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PIZZA TAKE OUT MELROSE AND SWEETZER

What disappointed you about Vito's? They used to be the standard.

12 minutes ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Xmas Eve Chinese Seafood

Tell us more, please. What did you eat? How many people and cost? Standout dishes?

about 2 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Changes afoot at Santa Monica Place

Hard to figure what a landlord is thinking. If CCF can't afford the rent, who can? Anyone have word on what is going in there?

Gosh, is the Westwood Village model extending, where greedy landlords would rather have places empty than compromise and keep income flowing from steady tenants?

about 2 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Changes afoot at Santa Monica Place

The one in Brentwood did good business and had a workable parking arrangement. Why did it close?

about 12 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Voting

Chili dogs, etc. can be included.

What will not be tolerated is the abomination that is not real chili -- those with beans.

about 12 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Nominations

With 5 nominees with 3 or 2 votes, decided to post the voting thread with all of them in the race. Everyone please vote!

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Voting

Please submit your votes, one per person, in ALL CAPS.

Open from now until the ball drops, or I fall asleep (or wake up) on New Years Eve.

This time there were 5 nominees that have 3 or 2 votes so far. So this time we'll have a wide-open race. Top nominees are:

DELI
CHILI (includes chili-cheese-fries)
AFRICAN
VEGAN
BURGERS

Votes must be in ALL-CAPS. One vote per screen name.

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Chicken Parm Hero (a la NYC)

It is a long way from Pasadena, but Bay Cities Deli on Lincoln in Santa Monica does a good chicken parm sub on their hot side. (Closed Mondays)

Closer, just west of Chinatown on Alpine (west of 110) Eastside Market Deli offers an eggplant parm sub, but their menu isn't showing a chicken. If it is anything like their pastrami/roast beef, it will be huge, tasty, and sloppy.

L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Nominations

Two days left to nominate, second, and support.

So far those with two votes to nominate:

Deli.
Chili.
Burgers.
African.

Those would be the January voting choices if we stopped now.

Remember -- ALL CAPS to vote for nomination, and you can nominate multiple times.

Dec 25, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Boiling Crab Opening in Westwood Village

It is just across the street N/W of Napa Valley Grille.

As with everywhere in Westwood Village, some of their success will depend on how they handle parking. Assume they'll have valet. The most convenient would be the glass office building to the east, but maybe that is where NVG's valet parks. There is some parking under the new apartments to the north where Rite-Aid, the bank, and X-Treme Pizza validates. Doing the drive-around search for street parking will be no fun, and that public parking structure on Broxton is a long walk away.

Dec 24, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Cassels Hamburgers Opening!

wiener -- That photo is of a longlost menu board, right?

If those are the current prices I'm there!

Dec 24, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Boiling Crab Opening in Westwood Village

http://www.theboilingcrab.com

Mentions Westwood location opening soon.

Dec 24, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Nominations

I'll second DELI.

Dec 23, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

whole roasted chicken left out cooling 4 hrs

The thing with potentially dangerous items like poultry is how long they are in the zone -- lower than 140 and higher than 40 -- where bacteria can multiply exponentially. Over 4 hours is usually considered the beginning of risk. But it took a little while for your bird to get below 140 -- if it was cooked to 160, the first 20-30 minutes of resting will actually have the temp coast higher.

So as long as you got the bird into the fridge at 4 hours, I think you are safe. If you cut it up or boned it so it will cool more quickly, even better. Since it already has been out in the risky zone for a couple hours, once you make your chicken salad make sure to keep and serve it cold so it doesn't return to that zone.

I wouldn't worry about it for normal, healthy eaters. Obviously, be more cautious for those with very vulnerable immune systems.

Dec 23, 2014
nosh in General Topics

L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Nominations

You realize that would be dominated by Budweiser! Huge A-B plant just west of the 405...

Dec 21, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Nominations

This month's tamales has been a nice rebound, and we're still a few days from Christmas. So time to consider what you'd like to eat, report on, and perhaps photograph for January.

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 January 2015 …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 December 26th.

- nosh

Previous Dish of the Month Discussions for LA:

Tamales: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9974...
Late-Night/24-Hour Dining: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/994030
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

Dec 21, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

New York Strip Roast?

The ones from my local Ralphs certainly seem to be the ones from the strip end of a porterhouse. They have the fat layer with the bit of cartilage or connective tissue underneath, and the fatty blobs on the lower end.

Dec 21, 2014
nosh in Home Cooking

New York Strip Roast?

I think "keep your head down" is a misnomer -- better is "keep your head still."

I've never been to Scottsdale, so no food help there.

I recently received a gift of a Bushnell NeoX wristwatch GPS distance finder, and I love it. Contrary to my expectations, I find it most useful when pitching around the green, where 20-30-40 yards means half-back, 3/4-back, or almost full back with my 60-degree wedge.

Get my email from my profile and we can share golf successes, and of course if you are ever in L.A....

Dec 21, 2014
nosh in Home Cooking

New York Strip Roast?

