Category: Ethic, But Not Asian

UCLA: The Boiling Crab

These so called “Crab” places have been popping up everywhere, but the Boiling Crab is one of the originals, and sort of like the Starbucks of the “seafood in the bag” restaurants. The original Boiling Crab is in Orange County near Little Saigon off Euclid, where the wait […]

Lawry’s, Beverly Hills revisited

I love Lawry’s. Their food is excellent, and its a place to celebrate a special occasion or a a fancy night out. Having said that, the Beverly Hills location is probably my least favorite of the Lawry’s locations. The last time I was at Lawry’s Beverly Hills was […]

Fathers Day at Naples Rib Co.

Naples Rib Co is probably my favorite barbecue joint in Southern California. Aside from the hit and miss service, there’s very little I can find fault with.  To start off, check in on yelp and get a free 1/4 onion brick with barbecue sauce.  They don’t offer 1/4 […]

Cheap eats at IKEA  

Who goes to IKEA just for their food (besides me)? Enter through the glass doors, go up the stairs (or take the elevator) and use the shortcut to the left to get to the Restaurant. For the price of what you pay at a fast food joint, you […]

Garden Grove, CA: KoKo Chicken & BBQ

I’ve been on the hunt for fried chicken across SoCal. In the past few months, I’ve gone to places like Pann’s and Honey’s Kettle in LA, to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffle to SoCal Wings in Westminster and today it’s Korean fried chicken at KoKo Chicken and BBQ in […]

Walnut, CA: Chop Chop Grill

Chop Chop is a hidden cafe located in Walnut, California. It is tucked away in the corner of a strip mall, across the street from Mt San Antonio college. Find “Vapor Monkeez” and the place is next door. This family run restaurant restaurant serves up Singaporean and Japanese […]

Westminster: The Fire Crab 

My girlfriends and I came here on a Monday for their happy hour: Buy 2 pounds of seafood and get the 3rd pound free. I was really looking forward to this place based on the Yelp reviews, but left a bit underwhelmed. The restaurant is located off Garden […]

Orange: Patagonia Empanadas 

This tiny Argentine cafe used to be in the back of a liquor store. Now, it is located across from the Orange mall, two doors to the left of TikiYaki, off Tustin Avenue / 55 freeway. The young man who helped me said they just opened back in […]

Las Vegas: Cafe Berlin

Stephen told me that his family is German. Very German.  When I first heard that, I expected his family to come out in lederhosen and dirndls. OK, OK, They’re not “that” traditional, but they are from Germany, and they know what the Old Country food should taste like. […]

Irvine: Luna Grill Mediterranean

Luna Grill is a Mediterranean / Middle Eastern casual restaurant headquartered in San Diego with locations throughout California and Dallas- Fort Worth.  They like to be known as a “kebobery” and their signature dish is their chicken kebob. We went to the Irvine Spectrum location on a Sunday […]

Santa Ana: Panini Cafe

The Ducks had an early Playoff game at 3:00, which meant it was going to be dinner time when the game let out.  I didn’t want to travel too far for dinner, yet I didn’t want to stay too close to the Honda Center because the Angels had […]

Downey: Porto’s Cuban platters

We were driving back from Sherman Oaks, heading to Orange County, debating on where to eat dinner.  As I was on the 105 freeway, approaching the 605 freeway, I thought.. Porto’s!  I got off Lakewood Boulevard, and headed toward Firestone and made my way to Porto’s around 8:00 […]

Hawaiian Gardens: Peris for Persian food

I first discovered Peris back in 2014, after they moved from Cerritos to this Hawaiian Gardens location.  The menu has everything but the kitchen sink.  There’s Persian food and there’s American food, from burgers, steaks, to all day breakfast.  Over the years, owner Mike listened to his customers […]

Anaheim: DönerG Turkish food

Hidden in a strip mall off Ball and State College, behind a “Puddles” car wash is dönerG, a Turkish / Mediterranean restaurant. We came here on a Saturday and arrived before the lunch rush.  Stephen and I both decided on the dönerG Pita Special that was posted outside, which […]