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Mac and Cheese

I like Bludso's for mac and cheese.

Aug 28, 2015
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Pasadena - North of 210 dining options?

I got some really terrific brisket from the Rodney's Ribs truck at Lake & Mountain. Succulent, smoky, fatty. I was very impressed.

Additionally, there are good pupusas to be had on North Lake:

Mely's, which is a cheap (most pupusas are $1.99), no-frills place with generously sized and very tasty pupusas. Their curtido is quite spicy and delicious.

La Caravana, which I only ended up at because they have a/c and ample seating, makes a great pupusa, with a little more meat in the revueltas filling. Slightly different price point, but at $2.95 still cheap eats.

Aug 28, 2015
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Your favorite grocery store ice cream

Tried the madagascar vanilla, and it was everything I dreamed a vanilla ice cream could be.

Aug 11, 2015
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Naugles

Now it's supposed to be weekends only, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Problem solved? Not likely. I'm sure there are many businesses that would like to have the "too many customers" problem.

Aug 05, 2015
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Your favorite grocery store ice cream

The Coolhaus pints at my local grocer are mighty tasty. I've enjoyed the Talenti salted caramel as well, and I think the Coolhaus salted caramel surpasses it.

Aug 01, 2015
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Recs in the San Fernando valley

Some of my favorites during my eight years in the Valley:

Sri Siam (Thai) in NoHo, for Tom Kha Kai, Khao Soi, Crispy Rice Salad

Sanam Luang Cafe (Thai) in NoHo, for noodles

Pita Kitchen (Middle Eastern) in Sherman Oaks, for falafel, shawarma, eggplant salad

Lal Mirch (Indian) in Studio City, for Tikka Masala and Veggie Korma

La Fogata (Mexican) in Van Nuys, for wet bean & cheese burrito, horchata

Porto's Bakery (Cuban) in Burbank, for potato balls, meat pies, cheese rolls and coconut macaroons

Pollo Campero by the Burbank airport for fried chicken and yucca fries

Baklava Factory in Encino for cashew rolls and mini roses

Jul 27, 2015
BearCity in Los Angeles Area
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Recs in the San Fernando valley

Agreed. Great spot for a greasy gyro sandwich, which comes with that very authentic Greek side dish, french fries. Not so great for exploring the full splendor of Greek cuisine.

Lunch Recommendations in Phinney Ridge or Greenlake?

Great Salvadoran food in a humble strip mall, Tiko Riko is close by in Greenwood. Once you've tried the pupusas revueltas, you will want more. The parking lot can be tough during lunch hour, but the side street to the south usually has something.

Dec 03, 2014
BearCity in Greater Seattle
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Katsu Burger closed yesterday

Yeah, I've eaten there since the re-opening, and it was still delicious. No changes detected.

Dec 03, 2014
BearCity in Greater Seattle

Seattle Donuts

Agreed on Top Pot, and I will second the recommendation for Family Donut. Not a destination place, but a very good neighborhood donut shop. Maple crullers are pretty excellent.

Legendary Donuts in Auburn is the closest thing to a destination donut shop I've found in the area. I had a blueberry donut with lemon icing there that I still think about six months later.

Dec 03, 2014
BearCity in Greater Seattle

San Miguel Beer (Philippines)

Thanks for the assistance, hounds. The beer was unavailable to its usual distributors for several weeks due to a problem with customs coming into the country, but I was able to track down two cases still on the shelf at Seafood City in Tukwila.

Nov 13, 2014
BearCity in Greater Seattle

San Miguel Beer (Philippines)

Fellow hounds:

I'm trying to track down two cases of San Miguel Beer, from the Philippines. I've ordered it through Central Market in Shoreline previously, but their distributor no longer has it. Big Star Beer Market has some, but not enough. Please let me know if you know of anywhere else that sells it. I'm willing to drive for it, but I need it by Friday. Your help is appreciated. Thanks!

Oct 07, 2014
BearCity in Greater Seattle

BBQ Hot Spot - Pasadena

The beef at Flame Broiler is inedible, but I agree with ElsieDee that it's a good spot for a quick chicken/veggie/brown rice teriyaki-style bowl. Certainly not a destination, but good for a healthier fast lunch if you're in the area.

Jul 08, 2013
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Pho Banh Mi Che Cali coming to Pasadena?

Tried the Banh Mi across from PCC this weekend, and came away unimpressed.

Is this an actual Banh Mi Che Cali? It's completely different from the Banh Mi Che Cali on San Gabriel Blvd near Las Tunas, where I've been getting my banh mi fix recently. Every aspect of the sandwich (bread, meat, veggies, condiments) is better at the San Gabriel Blvd location.

Jul 08, 2013
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Best Indian closest to Glendale?

I lived a few blocks from Salomi for several years, and it is bland, IMO. I'm a chicken tikka masala lover, and their version is lame, even when ordered extra-hot. And their service ranges from indifferent to terrible. Definitely not a destination worth driving to in my view (I wouldn't even recommend it if you're already parked in the neighborhood), but I guess it depends what you're looking for, which you didn't specify.

