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Grill 'Em All - Bang for your Burger Buck

Went to the Grill 'Em All Truck back when they were new on the scene in L.A. but owner Ryan refused to make me a rare burger. Guess the policy has evolved!

Apr 22, 2015
sel in Los Angeles Area

Best Bagels in LA -- Belle's Bagels

Yeah, I miss their brick & mortar as an online/web based bakery is useless for me. My mountaintop retreat is outside of everybody's delivery area!

Mar 09, 2015
sel in Los Angeles Area

Best Bagels in LA -- Belle's Bagels

Didn't Red Bread close?

Mar 09, 2015
sel in Los Angeles Area

Now that Mr. Taster™ is gone, can we please discuss Gjusta?

"...hipster joint...?" Guess this is the current CH obsession. Kinda sucks that newer coffee and food emporiums, the places that strive for high quality at a fair price, not bargain, discount, cheapskate price points get this label here. I don't care if the employee has skinny jeans and ink/piercings (whatever), I think the focus here should be on quality and thanks Jim Leff on 'deliciousness' not 'hipsterness' or any other irrelevant factors that distract from the chow.
Regarding my own experiences at Gjusta, I've had a few sandwiches starting with the Prime Rib $16, Porchetta $12, Smoked Brisket $15, Reuben $16 and Chicken Parm $14. The last two were staff recs. All were really scrumptious, mostly simple preparations that focus on the high quality ingredients including the house baked breads. I tried the smoked brisket even though I was skeptical. I have never had excellent brisket anywhere on the west coast, well not since the days of Carl's BarBQ and Dirty Rice and Mr. Jim's "Ya don't need no teeth to eat our meat!". Yeah I've had ok brisket from Big Mista at a couple of the farmer's markets (still gotta try his newish brick and mortar), Bludso's Compton (not as good at the L.A. venture with Jason B. et al) and Smoke City's moist brisket. Best brisket in my experience is fatty brisket in Lockhart, TX. Simple JUICY and smoky perfection! The black diamond plate steel smoker that I spotted at Gjusta caught my eye and that's why I gambled my fifteen bucks on the smoked brisket. As good as I've had in TX or TN? No, but the best flavor of any that I've had in Cali!
I'm looking forward to trying their other offerings, especially the smoked/cured fish and sweets from the bakery. Done.........

L.A. Dish of the Month, February 2015 -- BURGERS

Had it at their Las Vegas location. At about $27, most expensive burger that I've ever had but oh so good! Well worth it!

Feb 13, 2015
sel in Los Angeles Area
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Excellent Peruvian food in L.A.?

Well the Eqeko sign looks kinda cool and the food critic that wrote the OC Register article seems to like the place........
TonyC have you been there? Anybody else?

Feb 04, 2015
sel in Los Angeles Area

Vita Mix 3600

I inherited the same machine a couple of years ago. I like the steel blender cup better than the more recent models. The only problem that I have had is that Vita Mix Co. has run out of spare parts like 'Action Dome' gaskets and other items and won't make more of them.

Feb 02, 2015
sel in Cookware
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Excellent Peruvian food in L.A.?

And a bit north is Takatis - good stuff!

Jan 31, 2015
sel in Los Angeles Area

Ghost Pepper Wings at Popeyes

I tried them the other day and agree with the comments made by 4Snisl and dave_c. Was supposed to be 4 wings and a biscuit but my order came with 7 small winglets that were a tasty little snack. I did hope for more ghost pepper burn!

Jan 13, 2015
sel in Chains

Who remembers La Barbera's pizza in West L.A.?

Well I don't need La Barbara's pizza. Mediocre crust and too much gloppy toppings.
What I need is a 'Shipshape' xtra rare xtra onion and a boysenberry deepdish pie to finish!

Jan 07, 2015
sel in Los Angeles Area

1 Jar of Dona Maria Mole - help!

Sorry to read that! I'm surprised that it didn't completely dissolve........

