Scallion pancakes as I recall are easy to find in NYC but not so much on the West Coast. I had to do a google search to find places that offered this yummy traditional appetizer. I decided to try Flavor Garden n Alhambra based on the good reviews and promises of some very traditional Chinese cuisine. Their "green onion" pancake was indeed flaky and delicious. They are cash only and luckily the $6 I had on me got me this and a diet coke. ✽ Bonus! Next door is the Simply Splendid Bakery, an Asian style bakery (lots of custard filled things!) that lives up to the name and takes credit cards!
Several places in So Cal are dishing out this hybrid concept of a build-your-own non-traditional Poke bowls aka Sushi in a box. Poke n Roll in Glendale is my current favorite to get my Poke fix. You first choose a box or roll (I recommend the box) then salad or rice or a combination (always the combo) then your fish (2), toppings (3) and sauce (1). Crab is free and you can add on more of anything for a price. Not super cheap (about $15 with tax/tip no add ons) but it is super tasty and can be pretty healthy if you choose wisely.
Finally, my love for Food Trucks has not wained, though I didn't get a lot of opportunities despite the many operating on the SoCal streets. Timing is everything I've learned with these mobile restaurants. I finally lucked out, my teaching gig is next to Warner Brothers Studios and there are usually a few trucks parked outside mid-day. Most recently I splurged on these very tasty lobster tacos from the Cousins Maine Lobster Truck. A bit pricy (duh, it's lobster) at $13 for 3 tacos but totally worth it!
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