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Jon & Vinny's

I'd be interested in a menu, with prices.

about 15 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Dessert after Night + Market -- WeHo

I liked Night + Market. Crispy rice and sour sausage small starter is delicious and spicy. great textures, sharp flavors, great dish. Enjoyed the papaya salad and the beef curry which came with fried pancake wedges. Pig tails starter had some tasty crispy coating and some shreds of tender meat. Chicken larb, crab fried rice, and pad thai dishes were ok but nothing special, gave some bulk to the meal.

I really enjoyed sharing this meal. The first few dishes had lots of flavor and interest, and while the portions were small, the service was forthcoming, happy, and generous.

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Dessert after Night + Market -- WeHo

As I understand it, Night + Market is in Talessai, on the N/W corner of Sunset and Doheny. A group of us, 6 or so, tonight at 7:30. Valet is listed on their website at $4.50, not bad for the area.

Is there anywhere nearby, where we wouldn't have to repark, where we could share some high-quality desserts, maybe 9:30?

Apr 18, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

ISO Good food near Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Perfect CH thread: You posted a question with enough specific info to elicit good suggestions, you received several that were on point, you chose and reported back.

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Imac -- don't have a mouse wheel.

Apr 16, 2015
nosh in Site Talk

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I'm getting small text and can't get my usual display. What do I do?

Apr 16, 2015
nosh in Site Talk

Great StL Pizza at Cafe Manhattan -- Your Favorites?

Faraci's looks great. Unfortunately, way far west from my usual travels. I'll keep them in mind when I visit my cousin.

http://faracispizza.com

Apr 16, 2015
nosh in Great Plains

Chinese Dinner at Lulu's -- StL

When I'm in St. Louis I'm usually eating with family, and several are adverse to spicy. Dinner at Lulu's was in part because I had a Groupon, in part to sample some of their dim sum dishes. Occasionally when I'm visiting I have a lunch free solo. I want to try Wei Hong and Private Kitchen sounds intriguing, though it is hard to envision ordering without a menu.

Apr 16, 2015
nosh in Great Plains

Chinese Dinner at Lulu's -- StL

That is really a shame about Famous Szechwan Pavilion. Stopped in to check it out a year or so ago but never got to eat there.

Apr 16, 2015
nosh in Great Plains

Fine dining in West Los Angeles/Santa Monica

Chinois on Main on Main St. in lower Santa Monica. Wolfgang Puck's original asian fusion restaurant. Bold flavors, delicious food, everything served to share. Concentrate on the smaller dishes (I love the stir-fried lamb in radicchio cups) and split either the sliced szechwan beef filet or the whole crispy fried catfish with ponzu. A bit loud when crowded, decor is brash and outdated, but service is professional and excellent. My consistent favorite for decades when I splurge.

Apr 15, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Great Burger at O'Connell's -- Best in StL?

I checked the online menu and Anthony's Bar does indeed serve a burger at lunch.

Apr 15, 2015
nosh in Great Plains

Vintage LA diners with great food

S & W on the south side of Washington just west of the angular intersection with Culver is a favorite. They do a homemade corned beef hash (sorta unusual with carrots) and also a canned version, which I order because it crisps up better. Great sides (I like to go with someone to share the pancakes and the hash browns done well) and eggs cooked properly to order. Cash only, though they have an ATM, I think.

Apr 15, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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Vintage LA diners with great food

Wow, that looks great.

Apr 15, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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Chinese Dinner at Lulu's -- StL

I had a Groupon and dad's wife is always looking to break out of their rotation, so I made reservations for five at Lulu's on the south side of Olive in U City. Table usually for six with a lazy susan in the middle, which I really like when sharing a lot of dishes since it avoids endless passing. I ordered some dim sum to start -- shrimp dumplings, shrimp and chive dumplings, shu main, and potstickers. All were good, especially when dipped in soy, vinegar, and hot chili oil. Best entree was my niece's crispy eggplant, wedges that were crisp on the outside and meltingly tender inside, in a slightly sweet sauce. Best dish of the evening. Dad's hot plate with shrimp, small scallops, and more was good though the brown sauce was boring to me. His wife's Hong Kong noodles turned out to be very thin noodles and was more successful than my sister's chow fun vegetable noodles, which were flat and wide and to me just boring. I ordered the szechwan chicken, which turned out to be small chunks of deep-fried chicken along with fried scallion and garlic pieces, served with a TON of little hot thin red peppers (arbol?) which scared most of the others at the table. Not as spicy as it looked, as long as you didn't bite the peppers, but it scared off most in my party. No sauce in this dish.

So two questions: First, as with most Chinese places, I got the idea that other than the eggplant, I missed their best dishes. So for others that have eaten there, what is best? Second, what are your favorite Chinese places in St. Louis (Olive, U. City, Clayton areas preferred) and what are the best dishes there?

