Pitfire Pizza Company

I frequent their location in Westwood.  I remember the first time I went to Pitfire Pizza.  I had the “Big Sur.”  It just happened to be a big disappointment and I wasn’t ready to go back.  I don’t know why but later I wanted to go back, only out of convenience.  Of course I had something else.  And I went again and again and again.  Pitfire Pizza grew on me and now I really like the place.  It’s $10 a pizza and I think the prices are pretty reasonable.  And like the name might suggest, it’s cooked in a pit.  Yummy.

I was in for a pleasant surprise today though.  After school ended, I met up with a couple of friends to go to the Pitfire Pizza location in Downtown.  We go to USC, and it’s just more practical to go there than the one in Westwood.  We met at around 5:30 and headed for Downtown.  It was just before six when we got there.  Lucky me, free street parking available at 6.  Then we walk into the spacious area of the Downtown location only to find out that Happy Hour is from 4-7pm!  That means the things on the menu are half off!  I’m not big on drinking but so are the beers on tap!  And also some of the wine too.  I got a bottled beer so the happy hour rates didn’t apply, but my total came out to just over $9.  Oh yea, this is including my Pitfire Sausage pizza.  About the Pitfire Sausage pizza, it’s gotta be my favorite.  Their mushroom pizza is next on the list.

I am so coming here again!  I don’t know if the rates apply to the other locations, I doubt it, at least I doubt the Westwood location has the Happy Hour special.  So I’m coming here right at 6 for free parking and some good cheap pizza and some beer on tap!  Imagine if you can’t find parking on the street… Well there’s a lot next door where you can pay a flat rate of $8.

Oh yeah, and it’s such a laid back environment.

Edited 4/21/09> Also recommended is the Burrata Pie!  Tomato sauce, burrata, carmelized onions, and a pile of wild arugula makes for a wonderful combination!

Pitfire Pizza Company (Downtown location)
108 W 2nd St # 108
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213.808.1200

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Teresitas Restaurant

I don’t quite know what authentic Mexican food is.  I’m not talking about your standard taqueria fare.  Because I’m sure there’s more to Mexican food than just that.  That’s just like saying all there is to Korean food is dduk-bokk-kee, kimbap, kimchi, and some Korean barbeque. I would scoff at anyone who said that.  Not really having any Mexican friends, it’s kind of hard for me to know more about Mexican food.

The closest I’ve gotten to authentic Mexican food is probably Teresitas.  What am I comparing this too?  El Cholo.  Don’t get me wrong, I love El Cholo, but it’s probably Americanized to a large extent.  And you can also tell that I don’t have much to compare against.  What makes me think this is more authentic?  1) They claim to be authentic.  2) A Mexican person took my dad here and my dad took me here in return.  3) It’s in East LA.  4) There are a lot of Latin-lookin’ people here.  Ah the ignorance.  But bear with me.

This was my third time here, twice for breakfast and once for lunch.  This time was breakfast again.  And I ordered the same thing as I did the first time I was here… Chilaquiles with eggs and top sirloin steak.  The Chilaquiles are “fried corn tortillas prepared with spicy red or green hot chile sauce, topped with onions and cheese.” It wasn’t hot at all but man… so good!!  The fried tortilla is soaked in that sauce and cheese is sprinkled over it.  The fried tortilla is somewhat soggy from being soaked in the sauce, yet it’s still somewhat crispy.  If you let it sit then it’ll get soggier, but it’s still good!  With the steak and eggs, it makes a real hearty breakfast.  It comes with a side of beans and potatoes too but I was too full to touch it.  MmmMMmmMmm~~!!!

Their carne asada on the lunch/dinner menu is pretty darn good too.

Check their hours.  They don’t open so early for breakfast during the weekdays.

Teresitas Restaurant
3826 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90063
Phone: 323.266.6045

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