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This is Königssee

2151Did you think I was done with our Austrian/Czech Trip?  Think again.  I only left out possibly the best day.  The German day.  Specifically Berchtesgadener National Park near the Austrian border.  In fact for us, driving from Salzburg, it didnt seem like we are venturing into the German side.  The weather that day was misty, and fairly cloudy throughout the day, but got better after lunch.  And oh boy what lunch it was at the marvelous lake side Echostuberl, despite our much anticipated “Ya we have good Oxtail” turning out to be the 5th pork knuckle of the trip.

If I have to give one tip about this one to those researching, dont miss the stunning Obersee, the stop at the end.  So many get off the church and come back.  Its not only Obersee itself, but the walk to it, and the cows.  Perhaps the luckiest cows on the planet.  Ok, getting hungry… here are some pictures

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Harry & Ida’s – Meet our New Pastrami King

Harry & Ida's PastramiA lot of excitement lately centered around the pope’s visit to America and NYC.  For the past few days, he cruised central park and 5th avenue, met with our leaders, played with children in Harlem, and crowned our new Pastrami king in Alphabet City.  Ok, I’m not too sure about the last one, but that’s what I hear from my sources, Michael and Gabriel.  Either way, Harry and Ida’s deserves the title.  For too long Katz’s was at the helm doing a magnificent job satisfying tourists and locals alike, about 10 minutes from Harry & Ida’s.  Though H&I is not really replacing Katz’s any time soon.  Its the size of a shoe repair store without any tables, and a small counter by the entrance can accommodate about three food photographers.

When you first walk inside Harry & Ida’s for the first, you essentially sign a contract for life, or the duration of the place whichever ends sooner.  You are asked two simple but lethal questions.  “Have you been here before”, and “Would you like to taste some Pastrami”.  Yes, I suppose that if you are a vegetarian you may throw up a little bit inside at the thought, but as for the rest of us, its a point of no return.  You get two hefty, juicy pieces, far from your average deli sample.  One bite and…done, contract is signed, “One pastrami sandwich please”.  I invite the owners/manager to comment here please, and tell us if anyone ever left without getting more.  It doesn’t seem like its scientifically possible.

downloadThe pastrami sandwich is not very pretty looking at first glance, especially to pastrami purists like me.  It has dill, and cucumbers, and more importantly it has dill. WTF?  With that said, lets pause for a sec for a bathroom break, and a tip…

EWZ Tip:  If you come across a sandwich in NYC that has dill in it, its not a sign of a good sandwich, its a sign of a GREAT sandwich.  Dill is one of the ugliest things you can put inside a sandwich, and a sure bet to scare some people away.  But dill adds a nice flavor and aroma, and is specially complimentary in the summer, and over fish like salmon.  And partially due to that ugliness, its normally a sign of great craftsmanship.  “I don’t give a hoot about popular public opinion, I’m doing it my way”

The sandwich in a word is Maaaaarvelous (For my friends at Turks and Caicos who are smiling at this spelling).  It looks ugly at first, but after a few bites, it looks like the prettiest sandwich on the planet.  Thick, plentiful, tender, perfectly spiced slices can convert any purists out there.  One of the most delicious sandwiches I ever had in NYC, and I’ve had many.

These guys are no strangers to the art of smoked meats.  This is the sibling duo behind Ducks Eatery which I first tried a few years back at the Grub Street Food Festival.  Harry and Ida are their great grandparents who inspired this masterpiece.  There are more reasons to go back.  Like the much talked about hot dog, or the smoked eel.  But if they ask me that second question again, “would you like to try our pastrami”, how can I?

Harry & Ida’s Meat and Supply Co.
189 Avenue A (East 11/12)
$$

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Arco Café – A Taste of Sardinia on UWS

Arco Cafe CrabThe little joys in life.  Walking in Central Park, conversing with a three year old again, eating ice cream on a hot day, watching an entire show with your kids without an erectile dysfunction commercial these days, and stumbling upon a restaurant without any prior research and having a good meal.  What?  Ziggy?  Are you ill?  Did you forget to pick a place prior to your visit to Central Park North.  That’s very unlikely of you.  Oh I did pick a place alright, but it just happened to be in East Village for a stop on the drive back.  A change of plans as we felt like eating right there and then, and so this little gem was discovered.

