Plan Check Kitchen + Bar | Burgers and Churros in Los Angeles

When my friend first asked if I wanted to try out Plan Check Kitchen and Bar, I thought maybe he typed too fast and autocorrect had changed the name of the restaurant… but no, Plan Check it was indeed!

Plan Check is a quirky neighborhood restaurant,

“serving modern American comfort food in a small plate format along with unique cocktails, premium whiskeys and craft beers.”

Their claim to fame is their ketchup leather, a dehydrated square of ketchup with a fruit roll-up texture.  (Tomatoes are considered a fruit right?)  I had to do a doable take when seeing this on the menu, but knew I had to try it right away.

PCB (Plan Check Burger)

PCB (Plan Check Burger) – americanized dashi cheese, ketchup leather, schmaltz onions, mixed pickles, crunch bun.

While I opted for the Plan Check Burger, my friend was more adventurous and tried the Chefs Favorite Burger; served with a fried egg and topped off with hot sauce!

Chefs Favorite Burger

Chefs Favorite Burger – cheese two ways, bacon two ways, ketchup leather, sunny fried egg, hot sauce.

To compliment the entrees we decided to split a goat cheese plate, sweet potatoe fries, and churro dessert.

Goat Cheese PlateSweet Potatoe FriesCruller Churro Donut

We both agreed that the ketchup leather was delicious.  However, the most tastiest treat on the menu has to be the churro donut!  Dusted with cinnamon and brown sugar, the crunchy outside hides the vanilla flavored lightly moist texture on the inside.  I’m not quite sure why they call it a “cruller donut” because true cruller fashion would consist of a dense filling, whereas this donut is light on the inside.  Served on top of cream with fruit, asking for it a la mode is really the only way to go.

Inside donut churro

If you are visiting Los Angeles and looking for your burger and churro fix, make sure to check them out.  They have three locations within the area, with one conveniently located in downtown.  Visit their website or check out their reviews on Yelp.

Happy eating!

Carson Kitchen: A Hidden Foodie Gem in Downtown Las Vegas

Over the past couple of years, downtown Las Vegas has undergone major revitalization to make it a place of:

“…Inspiration, Entrepreneurial Energy, Creativity, Innovation, Upward Mobility, and Discovery…” – downtown project

The old Las Vegas is becoming new again and lucky for us the restaurants it’s attracting are fun, vibrant, and delicious. This past winter, my friends and I decided to check out the new old Las Vegas. On the hunt for coin machines and lunch we stumbled upon Carson Kitchen, a real hidden foodie gem in the downtown area, just a little shy of Freemont Street. When I say this is a hidden gem, it’s no joke, this place is really hard to find! The address has the restaurant listed on 6th Street, but the entrance is actually found in between 6th and Las Vegas off of E Carson Ave.

Old school soda

Carson Kitchen

124 S 6th St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

http://www.carsonkitchen.com

The place itself gives off a very eclectic hipster vibe.  There’s a communal table by the bar, rustic tables, exposed beams, semi-open kitchen, industrial lighting, and a rooftop patio. The plates are on the smaller side, meant to be more tapas style – sharable. Being that I visited the restaurant with a group of guys, it was safe to say that no one was interested in sharing. We did order one appetizer, the Wellington Empanadas, which were flaky and juicy, and then each person ordered their own entrée. The decision among the group was unanimous, everyone absolutely loved their food. The burgers were flavorful and juicy, the pizza crispy and balanced, and the mac and cheese was the perfect comfort food. The only thing missing were the coin slots, but it was nice to catch a little break from all the typical Vegas noise.

Wellington Empanadas - Beef

Wellington Empanadas – beef tenderloin, duxelles $10

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Butter Burger – boursin, cheddar, lettuce, tomato $14

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Jerk Turkey Burger – mango chutney slaw $14

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Wild Mushroom – asparagus pesto, cabrales bleu $12

Baked Mac & Cheese - $12

Baked Mac & Cheese – $12