Simple Things in WeHo does pie right! — West Hollywood
Simple Things in West Hollywood has a pretty, well, simple strategy: Make really tasty, from scratch, sandwiches and pies. And who among us doesn’t love sandwiches and pies? No one, that’s who, and luckily I was able to try a couple of their limited-time special items.
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.
This jazzy Melrose spot is trying to mix up laughter with good eats—and it’s doing a pretty damn good job at it. Take what I say with a grain of salt??? Check their Yelp review, it’s pretty darn impressive.
Let’s face it. There’s not much in El Segundo for good drive thrus. There is, however, one that stands out and is pretty unique.We liked the spicy chicken.
The gyoza and chicken katsu were also good, but need to be eaten warm. Once they start to cool off they aren’t so good. For those of you who are gyoza purists, you may not be too happy with the extra crispy style served here. This is the longest we’ve had to wait by a long shot. To be fair, the food isn’t premade, and there is a good bit of prep involved for this food. Worth a trip if you are in the area!
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.
Chika chika boooom chicken From Pink Taco in Century City
Known for their edgy vibe and Mexican food, Pink Taco was always a place I wanted to experience. I finally got to go there for one of my friend’s birthday dinner, and my Pink Taco cherry was popped. Even though I eat chicken multiple times a week, I decided to try out and blog about my chicken adventure here. Not every restaurant can serve a mean chicken, and I wanted to see if Pink Taco had what it takes.