From the second you walk into Gogo’s Bistro on 2415 E Cesar Chavez Ave in Lost Angeles you feel like you’ve walked into a Disney film, or something equally magical. For me it was like walking onto the set of Disney’s Princess and the Frog. You know the scene where the audience sees Tiana working at Duke’s restaurant, and she personally knows all the customers and their usual orders? Well, Duke’s might as well have been Gogo’s.
The walls are a comforting burnt sienna with a bright red strip that runs across and highlights the various other shades of brown. We took a seat at the booth and spotted a small stage that overlooked the dining area and noticed a couple of musical instruments. The whole atmosphere seemed to envelop you and make you very comfortable. Our waiter took our order, and with our Kokoché app, we were able to get spaghetti with zesty marinara sauce and salad for $4.50 instead of the regular $8.95 (a 50% discount available Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4:30pm-7:00pm); and their chicken waffle (2 wings and belgian waffle) for $4.99, original priced at $7.00 (a 29% discount available Mondays and Wednesdays between 4:30pm-7:00pm).
The food was delicious. When they brought out our orders, my mouth dropped. I was speechless. This food looked so perfect that I thought it wasn’t real. It couldn’t be real. Real food doesn’t look this mouthwatering. I’ve had spaghetti before and it has never looked this perfect. Honestly, it looked like it belonged in a Martha Stewart magazine. It was a shame to ruin its beautiful presentation, but I was hungry and it smelled good! Feeling gluttonous, my friend and I decided to split both the spaghetti, the chicken waffles, and even a salad so as not to miss out on any dish.
The spaghetti was amazing. Disney’s Lady and the Tramp have nothing on their spaghetti. The noodles are perfectly cooked and the marinara sauce tasted so fresh, I never wanted to buy it from ready-made again. A visit to Gogo’s also convinced me that chicken and waffles should always be served together, like always. Whoever thought of pairing these two flavors together was really onto something. The chicken was crispy and delicious and the waffles are a thousand times better than any waffle from the frozen isle. I kid you not. I love Eggos and these waffles kicked their butt. The waffle was the size of my face and I ate half. It was soft without being too soft or undercooked, but not too crispy where it was burnt. It was like a fluffy pillow that smelled like cinnamon. Even their salad was delicious. Yeah, and it looked liked it was made by a salad angel or something because…look at the picture. Just look at it. It is perfect.
Everything about this place seemed to outdo the last thing we saw, heard, or smelled. The warm colored walls were outdone by the beautiful tables and menus; and that itself was outdone by the amazing smell that came from the kitchen; and all that was outdone by the service we received. We stayed a while after we ate our meal and chatted with RJ, one of the owners of Gogo’s Bistro. He gave us a little history about the newly opened place. They opened in March of last year after finding success in a previous catering business. RJ and his mother took their experience and opened Gogo’s Bistro; and have found it to be very rewarding. The welcoming atmosphere I keep describing is something they really wanted to get right, especially by means of music. When we arrived, they were playing classic rock and my friend knew every song that came up. We complimented their taste in music and RJ smiled and mentioned that the music always changes depending on the tone of the restaurant. On any given day you can walk in and hear jazz, classic rock, or R&B. We thanked him for the incredible meal, and just as we were heading out, my friend decided to buy a slice of their famous cheesecake. Now, I won’t name any names, but this cheesecake rivals that from a certain factory, famous for a certain cheesecake.
With our wallets and bellies full, we headed to our car. It was then that we noticed that they offer curbside service to go (call (323)980-0632 to place your order) and boxed lunches for $5.99. Just when I thought their restaurant couldn’t become more dreamlike, they pull out one last sprinkle of magic dust. So if you’re ever in or around Cesar Chavez, I suggest you go to Gogo’s Bistro. And even if you aren’t nearby, I suggest you make your way there, anyway, because their food is better than any place that’s within five miles of where you currently are. Wherever you are. If you do decide to stop by and try out their amazing chicken waffle, make sure you wish them a Happy Birthday, because Gogo’s Bistro turns one this month.
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