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Shellfish -- L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2014

FWD was jammed so I wound up next door at MB Post last night and enjoyed delicious mussels in green curry with Chinese sausage and coriander rice--a dish I have liked since when it first opened. I wish they would go back to the original version of the shrimp with beluga lentils, though (served as a soup in a canning jar), the new version is fine but lacks the comfort of the former and seems less intense in flavor.

Apr 17, 2014
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Superba Food + Bread

Mix of indoor and outdoor seating. Much more comfortable than Snack Bar but some of the chairs are backless stools, especially in the bar area. As bulavinaka noted, the place is quite roomy.

Apr 16, 2014
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Superba Food + Bread

Newly opened on Lincoln just South of Superba. Sunday special is fried chicken with collard green slaw and a flaky biscuit for $20. Four large pieces of spicy goodness--only flaw was a bit of separation on the coating. Still one of the better fried chickens on that end of town. The collard green slaw was tasty and different and the biscuit suffered only from a lack of honey (in fairness, I did not ask if they had any). Service was good and the place is welcoming. Regular menu is somewhat limited but definitely had some appealing choices. The Levain toasts are a tad pricey but the ones I sampled were delicious (can't go wrong with burrata with pomegranate).

Apr 15, 2014
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Belcampo Cheeseburger

Tasty but the beef could have been a bit more tender. I had it "wet" and thought that the giardiniera (sweet peppers) was good, albeit a bit heavy on the vinegar--I noted a similar predominance of the vinegar in the otherwise good pastrami reuben I had at ACA on a prior visit. I like the fact that they keep trying new sandwiches and hope they will start offering some of their sausages as sandwiches one day.

Apr 13, 2014
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Belcampo Cheeseburger

Perhaps inspired by Belcampo, I noted that A Cut Above was offering its own take on a hamburger today/ While curious, I did not wind up trying the burger as I was seduced by a different special, Italian Beef with giardiniera (available wet or dry).

Apr 13, 2014
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Shellfish -- L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2014

I had a delicious pasta special tonight at Adoteca in Brentwood (part of their two day uni tasting menu): squid ink tagliolini with clams, tomatoes and sea urchin. The other two uni dishes on the menu are an appetizer of sea bass carpaccio with uni and a main of butter poached lobster with uni, burrata, mache and pomegranate.

Apr 08, 2014
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Finally Fishing With Dynamite Tonight! Must-orders?

Odd, unless they changed the recipe, it was definitely a maple-forward dish when I last had it in December. Sorry it did not work out for you.

Apr 06, 2014
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Finally Fishing With Dynamite Tonight! Must-orders?

The crab cake is quite good, as is the chowdah and Black Cod. All of the desserts are worthwhile, though I tend to get the Maple Pudding or Key Lime more than the Pretzel. If you ask nicely, they might even bring over an order of the incredible biscuits from next door.

Apr 05, 2014
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best 100 yards of food in LA

"Soon" to be included among those Yards will be Sherry's new cafe:

http://helmsbakerydistrict.com/sherry...

Apr 04, 2014
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Dinner in Hollywood -- area around Grauman's...

If it is within whatever budget you might have, Musso & Frank's is close by and is one of Hollywood's oldest restaurants--in its day, lost of famous patrons. Otherwise, Loteria, mentioned by another poster, is a great choice and something more uniquely "L.A." than burgers would be,

Apr 02, 2014
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Dining solo in/near West Hollywood

The communal table at SOG is apparently no more but there are regular tables now set aside for walk-ins:

http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish...

Mar 28, 2014
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Newport Beach/Costa Mesa/Irvine HELP

Perhaps Fig & Olive or Lark Creek at Fashion Island, less than 10 minutes by cab. Bistango, a tad closer in the other direction, might also work. If Italian appeals, Il Barone (walkable from the Fairmont, across MacArthur--use the crosswalk at the light) is pretty good.

Mar 25, 2014
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Scopa Italian Roots, Venice -- Anyone Been?

I have only had pastas, crudo and starters but the food is generally quite good. The meatballs in the sub were very tasty, the "rice ball" was excellent, the seafood appetizers (which change frequently) are also worth trying. Among the pastas, the rigatoni with oxtail and the paperdelle with pork shank are the ones I liked best. The crudo has been more hit and miss to my taste. Note that the place gets noisy and crowded and the decor is an afterthought. There is a parking lot with valet but usually one can find street parking along that stretch of Washington.

