An appetizer…

Thanks to everyone for taking a look at my new blog, where I’ll be reviewing restaurants around the Los Angeles area throughout the season. I can’t really call myself an expert or a true food critic, but I love to try new restaurants and so we though it would be cool to show off some of my favorites…or maybe some of those that I won’t be going back to anytime soon.

Keep checking back throughout the year and feel free to leave comments or even recommendations. I’ll do my best to answer them whenever I can.

49 comments

  1. dodgerdope

    Try reviewing some spots close to the stadium that you may recommend fans hit before the game. I like Philippe’s, where the French dip was invented. I think you’d get mobbed if you went there, though, since it’s a regular spot for Dodgers fans.

  2. jjlacs

    Great idea Andre – you should also give reviews on places to eat when you’re on the road. I’m sure some of the fans out there can give you some suggestions on places to check out. Food, travel, and baseball – you’d be “living the dream!”

    btw, great job this season and good luck on with your new initiative with the Rescue Mission – let us know what we can do to help.

  3. kent.yamachi@gmail.com

    Great idea Andre, and hope you have fun doing it. If it isn’t too ‘touristy’, try to get some shots of the food and the restaurant environment in the write-ups.

    Also, how about a write up and some shots of a Major League post-game spread? It’s something fans hear about all the time, but I don’t know if many know exactly what it’s like.

  4. sunshine43

    Welcome to the blogging world! Hope to see many a great post from you. BTW … great slide tonight into the wall … I hope it didn’t hurt too much. We could hear the impact all the way up in the top deck!

  5. junkyardjamie

    Andre,
    This is a great idea!!!! You are kind of like the Rachael Ray of Los Angeles. I am a avid Dodger fan that lives in California’s central valley, and I love the idea of knowing where to dine when we are in town. We come to LA a couple times a month during the baseball season, if not more. BTW – awesome game yesterday even though it wasn’t the result I’m sure you guys wanted. Like the previous poster – I hope you didn’t hurt yourself too badly on that slide into the wall – nice save, though!! I am also very impressed with your work with the Rescue Mission. You are a class act. 🙂

  6. junkyardjamie

    Andre,
    Great idea – you will be like the Rachael Ray of Los Angeles. I am an avid Dodger fan and come to Los Angels at least twice a month during the baseball season, and it will great to know where to go for dining.

  7. jhallwally

    Hi Andre. Thanks for the blog and your work in the community. Also your fine efforts on the field. I don’t know if you read the Inside the Dodgers blog, but you are a favorite over there. Looking forward to reading your reviews.

  8. junkyardjamie

    Sorry for the double post, Andre. I am not seeing my posts, and I was told by a fellow blogger that it’s been posted twice – very strange 🙂

  9. dodgereric

    Hi Andre!

    Like jhall above me said, you’re one of the favorites among the fans and we hope you know it. You really ought to go to Inside the Dodgers and see for yourself if you ever get any time. There’s a few knuckleheads of course, but a lot of really thoughtful interaction and fun reading.

    Keep hittin’ them on the screws and God Bless you for the work you and the other Dodgers are doing in the community.

  10. cpompe1

    Hey there Andre!
    I have watched a lot of Dodgers baseball; you are far and away my favorite Dodger! Just like dnelson, jhall, and dodgereric say, I would encourage you go to Inside the Dodgers. Yes there are knuckleheads there, but it is great reading. I comment occasionally but I love to read what others have to say.

    Getting back to the reason for your blog, maybe on a day off (since there’s no MLB team over here) but if you (and maybe some of your teammates) make your way to Ventura, try my favorite restaurant, Chicago for Ribs. Their ribs are terrific and very tender; their BBQ sauce is to die for IMHO.

    Oh, by the way, I believe congrats are in order; you and your wife are expecting, huh? Can’t wait to see pics posted! 🙂

  11. cpompe1

    Oh, hey Andre. If you can tell those “powers-that-be” to put a link to your blog on the Dodgers’ homepage, it would make it alot easier to blog with you. Thx…

  12. oldbrooklynfan

    Andre
    I thought I’d never get logged in.
    We met last Saturday night after the game at Shea Stadium, when you came out to greet your family.
    You may not remember, but I shook your hand, you gave me your autograph and I took your picture.
    I was wearing a blue Dodger shirt and an LA cap and I’m a gray headed old timer.
    Regardless, Good luck with your Dining and your Blog.

