Tuesday, January 29, 2013
// 9.0 out of 10 scout badges // 
Langer’s 704 S Alvarado St Los Angeles, CA 90057
Hands down the best pastrami in Southern California, if not the whole United States! Langer’s is located across the street from MacArthur park in Westlake. Once you find somewhere to park and get through all the busyness that occurs in the humble areas of Los Angeles, there is a high chance you’ll have to wait in line before getting into the restaurant. Once you do, sit down, get comfortable and order the #19. Don’t be intimidated by the prices because many of the sandwiches are about $15, but trust me, it is well worth it! Once you take the first bite, you’ll know what i mean. Honestly, my mouth is watering while i write this post. All i can think about is the pastrami, swiss cheese, cole slaw and the Russian style dressing between two pieces of bread. MMMMMM. I think i shall plan my next visit there right now! 
 - Aldrich

// 9.0 out of 10 scout badges // 

Langer’s
704 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Hands down the best pastrami in Southern California, if not the whole United States! Langer’s is located across the street from MacArthur park in Westlake. Once you find somewhere to park and get through all the busyness that occurs in the humble areas of Los Angeles, there is a high chance you’ll have to wait in line before getting into the restaurant. Once you do, sit down, get comfortable and order the #19. Don’t be intimidated by the prices because many of the sandwiches are about $15, but trust me, it is well worth it! Once you take the first bite, you’ll know what i mean. Honestly, my mouth is watering while i write this post. All i can think about is the pastrami, swiss cheese, cole slaw and the Russian style dressing between two pieces of bread. MMMMMM. I think i shall plan my next visit there right now! 


- Aldrich

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

// 7.5 out of 10 scout badges // 

Spitz 
371 E. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 

Honestly, I don’t quite remember what the names of these two were. Since I ordered what’s in the first photo, I just know it contained french fries, chicken, and garlic aioli, and the second photo contained feta cheese. You are given the choice of a wrap or a sandwich. I picked the wrap. Mine was incredibly flavorful. Onions were fresh and crispy, and I personally enjoy raw onions. It was really easy to eat and didn’t leave a mess everywhere on the table, which is a definite plus. Tightly-wrapped (no pun-intended). French fries are also crispy and crunchy for all those who enjoy crispy french fries, these are ones you should order at Spitz! The meat options are chicken or beef+lamb. There isn’t an array of drinks, mainly fountain drinks. 

This joint is hip and filled with ambience. It’s a sit-down restaurant, but there are no actual waiters that serve you, only ones that bring food to your table. You order right at the cashier. Happy hour for all you alcoholics out there are 3PM-7PM on weekdays, though! Definitely need to go back for that. 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Taking Submissions!

We opened up a submit page! You can submit what restaurant you would like for us to try and review. Along with that, you may also submit your own review about the restaurant and we will post it up on our tumblr. And of course, we will post our own review. Give a chance in your daily lives! 

Please make sure it is in the Los Angeles region. 

-Food Scouters

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
// 6.2 out of 10 scout badges //
Slater’s 50/50 61 N Raymond Ave Pasadena, CA 91103(626) 765-9700
The original Slater’s 50/50 is located in Huntington Beach, so its nice knowing that there is one now conveniently located not too far from the San Gabriel Valley. Theresa and I came to this place on its opening week, and as expected, the place was extremely busy. This may have altered our perception, thus screwing with our taste buds. The hostesses said the wait would only be about 40 minutes, but we ended up waiting an hour+, then we ended up waiting another 40 minutes for our orders to come out.  I ordered the 50/50 Burger. The “50/50” represents the burger patty. It is 50% ground meat and 50% bacon. Yes, BACON. I thought it was pretty good, but for its price, and the wait, it didn’t quite do it for me.
 I think the coolest thing about this place is that you can create your own burger. They have this paper customers can fill out so that they can determine the type of meat, the bread, and other various ingredients/sauces they wish to fill in between their burger. Theresa LOVES bleu cheese, so she created that monstrosity in the picture above, entitled “Theresa’s Bleus”. She thought it was great, but like myself she wasn’t as satisfied due to the wait/prices.
 We’ll go to the place again in the future when it isn’t so busy so we can give it an unbiased review!
-Aldrich

