This week on the L.A. Foodie podcast, Drew and Ben review the new restaurant from the guys who brought you Father’s Office, the Asian-fusion spot Lukshon, put stuff in LA Times’ food writer Dominic Riley's mouth, talk about weekend travel adventures to Santa Maria and Kansas City, and discuss the package they received from some random dude on Reddit.
Is the small-plates trend worth it? Will Dominic correctly guess what’s in his mouth? What kind of BBQ reigns supreme? (I vote for Texas, but I don’t think I get a say.) Listen and find out.
Here’s a handy guide to skipping to a segment of the show:
1:08 The origin story of Dominic and how he came to be on the show.
2:45 Lukshon discussion. Here’s a link to the Sarah Beth “FoodFucker“‘s Yelp fiasco we mentioned.
14:15 Santa Maria BBQ discussion.
24:50 Dominic discusses Bucado across the street.
36:20 Yelp/CounterYelp. Here are links to quotes from Ray and Padraic
39:45 WDWPIYM? (What did we put in your mouth?) segment with Dominic Riley
45:15 Bookin’ Up A Storm (new segment!) cookbook reviews
On Wednesday, May 29th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, sixty-five lucky guests let themselves #GetPorked by L.A. Foodie and Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach! Get Porked was a solid-gold sold-out affair featuring amazing desserts from Mwokaji Cakery, a jerky buffet from our pals at KRAVE Jerky, and four regional American styles of pulled pork with 4 great craft beers.
Beachwood Brewing & BBQ 210 E 3rd St. Long Beach, CA 90802 [map] 562-436-4020 Tuesday - Sunday Kitchen open 11:30 to 9:30 Bar open 11:30 to Midnightish
If you’re planning to eat at Beachwood BBQ and brewing in Long Beach, you can’t go wrong with either baby back ribs or pulled pork. Beachwood’s brisket can be excellent, but brisket is a finicky cut and therefore hit or miss. If it’s your first visit, skip the brisket and save it for next time. But don’t worry about buyers remorse—all of the meats at Beachwood (Baby Back Ribs, Lamb Ribs, Beef Short Ribs, Brisket, Pulled Pork, Smoked Chicken, Sausage of the Day, Spicy Andouille Sausage, Smoked Ham) are tasty. They’re slow-and-low smoked with a hardwood fire. This BBQ is the real thing.
Knowing that you can’t really go wrong with Beachwood’s meat, here are my favorite side dishes. It’s obvious that the chef has fun with the sides, so I say bring it.
The Outdoor Grill slings Santa Maria style BBQ, which means that the meat is cooked over an open fire of hot mesquite coals. The usual animals are represented: chicken, beef, pork. The sides are unremarkable. Like all Santa Maria joints, tri tip is on the menu. But it’s usually tough and dry. And the chicken, like almost all BBQ chicken ever, is dry and inedible. The ribs are worth trying if you like ‘em chewy. But since you’re in the neighborhood anyway, just head 2 miles down the road to Baby Blues BBQ where everything is better.
The entire video podcast, complete with DVD style navigation and menu (you can skip to any part of the show from any other part of the show—oh yes), is right here:
Hot Dog helps the guys prep their killer ‘staches for Movember before trying Salted Caramel Macarons from ButterSweet Minis in What Did We Put In Your Mouth? The guys try out some Lollibakes cake pops in Free Samples, and Brian brings a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon for everyone to try in Brian Brings Booze. Hot Dog and the guys then talk BBQ in LA.
Here are links to each video segment of the show on YouTube:
Here is LA Foodie’s review of Smoke City Market (Authentic Texas BBQ) in Sherman Oaks in less than 30 seconds. Ben dives into a pile of meat and likes what he finds. Brisket is served several ways here and is the star of the show.
What we recommend: Barbecued pastrami. It’s sublime. For other dishes, ask what is best that day. Get plenty of yummy side dishes. And don’t skip dessert!
Pros: Good (not great) barbecue near Los Angeles
Cons: Not everything here is worth writing home about
UPDATE: If you haven’t been to the Disneyland Resort in a while, it’s time to go back. Disney’s California Adventure, or “The Other Park,” as it was often groaned in the past, has completely transformed into a place that you want to visit. Indeed, as a frequent visitor myself, I can attest that the changes are almost all for the better—especially concerning the food. Before the renovation, you could find good food (as evidenced in the list below), but the selections were never center-stage. For that reason, the food always felt more like theme park concessions than the carefully curated menu items that you find across the giant compass at Disneyland. That has all changed, and in an upcoming post, we’ll snack our way through the new California Adventure. In the meantime, I wanted to resurface this old post.
This was first published on the old LA Foodie blog in October of 2009. In a way, we get to do a little bit of culinary time-traveling. Some of the foods on the list aren’t there anymore (noted where relevant). There are selections from both parks.
(originally published 10/14/2009)
As I confessed in my earlier post, Top 10 Best Foods at Disneyland, I spend more time at Disneyland than any man in his early 30s should probably ever admit. One of the main reasons for this is that the food is pretty exceptional—and it seems like I make a new culinary discovery every time I go back.
That said, it’s high time I post an addendum to the list I crafted last year. This time, I’ve broadened the scope to include food at Disney’s California Adventure, which sits directly across from Disneyland.
10) Soft-Serve Swirl Cone at Catch a Flave (California Adventure)
NOTE: Catch a Flave is still there, but they no longer serve these beautiful flavor-infused cones. It’s just run-of-the-mill soft serv now.
OK, OK, I know this blog is usually about food and what not, but you can find food among the hottest of the hottest bikini clad babes and fellas as well. It’s HOT as hell during the summer months, so it’s almost a necessity to grab a seat near the pool and stay in the water at all times and have the waitstaff bring over multiple cocktails and finger foods to keep you sane. Not to sound bougie, but you are definitely going to want to stay refreshed and fed. So you stay alive, not fried.
Smoke City Market gets the 30:SECONDmendations treatment. Watch the entire review in 30 seconds or less!
Before you give up on finding great BBQ in Los Angeles, check out Smoke City Market in Sherman Oaks. This Texas-Style BBQ smokes it right, all over natural oak. With juicy fall-off-the-bone meat and sides that aim to please, this place is a winner in my mouth. Slow-smoked meat is the key to greatness and you can taste it in their moist melt-in-your-mouth brisket. My favorite is their Pastrami—it’s tender, full of flavor, and peppered to perfection. Wash it all down with a few beers and it’s pretty out-of-this-world.