One of the best things about living in a melting pot of ethnicities, culture, and general philosophies of life is the food. I’m lucky to live in Los Angeles where often times the food and culture combine to satisfy the beast. In this case, food and a laid back philosophy of life has combined, thus delivering us something very special: food that satisfies your soul.
If you are driving up or down Overland, chances are, that you would NEVER notice this little spot hidden in the corner of the tiny shopping center. But if you’re in the know, or you notice that bright sign with the funky font, you are in for a very special treat.
Entering Chego! is an experience in itself. The door opens and you’re b*tch-slapped with the smells of very savory, satisfying food. Visually, it’s cool. Long wood picnic tables that encourage you to make friends with your dining neighbor, great music and decor, and a small little cash register to order from. My favorite part of the experience, which immediately makes you feel at home, is you are encouraged to head back towards the kitchen to get your drinks, chopsticks, napkins, etc.
Now on to the food. Well, last time I was there, we overdid it. We basically gave in to our hunger and just started ordering. Here’s the feast that put me in food coma for hours after the meal:
Ooey Gooey Fries – I seriously don’t think I’ve ever in my life had anything more satisfying than this. Yes, they were ooey gooey, and just packed with flavor. It was a perfect balance of fries, sour cream sambal, melting monterey jack and cheddar cheese, cotija, chillies, cilantro, and last but not least, pickled garlic.
3PM Meatballs – These Korean-fried meatballs served with shaved green onions, sesame, and a polenta patty were a little bit sweeter than I was anticipating, but delicious none-the-less.
Chubby Pork Belly – In a close running with the fries, this was another star of the meal. The kochujang-lacquered kurobuta served with a fried egg, pickled watermelon radishes, water spinach, cilantro, cotija, and a touch of peanuts packed a whopper of flavor.
Sour Cream Hen House – By the time this dish came, I was already stuffed. The chicken was grilled, and much like the Chubby Pork Belly, was served with a fried egg, Chinese broccoli, sour cream sambal, Thai basil, sesame, and some red jalapeño. Even though this dish had jalapeño, I still thought the Chubby Pork Belly was a tad spicier.
Chego! is delicious. I’m not gonna fluff it with any other foodie-descriptive words. Plain and simple, you need to get your ass here and eat. It’s that good!
3300 Overland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034