‘Fried Chicken’

Good to the Marrow at Meat & Potatoes

January 9th, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
So much bone, so little time.

So much bone, so little time.

Essentially the day I arrived in Pittsburgh, a buddy of mine told me I had to get to Meat & Potatoes in downtown. With an unvegan name like that, I didn’t exactly need convincing. Yet, when I took a look at the menu and prices I quickly realized this was a destination for when parents came to town. After all, that whole being a student thing can make eating out tough. But the parents did come, and to Meat & Potatoes we went. Continue Reading»

Upscale Atlanta at Buckhead Diner

May 6th, 2013 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
So much better than Buckeye diner.

So much better than Buckeye diner.

Driving around Buckhead, Atlanta aimlessly attempting to find dinner on a Sunday night, we happened upon Buckhead Diner. Looking it was pulled straight off of Route 66 in the 1940s on the exterior, Buckhead Diner’s valet-style parking lot betrayed something a little grander indoors. We pulled up to check out the menu and learned that this was nothing like a greasy spoon, and much more like upscale dining. Continue Reading»

Heading South to Flossie’s

April 4th, 2013 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Fried Flossie.

Fried Flossie.

A long, long time ago, in a valley far, far away, a coworker of mine recommended I check out Flossie’s Southern Cuisine in Torrance. I listened, because the man spent his college years in Alabama, but didn’t ever expect to make it down to Torrance for a meal. Yet, somehow I found myself employed in that strange southern part of LA and made sure to track down Flossie’s. Continue Reading»

Going Tribal at Chagga Grill

October 24th, 2012 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit

I like my chicken fried.

After reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and coming back down to the town of Moshi, I learned a good amount about our guides. One of these things was that they came from a tribe called Chagga. Of course, the mere mention of tribes in Africa elicits images of nomadic people living in the wilderness, but this is simply not the case. In fact, most Chagga are Christian and either farm or live in the city of Moshi. I only mention this because after we returned to Moshi, our guide, Thomas from the mountain went above and beyond to bring us to a place for dinner called Chagga Grill. Continue Reading»

Korean-Fried at KyoChon

May 14th, 2012 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit

Food court of the future!

While fried chicken is often considered the domain of Southern cooking and Buffalo wings, it is certainly not exclusive to those cuisines. In fact, some of the best fried chicken I’ve had can be found Asian dishes like the Japanese chicken karaage. But Japan is not alone in this, as a Korean place called KyoChon just may have created the best chicken wings ever. Did I overstate that? I don’t think so. Continue Reading»

A Bite of The Ludo Truck

May 8th, 2012 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit

We're just doing the Ludo Shuffle.

From the casual diner to the most ardent foodie, everyone who enjoys eating out in LA has heard of Chef Ludo Lefebvre and his LudoBites pop-up restaurants that appear from time to time. Yet, while the LudoBites are impossible to get reservations for (and even when you get reservations, you don’t even pick the times), there is a Ludo Truck that roams around town dishing out Chef Ludo’s fried chicken with no reservations (thinly veiled Anthony Bourdain reference) necessary. During a time in which I was eating a lot of fried chicken, the truck came around my office. Continue Reading»

Holy Corn Muffins at Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen

April 30th, 2012 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit

This is what happens when you Google "soul food in Inglewood."

So far, Inglewood has treated me quite nicely, but after a couple days down there I turned to Google for food suggestions. It is probably my least favorite way of finding new restaurants, as the top results are typically the restaurants with the best SEO instead of the best food. Nonetheless, I needed help for lunch and this led me to Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen, a stone’s throw from court and with promising reviews. Continue Reading»

Food for the Soul at Chef Marilyn’s

March 5th, 2012 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit

My soul says thanks.

A couple of weeks ago, Squidink tossed out a list of the 9 Best Macaroni and Cheese Dishes in LA. Naturally, my mouth was watering profusely as I read through and saw the gooey, holy cheesus. And, while they all looked awesome, there was only one that I felt the need to eat immediately. This was Chef Marilyn’s Soul Food Express, which resides in that fascinating part of west LA on Pico and La Brea. Continue Reading»

FuRaiBo Knows

January 26th, 2012 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit

FuRaiBo knows fried chicken.

Oh, Little Little Tokyo, the gem of the LA’s west side.  Aside from Little Ethiopia, there’s really nowhere else that you can be driving along regular LA streets, suddenly find yourself in a foreign country for two blocks, and then pop back out into regular LA again.  There’s a pretty steady stream of awesome restaurants and stores in this foreign territory and for this review a group of us headed to FuRaiBo.  In order to be seated immediately, we had to sit in their floor room (like a tatami room, without the tatami).  This meant sitting on the floor.  While this sort of seating is not common in modern Japan, it certainly still exists.  The trouble with this seating at FuRaiBo, however, is that their floor seating gives a distinct lack of leg room, such that my legs couldn’t even get under the table.  Nonetheless, while seating played a role in the meal, it didn’t define it. Continue Reading»

Waffling at Bru’s Wiffle

January 3rd, 2012 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit

Chicken and wiffles?

While “the bun” has undergone many iterations (pretzel, brioche, etc…) and sandwich bread is known for its varieties, there is one bread-like breakfast conduit that still hasn’t really seen much glory as far as being put to alternate uses. It is the waffle, but Bru’s Wiffle in Santa Monica is out to change that.  You see, Bru’s thinks that waffles need more of the limelight and they are willing to give it.  At Bru’s, you can get a pizza waffle, taco waffles and even “sliders” with waffle buns.  Of course, Bru’s offers waffles in their sweet breakfast form, but the savory offerings were really what drew me to Bru’s. Continue Reading»

Strange Eats: Natto

Such innocent sushi.

Such innocent sushi.

The first time I laid my eyes on natto was while studying abroad in Japan. To me it was nothing short of disgusting. Fermented soybeans? A raw egg? A simple stir with the chopsticks that made strands that looked like spiderwebs? For breakfast? It was not a pleasant experience, but it was certainly an experience to be remembered.

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