BTW, I was driving on Maryland in Clayton and noticed sign's in all of the windows of House of Wong announcing a new ramen place. Not my favorite, but ok and very convenient and I'll miss it. Living in L.A., last thing I need is more ramen, pho, or the like.

Apr 15, 2015
nosh in Great Plains

Great Burger at O'Connell's -- Best in StL?

Good points, lemons.

I haven't tried Five Star's burger yet, but i suspect it might be in your third category, where much of the attention is to the toppings. Could be wrong...

For the flat burger, I have fond memories of being very young and eating in the car with one of those window trays at Fitz's, when it used to be under the overpass on Brentwood. I'd get cheeseburgers, my mom would always order their kitchen burger.

For thick burgers, i seem to recall that Vince from Tony's had an interest in the Fatted Calf in their early days when they were also downtown. Do they serve a burger at Anthony's Bar or the new breakfast/lunch place they've recently opened? If they do, I'll bet it is good.

Apr 15, 2015
nosh in Great Plains

Great Burger at O'Connell's -- Best in StL?

Thanks for the suggestion. When at Sugarfire, difficult for me not to order the brisket or ribs, though.

Apr 15, 2015
nosh in Great Plains

Great StL Pizza at Cafe Manhattan -- Your Favorites?

Hit Cafe Manhattan (on the west side of Hanley just north of Wydown in Clayton) twice during my weekend visit. They make my favorite St. Louis-style pizza for years now. First visit had the combo with an Italian salad with a personal pizza ($10.75?) and second had a 12-inch, both with sausage. Delicious. Crispy, very thin crust, good cheese and sauce, sausage are meaty and tasty (I usually prefer pepperoni). Service always good there.

Used to go to Frank & Helen's for decades. Went there a few months ago and it was crowded and hectic. Ordered the second-thinnest crust, and should have gone for the thinnest. OK, but not great. Salad mostly chunks of iceberg and not nearly as good and interesting (cheese, slivered onion) as CM.

We reminisced about Nino's, a place of my youth on the south side of Olive in a strip mall somewhere west of the Inner Belt (which didn't exist yet) during my youth.

Where are your favorites for St. Louis-style pizzas now? [Not interested in neapolitan or other styles -- I can get those here.]

Apr 15, 2015
nosh in Great Plains

Great Burger at O'Connell's -- Best in StL?

Saturday afternoon, and first stop was Olympia's just up McCausland from my mom's place and I'd heard good things about their gyro. But Cards game was on TV and when I asked if one could show me the game, the hostess said "We are a soccer place," so I was out of there.

Went to O'Connell's and took a seat near the TV at the bar. Cheeseburger with american cheese, ordered medium with a char -- took awhile since they were very busy -- but it was excellent. Crunchy crust, delicious thick juicy meat. For decades I couldn't go into O'Connell's because of the thick haze of smoke, but now their burger may be the best. (I miss the Fatted Calf and the scoop of soft cheese.) I only wish I was with someone who would split the burger and a roast beef sandwich, which is also great there.

Anybody suggest a better burger, particularly well under $10?

Apr 15, 2015
nosh in Great Plains

Quality Lunch at Farmhaus-- StL

Had time and had never been, so I dropped by Farmhaus for their blue plate lunch this Monday. Arrived at opening, and sat at a two-top at the window of the bar area to the right. They do a $10 blue plate special at lunch, and Monday is fried chicken. No problem subbing my Sprite for their ice tea. Starter was a spinach salad with a sweetish caramelized onion dressing with some thin-sliced cucumber and radish that was really good. Chicken was two pieces, a drumstick and boneless great portion, that were nicely fried with the great moist. Did they remove the skin before frying? Mashed potato with gravy and mac'n'cheese alongside. Very good, generous for $10, but a bit bland -- I'd have liked more spice. Service was excellent and friendly. I would definitely come again, especially to try their meatloaf.

Apr 15, 2015
nosh in Great Plains

Where to get Chicago style Italian beef sandwiches?

Burbank location of Al's? Taste of Chicago?

Apr 14, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Successful Group Dinner at Pan d'Olive -- StL

Teacher and debate coach is the esteemed and loved "Wild" Bill Heyde, Ladue high school.

Apr 14, 2015
nosh in Great Plains

Successful Group Dinner at Pan d'Olive -- StL

Evited to a tribute to my high school debate coach and English teacher, now 76, who was important and influential for me. When more than a couple former teammates planned to attend, I began organizing a dinner for Saturday night. Started around a dozen and ended up twice that. Decided on Pan d'Olive, which is a Mediterranean restaurant on the west side of McCausland about three major blocks south of highway 40, next to Olympia, the Greek place. Pan d'Olive has a downstairs area for groups, accessible by wheelchair from the parking lot. They (mostly Sam, the owner) were flexible about numbers, offered the entire menu, and did not demand a minimum or deposit. I'd eaten there before (and reported on this board) and have found the food very good, the prices more than fair, and the service and layout of their main dining room to be interesting and upscale.

