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Best place to gorge on raw oysters in LA?

had some super fresh oysters at Oyster House in Studio City the other night. $10/half dozen.
Can't recommend the rest of their food, though.

Jun 12, 2011
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Where is your Favorite... Salad in LA?

Yes, Mrs. Winston's.
Love that I don't have to source, store, clean and prep all those vegetables myself.

Oct 01, 2010
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Where is your Favorite... Salad in LA?

I used to love the macho salad at Bandera's as well. Again, not exactly a health dish, but hits the spot in the evening hours.

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Bandera
11704 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Oct 01, 2010
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Los Angeles - Scandinavian (preferably Danish or Dutch) Restaurant

When I l worked in Sweden, the locals told me they eat surströmming because the smell keeps people from coming around and asking for some of your vodka.

Sep 19, 2010
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Recommendations for Catalina Jazz Club?

As far as their food goes, my recommendation is to enjoy the music. :-)

Aug 08, 2010
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Squash Blossoms at Westside Tavern - Best I've had

Make that 2 outliers. Service is usually good at the bar but have sat at the little tables in the bar area several times and never had what I would call satisfyingly attentive service.
Gotta love those flatbreads, though.

Aug 08, 2010
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Going back to Cali - USC and Downtown

La Barca!
Cheap, good margaritas and a happy hour. Student tested and approved. :-)

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La Barca
2414 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Jul 25, 2010
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Going back to Cali - USC and Downtown

I teach music.
I think walk is the operative word. Staples Center is driving distance and even though the SC tram runs there, students go mostly for a movie, not to eat, too expensive as you say.

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Staples Center
1111 S Figueroa St Ste 3100, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Jul 25, 2010
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The Great Pupusa Roundup

So is La Flor Blanca on Jefferson near USC the original one?
It's the only place I've ever had pupusas but I think they are fabulous.

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La Flor Blanca Restaurant
4400 S Broadway Ste 105, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Jul 24, 2010
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Santa Monica Farmers Market (Saturday)

Also at Cloverfield is a good meat guy, local grass-fed beef. But he's not there every week.
I've deserted the sceney FMs for either Saturday at Cloverfield or Sundays in Mar Vista.

Jul 21, 2010
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Updated free corkage list?

I was wondering why so many people come into Bandera with their own wine. They just didn't all look like serious oenophiles.

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Bandera
11704 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Jul 14, 2010
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Cafe Bustelo

Cafe Bustelo - One cup and you want to start a revolution

Jul 08, 2010
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Maine only- Summer Mainer looking for lobbies in LA

Those are big ones! Glad you liked it.

Jun 26, 2010
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Maine only- Summer Mainer looking for lobbies in LA

Malibu Seafood. Steamed only and not cheap. I'm from New England and blanch at the prices so can't imagine what a Mainiac would think.

Jun 26, 2010
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Going back to Cali - USC and Downtown

Near USC:
Bacaro wine bar.

La Flor Blanca - awesome, authentic and cheap pupusas. Just a block from campus.

Manas Indian Restaurant - 2 blks from campus. Good, well-spiced Indian.

There are food trucks at Jefferson/McClintock but not as many as during fall/spring.

In the food court of University Village mall across from campus, the Health Hut makes huge, inexpensive salads with tons of fresh vegetables and white meat chicken. Also fresh fruit and vegetable juices. My go-to lunch option when in a hurry.

Can you tell I teach at SC? Food options used to be really sad, now, not so much.

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Health Hut
3333 S Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

La Flor Blanca Restaurant
4400 S Broadway Ste 105, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Jun 26, 2010
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You would have a hard time finding _________in Los Angeles...

Pitfire Pizza keeps chili olive oil on the tables.

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Pitfire Pizza
108 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Jun 25, 2010
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Santa Monica Farmers Market (Saturday)

Oops, just checked, my bad.

Jun 16, 2010
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Good Open-Air Bar on/near the Beach?

The Lobster's bar is pretty open and has a great view of the ocean.

May 28, 2010
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Trader Joe's French Village plain cream line yogurt discontinued

LOL! I knew it!
Just had some and really, no different from Strauss from WF except cheaper of course.

May 25, 2010
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Trader Joe's French Village plain cream line yogurt discontinued

Totally - Even the labels are similar. Taste the same too. I buy either or, love Strauss, faux or no.

May 25, 2010
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Upper West - some yeahs. some mehs

Is that in the old Violet space?

Apr 11, 2010
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Upper West - some yeahs. some mehs

Checked out Upper West Friday night. Beautiful remodel, I hope that they can beat the curse of the location.

Ate at the bar, made happy hour so got a great $6 cucumber martini. Tasty and generously sized.

Fried calamari from bar menu were good - crisp, good-sized portion sitting on top of some sort of too-sweet marinara sauce. By 2nd martini, was able to ignore the sweetness.

My friend and I shared a spinach salad and sea bass. Disappointing. Salad had too much vinegar and the sea bass tasted old and undercooked. It takes real talent to make undercooked fish taste both rubbery and dry. The mashed potatoes the fish sat on were tasty but for $22 for the plate - ouch.

The kicker was, they don't serve bread? We asked for it and the bartender said they didn't have that but they had potato chips. ??? Okay... the chips were great but a little weird to be eating with an entree.

I live pretty close so I could see going back for drinks and appies but will probably not order from the main menu again.

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Upper West
3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Apr 11, 2010
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Hungry Cat - My Non-perience

Good-sized chunks of meat fresh enough to taste sweet/briny, lightly dressed in mayo, salt, pepper and a little celery, heaped in a hot dog roll.

Hey, you don't find great mexican in every little town in New England so we have to let them have their superior lobster rolls.

Mar 12, 2010
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Diddy Riese: Thumbs up or thumbs down?

They have them at the UCLA blood bank and, while not the greatest, hit the spot when you've just donated a pint.

Mar 05, 2010
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I have to lose some pounds what's a foodie to do?

You can get a burger on salad at the Arsenal, too. With a dry vodka martini, it's a fairly low-calorie meal. That's what I tell myself, anyway.

Feb 08, 2010
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Drinks in West LA?

And that would be every night since there's a band 7 nights/week. :-)

Jan 14, 2010
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Samosa House vs Annapurna

Normally, their thalis can' be beat but I've gone there fairly late (for them) and stuff tastes a little cold and left out too long.

May 26, 2009
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Your favorite Seafood Shack-type restaurant?

I find the preparation inconsistent - when it's busy, the fish is overcooked. When it's quiet, it's fine. Although the fries are rarely good.
Malibu Seafood much more consistent quality.

May 16, 2009
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Carvel & Real Soft Serve [split from L.A.]

As Tom himself said in his ads, "It's a bee-yoo-tiful product".

Apr 26, 2009
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Bacaro LA (wine bar)

Close to USC! Oh joy.

Apr 27, 2008
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