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Steakhouse with great shrimp cocktail?

Hah! Had key lime pie for dessert but it wasn't worth mentioning...crust too thick and hard but filling was okay. I actually prefer Houstons key lime pie to Mastros.

Nov 13, 2013
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Steakhouse with great shrimp cocktail?

I ended up at Mastros and my date loved the shrimp cocktail (and bone in ribeye)! Thanks for the recommendation!

Nov 11, 2013
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Steakhouse with great shrimp cocktail?

What steakhouses would you recommend that has a great shrimp cocktail appetizer in the West LA area? I'd like to keep the bill to around $150 total (two glasses of wine, shrimp cocktail, two steaks and one side). Any help would be great, thanks!

Oct 22, 2013
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Romantic San Fran restaurant with a more varied menu?

My boyfriend and I will be taking a trip to San Francisco in September, staying at the Marriott Marquis in the Financial District. We’d like to dress up and go to a nice romantic dinner the first night (Friday) and many of the places that are recommended have limited menus. I’d like to find a place that has a good variety of items (ie: chicken, steak, fish) at a somewhat reasonable price (around $30 per entrée). I’m thinking of going to Alfreds Steakhouse but it would be great to find a place with a view. Any suggestions?

Aug 22, 2013
dinami in San Francisco Bay Area

Any restaurants serve lemon cake?

Thanks so much for the tip! I will definitely check out Marie Calendars this weekend and try a piece! Hopefully I can just get a slice and not have to buy the whole pie. It appears to be available for a limited time only. :(

May 07, 2013
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Any restaurants serve lemon cake?

Meeting a friend for dinner tomorrow night and I'm craving lemon cake! Any recommendations in Woodland Hills/Sherman Oaks or the Santa Monica/West LA/Venice/Culver City area? The only places I found are Cheesecake Factory and Guido's and I ate at Vito's recently.

May 03, 2013
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Best hot dogs & onion rings on the Westside?

I love the onion rings at Swingers in Santa Monica, so so good!

Apr 13, 2012
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Bachelorette party - restaurant suggestions

Any suggestions for a great place to have a bachelorette dinner party in the Westchester/Santa Monica/West LA area? It would be on a Sunday, probably end of June, with at least 6 people attending, maybe up to 12. I’m hoping to find a somewhat quiet place where the food is great but not over the top expensive (maybe a range of $15-30 per entrée), allows champagne and cake to be brought in, with a good group atmosphere. Any help would be great, especially any suggestions as to what to do afterwards if the bride to be still wants to continue the night!

Apr 12, 2012
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Baked rigatoni with sweet Italian sausage?

It sure is! :)

Jun 22, 2011
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Baked rigatoni with sweet Italian sausage?

Fabio's in Tracy, CA.

Jun 22, 2011
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Baked rigatoni with sweet Italian sausage?

I recently had a fabulous meal in the Bay area and I'm hoping I can find something similiar in my neighborhood! I had baked rigatoni with sweet Italian sausage in a meat sauce topped with Italian cheeses. It was homemade pasta (huge rigatoni tubes) with molten cheese on top and amazing sausage/sauce. Mouth watering good! Any place in the Venice, Santa Monica, West LA area you can recommend that has this?!

Jun 22, 2011
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Blue Stove at Nordstroms in Santa Monica Place

I've been to Blue Stove once and I really want to go back. Their banana chocolate creme brule is out of this world! Everything was great and their service was amazing.

Oct 28, 2010
dinami in Los Angeles Area

corn bread

I love Gelson's cornbread.

Oct 25, 2010
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Xino Has The Best Dim Sum In Santa Monica

I haven't heard good things about Xino (both their food and service). This will not be one of my tries!

Aug 19, 2010
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Zengo - New Santa Monica Place masterpiece

I ate here yesterday for lunch (my 3 bosses took me out). We had two orders of the chicken tandoori, two orders of the calamari salad, a volcano roll, yukka fries, duck and shrimp fried rice, and the Peking duck tacos. My favorites were the calamari salad and fried rice but everything was delicious. Are the small portions worth the high price? Not if you're on a budget but if you have the money to spend I'd recommend going here. (The chicken tandoori consisted of a breast of chicken with some toppings on a place and it goes for $12. Insane if you think about it but since lunch was on my bosses I had no problem eating it!) I'd like to go back for lunch by myself and just order the short rib sliders - I saw plates of this go out and there are two sliders with some fries. Perfectly reasonable for 1 person for lunch, especially with the 20% off coupon I have.

Aug 18, 2010
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Good, Hearty, Authentic Italian Restaurant on the Westside?

