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King Hua Tomorrow, Monday?

Sorry I missed you, barryc -- away from the computer and no smartphone.

Three of us enjoyed King Hua. I always need to ask for ice water, hot chili oil, soy sauce, and a fork. Really liked the shrimp and chive dumplings. The deep-fried eggplant with shrimp paste was new to me -- tasty, not crispy but soft. Yes, the rice noodle with shrimp was very good. I really enjoyed the cheapest dish we ordered, the deep-fried egg rolls -- on the thin side, very delicate and crisp on the outside, steaming piping hot and soft on the inside. Baked pork buns were on the smaller side but good. Great lunch.

about 18 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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King Hua Tomorrow, Monday?

From the westside. I have simple, gringo tastes -- I like shrimp (w/ chive or scallop) dumplings, crispy stuff like egg rolls or potstickers or shrimp balls, baked bbq pork buns, even eggplant with shrimp paste. Any particular recommendations for King Hua after a shopping expedition to the 99 Ranch Market in Monterey Park?

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Perfect picnic- store with cheese, fresh baked breads, Italian salami?

Shortly north of your departure from Redondo Beach, on Lincoln (Hwy 1) in Santa Monica, is Bay Cities Italian Deli. Their bread is excellent, crusty on the outside, nice chew within. Get a few of their ficelle rolls, regular or large, very inexpensive. They have a good selection of cheeses at the counter over to the left (south) after you enter the front door. I don't know if they have any premium or house made salami, but they offer some domestic or imported proscuitto, a lot of pre made salads, some very tasty house made thin-sliced beef (flank steak or tri-tip?) and they may have some burrata or house made mozzarella. They open at 9 and don't get crowded until after 11 but gosh-darn, this has all been in vain because Bay Cities is closed on Mondays. Sorry. Great bread though.

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Was hankering for chicken fried steak, so went to S & W for a late breakfast. Asked the server if their "country fried steak" was a chicken fried steak, and she asked what a chicken fried steak was. Ordered it anyway.

What I got was pretty good, but it wasn't, to my mind, a chicken fried steak. This was a real steak (probably a sirloin, no visible fat) about 3/4-inch thick, maybe 6-8 ounces, that had been dredged in flour and then pan-fried. The steak was flavorful, cooked slightly over medium, the flour crust almost blackened, served over a generous helping of white country gravy. The crust gave some crispy texture, the meat a bit tough. Chose scrambled eggs, hash browns, and sourdough toast alongside -- very filling lunch for $10.95++.

Some may prefer this to a chicken fried steak, as the meat was more natural or real. But I'm looking for a chicken fried steak where the crispy batter is pronounced, and the meat is cubed or pounded or otherwise tenderized and the batter can infiltrate and hang on to the meat.

And for S & W fans (I'm one): the menu has changed after a LOOONG time, and many prices are up a buck.

2 days ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014 -- Nominations

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 August 2014 …you can nominate as many dishes as you want, but once we do the voting thread, it will be one vote per user.

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 July 25th.

- nosh

Previous Dish of the Month Discussions for LA:

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

Jul 19, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant Week is coming up soon and most of the menus are already posted

Here is what would happen when I got the check:

Lunch with ice water = $25.00 + tax = $27.xx. I'd estimate a 20% tip rounding up at $6. I almost always add the tip line to an even dollar so $6.xx if the service was good. Another buck or two if exemplary, round down if not up to standards.

Anyway, more discussion of tipping probably belongs on the "Not About Food" board.

Jul 19, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

They come and they go on Westwood Blvd: the demise of Anatolia

Think I read somewhere that it is the same owners and staff? maybe...

Jul 19, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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Restaurant Week is coming up soon and most of the menus are already posted

$25 + tax will be $27.++, and a beverage will add to that. If it is the $27.++ and good service, I'd tip $6, a bit over 20%, and feel fine about it. Hopefully the servers are benefiting from more patrons filling their tables.

Jul 19, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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Restaurant week dispute

Unless someone else is paying for you, order what you enjoy.

Jul 18, 2014
nosh in Not About Food
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Need to vent quickly.. new HUGE pet peeve Restaurant week only menus

I agree with you.

But after you got burned once, didn't you ask the second restaurant when you confirmed your reservation?

Jul 18, 2014
nosh in Not About Food
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Great lunch at Soleil

OK. That is really expensive for a slice of quiche -- Bouchon territory. Even with salad and fries that makes an expensive lunch for me.

Best quiche I've had consistently over more than a decade is at Amandine, under $6 with no salad, a couple bucks more with.

Jul 18, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

Good luck with your kitty companion. My best to you both.

Jul 18, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

RockSugar Century City -- Friday Lunch

My first venture into Century City in awhile, and some of the sour taste in my mouth is because of the mall. After negotiating the parking and coming up into the mall, very difficult to find a map to orient myself and find the restaurant. RockSugar is large and very ornate; I chose the offer of a seat on the patio, probably a mistake as my table rocked and the breeze on this nice but not very hot day was chilly. Was served shrimp toasts with black seeds incorporated (polly? seemed too large) with nondescript chili dipping sauce. Starter was the fried calamari -- really executed well: light, crispy batter, tender inside. But the portion was minuscule -- picture a rectangular dish the size of a standard cellphone with the sauce container occupying at least a third. Asked and the server said it was "a DineLA portion" and I scoffed that wasn't the spirit behind DineLA. Wok-fried shrimp with asparagus, snap and flat pea pods, and a bit of Thai basil with white rice was a much better portion and well-cooked; only complaint was the chili sauce didn't add much flavor or heat and there was no soy or hot sauce on the table. Strawberry sorbet with strawberries, blueberries and blackberries was fresh and a good ending. But nobody asked to validate my parking, the machine on Level A wouldn't accept either my credit card or money, and the woman in the office wouldn't take my word that I'd dined at RockSugar (despite a detailed recitation of where I sat and what I ate) without a receipt. A reminder of why I avoid Century City.

