Jumpink Dak, Korean Gang-Jeong Chicken, Buena Park, CA

Jumping Dak
7550 Orangethorpe Ave, Ste E100
Buena Park, CA 90621
(714) 739-1999

Kelly and I went to the Animaniacs Live Show in La Mirada, and needed a place to eat quick near there, and this Korean fast food place jumped out at me. Figured it would be fast and decent, but what a surprise, it was amazing!

REALLY AMAZING! Possibly the best fried chicken I have ever had! And inexpensive!

It is a fried chicken place with 3 sauces, so you can get plain, sweet, spicy and very spicy. I got spicy and Kelly got a small order of sweet with a side of delicious (not at all mayonnaise-ey) cole slaw!

The sweet is very tasty with nuts on it, and the chicken is crisp on the outside and moist inside.

I got the meal with fries and pickled radish, and the spicy has a kick but is easy to take.

It also comes with a biscuit though it was a bit dry, but the fries were great.

The chicken is fantastic, and inexpensive, and I was there was one of these right near me, but unfortunately thee is only the one!


Trejo's Tacos, Gourmet Mexican Food, Los Angeles, CA

Trejo's Tacos
1048 S. La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 938-TACO
M-Sun 11a - 9p

My wife and I love Tacos and, I have been a fan of Danny Trejo for a long time (I love the Bad Asses series!). So i have been waiting for Trejo's Tacos for some time.

Parking is a bear, but there is valet parking that costs $3, or you can download an app for your phone, and pay with Apple Pay for $3.30.

The place is small, with only about 4 tables inside and outdoor tables with benches and overhead heaters. And the line is outside and moves slowly as everyone chats when ordering, especially asking when Danny Trejo shows up. Which sounds to be often. They do hand out menus in line to make ordering easier. Tacos are $4-6 dollars.

We wanted to try allot, we got the guacamole with chips and street corn and pickled onions, jalapeƱos and carrots for appetizers, and got the tofu, steak asada, pulled beef brisket, slow roasted pork tacos, and a black iced tea which was very strong and flavorful. They also have a water station with cucumber and citrus infused water and pretty tasty, though not very hot red and green salsas.

The guacamole is good, with onions, jalapeƱo, lime and pistachios. It is thick and tasty, though could use a bit more lime, and cones with a decent amount of chips.

The Street Corn or elote is superb, the best thing we had! Fresh off the cob, roasted corn with spuces, chipotle cream and popcorn. This is delicious, i just wish it was a bigger portion! So good!

The Tacos all had a decent spicy kick which I liked.

The Black Pepper Tofu taco was OK. Fried Tofu chunks with caramelized shallots and pickled onions was a bit too sweet for my taste. And not enough Mexican flavors.

The Pulled Beef Brisket Taco with pico de gallo, crunchy tortilla strips and cotija cheese was good, though not amazing.

The Slow Roasted Pork Taco with red onion and fermented red chili hot sauce. Again was good.

The Steak Asada Taco with toasted pepita pesto and cucumber slaw was the best taco I had, though I like my own better (yes I make pretty good asada tacos).

All pretty good, and very gourmet, and pricy, at over $40 for lunch. And I can honestly say I prefer $1 street tacos! They aren't gourmet, but I do love traditional tacos, though my own tacos I do top with my own variation on mexican slaw. The Street Corn was fantastic, but really not worth the trip.

Good, but not great like I wanted!

Shredded Tacos, Home of Jean's Famous Salsa, Mexican, Granada Hills, CA

Shredded Tacos
10224 Balvoa Blvd
Granada Hills, CA 91344
(818) 435-6559

We saw this new Taco place near Raplh's and decided to try it. It is a stand, where you get food and eat outside, and just has tacos, salad and drinks.

They are crispy tacos in either beef or chicken, Quesadillas and salads.

We had beef tacos, which come in a box with chips. I had 5, and these are very good American style tacos, made great by Jean's Famous Salsa which is not hot, but incredibly tasty! It makes this. I would buy it in a store for sure.

