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Fifty Seven - Joining BOS in restaurant purgatory

Interesting that R-23 left that neighborhood.
57 is probably too large for a sushi bar.
Maybe Little Tokyo environs is where sushi should be.
In fact, that new Avalon project has many spaces for restaurants just east of the new Redbird by Neal Fraser @ Second & Los Angeles.

about 2 hours ago
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Fifty Seven - Joining BOS in restaurant purgatory

Well, the name did not help it develop an audience, because if you did not know who the current chef was, well, what might motivate you to go there, as opposed to the other 50+ eateries in the Arts District alone, much less all the others in greater DTLA.

1 day ago
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Changes Afoot on Sawtelle: Chabuya Replaced by Beni-Tora

Here is the ABC posting notice, with the new owners shown.
Possession was granted immediately, meaning the turnover was over night.
http://www.abc.ca.gov/datport/LQSData...

Sep 16, 2014
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the HAMLET has reopened

Never was a parmesan burger in its prior lifetime.
There should not be one now - editorial of one!

Sep 16, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Went by last Thursday night, and there was not ONE customer in LJ, and that was about 6:30pm, or so.
Is this just a daytime operation, or is there a nighttime business available here?
ABC Seafood next door was modestly busy, hardly very busy, but the comparison was quite significant.

Sep 14, 2014
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Moving to Los Feliz from Seattle, Please Help.

Credibility factors notwithstanding, what items do you keep ordering - maybe those of us who have not discovered those items may need to try them when a return visit is needed/required?

Sep 14, 2014
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the HAMLET has reopened

Yes, was getting gas next door to the Sherman Oaks Hamlet, and while filling up, walked next door to see they had opened, albeit in soft mode, I am sure, but the hostess was taking reservations or at least answering questions regarding the opening.
No sign on the door, but if you are so inclined...
btw - that Chevron regular was $3.69 a gallon.

Sep 14, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

I just returned. Zoo-like at 11:30, yet by 2-4pm, things settle down, and the place is much more manageable. If no parking on the lot, the candle lot across the street and south a few buildings is also utilized for this sale, with no dire consequences.
But if you need a charcuterie, butter or sausage fix today, this is the place.
Also open on Saturday, but more crowded, fwiw!

Sep 12, 2014
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Epicure imports sale September 12 & 13

See you at 11:30 today.
Prices good, quality very good, and so many products that you cannot find in most stores.
Many, many imported goods from Italy, France and Spain, as well as other European countries.
Doubt you will be disappointed.
Parking is probably the most difficult thing to deal with, but you will overcome that obstacle.
Bring your own shopping bag.

Sep 12, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

This weekend's sale at Epicure Imports in NoHo includes your sausage needs, if so inclined to find your way to NoHo.
Another post regarding that sale has already been posted. Much charcuterie available on either Friday, meaning today, or Saturday, Andouille included.

Sep 12, 2014
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Epicure imports sale September 12 & 13

Once again, Epicure Imports will be having a sale at its North Hollywood warehouse at 6900 Beck, just north of Vanowen.
Starts 11:30 or so on Friday, goes through Saturday.
http://epicureimports.wordpress.com/o...

Note: Visa, MC, or cash.
My purchases generally include lamb merguez sausage, French butter, and several mustards. Lots of charcuterie available, with tastings of many of the products.

Sep 11, 2014
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Noodles or Mongolian BBQ?

I have eaten at Mogo's here in Sherman Oaks a few times over the thirty years I have lived here, yet have never seen a noodle in the building.
It is all about the combining of meat and veggies(see ns1 comments).
Interesting that FoodGPS did not choose to include it in his survey -not bad, just not compelling.

Sep 11, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Wonder if they have been talking to the developers of the Blossom Project now under construction next to the Gold Line Station(?).

Sep 08, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Here is the ABC posting showing same!
http://www.abc.ca.gov/datport/LQSdata...

Sep 08, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

I checked my records, and yes, he WAS the former owner of Song Hay on Griffith Park, and one of my least favorite places as well. But might that have been that he only had about 1,000 sq. ft. of space and could really only do take-out, as opposed to the scale of ABC which permits many options, including keeping it the way it has seemingly been forever?

Sep 07, 2014
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Raphael - Studio City

Yes, Raphael closed about one month ago.
Liked it when it first opened, per above, yet it never compelled more than one or two return visits.
They own the property and are trying to find a replacement tenant.

Sep 03, 2014
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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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