Upper West Side has always been a culinary wasteland in my mind compared to other neighborhoods, but that notion is based on history rather than present times.  The truth is anything past 75th street is pretty much a foreign area to me.  And if I’m driving anywhere near there, it usually means I’m on my way out of town.  So finding something rather good in that part of the woods felt satisfying and refreshing.  Like finding an authentic Peruvian on the Venice Beach Boarwalk last month.  Or perhaps the hummus obsessed inner Ziggy read it a Acco, a town in North Israel boasting some of the best hummus on the planet

Arco Cafe

Courtesy of Arco Cafe

Arco is one of those places where you need to pay special attention to the specials board.  The only thing better than menus?  No menus.  Something Yogi Berra who passed yesterday might say (RIP).  Arco has a menu of course as its almost impossible to be without one in NYC unless your name is Momofuku Ko.  But its the board that’s got the freshest, most exciting goodies.  Like the pasta special that looked like Strozzapretti with eggplant and dry ricotta.  Or the expertly cooked soft shell crab which was sitting on this simple but addictive string bean salad.  Swordfish, a fish I’m not fond of.  While this swordfish did not rock my world and turned me into a fan, I found it more enjoyable and not as dry as others I tried in the city.

Malloreddus is small Sardinian Cavateli.  The only other Malloreddus I’ve had was at Mercato in Hell’s Kitchen, a place that has more things in common with Arco.  This Malloreddus was topped with a sausage ragu and tomato sauce that will convert any “red sauce” haters.  No complaints about the Caprese nor the Fritto Misto (more great spicy red sauce).  The only dish I would not order again is the Gnocchi which was the fresh, super soft kind (I prefer a tougher texture), but that’s just personal preference.  I’m guessing its a good idea to stick to the Sardinian stuff here.  Desserts were good.

Arco is the type of neighborhood place that needs to be cherished. Very often we eat at places that make us feel like we just ate at a corporation (I’m looking at you Casa Mono) that only cares about serving you as soon as possible in order to free your table.  While family owned places like Arco, Mercato, and Bar Pitti, whether you agree or disagree with their tactics sometimes, have more of a personality, more personable, and understand how to make you happy.  Check out Arco!

Arco Cafe
886 Amsterdam Ave
$$$
Recommended Dishes: Malloreddus, Specials
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Three Days in San Francisco

NOPA

NOPA

This post was supposed to be a lot better, and longer.  Instead of eating our way through the famous Ferry Building Farmers Market, we spent the time struggling with United Airlines reps who cancelled our flight at the last minute. “But mam, you don’t understand, we need to be there for the Roti Roti Porchetta, and something called Loco Moco, 6 hours from now.  I’m a famous food blogger and this is perhaps my last chance for a Loco Moco, whatever that is”.  No dice!  No Ferry Building Market for us.  But we managed, persevered, and even made it to the Ferry building eventually.

Its been 15 years between visits for us.  Last time it was the sardines, the wine, and the rise of the female chef.  While this time it was the burrito, Carne Cruda and Full House.  Yes, this time with Full House obsessed kids who needed to see every FH site including the house, the painted ladies, and famous Stamos arrest sites.  The Painted Ladies thing totally fooled me I must say, due to my daily proximity to this scene in Times Square.  I just wasn’t expecting buildings.  And as I was admiring these beauties, I couldn’t help but shed a tear for the last two goldfish Ziggy Jr and Ziggy Jr Jr who tragically committed suicide while enduring all these Full House hours in that room

San Francisco food scene is undeniably good.  Farm to Table concept doesn’t exists here because its pretty much assumed.  Chefs enjoying easier access to raw materials and longer seasons.  “Its easier to cook here” is what I keep hearing from SF chefs.  Its one decent Uzbek away from a town I could actually live in (I kid, I kid.  It can also use a few Sri Lankan, Isan, and Georgian).  Lets begin our tour…Chinatown

New York City has anywhere between 5-10 Chinatowns depending on when you read this.  On average a Chinatown is added every 4 years, like the World Cup.  But none of them are like the San Francisco Chinatown, the oldest in the nation.  You got the fun and touristy for a reason Grant Street and the surrounding alleys.  And once you feel like you had enough, you can move one block over to Stockton Street where the local Chinese actually shop, perhaps the real Chinatown if you will.

