by Rick Florino - 1 Reviews - 7 List
Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer can be found in these popular spots in L.A. and across the country.
Updated: February 03, 2007
"When I want a French dip sandwich, there's a place that I go to called Philippe in downtown L.A. It's near Union Station. It opened in like 1912. The restaurant still has an old cafeteria-style with sawdust on the floor. You go up to the counter, and they have the old deli-style refrigerator where you can pick up whatever you want. It's cash only. You can't use credit cards there, but there is a cash machine. It's a fun place to go to for a French dip sandwich."
"Giorgio Baldi's is in Santa Monica, and it's incredible. It's the best Italian food, but it's hard to get into. You've got to call a couple weeks in advance when you want to go. So you go out there for anniversaries and things like that. It's one of those places that you'll see Tom Hanks at with his family."
"It's a pretty famous place on Sunset Boulevard right across the street from the Mondrian Hotel. For a Japanese restaurant they have a lot of cooked stuff. So people that are freaked out about going to Japanese restaurants because of raw fish shouldn't be about this. This is worth trying. They have steaks, teriyaki chicken and a lot of different cooked fish plates. My favorite is the filet skewered with asparagus and duck liver. It's some sort of pate, and it's the best."
"If you want the biggest, fattest crab legs ever, there's a place in Sunset Beach called Captain Jack's. It's beyond the best for shellfish. They have the best lobster, but by far the best and biggest king crab legs. You walk out of there 10 pounds larger."
"Koi on La Cienega is great. They make this black cod, and they marinate the cod in a sweet Miso sauce for three days. There's a dish at Koi called crispy rice, they put a spicy tuna on the top of it. It kind of looks like traditional sushi with the rice cake on the bottom, but they lightly fry the rice cake so it's got a crunchy texture. That's the best thing on the menu for me."
"Pat's makes the best cheesesteaks. The reason is, they're simple. It's the thin steak with like government cheese. It's not the best for your stomach, it's the best cheesesteak, though. It's a little place that sits like 10 people. Most people get their sandwiches to go. It's one of the places we go every time when we're on tour and in town."
"The tacos are Tijuana-style with a little corn tortilla and carne asada. There's a secret to how Dave prepares the sauce that he uses to cook the meat in. He only makes tacos. It actually started out as one of those catering trucks. He would park his truck way out in the middle of nowhere so the cops wouldn't shut him down. He'd be in a different spot every weekend, and you'd have to know where he would be. When we were kids, we'd surround our parties around where Dave's taco truck would be. Now he's got a little building, and it's no bigger than his truck was. He even still has the truck parked in the back of the store. Even the store sign is the shape of a truck. When we went back to Bakersfield, we were stoked to see that he had a taco shop."