Monthly Archives: July 2012

REVIEW: WILD MANGOS

To start things off at Wild Mango’s, The Monster orders up an Ambergis Caye Lime Freeze, coconut rum, lime and pineapple all frozen up and served with the lapping ocean only feet away.

Under the canopy and ringed by trees, this is a perfect place to cool off at lunch or sit under the lights at night and explore the terrific menu of local specialties.

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REVIEW: LATITUDES CAFE

Like most of Belize, Latitudes Cafe is a beachfront shack with views of the ocean that isn’t much to look at from the outside.  It’s a few rickety tables, a high bar with stools and a cool ocean breeze.

The Monster spies a lobster wrap special and has to stop.  It’s his first taste of Belize outside the fishing resort he’s staying at.  Here’s hoping it’s good.

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HAIKU REVIEW: A-FRAME

A Frame is A-OK.

Unique food, modern picnic.

Lot of flavors here.

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HAIKU REVIEW: TWO BOOTS

Two Boots Pizza makes….

Decent slices for hipsters…

For their pizza fix.

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REVIEW: TLAPAZOLA GRILL

Tlapazola is one of the small westside Oaxacan contingents The Monster finds himself stopping by when the mole bug hits and East LA is a pipe dream.

Not much to look at, it’s clean and pleasant with knowledgeable and friendly servers and the lights dimmed low at night as the salsa plays.  It’s half date night and half local grab bag clientele.

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REVIEW: DUPLEX

Occupying the old Barefoot space on 3rd comes Duplex, a lovely looking bar and restaurant that has maintained much of the bones of former space (the wonderful canopied patio especially) while adding a fresh and hip (Soho House-ish) vibe to the two story space (natch, the name).

Will this turn out to be just another pretty spot devoid of much else besides a place to grab an over-priced drink or should LA mark this on their to-go restaurant list?  That’s what The Monster’s come to find out.

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REVIEW: THE COUNTER

The Monster heads to The Counter with burger on the brain.  It’s been years since he’s visited and he honestly can’t remember if the food is good.  Here’s hoping.

The build your own burger joint has occupied this corner in Santa Monica for years so business must be brisk.  Be it turkey, beef, chicken, bison or veggie, you add on your toppings and select your bun (because who really goes bunless?)

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