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The Orange Chicken Burrito

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Jul 23, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Farewell to my favorite Chili Cheeseburger, Tommy's on Lincoln to close

Good point, Servorg. The Playa version of The Shack has a better vibe, too. Haven't been for a while, but maybe should go. I think they have a night, too, when the burgers are discounted.

Jul 23, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Where Should I Have Lunch?

Ate their Saturday. Excellent. But that's crossed off the list.

Jul 22, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Where Should I Have Lunch?

Ahh ... thanks.

I should have been more clear, my bad. Don't do cheese, don't do ice cream either. No allergies or anything, just not my thing. Occasionally a bit of sheep or goat cheese.

Thanks for the recs though.

Jul 22, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Where Should I Have Lunch?

Thanks, that one I've actually done. It's in my 'hood.

One tip for you: One of their loaves comes sliced if you ask them. One of the tastiest breads around. Makes awesome PBJs.

Jul 22, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Where Should I Have Lunch?

Yeah, I was using that as a bit of a metaphor. Craft beer would be great -- but I was thinking vibe, not necessarily beer quality.

Jul 22, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Where Should I Have Lunch?

I'm taking Mondays off this summer. Three straight Mondays I went to Orleans and York for lunch. (Once to try it. Once to try the other location. Once because my wife also took a Monday off and wanted to try it). Yesterday I went to Lupe's #2 for a couple of burritos -- excellent. Will likely go back again this summer.

I still have some Mondays off and am looking for lunch recommendations. That's way too vast, so I'll give some parameters.

I live in Culver City/Mar Vista, so while I'm always interested in local places, I'm willing to use my vacation time to drive a bit.

Not super interested in SFV places because if I go over the hill that way, I'll feel obligated to visit my parents, thus negating it as a "vacation day." (LOL -- you don't know my mom.) Still, I do visit the parents sometimes, so Valley recs will be fine.

I much prefer joints and dives, even bars(!), to anything remotely trendy. Stands are fine as well.

I might visit Burger Records in Fullerton one of these Mondays, so anything near there in Fullerton would be cool. (645 S State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831) In fact, I love record stores so if your rec is near your local record store, that's a major plus.

I don't like cheese that much, so a pizza place or a grilled cheese place wouldn't work for me. Probably don't need recs for chinese food because while I enjoy it, I enjoy it more in groups, family style, and I'll be alone on my excursions.

I guess what I'm looking for is that place in your neighborhood where the locals stop for lunch or lunch and a beer. A taco, a burger, a bowl of great curry, soul food (reminder to self: go back up Inglewood and find that soul food place you drove by)

Places that are packed at lunch probably wouldn't work. I don't want to stand on line for an hour just to eat. I don't want to make a reservation.

Not looking for food trucks, I don't think.

Don't really want to spend more than 20 on lunch, unless that includes a beer or two (at most, I'll be driving).

If it's a stand, is there anyone to sit? I don't want to eat in my car.

Hollywood, DTLA (FWIW, I'm going to the GCM one of these Mondays to eat that burger so I can post in that million post thread about it), Long Beach (would really love something in Long Beach), San Pedro, East L.A. (would love to go back to East L.A.), South Bay, Leimert Park, Inglewood, Hawthorne, El Segundo, Echo Park, Silverlake, ... all work.

Probably don't need Japanese recommendations because we eat it a lot and have our spots.

Where would you take someone you were meeting for lunch in your neighborhood if they wanted a relaxed, home cooked, solid, neighborhood meal? I mean, if they have "Established" and the year somewhere on a sign, that's great. If they are known for their burger and the coldness of their beer (as opposed to their selection of rare beers), that's good. If I'll need an extra napkin to wipe sauce off my chin, that's good. If the heat of the wings make you sweat a bit, that's cool, too.

Not sure what else to say ...

Obviously I won't be able to eat at all the recs or maybe any of them depending on the recs. But I do promise to write about wherever I eat and even if I don't make it to any of the places (despite the fact that they are my vacation days, I do have some things to get done this summer and might not be able to go on all day lunch excursions -- it's day to day) -- I hope people will still make some recs because the thread might be of use to others in the future looking for lunch.

TIA

Jul 22, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area
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The Orange Chicken Burrito

The burritos are Lupe's #2 are not filled with rice, fwiw. I tried it for the first time yesterday and it was outstanding.