Eastern Bakery - Coffee Crunch CakeEastern Bakery is believed to be the oldest bakery in Chinatown.  Inside it appears that not much has changed with its ancient feel and boasting of a Bill Clinton visit while he was still president.  I love this kind of old school.  While the pork buns failed to impress (not many do), the Coffee Crunch cake made up for it and then some.  Then there was The Fortune Cookie Factory, which was a revelation of sorts.  Eating these babies fresh is like eating lobster in Maine.  You can even personalize your Fortune Cookie with notes you can write yourself like “This was not Chicken”.  But why on earth in a seemingly family friendly place like this they would feature X-rated fortune cookies.

I wish I could tell you about the wonderful egg tarts of the infamous Golden Gate Bakery but they were on vacation.  Apparently they surprise close so much, there’s a website devoted to it.  Although the track record of the site screams for another site to tell you if the other site works or not.Fortune Cookie Factory

Perbacco tajarinOur love affair with everything Piedmont has landed us in Perbacco.  A semi-classy, sprawling, corporate joint in the Financial District.  They make their own Culatello which is a bonus but the highlights of the Salumi Misti pretty much stopped there.  Carne Cruda featuring hazelnuts and quail egg was outstanding.  The pillowy Agnolotti dal Plin had that pleasant explosiveness one can expect from Agnolotti, but I couldn’t help but wonder how they taste with plain butter.  The Tajarin was eggy and  buttery alright but the ragu fell a little flat.  The Stracci with the rabbit ragu, peppers and anise was more like it, the star of the pasta course.Perbacco - Carne Cruda

Our first wow moment however came the next day, NOPA for brunch.  Or what we call, lunch.  The more brunch I eat the more foreign the concept gets.  NOPA is a sprawling, busy, industrial space that’s efficient and good.  And with those famous Painted Ladies practically next door to boot.  The soft scrambled with cranberry bean succotash was why I go to California to eat every now and then.  The burger was perfection.  We know burgers.  We got PhDs in burger.  This was a good burger.  The famous French toast looks like any other French toast in this picture, but I’ve never had anything like it.  A lot of work involved to reach such richness levels.  Also, these guys don’t mess around with their NOLA like Bloody Marys.  The spiciest one I’ve had.  NOPA is a screaming buy.NOPA - French Toast

But the true envy for me, as in why cant we get this back home, home to 350,000 Mexicans I might add, came at La Taqueria in the Mission District.  Carne Asada Burrito was griddled El Dorado style was some of the tastiest of its kind.  Now I understand.  But what blew me away was the tacos carnitas with heaps of juicy pork goodness.  The flat Horachata can be forgiven with food such as this.  Go!  And while touring the murals, pop in Dandelion Chocolates for some hot coco and perhaps the best S’mores you will ever eat.  We had bigger plans to explore the various latin eateries, but a defective pedal boat in Golden Gate Park changed all that.  80 year old ladies who lunch were passing us, while lunching.
La Taqueria foodDandelion Chocolates S'mores
The biggest mystery we faced, other than guessing if Golden Gate Bakery was open or not on any particular day, was where to eat at Fisherman’s Wharf.  Still a mystery, sort of.  Scoma’s did the trick overall, but felt rather touristy with prices that don’t match the joy (simple Pappardelle Bolognese $26!).  Cioppino and mixed seafood grill were fine, and the crab Louis with shrimp salad was quite good, but I couldn’t help but wonder if I could have gotten a better value from any of the other touristy places aroundScomas Crab Louie
Ferry Building Mushroom storeI was determined to go to the Ferry Building after all, market or no market.  We saw a nice eclectic selection of purveyors, like a modern Chelsea Market, with great water views and clean bathrooms to boot.  I liked the mushroom store guys, who grow it all, including beautiful Maitake (hen of the woods).  The olive oil folks had a nice selection to sample including cheap “Traditional Modena Balsamic Vinegar”, high potential for false advertisement.  But since we weren’t hungry we settled for Humphry Slocombe ice cream and its creative gelato like textures and flavors.  Secret Breakfast was brilliant, and “Toast and Jam” even brillianterMushroom store
 At SOMA Eats in SOMA, we enjoyed breakfast with local SOMAliers.  Healthier, well prepared only in SOMA options like Breakfast Burrito, egg and salmon sandwich with SOMA coffee, and SOMA Orange juice.  We liked SOMA eats.  (memo to NYC, SF and anyone else who is listening.  How about giving neighborhoods real names).

