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L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2015 -- POTATOES

POTATOES is our Dish of the Month for September 2015. An impressive win in the voting, with 12 votes vs. 4 each for Smoked/Cured Fish and Sports Bar Food.

Please sample, eat, post and even photograph as many iterations of POTATOES as you can this month. Please tell us where you tasted them, and be sure to specify what kind they are -- what ethnicity, gourmet or fast-food, big or small, table service or delivery. Personally, I would love recommendations for wonderfully crispy twice-cooked fries, the way Benita's Frites used to make. Please mention size, price and value.

So get those POTATOES reviews, photos and recommendations (hopefully) coming.

Aug 31, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

With a day to go:

Potatoes -- 8
Smoked/Cured Fish -- 3
Sports Bar Food -- 3

Aug 30, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

The way I read it, Sports Bar Food would be simpler, more basic, and bigger portions than the trend towards gastropub fare...

Mac and Cheese

+1 -- exactly

Aug 28, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

You know the drill -- one vote per Chowhound screenname, vote must be in ALL CAPS.

After the nomination process, these are the nominees:

POTATOES
SMOKED/CURED FISH
SPORTS BAR FOOD

Votes must be in before I go to sleep on August 31.

Aug 27, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

It appears to me that three nominees have received at least three votes:

Potatoes
Smoked/Cured Fish
Sports Bar Food

Those will be the finalists for September's vote.

Aug 27, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Who Has the Best Pizza in L.A. and Why?

HEY -- Don't knock St. Louis-style pizza unless and until you have tried a good specimen. And never enough said Julie's is like "some pizza in St. Louis" but NOT the true St. Louis-style which does use provel.

Gosh, I wish I could find some real St. Louis pizza on the westside...

Aug 27, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

I love a good cheese-topped french onion soup, but not for a September when temps the past week have approached triple digits. Please keep in mind for winter.

Aug 27, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Good breakfast place in Westwood or West LA with private room

And convenient parking.

Aug 27, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

W is for Waffles

Is this related to the guy who sold Liege waffles (and, I think, Belgian fries) at the Sunday morning farmers market in WLA near the old court area?

Aug 26, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

Two days to go for nominations. All things Potatoes has several votes so far and is in the lead. Several nominees have two votes -- Smoked/Cured Fish, Raw Fish, Sports Bar Food, Filipino has one and a non-cap mention, French Fries/Tots, Deli.

Remember, during nominations you can vote for more than one nominee.

I'm hoping a couple of other nominees (or new ones) emerge from the pack.

Aug 26, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

Thanks for the kind thought.

But for your vote to count, submit in CAPS.

Aug 26, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

BBQ on La Cienega/Fairfax

Isn't this where Mo Better Burgers is now? La Brea south of Wilshire...

The OP definitely refers to JR's, on the west side of La Cienega where it joins Fairfax. Agree it is pretty good bbq with nice people. Agree that JnJ is better, for BBQ as well as for burgers. But JnJ has covered outdoor seating and can be uncomfortable when weather is windy or extremely hot, and you have to deal with flies. Good takeout place. Street parking. JRs has its own parking and is more comfortable inside.

Aug 24, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Mac and Cheese

Beat me to it: The traditional saucy yellow is a side for the dinner combos, the other is a much richer "gourmet" version which is somewhat hidden to the left of the hot section.

Los Angeles Area Abbreviations

What was the one from How I Met Your Mother -- Down Wind of the Sewage Treatment Plant?

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

DELI
RIBS -- would include pork, beef, etc., BBQ'd, grilled or otherwise prepared. Could also include short ribs.
FRENCH FRIES

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

Things are good! Thanks.

Aug 24, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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$10 and under near the Grove/Fairfax area

Yeah, but since they increased prices after opening, a sandwich, fries and drink top $10. And I like Top Round.

Aug 23, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

After BA: Al's Place

ALWAYS choose discussion. Very difficult to respond to particular posts and already read posts don't get reduced in other versions.

Aug 22, 2015
nosh in San Francisco Bay Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2015 -- HOT DOGS/SAUSAGES

It is such a shame that Fabs couldn't solve their patio problem in Westwood Village -- they had a good location just down from campus and in particular the medical center and hospital, next to Diddy Riese. Replaced by yet another pizza place...

Aug 22, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

After a month's absence, here is the new nominations thread, to be followed by voting.

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 September 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 August 27th.

- nosh

Previous Dish of the Month Discussions for LA:

Hot Dogs/Sausages: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1020785
Skewers: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1018014
Pizza: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1015244
Curry: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1012094
Fried Rice: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1009428
Seafood Sandwiches: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1006454
Burgers: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1003807
Chili: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1000758
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

Aug 22, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2015 -- HOT DOGS/SAUSAGES

How does one access the parking lot in back?

Aug 22, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Area Abbreviations

DOTM or DotM -- Dish of the Month!!

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2015 -- HOT DOGS/SAUSAGES

I would eat at Marty's much more often, but where do you park?

Aug 21, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

One night solo in Beverly Hills

Maison 140 is south of where Santa Monica Blvd. crosses Wilshire, on the western edge of the civic area of Beverly Hills. The OP specified walking distance. Spago is a couple of long blocks north and about ten relatively short blocks east.

Closest to Maison 140 would be the restaurant or bar in the Peninsula Hotel.

Aug 20, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

West Coast Lugar?

Cut is a completely different animal, centering on amazing sides and several different grades of beef. Wolfgang's is derivative of Luger, featuring a porterhouse served sliced off the bone and simple sides like potatoes and bacon to start.

West Coast Lugar?

Probably Wolfgang's in Beverly Hills.

http://wolfgangssteakhouse.net/bh/

Opened by a longtime worker at Peter Luger's.

Aug 18, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015 [Old]

The TJ Chocolate Brooklyn Bapka is fantastic. Really chocolaty.

Aug 18, 2015
nosh in Chains
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Very Good BBQ Brisket at Maple Block

Maple Block Meat Company is the new BBQ endeavor on the west side of Sepulveda in Culver City, a block north of Tito's and Johnnie's. Fairly big place. You place your order with the middle cashier (using the paper menu they provide) and pick up at the cashier to the left. I had the basic brisket sandwich ($11) which was served on a metal tray with a small accent of three pickle chips and a small pepper. The brisket was thick-sliced and came on a sliced brioche roll with some sauce -- I asked for additional. Brisket was tender and juicy with a nice crunchy bark. While I ordered it "moist" -- as opposed to lean or flat section -- I don't know if that was communicated to the slicer (it didn't appear on that menu) but it was a bit fatty, which didn't bother me but may bother those sensitive. Really tasty and satisfying for a light lunch, though a touch on the pricy side.

Menu includes several meats sold by the pound, sandwiches, and salads that can be supplemented with meats. About four or five sides and a dessert or two. Basic and fairly useless website here: http://www.mapleblockmeat.com

Carnitas Michoacan, Sushi Masu, & Merkato (quick SF chowhound report)

The tacos at that location are pretty small. I usually go with a burrito (ordered without beans). They also have very good and big nachos or fries that come with choice of meat, cheese sauce, jalapeños and hot sauce. That branch is open 24/7 and has covered picnic table seating.

Aug 14, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area