It’s happening right now — Orange County Restaurant Week. Go out to eat. The prix-fixe meal deals keep getting better. Over 100 restaurants are participating. Don’t know where to go? You can search by city, meal price, lunch or dinner menu, or restaurant on OC Restaurant Week’s website. Lunches range from $10-$20 and dinners from $20-$50. Complete menus and prices can be viewed on their site. Decide where to go, what to eat and get there this week only.
It’s food from El Amerikano American & Latin Kitchen in downtown Fullerton and I already have a favorite — Everything I’ve had so far, especially the Warm Mushroom Salad and Mole Eggplant.
We were recently invited to a media tasting at El Amerikano and tried all pictured dishes.
From top down — Al Pastor Chop, Cucumber Ceviche Salad, Brussels Sprouts, Mole Eggplant, Asada Bravo and Warm Mushroom Salad, I think. See El Amerikano’s MENU for the enticing descriptions.
I was happy to learn they also have an outdoor patio, something I look for in a restaurant.
Each dish seems to have a double-digit list of ingredients and an abundance of flavor.
I like El Amerikano’s ‘To Share’ dishes and prices, which range from $3 – $9.
As I write this and read their MENU, I’m planning my next meal there asap.
This taste of El Amerikano American & Latin Kitchen left me needing to have more.
I have sights on the Chorizo Sliders, Mac ‘n Queso, Michoacan Caesar and more.
El Amerikano’s Michoacan Caesar Salad has Char-Grilled Romaine, which I love when done right.
A cooking demonstration showed the care and time put into preparing their dishes.
Food is ordered at the counter, then delivered to you — They offer Beer and Wine too.
Entrance to El Amerikano (below) with Kentro Greek Kitchen nearby — Great food in Fullerton.
Enlarge MENU (below) for a better view or access their menu link here.
Me with Vasili Kotsiovos, El Amerikano and Kentro Greek Kitchen’s should be proud Owner.
Thank you — We’ll be back.
I previously reported about Dami Sushi & Izakaya — We really liked the Sushi and people there. It was located at the Village Circle off Beach and Malvern in Buena Park, but apparently the space is under new ownership. Though the sign still reads Dami Sushi on the outside, it’s now Ki Sushi & Sake Bar. Their temporary sign currently hangs below. Of course we had to give them a try.
We had Blue Fin Tuna, a listed special, as Sashimi (below) and seared in a well-flavored Salad (top).
The rest was selected for us by Ki Sushi’s Chef Hak Sang, who named the Halibut Belly (second from top) after me — It’s also posted with #shelly on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/HakSushi.
We were surprised with the little nuggets below, tasty combos of Salmon, Crab and Spicy Tuna.
And we much appreciated the creative Orange Dessert too — All was impressive.
It appears we have a new Sushi Bar to go to — It’s now called Ki Sushi & Sake Bar.
Happy One-Year Anniversary to us, Freis West (above) — It’s told to be tradition to save, then eat the top layer of one’s Wedding Cake on one’s One-Year Wedding Anniversary. Though the idea is romantic, I wouldn’t look forward to eating it. Would you want a year old Cake? Or would you prefer a fresh Cake, just like the one you had on your wedding day? We opted for a fresh Cake and got it, because we were married at The Turnip Rose Promenade & Gardens, as previously reported. It’s how they do it. You’ll get a fresh Cake one-year later, if married there too. Our Cake was white with a Raspberry Mousse filling and Whipped Cream topping. All is highly recommended.
As shown, we celebrated Sixteen Candles style — We call ours ‘One Candle’ for one sweet year of marriage. What fun we had in our Las Vegas hotel room, with our Cake propped on an upside-down ice bucket, as we sat on the window sill/air conditioner overlooking the Stratosphere. Our Anniversary Cake took us a year back, and we hope to be doing this again sixteen years later.
Have you seen our Orange County Chili Cheese Fries Comparison Report?
It’s entertaining watching the trains go by, while lounging on Santa Fe Cafe’s patio with Chili Cheese Fries, an $8 or $10 Pitcher of Beer and the sunset. It’s what I’ve enjoyed there thus far.
Be aware of occasional loitering oddballs, otherwise all should be good.
View these Chili Cheese Fries and several others on our on-going Chili Cheese Fries post.
In relation to the post title… Shelly Chili Freis should have been my legal name, if I would’ve been able to change my middle name to Chili, but apparently one can’t change his/her middle name when getting married, only a last name, or it would officially be me. It’s my unofficial name now.