  13. hdonaghy@cox.net

    Hi Andre,
    This will be very helpful. I visit my daughter in LA several times a year, at least twice in the summer to see a couple of Dodger games each time and, of course to eat out.

    Last summer, as I was returning to Las Vegas from LA,
    I met your mother, Priscilla. I was reading a book, and was using a Dodger game stub as a bookmark. She noticed it, and told me she was Andre Ethier’s mother. I blurted out, “I love Andre Ethier.” From that point on she treated me like a VIP. I received one of your baseball cards signed, and I got to see your wedding pictures etc. We chatted about your career and the fact that my daughter and I had just seen you hit a home run that ultimately decided the game. It was a great trip back home, and I have often wished I asked how to contact her so that we might occasionally discuss your on-going career.
    Harry Donaghy

  14. junkyardjamie

    Andre – I thought of a question last night.
    Do you consider yourself a good cook/chef? When I read the Inside Dodgers post by Josh, he mentioned you were the one BBQing. Thanks again for doing this. It really is a great idea, and I can’t wait to see what you guys did for the Food Network. My husband went to UNLV’s school of hotel and restaurant administration so obviously food is a big part of our lives, and he owns a kitchenware store in the town where we live. Have a fabulous day!! 🙂

  15. ethier16

    Hey ‘Dre,
    I read on the Inside the Dodgers blog that you’re typing your blog through a phone. That just made me curious, what type of phone do you have? 🙂

  16. ladgirl27

    hey Andre Ethier!!
    How are you? You are my favorite player from the dodgers. You are a REALLY good player. I’m you #1 fan.I never miss a dodger game. I’m so PROUD of you Dre’. This is a very good idea of helping people around the community. This great idea really helps people especially donating dodger dogs :]
    well i’ll talk to you later bye Ethier!

    love, Brittany!

  17. levy@chapman.edu

    Well, what a great idea! Just don’t get fat—you have the most potential of all the young guys (you, Kemp and Loney). Check out the Ono Hawaiian BBQs around town and also Uncle Bill’s in Manhattan Beach (best breakfasts and best pancakes in SoCal). If you want to visit a great sports bar (not a chain) check out Grunion’s in Manhattan Beach. Glad we got you from the A’s—boy was that a bad trade! Oh well, their loss is our gain. Keep on keepin’ on! Buck18

  18. millyadr32@aol.com

    Hey Andre!

    First of all I just want to say you are a great player! I am a HUGE Dodgers fan! I even work at Dodger stadium =]. I’m one of those fan foto photographers wearing the green shirts. Anyway I suggest you try, if you haven’t already, Lucilles BBQ in the Long Beach Town Center, but there are other locations. It is the best place to have ribs, cornbread, and their lemonade is also really good.

    Well good luck the rest of the season! And see you at the stadium!!!

    ~ Amelia

  19. melrose268@yahoo.com

    Hi, Andre:

    You are to be commended for your work in the community; it seems you are always one of the Dodgers who are out at an event.

    I’m a diehard Blue fan, and my family has had season tickets since 1962. (I wasn’t around then.) You’re one of my favorite Dodgers, and they’d better keep you! It was nice to swipe you away from Billy Beane.

    I’ll be interested in following this blog–the Dodgers and eating out are my two favorite pasttimes. I would second the motion to try Lucille’s BBQ–there are about seven locations but none of them near the downtown area. Maggiano’s is good for Italian–I think there’s one in Pasadena.

    Good luck the rest of the year to the Dodgers and to you, in particular. I’m always behind the Blue.

  20. vclorto@gmail.com

    FLUFFERS! ALL OF YOU!!

    Hey Dre,
    Keep up the great season and don’t take Andruw along and keep him away from the all-you-can eat buffets.

    BTW.
    What does Mo think about your wearing his number?

  21. andre16

    Hey Ethier,:)

    I’m Demi,i’m 14 years oldd andd, Well i’m really glad your doing this because my parents actually own a restarant!it’s called Marisas Mexican Restarant!In La Mirada CA,
    And wee aree like thee biggest Dodgers fan’s:))
    And it would mean the world too me and my family if you came to our restarant some time

    Well good luck with the rest of the season, keep up the great work!!
    love,Demi Palomo!!
    :))

  22. think16blu

    Hey Andre!
    Wow this is a really cool idea! I’m a HUGE fan of yours! you are by far my favorite dodger!! i have been watching EVERY game! so keep up the good work cause you are awsome!!.. there’s a really good restaurant close to the staples center in LA that me and my family go to every once and a while for breakfast and we all LOVE it! Its called ‘the pantry’ i know the name doesn’t sound very appetizing.. haha but their breakfast there is great! check it out sometime! good luck with tonight’s game!!

