2…The Food:  The Tacos

When I first moved to Los Angeles, someone told me that Los Angeles had the best Mexican food outside of Mexico.  I love tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas – so I devoured it all.   I still love to pile everything with sour cream and I’ve slowly become more accustom to the heat.  And the really treat…

5…The Food: The Food Truck Craze

In the late 90’s there were food trucks – but there were called “roach coaches”.  A big metal kitchen on wheels – serving all kinds of fried foods.   Burritos, tacos, cheeseburgers, chili fries and bad coffee.  This was food that came to you…and in our need to grab a bite to eat before going back…

15…The Food: Pink’s

I’ve mentioned before my love of a good hot dog…and second to the Home Depot hot dog are the dogs at Pink’s.  Pinks has the nostalgia and a larger variety to choose from..like the Huell Howser Dog.   It is one of those places you have to go to – partly to say you’ve been and…

21…The Cocktails: The Library Bar

I found this little place a few years ago.  It is a very small, swanky little bar.  It is just a block or so from the Central Library and across the street from the Standard Hotel downtown.     I like the warm feeling in this place and they make some nice craft cocktails.

36…The Cocktails: The Corner Bar

When you have spent too many nights at Jax or Dave’s you have to start venturing out.  You might start out at the Blue Room next door, then you meander to the Corner Bar.  Why….just ‘cause.   Some folks come for the Karaoke – but I come for the friends, the Jenga and the easy vibe….

41…The Food: Jax

I believe I have eaten everything on the menu at least once!  But my favorite dish was Dynamite Shrimp.  Tempera fried shrimp with a sweet and spicy sauce.   It was only on the “Specials” menu – which meant I never tired of it. My first favorite was the Sesame Chicken.   This was a sesame seed…

43…The Food:  Sitting Outside Anywhere

Thanks to the lovely weather in Los Angeles, you can almost always eat outside.   There are a few of those outdoor heaters strategically placed on outdoor patios to extended the al fresco dining experience even on those days when the temperature might dip below sixty-degrees.      

42…The Cocktails: The Blue Room

I didn’t venture out beyond my little jazz pub, Jax – but I did enjoy the Blue Room.   It is a nice little bar, with a couple of dart boards in the back.  There is small patio out back, mostly for smokers.   No music here – but a great place for a cocktail and conversation.

51…The Food: In-n-Out

There’s nothing more LA than an In-n-Out burger!  Of course, now there are In-n-Out’s popping up as far east as Texas.  But Los Angeles is where it all started….and it feels like home when you sit in the stark white and red booths and gobble up a tray of fresh-cut French fries.

53…The Cocktails: Dave’s

Pineapple and gin!  Thanks Tanya!  Dave’s is the oldest bar in Glendale…and became the “after-hours” party place.   After the bar at Jax would close, we would head over to Dave’s for a little more…fun! I met some wonderful people at Dave’s and was introduced to some pretty cool music too!  

60…The Food: The House of Pie

You want pie!  And who doesn’t?  They have three kinds of apple pie, and eight flavors of cheese cake.  They have pineapple pie and year-round pumpkin pie. Need I say more?

61…The Cocktails: Damon’s Steakhouse

Damon’s house cocktail is the Chi Chi…and it is as fun to drink as it is to say. My favorite story at Damon’s is the Karaoke with Erica. Here’s the story: Erica, who is a 6-foot tall drag queen used to host karaoke on Saturday nights at Damon’s.  One night very late, I happened to…

67…The Food: Downtown: 5-Cent Diner

There is one thing we ALWAYS order….Corn Cakes.  We would drive downtown or hop a bus, just to have Corn Cakes.   We’ve eaten other delightful things here…but no matter what…the Corn Cakes are ordered!

69…The Cocktails: Good Luck Bar

I don’t know why I love the atmosphere of this place so much, but I do.   It can get a little “hipster” on the weekends, but through the week it is a nice after work spot and next door to the Vista Theater!   After the theater closes, they bring over the popcorn and if you…

70…The Food: The Diners

Breakfast is my favorite meal, no matter the time of day.   Due to my love of breakfast I have managed to collect a small number of diners that serve breakfast all-day.  Here’s a snippet of the few I have frequented over the years. Foxy’s Restaurant This would be Tate and I’s favorite places.  We started…

73…The Food: Tam O’Shanter

This is a historic restaurant in LA, it is the oldest restaurant – in the same place since 1922.     I first made it here one afternoon for cocktails and to grab a sandwich at their famous sandwich bar.    It is a unique place.  There is often live music in the bar and quite busy most…

75…The Food: Philippe’s

Philippe’s claims to be the originator of the French dip sandwich – but so does Cole’s.  Philippe’s is a very different “vibe”.  This is a vintage style restaurant that is nestled on the corner across from Union Station.   It is an experience!  Wooden benches and tables with saw dust on the floor, a large clear…

79…The Food: Tommy Burgers

Tommy Burgers is one of many original Southern California burger joints.  Tommy’s is famous for their chili burger, chili dog and chili fries.   Greasy chili burgers that drip down your hand while you’re eating them. Tommy’s was the last stop on Drew’s Road Rally Birthday party – and it was perfect.  I don’t eat at…

82…The Cocktails: Jax

Oh the many, many drinks I’ve had a Jax!  My little bar is gone now…and yes…I’m quite heartbroken.  But the memories are still there.   I’m just going to list the various drinks and memories that go along with them.  This is by no means a comprehensive list…just a selected few that have stayed in my…

89…The Cocktails: Cole’s

I happened upon this quaint little place by accident.  My daughter and I love the 5 Cent Diner that is just around the corner.   The 5 Cent Diner has odd hours, they are closed on Mondays and the rest of the week, they are closed between 3:30 and 6:00 pm.  So we would make the…

94… The Cocktails: Tiki-Ti

I only recently found the Tiki-Ti after moving to Silver Lake.   Now I can just drop by and have drink – assuming there isn’t a line outside waiting for one of the 12 bar stools or the smattering of cocktails tables. The Tiki-Ti, a family-run Polynesian-themed bar, it is only open after 4, Wednesdays through…

#99 The Food: Home Depot Hot Dogs

I know it sounds odd…but our local Home Depot has the BEST hot dogs.   It’s not a Home Depot thing, it is the little vendor that sets up in the parking lot during the day.   They leave every day about 5 pm.   I know this because I’ve come just for the hot…