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MSP 'hound - West Hollywood/Long Beach suggestions

The Weho Bistro on La Cienega @ Holloway, just north of Santa Monica Blvd., serves the neighborhood's best breakfast/brunch, hands down. Super patio, weather-permitting.
And the people watching is fun, especially if you speak French!
Coffee from Handsome Coffee Roasters.

2 days ago
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Heads up: Canele is now serving ramen

Like the food, like the ambiance, yet wonder why I would ever think of going there for ramen.
It may be good, but totally out of place for its heritage.
Not saying things can't change, but....

Jan 18, 2015
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Chinatown emerging as L.A.'s hottest restaurant destination

You still cannot find a quality steak or, or, or,
if you tried.
Come back to us when the 'hood is a diversified dining destination, not just for a few quality-specific nibbles or cuisines.
but it is on its way!

Jan 18, 2015
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Lucky Duck Closing

No one in the city gets your message, nor do they seem likely to ever be concerned about it.
Restaurants and spas, studios, salons, etal., need one hour, maybe more, to satisfy the customer. But the parking stall remains taken during that entire time.
Whenever I recommend a client assess the parking situation in a new location, they ask, what?
How many co-tenants require long stays to satisfy the patron? If many, and few parking stalls to satisfy the demand, it is time to move on to another location.

Jan 16, 2015
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Lucky Duck Closing

That coveted parking is very few actual stalls, relative to the number of tenants in that mini-mall.
If you were eating there, you probably would need one hour of said parking, leaving everyone else in the place with fewer options, to say nothing of those desiring to patronize other tenants.

Jan 16, 2015
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FARMERS MARKET: What's replacing the Johnny Rockets?

The proponents are two Azinians, I believe them to be sisters, who have a relative, Robert Azinian, who owns Prohibition Burgers & Beer in Encino, on Ventura Blvd. near White Oak.
http://www.abc.ca.gov/datport/LQSData...
Obviously been in the works for a long time, with notice posted in 2012.

Jan 02, 2015
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Have you been to Joss in Beverly HIlls?

Joss only wished it could be as good as Yujean Kang.
But remaining in business is an asset, and Joss did, while YK did not.
so, differences do exist.

Jan 01, 2015
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Hatfields closing end of December

Odys & Penelope, their new place, per Offalo above:
Odys(seus) and Penelope.

Jan 01, 2015
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Hatfields closing end of December

I got in at 6pm with no reservation.
Karen said O&P will be opening within a few weeks.
Plenty of empty seats up until around 7:15 or so, then the place started filling up.
Bar appeared to have no one eating, just those waiting for specific tables or the remainder of their party to arrive.
Had one last croque madame as well as an appetizer portion of the duck breast from the tasting menu.
One glass of a very good rousanne as well as a syrah that paired perfectly with the duck.
Sad to have had to say goodbye.
Service was impeccable as usual.
Glad to know that O&P will open at 127 S. LaBrea before February.

Dec 31, 2014
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No more 'yummy' pancake at Cook's County

Per TonyC's post, an announcement is forthcoming quite soon.
She and Dan are not ones to be out of work for very long - two very talented people.

Dec 31, 2014
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Twain's

Not in the same area code, however!

Dec 31, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Twain's

It has been closed for nearly 3 months, but then again, who has missed it?
I am doing some homework to find out what is going on, but obviously no update for this post.
But the local detectives are at work!!!

Dec 31, 2014
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Best Fried Chicken in the Valley?

Would never have thought to try fc at LP.
Just seems like an item that does not fit the clientele and setting.
Glad to know, maybe Stuart & I will meet there for fc soon.
But chicken on Monday at the Boneyard is very good.
Sides are too.

Dec 29, 2014
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Hatfields closing end of December

And the minority of a few finally gets its due.
Going more often might have changed your mind - food never disappointed, service and wine list, beyond reproach.
obviously, ymmv!
And while celebs have shown up here, most of the posters on this thread are not celebs, just people who appreciate good food, service & value.
Hatfield's will be missed!

Dec 29, 2014
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Your FAV BBQ in the Valley:

But with cue having more points of "origin" than anyone on this board is willing to discuss, it does not necessarily address those places called KC, Santa Maria, Carolina, fill in the blanks.
That is why the opinions run rampant, as perspectives vary all over the map.
But anyone willing to put the doctor in the north valley on this list has to like gristle & fat. Never experienced that much waste, alleging to be "cue" in some incarnation.

Dec 29, 2014
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Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

Well, La Ventura has been sold, and will be closing soon.
Jesse Gomez of Mercado & Yxta fame will be taking it over - concept not yet announced.
Senor Fred was good, but when all the gastropubs opened not far away, aka Local Peasant, Black Market, Rocco's, Mad Bull(at that time), now Murph's and Spitting Chicken, now Tipple & Brine, the bargain-hunting happy hour crowd went elsewhere, to leave the place to those of us who really enjoyed items focused on the Yucatan, or the lamb shanks, etc.
Marlin & Ono, its replacement, I gather will be focused on Baja finer dining options, and may provide some gratification fairly soon - hope, hope, hope!

