Casual Dining

Manhattan Beach, CA / 05.31.2015

Manhattan Beach Post

If you’ve ever needed a reason to visit Manhattan Beach, this is it. Sure, you can go to look at the ocean or whatever, but let’s be real, Manhattan Beach Post is clearly the best thing about Manhattan Beach. Chef David LeFevre is a Charlie Trotter protege, meaning he’s been... Continue

Coalinga, CA / 05.14.2015

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant

If you’ve ever made the drive between Southern California and Northern California then you’ve passed through the block of stench that is Harris Ranch. The largest beef producer on the west coast, this place is responsible for 150,000,000 pounds of beef per year. Though judging by the smell, you’d think... Continue

Los Angeles, CA / 04.14.2015

Bäco Mercat

I’m a bit late to the Bäco Mercat train, but better late than never, right? Wrong! What if you’re tied to the train tracks? Then better never than late, am I right? Of course I’m right. I’m always right. Anyway, Baco Mercat is located in the historic Old Bank district... Continue

Hong Kong, China / 03.10.2015

Yung Kee

If you’re in Hong Kong and you ask somebody where to get roasted goose they’ll probably point you towards Yung Kee. It’s in all the guidebooks and for good reason: it’s delicious. It also has an insane wait time, which is typical of pretty much any good place in Hong... Continue

Seattle, WA / 02.26.2015


Located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill, Chef Jerry Traunfeld’s Poppy has gained popularity with locals for being delicious as well as having a novel concept; that concept being a Thali platter of locally sourced New American food.  Don’t know what a Thali platter is? It’s like a bento box but for Indian food. Don’t know... Continue

Santa Ana, CA / 09.29.2014

Playground 2.0 – Trust: Dinner Party

It’s hard to describe Playground 2.0 because Playground 2.0 is unlike anything else. I’ve detailed my love of The Playground in the past, so it should be no surprise that Playground 2.0 is also not sucky. They do a variety of events and the one I attended was Trust: Dinner... Continue

Los Angeles, CA / 07.30.2014

25 Degrees

25 Degrees is a hamburger restaurant with three locations in the United States and one in Thailand, which is kind of strange but, hey, whatever, Bangkok is a rad place. They claim they’re named after the precise temperature difference between a raw and well-done hamburger, and market themselves as a... Continue

Costa Mesa, CA / 07.16.2014

Taco Maria

Located in Costa Mesa’s very own mini-Portland, The OC Mix, Taco Maria is the first brick and mortar restaurant of the food truck by the same name. I wasn’t a huge fan of the original food truck, but apparently I’m some sort of idiot because everybody else loved it. I... Continue

Los Angeles, CA / 10.24.2013

Son of a Gun

I have no idea how or why they chose to name their restaurant Son of a Gun, but Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook have created a magnificent seafood version of their super popular Animal. Although something got lost in the translation and portion sizes here seem to have been cut... Continue

Los Angeles, CA / 10.21.2013


I’ve wanted to try Ink ever since it opened back in 2011, but there was so much hype that getting a reservation within a reasonable time frame was borderline impossible. This might pose a problem for the average person, but I’m clever, see? I use my brain, see? So I... Continue