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Matt, it breaks my heart to hear you describe BJ's as a "sorta dreadful & clean bar-pizza chain." B.J. Grunt's, as it used to be called, was for years the best pizza in Newport Beach (Balboa location, the first I think) and from 1978-1986 my parents brought me there for my birthday every year. Big fat crusts served in a cast iron skillet left right on your table...ah, the memories. I have not been back in years, but from your description, and from their website (they're now public w/ dozens of locations), maybe they've bred all the uniqueness out of the place. Shame.

Posted by: Magyar at June 4, 2003 12:56 PM

The Green Jug is in Woodland Hills. Pretty good selection of domestic and imported beer, wines, spirits, good-sized cigar humidor, and a well-stocked newsstand.
http://www.greenjug.com/contact.asp

Hidden Hills is several miles and a heavily guarded gate away. Over there, beer is strictly for the servants...
http://www.hiddenhillscity.org/

Posted by: MapMan at June 4, 2003 01:19 PM

Magyar -- I might just have a bad attitude. I've only been to one, in Seal Beach on Main St., and my terrible sorority-girl sister was working there (hi Julie!), and I remember it being very loud on my sensitive ears. I'm not much into chain sports bars ... except at airports.

Posted by: Matt Welch at June 4, 2003 01:46 PM

Hey, Matt, we definitely have to have a bloggers reunion at Czech Point in the next few weeks. Hey, summer's here and the time is ripe for Redondo Beach!

Posted by: Roger L. Simon at June 4, 2003 02:07 PM

You can get Budvar (renamed Czechvar north of Panama) at pretty much every Pavillions. For some reason it tastes WAY better in the 22oz size. Skip the 6 packs. It's the same exact brew, but it must be something about the green bottles and exposure to light or SOMETHING because the brown bottle 22's taste much, much better.

Posted by: Fred at June 4, 2003 03:27 PM
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