Good Griddled Grub

It was around the time of my New Years (my birthday).  (T) decided to take me to The Griddle Cafe, a place located in Hollywood that I’ve been to before, but not in a very, very long time.  We drove separately.

“Are you there yet?” I asked over the phone.

“I’m here!” she responded with great enthusiasm.

I pulled up, lucky enough to find street parking around the corner.  The line was long as usual.  Some talked on the phone, while others wandered off constantly running back to check-in for their table.

“Have you called us yet?”  We too were those people who wondered off.

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Babystacks

I just don’t understand.  I mean, I just really don’t.  I’ve gone to so many breakfast places here in Vegas and none of them seem capable of offering something painfully delicious.  Clearly I am on the wrong road of breakfast foods.  <sigh>  I just thought, besides going to the over priced spots, I could find that fun, mom and pop spot that all the locals know about and the food is always good.  WELL, haven’t found it…which is very sad.

(M) wanted to go Babystacks, a place that was on my foodie list.  Here’s the deal, I already went, but forgot lol.  (S) and I went two months ago and it was just ok.  I was not impressed with anything and clearly the memory of the establishment was a blur.

We walk towards the building.  “I’m so excited, can’t wait to try the french toast” I share with (S).

She agrees with a huge smile and begins listing her pancake options.

“Oh, she’s here!” someone shares across the table.

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Another Average Dropout

A friend and I went to visit Culinary Dropout.  It’s located inside the Hard Rock Casino here in Las Vegas.  I came across it by reading some online reviews of good places to eat.

Well, my or our experience was just ok.  Now, the service was great, clean environment and the decor was FAB within their open layout.  I sooooo loved the bar centered in the room, black leather booths and the wall paper that consisted of popular celebrity names…”Look, Michael Jackson!” Oh, and you must check out the pool area out back.

However, as far as the food, we weren’t that impressed – another average dropout.  It looked great, sound great, but wasn’t great.  It was just ok and man I was so excited to try their breakfast.  We both went with the Cap’N Crunch Crusted French Toast served why cereal milk custard and fresh raspberries all for 10 bucks.  It wasn’t horrible, just expected better.  The texture of the bread was typical, meaning the usual bread offered at most restaurants.  I’m not a fan of raspberries for they’re a tad too tart, but that didn’t ruin the meal for me.  I’m also glad I ordered a side of eggs and bacon for I eat a lot and desire that sweet and salty combination on my tongue.  I will admit I thought it would be crusted similar to how it was served at Blue Jam Cafe in LA, but oh well.

culinary drop out-jpeg“Are you enjoying your meal?” I asked.

“It’s fine,” she responded.

Over all, what was missing was a stronger flavor.  There needed to be more of a punch either in the egg batter or the custard sauce.  A dash of vanilla or almond, something!  Maybe the hype was more on their dinner items or appetizers.

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RECIPE

CAP’N Crunch French Toast

Toast3/4 cup heavy cream
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
8 to 10 slices thick-sliced white bread
Butter for cooking
For the topping:
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups frozen wild Maine blueberries defrosted

  • Mix the cream, eggs, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl and whisk until combined.
  • Put the cereal in a storage bag and use a rolling pin or the flat edge of a large knife until it resembles cracker meal. Transfer it to a shallow dish.
  • Dip a couple of slices of the bread into the cream mixture until soft but not completely soaked. Let excess liquid drip from the bread, then press into the cereal crumbs to coat evenly. Place on a sheet pan and repeat with the remaining slices.
  • Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat, add butter as needed, and cook the bread until it is caramelized on both sides, about 6 to 8 minutes total.

 

Recipe provided by: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/02/sunday-brunch-capn-crunch-french-toast.html

The Serving Spoon

Another (B.O.) located in Inglewood is called The Serving Spoon.  You can find them on Facebook under The Serving Spoon Restaurant.  It’s a place The Eagle and I periodically visit.

Parking can get a tad difficult , but we make it work.  He’s been coming here for years so he knows the deal.  You can park in the lot out front or find street parking along the side of the building.  “Babe, get out and get a table,” is the usual dialog in the car.  “Ok, I’m on it!” the typical response.

Once you enter, there’s a woman behind a lectern who greets you and behind her off to your left is the counter where you pay your bill upon leaving.  There’s a couple chairs upfront to rest and wait while someone cleans off a table for you.

“Hey, babe check this out!” as I read the listings on the community board.  I’m always a sucker for businesses that promote local happenings.  Speaking of community, did you know The Serving Spoon has serviced so many locals and celebrities from Former President Bill Clinton, Lisa Leslie, Kat Williams, Cedric The Entertainer, Anthony Davis to Stevie Wonder – cool huh!?!?  Oh and there’s me <LOL>  You know, because I’m somebody too (BIG SMILE) – we all are.

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Well, when it comes to ordering, I’m starting to always get their chicken sausage.  Most sausage makes me sick and I hardly ever entertain it these days, but whenever I do, this one I can handle.  I decided to match it with four slices of tender french toast and as always, hard scrambled eggs.  I CAN NOT handle soft runny eggs – YUCK!  Maybe it’s mental, who knows.  The Eagle went with a soft buttery waffle accompanied by sausage.  As always we enjoyed our meal and the service is always great.  So, have you tried the spoon?

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Little spot on Crenshaw

(Facebook repost)

As a Firefighter, The Eagle has toured this town longer than I have so he knows of a few places here and there.  If you’re at the corner of Crenshaw and Manchester in Inglewood, you should stop pass this little spot called Moby’s Coffee Shop.

As usual we pull up to find street parking out front.  Always great service, this tiny room sits across from Biglots with two large windows to choose from if trying to look outside.

“How’s it going?” the waitress ask.  She’s actually speaking to The Eagle.  Clearly they don’t know about the Delectable Delights <chuckle>

We order.  I tend to only get their french toast because the pancakes don’t offer much taste.  The Eagle is more of a grits or rice person with a side of eggs.  He leaves the sweet tastier starches for me.  I take a bite, “cool” I say with approval.  My selections are always accompanied by scrambled eggs and bacon.  What I enjoy is the powdered sugar across the soft bread and butter served in mini cups.  “Who uses so much butter?” I always shockingly ask.  I CAN NOT stand huge gobs of butter all over my food, don’t find it necessary and it’s such a waste.  “Maybe I could start telling them to only bring half the amount of butter,” I suggest at the table.  This topic seems to always concern me, not that Moby’s offered a lot, just conversing.

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I now feel story time is upon us.  The Eagle starts, “I remember this little old lady cooking up everything by herself, man she was cool”.  He smiles with joy every time he shares his memories.  I try to imagine it with him while interrupted by the waitress asking if everything is ok with their service.   I smile to the both of them.

Besides the food, what is always interesting is that it is operated by Asians, but have taken the time to cater to their African-American clientele.  What do I mean?  Sometimes I sit and chuckle while viewing all the black art/photos on the walls.  Does it bother me?  No, not at all!  However, I can’t help noticing it and the combination makes me laugh.  I truly respect it and understand.  I simply appreciate any business that is sensitive to their guest.

Over all the food is decent, but the prices are great.  If in a hurry you can call in your order for pick-up.  Open for years, this (F.O.) restaurant is much appreciated and offers great customer service every time.

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