Cockscomb artOur last meal turned out to be a doozy.  Cockscomb had potential to be strike two.  Of things I’m not supposed to Google from work.  Camelback mountain somehow became strike one.  Playful, inventive menu with an emphasis on buthery stuff.  Or in the case of the splendid beef heart tartare, mostly unwanted butcher stuff.  Personal relationships with well respected local farms and butchers enables Cockscomb to strive in what appears to be a not so happening location.  The grilled cheese sandwich with egg, one their most popular items, was a fine rendition.  Calamari stuffed with risotto, came with an “I can’t believe this is not Hummus” chickpea spread.  The Bacon Chop, a glorious cut with the pork belly attached, was a revelation of sorts.  Juiciness levels I haven’t seen since the college days.  From pork chops that is.  We liked the Zampini.  Nicely spiced pork and fennel sausage with corn and shishito salad.  But our favorite perhaps was the simple brilliance of the Culotte, a sirloin cap cooked to medium rare perfection.  And when you finish with a rare Panna Cotta that doesn’t suck, you know you are in the right place.  Cockscomb – worth googling, worth going out of the way for.Eastern BakeryLa Taqueria Burrito

La Taqueria

La Taqueria

Dandelion Chocolates

Cockscomb Pork

Cockscomb Pork

Cockscomb Panna Cotta

Cockscomb Panna Cotta

Cockscomb

Cockscomb

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Tourist in My Own Town – Day 1

Work, work, and more work preventing me from posting as of late. Send letters to my bosses, please. Meanwhile I’m reposting the first day of our staycation last year… aka the summer of Ziggy! With links to the rest of the days at the bottom of the post. I’ll be back soon starting with a mega post on San Francisco dining. Ciao for now

Eating With Ziggy

photo (9)There’s very little doubt as to what is my 12 year old’s favorite store in the entire world.  M&M’s World. Whenever we enter the store, her eyes bulge, and she’s not sure what area to hit first.  She’s like a kid in a candy store!  In a way, I felt similar symptoms when I found myself kidless for 9 days for the first time in 14 years.  There’s only one thing I love more than exploring NYC with my beautiful daughters.. exploring without them.  Although I normally feel free to eat wherever I want, this is a brand new level of culinary freedom, with endless wants and possibilities.  Instead of skipping town, Mrs Z and I decided to stay put and play tourists.  We wanted the real Australian tourist experience which includes staying in a trendy hotel, complaining about hotel A/C noise, and taking pictures of squirrels.  Day 1 out of 4…

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Red & Gold Boil – Boat to Village

Red & Gold Boil Red CrabI personally subscribe to the popular notion of “Happy wife, happy Ziggy”.  It took me years to understand what it meant exactly.  So when she comes home one day with an odd demand like “I feel like crabs”, I don’t even question the oddity.  I ask my friends at Chowhound where are the crabs before Mrs Z and I even finish the conversation.  I can multitask!  Especially when it comes to conversations about someone’s work or school.  When my kids finally, after a significant amount of begging, open up and tell me about their school, my thoughts go something like “Hmmm, this is significantly less exciting than I imagined”.  Followed by impure thoughts about pizza.  Anyway, the so called friends on Chowhound recommended some places to get crabs, including of course Ashley Madison.  But I opted to go with Red & Gold Boil in the East Village even though its pretty much the middle of crab season at Ashley Madison

Red & Gold from the outside on pedestrian busy St Marks looks more like another playful Ramen spot rather than a seriously good crab joint.  Inside, I havent even peeked or leaked so dont know.  We took advantage of a perfect day and grabbed a table outside.  Opened about a year ago, when the owners of a four boat flee exporting crabs to China decided to let New Yorkers join in on the fun.  And oh what fun it is.

