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What will blow my mind in the LA area?

Here are some suggestions:

1. Wurstkuche - Little Tokyo / Arts District - If you enjoy hotdogs and sausages in a festive environment. You can order some Rattlesnake / Rabbit or Alligator / Pork sausages with some really good Belgium Dipped Fries paired with some interesting dipping sauces, i.e., curry ketchup, thai peanut, buttermilk ranch and wash it all down with some really good beer. You sit in a large communal table.. kinda like a biergarten in Germany I guess.

2. New Capital or Elite - If you want the quintessential dim sum, experience, namely chasing Chinese aunties to see if your fave dimsum is in the carts they push around, New Capital on Valley in San Gabriel, is cheap and good. If you are a little more reserved and not accumstomed to shouting at people for your food, previous Chowhound recommendations of Elite is good as well.

3. Marstons - Pasadena - They have the most amazing blueberry pancakes, corn-flake coated French Toast, and omlettes. Also, in a nice quaint house converted into a restaurant.

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New Capital
8823 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA

Wurstkuche
800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Dec 28, 2010
JanusSoCal in Los Angeles Area

Tam O' Shanter v. Animal v. Waterloo and City

Thanks for everybody's great suggestions. The group decided on Tam O' Shanter and it was a beautiful choice, decent food and the carolers were icing on the cake (or horseradish on the prime rib, as it would be).

Dec 19, 2010
JanusSoCal in Los Angeles Area

Tam O' Shanter v. Animal v. Waterloo and City

Hi, I wanted to get the opinion of the gurus at Chowhound on where to go. A group of us (all self-professed foodies), were debating about where to go for our Holiday Dinner. A group wanted Tam O' Shanter for the ambiance, another group wanted Animal for its interesting cuisine, and another group wanted Waterloo and City for its charcuterie. While Tam O' Shanter is leading due to holiday ambiance, I don't know how the quality of the food is, and some people really want to try something distinctive instead. Any recommendations on which one would be a good choice?

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Waterloo and City
12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

Dec 17, 2010
JanusSoCal in Los Angeles Area

30th Birthday Dinner in LA suggestions - Providence v. Cut

I really appreciate everybody's ideas and suggestions. In the end, I asked boyfriend, "Seafood or Meat" and he said, "Meat, all the way." So, CUT it is. So, I guess my questions now is, since I'm going to CUT, any recommendations on appetizers or steaks that I must get? Also, I looked on their website, and it sseems like they are serving Australian Wagyu and no longer the Japanese Wagyu. Anybody been there recently that can confirm or deny this? Thanks!

Aug 19, 2010
JanusSoCal in Los Angeles Area

30th Birthday Dinner in LA suggestions - Providence v. Cut

Thanks exilekiss! In your experience, is the Chef's Tasting Menu "too much food"? Would it be overkill to order that v. the 9-course tasting menu? Also, in your experience, do they up the price of the Chef's Tasting Menu if you ask them to incorporate more "expensive" ingredients in the tasting menu?

Aug 15, 2010
JanusSoCal in Los Angeles Area

30th Birthday Dinner in LA suggestions - Providence v. Cut

Thanks exilekiss! So, do you just call them over the phone, say you want the tasting and make your special request? Wow.. I mean.. do you really mean anything? My boyfriend is a big fan of Uni and Red Meat.. do you think it would be strange to try to ask them to incorporate that in their tasting menu? I always feel a little intimidated when I make requests like this.. afraid I'll get the rolling of the eyes over the phone.

Aug 14, 2010
JanusSoCal in Los Angeles Area

30th Birthday Dinner in LA suggestions - Providence v. Cut

Hatfield's.. a new factor to the equation. Is tasting menu the best way to experience Hatfield's, or a la Carte? And any must-gets there?

Aug 14, 2010
JanusSoCal in Los Angeles Area

30th Birthday Dinner in LA suggestions - Providence v. Cut

Thanks for all the great info Hnsbmg!

Aug 14, 2010
JanusSoCal in Los Angeles Area

30th Birthday Dinner in LA suggestions - Providence v. Cut

Thanks Frank! Any thoughts on whether I should get the Five Course, Full Tasting, or Chef's Tasting Menu?

Aug 14, 2010
JanusSoCal in Los Angeles Area

30th Birthday Dinner in LA suggestions - Providence v. Cut

Thanks! Yeah.. I'm trying, my boyfriend took me to SAAM for my birthday so I'm hoping to take him to somewhere memorable as well. Have you been to Animal, any recommendations?

Aug 14, 2010
JanusSoCal in Los Angeles Area

30th Birthday Dinner in LA suggestions - Providence v. Cut

I am in sincere need of some help from my fellow gourmands here on Chowhound. My bf's 30th's birthday is coming up and I wanted to take him somewhere special for this birthday in LA. I've done a ton of reading on this board and I think it's maybe come down to Providence or Cut. I know they are both north and south of each other and if it was a simple choice of seafood v. meat, it would be easy. But I wanted to look for an experience where my bf could look back in 10 years and say, "Wow, that was a meal." I haven't been to either, so I have no frame of reference. If anybody who has been to either restaurant, or any other "birthday destination restaurant" could offer me perspective, that would be much appreciated!

Aug 14, 2010
JanusSoCal in Los Angeles Area

30th Birthday Restaurant in Santa Barbara

I'm taking my boyfriend for a nice getaway in Santa Barbara for the big 3-0. I've never been to the area and would appreciate chowhound expertise on a "special" restaurant to take somebody to in Santa Barbara for his 30th birthday. Ocean view or any nice view would be something that I think I'm trying to find. So far, I've gotten three recommendations, Bella Vista at the Biltmore, Cold Spring Tavern, and Stonehouse Restaurant. Any opinions on those three restaurants or any other ideas?

Also, i want to get some kind of baked good for his birthday as well, so any recommendations on any good bakeries and any "must get" items would be much appreciated as well.

Also.. finally.. sorry for asking for a lot but, any sort of "magical spots" in Santa Barbara where it takes your breath away?

Thanks all!

Aug 22, 2009
JanusSoCal in California