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Restaurants with-in walking distance to the Santa Monica Pier................

The other thing about women, is, we don't like to have any one person speak for all of us. :-)

Chinois to the Pier is a very pleasant 1 mile stroll, each way. I've done it in 3" heels, and it wasn't an issue. But visions of deep-fried fish dancing in my head might've kept my feet motivated! ;-)

But if you and your companion aren't feeling up for the stroll, there is also the fun little Santa Monica Tide Bus that will take you there, or any of the municipal buses, if you only want to walk one way (or hitch a ride both ways).

I think Chinois would be a fabulous addition to your night at Cirque.

Aug 21, 2009
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Happy Birthday Too You....While Dining

Atta boy, jfood.

I sing along, too, loud and off-key. And clap like hell. Maybe send a drink over if I see that they are drinking.

Since when has dining become like church? Or a courtroom? Please check all signs of sloppy humanity at the door, thankyouverymuch. No disruptions allowed!

Aug 16, 2009
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Happy Birthday Too You....While Dining

Some people enjoy being the center of the spotlight, some don't.

Is it necessary? No.

Is your pique regarding it necessary? No.

Your are dining in a public space. That space is not expressly tailored to your and DH's tastes.

We are talking, what, two minutes of time for the singing and such?

The option of reserving a private room, and controlling the experience to suit your taste, is always there. Of course, you will have to pay for that luxury...

Part of the pleasure and aggravation of dining out are the unexpected rub-ups with humanity. Birthdays, babies, drunks. On the upside: sharing appetizers with strangers, meeting new friends, and generally connecting with others, and compromising for the sake of the shared experience.

Otherwise, might as well stay home.

Aug 16, 2009
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Californians: How often do you check hygiene score before eating out?

You nailed it.

To answer the OP's question: I don't factor in grade. I will eat in a C-rated restaurant. Hey, C's get degrees in the UC system! ;-)

As cstr said, that grade reflects a mere slice in time, which may not be representative of the restaurant's overall quality.

And, as Will Owen pointed out, a restaurant can be dinged for conditions that wouldn't directly impact the digestibility of the food itself, or even be considered icky if folks knew the facts behind the grade.

I think there can be a false sense of comfort that people attach to high-end, well-graded restaurants. The only time I ever got gut-sick was at a very highly-regarded restaurant in the '80s. All the taco trucks, holes-in-the-wall, etc., since then have done me just fine. Luck of the draw? Perhaps.

Aug 16, 2009
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Alabama Hound Needs Help With Map

araess, where in Venice will you be staying? Near the beach, or more inland?

Jun 19, 2009
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Alabama Hound Needs Help With Map

Not to nitpick, but just to make sure our out-of-town visitor doesn't miss the bus:

The Tide bus doesn't go quite as far south as Rose. There is a stop at Marine, just before Main; and then around the corner and a block north on Main at Ashland.

Tide Info here:

Jun 19, 2009
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Maybe your friend watched too many episodes of the "The Sopranos," just like me. Heheh. Proh-shoot, ree-coht...the way Carmela always dropped that last bad-ass.

Was that a great show for food, or what?

Mar 04, 2009
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(Not about) Food words I'd like to never see again.

"Made by Our World Famous Chef"

Oh, you--!

Or: Cooked to Perfection by Our World Famous Chef. ;-p

(I love this goofy thread.)

Mar 03, 2009
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coupon on first date

The pitch is key! Excellent point.

I do think it could be an utterly charming approach, under the right circumstances, to ask someone out, say, based on a 2-for-1 coupon.

"I buy us dinner. 2-for-1. You tell me two things about yourself for every one thing I tell you about myself. You in?"

The key of course to a successful first date (and relationships in general) is being that person who will listen twice as long as they will speak.

Mar 02, 2009
LicketySplit in Not About Food

coupon on first date

Wow, this is a tricky one.

Something about introducing a coupon into the scenario makes me a little twitchy. I'd rather just go somewhere within my own and my date's means, and not run all those weird calculations in my head. The few times I've used a coupon, I recall it had to be mentioned before ordering (but that was years and years ago). Sorta a set a chintzy tone to the meal.