Red & Gold Boil Dungeness

The crab is boiled with other goodies such as corn, mussels, potatoes, sausages, shrimp, squid, and all presented to you with added spaghetti bonus in a bag that can keep things warm according to my rough estimate for 3 weeks.  In fact it was so hot that in order to peel the shrimp without second degree burns you would need to take it out of the bag and let it to cool for about 10 minutes.  Why did we order another bag of shrimp, only god knows.  I would advice no to do so, and concentrate on what they do best here, sweet, meaty, messy crab.

Many years ago when Mrs Z and I lived in South Florida, we used to frequent a crab house for baskets of garlicky golden Florida crab.  We would get a bib and a wooden hammer, partly to beat the crap of the crab, and partly beat the crap of the table when someones birthday was announced.   Imagine 250 people pounding simultaneously on their tables until your ears bleed.   Ahhh, good times.  The love for crab never went away, but we very rarely do anything about it.  I call it the Family Guy affect.

We started with a catfish, fried to flaky perfection, along with overly garlicky but who cares waffle fries, and ok raw oysters.  The waffles and catfish are part of a

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$13 app special.   The seasonal $40 Dungeness crab that I was struggling to find on the west coast last month was the bomb!  Only to get slightly outstaged by the slightly sweeter $25, always available red Maryland Crab.  Bib and gloves are provided, and you might as well put your phone on do not disturb.  Not only you’ll be busy for a while but you will get so dirty that you wont be able to take out the phone from your man purse.  All the other items in the bag are just there to give you something to chew on between the cracking.  Like Crab amuse bouches.  All washed down with my new favorite Japanese beer, Hitachino Nest.  Another great find in where else, East Village.  GO!

Red and Gold Boil
30 St Marks Pl
$$$
Recommended Dishes: Crab, preferebly red, or goldRed & Gold Boil Oysters

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Bruno Pizza – Don’t Judge a Book by its Name

Bruno Pizza flukeIf you pass on this post because of the name, you may want to hang on a little longer.  But first I would like to present to you this very related Ziggy’s Guide to Tipping in NYC:

1.  If the service has been stellar – Tip 20% (on top of the tax, before tax is up to you)

2.  If the service has been a little less than stellar – Tip 20%

3.  If your water hasn’t been filled on time, your food hasn’t arrived on a timely basis, and no one asked you if you like your food – Tip 20%

4.  If your server made numerous errors with your order, hasn’t smiled the entire time, and looks rather stressed out – Tip 20%

5.  If the servers made you feel uncomfortable and unwelcomed the entire time, to the point of never returning – Tip 20%

6.  If the server along with another server collaborate to follow you to the bathroom, blindfold and kidnap you via the back alley, lock you in an apartment for 15 days and let you watch nothing but Full House reruns before leaving you in the middle of a bear infested forest naked – Tip 15%.  Yes, this is where I draw the line

Why then Ziggy?  Why do you recommend tipping 20% no matter what?  Because this is their salary.  Because the servers are humans like me and you.  Humans who make mistakes.  Because if you make a mistake at your line of work, your salary most likely doesn’t take a hit.  Because people can have bad days.  Because there are other workers relying on this tip.  I can explain much further but this post is not about that.  It’s about one of a handful of places in NYC that ditched the tipping practice completely, while charging a fixed 20% “administrative fee” (no tipping allowed).  I give them Kudos for that and I hope others follow suit.  Its just that over the years tipping has become sort of automatic.  And the more you eat the more you understand the ins and outs of running a restaurant and the reasoning behind bad daysBruno Pizza Eggplant

Bruno Pizza would have gotten major props even if they allow tips.  The food is much more creative than the name implies.  The name sucks!  I don’t know how else to put it.  Its one notch less generic than Rays.  “Not Another Bruno” would have made more sense

But let me tell you how much I loved this place.  It was on the radar since they opened, but leaped to the top of the mental queue when an Italian chef I respect told me to go.  They just got their liquor license and already featuring an impressive drink menu including a few beers on draft (liked the Italian one, didnt like the San Francisco one, forget the names).  The place has a funky, east villagy, minimalistic, rustic look.  Very loud.  Space between tables… maybe good enough for a Jenner, but definitely not a Kardashian.  As for the food…

Bruno PizzaFairytale Eggplant – More like Fairytale Eggplant and Shishito peppers.  A fairytale perhaps because they make them so meaty, and great tasting?  Comes with this mild black cashew paste which makes the dish resemble a squid ink mess after a few minutes.  Get this!

