Monday, January 30, 2017

El Taco Sabroso "The Original"

Whittier is a huge town with a small town vibe. Often times we forget just how big it is. When it comes to food in Whittier there are so many options to choose from. I love to explore Whittier's food scene. I received a food referral from a friend and oh buddy! I am so glad I finally stopped by to try El Taco Sabroso.

Family Owned Mexican Restaurant

11503 Carmenita Rd.
Whittier CA 90605
Catering Available!

When it comes to quality, taste and service
this place is hard to beat.
Original owners Manuel and Zita Sanabria started selling tacos out of a lunch truck across the street from the current location in Whittier in the early 1980's. In 1983 they took over the current (11503 Carmenita Rd.) location that was previously an old A&W Root Beer Drive-Up and cheeseburger stand back in the day. El Taco Sabroso has been the go to spot for many in South Whittier for quite sometime.  

I really like the Indoor outdoor vibe they have going on here.

When Art brought out the bacon wrapped
shrimp it was a real show stopper. Delicious!
In the early years the business expanded and thrived, many locations were added. Since then all but one location has been sold. You might see a few floating around but the location in Whittier is the original. Art the son of Manuel and Zita decided to take over the original location with wife Jessica. When I spoke to new owners Art and Jessica you could hear the passion and desire in their voices to carry on the family torch. They are injecting a new spirit on an old classic, and they are doing a great job. They say it isn't easy but they know they have a great product and great customers. 

My wife said the 
Carne Asada Torta was great and my Chili Relleno Burrito
was one of the best I have had.  

Owners Art and Jessica have great energy and really
love what they do. You really need to stop by and see what they have cooking.

We had a great lunch here and it wasn't to far at all. There was plenty of parking and the covered patio offered a really nice ambiance. Everyone loves to eat Mexican food on a beautiful day. El Taco Sobroso has so many menu items to choose from. Everything from Torta's to tacos, and they even have vegetarian options. I really can't wait to get back.  

Serving Menudo Saturday & Sunday's

Looking to have your next event catered? Give
El Taco Sabroso a call 562-944-4841

This place has been a staple and no secret to everyone on the South-Side of Whittier but it was new to me. I am so glad friend and fellow foodie Natalie Hernandez a.k.a #Feeduswerehungry on Instagram referred me to this place. El Taco Sabroso is now locked in to my Mexican food rotation.

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If you aren't following #feeduswerehungry on
Instagram you are missing out. So glad she told me
about this Whittier hot spot.
As I have said before I am not and expert in the food world but I do know what I like. Not everyone gets the My Whittier stamp of approval. El Taco Sabroso is doing good things and they are making delicious food. If you are looking to get out of your food rut take a drive over to El Taco Sabroso I have a feeling you are going to like it. 

Post your comments below. Let me know what you think and let me know if you have a place you would like me to try. See you soon.   

Monday, January 23, 2017


When it comes to food Whittier residents take it very serious. Whittier is now undeniably a foodie destination. A few weeks ago we had you the people of Whittier vote for your favorite pizza joint and the votes came rolling in! Pizzamania won in a landslide. so we decided to put the power back in your hands and we asked you on Facebook and Instagram, who makes the best burger in Whittier? Essentially if I had a fifty dollar bill in my hand and asked you to take me to lunch to your favorite burger joint, where would we go? Here are the results.

1. Norm's Famous Charbroiled Burgers

Norm's has been a staple here in Whittier for quite sometime. Serving up charbroiled goodness seven days a week. Whittier locals can smell the aroma of these charbroiled burgers for miles and miles. Norm's faithful following will tell you it is not just about the burgers. Norm's is also known for their delicious pastrami sandwiches, onion rings, shakes, breakfast burritos and so much more. Congratulations Norm's you are Whittier's # 1 choice for best burger!

Norm's Famous
Charbroiled Burgers
14244 Whittier Blvd
Whittier, CA 90605

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Located in the perfect spot Norm's in
Whittier has been making people happy for years.
Is it the sauce or the shredded lettuce? Maybe it is the crispy bacon or pickles? I have no idea what makes Norm's burgers taste so darn good but they just do.

Lauren Clemens showing us why Norm's is #1

2. Big D's Burger

As we all know there seems to be a burger joint on every street corner in every town. The "Burger Game" is on overload! So how did Big D's Burgers do the impossible? They have managed to be totally unique and original in a world of mediocrity and copy cats. Big D's is serving up burger masterpieces right here in the city of Whittier. 

Big D's Burger
10722 Beverly Blvd
Whittier, CA 90601 

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You have to see these to believe it. Big D's has mastered the craft of the gourmet burger using only the freshest quality of Angus organic grass fed meat. They hand select each and every organic vegetable. Big D's uses only the best deli select cheeses and breads. All of their sauces are proudly made from scratch to eliminate dyes and unwanted artificial ingredients. When you are ready to take your burger eating escapades to the next level visit Big D's Burgers. 

