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LAS VEGAS: Lagasse’s Stadium

Posted in food, las vegas, not recommended, restaurants by sue on December 25, 2010

3325 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702 607 2665

Price: Expensive
Rating: Bleh
Directions: Lower level of the Palazzo
Reservations: You need them if there’s a big game going on
Must Get: Buffalo wings

Do not come here. The only thing worth getting is their buffalo wings which were probably some of the best wings I’ve ever had. However, I will not even come back here for that– our waiter was nice overall, but the service was horrible. We waited almost an hour for cold food. After some complaints, things got better but even in the end they forgot about one of our orders. Their shrimp salad sandwich, filet mignon, ribs, and their artichoke dip were all terrible… Even their fries were bad. Ugh. What a waste. And with a $50/person minimum during the Lakers game, just not worth it. Oh Emeril, I am so disappointed.

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BURBANK: Buffalo Wild Wings

Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on December 22, 2010

127 E Palm Ave
Burbank, California 91502
818 524 2373

Price: Cheap
Rating: Good
Directions: Take the 5 FWY and get off at Olive Avenue
Reservations: They don’t take them
Must Get: Traditional Wings in Spicy Garlic

This place was packed this trip and was also filled during our last attempt to eat here, so you know they are doing something right. I only got wings, so I don’t know about the rest of the menu, but they were pretty good. (They don’t hold up to Croxley Ales in New York which offers 10 cent wings on Mondays and Wednesdays, but that’s clear on the other side of the country for me now.) My cousin, Jessica, said their wings weren’t as good that day as they normally are, so I’ll definitely have to go back and see what the hype’s about. I did like their traditional wings in spicy garlic sauce a lot though. I love that they have a variety of sauces you can choose from– Mango Habanero, Hot BBQ, Parmesan Garlic, just to name a few– but the best thing is you can get a different sauce for every 6 wings you order. The wings overall were kinda tiny though; I had 13 or 14 and was still hungry after…

This is a great place to watch a game though. We watched parts of the Patriots/Packers game; the crowd was going NUTS. If only I didn’t have to drive home in typhoon-like conditions, I probably would have slugged back a beer or two and joined in on the yelling.

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ROWLAND HEIGHTS: Korea House

Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on December 21, 2010

18751 Colima Rd
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
626 965 2007

Price: Cheap
Rating: Good
Directions: Drive
Reservations: Unnecessary
Must Get: Boneless Ribs, Pork Belly

This place doesn’t have the best Korean BBQ you’ll find in LA, but for the price and the amount of food, it’s pretty high up there in the rankings. First off, it’s all you can eat and they offer a tiered pricing list. The more money you’re willing to pay, the better quality of meat you’ll get. The prices for lunch start at $9.99/person while dinner starts at $16.99/person. This price includes getting a side salad (see above), banchan (side dishes), steamed egg, tofu soup, AND meat. I suggest you get their boneless ribs and their sangyapsul, pork belly. I read that their spicy pork is good as well, so I’m going to have to try that next time!

(In case you’re wondering, Chosun is still the best Korean BBQ I’ve had in LA.)

GINZA: Irimoya 入母屋

Posted in food, japan, restaurants, tokyo by sue on December 17, 2010

104-0061 東京都中央区銀座7-9-20銀座ライオンビル4F
4F, Ginza Lion Bldg. 7-9-20 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
03-3571-5570

Price: Expensive
Rating: Good
Directions: Get off at the Ginza Station from the JR
Reservations: Unnecessary when I went, but you probably need them on the weekends or for big groups

This place is great if you want a private dining experience and you have a good amount of money to spend. Each party has it’s own room. It’s a shabu shabu place and everything is a set menu. My parents and I had no idea, so we ordered things a la carte to cook at our table/private dining room which was still probably no bigger than my StuyTown bathroom. We ordered some things to grill which were amazing and fresh, so I trust everything here would be just as great. Next time I know. We probably spent more money ordering individual dishes than it would have been had we gone with a set.

Note to self: next time come back for their shabu shabu! And their seafood platter to grill.

