Oh yeah, if you love Jagerhaus, you will be disappointed by both Wirsthaus and Red Lion imo. Neither compare favorably to Jagerhaus, though that is my personal palate as a German I suppose.
You’re not going to get lucky on Howlin’ Ray’s lines, they’re 3 hours every day.
When are you showing up though, I sometimes grab extras for people into food when in line who happen to be in town.
I used to prefer Maple Block as well, and mostly Maple Block is awesome, but Kevin Bludso closed his Compton place down and practically lives at his La Brea outpost. Now his brisket is outrageously good, and his hot links alone might warrant a trip to Bludso’s, not to mention Nicole Rucker’s prodigious pies that totally decimate any of the desserts at Maple Block.
Have you been to Odys & Penelope? Trying to understand the Sycamore Kitchen pick, maybe just need lunch/breakfast versus dinner? Same people, though.
L’Assiette is really on your list? And Fish Grill? I would think Spring and somewhere like Connie & Ted’s, Cal Mare or Il Pesce would work out better. Surprising to me, but I guess it just depends on what you’re looking for. Just never thought of those places as destinations when visiting this city, so strange haha