Had a very busy couple of weeks so this is a super sized post for The Sylvia G Spot since it includes TWO weeks of food! The best eats from the past couple of weeks are after the jump:
One of the biggest things that happened over the past couple of weeks is that there is now a Shake Shack in LA (the first one in California, actually). The stylish location is open in West Hollywood and it had, and probably still has, lines around the block. On opening day, they had people camping out from 4AM! Thanks to Shake Shack, I didn’t have to wait in any lines and had burgers for breakfast during their intimate media preview that I went to with Lindsey.
They have all their classic burgers like their ShackBurger (still one of my favorites) and their Chick’n Shack. They also have a burger that is exclusive to their LA location: the Roadside Double Burger! It is basically all meat and cheese and so, so good. We got tons of cheese fries as well as a bunch of different types of their concretes (a frozen custard dessert). I love that they incorporated local elements into their food, like how their Rainbow Connection Concrete has Cofax donuts and Sqrl jam.
The restaurant is pretty large with an indoor and outdoor eating area and conveniently placed on a corner. The design is super cute and they also incorporated local artists into the design. One really awesome and *huge* thing for LA is they have a free parking lot! It’s not huuuuge but it’s way bigger than I thought it was going to be.
Brownie Points Concrete
I love Oaxacan cuisine – it’s like a lighter, healthier sister to “typical” Mexican food. Tlayuda is a low key, cute spot in East Hollywood. I have actually been here several times and I still crave it pretty regularly. I’ve had a number of things on and off their menu, and everything has been consistent and delicious. The flavors are strong but the food is still light and not oily. They serve everything from tlayudas (their namesake, which are large, pizza looking tortillas with bean puree, cheese, lettuce, and meat), to tacos, to mole plates.
The space is small and can get packed during dinner time. I love the personal touches in the restaurant like a hand painted mural, bright blue walls, and gorgeous wood tables made by someone in the owner’s family. While parking is street parking, it’s an area where you can fairly easily find either metered parking or free parking in the neighborhood.
Chips & Guacamole
3 Meat Tlayuda (Pork, Beef & Chorizo)
While there are many restaurants I like, it’s not very common where I go somewhere that I am super impressed with all the dishes I try. Baroo had a very unique take on Asian-inspired dishes. They aim to use local, sustainable, organic ingredients and you can really taste the quality. I love that they offer a sampler of pickled foods (loved their red onion with rose & pineapple nappa cabbage kimchi). Their kimchi fried rice was very unique and had so many ingredients that I didn’t think would mesh well together. I also loved the Baroo’s Ragu Style, and handmade pasta dish with oxtail ragu with tendon puffs.
The location is in a random strip mall in Hollywood next to a 7-11. There is no sign on it but there is a nice little parking lot. The interior is super cute and simple with a long communal table.
Red Onion & Rose (pickled)
Pineapple Nappa Cabbage Kimchi
Kimchi Fried Rice
Baroo’s Ragu Style
I am sure by now, you can tell that I am very far from being vegan but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it! I stopped by Donut Farm, a new vegan donut shop in Silverlake, and tried a couple of donuts. I honestly wouldn’t have been able to tell they were vegan if I wasn’t told. They have a huge selection of unique flavors (as well as classics) and they are all very cute. I got a matcha donut and a Philz Coffee flavored one! Definitely want to go back and try more.
Donut Farm is in a little blue and white striped strip mall and surprise! there is a parking lot. There is also street parking right around the corner that is free! The interior is very donut-shop-y but they have a very cute mural on the wall and tables inside as well as outside!