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More Food At Johnny Brenda’s

I had another meal at Johnny Brenda’s last weekend before catching a surprisingly fun show. I don’t remember the big back dining area being open the last few times I was there (or maybe it was just dark and I didn’t notice) but it is open now and luxurious and spacious. It’s also away from the main bar and the main noise, so it’s actually a pleasant place to grab a bite.

Johnny Brenda’s doesn’t have a printed menu, as their selections change daily. So everything is written on chalkboards. Note to JB’s, write a little bit bigger for those of us visually challenged. Even with corrective lenses, I had to go and stand right below it to see it clearly. I’ve heard good things about their grilled octopus but didn’t go for it this time. I’ll save that for another day.

D got the cubano sandwich. Since he is a writer, I decided to let him delight you in his own words. “Unfortunately, I don’t remember what was actually IN the cubano. But I know this: it had bread. The bread was good. A little hard but not too hard. Hard enough to keep it from getting soggy. There was a condiment involved. A mayo or cheese. That was it! It had a cheese! The cheese was rather liquidy–hence the threat of sogginess–but tasty. To put it in perspective: it was better than a pot pie. On the whole? Delectable. That’s a fancy blog term, right? The cubano was goodo.”

And me? I got the shrimp kabob. It came on a warm and tasty pita with a yogurty sauce. Some veggies thrown in there too. This was mighty fine. The sauce was surprisingly spicy. To steal D’s words, the shrimp kabob was goodo.

The service here was fine. We were marvelling at the number of Bic pens the waitresses had stuck in her hair. And she kept us full of beers. This was the first time I’d drank in awhile, and man, did I ever enjoy these fine brews. You all know how much I love this place, so look for many more posts about it in the future. Next time, the grilled octopus.
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Another Stop At Izenberg’s

The other day, we stopped at Izenberg’s again for lunch. Don’t ask what R got. You know – nova lox and bagels. But this time, I did try it. She made me a tiny little mini lox and bagel sandwich. I liked it! I didn’t expect not to or anything. It was very light. Not necessarily what I expected. No extremely strong flavors or anything. Quite pleasant.

As for me, I got an egg salad sandwich. Seemingly benign, but damn, this was good ass egg salad. Huge chunks of egg, and lots of it. It was so big that I ate only half and then had the rest for dinner. After having those amazing sweet potato fries at Good Dog the other day, I also decided to get a side of sweet potato fries. Bad idea. These weren’t sweet at all. In fact, they were like plain potatoes that they had dyed orange. Quite a disappointment. But that’s ok, my sandwich was still yummy. The service? Meh. Nothing to rave about.

Santa Monica Pit Stop

Thursday night was my last meal in LA… then I was heading on home to good ol Philly. To laze the early evening away, we headed down to the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica for a bit of the old beach time. After walking around a bit to all the shops and such, we stopped for some eats at Cafe Crepe. The place is pretty cute, inside and out, and very euro.

S went with the thincrust pizza with eggplant and squash. It was pretty good… seemingly healthy. The veggies had a bit of a smoky flavor to it.

Mmmm… a giant side of $2 fries. Simple, hot, salty. Pretty good stuff.

I went with a savoury crepe – ham and cheese, nothing complicated here. It was good. Nothing too thrilling, but perfectly acceptable. It was quite a lot of food, even though it doesn’t necessarily seem like it.

The service? Eh… not too hot. We sat there for an extremely long time before anyone came over and gave us a menu or asked what we wanted to drink. And the food took even longer. Everyone else was getting their food except for us. And the servers aren’t exactly the nicest. They’re a bit loud and rude, but honestly, I don’t know that they don’t realize that that shouldn’t be the norm. I think they need a bit of a lesson in customer service. I bet the sweet crepes were good, but we just didn’t have room.

Cafe Crepe
1460 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 576-0499
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