I do eat rice in a burrito sometimes, but almost always ask for no rice. I can't think of the last time I had rice in a burrito, as a matter of fact.

Here is a long thread on the topic from three years ago:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3574...

Here is J Gold's take on it:

http://www.laweekly.com/2009-10-22/ea...

Jul 22, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Wheelhouse Cheese shop - Culver City/MDR

Glad you wrote this up. I've driven by and have been wondering. LOL -- I didn't need to add another stop to my weekend errands.

Jul 22, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Bean & Cheese Burrito, update

Thanks for the rec. Went for the first time today. had a bean and red and a bean and green. So simple, so good. Nice people, too.

I remembered this old review is anyone wants to check it out. I like the way JG described the charm of an uncomplicated burrito.

Thanks again.

Jul 21, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Orleans and York: Now with a second location in Inglewood

Loved the c-salad, btw. I missed that part of your question last week. It was made fresh with chunks of chicken and lots of black pepper.

Jul 14, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Orleans and York: Now with a second location in Inglewood

Spring Street between 3rd and 4th.

The guy in the Florence location said today that you can already see the construction going on at the dtla location.

Tried the gumbo po boy today. Excellent.

I've had lunch at O&Y three Mondays in a row now, once at Slauson and twice at Florence (more seating).

Jul 14, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area
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Do you know of great weekly specials which a restaurant runs on a particular day of the week?

When I called them they recommended the all you can eat (of course, it's more expensive) over the 30% off because with the AYCE you can try all the different varieties.

I appreciate the review -- might yet give it a try.

Jul 11, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Rutt's Hut on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives

Rutt's Hut (on Washington Blvd in CC) might be the restaurant we eat in most often. Not saying it's the best restaurant we eat in, but we go a lot because it's solid and it's really cheap and it's walking distance from our house. We eat there breakfast, lunch and dinner. Best Hawaiian in L.A. -- that's up to debate. I'm sure others prefer other places. Best Hawaiian that I can walk to? Yes, definitely.

We've had parties catered by Rutt's a bunch of times, too. Great deals and solid food. They constantly send you coupons, too, if you sign up for them.

For those of you who care about this sort of thing, Rutt's will be featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives tonight. Guy Fieri is going there with KISS bass player Gene Simmons of all things. I've never seen Gene there. If I did, I'd probably pass out in my Loco Moco. (First concert I ever saw was KISS in 1977.)

I have mixed feelings. On one hand, it will be cool to see one of my spots on television. On the other hand, it's already packed and crowded on the weekend and now it will get even more crowded. (We used to go to a Mexican/El Salvadorean place called Gloria's on Venice and had to stop trying after it was on DDD and the place got packed.)

It's good for the restaurant, but sort of a drag for regulars.

The episode is also going to feature Sabroso Mexican Grill in Garden Grove. I've never been there, this is a warning for those who do.

Jul 11, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Do you know of great weekly specials which a restaurant runs on a particular day of the week?

Did you eat the mussels? One of those specials would be the only reason I'd go.

Jul 11, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Westwood Village -- Thai House Gone!!! :-(

More on those food trucks:

http://dailybruin.com/2014/07/08/firs...

Jul 11, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Orleans and York: Now with a second location in Inglewood

Their sandwiches are massive.

My son (he's 18, not a kid) and I could not finish two sandwiches between us.

The dilemma is that I you'l probably want to eat a po boy while it's hot. If that's not an issue or if you ordered a sandwich that wasn't hot to begin with, you could pretty easily make two meals out of each one. That chicken salad sandwich could have been half for lunch, half for dinner no problem.

Jul 11, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area
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Do you know of great weekly specials which a restaurant runs on a particular day of the week?

It's poor form to recommend a place you haven't tried -- so consider this a rec for a place I've been meaning to try:

Meet in Paris in Culver City has 30% off all mussels and beer pints at half price every Monday.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday, Meet in Paris has all you can eat Moules Frites. For 28 dollars, you can eat all you want of their 16 different types of mussels and fries come with each order.

They have other specials for other nights, too.

Here is the link:

http://meetrestaurantla.com/weekly-ni...

Jul 11, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Do you know of great weekly specials which a restaurant runs on a particular day of the week?

Don Felix in Mar Vista does Taco Tuesday.

They make their tacos with fresh tortillas, too.

