Sushi Mon

I met a date here.  Not bad, the food and the date.  A little expensive though not for L.A. sushi but they had this one dish, which was the reason to go, which is basically tuna (or was it salmon) and tomatoes and some sauce on top of a large wanton chip.  That was really good even if another friend of mine frowned at the mix of tomatoes and sushi.






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Not to be confused with Johnnies.  You can’t eat here as it’s out of business.  Instead it’s rent out as a location for movies.  It’s on Wilshire Blvd near the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA).  It’s been in quite a few movies. Miracle Mile comes to mind

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Pho Mai Nguyen (the Catfish Place)

I’ve not been to many Vietnamese places but the catfish here is the best I’ve had.   It’s great.  In fact it’s so good I could each just that as my only dish plus some rice.  My friend Neil introduced me to this place. Vietnamese style eggrolls are also very good.  You roll them in a piece of lettuce and then dip them in a semi sweet reddish orange sauce.  Yum!  Another thing to try is the combination BBQ pork and vermicelli

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Dragon Phoenix Palace Chinese Seafood Restaurant

This place is in the center of Little Saigon even though it’s a Chinese restaurant.   The Dim Sum is pretty good there.  It’s served from I think 11am to 2pm.  You’ll feel like you’re in another country.  It’s best to get Dim Sum on the weekend as there is more variety but it will be way more crowded

Directions: From the 405 go north on Magnolia.  Turn right at Bolsa and left at the next light.  That light turns into a parking lot.  The restaurant is on the right on the second floor.

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Tommy’s is somewhat famous in Los Angeles.  They’ve become a small chain and there are a couple in O.C.  They make chili burgers and they are some of the greasiest things you’ll ever eat.  They are extremely delicious but you can only eat them about once every 2 months because they are so greasy.  Tommy’s is also open 24 hours.  I don’t know how we did it but when I was in high school my friends and I could eat 4 double cheeseburgers from Tommy’s each.  Note, all burgers come with chili by default.  If you don’t want the chili why are you at Tommy’s?

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Fatburger is also from L.A.  Fatburger as in "Man! That’s Phat!"  I love them with all 4 extras.  Chili, Bacon, Egg and Cheese.  Yum!  The one in O.C is in the Park Place area.

Directions: 405 to Jamboree, turn right from the exit toward Newport. Turn left at Michaelson, the first light and left again at the next light which is into the Park Place area

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Houston’s is a national chain.  The have a very small menu.  Their two specialties are (1) Their Spinach Dip which they claim was named one of the 10 best things to eat in L.A.  I agree. (2) Their ribs which they call knife and fork ribs.   These ribs are so tender you usually don’t even need the knife.  The meat falls right off the bones with just a light push from your fork.  Yes!

Directions: They are in the same center as FatBurger above.  In LA there is one at the Century City Shopping Center and another in Manhattan Beach on Rosecrans a mile or two west of the 405.

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Picnic Garden

This is a Korean Style BBQ and it’s all you can eat.  At lunch time on a weekday it’s only 8$ and that includes soft drinks.  At a Korean BBQ you cook the food on a grill at your table.  Since this is all you can eat they’ve got bars (similar to salad bars) except they have lots of raw and seasoned meats.  There are sauces in the back as well as ready to eat foods like eggrolls and fries.

One tip: Wait for the grill to get good and hot.  If you put the cold meat on it before it’s hot the grill will never get hot.

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Seoul Garden

This is also a Korean BBQ.  It’s much newer looking than Picnic Garden.  It’s a toss up which is better.  Some people like one and some people prefer the other.   It’s also $8 for lunch but drinks are separate.

Directions: From the 5 take Red Hill north.  Past the 1st light on the right is a shopping center.  It’s in there behind the Del Taco.

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Cheesecake Factory

You may have heard of them.  They are also a national chain (or are they now international).  The thing that sucks about the Cheesecake Factory is that they don’t take reservations and they are almost always busy.  On a Friday or Saturday night you can expect to wait at least 2 hours.

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