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Bombo report

$12++ amuse...

about 7 hours ago
nosh in Los Angeles Area

BIG THANKS TO NOSH FOR MANAGING 'DISH OF THE MONTH'

Just saw this --

Thank you!

Fuddruckers Santa Monica (Again)

If they make it on May 18 it will be two weeks shy of a year since this thread started.

Mar 27, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Connie and Teds

Disagree about avoiding fried items at C & T's. My fish 'n chips was excellent, as were the fried clams. And while their fries were ok, their tempura-style onion rings were excellent.

Can only think that your fried fish may have been delayed at the pass while other dishes for the table were finished...

Mar 27, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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Hamburger Hamlet

I have enjoyed their simple cheeseburger, ordered medium-rare with a char. I like their onion strings as my side, ordered extra-crispy.

Disagree about the lauded onion soup -- when I tried it, found the broth thin, without enough onions, not hot enough, and the cheese a big hard blob on top that was not melty enough to spoon easily and with a bland flavor.

Huge, multi-page menu -- I'd keep it very simple.

Mar 27, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

l.A. Dish of the Month, April 2015 -- Voting

Please submit your votes, one per person, in ALL CAPS.

Open from now through March 31.

Four nominees were mentioned most:

FRIED RICE
CHARCUTERIE
SPICY FOOD
HAPPY HOUR

Votes must be in ALL-CAPS. One vote per screen name.

Mar 27, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Joan's on Third Is Coming to Santa Monica...

Interested to see what their parking arrangements will be. (Chez Jay has their own lot.) And whether being in lower Santa Monica will change the attitudes of the servers compared with BH/WeHo.

Mar 25, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

TLT

Here is the current online menu, with prices:

https://d2jug8yyubo3yl.cloudfront.net...

Mar 25, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

Maybe I just don't know, but aren't the truckstops in the hinterlands?

If we insisted on truckstops, I think we'd have a very short thread. Otherwise, I predict we'd just be doing diners -- nothing wrong with that.

Mar 25, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

Varied nominations so far. Need some seconds (and thirds).

I'll second:

ONION RINGS
TEMPURA
HAPPY HOUR.

I'm back, so here are the prior subjects of Dish of the Month:

Previous Dish of the Month Discussions for LA:

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

Nominations will end and we'll proceed to voting when I go to sleep on Thursday, March 27 (or wake up on Friday morning).

Mar 25, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Bill's Hamburgers Bang for your Burger Buck

OK, that explains it being closed when I circled through.

Mar 25, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

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

I'm out of town and only have access to this iPad, where I don't know how to cut and paste.

So please nominate, in CAPS.

Mar 23, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Lunch for 15+ near Wilshire and La Cienega

Fogo de Chao may seem a bit pricey at first, but when you realize everything is included except beverages, it fares well. An excellent "salad bar" -- the best items are the asparagus, the reggiano-parmegiano, and some of the cold meats. Tableside meats and sides (mashed potatoes and fried polenta logs) are endless. High level service, the going up from the table to the salad bar and the circulating meats that you can accept or refuse -- all of that works well for a party. Except that you want people to fill up so there isn't room for dessert or a cake or something.

Mar 17, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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Maine Lobster - Ft. Myers

Wow, a 6-year thread comes back. Is this place good for me and my mom? It is table-service, right?

Mar 17, 2015
nosh in Florida

Ft. Myers down to Naples Recs -- March 2015

I am flying in tomorrow arriving in the afternoon, probably hungry.

I read Jean LeBoeuf's 52 restaurants list and we are going to try out Crave, on McGregor.

Osteria Celli also is on that list, so if 'hounds agree, gonna get there.

Mar 17, 2015
nosh in Florida

visiting LA from SF

Glad you got to sample our L.A. winter. Pretty amazing to compare with a S.F. summer!

Mar 16, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

visiting LA from SF

Glad you got to Gjelina. Perhaps my favorite in SoCal the last few years. Did you get to taste the butterscotch pot de creme? Amazing dessert, and in my experience better than Batali's famous butterscotch budino.

Mar 16, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Casual dinner tomorrow night 3/15 - Westside but not too far west, and some other requirements

A good choice near LAX.

Please let me know what you ordered and what dishes you enjoyed.

Mar 16, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Vicente Foods in Brentwood has a sneaky good Pastrami sandwich

This is at the deli counter at the back of Vicente Foods. I assume it is open all day, through their hours (maybe not very early or late). Staffers I've talked with have been helpful and friendly.

I haven't had the sandwich but I've ordered the pastrami twice and the brisket once by the pound ($12.99) to take home. They have half or small loaves of their sliced rye bread (and others) on the counter for $3.05.

I toast the rye bread very lightly and then fill with the refrigerated pastrami and/or brisket and nuke it for 30 seconds. Very good sandwich. And for a smallish (because the bread is small) but well-stuffed (about a quarter-pound of meat layered on a smallish slice of rye) I am getting a very satisfying lunch or snack for just over $4.

