Ramen Tatsu-ya

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If you love ramen and don’t mind waiting in long lines then you should probably hit up Ramen Tatsu-ya in Austin TX. Personally, I am not a huge fan waiting in long lines for food. Most of the time the line doesn’t match the hype. However, I was on vacation and my friend said we have to check it out. Sadly… we waited in the freezing cold for a little over an hour until we were allowed to get in.

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When you finally get in, you are guided in a line to order food. In my opinion, I prefer this over ordering as a group at our table. Just come in, order, sit, get food, then bam tip and leave. Simple diner dash speed.

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Tonkatsu Ramen

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Mi-So-Hot Ramen

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Tonkatsu Sho-Yu

Overall, the ramen was very good. The pictures above were the different bowls our group ordered. Even though each dish is different, we all basically had similar experiences with our food. The ramen was fulfilling, flavorful, and great on portions. I didn’t feel jipped nor thought it was bland. Each spoonful was good. However, even though I did enjoy my experience, it did taste like the ramen I have back home in the Bay Area. Therefore, the wait was honestly not worth it for me. I still recommend this place to people, but I say do it if the line looks like 30 mins or less.

Later Days…

8557 Research Blvd

Ste 126

Austin, TX 78758

Hours

Mon Closed
Tue 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 

Hey!… You Gonna Eat or What?

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If you aren’t already aware, Austin, TX, is known for having massive amount food trucks throughout the city. During my vacation trip in Austin, I got to experience many great trucks. My favorite, however, had to be Hey!… You Gonna Eat or What?

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This food truck is located in the South Congress district of Austin. This neighborhood has a lot of shops, food, and other hipster things to do. Surprisingly, we found this place unintentionally. Originally, my friend saw this on a list of places to check out, but he never put it on our to-do-list. Thankfully, we were near by one day so we all agreed to give it a try.

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As you can already see, they have a very limited menu. However, everything listed seems to be a fan favorite for many locals.

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Therefore, we decided to try their most famous dish, the Monte Cristo. The Monte Cristo is basically a deep-fried ham and cheese sandwich with a side of homemade jelly. Honestly, I had no clue what the hell this was when we ordered it. I was just gamed for anything when my friend chose it from the menu.

Thankfully, when our food came out so did the chef/creator. He gave us some Southern Hospitality by describing the making of the sandwich. He was funny, welcoming, and sarcastic. That experience without a doubt made me anxious to take a bite into this dish. And without a surprise, it was delicious. In fact, I think it was my favorite dish throughout my whole Austin trip.

Therefore, this is my #1 spot to check out if you are ever in Austin, TX. The name of the place may sound childish, but the workers and this dish is still memorable to me after leaving Austin back in January.

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1318 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

 

Hours

Mon 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tue 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed Closed
Thu 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tacodeli

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A few months ago, I took a vacation trip to Austin, TX with some of my buddies. Before flying out, my friend told me Austin was known for their breakfast tacos. Coming from California, I was already used to eating breakfast burritos from Taquerias. However, I’ve never had the luxury of having a breakfast taco before so we made it our goal to eat one on our trip. Therefore, for my first food adventure in Austin, TX we checked out Tacodeli.

According to my friend, Tacodeli was a popular spot for locals and hipsters. Unsurprisingly, he was right.

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As you enter, you see the place is listed with many different type of tacos. Thankfully, their was a section reserved for their specialty tacos.

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[I just noticed the random person under the table]

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The great thing about this spot is that they provide different salsas. Consequently, if you are sensitive Sally to spices then you can get their weak sauce. If you are a beast like me, you can get their spicy sauces.

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For my tacos, I ordered The Otto (Refried black beans, bacon, avocado and Monterrey Jack cheese) and The Vaquero (Eggs scrambled with grilled corn, roasted poblano & red peppers, and topped with Monterrey Jack cheese). Both were very good, but if I had to make a choice, I feel The Vaquero was better.  Regardless, both were very good and were highly recommended by the cashier.

Overall, I really liked this spot and these breakfast tacos. I still prefer breakfast burritos from California, but these were still up to par. As a result, if you are from the area or visiting, check it out. Place is small, has friendly employees, and was affordable.

Later Days…

1500B Spyglass Dr
Austin, TX 78746

Mon 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tue 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wed 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thu 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

I Love Teriyaki and Sushi

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Months ago, I was able to catch-up with a friend at I Love Teriyaki and Sushi in Concord, CA. I never eat in the area so my friend suggested a cheap simple spot.

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As you can see from the photos above, this is a small sushi spot that serves cheap food for customers. Pricing was affordable and not that bad. Sure, it wasn’t the best sushi I ever had, but it was still a good quiet spot for my buddy and I to catch-up.

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For sushi, I had their deep-fried California Roll and Juan Special Roll (unagi crunch, avo roll w/ hamachi & spicy sauce on top). I really enjoyed the Juan Special Roll. It had a nice soft tender moist bite to it. As for the deep-fried California Roll, it was alright. I have had better and this one was a bit dry. It did have a nice flavor, but texture could have been better.

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Of course, I had to drink a good big glass of beer.

Overall, place was alright. I would only recommend it to people who want a nice quiet spot and an affordable price. Besides that, do not be expected to be wow’d by the place. I don’t like to sound harsh, but you will literally find better sushi spots in other towns. However, I cannot complain much since the rolls were very affordable.

Later Days…

Mon 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tue Closed
Wed 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 10:00 pm

 

Paradise Sushi and Grill

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Living in the Bay Area, you are easily able to find good sushi restaurants around any corner. However, one of the biggest struggle is finding a good sushi joint that is all-you-can-eat. Therefore, I am excited to say Paradise Sushi and Grill in Petaluma, CA is one of those rare sushi all-you-can-eat gems.

