Well, for about the last month I've been following the same routine. I just got a new cook job that pays weekly, and I get the same days off. Nice having a solid schedule. So: when I'm not doing laundry and paying bills, I'm looking at the archives of places I should hit around L.A. to eat. Here's a rundown of recent eats:
Tacos Jerenzano (in Sherman Oaks-ish area)-tasty carnitas, but not as good as:
El Tapatio (Tarzana)-this place made me think of the "Fried Hunks of Pork" thread. Nice, crispy, tender, in a really tasty sauce
Burrito King (silverlake)-Helloooo?? flavor? Small burrito. Bland meat. Bland peppers. Waste of a drive, though I like driving through Silverlake to make fun of all the hipsters. For my money? Please please please go to Taco de Mexico on Telegraph in Ventura if you're up that way. It's across from St. Bonaventure High School. No, it's not authentic San Francisco or San Diego or Mexico City or Bermuda, the tortillas aren't handmade and the meat is probably of dubious quality. But for 3.25 you get a huuuuuuge burrito, damned good beans, damned good rice, and really flavorful carne asada. There's something about that place that makes me drive to Ventura once a week and makes me crave it more often than that.
Pecos Bill's Pit BBQ (Glendale)-quaint little shack that I drove by every day when I lived there. Always people there, usually a line. Not terribly exciting food. Good smoky flavor. I'm no BBQ connoisseur; I've never been to the south so I don't know what real "Okie Q" tastes like. Beans were decent, cheap. Again it could have been killer to someone who grew up on that flavor, but I grew up on Santa Maria Mexican BBQ tritip so my tastes differ.
Joe Peeps Pizza (burbank-ish)-Best Pizza I've had (except for the ones I make hehe) This may make some native NY chowhounds writhe, but loads of cheese, toppings, really good sauce (one of my key factors in pizza. SICK of bland sauces), on a yeasty crunchy crust, for a reasonable price??? Sign me up. Polished my first one off last week with the girl and a bottle of Perrier Jouet. Life at its greatest.
Annnnd today being a day off, I just got back from The Pig. Quite good. Verrrry nice texture on my pulled beef brisket. Good sauce too. I'll be back but I need to experiment more. Good beans. Decent slaw. Didn't know it was right down the street from Pink's (another longtime destination, have yet to go).
Chowhound's been good to me :)