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ok, where on the westside can i find a GREAT baked potato with sour cream?

theres an entire parking lot off Barrington Place...should be ez parking

about 12 hours ago
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John OGroat's Sudden Demise

im looking for a little intel, too! chowhounds out there, anyone knowanything?

Sep 08, 2014
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Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

Dirtywxtraolives, you should definitely return to Tacomiendo(ive only been to the Gateway locale). Ive never been disappointed...the tortillas are homemade and excellent, carnitas is excellent, a pot of beans and a more than decent salsa bar...ive never had anything but the carnitas tacos plate so i need to try some other things.

Sep 07, 2014
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John OGroat's Sudden Demise

Just wondering if anyone knows what was up with the Ventura Blvd outpost of John OGroats? it was a favorite lunch spot of mine and generally, seemed to be rather busy...But I went to day and signs said "closed as of immediately," something close to that anyway...great biscuits, pancakes, egg breakfasts, etc...oh well, here today, gone manana!

Sep 06, 2014
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Tacos Por Favor

didnt blame Tacos Chupas Cabras for the cig smoke...just part of the overall "uncomfortable." the tortilla fell apart on me when i picked it up so everything kinda turned into a tostada...i cant imagine you wont like Tacomiendo's tortillas! they are as good as any ive had on the westside, as are the carnitas
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Sep 05, 2014
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Little Tokyo LA, Not To Be Missed?

Yes, support Joon Lee and the Blue Whale for a great jazz experience! and if youre into that sort of thing, order the super hot ramen at Orochon and get your picture posted on their wall!

Sep 02, 2014
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More Authentic Chinese Food in Champaign IL Than The Entire San Fernando Valley?

i luv Tampa Garden, even with its..uh, uh...eccentricities like slow service(i walk up to the counter when i need something) and not always having what i want, like the cats ears noodles or xlb when Mom is out...like their roast pork chow fun, too...id prefer a slightly wider noodle but its still very satisfying!

Sep 02, 2014
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Tacos Por Favor

jessejames, i hope youre saying you prefer Tacomiendo for that area...

Sep 02, 2014
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Tacos Por Favor

i was there(Tacos Chupas Cabras...i mean Puntas Cabras) for an early dinner, around 6pm-ish, and had to sit outside and still couldnt get away from the loud, obnoxious rap sounds! then, 3 people decided to have a smoke 2 doors away and i choked on cig smoke, not to mention a filthy seat cushion...yeah, the shrimp taco was tasty but give me Tacomiendo any day...im gonna try their shrimp next time...and thats what the carnitas tacos plate has looked like whenever ive ordered it!

Sep 02, 2014
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Marina del Rey recommendations please

Second Westsidegal's endorsement of South End! Great Pizza e vino...what more do you want...and a very friendly and knowledgeable owner/host to boot! say hi to Mario!

Sep 02, 2014
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Tacos Por Favor

Not me...prefer Tacomiendo on Gateway...great homemade tortillas, and chunky carnitas with crispy edges...yeah...tried Tacos Chupa Cabras(or Puntas Gordas) whatever it is on SaMo Blvd near 23st?...last time i'll go there...sorry, loud rap, hip hop music, dirty tables and seats, and the tortillas fell apart...and the shrimp fell out...nope...good for the tattooed crowd, i guess!

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

have to disagree with Ciao Bob on this one, i havent been in a few months, but ive often got a couple tacos at Tacomiendo(carnitas) and they were the same thickish, def home made tortillas as come wrapped in tin foil with dinners...

Aug 23, 2014
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Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

Dirty, if Tacomiendo's (on Gateway) tortillas are not home made, i'll treat you to any of these other places for dinner!

Aug 23, 2014
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Soouth End first anniversary bash

i drove by but decided it was too tough to park and wait on line but i was so thrilled for my friend Mario Vollera! of course, he opened this place after i lived in the Marina for 15 years! great pizza!

Aug 18, 2014
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Feedback on Golden China

yes ipsedixit, that was the original rec but after the great squid we improvised and went to Malan...sounds like it was a good move!

Aug 16, 2014
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Feedback on Golden China

thats a pretty positive review but actually we decided on Hong Kong Fish Ball House, a small joint with a walk up window and a few outside tables...considering how perfectly crunchy, and non-greasy the squid were, I would eat there if it were in a garbage strewn alley...as we were living, an incredibly friendly owner spoke to us and was very interested and pleased we came out from Santa Monica...i overheard her tell this to her partner/husband? who also seemed quite pleased..i will be back! PS....check out the item priced at $3.75 and tell me if anyone has tried it! and next excellent bowl of med wide, flat hand cut noodles at Malan...my partner in this SGValley food caper was very happy with his beef nooodle soup...he got the large/wide flat noodle...looked great!

Aug 16, 2014
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Feedback on Golden China

i havent been to many places in SGV...lately only going to Sea Harbour for the dim sum and my favorite dish, their pan fried noodles(little tubes ive never seen before) but i was strongly recommended to go to Golden China in Row Hts for their hand shaved noodles...anyone been there? any other dishes to try that arent too exotic? def not "stinky tofu" which apparently is a specialty...thoughts?

Aug 15, 2014
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LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

i know "different strokes" but the thought of chicken liver & pastrami grrrrosses me OUT! Oy vey, what a mess! keep 'em separate!

Aug 14, 2014
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Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

always meant to try Monte Alban...now that i hear home made corn tortillas, i willl soon...ate at Tacomiendo many times..luv their thick, home made, corn tortillas, and excellent carnitas(tacos or plate)...

Aug 12, 2014
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cant' read the first line of each post--superimposed print

yeah, ive asked that question a couple times..some superimposed print over the first few words of posts and no dates on when comment was posted...wussup wid dat?

Jul 29, 2014
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FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

i heard "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag"

Jul 29, 2014
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FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

it is a beautiful bag!

Jul 29, 2014
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WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

the Eastern branch is where ive eaten a couple of times and had great pies!

Jul 29, 2014
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Best Pizza?? Not Paper Thin Crust Either

if any one is still looking for thick pizza, how about Hollywood Pies? ive been curious but it seems so heavy...and why are there no dates on the comments? the original post is 8 years old and i cant tell when any other comments were....wassup wid dat?

Jul 27, 2014
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Bucato

yes, im a glutten for gluten

Jul 27, 2014
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

agreed

Jul 27, 2014
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

I may have to try the salad at 800 degrees..

Jul 27, 2014
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

oh jesus, stop already till youre open!

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

I completely agree with you, maudies5...its the principle...how the hell do they decide to do that...better quality bags...well, in Brentwood they can get away with that kind of bullshit!

WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

Westsidegal, considering i remember that you "weigh" quality of the food along with calorie intake, it seems odd that youd patronize 800 degrees to save a few dollars, unless you happened to be in westwood and starving...Also, i dont think there is another margherita pizza made at that price point...i personally just get really turned off by their bullshit marketing, besides not finding their assembly line approach conducive to making a consistently good pie!

Jul 27, 2014
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