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Lamonica's: 1980 Prices on 10/21

Every Monday.

about 10 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Lamonica's: 1980 Prices on 10/21

Thanks. They are in the neighborhood (for me, Westwood Village).

Didn't there used to be a second location? Maybe downtown?

about 11 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish Of the Month, November 2014 -- Nominations

I'll second a timely choice -- TURKEY.

about 12 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Where To Eat Near Downtown?

Too late, but aren't both Commissary and POT in the Line Hotel almost exactly there?

about 13 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

I'm not a doughnut fan. *hides from brickbats*

Yes, it is on the east side just before the one-way south starts.

about 13 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Another Wonderful Dinner at Chi Spacca

Not only that, but by most of the descriptions I read these days, "no visible pink/redness left" is far over medium into welldone territory. (Usually I read "rare = red, cool center; medium-rare = red-pink, warm center; medium = pink, warm center.")

about 14 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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Looking for an authentic, memorably kick-ass, bowl of Hot and Sour Soup somewhere in the Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks/Studio City area. Any strong suggestions? Thanks.

Wow, thanks for the info but what a disappointment. Bamboo Forest has been a reliable, filling, very inexpensive and good (once I tested the menu) lunch for me the last couple of years. At least the judgement of my palate is corroborated. Maybe I'll give the new iteration a try in a couple of months...

about 14 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

I'm not a doughnut fan. *hides from brickbats*

Stan's is historic and known for their donuts with peanut butter. For parking, get there very early. Or let passenger out and have driver go around the block.

Where does one park quickly and conveniently for a donut stop at the old Farmers' Market?

Primo's has free parking right behind the shop, on the east side of Sawtelle just north of National.

I like the raised cinnamon rolls at the donut shop on the N/E corner of Santa Monica Blvd. at Sawtelle (next to the Subway). They are very good in the morning, with a lightness and some crisp from the bottom. But in the last month I've been there a couple times just after 5 a.m. (I think they open at 4:30). A different beast -- a bit warm, much lighter, a more delicate but more wonderful crisp. A great cinnamon roll for $1.30. But I'll be the first to admit that a donut is eons better when fresh and warm out of the oven.

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish Of the Month, November 2014 -- Nominations

I have to be out of town with limited internet the last couple days of the month. Need to get things set up early.

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Looking for an authentic, memorably kick-ass, bowl of Hot and Sour Soup somewhere in the Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks/Studio City area. Any strong suggestions? Thanks.

I have really enjoyed the cup of hot and sour soup served with my lunch combos at Bamboo Forest on the south side of Burbank just east of Kester (in what I guess is Sherman Oaks). It is not thickened, has both a spicy and sour kick, and is garnished simply with some thin bamboo shoot, black-ear mushroom, tofu and egg. It has almost always been served at a good hot temp.

Note, however -- after two years of really liking this place, the lunch I had two weeks ago was a letdown, and i fear they may have at least one new chef.

I'd be interested to know if this fits your requirements. Unfortunately, Bamboo Forest does not offer hot chili oil, which I almost always add to kick up the spice level of my hot and sour soup.

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish Of the Month, November 2014 -- Nominations

I'll second FRENCH FRIES (and specify that the category can include onion rings or strings).

And I'll happily start the vote between these two!

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish Of the Month, November 2014 -- Nominations

I'll second DELI.

Oct 18, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish Of the Month, November 2014 -- Nominations

I'm at home after golf watching football, so I thought I'd get next month's process going:

We all know the drill by now, but in case you do not: The idea is this -- choose a 'Dish of the Month' for the LA area and then collectively try as many versions of this dish as possible during the month reporting back with details and photos. It's great to talk about places you've been in the past, but the idea is to explore new places and make new discoveries.

The dish that gets chosen might be something very specific (chili fries) but might also be more of a dish category (potatoes). It's up to everyone here, but it probably makes sense to choose something that locals are excited about trying and finding the best and most interesting versions!

Anyway, this is the nomination thread for November 2014 …you can nominate as many dishes as you want, but once we do the voting thread, it will be one vote per user. I will try to follow sentiment, but I'm going to exercise discretion and not sweat choosing nominees for the voting thread.

To nominate a dish, please (please!) post it in ALL CAPS in the responses below. This thread will be open until I go to bed on October 25th.

- nosh

Previous Dish of the Month Discussions for LA:

Latin-American Seafood: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/990808
Offal: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/987665
Cocktails and Bar Food: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/984400
Fried Chicken and Frozen Desserts: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/981041
Lamb: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/977449
Spring Produce: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/974071
Shellfish: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/970902
Pie: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/967272
Pasta: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/962696
Fried Foods: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/929784
Pancakes, Waffles & French Toast: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/926270
Soup: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922507
Koreatown: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918747
Fried Fish: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/915324
Salad: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/911495
Sandwiches: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/907564
Tacos: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/902860
Meatballs: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/900427
Burritos: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/896577
Eggs: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892386
Dumplings: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/888751
Pork Chop: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884484
BBQ Brisket: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875871
Roast Chicken: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/880578

Oct 18, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

Oh, I see -- pretty much across from the new Sunnin. Probably in that place that was a series of mediocre Chinese places, then a Mexican called El Choza...?

Only a few parking spaces right there. Wonder if you can use the lower level underneath Sprouts...

Oct 18, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Turkey Gravy... long form

Note that the crockpot is only to warm the finished product.

You still need the stovetop to bring the roux and stock + drippings to a simmer or low boil to get the roux to thicken the gravy.

Oct 18, 2014
nosh in Home Cooking

"Swept" away by Scopa Italian Roots

Softer roll than Bay Cities, smaller meatballs.

