Monthly Archives: March, 2016

Food for Thought: Winter Restaurant Roundup

Two “tasty,” two very “enterprising” and one just a “hop” skip and a jump away — that definitely sums up a handful of recent dining out experiences for the Lippmans:

Ingo’s Tasty Diner (www.ingostastydiner.com) Our first visit here was for Irene’s birthday with the kiddies and it was so very tasty that we returned a couple of weeks later for a Happy Hour at their bar counter. Seated there, we sipped on a trio of bourbon, gin/cucumber and tequila concoctions and pointed out two accoutrements not normally glimpsed behind the counter of a traditional diner: a rotisserie chicken roaster and Lazy Susan displays with mini bottles of bitters, etc., that the bartenders use for their cocktail recipes. Love the cozy atmosphere and dim lighting; at our birthday-outing booth, we dug into a white fish club sandwich (me), a Paris Texas burger with bacon and cheddar (Xander), tuna tartare (Miss A), “Greek-Town” style thin-shaved leg of lamb (Irene) and chicken noodle soup (Troy, who was dealing with the aftermath of a tooth extraction), all items ranging from $9 to $17.

Happy 12th to Troy with oyster shooter toast!

Happy 12th to Troy with oyster shooter toast!

Enterprise Fish Company (www.enterprisefishco.com) Located between Main and Pacific just north of Rose Ave., this 35+ year-old seafood restaurant is housed in a historic 1917 brick building. We also hit this place twice, each time with the kiddies. On the first visit, we raised $1 oyster shooter toasts to Troy’s 12th birthday among other reduced price happy hour bites. When our check arrived, we were handed a sealed envelope with instructions not to open until we returned for our next visit. Enter the “enterprising” aspect: after finishing our lunch (including a delicious tuna melt, a spicy shrimp po-boy sandwich and hearty Manhattan clam chowder), the manager opened our envelope to reveal the prize – 15% off our check (no such luck on snagging the top cash discount of $100!).

hopdoddy3Hopdoddy Burger Bar (www.hopdoddy.com) A burgers and beer spot in the fast-casual style that is so popular these days (order, choose a seat and the food is brought to your table), Hopdoddy satisfies on all levels. The burgers (“from humanely-raised cows, never ever given growth hormones or antibiotics” says the menu) are a very nice quality on egg buns, and the price is right: the men had burgers (my “Classic” with the add-on of a fried egg); the girls split an ahi tuna burger with pickled ginger, sprouts and honey wasabi that was equally solid (there are also lamb, turkey and vegetarian selections), and we all shared a large order of Kennebec fries that spilled out from a paper cone onto a metal mini cookie sheet. Some of us dipped our fries into the BBQ/ketchup called “Sassy Sauce” that came with the burgers (priced from $7 to $12.50). There are also three kinds of dinner salads and a variety of shakes. Irene and I washed our meals down with a beer – my El Segundo Blue House IPA served in a frosty schooner. Gotta go back to try the “Little Larry” – a mini-classic frozen margarita topped with Grand Marnier. This place is a definitely a keeper — and just a short drive south from us in Playa Vista.

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