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The Skinny: Located on the 6th Floor at The Palm’s Place, this is is a fantastic Sunday Brunch. This is the ultimate brunch to go to after a Saturday night out on the town. The whole staff is in pajamas so even guests are welcome to dine in their pj’s. When you walk through the main entrance you see the candy bar they’ve set up with mini Chinese take out boxes for you to stuff and take home with you. The menu consists of sushi, bagel + lox, baby crab claws, shrimp cocktail, fresh fruit smoothies. Aside from the brunch buffet, they also have items that need to be ordered through the server like eggs benedicts, morning pizza, baby back ribs, and the sampler platter of desserts that takes you back to your childhood with items like Snowballs, rice krispy treats, chocolate chip cookies, homemade ding dongs, caramel popcorn and cotton candy.
The High: From the kitchen, my friends and I ordered the morning pizza, lobster havarti benedict, crab benedict, + the pulled pork benedict. The morning pizza had white chedder cheese, bacon, ham with an egg ontop. This would be my #1 pick for the ultimate hangover food. It is basically an omlette on pizza dough. The lobster havarti benny was a poached egg on top of 2 pieces of lobster brioche with melted havarti cheese in-between. The lobster toast was delicious, it tasted like grilled cheese shrimp toast with a poached egg on top. The Crab Benny had real lump crab on top of your traditional English muffin. This was your typical crab benny, I liked this one a little better then one’s I’ve eaten in the past elsewhere because the crab wasn’t dried out and fresh.
The Low: The pulled pork benny was definitely my least favorite. It had a poached egg on top of pulled pork and a cornbread base. Pulled pork should just stay on a bun instead of as a benedict. This goes to show that not everything can be made into a benny. The service was ok as well, we did sit at our tables for a while before someone acknowledged us. It was our first time dining at this brunch so we had no clue how it worked. The server also forgot to put in our steak benny so we never even got to try that which I was looking forward to.
Would you come back again? Definitely, there’s so much more on the menu I’d like to try.
More Info: www.simonatpalmsplace.com. Expect to pay $38 for the brunch and add the option of unlimited bloody mary bar for an additional $10 or $16 for unlimited champagne. Open from 10am-4pm on Sundays only. Children under 12 pay $12.
– Sniper Tam
Song: Egg On A See – Cotton Jones
The Skinny: The Burger Bus can be found in Santa Barbara, California and yes, the truck is an actual school bus. Owners Cheryl and Michael Gardner rely on local produce and ingredients from the farmer’s market and uses 100% grass fed free range beef from Shalhoob Meat Company.
The High: I ordered the CB&J burger which is a beef patty topped with melted cheese, onions, a seasonal habanero jelly, and sandwiched between a toasted ciabatta. From the moment they put the meat on the grill I could tell I was going to enjoy it even though the concept of a Cheeseburger with jelly seems kind of odd. Usually, most burger restaurants don’t season their meat at all, but from the Burger Bus, I could smell the black pepper (and probably salt if it had a smell) perfuming the fresh air . When I took a bite of the burger itself, the play on the savory with the sweet reminded me of eating a peppery steak dinner with a side of spicy Chinese food. The CB&J was tasty to say the least and the beef was beefy, however I didn’t really notice the cheese.
With that burger, I also got fried pickles which came out looking Chicken McNuggets but tasted like dilled zucchini. The zing of the crispy pickles was balanced out nicely with the complimentary ranch dressing the Burger Bus Lady gave me. They were simply delicious.
The Low: The Burger Bus is in Santa Barbara and I live in LA, so I can’t try the rest of their burgers.
Would you come back again? Only if I’m in Santa Barbara, but even still, it’s worth seeking out if you’re in the area.
More Info: twitter.com/TheBurgerBus for locaion. They also have Fried Yams, Falafel and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Expect to pay aroune 12-13 bucks for a burger and side.
The Skinny: Apple Pan has been around since 1947 and has been hailed as one of the best burger havens to reside in Los Angeles. The old institute of high quality fast food is known for quick orders, unchanged decor, and the Hickory and Steak Burger. For me, it was my first time being there.
The High: The quarter pound Hickory burger was clean to the taste and the toppings were generous. The hickory relish complimented not only the beef patty but the pickles as well. In a way, the sweet tang reminded me of the McRib but made with better and fresher ingredients. The bun was nice and squishy too.
The Low: The fries were warm and tasty but as I was leaving Apple Pan, I happen to see a Sysco truck delivering boxes of french fries in the back. While I understand that part of Apple Pan’s charm is the fast service, freshly cut and twice fried fries would have made the overall burger experience better. I can’t deny that the Hickory Burger was good and the size of it didn’t make me feel greasy after-wards, but I left feeling unsatisfied.
Would you come back again? If I’m in the area just to try the Steak Burger. However, I wouldn’t go out my way to go there again.
More Info: 10801 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90064. Cash Only. Expect to pay about 10 bucks for french fries, a drink, and the Hickory Burger. They also serve fruit pie and sliced bread sandwiches.
Song: I Seen Beyoncé at Burger King – by Cazwell feat. Jonny Makeup
Song is “Place To Be” by Nick Drake
The Skinny: A burger grill shop that uses certified Angus Beef on a flat top grill. Also has alternative options to red meat, like Tuna, Veggie and Turkey patties.
The High: I had the “The Works,” which is a burger topped with Pastrami, Chili and my choice of American Cheese. Every component of the burger stood out on it’s own. The Pastrami was peppery and savory while the chili wasn’t laid on thick. There was just enough of it to compliment the beefiness of the patty. The toasted bun held everything together nicely and the veggies were fresh. I also got the Chili Cheese Fries, twice fried for that extra crispness and topped it off with yellow mustard for my own enjoyment. The Turkey Burger, aka “The Flyer,” was also tasty and satisfying.
The Low: Does not serve beer.
Would you come back again? – Yes, and I have many times. They have been consistently good. Plus, they have flat screen TVs all over the restaurant for the latest updates in sports.
More Info: 2064 Pacific Coast Highway Lomita, CA, 90710. Credit Card Friendly. No Alcohol.
Song: Hamburguesa by One-T