Diehard Foodie question...
You went to the doctor, he said you have 24 hours to live. You go to the bank and withdraw your last $35 from your savings account.
What restaraunt would you have your last meal at? What would you order?*
*You tell the waiter your problem and he offers to pay for your wine and don't worry about the tip.
we've done this one before. sort of.
I dunno, I'd probably get as many pancakes and slices ofapple pies as I can. I can enver figure out which pancake palce to go to, probably John O gGroats again, but maybe I'd try one of everything at the griddle, or Dinah's
Since I'm going to be dead, anyhow, I'd want to gorge on all the baked goods, fats and carbs I don't let myself eat regularly now.
Perhaps I'd blow it all at Donut Man. Order everything.
Or a Brazillian BBQ feat at Picania
Or I'd lock myself in LEda's bake shop and go nuts.
OR I'd go to town at Roscoe's Pann's or Dinahs (never been to any)
Or I'd lose myself at Fosselman's-as many shakes as I could hold, one every 3 hours or so till I die.
Or maybe FO in santa monica. can I get a father's office burger whilst waiting before my time runs out? Would they give a dying woman ketchup? (maybe if I went through the "Maka a wish" foundation. My dying wish would be fore ketchup on a FO buger. Could Sang deny a DYING WONAN her last wish?-yes-probably)
"OR I'd go to town at Roscoe's Pann's or Dinahs (never been to any)." That line made this post so much more real. I do not want to think of how sad it would be for a foodie to have never gotton around to eating at Roscoe's Pann's or Dinahs. Like a life never lived. All three have some good eat'n but IMO, Life begines and ends at Pann's. Start with maybe 6 wings and some waffles or maybe the whole fried chicken dinner and a waffle on the side. Wash it down with a shake. Oh, I almost forgot. Add on a slice of apple pie. Diana, stop making me sad, "never been to any" Pann's, Just do it! Drive safe.
dinah's baked apple pancake
after that, i'd still have money left for a latte at peets and ice cream from delicieuse
Foodies will ask for one establishment. True Hounds know better and realize that this rask requires contributions from multiple eateries. (Heck, I've done this even without a terminal diagnosis looming over me)
But on a budget of $35? Dying hard, indeed...
Breakfast: Grand Marnier Crepes at Crepes Dusigne, coffee from LA Mill
Lunch: In-N-Out animal style, McDonald's fries, Fosselman's green tea ice cream shake from Buster's Coffeehouse
Dinner: Xiao Long Bao at Mei Long Village
Then go to Bar Marmont, where you cash in your free alcohol coupon, and buy the farm in front of a swarm of paparazzi
I, too, would spread the $35 over a few places in a final, progressive meal.I'd start with a pastrami sandwich from Busy Bee Market in San Pedro ($6), McD's fries ($2), a spicy yellowtail salad from California Roll Factory in West LA ($12), a blue crab hand roll from echigo ($6), spit 1/2 a french dip sandwich at Houston's ($14/2=$7) with a friend (i'd want to see a few before i kick the bucket anyway), a korean/japanese melon popsicle ($1), and lychee jelly cups from a chinese supermarket ($1).
But if you really forced me to spend it all in one place....It'd be a tough choice between Hide, Houston's, and Echigo (and leaving slightly hungry).
Rae's in Santa Monica. I'd have a full breakfast. Eggs over easy, white buttered toast, extra large orange juice, then pancakes--buttered, syrup, and an extra large milk. (I love DuPars's pancakes, but you said one restaurant.) I'd be back for lunch. Hamburger, raw onion, KETCHUP and a Coke. I'm back for dinner; I'll have a dinner salad, steak, more KETCHUP, baked potato, and a Coke. For dessert, I'd have a couple of pieces of the chocolate cake the guy in the unmarked truck delivers from some bakery, whereabouts unknown. My digestive system would be so busy, my body wouldn't have time to die.
Phillys best is not the best way to go. Markie D's in culver city, unfortunately, closed and Markie left town. A close second can be found at Big mikes on MainSt. in El Segundo about four blocks north of Imperial. They stuff them with a little to much meat but the texture, flavor and roll is pretty darn close to Philly, somewhere in between Roxborough and South Philly. If you are a hogie fan they do a great job on them as well. You can also get Butterscotch Krimpetts and Herrs chips.
I'd get a pastrami plate from Langers. And yes you do have to request hand-sliced. I was just there and that's what the waiter said.
Then I'd go and order the biggest cup at Scoops, stuff it with a bunch of flavors. Then I'd go back and get brown bread and drown it in hot fudge. Hmm, I'd have to plan that so the hot fudge is still hot when I do that.
Oh and I'd get some macarons from Boule or Paulettes if I had any money left. Heck I might get some gelato at Boule too.
If I were in prison -- I got the death sentence, you understand, for eating at Providence and skipping out on that outrageous check -- and was offered the choice of my last meal, I swear, I'd choose Ma Ya in Santa Monica (SM Blvd and Yale).
Yeah, it's a hole in the wall in a strip mall. Yeah, it's cheap. Yeah, they once proudly sported a "C" grade from the county health department (I still ate there, repeatedly, and lived to tell the tale). Yeah, it has all the ambience of a shoe store; less, actually.
But their "special" simply destroys me -- in a good way. Tori-don chicken, ice-cold soy-marinated bean sprouts, California roll, tempura shrimp and veggies, sununomo (why can't they just call it cucumbers, parsely, and rice vinegar, aka "CPR"?), steamed rice, and green-tea ice cream for dessert. Oh, and a Coke (and a smile).
All for around $6.00. Not that the price would matter, what with me getting the fatal injection at the stroke of midnight (unless the governer swoops in with a last-minute stay).
I'm simply very fond of this place; the food isn't gourmet quality by any stretch of the wallet, it's simplly very tasty Cali-Japanese fusion cuisine (I feel silly referring to their food as "fusion" "cuisine"). It's one of my many comfort food sources, and -- "C" grade or not -- I believe I'd be happy with their "special" for my last meal on Earth.
As for Leda's....are chunks of baking powder in the scones supposed to be cutting-edge or something? Yikes...drop the candy toppings and the cupcake-ettes are truly sublime, but the cost/bite ratio is disconcerting...I'll be glad when the Great Los Angeles Cupcake Rage (and Frozen Yogurt Rage) bite the proverbial dust.
King Taco, 1 carne asada taco, 1 al pastor taco, 1 al pastor sopa, 1 large pineapple drink - $7
Golden Deli, 1 bowl of pho dac biet, $7
Daikokuya, 1 bowl of ramen, kotteri style, $8.50
Fosselmans, 1 medium ice cream, taro and cherry vanilla, let's say $5
In N Out, 1 double double animal style, extra everything, animal style fries, large lemonade. that would hopefully equal $7.50