Hello The San Franciscan!

Hello The San Franciscan!

Growing up in the South Bay; I had always seen this South Bay staple; The San Franciscan. Located in Torrance’s busy Sepulveda blvd is this restaurant. They’ve been there since 1963! From the street there are no windows and it always made me intrigued to see what this place was all about. Back in 2018; The San Franciscan even won The Daily Breeze’s “Hidden Gem of Torrance” award. They have also been voted in the South Bay as having the “Best Steak” for the past 20 years.

Just recently my boyfriend celebrated his birthday. Being both current Torrance locals; I thought it would be nice to support a Torrance restaurant and I chose to get takeout from here for his birthday dinner.

My boyfriend is a big salad fan and was happy to see The San Franscian have three different salads to choose from. They had a Chef’s Salad, a Shrimp Louie and a Charbroiled Chicken Salad. I chose The Chef’s Salad for us. It was one huge salad. It was a big spread of crisp greens that was topped julienne of turkey breast, ham, cheese, tomato and egg. The cheese itself consisted of cheddar and swiss! It was quite impressive as well as quite tasty. Needless to say my boyfriend who is a salad lover was quite happy.

For the appetizer; I got us the Eggplant Parmesan. If my boyfriend is a big salad fan; I am a big eggplant fan. Similar to the salad; they gave us quite a healthy portion for the Eggplant Parmesan. It consisted of several eggplant pieces smothered in delightful marinara sauce and topped with oozing layers of cheese. Though The San Franciscan is a popular steak house; they certainly could give Italian restaurants a run for their money.

Speak of steak; I definitely had to get us some prime rib here. Prime Rib is the meat that this steakhouse is famous for. Their prime rib is properly aged and slow roasted to seal in the natural juices. It is even hand carved to order. They’ve got three different cuts. They have a House Special (half pound), a Franciscan cut (three quarter pound) and the Diamond Jim (nineteen ounces). Each prime rib entree comes with warm sourdough bread, choice of soup or salad, and choice of baked potato, steak fries, fresh vegetables, or rice pilaf. I got us the Franciscan cut along with soup and rice pilaf. The soup changes daily and we ended up with Split Pea.

Overall the main entree was a winner. Our medium well prime rib was perfectly tender and juicy. The au jus was on point and perfect for the prime rib. I also quite enjoyed the rice pilaf. It was very flavorful and went well with the meat. The side soup and sourdough bread were also perfect pairs for one another. I loved that the thick broth of the split pea. It was great to dip the sourdough bread in. We were quite happy campers with this meal.

The San Franciscan is no longer a mystery to me. I am happy and pleased that I finally got to try this Torrance icon and will definitely be back. The food for here made for an awesome birthday dinner for my boyfriend!

For more smiles; please see my Yelp Review on The San Franciscan.

Hello Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar!

Hello Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar!

It’s February, love month!  Although this Kitty has yet to find her Dear Daniel, I still found a way to enjoy this happy hearts month with some good eats and good treats via visiting Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar in El Segundo, California with friends.

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I’ve never ever dined at Fleming’s before but one can say I managed to build up a little infatuation with dining here one day. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday, it seemed a perfect time to try Fleming’s out. It is only on Sundays that they offer their Prime Rib Dinner. The prime rib is served with a trio of sauces and includes your choice of salad, one side dish and dessert.

The choices for the salad are New Wedge, Modern Caesar or Fleming’s Salad.

The Fleming’s salad comes with candied walnuts, dried cranberries, tomatoes, onions, herbed crostini and lemon vinaigrette. It’s a nice light salad with subtle fruity flavor due to the cranberries and lemon vinaigrette.

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I though the Fleming’s salad would be my favorite but it turns out the New Wedge was more to my liking. The New Wedge comes with grape tomatoes, crispy onions, caramelized bacon and blue cheese.

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When the New Wedge came out I was surprised with the large rectangular blue cheese that came with it. The blue cheese brought a lot of flavor to this salad and it was pleasantly offset with the caramelized bacon. The bacon similar to the blue cheese was a pleasant surprise. This piece of bacon had the perfect sweet glaze that brought a little sweetness to the salty.

When it came to choosing the sides, it was a bit hard for me to choose. Did I want their signature onion rings or their creamed spinach or the truffle parsley mashed potatoes? Ahh decisions, decisions, decisions. It’s like trying to choose a Dear Daniel.  I had heard so many good things about Fleming’s sides and it was hard for me to pick. Thankfully at Fleming’s their sides are meant to share.

