I hit a few places while I was home for a month. Masa reminded me just how good Zachary's in the Bay really is. Elements in Pasadena makes some killer shrimp kimchi tacos. Saladang Song really is better than a lot of hole-in-walls around Thai Town. Haven Gastropub is overrated. Dog Haus isn't bad and King's Hawaiian buns make a difference. Homeboy bakery makes some of the best sourdough bread around. Disneyland has really improved its menus over the past few years (BLT flatbread pizza inside the park?). Mother Dough is good but Mozza it's not. I need to give Community on Hillhurst another chance to see if its chicken sandwich measures up to Canele's. Viva Madrid remains cheap and incredibly delicious. Malaga Cove Market out in Palos Verdes is probably the best (and cheapest) place to eat in the South Bay ($3.95 gourmet burger cooked to order.) I could eat at Tropicalia every day. If you guys haven't ventured up to Neat in Glendale, you're missing out. Go now while the parking is still good and before the rest of Silverlake/Atwater finds out. It's a small bar owned by the guy who runs/ran Seven Grand, Edison, First & Hope, etc. Kind of an odd location but real easy to get to from the freeway. The basic concept is to order your favorite kind of liquor, eg, bourbon, and they'll recommend a beer/soda/cocktail to drink as a back. No cocktail menus, no beer lists, no liquor phonebooks. They make a damn good sour to back whisky but my favorite combination was this mint lime cucumber thing they made to go with Blade gin. Last week I hit their Bushmills tasting (the 21 yr was superb) with the Patty Wagon truck outside and had a blast.