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

i do really dig Grimaldi's here in LA ...fairly consistent and the best if not the only really NY style pizza here but this pie i had from their Vegas branch several years ago was considerably better!

31 minutes ago
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Knish anyone?

i had a Langers potato knish for the first and last time several years ago...It was a huge mass of unpleasant potato substance...their crinkle cut fries i think are equally unpalatable...whats a potato lover to do?

37 minutes ago
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

Knish anyone?

the other day a friend mentioned Gelson's sells Gabila knishes...have to confirm!

about 23 hours ago
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

Mail order knishes???

just got back from NYC...had a great cherry cheese knish at Yonah Schimmel...the potato was a major disappointment!

about 23 hours ago
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The Pastrami List 2014

Servorg, Can you pick the gentile youre saving?

about 23 hours ago
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

Recs for Chinese mid afternoon lunch tomorrow near the 10

Looks like im gonna have to make a last minute decision here ...thanks all for the options!

1 day ago
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

Recs for Chinese mid afternoon lunch tomorrow near the 10

lucky noodle king looks great but for health reasons no longer can eat really "hot" food...the menu here seems mostly schechuan...any non spicy options?

flavor garden looked excellent...are they openstraight thru lunch and dinner? i coulldnt find their web site...thanks for the good looking recs, Ipse and Servorg!

1 day ago
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

Recs for Chinese mid afternoon lunch tomorrow near the 10

i need to be in Claremont by 5:30pmish and was hoping to hit Sea Harbour for a meal but they close at 2pm and reopen at 5pm which is cutting it close. Id love thick noodles, not overly spicy and was gonna try Malan but Hacienda Hts seemed daunting to find since i cant waste time driving lost...any thoughts?

1 day ago
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

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

Lance Roberts word is pizza gospel 4 moi! hes tellin it like it is w/ photos to back it up...Barone's not for the faint of heart or those with an elevated palate for pizza...now if you love cheesy, meaty greasy pizza, dive in!

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

http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives...

heres a link to a great review of Barone's with photos illustrating why any serious pizza lover, as opposed to someone who will be satisfied by anything with a lot of salty meat,cheese and sauce!

2 days ago
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

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

bringiton, please tell us you didnt stay!

2 days ago
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

burgers

sorry, dont get it either!

2 days ago
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

burgers

do they present jazz? red beans and rice wont be enuf to get me there...but if its swingin'...

Jul 21, 2014
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

burgers

Not at all, Ipsedixit, especially you who can identify all my pizza fotos in a glance!

Jul 21, 2014
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

burgers

Im hardly upset just a bit amused and surprised...as they say in show biz any publicity/ comments are good...and apology unnecessary but accepted.

Jul 21, 2014
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burgers

Hows this,Gypsy Ann..the jerkoff hipsters never supported jazz next door...FO burger great...im taking ketchup next time...Bucato is ez for walk-ins!

Jul 21, 2014
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area
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burgers

so sorry to bore U

Jul 21, 2014
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

burgers

By the way, if i remember, im bringin ketchup!

Jul 20, 2014
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

burgers

Ive been busted...i did Bulgarini after FO! Florentine choc & a vanilla

Jul 20, 2014
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

Perfect picnic- store with cheese, fresh baked breads, Italian salami?

screw Bay Cities...go to Wally's on Westwood just north of Olympic..the best selection of fine cheeses, meats, condiments, cookies, bread and, of course, Vino!

Jul 20, 2014
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

burgers

Hey Ipsedixit, i worry enough about writing rules with my jazz essays for AllAboutJazz.com....this post was pure stream of consciousness...im still digesting the burger and fries...of course, if youre seriously offering to treat me to a coupla burgers tomorrow, i'll start editing immediately!

Jul 20, 2014
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burgers

Amen Servorg!

Jul 20, 2014
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

burgers

thanks JAB, i forgot to mention that as i walked out i saw how nice and thick the sweet potato fries were!

Jul 20, 2014
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

burgers

FO opening in Culver City 5 or so years ago filled me with excitement...not because of their burgers but because stupid me thought some of those hordes of hamburger hipsters might stroll 200 feet south and walk into the Jazz Bakery to hear really hip jazz...but no, im fairly sure not a single burger stuffed fool ever did...meanwhile every time i went to the Bakery early, FO was so crowded there was no way i could even try a damn burger! Today, the Jazz Bakery is only a memory, though the amazing Ruth Price has not only been successfully fund raising to resurrect this beloved jazz space, but Frank Gehry has designed it, gratis! anyway, today i headed towards CC with the goal of trying to get into Bucato for a first try of their touted pasta...i couldnt find it but, as i strolled up Helms ave, lo and behold, I saw that FO was only 1/2 full...so in i went. Id heard all the hype as well as the terrifying chatter about the burger joint"s fascist "rules." I found an empty table near the exit, in case i needed to make a hasty escape, went up to the bar to order a FO burger, basket of fries and a diet cola and sat down, nervously. The wait staff seemed pretty friendly and the clientele was chatting away. My fries came first...i ordered the basket because i figured this snooty joint probably would serve a handful of anemic spud slices but this basket was filled with tasty if too thin for my taste fries...the garlic aioli mayo worked well with them...to get enough potato flavor i resorted to cramming several at a time into my hungry maw. quite satisfactorily...then the burger was delivered...my first reaction was one of deep disappointment. Literally, there was no sign of the burger...it was completely obscured by spinach and the bun...oh my friends, i thought to myself, "I knew it. All fuckin' hype...overpriced dreck!" but lo and behold, once i lifted it out of its basket, i saw a very nice, juicy and pink patty of beef calling to me with that familiar siren song, "eat me eat me"...the first bite unleashed all kinds of flavors...slight sweetness from the carmelized onions, juicy salty beef and a nicely textured bun more than strong enough to survive my assault. and the soft drink was a nice 12 oz bottle of diet cola not the 6oz variety i expected. I'll add i asked them how the medium rare was cooked and they quite accurately suggested that for my preference, pinkish, not bloody, i should go with the medium...it was perfect...the other pleasant surprise was that i was neither frisked nor subjected to a full body xray in order to ensure i wasnt smuggling in ketchup...damn, none of my fears were realized. FO was a perfectly tasty and delightful experience which i hope to repeat soon. It was way better than my only visit to the original Umami which turned me off in every way possible! the other good news was that as i walked back to my car, i passed Bucato and learned that ,though id read it was a tough res, in fact except for the peak hours of 6:30pm-8:30pm it was quite accessible. Great news! and one of these days when the Jazz Bakery is reborn in quite an ambitious new space next to the Kirk Douglas theater, i can look forward to burgers and pasta in 2 very diner friendly spots...Amen

Jul 20, 2014
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WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

thats nice lookin pie!

Jul 17, 2014
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

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

I'll 2nd that comment! way skimpy on the sausage...if im ever in there again(not likely b'c of noise and parking factor) id order extra sauseeeege!

Jul 17, 2014
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

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

personally, i see nothing tasty in that pizza foto...if im in that area and want pizza id go to Bollini's!

Jul 17, 2014
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WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

good observations!

Jul 17, 2014
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WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

definitely id have to be buzzed to eat that!

Jul 17, 2014
lapizzamaven in Los Angeles Area

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

I'll pass...as westsidegal has noted in the past, i cant waste such calorie splurges on pizza i feel is muy unacceptable...price is not the deciding factor, even if Kevin's paying!

Jul 16, 2014
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