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

Sure was a great tasting event last year.
Admission line - get there EARLY!
Drinks line - good luck.
But as TheOffalo says, hope they have learned from last year.

Probably see me hanging around the food lines, again.
Definitely one of the best foodie events, with pricing that makes more sense than others we all could name.

1 day ago
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10 Best Sausages In LA

The lamb merguez sausages I get from Epicure Imports in NoHo at their periodic sale, next one toward end of March.
Grilled on stovetop at home.
Their Andouille as well as lamb with fennel are also really good.

Feb 25, 2015
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Two highly rated Burbank/Glendale restaurants...

That stretch of Riverside Drive, meaning in Toluca Lake near the Studios?
Employees in that area don't even think of eating lunch until around 12:45 or so, as oftentimes, they don't get to the office until at least 9am, often around 10am.
So thinking anyone would be there at noon is more than a bit of a stretch.
But as most locals will tell you, it's not called Sushi City for no justification - Studio City is where most of the sushi is consumed over that way.

Feb 12, 2015
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Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

But we are still talking donuts!

Feb 11, 2015
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Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

Sorry to hear of your departure.
Always a good read here, with no avatar to get in the way!
Welcome to the land of fuzzy faces and flannel shirts!
Having lived in Soggy City further north, yet also working in Portlandia during that time, I know you will have new appreciation for a sunny day. When they get them, they are some of the best, anywhere, but those intervals in the dead of winter....
Food scene greatly changed, attitudes miles apart from here.
Have you started growing your fuzzy face yet?
Good Luck.

Feb 11, 2015
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Is there anywhere to have a nice dinner in downtown LA?

How about Ford's Filling Station at the Marriott Hotel, recently relocated from its former site in DT Culver City?

Feb 05, 2015
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Zankou

Gelson's has a wonderful free-range herb roasted chicken for $10.95 which serves four generously. Grab said garlic sauce at Zankou and make it a side dish for your chicken and whatever accompaniments you desire.
Not Costco inexpensive, yet way better and not heavily greased.
Different bird, entirely!

Jan 26, 2015
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MSP 'hound - West Hollywood/Long Beach suggestions

The Weho Bistro on La Cienega @ Holloway, just north of Santa Monica Blvd., serves the neighborhood's best breakfast/brunch, hands down. Super patio, weather-permitting.
And the people watching is fun, especially if you speak French!
Coffee from Handsome Coffee Roasters.

Jan 23, 2015
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Heads up: Canele is now serving ramen

Like the food, like the ambiance, yet wonder why I would ever think of going there for ramen.
It may be good, but totally out of place for its heritage.
Not saying things can't change, but....

Jan 18, 2015
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Chinatown emerging as L.A.'s hottest restaurant destination

You still cannot find a quality steak or, or, or,
if you tried.
Come back to us when the 'hood is a diversified dining destination, not just for a few quality-specific nibbles or cuisines.
but it is on its way!

Jan 18, 2015
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Lucky Duck Closing

No one in the city gets your message, nor do they seem likely to ever be concerned about it.
Restaurants and spas, studios, salons, etal., need one hour, maybe more, to satisfy the customer. But the parking stall remains taken during that entire time.
Whenever I recommend a client assess the parking situation in a new location, they ask, what?
How many co-tenants require long stays to satisfy the patron? If many, and few parking stalls to satisfy the demand, it is time to move on to another location.

Jan 16, 2015
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Lucky Duck Closing

That coveted parking is very few actual stalls, relative to the number of tenants in that mini-mall.
If you were eating there, you probably would need one hour of said parking, leaving everyone else in the place with fewer options, to say nothing of those desiring to patronize other tenants.

Jan 16, 2015
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FARMERS MARKET: What's replacing the Johnny Rockets?

The proponents are two Azinians, I believe them to be sisters, who have a relative, Robert Azinian, who owns Prohibition Burgers & Beer in Encino, on Ventura Blvd. near White Oak.
http://www.abc.ca.gov/datport/LQSData...
Obviously been in the works for a long time, with notice posted in 2012.

Jan 02, 2015
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Have you been to Joss in Beverly HIlls?

Joss only wished it could be as good as Yujean Kang.
But remaining in business is an asset, and Joss did, while YK did not.
so, differences do exist.

Jan 01, 2015
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Hatfields closing end of December

Odys & Penelope, their new place, per Offalo above:
Odys(seus) and Penelope.

