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I'm happy that you're well.
Dogtown Dogs food truck, California dog ($6). Beef dog, arugula, avocado, basil aioli, tomatoes, fried onions & a light vinaigrette.

Jul 28, 2015
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Kyrgyz Food, Laghman, Plov, Manti

Doma Kitchen in Manhattan Beach is Slavic, but they do serve plov. I had not tried it before, but it was very flavorful, almost like Indian biryani or a very intense rice pilaf.

Jul 28, 2015
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Taking my kid to visit USC end of next week. What's a cool

Apparently this place sustained my son through 2 years at USC Marshall (the business school). It's inexpensive, the portions are large, and it's a student magnet.

Jul 18, 2014
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Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

chandavakl, bulavinaka -- because their posts are thoughtful and balanced. Especially bulavinaka, because he may share some of my demographic aspects.

Dommy! -- for her enthusiasm, and her coverage of the hidden gems outside the Westside/ Restaurant Row.

Mendocino Farms - what's your favorite sandy?

The spring sandwich -- braised lamb with mint pesto, was terrific. I'm sorry to see it go.

Jun 08, 2014
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Near the Marriott on W. Century Blvd near LAX - tonight

Rosecrans is the border of El Segundo & Manhattan Beach. If a less "foodie" restaurant will do, there's some restaurants on Rosecrans between Aviation & Sepulveda, besides Grimaldi's.

Jacksons -- next to the ArcLight theaters. Smaller, with an eclectic menu.

Paul Martin's -- my husband's favorite, because they have short ribs. Full bar. Deserves to be busier than it is. Limited menu.

Fleming's steakhouse: fyi -- costco has gift cards ($80 for $100 card). Service was terrific on a busy Friday night. Steaks and side were well prepared.

On that street, there's Houston's (white tablecloth BBQ), PF Chang's, McCormick & Schmick, Il Fornaio.

Hope you have a good time!

Jun 08, 2014
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Who Wants to Attend an Incredible Chowmeet at Clusi Batusi in May???

Um, Dommy! according to this (yelp) photo, dogs are excluded from the patio.

Apr 18, 2014
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Breakfast for 16 after arriving at LAX on a red-eye?

Would Marmalade Cafe be unworthy for this situation?
-- It has a big parking lot
-- It opens at 08:00
-- There is a private room if they need it
-- It's off Sepulveda. 405 fwy is not that far away.
-- I think the kitchen can crank out 16 orders at the same time.

Mar 22, 2014
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Restaurants not having websites only Facebook

Some places might have menus that change frequently. It's faster just to post a photo of the chalkboard.

Exile Kiss Blog

I really respected his blog posts. I thought they were Pullitzer-worthy.

Mar 01, 2014
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Your Go To Comfort Spot

Saigon Dish in Lawndale

After a bad day, nothing beats a bowl of soup with yellow egg noodles with shrimp, chashu and shrimp wontons (#18 Mi/ Hu Tieu Hoanh Thanh, Tom).

The owner always welcomes guests with a smile.

rec's near LMU , Playa del Rey

Recommendation -- Del Rey Kitchen on Culver

Ponzu chicken -- perfectly fried chicken breast with rice and grilled vegetables.

Dessert -- twice baked yellow yam. Delicate, not too sweet

Service -- very attentive

12740 Culver Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Feb 25, 2014
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LA Hound Potluck get together, before the next holiday ? anyone down ?

komodo venice is 0.1 miles south of O'Brien's if you're in the mood for a Cobb (Macaubb) salad & (miso) steak ($10; $11)

235 Main Street
Venice 90291

Jan 15, 2014
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Where serves the Japanese style New Year's sushi ????


What happens if kevin befriends you or me? Then he still misses out on oshogatsu.

I've often thought that the traditional Japanese New Year's day meal is a wide-open opportunity for an enterprising pan-Asian caterer.

Many years ago, there was a Japanese caterer who had osechi classes. Unfortunately, too many Sanseis (3rd generation Japanese Americans) were too busy to pay attention.

Dec 31, 2013
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takeout/informal catering

komodo, the cafe, not the food truck, does large "batches" of it's menu items. (scroll down to page 3 for the prices)

If you like Asian fusion, their food will fit the bill. The gambas is very garlicky, the Blazin' shrimp is very hot, and the Nasi Goreng is flavorful (warm, not hot).

Lemonade, the cafe, is an excellent choice also.

Sep 12, 2013
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Baby Shower Locations/tea houses for brunch for 12-15 girls

It's in Venice with parking lot (easier to pack up presents). I went to a lovely baby shower in the covered (girly) patio.

The hostess limited the menu to their greatest hits -- burger, french toast, salads. We went over our time, but the restaurant was gracious. They were accommodating to our littlest guests, making sippy cups with lidded plastic cups. (There's a bar, also.


Good luck!

Mar 08, 2013
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trying to find name of restaurant in Manhattan Beach

North End Caffe was on "Diners, Drive-ins & Dives".

Feb 10, 2013
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Restaurants with brown rice, ~8oz meat, and possibly veggies (West LA, Santa Monica, Culver City, Westwood)

The komodo cafe (the brick and mortar version of the food truck) at the corner of Robertson & Pico offers white or brown rice for all of their plates & rice bowls. The menu is Indonesian/ Asian fusion. My work colleagues adore komodo (disclaimer -- we're predominately Asian).

Most of the food is grilled or stir-fried. The plates include mixed salad greens with house vinaigrette. Now they're offering seasonal root vegetables or greens as a separate side order.

