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Our cousin Noah (now a Harvard man) came back for the weekend, so we drove to the Westside last night.

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Canal Club is an enigma to me! One side of the restaurant was packed with bar stools…

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…the other half was empty, with booths.

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We sat on the quiet end, under a canopy of Hawaiian shirts…

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…and perused the most disjointed menu ever…

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…everything from Tacos and Quesadillas, to Sushi and Udon, to BBQ Ribs?!?

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The service (though friendly) was equally random – not only did the food take a while, but all of our dishes arrived at different times, even the ones that were ordered as appetizers!

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Noshed on a few handful of edamame before my Ahi Tuna Burger finally arrived…

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…they actually brought 3 to table (woops) – dunno about the other 2, but this one needed sodium! I added salt to one half, and dipped the other in soy sauce.

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Fearful of how long dessert would take, Abe and I decided to swing by CoolHaus on the way back. I’ve been fantasizing about their Culver City storefront, which opened a month after I first tried them. Obviously, I wasn’t the only one…

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…spotted myself when they tweeted a pic of the line out the door!!!

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The wait wasn’t long, plus I got free samples…

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…Peanut Butter Cookie…

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…Balsamic Fig Marscapone

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Ultimately, I chose Molten Chocolate Cake…

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…sandwiched between Flapjack (Maple Pancake) and Chocolate Banana Truffle (vegan) cookies

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There’s sitting room inside, but it was getting kinda bonkers in there…

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…Abe and I split the creation in the car.

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SO FREAKING GOOD. Edible paper too, but I only had a bite.

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(Tastes like communion wafers.)

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  • http://hrcktheherald.wordpress.com HRCK the Herald

    Wow, that looks incredible and well-worth the wait!

  • http://www.andreaswellnessnotes.com Andrea@WellnessNotes

    That Molton Chocolate Cake sandwich looks delicious! I would stand in line for that! :)

    Happy Monday!

  • http://www.anutritionisteats.com emily (a nutritionist eats)

    I’m always a little confused/not impressed when restaurants have every sort of cuisine on their menu…

  • http://brokencookiesdontcount.wordpress.com/ Fran@ Broken Cookies Don’t Count

    Edible paper, huh? I hate when service is not acceptable at a restaurant. The ice cream does look good. Yay!! There’s a post comment button!

  • http://greyeyedesigns.etsy.com Brigid

    I love Coolhaus! X and I have to go every time he picks me up from work, since it’s on the way home.

  • http://dontforgetthecinnamon.wordpress.com Jamie [Don’t Forget the Cinnamon]

    That’s so cool that you can customize your ice cream sandwich down to the ice cream flavor and each individual cookie!!!!

  • http://gravatar.com/annejsf annejsf

    I felt the same way when I was at Canal Club! But that’s part of the charm of the place- it’s an anything goes, beachy & casual joint – and I enjoyed it just the way it is :). Definitely not a food destination, but a great casual place for drinks with friends.

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      yes – it was definitely fun! maybe don’t go hungry :)