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dinner for 12 in or near hollywood with veg/kosher options

thanks- they are not of that completely restrictive catgegory- veg or fish a ta non kosher place would be fine- we are actually looking at loteria in hollywood- any comments?

Aug 05, 2011
sgl in Los Angeles Area

dinner for 12 in or near hollywood with veg/kosher options

we are attending one of those adventure/experience parties this sat afternoon with dinner planned for our enitre group afterwards- we are all into food, cook and knowlegable- also very adventurous BUT here are the 2 catches- we will have just spent the afternoon running around, so we need to find a relatively casual place and more important- one couple is kosher so they need good veg or fish options- no crustaceans, no pork! the group of 12 on a sat night presents a slight challenge- would love some advice- thanks

Aug 05, 2011
sgl in Los Angeles Area

great down to earth eats in the city end of this month

so helpful- thanks!- id forgotten about mandalay- it was a fave when we lived there!

Apr 03, 2011
sgl in San Francisco Bay Area

great down to earth eats in the city end of this month

my husband and i will be in sf (where we met in 1990...) end of this month- we lived there for many years so using public transit and getting around is not a big issue- we will be staying in laurel heights and have reservations (that i am not married to , btw...) at micheal mina and atelier crenn--so i think we have enough big name fine dining --though i am open to comment on these 2 choices...we have been in LA since 1992 and really miss the easy access to great ethnic food that SF offered (we have a ton of awesome ethnic dining here too, but it is harder to get to) so, looking for some fantastic down home burritos, latin, any asian that is not too peanut heavy, whatever is great- esp interested in lunch or brunch so we have the rest of the day to walk it off! also wondering about good seafood choices- the way i see it we have like 10 or so meals to fill- also - what is the consensus on spruce which is walking distance from our hotel

thanks folks!

Apr 02, 2011
sgl in San Francisco Bay Area

fodd related gift certificate for somewhere in new haven- STAT!

hey all
thanks for this! i remembered pepes just after i posted and did purchase the gift certificate
but i am going to pass on these recomendations to our friends in hopes of smoothing their big transition
all best
your LA foodie friend...

Aug 07, 2010
sgl in Southern New England

fodd related gift certificate for somewhere in new haven- STAT!

our dear friends are leaving us (los angeles) to take a job at yale new haven hospital- we want to get them the above item as a going away gift- for a party TOMMORROW night!- they are a great youngish couple (late 30's0 its all about the point of reference, right?) with 3 kids- 9, 7 and 2- he: surgeon, she: mba turned stay at home mom-something family freindly- a great cafe or diner?- or just fun and indulgent- a cool bakery- cupcake or ice cream shop?

any ideas along those lines that i can deal with online or by phone?
many thanks east coast chowhounders!!

btw your S.NE posts are bringing me back to the good old days in middletown, while i attended wesleyan...some great food memories were made then, too

Aug 06, 2010
sgl in Southern New England

family friendly lunches in denver and aurora

hey all
wanted to report on our chow related and influenced experiences last weekend
thank you to all the denver chowhounders who replied!
thurs nite we went to caledonias and met our cousins there-they were amused that this is where we were eating- it was a perfect spot to kick back and veg after a day of travel- yes the tvs were blaring, the food was just ok, not great- but it was festive, homey, the service was great and the price was right
next day we went to snooze for brunch- the first one we stopped at on ?colorado? had a 60 minute wait on a non-holidy friday at 11 am! wow! we were kindly directed to another branch in the area closer to downtown near the ball park- 20 minutes and one spring snowstorm filled walk later we were seated and had the BEST meal of the weekend and one of the most creative, delicious and generous brunches ever! great ambience, cool neighborhood, fantastic food- i had the smoked salmon benedict- amazing balance, hearty and filling, hubby had the "sandwich i am" the combo of salty sweet savory was perfect- my son had a burger- loved it- daughter had pancakes- with bacon caramel-- we were amazed that our family had not heard of or been there- but we advised them to get there asap!
we did eat at the greek place on illif- that is where our family event was held on sat pm- in the former heather ridge country club- yes? pretty standard fare- chicken and spanakopitas (sp?) seemed homemade and were good- the gyros meat was suspicious for some sort of frozen, commercial product- but perhaps the catering dept uses dif food than the extremely busy bar and restaurant?

i did notice alot of korean and some middle eastern food in the area and was curious as to what people's opinions on these establishments were for next time
again many thanks for the recs and contributing to a memorable weekend with my family!

Mar 27, 2010
sgl in Mountain States

family friendly lunches in denver and aurora

yay! hey teacher and all the rest
thanks so much! we'll keep you posted

Mar 13, 2010
sgl in Mountain States

Fun weird restaurants in LA?

do they still have peanut shells all over the floor? we used to go for birthdays (in the 1970's) but i was peanut allergic and had one of my birthday parties sort of ruined by a mild asthma attack- in true 1970s fashion, the party went on! suck it up little girl! ill never forget the place, tho!

