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$100 Gift Card to Spend

When I do the four course at Providence, I usually add a dish--the Santa Barbara spot prawns cooked in salt, if they have them.

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The Palm will start running its annual Summer lobster special soon.

about 3 hours ago
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Norwegian Restaurants in Los Angeles/Orange County

It was fine for what it was but not a place to which I was ever was inspired to return.

May 12, 2015
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Ingo's in Santa Monica (in old Callahan's space)

The Paris Texas Burger was quite good at Ingo's, with hot, crisp fries. They also have a decent selection of single malts.

May 12, 2015
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Early Sunday dinner in Culver City (or nearby)?

Rather than a clone of her namesake restaurant, I believe the new place will be more focused on Indian/Indian-inspired cuisine.

May 10, 2015
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Norwegian Restaurants in Los Angeles/Orange County

I have only been once since it opened but Gravlax in Culver City had a few Scandanavian items on offer albeit not a full menu, more a bar with some food to go with the drinks. A la tapas Some of the offerings were. Turkish rather than Scandanavian, as I recall.

May 10, 2015
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Belcampo now open in Santa Monica.

I liked the lamb tartare quite a bit and look forward to getting the goat next. As to the sausage, when you say "swirl pattern" do you mean like a coil of rope or something else? Coiled sausages are not uncommon in some Italian delis, especially if the sausage is long and thin.

May 08, 2015
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Great Italian food in OC?

I like Il Barone in Newport Beach quite a bit but, no, it is not up there with L.A.'s best.

May 07, 2015
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Anniversary dinner: Osteria Mozza or A.O.C.?

I like both but prefer Osteria Mozza over AOC. Sticking to the Southbay, there is Love & Salt in MB or, on the Westside, Joe's in Venice and Chinois in SM both still do a very good job.

May 05, 2015
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restaurant on the Westside to have a business dinner?

Josie is currently closed for renovation. Valentino or Vincenti should work or perhaps the patio at Buffalo Club if you do not want Italian (inside it can get noisy, though it is more attractive and comfortable).

May 02, 2015
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What's your top 5 favorite places for lunch in OC?

I have heard good things about Lillie's Q (a branch of the Chicago rib joint) but Brea is outside my normal travel range so I cannot vouch for it personally.

May 02, 2015
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What restaurant do you really really really miss that is now closed?

Granita was the one in Malibu.

Apr 25, 2015
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Connie & Teds

The lobster roll, the stuffies, the wonderful oyster selection, the fish & chips, the fried clams (with bellies) and the Blondie for dessert. The Portuguese fish stew looks great, too, but I have yet to try that one.

Apr 22, 2015
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Los Angeles - West Side - Good food/Good view/Good value

The Penthouse at the Huntley in Santa Monica has spectacular views or, in the Marina, you could go to Cafe Del Rey or the lounge at the Ritz-Carlton (though the latter two probably face more South than West and the view is over the sailboats in the Marina).

Apr 22, 2015
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Omakase west of the 405

Hi, MOM, great to hear from you! The three best for omakase are probably Mori, Shunji and Tsujita, though Kiriko is also still a great choice. If your husband's focus is mostly on fish and rice, Mori definitely has the edge; however, if he is open to excellent sushi and sashimi served in conjunction with some delicious (and interesting) cooked items and fun with vegetables, Shunji gets my nod. If he is willing to consider more of a kaiseki experience (which will include a small amount of well-prepared sushi but also, among other wonders, a truly amazing spaghettini with abalone, pickled cod roe and truffle), ipsedixit's suggestion of n/naka is spot on, though reservations are not always readily available there close to the date. Have a terrific time whichever you choose!

Puebla Tapas-SOCO, Costa Mesa

I've been twice for lunch and really like the sandwiches. More limited tapas at lunch than dinner but the couple I tried were good. Prices were reasonable for the location and quality.

Apr 14, 2015
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JINYA Ramen Bar Now Open in Santa Monica

I was disappointed--it wasn't bad but not up to the better places on Sawtelle or even Yamadaya in Culver City. The shrimp toast, while offering a decent amount of shrimp, and tasty, was more like those cut-up shrimp sandwiches at high tea than an Asian shrimp toast--not fried at all so missing that satisfying (and unhealthy) crunch. The karaage was a tad too oily. I had the black ramen and ordered it spicy but found the broth not as rich and flavorful as at other places and definitely not as spicy. Service was decent and they have done a good makeover of the old Bravo space. I am glad to have the option in the neighborhood but would be more inclined to travel a bit further for better.

