Ah, what timing! Janet and I ate pancakes at Du-Pars for Thanksgiving last year on our trip to SoCal. Great place!
Were you there in the morning and the pancakes were part of your breakfast or did you order it along with dinner like TTM did? Either way, it was a great call. We were so glad that TTM ordered them, since I would have never thought to do it on my own and we would have missed out.
Our flight arrived Thanksgiving early evening to start our 2-week trip, and we drove the rental car straight to Du-Pars Thanksgiving night! Yup, night-time pancakes! We skipped the featured T-Day turkey. Their pancakes are hard to beat. :) I also skipped the syrup and poured the melted butter on!
Other places we especially enjoyed in SoCal were ....
(Sorry for the lack of photos. This is more of a lisitng, rather than a report.) THE BEST OF THE TRIP
In L.A. County: Pann's.
Very good fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Old 1950s "Googie Style" "California coffee shop" architecture. Apple Pan.
Great burgers. Great apple pie. Chip's.
Hawthorne Blvd. Excellent Breakfast items. Another 1950s Googie style coffee shop. Earl's Doughnuts
. In Chattsworth in the San Fern. Valley. Raised coconut were wonderful. Randy's Doughnuts
. Yes THAT Randy's with the huge doughnut sign ... The touristy one. Yes, Touristy... not tourist trap. Big difference. Very good doughnuts. I grew up on the very good Allie's Donuts in RI, so I know good doughnuts ... at least I think I do. :) Cielito Lindo.
Dowtown L.A. Olivera St. Outdoor walk-up window place known for taquitos and tamales. Both were excellent. Best in San Diego area: Hob Nob Hill.
Great corned beef and cabbage dinner. El Indio.
Wish we spent more time in San Diego. We would have returned here to El Indio several times! Everything was great! Ramona Cafe.
A bit inland from San Diego. We only had dessert there, as we had just finished eating at El Indio about 90 minutes earlier. Very good "boysenberry crunch" pie. Best in Desert area / Coachella Valley: -- Shield's Date Garden.
In Indio. ( a couple towns away from Palm Springs.) Best of the 3 different date shakes we tried. Very good. El Galito.
Cathedral City. (Next to Palm Springs). Very good Mexican. I think I had tacos Mexicanos. The Wheel Inn.
Located at the Cabazon Truck Stop in Cabazon just off I-10. Knwn for banana cream pie, but I had coconut cream pie, and it was one of the best, if not THE best, I've ever had. OKAY, BUT NOT FANTASTIC PLACES WE VISITED -- B&R's Old Fashion Burgers. Mrs. Knott's Chicken Restauarant at Knott's Berry Farm.
This almost made our favorites list, but fell a little short. Fried chicken is what to get there. Harbor House Cafe. Orange Co. Huntington/Sunset Beach) Oasis Date Gardens. Hodad's.
(Ocean Beach. San Diego Co.) This place tends to get reviews that run the exteme form great to hate it. We place it in the middle. Certainly better than the dissapointing In 'N' Out, but not fantastic. The Cottage.
(La Jolla. SD Co.)
Now, the Biggest DISAPPOINTMENTS ... In 'N' Out Burger.
We even tried it twice to see if the first time was an anomaly, given it has so many supporters. Both times, the 2 of us agreed the burgers were just a notch or two better than a McDonald's burger, (but McDonald's fries are much better). In 'N' Out had some of the worst fries we've ever eaten, and we tried it twice at 2 different locations. The In 'N' Out hype ... we just don't get it. Pink's.
Now THAT place is a tourist trap. At least it seemed that way to us. We waited in line 50-60 minutes with all the other tourists to eat less than mediocre dogs. Glad to have some good east coast dog joints within a reasonable drive of us. Don't waste time there. 'Nuff said. Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles.
It wasn't terrible. It just didn't live up to the hype. It was just medicocre ... not bad .. but not great fried chicken. Mediocre waffles. For much better fried chicken, go to Pann's. Even the fried chicken at Mrs. Knott's at Knott's Berry Farm was better than Roscoe's. But, Pann's was tops for fried chicken. Various fruit smoothies we tried at a few places
.. all disappointing. One was G's Juice
in Playa Del Ray. Another was the Orange Inn
in Laguna Beach (Orange County). There was another place, but can't recall. Maybe we just don't like these massive cups of fruit sugar (yes natural, but still loads of fructose carbs and calories). Wow they hot you in the gut with a TON of sweetness.
Super sweet and just too much of a concentrated carbohydrate hit for our tastes. We also had a blueberry muffin at the Orange Inn and it was mediocre. It's too bad, as the Orange Inn is one of the few remaining RoadFood places that was in the first edition of RoadFood. PLACES ON OUR LIST TO GO, BUT DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME: (We'll hit 'em up next time) Phillipe's. Langer's Deli. John O'Groats. The Original Pantry. Musso and Frank Grill. Galco's Soda Pop Shop. El Tepeyac. Cassell's Hamburgers. Dinah's. Moma's Hot Tamle's Cafe. Los Cinco Puntos. Formosa Cafe
(for cocktails only). Gaffey St. Diner. Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain Huckleberry Cafe and Bakery Tito's Taco's
(per Mar52's recommendation last year) Dutch Oven Bakery. El Campeon
(Orange Co.) La Fachada
(SD Co.) Tacos El Paisa
(SD) Juanitias Taco Shop.
(Encinitas. SD Co.) Julian Pie Company
(Santa Ysabel, SD Co) Mitla Cafe
BuffetBuster - I'm looking forard to seeing which ones you liked or did not like, and see if our likes and dislikes match-up. We're in 100% agreement so far with Du-Par's. 1 for 1.
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