Monday, December 20, 2010

2010's Top 10 LA Foodstuffs Under $10

2010 was certainly "Man vs. Food." I ate. And ate some more. And I'm not exactly sure who won yet. Burritos, grilled cheeses, cupcakes, pizzas, burgers, tacos, kabobs, steaks... You get the point. Somewhere along the way I collected a list of the top 10 things I devoured in the Los Angeles city limits under $10. Without further ado...

10. Sweet Potato Waffle Fries at Bru's Wiffle - Sweet Potato. Waffle. Fries.

9. Epinards (Sauteed Spinach) at Bouchon - My whole meal at Bouchon was spectacular, yet the item I seem to discuss most with friends is the freaking side of Sauteed Spinach. Perfectly cooked and served with whole fresh cloves of garlic, at $7.50, it is the best and only deal on the menu.

8. The 8th 1st Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational - Butter + Bread + Cheese = Amazing.

7. Komodo 2.0 Burrito on the Komodo Truck - With the rising popularity of Asian-inspired taco trucks and the resulting proliferation, it would have been so easy for the Komodo Truck to be mediocre (here's looking at you, Calbi). Luckily, it's the complete opposite; in fact, it's one of LA's best food trucks. The highlight? The Komodo 2.0 Burrito, perfectly stuffed with skirt steak, jalapeno aioli and a tangy corn salad.

6. Butterscotch Crunch Sundae at Sweet Rose Creamery - The SRC Salted Caramel ice cream is amazing when it flies solo. When you co-pilot it with hot butterscotch and pecan brittle? Holy shit.

5. Chicken Apple Sausage at The Slaw Dogs & Sundried Tomato and Mozzarella Sausage at Wurstkuche (tie)- This certainly was a good year for hot dogs and sausages in LA. No longer must one suffer the dreaded lines (and dogs) of Pink's! Hooray. Everything they do at both The Slaw Dogs and Wurstkuche is solid, but don't overlook the very tasty chicken sausages. Note: if you like mustards, you may not be able to contain yourself at Wurstkuche. Double note: read all about The Slaw Dogs here.

4. The Pretzel Bun at Hole in the Wall Burger Joint - In LA's highly competitive burger market, very few restaurants have done anything to separate themselves from the pack. Hole in the Wall did. They introduced Los Angeles to its best pretzel bun. A pretzel bun so good my Chicago buddy even reluctantly admitted, "Just like back home." It doesn't hurt that the meat patties and homemade ketchups between the buns are some of the tastiest around as well.

3. The #7 (Arugula Cheesesteak) from Bera's Custom Cheesesteak Truck - Before you get your panties in a bunch, let me clarify: I know it's not a "traditional cheesesteak." It's better. They use higher quality meat, vegetables and cheese than their competitors, yet the Bera's pricepoint is comparable. And the sourdough hoagie rolled sandwiches are delicious. Especially the #7, a perfect combination of thin select Angus ribeye, arugula and too much mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Oh, and some creamy and kicky horseradish sauce on top.

2. Fish Tacos at Ricky's Fish Tacos - Everything about this place is bewitching. The locale: a shared parking lot on a street corner just south of Sunset in Silverlake. The build: a gazebo, mobile fryer, fold-up chairs and tables and quincanera-like decorations. The man: the very affable Ricky. The tacos: the best catfish (and shrimp) tacos in the Southland. The price: charmingly cheap.

1. Momo Chips at Momed - I consider Momed to be one of the best restaurants of the year for a multitude of reasons. First, everything on the menu is really good. Secondly, its success is vital to the Beverly Hills culinary landscape. If a high quality restaurant with affordable prices like Momed can make it on South Beverly Drive, the future is oh so bright. Lastly, their Momo Chips are my favorite dish under $10 I had all 2010. Perfectly fried, the potato chips come with three delightful Mediterranean dipping sauces. My recommendation: don't get them as an appetizer. If you do, you will save no room for your entree.

Honorable mention:

12. Lucky Charm Cupcake at Polkatots Cupcakes - Look, I get it, cupcakes aren't cool anymore, bro. I agree with most of that statement. I also understand my blurry picture doesn't help the case, BUT the Lucky Charm Cupcake (the green pistachio one) at Polkatots single-handedly keeps my faith in cupcakeism alive.

11. The Chicken Mole Burrito at Chulada Grill (picture at top of post)- I ate too many chicken burritos in 2010. This was the best.


  1. i've never even heard of bru's wiffle. i like the look of those fries...

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