The Shil-Shul Diaries

The story begins in a cramped booth at the "faux" New York deli 'Noshville' in Nashville TN on a blustry day after thanksgiving November Friday day in 2008. In between my wife, Rachel, and my brother, Michael, I sat across from my "cooler than me" cousins Mark and Sarah, and Sarah's just as cool husband, Danny. Mark, who lives the awesome life being a lawyer living in San Francisco working for Facebook, with his only downfall being his SEVERE lactardation..which has never been medically or scientifically proven to exist in Mark.. Sarah and Danny are foodies from NYC who have tried every dive "chicken finger" hut and "curry on a stick" in the big city. Danny and Sarah had discussed that they were trying to go to as many places from Bobby Flay's 'Throwdown' show as they could, and that there was one in Nashville we had to try.....a place that I had never heard of in my 13 years of living there..I will get to that adventure later.

I got an idea from my cool cousins idea. An idea became a hobby. And the hobby became an obsession. And thus produced the list.....a world-famous spreadsheet...of every restaurant that has ever been featured on Food Network and Travel Channel....every restaurant from the famous shows like "Throwdown", "Man V. Food", "Man v. Food Nation", "Food Feuds", "Food Wars", "Best Thing I Ever Ate", and "Diners Drive-Ins and Dives" to the obscure "Best Food Ever", "Meat and Potatoes", and "101 Best Places to Chowdown", plus my additions of the restaurants of famous chefs and local places of legend. Names, cities, food they are famous for, and addresses. It was and still is an obsession. As of 9:24am on January 7th, 2015, THE LIST HAS 3,116 RESTAURANTS ON IT...WITH A FEW OVERLAPS HERE AND THERE. And then over Pastrami Eggs Benedict at Nate N' Al's Deli in Beverly Hills, Hannah and Andrew, our good friends, gave me the idea of the blog. Document every place I went. And thus, "The Shil-Shul Diaries" was born. I will log the places, the shows they are from, and what I had. So far, every place I have been has been amazing, except two, one being mediocre, and another being down right awful.

If there is a city you have been to, or are going to, or are from and want to know what from my list is in the city, send me a email at shilshuldiaries@gmail.com

Monday, December 19, 2011

SUSHI CENTRAL



THAT IS IT IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT HAND CORNER



SUSHI CENTRAL

FROM "THROWDOWN"

3500 Overland Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90034

http://www.sushi-central.net/

IF YOU WEREN'T LOOK FOR THIS PLACE...YOU WOULD MISS IT...JUST LIKE MY GOOD FRIEND HANNAH AND HER FIANCEE/MY LOVER, ANDREW, DID. IT IS ACROSS THE STREET FROM THEM...IN A TINY STRIP MALL...NEXT TO A DOUGHNUT SHOP, YOGURT SHOP, NAIL PLACE, AND CLEANERS, LIKE EVERY PLACE IN LA.

THIS PLACE'S CLAIM TO FAME....THE SUSHI GUY HERE INVENTED THE CALIFORNIA ROLL....

BUT BOY DID HE INVENT SOME OTHER MASTERPIECES....LIKE THE SURF AND TURF WHICH IS A SUSHI ROLL TOPPED WITH FILET MIGNON THAT ANDREW AND I TRIED...A SPECIALTY THERE IS LIVE SHRIMP WHERE THEY TAKE A GIANT SHRIMP, CUT OFF ITS HEAD AND SHELL, YOU EAT THE RAW MEAT, AND THEY MAKE SOUP OUR OF THE TEMPURA-ED HEAD AND SHELL.

THIS IS ALSO A REGULAR HOT SPOT TO SEE CRAIG ROBINSON, OR DARYLL FROM THE OFFICE, WHO HAPPENED TO SHOW UP THE NIGHT WE WERE THERE. HE FREQUENTS THAT STRIP MALL!!

THIS PLACE IS AWESOME....BUT DOES TEND TO BLEND IN IN A CITY THAT HAS THE BEST SUSHI THIS SIDE OF JAPAN....IT IS NOT FLASHY LIKE OTHER PLACES...ITS IS STRAIGHT FORWARD AWESOME SUSHI!

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