LA Times on Chillin’ and Grillin’

Ξ November 28th, 2009 | → 1 Comments | ∇ 90041, Food |


I’ve long been a fan of Dave’s Chillin-n-grillin’ and am always surprised when someone from the neighborhood hasn’t heard about it. Most likely that changed today when Dave was front and center on L.A. Times. I won’t paraphrase too much here, but the main point of the article was Dave’s “Pilgrim” sandwich, made fresh from Thanksgiving leftovers (turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy) every Thursday in September through April.

Truthfully, such a sandwich sounds terrible right now. I’ve been on an all-turkey diet for the last 48 hours and feel like I’ve been sweating gravy for the last 12.

That said (hats off to LD for the turn of phrase), Dave makes some of the best sandwiches around, easily besting Auntie Em’s and maybe even our local Italian Deli (depending on what you order). I’ve gone up and down the menu and never been disappointed with anything. The French Dip is the one I keep coming back to, but it may not be for everyone. It’s not traditional in the sense the au jus is poured over it, making it “pre-dipped” if you will. But I love the horseradish mayo and the roast beef is always fresh. As Dave once told me, “I won’t eat crap, so I don’t sell crap.”

Also tops on the list is either the tuna melt or turkey melt. The white bread is delicious and perfectly crisp and the fresh tomato makes a great contrast to the hot sandwich and melted cheese. I only mention the Italian Deli because they still make the best Italian combo around (at least until Bay Cities opens an East-side location). Dave’s is a good effort and he even gave me a five minute lecture on the quality of the salami, but it still falls a little short.

Of course, that highlights the other great thing about Dave’s: It is by far the most aptly named establishment I’ve ever been to. Most times you walk in you’ll find Dave, just chillin’ and grillin’. He’ll chat you up about food, the Red Sox, or neighborhood, all while making a handful of sandwiches. The wait is usually a little longer than necessary, but the conversation is always entertaining and well worth it. Dave is a genuinely nice guy and will go the extra mile to make you happy, such as running to the grocery store to buy milk to make you a chocolate malt. Delicious.


Goldline Eastside Extension Opens Today

Ξ November 15th, 2009 | → Comments Off | ∇ 90042, Beyond Northeast, Food, Highland Park |



The Gold Line Eastside Extension opens today and is free from the Sierra Madre station to the new terminus at Atlantic.  Based on my brief trip today, Mariachi Plaza and East LA Civic Center look to be the hubs of today’s entertainment schedule.  Metro has published a dining guide, as has the LA Times, so in honor of being able to hire mariachis for our next party without having to get into our cars, we’ve linked below to some older reviews of locations near the new extension.  Some of the spots further south may require a long walk or a bicycle.  Enjoy.

Little Tokyo

Sushi Gen


Cemitas Tepeaca

El Mercadito

Tacos Arabes

La Que si Llena

Tacos El Korita

East LA Civic Center

Moles la Tia


Tacos El Galuzo


Arroyo Parkway Upgrade Project

Ξ November 14th, 2009 | → 1 Comments | ∇ 90042, Highland Park |


Get home before 7pm between now and November 20th, or you may be getting to know the surface streets of Cypress Park or South Pasadena. CalTrans will be closing on ramps and offramps between the 5 and Bridewell St. for the next month as part of a 13 month renovation to the 11o North.  In case you were wondering, $17 million of your accelerated tax withholdings buys decorative concrete barriers and historic reproduction lighting.  No word if they’ll be making it any easier to merge onto the freeway.  Maybe they’ll install an aircraft carrier catapult to allow commuters to merge more easily.

To see the full list of closures, click here for the pdf.



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