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HMS BOUNTY

  • July 28, 2014 5:14 am

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HMS Bounty is an ancient restaurant on Wilshire Blvd (ancient for LA standards) located in the lobby of the historic Gaylord Apartments in Koreatown.

Part dive bar, part steak and fish joint, HMS Bounty is a blast from the past both in their low, low prices ($3.75 drinks at happy hour) and the war veterans eating their steak next to you.

This is the kind of place you know the regulars dine at every week. That’s a good thing, remember when people did that?

Well, Bun Boy certainly doesn’t and its behavior like mine that drives poor places like the HMS out of business. Sorry, HMS. Good luck to ya.

The food here surprised me. I expected thin, rubbery steaks (think Sizzler) and the famous fish and chips, well, I expected delicacies direct from your grocer’s freezer section.

None of this was the case, thankfully. The breading on the fish was thin and crispy and the fish (whatever the hell it was) was flaky and moist.

The Prime Rib really shocked me. I hate prime rib. A slab of bleeding flesh the size of a pancake that grows cold in 10 seconds? No thanks! But this bone-in carcass sizzled and was thick, juicy and perfectly cooked and seasoned. Quite good.

No wonder this place is still around after all these years.

I’m sure the $5 for a shot and a beer special doesn’t hurt either…

3357 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 385-7275
thehmsbounty.com

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Prime Rib (hideous picture)

Prime Rib (hideous picture)

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

BILLINGSLEY’S

  • July 25, 2014 5:06 am

Pastrami Sandwich

Pastrami Sandwich

“Billingsley’s is still open?” you ask?

Judging from it’s shoddy outward appearance, it has been closed for decades! Perhaps it’s already halfway demolished, if its crumbling parking lot is any indication?

Billingsley is a “Steakhouse” and has been sitting near Pico and Sawtelle since the 1940′s, before all the Japanese restaurants moved in. Much to the possible chagrin of many of it’s elderly patrons, still reeling from fresh WW 2 memories?

We were, BY FAR, the youngest guests for lunch today, except for, perhaps, the goldfish that were desperately attempting to swim through the murky waters in the fish tank behind us.

Our waitress was a friendly, feisty gal in her early 100′s who could not stop touching my shoulder. I loved her!

This place is, in a word, awesome.

And shockingly still open for business (for now) so patronize LA’s dying diners and steakhouses from the past, before they become musky memories.

Here’s what I was not expecting: the food was so good! I mean, much better than anticipated!

We all ordered sandwiches of some sort, and not only were they super flavorful but the meats were high quality and the breads were equally impressive.

They have a section of Sourdough Melts, which are a must order. They are grilled in probably 14 inches of butter and are just decadent enough to throw off even the most persistent dieter.

The only veggie you should even consider ordering should be stark white and mashed within an inch of it’s life.

Prices are about that of your typical Jewish deli, sandwiches are about $11-13, but they’re nice and big and satisfying and worth it. I took half of mine home and ate it for dinner.

Because I’m such a petite eater.

11326 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 477-1426
billingsleysteakhouse.com

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I'm assuming this sign is at least a few months* old.                              *decades

I’m assuming this sign is at least a few months* old. *decades

The Parking Lot. Looks like whatever is being built is trying to push out poor Billingsley's.

The Parking Lot. Looks like whatever is being built is trying to push out poor Billingsley’s.

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Aquariums in restaurants are, sadly, a thing of the past.

Aquariums in restaurants are, sadly, a thing of the past.

Roast Beef Sourdough Melt

Roast Beef Sourdough Melt

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French Dip Sandwch

French Dip Sandwch

TACOS POR FAVOR

  • July 23, 2014 5:55 am

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Tacos Por Favor has two locations, one in Santa Monica and the one I visited today, in a strip mall in West LA.

Authentic yet fast Mexican food with a pretty extensive menu.

The Fried Fish taco was muy tasty, I loved the batter. The Carne Asada taco was also very good, the meat was not too dry…

…Unlike the Carnitas on my sope. I don’t know why it’s so hard to keep carnitas from drying out, but apparently it is. So, maybe avoid getting that here. Unless you douse each bite with one of their very fine salsas.

This place is good for a quick, cheap lunch. Only if you work/live in the area. No need to travel since your neighborhood probably already has a place like this.

11901 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-2818
tacosporfavor.net

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Carnitas Sope

Carnitas Sope

Fried Fish Tacos

Fried Fish Tacos

Carne Asada Taco

Carne Asada Taco

RAMEN HAYATEMARU

  • July 21, 2014 5:15 am

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Today’s ramen is brought to you by the letter “G”. For Gyoza.

While the ramen here was very tasty, my favorite part of the meal was the delicious spinach and pork gyoza. I could eat this stuff all day, every day. Well, that’s a slight exaggeration. I would eat something different on Sundays.

We both found the Fried Chicken to be far too fatty to enjoy, I would say skip it entirely but some people like that kind of thing and who am I to tell you that it’s crap and you have poor taste.

But, you do.

