Posts Tagged ‘Short Rib’

As a connected community, today’s society have gotten used to generally accepted styles of food. For the most part, we see a lot of a certain type of food based on the region. To no one’s surprise, the greatest concentration of a particular style of cuisine resides in its locale of origin. However, many modern communities appreciate the diversity and variety of carrying different types of food places around. This has paved the way for the various types of restaurants to crop up all over. From Latin restaurants to Asian restaurants to sub-genres of food such as barbecue or noodle restaurants, we have seen a restaurant for virtually anything consumable. But even when a restaurant specializes in one particular thing, they can always break the mold and introduce something a little bit off the charts. For that, we turn to Súp Noodle Bar.

Nestled in a Korean shopping center in Buena Park, Súp Noodle Bar delivers noodle bowls so delicious that they usually have a full house every night. Specializing in phô, this Vietnamese restaurant puts their own unique flavor into every curated entrée on their menu. At first glance, their food may appear alike any other ordinary restaurant’s food. Ask the locals about Súp, and they will attest to the unbelievable flavor profile of every item here. In addition to their wondrous noodle bowls, Súp has also gained notoriety with their Shaken House Fries. This massive plate of fries comes with truffle oil, marinated short rib, minced garlic, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, and spicy tartar sauce. This plate that can easily feed a party of four contains a savory punch that will leave your taste buds seeing stars. Although listed as an appetizer, one or two people can easily consider this an entrée.

For more about what Súp Noodle Bar has to offer, visit their Facebook and Twitter page, and check them out in North Buena Park on the northwestern corner of Beach Blvd and La Mirada Blvd.

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2014 has proved quite an eventful year. The world has gone through some significant changes that allow us to say that we have lived through history. 2014 has proved itself a rocky year for me personally – uncertainty of occupations, a better camera, event opportunities, and new foods all arrived at my doorstep this year. Although I have lost count of all the amazing new foods I have tried this year, the following five foods have truly cemented their legacy into my mind and heart.

5. Pop’s Cafe‘s Deep-Fried French Toast

Most people recognize French toast as thick bread soaked in an egg wash and then grilled. Pop’s Cafe in Santa Ana reinvents French toast by deep-frying it instead. I would not recommend this to anyone on a diet – basically, each bite feels like biting into a warm stick of butter. As if that does not sound fattening enough, the Deep-Fried French Toast comes with a dollop of butter and syrup. Perhaps if you had a long night out drinking, this may sound delicious. As disgusting as this made me feel after eating it, I will never forget that this exists.

4. Pizzanista!‘s Macaroni & Cheese Pizza

What do you get when you combine two very popular comfort foods? You get a Macaroni & Cheese Pizza of course! The artsy folks at Pizzanista! in the arts district of Downtown Los Angeles come up with strange yet unique combinations of toppings, which lends well to the name of the business. On Sundays only, visitors can snag this carb mountain known as the Macaroni & Cheese Pizza, which has tomato sauce, elbow macaroni, and four cheeses: asiago, fontina, cheddar, and grana padano. Order a slice for $4, or take home a whole pie for $28. Either way, after eating this, you will probably feel like running a marathon to burn off all those carbs.

3. Pellicola Pizzeria‘s Nutella Pie

Since a young age, I often favored sweet toppings over the desserts themselves. Examples include condensed milk (Lechera), peanut butter, and hazelnut spread (Nutella). Although the public sees Nutella as children’s food, many adults still appreciate the chocolatey spread, albeit it contains no real nutritional value. The creators at Pellicola Pizzeria in Downtown Los Angeles love Nutella so much that they adapted in into their menu with a Nutella Pie. Resembling a quesadilla more so than a pie, this slice of heaven contains sliced almonds and a generous amount of Nutella, and gets topped with powdered sugar and more Nutella. Munch into a slice for $3.50, or take home a whole pie to save for later or to share – a medium pie costs $13, while a large pie costs $17.

2. The Compass‘ Cast Iron Baked Macaroni & Cheese w/ Braised Beef Short Rib

Despite the excessive carb count, macaroni and cheese holds a dear spot in the hearts of many. Even my sister, a fitness fanatic who abstains from carbs, cannot resist a succulent mac & cheese. So when I discovered what The Compass in Carlsbad had on their menu, I knew right away I had to broadcast the fact. Their menu contains standard gastropub faire, but something else about their Cast Iron Baked Macaroni & Cheese jumped out to my eyes: the option to add Braised Beef Short Rib. This one addition alone turned this dish up to one past ten. Sadly, this costs so much for a small serving, but when you focus on quality over quantity, you can splurge yourself once in a while.