 This is the box with chips
And my taco.

Quite delicious and we will certainly go again.

If only it wasn't closed on Sunday like all the rest of our favorite restaurants around here!

Chios Peruvian Grill, Peruvian, Van Nuys, CA

Chios Peruvuan Grill
7755 Sepulveda Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91405
(818) 849-5071

We have been passing by this place a lot when taking our dogs to their vet.

The weirdest part is the parking, which is stacked, and there is not much of it, so we parked on the street,

We sat outside, which is nice, though not in the best part of sepulveda, though the interior is nice enough.

I had Tacu Tacu Con Lomito, with was a bean and rice and olive oil, served with tender beef.


The beef was pretty tasty, though the beens and rice was just OK, but not that much meat for $15.

Kelly had the 1/4 de Polli con Dos Combinaciones with plantains (which were amazing) and a salad which was also good.

It was pretty decent, though I would certainly go for something else if I went again. A little too expensive and not in the best are, was hoping for it to be a little better.

Nacho's Restaurant, Mexican, Granada Hills, CA

16825 Devonshire Street,
Granada Hills, CA 91344
(818) 368-8182

This is just what it purports to be, American friendly Mexican food. Greasy with large portions. Kind of like Tito's tacos. Not authentic, but good.

I had been wanting a chimigunga for a while, and this just really hit the spot.


Sloppy and delicious covered in decent hot sauce, cheese, with guacamole and sour cream.

And Kelly got some delicious shredded beef tacos.

Well worth going for an American Mexican fix that is quite cheap.

Dos Arbolitos, Mexican, North HIlls, CA

9034 Woodley Ave
North HIlls, CA 91343
(818) 891-6661

I can't believe I haven't already reviewed this place, as it was one of the first places Kelly and I tried when we moved up to North Hills 6 years ago and we loved it! Big Portions, Great Food and Good Prices, with the only complaint being only bear and wine, no margaritas!

The funny part is that when we first came we just got the Tortas. Tortas are delicious Mexican sandwiches, and the Tortas Barbocoa with the amazing beef in a pit barbeque is beyond amazing. Other than that I also had the great burritos and tacos, and they have many delicious meats including a great carne asada. With that we were pretty much happy for years, but we were so very wrong.

Carne Campestre

This is the carne campestre, which is tender cuts of pork marinated overnight in a tangy red sauce. It is claimed to have been voted by food critics to be among the top ten best dishes in southern california, and honestly after eating it, I believe it. THIS DISH IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! One of the tastiest I have every had! And it come with a couple of tortillas, which you an make little burritos out of, and there is tons of pork for $11.95! This is one of my favorite dishes I have ever had, Absolutely delicious! WOW, WOW, WOW!

And Kelly had Costillitas En Salda De Tomatillo, with is pork short ribs slow roasted in tomatillo and chile sauce. And this was also amazing, maybe not as good as the Carne Campestre, but it is amazing!

This place is an absolute must try!


Ameci Pizza & Pasta, Pizza and Pasta, Italian, Granada Hills, CA

Ameci Pizza & Pasta
16858 San Fernando Mission Blvd
Granada Hills, CA 91344
(818) 363-0484

Honestly Kelly and I ended up here because it was Sunday and that was when we realized that JeJe Chicken was closed, but Kelly had heard it was good, so we gave it a try.

The food was alright. Huge portions, but not that great, just alright, nothing I would care to try again.

I had a peperoni calzone, with Ricotta and Mozzarella and sauce on the side.

It was decent, and tasty, but nothing too special. The marinara sauce didn't stand out, nor were there any spices that seemed special. Big, but just OK.

Kelly got a meatball sub sub with marinara.

Again, big portions, but nothing to make it stand out either.

Decent enough, but nothing I would seek out or try again.