    (p.s. you guys did great against the cubs!!)

    good luck and keep up all your good work!
    ~amy~

  23. think16blu

    Hey Andre!
    Wow this is a really cool idea! I’m a HUGE fan of yours! you are by far my favorite dodger!! i have been watching EVERY game! so keep up the good work cause you are awsome!!.. there’s a really good restaurant close to the staples center in LA that me and my family go to every once and a while for breakfast and we all LOVE it! Its called ‘the pantry’ i know the name doesn’t sound very appetizing.. haha but their breakfast there is great! check it out sometime! good luck with tonight’s game!!

    (p.s. you guys did great against the cubs!!)

    good luck and keep up all your good work!
    ~amy~

  24. maxcharlie@cox.net

    HEY ANDRE…
    WAS THAT JAPANESE FOOD AS GOOD OR BETTER THAN THE STREET CORNER TACOS WE HAD ??? SEE YOU WHEN PHOENIX GETS UNBEARABLE..KEEP HITTING THAT PELOTA HARD…..BC

  25. luv4dodger

    Hi Andre,
    As a food lover, I think this is a great idea and will be tuning for all new postings. I live in the Central Valley and love going to LA, of course to catch a Dodger game, and get some food while in the city. I enjoy new dinning experience, and will definitely make an effort to try the places you recommend. Keep up the great playing and thanks for the photo on field photo day!!! =o)
    ~Rocio

  26. kballard@socal.rr.com

    Andre,

    Thanks for the dining insights. Is great watching you all play, hopefully this core unit can stay together for many years to come.

    As a fellow meat lover, I will pass along my recommendation for Korean BBQ, specifically short ribs.

    When we go with a big group we have is cooked in the back to save time, but they also offer the cook at your table stuff.

    My best personal experience is with:

    Shik Do Rak
    2501 W Olympic Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90006-2913
    Phone: (213) 384-4148

  27. motsuka@earthlink.net

    Hey Andre!
    Great review on Shabu Hachi! If you ever want to try some other authentic Japanese cuisine restaurants, come out a little south to the South Bay area where Japanese food is real! If you want some great suggestions, let me know!!

  28. samkris@adelphia.net

    Whats up Andre,
    First of all i want to say your one of my kids and my favorite players, definitely a Future Big League Star. I have to recommendations for great food. You probably know this one, Bubba Gump Shrimp Corp, Universal City Walk and Long Beach awesome food great service! The second place is a small Mexican Restaurant in North Hollywood called Ernies Taco House, its on Lankershim about a mile south of the 134 Fwy. This place has been there for ages, you need to try the Skylab Burrito, the place is an old school looking, classic Mex Restaurant.
    Hope you like it, keep up the Stellar play and good luck the rest of the season!
    Joel Delgadillo
    San Dimas, Ca.

  29. ethier16

    So every day I ask myself; why is Andre Ethier so awesome? & I guess its one of those things where ill never get an answer.
    Ps. Great game today! But then again, EVERY game is good as long as you’re playing. C|:

  30. dodgerlover

    Hey Andre,
    I love reading your blog it is so interesting and cool! I love going to LA for Dodger games so now I know some good places to eat. Also I think it is really nice of you to take time out of your day to write about your personal experiences in LA and its food. Well I’m excited to try some of these new things but there is still something about that Dodger Dog!

    Always and Forever,
    Megan

  31. dodgerlover

    Hey Andre,
    I love reading your blog it is so interesting and cool! I love going to LA for Dodger games so now I know some good places to eat. Also I think it is really nice of you to take time out of your day to write about your personal experiences in LA and its food. Well I’m excited to try some of these new things but there is still something about that Dodger Dog!

    Always and Forever,
    Megan

  32. dodgerlover

    Hey Andre,
    I love reading your blog it is so interesting and cool! I love going to LA for Dodger games so now I know some good places to eat. Also I think it is really nice of you to take time out of your day to write about your personal experiences in LA and its food. Well I’m excited to try some of these new things but there is still something about that Dodger Dog!

