Omusubi at Sunny Blue in Culver City. Great, warm, not-too-dense rice with superb seaweed, in a modern Japanese space, both indoor and outdoor. Pricing wasn't too bad, but yet in the end I was somewhat underwhelmed. Miso beef, spicy salmon, and chicken curry fillings were their top three, and while good, none actually impressed me. They've got a bunch of others that might be better the next time around.
Lunch with Jennifer and her son Logan at Hide Sushi a little later. Perhaps the best value in sushi in the area, the salmon, octopus, hirame (yellowtail), scallop special, and uni were all quite good. Jennifer also got her monkfish liver. Good times, and good to finally meet Baby Logan!
Finally, dinner at The Hook and Plow with the Hacketts, on one of Alan's occasional visits to LA. Made it down with Dave and Kathy, then the beer and seafood chowder started flowing at The Hook and Plow. Truffle oil fries and seafood chowder were good but didn't meet with the hype, unfortunately that was also true for the pork belly and scallops. (great scallops, bland pork belly) The burger looked amazing, and the table next to us had the tomahawk (mmmm steak), which looked crazy good too.
t'was good to catch up with the Hacketts!