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Seeking Recommendations for a Celebratory Dinner

In addition to some of the great recommendations already made here, if Japanese works for the two of you, perhaps n/naka for its elegant and excellent modern kaiseki. Of course, if he is planning on a church wedding, you could also get him in the right frame of mind by taking him to Neal Fraser's new and wonderful Redbird in the former St. Vibiana's Cathedral downtown.

Feb 22, 2015
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Good & easy casual dinner in SaMo/Venice TONIGHT

The Tavern in Brentwood (not to be confused with the Westside Tavern) might be an option for their burgers. Bandera on Wilshire at Barrington is another possibility. I also thought about Plan Check on Sawtelle but the seating is not the most comfortable and it can get loud.

Feb 22, 2015
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The Pastrami List 2014

It's back! And it is spectacular! I had it at BigMista's this weekend and it was my favorite item in the B.A.P.O.M. mini (the bbq turkey--a meat I usually don't like--was surprisingly tasty as well). Next time, I would be tempted to just get the pastrami and maybe a 1/4 lb of one or two other meats.

L.A. Dish of the Month, February 2015 -- BURGERS

I had the burger at the new Salt in MDR (not to be confused with Salt Air in Venice)--a nice, thick burger with a good char, cooked as ordered and topped with red onion, lettuce and tomato as well as a slice of Hook's Cheddar on a good, unseeded bun with a housemade remoulade. The burger ($16) was quite good, suffering only from an excess of the remoulade and an unfortunate decision by the kitchen not to melt the cheddar onto the burger. The accompanying fries were excellent. The chef at Salt is Mark Gold, of the late, lamented Eva and the late but less lamented Chez Soi--it will be interesting to see if he resurrects the wonderful Sunday suppers he used to offer but the hotel space and neighborhood he is now in might not be conducive to the concept.

Feb 16, 2015
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Need Chinese catering for wedding in South Bay - including the whole pig

Try Sea Empress in Gardena.

Feb 13, 2015
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Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

If nostalgia is the draw, Musso & Frank's seems a must...and, so Kevin can say so long, perhaps Dan Tana's. Pity that Clifton's will not likely be open before you leave.

Were it me, I would hit a mix of old favorites, promising newcomers and places serving food that Portland does not do well. The food scene there has gotten quite good from what I hear and read but there are sure to be gaps.

Is there some place you have always been meaning to get to and just never got around to visiting? Now is the perfect time to try it.

Good luck and happy dining!

Feb 10, 2015
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Salvadoran Tamales in Los Angeles: Banana Leaf!

Gloria's Cafe in Culver City has Salvadoran tamales. For a Mexican version, Monte Alban in Santa Monica offers a Tamal de Mole cooked in a banana leaf.

Feb 06, 2015
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What's Best Reasonably Priced Restaurant for Table of 10 not more than couple blocks from corner of Bagley Ave/Venice Blvd, Culver City?

A few other options: East Borough (Vietnamese), Gloria's (Mexican and Salvadoran). Golden China, Natalee Thai. A bit further of a walk (about .7 miles) is Mayura for Indian. I also thought about the Wallace but that might be more than your group wants to spend, albeit it is small plates for sharing.

Feb 06, 2015
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TERRINE on Beverly

I thought the onion soup was good, albeit a bit too large a piece of bread and not as enticing as the oxtail onion soup at Cadet. Foie gras terrine was a little too creamy (almost mousse-like) but had a lovely flavor The bavette steak (recommended by the server) was fine but not memorable and I found the accompanying frites too limp. Wines are rather pricey and I was not impressed with the service overall. Still, I am eager to return to try the choucroute.

Feb 05, 2015
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DineLA Jan 2015 -- Meals, Reviews and Recommendations

A last-licks meal at Waterloo & City turned up an unexpected DineLA menu ($40)--a very good deal if you order the delicious beef wellington entree (less so if you order the vegan pasta entree or the, also quite good, fish & chips...though it is still one of the better fish & chips in town). Excellent tuna tartare with avocado and a fried/stuffed piquillo pepper, or the delicious chicken liver mousse to start (third choice was a caesar salad) and the superlative sticky toffee pudding for dessert (didn't even look at the other two choices once I learned that was one of the options). While Waterloo & City is not long for this mortal coil (about another week or two, depending on the progress of the transition to Hatchet Hall), it is definitely going out strong.

Jan 29, 2015
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Andrea at Pelican Hill (Newport Beach) -- Worth the fuss??

