Santa Monica Breakfast: Bru’s Wiffle

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I love breakfast foods. I can’t say that I eat breakfast everyday (because I don’t), but I do take every opportunity to include breakfast ingredients in my day to day meals. Add a sunny side up egg to a rice bowl. Include crispy or candied bacon on a burger, and oh man, have you ever have savory waffles? They’re delicious.

This year William and I traveled to Santa Monica and the highlight of many of our trips is always the food we eat. One restaurant that’s stuck with me is Bru’s Wiffle. A great waffle joint located a few blocks away from the pier.

Restaurant: Bru’s Wiffle

Location: Santa Monica – 2408 Wilshire Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90403

Food Type: Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch

Bru’s Wiffle is a waffle joint that has 2 southern California locations: Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. They use fresh ingredients and everything’s made from scratch. The restaurant serves cute little waffles that are great for kids and they even have gluten free options.

We got to the restaurant just when they opened and were greeted by such nice employees. We sat down and immediately ordered the hash browns stuffed with mozzarella cheese. Although it sounds simple it was absolutely delicious… I’m still trying to figure out how they did it.

William ordered the meat lovers omelette. This ultra filling omelette is made with turkey sausage, pepperoni, bacon, mozzarella cheese & avocado and topped with a blazing sauce. He also ordered a standard waffle as a side. The waffle was delicious but probably not something you would want as a “side item” because it’s just as filling as the omelette.

I’ve saved the best for last. I ordered the Golden Goat waffle. Holy cow, it’s 4 of my favorite food items combined into one breakfast entree. It’s a waffle topped with fried chicken, honey, and goat cheese. I’ll be honest, it’s probably one of the best waffles I’ve ever had!

My hope is to come up with a recipe so that you can recreate this entree at home… It’s not like everyone can just zip over to Santa Monica for breakfast!

If you are ever in the LA area, make sure you check out Bru’s Wiffle. I promise, you will not be disappointed.

 

Falling in Love at Taco Tuesday + Restaurant Review: Takorea

My wonderful husband and I have a very long tradition of what we like to call “Taco Tuesday”. Let’s back track a little bit. If you know William and I personally you know we have a very interesting history. We started dating in high school and through some of college. I broke up with him… We got back together… He then broke up with me… and about a year and a half later (and after we graduated from college) we decided to give our relationship another try. This last time around we stumbled upon our favorite tradition, Taco Tuesday.

At the inception of Taco Tuesday, I was working in Kennesaw and William was working in Smyrna… I was living in Smyrna and William was living in Kennesaw (so complicated). We started meeting up at a conveniently located Los Reyes, a local Mexican Restaurant, after work on Tuesdays and it just stuck. There’s nothing like sitting down at a cheap restaurant filling up on chips and salsa to really bring two people together. There’s no expectations or high standards to set with Mexican food… It’s just good food, and good conversation.

For most, Taco Tuesday just means eating Mexican on a Tuesday which isn’t really a big deal, but for us, Taco Tuesday is how we fell in love (cue sappy sigh and tears). But in all honestly, it’s true. It’s how he and I knew that we were supposed to be together. I typically showed up kind of tired from a long day of work and William always showed up in his Target red and khaki… and it was perfect. Taco tuesday is what we look forward to. Some couples look forward to that weekend jog, others look forward to a night out on the town… We look forward to a booth, great eats, and lots of laughter.

Taco Tuesday has such a special place in my heart. It was actually after a Taco Tuesday date that William proposed to me. We’ve promised each other that the spirit of Taco Tuesday is a must no matter what we face in our lives and our marriage and for the past 2 years we’ve kept the tradition alive. Taco Tuesday is where we share our hearts with each other, talk about current events, and sometimes its where we settle some of our disagreements. You can’t be unhappy sitting across the table from your husband while stuffing your face with a queso covered chimichanga… it’s just not possible.

Currently, both my husband and I have conflicts on Tuesdays nights and our Taco Tuesday has morphed into our international inspired date night. We eat Mexican as often as possible but sometimes we like to switch it up. This week, we went out on a Wednesday evening and tried a local restaurant, Takorea.

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Restaurant: Takorea, Dunwoody

Location: 4474 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody GA 30338

Overall Rating: 9

Price Range: $$ ($11 – $30)

Website: http://www.mytakorea.com/

Click HERE to view the Menu

I’ve been to Takorea’s main location before in Midtown Atlanta so this time we decided to try out their smaller location in Dunwoody! Their food is unique because it’s a morph of Mexican and Korean flavors. It’s easy to get to and has such a great atmosphere. Menu items range from $2.80 – $10.50. There is an extensive drink menu as well.

We arrived at the restaurant around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and were greeted enthusiastically. The employee at the font counter told us all of the day’s specials and helped us understand everything on the menu. table

The Tacos

The tacos are great here! I’ve had a few different kind at the midtown location. William ordered one of the specials – It was a sweet and sour chicken taco. It was nice and crunchy, and tasted great!

The Fries

Takorea’s Sesame French Fries are some of the best fries out there. They are crunchy, have a perfect sesame flavor and are served with a side of chipotle ketchup (heavenly)! They served them in a Chinese takeout box so they get extra points for the cuteness factor.