Well, our evening was a spectacular success. We talked and mingled for a long time, they set up a U-shaped configuration that made speaking and sharing with the guest-of-honor easy. We split the food equally, with the alcoholic drinks on a separate check arrangement. With 20 people also paying for three guests, and including a 20% tip (which was well-deserved) the bill came to $37 pp, a bargain. My chicken soup with rice was delicious, especially with a touch of lemon. My salmon was a nice filet and well-prepared to medium. We started at 5:30, sat down more than an hour later, broke up after 9, and 8 of us were still drinking at the bar well after 10.

Obviously food wasn't the focus. But dishes (starters, entrees, then coffee and some desserts) came out in good order and everyone seemed to enjoy theirs. Our waiter, who was assisted by a busser and others to serve courses, kept a nice rein on things without being intrusive.

Great job, thus I am recommending them.

Apr 13, 2015
nosh in Great Plains

Ft. Myers Trip Report -- March 2015

Another dinner was at Courtney's Continental Cuisine, which is now in a minimal on Summerlin after years in Sanibel. Nice room with darker lighting and a pianist/singer in the bar area -- not too loud in the dining room. Our server lost his enthusiasm for us when we didn't order drinks or wine, only to become much more affable and talkative before the check. Split a crab cake, which was very good but the sauce had too much mustard for my taste. Cesar salad was fine but paled after Osteria Celli's. Good bread. Mom had the duck, which Jean LeBoeuf lauded in his review, and enjoyed it. I had the salmon, which was fine. Good dinner, but ranks third below the other two.

Another dinner was at Bonefish Grill on 41. I know it is a chain, but we don't have one here (until very recently, and not close to me) and I've always enjoyed it. Started with a cup of the crab/corn chowder, which costs less when ordered with an entree. As always, a truly excellent dish, rich and delicious. I had the salmon, which didn't have much of the char I requested, but still was well-grilled, with a bit of a crust and flaky, almost translucent in the center. I really like their garlic/butter sauce and also the Asian sauce i had on the side. Besides the tasty potatoes, veggie of sugar snap peas was very good. Yep, not adventurous and not fine dining, but the food and service are consistently good and I even had a Groupon.

Apr 09, 2015
nosh in Florida
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Friends from out of state moved to Venice CA. Looking for authentic Chinese food Locally?

That Zi Ran lamb dish at Moon House (#1 on their lunch menu) is indeed a very good and interesting dish. Resembles a Mongolian beef, in that it is almost all meat with some onion, it is dryer and has some cumin (?) and cilantro stems. Lamb usually is of surprisingly good quality.

Apr 09, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

4 days in Santa Monica with teen

I agree to a degree. But easier if they were staying near the pier, for example. From north of Wilshire, quite a walk before you get to most of the places mentioned in this thread.

Apr 09, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Friends from out of state moved to Venice CA. Looking for authentic Chinese food Locally?

California Wok on Wilshire used to be associated with Chung King (now Cheng Du) on Pico -- we're talking a decade or two ago. California Wok used to advertise "healthy" Chinese on their to-go menus.

I've had a couple of good lunches at the new California Wok ordering the chicken-beef-shrimp kung pao with extra sauce and asking for the hot chili oil.

My westside lunch rotation is: Hu's Szechuan (National near Rancho Park/Cheviot Hills. Like their twice-cooked pork (without tofu), their kung pal chicken (with extra sauce), and their eggplant with ground pork. Really like the small chinese chicken salad they include between the soup and entree. Moon House (east side of strip mall on S/E corner of Sepulveda and Santa Monica Blvd.) for their shredded pork with garlic sauce or the chicken with mixed vegetables (with spicy szechwan garlic sauce). Also sometimes hit California Wok, Mandarin Kitchen or Jin Jiang. Had a decent kung pal chicken at Cheng Du several weeks ago.

Apr 08, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

St Louis People (Burbs) - Need Restaurant / Cocktail Joint Help!!!

CWE = Central West End, the stretch along Euclid east of Kingshighway which is the eastern border of Forest Park. The Barnes/Jewish Hospital complex keeps growing and gobbling up area there so lots of professionals, docs, nurses, and med and nursing students.

Apr 08, 2015
nosh in Great Plains

Daily Grill

You mean on Century Blvd, south side, east of LAX -- not Century City.

Apr 08, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Vicente Foods in Brentwood has a sneaky good Pastrami sandwich

Tried buying the pastrami bulk from Vicente's (deli man recommended cold since I'd be nuking it later) and I paired it with a loaf of rye bread from Trader Joe's. Mistake. TJ's bread was denser and more crumbly than the sliced sections they sell at the deli counter and made a poorer sandwich, even after trying lightly toasting it before nuking with the pastrami.

Apr 08, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Batterfish lunch

Quick lunch at H. Salt today (Santa Monica Blvd. in W.L.A.) -- the London Special, $6+.

Apr 08, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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