We often go to movies at the Los Feliz 3. It’s a five-minute drive up Vermont (not counting parking time), it has $4.50 weekend matinees, and it’s relatively small and clean. Plus, it’s still running Juno. But because we were going for lunch beforehand, I did some Yelp-ing, and found Home Restaurant a few blocks away on Hillhurst. And, upon reading that their specialty burger was a tofu burger – not a garden patty burger, but a tofu burger – I picked it as the place to check out while we were at the movies. Last time, it was Superbad and Fred 62, which, while not bad, would probably be better at 1am than it was at 2pm.
We had to cross Hillhurst to get to the restaurant, which wasn’t so bad. It involved some minor leaping over an overflowing gutter, but nothing too bad. Then we were pleasantly surprised when our 30-40 minute wait became a 10 minute wait, during which we had been huddled under a table umbrella outside. Then we were even more pleasantly surprised when the service was fast. Within twenty minutes of sitting down in a cozy corner with cheerful yellow walls, I was working my way through my tofu burger – literally, tofu mashed with spices, on a bun with chipotle sauce – and being happily reminded of the similar creations my mother made when I was growing up. Other people go looking for meat loaf or tuna casserole for comfort foods; I go looking for foods with tofu mashed up in them.
The wet feet happened on the way out. The gutter that we had jumped before had become the size of a small creek, and there was no way I could jump it without slipping. And, to add insult to injury, some jerk in a minivan sped by while I was evaluating the situation, hydroplaned through the edge of the water, and splashed me head to toe. Finally, I jumped, got my right foot hopelessly soaked, and then squelched the three blocks over to Vermont. By that time, the wet right foot was actually kind of funny.
So today, I learned two things. One, that I want to go back and eat more things on Home’s menu. Most of it looked like the kind of West Coast American fare I’m especially fond of – creative salads, ahi tuna burgers, etc. And that it was even worth getting wet feet to find a place that makes a good tofu burger. And two, that I might need galoshes after all, just for days like this when it pours in L.A.