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Best non-solid food in town ;)

Sep 13, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Best non-solid food in town ;)

Sep 13, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

quiet place downtown for a meeting

I really like The Perch.

Amazing views of the city. Nice outdoor, rooftop patio and comfortable interior seating. Nice cocktail menu.

http://www.perchla.com/about.html

I've walked their from the 7th/Metro station -- less than a mile.

Sunday hours are 11am until 1 am.

Sep 12, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Noodles or Mongolian BBQ?

Me too.

My nephew is 17 and quite overweight. He passed out right after lunch.

Sep 12, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Noodles or Mongolian BBQ?

Both Big Wok in the South Bay and the MBBQ place in Westwood allow you to include long, spaghetti-like noodles, to your meat and vegetables before they cook fries it up. My nephew's method is to hand the man a bowl of meat and veggies (filled to the brim) and a bowl of noodles (filled to the brim) to be combined into one huge plate of food. (Last time he did this four times in 30 minutes -- basically eight bowls of food. Then he passed out).

Roll 'N Rye 'n Culver City Closing?

Just got back from my last visit.

They close Sunday at 4.

Sep 10, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

An ode to the ordinary: Shrimp Burrito

The one on Inglewood is attached to the butcher shop. It's where you can buy their carne asada for home grilling.

Sep 09, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

An ode to the ordinary: Shrimp Burrito

There are two Sanchez spots, one on Inglewood and one on Centinela. I don't think their shrimp burrito is great either, I was just noting it had no cheese.

Sep 09, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

An ode to the ordinary: Shrimp Burrito

Have you ever had the shrimp burrito at that place up on Lincoln on the SM/Venice border? I think it's called "La Playita." I haven't been there in half a decade, but really liked it back in the day.

It didn't have any cheese, though. The shrimp burrito at Sanchez on Inglewood doesn't have cheese either.

Great write-up, by the way, thanks.

Sep 09, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Is it Last Call for B.o.s. ? (Closing)

I agree with what you are saying, but maybe it's not just palate.

There are a lot of adventurous eaters who don't eat red meat for health reasons or at least eat very little red meat for health reasons. And those health concerns are heightened when it comes to offal as organ meat is often even higher in saturated fats and cholesterol than other beef. Even the best steak houses typically have a fish, poultry or even vegetarian dishes for those who eschew red meat. (Looking at the online menu, there is one non-meat dish, a pasta dish made with sea urchin and lobster.) My point: It's a concept that eliminates even adventurous eaters who avoid red meat for health reasons.

What do we call ...

email

Sep 09, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

What do we call ...

Word.

For what it's worth, I posed this question to Jonathan Gold and he wrote me right back.

In his opinion, if a place was better known for burgers (Jim's/Chroni's) it's a burger stand, if it's better known for tacos or Mexican (like Lucy's) it's a taco stand and if it's better known for burritos (like Lupe's #2) it's a burrito stand.

I don't necessarily agree, but I think there should be one name.

I think L.A.-style diner fits. Like "Jewish deli" or "Italian deli" or "Greek Coffee Shop"

There are a ton of them in L.A. We should own them.

aqui es texoco, who has had the non-lamb dishes as noted in the review below?

You left out one of the question marks.

What do we call ...

Agree.

The Original Tommy's doesn't fit the criteria, but the Tom's # do.

Sep 08, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Roll 'N Rye 'n Culver City Closing?

My next door neighbor called Rita. This is the last week. I think Saturday, maybe Sunday, is the last day.

Sep 08, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

What do we call ...

I think you're right. They are hamburger stands that do Mexican dishes because of the local demographic. They fill the same niche, in a way, that a coffee shop does, though the vibe is felt through a different prism.

My family goes to Centinela Cafe once in a while. It's the one closest to our house and that really matters in this particular equation because sometimes you just want to have a quick, unplanned dinner. But the other reason we go there is because the younger son can get the colossal burger (a burger with pastrami on the top), my older son can get huevos rancheros or huevos con machaca, my wife can get breakfast or a sandwich and I can get a chicken or bean burrito.

I wouldn't say any one of those items are the best of their type. But given that we can each get what we want and like what we got just enough (they make me a burrito with just fresh grilled chicken and beans and I like it well enough -- it's mostly protein and the chicken is juicy) -- the place serves a purpose. The food is better and cheaper than a chain coffee shop. Heck, I went to CdM the other night after the UCLA football game because I'd had a couple of drinks and needed a late night, bean burrito booze mop. Would I have preferred the bean and red at Lupe's #2. Yes. But I wasn't going to drive 30 miles at 11 pm for a bean burrito.

Sep 08, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

What do we call ...

Interesting question ... it's the type of thing I'd suggest for dish of the month ...

Tangentially, anyone who is interested in this topic (and hasn't already seen this) -- four guys ate their way through the whole Cinco de Mayo menu and did a tumblr/website about it:

http://www.88nights.com/

http://88cinco.tumblr.com/

Sep 08, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

What do we call ...

No, the pastrami is definitely not in the Jewish deli style.

Sep 08, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area
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What do we call ...

In Los Angeles, there is a certain type of restaurant that seems ubiquitous, but I'm not sure what we call the.

