The Gumbo Pot

Who would have thought a baseball game could be more exciting than going to a USC football game?  My voice is gone.  My fingers are cut up from clapping excessively.  I can play a full round of golf without a glove and my hands don’t get cut up.  I was very sad that Korea lost to Japan but I am very proud that the Korean team left everything on the field.  And I’m damn proud to be Korean.

I had a lot of time to eat whatever I wanted for lunch today.  Usually, after I finish my volunteering at a public elementary school in Koreatown, I eat a quick lunch and head on to my basketball class.  Eh, screw that.  I went to The Gumbo Pot today.  I remember the days when The Grove used to be a huge parking lot for Farmers Market.  Looking for parking was much easier.  My mom would take me on a weekly basis and I always ordered the Oyster Po’boy.  I came so often that the people there knew my order before I even said anything.  After the sandwich, my mom would buy me some Gummi Coke Bottles from the candy stand.  That definitely kept me happy.

I have since tried other things, not much though.  Their Gumbo-Ya-Ya is pretty good.  It comes with corn bread and a side of your choice.  Get the Collard Greens.  It’s heaven on earth.  Their breakfast is bomb.  But it’s been a while since I’ve had their breakfast.  It’s on the heavier side but man oh man.  The Shrimp Po’boy is great too.

But for old time’s sake, I had the Oyster Po’boy.  The oysters are covered in a corn meal batter and then deep fried.  Then it’s placed on a roll with some good ol’ mayonaisse.  You got your shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and thin slices of lemon.  When you get your sandwich, make sure to ask for their cocktail sauce and spread it about.  It gives it a little kick.

This is a great treat to have.  The problem is the parking situation.  But I guess that’s typical of Los Angeles.  Then after you resolve the parking issue, you have to deal with the crowd.  Go there during lunch or the weekend and you can’t really avoid it.   And then maybe finding a table might be difficult too.  But don’t fret.  Walk towards The Grove and before you even exit Farmers Market, you’ll notice a stairway leading up.  Go up and you’ll find a nice quiet and clean area minus the crowd to enjoy your Oyster Po’boy.

The Gumbo Pot
6333 W 3rd St Ste 312
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.933.0358

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Super Tortas

Let’s put yourself in my shoes.  You love tortas.  But you can’t find places that make good tortas.  And then you come across a place with a name like “Super Tortas.”  I’d bet you’d try it too.  I mean, how could you not at least give it a try.

With a name like Super Tortas, you’d better expect a damn good torta.  With a name like Super Tortas, you’d expect them to be pretty damn confident with their tortas.  Let me say this, I wasn’t disappointed.  I found this place online desperate to try tortas from places other than El Taurino (which by the way makes awesome tortas).  And if I wasn’t looking out for this place, I probably would have missed it too.  It’s on some strip mall on Alvarado and you definitely would not have been able to see it from Alvarado if you’re driving.  To spare you that trouble, it’s on Alvarado and Maryland (one street south of 3rd Street).  Parking may not be ideal, but there should be plenty of street parking all around the place.

You walk in and order at the counter.  As soon as you sit down, you probably would wait two minutes before your food comes out.  Five minutes at the most.  It’s that fast.  I ordered the Rib-eye torta.  And just as fast as it came out, I finished it.  The bread, the heavenly bread, the yummy bread that’s buttered and toasted just right, the bread that’s toasted just right and yet nice and soft inside.  The slabs of rib-eye, the tasty slabs of rib-eye.  Everything about it was perfect.  I washed it down with some horchata.  I couldn’t ask for anything more.

I want to compare the torta from El Taurino and Super Tortas sometime in the near future I hope.  Wait for it!

Super Tortas
360 S Alvarado St Ste 6
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Phone: 213.413.7953

Stan’s Donuts

Considering how close I live, there aren’t that many reasons for me to step foot in that awful little town called Westwood Village but Stan’s Donuts is one reason. A friend of mine scared me once by telling me Stan’s was no longer occupying its little corner. I panicked. I was in denial. I couldn’t believe it. I heard that Fritelli’s in Beverly Hills closed down. Could it be true that doughnut shops were closing elsewhere? No. Fortunately, Stan’s Donuts did not close down. But the eatery that occupied the same suite as Stan’s Doughnuts closed down.

I have a thang for doughnuts, raised doughnuts to be more exact. Though I don’t find myself devouring doughnuts all too often, I still do enjoy them. I can pass on Krispy Kreme. And I wish there were more Dunkin’ Donuts around here in Los Angeles. Let me correct that, I wish there actually was one in Los Angeles. I remember we used to have some a long time ago, and then they disappeared, and then I got sad, and Krispy Kreme started popping up here and there, but I was still sad because I didn’t like Krispy Kreme. Well, at least we got a handful of good doughnut places, like Stan’s Donuts.

Stan’s makes a good raised doughnut. It’s simple and it’s good. I like to keep things simple but they have a great variety of doughnuts. Like a glazed doughnut filled with peanut butter and bananas. Or like a peanut butter and jelly doughnut. Or other peanut butter-filled creations. Or various cheese doughnuts. Or like jelly doughnuts filled with jellies other than rasberry and lemon. And like I said, they have your typical doughnuts made well.

I got me a glazed twisted doughnut and it kept me happy. With that said, no matter how much I praise doughnuts from this establishment, we have to keep in mind that a doughnut is still a doughnut. A good doughnut at that. But I wouldn’t recommend you driving across town to get a doughnut. Just taking into consideration the level of satisfaction you may or may not receive from this doughnut and the amount of effort you put in to experience this dollar treat (depending on what you get), it just may not be worth it. I did that once. I went to Rockenwagner Bakery in Mar Vista to try their Berliner. They offer it only on Fridays and they put a limit on how many you can buy. It was a good jelly-filled doughnut, but was it worth the trip all the way to Mar Vista? Probably not.

If you’re around on the other hand, go right on in.

Stan’s Donuts
10948 Weyburn Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 310.208.8660

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