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Best pecan pie in LA?

...and I love the name "Homeboy Bakery!" Thanks!

Nov 18, 2014
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Best pecan pie in LA?

Thanks!

Nov 17, 2014
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Best pecan pie in LA?

Thanks!

Nov 17, 2014
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Best pecan pie in LA?

Thank you!

Nov 14, 2014
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Best pecan pie in LA?

BRILLIANT idea! Thank you :)

Nov 14, 2014
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Best pecan pie in LA?

Thanks everyone!

Nov 14, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Best pecan pie in LA?

Help!!
I'm hosting Thanksgiving at my place this year and won't have enough time to make a pecan pie. Please lead me to the tastiest one in town.
Thanks in advance...

Nov 13, 2014
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Lunch in Newport Beach

The Bungalow

Sep 22, 2014
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Terroni (downtown) reviewed

What did you order? Thanks Oracle!

Sep 19, 2014
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Tacos Por Favor (Santa Monica location)

Yum! No, but I will put it on the list. Thanks Kevin!

Sep 19, 2014
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Tacos Por Favor (Santa Monica location)

Encinitas, down by San Diego.

Sep 19, 2014
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Tacos Por Favor (Santa Monica location)

Thanks for the rec, jesse! Will do.

Sep 19, 2014
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Tacos Por Favor (Santa Monica location)

Thanks jesse. I'm looking for hard shelled tacos similar to a place in Encinitas called "Juanita's Taco Shop." Not sure if you're familiar but, damn, they're solid.
This picture doesn't do the taco justice, but you should be able to kind of get the jist...

Sep 19, 2014
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Tacos Por Favor (Santa Monica location)

After enjoying a few too many cocktails, I was craving some sober-me-up fare. As Mexican is my comfort food, I headed to the closest "hole in the wall" spot I could find. With the positive reviews I had read about Tacos Por Favor, I figured that I was in good hands...
Service aside - because everyone who worked there was lovely - I was pretty disappointed with my meal. Granted, the hard taco shell was homemade, but the beef that it enveloped was cubed; not shredded, like the employee who took my order had promised. The red sauce on my cheese enchiladas tasted like ketchup, and the jamoncillo was dry, as was the cinnamon/sugar cookie. Sigh, at least the Mexican Coke was satisfying.
On to the next!

Sep 19, 2014
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Terroni (downtown) reviewed

Thanks, will do. I moved from NYC about 3.5 months ago, so I'm always on the prowl for good Italian and pizza!

Sep 19, 2014
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Terroni (downtown) reviewed

What did you order, JL? Did you have a pizza, by chance?

Sep 19, 2014
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Terroni (downtown) reviewed

Thanks, Haeldaur! It was quite a tasty meal.

Sep 19, 2014
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Terroni (downtown) reviewed

Yes, I totally agree. It's not "destination worthy" if you don't live/work near the restaurant. But next time I'm in the area and craving pizza, I will definitely return. I look forward to trying Factory Kitchen; I've heard really good things!
Thanks yogachik :)

Sep 19, 2014
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Terroni (downtown) reviewed

Agreed, pizza was really, really delicious. But the fact that we had to cut it ourselves made for some sloppy slices and uneven portions.
I look forward to trying Bestia in the future!
Thanks for your response, John!

Sep 19, 2014
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Terroni (downtown) reviewed

I thought the pizza was pretty dynamite. What have you had there?

Sep 18, 2014
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Terroni (downtown) reviewed

Terroni resides within a historic bank building, so you can only imagine the ceiling heights that reach to the heavens, the oversized windows, and the interior detailing that seems to have gone away eons before any of us took our first breath. Rounding out the space is a fully-stocked bar that hugs the center of the dining room like a coiled snake.

Having become slightly obsessed with California wines, I was taken aback when trying to decipher which Italian red would be most similar to my beloved Napa cabernet. Our hurried server promised to send over one of the expert wine staff to aid me in my decision. Ten minutes and no sommelier later, I marched up to the bar, myself, and ordered a glass of Brunello. By the time I returned to our table, I was greeted by a new server and much happier fellow diners.

After placing our food order, we were gifted with gratis sliced bread and a dish of fragrant olive oil. Shortly thereafter, our shared appetizers arrived.

Fiori di Zucchine
Stuffed with parmesan and house made ricotta cheese, four squash blossoms were deep fried to a perfect golden brown and crowned with flash-fried zucchini slices and fresh basil leaves.
While I love the concept of cheese-stuffed fritters, I am confident that these would be much more unctuous and moist if, instead, they were stuffed with marscapone cheese or a blend of ricotta and marscapone.

Funghi Assoluti
Tossed with parmesan cheese, sweet balsamic, extra virgin olive oil, and garlic, baked oyster mushrooms were served warm over a cool bed of spicy arugula greens.
Our table devoured this salad within what seemed like seconds! I highly recommend this dish for a group of folks with mixed dietary restrictions; the mushrooms are rich and meaty (although, obviously, meatless) and the savory flavors are exciting and bold.

Spaghetti al Limone
Handmade spaghetti noodles were enveloped in a rich sauce composed of lemon and olive oil, before being tossed with spinach, onions, and briny capers. Salty ribbons of parmesan cheese topped this mound of beautifully tangled pasta.
We thoroughly enjoyed this tangy, zesty "primi" that surprised us with exciting textures and an array of savory flavors with every bite.

"San Giorgio" pizza
Oh, the beautiful things that an oven capable of reaching 900-degrees can do for a pizza! Sadly, I do not have a picture of this masterpiece, but trust me when I say that this was the best pie I've had in recent memory. Or yet, in my LA culinary adventures, for that matter! Terroni's philosophy is NOT to pre-slice their pizzas, because "...in Italy pizza is served uncut to preserve its integrity and keep it hot."
A pillowy, charred crust gave way to robust tomato sauce, stringy mozzarella cheese, spicy Calabrese salame, and quartered mushrooms. It was nothing short of dynamite!

As a newcomer to LA, my goal is to not repeat the same restaurant twice. However, I can not stop thinking about this meal; there is just no way that I will only eat here once!!

Katsu-ya v. SugarFISH: Pre-Hollywood Bowl Dinner

Sugarfish, w/o a doubt in the world.

Bean & Cheese Burrito, update

Cool!! I want to go again, too! Those tortillas...!!

Sep 09, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014: COCKTAILS and Bar Food

Bummer, didn't realize that. Regardless, I found the drinks that I did have to be quite fantastic. Thanks for the tip re The Eveleigh - that's another spot that I've been meaning to try. :)

Sep 05, 2014
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Tasting Kitchen Brunch Pictorial

GORGE-OUS!!!

Sep 04, 2014
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Bean & Cheese Burrito, update

That sucks, JAB. I had the opposite experience.
What are some of your favorite Mexican food spots? I'd love to find some.

Sep 04, 2014
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Great Lunch at Sushi Kiyono

Sounds like Redondo and Torrance are where I need to start! Thanks Kevin.
Went to Lady's Gunboat recently and wasn't *that* impressed. Some good stuff, some stuff just 'meh.'

Sep 04, 2014
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Bean & Cheese Burrito, update

The tortillas ARE fantastic. What about the burrito was off?

Sep 04, 2014
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Bean & Cheese Burrito, update

Absolutely there are beans! You can order just a bean/cheese burro, too! Like JAB said, below, the tortillas are FANTASTIC!

Sep 04, 2014
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Great Lunch at Sushi Kiyono

Seriously? I'm kind of shocked! But thank you for that info. How about traditional Southern cuisine?

Sep 04, 2014
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