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Best lunch in Costa Mesa/Irvine/Santa Ana for under $10

It is on Main between Von Karman and Jamboree in the mini-mall. The name changed to Aioli a year or so ago but they still have an ok Italian beef (better as a combo with the sausage) as well as Chicago style dogs.

about 20 hours ago
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Sushi Tsujita opens today. How do you think it'll do, w/Kiriko, Mori, Shunji less than 2 miles away?

Don't you mean two nigiri you know?

2 days ago
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The Pastrami List 2014

I just tried the "Pastrami Project" [Ugly Drum] pastrami at the new Costa Mesa location [17th near Irvine] of Mendocino Farms: "12-Hour Pecan Wood Smoked Pastrami with Creamy Apple Coleslaw and Side of Moppin’ Mustard Sauce on Drago Bakery Rye, $12.95." The pastrami was quite good (thick cut) and I liked the apple slaw but thought that the Drago rye was too thick and, in any event, I prefer a Jewish corn rye (Langer's rye is still the gold standard). The "Moppin' Mustard" wasn't bad but I liked the pastrami better without it--give me a traditional deli mustard any day! For Costa Mesa Restaurant week (started Friday), Mendocino Farms is running a dinner special: $15 for a choice of one of six sandwiches (including the pastrami), one of their soups or salads, a choice of cookie, and a fountain soft drink or bottled water.

Aug 16, 2014
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Jinya Ramen coming to Main St., Santa Monica

I believe you are thinking of Wildcraft in that wedge where Washington and Culver meet, which also recently closed, albeit temporarily while they retool the concept a bit--expanding beyond pizza (which will remain on the menu) to add more upscale Italian dishes.

Aug 14, 2014
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Hitt up the Palm before it movies, i haven't even been yet myself.

I went for the Summer lobster special for two this week--$99 for a 4lb lobster, two appetizers (soup or salad) and a choice of side. The lobster was great and the half & half as good as usual (your cardiologist might dispute the use of the word "good" here). Not super-crowded though despite the dwindling days before they close. Of course, since a new Palm will reopen in B.H. to take its place perhaps there is less urgency than there otherwise might be. Still, moving right into the midst of so many other high-end steakhouses (5 in walking distance--with Mastro's right across the street) seems to add a curious level of risk.

Aug 14, 2014
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kid friendly near Walt Disney Music Center (edited! oops) on a Friday night??

Easy but closed. Left that location in March of this year. Momed on South Beverly might be a good choice or South Beverly Grill (from the Hillstone Group) for that matter. Lots of other options in the area, too. Of course, depends on how old your child is and how adventurous an eater.

Aug 12, 2014
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Dim sum at China Red: A Pictorial Essay

Finally got to try China Red this weekend before heading over to the Huntington (about a 35 minute wait around 11:30). I thought the dim sum was good but not on a par with Elite or Sea Harbour or even King Hua. The place was attractive and service was good. We mostly stuck to standards: siu mai, har gow, shrimp egg roll, egg tart, beef ball, fish ball, rice noodle with shrimp (my least favorite of the items), and fried beef pancake (a bit doughier than others I've had). While I would go back if I were visiting the Huntington again, I would not consider it worth the trip of itself, the way I would for the other three I mentioned.

Aug 12, 2014
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Hitt up the Palm before it movies, i haven't even been yet myself.

I miss Gigi--one of the best hosts in town. Still offers my favorite Maine lobster in L.A. but, sadly, no longer that wonderful prime rib it used to be known for (nor the semi-secret Chicken Bruno). At least the Gigi Salad is back to "normal" after the odd attempt at creating an East Coast and a West Coast version.

Aug 12, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Fond memories of the Camellia Grill from my year down there--back then it was called the Cannibal Special, though, as I recall. However, I will be more than content with the goods you already indicated you will be bringing to the table!

Aug 07, 2014
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La Restaurants with Oxtail

I had a delicious oxtail toast at Superba Snack this week, a bit of hot sauce in the mix made it even more interesting.

Aug 07, 2014
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Best Los Angeles area Tasting Menus

No more 9 course, just the two 13 course menus, at $165 as I recall.

Jul 29, 2014
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Alice In Wonderland Themed Eatery Opens on Gale Ave. in Industry

"Curiouser and curiouser!"

Jul 29, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

What about a real Muffuletta a la Central Grocery?

Jul 27, 2014
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Sawtelle coming and going: Tapenade and Tsujita LA Villa and bonus cold noodle question

The replacement is called Avenue Italy Trattoria and is already on OpenTable:

http://avenueitaly.com/

Jul 27, 2014
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It's time to play MR TASTER'S **NAME THAT PASTRAMI SUPERCHALLENGE™**!

You are correct. If you sit at the right place at the counter you can even watch them do it for your sandwich.

Jul 24, 2014
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Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

Which may be the answer to what your assistant did with the lunch money.

