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Hottest of the Hot? Spiciest of the Spicest? Recs please!

I recently tried the Howlin Rays Hot Chicken Truck and the 'Howlin Hot' sauce was only the second time in my life that I had to admit - too damn hot for me!!!

Aug 11, 2015
sel in Los Angeles Area

Good Hamburger Buns in Los Angeles

Haven't seen them at the Valencia store for weeks, forgot to look in the El Segundo and Venice (Lincoln Blvd.) locations that I stopped in during the past couple of days. Curious which location still has them?

Aug 09, 2015
sel in Los Angeles Area

Good Hamburger Buns in Los Angeles

I too enjoyed the brioche buns from La Boulange as well as some of the sandwiches and other items at their cafes in San Francisco. Problem is that the La Boulange/Bay Breads business was purchased by Charbux and recently the second wave coffee giant closed them down.

Aug 07, 2015
sel in Los Angeles Area

Vaka Burgers Express

Has anyone tried this place that is the new brick & mortar incarnation from the popular food truck?

Jul 23, 2015
sel in Los Angeles Area

Craving Thai, any alternatives to Jitlada?

Sri Siam
Issan Station
Latcha Somtum

Jul 07, 2015
sel in Los Angeles Area

Coffee Gear - Who Has The Best Selection?

I'm talking about pour over, vacuum, espresso machines, grinders and all the rest. Easy to find a good selection of quality stuff on display in the S.F. Bay Area but aside from Intelly and LA Mill I haven't found much in these parts.

Jul 02, 2015
sel in Los Angeles Area

Best spots to buy coffee beans on the west side?

Cognoscenti Coffee in Culver City (west side), Atwater Village (east side) sells beans from excellent roasters. It's also kinda cool that each location carries beans from different roasters. They also brew excellent coffee. Only been to the newer Chinatown location twice where the proprietor brewed excellent pour overs but I don't recall if he had beans for sale.
Bar Nine is an excellent roaster located in Culver City with an interesting coffee bar set up but a bit difficult to find without a map or GPS!

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

Nah, two different places. Patout's on E side of Westwood Blvd. and Orlean's on the NW corner of......Barrington and National me thinks.

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