Jonathan Gold has been writing for LA Weekly for over a decade. His niche? FOOD. Food, food, and more food. From best dishes, to restaurant reviews, to my favorite, Jonathan Gold’s 99 Essential LA Restaurants.
Now, I would never call myself a foodie. Frankly I think the phrase is a bit silly. I would rather say gurlwhoenjoysgoodfoodandsometimestriescrazythingsIsaidsometimes. Yea, that sounds about right.
This past week we had a friend in town who LOVES to eat good food. But then again, he probably wouldn’t be my friend if he LOVED to eat bad food, am I right!? ha… eghhmm… haha… oook. Anyways. His vacation meant a few things, a lot of drinking, and a LOT of going out to eat. And where did Jeffery want to go? A LAUNDRY LIST OF RESTAURANTS ON JONATHAN GOLD’S LIST!!!
Due to a slight cold, and well being some what financially intelligent, I limited my restaurants to only 4, which is still a good amount. But if I want to try and reach all 99 restaurants, I better step it up.
Guelaguetza: Auténtica comida Oaxaqueña
Authentic, delicious, a great kick off to my week of essential restaurant feasts. Chicharrones, mole, enchiladas, champurrado….my mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Food was too good to stop and take a pic. Picture courtesy of Guelaguetza.
Red Medicine: Modern. Local. Vietnamese.
Brussel Sprouts. If you go and get one thing. Have it be the brussel sprouts. Don’t believe me? Well how does, a guy at a different table came up to us and TOLD us we MUST try the brussel sprouts sound? Grant it he knew one of the guys at our table. Whatever. Brussel Sprouts. That’s where its at. Oh, and the BÁNH MI.
Brussel Sprouts. Picture courtesy of Darin Dines.
BÁNH MI. Picture courtesy of Flicker.
The Gorbals: It is simply The Gorbals
This is where much of my experimenting came to play. Usually I steer away from what I like to call “squishies.” Animal fat/skin, oysters, etc…. not that night! What she order?….
fish fillet foie gras and squid and TONGUE. Sooo outside of my comfort zone. But, I realized, I LOVE squid! And tongue, cooked in a way to NOT feel the taste buds, is delish! And foie gras… yea… I’m 2 for 3, we’ll give that one another try later on in life.
Bacon wrapped Matzoh Balls. Picture courtesy of Flicker
Beef tongue. Picture courtesy of Flicker
Foie gras. Picture courtesy of Flicker
Lazy Ox Canteen: Philosophy is simple, our execution anything but…
This place was offered on Black Board Eats, and us LA Queen Pins, LOVE BBE. So Lazy Ox on BBE, and the 99 essential list?! SOLD! We went for Brunch and can’t wait to go back for dinner. By far my favorite dish, Green Barley Salad, the perfect mix of cucumbers, barley and feta.
Green Barley Salad. Picture courtesy of Yelp.
There are a small handful of other restaurants I have hit up from this list prior to this past week. But there are still a LOT more…. anyone need a date?