The Skinny: Amongst all the craziness that Venice Beach brings, there lies a little corner deli…literally. Zelda’s is a small, hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop that sells amazing, cheap sandwiches. Some people even say it’s better than Bay Cities and I can see why. They use Boar’s Head meats and cheeses and delicious, fresh breads and range from $4-7. The sandwiches are served on either a 6” baguette or two slices of sourdough bread but they toast all their sandwiches so the cheese melts and all the flavors meld together. They also serve breakfast sandwiches and make their own soups, cookies AND mini-donuts. If you mention you found them on Yelp, they’ll give you a dozen for free with your order.
The High: The “Mr. Electric” sandwich is their shining star and it didn’t disappoint. It’s composed of just a few simple ingredients (turkey, crispy prosciutto, avocado, provolone cheese, pickled jalapeno, organic baby greens and sliced tomatoes on a baguette) but all of it combined made for a great sandwich.
My co-workers got the Cuban, Ham and Brie, Ham and Swiss, and the Turkey Melt with Tomato and Crispy Prosciutto and they all enjoyed their sandwiches.
The mini-donuts are DIVINE. They’re perfect little pillows of airy-goodness sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.
The Low: They only have two sandwich presses so ordering more than one sandwich may take awhile.
They’re closed on Wednesdays.
Would you comeback? Hells yesss!! I can’t wait to go back and try their other creations.
More Info: www.zeldascorner.com | 9 Westminster Ave. Venice, CA 90291 | (310) 314-6458 | Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun 9:30 am – 5 pm
– Nom Nom Bobbie
The Skinny: Jang Mo Jip, which means Mother In Law House, is a small Korean restaurant in the City of Lomita that serves Kalbi Tang (short rib soup), Soon Doobu (tofu stew), Soondae (blood sausages), grilled meats and other hot pot stews. I ordered their Sul Lang Tang with beef and tripe to go.
The High: For 8 bucks you get everything you see in the pictures. That’s what great about soupy Korean food, it’s one of the easier kinds to contain and order to go.
The Low: The thing I love about Sul Lang Tang is the collagen and fat you get on your lips thanks to the long hours of ox tail bones being stewed and the marrow that gets pulled out. The Sul Lang Tang at Jang Mo Jip did have some of that effect but not even as close as Han But, my favorite Sul Lang Tang place in Koreatown. Their take on it was pretty bland, even with the use of the salt provided. I actually emptied the whole serving into half a bowl of what is seen in the soup container, but it didn’t make a difference. And even though there was no real taste to the tripe, it did have that tripey “back in mouth” action going on. It wasn’t unpleasant, but it wasn’t good either. The sliced beef that were also in it were tasteless and dry in texture despite being bathed in hot broth.
As for the Ban Chan, the Mu (Daikon Radish) Kimchi they gave needed more time pickling because it was offensively raw in pungency. The other Ban Chan selections were good though.
Would I come back again? Probably not, but if I am there again, I’ll probably try the Kalbi Tang instead.
More Info: yelp | 1824 Lomita Blvd. Lomita, CA 90717 | (310) 530-6017 | 8 bucks for Sul Lung Tang that comes with Ban Chan and rice…is a good deal!