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Saint Estephe? John Sedlar?

I actually remember my first meal at St. Estephe in exquisite detail - an amuse of chile sauce squirted on a plate with a single blue corn chip as garnish; seared ``painted desert'' salmon with another plate painted with sauce; a gateau d'avocat that turned out to be the best guacamole I'd ever tasted, and what must have been a take on lamb adobada. A bottle of Gruet, because it seemed like the right thing to do. A fruit macedoine for dessert. Maybe it was memorable because it was so different at the time?

Jul 16, 2014
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Could any chef in LA prepare Lievre a la Royale?

Is able to? Sure: Ludo is from Burgundy. Patina has run it in season, as has Laurent Quenioux. Alain Giraud. Any of the French guys can do it, really - while laborious, it is a classic dish, and not difficult.

But since the sauce is bound with foie gras, which is illegal, and the cooking medium includes hare's blood, which you ain't getting from the dressed, cryovacked Scottish bunnies that are the only legal ones available, a proper version is pretty unlikely. A shame, too - it's my favorite dish.

Jun 12, 2014
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"Endangered Species" Restaurants: Any Must-Go's Before They Shutter Soon?

Tacos DF? But where will I get chicharron prensado . . . on the two occasions a year I happen to be in South Gate.

May 24, 2014
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The Last Great Bastion of Racism

Also owner/chef of the very good Willie Jane in Venice.

May 17, 2014
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must try food in burbank near studios

Chilli John's.

Jan 25, 2014
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Where to find these and other (obscure/Northern/Isaan) Thai dishes in LA?

Top Thai does indeed have the best khao soi. Well played.

Jan 08, 2014
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what is one of the best thai restaurants in los angeles?

Renu Nakorn in Norwalk has essentially the same menu.

Dec 22, 2013
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ISO Nokia Center meal for party of 12-24

If it's during the week (it probably isn't), Rivera is right across the street. The Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill would be among the best restaurants in most cities (closed Sunday though).

Dec 08, 2013
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Chinese - Upscale and good

Yujean Kang (the man) was the opening chef at Chi Lin. He didn't stay for more than a couple of months.

Dec 08, 2013
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Favorite Korean restaurant for Lunch?

If seolleongtang is your idea of sin, I shudder to imagine what you might think of an extra-sanguineous bowl of soondae guk.

Dec 08, 2013
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Best HK-style seafood restaurants in SGV - for seafood, for dinner

I was at one of those dinners. At the old Harbour Village. You stabbed the abalone, onto forks, then nibbled around the sides contemplatively as if they were $400 ice cream cones. The texture was exquisite.

I actually don't remember a single other thing about the meal, except probably for the shots of Johnnie Walker Blue.

Nov 21, 2013
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I got Fritos! Where's the Chili?

Chili John's has been making chili since 1900. (Since 1946 in Burbank.) It is a style onto itself.

Oct 24, 2013
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I got Fritos! Where's the Chili?

Chili John's is strictly on the Chili John's model. And highly recommended.

Oct 23, 2013
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Best Roast Chicken $20 and under

Grill Masters. Very, very good roast chicken - especially if you catch it around the busy middle of the market time.

Oct 23, 2013
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Best Chicken and Waffles in LA

Willie Jane's are very good.

Oct 04, 2013
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Label's Table Delicatessen & Restaurant. :-) ..."and here is why"

When I was growing up, Label's Table was pretty much known as the discount deli, not as good as Junior's, Factor's or Nate n Al's, but a buck or two cheaper per pound. Needless to say, it was the one my dad went to...

Aug 12, 2013
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Chow Fun in SGV

Was that the Lee who ran the old Home Cafe? Those chow fun were splendid, with real wok hay. His son in law apparently was an ace at running the old noodle machine, but it wasn't practical for him to continue the business. Which is too bad. The congee was great there too.

Aug 11, 2013
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Pyromania at Chengdu Taste in Alhambra

Shefeng is quite good, but I went to both the Rowland Heights restaurant and to Chengdu Taste last weekend, and the two restaurants are just . . . different. I know Shufeng is also in the Chengdu style, but the food seemed to be a bit heavier, a bit more reliant on chili oil. I would cheerfully eat at either though.

