We recently went bowling with the kids for the first time, along with their cousins, at El Dorado Lanes in Westchester, near LAX. The kids had a great time bumper bowling, and the adults had fun drinking beer and perfecting our best Big Lebowski moves. Afterwards we hit up KJ’s Diner, which is attached to the bowling alley. It was the perfect greasy spoon that pleased the adults and kids alike. I decided to go for the Philly Cheesesteak and, to my surprise, it was delicious! The meat was tender, and the peppers, onions, and mushrooms were fresh and not soggy, and there was plenty of gooey cheese. The skinny french fries were just how I like them, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside – and they were seasoned with a very tasty seasoned salt blend. My husband had a burger, which he loved, and the kids enjoyed Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes with chocolate chips while they were coloring their menus. I can’t wait to go there for a greasy breakfast one of these days. Good food + good beer + good bowling + good prices + good company = good times!
My hubby and I were recently watching Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on Food Network and saw a behind the scenes look of Huckleberry Cafe in Santa Monica. They made their Niman Ranch Hash, which looked amazing. We happened to be on that side of town the very next day and stopped in for some Huckleberry Hash – my husband got a cinnamon roll. Let me first say that the place smelled great when we walked in and I loved the fact that the menu wasn’t huge (I believe that places with huge menus just cannot make everything well; small menu means there’s a good chance the food is going to be delicious) and that they use organic, sustainable ingredients. And the food was very good. My hash was full flavored and very meaty, the sunny side up eggs were cooked perfectly, and the arugula added the perfect amount of freshness. That said, you can have too much of a good thing – it was a lot of meat to eat for breakfast, so I’m glad my husband could help me finish it. His cinnamon roll was delicious, but not the typical cinnamon roll. I’m pretty sure it was made with puff pastry and then brushed with butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar – which I much prefer to the goopy glaze – but, alas, I do not have a sweet tooth, so perhaps I am not the right person to judge. My husband felt that it was “a fun twist on an old classic.” We would definitely go back to try some other menu items. Bonus: it’s a good place to bring the kids!