Show 275, May 26, 2018: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at the Fifth Anniversary of the SoCal Restaurant ShowChef Andrew Gruel the founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another installment of Ask the Chef.”

When you’ve at your favorite fast casual or quick service restaurant are you faced with the dilemma of way too many choices as the line lengthens in back of you? Does it take 4 complicated steps to customize a simple salad? Are there dozens of possible adds? Is this a matter of having choices or utter confusion?

This discussion is inspired by Wall Street Journal’s Julie Jargon from her May 11th Page One piece, “Today’s Special: Way Too Many Options for One Sandwich – Restaurants are driving patrons down a rapid assembly line of possibilities.”

We’ll get Chef Andrew’s informed thoughts



Show 257, January 20, 2018: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at the Fifth Anniversary of the SoCal Restaurant ShowOur always informed Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, shares (and explains) in his continuing series hospitality business trends he sees for 2018.

Here’s a real hot button issue…One of the major credit card companies, in a test, is incentivizing restaurants to use credit cards exclusively for payment. No cash accepted sat all…

Is a cashless restaurant really good hospitality? Is there any difference in acceptance of this policy ranging from a quick service spot to a fine dining establishment?

Chef Andrew has had recent experience with this in the fast-casual sphere and shares his first-hand observations. He listened to his guests and then responded accordingly.


Show 25, April 13, 2013: Linda Burum, Food Journalist. Contributes to L.A. Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles Times and other prominent publications (Continued…)

Linda continued her commentary on her recent visits to Little India in Artesia along Pioneer Blvd. Little India offers lots of vegetarian options, too.

She recommends Surati Farsan Mart for their variety of Gujarat-style Indian snacks.

Pickles Indian Cuisine in ArtesiaPickles Indian Cuisine is a fine dining spot with the adjacent quick service Dosa Lite with a menu of more than 20 dosa (Indian crepe) options. Some you will not see elsewhere. Pickles offers both traditional and modern Indian cuisine. Linda really likes their goat and lamb dishes. They also offer an ample selection of byriani.

Another favorite of Linda’s for Indian snacks is Mumbai Ki Galliyon Se on Pioneer Blvd. They have unusual sandwiches.