Classic Eats #4: Vote!

classiceats1Classic Eats #4 is on the 4th — April 4th. Where shall we meet? That is up to you!

Our intrepid tech-meisters are still working on the Metblogs internal polls, so for now please click here to vote for C.E. #4. As before, the time will be determined once a location is chosen. We tend to try and time the event early on a Saturday evening so you can come to Classic Eats then move on to your main evening event.

Click through past the jump for details on all candidates on the ballot.

Hot Dog Death March – Of all the things there are to argue about in LA (eastside/westside, car/bike, subway) nothing seems to get people’s dander up more than Pinks vs. Skooby’s. Will the argument be forever quieted if we all go for a final decision? Hell no. But it could be fun to try. And just to throw that LA curveball, Oki-Dog has been included. (Bring your own Pepto.)

Old Hollywood Cocktails – You’ve driven past Musso & Frank Grill on Hollywood Blvd, you’ve seen it in the movies and it’s been around since 19 freakin’ 19! Have you ever gone in? The Formosa cafe has *only* been around since 1939 and has landmark status.

Musso & Frank Grill
The Formosa Cafe

Giant Donuts – LA is not about subtlety. Hence the donut shops that sport GIANT DONUTS as part of their architecture. Randy’s is near LAX and Donut King II is on Western and was recently visited by a few intrepid Metblog readers/writers. And while the Donut Hole in La Puente fits into this category, it is a bit out of the way. We’ll have to go on a special trip!

Randy’s Donuts
Donut King II

Los Mexicanos – El Cholo was established in 1923 but moved to it’s most famous spot on Western, once the western most boundary of Los Angeles, in 1927. (Western was, back then, truly the West side!) They have been serving Nachos (They claim the first place to make them in LA) and margaritas ever since. Lucy’s El Adobe is more famous for famous people coming there before (and after) they were famous. Jerry Brown and Linda Ronstadt canoodled there, the Eagles when they were mere hatchlings, and many an actor working across the street at Paramount or at Raleigh Studios.

Since the location is a bit far between both these locations, the poll will have you vote for one or the other.

El Cholo
Lucy’s El Adobe

Pasadena Bound – I’ve heard tell of the legendary Pies and Burgers at a place called Pie ‘n Burger. I must admit that any place with a ” ‘N” in the name intrigues me. They’ve been open and in the same spot since 1963. Apparently there is a waitress who’s worked there since they opened! That is loyalty. And despite the name, they do serve much more than just pies and burgers.

Pie ‘n Burger

9 thoughts on “Classic Eats #4: Vote!”

  1. They all sound good, but I am still intrigued by (and terrified of) Oki-Dog. It’s like the durian of the fast food world – despite the horror stories, you just don’t know for sure until you try it.

    Then again, durian really tasted as bad as it smelled…

  2. Will, I think we can make Tommy’s it’s very own Classic Eats Choice in future…then it can stand alone!

    Mr. Hooks, I’m with you. Though I’ve never had durian….

    BTW — hot dog death march is currently in the lead (as of 4:33pm on Wednesday 3/18)

  3. Jeff of Jeff and Donna fame here…
    Pasadena is great, but you hafta throw out more than just P&B. Burger Continental is right there, and it has belly dancing!- too bad it ‘s 90% crap.
    If we have another venue for Pasadena, I’ll consider it…but right now, I’m hoping for Old Hollywood Cocktails (that’s gonna be a pricey night…)

  4. I don’t mean to speak out of turn, but I know the area; here are some other possibilities for pasadena:
    Barney’s Ltd. near Barnes and Noble on Colorado (NOT BARNEY’S BEANERY, never again!): tons of great beers, great apps and walkable to
    Johnny Rockets burgers at Miller’s Alley, which is about ten feet from
    Sushi Roku, which I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about and is kind of posh, but is very close to
    The 35er, which is a raunchy, loud fun place for a beer and game of pool.
    It’s at the far end of Colorado, but we could carpool?

    And I’d like to just correct one thing: Yeah…Burger Continental. The food is, well, fair, for the most part. But they have a full bar, great French Fries, Pita and hummus, and fer cripes sake- they have a LIVE BELLY DANCER. Maybe snack and drink at BC, then Burger and Pie at, you know, Pie and Burger?

  5. Don’t forget, folks, that the idea here is “Classic Eats.” As in “classic Los Angeles eateries.” I’m not sure that Johnny Rocket’s in Pasadena really fits the bill.

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