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littlefork or Cliff's Edge for dinner?

Jason Travi was opening chef at LittleFork.
Vartan Abgaryan is now head chef at Cliff's Edge, having previously been at Public Kitchen and Test Kitchen.
Thus both have good food-focused kitchens.
Cliff's Edge has its edge, if one be needed, in its outdoor patio.
www.cliffsedgecafe.com for info

about 1 hour ago
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L'Assiette

Glad you asked the question.

I remember the previous L'Angolo restaurant - does this place get busy, crazy busy, or are tables generally available on a walk-in basis?
I realize that DineLA might have skewed this answer, but if anyone has been in the last few days, would love to know. Sometimes spur of the moment does hit.
" precisely because at 10PM on a Wednesday, it's just my mouth, and a steak knife, versus Rhone and beef."
Regardless of night of the week TonyC, you've got good taste in wine pairing.
Good CdR or CdP is a perfect match.

about 2 hours ago
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L'Assiette

Having that amount of both steak and frites, preceded by soup or salad, I'm not sure I want any dessert.
Too full already.
Hope the wine list is worthy.
Otherwise, many places serve steak/frites, and $25 is not an out-of-line price.
Typically, the soup or salad option if basically a throw-in item that costs almost nothing.

about 14 hours ago
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L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Voting

Fried chicken also had desserts, being that the vote was a tie.
Thus that comparison is not fair.

about 14 hours ago
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DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

Comparing Black Market to Firefly is not fair.
Firefly is just a cocktail environment, while Black Market actually serves quality food and cocktails and wines.

1 day ago
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Taylor's Steak House

While the food may be the same, that La Canada version has no excitement nor feel to it whatsoever.
But if convenience matters, then so be it.
I like Taylor's for what it is - a second tier steakhouse that has lasted forever, or so it seems, and does a very good job of not being nor even trying to be any of the large chains.
I always get the filet, and it has never disappointed.

2 days ago
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Don't ever say provolone, red gravy and soft shell crab in the same sentence.
My stomach is upset just thinking about that.

Jul 27, 2014
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Sawtelle coming and going: Tapenade and Tsujita LA Villa and bonus cold noodle question

Yes, Chef Ressul did leave toward the end of its run, when its closing had already been established, and the new chef knew he was interim, and did the best he could with the curtain already being lowered.

Jul 27, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Voting

I did so up above, but wanted to explain my problem with combining what I think should be two different months worth of DOMs into one month.

Jul 27, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Voting

Interestingly, I voted for bar food in the early round, not cocktails. Good bar food is quite difficult to come by, but these days, good cocktails seemingly are many places, and thus each category needs a separate vote.
Hence my vote for French Fries, hoping both the other categories will be around in subsequent months.
ymmv!

Jul 27, 2014
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Sawtelle coming and going: Tapenade and Tsujita LA Villa and bonus cold noodle question

Interesting that an Italian place from Palos Verdes would take over that space. No quality LA-based Italian place would do so.
When Ressul was cooking at Tapenade, the food was some of the best in LA.
He is now director of food operations at the Sheraton at LAX.
Tough commute, though, from Sherman Oaks!

Jul 27, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Voting

FRENCH FRIES

Jul 26, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

It looks fairly dry based on the Huffpost pic.
And just the one piece of chicken for $3.99 or is the picture on Huffpost misrepresenting the actual serving portion.?

Jul 25, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Nominations

BAR FOOD

Jul 25, 2014
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Bedford & Burns - Business Lunch in Beverly Hills

Interesting they would serve the tortilla baked, not warmed in a skillet or on a flat top grill for 15 seconds or so, and thus softer to handle, yet thick enough to stay together.

Jul 25, 2014
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Wally's Central Coast tasting July 27, 2014 - 1-4pm

ABC does have licenses available for special events, even of the one-day variety. Whether this license, or for that matter, any other license was applied for I don't know. But to have a tasting license for inside the store does not give you any rights to have an event anywhere but inside the store, including your own parking lot.
You can also get an off-premise license if applied for with appropriate lead time.