India Sweets and Spices is good for samosas, but their cafeteria-style entrees are generally sub-par.

Lal Mirch in Studio City is not perfect, but is far better than these aforementioned options, and they have the best chicken tikka masala and veggie korma in the area. That's where I would go from Glendale.

Jun 27, 2013
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Great Indian Food

If you're looking for Thali or anything super-authentic, go to Artesia.

If you're looking for some delicious, fattening Tikka Masala (which is what I'm generally looking for at an Indian restaurant), I like Lal Mirch in Studio City.

Jun 20, 2013
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Does anyone also agree with me that Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles is just not that great?

I've tried the chicken at Bill's in Altadena. It was pretty good, not great. The guys are very nice, though, and I dig their old console stereo. I prefer the Louisiana Fried Chicken at 1515 N. Lake.

I haven't tried Bonnie's or Big Mama's, though. Those will have to go on the to-do list.

Jun 20, 2013
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Chichen Itza Not So Great

Yeah, I've found the entree version of the cochinita pibil to be consistently delicious. Haven't tried the sandwich. Also, they have that awesome spicy potato salad.

May 28, 2013
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

BBQ in Los Angeles

Agreed. Bludso's. Worth the drive.

May 21, 2013
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Donut Man. I get it.

And the crullers...but seriously, the tigertails.

May 02, 2013
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Bulk Fried Chicken Prices

I'd recommend Louisiana Fried Chicken in Pasadena, on north Lake Street. Reasonable prices, great fried chicken, and excellent service level. Their ratio of cost/deliciousness is terrific, even when not buying in quantity, and it's not far from San Gabriel. They have a catering menu, though I'm only there for smaller quantities at lunch, so I haven't partaken of their catering.

Apr 12, 2013
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Burritos - LA Dish of the Month (April 2013)

The Alberto's locations vary greatly. The one across from PCC makes a pretty damn good chili verde burrito, although their bean & cheese is not great. However, the Alberto's on Rosemead Blvd at Garvey makes my favorite bean & cheese burrito anywhere. And on Rosemead, the chili verde isn't even an option.

Apr 04, 2013
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

San Fernando Valley

They also have the best Tom Kah Kai ever. I hesitate to order it anywhere else, because I know it will be a disappointment compared to Sri Siam. The flavor of that broth just sings. And yes, the crispy rice salad, with sour sausage, is also sublime. It's not a fancy place, but they have some great food.

Mar 11, 2013
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Who makes a kick-ass Spaghetti Carbonara?

Second Osteria La Buca. That is a really delicious carbonara. Ricotta croquettes w/ truffle honey are also a taste-gasm.

Feb 19, 2013
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Papa George's Hy Mart in North Hollywood

It's at the crazy six-way intersection of Lankershim and Vineland, at Camarillo street. It's on the southwest corner, in the strip mall behind the H.Salt Fish & Chips.

Sep 17, 2012
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Not Impressed by Renu Nakorn

Agreed. For people who have all of Hollywood and North Hollywood's Thai offerings at their disposal, Lotus of Siam is nothing special.

Sep 13, 2012
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Where to get the best FLAN in LA?

I have to agree. I just recently tried the flan at EPL, and my next flan from a sit-down Mexican restaurant didn't measure up. It's more delicious than one would expect.

Sep 13, 2012
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Papa George's Hy Mart in North Hollywood

I've been there a lot. I'm a meat eater, but this place turned me vegetarian for many a lunch hour. It's fantastic, a neighborhood gem.
I'd recommend the Veggie Baby on a French roll (which they finish by crisping up in a panini press), or the Shakloot Special lavash wrap. They're best at the Mediterranean-style sandwiches and wraps, often with a ton of ingredients; a turkey and swiss is going to be nothing to write home about. I do not recommend gyros. There are much, much better places for gyros, but there's nowhere else to go for a Shakloot Special. I get mine extra-spicy.

Sep 13, 2012
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

Best Pasadena take-out?

I'm fairly new to the area as well, but so far I'd recommend:

Daisy Mint - The panang curry w/Japanese pumpkin is great, as is the pad see ewe. I suspect the whole menu is good, but I haven't tried enough of it yet.

Mediterranean Cafe - Great wraps, falafel and garlic sauce, but closes at 7:00.

Zankou Chicken - A local chain, similar to Mediterranean Cafe, but bigger and open later.

The Luggage Room - Thin-crust, non-traditional pizzas, and pretty delicious salads.

If you don't mind a short drive down the 210, Zelo Gourmet Pizza in Arcadia is delicious, and travels well.

Jul 25, 2012
BearCity in Los Angeles Area

good, affordable food in North Hollywood?

Interesting. Thanks.

Dec 06, 2011
BearCity in Los Angeles Area