LAZY SUNDAYS: A Weekly Blog Roundup

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Here’s some stuff I didn’t write but I think is hella dope. Take your time to read ’em because it is Sunday fam.

  • The Specialists: Franklin Barbecue. Good Texas BBQ takes time and dedication. I’m not waking up at 1am to write this blog. (Lucky Peach)
  • How The West Coast-Style IPA Conquered The World. YO. WEST COAST IPA INTERNATIONAL LIKE DR DRE AND SNOOP. (FirstWeFeast)
  • Food & Sh*t– Sariwa. Seattle Filipino food popup, Food & Sh*t, is hosting a vegan dinner tomorrow night because KRS-ONE. (Food&Sh*t)
  • Making Pies For Pi Day: Think Inside The Circle. Pi Day is over. I’ve had enough of the food porn. But NPR wants your Pi(e) game to step up. (NPR)
  • It’s Time to Kill the Meal Frequency Debate and Just Eat When We’re Hungry. Too many people talking about how many meals to eat. You’re an adult, make choices fam. (Munchies)
  • Phil’s BBQ Expands Meat Empire to Rancho Bernardo. PHILS BBQ BOUT TO TAKE NAMES IN RB. (Eater San Diego)
  • Carl’s Jr.’s New All-Natural Burger Makes The Rest Of Their Menu Look Toxic. What’s the point of having one item that’s “all natural” when the rest of the menu is crap? (Foodbeast)

Great Maple (Dinner Version)– AKA Not Brunch. #breakfasttown

Great Maple

Highlights

Sister restaurant to Hash House A Go Go & Tractor Room.

Right time, right place for dinner service.

Props to parking. *thumbs up emoji*

TBH, need to comeback to checkout breakfast & those Bacon Maple Donuts everyone hypes up.

filed under: searching Bacon Maple Donuts will result here

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Parmesean Portobello Fries with Pesto Aioli.

When you browse through Yelp for brunch I’m confident this pops up in your top 10. When you narrow the search into Hillcrest, this will stack up with those other juggernauts of brunch (Snooze & Hash House A Go Go) simply for the bacon maple donuts. You’ve probably seen it on your feed (#greatmaple). But on a true restaurant level, you have to appreciate that Great Maple is a sister restaurant to Hash House and Tractor Room. I love the chicken & waffles at Hash House and the Buffalo fries at Tractor Room, so it’s really easy to buy into the concept of Great Maple.

TL;DR? YO, WE DIDN’T TRY BACON MAPLE DONUTS CUZ I’M NOT A FAN OF BACON ON DONUTS. BUT THIS PLACE IS DELICIOUS.

It’s easy to see Great Maple on Washington Street coming as it’s signage hangs high above the restaurant like a Denny’s sign, but it’s definitely not. Walking in gives this almost European lodge vibe? I mean the U-T said it, so it’s legit right? Already Great Maple steps outside of its shadows of its sister restaurants with the decor colors and offers its own unique willkommen.

The Parmesan Portobello fries pictured above had that right crisp and spice to it to rival Bottega Louie‘s portobello fries. But when it comes to the main course, if I wasn’t going to fuck with any bacon I’m gonna mess with pork. The pork came out on some roasted potatoes with and semi-sweet glaze which all went easy with a Saint Archer Blonde.

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Grilled Pork Chop

The pork chop was really good, but not memorable. Whisknladle is still on my top-tier pork chop list, but I reluctantly want to try the bacon maple donuts– only for research purposes.

Their pie selection catches my attention more than donuts I could cop at Donut Bar or some obscure donut shop off the block. The sandwiches and seafood stand out for the next go around, but maybe not a dinner service again. I guess there is a reason why the feed blows up every Sunday with #nofilter pictures of bacon maple donuts. The foods good here, and there’s nothing wrong here. SD just knows about #breakfasttown.

Great Maple
1451 Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 255-2282
 

To All My Island Native Fam

Chamorro Grill

Highlights

The only Chamorro-style cuisine in San Diego proper aka plate lunch.

Red rice and chicken kelaguen.

Bathroom round back, bro.

You’ll know you find it when you see Hafa Adai and/or Fokai stickers.

filed under: island time, good thing it’s not considered East County

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To be honest, it’s hard to come with this post. It’s the same feeling when folks try to describe Guamanian/Chamorro-style food to a newbie. What is it? Even popular Hawaiian food directory, ILoveMusubi.com, has Chamorro Grill listed as one the places to eat. So I guess you gotta start there. Because of colonization Chamorro cuisine is like Hawaiian cuisine, a mashup of different cultures that have come through the island including Spanish, Micronesian, and a bit Filipino too.

So there’s that tough intro.