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The Bowls

Both William and I both ordered Bibim-Bop’s which are Takorea’s take on the Bibimbap. I ordered mine with the Kimchi Fried rice and beef. William ordered his with beef as well but opted for the plain rice. These bowls are HUGE and super filling. We both had enough to take home and eat for lunch the next day. The beef is tender and delicious and I love the flavor of the Kimchi fried rice.

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RATINGS

ATMOSPHERE: 9  – The atmosphere for the restaurant was great, especially on a spring or summer day. There’s a large patio that is an extension of the restaurant. There are a few TVs and quite a few fans. The music was old school rock and was playing at a perfect level that did not encroach on our conversation. We went during the height of pollen season and I was impressed with how clean they were able to keep the outdoor area.service

Taste: 9 – The food is delicious. My only warning is that this might not be the place for you if you can’t handle unique flavors. Our food arrived very quickly and our server was extremely nice! service

Service: 9 – Great service. We were greeted by a friendly employee. It was our first time at this location so she helped us maneuver the menu since it is different than the midtown location. Our food came out exactly as we ordered and they were helpful with clearing our extra plates from our table.service

Overall: 9. We really enjoyed the restaurant and love that we can enjoy Takorea’s delicious food without having to tackle the parking and traffic issues at the midtown location. We will be back for sure!service

Restaurant Review: Savory Seafood at Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar

Restaurant: Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar

Location: 230 Hammond Dr NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Overall Rating: 8.5

Price Range: $$ ($11 – $30)

Website: http://tincanfishhouse.com/

Click HERE to view the Menu


William and I have a standing tradition of having a dining out date night at least once a week. Most weeks that date night is our “Taco Tuesday” which takes place on any night of the week but always at a Mexican restaurant. Every once in a while we switch up our dining out date night and try a new restaurant. Recently we decided to try something new and ended up at Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar.

Photo via Urban Spoon

Tin Can Fish House & Oyster bar is located in Sandy Springs, Georgia just outside of the 285 Perimeter (Roswell Road area). We visited on a Thursday night and arrived around 6:00 PM. Upon arrival (to a relatively empty restaurant) we were enthusiastically greeted and quickly seated. Our server arrived just after were were seated and immediately took our beverage order.

After our drinks arrived we ordered raw oysters that arrived within 5 minutes of the order being placed. While we were eating our oysters we put in our entree orders and they arrived just after we finished the appetizer.

It was amazing how quickly the restaurant began to fill up with guests. We noticed that almost everyone who was eating at the restaurant ordered the raw oysters as well. By time we left, the restaurant was very full and it was nice to see the range in demographics of the people eating there.

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The Oysters

My husband and I have been craving oysters on the half shell so we were excited to see them on the menu here. They were delicious, and nicely shucked. They were served with a house cocktail sauce and saltine crackers. A dozen cost $15.00. There are other seasoned options for oysters on the menu if raw isn’t your thing. The oyster sizes were not consistent. It would have been nice if a few of them were a little bigger… but all together, they were just what we were craving.

The Entrees

Fried Oyster Basket: The oysters were fried to perfection and seasoned just right. They were not oily and the batter is so different than anything I’ve had before. Just thinking about these oysters is making me hungry. The basket came with two sides and cost $11.00.

Fried Crawfish Tail Po’ Boy: One word… Amazing. I’ve had crawfish tail po’ boys before but they have never tasted like this one. The crawfish was cooked perfectly (there’s nothing worse than over fried crawfish tails). The bread for the sandwich was fresh and soft. There was a great sauce on the sandwich that was a spicy but not overly spicy. The po’ boy came with two sides and costs $11.00.

The Sides

Jalapeño Slaw: I’m not a slaw person, but this slaw was rather tasty. The jalapeños were not overpowering but gave the side a nice flavor.

Hush Puppies: I love hush puppies and these did not disappoint. 6 were served with the entree.

Fried Okra: If you’re a southerner you know all about fried okra. The okra was great. It cooked perfectly — nice and crunchy!

Cheese Grits: Nothing special but tasted good.

The Sauces

House Tartar Sauce: I’ll be honest with you. I don’t like tartar sauce. The standard mayonnaise and pickle combination usually isn’t my thing. Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar has changed my mind on tartar sauce. Their house made sauce was great and I would encourage anyone (even the non tartar sauce people) to give it a try.

House Cocktail Sauce: The house cocktail sauce was served with our oysters. It was good. Nothing particularly special about it.

RATINGS

ATMOSPHERE: 7.5  – The atmosphere for the restaurant was inviting. There were quite a few TVs (playing sports) and the music was was inviting and at a good sound level for holding a conversation.  Because the restaurant is located in a strip mall so the view is of a large parking lot. It’s not super “hip” but it is inviting.atmosphere

Taste: 9 – The food was really delicious and the portions were perfect. Our food was served quickly and at the right temperature. service

Service: 9 – Great service. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu, offered suggestions when needed, and had a great personality. service

Overall: 8.5. We really enjoyed the restaurant and are excited to have found another affordable and tasty restaurant in the metro Atlanta area. We can’t wait to go back and try some other items on the menu.taste