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West Side Deli Lovers Rejoice Wexler's Deli is Coming to Santa Monica

Not sure either Izzy's or Fromin's would ever change the look, as they have that classic look of a deli from the 60s.
New ownerships in both should have done something, but as of now...

Aug 30, 2015
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West Side Deli Lovers Rejoice Wexler's Deli is Coming to Santa Monica

Yes, with Cassia & Esters in the next block, tenants are realizing you do not have to pay high rent near the Promenade to be successful if you have a compelling concept.

Now I wish Micah would find a site in Sherman Oaks, so I don't have to drive to GCM or SM!!!
Is a home-run waiting to happen, especially since Solley's closed.

Aug 29, 2015
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West Side Deli Lovers Rejoice Wexler's Deli is Coming to Santa Monica

Have to believe the hours will be longer than GCM.
Maybe same menu throughout the day, but since the rent goes on 24/7, why not generate some revenue?

Aug 28, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2015 -- Nominations

One of the current posts getting some attention is Indian Food.
I know nearly zero about it, yet would love to learn and eat some.
INDIAN FOOD

Aug 27, 2015
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Antonio's Pizza/Barone's Pizza-Sherman Oaks

Sympathies all around.

Good breakfast place in Westwood or West LA with private room

Please edit your headline asap.
Have no answer to your question, but Wilshire & Bundy might be your answer - name escaping me.

Aug 26, 2015
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Fresh roasted turkey sandwiches ?

Gelson's has very good roast turkey sandwiches in all locations at the carving station in the deli section.
Even looks good to someone like me who does not like turkey.

Aug 25, 2015
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Recs in the San Fernando valley

I too tried the Hamachi 3 ways and truly felt ripped off.
However, the food is good, the ambiance quite nice and the d├ęcor will make you forget any of that building's predecessors, from Outtake Bistro or further back.
But it is not cheap. I did have their basic margarita, and it was fine enough, yet nothing beyond what it should have been.
Don't know how it compares to Jesse's Mercado on Cahuenga across from Universal Studios.

Aug 25, 2015
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Los Angeles Area Abbreviations

Well, at least most of Western Avenue is in the city of LA, save those segments in Gardena, Torrance or the Palos Verdes Peninsula, while none of Eastern Avenue is in the city of LA. Not sure your analysis is fair, especially when the streets west of DTLA run more north/south, while those east of DTLA run according to the terrain, thus making equality difficult to assess.

Aug 23, 2015
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Los Angeles Area Abbreviations

CC has always been Culver, not Century, City.
Century City is too new for it to be able to use it.
The Culver has been around a long time, while Century's version is a newbie.
MB - Manhattan Beach
HB - Hermosa Beach
RB - Redondo Beach
SO - Sherman Oaks
SC - Studio City
WH - Woodland Hills
NOHO - North Hollywood

Aug 23, 2015
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Antonio's Pizza/Barone's Pizza-Sherman Oaks

As long as this post was reincarnated, I still like Mulberry Street, now with a location in Sherman Oaks, even though it was not there back when this post commenced.
Thin crust, nice variety of toppings.
These two above are of the heavy crust, usual suspects ingredients of suspect quality.

Aug 22, 2015
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Le Chardonnay is now Carafe

The place is now Crossroads, with Tal Ronnen doing vegetarian food very well.
Robert Bigonnier, former chef at Le Chardonnay, relocated to Sunset Plaza and opened Le Petit Four. He passed away about 1-2 years ago.

Aug 20, 2015
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Chinese Food Mania Propels Los Angeles Chinese Dining to New Heights.

That Night Market notoriety was better for the PR than the actuality of the event.
But the excitement of San Gabriel Valley's food scene should never be underestimated, regardless of cause and effect.

Aug 17, 2015
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Something Cheap, large group, in/near Sherman Oaks

Sorry to say, but Stanley's in Sherman Oaks is out of business as of August 5, with a notice on the front door thanking everyone for 32 good years in the business, posted around 4pm today.
Was probably the best all-around place to dine without having any pretentions of being gourmet, just good food and good value.
It will be missed.

Aug 17, 2015
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Fleming's Steakhouse Coming To Pasadena

Well, you do know that Fleming's is a division of Outback Steakhouse.
I still think RC does the best job of those mentioned, just as long you order your steak on a room temperature plate without butter.
I went to Morton's DTLA not too long ago, and it was basically, what's all the fuss about? Second visit ever, and probably the last. Steaks start around $40 a la carte.

Aug 16, 2015
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Raya vs. Eno Steak vs. Stonehill Tavern - Any recent reports!

Where?
In that area, stick to the basics and don't even think of anything special, meaning any place not called a chain.
Salt Creek might be an option but you will have to assess it on your own.
Good luck!