Jul 25, 2014
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Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

Good thing I don't live anywhere close to either of them.
Popeye's can still satisfy that periodic jones.
And a Gelson's free-range roasted chicken for $10.99 works just fine, and I don't have to drive far to get it.

Jul 25, 2014
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Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

$39 for steak frites - filet or what?
Lettuce for how much?
Mussels for how much?
and I only used one question mark for every question.
Your turn, Kevin!

Jul 25, 2014
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Chick-fil-A to Pasadena

Can't imagine the shock of the westwood site.
That BK was without question one of the filthiest fast food places I have ever been in.
Yes, the homeless were there all the time, but it seemed like the BK owner never cared about its appearance, fragrance, etc. If it was a company store, shame on BK Corp.

Jul 24, 2014
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Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

But who (k)neads bread with steak/frites?
Steak and fries are perfect together, with as many glasses of red wine as deemed appropriate.

And speaking of FOH tyranny, no one has mentioned the demise of Fraiche or L'episerie or any other TP-affiliated bistro!

Jul 24, 2014
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BBQ in LA

There are at least one or two other options beyond mainlining it.
Vegetables, meat and fish immediately come to mind.
But I have never tried that alternative - maybe after a night of alcohol, it might actually work.

Jul 24, 2014
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Wally's Central Coast tasting July 27, 2014 - 1-4pm

But you may have to drive up the coast to do so!

Jul 24, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

BBQ in LA

Totally agree regarding horseradish, but mayo, the condiment with all texture and no taste.
Got to have some mustard with its tart, vinegary taste.
Servorg - why ruin good Sriracha with cottage cheese?

Jul 24, 2014
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BBQ in LA

You mean people actually THINK about putting mayo on pastrami?
New definition of "heresy".

Jul 24, 2014
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Nice place that's easy access from Encino?

Good suggestion. I always forget about Vibrato, and while convenient at Beverly Glen & Mulholland, it seems out of sight, out of mind when thinking of a place better than the average places.
If jazz is not your thing, or you would rather not listen to music but just talk, then go earlier as the music will not start until at least 8pm, depending on the night and musicians on the schedule.

Jul 24, 2014
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Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

Not sure there are major reasons why a great casual bistro cannot succeed, but history shows that they have way more problems succeeding than any Italian restaurants of good quality.
As to Republique, it is barn-like by Paris standards. Way too large. Yet Le Petit Bistro on La Cienega is still around as is Comme Ca(at least for the moment), among others. We'll see if Marvin survives on Beverly where Pastis and Mimosa and Bistro LQ have all gone within less than ten years as well as Café des Artistas in Hollywood.
But Mistral survives very nicely in Sherman Oaks, as does its neighbor Le Petit Restaurant.

Jul 24, 2014
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Wally's Central Coast tasting July 27, 2014 - 1-4pm

They had not done one in at least the last two years, and you may have a point, in that new owners may not have known all the requirements of holding a tasting outdoors where a special license was required, over and above any licenses they hold for inside the building.
But it is a shame, regardless of cause. But can you imagine the money already spent by the participating wineries, restaurants, and Wally's itself?

Jul 24, 2014
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Wally's Central Coast tasting July 27, 2014 - 1-4pm

Just received a call from Wally's to say the event has been CANCELLED.
An ABC issue regarding the licensing.

Jul 23, 2014
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Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

Welcome back Kevin!
And, yes, they do charge extra for question marks!

Jul 23, 2014
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Nice place that's easy access from Encino?

I like Chablis, and while the food will never be remembered in the same conversation regarding Patina or Melisse, it is consistently good French bistro food served in a very pleasant setting. The owner is seemingly always there, and has some decent wines on the list and some surprises that come from a new shipment, not even yet on the menu.
BYO good wine might be the treat, and definitely saves the consternation of that drive over the hill.

Jul 23, 2014
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