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Good Girl Dinette

Posted in Road trip on July 24, 2009 by junkfoodie

Our next stop on our recent LA trip was the Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park. it’s a bit out of the way, but it was 3 weeks old or so when we went, and bills itself as ” american diner meets vietnames comfort food”. How could we NOT try it? It’s a spare, industrial looking place with large plate glass windows in front. It has the original wooden beams and planks, and you could imagine the place once being an old sweat shop or wholesale butcher or something like that. I mean this in a good way. It is not too easy to see at night, as when we went the awning was still rolled up and in a box inside.

 

While perusing the menu, we had their house-made pop ($3.50). Fresh squeezed lime, oranges or grapefruit mixed with spakling water. the lime and the grapefruit were both refreshing, and not too sweet. We ssetlled on starters of Fresh Spring Rolls ($6.25), Chicken Imperial Rolls ($5.50) and Rice Cakes with Crispy Scallion Tofu ($4.50). Interesting, but you’ve probably had better versions of the Spring rolls and Imperial rolls elsewhere.

 I had the chicken curry ($10) served with rice and seasonal greens. Again, just okay. One thing that was better than okay was the Pint-Sized Pho ($5). The pho were floating in a terrific chicken brith, which was more flavorful than any I’ve had made with chicken. If I return, I’m definitely having the large order of Grandma’s Pho ($9), which is, presumably, a larger portion of the Pint-sixed pho.

I really like the concept here, but it’s more of a lunch or snack place than a dinner spot. There didn’t seem to be anything I’d like to order for dinner. It’s perfect for the meal after dinner though. (What, you don’t eat a meal after dinner?)

 

Good Girl Dinette 110 North Avenue 56 Highland Park, CA 90042 (323)257.8980

back in action: SoCal edition

Posted in Road trip on July 24, 2009 by junkfoodie

It’s been a while since my last post, mostly due to laziness and technical difficulties. I recently switched over from my longtime Treo to an iPhone, and during the transition, I lost a lot of the photos taken on my travels. the good news is that I recently was able to recover the shots, AND the iPhone takes much cleaner photos. Here are a few posts from a semi-recent trip to LA.

We had a lot of great experiences on this last roaad trip, but none better than our trip to Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen Restaurant in Inglewood. Now, if you’ve been to this this neighborhood near the LA Forum, you know that Soul Food is not that uncommon. I’ve had my share of Soul Food, but I think what makes this place stand out was the friendliness of the staff there. The place is a small, homey place with a steam table and counter on one side, and 4-5 tables in the rest of the place. The windows look out onto Manchester Boulevard and all the sights that come with the neighborhood. the staff welcomed us like we were family, and the older gentleman with the gold chains happily rearranged seats and cheerfully moved some diners into other tables so our party could sit together. He was very chatty, and without verbalizing it seemed to think ” What in the hell made you come down to the ‘hood at this time of night to eat here?”

The answer was simple. Oxtails. too bad they were out that night, so I settled for the short ribs ($15.95). All dinners come with three sides, so I opted for the collard greens, candied yams and black eyed peas. Others in our group had the fried chicken ($11.99) and smothered chicken ($11.99) with sides of mac & cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and okra and red beans. The food was pretty good and the portions were generous for sure. the fried chicken was just average with a mildly seasoned crust hanging onto the juicy meat beneath. Very good, but not terrific. There are several desserts, including a house made peach cobbler and banana pudding, and some interesting looking brought-in cakes and pies. When we were there, I saw sweet potato pie, pineapple coconut cake, red velvet cake, 7up cake and german chocolate cake. I can’t attest to the quality, as we passed on dessert here as we planned to head elsewhere for that.

 All in all, a fun experience, definitely worth the money. They are open for “late-night supper from 8-10PM on Tuesday through Thursday, and 8-11PM Friday and Saturday. Otherwise they are open 7days a week for lunch 11-4 and dinner 4-8. Check it out if you are nearby. .Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen 202 E.Manchester Blvd. Inglewood, CA 90302 (3100671-3345