Fooding roundup from Erik and Katie's visit! Started with Leo's Taco Truck-- wasn't as good as El Chato down the street, but that might be more of how they do the meats-- thin sliced bits here instead of thicker pieces, probably a style preference. Both are excellent and worth a visit, although parking may be a tad easier at Leo's, plus they have a few plastic tables for you to eat at.
Pono Burger in Santa Monica is a hipster burger place set in a modern quonset hut. Pretty decent atmosphere with solid burgers and so-so french fries, plus some decent but forgettable ice cream. Had the regular Pono burger with sharp cheddar and bacon, and honestly I can't even remember the bacon. I think the shakes might have been tastier, but honestly I would go somewhere else for dessert.
Lunch at Hurry Curry for their customary excellent Japanese curry. Kara age is a bit too sweet but the rest was delicious as always. Had a break by myself with a late night dinner in Rowland Heights at Monja Taiker, for their deep fried (?) char shu. Got it with a large bowl of noodles and ground pork instead of the more popular rice; I think rice might be the way to go, but the noodles were still very good. And the deep fried char shu ("red grain pork") was just different enough to be a tasty change from the usual.
Cold soba at Yabu is probably the best on the westside, and the tempura isn't bad. Sushi was better this visit as well- yum!
Capped off Erik and Katie's visit with kbbq at Oo-Kook and dessert at Diddy Riese. Caught Constant and Jacqui in k-town and ate enough brisket, tongue, bulgogi, beef belly, octopus, and galbi til we could barely move (NOM NOM NOM!), then the long line at Diddy Riese let us digest enough for an ice cream sandwich. So good!