Gritz in Vegas

Finally made it to another spot while in Vegas called Gritz Cafe.  Known for their grits or gritz I should say, this restaurant is a soul food establishment who prides themselves on bringing southern cuisine to the west.  Welp, time to check them out.gritz cafe-jpeg

The Eagle wasn’t in the mood for breakfast for it was past “breakfast hours”…for whatever that means.  He leaned towards dinner options such as their macaroni and cheese, greens and country fried steak.  I was super-duper shocked he ordered the steak for I never see him request that item…EVER!

As for myself I entertained their chicken and waffles with of course a side of grits and scrambled eggs.  As for the chicken and waffle, the taste didn’t blow me away, particulary the chicken, but it was still fine.  I absolutley LOVE classic waffles and believe they can never go wrong.  Soft, warm and with just a hint of butter – YUM!   Everything came out nice and hot and was excited to try out my grits.  Now, as mentioned before, I have yet eaten anyones chicken and waffles that are just as good or better than Roscoes, but keep in mind, that’s their specialty.  In regard to the grits, they were good.  Nice and soft as they should be.

(sidebar: years and years and years ago, I overcooked a pot of rice and it literally turned into a pot of grits.  The funny part was, was that I decided to eat them as grits while everyone laughed at me lol)

The price for my order I believe was fine at $14 plus a side of eggs at $1 per additional egg.  Much cheaper than Roscoe’s, however Roscoes offers TWO classic size waffles AND are located in a larger city.  Things to take into consideration.

Over all the customer service here was great.  I found it a little…interesting that they serve their food on disposable plates, but hey, I get it.  Most people want to take their scraps home anyway so why not beat them to the punch.  I respect that!  There’s available parking, clean environment, good energy, good food and glad I made it out.

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A taste of Hawaii in Inglewood

So there’s a cute little (B.O.) spot located on Crenshaw Blvd. called Retro Girl’s Hawaiian Ice Shack.  I’ve seen it a few times and always wondered what was inside and finally made the stop.  Acknowledging jazz music playing out front on a tiny speaker, I walked in with The Eagle and was blown away with all the color, flavors and energy of the tiny place.

“I never knew this was here!” I literally yelled while entering the shop.  The owner smiled and welcomed us in.  “Oh I love jazz and check out the posters on the building!”

I also kept running my mouth about how amazed I was with all the shaved ice flavors and combinations of which they’re known for.

“Oh wow, you have over 20 flavors!”

There’s a specific taste for everyone from Coconut, Green Apple, Guava to Haupia.  Along with your refreshing shaved ice, she also offers an array of toppings to add to it.  You can find more photos on her Instagram Page for she’s not on Facebook.

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If in the mood for some else, The Retro Girl also offers 36 tropical ice creams flavors, varied fruit juices, banana splits – of which I purchased and additional Hawaiian themed treats.

In addition to her offering a “sweet” taste of Hawaii, I too appreciate her commitment to the community.  There’s patio seating outside and if lucky you can catch a movie playing outdoors on the side of the building – For Free!  I respect her excitement in seeking ways of involving the neighbors.

Well, now you have no excuse to not indulge in the islands of Inglewood.  Now go grab you some ice…shaved ice that is.

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Where Vegas meets Golden Girls for food

I absolutely enjoy the Peppermill. It is located north of the strip in Las Vegas, NV.  Why?  It’s where Vegas meets Golden Girls for food!  HA!  It gives me late night meets 80’s, meets 24hr service, meets group conversations, meets large plates, meets cheap enough eats all wrapped into one colorful, neon restaurant.  And yes that’s a pink tree below.  This is definitely that spot you go to after a club, bar or when folks are in town and need to supply your guest with variety of items at any time of the day.  Your menu selection ranges from quesadillas, American breakfast classics, salads, burgers to Italian-style chicken parmesan.  The service has always been pretty good and it always bring a chuckle to my spirit observing the staff wearing those horrible floral tops.  Oh!  Don’t forget about the strolling photographer who visits every table looking for guest to buy a souvenir Peppermill themed, framed photo.  Don’t worry the first small copy is free.

