their specialty here is the ribs. I always make sure I get the baby back ribs. For this time, I also tried the "El Toro" which has thinly sliced grilled Tri-Tip in it and hella dredged in their house bbq sauce. Also, you can't forget about those Colossal Onion Rings. They are quite the treat. The food is below:
One word, BOMB. These were quite a surprise in your mouth. If I had to describe the taste of their sauce, it would be more tangy sweet sauce. It was really something. The tri-tip was thinly sliced and yet, quite juicy. The sauce was absorbed into the bread and made the sandwich soo messy that I used up a ton of napkins. Hahaha. The ribs were amazing! They would easily fall off the bone, and had that smoke ring that was desired. I even prefer the chard taste of the bbq, which gave it a smokey taste. Yummers! The onion rings, the one thing I was craving for a long time was good. Kinda of greasy, but good. If I was right, I think they are more on the sweet side than other onion rings, and they weren't bread crumbs for the batter. They were more flour, if anything. I would definitely recommend this place, but I personally, wouldn't eat here all the time because I wouldn't want to ruin the taste of it for me. It is definitely a place worth coming to multiple times a year, or if I could have that for parties....ohhh mannnn. Come on out to Phil's BBQ where you will definitely leave full and happy!
Torihei is located in Torrance, CA along Carson Street if you are not familiar with it. This is a Japanese restaurant, and if you are unfamiliar with Japanese street food, you are in for a treat. I feel like this place has been here ever since I was little, but I don't know actually how long this place has been around. I just could of sworn seeing the words TORIHEI in the plaza with Koji BBQ and Mitsuwa. Haha.
This restaurant specializes in all sorts of Japanese foods, from Chicken Gizzards to Ramen, but their main thing is Yakitori Robata dining. As for our first experience, me and my friend walked in, not realizing that this place is pretty small. Not so cramped, but just smaller than usual. It was kind of hard to get the workers attention to get a table, but it was just so busy when we went, that it was kind of understandable. Once we got a seat at the bar, there was a cup with these sheets of paper that was"technically" the menu and you would write the quantity of each item you wanted. They have a wide array of Japanese foods available so there has to be something you will like. The foods that we ordered are in the slideshow below.
They were all pretty delicious, but it was just a different experience for us, especially the Chicken Skin in Ponzu. I don't think it was cooked, but quite delicious. I think all the yakitori would of been good that I will probably try it next time. It will definitely be a different experience if you want to try something new, especially if you want those cheap foods. We got to try all these different foods and more for around $30. I would say that's quite a deal!
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