November 16, 2010

Damon & Pythias Food for the Gods

I've been told, on more than one occasion, that I had to check out D&P's. I was well-informed that while the huge portions of sandwiches and salads were delicious, it was the garlic curly fries that really knocked your socks off in its intoxicating, garlic ways. What do I say to this? Bring. it.

I wish I could say it was brung, but the fact is, everything, including the garlic fries, were just okay. This could be because of the multiple changes in management in the past few years, or maybe my friends are all over-exaggerators. Either case, I think there are better options in Westwood Village. That said, let's get to everyone's favorite part: the visuals...

Garlic curly fries
If you were more than just regular curly fries topped with chunks of crushed garlic & herb, if you were Cajun-spiced, garlic-infused, you would've been 10x better. (3.5/5) The garlic ranch dipping sauce, however, is truly a winner! (5/5)

Kobe Burger (kobe beef, lettuce, tomato, Swiss cheese, sweet bun)
The Kobe meat was tender, but not that flavorful. It tasted good after I drenched it with my special concoction of special white sauce + ketchup.

LA Cheesesteak (Angus flank steak, bleu cheese dressing, onions, mixed greens, tomato on grilled foccacia)
Nothing like your typical Philly cheesesteak, but the balsamic-marinated meat, though thickly sliced, was good nonetheless. (4/5)

Country Burger (half-pound patty, country onions, lettuce, pickles, tomato, cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and bleu cheese dressing on a sweet bun)
This is probably the burger I should have gotten...

Portobello Caprese sandwich (roasted tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, meaty slices of portabella mushrooms, mixed baby greens tossed in balsamic vinegrette) with onion rings on the side
Can't say anything for the sandwich, but good, not-too-oily onion rings! (4/5)

Last but not least, The Carnivore (marinated flank steak, chicken breast, grilled sausage, mashed potatoes and a slice of sourdough bread)
The Carnivore was ordered by none other than my meat-loving roommate. The flank steak wasn't too dry or chewy, which is always a good sign.

Overall, D&P's is a good place to grab a quick bite to eat, but I would probably choose Corner Bakery, Bella Pita, Fat Sal's or In N Out over this next time around. 

*Special shoutout to my lovely small group ladies!*

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cuisine: American (sandwich & salad)
location: Westwood, Calabasas
website: { yelp }
attire: Casual
parking: Lot across the street ($3 past 6:01pm) or street meter
notes: Request more of that special garlic ranch sauce - you won't regret it. Also, 10% student discount!