Jul 24, 2014
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Belcampo Cheeseburger

Update: ACA is now offering a couple of sausage sandwiches (well, a hot dog and a sausage to be more accurate). Also, I finally tried the cheeseburger after several intervening visits where other sandwiches drew me away from it. While not as good as the Belcampo beast, it was a well-constructed and delicious 1/2 pounder with sauteed onions, nice pickle spears and tomatoes on a decent bun.

Jul 19, 2014
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DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

DineLA dinner at Lukshon ($35): I had the crab fritters (normally $12), the Bhutanese red rice with lamb bacon (normally $10), and the lobster and pig ear terrine banh mi (special for DineLA)--not exactly a bargain but quite good. The fritters and the rice are dishes I know well and enjoy. The banh mi was very tasty, albeit smallish (a tad larger than the lobster roll at Son of A Gun) and the strong flavors in the dressing masked the lobster a bit too much. One curiosity, the Sichuan dumplings (normally $11) are listed as being a $5 surcharge on the DineLA menu--does not make a lot of sense and you would probably be better off with one of the other offered starters and then adding the dumplings a la carte (I should also note that the dumplings have a good flavor if not quite the "spicy ma la" mentioned on the menu). The beef and broccoli (normally $31) is offered as an option for a $10 surcharge so, if the portion size is the same, that would be the only option offering any significant savings on the DineLA menu.

Jul 18, 2014
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DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

Still on the regular menu at dinner.

Jul 18, 2014
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The Pastrami List 2014

I finally got to try Wexler's vaunted pastrami Thursday afternoon (the O.G.). I added the cole slaw and pickles for $2, making the sandwich total $13. Verdict was that Langer's still reigns supreme. Wexler's cole slaw and pickles were excellent, the pastrami quite good (if a bit on the dry side, especially as compared to the unctuous mouth feel I get at Langer's) but the rye bread, while not as bad as feared, was certainly not up to the standards of the rest. I was pleased to be able to order my usual: Cel-Ray Tonic and to see what looked like the makings of an egg cream behind the counter. Next time the luscious looking lox beckons! Oh, and I think I saw J. Gold eating there with two others...at least one of them had a Cel-Ray as well.

Jul 18, 2014
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DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

Settebello for dinner--$25 for an appetizer (good meatballs with a tangy tomato sauce and plenty of melted cheese), salad (arugala, marinated artichokes, pine nuts, goat cheese, shaved parmesan, speck, lemon vin. and balsamic), and a pizza (the Diavola in my case). You could add a bombolini for dessert for $4 more. Really enjoyable and a nice price.

Jul 14, 2014
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Do you know of great weekly specials which a restaurant runs on a particular day of the week?

Lobster Mondays are back for the Summer at JAR--$55 for three courses (different choices each Monday).

Jul 12, 2014
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Do you know of great weekly specials which a restaurant runs on a particular day of the week?

Don't you mean "there just ain't enough rabbit dinners in these hare parts"?

Jul 11, 2014
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Ways and Means in Orange?

I have been Meaning to go but it is a Ways off from my Office. I have heard generally positive things about it though, particularly the oysters. Shucks is a lot closer to me, though, and the oysters are less expensive [W&M mostly exceed $3/per while Shucks is mostly at $3 per] so hard to justify the extra distance.

Jul 04, 2014
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Casa Ado - Marina del Rey

I loved that kung pao seafood sausage (and a few of the other long past dishes). Years ago, I used to go there a lot as it is right in my neck of the woods. Now I seldom go anymore as there are nearby places I far prefer.

Jul 04, 2014
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"The top 13 places for fried chicken in LA, as chosen by 8 LA food writers" - Yes, it is a list, don't click on it if you don't want to!

Regular item (starter - $12) and boneless but oh so tasty with that Romesco.

Jul 04, 2014
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do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

Hakkasan BH used to offer lunch, including a comparatively reasonable set lunch option (with choices); however, the two times I had lunch there the waitstaff far outnumbered the guests. Too bad, because I really liked both lunches.

Jul 01, 2014
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$200 Open Table Certificate - Where to go?

Also, since condomentia noted this was to be a solo flight, some restaurants have minimum (and sometimes maximum) party sizes for OT reservations. Thus, if condomentia looks at tables for 1, some restaurants which otherwise have tables open will not have Open Table available--Capo is an example. Restaurants can also restrict times shown on OT if they wish (Cut used to do this more). The 1,000 point reservations are mostly for parties of two or more, though sometimes they are more inclusive.

Jun 27, 2014
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Playground 2.0 - Shirley Chung (Top Chef Runner Up NOLA) - VERY LONG

The (still barebones) website and Facebook pages might be a little misleading then: http://twentyeightoc.com/ The eater piece seems to suggest more the sort of relationship Bayless has with Red O.

Jun 26, 2014
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Daily Grill Brentwood Closes June 29

Brent's seems to be doing well in WLV without any noticeable harm to the parent location.

Jun 22, 2014
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