Insatiable Girl

SANTA MONICA: Barney’s Beanery

Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on January 17, 2011

www.barneysbeanery.com
1351 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310 656 5777

Price: Cheap
Rating: Good
Directions: Get off at 4th/5th Street on the 10
Reservations: They don’t take them
Must Get: Drinks

This is not a real post because I was barely here. Myra and I came here for a quick bit to get us prepared for a depressing movie (Blue Valentine). We needed a drink before walking into the theater, so we headed over to Barney’s. I was so disappointed we weren’t there for their happy hour. They have great deals from 4-7PM Monday through Friday ($3 beers and half off selected appetizers!), so I highly suggest you swing by one of their 5 locations at some point during those times. We both got martinis. Mine was good, hers was strong. I wish I remembered their names right now, but my memory is pretty shit sometimes. Sorry folks. I believe mine had pomegranate in it and hers had the word Kiss in the title. (Myra, does this sound familiar?) Anyway, their calamari was good. Myra approved of them and apparently she’s quite picky when it comes to calamari. (There was more calamari on the plate before I took the picture by the way. We were just starving, so we had to eat some before I was able to bust out my phone.)

I will be back here next time for happy hour and their wings though. The table next to us got a plate of wings and they smelled so good I probably was drooling. I have a soft spot for fried chicken

p.s. This is a great spot to watch a game. There are TVs everywhere!

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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NEW YORK: Duke’s

Posted in food, new york, restaurants, Uncategorized by sue on March 21, 2010

99 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003
212 260 2922

PRICE: Reasonable
RATING: Good food, but not a fan of the atmosphere.
DIRECTIONS: NQRW456L to Union Square
RESERVATIONS: You’ll need them during game times
MUST GET:

The food was good, but not good enough to make up for the frat like atmosphere. Maybe if I were into sports or white frat boys I’d come back.

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