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Looking for Korean Buffet in K town

It was probably Buffet Land (which doesn't help you now, I know):
http://www.yelp.com/biz/buffet-land-l...

Apr 15, 2013
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Bedford and Burns review

We drove all over the city during the day, so we wanted to stay close to where they were staying in Encino for dinner. We ended up at Bleecker Street. They both ordered the burger with truffle fries and were very happy. I had a pizza with fig jam, proscuitto, and gorgonzola, which I thought was very good. We split a chopped salad to start. It didn't have any lettuce--just chopped green beans, edamame, onions, and carrots, mixed with dressing (which the waitress suggested we switch to the house feta-balsamic rather than what was listed on the menu). It was different, but we all liked it.

http://thebleeckerstreet.com

Mar 02, 2013
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Bedford and Burns review

They just do better when the menu is specifically divided into starters, entrees, sides. And know that there will be a meat and a vegetable and possibly a potato on the plate. Trust me, it's just easier. Thank you for all of your suggestions. I've been to a few and they're all good ones, so I'll check out the others without the parents.

Mar 02, 2013
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Bedford and Burns review

Thanks for posting the website and for the Craig's suggestion. Totally under my radar and will definitely keep in mind for their next visit. Will fit the bill nicely.

Mar 02, 2013
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Bedford and Burns review

I haven't posted in a really long time, but I thought I'd jump back in to review a place that hasn't gotten much buzz on Chowhound.

I was looking for somewhere to take my visiting septuagenarian mom and stepfather for dinner last night. They're not into small plates (which removes tons of new places I've wanted to try from the list) or anything too ethnic, and they eat a lot of Italian at home. A previous visit to Tavern in Brentwood was a big hit. Bedford and Burns seemed like the best contender for us this time.

We got to the restaurant early for our 7 p.m. reservation and the place was empty. It was full by the time we left at 8:30, though. An older Beverly Hills crowd (a lot of whom seemed to bump into people they know, so it must be a "neighborhood" joint for these folks).

We ordered two salads to share: heirloom beets and chopped salad. Neither were very flavorful and the chopped salad was pretty unappetizing looking--just brownish tiny vegetables (must've been a mild balsamic that turned everything that color). The beets came with burrata, which I was excited about, but I don't know what they did to it. It had a weird seasoning or addition that didn't taste good to me. The greens that came with it were underdressed. The beets were beets (can't do much to those). My mom was disappointed that bread was not served (you can order biscuits or flatbread).

The mains were much better. My mom liked her chicken milanese, my sea bass was tasty (as was the broccolini that came with it--a nice surprise after the disappointing starters), and stepfather enjoyed his bouillabaisse, though he had to ask for a spoon and a dish for his discarded shells.

We shared the hot fudge sundae for dessert. It was deconstructed, so it came as two so-so scoops of vanilla ice cream, a pitcher of hot...syrup(?), some slivered almonds and good whipped cream. They gave us plates to share this on, not bowls, so it was a little awkward and just average-tasting.

All in all, it was okay, but I don't see myself going back.

Anywhere else you can think of that I could've gone instead? (We have one more night to fill!)

Mar 02, 2013
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Drinks/food in a casual lounge setting?

I'm getting together with some friends to celebrate my birthday on a weekday at Bodega Wine Bar in Hollywood. I chose it because it's casual without being too casual, allows you to order drinks and food throughout the night, and has a living room feel with couches and low tables (rather than putting everyone around one long table).

Problem is, I need a second setting for the following Saturday with a different group of friends (10 total), and I'd love it to have all the same qualities. I'm racking my brain and I can't think of anything. Can you?

Southeast end of the Valley would be ideal, but anywhere within a 20-minute drive of Studio City could work if it fits.

Thanks!

Mar 19, 2012
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Le Creuset vs. other brands (split from Ontario board)

I also had excellent customer service from LC a few weeks ago. I broke the lid to my brand-new pot as I was pulling it out of the shipping box. When I contacted LC about replacing the lid, they sent me a WHOLE NEW DISH--not just the lid--free of charge. I didn't even have to send them the old one!

Apr 24, 2008
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Doughboys at the El Rey?!

Are you telling us that they're opening a new branch near the El Rey?

Apr 15, 2008
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Kosher Cookies? Passover Dessert?

Well, there's definitely a difference between just kosher and kosher for Passover, so I think the original poster should specify which she needs. The Fairfax District is a good bet for this. There are a bunch bakeries between Melrose and Beverly alone.

Apr 08, 2008
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Rotisserie Chicken Place in Pasadena

I was there when it first opened a few months(?) ago, and had something so unmemorable that I can't even remember what it was. I've not been back, if that says anything, and I work just a block away. I ordered my meal to go, and the system for this at the time placed me in the middle of the busy restaurant being shoved this way and that by customers and servers while the cashier rung up the line of orders. It wasn't the most pleasant experience, but maybe they've fixed that by now.

I usually get in my car and go to Zankou or Pita Pita if I'm craving chicken for lunch.

Apr 04, 2008
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Quiet, good food, East SFV

Is Out Take Cafe still around? I thought Mexicali had taken over.

How about Stanley's on Ventura near Woodman? Low noise level, solid food, and they won't rush you.

Apr 04, 2008
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Private Karaoke Room?

I can only give you a fuzzy memory of my experience with a private room in a karaoke bar. It was a couple years ago at Orchid in Koreatown. I think that we had very early evening reservations because I remember it being light out when we arrived, and the place was pretty empty. By the time we left--several drinks and dozens of songs later--it was much more crowded. I know we ordered some food that I thought was good (but I was deep into the sake, so that clouds everything about this recommendation!). The experience was a good one, though. (I think!)

