Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Habit Burger Grill (Norwalk)

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Just a notch above the larger chains.

I ordered the Double Char and when it came out, I was actually kind of disappointed in the size of it - I was expecting bigger.  No matter.  I hoped the flavor would quickly make me forget about the poor initial impression the burger had on me.  Ehh, maybe not.  The burger wasn't bad but it wasn't that good either.  What I did enjoy was the toasted sesame seed bun and the gooey American cheese (When I ordered, I was given the option of American or Swiss).  The let down was the patty.  Yes it is charbroiled - and that flavor comes through - but even with a duo of patties, the beefiness was missing big time.  Hard to believe, but the beefiness of the patties got lost in the iceberg lettuce.  Wow! I'm not so sure even seasoning could have salvaged those patties. 

While on the subject of seasonings, I also ordered the Onion Rings and Fries.  I'm not really a fan or hater of Onion Rings (I thought they were okay) but the fries I had were heavily salted.  I don't know if this is how most of their fries are served, but I could not finish them - and I typically enjoy liberal use of salt, just not in this instance.

One thing I will give these guys and that's customer service.  This is a fast food joint so they don't wait on you.  Yet, when the girls weren't busy behind the counter, they would come around and check on people, offer refills, condiments and even bus their trays. Pretty awesome, I thought.




Signage.



Double Char w/ American Cheese - 2 Charbroiled Beef Patties, Mayo, Pickles, Tomato, Lettuce & Caramelized Onions on Toasted Buns.




Onion Rings & Fries.



Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cook's Tortas (Monterey Park)

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Signage.



Aguas de Guayaba & Watermelon, Mint and Lime.



Dill Potato Salad.



Shrimp Po' Boy - Battered Shrimp, Avocado, Romaine Lettuce & Red Onion Remoulade.  



Chicken in Green Mole Torta - Grilled Chicken, Pepita Mole and Romaine Hearts.



Sweet Potato Fries.


Monday, May 16, 2011

The Gorbals (Los Angeles - Downtown)

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Signage.



Master Cleanse - Rye Whiskey, Apple Brandy, Lemon Juice, Triple Ginger & Cinnamon.



Banh Mi Poutine.



Grilled Asparagus with Deep Fried Egg.



Roasted Bone Marrow, Oyster Mushrooms, Walnuts & Malt Vinegar.



Gin Lift - Gin, Lemon Juice, IPA & Grapefruit Bitters. 



Bacon Wrapped Matzoh Balls.



Grilled Squid with Gremolata.



Latkes with Sage Smoked Applesauce.



Sticky Toffee Pudding, Chocolate Chip Ice Cream & Maldon Sea Salt.



Monday, May 9, 2011

Susan Feniger's Street (Hollywood)

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Signage.



Tequila Tamarind (left) - Silver Tequila, Tamarind Puree & Ginger Beer. Non-alcoholic version on the right.  



Dumpling Sampler - (from left to right) Mandoo Vegetable Dumplings, Shrimp Stuffed Shitake Mushrooms & Spinach Varenyky.



Brioche Cheeseburger -  Angus Beef, Vermont White Cheddar, Homemade Pickles & Yuzu Kosho Sauce.  Served with Homemade Yukon Gold Potato Chips.



Pear Blossom Cocktail - Pear Puree, Pear Brandy & Elderflower Liqueur.



Falafel Wrap - Homemade Falafel Fritters Tossed with Tomato, Cucumber, Pickled Radish & Shaved Lettuce; Wrapped in Lavash with Tahini Hot Sauce, Baba Ganouj, Lemon Oil & Tzatziki.  Served with Potato Chips and Watercress Salad.



Asian Long Beans - Long Beans Stir Fried with Chinese Black Beans Garlic & Ginger.


 
Mural on the Interior of the Restaurant.  


Monday, May 2, 2011

Magnolia Lounge (Pasadena)

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Menu cover.



Edamame with Ponzu.



Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Warm Tortilla Chips.



California Turkey Burger - Ground Turkey, White Cheddar, Avocado Slices, Tomato, Red Onion, Iceberg Lettuce & Homemade Thousand Island Dressing on an Onion Roll Bun.



Trio of Fries - Yukon Gold, Sweet Potato & Traditional Fries Served with
BBQ Ranch, Aioli & Chili Honey Sauce.



Sugar's Mac 'n Cheese - White Cheddar, Gruyere, Romano Cheese & Green Onions, Baked with a Sourdough Crust.