Mar 16, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Family friendly in Fairfax area

Current relevant thread, that I thought was yours:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1007579

Mar 14, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

family dining for foodies staying at Melrose and Fairfax

The Golden State on Fairfax is known for having one of the best burgers in town.

Top Round on La Brea just south of Olympic (a bit south and east) is an order-at-counter place with roast beef sandwiches. What will attract the kids (and you) are their "concretes," which are frozen custard with various syrups or mix-ins -- very thick.

If you all need a quintessential L.A. later-night snack, Tacos Leo is a food truck in a gas station on the N/W corner of La Brea and Venice that -- when they have the trompo -- dispenses amazing al pastor tacos with a piece of pineapple. Small but very cheap.

Honeymoonin' from Napa/SF to LA (with a stop in NOLA)

If you are driving from the Bay Area down to SoCal, your first stop should be Santa Cruz. You could stop in Bonny Doon (about 10 miles north of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1) to check out the unique Bonny Doon Vineyards. Bonny Doon beach is -- or at least used to be, a clothing-optional beach. You could check out the campus of UC Santa Cruz, the most unique in the country, which overlooks Monterey Bay and is set in a redwood forest with wooden bridges over crevices, a quarry, and a working farm. The oceanside hotel from decades ago was the Dream Inn, which I believe is still there, not too far from the wharf and pier. You'll need to post on the California Board to get recs on the best food available there these days.

From there it is about an hour south on 1 to get to Monterey (aquarium, wharf) and a bit further to Carmel (arty, upscale community). About an hour more to get to Big Sur -- gorgeous crashing ocean views.

From there a couple hours to San Luis Obispo, maybe a bit over an hour more to Santa Barbara, and then home.

Mar 13, 2015
nosh in San Francisco Bay Area

Brisket

Buy a brisket that is untrimmed, with lots of fat. This will protect and baste the roast, particularly the flat side. I'd let it go to 200.

Baltaire in Brentwood

Website still incomplete, but does include links to dinner and lunch menus:

http://www.baltaire.com

Gosh, makes me miss Cheesecake Factory even more.

Mar 12, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Brisket

Interesting technique. Sounds like a slow roasting method, with a heavy spice smear rub. Midway between smoking and braising.

For a Jewish-style braise, I buy a full cry-o-vac brisket and cut off the flat half or 40%. This gives me a 5-pound section that can just fit into a 5.5-quart dutch oven. I sear both the fat and the lean sides (seasoned with salt and pepper) to create some color and crust.

Dice a very large amount of onion, carrot, celery and maybe some zuchini. Pour some red wine into the dutch oven to deglaze (maybe with some tomato paste), put half of the veggies in, place brisket on top, cover with remaining half of veggies. Almost cover meat with beef stock, chicken stock, or water. Add a bunch of garlic and more seasoning -- salt, pepper, bay leaves, thyme, cayenne pepper, garlic and/or onion salt.

Place dutch oven in oven at just under 300. Let go for at least 4 hours. Key is that internal temperature of brisket needs to get very close to 200.

Once this settles, it can rest and you can slice and serve along with the gravy/sauce/veggies. Will be better if you refrigerate so the brisket solidifies, then you can remove the solidified fat and slice the cold, harder roast much thinner, and rewarm in the gravy/sauce/veggies.

Brisket

What was the old method that worked so well?

Mar 12, 2015
nosh in Home Cooking

Great breakfast LAX / Culver City

Uncle Bill's is a great idea. According to their website, they open at 6 M-F. Their cheddar and bacon waffle is really fun. Daybreak at the ocean...

Mar 11, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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Great breakfast LAX / Culver City

S & W Country Diner opens at 7 and is on the south side of Washington right downtown Culver City. Big breakfast combos -- 2 eggs any way, choice of meat/main (good homemade or canned corned beef hash; bacon, ham or sausage), choice of side (pancakes, waffle, hash browns and toast).

I like their canned corned beef hash done very crispy (the homemade is too loose and has carrot, their meatloaf is too bready), they are excellent about getting eggs done correctly, and if alone I order the very good pancakes (if I'm with someone I ask if we can split with the hash browns crispy).

Cash only.

Mar 09, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Ode to The Godmother

Cheeseburger at Philly West can be excellent. Served on a cheesesteak/hoagie roll, not a bun. But order without mayo, or else it and the white cheese meld into a soupy mess.

Mar 09, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area

Ode to The Godmother

I love their hot side, too. Haven't had their pastrami -- will try it. Their chicken parm is a fairly thick boneless chicken breast sliced fillet, not pounded much, with a breading that could be more crisp. Eggplant parm perhaps a bit better. Both might be better as part of a plate with pasta and a roll than on a sandwich in that substantial bread. Meatballs very good here. Meatball sub excellent but sloppy and not enough cheese to the large meatballs. Can construct your own -- they sell ficele rolls very inexpensive and give a big price break when you order 6 meatballs with sauce. Note they have a really good patriots that they will serve as a plate with sides or as a sandwich.

LOVE Bay Cities hot side. Wait always nonexistent or very short.

Mar 09, 2015
nosh in Los Angeles Area
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