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I try to limit my nostalgic restaurant requests when I’m in LA. I don’t want to use up all my food time eating at old haunts when I know my friends have new favorites to introduce me to. Nevertheless, the oldies are still goodies and I like to squeeze one in while I’m in town.
This time around we went to Versailles. This one is on Venice which is reasonably close to good ol’ UCLA.
The name suggests French food but actually the place is Cuban through and through.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane.
Vegetarians: get the heck out of this post. You don’t want to see this.
The rest of you, guess what’s for dinner?
Meat, meat, and more meat. Coming right up.
I started my homeward bound tour in LA because I had not seen my LA friends in their natural habitat for probably something close to 3 years. Plus I love them and so when it was time to head home, I aimed south first. First off, can I just say I ate RIDICULOUSLY well while I was in Southern California? Like, every meal was super good. No complaints whatsoever from this eater. I’d name a cuisine and an hour or so later I was stuffed to the gills.
My first meal on California soil was Mexican food but the place was pitch dark and I was damn hungry so there was no time for pictures. Dinner was sushi with bad track lighting but I’m a determined little lady and dammit we were gonna have pictures with this meal.
It was cold and rainy that night and the wait time was horrifying but we toughed it out and were handsomely rewarded.
Warning: If you are one of those people who doesn’t like it when their food touches, do not read this post. This is by far some of the randomest food I’ve put together on one plate. I suppose it’s what happens when you eat at a buffet. Even so, it deserves a warning.
I found myself in Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey’s old hood after the LA shenanigans at Ritual the night before. I later saw this place on an episode of Rock of Love. Pretty classy right? For real though, Sagebrush is a pretty neat place. Laid back with sawdust on the floors, friendly servers, lots of champagne, and completely unpretentious food it’s a nice way to spend a Sunday brunch.
My first plate included country style potatoes, a tamale, a slice of pizza, and lasagna. The lasagna and pizza shared the same sauce which was tangy and good. It was like some doctored canned version, the kind of lasagna your mom would make. (Not my mom, she doesn’t make lasagna but you get what I mean.) The masa in the tamale was nice and soft but still had that nice mealy texture.
Check out this shot of Jesse hacking away at the largest rib I’ve ever seen.
Still sick at home for the third day in a row. Too lazy to rummage through the picture archives to dig out something totally new. I do, however, have a few posts teed up and ready to go. This one is another from LA/Disney weekend about 2-3 weeks ago. Off to peruse those new templates again, stay well!
Whenever I hear the words ‘California Chicken Cafe’ I recall a particularly funny Jane story where she repeatedly demands California Chicken Cafe until she drives her brother insane. Hah. Imagine my delight to finally get a taste of the famous chicken.
We went to the CCC in the Valley after Thai massages at Pho Siam (no, not a pho place). I recommend both the chicken and the thai massages. Can you tell I had a good day?
I’m a white meat person and my piece was moist and tender inside with a nicely roasted and seasoned outside. Warm tortillas, mashed potatoes, and chopped Chinese cabbage salad rounded out the meal. They have lots of different dips and sauces you can choose from – everything from sweet and sour sauce to tapatio, and pico de gallo. I can’t remember the exact price but it was reasonable given the quality of the quickie meal.
Tasty shot of the salad as a parting gift.
Yet another chain that has yet to make its way to the Bay. 4****
California Chicken Cafe: 18445 Nordhoff Street Northridge, California 91325
I unexpectedly found myself at famed Taiwan-based dumpling house Din Tai Fung last Monday night – in Arcadia of all places. Long story short, I was at Disneyland with no dinner plans and tagged along with JenLui and her college friends. One Mini Cooper ride and 40 minutes later -> soup dumplings in Arcadia.
Everyone has one of these. That place they go to after a night out on the town. Generally, you don’t visit these places unless you (or your friends) have been drinking a bit and it’s sometime in the middle of the night already. For the Bay Area homies, it’s Yuet Lee. For my LA homies, it’s good ol’ Big Tomy’s.