1. Sarita’s Pupuseria‘s Pupusas

Until I discovered Vchos Truck, I had never heard of a Pupusa in my entire life. Once I tried a pupusa from that truck, I retained that taste in the back of my mind until the day I could find the best authentic pupusa ever. My search landed me at Sarita’s Pupuseria in the heart of Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles. I have tried many pupusas all over Southern California, but none other compares to these ones. The customer favorite, revueltas, contains pork, beans, and cheese. As a purist, I go for just pork in my pupusas, as the beans and cheese can interfere with the savoriness of the pork. You do not even need any sauce – the fillings contain so much flavor that you will want to get right back in line and order more to eat right there and take home the rest.

Reminiscing back to our childhoods, we recall all the good times and bad times that significantly impacted us as children. Everyone remembers certain moments during their childhoods that has permanently affected our personalities today. Even without anything to capture those moments, we can still reminisce about the good old days through photos taken way back then. In fact, today’s society has accepted Throwback Thursdays as an homage to the good old days, when life did not bear so much worry, and we could live out our days without fear or oppression. These days, society has to deal with corruption on many levels, from governments to the internet to bullies in school and more. Like the human immune system, society reacts to these corruptions by implementing methods to combat those problems by either minimizing problems or eliminating them altogether. This may not restore the good old days, but as a society, we still like to look back to what paved the way for us to stand here today. Significantly, we remember the foods we once ate as children, even recalling the low prices. Those old signs advertising $0.10 French Fries did not lie – food stands actually sold items that now cost ten times more, or even more than that! Though we can still buy the same fast food items as back then, we have much better options today as far as finer dining without the inflated price tags. If you miss those $0.10 fries, wait until you see some of the fries that you can eat as entrées. I have discovered five different fries entrées that you can find in the Greater Los Angeles Area, and I highly suggest seeking them out this season, as some of these may not linger around once the season ends.

5. Dos Chinos‘ Garden Grove BBQ Papas Fritas

Throughout this Top 5 list, you may notice a common trend among the entries – the word poutine. For those unfamiliar with poutine, this Canadian dish, at its very base, consists of fries, gravy, and cheese curds. From there, the person preparing it may add whatever to this canvas of a dish, typically some sort of meat. While this certainly sounds like a meal already, not every fries entrée must contain gravy and/or cheese. In the case of Dos Chinos, they do not even think about gravy, in favor of their Asian heritage. This fusion food truck from Orange County takes traditional Asian flavors, such as Vietnamese-style pork belly or garlic butter shrimp, and cooks them into Latin/Mexican preparations, such as tacos, burritos, or quesadillas. Over the past few years, they have greatly expanded their menu offerings in both directions, and utilize a chart system in ordering. In other words, customers simply choose the meat, then choose the preparation. For example, their Garden Grove BBQ Papas Fritas combines their Korean Mexican BBQ Beef with red cabbage and crema sauce over a bed of shoestring fries, jack-cheddar cheese, chopped onions, and cilantro. The beef will remind you of traditional Chinese takeout, but prepared much more flavorful, with an emphasis on high-quality grass-fed angus beef and the right balance of marinade on the beef. Where traditional Chinese restaurants serve this with white rice, Dos Chinos serves this to you with fries – for America! The fries provide a different texture than the soft nature of rice, so you have more going on in each bite as you crunch your way through this bowl of meat and potatoes big enough to share. But why would you want to share? At $8 per bowl, you can own this steal of a deal at the Dos Chinos truck, constantly roaming around Orange County. Pay attention to their Twitter to discover their future locations!