Jury Duty is always fun — Not, though I did appreciate the hour-and-a-half lunch and not having been impaneled this year. It wasn’t so bad under those circumstances, especially with a multitude of above-average food options within walking distance. I wanted to eat at several. The Jury Room at Orange County Superior Court’s Central Justice Center in Santa Ana provided a map and list of restaurants to help all get to a tasty meal and back to the courthouse again. It was very helpful.
The website associated with the Restaurant Guide and Downtown Santa Ana Map is linked here.
It was hard to choose just one restaurant — I almost wanted more Jury Duty, but instead will go back with the map and list on my own time. During my one-day duty, I opted to eat at Chapter One: The Modern Local. I had previously seen and liked several items on their menu and still wonder why I chose the Organic OC Vegetable Basket. I love roasted vegetables, but the pictured weren’t roasted nearly enough. They were pretty, but all were too hard and seemingly raw. I had to take them home and cook ‘em more, though I didn’t want to bring leftovers back to the jury room. I’d order something different next time, as much there sounds appetizing.
Eat Downtown Santa Ana — I value the provided information. It makes nearby Jury Duty better.
Have you had the Sticky Toffee Pudding at The Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant? It’s one of the BEST Desserts I’ve had in my life and it’s perfectly served in warm Heavy Cream.
I’ve had it three times and still can’t stop thinking about going back for it again. I suggest going to The Olde Ship each time we’ve dined out recently, but my husband needs more food variety. It’s a rich dessert that’s best shared, so not to be put over the Sugar edge. The unsweetened Heavy Cream balances the sweetness beautifully. I love The Olde Ship for this dessert, other authentic British dishes and its cozy atmosphere, especially during Christmas time.
I searched for The Olde Ship’s Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe online, but didn’t find it, I’m told it’s made with Dried Apricots and other things. I may attempt a copycat recipe after a little more study. I visited The British Grocer, a store run by the same people at The Olde Ship in Fullerton and Santa Ana. The British Grocer is in Fullerton, down the street from The Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant on North Harbor Boulevard. I’ve yet to visit its Santa Ana location, but hear it’s larger.
Pictured directly above is a prepared, canned Sticky Toffee Pudding I purchased from The British Grocer. I was told by a clerk there that’s its flavor is most like the one made at The Olde Ship. The store offered two options, one that’s frozen and this one that was canned.
Surprisingly this one is made by Heinz and it does have a similar, rich flavor that’s good served with warm Heavy Cream, though it has a different, more Bread Pudding like texture, rather than a loose, Bran Muffin texture like the Sticky Toffee Pudding prepared at The Olde Ship. I’ll buy more of both.
I served the Heinz Sticky Toffee Pudding the same way, which made it taste great.
It’s romantic and beautiful inside the Pub, with hundreds of lights in December.
Pictured below is the Great British Breakfast that’s served with a Banger, Baked Beans, Irish Bacon, a Tomato, Mushrooms and Fried Toast. At first glance, the Toast looks basic, but it’s fried. I thought I’d like that more than I did, but toasted is better. I like the Baked Beans a lot.
The Olde Ship’s Famous Clam Chowder is very good too, with lots of Clams.
Back to why this post started… The magnificent Sticky Toffee Pudding at The Old Ship (below).
Until we meet again, aka when my husband is ready to go back — I have to be reasonable.
A Poop Sandwich goes to the A-Hole that hacked a humble food blog — It’s an appropriate meal for a dumb-shit. You (hacker) accomplished nothing. Yes, I’m unhappy about it, but will move on. Unfortunately, you’re just a hack and deserve no more than today’s Food Blog Hacker Special.
Attention: All Visiting Nibbles of Tidbits (Regulars & New Arrivals) — Please bear with us as we fix a few issues. There’s no danger here. Some links are currently disabled and should be functioning soon. If you’re looking for something and can’t access a link, use the Search Box to find it. It works. Aside from the above, we’ll be publishing a lot more about food in 2015. Reports are revving to go and better Sandwiches (and more), with sides of everything are ahead for the non-hackers.
Creamistry Ice Cream — Because Liquid Nitrogen is so cold, it causes the Milk particles to stay very small creating an ultra-smooth creamy texture, Creamistry reports, and after having it, I think it’s the creamiest Ice Cream I’ve ever had. It is CREEEE-MEE! Creamistry Ice cream is made using Liquid Nitrogen while you watch and wait. Fresh ingredients are frozen fast.