Jan 01, 2015
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Hatfields closing end of December

I got in at 6pm with no reservation.
Karen said O&P will be opening within a few weeks.
Plenty of empty seats up until around 7:15 or so, then the place started filling up.
Bar appeared to have no one eating, just those waiting for specific tables or the remainder of their party to arrive.
Had one last croque madame as well as an appetizer portion of the duck breast from the tasting menu.
One glass of a very good rousanne as well as a syrah that paired perfectly with the duck.
Sad to have had to say goodbye.
Service was impeccable as usual.
Glad to know that O&P will open at 127 S. LaBrea before February.

Dec 31, 2014
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No more 'yummy' pancake at Cook's County

Per TonyC's post, an announcement is forthcoming quite soon.
She and Dan are not ones to be out of work for very long - two very talented people.

Dec 31, 2014
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Twain's

Not in the same area code, however!

Dec 31, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Twain's

It has been closed for nearly 3 months, but then again, who has missed it?
I am doing some homework to find out what is going on, but obviously no update for this post.
But the local detectives are at work!!!

Dec 31, 2014
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Best Fried Chicken in the Valley?

Would never have thought to try fc at LP.
Just seems like an item that does not fit the clientele and setting.
Glad to know, maybe Stuart & I will meet there for fc soon.
But chicken on Monday at the Boneyard is very good.
Sides are too.

Dec 29, 2014
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Hatfields closing end of December

And the minority of a few finally gets its due.
Going more often might have changed your mind - food never disappointed, service and wine list, beyond reproach.
obviously, ymmv!
And while celebs have shown up here, most of the posters on this thread are not celebs, just people who appreciate good food, service & value.
Hatfield's will be missed!

Dec 29, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Your FAV BBQ in the Valley:

But with cue having more points of "origin" than anyone on this board is willing to discuss, it does not necessarily address those places called KC, Santa Maria, Carolina, fill in the blanks.
That is why the opinions run rampant, as perspectives vary all over the map.
But anyone willing to put the doctor in the north valley on this list has to like gristle & fat. Never experienced that much waste, alleging to be "cue" in some incarnation.

Dec 29, 2014
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Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

Well, La Ventura has been sold, and will be closing soon.
Jesse Gomez of Mercado & Yxta fame will be taking it over - concept not yet announced.
Senor Fred was good, but when all the gastropubs opened not far away, aka Local Peasant, Black Market, Rocco's, Mad Bull(at that time), now Murph's and Spitting Chicken, now Tipple & Brine, the bargain-hunting happy hour crowd went elsewhere, to leave the place to those of us who really enjoyed items focused on the Yucatan, or the lamb shanks, etc.
Marlin & Ono, its replacement, I gather will be focused on Baja finer dining options, and may provide some gratification fairly soon - hope, hope, hope!

Dec 28, 2014
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Hatfields closing end of December

Maybe Quinn & Karen will serve it as an appetizer at O&P when it opens, or maybe offer it seasonally.

Dec 28, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

You are referring to the Cactus Tacos in the Studio City area, not the new one at Woodman & Moorpark in Sherman Oaks which appears on track to open mid-late January.
And the Manny's referred to here did not relocate, it went out of business.
The Cactus in Studio City moved into the former Henry's Tacos space, which relocated to the Studio Subs location.

Dec 28, 2014
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Changes afoot at Santa Monica Place

Landlords and thinking in the same sentence - what a novel thought.
Landlords only think with their wallets, not whether a tenant can afford the rent or not.
If the going rent in an area is say $5.00 per foot per month, landlords see it as if there is no difference between a Nike store and a restaurant. Different dynamics, bottom lines, etal.

Dec 27, 2014
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Changes afoot at Santa Monica Place

See my comment below.

Dec 27, 2014
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Changes afoot at Santa Monica Place

When leases come up for renewal, greedy landlords change the rules that the tenant cannot always live with.
CCF and others in similar situations just have to move on, meaning close.

Dec 27, 2014
carter in Los Angeles Area

Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

I like Mexicali a lot, for what it is, but I truly do not feel it is suitable for a group of 15 or so. If having a conversation is of any interest, good luck with one there for a crowd of over 4.
The El Torito Grill at the Galleria is better than the El Torito @ Ventura & Van Nuys - yes, there is a difference.

Dec 26, 2014
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Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

I too just don't understand why better Mexican places have not found the area.
But given the out-of-town nature of the guests, I would think the El Torito Grill at the Sherman Oaks Galleria would be the ideal call. It has plenty of seating, reservations have to be available for that size grouping. If the guests are staying at the Courtyard just west of the Galleria, they could walk to the venue, weather permitting!!!
Food is decent enough.
Fwiw, soon Jesse Gomez will be taking over La Ventura in Studio City, not sure whether an Yxta or Mercado or ?

Dec 26, 2014
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