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What are the hot restaurants in Ann Arbor these days?

Actually had a mediocre meal at the Roadhouse tonight. Nashville Hot Chicken that was lukewarm, semi-spicy and seemed to be microwaved, limp fries, and stale bread. Arrgh!!! How can such things be?

Feb 24, 2015
ebethsdad in Great Lakes

What are the hot restaurants in Ann Arbor these days?

Went to Slurping Turtle for lunch. Great service, lovely ambiance and pretty good food. As I live in LA I am used to pretty great ramen. ST's tonkatsu broth and chasu both suffered from 5 spice powder. I have never encountered that in ramen in either LA or the Bay Area. While it wasn't bad; I thought it detracted from an otherwise good dish. The gyoza were good, if a little bland.
Jolly Pumpkin was enjoyable. Good beer and a good burger, but the Wolverine Brewing Company on Stadium has better beer, a good pulled pork sandwich and the best nachos I have ever come across.
In my opinion Zingerman's Roadhouse is a great restaurant. Its expensive, especially for Ann Arbor, but the food quality is worth the price. I recommend what ever is on special, especially anything with lamb raised on their farm. Great, not just good, burgers too - reasonable if you get them on special.
Ann Arbor is a wonderful food town. It wasn't when I grew up there - apart from German cuisine - so enjoy it!

Feb 23, 2015
ebethsdad in Great Lakes
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Pepper Mexican Grill - Valley Glen

That location does not do well. I live in the area as well and restaurants (and grocery stores) usually die in under a year. The exception was Crossroads, a great Lebanese hole in the wall that was forced to relocate when Valley College knocked down their building to put up a sign (it was across the street). What a waste!
That said I will definitely check it out in hopes of keeping a neighborhood gem alive.

Feb 16, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Best Bagels in SFV or Conejo Valley?

Have you tried these in your backyard?
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/din...
My daughter says they are excellent.

Feb 14, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, February 2015 -- BURGERS

Have you tried The Counter? There is one in Studio City. Their beef is, at least to my aging taste buds, very beefy. Good beer selection and skinny fries too.

Feb 12, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Blue Dog Beer Tavern (quickie)

Second the Tuning Fork. Nice people, good food. Tipple and Brine is also in the neighborhood.

Feb 09, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Sherman Oaks/Encino lightweight dinner suggestions please

Bistro Garden is pretty, but the food isn't great. Too bad Warren's Blackboard is no more. Granted its Studio City, but I think it would have been perfect.

Jan 21, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Cutesy cupcake shop/bakery that can host small party SFV/westside for girly baby shower

How about Natas? http://nataspastries.com/ They have a beautiful dining room attached, and wonderful pastries.

Place to buy fresh seafood mix in LA?

Costco has frozen mixed seafood. In my experience you will be better off buying the ingredients separately. Ofttimes one or more of the ingredients, generally squid or mussels, has the telltale fishy smell of having been too old old when packaged. Asian markets usually have everything you will need for a good price. Whole Foods has also upped their seafood quality and sells squid and head on shrimp as well as the more common scallops, shrimp, clams and mussels. I have not seen scallops in the shell anywhere.

Jan 13, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Kalbi short ribs, non-marinated

Don't bother. 99 Ranch's beef is not good. Their seafood is good, and they carry Jidori chicken. If you don't mind a bit of a drive the Galleria in Northridge, on the southwest corner of Devonshire and Reseda, carries Korean cut short ribs as well as many Korean specialties. Good food court, and its across the street from REI if you are an outdoor person. Plus its only a few miles from Brent's if you are in the mood for a black pastrami Reuben. The Greenland Market, on the corner of White Oak and Sherman Way is another option.

Jan 04, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

Its a little far afield, but Mariscos Colima in North Hollywood is worth considering, http://www.mariscoscolima.com/
Their grilled seafood platter is usually outstanding (caveat one time the lobster tails were far from fresh). I took a friend, a former naval officer, there once, and he said it was the best seafood he had had outside of Singapore. It can handle a group, but you will probably the only English as a first language patrons there (a plus in my opinion), and it can be very loud especially on weekends when the mariachis are playing.

Dec 28, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Live Lobster for New Year's

The Fish King in Glendale has live lobsters, although, as Mr. Brooks recommends, 99 Ranch will have a better price.

Dec 28, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Catalina

No. They do have scuba there. There was a guy rigging for a dive as we were breaking down our boats. That said it was only one guy...as it was only me ordering the shrimp and grits...if you want quantity over quality go to Avalon...Avalon is now pandering to Carnival Cruise Lines.

Dec 16, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Catalina

To update an old thread I visited the Harbor Reef several times last week (we were trapped in Two Harbors by the storm). If anything it is better than before. One night they featured a special shrimp and grits with bacon jam. Bacon jam in the only restaurant in a town of under 150 people! Wonderful. As I was being served the bartender mentioned that the chef was delighted to have someone order it as it was his only chance to make it. A shame. $15 for a dish that would have cost $30 here. The beers on tap were Stone IPA, Blue Moon, and a seasonal ale. You can order Budd Light, but only by the bottle.

