Brian Posehn's Perfect Day In The Valley: Food, Toys + More Food
Brian Posehn is a comic, writer, actor, and food-eater. The Comedians of Comedy, Sarah Silverman Program, and Mr. Show alumnus is also a dedicated San Fernando Valleyite and gastronome.
Squid Ink recently asked Posehn to describe what his most perfectest day in the Valley with his wife and baby would look like. "I'm on the road a lot. A lot.," said Posehn. "So when I'm home, my wife and I try to cram as much fun and errands (also known as "un-fun") into our days, starting with..." Turn the page.
9:30 a.m. John O' Groats (Encino) - Breakfast. Delicious food, super friendly owners and staff, great menu and totally baby friendly.
10:00 a.m. CiCis (Tarzana) - Second breakfast. Insane breakfast menu, almost too many options. All of the egg dishes I've tried have been extra delectable.
10:30 a.m. More Than Waffles (Encino) - Waffles. And more. Just a little snack on the way to...
10:45 a.m. Jinky's (Sherman Oaks)- Third breakfast. CiCi used to waitress at Jinky's, before she opened her own place a couple of miles away. Jinky's is a true valley classic. Great food. Throw some chili on whatever you're getting. Thank me later.
11:00 a.m. Jerry's Deli (Encino) - Brunch. Everyone has been to Jerry's so no need to explain.
11:30 a.m. Jerry's Deli (Studio City) - Second brunch. More of the same. The same deliciousness.
12:00 p.m. Nat's (Van Nuys) - Third brunch/pre-lunch. Great food, recent find for us. Small, unassuming diner. But don't be fooled. Or do be fooled.
12:15 p.m. Big Kid (Van Nuys) - Classic toys. Games, models, candy. Lots of cool stuff from when I was a kid. They even have stuff for big kids older than me.
12:30 p.m. Nozawa (Studio City) - Lunch. Trust the chef. Some people call him the Sushi Nazi. But, not to his face.
12:45 p.m. La Fogata (Sherman Oaks) - Second lunch. One of our favorite Mexican restaurants. Delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine. La Fogata is Spanish for "the Foghat". My friend Kenny says any Mexican restaurant with an orange sign and black lettering is awesome. The sign outside La Fogata is orange with black writing. I think Kenny knows what he's talking about.
1:00 p.m. Ca Del Soul (Tarzana) - Second, second lunch. Another favorite Mexican restaurant. No orange sign, no black writing. Still excellent, maybe Kenny doesn't know what he's talking about.
1:15 p.m. Baby Ant (Tarzana). High end, reasonably priced toys and clothes for Junior.
1:30 p.m. Babies R Us (Calabasas). Pick up diapers and formula for Junior. We thought about moving to Calabasas. We realized we would never leave.
1:45 p.m. Target (Woodland Hills). We call it "the nice Target". Pick up necessities. One time I saw Britney Spears and her security picking up their necessities. So it must be nice.
2:00 p.m. Jersey Mikes (Tarzana). Grab an incredible sub sandwich for the ride back to Encino.
2:15 p.m. Floyd's Haircuts (Encino). Get my creepy beard tightened up. It's like Super Cuts with posters, better music and cooler haircutters. And I like it that way.
2:30 p.m. Domingo's Italian Deli (Encino). Get sandwich for ride to Studio City. Spicy Italian sub please.
2:45 p.m. Dej. Drop wife off at her favorite Salon for a blow-dry while I walk next door to...
2:50 p.m. Brat Brothers (Sherman Oaks). The best sausages I've ever had. Authentic German menu too. This place rules so hard. The owner knows me by name. I'm very proud of that.
3:00 p.m. Juvenile Shop (Sherman Oaks). More high end, reasonably priced toys and clothes for Junior.
3:15 p.m. Second Spin (Sherman Oaks). No time to head over the hill to Amoeba, the greatest record store ever? Head to Second Spin instead. Good selection of used cds and dvds. Purchasing music and movies in a store feels very nineties. Nineteen nineties.
3:30 p.m. Flask (Sherman Oaks). Great selection of whiskey, scotch for the discerning partier. No more Jack Daniels in the parking lot for me. It's fifteen year old Talisker in the parking lot for this guy.
4:00 p.m. Earth 2 (Sherman Oaks). The only place I go for my weekly comical books. Great shop. And it doesn't smell like a sweaty nerd's basement like some shops
4:15 p.m. Halloween Town (Burbank). The best place to go Halloween shopping. All year round. Cool, creepy art. If you need a gift for your nerdy, black wearing friend or family member that worships Poe, Tim Burton or Rob Zombie, stay from Hot Topic; come here. It's where I pick up my 3X fatboy T-shirts with horror movie logos.
4:20 p.m. My car. Take care of scheduled personal business. *cough*.
4:25 p.m. Philly's Best (Burbank). Mushroom Cheese steak, especially savory at 4:25.
4:30 p.m. Maxwell Dog (Studio City). There are a lot of high-end dog supply stores around the valley. But Maxwell Dog was here first. The only place we get fancy stuff for our dogs.
4:45 p.m. Naked Baby (Studio City). Even more high end, reasonably priced toys and clothes for Junior.
5:00 p.m. Big Sugar (Studio City). Everything they make goes in my mouth and makes me happy.
5:15 p.m. Ivy Antiques (Studio City). Do you like ghosts? How about ghost jewelry? The Ivy has plenty of antique jewelry on consignment. So treat the wife to a haunted ring.
5:30 p.m. Topanga Canyon mall (Topanga). The fancy valley mall. Could spend all day here but we only have fifteen minutes.