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L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2015 -- SKEWERS

I hit up Aliki's for the first time and had the gyro pita. Wasn't that impressed by the sandwich -- gyro meat not particularly charred or flavorful. Lemon potatoes alongside were good.

Both me and my dining companion thought that the gyro at Hungry Pocket in Santa Monica was better and cheaper, especially with their red hot sauce.

Service at Aliki's was good, so willing to try again to see if other dishes -- moussaka? -- are better.

about 10 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Ethnic restaurants near Beverly hills

Immediately south of Beverly Hills is a part of L.A. called Pico-Robertson. The stretch on Pico is very jewish and my favorite deli there is Label's Table, on the south side of Pico a few blocks east of Beverly. They have very good, very nice-sized sandwiches which come with a small side. I really like their pastrami on rye and their brisket with au jus, and the potato salad or cole slaw as sides. This would ordinarily cost close to $30 w/ tax and a small tip (counter service) but you can save $8 ($20 for $12) with a Groupon that is steadily offered on that site.

about 15 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

St. Louis Fine Dining with kids

It is not at all unusual to be at Ted Drewe's on a weekend and see a stretch limo drive up and a gown and tux wedding party emerge to celebrate with frozen dessert.

Jul 01, 2015
nosh in Great Plains

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

You can nominate these and if they make the cut, vote for them. These would not be my favorites because I only get to either once in a blue moon (in large part because of the parking hassles) and because either or both is often discussed in the normal give and take of the board.

And there is no "rules committee." I took over when ipsedixit wanted relief from managing DOTM and I volunteered. So I'll seek advice and look for consensus on any issues but I reserve the ultimate decision. Until I seek relief or another reliable 'hound expresses interest and willingness to take over, that is how I see it. (And by the way, I CAN be bribed!)

Jul 01, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2015 -- SKEWERS

Aliki's Greek Taverna near LAX just east of where Westchester Pkwy turns into Arbor Vitae.

Jul 01, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2015 -- SKEWERS

My vote broke the tie, like the VP in the Senate.

Jul 01, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2015 -- SKEWERS

SKEWERS is our Dish of the Month for July 2015. After a very successful DOTM for June where Pizza has a thread now above 200 posts, with an impressive number including helpful photos, SKEWERS wins a neck-and-neck vote over Hot Dogs/Sausages, which starts as the early favorite for next month.

Please sample, eat, post and even photograph as many iterations of SKEWERS 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. Please mention size, price and value.

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

Jul 01, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

Sorry for the delay -- fell asleep.

I do not want to do another combo month and while i think hot dogs/sausages is a great 4th of July-month proposal, summer reaches its peak next month and I don't want skewers to be skewered with a close second-place finish for the second month in a row. So

SKEWERS.

Jul 01, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

Only a few hours to go:

Skewers -- 9
Hot Dogs -- 8
Breakfast -- 3

Jun 30, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

As of now, Hot Dogs/Sausages and Skewers are neck and neck, 6-5. Breakfast only 1.

Those of you who haven't voted, you have until tomorrow evening.

Jun 29, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Fab's Hot Dogs Westwood.......breaking news

I live right off Westwood Village and know nothing of Open Oven or Westwood Pizzeria. And add D'Amore's to the list...

Jun 27, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

I'll count this. But please, ALL CAPS for votes, to differentiate from comments and discussion.

Jun 27, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, July 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:

HOT DOGS/SAUSAGES
SKEWERS (either served on or cut from)
BREAKFAST

Votes must be in before I go to sleep on June 30.

Jun 27, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

Oh, c'mon. Zankou may have its detractors, but it is really good food. I get the whole rotisserie chicken, cut in half and one eaten there and the other taken home. Chicken, crispy skin, garlic paste, some Tapatio sauce, on a big torn piece of the pocket bread. If it is only one lunch a tarna pita with extra garlic paste.

This is one of the most delicious places in my lunch rotation.

Jun 26, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Fab's Hot Dogs Westwood.......breaking news

Not excited about a pizza place. I get they are trying to get some of 800 Degrees business, and that pizza loaded with meats at a competitive price will be attractive if it is really good. But 800 Degrees is three blocks south, as is Lamonicas, and Enzo's is only a block away and BJ's -- where the bready pizza is their worst item -- is across the street. I know they will need to grab the hospital and medical center workers who are immediately north.

