Everson Royce Bar
Monday’s are FREE fries with your cheeseburger. The fries are oddly reminiscent of McD’s. That is not a bad thing!
Cheeseburger. The minimalist. Not the best looking burger, but man this is pure beefy flavor.
Damn! My oh my! OMG! Good Lord!
These biscuits are really really good. Probably the best damn biscuits I ever had. Let me try and put it into words…crust, the exterior has a nice crunch but the interior is airy, these are hot straight from the oven served with some honey butter, it’s like a cousin of a French pastry, it’s just good man. Omakase me. This is some Gandalf Dumbledore level wizardy that went into making this.
Hui Tou Xiang
The Kimchi so damn good that Koreans come down here to buy. Subtle sweetness against the chile, garlic, and vinegar notes. If I wasn’t going to hit some golf balls in Ktown I would have bought a few jars home! Not sure if the sweet auntie I spoke to was the owner, but she said in Dongbei where she is from has a Korean population (or Koreans of Chinese descent).
These were happily refilled.
Seaweed and Cucumber apps. The price is a little more but makes up for it in quantity. All solid, but to my disappoint, Auntie said in Mandarin to me that she had to take out the garlic because of all the lao-wai’s and that actually she gets lots of lao-wai customers now. Thanks Lao-Wai’s this cucumber dish is suppose to be garlicky, vinegary, soy-y, and chile-y.
Pork Hui Tou’s. Other than the shape it tastes just like what a pork potsticker should be. Don’t get me wrong it is tasty. I like the stickers with a little more crisp.
Tomato Egg Noodle. Mmmm this is some straight up Grandma food. Order it!
Here’s a tip, I pretty much always order “vegetarian” at a Northern place. The 2 most popular fillings:
-Chinese leeks, egg, and tiny pieces of noodle
-Mushrooms, carrots, cabbage, and other stuff I can’t name at the moment.
Lao Wai’s tend to overlook the veggie options. Skip the XLB’s and get the veggie dumps.
Even better ask your SGV friends if they know a granny or auntie who makes veggie dumplings (and other fillings) as a side business.
Those underground operations will blow your mouth and tastebuds away.