“Oh what to get this time?” I asked myself.

I forgot what my friend ordered LOL however I purchased the country fried steak and eggs with a side of hash browns.  I’ll say this, I rarely ever enjoy anyones hash browns for they’re always under seasoned of which I understand why, but jeez for once could they be doctored up and ready to go?

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I enjoyed my meal and especially for what it was.  My steak offered enough flavor and wasn’t tough.  I’m a sucker for gravy, eggs were ordered scrambled-hard and I was with great company.  Can’t beat it!  Food is prepared well, service is good, lots of available parking and yes there can be long lines depending on the time or day of your visit.  This is no 4 star, upscale spot folks.  This is The Peppermill Restaurant, a great establishment offering good food at a reasonable cost since 1972.

What I did not include photo-wise was the Fireside bar-lounge in the other room.  It too offers colorful lighting and sofa seating that surrounds a fire pit.  There are televisions that display music videos and a counter for traditional bar seating.  I personally hang here while waiting for my table to become available.

Well, go check them out one day and tell me what you think.

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The Kitchen in Hollywood

Kitchen 24 is located in Hollywood which was once a popular jazz hall owned by Shelly Manne in the 60’s.  Claiming to keep the eclectic, variety of music alive in both locations, it is safe to say you will come across a tune or two that you can enjoy while waiting and/or eating your meal.

So the Eagle and I thought to make a stop here, you know, something new.  I absolutely enjoyed the pink and brown colors of the bar stools, benches and counter of this upscale, 24 hour diner.  I’m sure an important spot for those who hit the bars and clubs and need a clean spot to eat during the late hours.

The Eagle ordered what could be his basic favorite, steak & eggs while I went with biscuits & gravy, which consisted of cheddar scallion biscuits topped with chicken gravy and pork sausage.  My selection was a little under $11.00.

“Hope you’re enjoying your food,” I mentioned.

As much as I absolutely LOVED its presentation, I must admit, my meal tasted a little different from what I was expecting.  I wasn’t crazy about the gravy.  It was to stiff and could have used a little more of it.  However, I do respect others takes on these classic dishes. What others may enjoy is their assorted menu ordering everything from fun sides like sweep potato fries to breakfast items, soups, salads and sandwiches.  Enough for everybody to experience something.  If out late in Hollywood, go check them out!

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Breakfast at The Farmers Market

Have you ever been at The Grove – Farmers Market in the evening and wanted breakfast?  Well, go check out Charlie’s Coffee Shop located at The Grove in the Farmers Market area, far back towards the end, near the restrooms…west patio.  (T) and I are always looking for some sweet bread options and Charlie’s is what we found.

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“OMG I want a pancake too.  I can’t sit here and watch you eat that,” I explained to (T).

She patiently waited while I put the orders in for the two of us.  And don’t get us wrong guys, you can order anything from breakfast served all day to burgers and fries.  We just prefer breakfast.

What I enjoy is that the food is cooked to order.  And if you come at a certain time during the season you can catch a small live band perform, while eating your food outside in the food court.   This (F.O.) spot has been apart of The Farmers Market for some time and you’ll continue to catch a relative behind the counter.  Sadly enough I did not order their french toast of which they’re known for.  Nonetheless, it gives me an excuse to return.

“Should we get another one?” The pathetic questions we dare to ask. Instead we slowly ate our yummy cakes and engaged in humorous conversation.  So again, if needing breakfast and near The Grove, hit up Charlie’s.

Oh and don’t forget to get your parking validated.

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RECIPE:

Buttermilk Pancakes

2 cups flour

2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

2 eggs, beaten

2 cups buttermilk

1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • Lightly grease pan/griddle with oil or butter.
  • Combine and stir first 5 ingredients
  • In a separate bowl, mix eggs, buttermilk, and oil
  • Began to heat pan/griddle
  • Next add the flour mixture into the egg mixture until moistened.
  • Pour batter onto hot greased pan while making small circles to create your pancake.
  • Cook pancake until multiple bubbles form and edges are golden, then flip it to the other side with spatula.