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On-The-Bun Burger Hole

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The Skinny: On-The-Bun is a new burger hole in the City of Lomita that flaunts it’s chili toppings and fried jalapenos in a hipster-ish restaurant setting.  The storefront that On-The-Bun took over used to be an old neighborhood favorite grease pit, but I only took notice of  their “grand opening” since it was right next to the hockey store I was visiting and the minimalistic logo.

The High: I ordered the Chili Cheese Burger, fries, and a drink.  The Beef Patty had a nice crust I never really had before on a Burger.  The fries were crisp and tasty.

The Low: Not sure if it was from the cheese, chili, or a heavy hand that seasoned the meat,  but the burger was way too salty.  On sight alone the burger did look yummy, but when I picked up the burger, the bun started to shift and break apart from the rest of the build.  The chili didn’t help the ease of eating the burger either, because after each bite into the store-like bun in a bag, the runny grease just started streaming everywhere.  The burger did have a nice looking pickle, some fresh red onions, lettuce, and tomato, but they barely served as a texture component.  The salt lick effect was just too distracting.

Would you come back again? No, thank you!  In fact, I was so dissapointed in that $7.something burger meal, I went to Bristol Farms Market and spent 30 bucks just so I can make my own burger for dinner and my family.

More info: Yelp It. 2387 Lomita Blvd. Lomita, CA 90717 – Expect to pay about 8 bucks for a burger, side, and drink. – Credit Card Friendly.

– MJ

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Flores Meat Tacos

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The Skinny: Discovered  Flores Meat Market on Yelp and the one hype that made me want to test the place out was that it was a spot a reviewer didn’t want others to find.  A few other reviewers wrote about how the Carne Asada burrito was tasty and that it couldn’t get more authentic, especially since no one spoke English there.  So I checked it out with my brother lived and his family.

The High: Just on sight alone, going into a meat market and seeing the way they had the food laid out, got me excited.  My brother ordered something I can’t name, but it’s basically a red beef stew with rice and re-fried beans as sides.   That was the only good thing I had.  It was moist and tasty, thanks mostly to the gravy that kept it lubricated throughout the day.

The Low: Everything else was dried out.  I ordered Tacos with Buche for myself, but they were salty and it felt like I was eating overcooked pieces of squid that’s been laying around for a few days.  I also tried the Carnitas and Pastor and both were tough to swallow.  The Carnitas especially was hard to chew thanks to the lack of moisture.   The place was also pretty stingy about their condiments, like bags of chopped onions, sour cream, and salsa.   Even though we got over 30 dollars worth of food, they only gave us one of each and if my brother had not been there with his fluent Spanish, we’d probably have to pay for the plastic forks as well.  Also, their Chicharones was tougher than a tree bark laid out on top of the hottest salt flats.   It won’t go to waste though, it’ll be chopped up and used for soups and salads later.

I was really disappointed with Flores, especially since I really wanted to eat tacos that day.  There was actually an El Gallito truck in the same parking lot, I should have just went there…even though Flores Meats and El Gallito are somehow connected.

Would you come back again? No….even though I might have came at the wrong the time. I went there for dinner, so maybe it would have been better if I came during lunch hour when the meats haven’t been laid out all day long.

More Info: Yelp | 1200 W Anaheim St. Wilmington, CA 90744N | Credit Card Friendly

– MJ


The Burger City Grill

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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.

– MJ

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