20 January, 2009
To continue celebrating our new 44th president in the White House, I proposed yesterday that this week be dedicated to feeling and eating All-American. Here's a part two to what is now part one:
5. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup at Meltdown: There's nothing like a grilled cheese sandwich to remind you of a typical All-American childhood. Having graduated from the can of Campbell's condensed Tomato Soup, Meltdown brings back the All-American childhood lunch with a very adult take. Try the Cheddar, Ham & Apple grilled cheese sandwich. Served on sourdough, this sandwich aint like your mama used to make... Their Sweet Melts like Goat Cheese, Fig and Honey will give you a whole new meaning to the not-so-basic sandwich. Pair it with a cup of their classic Tomato Soup, and you'll begin to reminisce the days of riding bikes and playing hide and seek. And guaranteed, you'll never eat a grilled cheese with white bread and American cheese again.
6. Fried Chicken from Roscoes Chicken 'n Waffles (on Pico): This Los Angeles institution has been synonymous with some of the best fried chicken north of the South and west of the Mississippi for over 30 years. The location on Pico at La Brea is the largest and most central to LA proper, and it's here where your cravings for fried chicken can be assuaged. The #13, aka Carol C. Special, cuts to the chase with one "succulent breast, one delicious waffle" (quoted straight from the Roscoe's menu). The chicken is fried in a tasty batter and juicy, while the waffle is always cooked perfectly fluffy and buttery. What more could you ask for? Well there's the delicious side of cornbread, side of grits with butter and red beans and rice. Wash it all down with a Lisa's Delight, 'scoes' take on the Arnold Palmer. The salty fried chicken and the sweet syrup and waffle will leave you wondering why you don't eat here on the regular... Your tight pants might be a reminder.
7. Mac n Cheese at The Kitchen: This Silverlake local hot spot attracts lots of curious non-locals who have heard the many tales of the make-you-uncomfortably-full comfort food served here. The Mac n Cheese is listed as a "Starter" but you may not be able to "Finish" anything else after indulging in the extra sharp cheddar and creamy plate of cheesy heaven. Served hot from the oven, you won't soon forget it. Should you have just a little bit of "Finish" left in you, try the Grilled Pork Chops. And take comfort in knowing you can be comforted until as late as 1am on Friday and Saturday nights. You'll never feel alone again!
8. Hot Wings at Ye Rustic Inn: While I must admit that I am constantly on the search for the best buffalo wings outside of Buffalo, NY, I will say that the wings at Ye Rustic are pretty damn good. The Suicide flavor will inevitably mean a few beers to cool you down, but the spicy sauce and meaty far-from-stingy chicken pieces don't disappoint. Don't let the old English name fool you - this PBR and Miller High Life crowd is definitely All-American.
Just remember while you "Barack on" with your All-American (or not) culinary journey this week, you are still being very American by helping your local economy and businesses. And what could be more American than that??
Maybe singing the National Anthem before each meal...