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La Cienega

East on Beverly, you have Terrine (French bistro) and Jar (chophouse). West on Beverly Dominick's (italian). Heading down to Third you can add Gusto (Italian-East on Third) and District (Modern Vietnamese-West) to the recommendations already made for Son of a Gun (Seafood-East) and AOC (California-Med--West). East on Melrose brings you to Lucques (California-Med).

Joan's on Third Is Coming to Santa Monica...

What's the parking situation like there? Street only or is there a garage (and, if so, is it validated or free)?

Opening Night at Cassia by The Spice Table's Bryant Ng (A Photo Story)

The spicy wontons, which I had tonight, have some heat to them and are quite good. While the Vietnamese pot au feu is itself mild (albeit flavorful), it comes with both Dijon mustard and a green chili sauce on the side to add a bit of kick.

Jun 27, 2015
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Foodie Husband 40th Bday- Looking at Bazaar, but want other options- 15-20 people

The newly opened Cassia in SM has a private room that looks like it can hold about 18 at the table. The back room at Republique might also be possible.

Jun 25, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

My go to pizza there is the District 11 (assorted meats) but I have also enjoyed the 1905 (sausage, kalmata olives, marjoram, onions). The salads have all been good and the charcuterie platter is nice. Very generous with their wines, too, and eager to have you explore them. The owners are great to talk with, if you are so inclined.

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

I had a delicious Salciccia with rapini at Il Dolce in Costa Mesa today but the District 11 at SouthEnd in MDR/Venice may be my current favorite.

Jun 24, 2015
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How One Acclaimed Restaurant Went From Critical Darling to Almost Broke in Just a Couple of Years

As Sam Goldwyn supposedly said: "A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.”

Jun 21, 2015
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Vitello Tonnato; Spot Prawns

The salt cooked Santa Barbara prawns at Providence should hit the spot.

For the vitello tonnato, both Culina or the V Bar at Valentino have had it on their menus,

Jun 20, 2015
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Opening Night at Cassia by The Spice Table's Bryant Ng (A Photo Story)

Surprisingly, still not overflowing--I thought with Tar & Roses temporarily out-of-action, it would be a natural place for the throngs to flock to but I was able to get right in (I suspect that will change as word spreads). I greatly enjoyed the escargot with the naan-like bread, the small charcuterie plate (especially the candied pork and the Vietnamese meatloaf), and the cereal scallops. The chocolate tart with banana chips and candied walnuts was also delicious. I look forward to trying more of the menu, though I hope they will add some of the grilled skewers Chef Ng offered at Spice Table--they certainly have the grill for it. Oh, and a nice private room for about 18 in the back. Concur on the service, though I wish they had coursed out the items instead of just bringing them out as ready (next time I will ask).

Cacio e Pepe in LA

When I had the cacio e pepe at Forma, shortly after it opened, I had to ask them to add more ground pepper to it to bring it up to snuff, so I am hoping this means they have adjusted the recipe. I also hope, but doubt, that they are now tossing the pastas in the "forma" at tableside rather than in the back. I liked the place and the people but have not yet managed to get back there.

Jun 16, 2015
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Group/Family Dining in Culver City area

Cafe Del Rey might be the best option. Or the patio at Catch & Release.

Jun 16, 2015
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Rabbit - Where?

Apparently, the places in L.A. now serving bunny are breeding like, er, rabbits:

http://la.eater.com/maps/17-rabbit-di...

https://www.zagat.com/b/los-angeles/5...

I have tried a few of these and enjoyed most of the ones I have had. The rabbit boulettes (in maple cream with herb dumplings) at Cadet I have had several times now. On the disappointing side, the chicken fried rabbit with honey at Ladies Gunboat Society was too dry and cottony. The one I have yet to try that piques my interest most is the Rabbit Baklava at Birch.

Jun 03, 2015
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Helping picking a GREEK Restaurant on West side?

If Manhattan Beach is not too far South, Petros is quite good. Petros also has a more casual branch called Petros Kafe in El Segundo but I have not been. Another option is Le Petit Greek on Larchmont, which used to be decent but I have not gotten over there in a few years so cannot vouch for its current quality.

Jun 02, 2015
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Weekend in Newport Beach Report

Brodard Chateau, just off the 22 on Trask, offers a nice combo of a more upscale atmosphere and good Vietnamese fare. For Thai, yThai Nakorn remains the best option in the area (two locations, Stanton and Garden Grove--I prefer the latter).

Jun 01, 2015
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The "new" Cassells

Non, c'est fromage.

Fine dining in West Los Angeles/Santa Monica

Sadly, the onion soup has just been taken off (though currently still printed on the menu), as part of a revamp of the menu as we get into warmer weather--I hope it will return later in the year when cooler weather returns as it was excellent. Those delicious boulettes remain as partial compensation.

May 30, 2015
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How old is Madeo?

Opened circa 1985 per the following article from the L.A. Times:

http://www.latimesmagazine.com/2010/1...

May 30, 2015
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Ye Olde King's Head

Funny you should mention that--one of the things I noted as I drove up Sawtelle was that they were smart enough to put a sign for the restaurant on the sidewalk this time.

May 30, 2015
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Ye Olde King's Head

As I recall, Gerri Gilliland imported major pieces of Finn McCool's from a pub her stepdad (?) used to run in Northern Ireland. Unfortunately, I find the food there to be uneven, not up to the standards she set at her former, eponymous restaurant up the street nor at Jake & Annie's, which Finn McCool replaced.

In term of fish & chips, though, my favorite recently was the version served at Waterloo & City. I note that fish & chips is listed on the menus at two restaurants for which Brendan Collins consults, Corner Door in Culver City and the just opened Butcher's Dog in the Olympic Collection (where Avenue Italy used to be), but have yet to order the dish at either so do not know how similar they will be.

Sad about Ye Olde changing its recipe as it used to be a solid contender. As they say in baseball, and fish & chips, next batter!

May 30, 2015
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Uh-oh, Bucato

Yes, though Snack did lose opening chef Jason Neroni, who just opened Catch & Release in MDR, not quite a year ago.

May 24, 2015
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Uh-oh, Bucato

High turn-over of key staff, both in the kitchen and out front. Eater has posted several items about it.

May 23, 2015
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Uh-oh, Bucato

Yes, he is now Executive Chef for Corner Door and pops in about once a week to stir the pot, so to speak. The kitchen there is regularly helmed by someone who worked for him back at W&C. Several of his W&C dishes are also now on the Corner Door menu. I have yet to get to Birch and, sadly, wrong end of town to become a regular haunt for me.

Several other former W&C folk are now at Belcampo in Santa Monica.

Uh-oh, Bucato

Now I am in a funk! Between this, the mass departures at Superba and the closure of Waterloo & City, it seems like many of my go to places are now no go.

May 22, 2015
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Tacos Por Favor Comes To Venice

Now open, at least as of today.

$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.

May 22, 2015
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$100 Gift Card to Spend

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

May 22, 2015
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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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