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Add Original Rinaldi’s Chubby Chabby to your lunch wish list…

Thank you Marc Caruso, for insisting that Original Rinaldi’s come up with this fully loaded weapon of hunger destruction … the “Chubby Chabby”.

We’ve got plenty of roast beef for the cantankerous cabbie, ham for wanna be comedian ChabDog, prosciutto for refined Well-read, and some savory salami for Frank the Tank.

Put that in a toasted bun, with melted mozzarella and some perfectly grilled onions, and you’re set for lunch … and few hours after that.

And thank you to Dylan Ben Harris and everyone else at Original Rinaldis, for making my 5 minute drive over to your culinary paradise a monthly pilgrimage I hold dear to my hear, if not my stomach.

Lots of delicious Chicken Barbecue going on at the Grindz at 1601 …

For our lunch meeting, Sahar and I sampled the Chicken Barbecue menu options at The Grindz at 1601 recently.  I opted for the monster sandwich (yes it really is a big as it looks), and enjoyed every bite.  The barbecue sauce was tasty but not too spicy and the chicken was juicy and satisfying.  The sandwich comes dressed with lettuce and tomato, on buttered, toasted sourdough.  And top it all off with that trust Grindz stanby … the mac salad.  What a bomb it is!

Sahar seem to thoroughly enjoy her Barbecue Chicken Plate, which comes with plenty of chicken, along with white rice, mac salad and cabbage slaw.  I think she plans to bring her son back for another lunch … I hear they have great hot dogs!  Thanks again Grindz for always delivering on my lofty expectations.


Dine like a King at Original Rinaldi’s with the “King of Sepulveda” sandwich …

Gotta love this tasty item on the Original Rinaldi’s menu, loaded with juicy pastrami, melted swiss cheese, deli mustard and, of course, a cold dill pickle.  This is an unmitigated joy to eat, surrounded by a fresh, toasted sub roll, and when you add some creamy mac salad and TNT sauce, you have a heavenly combo.  All for about $11, with a drink at where else,…. Original Rinaldi’s.  Go get yourself one!


Double click on the pics … you’ll start salivating …

Stop by the Grindz, have some mouth watering food, and do some business.  ChabDog had the pleasure of dining with fellow NFL addict Eric Read, and sampled one truly delicious protein bowl.

The sausage was scrumptious, in combination with a beautifully cooked egg, rice and pico.  My focus was on the Chicken Club … just look at that perfectly toasted bread, and what’s inside is truly decadent.

The chicken was melt in your mouth, and does a dance for your taste buds in concert with some special pesto sauce, lovely melted cheese and of course bacon.  Once you finish the sandwich, these’s a cold, breath of fresh air dill picke and the old standby… mac salad!

ChabDog takes a walk on the wild side, with Original Rinaldi’s “Wild Bill”

Today’s sumptuous sandwich is the exciting and very substantial “Wild Bill”.  I had the large/10 inch version, and this delicious creation keep me well satisfied for hours. There’s plenty of juicy roast beef, an overdose of yummy bacon, topped with melted Mozzarella and drizzled with slightly sweet Bar-B-Q sauce, mayo, mustard and some veggies.  I recommend you order it with the French roll, which does a great job holding this imposing collection of meats and treats together in a firm, crispy delivery vehicle.  Add a side of potato or macaroni salad, and you have a meal fit for a king.

Stop by the The Grindz @ 1601 …

and try the delicious Tofu Stir Fry….

Your taste buds and your waistline will thank you.  Enjoy a healthy eating experience with organic firm tofu, cabbage, bell peppers, broccoli and onions, sauteed in extra virgin olive oil, and served with sides of rice, mac salad and ramen cabbage salad.  Be sure to ask for teriyaki sauce, which makes a perfect dressing for the tofu.


Check out the sumptuous Chicken Teriyaki Plate at The Grindz @ 1601 …

ChabDog recently had the pleasure of dining for lunch at The Grindz @ 1601 in Hermosa Beach, CA.

My choice was the sumptuous Chicken Teriyaki Plate, which, as always, met and exceeded expectations.

This menu item comes with your choice of juicy breast or thigh covered in signature teriyaki sauce, served with plenty of rice, tasty mac salad and refreshing Ramen cabbage salad.

Check out this fine dining establishment, which is conveniently located in the Hermosa Pavilion building at 1601 Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach.

Indulge yourself with The Troll from Original Rinaldi’s …

ChabDog dares you to take a bite into this sandwich creation and not lose control.  This delicious menu item from Original Rinaldi’s comes hot and toasty, with melted Mozzarella Cheese atop a generous, succulent portion of eggplant parm and juicy ground turkey.  And don’t worry, this creation is plenty healthy — with protein rich egg whites mixed in for good measure.  Add a side order of tasty potato salad, along with some TNT sauce for kicks, and you have a completely satisfying midday meal!

Come to Original Rinaldi’s in Manhattan Beach when you have a craving for something good at lunch, and check out their new location on Century Blvd. near LAX.

Add the Short Rib Plate to the long list of must have meals at The Grindz…

If you’ve got a healthy appetite, you’ll go ape over the delicious Short Rib Plate at The Grindz.  For just a shade over $10, you get a very satisfying portion of juicy short ribs, accompanied by plenty of white rice, refreshing cabbage slaw, and the soothing mac salad.  We recommend adding some teriyaki and sriracha, and your taste buds will be ready for a real party.

Original Rinaldi’s scores a big hit on 4-20 day with its tasty Trojan Sub …

Try the delicious USC Trojan Sandwich at Original Rinaldi’s, with prosciutto, salami, pepperoni, oil and vinegar, lettuce, tomato, italian dressing and provolone.

Add some spicy deli mustard and some TNT sauce, and you have an explosion of taste that will send you into orbit, especially on 4-20 Day.  And it’s always a cool to mix

in a crunchy dill pickle spear for good measure.

ChabDog and Eric the Well-read meet up at Original Rinaldi’s for some delicious lunch meats:

Yesterday, we were in lunch meat heaven at Original Rinaldi’s, getting treated to a very satisfying meatball sandwich and tasty kraut dog.

The meatballs were expertly touched with Italian seasoning and had the perfect texture, with melted mozzarella and plenty of delicious sauce.

As for the hog dog, it was snappy and savory, just in time for the start of baseball season.  Find these treats, and more, at Original Rinaldi’s on PCH in Manhattan Beach!

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