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GINZA: Heijouen 平城苑

Posted in food, japan, restaurants, tokyo by sue on December 7, 2010

heijouen.co.jp
東京都中央区銀座6-13-3井門銀座みゆき通りビル1F
1F, Imon Ginza Miyuki Dori Bldg. 6-13-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
03 3544 4129

Price: Expensive
Rating: Amazing
Directions: It’s close to the Subway Ginza station and Higashi Ginza station
Reservations: Unnecessary when I went, but I imagine it could be quite busy on the weekend
Must Get: 和牛 Wagyu beef

This place is so amazing I decided I had to write about it as soon as possible. It’s a Korean style BBQ restaurant that’s famous for it’s Wagyu beef. I’m might not sure which cut is in the picture above (it was the daily special), but it’s the BEST PIECE OF MEAT EVER. I have never had a piece of meat that melts in your mouth quite like this one. What made it even better, which was barely possible, was the dipping sauces this place offers as well as their leaf lettuce and sliced green onions marinated in gochujang (a spicy Korean sauce) and sesame oil, which is pictured below.

Everything was good here, so I highly recommend you give it a try if you happen to stop by Japan. It’s part of a chain, so you can find their other restaurants on their website if Ginza is too far. You will not be sorry.

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY: Tsuruhashi

Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on November 22, 2010

Tsuruhashi puts Gyu-Kaku to shame. This place was amazing. Everything we got was great: assorted kimchi, salted prime beef tongue (pictured above), Kobe beef, Harami (prime around the skirt), Asian yam wrapped in perilla and bacon (pictured below), burdock root wrapped in bacon, seafood plate, berkshire pork belly, kimchi fried rice, mango pudding, and coconut milk with green tea (last picture). My mouth is watering just thinking about it again.

It’s the best yakiniku spot I’ve been to, probably because the meat was really fresh and marinated well. It also helped that they gave you multiple sauces and the servers were nice and on top of their game. My glass never reached half full and an empty plate never stayed on our table for more than half a minute.

My favorite dishes were the Harami, Asian yam, salted beef tongue, and coconut milk with green tea. The only downsides: 1) the restaurant is pretty tiny (when we left, the wait to be seated was more than an hour) and 2) the ventilation system sucks. Two hours later, I still smell like meat. It doesn’t matter though, this place is worth the drive. Check it out.

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NEW YORK: Hill Country BBQ

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on April 7, 2010

30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010
212 255 4544

PRICE: Reasonable/Expensive
RATING: Eh…
DIRECTIONS: FV to 23rd St., RW to 23rd or 28th St.
RESERVATIONS: You should make them!
MUST GET: barbecue chicken

This Texas BBQ restaurant offers an all you can eat deal on Monday nights for just $25 a person. Sounds like a good deal, but I’m still not sure if it was worth it. I’ve never been a big fan of dry rub, but even Allison, a native Houston-er, says this place is just not memorable. The all you can eat deal features their brisket, pork ribs, bbq chicken, and most of their sides (some like the mac and cheese seen above costs an extra $2). The chicken is the best out of the three meats– it was moist and savory. The other two were too dry for my taste. As for the sides, I think the potato salad and green bean casserole were the best ones we got. Katie raved on and on about the cornbread though, so maybe that’s the way to go if you give this place a shot. (I didn’t try any because I didn’t want to fill up on bread.)

LOS ANGELES: Chosun

Posted in los angeles by sue on April 6, 2008

3330 W Olympic Blvd. (and S Manhattan Pl)
Los Angeles, CA 90019
323.734.3330

PRICE: $50/person
RATING: I love this place!
DIRECTIONS: Drive. =) There’s valet parking in the back.
RESERVATIONS: Needed if you have a big group.
MUST GET: chosun kalbi, sam gyap sal, ke jang

I grew up eating Korean food (my dad’s family grew up in Korea) so I think I’m a pretty good judge when it comes to kimchi, soondubu, sahlangtang, etc. etc. Chosun is my favorite place in America for Korean BBQ (I’ve only had better when I was in Seoul). In fact, for my last trip home to LA for Chinese New Year, this place was the first restaurant I went to once I got off the plane and the last restaurant I went to right before I go back on the plane to come back to Taiwan. (Korean food in Taiwan is awful!)
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