Archive for April 2013

Tsujita Annex Brings Infamous Jiro Style Ramen to Los Angeles


When Tsujita first announced that they’d be taking over the old Miyata Menji space to open an “Annex” it made total sense.  The  popular ramen spot on Sawtelle has been perpetually packed for lunch since word got out that they were serving the best bowl of ramen in L.A.  Plus, the original space turns into a ramen-less izakaya at night so having a replicon across the street would not only lessen the lines during lunch but would also give Tsujita’s legions of fans an opportunity to eat their ramen for dinner.

Well, the Annex had their grand opening yesterday after a 4 day invite only trial period and you might be surprised to hear that the bowl of ramen they’re serving is absolutely nothing like the original.  The good news is, it’s nothing like any of the other bowls of ramen in Los Angeles either.

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Lunch Links (The “North Korean BS” Edition)

North Korean blood sausage. Courtesy of Victoria Kim/LAT

  • CULVER CITY Shocker: Lyfe Kitchen isn’t good [Squid Ink]
  • CULVER CITY Mama’s Indian Kitchen has taken over Lawrence of India [Grub St.]
  • DTLA Spicy Crab Shack is now open next to Orochon [Brigham Yen]
  • KTOWN Yu Huang specializes in N. Korea blood sausage [LAT]
  • KTOWN Koko makes damn good Korean fried chx [Tasting Table]
  • MID CITY Hollywood Pies is now serving thin crust pizza too [Thrillist]
  • SAMO Here’s a look at the new location of Tinga [Eater]
  • WEST LA Sawtelle Kitchen has closed!? [Eater]
  • EVENTS Mexicali & Mariscos Jalisco share honors at Taco Madness [Grub St.]

How to Navigate the Menu at Urban Garden


When Urban Garden first popped up on Fairfax last year I heard mixed things about the fast casual Mediterranean joint from the owner of Mercantile and Delancey. Hosted bloggers seem to like it enough (shocker!), while real customers complained a bit about the price.  But the thing I heard the most about was how confusing the menu was. Always up for a dissecting-the-menu challenge I finally got myself over to Fairfax for a good old fashioned falafel and rotisserie chicken face stuffing.

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Hollywood Pies Now Open For Lunch 2 Days a Week


When Hollywood Pies first started “delivering” pizzas from a parking lot near Robertson and Pico 2 years ago I was intrigued. How could I not be?  All the heavy deliciousness of a Chicago style deep dish, combined with the heavy thrill of a nighttime drug deal.What could be bad about that?  I’ll tell you what.  Like any good pusher, they only sold pizzas at night!  So I waited.  And waited, hoping that one day I’d be able to satisfy my daytime fix with a Noon order of one of their much praised pies.

Well, that day has finally come.  They finally opened a sit down, brick and mortar location (a pizza dispensary, if you will) and they’re open for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays from Noon to 3pm.

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Lunch Links (The “Sticky Rice” Edition)

$9 Lunch Special from Sticky Rice in the Grand Central Market

  • CULVER CITY Industry Cafe & Jazz is hosting a pop up lunch [Food GPS]
  • DTLA Sticky Rice is now open at Grand Central Market [Squid Ink]
  • DTLA Mendocino Farms is now open inside Figat7th [Brigham Yen]
  • DTLA It’s official. Chego is moving from Palms to Chinatown [Squid Ink]
  • KTOWN King Hot Dog is now open [Squid Ink]
  • VENICE Komodo is coming to Main Street [Unemployed Eater]
  • WEHO What’s an Israeli burger!? [Eater]
  • FREE FOOD Tomorrow is Ben & Jerry’s free cone day [ML]

Is Mexicali Taco & Co Serving up the Best Al Pastor in L.A.?

When I put together my Perfect 2 hour taco crawl of L.A. last year that started at Ricky’s Fish Tacos (RIP) and ended at Mariscos Jalisco, I included Mexicali Taco & Co. even though their tacos aren’t the best thing on the menu.  After all, why let semantics deprive you of delicious vampiros and egg topped cachetadas?  But recently Mexicali started serving up two new taco specials that are both making me re-consider the carne asada vampiro as my go to order.

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