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L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2015 -- Voting

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Aug 28, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2015 -- Nominations

POTATOES!

Aug 26, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2015 -- Nominations

Fourth or fifth or sixth potatoes. Glad you are well nosh.

Aug 25, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Best Fishmarkets in SFV

99 Ranch on Sepulveda and Victory is an Asian market. The Fish King on Glendale Ave in Glendale is an expensive but good fish market. They carry poultry as well. The Galleria on Devonshire and Reseda in Northridge is a Korean market. Great for things like monkfish and skate wings.

No shellfish (obviously) but Fish in the Village is a small, kosher fish market and cafe on Whitsett and Burbank.

Whole Foods has actually upped their seafood quality quite a bit. They carry local oysters and mussels, and is one of the few places I have found to stock squid. They were carrying head-on shrimp for a while, but dropped them. A shame.

Aug 17, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2015 -- HOT DOGS/SAUSAGES

No hot dogs or sausages yet, but glad you are home!

Jul 31, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Boars Head Hot Dogs

I believe Gelson's carries them branded as an in-house product.

Jul 29, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Cheesemonger in Sherman Oaks

It is excellent butter, and for pastries they had Beurremont back in stock. At $6/lb its a steal. No sherry vinegar however. Much less crowded this time. Parking was no problem.

Jul 26, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Recs in the San Fernando valley

There is a burgeoning gastropub scene in the Valley. Near you are 818 Public School, Blue Dog Beer Tavern (stick to the burgers), Tipple and Brine ($1 oysters on Mondays), and The Woodman.
A little further east you will find The Tuning Fork, Laurel Tavern, and Black Market Liquor Bar.
Ramen Jinya and Ramen Omae both serve decent but not spectacular ramen. East of Laurel Cyn on Ventura Blvd is sushi land.
For upscale try Girasol.
Ethnic gems include Puro Sabor on Van Nuys; Lola's chicken on Victory, and Pho 999 and Pho So1 across from each other at Sepulveda and Victory. Mariscos Colima near the Burbank airport is sometimes superb and other times just okay. Natas has excellent Portuguese pastries and food.
Best taco truck I have found is Tacos La Fonda in the car wash at Vanowen and Vineland after 6:30.
There is a start for you. I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised at how much the Valley food scene has exploded.

Jul 26, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Pre-cooked lobster meat

If you don't want to use the pre-cooked lobster meat you might want to consider lobster tails. With kitchen shears and a fork you can clean them in minutes and they often go on sale (Ralphs had large tails for $13 apiece today). Granted you won't have claw meat or tomalley, but it will be a lot less effort than cooking and picking live lobsters and probably better than frozen meat. I don't think tomalley freezes well.

Jul 17, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

where can I find betel leaves

You can also order them from Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/Hawaiian-Betel-...

Jul 08, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Howlin' Ray's (Nashville-Style) Hot Chicken (A Review and Photo Story)

A wonderful short about the history of hot chicken. Here's hoping the mods don't delete the link...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72xXx...
Can't wait to try it - the LA version. I had a disappointing attempt at Zingerman's Roadhouse in Ann Arbor - the only mediocre dish I have ever had there. Here's hoping Howlin' Ray's comes through.

Jul 07, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Mufaletta in Los Angeles

Orleans and York gets a lot of love around here for their po-boys, and they have several muffulettas on their menu. http://orleansandyorkdeli.com/

Jul 04, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

I usually agree with your comments, but in my experience Zankou, at least the one I used to go to on Sepulveda, has gone way downhill. The last few times I went there the roast chicken, my favorite item there, was ridiculously dry.

Jun 29, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Pimento Cheese 911

Jun 29, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Craft bacon in LA.

Surfas carrries Nueske bacon. Believe it or not Trader Joe's Applewood smoked is quite good. They used to stock Niman Ranch, but now carry their house brand which tastes just like the old stuff. I understand your reluctance to order online, but Bentons has incredible bacon, http://shop.bentonscountryham.com/Pro... as does Zingerman's, http://www.zingermans.com/Category.as.... Zingerman's has a crazy guarantee where if you don't like what you order they refund your money no matter what. Its a class operation if somewhat pricey.

