September 2021 Rundown

I stopped by Crustees today and they were closed because of some sort of mechanical issue? :sob: Thanks for the recs on the savory pies, I was eyeing those as well. Not really a fan of Shepard’s pie but that cheesy pot pie more up my alley. Gonna have to trek back another day.

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They were trying out the cheesy chicken and idk if it’s a permanent menu item but the regular chicken pot pie is really good too.

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CS99’s favorite Bun Bo Hue. Lived up to all the hype. This is seriously a good bowl of noodles. Loved it.

Picked up some Bahn mi’s from Saigon Bakery across the street. And one of these


Nice Little Saigon run! First time with Cococane too?

Yup first time at Cococane. I appreciated that it wasn’t as sweet as I imagined it.


A late Sunday afternoon out, about and hungry. We decided to cruise down 3rd St (Beverly-Grove) to see what was open and not crowded. Son of a Gun!

Blanton’s Old-fashioned & Tamagawa “Ice Breaker” Junmai Ginjo Muroka Nama Genshu Sake

They could’ve been a tad more generous with the pours.

Kennebec French Fries

Malt Vinegar Aïoli

If they’re not already these crispy fries deserve a spot on the French Fry thread. The creamy, acidic Aïoli is addictive. :heart:

Lobster Roll w/Celery, Lemon Aïoli, Chives, Old Bay Dusted Potato Chips, Griddled Brioche Bun

Sitting in an L.A. restaurant under a Martha’s Vineyard flag while eating a gussied-up little lobster roll is as close to the Cape as we’ll get for a while. But I’ll take it! :blush: The lobster, lemon aïoli and spicy chips in a griddled brioche bun was de-lish and went well w/the fun & rich “Ice Breaker” sake. Note: you’ll need two of these tasties to make a meal.

Nashville Hot Fried Chicken Sandwich w/Comeback Sauce, B&B Pickles, Iceberg lettuce, White Bun

The photo of the one we ate in-house was too dark. But no worries, we got one togo the next day to make sure we love it. :blush: We do! There’s a lot of folks boarding the Nashville Hot Train. Son of a Gun nails it! It’s big, w/a super crunchy, spicy crust, juicy meat, drippy sauce and toasty bun. Husband said “It’s as good as Howlin’ Ray’s chicken sandwich”. :flushed: Are you allowed to say things like that out loud?

Son of a Gun offers a casual dining experience with un-casual prices. Most menu items are smallish with multiple orders required to make a meal. You’ll also be paying an 18% service fee with a polite nudge to tip. But it’s 3rd St rent, so. We’re happy a pre-pandemic gem still stands, putting out tasty well prepared dishes. :heart:

Magnolia Bakery (3rd St) - Banana Pudding

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A pop by Magnolia for fluffy, creamy, custardy, banana pudding w/nilla wafers is a must for us! :banana::two_hearts:

Happy Eating!


How much is the lobster roll ?

Mini Lobster Roll is $12.50 (a la carte). I think that’s standard in L.A. Connie & Ted’s full-size roll w/fries & slaw is $36. The Fried Chicken Sandwich is $19.75, btw.

Which reminds me that House of Mandi in Anaheim got the @Chowseeker1999 treatment this week on HO…but ONLY 2 visits…WTF??? That’s some serious slacking.


looking forward to chowkiss’s review of simon tan’s hainan chicken.


Mentioned this in the B. Burrit thread but I ended up at Great White’s new Larchmont location for a media thing the other day. They were suggesting breakfast burritos and pizza, and believe it or not those are two easy sells so that’s what we got.

This was probably a kitchen full of their Sergios and everything tastes better when it’s free BUT I was super impressed with both. The tater tots in the burrito were perfect, and the eggs were scrambled really gently which I vastly prefer. Salsa on the side was garlicky and nice. Gross interior burrito pic:

Margherita was also really good. Nice bright tomato sauce, tart crust, bits of char. Everything we tried was much better than it had to be from a cute, hip, design-forward cafe like this, and I’d definitely return when I’m in the area, or to meet friends in that part of town.


The croissant at Bageloo in Diamond Bar is great, especially for this part of town.


Primo’s Donuts’ newest location in Westwood Village has opened (in the former Stan’s Donuts location)!

The space has been rebuilt, and is bright and welcoming for guests. Coffee is by Stumptown. But how is their Classic Buttermilk Bar at this location, you ask?

I am pleased to say that it’s better than ever! Welcome to Westwood Village!


The new Little Coyote in Long Beach is crowded as heck. It was an hour wait for tables after ordering at the front Saturday at 5:15pm. Order at the front, buy beers and wait on the patio until they call you. The pizza is great. It’s more like bread like than say pizza wagon but not as bready as Mozza. I am terrible with words but you know what I mean. In my ranking Little Coyote is a very close third. The best pizza in LA is Superfine when firing on all cylinders then Pizza Wagon. We have to go back to Superfine to see how it compares.


Anarchy seafood salmon poke nachos at smorgasbord. Probably the best fancy nachos ever had. Love that it’s actually not corn chips or even frying her own tortillas… these are fried wontons skins which makes for much lighter and crispy bite.