Son of a Gun
Bulgarini Gelato HQ
Shunji with PeterCC and chrishei
Kobawoo (posted in DotM)
Sushi Zo DTLA
Sweet Rose Creamery (posted in PeterCC's thread)
Go's Mart with PeterCC
Tar & Roses with Ciao Bob
Son of a Gun: I had planned on the chicken sandwich, but confronted with the menu I couldn't make up my mind and asked my server to send out some dishes. The mini lobster roll came on warm, fluffy brioche, with crunchy crisps, but sadly the lobster itself was overshadowed by the sauce. PeterCC's observation is spot-on: delicious, but would probably have been better naked. Gem lettuce salad was a shining example of how to do it right: just the four ingredients listed on the menu - leaves, beets, creme fraiche, bread crumbs - but all of them working together. The shrimp toast was very deceiving: tiny on the plate, but seriously filling. Here, the runny, slightly sweet sriracha mayo was the star. Then some really fresh dungeness crab wrapped in daikon, like mini spring rolls, with a delicious yuzu sauce. Finally, the frozen lime yogurt, also wonderfully light. And I'm a real sucker for meringue, which they smear on the edge of the bowl and toast. I wouldn't say this was as mind-blowing as my Animal visit, but enjoyable nonetheless. Many thanks to George for taking such great care of me.
Bulgarini Gelato HQ: There's no indication from the outside of the wonders that lie within. After I explained to Jose (where's Leo these days?) that I was from out of town, he insisted that I sample everything, which I dutifully did. I was *floored*. The flavors were striking - everything tasted of its true underlying ingredient. I settled on a first round of chocolate orange, salted chocolate and macadamia and a second round of blood orange and pear. The two chocolates were entirely distinct, so rich, but balanced with the macadamia. The fruits were crisp but sweet, and so fresh. At no point did any of it become too samey, as many ice creams do. Absolutely terrific, and well worth it. No photo of round two, too busy chatting with Jose about the shop.
Son of a Gun
8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
749 E Altadena Dr, Altadena, CA 91001