Little spot on Crenshaw

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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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A morning of cinnamon rolls

So I decided to get up and go to church, followed by treating myself to breakfast afterwards.  I looked up some breakfast spots nearby and came across Biscuit Cafe in Las Vegas.  Keep in mind I already researched this spot days ago…because that’s what I do.  Remember, I always prefer to read the menu in advance.

I drove and drove wondering if the trip was wroth it.  “Jeeze, how far is this spot?” I kept asking myself.  Enjoying the breeze, music playing, all while giving head nods of acceptance to the other drivers.  Parked, that was easy.  The people seemed nice, very clean and no wait at all – great yet odd for a Sunday.  Usually I have my posse or The Eagle, but this rodeo was done all alone.  I walk inside.  “OMG she’s here in Vegas,” a voice yells out.  Little do they know, I’ve lived here for a while.  I just travel a lot.  The surroundings, typical booths and silver rounded back chairs pushed up at the tables, nothing fancy.  I tried not to get distracted by the artificial cinnamon rolls at the front counter, but they caught my attention.

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This Little Corner Place

LIKE there’s this little corner place called Grub Restaurant hidden in a residential Hollywood area.  AND LIKE I haaaaaaaad to check it out.  Their idea was to create a place that felt like home. Figures right!?!?

This spot is easily missed. Street parking if you’re lucky or valet of which I forgot the cost, sorry guys.  About this valet, a part of me felt bad for the guy who had to literally run around the block to get our car.  Then another part of me felt completely over it and just wanted to look for the car myself because it took that long and promised to not eat here if I can’t get my own parking spot. <sigh> Either way, it’s Hollywood people.  Just play the reminder in your head over and over that parking will ALWAYS SUCK!!!

So let’s get inside shall we.

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Oh you would love it!  It offers photo moments in every corner.  Full of color, fresh greenery, wood, home, back yard, a welcoming calmness, you know all that good stuff.  I just had to snap a pic.  Super cute, easily missed in the cut, full of charm, was such a delight.  Grub Restaurant seems to be a spot clearly the locals know about.

Our waiter was great, got our order ready and I appreciated the veggie sticks and pretzels brought to the table 🙂  what a great touch!

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So while the Eagle went with a simple sandwich and side salad, I ordered the Our Friggin’ Amazin’ French Toast which consist of 3 croissants coated with cinnamon vanilla batter and cooked to golden brown. Served with maple syrup, pecans and raspberry butter at a cost of $12.00.  I also ordered a side of their “Crack Bacon”.  Well, voted Citysearch’s best breakfast in LA, I’m personally not sure why.  The food wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t memorable.  Wait, I take that back.  IT WAS MEMORABLE, but in a negative.  The french toast was fine, not great, not bad and I will always appreciate flavored butters.  However, THAT BACON – YUCK!!! Now I LOVE bacon, I mean, LOVE IT!!!  But this crap taste like beef, pork, lunch meat, something…nasty.  Now if you want flavored bacon, try Saint Marc of whom I visited.  Now they had good and fun bacon flavors.

Would I go back here again?  NO, simply because of the parking and bacon.  I don’t want to wait around forever for my car and if I can’t have something salty with my starch then what’s the point.  Does this mean you will dislike it – no.  Pay them a visit for yourself, but you won’t see me there.

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My Cheesy New Years

So understand when I usually say New Years it tends to mean my birthday.  <hmm> ok, well, unless I’m posting during the beginning of January, then that’s the regular worldly new years.  My original plans backfired and therefore ended up at Cheesecake Factory for New Years brunch.  Now, unlike my lovely friend who took the time to coordinate this gathering, I actually enjoy this place.  She use to work here so she has different feelings-which is understandable, but doesn’t keep me from eating here LOL.

Usually only going here for dinner, I’ve never had their breakfast or brunch items before until now.  I ended up with their french toast or as they say, the Bruleed French Toast, all for $12.52.  No sides included. (sad face) Figures, it is Cheesecake Factory.

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So if you’re thinking why the to-go container (I’m chuckling inside to myself).  It’s because I ordered other food items as well LOL I’m a mess!!!  OK FINE!  I arrived earlier than everyone and made the attempt to try their breakfast.  Then once the party arrived I ate again and had lunch with them.  YES, I LIKE TO EAT.  Anyway they clearly found my bag of food stashed away which also included two slices of cheesecake (BIG CHEESY SMILE).  I told you I like to eat.

Here’s what I thought about it.  It was too rich.  Maybe there’s a better word, but I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it.  I disliked the hard exterior however was fine with the soft interior.  It was good, but I couldn’t taste the french in the french toast LOL.  This could be because they bake it then grill it.  I don’t know.  I couldn’t taste the egg, it just taste like toast.  And like I said previously, I don’t like tugging on my bread to eat it.  It should be soft – FOR ME!  However, I definitely enjoyed that caramel sauce <sigh of happiness>.

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Freaking Fabulous French Toast

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OHHHH My gosh, like OHHHH My gosh!  People, have you been to Blu Jam Cafe?  Nabachwa and I have and it was YUMMY.

Yeah, yeah, it’s breakfast.  Can’t you just figure out how to make it yourself?  Ok, yes, fine, but who wants to all the time and sometimes it’s nice to go out and treat yourself.

<sigh> As I was saying, Quenab (still trying it out and think I’ll keep it) ventured out to Blu Jam and boy were we glad we did.  Wait, can I first share how I love having someone I can physically (eating) express myself with.  Ok, I’m back.  So as I was saying, I really, really enjoyed this place.  They had great customer service, our waiter was fun, enjoyed my company and I REALLY enjoyed my french toast.

We both ordered the Crunchy French Toast which is their popular breakfast menu item.  It’s why most visit this establishment.  If you look them up on Facebook or Bing you’ll more than likely view this same photo over and over.  It’s served with fresh berries that fall along soft buttery toast that has been dipped in egg and coated in crunchy corn flakes topped with a dust of powered sugar.  Guys, you have to try this spot!  And get some bacon or whatever you like to balance out the sweetness.  You know, a sweet and salty combination.

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Things I disliked, the journey of searching for street parking while in Hollywood, but at some point I have to accept it is what it is.

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