Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Check Out Plan Check

Odd name for a restaurant till I found out the name "Plan Check" stems from its location at 1800 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles; adjacent to the Building and Safety Department where you get your building permits.

The menu though not extensive has a nice variety from oysters, baked crab dip, burgers, fried chicken, short ribs, tuna and of course, fries, salads and even ice cream floats; not to mention interesting cocktails, beer and wine.

My son needed a ride to the valley at 4:30 p.m. from Century City.  Sandi and I didn't want to head back on the 405 Freeway at 6:00 p.m. so I called my brother Gary and asked him to suggest a place to eat close to the freeway. He suggested Plan Check; hence we ended up there.

I immediately zoomed on the burgers which looked Very interesting. The Blueprint Burger had smoked blue cheese, pig candy, which is bacon cooked in brown sugar, fried onions, roasted garlic steak sauce and peppercress. We ordered one of those and the Chefs Favorite Burger which was described with having cheese 2 ways, bacon 2 ways, ketchup leather (dehydrated ketchup) so as not to get the bun soggy; hot sauce and a sunny fried egg. We both had to see what made this the chef's favorite... so we split both burgers.

We started with the Chefs Favorite.  I gave Sandi the chore of cutting that in half. We were both unsure of the fried egg sharing quarters with our burger though we both like fried eggs.  We were in an adventurous mood. It seems easier to be adventurous when you're on a diet.  I had the first bite and ohhhhh myyyy God! It was the best burger...better that Umami or Father's Office.  Sandi didn't even know about the egg till she saw it and she had her doubts.  The doubt popped like a bubble as soon as she had her bite.

The Blueprint Burger was very good but only if you get tired of the the Chefs Favorite.
We also ordered a side of Sweet Potato Waffle Fries fried in beef tallow served with peach ketchup. That was good but way too much for both of us. We enjoyed the peach ketchup which was sweet.

We were so stuffed and guilty so we didn't even talk about desserts. This is a place I definitely recommend. They do not take reservations; we were lucky to walk right in at 6:30 p.m. The place is very noisy so this is not a romantic or business venue. It's high energy and just a place to get good food.

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