My last night in the LA Area found me staying at the (very nice, and recommended, "Hyatt Place" (sic) in Riverside. I had planned to visit a creole Cajun place the Crescent (Queen?) which had sounded quite good. Unfortunately it has gone the way, and has been replaced by a place called Prohibition which I didn't quite fancy.
So I staggered into the Mission Inn hotel. http://missioninn-px.trvlclick.com/
Intending to just have a drink to regroup, it was here I discovered the reason I could not find the Cajun was its aforementioned demise.
So I stayed here and had their Mexican Shrimp Cocktail. Quite nice rendition of the classic cocktail which takes you unawares the first time with the soupy gazpacho broth. It was nicely done. Also their Gin & Tonics were, if not industrial, certainly "commercial"-grade, in terms of strength.
The downer was a cheese enchilada with salsa and onion. a simple dish but something about the construction and cheese itself left me giving it an F.
A very pretty place, to be sure. Riverside was not 100% convenient for LAX (!!!) but by getting on the road at 325am I more or less beat the traffic, but only just! (The commute starts imponderably early in Los Angeles!)
My feelings upon departure was that more walk-up taco stands and less "fine food" was (probably is) the way to most satisfyingly eat one's way around town. I will probably have night sweats and possibly nightmare flashbacks of that bloody pork belly sandwich in my previous post.
I really enjoyed exploring more of the area than previously. I still feel LA is a bit like New Orleans which, I think requires a local's knowledge to some extent to truly find the best places.
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