Mar 25, 2014
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upscale

Melisse is the first place that comes to mind for your needs. Not sure how the food is nowdays but decorwise, Cicada downtown might be worth a look if you love Art Deco.

Mar 22, 2014
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New to Hermosa/Manhattan Area

Echo the choices of Fishing With Dynamite, MMB Post, Petros and Uncle Bill's. Little Sister is also good for its take on Vietnamese. I keep meaning to try Circa and Darren's but usually (happily) wind up with one of the others.

Mar 22, 2014
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Dinner suggestion help

If you can get in, Maude.

Mar 17, 2014
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My son wants steak for his graduation dinner

A few thoughts: Chi Spacca has an amazing Bistecaa Fiorentina [42 oz for $175, though]; I really like all the steaks at Jar; there is the new L'Assiette on Melrose which offers only steak frites. For Argentine style steaks, Ushuaia on Wilshire in WLA does a nice job. Although a chain, you could also go the Brazilian route with the all-you-can-eat Fogo de Chao on La Cienega.

Mar 15, 2014
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PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

Yesterday, in honor of "pi" day, I had a good chicken pot pie at Side Door. Problem with the pot pie there is consistency--most times they are good but other (fortunately rarer) times they are bland and/or the crust is not baked properly. Interesting beer list, too, which they change every so often.

Mar 15, 2014
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Best Mexican place near downtown LA for wkend lunch?

Not small but Guelaguetza on Olympic (near Western) has excellent Oaxacan and, if you like goat, El Parian on Pico (near the 110) is a great choice. And Chichen Itza on S. Grand (around 35th) is also quite good if you enjoy Yucatan fod.

Mar 12, 2014
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Light dinner in OC

I was thinking of PM more for the wines--good pours and variety.

Mar 11, 2014
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Light dinner in OC

Not yet. I've been meaning to get there as it looks interesting but have been pulled to Haven by the rest of the group the last couple of times I have thought about it.

Mar 11, 2014
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Culver City

Just O K in comparison.

Mar 11, 2014
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Light dinner in OC

Which part of O.C. are you looking at and what do you consider "light"? If you mean calories, there is Seasons 52 at South Coast Plaza, which has a good wine by the glass program. If you mean little plates, the lounge area at AnQi (also at South Coast Plaza) might be a good choice. Up toward Orange, Haven or Ways & Means might be suitable. Down toward the Spectrum, there are Cucina Enoteca and Paul Martin's. In Newport Beach, the new Fig & Olive is a good choice but can get noisy and crowded or (if something healthy is what matter) there is a branch of True Food [I am not a fan though].

Mar 10, 2014
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Josiah Citrin Opening Casual Venice Restaurant

Yes, Lemon Moon was started by Citrin and Raphael Lunetta. Citrin is the "Lemon" and Lunetta is the "Moon." Lovely lunch spot if you are in the area.

Mar 06, 2014
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Mom's 50th!

Of course, it might depend on how you define "on a budget" but Waterloo & City is a good option, not too far away, and offers elevated gastropub food. Willie Jane on Abbott Kinney for Southern food or Barnyard on Pacific in Venice for California cuisine might be other decent choices. Further afield, if she likes pasta, Bucato in Culver City at the Helms Bakery might appeal.

Mar 06, 2014
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Went to: Tar & Roses/Going to: Superba S.B.

Two very meaty, delicious thighs for $14, as I recall. The pastrami style testa ($8) is also very good, by the way.

Feb 27, 2014
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Your Go To Comfort Spot

Waterloo & City for chicken pot pie. Especially on chilly (and, this week, wet) nights.

Feb 27, 2014
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PASTA - LA Dish of the Month (February 2014)

I had the buccatini carbonara at Gusto the other night--it was quite good but not as memorable as the version at Superba.

Feb 23, 2014
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Best Dimsum place - Westside

In addition to Bao, mentioned by others, Hakkasan in Beverly Hills offers good, but even pricier, dim sum in a gorgeous setting. Bao does offer discounts on some of its dim sum if you eat at the bar during Happy Hour (used to do so during lunch as well but not sure if that is still true). There is also the Palace on Barrington and Wilshire but the items there range from adequate to awful (one of the worst renditions of pot stickers I have had in a Chinese restaurant)--it was better when it first opened but perhaps the lack of competition on the Westside has encouraged it to slide.

Feb 23, 2014
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LA Trip Report (mostly Santa Monica and Venice)

Glad you enjoyed your visit and chose so (mostly) well.

I believe that "n/naka" is just a reference to the chef's name: Niki Nakayama

Feb 22, 2014
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