Gyu Kaku (Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA)

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Gyu Kaku has the best happy hour on the block.  This Japanese yakiniku chain is all over Los Angeles and they all provide the same quality at all the locations. Every table is provided with a grill that you will cook on yourself. The specials, however, vary from each location so make sure to check your local specials. Having a shitty Monday? Or just hate Mondays? Solution: Happy hour all day at Gyu Kaku. $2 draft Sapporo in a frosty glass mug, specials on just about everything, and legit food.

On this trip, my buddy and myself ordered the garlic fried chicken, yaki-shabu, pork belly, and pork sausage.  My favorites being the pork belly and sausage.  The pork belly is marinated perfectly and doesn’t come out as a piece of frozen meat. Legit spot for groups to drink as well, plenty of sweet fufu drinks to straight sake. Unfortunately, when it’s not happy hour, they’re just mediocre.  Expect to spend $20-30 per person.

163 N La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 659-5760

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The Chowder Barge (Wilmington, CA)

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32 oz Captain’s Mug ($6)

There’s no other place I’d rather be than at The Chowder Barge on a Sunday afternoon slamming down a huge mug of beer and devouring the best fish and chips around.  This has been a local secret for a while and I’m almost hesitant to share this gem, but they deserve the attention.

Their specialty is their clam chowder (get it with the fried clams) and it doesn’t disappoint, but I come here for the fish and chips, view, and beer.  It’s setup on a dock in the random industrial area of Wilmington.  It can be somewhat hard to find at first, but once you get there it’s like knowing a secret hideout.  The beers range from $4-$8 and the food ranges from $8 to $12.

The quaint scenery make this an optimal spot to grub, drink, and fade the night away watching the various animals and boats roaming around.

611 N Henry Ford Ave
Wilmington, CA 90744
(310) 830-7937

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