202017Nov

Late Night Eats at Taquería El Califa

It was a long day and we were hungry. So it was off to Taquería El Califa near La Condesa. The place was on our list of eats, specifically for their Al Pastor. An added bonus was the fact that it was in a quaint part of town. A neighborhood we later explored, discovering a mezcal bar, which… I will save for another time. I’d rather keep the good memories of the night centered around this posh establishment. Around this time, 7pm, the place was only half busy. It may…

192017Nov

Lunch Time at Los Cocuyos

Mexico City is huge and on our first day of exploring we needed a quick recharge midway through the morning. We decided to stop by Taquería Los Cocuyos, a popular street vendor serving tacos stuffed with all types of beef cuts. Thanks to a visit by Anthony Bourdain, this place has gotten even more busy from what locals tell me. But at this lunch hour, the crowds weren’t too large. We only waited for one group to order. We were able to secure a small sitting spot next to the…

102017Nov

Bar Seating at Uchi

I couldn’t leave Austin without visiting one of their top places for high quality Japanese cuisine, Uchi. Having visited Uchiko a few years back, I was excited to try out the place that started it all. Being a big fan of traditional Japanese cuisine, I have to say, this “contemporary” take was very impressive. I can see why it’s hard to land a reservation here. Going solo was my only advantage on this busy night. Instant bar seating for the win! When you’re at the bar, you will get a…

052017Nov

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya’s Texan Izakaya

Time for dinner and I happened to be in the mood for Japanese food. No surprise huh? Well, it just so happens that a few miles east of downtown was Kemuri Tatsu-ya, a place serving izakaya with Texan influences. Judging from the reviews I’ve read, it was worth a try. So off I go for another solo run. This time it would be in East Austin. Although there was a standing stall outside, it was a little too cold to be sitting there, let alone be waited on. Luckily, there was…

052017Nov

The Thai Food at Sway

The Sunday afternoon crowd was winding down when I got to Sway, a restaurant just south of downtown Austin. It sits on 1st Street and has plenty of room for large parties and even counter seating for people running solo like myself. My internal clock was still in California time, so the lunch hunger kicked in at 2pm. I read about the food here and wanted to give it a try. Being one of the few remaining customers, the service was attentive. I didn’t have to wait long for the food either….

042017Aug

Finding Galbi Jjim East in the Valley

Deciding not to try our luck with parking in Koreatown, we went to Sun Nong Dan’s expansion restaurant out in San Gabriel Valley. We ordered what they were known for, their galbi jjim, spicy braised short rib and ox tail. Of course, we did the small combo for $55.99 USD. It’s meant for four people. But hey, we were two guys with a hefty appetite. It included, the main course, a sizeable beef soup, and alcohol. Pretty good deal in my book. Though, our additional rounds of soju and beer offset all…

212017Jul

6 PM Seating at Hinata

There are two things I love and one thing I wish they can do at Hinata Sushi. First, the quality of food at the price point for their omakase. You can’t find a new sushi restaurant focused on quality without charging you over $120, but this place does. And they do it without cutting corners. Just look at that fish below. Next, the atmosphere. When you first walk in and see the space, you’ll wonder why they don’t try and cram more tables in like every other place trying to survive…

152017Jul

Ordering Ramen From A Vending Machine

If you’ve been to a local noodle shop in Japan then you must be familiar with the vending machine system. You go up, put in your money, make a selection, get the ticket, hand it to the person behind the counter and wait for your meal. That’s all pretty standard for food that’s pretty decent. Keep in mind this was among Japanese expectations. But at AFURI, they’ve raised that flavor quality bar while still keeping that familiar routine. They did this with their signature broth, which has that touch of…

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