Mar 06, 2010
sgl in Los Angeles Area

family friendly lunches in denver and aurora

clearly i am clueless (which as a los angeleno is probably expected? :)...) we are staying at double tree denver southeast in aurora on east iliff place- ring a bell- you guys are aweome by the way -

Mar 06, 2010
sgl in Mountain States

family friendly lunches in denver and aurora

thanks so much!!
anyone else??? i will definitely post my reveiws!

just to up the ante a bit: any ideas of where to stop between airport and hotel in aurora for thurs pm dinner with kids?

Mar 05, 2010
sgl in Mountain States

family friendly lunches in denver and aurora

thanks all- we will have a car and are willing to travel a bit, but need to limit to mid-day- anything in the aurora area?

Mar 02, 2010
sgl in Mountain States

family friendly lunches in denver and aurora

thanks tesnjen! as i am not really familiar with the city's geography- LoDo is downtown near museum?
anyone else want to weigh in?
what about mexican? chili? other denver specialties? how about brewpubs you can have kids at so mom and dad can sample some of the local adult fare?

Mar 02, 2010
sgl in Mountain States

family friendly lunches in denver and aurora

we'll be in town for a family event and have time to explore! our kids (9 and 12) are foodies and have pretty adventurous palates...looking for something casual, local, fun, authentic near the museum of art and also in aurora- no national chains please! thanks!

Mar 01, 2010
sgl in Mountain States

Mozza

we were just there last weekend with our kids and had a really fantastic experience with the service- total opposite of these posts- my kids are big foodies and engaged our server in conversation on all manner of related topics- she was gracious, lovely patient and kind. even prior to her falling in love with our kids (8 and 11), the service was attentive and informative. heck, i arrived 10 minutes late from an emergency i was required to attend to and the host even had seated my family before i got there (not the norm in pretentious restaurants). the kicker was that when we paid the bill, the waitress said that she had talked to nancy silverton (at the osteria mozz bar) about us and she wanted us to bring the kids over to meet her- which we did. yes, they were cultivating our return business and yes, it worked. btw- the food was quite good- pricey for pizza, yes- but if you want inexpensive pizza why would you go to a celebrity chef helmed restaurant?

Nov 06, 2008
sgl in Los Angeles Area

casual dinner in hollywood or thereabouts

looking for an affordable place for a mid-week dinner with friends- we want yummy food- ethnic of any variety is great-we are all adventurous- and someplace we can linger over conversation without feeling rushed to turn over the table...ideas?

Nov 06, 2008
sgl in Los Angeles Area

Cheap West Hollywood/Beverly Center/The Grove eats?

vegan glory is great and maybe i am too trusting, but they are vegan, which should make it alot more healthful than many of the above recs, as interesting as they are...i frequently order from them for lunch- i have to get a lunch special (very generous portions of curry, rice, salad and spring roll for about $7.99) and a salad- usually tofu "larb" --to get the delivery ($10 minimum)- but this usually lasts me 3 meals! definitley try it. whose on third is also a good value and my neighbors swear by the value at alfredo's on third just west of sweetzer (south side)- think they are only open for breakfast and lunch. the tacos at el carmen used to be cheap and they rocked! have not been for along time, tho

Apr 08, 2008
sgl in Los Angeles Area

palm springs/desert/rancho mirage

oh yes- forgot one place- our final brunch was monday am - what used to be the sunshine cafe right next to chez pierre- it was awesome 2 years ago and totally packed on weekends, but i seem to recall that the owners were splitting the business and there was another one somewhere else-(one listed in cathedral city) anyways this location is now called the palms cafe- suffice it to say- i would NOT recommend this place - everything in my huevos rancheros came from a can...yuck!!!

Mar 19, 2008
sgl in California

palm springs/desert/rancho mirage

dude!! thank you- see below- we LOVED el charro so much!!!

Mar 19, 2008
sgl in California

palm springs/desert/rancho mirage

ok- so here is the update:. thanks to everyone for their input:
thurs pm late dinner at matchbox pizza in ps- nice view over the thurs night palm canyon street fair ( an unexpected plus) food was pretty good- great beer list- i had chimay, huubie had lost ? something which he loved- service started out sort of lame, but they tried so hard and remedied their putting us into a smoking section outside without being clear that that is what it was by rewarding us with the awesome table on the front balcony...friday dinner at okura robata in la quinta- great service, atmosphere with fresh, delicious nigiri and overly fussy rolls- resort prices and resort style dining- to be expected in a resort town. great homemade ice cream for dessert at lappert's in la quinta- fantastic date and caramel ice cream. saturday "brunch"- awesome, down and dirty mexican fare at el charro per eat nopal's rec- a total winner- i had soft tacos- the fish was unbelievable= a fresh filet with cilantro, lime and onion on fresh corn tortillas, hubbie had a pork burritto with no "aftermath" as he so delicately put it-sat pm off to a local's recommendation of le basil in palm desert- in a minmall- this vietnamese tried hard and though it was not as good as what we used to eat when we lived in sf, they tried hard- great service, nice wine for a restaurant of this type- reasonable prices- the appetizer of xiao bao (? sorry this was 5 days ago!) or vietnamese scallion pancakes with all the fixings- basil, mint, sprouts, etc- stood out- the rest was mediocre. dessert at the yogurt cafe- or as the proprieter stated "the world's best yogurt" was yummy- choc or vanilla yogurt with mix-ins- definitely the place to be on sat night in pD- packed! sunday night was the absolute best: blend in la quinta was fantastic and worthy of any high caliber meal you can get in LA- outstanding and generous service, wonderful prep and attention to detail- we started with the classic wedge salad and mac n/ cheese with lobster- the flavors were crisp, fresh and melded well. i had the deconstructed pot roast aka short ribs, root veg and pureed parsnip, hubbie had sweetbreads, wonderful port with dessert and great wine selection as well- the chef sadly will be closing this month- if you plan to be in the coachella valley before april DO NOT MISS BLEND. then look for his next project in la (we talked at length with him about his plans- lovely, personable, talented young guy)