Looks: 10
Dente: 3

No view but much better (and more reasonably priced) pastas at Il Barone and Pirozzi.

Jan 27, 2015
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Restaurant for largish parties in Garden Grove or Rowland Heights

Not sure what price point you consider sufficiently low but, in Garden Grove, Brodard Chateau should be able to accommodate that many; possibly Thai Nakorn as well, if they push some tables together but I do not believe they have round tables.

Jan 27, 2015
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Help Please! A week in LA to dine!

I forgot to mention Night + Market in West Hollywood for excellent and less commonly found Thai dishes.

Jan 25, 2015
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Help Please! A week in LA to dine!

I would suggest replacing Crustacean and La Dolce Vita and having your Polo Lounge experience be either breakfast or tea. Instead, in addition to the excellent recommendations for Chi Spacca, Cut and Park's made by others, you might want to look at Angelini Osteria, A.O.C., Connie & Ted's, Jar, Odys & Penelope, Osteria Mozza, Providence, Redbird, and Republique. If you like prime rib, you might also want to consider Lawry's.

Jan 24, 2015
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Delicious Italian, American, Farm-To-Table Recommendations? Help

The menu changes daiiy but the pastas are outstanding-not large portions but very satisfying and all made in house (if you like spaghetti cacio e pepe, the version here may be the best in town). The focaccia round is excellent Regular appearances that are also well worth having are the fried squash blossoms with goat cheese and mint, the pork meat balls, and the prawns with salsa verde,

Jan 23, 2015
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Is there anywhere to have a nice dinner in downtown LA?

Take a look at Neal Fraser's new RedBird.

Jan 20, 2015
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Delicious Italian, American, Farm-To-Table Recommendations? Help

A fair bit of the seating at Bucato is outside and does not seem particularly noisy, even with traffic. Inside is noticeably noisier but I have never had a problem with a conversation while there.

Jan 16, 2015
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any upscale anaheim restaurants not near Disneyland

Perhaps either the Anaheim White House or Zov's.

Jan 14, 2015
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Status Kuo: A Pictorial Essay

The ample portion of fried chicken ($15) was also pretty tasty--not up to the level of Superba's but, unlike Superba's Sunday only version, available all week.

Jan 13, 2015
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L.A. Restaurant Name Trends

There is a new restaurant in one of the hotels in MDR just called Salt.

Jan 13, 2015
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2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

You might want to take a look at n/naka in addition to the already mentioned Shunji and Urasawa.

Jan 11, 2015
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Dinner Omakase at Shunji Japanese Cuisine: A Pictorial Essay

As part of his current offerings, Shunji is serving an outstanding Shinshu-mushi with halibut.

Jan 11, 2015
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Crisp Roast Duck?

Half a duck ($24).

I should also mention that Superba Food + Bread offers a delicious rotisserie duck with duck fat cooked vegetables as its Tuesday night special ($29).

Jan 11, 2015
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Crisp Roast Duck?

Warszawa in S.M. does an excellent, crispy, roast L.I. duck with apples and spaetzle (not wild rice). I just enjoyed one there last week.

Date night on a Sunday in Culver City

I don't think Lukshon is open on Sundays. For Culver City, I would add Eastborough (casual Vietnamesesque) and Wildcraft (pizza, pasta and a few dishes). For Venice, I would add Salt Air. In the Marina, there are Scopa Italian Roots, South End (pizza) and Settebello (pizza).

Alternatively, head in the other direction and go to Manhattan Beach Post or Little Sister.

Stoned oven pizza

I wonder if they only use cheese from grass-fed cows.

Jan 08, 2015
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Hopping John for 2015?

It is one of the dishes on tonight's NYE menu at Tavern ("Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"), albeit with shrimp added to the mix. It also used to be on the menu at Flores & the Ladies Gunboat Society but I have not been there in a while so do not know if it still makes an appearance.

Dec 31, 2014
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French bistro in OC?

Well, not really bistros, but for casual French there are Moulin (where Pascal Epicerie used to be on Bristol near Jamboree) and the relocated Pascal down in SJC. I don't believe either offer oysters but you can get pate, good bread and frites at both with assorted other more rustic French fare. The roast chicken with frites at Moulin is actually pretty good though I thought the onion soup lacked the requisite richness.

Dec 30, 2014
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Roasted Duck Rec's

This might help get you started:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9142...

Dec 25, 2014
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2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

Normally, they ask if you want dessert--not everyone says "yes." They should.

Dec 24, 2014
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