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Roasted Duck Rec's

This might help get you started:

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

2 days ago
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2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

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

2 days ago
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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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What is the best Indian restaurant in LA?

Vishnu also offers some a la carte dishes, including several Southern Indian specialties and a selection of curries. They are posted on the wall behind the cash register. One nice thing about the buffet there is that it also includes a fresh-made dosa, which they bring out to you,

Nov 30, 2014
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Santa Monica Openings

Actually only $13 for the soup, and lots of oxtail meat included in the broth. Worth the freight in my opinion. I neglected to mention the entrees in my prior post, several of which are done over their open flame: The sliced steak with escargot and dandelion greens [$23] is also a good dish and all the mains come with an assortment of little side dishes (kind of a Westernized banchan--including a plate of pickles, a flat bread with two types of spread, some whole grain mustard, lettuce, a cold sauerkraut, marinated carrots and tomato) but you would probably want to order a side. The pomme aligot [$9], while far from the best version I have had, were decent. Still curious to try the tartines, especially the sea urchin with shrimp butter.

Nov 29, 2014
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Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

It is one of his signature items (hence the name of the restaurant he used to helm at the Loews in SM--Lavande--and the name of his wife's store next door to Maison Giraud, Lavender Blue) so, he does indeed offer it, $9 on the dessert menu:

http://www.maison-giraud.com/dessert/

Nov 29, 2014
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Santa Monica Openings

Cadet was mostly quite good-definitely worth a salute--really delicious oxtail and onion soup with gruyere (perfect starter now that we are getting some cooler nights) and excellent rabbit boulettes (served with tasty herb dumplings and a maple cream). The only major disappointment was the clams with hen of the wood mushrooms and pork jowls in a cider broth, which had a rather murky flavor profile to my taste. The menu has lots of intriguing sounding items and I am looking forward to going back.

Nov 22, 2014
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Steak in DTLA

I would rate the Palm steak well (or, to my taste, medium rare) above the one at Fleming's but the steak at Morton's is much better than at either of them and not too far a walk from Staples. The Palm is best for lobster and some of the Italian dishes, though they also used to offer the best prime rib (sadly removed from the menu a few years back). I also agree that the downtown Palm was never quite as good as the one that used to be in WeHo (which just reopened this month in Beverly Hills--right near half a dozen other steak houses!).

Nov 18, 2014
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Tis the season for...Pot Pie.

An excellent chicken pot pie is usually on special at Waterloo & City (which, alas, will close early next year to be replaced by Brian Dunsmoor's new project)--I just had it for dinner a few hours ago.

The pot pie at Side Door in CDM is inconsistent but, more often than not, is also very good.

Nov 14, 2014
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Dinner close to Cedars Sinai - Public Transit-friendly locations most appreciated

A few more options, not yet mentioned:

Pizzeria Il Fico, just South of 3rd on Robertson for great pizza and pastas

On 3rd, the other side of La Cienega are:

BP Oysterette - casual seafood
Gusto - excellent Italian
Joan's on Third - assorted sandwiches, salads, some hot dishes
Magnolia Bakery - for good desserts
Son of A Gun - quirky but delicious seafood and a killer fried chicken sandwich

Nov 14, 2014
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New Banh Mi Shop in Venice, Southwest Corner of Rose and Lincoln

Sadly, no. The bread was rather disappointing, though the filling (I had the Moo MI--short rib with chili paste $12), albeit not ample, was spicy and delicious). The crispy rolls ($5) were not (delicious or crispy). Nice people, though I prefer the banh mi at East Borough in Culver City.

Nov 11, 2014
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Smallest entree ever!

"And how did you find your lamb, Sir?"

"I moved the Black Trumpet mushroom and there it was."

Little Jewel

The bread looks right--how was the olive salad on top?

Oct 31, 2014
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Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

I had a late supper there this weekend. Definitely designed for a quick bite rather than a leisurely meal (stools and counters rather than chairs and tables) but, on the other hand, at no time did I feel rushed and the Chef even inquired whether I wanted him to start my croque or wait a bit longer since I still had a dish of garlic and butter from the escargot into which I was dipping from the very good baguette. I tried the gougere first--tasty with a nice, flaky crust but one large piece rather than several small ones and unevenly heated through ($5). Next up were the escargot, which were excellent; six plump specimens served in shell with an abundance of garlic and butter and that very good baguette that is made for them (along with a small crock of good French butter in case one wanted a breather from all the garlic and hot butter from the escargot ($18). The croque came next (after I finished dipping a bit more) and was exemplary but, for $18, I thought it could have come with some frites rather than just a few cornichon. Service, as noted by others, is included (though the check gives you the option of boosting it) and was fine. The complete menu is now served throughout the day, from 12 - 11.

Oct 26, 2014
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TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

I got there at 9 tonight and was told that they were already closed (there were still some people eating but no new diners being accepted). The cashier said the hours were 11- 9 daily. Wound up at Moon House instead and had a very tasty shrimp in black bean sauce.

Oct 24, 2014
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Birria - a perfect rainy day meal

Monte Alban offers a nice bowl of goat.

Oct 17, 2014
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Quiet small romantic restaurant near LA Music Center

Did you realize that this is a more than 6 year old post? PDC is the same as it ever was, by the way, for good or ill--and the meat, at least, is prime.

Oct 15, 2014
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Need beautiful unique lunch spot for special BD

The patio at Spago is lovely for lunch.

Oct 10, 2014
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Villa Italian (culver city) closed?

Sep 18, 2014
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BBQ in Brentwood. "Holy Cow!"

Mix of sandwiches and plates but only the sandwiches come with bread. The fried chicken is a sandwich but they will also dispense with the bread if one prefers. They do sell a fried corn bread which they tout but it was sold out when I went.

Sep 17, 2014
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Great Outdoor Breakfast in Beach Areas: South Bay, MDR, SM, Malibu

Maison Giraud in Pacific Palisades.

Sep 15, 2014
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BBQ in Brentwood. "Holy Cow!"

I tried a half rack of the ribs ($12), beans ($4), and the hot link ($6). The ribs were some of the meatiest baby backs I have had around here and had a good flavor, though could have used a bit more smoke for my taste. The small container of sauce on the side was a bit sweeter than I would have liked and I was not impelled to ask for more. The beans (with pork) were fine and the hot link (with an ale mustard) was really tasty with a nice bit of heat. There are communal seats and some tables, as well as a counter facing out onto 26th with stools for added seating (and eyeing the lines at Sweet Rose across the way). Ordering is done up at the register and then you are given a number to take to the table so they can bring out your food. Service was fast and good, with lots of servers stopping by to check if you needed anything else. Beer is available. While they have yet to live up to the claim of greatest bbq in town (or even, depending on how you define the term, the Westside), they are a welcome addition to the area.