After living for a few months in Switzerland, I couldn’t wait to get to my favorite Cuban restaurant in Los Angeles, Versailles; everything tastes more delicious and was way cheaper in the good old U.S. of A.
The most famous item in the menu is the garlic chicken and even for somebody who is not a “beer person”, this Corona was just too good to miss:
I tried to go back and rediscover all the inexpensive great restaurant of my hometown like the King and I where they still serve the best Thai food since the first glass noodles I had there 25 years ago.
To have the best restaurant cheeseburger in Los Angeles (Tommy’s is still great), I went back to the Westside Tavern—they have a gorgeous bar,
and they serve a rare cheeseburger to die for:
I love old diners (my first impression of America remains diners with bad coffee in New Jersey and New York) and I miss Bob’s Big Boy in Santa Monica; Coogie’s who replaced it has a super fresh simple chopped salad:
Nothing says more southern California than a killer burrito like this world famous border burrito from Eduardo’s Border Grill in Westwood (surviving the attack of Persian restaurants in the area):
The dudes are preparing them with tender loving care,
worth every cent of its 8 dollar price!
So I am not very beer, or burrito or hamburger but Switzerland does this to the poor Californian foodie who comes back: I wanted to eat everything in every menu of every restaurant!
Lemons and limes are always fresh at Eduardo’s,
so are different kinds of salsas:
It takes mediocre expensive food to change Ms. life is too short for bad food and cheap wine‘s opinion about inexpensive modest restaurants of L.A.
All of the above places were great and gave me a lot of pleasure (and poundage!) but the tea at André’s was as usual priceless…