Monthly Archives: August 2012

REVIEW: MARISCOS 4 VIENTOS

As the East Los mariscos marathon continues The Monster finds himself at Mariscos 4 Vientos.  Packed with families, this cash only delight may be plain on atmosphere but it’s big on taste.

The Monster snags a spot in the lot and takes a seat at the last open table in the joint.  Service here is brisk, The Monster sits down and chips and salsa are delivered and the supremely friendly waitress inquires if The Monster is ready to order.

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REVIEW: MARISCOS EL JATO

All the way out in East Los is Mariscos El Jato, an authentic mariscos restaurant.  The Monster is the lone gringo on this afternoon as families gorge themselves on delicacies from the sea.

This is a fast paced place, the clatter of dishes, the laughing of patrons, the music pumped up high.  It’s got a good spirit, a positive energy as you sit at a communal table and tear into the thick chips and tasty salsa.  And you’ll get your food before your napkin hits your lap.  They have this down to a science.

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HAIKU REVIEW: SI LAA

Si Laa decent eats

Expensive and small portions

Great staff, charming place.

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HAIKU REVIEW: LEMONADE

Single men come here
Forget the food, find a wife
Then eat somewhere else.

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REVIEW: WHICH WICH?

Can we start with the stupid name?  Because it’s stupid.  A restaurant name should not have a question mark.  That makes The Monster nervous.  ???

That being said, the make your own “wich” does work for The Monster.  It’s an ultra-casual sandwich shop where you can, a la The Counter, pick your own poison.  Want beef, chicken, ham or pork, seafood or turkey.  Start there.  Pick your bread.  Pick a bowl.  Shower it with cheese.  Smother it with sauces.  Veggies, oils and spices, do it up.

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REVIEW: SUNNY BLUE OMUSUBI

California’s first omusubi spot, Sunny Blue has taken foot on Main Street and draws a diverse collection of fans eager to sample its unique Japanese inspired offerings.

Eaten like sandwiches, this is dense warm rice with various savory fillings wrapped in nori.  Hugely popular in Japan (and Hawaii), this sliver of a space also offers frozen yogurt and does a brisk business (mostly take-out, what with three stools inside and one table outside).

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HAIKU REVIEW: ROSE CAFE

Rose Café slipping down…

…hill. Soup and sandwich both blah.

What happened old fave?

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