Jul 11, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Westwood Village -- Thai House Gone!!! :-(

Sad to see TH go.

I want to say Headlines has been at its current location since 1988, but maybe not. It's been there a while though. I had breakfast there today and they still have a white board hanging up that lists all the movie theaters in Westwood, which are almost all gone.

Sepi's surely has been in its current location for a long, long time, too. I'm almost positive Sepi's has been in its current spot since the mid-80s at least.

For non-restaurants, a few of the remaining movie theaters have been there forever, too, including the Bruin on the corner across from Stan's. Maybe both of the theaters at that intersection have been there since the beginning of time. (Could be they've changed names/owners at some point.)

Jul 10, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Are there very old threads that simply no longer exist?

Mea culpa:

I was searching the wrong board. I thought the post I was looking for was on the General Board, but now that I found it it turns out it was on Not About Food.

My bad.

Jul 10, 2014
PaulF in Site Talk

Are there very old threads that simply no longer exist?

After I wrote this post, I found the thread. But I found it by combing through all the posts I've ever written and just looking for it.

It turned out that it was much more recent than I remembered. Still, the search function should have caught it. I'll try your method next time.

Thanks.

Jul 10, 2014
PaulF in Site Talk
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How often do you drink at lunch during the work week?

I decided to update this post from three years ago.

I haven't changed jobs, but there has been quite a bit of turnover in my office, there really isn't anyone left other than me and a couple of others from when I started this topic.

Also, an upscale chain restaurant that serves beer and wine has opened up in our complex, though not in our building.

As a result, I'd say I now work with 8-10 people who might order a drink at lunch, including people higher on the org chart than I am. So, the vibe has changed and I'm wondering if it's just become more common to take a drink at lunch.

In my case, it's definitely not a once a day thing or even a once a week thing. It's a beer at lunch once or twice a month at most thing. In fact, some of my newer co-workers are more frequent imbibers than I am at lunch, who also occasionally have more than one beer at lunch. It just doesn't seem to be a big deal.

Indulged on a bourbon and soda today and got to wondering about this thread. And -- I must say -- it tasted really good.

(Now, lunch break is over and I've got to get back to the grind. I'm feeling really productive as a matter of fact.)

Jul 10, 2014
PaulF in Not About Food

Are there very old threads that simply no longer exist?

I've been trying to find a thread that I started a long, long time ago. But, it was after the board switched over to the current format. In other words, it wasn't started on the old, Jim Leff message board, it was started after that.

I've seen threads resurrected from 2006 and this was after that. But I can't find it no matter how I search. Were there threads that were just purged for whatever reason?

Jul 10, 2014
PaulF in Site Talk

Orleans and York: Now with a second location in Inglewood

I'm pretty sure that's what the dude meant when I asked.

Jul 10, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area
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Orleans and York: Now with a second location in Inglewood

Tables. Didn't see any booze.

Jul 09, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area

Orleans and York: Now with a second location in Inglewood

I'd like to join the legion of fans of Orleans and York.

I'm taking Mondays off all summer and the last two weeks I've gone, first to the Slauson location, then to the Florence location.

Tried the shrimp po boy the first time, then shared the fried catfish po boy and the chicken salad hero with my son this week. All are excellent, nothing to write that hasn't already been written.

Except to add that they are in the process of adding a Carson location (near CCC) and a downtown location (not sure where). So, soon there will be four locations of Orleans and York.

Jul 09, 2014
PaulF in Los Angeles Area
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Closing of Serbian-Crown

I put this on the Food Media board, but thought that some here would like a link. The article discussed is regarding the closing of the Serbian Crown restaurant in Virginia (I'm not from this area, the article reference D.C. area diners would miss the place).

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/981595

Jul 07, 2014
PaulF in Washington DC & Baltimore

How Google Maps Can Be Used to Close Down a Restaurant

Saw this on Wired.com

A restaurant in Virginia (that served lion of all things) shut down recently after decades of service. They are claiming that a rival restaurant messed with their Google maps listing (for example, changing the basics to say the restaurant was closed on the weekend) and that led to their demise.

It's a tough claim to prove, but it's an interesting read.

http://www.wired.com/2014/07/hacking-...

Jul 07, 2014
PaulF in Food Media & News

Best Sandwich at Subway?

"No sense trying to eat healthy here"

Jared would disagree.

Jul 05, 2014
PaulF in Chains