Day 5 of Guacafornia features Eggslut from Grand Central Market, The Pie Hole in DTLA as well as Umami Burger and Popbar at the Anaheim Packing District! I can’t believe how much food we ate on this day now that i’m relaying it back to write this post, wow! If you want to read up on where else I went this trip, head over to my Guacafornia series and get caught up!
For this day trip to LA, I had to familiarize myself with the transit system in California. Luckily, I’m super familiar with figuring out the transit system in Vancouver so it wasn’t that complicated. We took the Metrolink to LA Union Station and walked to Grand Central Market. Right when we got to the entrance, I saw the bright glowing sign of Eggslut.
Here’s some backstory on my “relationship” with Eggslut. I found out about it in November of 2014. Exactly. Here’s a blast to the past embedded tweet for you as proof, not that you really need it…
theres a restaurant in LA called EggSlut … i need to go
— Iris Wong (@iiirrrisss) November 13, 2014
So basically, it took me 2 years to actually be able to go after finding out about it. And i’ve been following them since then, I’m super dedicated.
Ok, back to the glorious sight of the Eggslut sign. The sign definitely peaked my excitement from the 20 minute walk in the sun to get there but then I looked at the long line that basically wrapped around the space Eggslut resided. If you know me, there’s no way I would have backed out. I waited 2 long years to try them and there’s no way I’m getting intimidated by this line! (However, I did line up for the bathroom a level below that was very long and daunting & this woman kept trying to budge in front of me the whole wait??) Ok. As I’m typing this I’m definitely a rambler. I can’t help it. I’ll try to summarize my experience in shorter sentences now!
Please excuse the lack-of-quality photos. Long line = super hungry = 5 second to take photos.
Quick summary: Bacon, Egg & Cheese was pretty standard (I didn’t actually eat this but I’m guessing it was good and standard? How could you go wrong?) Slut (cage-free coddled egg on top of a smooth potato purée, poached in a glass jar, topped with gray salt and chives, served with slices of baguette) was amazing. I love anything with eggs so along with the potato puree was incredible! I just wish it was a tad less salty! Gaucho, the lunch sandwich offered after 11:30am (seared wagyu tri-tip steak, cage-free over medium egg, chimichurri, red onions and dressed arugula in a warm brioche bun) was everything I had hoped for. Steak and eggs, served straight up on a plate or in a brioche bun is my dream. The steak being wagyu was the cherry on top! Also, I’m a huge arugula fan so this was pretty made made for me.
We were on a tight schedule to catch a train back so we had to quickly stop by The Pie Hole, wait in the line, grab our pies to go and take an uber back to the station! I wish we didn’t have to because taking the pies to-go wasn’t the best for photos, sadly. Got the Cereal Killer Cheesecake (there’s fruity pebbles in it!) and Mom’s Strawberry Pie (it got ruined on the ride back lol). I wasn’t that impressed with the Strawberry pie honestly. The cheesecake however, was photogenic and delicious!
After a long nap we uber-ed to Anaheim Packing District, which is my new favourite place in California. I just love the atmosphere and the design of the place. There also happens to be A LOT of different places and things to eat here as well. In the Packard Building, which is right beside the Packing House, is Umami Burger aka that place with the U on the bun. Forgot iced tea in the US comes unsweetened which made me sad. However, the boyfriend got a lemonade so I did a DIY Starbucks-Inspired Green Tea Lemonade by taking a sip of both at the same time LOL. I’m an innovator. I got the Umami Burger (Parmesan frico, shiitake mushroom, roasted tomato, caramelized onions, Umami ketchup) and I couldn’t get past the truffley taste it had as well as the parmesan because hi i’m a cheese hater. Matt got the Manly Burger (house beer-cheddar cheese, bacon lardons, smoked-salt onion strings, Umami ketchup, mustard spread) which was way better than mine and I should’ve gotten it because I guess I’m manly too? We also shared Maple Bacon Fries (sweet potato fries, maple-braised bacon lardons, rosemary Aleppo salt, topped with chives) that were delicious at first but got to be too much after a couple bites.
After all that food, we HAD to stop by Popbar at the Packing House which is where I first found out about Popbar. They recently opened a Popbar at Metrotown but after seeing photos, there’s just something about the one at Anaheim that makes it more worth going. I feel like it might be their attention to detail and making sure each popbar is perfectly decorated. Matt got a Strawberry popSorbetto half dipped in milk chocolate and covered in almonds(? I don’t remember and I can’t tell) with white chocolate drizzle and I went for the Peach popSorbetto half dipped in dark chocolate with white chocolate drizzle. Look how pretty they are! They were really good and perfect for that weather!