Ladies Who Brunch

Object of Our Affection: Big Star’s Sonoran Hot Dog by disastercouch
December 6, 2010, 11:25 pm
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I had already eaten three tacos when they brought me this

What do you do when your overloaded hot dog has gotten too big for its bun?  If you’re the wizards of drinky time Mexican food at Big Star, you just get yourself a bigger bun.  Nothing short of a bolillo roll can contain the insanity of a bacon wrapped hot dog, surrounded by pinto beans, swimming in salsa, guacamole, mustard, mayonaisse, and onion.  How am I supposed to fit this guy in with my usual order of guac, queso fundido, and a bushel of tacos?  But that’s my problem.


Sunday Sushi at Usagi Ya by disastercouch
December 6, 2010, 11:18 pm
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Spicy Tuna Tataki, Summer, Snow Ball

Usagi Ya is solid neighborhood spot featuring two beautiful semi-private window boxes for group dining.  Fans of lapine samurai Usagi Yojimbo  might guess that the name is Japanese for Rabbit House, an apt descriptor for its cozy environs on Sunday, when we gobbled down their Spicy Tuna Tataki (spicy tuna, tempura shrimp, and avocado wrapped in seared tuna), Summer (jalapeno, cilantro, avocado, tuna and yellowtail), Snow Ball (white truffle sauce, white tuna, scallion), and Fire (not pictured, a tempura battered tuna roll in a bath of chili oil) rolls.  Really nice sushi, lovingly presented.  We love that you order using the sushi checklist cards that are becoming less and less common these days.  We also tried one non-sushi appetizer, apparently their house speciality, beef tataki, consisting of very rare thin sliced beef with seaweed and a ponzu sauce.  Very simple and really really good, in true Japanese fashion.  It was very quiet on a Sunday afternoon, which hardly surprised us, but the stripped down team provided extremely courteous and quick service, and we were able to use a dining coupon by showing them the deal on our smartphone.  The space is attractive, with some… interesting …local art displayed on the walls.  We’ll have to see it fully lit on a busy night to see how the restaurant measures up to its hidden urban sushi bar promise.