The other day, the special was wild mussels with brava sauce ($12).

Jan 21, 2013
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+2. Great chile colorado (it looks intimidating, but it's warm, not hot), really fresh beans & rice.

Dec 29, 2012
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Japanese style Hamburg

It's all beef. The owner had stopped making the bento boxes for Box Cafe. (Americans didn't like cold bento box.) He's thinking about offering warm bento boxes in ~ a month, ~ 12pm--3pm. The meatloaf is available in the restaurant, though.

Nov 25, 2012
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Picking up a hot turkey on the Westside

Dinah's restaurant on Sepulveda near Culver City (off the 405) makes a fried whole turkey (~$50). My husband tasted it at work and thought it was great -- moist, not dried out. (Dinah's has the big chicken bucket sign.)

6521 Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles
(310) 645-0456

Nov 12, 2012
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Japanese style Hamburg

2117 restaurant on Sawtelle has a little take-out coffee place next door. They had a meatloaf bento plate that had a hefty chunk of the same dish that the restaurant served. The gravy was like a demi-glace. It was better than any hamburg I've ever had.

Nov 04, 2012
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Personal experience with Taqueria Los Anaya catering?

I'm in talks with Manuel Anaya about a work-place lunch for ~25 people. It seems that they're familiar with my work-site, a low-key spot of 11,000 people in the shadow of the Beverly Center. He's given me two suggested menus for ~$250 which includes burritos + enchiladas + flautas + salad + chips + salsa or I can swap out the enchiladas for a grilled chicken/ pasta dish.

A taco bar would not work in our very limited space. Have any Hounds ordered catering from them? I would be interested in your experience and in the menu that you used.

Oct 17, 2012
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Fullerton: Suggestions for a cheap room temperature dinner offering?

You are brilliant! Thank you Professor Salt!

Oct 06, 2012
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Fullerton: Suggestions for a cheap room temperature dinner offering?

My husband and others are giving professional lectures to graduate students in Fullerton (5pm-9pm) next week. The student organization hosting the event is planning to serve coffee and cupcakes before the lectures. My husband thinks that isn't enough to keep the audience (~50) powered up until 9 pm. Is there a cheap, filling alternative that can be served at room temperature in a classroom?

The students have had their fill of pizza. There are many Asian students, so fried rice might work. Considering a student club budget, Costco sandwich trays come to mind. If they served alternative sandwich spreads like the Trader Joe dill-jalapeno tartar sauce, the sammies might be fine. How do you "dress up" a plain Jane sandwich tray?

Oct 06, 2012
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Girl's Weekend Beverly Hills - Limited Mobility

Chaya Brasserie is near your hotel and fits your specifications. There are valets right outside, there is one step into the restaurant which is level (there are some bar areas that are one/ two steps up). Unless you to at prime time, reservations should not be an issue. There is an enclosed patio (which looks out into a driveway). Pumps not required. I've dined in business (very) casual attire. (It's next to Cedars-Sinai.) Full bar. Food is consistently good. American food with Asian touches. (My co-workers set the bar very high before rating food Asian.)

Jul 25, 2012
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries - West LA? Today or tonight.

Shari's Berries when you don't have time to deliver them yourself. I was surprised when I placed an order on Feb 13th & they managed to deliver to a SFV hospital on Feb 14th. Beautiful berries, pretty packaging.

May 15, 2012
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Food for plane on route from midtown to LAX

Komodo (same as the food truck) has a cafe on Pico, just west of Robertson. The orders are packed in paper boxes (just like the 8"x8" styrofoam boxes) with utensils, napkin. You can park behind the cafe in a public lot on the west end of the alley behind Pico.

Dishes that I or my co-workers like: Mochiko fried chicken with salad & rice ($8); all of the tacos ($3/ taco; $8 as a burrito; $9 as a bowl); miso steak (intense miso flavor -- may be too salty for some tastes); chinese chicken salad/ french Cobb salad ($7 each). It's not the cheapest place in LA, but the ingredients are good, and the owner has worked in high end hotels.

JR's BBQ is on La Cienega where Fairfax branches off. Good BBQ (BBQ'd, not grilled, meats.) Pork shoulder BBQ sandwich (with BBQ bean, potato salad/ cole slaw ~3 oz) $8.50. (Beef rib sandwich won't work -- it's a rib with a roll on the side; too messy.) Nice owner, has own parking lot with traffic signal at entrance (in other words, fast in & out).

Warning -- La Cienega (between Stocker & La Tijera) is only two lanes in either direction.

Komodo, 8809 W Pico Blvd, 310.246.5153
JR's BBQ, 3055 S La Cienega, Culver City, 310.837.6838

May 09, 2012
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ISO Great Pho in the South Bay

Saigon Dish at Manhattan Beach Blvd/ Hawthorne (Spire's shopping center). If I ask the work crew (all Asian, including VN) if they want to order, every person will order at least one dish. Their menu is in Menu Pages (sorry Seamless!). Start with #13 Pho Tai (lean steak) as your gateway pho. If you want something that's more like won-ton soup, #17. Mi Trieu Chau (yellow egg noodle with chashu, shrimp, wontons fish & shrimp meatballsI) would be appropriate.

May 06, 2012
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How about suggesting some quieter restaurants?

2117 on Sawtelle Blvd. Euro-Asian. Small restaurant with patio. Focused market-driven organic menu. Great quality for very reasonable prices. It doesn't attract the party-hearty demographic. The only noisy experience I've had there was when an older gentleman appeared to be auditioning for the role of Kate in "Taming of the Shrew."