Lunch Quickie: Pizza Garden vs Straight Outta Brooklyn (vs Japadog vs my stomach)

I was recommended by longtime local internet foodie LotusRapper from the Chowhound forum to check out Pizza Garden (PG), to compare with my experience with Straight Outta Brooklyn (SOB). So I picked the worst lunchtime out of the week to head out of the office to try them out! There were thunderstorms plus even a bit of hail, but that didn’t stop me from having a slice at PG then another slice immediately afterwards at SOB to compare…THEN an ice cream-in-a-fried-bun-thing at Japadog 😛

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What its like being a small part of a food TV show: You Gotta Eat Here (Longtail Kitchen Episode)

You know I go on and on and on and on and on about how good Longtail Kitchen in New West is. They just won a VanMag silver award for Best Thai! Anyways, they’re going to be featured on the Food Network Canada show “You Gotta Eat Here!” (Season 4 Episode 15 — airs May 8) and we were invited to the taping last November.

When I wasn’t being all nervous with sweaty pits, I snuck a few pics…

Disclaimer: We were invited to this taping as longtime (heh) customers of Longtail. We didn’t have to pay for any of our food, but then we didn’t get to choose what food we got. And I didn’t get to drink any beer cuz the kegerator wasn’t operating that day :( We have no connection to Longtail other than being regulars and on friendly terms with the chef and staff. We were not paid for participating nor were we coached or told what to say. If this is the extent of me “selling out” as a food blogger, I’m happy with it.

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LA Day 9/10 – A Last Hurrah at Possibly the Most Decadent Beer Place in LA, Plus a Final Taste of LA Vietnamese Food

After the big Vietnamese blowout during Day 9, we headed to Koreatown for one last evening of decadent beer food.

  • Beer Belly (Koreatown)
  • Banh Cuon Hai Nam Saigon (San Gabriel)

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LA Day 8 – A Brunch Surprise, A Tale of Two Breweries, and A Taste of Koreatown

Heading towards the tail end of our trip. A couple of these places just sort of fell into place in our schedule and it was really rewarding to be able to fit some of these places in our visit, in particular Elysian and Smog City.

  • Elysian Food + Bar (Glendale)
  • Phantom Carriage (Carson)
  • Smog City (Torrance)
  • Hwal Uh Kwang Jang (Koreatown)

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LA Day 7 – Paying Respects and Chilling Out

It was a day for family-type stuff and hanging back. We got some much-needed rest in our hotel room in the evening but still had some pretty good eats.

  • Ocean Star Restaurant (Monterey Park)
  • Qingming Festival at some cemetery
  • Saigon Flavor (San Gabriel)
  • Boba Ave 8090 (San Gabriel)
  • George’s Liquor (San Gabriel)

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LA Day 6 – A Legendary Sandwich, A Vietnamese Sandwich, Beer Geek Heaven, and Hong Kong-Style Chinese

After learning how to navigate the city with a combination of Google Maps, transit, and Uber/Lyft, we decided to head to Chinatown and take a train towards the southeast.

  • Philippe The Original (Chinatown)
  • Buu Dien Banh Mi (Chinatown)
  • The Bruery (Placentia)
  • Garden Cafe (Alhambra)

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LA Day 4 – A Cross-Cultural Mash-Up of Epic Proportions

After shaking off the emotional crap from the previous night, we headed out and did an epic day:

  • Quan Ngon Nha Trang (San Gabriel)
  • Fugetsu-do Sweet Shop (Little Tokyo)
  • Far Bar (Little Tokyo)
  • Angel City Brewery (Little Tokyo/DTLA)
  • Wurstkuche (Little Tokyo/DTLA)
  • Pie Hole (Little Tokyo/DTLA)
  • Pizzanista (Arts District)

So in this one day, we were able to pack in Vietnamese noodles, Japanese sweets, German sausages with Belgian fries, American pie, and New York(ish) pizza. We could’ve easily added in Mexican food (of which there are a ton of regional styles available in LA) but surprisingly we didn’t have a drop of during our entire trip because we just couldn’t fit it in.

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