The 11 in 11 Food Marathon

The 11 in 11 Food Marathon is 11 restaurants and/or bars in 11 hours. I didn’t create this marathon but I participated in this year’s Nocturnal Edition. It ran from 11pm Saturday night to 11am Sunday morning. As I groggily type this post, I’m confident it was the most intense food marathon to date.

The agenda was mapped out, and like any food marathon was bound to be changed on the fly.

1st Stop: Animal

Still crowded at 11pm on Saturday night, 40 of us invaded Animal for pork belly sliders. We rotated through our table of twelve so everyone could get a bite before the insane trip began. I jumped in the car with Matt from Dig Lounge and his prettier better half and we were off… (11:38pm)

2nd Stop: Masan Restaurant

We shuffled into a private room int he back of Masan. This Korean seafood restaurant is famous for their live octopus. So we ordered them up, tentacles still sticking to our tongues as we swallowed the bland, chewy sea creatures. The uni was sweet, fresh and a terrific pick me up after the shock value of the squirming octopus. The monkfish soup had a good spicy bite, with boney fish and vegetables. Before they knew what hit them we were on our way out. We got to try the nastiest food in the restaurants- sea squirts on the way out and it left a terrible taste in my mouth. (12:43am)

3rd Stop: HMS Bounty

The sea squirt flavor was nothing a Red Bull and vodka couldn’t conquer at the HMS Bounty. We took over the back room, slowing our pace as we’d reached the one destination that would close while we were there. (1:38am)

4th Stop: El Taurino

This bustling taco truck parks outside El Taurino’s brick and mortar restaurant. Fifteen of us chose the truck while the rest opted for the indoor dining option. I ordered and ate my carne asada and lengua tacos before our group had even ordered inside. (2:25am)

While waiting for our tacos we notice an amazing mullet.

This guy had literally taken his friend’s girlfriends hair extensions and stuck them on the back of his head. He was the hit of the night.

5th Stop: Original Tommy’s

While the indoor orderers at El Taurino waited forever for their food, we moved on to Tommy’s. I had a chili burger, which I didn’t finish. The patty was literally gray but the chili was as good as ever. This stop was pretty painful. (3:03am)

6th Stop: Nak Won House

Nak Won was our first real, un-rushed meal. We ordered grilled beef, bulgogi, bi bim bap and kimchi fried rice. We enjoyed most of it (the beef was whatever). Overall it seems like a decent Korean drunk stop, but by no means the best in K-Town. (3:32am)

7th Stop: Pal Cabron

As an added bonus Bricia and Fernando from Pal Cabron had joined us at HMS Bounty. They invited us back to their restaurant for a special cemitas y clayudas fiesta. The drive over was rough and I was starting to doubt my late night food marathoning abilities. (4:50am)

8th Stop: The Original Pantry Cafe

The Pantry is famous because it’s old and it’s always open. The food their is unbearable. I didn’t even take a picture of the pre-re-repeat-heated bacon. I don’t drink coffee but this one did the trick. We were making it over the hump. (5:38am)

9th Stop: Rooftop at the Standard Downtown

We watched the sun rise on the roof of the Standard Downtown. It’s a great location, was a special part of the night and I’m glad Jeff was able to pull it off. Bloody Marys christened the daylight. (6:20am)

10th Stop: Sapp Coffee Shop

Our breakfast of champions consisted of Sapp Coffee Shop’s famous boat noodles. This is noodles with animal innards and broth thickened with blood. The spicy, salty flavor makes me wonder how cereal became the staple American breakfast. I’ll take Thailand’s ten to one. (7:37am)

11th Stop: Huckleberry

For a more civilized (read: boring) breakfast we traveled towards the sea to Huckleberry. We actually didn’t look that bad at this point. They don’t have bagels and cream cheese so we went with the salmon sandwich on a baguette. It did the trick, but couldn’t compare to the next sandwich…. (9:14am)

12th Stop: Bay Cities Deli

For the last food stop of the marathon we got a party sub from Bay Cities Deli. I’ve written about the Godmother many times so go read about it there. (10:19am)

13th Stop: The Joker

Last and certainly close to least was Santa Monica’s dive bar, The Joker. The place is dark, dank and full of older men who were very surprised to see us. We talked about the best ’11′ related drink (Tanqueray #10 + 1 shot?) but I just went with a good old fashioned Budweiser. (11:22am)

It was a monumental food marathon and Jeff, Jason, Noah, Mark and everyone else involved deserve huge accolades for organizing and finishing it. HC also lived up to his position as hardcore all powerful foodventurer with the Great Walk in the morning, the full 11 in 11 and then a chocolate boutique opening in Malibu.

19 Responses to “The 11 in 11 Food Marathon”

  1. Gastronomer Says:

    Bravo!! This was like way harder core than the REAL food marathon ;-)

  2. my shimoda Says:

    mmm… blood soup at 7:30am… :/
    you are crazy! this is the like the ultimate Food Marathon!

  3. Pepsi Monster Says:

    Wow! I’m totally amazed on how fast you guys can go from one end to another. Yeah, going from K-town to Pal Cabron and back to downtown would have been a rough drive. Glad you all survive!

    ps. I’m surprised you guys got that many crew in the end. I would have guessed less than 10.

  4. Noah Says:

    Thanks for coming along! Great post, great night. Now I just need to figure out where I left my brain.

  5. foodmarathon Says:

    Thank you.

    Noah, I’m pretty sure I saw bits of your brain with the liver and tripe in the boat noodles at Sapp. I’m also pretty certain Jeff ate it.

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  7. Mark Says:

    11 in 11 thanks you for coming along on theNocturnal Edition! Your writeup and your photos are amazing. See you again on our next 11in11.

  8. H.C. Says:

    no wonder I looked more refreshed towards the end of the 11 in 11 than at Pal Cabron (where I was labeled a “zombie”) — the blood soup at Sapp have satisfied my vampiric hunger. :P

    But definitely fun times and I can’t wait till next year’s 11 in 11 — but hopefully not one same 24 hour period as Great LA Walk (which is another must-do-again on my calendar)

  9. Matt Says:

    Great pics Mr Food Marathon. It was a fun night indeed, I still need to go through all my pics. My brain is still asleep.

  10. mattatouille Says:

    absolutely insane.

  11. Marie Says:

    Wow. Yeah, I would physically not be able to do this, even if I reeeally wanted to. Not even half of it! Kudos!

  12. Alli411 Says:

    So fab! While you were gorging I was trying to loose a little pre-holiday weight. Glad I could live vicariously through you.

  13. eatdrinknbmerry Says:

    neil, that’s awesome. i would’ve hurled. my friend and i did 7 restaurants in 10 hours in SF, and we didn’t want to eat for a week.

  14. bill Says:

    I’m speechless.

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