Aug 02, 2013
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BBQ fried chicken ?????

Smoky fried chicken is a specialty at Stevie's Creole in Sherman Oaks. It may have been where you had it the first time too - the restaurant began as Stevie's on the Strip, a fast food Creole place down on Crenshaw.

Jul 29, 2013
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How long have you LA Chowhounders been posting on Chowhound ?

I'm Pepper. Or at least I was Pepper. Not around here much any more. Glad to be remembered - I think I did most of my posting from 1998-2002 or so.

Jul 20, 2013
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Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

The best of the club/restaurants was Flaming Colossus, whose chefs were the extremely young Fred Eric and Octavio Becerra.

Jul 14, 2013
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Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

And Patout's on Westwood Boulevard, whose chef, Alex Patout, was one of the best of the first wave of new-Creole chefs in Louisiana. I miss 5Cs the most, though.

Jul 14, 2013
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Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

I once had a tasting menu there that included five buerre blanc sauces in a row. '80s Japanese-French food was a specific thing.

Speaking of which, I just heard from Ishi of Ishi's Grill, the best of the '80s Japanese-French places in my estimation. (He also founded the late Sawtelle Kitchen.) He's back in Japan now . . . cooking California cuisine.

Jul 04, 2013
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Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

Do you mean Frascati Grill on La Cienega? (There was one on the Sunset Strip at one time.) I think it was technically Belgian, but they lost menu discipline...

Jul 04, 2013
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Are most food critics ill-equipped to review a restaurant's wine list?

You make an interesting point. For the kind of new Italian restaurants we're talking about, a wine director could 1. stock up on the great names, which will probably be too expensive for the crowd and definitely be too young; 2. stock up on the usual suspects; or 3. concentrate on the funky end of things, where he or she can put together an extremely interesting list that goes with the food and excites wine geeks, probably youngish, who are excited by the world of esoteric wines. I wouldn't turn down a Valdicava, of the international style and high Parker scores, but it probably wouldn't rock my world, either.

You did help me understand why the tables of older wine geeks I see at those places always seem to bring their own stash, though. I thank you for that.

Jun 29, 2013
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Are most food critics ill-equipped to review a restaurant's wine list?

I know exactly what restaurants you're referring to. And part of their appeal is the smallish, focused lists concentrating on wines that the somms specifically find exciting, and that go well with the food. (There are a couple of Venice places, and probably Manfred Krankl's original list at Campanile back in the late '80s, that follow those guidelines too.) Most people won't have heard of the wines, most likely, they will probably be biodynamic or made from varietals that don't even make it onto MW exams, and they add to the dining experience in a way that no Gaja/Antinori list ever will. They are also exactly the kind of wine lists restaurant critics do tend to write about.

Jun 28, 2013
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Best Chinese Food In The World In The San Gabriel Valley?

New West never made it online, alas. Worth looking for if you're ever in a big library though. While your at it, you can poke around for Charlie Haas's cover story on California barbecue restaurants and Colman Andrews visit to every French restaurant in the state. It was a very good magazine - where Ruth Reichl got her start.

May 15, 2013
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Best Chinese Food In The World In The San Gabriel Valley?

I'm late weighing in here, but this is Wayne Wang we're talking about. His 1980s films set in SF Chinatown, including Chan is Missing and Dim Sum, go deep into the culture in a way nothing had or has since, and are remarkably food-obsessed.

Before Wang became a filmmaker, he wrote an issue-length story for the old New West with Ruth Reichl that covered essentially every eating place in SF Chinatown, a survey still worth looking at 35 years later. Laying into Wang for his lack of knowledge of Chinatown is like bashing Scorcese for his ignorance of Little Italy.

May 13, 2013
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101 Noodle Express Opens In Monterey Park

The Fox Hills beef rolls aren't as good as they are in the SGV; less crisp, the beef perhaps less carefully braised. But they're great for Culver City.

Apr 18, 2013
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Time for one Chinese dinner and one hole-in-the-wall lunch

It must be said however that the OP was looking for something not available in the Bay Area, and as good as Sea Harbour can be, it's not quite up to the level of Koi Palace. Shanghai #1, on the other hand, when you learn how to navigate the menu, provides an experience not available in Northern California.

Apr 18, 2013
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