Two of the most popular sides made it to our table that night.

The truffle parsley mashed potatoes was one that I’ve heard many rave about.

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Upon first bite, it is not hard to see why so many foodies have a crush on this dish. It’s creamy, soft, smooth and delightful!

Not to be outdone is Fleming’s chipotle cheddar macaroni and cheese.

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This side dish came out piping hot! With it’s chewy pasta, creamy cheesy sauce and crispy edges all around, this dish was to die for.

The main course of prime rib was a true winner.

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It’s one of the reasons I’ve had the infatuation of wanting to dine at Fleming’s for such a long time. I’ve heard so much about their quality of meat and wanted to check it out for myself. Upon trying the prime rib here, I finally knew what everyone was raving about. The prime was perfectly tender and juicy  with very little fat. It was also one huge portion.

Though the prime rib and sides were delightful, I had to make sure however to leave plenty of room for their dessert here at Fleming’s.

The waiter told me ahead that the chocolate lava cake is very popular here and thus I had to try it!

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Yes, all you need is love and lava cake. This cake is for all those chocolate lovers in the world! It’s a fresh baked chocolate cake with a molten center of belgian chocolate. It is served with premium vanilla ice cream and chopped pistachios. Once you slice the cake, the belgian chocolate comings oozing out. It’s a very rich, chocolate treat. The vanilla ice cream on the side is a sweet partner to the chocolate.

One other dessert that I had my eye on was the creme brûlée. Ahh this kitty definitely has a creme brûlée crush.

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Here at Fleming’s, their creme brûlée is a creamy tahitian vanilla bean custard served with fresh seasonal berries. I loved the overall smooth texture of this dessert. Not too sweet, it made it’s way right to my foodie heart.

It really was hard to choose which dessert I liked more. The chocolate lava cake was more rich in flavor while the creme brûlée was on the lighter side. I was definitely torn between two dessert loves. One day I hope to meet the Dear Daniel who gives me the same reaction when I see chocolate lava cake and creme brûlée haha but for now those desserts can be my Valentine for now! 😉

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Dining at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar for this first time this February was truly a hearty and happy experience for this foodie!

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Happy Hearts Month my hello kitty foodies! You all are my real Valentines! Thanks for reading and for all the blog love! Xoxo and hello kitty hugs to you all.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar.

 

 

 

Hello Brickworks Roasthouse & Grill!

Hello Brickworks Roasthouse & Grill!

Early this year I dined at Manhattan Village’s Brickworks Roasthoast and Grill. It was during the Lent season however and so I couldn’t eat many of their well known dishes. I wrote my Yelp review I was one “happy rabbit” with my wood grilled vegetable sandwich but I was definitely looking forward to trying out some of their other items on that menu. Just recently I had a chance to do that during a dinner out with my friends at Brickworks.

We started off our dinner here with the Charred Poblano and Corn Guacamole with tortilla chips appetizer. This was a very lovely starter. The guacamole has a pleasant mild sweet taste due to the corn that they mixed in. There was also a little cool zest provided by the poblano and onions mixed in. The tortilla chips were light, fresh and crisp.

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The next appetizer we tried were the Devilishly Delicious Deviled Eggs. These deviled eggs were amazing. They had spice and little pieces of bacon on top. Flavorful hints of cayenne spice, little bits of bacon and soft eggs made this heavenly. Yes, heavenly 😉

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My friends got salads for their entrees. One of my friends got the Filet Mignon Salad. It was a beautifully plated salad with chipotle ranch, marinated filet chunks, pine nuts, romaine, corn, roasted peppers, jicamas and black beans.

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Someone else got the Beijing Roasted Chicken Salad. This was another lovely looking salad. It had chinese noodles, persian cucumbers, fresh mango, almonds, green onion and sesame peanut dressing. My friend described it best when she said it was like a lettuce wrap in salad form.

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For my entree, I got the prime rib dip. I’ve had my eye on that sandwich ever since my first trip here and since I couldn’t eat it then, I had to try it this time around. It was one packed sandwich with plenty of tender shaved prime rib. It came with an awesome rich beef jus for dipping and crispy shoestring fries on the side. The bread of the sandwich was hot and fresh and the prime rib was slow roasted to perfection. It was hearty, meaty and yummy.

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Dinner at Brickworks Roasthouse and Grill with my friends brought plenty of smiles this Monday night!