// 6.2 out of 10 scout badges //

Slater’s 50/50
61 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 765-9700


The original Slater’s 50/50 is located in Huntington Beach, so its nice knowing that there is one now conveniently located not too far from the San Gabriel Valley. Theresa and I came to this place on its opening week, and as expected, the place was extremely busy. This may have altered our perception, thus screwing with our taste buds. The hostesses said the wait would only be about 40 minutes, but we ended up waiting an hour+, then we ended up waiting another 40 minutes for our orders to come out. 
I ordered the 50/50 Burger. The “50/50” represents the burger patty. It is 50% ground meat and 50% bacon. Yes, BACON. I thought it was pretty good, but for its price, and the wait, it didn’t quite do it for me.


I think the coolest thing about this place is that you can create your own burger. They have this paper customers can fill out so that they can determine the type of meat, the bread, and other various ingredients/sauces they wish to fill in between their burger. Theresa LOVES bleu cheese, so she created that monstrosity in the picture above, entitled “Theresa’s Bleus”. She thought it was great, but like myself she wasn’t as satisfied due to the wait/prices.


We’ll go to the place again in the future when it isn’t so busy so we can give it an unbiased review!

-Aldrich

Sunday, December 2, 2012

// 6.5 out of 10 scout badges //

Suehiro Cafe
337 East 1st Street 
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-9132 

What we suggest:
- Okama Udon 

Aldrich & I honestly come to this restaurant during late hours when our stomachs are in need for some HOT UDON. I haven’t had very much good Udon experiences in Los Angeles since Tokyo Lobby, so Sueshiro really impressed. It’s a simple broth, the noodles are tender and soft but it doesn’t fall apart like many noodles, the shredded seaweed is always a plus, the Okame (fish cake) adds another great texture, and the vegetables are well incorporated with the seaweed.

Unfortunately, I tried to Spicy Tuna Rolls with smelt eggs sprinkled on the side, and I did not enjoy it too much. The entire roll lacked a lot of flavor. The slices of cucumbers was not integrated well with the rest of the sushi that it made it a bit uncomfortable eating. Maybe I will try their other sushi rolls, but I don’t think it was worth the pay. 

Therefore, I’d definitely say to check out their Udons if you are on a late night food run with your friends, lover or family members and need a little bit of soup in your life. 

- Theresa

Sunday, November 25, 2012

This is our trip to San Diego for our one year anniversary. Quality sucks. We know. Filming? Not so great. We know.

But enjoy our little journey to San Diego. 

Truly,
Aldrich & Theresa 

Saturday, November 24, 2012
// 7 out of 10 scout badges //
A Ri Rang Tofu House
529 E Valley BlvdSte 128San Gabriel, CA 91776(626) 288-6069
What we suggest- Mushroom Soup + Bulgolgi or Spicy Pork Combination
I don’t normally eat Korean food, to be honest. There are moments where the smell of the food actually gives me a terrible headache, but I’ve gotten accustomed to it by this restaurant. 
It’s been bit cold in Los Angeles, so there are times where I have cravings to head over to this joint for their soups (as seen in photo). It resides in the San Gabriel Valley. If you’re from the West Side, please do take a trip down to have some Korean food. We always associate Korean food with just KBBQ. Lets change that. 
I love spicy food, especially my soup! The sniffles are a plus for me. Clears my sinuses. The soups are filled with mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, tofu, and green onions. I prefer the mushroom soup, which can definitely a perfect option of you are a vegetarian. However, they serve combinations with a bowl of soup, a bowl of rice, and a plate of meat of your choice (bulgolgi, spicy pork, and etc.). 
Pricing is about $15+, especially if you are interested in this combo. But think about it, though! You get a variety of sides, plate of steaming hot meat, a bowl of soup, and a bowl of rice for that combination. Definitely a goodie. 
- Theresa

// 7 out of 10 scout badges //

A Ri Rang Tofu House

529 E Valley Blvd
Ste 128

San GabrielCA 91776
(626) 288-6069

What we suggest
- Mushroom Soup + Bulgolgi or Spicy Pork Combination

I don’t normally eat Korean food, to be honest. There are moments where the smell of the food actually gives me a terrible headache, but I’ve gotten accustomed to it by this restaurant. 

