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Best place for election night coverage?

Title pretty much sums it up. Obviously good TVs with sound and comfortable seating is a must.

Also what places would have crowds that will make for an engaged and interesting audience? (oh yea, and some good drinks and food too)

I wonder if the Westwood Brew Co. might be a good spot, tons of big screen TVs and a relatively diverse westwood crowd, plus the beers aren't half bad :).

Nov 03, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Anisette Lunch

On my visit to Anisette the food was great, but service was absolutely horrible. We were one of the first ones there when they opened for dinner, and it took well over an hour for the mains to come out while we were watching the same dishes we ordered being carried to customers who came in way after us. And after we did get the food, one of the dishes was almost completely cold. The waiter didn't seem to care much. 0 tip, won't come back. Pity, because i really do like their menu.

Oct 28, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Italian or other, SM Blvd/Bundy?

You are right, i was thinking Barrington :). Which is still more than a block away, but that's sort of close.

In any case, if you're driving, it's quite close still.

Oct 15, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Italian or other, SM Blvd/Bundy?

Il Grano is an excellent restaurant a block away from Bundy/SM. It is bit focused on fish though. Brentwood, which is very close, has a much greater variety of high quality Italian. Second all of wilafur's recs.

Oct 15, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Good burger = Hood burger

Few $15+ burgers in this town are worth the price, but the one at Lucky Devil's is.

Oct 04, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Feedback on the Redesign? Let us know here.

One word: Skins.

It's very easy to implement, it's easy for users to figure out nowadays, and offers the best of all worlds to everyone.

For me personally the new layout is way too bright. Maybe the red was a bit 90's, but giving users some choice is the best and easy solution.

Sep 26, 2008
karamazov in Site Talk

Spaghetti and Meatballs?

$20-30 for pasta dishes and the name of the place is not Valentino? That better be some special meat balls. Would you recommend it over the, apparently, more moderately priced Vincenti a mile down the road?

Sep 22, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Farmer's Cheese (preferably) on the west side

Hey now, are you comparing me to a little old Jewish lady!? I'm not that old and frail yet! :)

Jme, if by the shrinkwrapped version you refer to the Friendship brand that was in that blue cheese/feta/gorgonzola section, it's actually very similar to ricotta in consistency. Maybe just a little bit drier, but definitely nothing like gouda. I think it may appear firmer because of the way it's packaged. There are actually two layers of shrinkwrap.. for whatever reason.

Sep 20, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Farmer's Cheese (preferably) on the west side

Indeed found the shrinkwrapped farmer's cheese yesterday at the Westwood Ralph's! Thanks a lot Jme.

Sep 19, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Farmer's Cheese (preferably) on the west side

I've only seen farmer's cheese at some ethnic delis in Hollywood, but they don't always have it and it's a bit too far east from where I live. Does anyone know of any super markets or any places in general that carry it reliably? I've looked at WF/Gelson's/BF/Ralphs, etc. Never saw it at any of those places. Actually i've seen the Lifeway brand at Jon's, and i could settle for it in a pinch, but any tips for brands other than Lifeway would be much appreciated too.

Sep 18, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Sports Bar in Santa Monica?

I'll put a vote in for Q's on Wilshire. The food is not bad. I'd say better than South/Barney's Beanery/Yankee Doodle's. There is also a Cabo Cantina right next door, if you're in the mood for mediocre Mexican. I would go these two before other places mentioned so far.

Sep 16, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

3rd or Beverly Bl

The Little Next Door is pretty good. But it is somewhere between a cafe and a restaurant, not truly a restaurant.

http://www.thelittledoor.com/lndconta...

Sep 15, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Father's Office: Santa Monica vs Culver City

I had the same impression of the FO burger when i had it. Didn't notice any blue cheese (i see below it's supposed to be mixed into the meat.. waste of blue cheese if you ask me). The caramelized onions were too salty and the arugula didn't add much to the burger. It's supposed to take away from the saltiness, like tomatoes and lettuce do on a classic burger, but there is too little of it to do anything on the FO burger. There really wasn't much flavor to the whole thing.. at least for me.

Memorable burgers:
The $16 Kobe at Lucky Devil's. That one had tons of flavor, an amazing
burger.
The Nook burger. Excellent meat flavor, great bread, just the right amount of fix ins. Great fries too. $12.

Next on my burger hit list is the one at Wilshire, a friend of mine had that last time i was there, and i swore i'd get one the next time :)

FO is still great, but not just for the burger but for their beers. For the fact that it's the best combination of _bar_, food and drink in the city. No other bars/beer places measure up food-wise.

Sep 15, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Help with takeout in Westwood/405 vicinity

If it's not too far out of the way, Bossa Nova on Pico has a huge menu and it's pretty good for take out.

You could also get something from Clementine in Century City.

Closer to Westwood i'd second Shamshiri Grill and throw in Pomodoro for Italian (it's not the chain).

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Shamshiri Grill
1712 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Clementine
1751 Ensley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine
10982 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Pomodoro Trattoria
1393 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Sep 12, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Best Mac n Cheese In LA?

What are the ingredients at Lola's and Kate Mantilini? Are these the fancy or the simpler recipes?

Also, how does Mac n Cheese at Clementine or Joan's on 3rd compare to the best restaurant versions? MnC is more of a take out kind of food after all..

Sep 08, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

il Grano - Heirloom Tomato Tasting Menu w/pics. Very Good, But Expected Better

Is this a regular event at il Grano or does it happen once a year? Would love to check it out if they would have it again some time soon.

