I got the title of this post from Jonathan Gold. For those of you who don’t know, he’s a (thee) food critic for the Los Angeles Times. I saw his documentary City of Gold months ago and gained mad respect for the way he studies food and explores places that are off the beaten path.
Fast forward to last week, I took to the LA streets to get my own take on what the LA food scene is like. What I learned? It’s probably best to have a plan, but if you don’t you’re not completely screwed – and can indeed strike gold.
My first stop fresh off the plane (and out of traffic) was Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles. It’s definitely an LA staple and it’s not hard to see why. Reasonably priced menu items and food that speaks to your soul in a city that’s predominately worried about size.
I went with the House Combo #22, which didn’t include a waffle, BUT the fried chicken, greens and mac and cheese were more than enough.
On Saturday, my friend and I stumbled upon Cleo, a Mediterranean spot at LA Live. I kept it simple with a chicken shawarma and fries.
On our way back to the car we ran into some good lookin street meat. I wanted to try it so bad but was way too full from the shawarma.
Regretting that decision now.
Sunday I had every intention on getting Egg Slut for breakfast before church. However, the line was wrapped around the stand, located in Grand Central Market. Luckily there were plenty other options around. I ended up grabbing a veggie burrito with bacon (don’t judge) and juice. I’m almost positive it was better (and cheaper) than Egg Slut. Oh, and no line :-)
“See it's all about the cheddar, nobody do it better. Going back to Cali, strictly for the weather.”
And the food.