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

SKEWERS

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

Voting thread now up.

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

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

After a long and fun nomination process, these are the nominees:

SKEWERS (either served on or cut from)
SOFT-SHELL CRAB
BREAKFAST
PIZZA

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

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Top Leaf (Westwood)

No, didn't go to UCLA.

see there is an online menu now:

http://www.topleaforder.com/#!menu/cbxn

i repeatedly searched when this thread appeared.

i think i have the main concept, but i'm not totally clear... for the main dishes, $7 gets you a bowl with noodles and meat and compliments, while $12 adds soup and?

dailybruin article said the main hangup was parking, and something about three spaces or coupons or? can i park there?

my original criticism stands: It is 2015. You are UCLA trained. Why was there no website and menu and details online as you opened?

i hope hounds will contribute and indicate whether their food is worth trying...

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Top Leaf (Westwood)

Read the Daily Bruin article. As I commented, these UCLA alum and students appear to have very little business sense. I have searched online for a website and in particular a menu with prices, to no avail. In 2015!!??

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Best Cheap Breakfast in Santa Monica?

Amandine is a couple blocks east of the Santa Monica line in Brentwood, on the north side of Wilshire a block and a half west of Bundy. Their quiche is excellent, and just under $6. Couple with a $1.95 croissant to go or something sweet.

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

You are permitted multiple votes for nominations. Only one for the final voting.

May 27, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

LA Vacation in July - Critique my choices!

I certainly have no knowledge of the level and authenticity of the Szechwan cuisine near you. Perhaps this review, with a lot of pictures, can help you decide if Chengdu Taste is worth a lunch:

http://all-things-andy-gavin.com/2013...

Sorry, I couldn't find a review on kevineats.com, one of our prolific eaters and bloggers.

May 26, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

With a day to go, these would be the nominees:

SKEWERS
SOFT-SHELL CRAB
BREAKFAST
PORK

I am going to withdraw Seinfeld foods. I had a great time compiling the list, and several fellow hounds joined in. But I think we have played that idea out on this board and I don't think it would lend itself to people tasting, photographing, and contributing.

Love to see another item or two gain momentum before tomorrow evening.

May 26, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

LA Vacation in July - Critique my choices!

It doesn't get a lot of mention, but the tasting menu at Spago competes with the best in town.

May 25, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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LA Vacation in July - Critique my choices!

Yes, thank you for correcting my mind fart.

May 25, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

LA Vacation in July - Critique my choices!

For your Santa Monica (Venice) lunch, I'd consider Gjelina. For dinner, an oldie but still very goodie -- Chinois on Main, maybe not innovative for 2015 but bold flavors.

For a SGV lunch, there are options for XLB, options for dim sum, but if you want spicy and excellent, there are now three locations for Szechwan Taste and at least one for its knock-off, Szechwan Impression.

May 25, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

Even more:

The gum from overseas that Jerry couldn't turn down.

The Snapple that was in Jerry's fridge and always offered.

Kramer barred from the fruit market so Jerry had to shop for him -- gave himself away because of the plantains.

The roast duck which would be "so succulent."

The spoiled milk that Kramer drank that made him throw up on Susan.

May 24, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

After some research, it turns out the actress with the cleavage is Denise Richards, then 22.

And there were the calzones that George would bring to Steinbrenner.

The bagel place Kramer worked at but mostly picketed while on strike.

The restaurant that Babu ran that Jerry convinced him to turn into an authentic Pakistani place.

The mutton that Jerry hid in a napkin that ended up causing Elaine(?) to be chased by dogs.

Gosh -- the series wasn't about nothing, it was about food.

May 24, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- Nominations

When George decided to do everything opposite his instincts, chicken salad switched with tuna salad, bread switched with toast?

And George wanted to eat while having sex -- wasn't that a pastrami sandwich?

Chinese delivery where Ping gets injured by and sues Elaine -- George orders a wide noodle, kramer gets pea pods.

George eats the eclair from the trash. George gets yelled at for double-dipping his chip.

I think we are making a case that Seinfeld should be rebroadcast on the Food Network.

May 24, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- Nominations

Wait a minute: what did jerry grab from the old woman on the street? Was it the chocolate babka? Or was it a loaf of bread of some sort? And wasn't there a plot to use a fishing line to grab a loaf from someone's apartment, or place one there?