It’s been bit cold in Los Angeles, so there are times where I have cravings to head over to this joint for their soups (as seen in photo). It resides in the San Gabriel Valley. If you’re from the West Side, please do take a trip down to have some Korean food. We always associate Korean food with just KBBQ. Lets change that. 

I love spicy food, especially my soup! The sniffles are a plus for me. Clears my sinuses. The soups are filled with mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, tofu, and green onions. I prefer the mushroom soup, which can definitely a perfect option of you are a vegetarian. However, they serve combinations with a bowl of soup, a bowl of rice, and a plate of meat of your choice (bulgolgi, spicy pork, and etc.). 

Pricing is about $15+, especially if you are interested in this combo. But think about it, though! You get a variety of sides, plate of steaming hot meat, a bowl of soup, and a bowl of rice for that combination. Definitely a goodie. 

- Theresa

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Theresa and I were craving some sushi on our trip to San Diego and we discovered Taka in the middle of the Gaslamp Distirct. The place is rather elegant and we honestly felt a little underdressed, but oh well! The waiters were really nice and checked up on us constantly and the chefs at the sushi bar area were very talkative. They actually seemed like they were having an enjoyable time cooking rather than working for the sake of working. With that, the aura of the place just felt very positive. We ordered a rainbow roll, tuna roll, and miso soups. It was the best miso soup we’ve had! The thing Theresa and I loved about it was that it actually tasted like miso rather than something bathed in salt and MSG. It had plenty of seaweed and tofu which other places usually put less of, for some lame reason. Another thing we loved was that the imitation crab and seaweed had noticeable flavor. Its the basic part of the roll, but Taka does a great job not taking it for granted. We really enjoyed this place and will most likely stop by next time we’re in the area!

If you want to try it out yourself, the address is pretty hard to forget!

Taka

555 5th Ave

San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 338-0555

- Aldrich

Phil’s, Phil’s, Phil’s!!!

4500 Reviews on Yelp. 4 1/2 star overall rating. Segment on Man vs. Food. Had their El Toro sandwich in the Best sandwich in America episode. How can this place not be good???

When you take your first bite of anything on the menu it makes you realize why it has received all the accolades. But all the biases and hype aside, there is nothing better than meat freshly off the grill, drenched in thick, smokey barbecue sauce. 

The food at Phil’s is great, but the thing i also love is the fast paced environment. Yes, the line can get pretty long at times but it moves rather quickly. Phil’s is not a traditional dine-in with waiters taking your order. It is comparable to a traditional fast food place which i feel is perfect. Barbecue isn’t the type of food that should be sold in elegant restaurants where you get dressed up for anyway. No thick cotton napkins placed on your laps necessary. Instead, a roll of paper towels are placed on each table preparing you for the mayhem that is about to be taken place between barbecue and the hungry barbarians we know we all are. 

The ribs are amazing! The meat falls off the bone easily and the texture of it is perfect. There is never any fat on it and i usually eat the entire thing til the bone is sucked dry. 

The chicken is delicious. Theresa isn’t the greatest fan of barbecue, but she ate the entire chicken and even dipped it in the extra sauce that was given. She probably would recommend to throw on some of the creole seasoning for an extra kick. 

El Toro… amazing. Tri tip has always been a favorite of mine and Phil’s owns the best tri tip sandwich I’ve eaten by far. 

The thing i love most about all of em is that you can taste that “off the grill” smokey flavor. I absolutely love that.  

Unfortunately, these are the only three dishes I’ve tried…. thus far. I’ll cover the rest of the menu before my lifetime I’m sure!

But don’t forget the sides! I’ve only ordered the coleslaw, fresh cut fries,and baked beans which were all awesome. It gives a nice contrast to the flavors from the main dishes. 

With this all said, Phil’s a necessity in life! You must go at least once if you haven’t. Especially if you are a meat lover. Or a barbecue lover. Or a food lover. Or if you just love your life in general. Go to San Diego and go to the best restaurant in the city. 

For more info on Phil’s BBQ! http://www.philsbbq.net/

3750 Sports Arena Boulevard  San Diego, CA 92110

(619) 226-6333

- Aldrich