Aug 12, 2015
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Something Cheap, large group, in/near Sherman Oaks

At the request of a friend, I ate at cv last week, and must say the food is not very good, and the place is impossible to get into even at 6:30 on a Wednesday night - 45 minute wait, and there are not many seating options for groups of over 6 people.
And right now, Stanley's is closed for kitchen remodeling. Should open by Friday at the latest.

Aug 12, 2015
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Purple potatoes

Definitely try the SM farmer's markets, regardless of which one, as I am sure Zuckerman Farms is at them all. I get them at the Studio City Farmer's Market on Sunday morning.

Aug 10, 2015
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Something Cheap, large group, in/near Sherman Oaks

You have two good suggestions that fit your need in Carnival or La Fogata.

Hatch Chile Roasting Schedule 2015. Please Add Dates.

Just returned from Gelson's Sherman Oaks where I got about 2lbs hot Hatch Chiles. They were selling very rapidly.

Like TailbackU above, I want ideas a little simpler than those you have mentioned on your very long and inclusive list. Thank you for it, but I am just thinking about adding them to carnitas tacos, or maybe even cooking them with a pork tenderloin.

What is the easiest way to freeze them for future use?

Aug 08, 2015
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Fuddruckers Santa Monica (Again)

While most of this post is well over two years old, why would anyone care to dine at Fuddruckers, or in any similar environment, when a similar menu might exist not a block or two away?

Aug 07, 2015
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New restaurant in Santa Monica

this is the former Parlor, with the property owned by John Mahkani, also owner and former operator of the Barefoot near Cedars Sinai.
He is the sole owner of this restaurant, yet has a chef in place who has good street cred, or so he feels. I don't know of his skills personally.
The reason the previous posters found no one around is the liquor license did not transfer until April 28, well after all the earlier posts.
This place had previously been Verdi and Cinch before Parlor.

Aug 07, 2015
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Exorbitant cocktail pricing?

I am not a Grey Goose drinker, preferring the $10.99 Burnett at Rite Aid for blending drink purposes, with lemonade, Gatorade, cranberry, etc.
For rocks or martini necessity, White Tiger or the Russian Standard Platinum are preferred.

And josephnl, Did not think Bombay made a Sapphire Vodka. I thought it was gin only.

Aug 06, 2015
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Exorbitant cocktail pricing?

What is your favorite - I need to remember not to order cocktails when there.
And I would not order Smirnoff in any drink.
And I can buy a whole bottle of Grey Goose for $20-$22 at Mission Wines on Burbank & Woodman.

Aug 04, 2015
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Stater Bros. Meat: What the Hell Happened???

You do realize you have replied to a post of over 4 years ago - things change, things happen, and not always the way you want them to.
Move on, and or start your own post on a subject you feel is important to this discussion.

Jul 27, 2015
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Recs in the San Fernando valley

Realize Cici's is in Tarzana, sorry for the confusion.
But breakfast is the easiest meal to find good and fairly consistent food and value, if breakfast is your thing.

Jul 27, 2015
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Recs in the San Fernando valley

There is also a Lum-Ka-Naad in the 17600 block of Ventura Blvd. just east of the SE corner of White Oak where many places have been over the years, but only Michael J's stands out as having lasted more than a year or two.

Jul 27, 2015
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Cheesemonger in Sherman Oaks

I am not a cheese eater at all.
Not that I won't eat a bit, but will never buy it.
I prefer goat and sheep cheeses, unless of course someone hands me a slice of camembert or bleu cheese!
That said, never tried Murray's.
As to Epicure Imports, plan ahead for the next sale on September 11 & 12, and you will be astonished at the options - not great for the wasteline(sic), but oh so tasty, with many samples for your lunch pleasure - cheeses, charcuterie, sausage, chocolate, etc.
Le Gall butter redefines the word butter for me. Lightly salted, oh my.

Jul 26, 2015
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Recs in the San Fernando valley

For Persian food, friends all rave about Sadaf at 16240 Ventura Blvd.
But most of the boulevard in Encino is not very good, with a heavy dose of chain operators.
Head to Sherman Oaks and Studio City for overall better dining options.
Breakfast places abound, with Blu Jam, Sweet Butter, Le Pain Quotidiens in both Encino & near Coldwater Canyon, Cici's among them.
Le Petit Restaurant, La Frite, and Mistral for French in Sherman Oaks, with the latter being more expensive than the others.
For down home Mexican, I will still drive to Carrillo's Deli on Sherman Way just west of Corbin, in lieu of the Fuentes/Melody/Sol&Luna family of operations. Nothing wrong with the latter, just a preference.
One of the few Chinese operations worthy of a seat may be Bamboo in Sherman Oaks, for a more up-scale version. The other holes in the wall versions are nearly identical, and all not very good to down right awful.

Jul 26, 2015
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Chopped liver, not pate, nor mousse

Forgot to mention Greenblatt's in my list.

Jul 23, 2015
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