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Monday, June 09, 2008

Underwhelming Weekend's Eatings

It wasn't a food marathon... barely a food 5k but Saturday I had a very mediocre day of eating:
First, a place I've never been despite growing up in Los Angeles- John O'Groats. Their menu is fantastic, with so many good options that it was hard to decide what to order. We'd heard about their biscuits
but they weren't anything special. The lemonade was good, not too sweet or tart. The Huevos O'Groats come on a delicious buttermilk tortilla. Ultimately though, the whole dish was a bit bland. The mango Macadamia pancakes and Aidell's smoked chicken apple sausage were good too, but not out of this world. Their potatoes were flavorful, but the goat cheese, spinach scramble was nothing special.In the end I will go back to try some of the other items but O'Groats definitely didn't wow us the way we hoped it would. Immediately after we walked a few doors down to a hamburger stand called Marty's. There was a line which was a good indication of quality.
The guys in line looked like this so you know what type of food you're in for.Marty's is known for their combo; a burger with a hot dog on top. You can get it with cheese and chili on top, but I opted solely for cheese. It was good, but the foot-long hot dog isn't cut into four small pieces- they're still kind of connected. This made eating the combo annoying because the hot dogs kept pulling out of the bun with each bite. The burger itself was actually the least flavorful element- the rest was good.
We ended the mediocrity with the least impressive stop of the three, Il Cono in Beverly Hills. It's usually crowded so we thought they might actually have good gelato. It turns out they're just crowded because of the tourist-centric decor and location. The chocolate covered banana gelato could easily have been Dryers ice cream. The pomegranate was refreshing but can't touch Scoops.So it was a spontaneous day of eating and I'm glad to have tried three new places. That's about it.


At 1:10 PM, Blogger Matthew K. said...

I've ventured by Il Cono many times since I work a few blocks away but I'm deterred by the high prices. Scoops makes everything else seem like a rip-off. Great blog, btw!

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Food Marathon said...

Yes, Scoops is in a league of its own. Bulgarini in Pasadena is on my list for gelato too. Thanks for checking out my blog.

At 2:19 PM, Blogger Chubbypanda said...

A hot dog burger? That's just unnatural. ... I want one.

At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Matt said...

I hate bad eating out days. I had a horrible experience at Frida on Saturday at the Americana. Top it off with the piece of garbage called The Happening and you too wish the trees would kill you.


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