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Where to buy spit roast rotisserie setup in LA/Orange County area

BBQ's Galore would be my suggestion, yet obviously fairly late for your request.

1 day ago
carter in Los Angeles Area

Chef Eric Greenspan's on Fire

The skeptic here has only had ho-hum experiences with Eric, largely from his days at Meson G. Would not try the Foundry, based on those experiences.
Progress and change occur, even for the better, and I can only hope.
Given some of the posters in this thread, I hope they provide personal input, as I trust their tastes.

Jul 02, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

Best Patty Melt in LA is @ Osso DTLA

This is the conversion of the former One-Eyed Gypsy or Bordello, correct?
Dana Hollister and the gang still understand quality cocktails, and will find a chef to create a menu for the situation.
But $17 for half a fried chicken or $34 for a whole version - anyone yelling fowl?

Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

Stuart - you are most certainly correct regarding the Yxta
chips - very good indeed. Can't imagine they are not the model
for all of Jesse's places, regardless of name.

Very seafood-focused menu, nothing inexpensive, but with seafood, you should not expect it to be.
An order of ceviche comes sufficient for 2, but since we were 3, an additional portion was created, total $21. Last night's included sea bass and a white fish. Very tasty.

The order of guacamole split 3 ways was $11, and was a diced version, which was also very good, as was the side sauce on the same plate.

An $11 margarita was a generous version, better than the $10 version at Cascabel in Toluca by a wide margin.

Their chile relleno is a deconstructed version, whereby there is no actual fried chile, but a steamed one lying on the bottom of a bowl, with two steamed clams, one mussel, and a whole host of other seafood laden atop, with a slice of good bread alongside to mop up the broth - $23.

The Himachi 3-ways entrée, at $15, was a quite small portion, with three different presentations.

However, the remodel of the former LA Ventura or previously Outtake Bistro, is the real delight - total makeover by Ana Henton, who also did the nearby Take A Bao, and does some of her best work with the Silver Lake Wine folks, most recently at their new DTLA outpost.

Very busy last night after only about 5-6 weeks of being open. Definitely an improvement for the boulevard dining scene.

But as Stuart said, we need an Yxta on the boulevard, maybe in Sherman Oaks this time?!

Jul 02, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

Chef Eric Greenspan's on Fire

Brought to you via press release?
Sure reads that way.

Jul 02, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

Likewise, amazed by the changes. Not tried Cocina Condesa, the conversion of Raphael further east by a block or three.
Going to Maradentro tonight is justification for question.

Jul 01, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

Well, having eaten at Cactus #4 in its second week, I can safely say their tacos may be as bad as any in the neighborhood. Had 3 different varieties yet you could not tell one from the other, with one of them being seafood. Carne Asada & lengua - no difference at al.

As to Maradentro in Studio City - anyone been yet?
Appreciate any tips you might have to offer.

Jun 30, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

Barrel & Ashes (Review & Photos)

Boneyard Bistro is upscale BBQ as Hynotic23 knows very well.
I am sure there are differences, but from friends, there is one thing they both have in common - DIN, not din-din - but Noise.
And picnic bench seating is never my first preference.

Jun 22, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

Where did all of the Burger King's go in the Southbay area?

As long as this thread is all about fast food burgers, my favorite is the jumbo jack at JIB. Never eat cheese on any burger, and like you, never got the justification or even taste for InO.
But those at BK are dreadful, obviously, ymmv.
And I am a former employee in the real estate department!

Jun 20, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

All'Acqua - New in Atwater

Been twice, no reason to return. Nothing great, nothing wrong, but unless you live nearby, I can only hope you have a similar place with a shorter commute. Westsiders need go no further than Cooks County on Beverly, while Silver Lakers have Barbrix on Hyperion.
Slightly different focus in each place but each reliable.
Just wish Claudio would open a place in Sherman Oaks or Studio City.

Jun 13, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

CHI SPACCA - New Chef

They both may be perfectionists, which is good, yet realize that opposites attract. One has a strong focus on all things carne, while the other focuses on all things, but with maybe less a true focus on any one thing.
Should be win-win.
Is the site to be the former Mercantile on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood? I know Curtis is taking over the place.

Jun 12, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

Epicure Imports Sale March 27-28

Today is June 12, and the sale begins a 11:30 this morning at 6900 Beck, just north of Vanowen and east of Lankershim.
Come get your pate, sausage, butter and sweets fixes sated.

Jun 12, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

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

perk - just checked, and 94th Aero Squadron will be closed on the 4th.
My suggestion might be one of the hotels, as they will have guests needing a place to eat. Sportsmen's Lodge at Ventura & Coldwater Canyon or maybe one of the hotels up at Universal City.