4. Haven Gastropub – Orange‘s Lamb Neck Poutine

As mentioned above, the most basic poutine consists of fries, gravy, and cheese curds. Increasingly popular in Canada, poutine has made landfall here in America due to its unique combination of ingredients that appeals to many appetites as not only a snack food, but as a fulfilling meal. Among conscious eaters, poutine has increased in popularity because of the freshness of cheese curds. Ideally, people should consume cheese curds within hours of its creation, so unless a restaurant produces its own cheese curds, poutine would use other types of cheese besides cheese curds. Regardless of the method of acquisition, Haven Gastropub understands the importance of quality cheese curds, as well as the importance of all of the restaurant’s other locally-sourced ingredients. Formulating the standard structure for any respectable sustainable restaurant, Haven Gastropub has pioneered the art of pub faire and introduced it to the modern American fine dining setting. By reinventing these dishes, Haven aims to take foods with a reputation as bar food and transform them into beautiful entrées that customers will want to brag about having eaten. While corporations have created a greasy image for poutine in Canada, Haven turns that all around with their Lamb Neck Poutine. Using braised lamb neck as the spotlight ingredient, Haven constructs this poutine with their pommes frites, dijon lamb gravy, and fresh cheddar cheese curds. Some people would turn an eye away from hearing “lamb neck” mentioned in food, either at the though of eating neck or of the texture of the meat. If the latter, the braising of the meat gives it an utmost tender texture, as it falls apart like braised short ribs do. Traditional poutine may look like this, but in terms of flavor, it can come nowhere close. Keep in mind that Haven Gastropub in Orange County serves this dish, as the Pasadena location does not list it on their menu.

3. The Federal Bar‘s Short Rib Poutine

When a brand grows large in popularity and demand, one should expect that brand to expand the reach to a larger scope or audience. For example, Southern California’s own Slater’s 50/50 has opened six overall locations, while Eureka Burger has FINALLY concocted plans to expand into Los Angeles and Orange County. Not too long ago, when The Federal Bar in North Hollywood grew beyond their walls, they first opened up another restaurant right around the corner under the name Bow & Truss. Eventually the demand for The Federal Bar grew so much that they had to expand past their little bubble in North Hollywood. As a result, they opened their second location in Downtown Long Beach this past April. Boasting nearly the same menu, The Federal Bar maintains the theme of a prohibition-era federal reserve bank while operating as a full-fledged gastropub. With a penchant for terrific craft beers, fine wines, and artisanal spirits, The Federal Bar serves up classic gastropub faire with a gourmet spin. For example, take a look at their version of poutine, the Short Rib Poutine. First, they take their House Fries, which comes with herbs, parmesan, and garlic, then they top it off with fresh mozzarella cheese curds, shredded beef short rib, and a blue cheese drizzle, which gives it a unique kick that poutine normally would not have. The Federal Bar may list this in the Starters section of their menu, but the resulting dish more than fills up one person. In fact, you may actually have to either share this with someone, or take the rest to-go. Just remember to savor the short ribs well, and get as much of the blue cheese as possible with the short rib. The savoriness of the meat with the sharp flavor of the blue cheese create a potent yet irresistible match-up of short rib and sauce. You can order this off their regular menu for $11, but arrive during Happy Hour from 3pm to 6pm everyday, and you can order this dish for $2 off! Even better during Happy Hour, you can also receive drinks at Happy Hour prices, so pair this fries entrée with a cold, refreshing IPA for the perfect evening meal.

2. 1321 Downtown Taproom Bistro‘s Pork Fries

Who said that Bacon has to reign as the all-time best pork preparation of all time? We can all agree that bacon makes any food and drink taste better, but when you get to a point where you just eat bacon so much that the thought of bacon gets desensitized in your mind, you have to start searching for alternatives. Fortunately there exists visionary chefs who worship pork and the versatility of this wonderful meat. Versatility lives on at 1321 Downtown Taproom Bistro in their Pork Fries. Although 1321 Downtown Taproom Bistro lists their infamous Pork Fries under their Firsts, or appetizers, this large pan can serve a party of 2-3. This skillet consists of thin fries covered with pulled pork confit, stout-braised onions, melted sharp cheddar, and smoked tomato rémoulade. Picture the pork sitting in a marinade of salt, seasonings, and herbs, then cooked in its own drippings. What results from the process tastes like roasted and somewhat crispy shredded pork with a heaping level of smokiness and salty flavors attacking your taste buds. The onions braised in stout contribute to this dish with its tender, sweet, and dark flavors. The cheese comes melted and soft, but hardens quickly. As a result, I highly suggest eating this the moment your server brings it out, and not wait to eat it. Note that you can order this during Happy Hour from 4pm to 7pm for a reduced price, so aim to go during Happy Hour, and pair this with a nice cold pale ale!

