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Those "Weird" Biscuits at S&W

More than just pan-baked: very light and cake-like.

My go-to guide for S&W: Breakfast combos are a great deal. They really know how to cook eggs to order. Some really like their homemade corned beef hash, which has a bit of carrot. But to tell the truth, I'll save a buck and get the canned, which crisps up better when I ask for it well-done. I like to go with a partner who'll share, that way we split the order of two pancakes (really good) as a side and also the hash browns, ordered extra-crispy, and toast. Not a huge fan of the waffle, a bit flat, not real crisp, and they seem to have a hard time getting it out fresh and hot from the iron. Country-fried steak is not really chicken-fried steak -- just an inexpensive cut dredged in flour and griddles, not battered. Meat loaf is a disappointment there -- too loose and light. Fried chicken the one time I tried it was small pieces and a bit dry. Service there for a busy place is excellent. They give separate checks by default and it is cash only. My favorite diner breakfast.

about 18 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

First Visit: Crossings in South Pasadena

Very nice review.

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

FRENCH FRIES.

I want to find hot, delicious twice-fried french fries like the old Benita's Frites.

1 day ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

hound-worthy food near carwash @westside

There is a popular carwash on the S/E corner of Westwood and Santa Monica Blvd.

There is a taco truck actually parked there -- Gallo or Gallito or something, which got good reviews on this board a couple years ago. In the strip mall adjacent to the south is Eduardo's, where the shrimp burrito or taco was recommended here recently. Also Mandarin kitchen, which does very good-value combo lunches. A door further south is Philly West, a divvy bar that cooks excellent, inexpensive philly cheesesteaks and cheeseburgers.

2 days ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, October 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 October 2014 …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 September 25th.

- nosh

Previous Dish of the Month Discussions for LA:

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

Sep 21, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

I'm Going Deaf Eating Out in LA

I'm a huge music lover, albeit almost 60. I still go to the occasional concert, and there I want the music loud enough to feel it.

But not at a restaurant.

I wonder what the correlation is for noise-level associated with an emphasis on high-priced cocktails and even craft beers that are profit-makers and give the vibe of a club or bar rather than a food-centric restaurant.

Sep 21, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

I'm Going Deaf Eating Out in LA

A horse voice? Naaayy!! "Wilbur!!"

Sep 21, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Garlo's -- Aussie Pies in Westwood

Sep 20, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Garlo's -- Aussie Pies in Westwood

No longer seeing the coupon on the website. Maybe it was somewhere else online...

Sep 20, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Bye-bye Omelette Parlor (Main St., Santa Monica), hello...

Well, at least they promise to be open for breakfast. If they were super-smart, they'd hire some of the Omelette Parlor's cooks and offer the old menu at breakfast and take advantage of where the strengths were.

Sep 20, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

the HAMLET has reopened

I'm not so sure I'd be critical about this. Here they were, with an unexpected rush of customers (or some crucial people missing from the kitchen) and the kitchen is already backed up. Sure, they could seat everyone, and then people would complain about the wait for their food. Instead, they tried to manage things -- seat those who they can serve in a timely manner, and be up front with those waiting about the reason they see empty tables. Note -- this is a large restaurant, and they have only been re-opened a short time.

Now here's where a superb manager would step up: Offer those waiting a seat in the bar -- they have many small tables as well as the bar itself. Offer a free drink while they wait. Have the kitchen fry up a couple of big bowls of fries and those skinny onion rings to serve the patrons in the bar. Viola, a problem that causes rock head to not hurry to come back becomes a positive experience. C'mon, restaurateurs, read Danny Meyers.

Sep 20, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Garlo's -- Aussie Pies in Westwood

I'm going to hit this place very soon. If I recall correctly, they have a nice website with a detailed menu and a coupon.

Sep 20, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Tacos Por Favor (Santa Monica location)

I am very familiar with Juanitas in Encinitas on PCH or 101. Really good. They put guac on their carnitas tacos (I've learned -- don't like guac) but they have squeeze bottles of at leaf three different salsas on the tables.

I actually think Tacos Por Favor compares favorably. Good salsa rona on their salsa bar. Tacos are well-stuffed, if not by the most tender or crispy or juicy porks.

Sep 19, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Today is my lucky day, Ike's Place Westwood soft opens with free sandwiches!

The former Chili's and Yesterdays -- on Westwood, big space with two stories and outdoor balcony -- still shuttered. Years now.

Acapulco -- big space, used to be a happy hour hangout. Closed, got to be a year now.

Jerry's Deli (was the Hamburger Hamlet there are just to the west?) -- big space, some hair place took over a portion of it? Closed. And they have a parking lot behind them.

I'm going to try this new Aussie pie place near the Trader Joe's -- 2-1 coupon available on their website. But isn't there another pie place next to or in the former Haagen-Daz place?

Anyone know if Panera is still planning to move in north of Ike's?

Sep 19, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

It's late and I'm Hungry!

Carnitas Michaocan is a 24/7 taqueria above Chinatown and below Lincoln Heights, on the N/W corner of North Broadway at 19th. Good carne asada, better al pastor from a rotisserie spit. But the best hot sauce in SoCal -- brick-red, thin, complex, smoky, spicy. Tacos are very small, burritos are good (I get mine w/o beans) and they do nachos and fries covered in cheese and meat with jalapeños. Parking in rear, order at one window, pick-up at another, covered picnic-table seating.

