Colorado Chow

(including Glendale, Eagle Rock, Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia)

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Off Colorado: Highland Park

I'm not vegetarian but I love a great vegetarian meal. I was intrigued when I heard that a Mexican Vegetarian place was openning up in the Highland Park area. I finally dropped by to check it out.

The staff was really friendly. Despite some web posts elsewhere that were critical of the long wait for food, I didn't feel that I waited too long. Perhaps they worked out those kinks over some time.

First off, I saw a bunch of interesting smoothies. I tried an apple/carrot/cucumber smoothie. Um... this sucker was tasty. Fresh and refreshing! You can taste all the fruit and veggies in one happy union.

(I saw people coming in and just ordering smoothies to go. If I lived in this neighborhood, or if I was biking in the area, I'd stop here.)

Now this place does the faux-meat thang. I'm generally not a fan of the faux-meat. When I've had a faux-meat dish, its more for the novelty. I mean, if I wanted carnitas, I would eat real carnitas. I don't need my veggies to look like a piece of meat to enjoy the dish. So at this sitting, I didn't order the "carnitas" or "chicken" or "steak", but I did try the Soy Chorizo Sopes - which were great.

I also tried the Potato Flautas too. These were pretty good too. I was full and didn't even finish these two apetizers. So I'll have to come back to try some other stuff. I've seen some posts about the Chicken Mole - will try that next time.

If you have vegetarians/vegans in your group or if you have a hankering for Mexican but want a healthier alternative, this is a good place to check out.

Cinnamon Vegetarian Restaurant
5511 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park, CA 90042 (323) 982-9480

Friday, May 04, 2007

Fish King: Off Colorado - Glendale

I mentioned Fish King in one of my comment replies for a previous post on Seafood City. Fish King is where I usually go for fresh seafood. It's a little way off Colorado Blvd in Glendale, but I figured I should give Fish King the props their due.

This place is awesome and one of THE places to go for fresh seafood on the east side. One thing I like is that they do clearly display the origin of their product.

They also have a "fast food" area where they will grill or fry up many varieties of seafood. It's a great place to go to get a food fix if your not in the mood for cooking. Here is a pic of some fried oysters with fries.

They also do platters of sushi, sashimi...etc. for any bigger parties you may be hosting. You'll need to put in a couple days notice but it will be a hit for sure.

Fish King
722 N Glendale Ave Glendale, CA 91206 (818) 244-0804
Mon-Sat 9am-7pm; Sun 11am-5pm
Glendale Courtyard Website - only site I found for them