Nov 29, 2014
sel in Home Cooking

1 Jar of Dona Maria Mole - help!

I agree with paulj, I would not use a "...flimsy measuring spoon..." with mole paste. I'd get another jar and just go ahead and make your soup!

Nov 27, 2014
sel in Home Cooking

1 Jar of Dona Maria Mole - help!

Does the jar have an 'expiration date' cause it sounds like it's a bit dried out?!

Nov 26, 2014
sel in Home Cooking

Is there a good "pork store" in LA?

And try to go when your hungry for a burger. You'll thank me!

Nov 18, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

It's Healthy Organic Food but like having a Uptown Banana Split with all the extras

Hey “Like-Go-Eat? / "JetJeet" you still got my trust! And although I'm an omnivore, I've been known to indulge in an occasional meatless meal so let's hear more from you- cause we've missed ya!
I've put Elements Natural Foods and The Salad Box in my database of new places to check out too.

Nov 10, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

ISO Muffaletta

Didn't.
Would have been better if I had stopped after 1/4 of the muffaletta but 1/2 plus dessert and a 750 ml Pellegrino maxed me out! Skipped G&B Coffee cause they were 3 deep with lingering customers, just wasn't worth it to me so I headed over to Blacktop Coffee.

Nov 07, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

ISO Muffaletta

Ordered a 1/2 muffaletta yesterday and the cashier asked "toasted?" to which I replied "ok" cause I figured it was their preferred method. It's been about a year since I was last eating my way around The Crescent City and Southern LA and I honestly didn't think about how the sandwiches were prepared back in the homeland. Ltttle Jewel of New Orleans served me an excellent muffaletta yesterday, a very LIGHTLY toasted roll with a 50 cent up charge, not at all like the microwaved abominations at The Gumbo Pot in The Original Farmers Market on Fairfax! Finished off with the Banana Pudding which as you've said was pretty damn good!
Afterwards, I headed over to Ross Cutlery to pick up a sharpening order (perfectly done!) and figured that I'd bang out a Belcampo Burger and G&B Coffee to finish off my DTLA trip before heading into the worst traffic L.A. has to offer. I just couldn't do it! That 1/2 muffaletta did me in!

ISO Muffaletta

Ok, ok, I'm on my way for a muffaletta.
Burgers too? You tried em yet kevin? Anybody else?

Nov 05, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Food better at GCM or at Ferry Building? [moved from LA 1st Timer thread]

Hi bulavinaka!
Tried a sandwich at Valerie Grand Central Market, COLD FRIED CHICKEN $10 (lightly breaded spiced jidori chicken, cole slaw and mustard/relish mayonnaise) was ok, good but not great. Made me miss my all time favorite Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich from Bake Sale Betty's in Oakland!
I will say that Valerie GCM did have an excellent Chocolate Pudding for dessert that afternoon.....

Oct 30, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Westwood Village update

Hi Ogawak!
Drove by that area yesterday after a cup of pour over coffee from Cognoscenti Coffee on Washington and the sign is still there advertising the body shop NE corner.

Oct 29, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Westwood Village update

Hi Kevin!
Emmett Shipman owned 3 locations of Ships Coffee Shop, LaCienega/Olympic, Wilshire in Westwood and Overland in Culver City. The first two were regular stops for my grandparents. Never went to the Culver City location.

http://www.oldlarestaurants.com/ships/

Oct 28, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Westwood Village update

Mr. Shipman's Ship Shape Hamburger (1/2 lb.) ordered extra rare was my fave back then! Oh and the Boysenberry Deep Dish Pie........
My Grandma took me there frequently, she loved the toasters on the tables!

Oct 28, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Prime Pizza Open on Fairfax

Went in last Thursday for a quick snack to go and we had a cheese slice each (pretty damn good) along with an order of garlic knots that we agreed were the best that we have tasted, both L.A./S.F. AND NYC! Will be back soon to try their white pie and more......