Jul 18, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

DineLA Summer 2014 Picks (7/14-7/27)

I applaud you on returning it. Staff may have copped attitude "this is already a discount" but kitchen came through on the refire. we all know you -- the elementary school-teacher server blew it. overall, they corrected their mistake.

Jul 17, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

DineLA Summer 2014 Picks (7/14-7/27)

wsg, read your original review.

seems like your offense at the service is clouding your original positive impression of the food.

and i think your surprise at the lapse when Chinois and all puck places have such consistently excellent service is making it seem all the worse.

i'm planning on Chinois for DineLA lunch next fri.

Jul 17, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Great lunch at Soleil

Embarrassed to say this is right in my neighborhood and I've never been there.

http://www.soleilwestwood.com/home

I didn't see the quiche on the menu. Was it a daily special? How much $?

Jul 17, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Rinaldi's El Segundo -- What To Order?

Yeah, I'll admit not the wisest order. But even if I changed, the bread quality and meat quantity would probably remain the same. I just had heard so much good about Rinaldi's over the years and i was a bit disappointed.

Jul 16, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Rinaldi's El Segundo -- What To Order?

Rinaldi's lunch today. Ordered the "Mike's" something, hot pastrami, roast beef, cheddar with lettuce, tomato and onion. Not impressed. Meat was dry. Bread was mediocre, no real crust or chew and yet not soft, just sort of crumbly. Not as much meat as Bay Cities and not half as much as Eastside Deli Market. Service was very pleasant. Should have gone with meatballs or chicken or eggplant parm, so there would have been tomato sauce. Or maybe just go to Big Mike's up the street for the very reliable and big philly cheesesteak.

Jul 16, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Rinaldi's El Segundo -- What To Order?

Meeting a friend or two at Rinaldi's for lunch tomorrow. Just wanted to know if there are any specialties I should order. Hot or cold? They wouldn't slice their turkey from real birds, would they? Do they do a meatball sub that is special?

Jul 15, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Lotus of Siam: What else to add to our order?

double the nam kao tod -- everyone will want a taste of the first dish, and even though this is a touch sour the crispy rice will attract even the kids.

add a double order of mer krob -- crispy rice noodles in a slightly sweet sauce -- who wouldn't want this?

Jul 15, 2014
nosh in Las Vegas

DineLA Summer 2014 Picks (7/14-7/27)

A dining companion and I went to Jiraffe last DineLA, on the early side, just after they opened. We had a good experience. I think the problems occurred later when they were overwhelmed and backed up.

Jul 15, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Restaurants to take my agents near Wilshire/Fairfax

Fathers Office Culver City.

Jul 15, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Wow -- my kind of place. I'm definitely going to check it out.

Jul 14, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

Much respected Thai House on Gayley in Westwood Village, civilized with good service and carpeting, real glassware, is becoming a ramen place. I don't give it long...

Jul 14, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Orleans and York: Now with a second location in Inglewood

Mike's? Big Mike's?? where?

Jul 14, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

That is amazing. Need to check this place out. Did not see fried chicken on their website or in the deli section -- is this all the time or a daily special?

Jul 14, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Anyone Tried Fat Sal's Deli in Westwood?

Another option is to get in the line for cars ordering at In'n'Out, get out, go to Fat Sal's, order, get your food to go, and return to your car: The line won't have moved.

Jul 14, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

That $5 special at the Misfit is a great deal. I would have taken that slaw off and made it a side. I think Tues is their burger?

Jul 14, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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Anyone Tried Fat Sal's Deli in Westwood?

I tried Fat Sal's one or two times back three years ago. Did not try one of their monster (or monstrosity) combo sandwiches with fries. Got something simpler, and not memorable. I also caught the DDD segment -- so did my mom in St. Louis and asked about it.

I just called them to inquire and sadly, they do not have arrangement for parking. Note that if you can't find street parking and don't want to pay, there is the public facility a block east and a bit south on the east side of Broxton south of Weyburn.

Jul 14, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

Please report and review your July 2014 DineLA experiences here.

I'll start: On a whim (and with a lucky parking space in front) I went to Emporium Thai on Westwood today for the $15 lunch. I must say I was very pleasantly surprised. Restaurant was about 70% full when I got there at 1. Ordered the morning glory salad to start. (This is $10.95 on their regular menu, I think, and it appeared to be full-size.) If you like crispy, as I do, this is a great dish. Many clumps of morning glory in a tempura-like batter that shattered apart when forked. Some chopped shrimp, slivered carrot, red onion, and red pepper, in a barely noticeable clear sweetish dressing. Ordered the chicken with chili paste and thai basil. Asked for heat level 7 of 10, server persuaded me to go with 5 -- wish I had stayed with 7. Good standard thai stir fry with white rice. (Normally $9.95 on their lunch menu with a salad.) Was too full for the coconut ice cream. Good solid lunch -- that morning glory salad is a great dish.

Jul 14, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area