I put together 4 lists of my favorite stuff to eat in Los Angeles for the website Foodie if you want to check them out. There’s a Best Ramen list, a Best Burgers list, a best Bar Dining list, and a best Casual Lunch list (natch.) Do it. Do it.
Barbecue from The Crossroads. Photo courtesy of Mattouille
- ATWATER VILLAGE The Crossing is serving up some fine BBQ [Eater]
- DTLA TLT Food has a new location Downtown [LADN]
- DTLA Tsurumaru Udon is great (although if you think it’s better than Murugame Monzo, you’re kind of an idiot) [Sinosoul]
- KTOWN Boo’s Cheesesteaks is now open on Wilshire [Eater]
- MID CITY Hollywood Pies is gone, but may return [Eater]
- MID CITY Blaze Pizza is coming soon to the Grove [Eater]
- MID CITY Get the pork and ricotta meatballs at Sycamore Kitchen [Food GPS]
- SAMO Shophouse on the promenade is opening Oct. 17th [Eater]
If you’re a fan of The D you’ll want to check out this week’s episode of the Food is the New Rock podcast. The show starts off with Jack Black proclaiming his love of Zankou Chicken, before mentioning their favorite BBQ places in the Valley (Ribs USA and Dr. Hogly Wogly’s). But the best of the show was reserved for Cafe Gratitude, which JB called a cult and a front. “ I think all the people that work there, actually, after the restaurant closes I think they all just start making love. And they sleep there. And they live there. It’s not just a restaurant, it’s a way of life that Cafe Gratitude.” You can download the episode for free on iTunes or stream it at www.foodsithenewrock.com
Tenacious D will be hosting The Festival Supreme next weekend at the Santa Monica Pier.
I think it’s safe to say that Sawtelle Blvd, in West L.A., has become the ramen capital of Southern California. While practically every neighborhood in Los Angeles now has a decent ramen option, Sawtelle has practically every ramen option all on one street. Want to eat the best bowl of Tonkotsu ramen or tsukemen dippings noodles in the city? Go to Tsujita. Want a pork fat infusion from the place that held that distinction before Tsujita, and has better rice bowls? There’s now a Daikokuya on the strip. Infamous Jiro style ramen, with fatter noodles? Tsujita Annex. Soup-less ramen? Tatsu has you covered. And if you long for the days when L.A. didn’t know what a great bowl of ramen tasted like, there’s always the throwback assari-kei ramen at Asahi where you choose between shoyu, shio, or miso (although you’re probably better off driving the extra 3 miles to Santouka.)
So where does Shin Sen Gumi, the Gardena based hakata style ramen chain with locations in the SGV, Fountain Valley, and Little Tokyo, fit in to all this madness? When they opened up Downtown their only competition was Daikokuya, making it an easy sell. But their newest location just opened on the little extension of Sawtelle just north of Santa Monica, blocks away from some of the best ramen in the city. Here are 5 reasons you’d want to end up at SSG…
“So how long do you think your dumplings will be on sale?” I asked.
“Don’t know,” the older Korean lady standing next to the register said with a wry smile across her face. “Could be a day…. could be a year.”
That’s the party line at Cho Man Won, the Korean Chinese spot that has gradually gotten busier and busier since being written about in the L.A. Times back in August. Yesterday you could have walked right in to O Dae San, the popular Korean BBQ place next door that owns Cho Man Won. But for cheap dumplings and Korean Chinese food? There was a wait at 12:45pm. The good news is, the dumplings are still marked down from their regular price of $7.99. The bad news? They raised the price from $4 to $5.
Sad news for fans of Bawarchi in Culver City; it’s been taken over by new management. Known for its Soup Nazi’ish chef who ruled the steam table with an iron fist, Bawarchi’s vegetarian dishes really stood out- even in a neighborhood with a lot of other Indian options. According to the guy working the counter now the chef is having some health problems and left the business. Apparently his daughter is in the kitchen now, but the food is completely different.
Check out a recent combo plate, after the jump…
Jang Teo Bossam. Photo courtesy of Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee
- DTLA “The Guru” likes the more traditional stuff at Murugame Monzo [LAT]
- DTLA Besha Rodell is a big fan of JiST Cafe [Squid Ink]
- HWOOD Tatsu is opening a second location on Melrose [Eater]
- KTOWN Jang Teo Bossam finally gets discovered by somebody other than us! [LAT]
- KTOWN A new burger place and a new fried chicken place have opened next to School Food [Eater]
- KTOWN Boo’s Philly Cheesesteaks is getting a 2nd location on Wilshire [Eater]
- PALMS Skip the banh mi, get the pho at Phorage [Squid Ink]
- SILVER LAKE Hungry Pig is open and serving up Asian BBQ [Eater]
- PIZZA 7 of the Best Pizzas You’re Not Eating (with picks from me and my buddy Bernardo!) [LAist]
- PODCAST Did you know that in addition to being a professional fat guy, I’m also an actor? [Actor's Diet]
- EVENT 6 reasons not to miss the Thai Food Fest this weekend at Paramount [LA Mag]