Oct 27, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Valencia: In Vain or Victorious

Well not much worth my $ or stomach space in the entire SCV!
I too miss Cafe Melisse, best food ever served in the area!
My current go to places are Rustic Burger for really excellent burgers and a well curated craft beer list. Several choices of protein on house-baked buns standard is brioche, pretzel is also great, with excellent side dishes and shakes (one called Choco-Toffee Shake made with Old Rasputin Stout). Only downside for me are the TV's and sports fans that add to the high noise level although the food and beer selection make up for it.
Another place we like a lot is Rustic Eatery from the same family that owns Rustic Burger. I always get a Scottish Salmon Sandwich with a side green salad here, my lads like the Grilled Cheese and French Fries. Limited beer selection but they do offer Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) and Delirium Tremens which pair well with the food there.
There is also Fishtail Market & Grill started by the folks that own the other two places mentioned above. It was sold to a new owner recently but has changed very little. Still good fish and seafood in a casual setting. I like the fish sandwiches on a torta roll (add avocado), French Fries and Kimchi with Gala Apple Salad to start.
Bricks is another burger joint with a good selection of craft beers and other options. While I prefer Rustic Burger, I think Bricks is open a little later during the week which makes it a good option sometimes.
I'm a big fan of Thai, Chinese and Indian/Pakistani grub but I drive out of the SCV for these. Everything I've tried has been mediocre at best.
Local mini-chain Sam's Flaming Grill has tasty rotisserie chickens and a Yogurt/Cucumber Salad that are great but there 'Garlic Sauce' sucks compared to the one at Zankou!
Thelma's & Luis Gourmet Restaurant aka Thelma's Morning Cafe is also good for breakfast and occasional dinners.

Oct 26, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Valencia: In Vain or Victorious

I'm frequently near both locations of Salt Creek Grill (Valencia & El Segundo) but have never been motivated to try either. Guess it is that 'corporate chain vibe' and the high db level eminating from the interior.

Oct 26, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Manual Coffee Grinder

The only modern hand grinder that I've found that I use and endorse especially for Hario V-60 and Chemex pour over and French press, sometimes even for espresso is the Porlex grinder. Available in 2 sizes, stainless steel body with ceramic burrs. The grind is adjustable and more precise than others including the Hario Skerton. Cost is about $65.

Oct 11, 2014
sel in Cookware

Portos Valencia

Good news, thanks!

Sep 28, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Best coffee near Bob Hope Burbank airport

I recently finished an 11 month project in Westlake Village. During that period I did not find any purveyors for a morning cup of pour-over coffee. Sometimes I stopped at a shop called Just Coffee that had batch brewed coffee, I think from Groundworks, that was ok, definitely better than CharBux, a plus was that they brought in a few items from Portos Bakery but usually I made my own pour-over before leaving for work.

Sep 28, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Best coffee near Bob Hope Burbank airport

I am always searching for excellent coffee but in the two locations that you mention I got nothing, sorry. Hopefully someone else will come up with a suggestion but don't hold your breath. My current favorite coffee in S. Cal. is from any of the 3 locations of Cognoscenti Coffee and the popup location inside of Proof Bakery would be the closest to BUR. Cognoscenti always has an excellent selection of both single origin and blends from several premium roasters available as pour-over or espresso/espresso drinks.

Sep 28, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area

Bachi Burger Sawtelle

Only been once, the location on Windmill Lane, Las Wages. Got a burger with Pan Seared Foie Gras on the way to McCarran Airport. Second most expensive burger ticked off of my 'Burger Bucket List' but worth it!
Had to run through the terminal to the gate. Almost missed the flight home. It was worth the trouble. It was good. Really good! But then we won't be enjoying THAT burger at the new Sawtelle location will we?!

Sep 25, 2014
sel in Los Angeles Area