redwood city L&L bbq... so sad *sigh*
so they just opened up a few months ago and i was in the area recently and have made 2 trips... i had a plate lunch craving... *sigh*
as in life in general, i fully believe in second chances...
the first time i was in the area and had the craving, i went and had a mini chicken katsu... i find that L & L is not know for their quality but is known for their big portions... other L & Ls i've been to have big min portions. sadly, the redwood city location did not... it was really a mini plate.... and the mac was one scoop in a small predetermined container. meaning. the mac had already been portioned out into togo cups to add with the meal. so very very sad.... how u supposed to add gravy over mac? odd... ANYWAY I DIGRESS... i was sad after this visit...
this is how my second chance visit turned out:
i ordered a portuguese sausage musubi.. not quite sure that it could be made wrong... anyway, the rice either had been cooked without enough water, or it was suffering from a case of obvious day-old syndrome. the rice had a nutty texture.. rice should be fluffy.... even in a musubi... or sticky like sushi...
then i ordered gravy fries.. have been having a serious craving.. how do you make gravy fries not so yummy? well, you undercook the fries so that when you put the gravy on top of it, it's like... mush...
i'm so sad.. i'm still craving gravy fries.. i suppose i can go hukilau instead the next time im in the area. they make their gravy fries really good. it's not on the menu, u just have to ask for it....
i suppose i won't be going to this L&L location anymore... it's bad enough that i have my cravings, but i think it's worse for me when i try to find a place to satisfy my craving, and then, well, it's not up to par...
odd because other L&L's in the bay are actually more edible and have more flavors.... and yes, i know, i consider it fast food, so i'm not expecting gourmet... so please don't yell at me that i should've known better. i'm already sad enough as it is.... hahaha
Yesterday, I stopped by this location. The two teenagers behind the counter were too busy flirting with each other and admiring each other's tattoos to notice me. And then I was greeted with, "Hi, uh, I mean, aloha!" The owner was out front navigating the repositioning of wall posters by a guy who was standing(with shoes) atop one of the dining tables. Sometimes you just have to scratch your head and wonder.
yeah, i dunno if i would even give it a few months.. i don't want to be disappointed.. but if u do go and it has improved, please post =)
thanks kc72 for the hukilau postings =)
the hukilau in sf is always so busy...
my favorite one is the one in palo alto.... because i like the vibe, parking is easy.... and it's closer to where i'm at when i'm in the bay (which, very lately has been everyday).... the one in sj was a cool spot before, but for some reason i find it to be a bit dead re vibe...
fyi though: they don't take reservations.... and the whole party has to be there to be seated...
Speaking of plate lunch, I went to Kilohana Grill in Emeryville the other day. Pretty good.
I went about a year ago and didn't like it. They only serve pig and cabbage once a week (Weds) although they serve Kalua without cabbage all the time. Didn't sense any smokiness (real or liquid), on the bland side.
Any way, the teri beef is very good. I never eat teri beef at restaurants it's usually dry and tough. They served it more like sliced beef and it works. Good enough to skip the pig. The katsu looked good too but didn't try it. I think it's one of those places you have to try everything to figure out the 2-3 things they do really well.
Anyone else try Kilohana and know what to order/not order?
4115 San Pablo Ave, Emeryville, CA 94608
1061 Market Pl Ste A, San Ramon, CA 94583
I ate at the Fremont L&L and thought it was awful. How do you not have an open flame grill in a BBQ restaurant... even if it is Hawaiin BBQ. They reheat everything on a flat-top grill with lots of oil.