Chosen ingredients are frozen at 321 degrees turning all into a creamy goodness.
Choose your SIZE, pick your BASE, and then choose your FLAVOR and TOPPINGS.
I chose the PREMIUM BASE, Strawberry flavor with Roasted Almonds for a topping.
The Liquid Nitrogen fogs up the place like dry ice — It’s fun to watch, though a little hard to see.
I met a family in line who traveled from San Clemente to Irvine just to get Ice Cream here.
I liked it more than I expected and now find myself craving its creamy texture and want to try other flavors. Creamistry offers a multitude of flavors and toppings creating a slight dilemma when choosing. I must go back to try more. It can take some time getting through the line when it’s long and it’s not cheap, but a little goes a long way. It’s ultra-rich, creamy and good.
I wanted to ask more questions about the process and see all clearly from start to finish, but it was a busy day at Creamistry in Irvine. It’s already loved by others, I’ve seen and heard, and now I like it too. It’s not just another Ice Cream. It’s fun to experience and different to taste.
It’s already December — Another year flew by too fast and my computer just went kaput. This month starts with a test of my new computer and return to Nibbles of Tidbits’ Food Coloring Series, featuring the relevant colors of Red & Green, and timely food ideas that spotlight them.
Most dishes can be deciphered without a recipe or tailored to your taste.
Previous Food Coloring Series posts are linked here — Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, etc.
Some dishes start off festive, but once the Peppers and Cucumbers get eaten, then what?
If looking for more Red & Green Food Ideas, they’re linked here.
Merry Christmas to me from my new computer.
More to test and explore, after Shrimp Cocktails and picture-perfect Christmas Cookies.
An impressive Snowman Fruit Bowl that’s perfect for the season and looks easy to make.
Yellowtail Chowder: It’s just as good as Clam Chowder. In a quest to make Yellowtail everything, the latest is this Yellowtail Chowder, which turned out perfect. I didn’t miss the Clams and loved the meaty pieces of Yellowtail Fish. Unfortunately I didn’t write down the recipe, but used the best combination of the following ingredients — Fresh Yellowtail cut into good size chunks, Chicken Stock, Clam Juice, Sweet Onions, Potatoes, Carrots, Celery, Thyme, Parsley, Garlic, Butter, Olive Oil, Flour, Heavy Cream, Salt & Pepper. I meant to add crumbled, cooked Bacon, but forgot, and then decided it wasn’t needed. I didn’t use much Cream either. All was cooked to optimum consistency. What to make with Yellowtail? Other ideas are here.
It’s a perfect place to gather with friends after work — A plan is in the works.
There is comfortable seating throughout — Tall and short tables, couches and a bar.
We tried a few menu items this visit — The Warm Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chinese Sausage, Shishito Peppers, Fried Garlic and Sesame Ponzu (above). There’s more to be tried.
Lobster & Spanish Chorizo Fondue with Manchego Cheese, Smoked Peppers and Cream Cheese, served with a French Baguette (above) — It’s creamy, unique and pretty good.
We also had the Prosciutto Flatbread with Fontina, Gorgonzola, Fig Jam & Red Onion (above) and the Butterscotch Pot De Creme (below). The Fig Jam was terrific on the Flatbread and the consistency and flavor of the Pot De Creme was ideal, though rich, but not overly so.
It’s a seamless Wine Store along its parameters and the prices are surprisingly good for such an expensive looking place. Their food prices are reasonable too, another reason to go back. And there’s live entertainment… A guy played the guitar in front of the Wine Case behind me.
The Roman God of Wine’s Wine was delicious as well — Thanks Bacchus!
Note: Camera issues beset this visit. Subsequent dishes shall be posted as clear updates.
Did you know that you can make a Pizza Dough using only two ingredients? You can.
Two Ingredient Pizza Dough is made with Self Rising Flour and Plain Greek Yogurt. I heard about it and had to try it. And it’s true, it works with (1 ½ Cups of Self Rising Flour & 1 Cup of Plain Greek Yogurt). I simply combined the two, then kneaded both into Dough.
It didn’t take much time or effort to convert into a blank Pizza canvas.
I made a basic Pepperoni & Pineapple Pizza, with a Pineapple homegrown by my husband, I might add. I also added Pizza Sauce, Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheese — Other Recipes.
The Pizza was baked in a preheated 450° oven for 12 minutes and all turned out well, though the flavor of the Pizza Crust is a little bland and would taste better as a Three Ingredient Pizza Dough with the addition of a little Salt — That’s what I’ll make next time.
