BlaqHaus (North Hollywood, CA)

American, burger


Upon entering, found the concept/decor to be trendy/hip but lacked in potential due to the location of this eatery. Just wouldn’t picture a place like this in the area that its located in… would’ve been more fitting in the NoHo Arts District. 

As soon as we stepped in, we immediately noticed the layer of oil that covered the floor–similar to what one would find in the restaurant kitchen after hours of busy activity cooking up a storm. We assumed the same water was used to mop the dining area floor AFTER mopping the kitchen πŸ˜– While we were eating, we witnessed a patron slip but, fortunately, she didn’t fall. 

For the food… we were pleasantly surprised! Both of us got burgers–The Venus (vegetarian) and The Hangover (had fried egg and bacon, yum!). And both was accompanied by a side of fries and three different dipping sauces (uh, yes, please!). 

I loved how crispy the fries were, Eli thought they were slightly over cooked… choose your preference πŸ˜‹

I had gotten a Groupon voucher which made the experience okay. But don’t think I would go back to pay full price since our total came out to be almost $30 for just these two burgers that tasted good… just not THAT good. I would go back for the fries 🍟 though! Hehe πŸ˜‹

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FOH Restaurant (Downtown Los Angeles, CA)

Mexican

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First things first… I LOVE the interior of FOH!!

As we were seated, I was hoping to enjoy the food as much as I enjoyed being a part of this relaxed, trendy, not-too-loud setting, haha!

Can’t say much for their alcoholic beverages, but can say that I adored how they laid out their drink menu–imagine four quadrants, each quadrant appointed to a particular taste (i.e. bitter, sweet, sour, etc); so, each specialty drink was placed according to taste… so ingenious! I’ve never come across anything like that before (does this show how much I don’t go out for drinks?? πŸ˜› ).

Onto the food…

We got to sample a few things πŸ˜€ These were some of our faves…

Jalapeno Cornbread

Probably can’t tell from this image, but the cornbread was placed in a deep pan. Getting a piece was more work than it should have been (hopefully they alter serving method); but aside from that, it was warm, moist, and has a bit of a kick to it (if you ate a jalapeno). Slap some of the honey butter on there and you’ll just want to keep shoveling that into your mouth, haha! Screw using a knife and fork trying to be proper and neat… just spread the butter in the pan and eat right out of there! We didn’t actually end up eating like that since we were family-styling it w/ some other people, haha! That’s the only thing that stopped us πŸ˜›

Tacos

I’m not a red meat eater, but Eli is–good thing one of us is because according to Eli, this was awesome and a must-try! I did have the quail egg, though. Didn’t realize it was a quail egg till after gulping it down. I thought texture feltΒ kind of different from a regular egg but figured I was imagining things… I wasn’t, haha. Now, I can say that I’m not a quail egg fan–it tasted okay but there was just something about the texture that was off to me (the yolk was more runny than a regular chicken egg). Also, I’m not a corn tortilla fan. So, going by these last few sentences, these tacos weren’t quite for me; but Eli did love them! The meat was just right for him.

Pork Chop

Okay… this one… *sigh* my mouth is watering just from looking at this picture and reminiscing of when I was devouring it, haha! And I’m now feeling more hungry than I did just 30 seconds ago… oh, there goes a stomach growl, haha! The meat is so tender and moist… and flavorful! We both enjoyed this one!

Steak Frites

Steak… no bueno for me :/ Eli, on the other hand, LOVED this one! The coffee rub put a different twist on it–and BTW, the coffee rub is decaf to take into consideration a diner’s possible sensitivity to caffeine πŸ™‚ I REALLY wanted to try this one, but I couldn’t get myself to do it–no cow for me. But (!!) the fries, they were fantastic! Perfectly crisp and just the right amount of salt and garlic… I WANT SOME NOW!!!!! Not even joking right now!! o_O Wish there was a place that had as good of fries as these closer to me! Yes, THEY ARE THAT YUMMY!!! (Confession: I think I filled up on these fries, hehe!)

CONCLUSION: Definitely go check out this spot if you’re in DTLA or don’t mind trekking on over there. You won’t be disappointed! And order off their drink menu, would ya?? πŸ˜€