Jan 21

Dog Haus (Alhambra)

The missy and I came here to use up a Groupon that I had.  “Gourmet hot dogs”?  Psh… what an oxymoron.  Quite pleasantly surprised, I was not disappointed.

Dog Haus Sign

Dog Haus Sign

The location is off of Chapel and Main Street in Alhambra, very easy to see.  The parking was not bad the day I went, but I think I saw only about maybe 10 to 15 parking spots.  So on a busy night, carpooling with your buds might be a smarter option.  Just be careful, the lot is pretty small and only one-way.  On a busy night, I wouldn’t put it pass me to see people driving in both directions yelling profane words at each other.

The Groupon was good for two sausages and two beers.  Which, the cashier knew about the deal without even checking my phone.  I ordered the Big Lebowski with a Hefeweisen to wash it down and my girlfriend went with the Frickin’ Chicken with a ginger ale.  After running the bill, we still had to pay for tax on the food before the cashier would click the redeem option on my phone.  The Big Lebowski comes with a garlic herb kielbasa, haus cheese sauce, pickled jalapenos, and crispy onions.  The Frickin’ Chicken includes a chicken sausage, “hausmade” marinara, melted mozzarella, and crispy basil leaf.  Both sausages are housed in a hawaiian sweet roll bun to sweeten the palate.  The combinations of savory and sweet was just perfect!  And even if I needed more flavor, there is a condiments bar at the back in case I wanted drench it in curry ketchup, but why would you?  The hefeweizen was good, but I wished they’d have a bigger selection of beers.  The ginger ale was made with real sugar, so there’s none of that corn syrupy aftertaste on the back of your throat.  Delicious!

Frickin' Chicken (left) and Big Lebowski (right)

Frickin’ Chicken (left) and Big Lebowski (right)

The restaurant trys a little hard to simulate the vibe of a bar, but without a happy hour menu and a bar, it’s still just a restaurant in the end.  However, I would still want to come on Fridays and weekends just to drink beer, eat these dressed up hot dogs and bask in the company of others.

Dog Haus is located at:
410 E Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801

Hours:
Sun-Sat: 11 am – 10 pm

Sep 05

Sura Korean BBQ

I wanted one of my friends to try something that he hasn’t had before, so I decided to bring him to a place that I’ve been to a long time ago.  Now back when I came here, it was over two years ago.  I have to admit, the food quality has improved greatly since then.

Bulgolgi Tacos!

Bulgolgi Tacos!

Sura is located between 6th and 7th street on Atlantic.  The place is a little small, but never too busy.  Parking is really bad and confusing.  They have a sign that parking is in the back, but when you pull to the back, there’s another sign that says “tenant parking only”.  I rather not risk it, so I usually park on the street just a block south of here.

The menu is typical.  Most of the entrees are for Korean BBQ or Korean tofu.  At the front of the menu, there is a list of the different types of tacos available, beef, pork, chicken, veggie, and tofu.  All of them are good.  If you come here on a Tuesday or Thursday, they’re only $1 each.

We haven’t gotten much aside from the Korean tacos at this place, just because the deal can’t be beat, so that’s all I can really comment about regarding food.  Of the three meats, chicken was definitely the weakest link (and chicken is even my favorite meat normally).  The bulgolgi is by far my favorite of the bunch.  The tofu taco is just as good as the chicken.  Not bad, but I would prefer if the tofu was crispier.  Compared to Kogi Truck, Kogi is marginally better.  However, for less than half the cost of a taco from Kogi, I get something really close without chasing down the truck!

Korean Pork Tacos!

Korean Pork Tacos!

The service was satisfactory, quick and efficient.  My friend and I have been coming here for quite a while, and we always see the same waiter, Jackie.  Although he might seem a little antisocial at first, he’s really cool guy, and gets us our food super fast.  Usually keeps my cup of water filled at all times.  Definitely a friendlier staff than you would get at most Korean BBQ places for sure!

If I could eat this stuff everyday and not get fat, I would!  However, we came every Tuesday and Thursday for a while now, and my friend is a little sick of the stuff.  So we’re taking a break at the moment.  But if you’re ever on the west side of Long Beach, I would recommend trying this spot for sure!

Sura Korean BBQ is located at:
621 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

Hours:
Mon-Sat 11 am – 10 pm
Sun 11 am – 8 pm

Sep 04

Kimmie’s Coffee Cup

My friends and I stopped by this place to take a break from the Orange International Street Fair, which was happening directly outside of this little brunch shop.  We didn’t realize that bratwurst was a staple of every single country at the fair, so we were looking for something a little healthier than sausages.

The ordering was quick and painless, and the waitresses were attentive enough for how busy it was.  I wouldn’t go as far as to say their service was great, but it didn’t suck either.  The things I noticed that irked me a little bit was that the table was not set when we sat down.  The waitress plopped all the utensils and napkins in front of one of the members in my party of five.  My friend had to sort and distribute the supplies to all of us.  Not really a big deal to us, but it did seem rather unprofessional to do something like that.  Other than that, the waitress did a good job keeping the cups filled and checking back if everything was okay.

