Hey Mayor, I did think the Fullerton stop looked appealing. What’s worth eating around it? The Anaheim stop also is right in front of Anaheim Stadium?
One of the interesting ways to see quite a bit of the L A area without all the hassle of driving is to make a "Metrolink" Triangle Tour. Start at Union Station and metrolink to Fullerton in Orange County. Then switch to the Fullerton to San Bernardino line for the run NorthEast into the Inland Empire(thru Santa Ana Canyon). Then close the Triangle by riding from San Berdoo to L A . Easy to do, and not all that expensive. Makes a great Day trip. There is decent roadrood next to the Fullerton Station and again near Union Station in L A . San Bernardino has an exotic station, but it is in the restoration process and I don’t know of any food there. Thats about a 180 mile train ride in great A/C comfort.[8D]
Elise T, Thanks for the spillage knowledge. I have to check out Wilshire through new eyes. I always liked Pasadena, it seemed like paradise, nothing bad could ever happen there. As for Dodger Dogs, I heard Hormel bought out Farmer John. I used to love hearing Vin Scully saying Farmer John. He made it sound regal and exciting. Yes, my dog was boiled. Just plain nasty.
Eleen, I went to the Amtrak station or, rather, ran out of. Although it’s interesting in a suspense thriller maze-like sort of way, it had a beat down vibe. The LA Union Station was glorious. Something from a completely different era without looking retro or urban renewal-ed. I expected depression and unsavory activity. Without realizing it, I actually lived in a dingbat in Fairfax.
I think there are a lot of bbq places in LA that need exploring. Next time I go, I’m definitely going to try to take in as many as possible, including Zeke’s. I think there’s a lot of people with southern roots in LA, especially African-Americans, making for some tasty Q. At the risk of mixing Frank metaphors, LA’s my lady, but the lady’s a tramp. Love it or leave it, I guess.
Thanks for the report!
People are mistaken when they think Angelinos don’t value history. That church in Olvera Street is LA’s first church. And we all love Union Station! Even if the trains always break down. Drive down Wilshire sometime and marvel at the gorgeous old Art Deco buildings, head into Pasadena for stately old homes. Lots of history here.
There are rumors about the Dodger Dog…that some levels are now steaming instead of grilling them. Insiders know which levels to purchase them at to get the good ones.
I always assumed the sawdust was to catch the spilled drinks, so people wouldn’t slip and fall before the guy with the mop got there. Also saves the guy with the mop time. Spill all night, then sweep up once.
thanks cornfed for the nice, full report!
(does’nt sound like you made it to Zeke’s BBQ. Perhaps next time?!?)
I’ve always enjoyed whatever history I could find in LA…
including neon signs on restaurants that have been there for 50 years, and the "dingbat" architecture of the apartment buildings..
(that’s the style where they usually have the "carports" on the ground level)
And I even have a book called "Googie", that describes LA coffee shop artitecture……(sadly, so many of those old coffee shops are gone)
Glad you liked and appreciated Dodger Stadium….
Does the former mayor still own that Original Pantry?
I never did get around to trying it, but I will definitely take your word, and NOT try it now…
I am always fascinated by Union Station in Washington DC, and espescially with the the Amtrak 30th st station in Philly…. the grand dome on the ceiling….wow…..
and even the food courts in both of them are real good…
thanks again for getting back to all of us (and so quickly, too!!)
ellen in ac
Thanks for a great report. I am very glad to read of your good experience at Woody’s. We really were so hyped to be holding the first Roadfood Meet and Greet there in 2004 that i hardly remember the food!! It sounds like Woody had his Hickory together!![:p]
Hey, just got back from LaLa. First off, Dodger Stadium looks awesome. It looks like it has history. Not enough changed to make it look perverse. And the fans seemed much more focused and intese than they used to be. I didn’t go to Philippe’s before the game because the lines were crazy. I went to a restaurant on Olvera Street for drinks called La Golondrina. The plates coming out of the kitchen looked fabulous and I definitley want to get back there for some food. Nothing bad with the Pacificos either. At the game, had half a Dodger Dog. That thing was atrocious. What happened to these works of perfection? Geez. The worst wurst I’ve had in a long time. After the game, went to the Pantry. The worst steak I’ve had in a long time. What happened to them? Used to love the smell in there. Used to love the hash browns, now just a pile of mush. But the stadium rocked, so my food was not the first thing on my mind.
Next day, had the family pack at Woody’s bbq in Rancho Cucamonga, an extension of the Inglewood mecca. Ribs, tri-tip, hotlinks, chicken, etc. Ohmigod, friggin’ godhead. The sauce was amazing. Now I’ve been everywhere, no sauce on real Q blablahblah. This sauce was soulful. The spicy kick made it something you don’t mind having even after you ate a half a small farm. I just kept devouring. I can’t complain about one piece of meat in particular. It was just great Q. The ribs had pull, the chicken had smoke, the tri-tip was juicy, the hotlinks were hot. At night, passed a Farmer Boy after going to the Quakes single A game, but was still too full from lunch.