I like Vito Restaurant on Ocean Park Blvd in Santa Monica. They have an incredibly delicious chopped shrimp in pink sauce over linguine dish and their tiramisu is incredible. Having a 30% discount card also doesn't hurt. :) You'd have to ask for it when you get there and you can use it on future meals.

Aug 13, 2010
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Dense waffles?

I had these waffles at a hotel in Seattle where they were dense and had a great flavor, almost on the sweet side. Wish I had taken a photo of them! I fell in love with them and am not sure where to go to try to find something similar. The few times I have ordered waffles since then they have been the typical fluffy/non descript waffles. I read about Shaky Alibi and wanted to know if there were any other places closer to Venice/Santa Monica. Thanks!

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Shaky Alibi
7401 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Aug 13, 2010
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Blood Orange... Anything! What's Good?

I haven't tried this place yet but it's on my list: Girasole Restaurant & Takeout on Larchmont Blvd. I read on yelp that they have a tasty blood orange cake that some people have raved about.

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Girasole Restaurant & Takeout
225 1/2 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Jul 29, 2010
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Best French Toast in LA

I'm a fan of French Toast but not mushy French Toast where it seems like it was underdone. Which would you say is less mushy, Griddle Cafe or Square One?

Jul 28, 2010
dinami in Los Angeles Area

French scrambled eggs?

I had a delightful breakfast of french scrambled eggs at a bed and breakfast and wanted to know if there were any breakfast places around here (in the West LA/Santa Monica area) that made these. I'm a horrible cook otherwise I might try to make them myself. I know that they had cream in them and I imagine that's why they tasted so good! Any recommendations would be great, thanks!

Jul 23, 2010
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Cheap eats in Laguna Beach?

Oops, thanks. I think we'll try House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer :)

Jul 21, 2010
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Cheap eats in Laguna Beach?

My friend, her son (14 years old), and I will be going to Pageant of the Masters on July 31 and wanted to know any inexpensive yet tasty places to eat for dinner before hand. We aren't familiar with Laguna Beach so any suggestions would be great, thanks!

Jul 21, 2010
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Bars with patios?

Thanks so much for these links! I found Wokcano which has an outdoor patio on the second floor in Santa Monica. Will check this out on my lunch hour! :)

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Wokcano Cafe
150 S San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

Jun 29, 2010
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Bars with patios?

Oh cool!! I work near this place but never knew they had a patio! Thanks so much!

Jun 29, 2010
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Bars with patios?

I’m looking for bars in the West LA/Santa Monica/Hollywood area that have outdoor patios we can escape to if it’s too loud inside. I’m part of a social group (averaging 10-15 people per meetup) where we go to a different bar every Saturday (from 9:30pm on) and lately the bars we’ve been to have been so loud that we can’t hear each other. I know finding a fun bar that’s quiet is nearly impossible and since it’s getting warmer I thought places with patios might be a good option. We've been to Cat and fiddle and Brennan's but any other places like this would be great. Any help is appreciated, thanks!

Jun 29, 2010
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Italian and Mexican restaurants in Santa Monica

I like Gilberts El Indio for Mexican (cash only place) and Vito on Ocean Park Blvd for Italian.

Mar 01, 2010
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions of bars/lounges from West LA to Hollywood

Sorry..
1. Average about 10-15 who show up on any given Saturday
2. Meeting time is always 9:30pm, most show up around 10-10:30
3. Some favorites have been Gaslite, Air Conditioned Club, Arsenal, Lost and Found (we mostly go for more casual/divey place bars but every once in a while like to mix it up and go to a fancier place)

Feb 12, 2010
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions of bars/lounges from West LA to Hollywood

I found a great post asking about bars/lounges and got some ideas but it was specific to Hollywood's red line. I'm part of a social group (most of us are in our 30's) and we hit up a bar/lounge every Saturday anywhere from the West LA/Santa Monica area up to Hollywood. I'm trying to keep a good variety but want to make sure the places we go have a non-elitist vibe, can be casual to dressy, easy to get into (no long lines) and roomy enough for our group (love finding places with scattered couches/seating/etc). Would like to find places that are more on the quiet side (ie: not having to talk right into someone's ear and STILL not hear them). Any help would be great, thanks!

Feb 12, 2010
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Downtown Culver City for drinks?

Any recommendations for a nice quiet-ish place for drinks with a date in Culver City?

Oct 13, 2009
dinami in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Romantic and Quality

If you go to Jiraffe be sure to get the chocolate truffle cake...to die for!

Oct 07, 2009
dinami in Los Angeles Area