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Recs for watching UCLA basketball Saturday morning in the Westside?

With a 9am tip off to the UCLA game tomorrow, it might be a bit too early for your typical sports bar to open up.

I'd be just happy with a decent TV screen and some passable food. I'm considering the Barney's Beanery on 3rd Street but am hoping for other options.

And to clarify, it doesn't have to be a sports bar.


Mar 20, 2015
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (July 2013) - Voting


Jun 27, 2013
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (July 2013) - Voting

Fried chicken.

Jun 26, 2013
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Top Round Roast Beef

How busy was the place? Where they slammed?

Jun 17, 2013
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Are you a Karaage Kid?

+1 on recs for chowworthy places to sample the taiwanese popcorn chicken please! I can't believe I"ve been missing out on this.

BTW, I have sampled and enjoyed the karaage at both Jinya and Yamadaya every time I visit either ramen shop.

I guess my expectaton of karaage is a bit simplistic; basic, dark meat fried chicken with that umami-like flavoring from the soy sauce brine. That's a winning combination in my book and both ramen shops seem to hit the flavor notes just right for me.

Jun 05, 2013
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Bar near Gorikee in Woodland Hills

Chef Tsuji emailed me back in 2010 that he was opening up a place in the LBC, called Number Nine.

I've never had a chance to head down that way to check it out myself. The menu is mainly Vietmanese cuisine and drinks; apparently there's nothing on the Number Nine menu that was carried over from Gorikee, including the Wimpy burger and the Crispy chicken. :-(

The website indicates that there is now a Hermosa Beach location as well. Unfortunately the site made no mention of Chef Tsuji himself. I can't tell if he's still affiliated with the place after 3 years.


The reviews for Number Nine seem decent.

I would definitely head down there from the Valley for a visit if it meant I could taste that awesome crispy garlic chicken one more time!

May 07, 2013
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Best Pizza SFV

A branch of Joe's Pizza opened up at the Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks last year.

Its affiliated with the locations in Hollywood and in Century City but not the one in Santa Monica; go figure!

Probably the best NY style thin crust that I've found in the Valley.


Apr 26, 2013
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Knife Sharpening in the Valley?

FWIW, I had pretty good luck with them a few years ago. I brought in several chefs knives, nothing fancy or exotic and they came back fine.

They got it done in about an hour while I had lunch at Sam Woo just across the street.

Jan 03, 2013
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Best place for cheese/accessories ("cheese basket"?) for a Christmas gift?

The Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City would definitely suit your needs.

Dec 18, 2012
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Chowhounds' Take on Capriottis Sandwich Shops?

I've had both the Capistrami, which is pastrami, cole slaw and russian dressing; and the Bobbie, filled with turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce and I've enjoyed both.

I've only been to the Encino location. The parking in that area is scarce, and they charge you 2 bucks if you park in the underground lot in their strip mall. I found that to be annoying but otherwise a thumbs up on Captriottis for me.

Nov 25, 2012
RacerX in Chains

Thanksgiving Sandwiches

+1 on Capriottis. There are only a few locations in Greater Los Angeles; I've only been to the one in Encino on Ventura near Havenhurst.

The Bobbie is awesome.

Nov 16, 2012
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

New York Pizza in Clver City

Apparently the owners of Abbot's are trying to rebrand their Culver City and Santa Monica locations:


The menu for the new Grey Block venture doesn't look too different from Abbot's


I'm a big fan of the Abbot's bagel crust and it wasn't quite clear if the Grey Block pizza would still offer this; I'd be surprised and disappointed if they didn't.

Aug 17, 2012
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

DineLA July 16-27, 2012

I'm considering Jar.

I just noticed that there doesn't seem to be any Friday or Saturday restrictions this time for Dine LA. I'll have to confirm when I book a table.

Jul 17, 2012
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Peking Duck?

I'm visiting tomorrow and I usually hit one of my usual stops for chinese in the Spring Mountain Road, but one dish I haven't yet sampled in Sin City is Peking duck - any places worth checking out?

No limits as to location and price.


May 21, 2012
RacerX in Las Vegas


When I was working out in Torrance, I stumbled upon some great prime rib at The San Franciscan, and old school pub/restarurant. Definitely not Lawrys in terms of ambience; its a dark, but comfortable locals place, with a somewhat older clientele.

Prime rib portions were very generously sized and perfectly cooked and tender. And a half pound dinner is less than 20 bucks and includes soup or salad, and choice of potato. Plus they're also open for lunch.

I've been trying to find something similar in my neck of the woods in the SFV with little success.


May 11, 2012
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Awesome news for ramen lovers in the Valley!!

Well I just had dinner at Yamadaya Sherman Oaks last night. The waitress said this was only the second day they were open. They only had a "soft opening menu" but all my fav dishes were available: the assorted versions of ramen, the melt in your mouth kakuni, and the karaage. And all the dishes compared well to the versions I've had in Torrance and Culver City.

The place isn't very big - maybe 8 to 10 two top tables. As Jwsel mentioned, the parking lot isn't large but I was able to get in and out pretty easily; not sure how its going to be when all the neighboring store fronts are occupied. But on the other hand, I don't recall the Torrance or Culver City locations having great parking situations either.