The next day, went to Taste of Texas in Covina, which is now on Citrus moving from Azusa Ave. The place is the size of a barn. All the Texas accoutrements. Maps, Aikman shirt, Spurs championship tchotchkes, license plates, even paper towel rolls at every long red and white checkered table. The problems others have had here comes down to ordering bbq. This isn’t a bbq place. Yes, it looks like a bbq place and has bbq on the menu, but the house specialty is Tex-Mex. Specifically fajitas. Me and my buddy ordered a pound of it. He wanted rice and beans. I usually stay away from sides. I’m there for the flesh. And what flesh it was. Beautifully marinated with just some sauteed onions on top. No bell peppers, thank God. The meat was soft enough where when you bite into it when it’s enveloped in a tortilla, you don’t drag the whole piece out. Tender and flavorful. Oh, I want some now. My only regret was not having the Big Red they have behind a counter in gallon bottles. If anyone lives in LA, obviously worth the trip.
For dinner, went to Philippe’s. I thought the Dodger game was earlier that day. But no. Long lines again. But not a big deal. Had the double dipped lamb with the bleu cheese (a tip from the board). The bleu cheese really brought out the flavor and made the spicy mustard almost unnecessary. Almost. I have a question for you guys. Why the sawdust on the floor? Why sawdust on any restaurant floor?
Got ready to go back. Went to Union Station. They have really preserved this place. It’s truly magnificent in its deco glory. There is also a great bar in there called Traxx that is respectful to the station’s ambience. Who would’ve thought an Amtrak station like this still exists. I felt like I needed a fedora and to call everyone mack. Even the dames.
All in all, a wonderful couple days. I used to hate LA. Got as far away as possible from it. But it feels like LA is beginning to respect its history, as witnessed at Dodger Stadium and the Union Station. It is no longer all disposable. Even though the Inland Empire is endless soulless strip malls and replica houses that look like facades. But hey, even there, if you search hard enough, you can find a gem. I’ve got to say, and I would never have said this without complete sarcasm and despair, I love LA. I really do. West of Pasadena now has some character.
Thanks! My mind is like a steel sieve.
I was just so thrilled to find soul food so far inland, it was all good to me!
Believe me……..Lucille’s does not have small portions. Huge, in fact. Although really just a few locations, they cover a lot of area. Take a look at their smoker if you can—-it’s a really neat one. And try their fried gren tomatoes with shrimp—–yummy!
If I’m not mistaken, Zeke’s can be gotten to easily accessed off the 210 from the Ocean View exit. I’ve read many great things about them so they should be worth the drive.
either place you should be happy with!
Cornfed and Elise
We had our first ever Roadfood meeting at WOODY’s on Foothill near the Quakes ball park (Epicenter) on Superbowl Sunday in 2004. The BBQ was ok, but nothing special. We were all so caught up in the "WOW-stuff" about Roadfood we could have been eating Whoppers for all I recall!! But it was Woody’s and he had only been open for a couple of weeks at the time. I would try the place again to see if they have "matured".
Zeke’s in Montrose is just west of Pasadena…. (and just north of Glendale)
I would take the 210 to the Exit for 2 south (glendale freeway).
But you won’t stay on "2" long……you’ll be turning right shortly to head towards Montrose.
Give them a call (or "mapquest" it) to find out the exact location…. (as I’ve just been to the one in West Hollywood. That one is on Santa Monica Blvd by the intersection of La Brea)
and once again, let us know how you do!
I think the portions ARE large at Lucille’s BTW. But the prices are comparative. I usually pay around $20 + for a combo platter.
It’s a fun place, but I still love the taste of Zeke’s the best!
ellen in ac
I wish i had more time to try everything. Thank you for all the wonderful recommendations and advice. I think I’m leaning toward Taste of Texas and Woody’s. What do you think?
Most good BBQ in CA is result of transplants. I know where to go for Texas BBQ, or Tenn BBQ, for example. Otherwise there is "soul food", but not so much in the Inland Empire.
The only truly CA BBQ is Santa Maria style tri-tip which is fantastic! However, it is hard to find outside of the Central Coast.
As for Fatburger, In-n-Out, Farmer Boys or Tommy’s Famous Hamburgers, they don’t have comfortable seating or beer. Or air-conditioning, as it is pretty hot here right now.
I would recommend the Wheel Inn at Cabazon, if you are that far East. There are reviews under "Restaurants". But milkshakes are the usual drink, as opposed to beer.
…or what was the name of that little soul food place where we had our West-Coast meet up…Mayor? Lleechef? Big Glenn? It was just a few blocks from Ontario Mills. I’m pretty sure they don’t have beer either, but afterwards you can always go to Dave and Busters or whatever the other identical place is in the Ontario Mills mall to just get drunk and play video games in air-conditioned splendor. Then get dessert at the Cheesecake Factory stand.
When we first started going to Lucille’s in Long Beach, there was only one location They’ve since expanded to Belmont Shores, Brea, Torrance, Ranch Cucamonga & are now in Henderson NV. It is now a local chain. I don’t care for Applebee’s or TGIF so I could not even place them in the same category.
Lucille’s has the homemade style and flavors. Here is their link:
I looked up Lucille’s. Is it a chain? From a couple reviews I read, it sounds like their portions are pretty small, given their prices. Is this more like eating at Applebee’s or a real bbq joint?
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