May 24, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

When I've had soft-shell crab, they have been fried to a soft-crisp, thin, tender almost patty. You will not detect any shell. You also won't taste a flavor or texture akin to any crab you are used to. They are very pleasant and fairly neutral, dependent on the crisp from the fry or the sauté and the accompaniments -- best comparison is to a large. thick calamari.

May 24, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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Westside Tacos

Tito's has its place. Crunchy tacos, good shredded beef filling w/ lettuce and cheese. But no salsa bar and their salsa is mild and insipid.

May 23, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Westside Tacos

If I were taco seeking at night, I'd head to Tacos Leo La Brea at Venice. But I'm looking early lunch time almost always.

May 23, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

Here are a bunch of kabob places, mostly around Glendale:

http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/re...

May 23, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

Yes, soup from Soup Nazi.

And muffin tops and the charity bottoms.

Also Black and White cookie, where Jerry doesn't feel well with them warring.

And in the bakery wanting the chocolate babka.

May 23, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Westside Tacos

My usual go-tos are Tacos Por Favor (usually get the al pastor and the carnitas, chorizo and cheese good but very rich, love their hot sauce) or Taqueria Sanchez (their shrimp tacos are excellent).

Today I went to the Tacomiendo just south of Pico on Gateway. Tacos took awhile and came with chips. First one I ate was the carne asada, which was good. Second was the carnitas, which was a revelation. While the usual carnitas I get is akin to pulled pork, this had crunch and crisp and a bit of fat. Really delicious. Both were cut into a small dice, and came without garnishment on the homemade tortillas, which really elevated the dish. I added lots of hot sauce, some onion, some pico de gallo. A lime wedge was juiced over the carnitas, which also get a dollop of their green salsa. $2.50 each. I will be back for that carnitas -- hope it wasn't just an atypically good batch -- and I don't think I saw al pastor on the menu.

Other great westside tacos? For me, a great hot sauce or spicy salsa is the usual excuse to eat the taco.

May 23, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

OK, here's an idea: SEINFELD FOODS!

Salsa: Jerry and George have a discussion of how salsa has become popular because people like saying "salsa."

Egg Roll: When they are waiting for a table at the Chinese restaurant, Jerry bets Elaine she can't go up to a table and without saying anything, grab and eat one of their egg rolls.

Lobster: When they are staying at the coast, Kramer poaches lobsters from a trap. Later, I think it was George who snuck lobster into eggs that a vegetarian loved.

Pasta Primavera: Elaine sneezes into a dish of pasta primavera being sent to the network executive. Later, he becomes violently ill, which leads to George being caught leering at his daughter's cleavage (which was nice -- who was that actress?).

May 23, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

C'mon MTP -- I guess you were so flummoxed by disagreeing with your lovely wife that you forgot the all-caps. I'll excuse you this time and give your original choice a second for SOFT SHELL CRAB.

Cosmo Grill & Bar, Westwood

Falafel King has moved from the west side of Broxton in Westwood Village further north and across the street to the east side. Yelp says "location closed" which is misleading. They also seem to have a location on the 3rd Street Promenade.

When I crave falafel, I go to The Hungry Pocket on the north side of Pico across from Santa Monica College. But I usually order the lamb shawarma there. I really like their housemade red hot sauce, and the prices there are a great value.

May 22, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

first time in LA!!! give me your top 5.

talleydan -- Your first post, so welcome. Good that you specified Silverlake area, which is a bit west of downtown. Where are you visiting from, so we don't replicate the strengths of your home area?

May 22, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- Nominations

I'll second and call this MEAT On/Cut From SKEWERS

May 22, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

Ten days left in May, so it is time for nominations for June.

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 June 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 May 27th.

- nosh

Previous Dish of the Month Discussions for LA:

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

May 22, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Where can I buy whole beef rib racks?

Unfortunately, far too many supermarkets get their beef prepackaged these days.

You could call Belcampo in the GCM and see if they can sell you the rib rack from a prime rib. Many of the small Mexican markets cut their own beef.

By the way, I think you do not need to spend for prime grade for what you want to do with this cut. The marbling that prime grade is supposed to give you is going to be of minimal difference in the rib rack, and that is going to be further minimized by the long, slow smoking process. You also don't need a full rack -- smoking a section of three or four ribs will work just as well and give you twice the bark.

May 21, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Best French Toast in LA?

Took almost an entire day for you to pipe in for 26 Beach, BB. Must been away from your computer...

May 21, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area