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IL PICOLLINO - ALWAYS OUTSTANDING

Eddy Kerkhofs co-founded and co-owned Le Dome with the late Michel Yhuelo. It was a great place.

2 days ago
martan in Los Angeles Area

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

SGV shill? If you have a dispute with the content of the post, make it. Otherwise, why the name-calling?

In any event, the post makes a good point. But the point should not just be limited to Chinese food. Although the SFV has some good places, the number of good places is lower than one would expect for the large population in the SFV.

Sep 02, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

Smoked Lakerda (fish) for sale in the SFV?

Bonito not Bonita.... auto correct strikes again.

Aug 02, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

Smoked Lakerda (fish) for sale in the SFV?

I grew up trying to avoid eating lakerda because it is so fishy and gross...bearing in mind that I love uni and virtually anything at a sushi bar. In any event, to my knowledge, lakerda is cured Bonita, not smoked. The version I am familiar with is Greek or Turkish in origin. You might want to check with Armenian, Greek or Turkish delis. Based on what I saw as a kid, it's easy to prepare....just bury Bonita in salt the way you would Gravlax.

Aug 02, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

smoked sturgeon and the rest of the appetizing goods, too bad there no joint like this in LA.

Different format, but Petrossian?

Aug 01, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

LAMB -- L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2014

Barbrix Moroccan spiced lamb chops.

Jun 03, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

LAMB -- L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2014

+1 on double dipped lamb with blue.

Jun 02, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

21st Birthday in LA!

+1

May 22, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

Chow faves that are just too f'ing crowded to bother?

The fish is grilled rather than fried as commonly done. I happen to like Guisados' fish very much.

May 22, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

Lunch places in Glendale

Elena's on Glendale Ave.

May 21, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

If Michelin returned to LA this year, which restaurants do you personally feel would get stars in the 2015 LA Michelin Guide?

Are you all kidding? Urusawa, Melisse, Providence, Rivera, Drago Centro, Mozza ogroup, Patina group, multiple Japanese restaurants, multiple SGV restaurants would all be worthy Michelin restaurants...not to mention Tois Mec, Maude, etc. LA bloggers: get over this inferiority issue. LA is one of the great dining cities in the world.

May 18, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

Bistro de la Gare, back on track

The article states that the wineries would deny having Syrah in their pinots. And, the author says his suspicions apply to the bargain range. And the article says it's going on in France. Which would seem to make it less an American problem.

May 14, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

Bistro de la Gare, back on track

My understanding is that Meritage is a Bordeaux style blend and would not include pinot noir. It seems pinot noirs are generally not blends, except with different pinot noirs.

May 11, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

ISO: high quality Old Fashioned cocktail (2014 edition)

In addition to others mentioned, the main bar at The Biltmore Hotel has an excellent Old Fashioned.

May 11, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

ISO: high quality Old Fashioned cocktail (2014 edition)

In addition to others mentioned, the main bar at The Biltmore Hotel has an excellent Ok Fashioned.

May 11, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

What's your favorite restaurant?

Barbrix. By a mile.

May 02, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

Any good Chinese Take-Out in Hollywood (Highland/Fountain) ?

Chi Dynasty on Hillhurst.

Apr 28, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

Easter Brunch/Lunch - Downtown

Water Grill
Church and State

Apr 17, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

You would have a hard time finding _________in Los Angeles...

Barbrix on Monday nights...$1 each.

Apr 03, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

best 100 yards of food in LA

Around 4th and Main, downtown? Sushi Zo, Orso, Baco, etc.
Or, 5th and Figueroa? Drago Centro, Chaya, Pinot, Border Grill.
7th and Grand? Q, Sugarfish, Mo Chica, Bottega Louis (Maybe more scene than food for some with the last one.)

Apr 03, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area
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Pacific Dining Car. How is it?

Tell us how you really feel. Maybe you're missing the point of the place.
The Dining Car is pricey but the service and setting is gracious. The ingredients are high quality and well presented. Old fashioned, but a welcome occasional change.

Steak & Booze b/w Silver Lake and WeHo

+1

Mar 17, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

Food Crawl of the Gods

Again, in no particular order:

Musso's: Two off the menu items--prime rib on the bone, finished on the grill, and grilled asparagus.
Phillipe's: lamb double dip with blue cheese, with the lamb cut from the crisp edges (they'll do it if you ask).
Barbrix: whatever octopus salad they are serving.
L & E: Oysters Rockefeller and clams casino.
Drago Cento: whatever shrimp or other similar seafood that is a special.
Langer's pastrami.
Lamb cheeks from one of the stands at the Grand Central Market.
Bryan's brisket at the Farmer's Market.

Mar 07, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

LA Weekly's 99 essential restaurants released today...what did they miss?

It could be that we disagree about "essential".

You said: "there are two senses of 'being essential: 1) Essential to having made the doing scene was it is, 2) essential in shaping the dining scene into what it is becoming."

If those are the only two criteria, more weight should be given to restaurants like Valentino, Chinois, Border Grill. Michael's, Chaya Brasserie and The Ivy. And less weight should be given to restaurants that are really new.

I would also include restaurants that personify the character of aspects of LA (like Phillipe's or Musso's, and some that I just mentioned) or others that fill a void for an important city like LA.

LA has only a small handful of restaurants that have a metropolitan aura with great food that is available for a business setting and after-work. To me, Drago Centro is the best of that genre. If Rivera was more in the center of downtown, it would have a similar role. Rivera should be on the list too. But, that has been addressed above.

Mar 07, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

LA Weekly's 99 essential restaurants released today...what did they miss?

No Musso's? Maybe I missed it due to the format, but Musso's is truly essential. Drago Centro belongs as well. Lots of others for that matter.

Mar 06, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

What restaurant do you really really really miss that is now closed ?????

The Windsor is now occupied by The Prince, a Korean bar-restaurant.

Mar 05, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

Yelp Top 100 (LA edit)

Shows the shortcomings o yelp.

Feb 26, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

Where to eat Gioia burrata in West LA?

The burrata at Barbrix is always excellent.

Feb 26, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

What restaurant do you really really really miss that is now closed ?????

The Lipp was on Melrose in a bistro setting with clever takes (kind of an homage) on brasserie food. It was prior to Fred Eric opening Vida on Hillhurst. Great place, great food, great prices, short longevity.

Kathy Gallagher's was on Third just east of Robertson and it was an airy place with light wood floors and "California cuisine" before it was clichéd. Great ambience.

Feb 13, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area

What restaurant do you really really really miss that is now closed ?????

La Toque
Le Dome
Ma Maison
Trumps
Au Petit Café
The Lipp (Fred Eric's place on Melrose)
Au Petit Café
Kathy Gallagher's
Fenix (on Beverly Drive)
Shin (on Hillhurst)
Vida Hymie's Fish Market
Ritz Café
Orleans
The Windsor (and the similar place across the street0
Rex Il Ristorante
Chianti
Central Park (in Brentwood)
Rangoon Racquet Club
The Ginger Man
7th Street Bistro
Palete
Ports

Feb 13, 2014
martan in Los Angeles Area