I've been to the Border Grill before, and my second visit was just as good.
I can't rave enough about the food - Mexican with a twist, a refreshing break from the Del Taco and commercialized rubbish of corporate America. Not to say I don't appreciate a good plate from a taquería, but this is much more upscale.
I don't think you can go wrong with anything on this menu, especially not the dineLA specials.
Gorgeous is the only word I can use to describe the new Santa Monica Place.
It's gigantic, modern, spacious, airy, and just beautiful. Money oozes from the architecture alone, not to mention the high-end retail occupying every store.
The top floor of Santa Monica Place is the Restaurant Deck - a food court with glass panel wall and7 "chef-driven" restaurants.
Though all were equally tempting, today I found myself enjoying the happy hour specials at Ozumo.
First on the list was the Nom-Nom (see The Great Food Truck Race) truck's visit to the Court of Sciences on South Campus.
At least they have something to offer down there.
The line stretched to about 40 people before the truck even opened.
And the wait (for those who didn't arrive quite as early) would be well worth it.
If you get the chance, eat here.
I had the staple bánh mì - thịt nướng (grilled pork with honey glaze) sandwiches between a fresh baguette, mayonnaise, jalapeños, cucumber, cilantro, and marinated carrot and daikon.
It's as good as it sounds, no doubt.
Something tells me the first blog post is always the most awkward, uncomfortable, and forced.
So far, my instincts are right.
My goal is to explore the restaurants, food trucks, dives, holes-in-the-walls, and other eateries in Los Angeles (usually with the companionship of my partner-in-food-crime, the lovely Ms. Jen). Clearly it would be impossible to get to all of them, so I'm relying on a combination of word-of-mouth, books, magazines, blogs, newspapers, and luck to find the best of the best.
Thoughts and comments on my recent culinary adventures will eventually fill this blog - hopefully rather well, but I can't guarantee that just yet.
Either way, happy eating to all.