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October 2014 Openings and Closings

I don't think that whether or not Ernesto's now constitutes a chain is a distinction defined by opinion. Seems to me it would not constitute a chain under the technical definition but that's arguable.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/860099

about 6 hours ago
Beachowolfe in Greater Boston Area

Boston-ey Restaurants

Never gotten an attitude at Neptune either.

need seafood

Mare is possibly in that league. Much better than it gets credit for on this board the decor is just a little cold.

Boston-ey Restaurants

Row 34 is just as seafood focused and just as good (or at least close) as those two.

General Tso's Chicken??

General Tso's chicken isn't authentic, you definitely want General Gao's.

Italian Dinner-Los Angeles (Decisions?)

Looks greasy and soupy. Maybe it's a bad picture. Either way, LOL @ paying 32 bucks for this:

Oct 11, 2014
Beachowolfe in Los Angeles Area

Italian Dinner-Los Angeles (Decisions?)

Man, that looks like slop.

Oct 05, 2014
Beachowolfe in Los Angeles Area

Oysters

I don't think I've ever heard anyone describe those briny ICs as bland.

How do I replace Hamersley's as my "go to" special occasion restaurant? (Very detailed list of criteria inside!)

Seriously. Probably the closest thing to the feel of L'Espalier's old location too.

And the food is better than Hammersley's.

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

I have no idea wtf a shot or swirl is, for real. Iced coffee w/ "cream and sugar" or "regular". Sometimes, "Iced French Vanilla Regular".

IMO DD coffee needs the cream and sugar. It is perfect for certain situations, like being hungover. For me the decision is never between DD and real coffee, i.e. cold brewed black/siphoned/pour over/etc. Sometimes I just don't want to work to discern citrusy and nutty flavors like a fuckin nerd.

It's closer to a toned down vietnamese coffee.

Also, fwiw, their donuts are not the draw at all. Sausage egg & cheese on everything or BEC croissant. Maybe a few "wake up wraps" if I'm feeling healthy.

I've said this before... It's basically In N Out for breakfast. If you start thinking of it as anything else you're setting up for a serious disappointment.

Sep 17, 2014
Beachowolfe in Los Angeles Area

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

Extra large iced regular.

Once they iron their shit out try a French Vanilla or Hazelnut. This one fucked my iced FV up pretty bad last week, way too much syrup. They'll figure it out eventually.

Sep 16, 2014
Beachowolfe in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

I'm all for paying the 3% if they're willing to be 100% transparent. That means I want to see their food costs, labor costs, and overhead costs as line items, but more importantly, I want to see the profit margin they're making on every check.

Sep 15, 2014
Beachowolfe in Los Angeles Area

Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

Since bread is so unhealthy I've taken to eating peanut butter and jelly by the spoonful.

If we run out of jelly I'll sub honey or even cocoa powder depending on how many drinks I've had.

Sep 14, 2014
Beachowolfe in General Topics

Is Baco Mercat really this bad?

That's not what happened to me. She dipped the fuggout, it was late and way longer than two hastily smoked marlboros.

Sep 09, 2014
Beachowolfe in Los Angeles Area

More Authentic Chinese Food in Champaign IL Than The Entire San Fernando Valley?

Poor choice of words I suppose. Maybe "promoter" is better.

You're still missing the point of my post...It seemed odd to me that the OP was shitting on SGV when in fact the poster consistently praises SGV in other places. I posted the edit to reflect the fact that I had stupidly misread SFV as SGV.

Sep 02, 2014
Beachowolfe in Los Angeles Area

More Authentic Chinese Food in Champaign IL Than The Entire San Fernando Valley?

EDIT: disregard. Valley mix-up.

Weird OP given that you're pretty much the definition of an SGV shill.

See here: http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/best...

And here: http://www.menuism.com/blog/chinese-f...

Sep 02, 2014
Beachowolfe in Los Angeles Area

Is Baco Mercat really this bad?

I'm not, but I haven't found service to be consistently lacking here, maybe I'll be more aware now.

Everything was fine up until that point, it's just the passing off of the table that annoys me. The hostesses were very accommodating, bartenders quick, initial server was knowledgeable. It's maybe not such a knock on BM in particular as it is the practice of passing off tables.

FWIW, this probably wouldn't stop me from returning to Hostaria and I don't think I'd ever actually zero out a tip.

