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West Hollywood restaurant recommendation?

Kung Pao Bistro on Santa Monica @ Fairfax, in front of the Whole Foods Market.
Nice wine & beer selection, very good Chinese food, many veggie options.

Aug 29, 2014
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New Belwood Bakery Cafe in Northridge

You mean they do not have the rights to the name, or just want to make sure no confusion takes place, or both?
Either way, thanks for the input.

Aug 29, 2014
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New Belwood Bakery Cafe in Northridge

Is the Studio City location a franchise operation, family-related, or exactly how are you related beyond the name itself?
I have had some very good dessert items taken out from that spot over the years.

Aug 29, 2014
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Chinese restaurants in downtown LA's chinatown? Anything good there, since i notice Chinese restaurants after a post-prandial stroll from Little Jewel

Are you referring to Michael J's @ 643 North Spring St., or there actually a Mikey D's?
Michael J's was formerly in Sherman Oaks and Encino, yet relocated DTLA, first near County Hospital, then to its current location.

Aug 29, 2014
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Chinese restaurants in downtown LA's chinatown? Anything good there, since i notice Chinese restaurants after a post-prandial stroll from Little Jewel

I have enjoyed several good meals at ABC Seafood, yet pending its sale...

Aug 29, 2014
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Kid Friendly Restaurant near El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles

While I agree with the Oinkster for a good meal, the location on Vine just north of Melrose is a bit far for what they are planning on doing.
I like the Public Kitchen idea from rezpeni.
And Hooters need not apply!

Aug 28, 2014
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Looking for a fun, lively place for a birthday dinner. San Fernando Valley and beyond.

Black Market in Studio City.

Aug 26, 2014
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How Did I Miss A New Shopping Center With a Bunch of Chinese restaurants?

Really no reason to, assuming you live west of San Gabriel Blvd.

Aug 25, 2014
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Moving to Los Feliz from Seattle, Please Help.

I'm not sure anyone should judge any Mexican restaurant by its chips & salsa, as some do not even serve them.
I found MC's food to be acceptable, in an Acapulco kind of way, yet the staff was so off-putting that they convinced me to never return.
And the place has zero atmosphere, but that by itself will not keep me away.
Thus why head to LF for their food - I don't.

Aug 25, 2014
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Any good new(ish) restuarants in and around the San Fernando Valley that are a must try?

Your timing might be a bit premature, as many newer places are just getting ready to open, but I must say that the Warren's Blackboard @ the Beverly Garland Hotel on Vineland in North Hollywood/Studio City is quite good, quite affordable. Warren is formerly from Saddle Peak Lodge, Whist & Westside Tavern.
Nice setting, nice wine & booze list, and with the warm weather, a perfect place to be on the patio at the end of August.

Aug 25, 2014
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Sherman Oaks dining 'renaissance' - will it draw Angelenos?

North & west - ?
Maybe south & west, but if your directions are wrong, what else do I need to know about being egregious?

Aug 25, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

While maybe not having anything to do with gentrification, there are changes happening, meaning sales of restaurants:
It appears that both ABC Seafood and JR's Bistro are both in escrow.

Aug 25, 2014
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September 2014 L.A. Dish of the Month: Nominations

Talk about a place I have not been to in forever.
Never a bad meal, just off the radar screen.
I do like my frites more with moules than steak, fwiw!
Otherwise, bring on all frites.

Aug 23, 2014
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September 2014 L.A. Dish of the Month: Nominations

Actually, many places are doing the twice-fried approach these days - only problem, most still do not taste those that Benitas sold. Of course, also matters what kind of fat is being used, duck or not, but one example.
While I like the fries at the Oinkster, and they are twice-fried, they are not the equal to those at Benitas.
Thus, this month's nominee, like my vote last month, must be FRENCH FRIES.

Aug 23, 2014
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Modan Artisanal Ramen

I'm with you TonyC - artisanal and ramen, they don't belong in the same sentence.

Aug 23, 2014
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Italian food (The Beach)

One Pico, the address of the Shutters Hotel, has some Italian foods on its menu, has a great view of the beach. The food is quite good as is everything else about the place.
Here is the menu fyi:
http://www.shuttersonthebeach.com/sit...
sorry about its not being totally Italian.

Geoffrey's in Malibu is very good, not thought of as Italian per se, but the influences are all over the menu.

Aug 23, 2014
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Moving to Los Feliz from Seattle, Please Help.

Former Seattle resident here.
But born here and will die here, but can empathize with you in your quest for the necessities of life.
If you like imported goods at less than retail prices, Epicure Imports is located at 6900 Beck in North Hollywood, just north of Vanowen. You can find some VERY interesting, high quality imported goods, such as cheeses, salumi, sausages, butter, etc. Mostly French, Spanish & Italian imported goods. They have about 6 weekend sales per year, with the next one Sept. 12-13.
http://epicureimports.wordpress.com/ for details. Probably 15 or so minutes north and west from Los Feliz.

Aug 22, 2014
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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.

Aug 22, 2014
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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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