His name is Leon (above) and he just turned 8 — We celebrated him and his birthday at the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar at Cerritos Mall. It’s an ideal place for a Dog’s Birthday or any day, since dogs are allowed on their patio and served a complimentary Bowl of Water.
It’s a good place for adults too, though it was Leon’s day, but we pay.
We tried the Sangria Sampler — The White Peach Sangria (middle) was my favorite.
The Lazy Dog Hand Crafted Drafts Sampler hits the human spot too.
Leon chose the Grilled Chicken Breast and Brown Rice from the Dog Menu.
He ate all quickly, much how he eats everything, and appeared to like it.
We had the Brick Oven Spinach & Sundried Tomato Cheese Dip (below), which could use more Spinach and Sun Dried Tomatoes, but the Cheese combination is good.
And the Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla — Overall, Lazy Dog’s food is consistently good.
Afterwards we went for a walk along Dog Beach in Huntington Beach.
There’s a Dog Friendly Patio at the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar — Enlarge photo to read their Patio Rules and don’t be shy, bring your dog with you, especially if it’s his or her birthday.
I’ve had a lot of great Brussels Sprouts lately, but DANG — The Brussels Sprouts glazed with Honey and Sriracha at the Egg Cracker Restaurant in Fullerton are the BEST. They’re perfectly crispy on the outside, sweet and hot, and each is tender enough to eat, which is very important. If any are still too hard to eat, it’s often bitter and inedible though served. Twice we’ve had the Brussels Sprouts at the Egg Cracker and each little Sprout was cooked to perfection, which is specifically important we learned from one of the owners.
Not only do they have the Best Brussels Sprouts, but the Egg Cracker Restaurant has one of the best-priced, high-quality, convenient-time Happy Hours — It’s from 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, so you don’t need to speed after work to get there. You order off a menu too and the price for the quality is fantastic. The Brussels Sprouts are $3 during Happy Hour and $5 regularly.
Current Happy Hour Food Menu (above) and Chilaquiles (below).
We also tried the Portobello Fries (below), which are sliced Portobello Mushrooms with a Panko Breading to form Fries — They’re meaty and crunchy and good with the Sauce.
Zucchini Bread (below) is served to all, with all, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner — I think.
We had breakfast at the Egg Cracker twice before and received it then also.
For Dessert we had one of the Egg Cracker’s most popular Breakfast items, the Campfire Pancakes with Chocolate, Graham Cracker Crumbles and Homemade Marshmallow Cream. I just love the Egg Cracker’s MENU. There are many things I want to try — Breakfast is served all day too. And it should be mentioned that Beer & Wine is only $3 during Happy Hour.
We’re going back for more of everything (and much we have yet to try).
It’s been a long time coming, but it can’t go unreported — We have a favorite Bar and Restaurant in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We traveled there in February during our honeymoon and fell in love with La Factoria, a Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico, pictured above and below.
Cheers to La Factoria‘s artsy style and unique, gourmet cocktails.
The cocktails are thoughtfully made by scratch and hand.
There are different rooms with different vibes, and some go off later than others.
It was serene during our visit, thus we explored its cool spaces. Look close — We’re in the mirror below with one of the hip guys running the place. Our photos turned out magical.
There we were and wish we were now at El Jibarito in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
It’s casual and comfortable inside and the prices are good.
Cheers to us at El Jibarito — A few others there were celebrating birthdays.
Much is served in Sauce and/or Gravy with Plantains — I like that.
I don’t recall our exact dishes, but the meat in both was very tender.
We were happy to have found El Jibarito too.
Cruising in to San Juan, Puerto Rico — Our favorite stop on the Celebrity Reflection.
My husband, Matt recently went on a 3/4 day sport fishing vessel called The San Diego and caught some nice-sized Yellowtail. He brought home approximately twenty pounds of fillets and one whole Yellowtail for smoking. It was Operation Yellowtail at our house. We prepared several dishes immediately, gave a few fillets to neighbors and co-workers and froze the rest.
The San Diego is known as one of the best sport fishing vessels in San Diego and Matt agrees. He loves fishing and even holds a state record for catching the largest California Sheephead Fish at 30lbs., 8oz., from his kayak in 2009. It was quite impressive, like the Yellowtail above.
As shown, we smoked the whole Yellowtail for 4 1/2 hours and it turned out amazing.