Apr 06, 2012
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Awesome news for ramen lovers in the Valley!!

I'm so glad my favorite ramen establishiment, Yamadaya has decided to expand into the Valley! Between Yamadaya and Jinya I can finally stay on this side of the hill to get my noodle fix!


Mar 26, 2012
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Doing Jury Duty in San Fernando and Need Lunch Recs

Hey all,

I'm in San Fernando courthouse this week and while there's lots of dining options within walking distance, I was wondering what my fellow Hounds would recommend in the area.

I'm open to all cuisines; would love to find a good Italian option, and would be blown away if there's good Asian/chinese food to be had.


Dec 13, 2011
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Top Five L.A. Sandwiches?

I recently found my new favorite LA area sandwich at Mario's Deli on Broadway in Glendale. IMO, they have sandwiches that rival Bay Cities, my favorite being a roast pork sandwich that is seriously tasty. The pork reminds me of the kind you find in cuban restaurants - very juicy and very flavorful.

Mario's is a italian market very similar to Bay Cities but without the crowds and the hassle.

Sep 08, 2011
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Art's Subs in Woodland Hills

Agree with brwencino, Art's Subs is meh.

If you want a good sandwich, there are a few better options in the area, including Dan's Subs on Ventura and Shoup which has good hot and cold sandwiches.

Two other good options are actually italian markets with a sandwich counter. One is Cavaretta's Italian Groceries on Sherman Way near Topanga, and the other is Cricca's Italian Deli on Topanga south of Ventura Blvd.

Art's Subs
20855 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Sep 08, 2011
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Uni...great places for it (not only for sushi)

A great casual option I found if you're ever in the South Bay is Spoon House in Gardena. Its a small japanese pasta place that had an amazing dish of spaghetti with cod roe and uni.

Very reasonably priced and great asian/italian fusion. And best of all, you can get a lunch for around $10 plus tax and tip.

Spoon House
1601 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

Jul 29, 2011
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Good beet salad?

Wow, lots of promising places to check out! I didn't realize the Westside had so many beet worthy salad options!

Question regarding Lemonade - I noticed there are several locations; are they all the same or are some branches better than others?

Jun 20, 2011
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Good beet salad?

I love beets and I've been craving a good beet salad.

The best version I had so far was at Zelos Pizza in Arcadia of all places. I'm a big fan of their thick, corn meal crust pizzas and try to stop by whenever I'm in the area. A few months ago I saw they had a beet salad on the menu and it was awesome. Generous amount of sliced, roasted beets and lettuce, sprinkled with goat cheese and nuts..

Arcadia's too far to make it a regular stop for me so I'm looking for other options, preferably in the SFV or the Westside.

Jun 20, 2011
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2010

Over 25
Mastro's steakhouse
Westside Tavern
Waterloo and City

Under 25

Sushi Gen
Din Tai Fung
Bay Cities Italian Deli
Umami Burger

8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Umami Burger
850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Westside Tavern
10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Mastros Restaurant
2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Waterloo and City
12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

Dec 17, 2010
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Short ribs????

Lucques' short ribs are excellent.

Another option is the short rib pot roast at Weside Tavern - massive portion and quite tasty. Very tender, served on a bed of mashed potatoes and veggies.


8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Oct 08, 2010
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Duck confit

If you want to buy Saint Amour's duck confit to go, he sells them in a vaccum sealed bag, $8 for two leg/thigh pieces.

I bought a pack after reading Will's glowing review and they were delicious. I simply heated them up in a cast iron skillet to warm them and crisp up the skin. And while its definitely not low cal, it wasn't as fatty as I expected.

May 30, 2010
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Cuban roast pork with crispy skin?

While visiting Miami earlier this year, I sampled several Cuban eateries, but the dish that blew me away the most during my visit was a roast pork dish that came with some crispy skin attached. The skin was reminiscent of what you would find in a chinese roast pork.

Are there any cuban eateries that have something comparable? I know pork is big in Cuban cooking but I want the crispy skin as well and so far I haven't seen anything. Bonus points if its in the SFV.

I've been to Casa Don Rolondo in North Hills based on other board recs and they had a great arroz con pollo but no pork with crispy skin, and I've called El Ciroillo in Van Nuys and they said they didin't do it with the roast skin on.


May 25, 2010
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Amber's Broasted Chicken?

My go to choice for broasted or fried chicken in the SFV is My Brother's BBQ in Woodland Hills. The bbq itself wouldn't past muster for a true que afficionado (although its more than passable for me) but the chicken is excellent.

My Brothers Bar-B-Q
21150 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Mar 02, 2010
RacerX in Los Angeles Area

Steve Doggie-Dogg (moved from L.A. board)

So glad to see you posting here Steve!! Your voice has been missed.

Feb 09, 2010
RacerX in Food Media & News

Steve Doggie-Dogg (moved from L.A. board)

No indications from either of the web sites Steve Doggie-Dogg (real name Stephen Worth) maintains. His other pet project, the Animation Archive still lists him as Director, and there are recent posts with his byline.


Hopefully this is just a false rumor. I'd seen him in the past at the Toluca Lake Bob's Big Boy.

Feb 02, 2010
RacerX in Food Media & News