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are bucato, factory kitchen, tasting kitchen and osteria mozza doing the most interesting pasta dishes? and how would you rank/compare them?

I would like a description of the first pic, as it has very limited eye appeal - pasta, I get, but uninviting looking nonetheless.
And as to the ravioli?

about 16 hours ago
carter in Los Angeles Area

LA Weekly 20 Best Restaurants in LA. I know "Not another list"

Funny, I have never had a desire to eat there, regardless of most of the glowing accolades.
And I am hardly a vegetarian!

about 21 hours ago
carter in Los Angeles Area

LA Weekly 20 Best Restaurants in LA. I know "Not another list"

It is #5

about 23 hours ago
carter in Los Angeles Area

LA Weekly 20 Best Restaurants in LA. I know "Not another list"

A couple of random observations that makes lists like this one so difficult to relate to:
I mean, come on, Sqirl, Baco Mercat, Guisados or Kogi, on the same list as Trois Mec, Providence, Shunji or Lucques?!
Talk about apples & peacocks.

about 23 hours ago
carter in Los Angeles Area
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Shellfish -- L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2014

Or a straw!

about 23 hours ago
carter in Los Angeles Area

Shellfish -- L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2014

Friend and I both had an appetizer of Manila Clams at Le Frere Taix on Sunset @ Parkview in Echo Park on Thursday night, post an event at Disney Hall.
Very good size both, overfilled with clams in a white wine, tomato, garlic broth. Oh so good, oh so huge a portion that appetizer became entrée and dessert.
$15.95 a la carte, $17.95 with side of pommes frites, which of course we both had.
Also a nice bottle of Gigondas from their other wine list.

Highly recommendable but remember that April is the last R month for a while, so timing is everything, which may be good justification as to why shellfish is DOM this month.

1 day ago
carter in Los Angeles Area

Acabar - Where is the love?

The Pikey is not far away, with a modest food menu, great cocktails, and 3 very different rooms for you to enjoy.
Definitely a place to consider when in the area.

Apr 14, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

are bucato, factory kitchen, tasting kitchen and osteria mozza doing the most interesting pasta dishes? and how would you rank/compare them?

Can't imagine Angelini is still not close to the top of any pasta list.

Apr 14, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Brentwood Cafe last night

any idea what BM will be doing with the now former House Café on Beverly Blvd. - maybe a Brentwood Café menu, or ?

Apr 12, 2014
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San Fernando Valley - Lobster?

You do realize that question is 6 years old!

Apr 12, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Brentwood Cafe last night

Isn't it across from Lemonade?

Apr 12, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Epicure Imports Sale starts at 11:30 TODAY

Just returned from the sale.
Got one 7oz pot of duck mousse with port = $5.46
One 7oz smoked salmon & spinach mousse = $5.19
250 g Le Gall butter = $7.95
2 pkgs of 6 frozen lamb merguez sausage links = $15.25($9.53 per pound)
One jar Fallot tarragon mustard = $2.65

Whether a deal or not, your call.
Arrived about noon, line to check out about 20+ minutes.
Many free samples of many cheeses, sausages, mousse, pate, etc.
Very convivial crowd.
I hear Saturday is much more crowded than Friday, and would recommend that if you want to go, this afternoon would be the choice.
Visa or M/C or cash.

Apr 11, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Epicure Imports Sale starts at 11:30 TODAY

Theoretically the pricing is quite good, but ymmv.
It also depends on what you need, be it gourmet or not.
Many things they carry I have no intention to even look at, as they will never be of interest, probably just like your tastes in food.
Of course, until 11:30, no one will know!!!

Apr 11, 2014
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Epicure Imports Sale starts at 11:30 TODAY

The title says it all.
6900 Beck, in North Hollywood.
http://epicureimports.files.wordpress...

Apr 11, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

What is Good at Lala's Grill on Melrose?

A beef-based entrée may be ok, but do not get the steak per se.
If you want an Argentinian steak, you must travel further west on Melrose to Carlito's Gardel, north side of the street, just west of Fairfax - that is the real deal.
And if you like Malbec wine, Gardel has a HUGE selection.

Apr 09, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Ink - Republique - Perch - Riva Bella?

Perch is really good and fun at sunset for a drink.
Try eating just east of it at Orsa & Winston, Bar Ama, or many other places on the east side of DTLA.
When I first saw that headline, I could not imagine WHAT could put those 4 places together.
In fact, still can't.

Apr 02, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Goodbye to Northridge

Said Italian deli was alluded to by OP with this commentary:
"Alright, Granada Hills, you have the past baklava in the universe, and it is at Vrej Pastry, in the shopping center on Balboa and San Fernando Mission Blvd. Nice Italian deli in the same complex."

Apr 02, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

African food(not Ethopiean or Moroccan)??

What is it that you like there?
While living in Sherman Oaks forever, give or take, I have never found a motivation to go there for dinner, even though hearing good things about it all the time, not that the location is all that convenient, but....

Mar 30, 2014
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Special birthday dinner Pasadena or environs

Last thing I heard about Hugo Molina was he was the head chef at Spanish Kitchen, as you said, on La Cienega, which was probably 5 years ago.
Chef db no help for an update.
Now if only Hugo would drop in on Chowhound!

Mar 29, 2014
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Special birthday dinner Pasadena or environs

Once Hugo Molina left, and the California cuisine thing where you listed every ingredient in an entrée or app departed, the menu has veered more toward the Chophouse menu next door.
Now I feel the only difference is the ambiance - Parkway seems a bit more feminine while he Chop House seems a bit more masculine looking.

Mar 28, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Special birthday dinner Pasadena or environs

The Crossings is operated by personnel more than familiar with the Parkway Girll, so expect similar setting, service, and enjoyment.
The menu is up to you and what you want to eat.
For a preview:
http://crossings-restaurant.com/
I would definitely give it a shot!

Mar 27, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Dish of the Month, April 2014, Voting

LAMB and no other.

Mar 26, 2014
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The Best Butter Available in Los Angeles?

And so where has DU gone?
I miss his posts.

Mar 23, 2014
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Los Angeles Dish of the Month (April 2014) - Nominations

LAMB

Mar 21, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Chinese restaurant menus.

The good news in that - you don't eat the menus!
I'd rather have them put the money into the food.

Mar 19, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

My son wants steak for his graduation dinner

I like Jar, but have never ordered the steak. So many other menu items to choose from that sound better at the moment of ordering.

Mar 17, 2014
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My son wants steak for his graduation dinner

Taylor's way better than the Dal Rae, and is less expensive, btw.

Mar 17, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

My son wants steak for his graduation dinner

Larsen's has good steaks?!
Why?
They have closed 2 places in the past 5 years, as if to say that no one liked the steaks, and now you tell me this!

Mar 17, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Steak & Booze b/w Silver Lake and WeHo

+1

Mar 17, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Who has the best Reuben sandwiches?

My feelings exactly regarding the place.

Mar 17, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area