Sep 01, 2014
Beachowolfe in Los Angeles Area

11th and Wilshire - Santa Monica

Rustic Canyon's bar may be too small but their food is several tiers above Misfit (and most everything else in SM).

Sep 01, 2014
Beachowolfe in Los Angeles Area

11th and Wilshire - Santa Monica

Apparently, they let a bunch of @fitters in there today

Sep 01, 2014
Beachowolfe in Los Angeles Area

Good Beer Bottle Shop in LA

I noticed that some of the 750mls, especially Cascade, were like 5-6 bucks cheaper than Duck Blind in samo.

Sep 01, 2014
Beachowolfe in Los Angeles Area

Is Baco Mercat really this bad?

Another report to echo some others' sentiments

Dinner was a disappointment. I thought I had seen baco mercat rec'd here and upon further investigation reports are very mixed, leaning towards bad even. Shouldda known.

-Cauliflower was good, if a little soggy.
-Hand torn pasta with pork belly sugo tasted great, flavor wise- raisins worked well, kale was a welcome addition, there was something else there that I can't really identify but was unique and tasty. Texture-wise, the pasta was a disaster- complete mush, stuck together.
-Stuffed squid had an overpowering odd taste. Like too much cardamom with the shrimp? I dunno. it wasn't bad I suppose, just not to my liking from a flavor profile. Squid "casings" were tasty, especially when mixed with a bit less of the filling. Salad provided a nice balance and was completely necessary towards the end of the dish.
-Cold noodles. Kinda gross. They were swimming in romesco which reminded me more of sriracha mayo with pickles. It was way overdressed, sloppy at best. The accompanying carnitas and pork belly were tasty, though seemed like an afterthought just tosssed on top of an already busy dish ("romesco", basil, mint, fried egg). Kept thinking that if this was constructed as a simple basil/mint noodle bed with some pork belly and carnitas finished with a dollop of romesco it might have worked. The egg was completely washed out by other flavors.

Service was OK but, and this is the second or third time this has happened to us in LA (Hostaria last week), our server fuckin bounced while we were still eating and left someone else to take care of us. Dafuq is that? You get cut, you finish your tables and get your sidework done. You don't leave. This isn't a mid-day shift change at a bar it's a dinner service, and not a cheap one at that ($70+ pp with drinks). She probably lost out on 10 bucks from us but I'm completely stiffing the next dbag server that pulls this shit. Is "passing off" an LA thing?

Also, and this has nothing to do with the restaurant itself, there were several slobs in the place wearing shorts and sleeveless T's, sideways hats, etc. (Is this Jay-Z's fault? Probably.) Does this have an effect on my meal? I guess not but it does sort of cheapen the experience of going out to dinner for me. Maybe I should not have expected anything more, as previously stated I think I had the wrong impression of the type of place this was. Possibly confusing with Bestia.

Sep 01, 2014
Beachowolfe in Los Angeles Area
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Good Beer Bottle Shop in LA

I checked this place out online. I'm wondering if they actually carry all that stuff and can keep it stored properly.

Sep 01, 2014
Beachowolfe in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2014 -- Voting

OFFAL

Aug 31, 2014
Beachowolfe in Los Angeles Area

Little Tokyo LA, Not To Be Missed?

You'd need a pretty big rolling weight. Something like a steam roller, amirite?

Aug 31, 2014
Beachowolfe in Los Angeles Area

Little Tokyo LA, Not To Be Missed?

sour beers taste gueude

Bachelor Party Seafood restaurant

That actually sounds pretty good.

You should probably make a little pit stop in Providence as well, excellent clams at Desire.

Bachelor Party Seafood restaurant

You should pick a better city for your bachelor party if you're willing to travel that far

LA not mentioned as a good city for foodies

Went back to TPC again. It's just not that great. Under crisped fish and shrimp tacos, breading was actually a little soggy in places and seemed overly thick. Tortillas weren't as lackluster as previously thought but they still didn't stand out.

Had a scallop tostada as well. Scallops were great eaten on their own but the whole tostada was overpowered by the pickles. Nice crispy tortilla.

Salsa verde was excellent, roja ok (not as good as TPV), chipotle was good, pineapple habanero was ok - could have used more heat to balance out the sweet.

Aug 25, 2014
Beachowolfe in Los Angeles Area

$1000 mandatory minimum bill for a large group?

Out with the damn restaurant!

Row 34

Or just stay at Row 34 and put a dent in that awesome beer list.