Chamorro Grill isn’t anybody’s secret. It probably shouldn’t by now since it’s been open in the Grantville area since 2009. I don’t exactly remember when I started rolling through, but do I have a soft spot for Chamorro food because of long breaks between classes at San Diego State up the hill forced me to try other options off campus.

The main reason to drop by is to have Guam’s signature dish– red rice and chicken kelaguen (pictured above). Red rice isn’t spicy-hot by the looks of it, nor does it have Spanish flavor. Chicken kelaguen is basically chopped grilled chicken marinated in pepper and lemons. Like hella lemons. Like you have to chop down the lemon tree in your backyard.

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Honestly, I feel like the chicken kelaguen is the most consistent item on the menu. Obviously also had the barbecue beef too, but I’ve had it a few times where I haven’t gotten as much or the flavor’s been bland.

Don’t be shocked that there are non-Chamorro items on the menu like lumpia. It just comes with the territory of being brown and serving brown people food to those who are unfamiliar with the cuisine.

Chamorro Grill
6628 Mission Gorge Rd Ste C
San Diego, CA 92120

To Liquid Swords. Mother Fucker

Nolbu Eat and Drinks

Highlights

Small, but killin the customer service game.

San Diego’s best korean wings. I put that on.

American craft beer on tap and the guys are IPA aficionados.

The smallest parking lot on Convoy.

Don’t expect Min Sok Chon

filed under: Underrated like Clipse circa ’02.

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Convoy has the most Korean spots in San Diego. This happens to be one of them, but the flip is that Nolbu is super underrated. If you would have an AP Top 25 Poll for Convoy Restaurants, this place would be on the list receiving votes. And I would be that lone vote.

There are reasons to justify the need to not want to drop in. First of all, this place is hidden as fuck. Considering the amount of restaurants in Clairemont Mesa and specifically on Convoy, this “gastropub” doesn’t do much to stand out. It’s really just a pub, no gastronomy and technical culinary dishes involved. Just a random irk. Second, this place has weird hours. Sometimes they’re open at 6p, sometimes 5:30p and stay late until 12a, sometimes 11:30p, once in a while 2:00a.

Set aside the hiccups, just stfu and drink. Then after two drinks, eat.

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These guys said fuck the traditional cuisine and catered to people like me– young and drunk, looking for something to satisfy the munchies. I think that’s the way to go on Convoy, especially if they’ve only been open for six months. Pictured are bulgogi fries with a special sprinkle of tater tots underneath. When browsing through the menu, like I said further up top, concentrate on your gut feeling.

I recommend the Korean spicy wings. You know I’ve been looking for a new spot in SD, and I think I found it here. Bulgogi can use work, but whatever. Drinks? Traditional or craft brew, but be wary of the watermelon soju.

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These guys do the drunk food well, because they know once they got you with the soju first thing on your mind isn’t rice. Don’t come in expecting Min Sok Chon. This is more like your Korean homie in high school who you shared 40s with. 

Nolbu Eat and Drinks
4633 Convoy St Ste 102
San Diego, CA 92111

OC Adventures: One Star Pizza & Chicken

One Star Pizza & Chicken

Highlights

Really though, dabble with the pizza fux with the wings.

How can you say no to drunken family specials?

It’s not going to replace your K-Town Kyochon (LA) or Bonchon (NYC)

filed under: Disneyland Area Eats

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If you drove 90 miles for Disneyland and you want food nearby, the food needs to justify itself.

A quick browse on Yelp produced this spot within a good 10 minutes of Disneyland. Korean chicken wings are good, and friends have brought down Kyochon from LA to San Diego because San Diego lacks in the Korean Wing department. Yeah, there are chicken wings in San Diego, but really  no one has gotten their shit together with K-Chicken Wings. OC/LA has a deeper Korean population, so there are better restaurants that do have their shit together.

One Star Pizza & Chicken shares a small plaza off Euclid in the real, non-Disneyfied Anaheim. I’m confident you will miss this spot on the first try, so if you don’t feel comfortable with neighborhoods that haven’t been gentrified yet, then keep it moving. Their logo is a chicken serving pizza and beer, you really can’t miss it.

Fux with the wings and a small pizza. Don’t get the bulgogi pizza. Your head reads savory, sweet, maybe delicious. You’ll end up with a confused face while grubbing on wings.

They serve a cabbage and corn slaw topped with a spicy thousand island complementary with the wings. If you want to try the kinda-not-really Korean fusion pizza, go for it. Stay small if you’re on the fence. This place gets the Korean wing craving down, but they’re definitely not Kyochon or Bonchon. Also keep this place in mind instead of BBQ Chicken at the Diamond & Jamboree plaza.

No body aint got time to wait for your 85° shit.

One Star Pizza & Chicken
821 N Euclid St Ste B
Anaheim, CA 92801
(714) 956-0077