Greetings From The West – Day 1

Greetings from far away DinnerCakes HQ! Chef Edwin reporting to you on the road to Phoenix. Day one was pretty rockin’. I picked up Krissy, my travel partner, Tuesday morning and we went to get some grub (priorities). We’ve agreed on a no-franchise policy so we ended up driving around Hawthorne for some tempting looking eateries. We found a place that roughly translated to “my favorite taco” which amused us immensely, so we decided to try that. Unfortunately, my LA driving skills are somewhat lacking and we ended driving around it several times trying to figure out how to actually get into its parking lot. We then found some place called Mi California, with the i’s replaced with palm trees. We had a good feeling about that, which was confirmed by our waitresses’ limited English vocabulary (that is always a good sign).
Wet Burrito

We got chips with salsa and some bean dip which was really a light-ish chili. The salsa was very fresh and the chili was a great combination of beans and beef for a dip. They had this special for the day, a wet burrito which we both ordered. Steak. Oh yeah, so my vegetarian ways have taken a back seat for this trip. Let’s face it, that’s not an easy lifestyle on the road.
Ruby's DinerRuby's Diner Statue
After after a full day of non-foodie related matters (mission beach, dome imax, etc), it was time for dinner. My not-as-trusty-as-I’d like tour book suggested an enticing place called Corvette Dinner in the downtown area. After circling its alleged block several times, we were disappointed to discover its empty wooden frame. Alas, the Corvette Diner is no more. We were in a diner mood, however (Krissy had a hankering for breakfast), so we eventually found a place called Ruby’s Diner. Pretty cool decor and good food. I had a turkey club which wasn’t anything to write home about, but still good. Their shakes, however, were amazing. I love a good shake and the peanut butter cup I had was a perfect concoction. So thick it collapsed the straw. Mmmm…. We filled up on the shakes so much that I couldn’t finish half our meal. We were ok with that. After a busy day and a filling meal, we lost steam rather quickly and didn’t make it out to sample the nightlife. Instead, we went to the hotel and passed out, looking forward to another day.
Turkey Club
Right now, I’m writing this while on the road to Phoenix, our next destination. We’re still not sure what we’ll be sampling while their, so if any of you have suggestions for Phoenix or Flagstaff, send em my way! Most cities you can’t throw a rock without hitting a place for food, but most of them aren’t worth even considering. We want the good stuff.
Mmmm, milkshake
That’s all from me for now. I’ll share day two as soon as I get a chance!
Chef Edwin, the traveler!


5 Responses to “Greetings From The West – Day 1”

  1. Jealous! I love it when they give you the extra milkshake in the metal cup. I can has milkshake?

  2. That burrito looks amazing. 🙂

  3. Dweekie says:

    On your way to Phoenix? You can't not go to Heart Attack Grill…. 🙂

  4. Haha – I think what I find most offensive about that Heart Attack Grill place is that the waitresses dress like and are referred to as nurses! Ridiculous!

    Has anyone actually ever been there?

  5. Chef Edwin says:

    Heather, I'll mail it to you. 😛

    The burrito roooocked, although I could not finish it after gorging on chips with chili dip and salsa.

    I may be saying goodbye to my vegetarian ways for now, but I am NOT sliding far enough to go to Heart Attack Grill. You know in Supersize Me where Morgan Spurlock pukes on his first big mac? That would be if I went there.