Dec 28, 2014
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Hatfields closing end of December

Maybe Quinn & Karen will serve it as an appetizer at O&P when it opens, or maybe offer it seasonally.

Dec 28, 2014
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Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

You are referring to the Cactus Tacos in the Studio City area, not the new one at Woodman & Moorpark in Sherman Oaks which appears on track to open mid-late January.
And the Manny's referred to here did not relocate, it went out of business.
The Cactus in Studio City moved into the former Henry's Tacos space, which relocated to the Studio Subs location.

Dec 28, 2014
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Changes afoot at Santa Monica Place

Landlords and thinking in the same sentence - what a novel thought.
Landlords only think with their wallets, not whether a tenant can afford the rent or not.
If the going rent in an area is say $5.00 per foot per month, landlords see it as if there is no difference between a Nike store and a restaurant. Different dynamics, bottom lines, etal.

Dec 27, 2014
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Changes afoot at Santa Monica Place

See my comment below.

Dec 27, 2014
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Changes afoot at Santa Monica Place

When leases come up for renewal, greedy landlords change the rules that the tenant cannot always live with.
CCF and others in similar situations just have to move on, meaning close.

Dec 27, 2014
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Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

I like Mexicali a lot, for what it is, but I truly do not feel it is suitable for a group of 15 or so. If having a conversation is of any interest, good luck with one there for a crowd of over 4.
The El Torito Grill at the Galleria is better than the El Torito @ Ventura & Van Nuys - yes, there is a difference.

Dec 26, 2014
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Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

I too just don't understand why better Mexican places have not found the area.
But given the out-of-town nature of the guests, I would think the El Torito Grill at the Sherman Oaks Galleria would be the ideal call. It has plenty of seating, reservations have to be available for that size grouping. If the guests are staying at the Courtyard just west of the Galleria, they could walk to the venue, weather permitting!!!
Food is decent enough.
Fwiw, soon Jesse Gomez will be taking over La Ventura in Studio City, not sure whether an Yxta or Mercado or ?

Dec 26, 2014
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Need Rec for Good Meet Up Place in Studio City or Thereabouts

La Ventura has been sold, Warren's Blackboard not only lost its namesake chef, but it closed as well.
Warren's place was there for about 9 months, fwiw.
Black Market, Local Peasant(in Sherman Oaks), Firefly, Stanley's in Sherman Oaks.
Do wish Dan Mattern and Roxane would open a version of Cooks County in either Studio City or Sherman Oaks. Dream come true.

Dec 25, 2014
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Alexander's Steak House Opening In Pasadena

But with SO many visitors coming to the San Gabriel Valley every day of the year from HK, Taiwan or the Mainland, they bring wheelbarrows of money, are very willing to spend, and thus a steakhouse nearby provides that opportunity. Hopefully, a VERY good selection of high quality red wines should also be available.

Dec 23, 2014
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Maude vs. Melisse - how do they compare (or not)?

Melisse is quite formal, stiff kind of service. Have not been to Maude, yet the food at both will be stellar.
Check the menus to determine if they might offer any clues.

Dec 23, 2014
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Flemings or Roy's

They are next door to each other, and in fact share the same valet parking set-up.
My preference is Fleming's, but then I would rather have a steak or chop than anything with Hawaiian flavorings, meaning sweet or battered stuff.

Dec 23, 2014
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Alexander's Steak House Opening In Pasadena

Only 2 left in LA County, El Segundo & DTLA.
Since it is now owned by Landry's Steakhouse, I am surprised they did not just re-brand it and open it accordingly.
But a Chinese-owned steak house in Pasadena should do well, maybe even better than a previous attempt by the Porterhouse Bistro people in BH.

Dec 22, 2014
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Where did The Clay Pit go?

This is the former El Caserio location in that awful mini-mall at the corner of Beverly & Virgil, NWC.
Not the same ownership as the one that was on Barrington in Brentwood. Those owners still have Taste of India in Sherman Oaks, however.

Dec 22, 2014
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The Closures Continue... Mo-Chica Closing This Weekend

But it will close at the end of the year, and be renamed, reformulated, etal.
In essence, closed as we know it today.
Don't forget, Joe has Pintxo in Santa Monica, so he knows, understands, and excels at the small plates format.
And don't think that idea is lost on the two as they move onward.
Don't expect appetizer, entrée and dessert to reappear.
He is still one of the best chefs in the region, and has mentored more than one over the decades!!!

Dec 19, 2014
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