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LA Weekly 20 Best Restaurants in LA. I know "Not another list"

Gjelina should be on the list.

about 15 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Mastro's, CUT, or STK? Looking for best steak in LA

Probably not what the OP is looking for, but anyone tried the exclusively steak frites place yet? I believe WeHo...

about 15 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Who Wants to Attend an Incredible Chowmeet at Clusi Batusi in May???

J.L. did a great job here. Very detailed proposed menu available when you email. Respond as quickly as you can -- this promises to be a great dinner for those who appreciate the food and the intimate, exclusive show event.

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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Ricardo's El Ranchito Mexican - Sepulveda & National 90066

A big venue with a lot of seats to fill (thus the split idea) with parking in the back and probably a pretty high rent. Have to hit a homer. Give value. The former bbq joint was stingy even in its earliest welcome opening. I can get a lot of gringo-ized mexican on pico to the west or classic (with the jingle, two tacos) off washington to the south or even the branch of Tacos Por Favor on Olympic east of Bundy to the northwest. What can this place offer me that is better, less costly, or more convenient than the nearby alternatives?

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Kosher Burrito across from City Hall Downtown?

ok, i know okidog does the chili-cheese-pastrami-dog thing. but didn't Kosher Burrito's standard offering have a hot dog in it too?

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

First time smoking and making a brisket

A full brisket with both flat and point cuts, usually sold in a plastic cryovac bag. About 11-13 pounds, with lots of fat. Might be too big to smoke all at once in a small smoker. But really inexpensive -- sometimes can be found for barely over $2 per pound.

Season very liberally with the rub. Place fat side up in the smoker so fat will gradually render and baste. 225-250 degrees for maybe 10-12 hours -- internal temp of meat should get to 200 to melt connective tissue and tenderize. Smoke does not have to be applied the whole time.

Apr 14, 2014
nosh in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Need a place in Culver that delivers family-style dinners...

Victor Jr.'s, on Washington across from the studio, does really good eggplant parm, a very nice Italian salad, good mall meatballs, and a number of other dishes. Their pizza is pricy and not their strongest item. Their Italian beef sandwich w/ au jus is excellent. I do not know if they deliver.

Apr 10, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

American breakfast

If you decide on Nick's, go to Groupon and get to the Los Angeles pages -- there was a discount available just a couple days ago.

Apr 07, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

porto's bakery

What did you think was different about their potato balls?

Apr 05, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant near Barbara B Mann Theater Ft Myers

There is a Greek restaurant called Nomiki's Plakka in a minimall not far away at 12901-3 McGregor Blvd. Get the lemon-chicken soup to start -- really topnotch. I had the pork souvlaki as my entree, two skewers of nicely grilled small chunks which were tender and satisfying with the rice and accompaniments.

Further away but doable is Reuben's, which has spectacular brisket and really good ribs.

Apr 05, 2014
nosh in Florida

Clusi Batusi is a GEM! (And awesome for a pre-arranged party)

It was kevin, above...

Apr 05, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

porto's bakery

I used to go to Downey -- really long drive from W.L.A. Now I hit Burbank after golf in Griffith Park.

I get potato balls and chicken croquettes to heat in the oven and serve with meat. And I get strawberry-cheese croissants, pineapple-cheese danish, and other sweets to heat for breakfast or treats. The cheese-spinach danish makes a good snack dusted with parmesan and reheated.

Apr 05, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Clusi Batusi is a GEM! (And awesome for a pre-arranged party)

J.L. -- You need to find out exactly how many the place can seat. I've seen estimates above of as few as 25. You as founder have first dibs, then all other places should be determined by order of responses on the new thread. And there needs to be a prepaid deposit -- we don't want the venue or you or anyone to be shortchanged.

Note that 25 x $25 is (only) $625. Not a huge amount for a restaurant to open on an off day.

I do not mean to be a downer. I played a role in organizing the February chow meet at O'Brien's and I'm really glad we did it. I'd like to attend this one -- so add me as a +1. (And I'll guarantee my spot by sending a check.)

But space will be limited here if we are planning a one-turn sit-down dinner. And if even only the 'hounds that attended the previous event are interested, that is probably more than 25. So if this takes off we may be dealing with order of reply, a lottery, waiting lists, or increasing to two seatings (we haven't even specified afternoon or evening yet or considered which Sunday should be the date) or something more casual.

Apr 05, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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Movie theater food by Sherry Yard.

Did you see what they plan to charge for a movie?!? Don't they say they will start at $19 and go (way) up from there?

Apr 04, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Bonita springs, Florida

One of my favorite restaurants in the Ft. Myers to Naples area is Wyld's Cafe, in Bonita Springs on Bonita Beach road, south side, west of 41/Tamiami. Looks like nothing from the outside, you enter from the parking area behind, but when you get inside it is quite nice. Really good food -- nice seafood, good meat dishes. Prices very reasonable for the quality of food and service (less than Naples prices). If they have their meatloaf on special, have one of the teenagers order it -- very tender, huge portion, amazing gravy.

