Friday, April 29, 2016

Good Eats: Chobani, NYC


Chobani  152 Prince St./Thompson St., SoHo, (646) 998-3800.  M-F 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 9am-7pm; $.  Promoting the mother brand Chobani Greek yogurt, this new small cafe’s website tells you where you can find the expiration date on a container of yogurt, but it is doesn’t do a good job of telling you where to find the cafe!  I just happened upon it and was drawn in from the sidewalk after viewing the cozy interior through glass-wall windows revealing diners happily munching away on yummy-looking items.  The menu is short, but what I liked was the large, thin, round sesame-seed bagel spread with labne cheese.  Hummus+Za’atar and Hamdi’s Rice Pudding looked good too, and the recipes are available to go on free postcards.  

interior of Chobani in NYC
interior of Chobani in NYC

interior of Chobani in NYC
interior of Chobani in NYC

bagel spread with labne cheese at Chobani in NYC
bagel spread with labne cheese at Chobani in NYC

dessert tray at Chobani in NYC
dessert tray at Chobani in NYC
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Good Eats: Kay 'n Dave’s, Pacific Palisades, California


Kay 'n Dave's  15246 Sunset Blvd., (310) 459-8118.
exterior of kayndaves in Pacific Palisades, California
exterior of kayndaves in Pacific Palisades, California

Mexican food here is prepared with fresh quality ingredients.  Corn tortillas and tamales are made by hand, and housemade soups include a spicy black bean or tortilla—both with no animal products.  No lard is used in anything, and vegan and gluten-free options are available.  The noise level is high as are the spirits of the many families who dine here with kids, so order up a wine margarita to weather the storm.
interior of kayndaves in Pacific Palisades, California
interior of kayndaves in Pacific Palisades, California

All meals being with plenty of thin fresh chips and salsa.
chips and salsa kayndaves in Pacific Palisades, California
chips and salsa kayndaves in Pacific Palisades, California

Slow roasted in banana leaves, cochinita pork pibl is a house specialty.  My favorite item is the cheese enchilada,
cheese enchilada plate at kayndaves in Pacific Palisades, California
cheese enchilada plate at kayndaves in Pacific Palisades, California

but my adult son is enthralled by the gigantic veggie burrito
veggie burrito at kayndaves in Pacific Palisades, California
veggie burrito at kayndaves in Pacific Palisades, California

and my granddaughter loves the squash flower relleno.  Next time I plan to try the crispy black bean tacos favored by my daughter-in-law. 
take-out counter at kayndaves in Pacific Palisades, California
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Good Eats: Anthony’s Fish Grotto, La Mesa, California


Anthony’s Fish Grotto  9530 Murray Dr./Grossmont Summit Dr., (619) 463-0368.  Sun–Thu 11am-8:30pm, F–Sat 11am-9pm.  With an elaborate entrance designed to resemble a fish grotto, this old-time restaurant has huge windows that look out on a large manmade lake with a fountain and some ducks.  The interior is rife with shell decor, and plenty of booths make it very comfortable.  Outdoor seating is available for nice days.  It is reputed to have the best seafood in San Diego.  Lunch has some bargains, including divine fish and chips (I love the combo featuring both cod and shrimp) as well as pristine versions of other prime fish-house suspects.

entry to Anthony's Fish Grotto in La Mesa, California
entry to Anthony's Fish Grotto in La Mesa, California

dining room and lake view at Anthony's Fish Grotto in La Mesa, California
dining room and lake view at Anthony's Fish Grotto in La Mesa, California

shrimp & fish plate at Anthony's Fish Grotto in La Mesa, California
shrimp & fish plate at Anthony's Fish Grotto in La Mesa, California
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Good Eats: Trastevere, Santa Monica, California


Trastevere  1360 Third Street Promenade, (310) 319-1985.  If you close your eyes, this trattoria-pizzeria feels so Italian that you might think you are in Italy.  However, part of the fun here is watching the street parade, so seat yourself outside in good weather, open up those eyes, and enjoy the show.  You might even spot a star.  Inside, high ceilings and cloth-covered tables provide an equally inviting setting.  After ordering, a complimentary basket of bread and some tasty chopped olive spread appears.  Well-priced lunch specials include pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas.  My favorites on the regular menu are a really good eggplant-tomato pasta sauce on linguini.  I have my eye on pasta al salmone for next time, and many veggie options are available.  

exterior of Trastevere in Santa Monica, California
exterior of Trastevere in Santa Monica, California

bread and olive spread at Trastevere in Santa Monica, California
bread and olive spread at Trastevere in Santa Monica, California

linguine with shrimp lunch plate at Trastevere in Santa Monica, California
linguine with shrimp lunch plate at Trastevere in Santa Monica, California

vegetarian pasta lunch plate at Trastevere in Santa Monica, California
vegetarian pasta lunch plate at Trastevere in Santa Monica, California
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Good Eats: Wild Note Café, Solana Beach, California


Wild Note Café  143 S. Cedros Ave., (858) 720-9000.  L-D daily; $$.  A large lunch menu gives you the choice of salads, sandwiches, sliders, burgers, and Mexican items.  I can vouch for both the taco salad and the hand-carved turkey sandwich (made with house-roasted turkey and big enough to share).  Seating is available in a pleasant inside dining room as well as outside on a porch that is perfect on warm days.  In the evening, music acts are booked into the Belly Up showroom in back.   


front patio at Wild Note Cafe in Solana Beach, California


half turkey sandwich at Wild Note Cafe in Solana Beach, California
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