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Paradise Sushi and Grill is restaurant that has a modern comforting look. As you can see above, the place isn’t too crazy on the decor. Also, do not let these empty seats fool you. I came here right when they opened and took this photo. The other times I have come, this place has always been packed.

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FYI, all the sushi chefs are Latino workers. The only reason why I am pointing this out is because some eaters avoid places like this because they feel the restaurant isn’t “authentic”. Well, that is BS. These chefs do a terrific job where their ethnicity should not determine their cooking skills. Thus, if anyone says this is a fault, I will argue with them calling these individuals stupid.

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When you order all-you-can-eat here, you fill out a sushi list sheet. On this sheet you can write how many you want of certain sushi rolls, veggie rolls, and nigiri. I recommend doing a lot on your first order because the wait can take awhile. The chefs are creating them fresh so make sure you don’t go light on that first serving.

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Before receiving the sushi rolls, you are given the typical miso soup and salad complimentary.

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Sushis from left to right are:  Tuna Lover Roll, Salmon Lover Roll, Double Tuna, Crunchy Roll. I loved each roll in this photo.

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This is their Ninja Roll. It contains: shrimp tempura & crab, topped w/tuna, avocado, red snapper, tobiko, eel sauce & Spicy mayo. I love this roll due to the moistness from the sauce and crunchiness from the shrimp.

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This is their signature Petaluma Roll. This is my second top fav roll from this restaurant. Basically, it is a California roll w/scallops baked in spicy mayo w/eel sauce on top. It is very moist when you eat it, but so tasty. The scallops are definitely great.

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Lastly, this is my favorite roll. Their Golden California, which is a California roll deep fried w/ spicy Mayo & eel sauce. I am not a huge fan of California rolls. In fact, it is the roll I despise ordering at sushi restaurants. However, their Golden California roll is one I always order every time I come here. Having it deep fried oddly makes the roll 100x better.

Overall, I highly recommend this spot to anyone in the Bay Area in search for an all-you-can-eat sushi spot. I found this place about 3 months ago and have gone about every 2-3 weeks since. Place is too good to be true. It can on the pricey end for some so going here once in awhile is not a bad idea. Come for the Petaluma and Golden California rolls!

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20 E Washington St
Petaluma, CA 94952

Mon-Thu 11:30 am – 9:30 pm

Fri-Sat 11:30 am – 10 pm

Sun 4:30 pm – 9 pm

CLICK ME, I AM THEIR WEB SITE! I BET YOU LIKE ROLLS IN YOUR MOUTH.

 

Nopalito

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I am not going to lie, I tried this place because the name Nopalito is fun to say outloud. If you are like me, then you will have a blast saying their name over and over when you read their menu.

Regardless, Nopalito is a nice spot to check out during the day with a date or friend. It has a good ambiance and welcoming feel that will allow you and your eating partner to chat with ease.

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Even though this place is known for their Mexican dishes, you wouldn’t guess that due to the interior decor. I like the decorations and layout, but it ain’t no taqueria. This can either be a positive or negative depending on what time of eater you are. For me, I had no issues. I just looked at it as a diner with Mexican food.

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Picture above is an example of something you normally would not find in your typical Mexican taqueria. Again, no biggy. Just know that this isn’t going to be the hole-in-the-wall you are seeking.

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For a snack, Nopalito gives you these spicy nuts to nibble on. Love dem nuts in my mouf.

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For drinks I ordered their horchata. I do not remember what the other drink was because my ex got that months ago. I just remember the horchata being hands-down better. Both were good, but that horchata was pretty damn good.

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For my ex’s dish, she ordered their empanada. It didn’t look like a typical empanada I have seen at other restaurants, but it was still pretty good. The avocado and sauce mixed on top made it good.

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As for me, I ordered their signature dish, pork belly quesadilla. I really liked this especially when I put on their homemade hot sauce on top. Had a nice crunch texture and the pork belly was delicious. It was a bit dry for a quesadilla, but still was worth a try.

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And lastly, we ended the meal with some Mexican cookie treats. These are complimentary as were the spicy nuts. These were pretty good. Just be aware that these are pretty powdery. Therefore, don’t try to go Rambo and dominate it all within one bite.

In conclusion, I thought this was a nice spot to check out. In reality, this would normally not be my typical spot to hit up for Mexican food, but I still enjoyed myself.

Later Days…

1224 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

Mon-Sat 11:30 am – 10 pm

Sun 10:30 am – 10 pm

Heartbaker

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I am not going to lie, this is going to be a quick and vague review. The reason is I checked this place out back in August for my then girlfriend during the time. I didn’t stay too long in the shop nor do I remember the pricing and names of the desserts I bought for her.

The place I am referring to is San Francisco’s Heartbaker. This little shop is located in the Richmond district that specializes in baked goods. Have a sweet tooth? Well, this place will probably be the best for you to check out.

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As you enter, you can see the place is very small. Although, they do have eating areas for customers to relax and hang out.

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All their baked products are displayed at their cashier table. If you are like me who is indecisive, don’t be surprised if you hold up the line while checking every treat out.

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In addition to sweets, the place also serve beer on tap!!!

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These are the treats I ordered for my ex-girlfriend back in August. I have no clue how they tasted since I gave them as a gift to her so I cannot truly give this place a full review. However, I do remember craving to take a bite into them once I smelled each one.

In conclusion, check this place out. Sadly, I cannot say if it was great or not, but do remember wanting to come back in order to experience it myself.

Later Days…

1408 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Tue-Fri 7 am – 9 pm

Sat 8 am – 11 pm

Sun 8 am – 5 pm