It was tender and flaky with the perfect amount of smoke flavor.
Smoked Yellowtail is a real treat with Cocktail Sauce, Lemon Caper Dill Sauce, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Cream Cheese, Red Onions, Capers, Pickles, Crackers, Red Bell Peppers and Pickles.
On the first day, I made Ceviche and Poke with a few of the Yellowtail fillets.
The Ceviche was simply made with Red Onions, Red Bell Peppers, Jalapenos, Cilantro, Lime and Lemon Juice — The Yellowtail marinated quickly and was ready to eat in 15 minutes.
Another batch of chopped Yellowtail was mixed with Soy Sauce, Ponzu Sauce, grated Ginger and Green Onions to make Poke, which was pretty much ready to eat immediately too.
We grilled Yellowtail fillets and ate ‘em with a Mango Salsa made with fresh cut Mango, Red Bell Peppers, Red Onions, Jalapenos, Cilantro and Lime Juice — It was all so fresh tasting.
We fried Yellowtail fillets to have with leftover Lemon Caper Dill and Cocktail Sauce.
Yellowtail fared well with all preparations — Raw (Hamachi), rare, smoked, grilled and fried.
The rest was frozen to later prepare differently — Perhaps bake, stew and/or broil, etc.
Preparation of the frozen Yellowtail fillets shall be posted as updates below.
Yellowtail Recipe Update: Yellowtail Chowder. Check back for more to be linked here.
The true annual treat is spending time with best friends decorating Halloween Cookies, Cupcakes and Candy. Each year we take home trays and boxes of homemade and hand decorated treats after a fun evening of trickery — It’s quite a funny bunch (below).
I’m truly grateful for all!
This year’s decorating ideas are posted here and others from previous years are linked here.
We’re no design professionals, but have a lot of laughs and the Cookies always taste great.
It’s also possible that you may learn how not to decorate your Halloween Cookies here.
Halloween Appetizer Idea — Deviled Eggs with Olive Spiders. You can figure it out.
Happy Halloween from Nibbles of Tidbits and friends.
What are the best foods to eat at Disneyland, I asked my semi-smart phone. We were going to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure and wanted something different than an average Burger and Fries. I hadn’t been to either park in 10 years. After reviewing the search results, I chose two food dishes that were included on several lists — One at Disneyland and the other at Disney California Adventure, two places I’ve never known and probably wouldn’t have found. Each sounded appealing. We started with the Carthay Signature Fried Biscuits with Apricot Honey Butter at Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure.
Carthay Circle Restaurant is fancier than expected, but we sought to have the best food at Disneyland. We went there to try the Carthay Signature Fried Biscuits that are described as amazing and to-die-for. Stuffed with White Cheddar, Bacon and Jalapenos they sound good.
They don’t look like much on the outside, then surprise with a gooey middle. With the Apricot Honey Butter, it’s interesting and different — I like its concentrated flavor and it’s not bad on the Biscuits, but we really didn’t fall in love with them. They’re good, not great and expensive for its small size and amount. Several Starters looked better to us and more filling.
My husband set out to photo bomb Goofy, but wasn’t obvious enough — At Disneyland.
Across the square from Disney California Adventure, we sought to have the Lobster Roll at the Harbour Galley Restaurant in Critter Country at Disneyland. It too appears to be a Disneyland favorite. It’s less fancy than Carthay Circle with only a few takeout windows.
I wasn’t able to take a good photo of the Lobster Roll, but the Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl looked, tasted and photographed well. It too is well-liked by bloggers and papers.
The Lobster Roll was great, with a good amount of Lobster and nice lemony flavor.
We’d have the Lobster Roll again for $14.99, but not the Carthay Signature Fried Biscuits for $12.00. Next visit we’ll try other Disneyland favorites discovered on my phone. Thank you!
Have you been to Calivino Wine Pub? It’s in Anaheim, near the Honda Center, Angel Stadium of Anaheim and other happenings, off Katella Avenue. We just learned about it and gladly so, since the food is terrific. We’ve been to other Wine Bar/Pubs that serve great food, like Sealegs and The Twisted Wine, so the test-bar is high, but Calivino unexpectedly stood out.
Calivino Wine Pub is a bit hard to see off Katella. Its cross-street is Howell — Just turn into the business park area, keep heading left and you’ll see it slivered-in, amongst other businesses and eateries. Hooters is across the parking lot to drop off the boys on a Girl’s Wine Night out.
Seating includes a long bar and a good combination of couches and tall and short tables.
