Monday, April 21, 2008

The Hunt begins

LA eating is an interesting beast in itself. Do we compare to other great cities in the culinary sense? New York has it's romantic vibe stemming from Sinatra to the immigrants coming through Ellis Island. They have their Little Italy, which apparently is second only to Italy herself, with the famous pizzas and pastas. Chicago's got Oprah. If she says that particular McDonald's on South Halsted Street serves the best nuggets, then that McDonald's on South Halsted Street serves the best nuggets. Plus, they have the Chicago style deep dish pizza as a notch on their belt. Philadelphia has the cheesesteak. Boston has lobsters. Seattle's got coffee. What does LA have? Well, that's what I want to find out.

I believe Los Angeles is a dining mecca. I'm not just talking about high pub places like Lucques, Providence, Urasawa or Bastide. I'm also talking about lesser known places, like Yuta in Studio City. Or Al Gelato on Robertson. Or even that taco truck I'm chasing down before it drives away. My goal is to attack LA food in a primal way. I'm going hunting and gathering like my ancestors. I'm on a hunt. My wallet is my spear, and my atm card is my North Star. I want to find the perfect meal for every different ethnic niche. I will bring down that wooly mammoth. Moby Dick is mine. Even Shamu isn't safe. I'll eat anything, anywhere, anytime.


I heart food said...

LA is a great eating capital. It combines mutli-cultural influneces and "californian" cuisine and has some of the best food around! We should start at a historic place. Philippe's. "Philippe The Original"
1001 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles CA. 90012. It is historic and knows that food and quality can come at a reasonable price and smile! Philippe's was established in 1908 by Philippe Mathieu, who claimed the distinction of having created the "French Dipped Sandwich. "Philippe's "French Dipped Sandwich" is the specialty of the house and consists of either roast beef, roast pork, leg of lamb, turkey or ham served on a lightly textured, freshly baked French roll which has been dipped in the natural gravy of the roasts. Swiss, American, Monterey Jack or Blue cheese may be added. To accompany your sandwich we offer a tart, tangy cole slaw, homemade potato and macaroni salads, hard boiled eggs pickled in beet juice and spices, large Kosher style, sour dill or sweet pickles, black olives and hot yellow chili peppers.

Let the Hunting begin!

manny said...

Your nostalgia for food is great. Makes me feel like I was right there tasting everything.
I agree and support your mission. Goodluck finding a staple for good Californian cooking.

LateNightBytes said...

One word. Tommy's. The chili cheeseburger is an L.A. institution. 24 hours a day is what I'm talking about. I like this idea of the food hunt.

LA T-BONE said...

For a carnivorous good time, you should try Mastro's - try the Chef's cut bone-in rib-eye, in a word... beautiful.

I hear they also server "Woolly Mammoth" - not sure about Moby Dick or Shamu though...