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When the 1st Alarm bell sounds, make sure you head to Original Rinaldi’s for a truly awe inspiring feast …

This baby was soooo hot it knocked my socks off … and had me begging for more …

Here’s what you have to look forward to –hot and spicy grilled chicken breast, andouille sausage, mayo, jalapeño spread, lettuce, tomato and pepper jack cheese.

I probably didn’t need the TNT sauce, but what the hell, it seems to go with everything.  And the cold mac salad was, yet again, the perfect compliment.

Thanks Dylan for taking such good care of me; I’ll be sure to stick up for you this Sunday when you take on that big Patriot bully pulpit punisher, Maaahk…..

Cross the road for the delicious Chicken Teriyaki sandwich at The Grindz …

This is a healthy choice for lunch that leaves your hunger completely satisfied, while keeping your wallet quite wealthy.  The chicken is perfectly grilled, and is dressed with a terrific teriyaki sauce, along with lettuce and tomato on a toasted ciabatta roll. Add some hot sauce, as well as a crunchy pickle and some creamy mac salad, and you have a meal to remember.

Cross the road to 1601 PCH, Hermosa Beach and discover the excellence of The Grindz!

ChabDog pulls off the pulled pork sandwich lunch at The Grindz … 2 days before Turkey Day

If you’re in the mood for a great pulled pork sandwich, get over to The Grindz @ 1601.  This baby is stuffed with savory roast pork, and comes with melted cheddar, barbecue sauce on a delicious, toasted brioche bun.  Add some srriracha and throw in some mac salad and a fresh pickle, and you have a wonderful lunch.



ChabDog meets Double Decker Sarah at Original Rinaldi’s …. and it was love at first bite!

Thank you Dylan Benharris, for making me that kind of juicy pastrami sandwich that totally satisfies and leaves you longing for more.

The coleslaw is creamy and makes a perfect compliment to the meat, which is piled high in this double decker baby.  I also fell for the melted Swiss cheese, and the lightly toasted rye.

Add some TNT sauce for extra fire, and you’ve got a fully loaded lunch that should be banned in 50 states, … it’s so deadly good!


It’s still early November, and that’s prime hunting season at Original Rinaldi’s…

ChabDog celebrated the weekend a bit early, stopping by Original Rinaldi’s in Manhattan Beach for a mouth watering concoction forced on me by

sandwich summoner Dylan Benharris.  The beautiful creation you see you is known as the Hunter Special — a ridiculously delicious melange

of jerk and chipotle jerk grilled chicken sitting atop lettuce and tomato, topped with gouda cheese and a huge slab of perfect bacon.  With TNT

Sauce and deli mustard, you have what you need for a hugely satisfying sandwich, and I finished things off with the always engrossing mac salad.

Thank you Original Rinaldi’s for a great lunch!

Go to the Grindz in Hermosa Beach for the best burger in town …

Actually, this isn’t just any ordinary burger.  It’s 1/2 pound of juicy goodness, cooked to perfection and dressed with homemade garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese … and the pièce de résistance … a few larger than life helpings of the most tasty, satisfying pieces of bacon you’ve ever had.  This comes nestled inside a fresh, lightly toasted brioche bun, and accompanied with your choice of mac salad or one of the Grindz’s other delicious sides.

Stop by and treat yourself to a burger you won’t soon forget!

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.


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