Roast turkey sandwich – Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse

Roast turkey sandwich - Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse
Whole wheat hero, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, mild pepper rings, pickle on the side. $6.49
Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse, Los Gatos CA

The sandwiches at Los Gatos Meats are delicious! They smoke and roast all their meats and make their own sauces too. Come hungry because the sandwiches are huge – heck yeah!

Los Gatos Meats pink pig bbq grill
Los Gatos Meats pink pig bbq grill, cute!!!

Vasona Reservoir
Vasona Reservoir.

The Sao Paolo burger – Frjtz

The Sao Paolo burger - Frjtz
6 oz burger served on a Dutch crunch bun with bacon, fried egg, cheddar cheese, mild peppers, caramelized red onions, chipotle remoulade, lettuce, tomato, and pickles. $13
Frjtz, San Francisco CA

This was a pretty large burger, not necessarily from the beef patty but from all the toppings! The meat was juicy and flavorful so I can’t complain. 🙂

Scenic graffiti mural
Scenic graffiti mural on construction boards.

Brandon’s grass fed beef burger – Grub

Brandon's grass fed beef burger - Grub
Housemade bacon, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and sriracha aioli served on a toasted pain de mie bun. $13
Grub, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this burger was pretty tasty! It was well cooked and had lots of flavor. I loved the soft, toasted pain de mie and the thick slices of bacon. The sriracha aioli could’ve had more kick though.

Spiral aloe
Spiral aloe with emerging inflorescences (Aloe polyphlla, Xanthorrhoeaceae), West Field Road.

Mini burgers – Matchbox Palm Springs

Mini burgers - Matchbox Palm Springs

Hand-pattied certified angus beef, toasted brioche, pickles, and onion straws. Three for $9
Matchbox Palm Springs, Palm Springs CA

Thank goodness that we really liked our server/bartender because the food at Matchbox wasn’t all that good. These sliders were on the boring side – I mean they could have at least toasted and buttered the buns. The onion straws were also too thin to really enjoy and they quickly became soggy.

Random monster gargoyle

Random monster gargoyle, North Palm Canyon Drive.

Prather Ranch burger – Starbelly

Prather Ranch burger - Starbelly
March 2, 2014. With aged cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, house cut fries and pickle, grilled sesame seed challah bun. $13
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

Apparently, Starbelly believes that their burger is SO amazing that it needs 1 hour to prepare it and get it to your table. Puh-lease! This was my final meal at Starbelly, and it wasn’t even that good. Time to move onto greener pastures.

Prather Ranch burger - Starbelly
January 1, 2013. Roasted onions, lettuce, tomato, house cut fries and pickle, grilled sesame seed challah bun. $13

Fried chicken sandwich – Hi Tops

Fried chicken sandwich - Hi Tops

Spicy rooster slaw, pickles, served with fries. $12
Hi Tops, San Francisco CA

I love the sandwiches at Hi Tops. They’re big and messy and packed with flavor. This fried chicken sandwich was delicious, but the chicken was a little on the greasy side. The rooster slaw was amazing though. The fries were tasty but most of them were kinda short and annoying to eat.

SF Giant & Fixin’s burger – It’s Tops Coffee Shop

SF Giant & Fixin's burger - It's Tops Coffee Shop
“It’s Tops award-winning fresh ground burgers are juicy and hand formed. Fixin’s are grilled onion, mayo, lettuce, tomato and pickles.” Added Monterey jack cheese and subsituted crispy onion rings. $11.20
It’s Tops Coffee Shop, San Francisco CA

I’d been meaning to finally try this hole-in-the-wall 50’s diner on Market Street. We were starving after a night at the theatre so we decided to duck in for a late meal on our way home. The restaurant decor is very kitschy and the service was super friendly, but the food was marginal verging on just plain bad. This burger was pretty large, but really boring and sad looking. The onion rings were limp, soggy and greasy. Ew!

Anchor Steam beer - It's Tops Coffee Shop

Anchor Steam beer.

Garlic kimukatsu set – Kimukatsu

Garlic kimukatsu set - Kimukatsu
With cabbage salad, rice, miso soup, Japanese pickle, and choice of special sauce. $19
Kimukatsu, Honolulu HI

This kimukatsu flavor was pretty good, but a little greasy again. I really enjoyed the dipping sauce and the Japanese pickles were delicious and totally assuaged my salt cravings. The miso soup also had strips of fried tofu in it which was tasty!

Cabbage salad - Kimukatsu
Cabbage salad.

Steamed rice - Kimukatsu
Steamed rice.

Miso soup - Kimukatsu
Miso soup.

Japanese pickles - Kimukatsu
Japanese pickles.

Salt and spring onion sauce - Kimukatsu
Salt and spring onion sauce.

Tea - Kimukatsu

Tea. Complimentary

Lollipop plant (Pachystachys lutea, Acanthaceae)
Lollipop plant or golden shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea, Acanthaceae), Ainahau Triangle Park.

Black pepper kimukatsu set – Kimukatsu

Black pepper kimukatsu - Kimukatsu
With cabbage salad, rice, miso soup, Japanese pickle, and choice of special sauce. $19
Kimukatsu, Honolulu HI

This was the first time I’d ever tried kimukatsu, and it was very tasty! It’s made with thinly sliced pork cutlet stacked into 25 layers, covered in breadcrumbs, and deep-fried for 8 minutes. It sounded intriguing so I had to try it. It thought it was really flavorful and tender, but it was a little on the greasy side probably because they fry it on a low temperature. The set is quite large so I was definitely full afterward.

Cabbage salad - Kimukatsu
Large bowl of cabbage salad for the table.

Steamed rice - Kimukatsu
Steamed rice.

Miso soup - Kimukatsu
Miso soup.

Japanese pickles - Kimukatsu
Japanese pickles.

Ume shiso ponzu - Kimukatsu
Ume shiso ponzu sauce.

Asahi beer - Kimukatsu

Asahi draft. $5.50

Tahitian dancers
Tahitian dancers, Canoe Pageant, Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie.

Bloody mary – Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand

Bloody mary - Hula's Bar & Lei Stand

Happy hour $5
Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, Honolulu HI

Hula’s is a pretty low key bar situated near Waikiki Beach. It’s a great place to relax during the day and they have great happy hour prices – heck yeah! At night, it gets super busy but I’m usually buzzed by then and back at the hotel sleeping. 🙂

Hula's balcony
View from Hula’s balcony.

Mini cheeseburger combo – Super Duper Burgers

Mini cheeseburger combo - Super Duper Burgers
One 4 ounce patty, ground daily all natural Niman Ranch beef. “Everything on it” with lettuce, tomato, red onions, Super sauce. Served with fries and Diet Coke. $9.40
Super Duper Burgers, San Francisco CA

They cook their patties to medium and it was very juicy and tender, noms! I don’t even mind that the burger was mini because with the fries, pickles and drink it was plenty of food for me.

Mini cheeseburger combo - Super Duper Burgers
This is a pretty yummy plate for a cheat meal. I’d rather eat at Super Duper than some fast food joint.

French fries - Super Duper Burgers
French fries. These were pretty good and fresh out of the fryer.

Homemade pickles - Super Duper Burgers
Homemade pickles. Complimentary
They keep these babies at the condiment counter. I grabbed a few because I love pickles!

Diet Coke - Super Duper Burgers

Diet Coke.

Super Duper soft serve sign

Super Duper soft serve sign. I haven’t tried their cones yet, but it’ll be nice once the weather warms up again. I love soft serve!