Sep 19, 2014
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Today is my lucky day, Ike's Place Westwood soft opens with free sandwiches!

And there was an ad this week in the Daily Bruin recruiting workers for the hopefully soon-to-open Boiling Crab in the old Westwood Brewery space.

Sep 19, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Place serving entrees with good chicken?

You are referring to A-Frame's beer can chicken?

Sep 18, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Today is my lucky day, Ike's Place Westwood soft opens with free sandwiches!

It is in the site formerly occupied by Subway, on the N/W corner of Westwood and Lindbrook.

Sep 18, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

I could see trying it for lunch. What is the parking situation?

Sep 18, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

the HAMLET has reopened

Went to Hamburger Hamlet today for lunch after golf, the one in Sherman Oaks. While the parking lot (validation) was almost full, the restaurant was only about 1/4 occupied at a bit before 1.

Started with their french onion soup "fondue" ($7) and was disappointed: first, it wasn't hot enough -- cheese on top melted but not bubbling or crusty and the broth was thin and just warm. Onions, not enough of them, were soft but translucent as if they had been sautéed but not caramelized. Bread soft with no texture as if not toasted. Cheese a simple swiss with no parmesan to add salt or nuttiness. Good portion.

Main was the simple 7 oz. cheeseburger ($9) and this was excellent: came out exactly as ordered -- medium-rare with a char, so i got a nice crust and pink throughout, very juicy with a nice bite. Cheddar (could have been american) nicely melted and green-leaf lettuce, a tomato slice, some red onion, and a few pickle chips presented atop the burger. Really enjoyed it. As I began with the side where the meat protruded a bit after a little over half I discarded the top bun and most of the toppings and finished the very good cheeseburger. The tiny fried onions turned out to be very thin onion rings that were good but I'd prefer a bit crispier.

Service was very good. A fairly expensive, for me -- $21 incl. tax and tip -- lunch but next time I'd omit the onion soup and be able to finish the fried onions.

Sep 18, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

the HAMLET has reopened

Am thinking I have to try the Hamlet after golf. Is the french onion soup fondue really great? Simple burger medium-rare with a char in addition?

Sep 16, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Roll 'N Rye 'n Culver City Closing?

I've found Fromin's to be passable. Pastrami ok. Brisket below average, rubbery, off-taste. I only go when I have a Groupon.

Sep 16, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Quiche: Anything Close To Amandine?

I should have tried that mini-biscuit with ham for what i remember to be $1.50.

Sep 15, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Quiche: Anything Close To Amandine?

Tried the bacon and leek quiche at Clementine today and realized I have had it before. These are single-serving mini-quiches, not slices. Wide but not very thick at all. Crust was not a pie-crust, but more of a thin puff-pastry or even a few layers of phyllo, thin but crispy, buttery and flaky. Filling was good but not a lot of it. Price was excellent at under $5 w/o a side salad. Nice to have this as a Monday option (when Amandine is closed) but not as rich and filling. Also, around noon parking was a bit of a pain -- what is with so much street/meter parking marked prohibited between 6 a.m. and evening?

Sep 15, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

BBQ in Brentwood. "Holy Cow!"

Gotta be some kind of tribute to Harry Caray in there, right?

Sep 14, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Quiche: Anything Close To Amandine?

Soleil on Westwood -- definitely convenient. I will give them a try.

Sep 14, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Quiche: Anything Close To Amandine?

I've had the quiche at Bouchon, albeit at their Las Vegas branch. I was unimpressed. The spinach layer was separate from the egg custard layer. It was light, but dry. Definitely not rich and moist. Bouchon's was competent in a classic way, but it wasn't delicious and crave-worthy. I'd prefer Amandine's head-to-head, not even considering the over-twice price of Bouchon's.

Sep 14, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Quiche: Anything Close To Amandine?

I'm in Westwood, so proximity helps.

Amandine does a superlative quiche -- great flaky, tasty crust, rich custard, fine fillings (favorite is the ham, spinach, onion; veggie options with potato or cauliflower have big chunks that throw off the ratio and leave too little egg). I'm a bit conflicted on the thick cheddar crispy top (very tasty, but classically would be swiss and more stretchy). Most amazing thing is this wonderful, satisfying slice is just $5.25++ (a side simple salad adds $2.50).

So it is clear, I really love Amandine's quiche. And I get it often.

But is there anything comparable? I'd drive to Santa Monica or Beverly Hills. But price and especially value are issues -- I don't want to spend more than twice what I charge at Amandine for a qïche that isn't significantly superior.

Sep 14, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Maude: September's Tomato Dinner

Wow -- If you like Fogo and still tasted too much salt...

Sep 14, 2014
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

Had an early lunch snack at Tacos por Favor (Olympic east of Bundy) today. Carnitas taco and al pastor taco ($2.35 ++ = $5.12). Both generously stuffed for tacos. Carnitas was meaty but not very fatty or moist. Al pastor was well-spiced. Beauty of this snack was the salsa bar. I had a little container of their rich, spicy roja to dip my chips, and took pico and rona to smother my taco. A couple of squeezes of lime on each. Better than satisfying snack. Just finished the remainder of the chips with both while watching baseball. I'll be stopping in more often.

Sep 12, 2014
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