Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Deciding to make up for lost time, I recently visited RFT's new location in Silverlake.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by smiles, the bubbling sounds of frying food and enormous jugs of brilliantly colorful, homemade agua fresca (on this day, the flavors were watermelon and hibiscus). The casual, cheerful atmosphere perfectly suited my lazy Sunday vibe, and we happily ordered two shrimp tacos (for me, $2.50 each) and two fish tacos (for J, also $2.50 each) and took a seat.
To his fish tacos, J drizzled on the mayo sauce and a smoky chipotle salsa.
The superlative praise lavished on Ricky's Fish Tacos is deserved: these are no joke. The batter which coats the fish and shrimp is suprisingly light and, despite being fried, the tacos are neither weighty nor greasy. The cabbage and pico de gallo add a firm crunch to the tacos, and the salsas are all uniquely flavorful. Although I do not particularly love mayo, the cool, creamy sauce provided the finishing touch on both the shrimp and fish tacos (or so I'm told, with the latter).
I weep to only learn now that Ricky's Fish Tacos sells more seafood than the kind mentioned in its name.
Ricky's Fish Tacos
1400 N. Virgil St.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Although questions of where to find good BBQ in Los Angeles are often polarizing (any given BBQ joint is often the absolute "best" or "worst" place someone has eaten), the praise has been almost unanimous for one place--Bludso's BBQ.
Located in Compton only a stone's throw away from the Long Beach city limits, Bludso's BBQ serves Texas-style BBQ in Texas-sized portions. Owner Kevin Bludso hails from a barbecuing family and relies on the BBQ techniques of his great great grandfather and the recipes of his grandmother. I'm a sucker for food with history.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
A large window provides an up-close view of your churros being prepared--first squeezed out of a large metal tube as dough, then cut by hand and fried and, finally, rolled in a mix of cinnamon and sugar.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The fries were average, tasting store-bought with too much rosemary thrown on them.
The onion rings, on the other hand, were a sound choice--crunchy and not too greasy.
After hearing much praise for 25 Degrees' burgers, I, as a burger junkie, was thrilled when my whopping Number Two ($12.00) with pesto, prosciutto, burrata and a roasted tomato arrived. Despite my trepidations about burrata on a burger, this dish delievered on every level. The juicy patty and soft brioche provided a solid, quality foundation for the Italian accoutrements. To my delight, the combination of the salty prosciutto, tangy tomato and creamy burrata with the burger was not at all overwhelming-- just mind-blowingly tasty. The brioche also held up surprisingly well, becoming soggy only towards the end of my meal.
J's Number One ($12.00) with prelibato gorgonzola crescenza, caramelized onions, bacon, arugula and Thousand Island was also quite enjoyable. With a generous serving of cheese and a hearty slice of extra-crispy bacon, what is not to love? Again, the thick, juicy patty set the foundation for this delicious burger.