Jun 10, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

Valley Ranch BBQ Closed?

Dimples63 - you do realize this post is five years old.
Since this post, a Mariscos place was in there for several years, and now a new place is trying to take it over with the name of La Corona, etc.
http://www.abc.ca.gov/datport/LQSData...

Jun 09, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

El Cristalazo - Glorious Camphechana

And it's Bill Esparza.
But that trek is more than a trek from many parts of the region.
Saw Bill yesterday at Tacolandia.

Jun 07, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

Mo's in Burbank closed?

The old Mo's was very good, yet had trouble attracting a dinner business.
The Continental was an attempt at an upscale menu, but that did not draw an audience either.
frankyj is correct: Wanna buy a restaurant with very good parking and developable land?
Jay will be glad to sell it to you.

Jun 06, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

Old School Italian in the Valley

Miceli's on Cahuenga definitely fits the qualifications.
But don't blame me for the food.
Many over the years have liked Little Toni's, which is in that awful intersection of Lankershim, Camarillo & Vineland.

Jun 05, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Hilton Plaza changes, Chongqing, Hwa Ro gone...

New posting notice at 1000 S. San Gabriel Blvd., showing the place to be converted to PHO HAI KIEU and will be operated by Dennis Nguyen.
Most recent incarnation of Chung King at this site had Japanese ownership.

Jun 03, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

Tacolandia 2015 Announced: June 6, 2015 3-8 PM

I believe Pez Cantina is new as well.
I am concerned about the rain in the weather forecast, as I had planned on taking the subway.

Jun 03, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

What's going on at Murph's in Sherman Oaks

Something like Murph's or Tipple & Brine, or Lucy's 51, or many of his other names of today and yore.
Maybe he should test-market names before any proclamation(s).

Apr 06, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

Lamb on Easter Sunday

Consensus, now that the store has closed for the weekend!
Enjoy the bunny!

Apr 04, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area
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JINYA Ramen Bar Now Open in Santa Monica

Being that I was with 2 Chinese friends, the pork broth is what we ate that fateful day early in Studio City's history.
Was not memorable, but as we all know, times and broths can change.
However, since there is not a lot of food value in ramen, I doubt I will return soon to find out.

Apr 03, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

Lamb on Easter Sunday

Costco has great lamb chops or marinated legs of boneless lamb.
Do it yourself at home.
Not open on Sunday, but the price and quality are very good.
doing the rack of lamb here in Sherman Oaks.

Apr 03, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

Dinner for 10 in Studio City area?

If Mexican food might be of interest, you might inquire about taking over the patio at Cascabel in the westerly end of Toluca Lake, aka basically the corner of Lankershim & Riverside Drive.
The food is very good, the patio allows for the conversation, the margaritas are $10, just so you know. I would think the outdoor nature of the place would allow for flexibility of the crowd.
Stanley's in Sherman Oaks, Ventura Blvd. 2 blks west of Woodman, might also suffice, again taking over a portion of the patio.

Apr 03, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

JINYA Ramen Bar Now Open in Santa Monica

Everyone has their own definition of subtle.
To me, ramen needs a depth of flavor, and this was closer to non-existent flavor.
But you are so right regarding its service back then.
Have not returned to find out if any improvements have been made in either category.

Apr 03, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

Epicure Imports Sale March 27-28

The French really do like a light salting of their butter, and the difference between some and none is not really that much, unless of course you eat a pound in three days or so.
Just checked the 250 gram package - 3 grams per 100 grams is the ratio.

Apr 03, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

JINYA Ramen Bar Now Open in Santa Monica

I am in the minority on this one, as when I tried the ramen in the Studio City location back in its infancy, the broth had virtually no taste, character, or any reason to even finish it.
Three of us tried it, three of us agreed on this point - two of the three of us being Chinese.
Hopefully that was an anomaly and I can only hope things have improved.

Apr 03, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

Sharky's?

Here is a link to the founding of Sharky's, and Steve's last name is Paperno, not quite as fish-sounding as you may have thought!
http://www.sharkys.com/about-us/shark...

Good food, with the original unit on Burbank Blvd. across from Valley College, corner Fulton, next to the Orange Line station.

Apr 03, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

Epicure Imports Sale March 27-28

Next sale dates are May 1&2, June 12&13, July 24&25,
September 11&12.

Apr 02, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area

Epicure Imports Sale March 27-28

Le Gall butter is pretty tasty!

Apr 02, 2015
carter in Los Angeles Area