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It's time to play MR TASTER'S **NAME THAT PASTRAMI SUPERCHALLENGEā„¢**!

You are correct. If you sit at the right place at the counter you can even watch them do it for your sandwich.

1 day ago
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Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

Which may be the answer to what your assistant did with the lunch money.

1 day ago
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Belcampo Cheeseburger

Update: ACA is now offering a couple of sausage sandwiches (well, a hot dog and a sausage to be more accurate). Also, I finally tried the cheeseburger after several intervening visits where other sandwiches drew me away from it. While not as good as the Belcampo beast, it was a well-constructed and delicious 1/2 pounder with sauteed onions, nice pickle spears and tomatoes on a decent bun.

Jul 19, 2014
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DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

DineLA dinner at Lukshon ($35): I had the crab fritters (normally $12), the Bhutanese red rice with lamb bacon (normally $10), and the lobster and pig ear terrine banh mi (special for DineLA)--not exactly a bargain but quite good. The fritters and the rice are dishes I know well and enjoy. The banh mi was very tasty, albeit smallish (a tad larger than the lobster roll at Son of A Gun) and the strong flavors in the dressing masked the lobster a bit too much. One curiosity, the Sichuan dumplings (normally $11) are listed as being a $5 surcharge on the DineLA menu--does not make a lot of sense and you would probably be better off with one of the other offered starters and then adding the dumplings a la carte (I should also note that the dumplings have a good flavor if not quite the "spicy ma la" mentioned on the menu). The beef and broccoli (normally $31) is offered as an option for a $10 surcharge so, if the portion size is the same, that would be the only option offering any significant savings on the DineLA menu.

Jul 18, 2014
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DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

Still on the regular menu at dinner.

Jul 18, 2014
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The Pastrami List 2014

I finally got to try Wexler's vaunted pastrami Thursday afternoon (the O.G.). I added the cole slaw and pickles for $2, making the sandwich total $13. Verdict was that Langer's still reigns supreme. Wexler's cole slaw and pickles were excellent, the pastrami quite good (if a bit on the dry side, especially as compared to the unctuous mouth feel I get at Langer's) but the rye bread, while not as bad as feared, was certainly not up to the standards of the rest. I was pleased to be able to order my usual: Cel-Ray Tonic and to see what looked like the makings of an egg cream behind the counter. Next time the luscious looking lox beckons! Oh, and I think I saw J. Gold eating there with two others...at least one of them had a Cel-Ray as well.

Jul 18, 2014
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DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

Settebello for dinner--$25 for an appetizer (good meatballs with a tangy tomato sauce and plenty of melted cheese), salad (arugala, marinated artichokes, pine nuts, goat cheese, shaved parmesan, speck, lemon vin. and balsamic), and a pizza (the Diavola in my case). You could add a bombolini for dessert for $4 more. Really enjoyable and a nice price.

Jul 14, 2014
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Do you know of great weekly specials which a restaurant runs on a particular day of the week?

Lobster Mondays are back for the Summer at JAR--$55 for three courses (different choices each Monday).

Jul 12, 2014
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Do you know of great weekly specials which a restaurant runs on a particular day of the week?

Don't you mean "there just ain't enough rabbit dinners in these hare parts"?

Jul 11, 2014
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Ways and Means in Orange?

I have been Meaning to go but it is a Ways off from my Office. I have heard generally positive things about it though, particularly the oysters. Shucks is a lot closer to me, though, and the oysters are less expensive [W&M mostly exceed $3/per while Shucks is mostly at $3 per] so hard to justify the extra distance.

Jul 04, 2014
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Casa Ado - Marina del Rey

I loved that kung pao seafood sausage (and a few of the other long past dishes). Years ago, I used to go there a lot as it is right in my neck of the woods. Now I seldom go anymore as there are nearby places I far prefer.

Jul 04, 2014
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"The top 13 places for fried chicken in LA, as chosen by 8 LA food writers" - Yes, it is a list, don't click on it if you don't want to!

Regular item (starter - $12) and boneless but oh so tasty with that Romesco.

Jul 04, 2014
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do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

Hakkasan BH used to offer lunch, including a comparatively reasonable set lunch option (with choices); however, the two times I had lunch there the waitstaff far outnumbered the guests. Too bad, because I really liked both lunches.

Jul 01, 2014
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$200 Open Table Certificate - Where to go?

Also, since condomentia noted this was to be a solo flight, some restaurants have minimum (and sometimes maximum) party sizes for OT reservations. Thus, if condomentia looks at tables for 1, some restaurants which otherwise have tables open will not have Open Table available--Capo is an example. Restaurants can also restrict times shown on OT if they wish (Cut used to do this more). The 1,000 point reservations are mostly for parties of two or more, though sometimes they are more inclusive.

