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

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Loteria Grill


(fancy Mexican tapas....kill me please)

Los Angeles

From Best Thing I Ever Ate


4228 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles
This place is fancy Mexcian food.....that serves smalls plates tapas style....pure unadulterated hell for me

I have already explained my hatred of tapas and sharing food.....but fancy Mexican....no thank you

When I go for Mexican...I don't want fancy...I don't want veal burritos or oxtail quesidilla..I don't want authentic...I don't want mole sauce with grilled pablano chiles smuggled over the border in the owner's grandmothers underboob...I want American-ized Mexican..I want all you can eat salsa and chips, guacamole, and the most americanized mexican dish....the crepe of Americanized Mexican...THE SIZZLING delicious FAJITA...when you say Mexican...it' Fajita time all the way!  I am still in search for the best fajita in America....when Bobby Flay did a fajita throwdown on Throwdown with Bobby Flay, which is featured on my list, it was versus some catholic priest in San Diego who only cooks it once a year for like Lint or Easter....

The best fajita I have ever had was at Chili's...so like I said...my hunt for the best RESTAURANT fajita is on...

This place is fancy...need to order 4 (MINI) gourmet tacos full of braised meats with organic veggies and sauces that were made with the tears of orphan gypsies.....

It not mind blowing...it's not even incredible...its good...

Tip: If you order tacos, get them wrapped in lettuce rather than a tortilla...as it is healthier....but more delicious than the tortillas they have...which are made with flour saved from the Mayans and Aztecs...or so they claim...

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