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Loteria Hollywood is a risky choice--the bartenders often forget to add tequila to the margaritas, service is terrible and the food is inconsistent. Which is a shame because it has some great recipes, that when working, are fantastic. Same with the drinks but at the prices charges, customers tend to like alcohol added. The restaurant (we've been three times and won't return on our own) seems to have a lot of kinks to work out and I wouldn't want to risk a birthday celebration there. Rivera is a much better choice, hands down, as John Sedler is a genius. Besides, downtown is so much fun!

Oct 30, 2009
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Best Short Ribs in LA

I still dream of the miso braised short ribs at Sona! Hands down, one of the most memorable dishes of my life and can't wait to return for this dish alone. Amazing flavors burst in your mouth with your first bite and you just look at your dinner partners with this stunned expression of wonder that such a marvel is yours. They have just the right texture (a little tooth but still melts in the mouth) and it's a perfectly sized portion so you won't resent giving up a few bites to jealous dinner partners. Simply the best I've ever had. You might also want to try the short ribs at Tasca on 3rd St. in Los Angeles. It's a small plate but quite delicious (as is the rest of the menu). If you're with a group of more than two I recommend you double the order. Since the plate is around $12, it's not a financial sacrifice to double up.

Sep 06, 2007
KDEatsOut in Los Angeles Area

Happi Songs on LaBrea?

Was there a couple weeks ago. Interesting concept but a lot of kinks to work out. Some dishes were good, some were mediocre, some pretty pathetic. On a bright note, a bowl of rice was delivered to our table without charge. Service wasn't that bad but it's a very casual place so I tend to overlook a lot. Steven Arroyo (of Cobras y Matadors fame) is the apparent owner but this place doesn't have his quality signature on it and that makes me wonder if he was even involved in the menu process. I'd give it a few more months to come around. Just don't expect much right now.

Sep 06, 2007
KDEatsOut in Los Angeles Area

Question about Pancakes in LA...

I know!!! Everything is so fresh and tasty I'm amazed there isn't a line around the block. So, thanks for the second.

Aug 21, 2007
KDEatsOut in Los Angeles Area

Question about Pancakes in LA...

Square One on Fountain, across from the blue Scientology building (it's tiny so you could miss it), makes the most amazing buttermilk pancakes to match the rest of its impressive breakfast menu. You can order them with orange curd and spicy chocolate sauce but just adding maple syrup will make you swoon. Really fluffy and a touch of vanilla makes these the favorite in our household.

Aug 20, 2007
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LaTerza better than O'Mozza

Agree about the awful atmosphere at La Terza. Went a couple months ago because Gino Angelini had moved there from his first place to take over cooking but while food was good, some dishes really good, we couldn't get over the cold and sterile atmosphere of the place. Someone should hit a paint store and buy some warm-colored paint or better yet, hire a decorator to redo it entirely. However, service is quite wonderful and that's a difficult task, given some of the strange clientele (straight out of Sopranos casting) we saw in the place. Nonetheless I have high hopes for this place and look forward to returning soon.

Aug 17, 2007
KDEatsOut in Los Angeles Area

Birthday Dinner... brain empty

BLD on Beverly Blvd. (www.bldrestaurant.com) is unpretentious and lively but you pay for that in increased decibel levels. Mixed menu with an emphasis on American. Some nice wines by the glass if you're with non drinkers. Across the street is Buddha's Belly (www.bbfood.com), which has a nice Asian influenced menu. There is wine on the menu but I usually stick to sake. A treat is the filtered tap water so no wasted water bottles. And the place is consistent in serving really tasty dishes. But If all else fails do the Farmers Market. I suggest the Brazilian place, Pampas Grill, where you can pick whatever you want and the churrascuria is really good. Then hit EB's for a bottle of wine or pitcher of beer, take your plates to a table/s and have a blast. The weather is perfect for Farmers Market. And it's really reasonable. Hope one of these work out.

Aug 13, 2007
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Wine (tapas) bars Mid-City

Tasca on Third St is fantastic. Have been there several times and each one a treat. You can bring your own wines or select from an interesting selection by bottle or glass. It can get somewhat noisy but it's not nearly as bad as some places--besides, the food is worth an extra decibel or two. Check out the menu at: www.tascawinebar.com.

Reservations are strongly recommended as it's developed a loyal following and fills up fast. Sitting at the bar is fun so don't worry if the tables are taken.

Jul 30, 2007
KDEatsOut in Los Angeles Area

The one restaurant you resolve to try in 2007?

Anyone who doesn't adore Sona hasn't tried the miso braised short ribs, one of those dishes you'll remember forever. The ambiance of the restaurant is lovely and the wine list superb. Service is the best you'll find in any L.A. locale.

Jul 30, 2007
KDEatsOut in Los Angeles Area

Mozza's Pizza is NOT Pizza!

Virbila also gave three stars to Jar, possibly the worst meal I've ever had in L.A. and the most overrated restaurant. Quite confusing. However, Mozza is fun and full of interesting menu items. The pizza crust seems to be the recipe for La Brea Bakery bread so it makes sense that it's more dense and has a really crispy crust. But the best pizza is Monday nights at Vincenti. Oh, my...what a delight. Very expensive but out of this world.

Jul 30, 2007
KDEatsOut in Los Angeles Area

Non-foodie sushi places!

How about Cafe Sushi on Beverly Blvd, just east of La Cienega? I realized it's not west side but it's festive and fun, reasonably priced and has trendy sushi as well as traditional fare.

Jul 30, 2007
KDEatsOut in Los Angeles Area

$20 AYCE Sushi at the Farmers Market

Walked in...opened the menu...walked out. Farmers Market is prime for a great (even just good) sushi place so when a restaurant has to resort to "all you can eat" gimmicks it's a sure sign to avoid the place. IMHO.

Jul 08, 2007
KDEatsOut in Los Angeles Area

ISO to die for cakes in Los Angeles

Definitely Susina in Los Angeles. A fantastic variety of cakes, each one more moist and tasty than the next. If I'm not mistaken Susina's cakes are less than Jane's but far better.

Jul 07, 2007
KDEatsOut in Los Angeles Area