While they offer half sized bowls of ramen for 5$, I would suggest you just go for the full size ($7.50 – $8.50) because those bowls are not enormous and you will happily finish every bite. Because you’re not wasteful. I was going to say that you’re a pig.

Like most ramen joints, it’s located in a strip mall in West LA and you’ll be in and out in under 30 minutes and for less than $10 bucks.

Because you’re a fast eater and you’ll probably develop intestinal problems later in life.

11678 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 444-7555
http://hayatemaruusa.com/

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Gyoza

Gyoza

Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken

White Miso Ramen (with a tarantula crawling out)

White Miso Ramen (with a tarantula crawling out)

Jjigae Ramen

Jjigae Ramen

CASA BIANCA

  • July 19, 2014 5:48 am

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When I first moved to LA all those years ago, people used to tell me that the best pizza in LA could be found in Eagle Rock, at Casa Bianca.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

What we enjoyed tonight was not delivery, it was DiGiorno.

It tasted like something straight from the freezer section, the crust was like cardboard.

Keep in mind, I enjoy frozen pizza and I enjoyed this pizza as well.

But the game has changed.

Pizza has evolved.

No longer are we satisfied with the pizza our parents took us out to eat.

Casa Bianca no longer has a place amongst the kind of high quality pizza LA has to offer.

It’s a kitchy, warm, casual pizza parlor with excellent meatballs, super friendly servers and checkered tablecloths you don’t mind spilling on.

Nothing wrong with any of that.

If Casa Bianca was located in Silverlake, it would be filled with a much trendier crowd (I’m trying to avoid using the term “hipster”) but here it was was 50% elderly and the other half comprised of the children/grandchildren who were taking them out. So sweet.

Keep your expectations low when visiting and maybe order a pasta or two. Maybe even skip the pizza altogether.

1650 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 256-9617
casabiancapizza.com

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Half Antipasto Salad

Half Antipasto Salad

Meatballs

Meatballs

Medium Deluxe Pizza (sausage, mushroom, green pepper)

Medium Deluxe Pizza (sausage, mushroom, green pepper)

I'm assuming these are the original serving platters

I’m assuming these are the original serving platters

DINO’S PIZZA

  • July 18, 2014 5:03 am

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Dino’s is one of those throwback pizza parlors where you can just hang out all night. And we accidentally did.

“Should we leave now?” one of us asks. “Well, all the waiters are over there counting their tips, so…” retorts Captain.

I know this place has been around forever and I know they have good reviews on Yelp but….was this really going to be any good? Or did everyone just like the place because they came here as kids?

YES, IT’S REALY THAT GOOD!!

To be honest, when I spied the Lasagna pizza coming out and saw how thick it was, I instantly thought “Uh oh…gut bomb”.

But it wasn’t! The crust had this incredible popover consistency! It was so light and airy, with a nice little crisp at the bottom. I’ve honestly never had anything like it.

And I want more, dammit.

The three of us ordered three small pizzas and I was 100% sure we’d have leftovers and I’d be munching on it the following morning in bed watching “Gossip Girl”, I mean “House of Cards” on Netflix.

This was not the case. We ate every slice.

Dino’s offers three types of crust. Thick, Regular and Thin. We ordered the Four Cheese (white pizza, basically) on the thin crust but seeing how delicious the regular crust is, I would suggest sticking with that style. Unless you hate popovers, but then you wouldn’t be human and in that case, wouldn’t be able to read this blog.

Many folks come here for takeout (they also deliver) as the line snaking out the door can attest to.

But I would suggest not doing either of those options and actually eating here. Part of the fun of these old school pizza parlors is to experience eating in public! (sorry, I guess that means you can’t swallow it whole like you would at home) If you can find a table, that is, it can get crowded. Please note, there is no table service. Order and pay up front, find a seat and then they bring the food to you. Deal with it.

Besides, even if you popped a dozen DeGornio’s in your oven at home, you’d never be able to recreate that magical “Pizza Parlor” smell.

3520 W Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 841-3311
dinosburbank.com

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The line is usually out the door (it's closing time)

The line is usually out the door (it’s closing time)

Closing down a pizza parlor on a Friday night is a beautiful thing.

Closing down a pizza parlor on a Friday night is a beautiful thing.

Bass Ale on Tap. "Wonderful" says Auggie

Bass Ale on Tap. “Wonderful” says Auggie

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

Lasagna Pizza - Italian Sausage, Meatballs, Tomatoes, Ricotta Cheese and Parmesan

Lasagna Pizza – Italian Sausage, Meatballs, Tomatoes, Ricotta Cheese and Parmesan

Pepperoni, Green Peppers, Olives and Banana Peppers (unofficially, the Auggie Special)

Pepperoni, Green Peppers, Olives and Banana Peppers (unofficially, the Auggie Special)

Five Cheese - Mozarella, Feta, Goat Cheese, Ricotta and Parmesan

Five Cheese – Mozarella, Feta, Goat Cheese, Ricotta and Parmesan

Pizza so good, make a 4 month old stand up and cheer! (and eat his fist)

Pizza so good, make a 4 month old stand up and cheer! (and eat his fist)

VITO’S PIZZA

  • July 17, 2014 5:16 am

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After eating as much pizza as I have been lately (five different pizza joints in five days) I can honestly say that I think Vitos is LA’s best NY slice.

