After heating up and devouring the leftovers of what I think is possibly the best Eggplant Parmigian in the city, I'd figure I'd divulge its creator:
Uncle Joe's Pizza on Balboa around 8th or so. Tiny little place that I think used to be a Hawaiian pizza shop and the chef/owners just opened a few months back.
Anyways, back to the EP. I think it's so good due to how thin he slices the eggplant, but no matter what it is, it's great. Tried a couple of other things on their menu: Lasagna (tried and it's good), good Garlic Bread, great meatballs, very good Caesar (if you like a creamier dressing), a good Pizza Margherita (although we ordered ours cooked a little crisper), and a great tiramisu (if it's available - been there a couple of times when it wasn't ready). Very East Coast family style place.
Other things on their menu that we haven't tried: Canneloni, different sandwiches (Meatball, Sausage etc), Cannoli for desserts, Antipasta salad. Small menu but great place with great prices - Eggplant Parm is $7.95.
I dont know about their lunch hours, but I believe they're open every night for dinner, plus they have delivery! Dont expect more than a few small tables and chairs in a small seating area because that's all your getting, but the food more than for it.
Just figured I'd share a favorite dish with my fellow Chowhounds.
re: Melanie Wong
Your mind is like a steel trap Melanie.....an arcane post 6 months ago and you remember it. Wish I could have that type of memory for my Burgundies, LOL.
BTW - finally got on Dehlinger's list after waiting some time. Have you checked out the Seven Lions offerings yet? Heard some good buzz - good location and winemaking team, but the prices are really up there.
When it comes to food and wine...
If you're looking for Dehlingers to back fill your collection let me know.
I have tried the entire Seven Lions zin line-up (thought he was joking about suggested retail of $100, but maybe not) and also the merlot from mendocino (99?). I've known Fred from his WS days and Rutz and he is talented, but those prices!
re: Melanie Wong
Look at it this way - it's auction prices without the hassle of the auction. LOLOL.
Very few bargains in Cali wines nowadays and while 99 (and in some cases, 2000) looks to be a pretty good year for Napa in particular, I'd like to see what a slower economy coupled with that big 97 vintage does to all of the producers who have hiked prices. Will be interesting to see what shakes out if retailers and distributors have a lot of high-priced inventory sitting.