It’s rare when everything on a menu sounds appealing, well not that rare, but I do want all on Calivino’s Menu. Since we weren’t sure where to begin, we tried a few house favorites.
FOOD pictured from top down: The House Burger with Fried Onions, Onion Jam and Havarti, which is sweet, spicy and juicy – Bacon Dates with Goat Cheese and Honey – Spinach Wontons with Parmesan and Garlic – Brussels Sprouts roasted with Crispy Pork.
I’d have all again and the Spinach Wontons (above) every day — You certainly can’t tell how great they are from the dark photo, but WOW, they’re a perfectly seasoned combo of Baby Leaf Spinach and crunch. Each Wonton tastes like the best Spinach Dip already on a chip.
Oh yeah, Wine. It’s a Wine Pub after all — I like Wine too.
The Reds, Whites, Sweets & Sparkling — Calivino’s owner, Daniel hand selects them all.
And there’s Beer too — A rotating selection of fine, local brews are noted on a chalkboard.
Calivino — Cali for California and Vino for Wine. We like it and the CA Flag Bear on the logo.
It’s a nice mix of old world and new world and it feels that way.
We tried REDS from California and Spain — Leaping Horse Cabernet (2013), Beso De Vino Garnacha (2011), Reserva Eguia Tempranillo (2009) and Artezin Red Zinfandel (2012).
We liked sipping Wine on the couch and the rustic tables with bottled water and succulents.
I’m heading back soon with a group of girls for more bites and Tempranillo.
Calivino Wine Pub — A great stop before or after an event, for Happy Hour (3-7pm, Sun – Fri), 1/2 Price Bottles of Wine on Wednesdays, and 1/2 off Glasses of Wine on Thursdays. See their website for more info and/or changes. New food dishes will be added below.
Updated 10/21/14: Next visit we had more of the same, which was equally as good, and Alison’s Baked Brie in a Puff Pastry with Candied Nuts and Honey (above).
We can walk or bike to Totally 80’s Bar & Grille in Fullerton — It’s a relatively new Bar, Restaurant, Dance Club & Karaoke Bar in the neighborhood. It occupies the space of a former Mexican Restaurant, Bar & Event spot. There’s little change to its exterior other than the somewhat cheesy sign (sorry). Its theme caught our attention and made it a must stop.
I love 80’s music and inside it’s a whole new retro world — We’re impressed!
It’s well decorated and fun throughout. We’re unsure about the “Grille” part of Totally 80’s Bar & Grille, as we only tried the ‘Totally Awesome Tots’, which appear to be popular. We tried two of the three offered — The Chili Cheese Tots and Nacho Cheese Tots. The third, Tots Poutine includes Gravy and an Egg. Good combinations. The Tater Tots were crisp, but a bit expensive ($10), if not from their Late Night Menu ($6) — We’ll try the Tots Poutine then.
Robert Smith (above) of one of my favorite bands, The Cure — We’re definitely going back to try and photograph more. Actual 80’s bands, real and cover play here too. We’re monitoring their events schedule. Welcome to the hood Totally 80’s Bar & Grille. Great to see you!
It’s Peter Dills in the photo with me. He’s the son of a man I admired, Elmer Dills, a good man and former long-time Restaurant Reviewer, etc. on KABC. Elmer passed away in 2008, but his son, Peter carries on his niceness and love of food. As far back as he can remember, Peter was following Elmer from restaurant to restaurant — That’s some fabulous training!
Did you know that Peter Dills has a radio show on Sundays on AM 830 KLAA Angels Radio? It’s called Dining with Dills and starts at 11:00a.m. Give it a listen. We went to The Catch restaurant in Anaheim this day to celebrate Dining with Dills, and eat and drink of course.
The Catch kitchen (above) — I like its open look. Can’t hide anything here.
It’s a large restaurant with dining all around — Above is just one stylish sliver of it.
Though blurred, I like the photo above — Delicious appetizers were served, but hard to obtain if you weren’t immediately adjacent to its introduction. It was a bit of a frenzy to get them.
I’m not sure if I got to try all the appetizers, but my favorite was a Fish Cake Lolli-Pop of some sort (not pictured) that I don’t currently see on their online menu — It was a round, crunchy fish cake served on a stick. It had a great flavor and perfect texture. I wanted more.
We over took the back room of The Catch, which lead out to a fenced in, outdoor patio.
The Bar at The Catch (above) — We need to spend time in here next visit.