Monthly Archives: February 2012


Holy fried chicken!

The Monster must eat you now.

Damn, that was great!

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Filed under Plan Check, Reviews


Coming in for his cousin’s wedding and The Monster has only one meal at his discretion in Phoenix.  Where does he head?  To the best pizza shop in the entire country as hailed by a New York Times writer.  A Vogue Magazine writer went one better, declaring Pizzeria Bianco the best in the world.

The small space belies the serious pies Pizzeria Bianco is noted for.  There are only six pies on offer coming out of the wood-fired brick oven and the waits can be over four hours at peak times due to the limited seating.  The Monster decides pizza for breakfast will be resplendent and arrives at 11 am.  Already the tables are spoken for.  Grabbing a seat at the bar it’s time to get down and dirty.

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Boozy Sunday brunch.

Seafood platter, fried chicken.

Heavenly weekend.

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The Monster loves condiments.  His refrigerator is a United Nations of sauces, dressings, mustards, oils, marinades, ketchups and pastes.  You’ll find Salsa Lizano the insanely addictive national sauce of Costa Rica; Sur Le Quais Moutarde Au Jus De Truffle limited edition truffle mustard imported from France and used sparingly due to its scarcity and cost which rivals that of gold per ounce; Original Anchor Bar Buffalo chicken wing sauce because everything tastes better Buffalo-style; Pickapeppa for days when The Monster yearns to return to his life in Jamaica; Asian Chili Garlic when speaking or breathing within a few feet of anyone is not necessary.

And until The Monster visits Baco Mercat he can’t even conceive it possible to find fault with a dish’s condiment usage.  But alas, the day has come for him to admit that sometimes too much sauce ruins a good thing.

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Filed under Baco Mercat, Reviews


Do you believe in ghosts?

The Monster heads to Batch and feels the presence of one.  It is the ghost of Wilson, some strange Wilson/Mexican restaurant hybrid and Sublime Food Kitchen…all formerly occupied this fine looking indoor outdoor space and quickly thereafter shuttered.  Will Batch be able to excise these demons and flourish?

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Filed under Batch (Closed), Reviews


Home of tools galore.

Holy hell, Axe Body Spray.

Avoid at all costs!

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In a quest for legendary mole negro The Monster heads out to Gish Bac, an unassuming Oaxacan restaurant off Crenshaw Boulevard in historic West Adams.  It’s a neighborhood of contradiction, stately homes gracing side streets and homeless men gracing street corners.

A narrow room with a few tables of hungry folk looking for inexpensive but authentic food and a soundtrack of Mexican pop music is the whole of the ambiance.  On this day The Monster is the only person speaking English.  Good sign.

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Went to eat at Taste.

Alas, where was it, the taste?

Hiding?  Missing?  Hmmm?

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For a casual Valentine’s Day lunch with Mrs. Monster we head to a packed City Tavern.  Mind you, it’s not exactly the flower and chocolate’s crowd and more the Culver City work day lunch minions that populate the space looking for grub and beer.

It’s a handsome, high energy tavern of dark woods and bright light with a nice patio to enjoy fine Southern California weather.  Sitting at a high chair and it could not be more uncomfortable if they tried.  The Monster’s ass is numbing quickly.  Not enjoyable, get some pads for these chairs pronto City Tavern.

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The Monster heads over to Cooks County after hearing varying reports.  “It’s fantastic” one person chimes.  “It’s blah” another reports.  “Our table was split, some loved, some hated” comes a last word on the new restaurant.

It’s a menu where The Monster is left scratching his head.  Divided into snacks, appetizers, mains and sides not a whole lot is speaking to The Monster.  Perhaps this is why the reviews are so scattered.  The space itself is attractive enough with an open kitchen and soft lighting though whoever programs the music is flat out in need of therapy.  Schizophrenic with a side of are you kidding?  The Monster loves diversity in his music but this is making him jumpy.   

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