Sep 04, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

The truth about Crazy Fish?!

It's ok for large portions and rolls. I would definitely not go there for actual sushi. It's way better than california roll factory, nearby on pico. I think calling that the McDonald's of sushi may even be too kind.

Aug 28, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Bread_what are very best places to get bread and rolls in LA and OC?

Interesting, I have never seen black bread here in the states quite like what you get back home. I think the biggest difference is the moisture level - the black bread here is simply not nearly as moist as what's prepared in russia and eastern europe. I think back there it is cooked less or something, don't know much about bread making.

Dry bread is a problem for like 99% of bread i see sold anywhere in LA by the way. Seems like everyone likes their "rustic" loaves. Most of the stuff from La Brea bakery for example is completely inedible for me because of this.

Aug 27, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Need non-date date recommendation in West LA

Stop mentioning Wilshire! I live a mile away and it's my favorite spot. I don't want the crowds to start overrunning the place. (And yea, Wilshire will definitely work for you anvali. It's both stylish and the food is good).

Aug 19, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Pizzeria Mozza - your thoughts

Visited Mozza for a quick meal recently. Had the tuna stuffed peppers and the fennel sausage pizza. The pepper appetizer was pretty flavorless, i've had tuna salad that had more taste than this dish. Just a bunch of oil and peppers, I can get the same or better at the whole foods salad bar. The pizza was good, but also nothing special. I really enjoy slices from Vito's and Mulberry. Mozza may have unusual ingredients, like ipswitch clams and rapini, but the crust and the cheese and the overall quality of the pie are not better. It was actually kinda dry and bland. Granted it's a restaurant with restaurant setting and a larger menu, but in a pure pizza-to-pizza comparison, mozza is just not any better. And i say this without any horse in the whole NY vs West Coast pizza debate. Really don't care at all about it. I think the styles at these places are similar enough for it to be an apples to apples comparison.

I think i might give it another try with a pizza that has sauce on it, for a fuller comparison, but i'm not holding my breath for it.

By the way, replying to the original post, i always thought tons of oil was the hallmark of NY pizza. The slices at Joe's in SM drip with it.

Aug 19, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

The Pear & Brie sandwich from Elements Kitchen (Pasadena) and other lunch items

That looks very good. Pics of that Brie sandwich are making me feel like having a second breakfast. It's too bad Pasadena is too far to drive to for a sandwich. Are there any places on the west side that serve similar fare?

Aug 19, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Best outdoor dining with a view?

I'm considering Coast at the Shutters on the Beach hotel. Has anyone been there? I can't find the menus anywhere but the site, which does not include prices. It looks like it's got a great patio, but i'm wondering if it feels a bit dinerish in real life, like many hotel restaurants often do.

Aug 14, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Best outdoor dining with a view?

Thanks a lot for the suggestions. The Inn of the Seventh Ray looks especially stunning in the photos. I'm a bit weary of their health conscious menu, but it looks good.

Isn't the Getty indoors only? Also heard bad things about the service there.

Aug 12, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Casual Dinner, near Hammer Museum in Westwood?

Beware of Palomino after 6 pm though - it gets very loud and crowded in the bar area. You should be ok for dinner, but the main attraction is the happy hour, and it's quite popular (as in way too popular).

Aug 11, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Best outdoor dining with a view?

I'm looking for a restaurant where you can sit outside and enjoy a good view as well. There are many restaurants with patios, but they are often at the back with little or no view of anything except for the next building or the fence. Is there any place you can sit outside and enjoy a view as well? The closest i've seen is Ocean and View at the Loews hotel in Santa Monica, but I think their actual outside area is for drinks/lounging only, not for dinner. I'm looking for something around the Santa Monica/Venice area, but i'm willing to travel a bit. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Aug 10, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Wonderful Food Amidst The Stars - Spago Beverly Hills [Review] w/ Pics!

Would you say that the food on the regular menu is significantly worse than what you get from the tasting menu? Does ordering off the regular menu hold up to the 2 star Michelin rating?

Given how little most customers care about the quality of the food and the number of people they serve each day, it seems unlikely that all their dishes are consistently good.

Aug 04, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

How do we feel about Sushi Sushi on Beverly Dr?

I've only been several times for lunch and never for dinner, but the quality and variety were excellent. The emphasis here is definitely on pure sushi, i don't think there are any rolls on the menu. Not sure how it compares to the likes of Zo, but i'd put it above most sushi places around. I'd say it ranks just below Kiriko for me.

Jul 31, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant with large screen tv while dining?

I haven't been there in a while, but i'm in the area all the time and It's definitely still open.

Jul 26, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Universal City Walk

Thanks for advice everyone. Of course I was hoping someone would tell me I don't have to drive and stay at the city walk, but I knew there likely wasn't anything good there. Since I rarely make it out to North Hollywood/Studio City, i'll probably pick something from there. The Boneyard Bistro has intrigued me for a while. Please keep the suggestions coming though!

Jul 22, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area

Universal City Walk

Going out to the universal city walk this Saturday (will see the dark knight at the imax :). Not really familiar with that area at all - what would be some good places to get some food before or after the show? Looking for a good sit down restaurant with a "lively" atmosphere, but emphasis is on the food. Preferably with a full bar. Any of the chains within the city walk itself worth checking out?

Jul 22, 2008
karamazov in Los Angeles Area