    Always and Forever,
    Megan

  33. msericav@hotmail.com

    Andre,
    I really enjoyed reading your blog.
    I highly recommend Versailles, a Cuban restaurant in Culver City. It is amazing. If you happen to visit I highly recommend that you try the Ropa Vieja. You will not be disappointed! I look forward to reading your next blog.

    Always a Dodger Fan,
    Erica
    Los Angeles, Ca.

  34. irobnunez1@sbcglobal.net

    You should try out El Mercadito Of East LA …it sits on 1st and Lorena it’s a big place with many Mexican Restruants and there is even a Mariachi on the top floor on Saturdays and Sundays…not to mention I live a few houses down from where it is..it’s awesome try it out

  35. trueblueflip

    If you’re ever in Vegas in the off season try out a place called Ventano’s. It is a little gem about 15-20 minutes from the fabulous Las Vegas strip. It is an oyster bar/ Italian fare with a great view of the strip from a residential neighborhood in Henderson(suburb of Las Vegas). Try the grilled lamb chops on the stone or the beef carpaccio, and from the oyster bar ( if you like them) order a dozen and wash it down with a Moretti beer or your favorite wine. The seafood pan roast is out of this world too! I think your boss J.T. might even like this place. The graveyard(yes it’s open 24 hours) bartender Mike is a die hard Yankee fan from New York with the break your balls accent but he puts up with my extreme Dodgerness cuz I tip him really good and cuz I’m just that cool. If you decide to come visit this place come see me after for a night cap at a place called Tee Shots Bar two miles west of Ventano’s on a street called Horizon Ridge. I usually tend the bar there from Tue-Fri swing(4pm-12am.) Ventano’s is located at 161 S. Arroyo Grande Henderson, NV 89012. Went to see you and the boys when you played Cleveland (my boyfriend is a tribe fan and it was very interesting being at those games with him) last June and will go to game to see your club friday sept 19 with SF. Wish I could have been there last Sunday when you hit that walk off homer against Milwaukee; that was freakin phenomenal!! You are hitting with so much more authority. You Rock Andre!!

    Maricel T. O’Brien
    Henderson, Nevada

  36. dodgers727

    So being salvadorian my recommendation to you is to go try some salvadorian food. If you haven’t tried it you are missing out on some really good food. Once you try it you’ll be hooked on it forever. you can try some Pupusas or some Yuca with chicharron. If you’d like you can take your teammates with you. I’m sure they’ll love it too.Good luck and hope you love this food as much as i do.

  37. roae21@aol.com

    I got a restaurant for you to dine, Its called Damon’s Steakhouse in glendale, CA where they are famous for their Steaks, Mai Tai’s and Chi Chi’s. Then us know what you think.

  38. olecram007@yahoo.com

    Andre,

    Your blog site is one of the few that I keep on coming back to read.

    I think that you should local eateries that fans go to before they head over to Dodger Stadium.

    If in Gardena try Cherrystone’s. It is a Japanese/Hawaiian Steak House.

  39. mrbball24

    Andre,

    You should review the Culver City places. The have opened 5 in downtown Culver City. Very hot place, lots of business. But after the World Series. Ball first then food, no Andrew Jones for the free meal take the wife.

    Rush
    Ford’s Filling (Harrison Ford’s son place)
    Ugo

    ……….Scott

    Life long Dodger fan, bleed Dodger blue

  40. deltransmission@aol.com

    I second kballard’s suggestion – come to the South Bay for Japanese food. I hit up a place called Shin Sen Gumi at least once a month. Their yakitori and ramen are excellent. What can be better than meat on a stick? And they’re extremely welcoming throughout your entire visit. Here’s the link to their website. http://www.shinsengumiusa.com/G_yakitori/index.php
    One thing I would suggest is to buy the cook a beer and toast the staff – it’s a fun ritual.

  41. guitardave63@yahoo.com

    LA loves you Andre, and I think you would like Baby Blues in Venice, on Lincoln, near Rose. It’s a rib joint, try the rib and shrimp combo ( the deuce ) very tasty.

  42. rollthedice1311@yahoo.com

    Thanks Andre! I’m looking forward to reading your reviews. I’m always looking for somewhere new to try, and you give great detail!
    -Monica

  43. alex.join@gmail.com

    I got a restaurant for you to dine, Its called Damon’s Steakhouse in glendale, CA where they are famous for their Steaks, Mai Tai’s and Chi Chi’s. Then us know what you think. free movie

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