Matt & Tony's Submarine Sandwiches, Sandwiches, Mission Hills, CA

Matt & Tony's Submarine Sandwiches
10710 Sepulveda Blvd
Mission Hills, CA 91345
(818) 365-2310

I do love subs, and Kelly and I were hungry and it was Sunday so Defranko's was closed, so we saw this place and decided to give it a try. It was alright, but nothing too special for the price, and likely would not go again.

It is a strange little place with a deli counter and some tables, but not much else.

I got the Pepper Steak on soft bread with everything (onions, tomatoes and pickles). The meat was the best part, tasty and not oily, but the sandwich needed something else.

Kelly got a turkey with mustard and it was much the same, not bad, but nothing special.

They also have a hard bread which we didn't try and should have.

OK, with a small selection of chips, and they were out of some of the soda in the soda fountain, and the place seemed a little sketchy. With strange parking in back, and not well lit, though it was clean.

Might be OK for a Sunday since DeFranko's is closed, but any other day I would hit the perfection that is DeFranko's.


Umami Burger, Hamburgers, Santa Monica and Various Locations, CA

Umami Burger
500 Broadway,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-1300
Mon-Sat 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sun 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

I am a huge burger guy, and have been my whole life. I just love a good burger, but my needs are pretty simple and many frou frou burgers leave me cold. There are of course exceptions, like the amazing Pug Burger at Hungry Cat, but Umami Burger is not an exception for me, as I was not at all impressed.

This Umami Burger is in Fred Segal in Santa Monica with ample parking and some outdoor seating.

I am not one for Cheese on my hamburger, as I am allergic, but I wanted to try it how it was supposed to be, so I went for the Manly Burger with beer-cheddar cheese, bacon lardons, smoked salt onion rings, house ketchup and mustard

And honestly I was not impressed. Between the cheese and the huge bacon chunks the burger was way too salty and I lost the taste of the burger itself. Not horrible, but not someone I would try again.

Kelly had the Truffle burger with Truffled Aoili, truffle cheese and truffle glaze.
And honestly to me the truffle oil completely overpowered the meat and made it taste to me like a portabello mushroom. Not bad, but not too burger-y!

The shoe string fries were good and I enjoyed the different ketchup and dips to try, though the ketchup seemed too sweet to me.

After all the hype I had heard I thought I would like it more, but I was not too impressed. Too frou frou for me.

Give me grilled onions, lettuce, dill pickles, ketchup and mustard and I would be happy (though a good guacamole burger is great sometimes).


JeJe Chicken, Mediteranian Food, Granada Hills, CA

JeJe Chicken
16970 San Fernando Mission Blvd, Suite C1
Granada Hills, CA 91344
(818) 832-5252
Mon-Sat 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

I have been a huge fan of Zan Kou chicken for many years, and was so happy when one opened near me, but after eating at JeJe Chicken I will likely never eat at Zan Kou Chicken again. JeJe Chicken is that much better!

This place is fantastic in fact! Great food, just so darn tasty!

The first thing I tried was the Chicken Shawerma Plate ($11.99) which is what I always get at Zankou, and it was just so much better. The chicken was so moist, and I love their garlic sauce, and the salad.

Kelly got the Shish Kebob plate, which was also fantastic! The meat was juicy and perfectly spiced!

On my second trip I tried the JeHe Chicken Plate, which I had a second time with Kelly. It is awesome. The cilantro sauce is delicious, and even my cilantro hating wife like it, just lemony and good., and the bed of Pita chips, though they get soggy in the sauce work wonderfully well, and the chicken is so tasty.
On my next trip I went for the Chickan Kabob Plate, and wasn't dissapointed with the delicious chicken, huge and fresh pitas. Wow!

Kelly got a Fish Crisp with Fried Swai, tamarind Sauce, cabbage and tomato in a pita! Delicious!

We also tried their seasoned fries with home made ketchup and garlic sauce, and their tasty baklava.

You really can't go wrong on this place, and I like it so much I plan on trying everything on the menu! They also have lunch specials with wraps, salad and a drink and falafel wrap specials on wednesday and friday and fish crisp wrap specials on Tuesday and Thursday!

This place is a must try! It could not be better!

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