I used to grant that honor to Westwood’s Lamonicas (it’s still pretty kick ass) but Vitos is impossibly thin, with just enough crispiness while still maintaining it’s foldability. Every NY slice must be foldable, FYI.

The actual location is super small with only a few tables so it’s more popular as a takeout/delivery spot and while it (and Joe’s Pizza) are some of the best delivery out there, Vito’s pizza is even better in person. If you want that little bit of oven fresh crisp.

846 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 652-6859
vitopizza.com

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White Pesto

White Pesto

Fresh Mozzarella Pie

Fresh Mozzarella Pie

VILLAGE PIZZERIA

  • July 16, 2014 5:15 am

Ham, Sausage and Mushroom Sicilian

Ham, Sausage and Mushroom Sicilian

WARNING: Because of the severe lighting, all of my pics have a pink hue. My apologies.

Village Pizzeria has been serving fantastic thin crust and Sicilian pies in Larchmont since 1997 (the opened their Hollywood location in 2008).

It’s got a 50′s soda shop vibe inside but with limited seating, I would suggest coming here during off hours or on a rainy night. Doesn’t pizza on a rainy night sound pretty awesome?

Prices are decent, service is friendly and the pizzas are the truly delicious. I think Sigfried and Roy and I decided we enjoyed the Sicilian even more than the thin crust. Maybe because it wasn’t too doughy and had a nice crust to it.

This place is most certainly worth the drive from wherever you are. I don’t care if you live in Florida or Nigeria, just get here if you can. And yes, I’m quoting Oleta Adams.

131 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 465-5566
villagepizzeria.net

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House Salad

House Salad

1/2 Veggie, 1/2 Meatball

1/2 Veggie, 1/2 Meatball

Veggie Thin Crust

Veggie Thin Crust

Slice of Meatball

Slice of Meatball

Sicilian

Sicilian

PIZZANISTA!

  • July 15, 2014 5:19 am

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Pizzanista! is a must if you live downtown or on the eastside. It’s a really great NY thin crust slice.

I’m a big fan of crispiness when it comes to my pizza, so this place looses points for not being crispier. However, there’s a time and place for a huge ass slice of the kind of pizza you could fold a half dozen times so it could fit in your pocket.

Definitely hipster territory, you will order from the Ellen Paige cashier and then find a place to sit while the tattooed guy in back tosses his pizza dough in the air.

Located in the very trendy yet slightly-dodgy-at-night Arts District, you will find yourself on a street that appears to be an abandoned post-apocalyptic movie set filled with empty warehouses and zero foot traffic but smack in the middle will be Pizzanista! and equally hip Tony’s Saloon right next door.

You can eat your slice(s) at the bar if there’s no seating at the restaurant (it’s definitely on the small side).

Then you’ll wonder where to go to next since the street is pretty deserted and you’ll wish you hadn’t drank so much because you’re not entirely sure you can take on more than one Zombie in your inebriated state.

2019 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 627-1430
pizzanista.com

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Meat Jesus and Spicy Soppressata and Mushroom

Meat Jesus and Spicy Soppressata and Mushroom

Caramelized Shallot, Spinach, Grana Padano

Caramelized Shallot, Spinach, Grana Padano

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MAXIMILIANO’S

  • July 14, 2014 5:23 am

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No matter where you live in LA, Maximiliano’s in Highland Park (near Eagle Rock) is definitely worth the drive.

The space is large and minimally upscale and the service is very friendly.

Pizzas are definitely sized for one person to (mostly) finish and then take a slice or two home. So, order a few and share! Unless you have no friends, then you are more than welcomed to invite me. I’ll say no, because I don’t enjoy strangers but I could certainly recommend someone willing. You’re paying, right?

As far as favorites go, I was torn between the Deluxe (sausage, pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms) and the Potato Spinach pizza. Both were super crispy with ample, flavorful toppings. Crust was on the thicker side, so come hungry.

Thelma and Louise both loved the Mushroom pizza more than I did but I still managed to devour several slices eagerly.

They have a full breakfast menu for brunch but we only touched on the pizza section today.

Highland Park is an up and coming neighborhood with dozens of cute shops and bistros. Worth the drive on a weekend, I probably wouldn’t recommend in rush hour traffic unless you live on the eastside already or love long drives / books on tape.

5930 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 739-6125
maximilianohp.com

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Potato - Spinach, roasted garlic, ricotta, mozzarella, Regianno

Potato – Spinach, roasted garlic, ricotta, mozzarella, Regianno

Mushroom - Crimini, porcini, mozzarella, parmesan, asiago, truffle oil

Mushroom – Crimini, porcini, mozzarella, parmesan, asiago, truffle oil

Deluxe - Marinara, fennel sausage, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, crimini mushrooms, red onion, mozzarella

Deluxe – Marinara, fennel sausage, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, crimini mushrooms, red onion, mozzarella

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