...If my daughter doesn't come back soon. She's at camp, which means I treat myself to a vacation. Rather than pay for plane fare and hotels, my husband and I opt to stay home and eat out a lot. So here's where we've eaten in the last four days:
Every time I eat at this place I order the same thing, because it's just too good. Again, I had a pastrami on rye with mustard, cole slaw and fries. The sandwich is so huge, my husband and I always have to share it. The slices of pastrami are so incredibly juicy, I almost didn't need to put anything else on the bread. Their coleslaw is great, too. I'm sure most things there are really, really good, but that's all I had. Oh, that and one of the most amazingly sweet-tart, melt-in-my-mouth, light and flaky lemon squares I've ever tasted. Great coffee, too.
Brent's isn't really too close to my home, but is absolutely worth the drive.
PACIFIC DINING CAR in Santa Monica
My husband was craving a good steak, so we decided to try this place since I'd heard about it before...or maybe it was the Downtown Pacific Dining Car that's supposed to be good... anyway, while my lobster was very tasty, as was my martini, the steak was just so-so. So-so steak shouldn't cost over thirty dollars, and that's without any a la carte items - just a plain old, not too juicy, and slightly tough steak. Now we know, when in the mood for a really, good, juicy, sizzling steak, we'll head over to the Ruth's Chris in Woodland Hills. Now that's a steak! Ruth's Chris ribeye is amazing. But, hey! We tried something new, and I did have a nicely made martini.
ABUELITAS in Topanga Canyon
Why haven't I heard about this place before?! They've got really good Mexican food, amazing atmosphere, great service and strong margaritas. I happened to find this on the internet, though I pass Abuelita's every time I drive over Topanga toward the beach.
(photo from Abuelitas web site)
I went with a big group of friends. We were seated outside on the deck over a creek and under a canopy of leaves. As the sky dimmed and the outside of the cottage style restaurant lit up in Christmas lights, we gorged on tortilla chips and the best guacamole I've had in a long time. I ate each one of my sweet, tasty shrimp wrapped in warm flour tortillas with grilled onions and peppers. We all left satisfied and sleepy.
DUKE'S COFFEE SHOP on Sunset next to the Whiskey
We stopped in for an afternoon breakfast. I don't know what made me do it, but I ordered a stack of banana pancakes. And, damn they were good.
I know, I've got to stop eating like this - but I had to go to...
ROSCOE'S CHICKEN & WAFFLES 1514 N. Gower St., Hollywood
I've mentioned this place before in my food index as the food my husband and I bonded over almost 20 years ago, but it's too good to not give it a second mention.
We swung by Roscoe's on our way to Amoeba music, and expected to find the normal line out front - but we were able to walk right in and sit down. It was just before 7 p.m.
I got my favorite Carol C special (fried chicken breast with one crispy, cinnamony waffle) and a side of smothered potatoes. Yummmm! If I had a mother that cooked like that growing up, I would have been one chubby kid.
I mentioned in my previous Roscoe post about meeting "Roscoe" a few times, but now, after all these years, I realize we've been calling Herb Hudson, the owner, Roscoe. Ooops!
More to come...