Apr 10, 2015
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Advice needed! Nice restaurant, good for group of 10, quiet enough to have conversation

Perhaps the Primo Ministro Room at Osteria Mozza or the upstairs room at Republique.

Apr 10, 2015
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Friends from out of state moved to Venice CA. Looking for authentic Chinese food Locally?

I particularly like the Zi Ran lamb at Moon House. In Venice proper, the best bet might be the inauthentic Mao's Kitchen-not much else to choose from.

Apr 08, 2015
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Near Music Center - DTLA

Too bad Les Noces Du Figaro closed!

What about Blue Cow Kitchen or, if not too casual, Little Jewel?

Apr 08, 2015
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Neighborhood Restaurant on Westside

If you go to Tavern, the Atrium is the better choice than the Bar or Larder areas.

On Montana, the new Ox and Son is quite good though perhaps a bit loud/hip (not too much but should be noted).

Not been so can't vouch for the food but Roost at L.A. Farm is just a few blocks West of Bundy on Olympic and should be reasonably quiet.

Apr 07, 2015
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small dining room for intimate wedding reception?

It might be hard to do a quality steakhouse dinner in a private room with food and wine for much less. But you might want to contact Agora to see what it can offer. It is a Brazilian churrascaria in Irvine and, without beverages, the per adult cost for a full AYCE meal (extensive hot and cold self serve "salad" bar and tableside meats delivered on skewers) is just under $50. I would presume Agora has private rooms but have not been in a while so do not recall.

Mar 31, 2015
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Best Chicken Pot Pie in LA?

I have gotten both the chicken and pork to go--I just don't have Gjusta reheat it there and, instead, finish them off at home. Gjusta recommends a 350 degree oven for 8 minutes but my experience has been that does not really do the job--expect about double that time at that temperature. The pork and the chicken pot pies are excellent and quite filling.

Mar 30, 2015
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Lark Creek at Fashion Island

Can't say I'm surprised. The last few times I passed by the place was practically empty even though other nearby places were jumping. The food and menu were underwhelming when I went. Pity considering I have enjoyed some of Ogden's other restaurants.

Mar 30, 2015
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small dining room for intimate wedding reception?

Where have you looked already? Some places that come to mind as worth asking about, if you have not done so already, are enoSteak at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point (a small restaurant to begin with so you would probably be taking over the whole space), one of the private dining rooms at the Ranch in Anaheim, and the private dining room at Capital Grille in Costa Mesa.

Mar 28, 2015
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Connie and Teds

I prefer the Stuffies to the Clam Cakes.

Mar 28, 2015
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Palm springs to LAX, Sunday night

For excellent pastas and other Italian dishes, there is Bucato in the Helms Bakery complex just off the 10 between La Cienega and Robertson in Culver City. If you would prefer a more formal Italian meal with an amazing wine list, Valentino's in Santa Monica is just off the 10 West of the Centinela exit (so near where the 10 crosses the 405). For steak, there is a Ruth's Chris in Marina Del Rey and the new Steak and Whiskey in Manhattan Beach (there is also a Fleming's in El Segundo but I am not a fan). Hard to do better in that area for casual "farm-to-table" type restaurants than the recommendation wienermobile made for MB Post.

Mar 21, 2015
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Fullerton, CA.. save me from Disney!

You might want to try Mas' Chinese Islamic, right near the Fullerton border with Anaheim--excellent lamb dishes and a killer sesame and green onion bread. 601 E Orangethorpe Ave in Anaheim, but note it is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays...as I found out from personal experience.

Thai Nakorn, which has a slightly closer to you location in Garden Grove, in addition to the one in Stanton, is another great choice.

Mar 20, 2015
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Avenue Italy - West L A

The Avenue is already in the process of being repaved. I walked by Tuesday, after a bite at New School Kitchen, and it was papered-over with a change of ownership notice for a place that will apparently be called "The Butcher's Dog."

Mar 19, 2015
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I'm On A Quest

Hungry Cat in SM is offering "Santa Barbara rock crab claws" but I do not know how they compare with Florida stone crabs.

Mar 17, 2015
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