Saturday, January 30, 2010

Gastronomy Spotlight: Won's Coffee Shop - Van Nuys, CA

As you regular viewers know, I've posted numerous "food porn" pics. Now, it's time for me to actually feature some of the places I've just posted exterior shots of previously.

This premiere spotlight is on my favorite local "hole-in-the-wall", Won's. Coffee shop?!? Chinese?!? Yes, they can be had hand in hand. I'm not too sure how "authentic" every last Chinese dish is, but it is definitely no abomination. The American fare is pretty standard, but why come here for that? I like to think it's there to appease the traditionalists who are not that open to variety but are too lazy/unadventurous/set in their ways to go elsewhere. The Chinese fare is where it's at.

Won's has been serving up goodness to normal citizens, cops, judges, and city officials (the Van Nuys Courthouse is just down the street) alike since at least the early '70s. The structure itself dates back to the early '50s, and is, even today, a prototypical coffee shop design; counter, booths and all. I've heard stories of my Lolo and his Pacific Bell coworkers patronizing this place almost daily when he first emigrated here to California.

Pops just got the hankering after getting home yesterday morning, so off we went. And since we were feeling extra hungry, we ordered our appetizer ahead so that it'd be ready by the time we got there. Chicken wings in Won's Garlic sauce.

Notice all the fried garlic bits on top of the already garlicky wings. Awesome, but you ain't kissing anyone after grubbin' on these.

My plate - Combo #6 - Pork fried rice, chicken egg rolls, & fried shrimp

My fadre's (slanguage!) selection - Combo #1 - Pork chop suey, fried rice, & fried shrimp
Here he is doing work (Notice the pristine vintage Starter Kings jacket!)

I won't post pics of the aftermath, mainly because there was simply too much food, and we ended up each needing to-go containers. Each combo plate could easily feed two people!

However, I will post a somewhat related picture.It's not playing with your food when it's abstract art. I guess, haha.