Jun 12, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Best Steakhouse in L.A.? Comparable to Porter House or Peter Luger?

Now that Ralphs carries prime beef their prices sometimes beat Costco.
Here's a link to Peter Luger cooking technique, http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitche...

Jun 11, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Where to eat Brunch/Lunch 4th July near Sherman Oaks?

Not fond of the site remodel. Bob Brooks is correct that 818 Public School is excellent. Service is great as well. I miss being able to reply to a specific comment.

Jun 11, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Salad in the 'San Fernando

Most of the gastropubs have good salad options;http://tippleandbrine.com/menu-food/, http://tuningforkla.com/menus/, http://blackmarketliquorbar.com/food-..., etc.
A bit more upscale Girasol has a few good choices.

May 29, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Ramen in SFV?

Not sure. I went tonight. Menu is much smaller: four choices of ramen; no gyoza, karagge, beer, or sake, but the quality was great. They reopened in mid-November so I was wrong about the timeline. Definitely worth a trip.

May 28, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Ramen in SFV?

Last I checked, about a month ago, they were gone. Someone posted on another thread that they had packed up and moved to Vegas. A shame.

May 25, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Ramen in SFV?

Ramen Jinya in Studio City is the best I have found.

May 24, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

first time in LA!!! give me your top 5.

There are two sides to it. One is the mediocre deep-fried joint you remember. The other serves fresh crab, clams, mussels, shrimp, etc. While it is not a culinary tour de force it does provide good fresh seafood with a good selection of beer, a great view and a friendly ambiance that will dispel any notion you may have that bikers are unpleasant people.

Dinner Recommendations for Burbank area

Here are a couple of recommendations near the Burbank airport, Mariscos Colima, http://www.mariscoscolima.com/, Mexican seafood which should make your pescatarian companion very happy, and Chiba for sushi, http://www.japaneserestaurantinfo.com.... I don't know of anything that will satisfy you in the Valencia/Santa Clarita area.

May 13, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Delmonico's lobster special?

Surprising. Popped right up from the link above. Middle of second line down.

May 08, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Recs for Weekend in LA

However, as weinermobile mentioned, Neptune's Net has the view; the fresh side - not the fried side - has good food, the price is reasonable, and the OP will get to rub elbows with a lot of nice bikers. A true Socal experience.

Fresh English Peas

You are very welcome! I hope you tried some sushi or Korean delicacies as well. Its a lovely place.

Apr 23, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Egg roll wrappers??

Ralphs carries then as well. Surprises at 99 Ranch. They usually have several brands.

Apr 21, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

self rising flour-

The mods will undoubtedly switch you to the home cooking board, but self-rising flour has both baking powder and baking soda in it. As the previous comment notes it is common to Southern American cooking. I use it for perhaps the most complicated dish I make - a Mississippi caramel cake. Good-luck!

Apr 21, 2015
ebethsdad in Home Cooking

Buying Wild, good quality, Seafood? Los Angeles? Farmers Markets? Tips?

Its not in LA but a short drive down to Newport Beach and you can visit Pearson's Port, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pearso... Like the Ventura Fish Company they actually catch a lot of the fish and seafood they sell. Really nice people.

Apr 19, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area

Anything interesting in San Fernando Valley?

Tuning Fork is owned by some musicians from Michigan (hence the name). Not corporate at all. Haven't been to either Laurel Tavern or the Woodman.

There are good gastropubs, but, of course, you are also in sushi heaven. Joan's on Third has a location just down from the Tuning Fork. Natas, further west on Ventura, has good dinner and lunch menus and excellent pastries. Its a lot more fun to eat in the Valley than it used to be.

Apr 17, 2015
ebethsdad in Los Angeles Area