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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Lamb on Easter Sunday

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

Apr 04, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Epicure Imports Sale March 27-28

Le Gall butter is pretty tasty!

Apr 02, 2015
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Cascabel, Toluca Lake

Interesting place for a CH meet-up, un-announced except to those here. Just take over the patio on a week night around 6pm.
Been a while for a meet-up, especially in the Valley.
But this place warrants additional attention for those who like Mexican food beyond red sauce and yellow cheese - name your place of "choice"!

Mar 28, 2015
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Cascabel, Toluca Lake

Meet you there any night.
Couple of local friends have also been, and they too cannot wait to go again.
And it is so convenient, right off the 134 Freeway near Cahuenga.

Mar 28, 2015
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RIVA BELLA CLOSED

From Matthew Kang at LA Eater:

IDG has decided with another quick switch with its prime located Rivabella. After flipping Chi Lin to h.wood (where it subsequently became Blind Dragon), IDG is turning their expansive Italian project Rivabella into a larger format Japanese restaurant called ROKU. Rivabella's last day will be March 14, with ROKU slated for a mid-summer debut along Sunset Strip.

Fusing a bit of their expertise with Boa, ROKU combines steakhouse elements to prepare meat and other dishes right at the table a la teppanyaki. It's a decades old format that Benihana's has already mastered, so why not go with a tried-and-true format rather than another spaghetti joint? (Pistola, Madeo, Dominick's, Dan Tana's, et al). Also, it's along the lines of what IDG's already done successfully with Katana just down the road.

In addition to the teppanyaki setup, IDG is hoping to use ROKU as a sort of "innovation hub" or test kitchen for the rest of its empire. So despite initial efforts to expand the Rivabella, IDG seems to be putting its chips into a more tested concept of communal teppanyaki, which is already dinner and a show at its best.

Mar 28, 2015
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Epicure Imports Sale March 27-28

For the Epicure Imports fans, Friday and Saturday are the days to get your charcuterie/butter/mustard/oils fix on.
https://epicureimports.wordpress.com/...

And they do have more than your share of sweets, if those may be of interest. All largely imported from Europe.

Mar 26, 2015
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Wally's Vinoteca (Beverly Hills): A Pictorial Essay

As I said, they must be pouring something beyond the non-vintage, which is the 2004. I did not look at the website to see any specifics as I rarely find a use for Wally's, except for their Central Coast tasting, which has not been held for several years now.

Mar 26, 2015
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Wally's Vinoteca (Beverly Hills): A Pictorial Essay

Selection top notch, exceeded only by the prices.
And as TailbackU says, a bottle of Veuve can be bought selectively around town for around $40-$42, so that $35 figure either means a glass of something beyond Orange Label, or ?

Mar 25, 2015
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Burger Continental Closed

Chang's has been for sale forever, and your assessment of it is correct. Maybe not the correct place for a Brentwood-focused comment, but since you brought it up...

Mar 24, 2015
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