Nothing warms my heart more than seafood—especially a good moist crab cake. This sucker is seasoned to perfection and laid upon a slather of creamy remoulade with some yummy citrus and micro greens for presentation. How fabulous does that look? Well, it tastes just as fab.
What do you get when you pair eclectic dishes with strong-ass drinks? Fatty’s Public House in WeHo of course!
The former residence of Fatty Arbuckle is now a newborn gastropub on the west side of La Cienega Blvd, smack dab in the middle of Santa Monica Blvd. and Melrose Ave. If you weren’t that hungry on your way, you’ll be good and starved by the time you find parking. ($8 Valet)
Fatty’s is a bit fancier than our usual hangouts, but pinch your pennies and trust that it’ll be worth the splurge. Super mellow by day, hipster hot spot by night.
Let’s get down to business. The first thing I did was take advantage of their full bar. All of the signature crafted cocktails sounded great, but I picked “Life of the Party” because I’m modest. My wilder friend went for “Desert Hero” for more of a kick.
Do you ever have those nights when you just want a good burger? Man, I do. Rounds Premium Burgers in West Hollywood have those burgers and they invited us to come check them out. Their burgers are easily customizable and are just the right amount of everything you’d want in a good burger. It’s a balanced burger… pending your choice of additional toppings.
When you walk up, there’s a great patio outside with bar-height tables and chairs. They have a similar bar inside and tables as well, giving a casual vibe to the place. When you walk in you’re greeted by an organized ordering system. Other establishments are a little tougher to figure out so this was very intuitive.
I appreciate a place that actually wants me to understand what I’m ordering. The ordering sheets are a step by step guide to the burger ordering process itself. Also, there are just the right amount of options so I don’t have to ask, “So what’s actually in this sauce?”
“But guys!” you say. “Where can I have kosher sushi handed to me in a back alley?”
Meshuga 4 Sushi, nestled right in the hip and Hasidic dividing line of West Hollywood, is all over this niche market. And hey, if you call ahead, they’ll bring your sushi out to your car, which ain’t bad.
How’s the food? Pretty good! The Japanese Pizza—spicy tuna on crispy rice—was pretty solid. I’m a sucker for fried rice sushi and this one is tasty. The Crunchy Munchy Roll (crab w/cukes, avocado, and crunch flakes) wasn’t bad, but it was a little softer than I would’ve liked.
If I lived by here, I’d probably order from these guys all the time. Plus, it’d be an easy way to stay cool with G-d just in case.
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Today I find myself at The Griddle Cafe in West Hollywood. Yes, there is a wait, like there always is at The Griddle, but really, isn’t that a good sign? I finally sit down, and flip the menu past the first two pages. While I’m sure their whole menu is tasty, I go to The Griddle for one thing: Pancakes.
Every time I visit, I try something new, and most recently I went with the Barry Yellow. The Barry Yellow, photo above, consists of raspberry and lemon folded into their classic buttermilk batter, and topped with powdered sugar. The pancake is thick and filled with gooey raspberry chunks. These raspberry chunks have a natural sweetness and bold flavor that makes syrup totally unnecessary.
Mooooooooooooooooooooooooo…ve over average fast food restaurants, these guys are serving up only all-natural stuff here and I LOVED IT. I love a good burger and after eating these I just felt so much better about myself than I usually do after pigging out on a burg! Pictured is the el Mariachi burger topped with their own homemade guac and chipotle sauce. SO DAMN GOOD!
Brunch, Quick Booze or a simple no b.s. dinner…
When I want something fast I come to Basix. The wait staff has come to know me by name. I come here 2–3 times a month or more.
If you are ever in West Hollywood and want a place for brunch, look no further. I mean, there are others in town that are pretty good too…but, if we’re looking for VALUE, I think you get more for your buck here.
In all honesty, I have had a lot of local friends tell me about this place — so I wanted to try it out for myself. We were contacted by K24 to come in and have a meal on them and the first time we tried to do that — it never happened. In the interest of being transparent, we must tell you about our entire experience. The restaurant host at the time seemed confused and didn’t really know why we were present. Well, we were there to sample food and cocktails. After numerous emails prior to arriving, we would think they would have been expecting us and seated us rather quickly. That didn’t happen — so after a while of waiting, we left.
Sandwich. Pie. Done.
Simple Things has a neo-retro vibe with a 1950’s style soda cooler, shiny steel tables, and three large paintings on the wall. The paintings are of a sandwich, a piece of pie, and big block letters that say ‘DONE’. I peruse their extensive sandwich menu and display case. It’s a tough decision, but I decide upon the tuna melt and salted caramel pie.