Check out the "Fat Boy" Burger named in honor of
Brandon Swope of Two Felons Skateshop. Simply amazing.

3. The Bottle Room

As you can see the people of Whittier are serious about food. You guys voted for the best of the best in Whittier. Whittier foodies aren't just about fast food fixes you want good quality eats and that is why you made The Bottle Room your number three on this years best burger list. Located in the heart of Uptown Whittier the Bottle Room is serving upscale pub fare with craft beer and wine pairings without being pretentious. What a concept!

The Bottle Room
6741 Greenleaf Ave.
Whittier CA 90601

The Bottle Room embody's everything
the Whittier  culinary scene is doing right

The Bottle Room in Whittier is no stranger to accolades they have been featured in LA Weekly and numerous food blogs but this little piece should have special meaning for them because it came from the people of Whittier. Congratulations Bottle Room you are #1 in the Uptown Whittier area and number three on this years Whittier Burger Vote.

Follow The Bottle Room on Instagram #thebottleroom

Jeni C showing off her Black and Blue Burger
with shoestring fries.
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4. Douglas Burgers 

Love for Douglas burgers has been handed down from generation to generation like a family heirloom. From the South-side of Whittier to the West-side of Whittier Douglas has been feeding the city of Whittier for years. Offering up amazing old school charbroiled burgers that taste like home. Douglas checks in with a huge fan base locking them in at the number four spot. 

Douglas Burgers
13475 Telegraph Rd
Whittier, CA 90605

Douglas Drive-In Restaurant 
11325 Washington Blvd
Whittier, CA 90606

Great picture by Jeff Hensley!
I was raised on Douglas Burgers were you?

Douglas not only makes great burgers but they also have great pastrami sandwiches, tacos, burritos, chili cheese fries and so much more. Douglas you have won the hearts and stomachs of the people of Whittier. Congrats on your burger greatness.

If you claim to be a serious burger eater
in Whittier you definitely know
about Douglas Burgers 

5. Rick's Drive In & Out

They say, "save the best for last" and for some of you Rick's is the best and will always be the best. Rick's has been flipping burgers longer than some of you have been alive. I mean for real, I knew a dude who did fifteen years in jail and when he got out he asked, "Hey bro, is Ricks still open?" and that was back in 1984! Rick's has been a staple here in the Uptown Whittier area for 43 years! 
The Whittier location is the "Original" numero uno!

Rick's Drive In & Out
7254 Greenleaf Ave
Whitter, CA 90602

When you eat a Rick's burger you are
eating a piece of Whittier history.

When you have been doing something for 43 years you are going to have some ups and downs but Rick's has stood the test of time. The people of Whittier have spoken and they say Rick's belongs in the Top 5 Best Burger in Whittier 43 years later right here right now in 2017  

When done right this burger is
close to the top!
Owner Rick Tewes put vision, hard work and heart in to his business and made Rick's Drive In & Out a delicious part of the Whittier landscape. Uptown Whittier would not have the same feel if Rick's wasn't posted up on the corner of Penn and Greenleaf Ave. I had the honor of meeting Rick Tewes and shake his hand. He is the most humble man you will ever meet. It really does something to you when you stand next to greatness. 

That one time I went full NERD when I met the
Whittier Legend and Ricks Owner
 Rick Tewes

A HUGE thank you to every single person who voted for the best burger in Whittier. Another huge thank you to everyone who made a comment on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter page. Thank you for following us we appreciate you.

If you have an iphone, ipad or mac & Google play click on the link below and listen to our Podcast. We recap the burger vote and have some fun. We would appreciate your listen.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


If you are from Whittier and are familiar with the Uptown Whittier area  you have probably walked past or driven by the odd little, unsuspecting building on Comstock Ave. and Bailey. Over the years this building has blended in to the city as if it were an old painting hanging in your living room. It even offers locals a strange sense of familiarity and comfort. When you walk in you see the familiar faces of the volunteers that have been here for many years. You are visually overwhelmed at first but when your eyes finally focus you can really start to navigate this interesting maze of books.

Friends of the Library

Used Bookstore
6703 Comstock Ave
Whittier, CA 90601

This odd little building was once a bus station here in Whittier.
In 1980 this bus station was turned in to a used book store. 

I love visiting places like this in Whittier, it is like a real life time machine. I walk the narrow aisles and wonder, how many others have walked these aisles, who were they?  This place definitely  has a story to tell.

Grab a book, find a nook and get lost for a bit. 