sorry so long- hope it helps the next visitor!

Mar 19, 2008
sgl in California

Best of (3rd St) Farmer's Market?

kokomo's is still good for comfort food and better than average diner fare- back in the day (pre-grove! gasp- imho no foodie should eat there and expect anything better than corporate shlock--ok the hot dog guy, hagen dasz and the farm are ok...) the line for weekend brunch was insane and the food was great- has anyone been there lately? i had a late night dinner there recently and my companion's chili fries and hot wings were decadent fun
loteria is really so good (love the tortilla soup) and m, marcel is also consistent, agree with sku- the baked goods are good at many stalls, the ice cream is good at bennets and ?the other place on the west side of the market and the candy stalls are very good--but really it is more about the experience of community (and many of the neighbors really do patronize the place on a regular basis)

Mar 09, 2008
sgl in Los Angeles Area

persian/middle eastern take-out

well- i owe you a big thank you! stopped by to check out sinai /F&yY kosher- a unique combo of kosher butcher and persian restaurant on friday to be sure i wanted to commit- the place was packed on friday for lunch and i gotta say- in addition to the food looking and smelling great- i figured if people are willing to sit directly across from the butcher display cases as they dined, the food had to be really good! there are about 10 tables that make up the restaurant and the other "half" of the joint is the butcher shop. i ordered over the phone this am- very patient with my questions-- and picked the food up , which was ready and packaged and hot promptly at 4:30 as promised-- the place was again full up. all of my guests loved the meal- we got 15 kebabs- mixed- meat, chicken breast and koobideh- ground chicken or beef- all well spiced, tender and juicy- not tough or dry, not too salty. we got 3 kinds of rice (my curiosity got to me): plain, sabzi polo (with dill and lima beans) and zereshk polo (with currants and dried cranberries), also got a side of grilled bell peppers and onions, the kebabs come with whole gilled roma tomatoes (one per kebab) a ton of lavash - and a relish of some sort- great tang to it- as well as a bunch of fresh basil and ground sumac. as usual i over-ordered and everyone went home with doggie bags- i probably could have ordered about 1/2 of what i did for 6 adults and 4 kids and we all had seconds! but even so i spent $106.00, which is not bad at all

i would recommend this to anyone for eat in (if you are not faint of heart) or take out- they also have marinated chicken and meats to purchase for your own grilling- which i will try for sure

chowhound to the rescue again
btw- my daughter's persian friends parents were all curious as to where i ordered from and i will get their opinion on this place, too-seemed really authentic to me and most of the customers were persian...any thoughts?

Mar 09, 2008
sgl in Los Angeles Area

Do wedding cakes ever taste good?

so interesting- we opted for no cake- by the time it is time for cake at a big, jewish wedding no one even wants to eat anything more! we started dinner at about 10 pm and ended with fantastic sorbet and cookies and no cake cutting fee! then we danced til 3 am like lunatics- so not about the look, pics or anything else for us (going strong 12 years later :)) i love my food (especially baked goods) , but the wedding was about me and him--

Mar 04, 2008
sgl in General Topics

persian/middle eastern take-out

love habayit- my daughter went to pre-school next door and we ate there alot- are they open at night?

Mar 04, 2008
sgl in Los Angeles Area

palm springs/desert/rancho mirage

ok- this is exactly what i am into! will let you know if we go-many thanks!

Mar 04, 2008
sgl in California

persian/middle eastern take-out

what do you guys think about eliass? my dad recommended it, but the discussions on line here sort of scared me off-- i was thinking to try somewhere pico-robertson-ish and was at margic carpet years ago- but not sure what to order and have to order for 6 adult .and 4 kids--some of us are more adventurous than others....

Mar 04, 2008
sgl in Los Angeles Area

palm springs/desert/rancho mirage

thanks!

Mar 03, 2008
sgl in California

palm springs/desert/rancho mirage

fish in the desert? ok- may give it a whirl!

Mar 03, 2008
sgl in California

persian/middle eastern take-out

wow- love the detailed response- will count the votes and get back to you all on the results- my cousin is visiting from chicago- don't think he has had the persian version yet...

Mar 03, 2008
sgl in Los Angeles Area

persian/middle eastern take-out

thanks! have heard about this place

Mar 03, 2008
sgl in Los Angeles Area