Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Best Of 2017...


UPDATE: It's now live on Instagram. Follow this advent calendar of the year's best cheap eats with one new top thrifty foodstuff featured each day for the first 17 days of December.

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... Is coming! Very soon.

The annual Unemployed Eater end of the year, LA's Top 17 Foodstuffs Under $17 returns December 1st. Like past years, the rules are simple: 1) 2017 must be the first year in which I ate the dish, 2) Be from an LA restaurant, 3) Cost less than $17 - before tax, 4) Taste fucking amazing.

Unlike past iterations, this year's list will be revealed via... Instagram. Starting December 1st, one top dish will be posted per day, until December 18th. So make sure you follow UE on Insta.

For now, study up on past year's listings:
[2016's Top 16 LA Foodstuffs Under $16]
[2015's Top 15 LA Foodstuffs Under $15]
[2014's Top 14 LA Foodstuffs Under $14] 
[2013's Top 13 LA Foodstuffs Under $13]
[2012's Top 12 LA Foodstuffs Under $12]
[2011's Top 11 LA Foodstuffs Under $11]
[2010's Top 10 LA Foodstuffs Under $10]


Thursday, November 2, 2017

You Should Be Eating Here Right Now: Uovo.


What: Uovo
Where: 1320 2nd Street #A, Santa Monica.

Why: LA does pasta really well. Rarely though is this well-done pasta actually affordable. Like, prime cut filet prices for pasta dishes. What the fuck is up with that? That's where Uovo comes in. The new Santa Monica pasta den makes all their product in a company-owned kitchen in Bologna, Italy - with regional eggs that lend to pasta-making. Hand-rolled, sheeted and cut by Bolognese pasta chefs that know what the fuck is up, the pasta is then immediately put on an airplane and given its wings with destination Los Angeles. They arrive in LA mere days old. Tossed in a salty bath and a fresh sauce and you got as close as LA offers to real, authentic Italian pasta. The portions are rather sizable as well, with not one dish above sixteen buckaroos. My personal favorites: the Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe and the (pictured above) Tortellini Crema di Parmigiano, a tender meat tortellini bathing in a light, yet cheesy Parmesano-Reggiano cream sauce. Honestly, I tried most of the menu though and nothing disappointed.



Thursday, October 12, 2017

My Favorite Lunch Spot in LA Right Now.


Where: Northern Cafe (Beverly Grove and Westwood).

Why: Like you and your mom, I eat lunch every day. I often -- since I work freelance -- take this opportunity to explore the wondrous luncheon options LA provides. Driving stupid lengths to sample the new-new. Some times though, I go to a place and I just really freaking like it. Then I go back. Again. And again. It becomes a regular. 

Right now the "regular" in which I am becoming a regular because I regular the place: Northern Cafe's new location on Beverly Blvd (by the Bev Center). In a city surrounded on its fringes by celestial Chinese, yet often bereft in its actual city center, LA could always use new options. What makes Northern stick out, aside from tasty food, is the affordability. You can eat a large plate of flavor-packed, spicy noodles (which although not made in house, taste as if they were) for like ten bucks. Since it's walk up and order, no serving fee either. Their dumplings, which ARE made in house, also go at an extremely affordable price point. My go-to order usually consists of the Lao Gan Ma Fried Noodles (pictured above) and the Sauteed String Beans. The blistered beans come with a side of white rice, but my move: throw the veggies right in the noods. I usually eat about half. Then the lefties for a satisfying dinner. 

If you're like me, you constantly crave Chinese food - but many times that involves either, a) slow, unnecessary table service or b) shitty food. Northern Cafe is the sort of Chinese joint that should be on every damn corner in LA. I'm serious. There should be one in Culver City. Santa Monica. On Larchmont. Downtown. 

If you want to read about Northern Cafe's history, I direct you to Joshua Lurie's solid piece for Eater on the local mini-chain over