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Moving to Los Feliz from Seattle, Please Help.

In the 1700 block of Hillhurst, there is Spitz, a place focused on donar kebabs, which might satisfy a bit of your Turkish itch.
There are many, many Armenian, Lebanese type restaurants all over that area, as Little Armenia is just west & south of Los Feliz, and of course Glendale is just across I-5 from Los Feliz, the home to Big Armenia.
The Hollywood Farmer's Market is the best one over that way, meaning many think it is the second best one in the county behind the Santa Monica one. On Ivar south of Hollywood Blvd., 8am to around 2pm or so. Never been there later than 9:30am, so not really sure of closing time.

about 4 hours ago
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Anyone aware of Pan Chi Sujo buying ABC Seafood, next door to ChefMarkvs and his new place?

Aug 20, 2014
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Best local price for Veuve Clicquot?

One Mission Wine store is open on Sunday - the one on Glenoaks, west of Pacific, near Highland, in Glendale.
btw - went to their Herman Story wine tasting a week or so ago, on a Friday late afternoon.
Truly wonderful, and probably one of the better tastings I have been to in quite a while.
Sans Liege, Herman Story, etc. Well worth the $20 tasting cost.
Bought 2 bottles of "The Offering", for $21.95 a bottle!!!

Aug 17, 2014
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Best local price for Veuve Clicquot?

Don't know why any oenophile would even walk into Bevmo.
Mission Liquor & Wine or Topline in the LA area, or Wine Club or Exchange in the OC both run them out of the room, even with that coupon you refer to.
Now I realize comparing the same product then becomes based strictly on price.
But when alternatives exist, meaning those that might be better, and definitely better priced, then you need to know where to go.
I really like the California Roederer Rose which retails for around $23 at TopLine. The guys there know their bubbles very well - other wines as well.

Aug 17, 2014
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Simon's Cafe in Sherman Oaks, a true find

See you there.

Aug 17, 2014
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Taix - 10% more effort needed

But I know some of "them" who do a better job of replicating DTF than the natives!
of course, ymmv!

Aug 17, 2014
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Seeking Great Shrimp Cocktail near Brentwood

And why should any 'hound care?

Aug 16, 2014
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Taix - 10% more effort needed

Why would you go to Taix for a charcuterie plate? Would you order one at a Chinese or Thai restaurant if one were on the menu?
This is not what they do well, or even fairly well, per your commentary.
Their entrees for dinner, their wine list, their value, are what they are known for.
Charcuterie will NEVER be on that list, EVER.
And beware, this is a month not containing the letter R, so mussels might be sourced from non-traditional places.
As to the frites, they have been pretty good when I have had them, yet that has been a while. In fact, may be there Monday night for moules/frites.
And Turkey on a charcuterie plate - wtf.

Aug 16, 2014
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Simon's Cafe in Sherman Oaks, a true find

I'm in, and if 9/5 lunch is an option, I will put it on the calendar, just in case it might happen.
Otherwise, advance dinner thoughts are welcome.

Aug 16, 2014
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Seeking Great Shrimp Cocktail near Brentwood

1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.
Also, have to believe the Hungry Cat would have a good one in Santa Monica Canyon.
btw - anyone know if Billingsley's on Pico has a good one. A place strictly from the "old school" world, yet it might. Would like to know.

Aug 16, 2014
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Label's Table: Big Price Increase

And soon the jerry's deli also in Woodland Hills will close.

Aug 14, 2014
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Beijing Tasty House Moves Into Jinxed Location

State Board of Equalization recently audited many of the Chinese restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley, and many places had to close immediately as they could not pay the taxes.
I hear that number was around ten or so.

Aug 13, 2014
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Vertical: Sale or Relocation?

ns1 - here is said ABC posting of Friday, August 8, with said partner mentioned, yet no mention of LQ, which is really no surprise.
http://www.abc.ca.gov/datport/LQSData...
Yes, it will continue at the same location, yet would probably be better off in another nearby location, preferably at street level.

Aug 09, 2014
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Aqui Es Texcoco! Lamb heaven is open in LA!

How do you think it would travel if someone wanted to order it to go, and bring it home to eat?
I don't know many who can find their way to Commerce mid-day, yet know many who would enjoy eating the food for dinner in Sherman Oaks, family-style.

Aug 09, 2014
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Can't make Paris this year, go to L'Amand

You might also find the Weho Bistro on La Cienega @ Holloway in West Hollywood to your liking. Very good croissants, superb French bread, many a quality omelet, with breakfast served all day, with convenient parking in that structure it shares with the CVS store next door
www.wehobistro.com
Weekend brunch is very busy, even with many outdoor tables fronting on Holloway. Across Holloway from Palihouse Hotel.

