My foodie Brandon just knows where to bring his fellow foodie and self-proclaimed burger connoisseur mom.
When most mom and pop shops went shaky due to uncertainty, here came another burger shop. Last year, on the brink of a pandemic, the guys of Badmaash plus chef Geovanny Delgado introduced classic burgers (at least in looks), but full of surprises, like the Hickory bacon burger has that pleasant tangy flavor all too different from the cultish Apple Pan’s, and the simplest burger on the menu, hamburger, appears as neat as In-N-Out’s, but is strikingly seasoned with kicking flavors uniquely theirs. Cumin and coriander in an American burger? It’s that Indian representation that makes it not just another burger. Multicultural Los Angeles just got another bead in its string of arguably the world’s best burgers.
My latest burger experience was well worth the trip to LA’s District La Brea.
It’s been more than three years since I moved from Silver Lake to a more low-key and quiet neighborhood in Los Angeles. Though miles away from downtown LA, the excellent and convenient public transportation (Metro train and bus system) has made life easier for commuters like me if I had to be in the inner city. Technically, the San Fernando Valley or The Valley is still Los Angeles. I love my own little corner in the valley and at the moment reorganizing my future with family who have recently joined me. My workplace is just a bus ride away from my home. I have friends who I get to see often, like today, I went to the opening of Good Belly and Shrimp at the Northridge Fashion Center Farmers Market. Carmelo Bonoan (son of my Laoagueño friend Odette) and his wife Richie Chua Bonoan, who just graduated from culinary school, have just activated their Filipino-Hawaiian food project in the most culturally diverse city in the world. Food was good! In fact, we had a repeat order of lechon belly, not to mention a double order of grilled shrimps with Tajin-dusted fresh pineapples. A great start for the couple, they actually ran out of rice to accompany the last serving of lechon by closing time. Congrats, Melo and Richie!
The Northridge Farmers Market on Tampa Ave. (near the cinemas) is open 5-9PM on Wednesday nights.
Contact Good Belly and Shrimp for inquiries 818 271 1460.