Are there any stories of good food mixed with friendly service?
Here's my two:
1) Pie n Burger ( Pasadena)
OK. While my girlfriend is crazy about the burgers and I'm not . . .
And I'm crazy about the pies and she's not . . .
And sometimes the waitress service can be inconsistent . . .
Pie n Burger is one of the best places in Southern California.
I called on Friday and asked for some fresh peach pie, the best pie in the world, IMHO.
The waitress said, "Honey, what's a matter with you. You're about two weeks late"
I said, "Ugh. I'm sad that I have to wait until next year."
The waitress then said, "Hmmm.... Let me talk to the people in back and see what I can do."
About three minutes later, the lady comes back and says, "We're going to get one more crate of peaches. Just give me your name, and we'll save a whole pie for you."
So as summer winds to a close, I get to enjoy a few more days of fresh peach pie from Pie n Burger.
So for all you nay sayers, Pie n Burger is a down home friendly joint in the dog-eat-dog restaurant world of Southern California.
2) Gaja Restaurant. (Lomita)
Gaja is one of the hidden gems of Southern California.
I hosted a church gathering of about 16 people.
The manager was so happy that our gathering was there that he gave us an order of bouillabaise and an order of risotto carbonara-style on the house. The bowls were so huge that we got about 15-20 tureen size ladles out from these bowls. With the ten okonomiyaki, the mochi pizza, the kim chee fried rice, their awesome fried chicken and the lychee sorbet, we paid probably $12 a person. It was one of the best group dinners ever.