Fluke – Stunning all around, look and flavor.  Quinoa grains puffed and boosted with Tapioca add a coffee like flavor to the fluke.  A few uni pieces add more color but I would gladly sub them for one more killa fluke piece.  Need more cowbell, and fluke.

Margherita Pie – Good.  Not as wildely different as I was expecting after reading about the pizza elsewhere.  Just a little different texture, chew and a kinda whole wheaty flavor.

Nduja (pizza) – Thats more like it.  Nduja (spicy pork) with cauliflower which adds a nice crunch.  Great tasting pie

Cavatappi – Excellent.  Like fat Gramigna, or supersized curly elbows, with collard greens, smoked bone marrow, breadcrumbs, bacon and clams, all work nicely togetherBruno Pizza nduja

Grayson-Agnolotti.  The glaring miss of the night.  Its 5 tiny ravioli with light cream sauce, chanterelles, squash and hazelnuts.  Ok flavor, with hazelnut bringing unnecessary sweetness, and Agnolotti that has no resemblance to any agnolotti I’ve ever seen.  But the main issue is the size.  It would be tiny even as an appetizer, but priced as a main ($22)

Desserts –  This is where that brilliance is really showing off for me. Two items on the menu currently and both outstanding and very creative.  The rose gelato is made on the spot, and its so airy and fresh. It comes dusted with powder they make from lovage (that comes on the Margherita as well), and a berry compote thats not overpowering.  The peach sherbert was equally great, especially the accompanied plum merengue.

Kicking myself for not bringing the big boy camera for this one, but oh well.  Highly recommend Bruno Pizza.  One of my favorite new restaurants of the year

Bruno Pizza
204 E 13th St
$$
Recommended Dishes: Fairytale Eggplant, Fluke, Nduja, Cavatappi, both desserts

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Two for Tuesday (LA): Peru and Israel

El HuariqueWelcome to Two for Tuesday™, a new column on EWZ, featuring two places that well represent another city, state, or country.  For the time being Two for Tuesday will be featured on the 1st Tuesday of every September.  But I may increase productivity if I get enough likes.  This one is for my LA readers (both of them).  We’ve been to LA many times, so its about time I write a little something about this wonderful little town where no one walks anywhere except to/from rehab, and everyone looks like the cast from Baywatch

El Huarique – Venice

Eclectic Venice Beach –  Tourists, hipsters, beautiful people, homeless, muscles, homeless hipster, Venice Beach got it all.  But finding good eats at places like this is like catching Miley Cyrus wearing pants.  So imagine my surprise when I found this hole in the wall that was some of the best simple Peruvian food I ever ate.  The Lomo Saltado, a Chinese like beef and veggie stir fry was on point.  The rotisserie chicken which the Peruvians do so well was seasoned to perfection and quite impressive overall.  Mrs Ziggy was especially taken by the Papa a la Huancaina, a boiled potato in a beautifully spiced cream sauce.  The ceviche did not disappoint.  This is a take-out place with maybe 6 or so seats as you can see, but oh boy what a hidden gem in Venice.El Huarique Lomo Saltado El Huarique Chicken El Huarique Ceviche

Itzik Hagadol – Encino

I saw a medium Igor, but “Big Itzik” or “Big Isaac” was nowhere to be found.  The food though spoke volumes.  Big sprawling family friendly place dishing out simple traditional Israeli  goodies.  One of those “I wish we would have this in NY” moment.  I can think of plenty of small falafel places, and larger haute Israeli, but nothing like this, where you can just come in announced with 15 of your closest friends.  Hummus with mushrooms was especially noteworthy among the starters.  Falafel tasted like proper falafel.  Good quality lamb chops, chicken kebabs (aided by a homemade s’chug.  Ask for it) and schnitzel.  They make their own Mititei, a Moldovan/Romanian kebab made of ground mixed meat.  This one was of the heftier, juicier kind.  Some Eastern European influence perhaps by medium Igor.

El Huarique – Venice
1301 Ocean Front Walk, Venice

Itzik Hagadol
17201 Ventura Blvd, Encino

Itzik Hagadol Hummus Itzik Hagadol Lamb chops Itzik Hagadol Salads

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