Just a bit to the west is A Table Apart -- another find. Brighter lighting, more casual, a bit louder. Big portions and excellent food but the prices a bit higher than Wyld's. When I last had it, their rack of lamb was the whole rack -- eight little chops, and their pork chop is big and gorgeous.

Apr 04, 2014
nosh in Florida

Shellfish -- L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2014

OK, I'll play:

We had a dinner at Scopa, on Washington near the foot of Abbot Kinney. One of the several dishes was the scallops. There were two of them, big but just two, for $15 (I think). They were nice, caramelized on top and bottom, tender and not rubbery within. But with a party of six, taking a third of one and then passing the hot small cast-iron skillet... No accompaniments, just some buttery remains in the vessel.

A good dish? I thought my bites (not everyone sampled) were good, but my cousin thought he tasted sand. But two scallops for $15 with no additions?

Apr 02, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Shellfish -- L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2014

SHELLFISH - LA Dish of the Month (April 2014)

The dish of the month for Los Angeles for March 2014 is Shellfish.

Here's a link to the voting thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/970179

The goal is to collectively try as many different varieties, kinds and types of shellfish. Anything shellfish-related is fair game. And, it goes without saying, that telling us of fabulous places to find shellfish (and all of its various iterations) that you've tried in the past is great, and recounting vivid memories is also fun, but what we want are real-live, current progress reports of what and where you are finding and eating pies.

So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.

Apr 01, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Proof Croissant...Not Even Close.

One of the elements of a good croissant is a shatteringly crisp shell -- a microwave can soften this quickly. Microwaves heat by steam -- heating the moisture that is in the food. Nope -- do the relatively low oven; it will heat pretty quickly.

Mar 30, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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Best fried chicken restaurants or take out

Yep, Jim Dandy's. Agree those fritters are special, and cheap. I've never had a problem with the chicken -- thought it was very good. And really reasonable. Note -- nowhere to eat there, takeout only.

Mar 30, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Best fried chicken restaurants or take out

Popeyes has locations on La Brea south of the 10 and also down in Inglewood.

There has been a lot of discussion on this board about good fried chicken (for very reasonable prices) at Albertsons and even Ralphs.

There is a take-out place in Compton -- is it called Billy's? -- which has outstanding, inexpensive fried chicken and also some corn fritters dusted in powdered sugar which are fantastic and reheat decently in an oven.

Mar 30, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Proof Croissant...Not Even Close.

Bought croissants from Amandine last week for my brother, visiting from Austin. Warmed in a 225-degree oven for him. $1.95 each. He was really impressed.

Mar 30, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Cactus fries

Sorry to quibble, but Bru's Counter is Westwood/Century City, just east of Overland.

Bru's Wiffle is in Santa Monica -- don't know if they do avocado fries.

Mar 30, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

BBQ Hounds: Check out Burnt to a Crisp Truck. Need your expert opinion.

This truck sets up on the S/E corner of Wilshire and Barrington? I guess on the lot where the big 7-11 and longtime Baskin-Robbins are? Awesome.

Chili has beans!?! At a Texas-style place? Not awesome...

Mar 27, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Dish of the Month, April 2014, Voting

Voting as of now -- Thur 3/27, 10 a.m.:

Shellfish -- 7
Lamb -- 6
Wild Mushrooms -- 1
Asparagus -- 1

No, I have not counted nominations as votes. Only votes on this thread.

Close race, with shellfish the early leader but lamb making a run...

Mar 27, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Dish of the Month, April 2014, Voting

I'll throw my vote for LAMB.

To count, votes must be on THIS thread, in ALL CAPS.

Mar 26, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Dish of the Month, April 2014, Voting

whiner is correct -- WILD MUSHROOMS should be included. sorry.

Updated Dish of the Month, April 2014, is:

ASPARAGUS
SHELLFISH
WILD MUSHROOMS
LAMB
STEAKANDEGGS

Please vote all caps.

Mar 25, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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Los Angeles Dish of the Month, April 2014, Voting

There has been a thread about replacing ipse dixit, at his request, for coordinator. Thought I'd just advance the discussion.

Dishes to be sampled April 2014 seem to be:

ASPARAGUS
SHELLFISH
LAMB
STEAKANDEGGS

Please record your vote before midnight Monday March 31. By tradition, votes must be in ALL CAPS.

Unless someone commits to take responsibility, I'll tabulate and post. I can be emailed listed on my profile.

Mar 25, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Good Fried Chicken - Albertson's

Joey on "Friends" once had a bucket of chicken and offered the meat, saying he was going to eat just the skin and crusts.

Mar 25, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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Scopa Italian Roots, Venice -- Anyone Been?

Going Wednesday eve with my brother and my nieces. What have you had there that stood out? Stick with the starters and pastas or indulge in a meat dish to share? Any favorite desserts?

Don't bother suggesting an alternative -- I didn't make the reservation and am a guest.

Mar 24, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Ft. Myers Trip Report -- 3/14

Seafood restaurant at Bell Towers is Blue Pointe Oyster Bar and Grill.

Mar 23, 2014
nosh in Florida