Aug 08, 2014
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First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

And please keep in mind we are talking about a donut and cup of coffee - nothing earthshattering, mind-boggling, or any of their friends!
Back to what you were doing!

Aug 05, 2014
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NYer coming to LA for birthday: top picks? buffet brunch? upscale Chinese w/ Dongpo pork + Peking duck?

WP24 is a very good suggestion.
As to brunch, maybe Michael's in Santa Monica, or on the patio at the Hotel Bel-Air.
Rivera DTLA for an innovative take on Mexican/Southwest flavors. Not everything has hot peppers, but no garlic? Better check!
Crossroads on Melrose if vegetarian cuisine might be of interest.

Aug 05, 2014
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Pasadena Lunch Spot Needed

Green Street Restaurant at 148 Shoppers Lane with parking upstairs in the structure or at grade nearby.
www.greenstreetrestaurant.com for details.
Been there seemingly forever.

Aug 04, 2014
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Avenue Italy Trattoria - West LA

This is the former Tapenade, tucked somewhat back in the corner of the complex you are referring to.
I am sure they did nothing to the previous décor, just instituted a new chef and menu. Ownership is still the same, meaning the owner of the center itself, as it was when it was Tapenade.

Aug 03, 2014
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Mango & Raspberry sorbet....help!

Talenti can be found in Ralphs, Vons, WFM, Gelson's & Target.
Whether they all carry the flavors you want, and in a size any larger than a pint is the only question.
TJs also has raspberry sorbet, again by the pint, and it tends to be a bit less expensive than Talenti's.

Aug 03, 2014
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Crossroads Kitchen - Pasta Bolognese

Funny you should ask that question - was thinking the same thing.
Is Crossroads totally vegan, or just mostly.
Or is their Bolognese made with a meat substitute?
Want to try the place at some point, as have heard many, many good things.

Aug 02, 2014
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Dulan’s On Crenshaw -- Pass the Pork Chop

Dommy - remember those smothered pork chops that Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in the Marina used to serve?
Well, the owners were Adolf and Mary Dulan, parents of Greg Dulan, proprietor of Dulan's on Crenshaw as well as the two other locations that at one time or another were operated by one of his parents who were divorced.
Now you know the connection in another era. Here is a post back in 2006 regarding the same subject.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/83217

Breaded Pork Tenderloin

burp!

Someone wanted to thank me for a favor, and showed up one day with breaded salmon!
After he disappeared, I tossed it in the disposal.
Gross looking and smelling.

Aug 01, 2014
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Breaded Pork Tenderloin

The whole concept of breaded pork tenderloin sounds vile.
There must be a reason why people like it, but it alludes me.
Anyone wanting to share some info?
A good pork tenderloin is good, but breading is not what does it.

Jul 31, 2014
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littlefork or Cliff's Edge for dinner?

Jason Travi was opening chef at LittleFork.
Vartan Abgaryan is now head chef at Cliff's Edge, having previously been at Public Kitchen and Test Kitchen.
Thus both have good food-focused kitchens.
Cliff's Edge has its edge, if one be needed, in its outdoor patio.
www.cliffsedgecafe.com for info

Jul 31, 2014
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L'Assiette

Glad you asked the question.

I remember the previous L'Angolo restaurant - does this place get busy, crazy busy, or are tables generally available on a walk-in basis?
I realize that DineLA might have skewed this answer, but if anyone has been in the last few days, would love to know. Sometimes spur of the moment does hit.
" precisely because at 10PM on a Wednesday, it's just my mouth, and a steak knife, versus Rhone and beef."
Regardless of night of the week TonyC, you've got good taste in wine pairing.
Good CdR or CdP is a perfect match.

Jul 31, 2014
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L'Assiette

Having that amount of both steak and frites, preceded by soup or salad, I'm not sure I want any dessert.
Too full already.
Hope the wine list is worthy.
Otherwise, many places serve steak/frites, and $25 is not an out-of-line price.
Typically, the soup or salad option if basically a throw-in item that costs almost nothing.

Jul 30, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Voting

Fried chicken also had desserts, being that the vote was a tie.
Thus that comparison is not fair.

Jul 30, 2014
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DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

Comparing Black Market to Firefly is not fair.
Firefly is just a cocktail environment, while Black Market actually serves quality food and cocktails and wines.

Jul 29, 2014
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Taylor's Steak House

While the food may be the same, that La Canada version has no excitement nor feel to it whatsoever.
But if convenience matters, then so be it.
I like Taylor's for what it is - a second tier steakhouse that has lasted forever, or so it seems, and does a very good job of not being nor even trying to be any of the large chains.
I always get the filet, and it has never disappointed.

Jul 29, 2014
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