The former bartender, now manager, related a charming anecdote to us. A customer called him over and said, "You know you are the only restaurant in town? (Yes) So you will get business no matter what? (Yes) So why is the food so good?"

While waiting for the ferry we walked up to the Banning House and it is both beautiful and romantic. Why anyone would stay in Avalon is beyond me.

Dec 16, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Best picnic basket/supply stores in the LA area?

Exactly the same - so much for Williams-Sonoma "exclusive"

Dec 03, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Best picnic basket/supply stores in the LA area?

Its not available in local stores, but Bed, Bath and Beyond does seem to have what you are looking for.
http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store...

Dec 02, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Loire Valley -- Tours and environs

I may have missed the boat on this one as November is almost over, but if you are still there I highly recommend Le Petit Patrimoine on Rue Colbert. The chef was a pupil of Christian Constant. Our meal was excellent, and the service warm and friendly. Tours is a wonderful city.

Nov 29, 2014
ebethsdad in France

Warren's Blackboard @ Beverly Garland Hotel in NoHo

You're right. Its horrible. Going to try The Tuning Fork tonight which was highly recommended recently.

Really sad about this.

Nov 25, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Epicure imports sale September 12 & 13

I was there shortly after you and didn't even bother to go in. Beck resembled the 405 on a bad day.

Nov 21, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Blimpy Burger (Ann Arbor) update

I will answer my own question. Went there today. Onion roll was stale, patties have gotten smaller - to the point where the condiments overpower the meat, and it lacks the charm of the original. Disappointing.

Nov 17, 2014
ebethsdad in Great Lakes

Carson's Bistro (DTW/Ann Arbor): anyone been?

Thanks for the response. While I love Bier Camp's sausage and bacon I was not impressed with their pulled pork. Their beer is great. Its always a pleasure to return to Ann Arbor. The commitment to local foods shames LA.

Nov 08, 2014
ebethsdad in Great Lakes

Blimpy Burger (Ann Arbor) update

Heading back soon. Haven't heard anything about the reopened Krazy Jim's. Tried to go on a Friday before a football game. Line stretched for half-a-block. Reminded me of traffic here in LA. Any input?

Nov 06, 2014
ebethsdad in Great Lakes

Carson's Bistro (DTW/Ann Arbor): anyone been?

$17 is worth it for Zingerman's. http://www.zingermansdeli.com/
I wish we had such a place in LA!
As an aside a number of us expatriates in LA were reminiscing about DeLong's recently (we were sternly warned by the moderators to keep it local). Not to highjack the thread but does anything currently there match up to DeLong's? Will be heading back soon and would love to have some great barbecue.

Nov 06, 2014
ebethsdad in Great Lakes

Carson's Bistro (DTW/Ann Arbor): anyone been?

You could do Korean as well. BeWon, http://www.bewonannarbor.com/, is in that area.

Nov 06, 2014
ebethsdad in Great Lakes

Live dungeness crabs. Anyone seeing them in the markets yet?

They are indeed. Van Nuys 99 Ranch had them for 12.99 a pound yesterday. I miss 4.99 a pound. Word is much of the catch is shipped to China.

Nov 06, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

cheap eats & corkage in Sherman Oaks, CA

On Tipple and Brine's website they list their opening time as 4:30. Are they open for lunch?

Warren's Blackboard is moderately priced and everything I have had there is delicious. Not sure of their corkage fee.

Natas would also fit the bill, again not sure of their corkage fee.

Nov 06, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Where to Buy Live Lobsters

99 Ranch is your best bet for lobsters, and their price will be a lot better than Fish King. There is one on Sepulveda and Victory not too far outside of your range. For oysters I would try Whole Foods. Their seafood quality is much better than it used to be.

Nov 05, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Oyster Happy Hour Deals 2014

Tipple and Brine has $1.00 oysters on Mondays, http://tippleandbrine.com/
For my fellow kumomoto lovers if you ever find yourself in northern California make your way to the Hog Island Oyster Company, http://hogislandoysters.com/ You order your oysters, then they pull them out of the water. So good!

Vinh Loi tofu - good for Vietnamese, or just good for vegan ?

Agree with most comments here - great for vegan Vietnamese, but doesn't compete with the real thing. Apples and oranges. Really nice people though.

Oct 31, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Best Steak within 200 miles not 201

How about Boneyard Bistro? Wood-grilled steaks, only seasoning is salt. I confess I am prejudiced as they love my favorite wine, Zinfandel, and my favorite beer, Pliny the Elder. Burgers are great, BBQ so-so. Steak; dry-aged, but wood-grilled - thus there is no butter. Not cheap, but quite good. In response to the OP I suggest a pilgrimage to Nipomo, and a visit to Jocko's. There is a slight seasoning, Santa Maria rub (garlic salt,salt and pepper), but they raise their own beef, and the quality is fantastic. Suggest middle of the week as reservations are hard to get, and the line on weekends is hours (mostly locals - sure bet for quality).

Oct 25, 2014
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area