1. Umami Burger‘s Truffle Royale Poutine

From Day 1, ever since I started this blog, I vowed never to give a spotlight to corporate businesses, but to focus on the best in the local scene of Southern California. Understandably, something may grow in popularity so much that expansion comes natural. For example, Hof’s Hut has gained enough local popularity that expansion to greater territory only seems natural at this point. Other businesses expand rapidly yet remain in Southern California… for now, such as Slater’s 50/50. One such entity remained solely in Southern California for just two years, and rose in notoriety so much that they expanded to Northern California after two years in business. Now with a location in Florida and plans to expand into New York, Umami Burger has more than cemented its name into the history of food in America. In fact, Saturday Night Live even name-dropped Umami Burger, proving the dominance of this burger chain. Umami did not reach their current status with just marketing and timing – they earned their reputation with quality unlike any other. Although pricey, their burgers will more than satisfy a craving for an amazing burger, as their menu now contains more than just burgers. Most customers will want to stick with burgers like the namesake indicates, but sometimes customers can get a little adventurous by ordering a modified burger. Umami now offers a modified burger in the form of turning any burger into a poutine dish. Have you seen a poutine with a burger patty in it? Go all-in with their Truffle Royale Poutine, their signature Truffle Royale burger served over fries with house gravy. The original burger comes with a beef patty topped with braised short ribs, garlic aioli, truffle glaze, and truffle cheese. Why bother with truffle oil at this point when the dish already contains so much truffle? The truffle levels in this dish exceed nine thousand, as you cut into the medium rare patty and braised short ribs, and scoop up the perfect bite with a little of everything in this dish. The Truffle Royale burger costs $15, while you can “poutine-it” any burger for an extra $2, so the Truffle Royale Poutine will cost $17 altogether. Not every Umami Burger location serves the Truffle Royale, and not every location has the “poutine-it” option, so refer to the Umami Burger website for a menu from each location before you venture out in search of meaty fried goodness. The old saying that you cannot judge a book by its cover typically does not apply to Umami Burger, as they strive for excellent plating and deliciously gorgeous burgers. When it comes to poutine, the gravy will cause a mess, so carefully plating poutine takes extra practice. While the photo looks like a mess, the umami sensory explosion will make you forget what it looked like when the server brought it out to you.

All around the world, people find different reasons to go out to eat. Many eat simply for necessity, while others eat based on preference. When you break down the preferences, what reasons may you come across? Value? Quality? Location? Atmosphere? Regardless of the reason, we can all agree that going out to eat has turned into a staple in our lives, despite the notion that one can live an entire life without ever going out to eat. Once in a long while, you discover something that meets all the aforementioned criteria. When something sounds too good to exist, it usually comes with a drawback. This time, the drawback simply relates to time. While The Globe Dine Bar will last for a while, their monthly will fade away soon.

More than your typical gastropub, The Globe Dine Bar sets an international precedence in a local setting. Combining world flavors with terrific imported drinks, The Globe truly represents its namesake by bringing together cuisine from other countries to a small Southern Californian community. Every month, the chef travels to another country in search of inspiration for The Globe’s monthly special. February’s specials revolve around Chinese New Year, welcoming the year of the snake with three Asian-inspired dishes. Out of their monthly specials, their Beef Rib Nasi Goreng stands out the most. For $18, this massive plate comes with charred beef short ribs with a sesame, soy, and ginger glaze (Gedo-Gado) on a bed of Nasi Goreng, served with a side of vegetable salad with sweet chili dressing. Enough to feed 2-3 people, The Globe serves a generous portion of Korean-style on-the-bone beef short ribs, along with stringy vegetables with sweet chili sauce. On the other side of the plate lies a pile of Nasi Goreng, or Indonesian fried rice, which includes chicken, shrimp, and bacon lardons. Oh, and they top this off with a fried egg and include puff chips. From one corner to the other, this plate easily reaches two feet across. It boggles my mind how they can serve so much food for such a low price relative to how much food one would receive off this plate. Sadly, as a monthly special, this dish will not stay around for much longer. You have less than 10 days to head over to The Globe in Garden Grove to order this mammoth meal!