Friends of the Library has donated more than $1,000,000 to Whittier Public Library since being founded in 1964. If you love books and would like to volunteer your time call 562-696-4498 or stop by the Comstock location. They are always looking for willing, reliable volunteers of all ages.

Searching for hidden gem's has become a favorite past time for some. A picture hangs
over one of the entry ways as a tribute to Francis Minerd
"Beloved Bookstore Manager & Dedicated Volunteer"

There are so many interesting things you can unearth here. They have everything from obscure hobby books, murder mysteries, children's books, paperbacks, hardbacks, maps, cassette tapes. Magazines for days and don't get me started on the National Geographic section. This is a paradise for someone who loves to collage! They even have a bin for FREE items and so much more!

If this picture makes you feel good
maybe it is time you paid a visit to this little bookstore

Make a Donation! 

They accept Audio books, periodicals, records, CD's, DVD's, VHS tapes, Maps and other items of this sort. You can drop your donations to the Central Library or directly to the bookstore on Comstock. Donations are accepted during regular store hours and on Thursdays from
10am - 2pm

At the Comstock location since 1980

I really hope this was an informative little read. I know there are some people out there that have often wondered what this little building was all about so I was happy to shed a little light on that. If you enjoy books and hometown nostalgia pay a visit to this little bus station turned bookstore. I really enjoy it and I personally think places like this are important to the city's history and character.
Please make sure to visit and make a donation.

Bonus images of my visit

If walls could talk

They say there is no such thing as a
free lunch. But there are free magazines!
National Geo's for days!
Beloved Francis Minerd
Paperbacks as far as the eye can see
The End

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Thursday, January 5, 2017


For those of you that follow the My Whittier Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feed chances are you saw that we had a post asking you to vote for Whittier's best pizza joint. One thing is very clear, Whittier loves pizza! We had over 1,600 votes and tons of passionate comments. Here is how it all shook out.

1. Pizzamania

Pizzamania, this is your world and we are all just living in it. Your fans came out in droves and voted huge for you making you Whittier's choice for best pizza. It is hard to argue you have been doing it right for a very long time. Congrats guys!

13547 Telegraph Rd
Whittier 90605

The King of Whittier Pizza

2. Tony's Pizza

If I close my eyes and day dream I swear I can smell the sweet aroma of cheese and garlic, pepperoni and more. It seems like just yesterday when Tony's pizza ruled the Whittwood Town Center serving up delicious pizza pies. Wait, It was just yesterday I was there! Yes Tony's pizza did rule the Whittwood shopping center way back in the day and we are happy to say they are still here serving up some of the best pizza in Whittier. The people have spoken and Tony's got lots of love to land them in the number two spot. Nice job!

Tony's Pizza
Made Fresh Daily
15624 Whittwood Ln
Whittier CA 90603

Fans say Tony's is the closest thing to New York
Pizza in the city. 

3. Stuft Pizza

Stuft Pizza comes in at number three and let me tell you it was close! Stuft pizza has been in business for 40 years in Whittier. Located in the 90606 area code this has been a local spot for many Whittier residents in this area. The signature thick crust has made fans of us all. When this pizza is done right it is a very hard pizza to beat. Congrats on being voted top three pizza in Whittier.

Stuft Pizza
11104 Whittier Blvd.
Whittier 90606

I have been in love with Stuft Pizza since 1985

4. Uptown Pizza Co.

Wow! The love for this place came pouring in and it was really great to see. Uptown Pizza Co. is located where the famous Lampost Pizza joint once held court. Following in the footsteps of Lampost Pizza is no easy task and Uptown has proved worthy. They are making delicious pizzas and from the way the votes rolled in they could be eyeing a Whittier pizza takeover in the near future.

Uptown Pizza Co.
7623 Greenleaf Ave
Whittier CA 

Uptown Pizza Co. has a loyal fan base! 

My Whittier Approved

5. Brickhouse Pizza

Brickhouse Pizza has all of the elements you would want in a local pizza joint. It has a great location, they serve beer, they have a great staff, they deliver and most importantly the have damn good pizza. Brickhouse fans really had great things to say about their favorite spot and that earned them a spot in 

Brickhouse Pizza
7028 Bright Ave.
Whittier CA 90602

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Great pic Laura W
Valentines Day is right around the corner!

And there is your top 5 pizza joints in Whittier. They are all great and we are so lucky to have such great pizza options right here in Whittier. Make sure and try them all! A huge thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite pizza joint! Stay tuned for our next food vote. 

Honorable Mentions

Blaze Pizza is best Corporate Chain pizza in Whittier beating out Studio & Pieology

Barro's Pizza
Marco Polo - Fan Favorite
Shakey's on Washington Blvd
Joe Peep's
Amore Pizza
Ambrose - Not in Whittier