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Oct 16, 2008 04:54 PM

REVIEW: Take a Bao, Century City

D is for the dry-as-a-bone beef in my rice bowl.

I is for the insipid blob of miso paste hiding underneath the dry beef in my rice bowl.

S is for similar, meaning that I couldn't taste the difference between the dry pork in my barbecued pork bao and the dry beef in my miso beef rice bowl.

G is for the gross uncooked-floury taste of the "bao" wrap in my barbecued pork bao, which was not a bao as I know it and not a Beijing duck-type pancake either but its own mealy yeasty grossness.

U is for the unbelievably salty marinade used to cook the mushrooms in my rice bowl.

S is for the sticky sweet American barbecue sauce in my barbecued pork bao.

T is for the terribly bored girl behind the counter who refused to make eye contact when I was ordering -- sorry I'm so ugly.

I is for the inedible rice in my rice bowl, because it had soaked up all the salty marinade.

N is for the next time I eat at Take A Bao, which would be after the market is flooded with hen's teeth.

G is for the gasp-worthy prices I paid for this lunch that sent me wandering to the Stand after squandering $14 on a lunch I couldn't eat.

I really need an edible lunch that's under $10 walking distance from CPE and Constellation.

Take a Bao
10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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  1. LOL. I read this to the tune of "L-O-V-E" made famous by Nat King Cole: "L is for the way you look at me, O is for the only one I see...." But very different with your lyrics. lol

    1. 3 oysters @ Craft - $9.00 :)

      1. I feels for you, Uber, but having worked in Cent City a couple of decades ago, and having been forced to go there on a regular basis since, I'm just not sure $10's do-able....

        1. Is Clementine too far for you to walk? You might be able to get away for under $10, barely, like if you don't order a soda or anything.

          1. I haven't eaten there personally, but I've heard some pretty good things about the cafe at the Rancho Park Golf Course. Pico and Patricia. Probably more realistic from CPW than CPE.