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My LA to Z: Jocko Sims
The rising star, who you can see monkeying around in this month’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (out July 11), talks whiskey, rollercoasters, and his top spot for guacamole
I love this place for breakfast. I’ve been going for 14 years. It’s a really eclectic ’50s diner, and it’s genuinely old school. The staff are amazing, and some of them have been working there for more than 20 years so they really know the menu. Their Hobo Breakfast is so good! It has pancakes and bacon, eggs, and hash browns. It’s delicious. If you go there ask for Sarah; she is such an awesome lady. And tell her Jocko sent you.
You cannot go wrong at this burger and beer joint in Hollywood, but my favorite is the Classic Stout Burger. It has blue cheese, gruyere, caramelized onions, and horseradish cream. I think it’s one of the best burgers in L.A., and I have it with a cool Belgian White. Their Morning After burger is also a really good breakfast burger. Sometimes I can’t choose between their fries and their onion rings, but whenever that happens I just get both!
This is another hidden lunch place. It’s on La Brea, and the location has a clothing store and a pottery place connected to it. You can eat outside and shop inside, and in the back there is a kitchen and probably eight tables. The owner is a French guy, and I highly recommend getting Edouard’s Burger! I specifically love that; it’s a sirloin burger with bacon, caramelized onions and brie. I just saw Sharon Stone there, probably because all of their food is so, so good.
The Dime is a bar on Fairfax that I go to at least twice a month. It’s a really cool bar and they play great mix of old school music, funk, and new hip hop. You know, anything from Michael Jackson to Drake. I really like its ‘new’ vibe; it feels like you’re in a basement, and the lighting is dope. I just order a whiskey on the rocks and turn up.
I’m a foodie, and this place is near and dear to my heart. They just started delivering, which is insanely phat. They have a lot of Asian foods from different countries. For sushi, the grilled spicy tuna is great. They also have a Late Night Party Roll, which is crazy: it has crab meat and avocado inside with baked lobster, scallops, scallions, and a cream sauce on top. The Singapore noodles are awesome, I have to have them, and so is the Black Pepper Beef Mignon. Also the Young Chow Fried Rice and the Orange Chicken in a spicy garlic sauce. I could easily have all of those things delivered and spend over $100 bucks so that I can eat it for days.
Sunset Marquis Hotel
I’m all about hidden stuff, and this hotel surprises you. It’s like a rock ‘n’ roll hotel, and there’s rarely anyone there because it’s kind of private. They have a pool and a music recording studio. Once I went there when they were having an event, and Steven Tyler and all these rock legends were just walking around. It was awesome. Get Tony to give you the tour of the hotel.
This place is in Chinatown, and it seems like 70 percent of the people you ask about it don’t know of it, but they have tons of photos of celebrities on their walls so it’s clearly not that unknown. Their slippery shrimp is fantastic, it’s breaded with a sweet, special glaze.
I go to the original Mercado in Santa Monica, but there’s also one by The Grove. I like to go during happy hour and get the carnitas tacos with flour tortillas, chips, salsa, and guac. I think their guacamole is the best in town. It’s chunky but not lazy so it’s really good. My drink of choice there is their Blood Orange Margarita.
This really is my number one place to go. I grew up in San Antonio going to the AstroWorld Six Flags in Houston, and it was there I became a rollercoaster aficionado. Since moving to California, I’ve discovered that Magic Mountain is by far the best Six Flags. X2 is my favorite ride. It is insane. Half the time you don’t know what’s happening to you because the seats rotate 360 degrees. They got a $14 million dollar grant to improve the park, but they spent $4 million of it on just that ride. They have a new ride that I’m looking forward to as well called Lex Luther’s Revenge, and it has the highest drop in the states. Even as a grown-ass man I don’t hesitate to get a season pass to Magic Mountain, and when I go I don’t mess around: I get the Flash Pass to skip the lines.
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