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Orchid Restaurant & Cafe
3900 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Mar 31, 2008
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Broke my Le Creuset lid right out of the box!

UPDATE: I got my replacement in the mail this weekend. They didn't just replace the lid...they sent me a whole new dish!! I was stunned. This rates about the best customer service I've ever gotten!

Mar 31, 2008
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Cheap West Hollywood/Beverly Center/The Grove eats?

The storefront is still there (and the sign and everything), but it's empty. I just walked by last night.

Mar 28, 2008
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Cheap West Hollywood/Beverly Center/The Grove eats?

Eat a Pita is closed, FYI.

Mishima in the strip mall on 3rd near La Cienega is great for a cheap meal. We're always surprised when our dinner bill there is less than what we usually pay for breakfast out in the neighborhood!

Mar 28, 2008
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Easy side dish to serve with sushi?

I'm going to a sushi-making party at a friend's house. She's also going to barbecue some teriyaki beef and chicken, and I'm sure she'll be supplying edamame and rice. I'd like to volunteer to bring a side dish, but I'm not sure what would work best with this meal. Someone else is doing dessert, so that's out for me. Thanks for any ideas!

Mar 24, 2008
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Farmer's Market, 3rd & Fairfax

They're still open at Farmer's Market. Our waiter last week told us it would happen soon, but he didn't have a timeline.

Mar 24, 2008
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Help with Jewish/Kosher food in Southern California (Los Angeles)

You could take him to the Fairfax district (but not on a Saturday) and walk up and down Fairfax between Melrose and Beverly. There are several Jewish bakeries and markets, along with Canter's Deli. You'll also be surrounded a lot of Orthodox Jews (and others) going about their day in the area.

Mar 20, 2008
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Walking distance, Wilshire & Fairfax recos?

Hmmm, that's too bad. We haven't returned since our first visit months and months ago, so I guess we weren't that impressed (though we don't drink outside the house much anyway). We've been frequenting Green Apple for frozen yogurt a lot since it opened. I'm partial to Yogo Tango on Highland for my yogurt fix, but you can't beat walking-distance dessert!

Mar 20, 2008
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Broke my Le Creuset lid right out of the box!

I just heard back from their customer service department. They're sending me a new one for free!! This will definitely influence future purchases for me. Thanks for everyone's advice!

Mar 20, 2008
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Walking distance, Wilshire & Fairfax recos?

I'm curious about what you hated so much about Life (specifically)? I went once when it first opened and found it to meet my needs for a place to have a few happy hour drinks and snacks without worrying about driving.

Mar 17, 2008
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Walking distance, Wilshire & Fairfax recos?

Tasca is actually a very reasonable walking distance from Wilshire and Fairfax.

Mar 17, 2008
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Broke my Le Creuset lid right out of the box!

It's ceramic. I sent a note to customer service through the web site, so we'll see what (if anything) comes of it.

Mar 17, 2008
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Broke my Le Creuset lid right out of the box!

Argh. My first Le Creuset baking dish arrived from Amazon, and as I was pulling the dish out of the box (which was packed upside down, for the record), it snagged on the lid that I didn't realize was under there and knocked the lid knob right off. Any advice on what to do now?

Mar 15, 2008
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Walking distance, Wilshire & Fairfax recos?

Welcome to the neighborhood! I live in this area too, and often walk to places to avoid having to park the car.

For bars, try Whisper Lounge at The Grove. Tasca has also gotten good reviews here, but I've never been, so I don't know exactly what goes on in there as far as the bar scene goes. Life on Wilshire/Crescent is decent for happy hour drinks and food.

If you'll eat Indian, Surya on 3rd is pretty good.
Celadon on 3rd, just west of Fairfax has very good food that should accommodate your dietary restrictions (oh, and a nice bar area as well).
I'm not sure if you say you don't Italian because of the pizza/pasta factor, but Rocco's on Wilshire/Crescent Heights will make a ziti without pasta in it: sauce, sausage and cheese. They also have a good antipasto salad.

I'm suddenly needed at a meeting, but I'll post more later!

Mar 13, 2008
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As if you needed more "yogurt": Green Apple

We actually went back Saturday night. Still haven't gotten the crepes, but we did get the newly offered banana flavor yogurt. It was pretty good and perfect mixed with the cookie dough topping. I also tried the green tea flavor and thought it was good. Much stronger green tea flavor than other places that offer it. Next on the list to try is a smoothie!

Oct 22, 2007
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Good dinner after the Arclight?

Here's a link to a bunch of discussions about Arclight-adjacent dining: http://www.chow.com/search?search%5Bq...

I think most people will steer you toward Hungry Cat.

Oct 11, 2007
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As if you needed more "yogurt": Green Apple

You're right, it is more like a sorbet. I think I'll like it better if I adjust my expectations next time. I wonder if you had the same guy behind the counter who a TON of trouble getting the raspberries to stay in the cup! I'm guessing they'll have a better handle on things in a week or two.

(This was a reply to wutzizname, but somehow ended up here...so I look like I'm talking to myself.)

Oct 11, 2007
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As if you needed more "yogurt": Green Apple

Yes, unlike many newly opened places, this one didn't post nutrition information anywhere! Maybe they'll get around to it, but I don't really want to know how bad the "sugar and butter" crepe is for me! (Don't even get me started on the jars of Nutella they had sitting around.)

Oct 10, 2007
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As if you needed more "yogurt": Green Apple

I'll take a couple for my kitchen!

Oct 10, 2007
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