Sunday, May 5, 2013

TLT Food (Westwood)

There's another place that I wish was there when I was a Bruin: TLT Food. The food options in Westwood Village just keep getting better these days!

TLT Food is started by the guy behind The Lime Truck (hence TLT) that started in Orange County and won season 2 of The Great Food Truck Race! It is a great fast casual option, with beer and wine and free wi-fi. There are sandwiches, sliders, tacos, and fries with an Asian influence.

I had to get Blue Crab Grilled Cheese (can't say no to crab): Grilled Sourdough, Blue Crab, Cheese Blend, Scallions ($9)

Pretty generous helping of crab meat for $9! It was mixed with mayo but pretty lightly so you still get plenty of the crab flavor. This was my friend's favorite.

Taco prices vary depending on the protein (or potato) you get, from short rib to ahi tuna. I tried the Pork Belly Adobo Taco: Braised Pork Belly, Tomatillo Salsa, Sriracha, Cilantro ($4)
Two of the taco fillings you can actually get as toppings for fries, if you're inclined to get more carbs! They're great to share with the whole table, too. The two are 12-hour pulled pork, making up the "World Famous Carnitas Fries" and the Steak Fries. I got the Steak Fries: Marinated Steak, Asian Slaw, Homemade Wontons, Cilantro Chimichurri ($10)
Great combination, talk about fully loaded fries. Do share, the portion is quite big. The steak was pretty tender and I really liked the cilantro chimichurri. Who needs poutine?? (Well, we still need poutine but we need this too.)

They have six rotating beer taps, 2 keg wines, and plenty of wine and beers by the bottle. They have a nice selection of craft beers! I can't think of any other place in Westwood Village that have a good selection of craft beers on tap. Not that I hang out in Westwood Village much anymore, but certainly can't think of any from when I was a Bruin.
I didn't want to drink too much so I asked for a taster size of Saison de Lente.

(If you don't want alcohol, they do have fresh fruit limeade with rotating flavors)

There's a board with a couple of daily specials. For that night I tried the Tangerine Pork Sliders ($8): 12-hour pulled pork, tangerine aioli, arugula, red onion, tomato
Three sliders served on King's Hawaiian sweet rolls, which brought out the sweetness of the pulled pork.
I recommend the patty in the Squealer Sliders (hand ground bacon and beef patty, cheese blend, tomato, onion, aioli, arugula - also $8 for 3 sliders).

TLT Food is definitely a fun place for students, with reasonably priced, flavorful food and great beers. Did I mention they have free wi-fi? Also, they're open until midnight on Thursdays-Saturdays!

TLT Food
1116 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 443-4433
TLT Food on Urbanspoon



These pictures just brought water in my mouth just as the pictures of Kopi Luwak (civet coffee) does it.
Glan Deas
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