Beer Belly: The Good Kind

I’ve put myself back onto a diet starting today. For the wedding and for a fun competition at work, I lost about thirty pounds last year. Since the wedding I’ve gained about fifteen of that back already. I can feel my body being sluggish.

I only have one rule about my diets. Never cut out beer or whiskey. That way if I drink a little too much one night and expel my dinner, it’s a drinking problem and not an eating disorder. Much more socially acceptable.

Knowing I would soon be on my low-calorie intake plan, I decided to check out Beer Belly, a craft beer bar. It’s a welcome addition to Koreatown where Hite is the standard beer and the cohesiveness of the community means everyone else follows suit. Not here though.

The beer selection is great from breweries all over Southern California, and I even found there is a brewery fifteen minutes from my home.

Since there were four of us visiting the place, we decided to go nuts and order lots of stuff from the menu.

Duck fat fries with rasberry aioli dipping sauce.

Artichoke chips with rosemary aioli.

Meatballs. Nothing mind-blowing about this particular dish, but it’s a good meatball. Sprinkling some cheese into the meatball mix might work out for this dish.

Beer Belly Grilled Cheese. This is the McGriddle v2.0.

Asparagus. I’m not a fan of vegetables in general, but I enjoyed this with the lightly sprinkled Parmesan cheese and vinaigrette.

Filet Mignon Steak Tartare. This was my favorite dish, nice subtle flavors

Smoked White Fish Mousse. My second favorite dish I tried. Whoever is in the kitchen is just matching up to my palette very well.

The menu will probably be evolving a little bit as Beer Belly finds its sweet spot, but they’re headed in the right direction. There are some light flavors that won’t over power the beer flavors, and then there are some greasy items that speak of comfort as much as beer does itself.

Not everything is on tap. Don’t forget to try some of the other beers they have in bottles. They’ve got some great selections in bottle form.

I was fortunate enough to get to try this beer at The Bruery when they had their release party. It’s definitely an acquired taste.

I liked this beer a lot. Hopped up Belgian.

After a night of beer, we decided to head out to King Taco, followed by this taco stand.

This is how you know it’s legit. There is a television showing the news in Spanish, and a box labeled “OUR BEST LARD.”

Diet is so on today.