Jun 27, 2014
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Playground 2.0 - Shirley Chung (Top Chef Runner Up NOLA) - VERY LONG

The (still barebones) website and Facebook pages might be a little misleading then: http://twentyeightoc.com/ The eater piece seems to suggest more the sort of relationship Bayless has with Red O.

Jun 26, 2014
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Daily Grill Brentwood Closes June 29

Brent's seems to be doing well in WLV without any noticeable harm to the parent location.

Jun 22, 2014
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NYC/LA pastrami battle - the three kings

The Stage in CC was terrific in its day; Carnegie, on the other hand, was always a head-scratcher out here as it got so much so wrong.

Jun 22, 2014
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Formerly California Wok Opens on Westside With Authentic Chinese Goodies

Service was fine but I found the hot and sour soup disappointing--had to add some chili paste to get a bit of kick. Completely agree as to the XLB, especially vis-a-vis the ones at ROC. The entree (shrimp) was fine but, on the whole, much prefer Moon House over on Santa Monica near Sepulveda.

Jun 21, 2014
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LAMB -- L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2014

Wednesday evening I had the daily special at Superba Food & Bread: Lamb neck osso buco. A good sized portion of meltingly tender (reminded me of belly) lamb served on a bed of what was probably fergola and braised kale, with a halved shank bone with its marrow. All in all a terrific and satisfying dish ($32). They also have lamb vadouvan on the regular menu but I have not had it this month...yet.

Jun 20, 2014
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Scopa Italian Roots, anyone been ?????

Jun 11, 2014
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LAMB -- L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2014

Cumin also. One might even say the cumin was a summering.

Jun 10, 2014
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LAMB -- L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2014

Just had the much vaunted toothpick lamb at Chendgu Taste. It was quite good but I prefer the flavors of the lamb skewers at Feng Mao (which also has the benefits of being closer and offering little to no wait when I have been).

Jun 08, 2014
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Rehearsal Dinner near West LA/Westside

Waterloo & City has a patio and its own parking lot (which the patio abuts)but the price point might not work. Still give them a call and ask what they can do. They are very friendly and accommodating and I really enjoy the food there. Another option would be the new Superba Food & Bread up Lincoln near (as you might guess) Superba but that might involve taking over the whole restaurant. The patio at Sunny Spot (which you mention below) would work well and could be fun.

Jun 05, 2014
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Is there a terrific Jewish style deli in OC?

Mediocre. Default is oddly thick bread. Good pickle jar on each table, though.

Jun 03, 2014
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Fifty Seven- a couple thoughts

I am not sure how 57 does it but it did remind me that, in the late '80s there was a restaurant in Santa Monica (owned by, among others, Mauro Vincenti) called Fennel whose gimmick was having four top French chefs [Michel Rostang, Michel Chabran, Yann Jacquot and Andre Genin) rotating through the kitchen for stints of varying lengths. The core kitchen staff there remained the same for all four chefs, with Jean-Pierre Bosc as the anchor, though I seem to recall that they each also brought specialists with them for their turns behind the stoves. It lasted only about three years before closing, later giving way to Zenzero (opening chef Kazuto Matsusaka) and is now Ivy at the Shore.

May 31, 2014
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Bucato Serving Evan Funke's Burger Memorial Day (Informal Chow Meet-up?)

Actually, going whole "hog" would be adding the confit bacon (which I think I see peeking out from under the egg in your photo)--thick cut and full of porky goodness. As the joke goes, the difference between commitment and involvement!

The (available as a side) onion rings were also outstanding, a touch of beer in the light and crisp batter, perhaps, I do agree about the pure virtues of the Belcampo burger over the Funkeness of Bucato's (admittedly delicious) offering.

May 27, 2014
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Superba Food + Bread Sunday Night Fried Chicken Dinner

Tasty. Nicely crisped skin with an apricot gastrique. Good sized portion. The duck fat roasted vegetables were less intriguing than they sounded but perfectly fine. Still you might want to order an additional side dish.

May 20, 2014
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Belcampo Cheeseburger

Just tried the burger at the Santa Monica location this week [$16.50 with fries] and was quite pleased with it. Good, clean taste and balance. The fries were good but not as crisp as I like. The house ketchup was not to my taste (I think that is where the clove flavor another poster complained might actually have come into play). The duck bun (really a slider) was tasty though the hoisin sauce had an odd additional flavor I could not quite place. The beef fritters (really more croquettes) were very good, with the filling made with bicep. Service was friendly and competent. Looking forward to seeing the full menu when they reopen--I am hoping the goat cheesesteak sandwich makes an appearance.

May 09, 2014
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Harry's Deli Update

There may need to be a name change to "Harry's Delay."

May 07, 2014
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La Botte in Santa Monica has closed

I believe another place from Andrew Kirchner of Tar & Roses, just down the block.

May 07, 2014
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