Very friendly staff.

Get the Italian beef sandwich -- comes with dipping au jus. Great sandwich.

Avoid the pizzas -- thick, heavy with toppings, expensive. Eggplant parm, Italian salad -- stuff like that is strong point.

Victor Jr.'s, north side of washington across from Sony Studios.

Oct 17, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

Please, more info:

Does anyone have a link to a menu with prices? Is this a spicy hot cuisine?

Is this the kind of place I could come in for a solo lunch and order a dish and be satisfied? Doesn't sound like a lunch combo sort of menu...

Oct 17, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

"Swept" away by Scopa Italian Roots

Sorry, Victor Jr.'s, on the north side of Washington across from the studio in Culver City.

(Just getting used to my first iPhone.)

Oct 17, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Connie and Ted's happy hour

Hours and days?

Oct 17, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

"Swept" away by Scopa Italian Roots

Jesse, the meatball sub at Scopa, while good, is half the size and twice the cost of one at Bay Cities or Vicor Jr.'s.

Oct 17, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Tommy's Joynt [San Francisco]

Will be in SF for NLCS games 4 and 5. I'd seen Tommy's Joynt on DDD, and the roasted meat sandwiches looked great. Done a bit of research...

Worth a stop before the games?

If not, where? Good, relatively fast, fill-us-up food.

Oct 15, 2014
nosh in San Francisco Bay Area

group dinner in Brentwood/Westwood area

Napa Valley Grille?
Wilshire?
Tanino?

With plans in advance, you could probably reserve the enclosed patio section (or the tables in that northern section of the room) of Shamshiri Grill and do a feast. (Semi-family-style -- such big portions at good prices you pass stuff around.)

Oct 14, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Saturday Night Dinner for BFFs in Santa Monica - WHERE TO GO

Why was I thinking you wanted vegetarian choices? So many threads...

Bucato in Culver City. The patio at Wilshire is really nice -- food has always been very good, but my experience is with prior chefs.

Would a drive a bit up the coast be fun? A drink very early before sunset at The Penthouse. Then maybe Moonshadows (I don't know how the food is these days; there were postings about an improved kitchen some time back. The setting is spectacular.) or whoever moved into The Chart House (I remember some steakhouse? Wasn't it bought by a group that would definitely spiff it up and modernize it?).

I still would go to Gjelina and request the patio or that room midway back between the main dining room and the patio.

Oct 13, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

How many ribs in a rack?

Right up there with: "Well, that's the way WE make ________" when you get a completely different and inferior rendition.

Oct 13, 2014
nosh in General Topics

Saturday Night Dinner for BFFs in Santa Monica - WHERE TO GO

Gjelina. Huge selection of veggie salad, pizza, and an entire veggie section (most from the woodburning oven.

Oct 13, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

house made all beef hot dog, Westside Tavern

Not on their online menu.

A hot dog for like $13!!??

Well, you always have dollars to spend when it comes to food...

Oct 12, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Bludso's For White People™- first visit.

I'd never heard of Roger's before. Looked them up -- prices are on the high side. What do they do best? My usual favorites are brisket, pork ribs, and pulled pork.

I had a very good lunch about a month ago from Dr. Hogly Wogly's on Sepulveda just south of Roscoe -- a bbq brisket sandwich with steak fries done crispy as requested -- all of $6.95++.

Oct 11, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

ok, where on the westside can i find a GREAT baked potato with sour cream?

??? Never heard that story. But just proves again that smoking will kill you.

Oct 11, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

La Cava Sherman oaks...anyone been recently?

Thanks for reporting back.

Oct 11, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Solo Business Trip to LA area - Recommendations?

I mostly like your plan. Leaving all of the debate about car vs. public transit aside, I still think it is too ambitious.

I hope you don't have too high expectations for In-N-Out. For a fast-food burger, it is truly superlative. Get the double-double -- I get it with onion and pickles. The contrast between the hot burgers and cheese with the cold crisp veggies is great, and few mention how excellent their toasted buns are. Fries are weak -- if you get them order them welldone.

Definitely One Pico. M Street has not impressed me at lunch, and while on the fairly entertaining Main Street in lower Santa Monica, it doesn't give much of a coastal feel.

I would stay in the Santa Monica/Venice area, especially since your number one goal is to see the ocean. There is a Saturday morning farmers' market on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, smaller than the famous Wednesday one, but could be interesting. You could check out the Santa Monica Pier. Then make your way down to Venice and Abbott Kinney to Gjelina for lunch. Gjelina is probably the quintessential Southern California restaurant of the past 8 years, down to their no modifications policy. Here is a recent online lunch menu:

http://www.gjelina.com/#/lunch

No reason to get large plates. Make sure at least something (veggie dish) comes from the woodburning oven. And definitely get the butterscotch pot de creme for dessert.

Switch Connie and Ted's to dinner. If you like oysters get some. The fried clams. No need to order the fish entrees, you'll be happier with the smaller stuff. Lobster roll. Sub their great, crisp delicate onion rings for fries. If dining solo, you can probably get a seat at the bar without a reservation.

I'm on this board constantly, I love dumplings and dim sum, and I've never read anyone writing that I must get to Peking Tavern. I saw their online menu, and it scares me that no prices are listed. If you must have dumplings (isn't there really good dim sum in some areas of NYC?) and you can't get to the San Gabriel Valley where the great ethnic Chinese is located, you can probably find better, much cheaper and less precious dumplings and dim sum in Chinatown, which is just north of downtown and right near Union Station, where you can take a Fly-Away shuttle to LAX for $10 (runs hourly).

Oct 11, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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