Chicken Salad Sandwich with Fruit

After looking at their menu, I ended up getting the Chicken Salad Sandwich with a side of fruit.  I figured, “hey, I can’t go wrong with a chicken salad sandwich, they’re always good”.  Well, I was wrong.  This was the worst chicken salad sandwich I have ever tasted.  It wasn’t putrid or anything like that.  It was just, bland.  You know when people say “this taste like cardboard”?  I always thought they were talking figuratively, but my sandwich really did taste like cardboard.  Who knew that was a literal statement?

Although the main course was pretty bad, I really liked the side of fruit it came with.  It’s pretty hard to screw up fresh fruit, but I guess it’s possible.  Each bite was juicy and sweet.  It was good, but not good enough to make up for the bad sandwich.

I’m not sure if everything else on the menu was better or not, but based solely on the entree I ordered, I would not make a second trip to this joint.

 

Kimmie’s Coffee Cup is located at:
190 South Glassell Street
Orange, CA 92866-1478

 

Hours:
Sun:  6:30 am – 2 pm
Mon-Sat:  7 am – 2 pm

 

May 28

Maru Maki

I’ve been to this restaurant three times now.  The first time we went, my roommate and I decided to order online and take it home.  Big mistake.  There are two prices for all their menu items.  They have a full-price takeout menu, so sushi rolls can end up costing up to $13 each.  And they have a sit-down menu where EVERYTHING on their menu is $3 each, except for drinks.  However, this place is a little weird.  It’s the first place I’ve ever been to that charges a sit-down fee.  It’s $5 for lunch, and $8 for dinner per person.  But as long as everyone can eat 3 rolls each, you’ll get your money’s worth compared to the takeout price.  Heck, even one roll beats the takeout price.  So if you come here, expect a fee for each individual at your table.

From left to right: Baked Lobster Roll, Awesome Roll, Double S Roll

The first thing I noticed after I stepped into here is that this place is not owned by Japanese people.  From hearing the employees speak to each other, the K-Pop music pounding away, and some certificate on the wall that has the owner’s name, which was something something “Yang”, I could figure out Koreans were running this joint.  I admit that a little bit of disappointment rose in me as I am a little prejudice to believe that making good sushi is an innate trait that only the Japanese can harness.  Well all that faded away after my first meal from this place.  Their food can keep up with most sushi joints despite having a non-Japanese stigma.  My prejudices have been broken.

As I mentioned, I’ve been here three times.  Needless to say, I really like the quality of their sushi.  Every time I’ve eaten here, I’ve always gotten their Double S Roll,  It’s nice balance of sweet and salty for tempura battered lobster on top of sushi.  Yeah, sorry, I forgot what was in the actual sushi, but definitely get it if you come.  Their Awesome Roll is topped with cooked salmon on a California Roll with teriyaki sauce drizzled on top.  It’s a little fishy, but still lives up to its name, which is quite Awesome!  There are many other rolls that are worth trying, and I could probably bore you with more ramblings of the description of rolls, but you’ll just have to check out the place yourself to really get the full menu and flavors of this little gem in Long Beach.

 

Maru Maki is located at:
745 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802

Hours:
Mon-Thu 11:30 am – 10 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 11 pm
Sat 12:30 pm – 11 pm
Sun 3 pm – 9:30 pm

Feb 03

7 Seas Sports Bar

My friend and I came here for sushi, we both ended up getting burgers instead.  The sushi selection was too disappointing.  I guess I shouldn’t go to a bar looking for sushi, my mistake.  However, their food was actually pretty decent for bar food.

The location is in downtown Garden Grove, pretty easy to find, and parking was not bad at all.  The bar is pretty big, and not crowded during lunch.  However, there was a football game on TV, and 100% of the customers were men watching the game while the female bartender attended to everyone.  Yup, the bartender was serving the food and the drinks to both the bar and the tables.  Although it was just her, she was very attentative, and never felt like we needed to fight for her attention.  Great service.  Although mostly quiet when we were there, the customers would occasionally scream loudly when goals were scored.  It got pretty annoying.

Nachos from 7 Seas Sports Bar

I ordered a bourbon burger with their Sea Salt Black Pepper fries.  My friend got a teriyaki burger with the same fries, and nachos for the appetizer.  The sauce on my bourbon burger suspiciously tasted like teriyaki sauce bourbon.  Not a bad burger, but I wouldn’t reorder what I got.  The fries were amazing though.  I don’t normally care too much about fries, but those were pretty addicting.  If you ask for a side of garlic aioli, it will make the fries 10 times better, not that it needed it anyways.  The nachos were not bad too.  Pretty average nachos, nothing really stood out.  Typical faire with jalapenos, guacamole, tomatoes, I think 1000 Island, and of course nacho cheese.

The Bourbon Burger that tasted like Teriyaki Sauce, with AWESOME Sea Salt Black Pepper Fries!

I think this would be a good hangout spot with friends on a weeknight.  Just be sure to avoid game nights though, oh yeah, and the sushi too.  The regular food is decent, and the service is awesome.  I’d definitely come back here for their happy hour drinks and food.

7 Seas Sports Bar is located at:
12941 Main St
Garden Grove, CA 92840

Hours:
Sun-Thu: 11 am – 12 am
Fri-Sat 11 am – 2 am

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