Good luck. If Pieology manages to pull this off with a great product and really good customer service and pricing, it could be a money-maker. My bet is on the no-pass line.

Jun 26, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

ok, since you were the one who first nominated it this month, it will go into the voting as just breakfast.

Jun 26, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Most underrated LA restaurants

Eastside Market Deli west of Chinatown does not have the history or charm of Phillippe, but it has some. And their sandwiches are much bigger and a better value.

Nook Bistro in WLA is hidden in the rear corner of a minimall and has been around quite awhile now. Much better food, service, and ambiance than you'd expect in such a location. Good portions and moderate prices.

Jun 26, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2015 -- Nominations

As of right now, I'd advance three to the final voting -- hot dogs/sausages, skewers, and breakfast. I thought breakfast carbs was good until it was pointed out we've done pancakes, waffles and french toast. But I'd like to hear about perfect hash browns, biscuits and gravy, and the like. So I'm thinking, breakfast non-eggs.

St. Louis Fine Dining with kids

Pastaria in Clayton is run by the Niche folks and serves excellent pastas and other Italian fare in a casual setting. They make their own gelato for dessert.

St. Louis now has several notable BBQ places -- Pappy's is still my favorite in the midtown area near St. Louis University, Bogart's is near downtown and the ballpark in the Foulard area and has limited hours, and Sugarfire is on Olive near 170 in University City just north of Clayton. All are order at the counter types of places.

There are many big-portion, old-school, red sauce Italian places in the historic area known as The Hill.

I really like the food, friendly service, and portions at Matthew's Kitchen, which is in the south city. Sort of southern-influenced food, and they have special nights of the week -- fried chicken, burgers, steak, etc.

Be sure to take the kids to Ted Drewes for frozen custard made into "concretes" or sundaes. happiest place in St. Louis.

Jun 26, 2015
nosh in Great Plains

Chesterfield Mo.

Annie Gunn's definitely is the best steak restaurant in the area and among the very best in the St. Louis metro area.

Jun 26, 2015
nosh in Great Plains

Date spot - west LA?

http://losangeles.menupages.com/resta...

Don't know how current these are...

Jun 26, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Date spot - west LA?

Clementine is an order-at-counter place with very good food. Parking can be difficult. Mostly indoor seating with a few sidewalk tables. They give you a number on a little stand and deliver your order to your table. It is breakfast-lunch.

Jun 26, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Date spot - west LA?

Fathers Office in Culver City could be fun. Good bar with very good food, iconic burger, and no-substitution/alteration policy can be a topic of conversation. Or you could eat across the walkway at Bucato.

Jun 25, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for out of towners

Assume you will have a car. And also that there are about four of you -- bigger groups may be better at different places:

Dan Tana's on Sunset in the bustling Sunset Strip area -- old Hollywood Italian vibe, still very popular, expensive.

Night + Market on Santa Monica at Doheny -- new-wave Thai, used to occupy only one side of the family place Tales but now have taken the whole over.

Animal or Son of a Gun (more seafood oriented) -- both still very popular from uber-hot local chef team.

These are all very close in WeHo and should get the discussion going.

Jun 25, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

Might be a better topic -- breakfast carbs.

Jun 24, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

Current nominations voting:

Hot Dogs/Sausages -- 5
Skewers -- 5
Breakfast -- 3
Bbq -- 2
Pretzels -- 1
Crustaceans -- 1
Raw Fish -- 1

Two or three or at the most four nominees will go on to the voting round.

Please note that you can vote for as many nominees as you wish during this round, but only one vote per screenname for any one nominee. In the voting round you may only vote once.

Nominations close when I log off on Friday evening, June 26.

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

Because it was second last month, and lends itself to an outdoor grill -- SKEWERS.

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

You said it better than I could, bulavinaka.

Jun 22, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

My fear about hot dogs is that it brings into play that abomination at Pizza Hut with the baby dogs in blanket constituting the crust.

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

C'mon -- if you want your nomination to count, repost in ALL-CAPS.

Jun 21, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area