Meals out, to me, are treats. Someone else does the cooking and serving. I just sit back and relax and enjoy. And that luxury does not have to be expensive. Something about the coupon just throws me out of the relax-enjoy-we-are-DONE-worrying-about-workaday-concerns mindset, and back into the workaday-watch-every-penny-worry-about-money mindset.

Honestly, on a first date, I think there is just soooo much going on, psychologically, it is best to keep things simple. Both parties have their antennae up and alert for all sorts of signals. A coupon? Open to all sorts of interpretations, as we see in the different responses, here. It may be (falsely) interpreted by the one being treated that he or she is a "discount" date. Whether their interpretation is true, would I want to put anyone in that position? Nope.

And if I were the one being treated: I'd rather a guy invite me to take a drive to his favorite taco truck, if that was what was within his budget, than bust out a coupon at a "date" restaurant. It really is the thought that counts here. Maybe this is an L.A.-centric point-of-view, but there is no reason to not have fun and eat well here, at any price-point.

My usual expectation on a first date is that I will pay my own way, though. Or at least offer to get the next round, or whatever. So what do I know!

Mar 02, 2009
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(Not about) Food words I'd like to never see again.

Housemade. Yeah, that one gets to me, too.

Not knowing much about what goes on in restaurant culture (other than me stuffing the ol' pie hole), I wasn't aware of the expressions "front of the house" and "back of the house" until very recently. So the "housemade" thing puzzled me.

Now that I know a little better, I get it, but it still sounds not-right to my ear.

What would be a better term? There's gotta be one, but I'm drawing a blank.

Mar 02, 2009
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(Not about) Food words I'd like to never see again.

Who, me? ::: innocent face :::

The menu at the local sushi place features something called a "French Kiss Roll". Eel and some other slithery ingredients. I ain't tongue-kissing no freshwater eel, mister! Eww.

Mar 02, 2009
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(Not about) Food words I'd like to never see again.

Ooh, you did NOT go there! Aaargh, is right. Scrummy takes the cake.

I also flinch at:


Those words just sound so...slobbery. Or like someone talking with their mouth full.

And speaking of slobber:

someone "drooling" over a recipe description, or a food photo. Eww!

This thread is great for Monday morning crabbiness.

Mar 02, 2009
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(Not about) Food words I'd like to never see again.

Ah ha ha ha. So bad, it's almost good. Mated...shudder.

Speaking of "topping":

I blush a little whenever I see the menu option to order a burrito with a "wet topping"...eek.

I am guilty of asking for my coffee with "just a kiss" of cream, though.

Mar 01, 2009
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(Not about) Food words I'd like to never see again.

That Trillin "sleepytime" bit is hilarious.

Along the lines of "on a bed of..."


Mar 01, 2009
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(Not about) Food words I'd like to never see again.


And, the absolute skull-clutcher:


Mar 01, 2009
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Where to eat at Centinela and Sepulveda?!?

Kate, will you actually be staying at the Radisson? If so, would it make sense to order food for delivery to your room during your lunch break? Or perhaps kit yourself out with an ice chest and some lunch fixin's?

That would open up your options, and also give you a chance to decompress privately during your break from the exam. (Or punch a pillow or two!)

And then treat yourself to dinner at Chente when you are all done. :-)

Good luck!

Feb 23, 2009
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Looking for Hawaiian Plate Lunch in L.A.

Haoli (happy), or haole (white/foreign)? ;-p

May 14, 2008
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ISO Broiled scallops: Malibu / Santa Monica / Venice area

Any recommendations for a place that serves 'em up for dinner?

Thanks in advance.

Feb 27, 2008
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Late Dessert in West LA/SM?

Another vote for Urth. I'm not normally a dessert person, but I will go out of my way for their cakes. The only bummer about going there late is they might be out of some of the day's goodies.

As a bonus, you can have a nice stroll after your dessert and take in the holiday lights and window displays on Main Street.

Dec 22, 2007
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He's a total pig - What should I have done?

I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around the idea that rudeness, even in the extreme, warrants the punishment of a broken jaw. Think a bit about the trouble that action causes for so many people: the work for the EMTs, the police, the judicial system. And the trouble it will bring down upon the person who throws the blow, perhaps in the form a felony conviction that will haunt him or her for life.

Is it really worth it? Or is it just making more trouble?

