Let's Go Bowling. With Rice...
3300 Overland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
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Type: Restaurant, Cafe
Category: Dinner, Late-Night
Company: Chill Date, Friends, Visitors, Co-Workers, EVERYONE
Quick-Rec: Go hungry and go often. Doesn't sell beer or liquor and it is "highly frowned upon" to bring a flask, "water bottle," or any other carry-in beverage container (to list a few hints).
OTC Tip: Introduce yourself to everyone. Make friends. Seek out Micko, the GM. Fall in love.
Who knew the gateway to gastronomical heaven was in the back corner of a tiny strip mall on Overland and Motor? Well, now you do.
Chego is the first restaurant of the notorious Roy Choi, self-described as "THE BEST! NUMBA JUAN! So friggin good you're too happy eating it to describe how delicious it is" - sound like the definition for euphoria? You bet.
So, what is it? Well, basically an assorted menu of delicious tasty-tasty-drool items that you end up mixing all together anyways to make a textured mash of charred-tenders meats, indiscernible veggies, spice, and rice. Basically, the bomb.com. Squared. To the millionth power of infinity. But enough talk..Drool on...
Chubby Pork Belly: Kochujang-lacquered kurobuta, w/fried egg, pickled watermelon radishes, water spinach, cilantro, cotija, peanuts
Side of Sour Cream Sambal: Usually comes with the Sour Cream Hen House...but I like creamy sauces so...yea. I got a side. WHAT?
Steak-In-The-Heart Sandwich: Prime rib sandwich on grilled ciabatta, wok-seared onions, roasted garlic Irish butter, cheese, green sauce
Rock Yer Road: Chocolate ice cream, smoked almonds, caramel, brownies, melting marshmallow fluff, Luxardo cherry
As we were finishing our meal, Micko stopped by our table to check in. Now, even though I'm not really known for being shy about my opinions, in even an epic display for myself I stood up, spread my arms like a boned chicken, and proclaimed "I.LOVE.YOU."
Aggressive? Maybe. Perhaps it's just that my stomach is shameless. It's cool, we're all friends on Facebook now -NBD.
Now, for details about the above: all I really have are three pieces of advice - either 1) Go and order everything and/or 2) Go everyday until you have, collectively, ordered everything...
...I plan on going back next week (and moving in the week following that) so if you see me there (probably a plus-15 pounds version), pull up a seat and let's "share."
Mini Rhubarb Pie: Rhubarb, meyer lemon, brown sugar crumble, all-butter crust served warm with homemade vanilla bean icecream.