The prototype would be the small handful of Lucy's around town. These are places that serve both Mexican (maybe it's Mexican American) food and American fare as well. So, you can get huevos rancheros or pastrami, you can get taquitos or a burger, you can get a burrito or chile fries. Lots of them serve fresh juices. The food is mostly pretty greasy, but also mostly homemade. The go to salad dressing will be a gooey Thousand Island.

They are all different, some better at some things than others. None are necessarily great, but some are good enough for certain things. They are sometimes open 24 hours, but not necessarily. Occasionally, one of them is so good at a particular thing that they become known for that one thing.

In Culver City, we have Cinco de Maio (24 hours) and Centinela Cafe (not 24 hours). Different places, but still fall under this category. As above, the very few Lucy's around fall into this category.

But they are everywhere. Just get off the 105 or the 710 or 605 or the 5 and drive down a main boulevard and you'll find a place where you can get a bacon cheese burger or huevos con machaca or a breakfast burrito or asada fries and menudo on the weekend. You won't find one in Beverly Hills, but probably will in Sylmar or Arcadia.

I'm just curious, is there a name for this common type of L.A. restaurant? Are they cafes? Diners? Just wondering.

BTW -- If there is no definitive name, maybe we should come up with one?

Sep 08, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Bean & Cheese Burrito, update

I'm not sure if you're talking about Lucy's or Lupe's, which is the spot Haeldaur was writing about.

At Lupe's #2, a bean and red is just beans and red salsa, a bean and green is bean and green salsa -- neither has cheese. A been and cheese could come with either red or green salsa. I'm a bean and red man, myself, though I usually order one bean and red and one bean and green because the red salsa is hot.

Sep 06, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Roll 'N Rye 'n Culver City Closing?

It's a moot point now.

But while RnR was far from great, it definitely wasn't necessary to drive all the way to MacArthur Park or Northridge for some chicken soup or maybe lox, eggs and onions. Langer's/Brent's are much better, of course, but RnR's matzoh ball soup or breakfast is/was decent enough that the drive down Alvarado or over the hill wasn't necessary.

I'm going to stop in one last time this week for a bowl of soup, just for old time's sake.

Funny thing about Langer's, but I would never make the trip if I wasn't eating the pastrami. Why would I deal with the commute/parking/train just for a bagel and lox?

Sep 06, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area
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Roll 'N Rye 'n Culver City Closing?

RnR would never make the list of the city's best delis, but if you lived in or near CC, it was by far the most convenient. Now, we have Jerry's in the Marina, but it's not very good. Next closest is probably Lenny's on Westwood or Izzy's/Fromin's in Santa Monica.

Sep 05, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Tsujita Creates Its Niche in Little Osaka [REVIEW with photos]

That's a great review. Thanks.

Sep 03, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Marina del Rey recommendations please

Agree.

C&O (either location) is good for groups. The more particular eaters will enjoy it and those who would otherwise be at the Olive Garden or Bucca de Beppo will most definitely enjoy it.

I've organized a number of dinners at the location closer to Lincoln (and have been to the location across from Cow's End a number of times as well) and they've either given us the back patio or the upstairs, depending on number of people. You can order for the whole party in advance and they'll handle special orders/requests the night of, if necessary. If you don't order in advance, there is usually something for anyone and everyone on the menu.

It's a good place for groups with a variety of diners with different tastes and expectations.

And the garlic knots are really tasty.

Sep 03, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Westlake Village coffee and eats

I like to think that sounds familiar to me.

It was a nice spot, too bad it's gone

Aug 29, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Great Lunch Deals Downtown

That's okay.

Like I said, we go there for certain things. To us it's pretty cheap. I have never mentioned it here, this thread seemed like it might fit.

Aug 29, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Great Lunch Deals Downtown

My wife and I like Koraku in Little Tokyo.

It is NOT a high end Japanese place. It is NOT fancy. In fact, I've never really recommended it before on CH because I've been cautious about sending CHers there.

We like it because to us it's Japanese comfort food. It's not a cool sushi bar or trendy ramen place, It's a place to get some good donburi or curry or something like that. My wife is Japanese American and she gets Japanese comfort food cravings (which is different, to her, than being in the mood for good sushi or something more high end); she likes a place where she can put a little rice in her hot tea.

It's massively cheap.

On Second Street. Cash only. Open really late, if that matters.

Aug 29, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Eggslut and Wexler's

My wife and I split the Wexler's pastrami sandwich on Tuesday, after finding a seat right be Valerie's. Now, my wife wants to go back just to try Valerie's because the menu looked really good.

How was your sandwich? Anything else on the menu you recommend?

Aug 29, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Westlake Village coffee and eats

Yeah, I wasn't really making a rec, just trying to remember. I had a freelance gig for a while out there and only knew one place to eat -- the liquor store with the deli.

Without that great bakery bread from next door, it doesn't sound like it was the same. That fresh bread made the difference.

I wonder if the Italia is somehow connected to the Italia in Granada Hills on SF Mission near Balboa?

Aug 28, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Westlake Village coffee and eats

I used to buy lunch from a liquor store with a deli counter inside that got their bread from a bakery next door. I think there was a fast food in the same parking lot -- maybe a Jack in the Box.

Does that ring a bell for anyone?

Aug 28, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area