I'm a bit of a toughie myself, but I have definitely toned it down, realizing the cost is simply too high. I let my ego take the hit instead, and walk away.

Dec 09, 2007
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I miss Tia Juana

Tia Juana is gone? Oh, man.

For a similar vibe, you might want to check out El Texate on Pico, near 4th Street. Different menu (Oaxacan), and the prices might be higher than Tia Juana (RIP), but you can find budget-friendly options. And, it is a great place to relax and linger.

I like their no-nonsense margaritas, and the fact that they always seem to be open, and the unrushed experience. Outdoor patio if you want to sniff the beach air; darker interior dining areas if you prefer to hide from the sun.

Dec 05, 2007
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Barrel Malibu -- any reports?

While poking around in the 'bu the other day, I noticed the former bakery spot in the Malibu Cross Creek mall is now a wine bar. The sign on the door indicated limited hours for now, and they were closed at that time, so I wasn't able to poke my nose in and check it out.

Here's their website:

Any early reports? I like the idea of a coffee-shop type of scene but with wine instead, per their site. Is this accurate? And, how's the nosh?

I was also intrigued (and terrified... wink) by this snippet from their site:

'For those who prefer to experiment on their own, our “self-service adult wine arcade” features state-of-the-art Enomatic tasting machines that enable you to sample a wide range of wines at your own pace and whim.'

Eek! Self-serve? Sounds dangerous to the wallet. ;-)

(BTW, I did a search on the name here, but no results were returned. If it has been asked and answered already, a link to the appropriate thread would be much appreciated.)

Dec 05, 2007
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Quiet Please: Anywhere Left to Go? And I don't want to bump elbows or know about your trip to Paris

Yes! PDC on Sixth. Very quiet and subdued. Genteel servers -- none of those jarring interruptions. Excellent recommendation.

Aug 21, 2007
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Quiet Please: Anywhere Left to Go? And I don't want to bump elbows or know about your trip to Paris

I hate loud restaurants, too. It almost seems like my tastebuds shut down when the noise level gets too high.

Perhaps not the most chic or trendy spot, but I've always found the Hamburger Hamlet in Beverly Hills to be peaceful, quiet, and with tables nicely spaced. I would think it would be a good choice when dining with kids.

Aug 21, 2007
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Santa Monica: Breakfast/Brunch on Fri/Sat

Not sure if either of these would qualify as "impressive" -- perhaps other 'hounds will chime in -- but here are two more options a nice walk from your location:

World Cafe

Though I would never recommend it for dinner, it is a viable option for Saturday brunch (served till 3:30). The outside patio is pretty and pleasant.


Urth Caffé - Santa Monica branch
2327 Main Street
(310) 314-7040

I wasn't able to find their menu online, but I do believe they serve breakfast-type foods. You can search this site for reviews.

Enjoy your visit!

Aug 19, 2007
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Mr. Stox (Anaheim)

Any input on this place?

Looking for a suitable venue in the Anaheim area for a 50th birthday meal, for a steak-and-potatoes crew.


May 26, 2007
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Anaheim: festive restaurant for a b'day dinner?

Looking for suggestions for a fun, festive resto in the Anaheim area for a group of six exuberant adults. Good food, strong drinks (or extensive beer menu), and a tolerance for potentially boisterous behavior.

Yes, we will probably end up being THAT table, if you know what I mean. I plan to tip heavily.

We're middle-aged, so "young, trendy, hip" places are lost on us. ;-)

But the group is lively and silly, so solemn temples of dining are not appropriate, either.

A restaurant with some sort of goofy shtick might work.

All cuisines are fair game, but we do like our slabs of meat.

We can expand the radius to include surrounding areas.

Thanks for any suggestions.

May 23, 2007
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better than Lee's Sandwiches in Little Saigon?

Professor Salt's great banh mi crawl post, part 1:

(I still remembered it, lo these several years since it was orginally posted. Memorable writing! There's a Part 2, too.)

Apr 30, 2007
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Good Downtown restaurant for this Saturday

Hmm. Maybe Ciudad?

I've not eaten there in years, so I can't vouch for the quality of the fare these days. But as part of a Downtown Experience, it might fit the bill nicely.

Apr 10, 2007
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