Also a loss leader at the Ralphs supermarkets in WLA. $4.88/lb for choice ny strip boneless roasts.

I really don't think this cut lends itself to a roast. And 140 degrees? That is damn near well done.

I bought one and cut into steaks that were as thick as the cut is wide, about 2". Charcoal grilled and then finished in oven. Steaks a bit above a pound. The way they are cutting these, there is some fat and connective tissue at the top and bottom. Middle 3/4 cut into nice thick 2 or 3-bit serving pieces.

Dec 20, 2014
nosh in Home Cooking

Philippe The Original Takes Plastic After Only 106 Years !

I think there are better values than Philippe, such as the drippy, huge pastrami and roast beef at Eastside Market Deli not far west. A lamb or pork dip at Philippe leaves me needing at least a beef stew or chili to be a satisfying lunch. But I appreciate the history, easy free parking, and I'd take a visitor there for a quick lunch or snack.

Long live.

best price/quality ratio sources for an Xmas rib roast?

The online weekly ad for my local Albertsons -- Sepulveda near National in WLA -- shows choice bone-in rib roasts for %6.99/lb, no caveat about $25 purchase.

Dec 19, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Please help me choose a restaurant gift card in Santa Monica

With some of the restaurant closures lately and coming, I'd be wary of restaurant gift cards unless the place is extremely stable. Rather just give a check and indicate you hope they use it for a good meal.

Dec 19, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

best price/quality ratio sources for an Xmas rib roast?

If you go to one of the Ralphs that is carrying the $4.88/lb. special, I'm sure you could get one that big. I'd call ahead. But I'd rather cook two that are 3-4 lbs. each -- more delicious end cuts.

Dec 19, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

The Closures Continue... Mo-Chica Closing This Weekend

What have you heard about Jar? First I've seen about them...

Dec 19, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

best price/quality ratio sources for an Xmas rib roast?

The loss leader at Ralphs this season is the new york strip roasts for $4.88 a pound. I don't think the new york cut -- the strip side of the t-bone -- is best roasted. I bought a 2+ lb. roast and cut it in two and have steaks just over a pound that are as thick as they are wide.

The flyer for the stores near me -- Westwood -- are also advertising a bone-in choice rib roast for $6.88 per pound.

The Sprouts on Westwood Blvd. advertises a choice bone-in prime rib roast for a buck or two more but with the meat cut from the bones and tied on for best flavor but easy carving. They brag theirs is "never frozen" but I don't think the ones from Ralphs are from frozen either.

Dec 18, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

JThur01 On Wuhan Style Food in the SGV

Barry, the edit function is limited by time -- you can edit as many times as you need, but only for a couple of hours or so.

Dec 18, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

TonyC's Annual 20 Best Chinese Not in the SGV

Easiest would be Moon House: Take the 405 north past the 10 interchange and then exit quickly at Santa Monica Blvd. Take a right (east) on Santa Monica Blvd. and you will see the strip mall to your right on the south side with the Fatburger and Del Taco. Make a right on Bentley and a right into the strip mall. Moon House is the first restaurant on the east side of the strip mall.

When you leave, you can only go to the east (right) so again make a right on Bentley, go to your first available right, make another right onto Sepulveda (west side of the strip mall) and then a left onto Santa Monica Blvd. and a right entrance back onto the northbound 405 freeway.

The first dish on their lunch special combo menu, the lamb, is a very good meat-centric dish.

Dec 18, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Chowhound: How About Working WITH Us Rather Than TO Us?

You alter the shading of read posts. We are dismayed. Have to complain, and THEN you tell us to go to whatever and change settings and defaults....

You install pagination. Now I have to click on "Show All" and it doesn't work. I try going from page to page. I can't figure where I am... Still doesn't work right.

Hey, How about alerting us about SPECIFIC intended changes and asking whether we need or want them? How about including a few of us into beta testing to see how it works for the active 'hounds?

Sorry, I'm not as pleased by the "exciting" changes as you seem to be.

In fact, more and more, I get the feeling you don't care about me or my decade-long contributions at all....

Question re Fort MyersFlorida

I can't speak to "Florida food," since the state has areas as disparate as Miami (with a Cuban and Caribbean influence) and the Panhandle (southern, coastal). Fort Myers is on the gulf side, and a lot of the dining depends on the snowbirds during the winter season or is chains. If there are particular dishes, I would say grouper and maybe those huge and hard-clawed crab.

When you say Fort Myers area, might you mean south towards Naples or Bonita Springs?

Some of my favorites, after two decades of winter visits, are:

Sasse's: Italian with woodburning oven in Ft. Myers.
Bonefish Grill: Seafood chain but I really like both food and service.
Wyld's Cafe: On Bonita Beach Rd., surprisingly nice atmosphere and food.
Grouper & Chips: Very casual, in Naples, great fried or grilled grouper.

Dec 17, 2014
nosh in Florida

$3.69/lb for prime beef!!

Use the flat end for braising/roasting and the cap end for smoking, as the latter is more forgiving with all the fat.

Dec 17, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area