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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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2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

The only tips I can think of, really (other than to request the sushi bar, which it seems you do anyway), are to check the specials board and tell them if you would like the omakase to include something in particular from there (otherwise you might or might not find it included) and to say yes to their desserts. I prefer their ice creams (especially the lime) but the chocolate mousse has its fans. Enjoy!

Dec 24, 2014
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Bistro LQ's 18 course Truffle Menu

You forgot to note the possible addition of an ortolan course for another $120 (subject to availability). No mention whether the additional napkin "to hide from God" will be provided or you would need to bring your own.

Dec 16, 2014
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Happy Hanukkah Everyone! What's for dinner?

Pez on Earth, good will toward mensch?

2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

Eating solo at a table at n/naka is not at all inappropriate. Her spaghetti with abalone and truffle alone makes it worthwhile.

Lg party, with kids, looking for fine dining for Christmas Eve

And there will likely be carolers dressed in Victorian garb...at Lawry's, not Fogo.

Dec 09, 2014
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Broad Request

I recall a story about a guy who was going on at great length, trying to impress Groucho Marx with how wonderful his new Malibu home was. When he finally paused to ask Groucho what he thought of it, Groucho replied: "Not much. Take away the ocean and what have you got?"

Hatfields closing end of December

Seems like part of a depressing trend of late. The hamachi croque madame is still one of my favorite bites in town--maybe, if we are lucky, it will appear on the menu at Odys & Penelope when it finally opens, though it is supposed to be more of a grill restaurant.

Dec 05, 2014
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Breakfast Near LA Zoo

A pity Animal is not open that early! On a more serious note, Porto's in Glendale is about a mile and a half away, Little Dom's in (yes, I know you said "so probably not") Los Feliz is only about two and a half miles away.

Nov 30, 2014
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What is the best Indian restaurant in LA?

It looks like at least some of the a la carte menu items might change daily but, especially if you have not had them before elsewhere, it is worth trying the idli (a savory rice and lentil bread) or uttapam (kind of a thick pancake as compared with the more crepe-like dosa), which I presume to be regularly available, with whatever curries might be on offer that day in addition to those on the buffet.

Nov 30, 2014
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