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Best Breakfast in LA?

True. I always forget that Milo+Olive does breakfast. Huckleberry has been carved into my neural pathways for years now, but their dining area does suck unless it's empty during off hours.

Jul 13, 2015
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

Best Breakfast in LA?

The Griddle is mentioned quite a bit as one of the go to breakfast spots in LA, but I've never thought their food was anything special. I don't think the quality is there.

Jul 13, 2015
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

Best Breakfast in LA?

Here's the list in no particular order:

My go to spot right now when I'm in Beverly Hills is Chaumont, a great little French cafe on South Beverly Drive. An elevated mom and pop operation.

Republique on La Brea for breakfast or weekend brunch.

Sycamore Kitchen on La Brea, for pastries if nothing else, but good for breakfast.

Grand Central Market - I second Wexler's and try Eggslut if the line isn't too long, and if you like coffee/espresso stop at G&B Coffee first.

Huckleberry in Santa Monica.

Gjelina on Abbot Kinney in Venice now does breakfast daily.

Saltair on Abbot Kinney for weekend brunch.

Fork in the Road on Main Street in Santa Monica for Sunday brunch.

Sqirl Kitchen on Virgil near Silverlake.

I Second Gjusta in Venice.

Superba Food + Bread on Lincoln Blvd in Venice.

I hear Jon and Vinny's on Fairfax has a great breakfast, but haven't made it there yet.

New Years Eve Meal Sans Prix Fixe and Party

Tried for Bucato but couldn't get a resy and didn't want to walk in so I ended up getting lucky and scored a last minute reservation at Republique.

Over the phone they said we'd be seated at a communal table, but once we arrived, they gave us a great 2 top by the front windows. I think they had less of a walk in crowd than they expected so we benefiting by showing up early at 7pm. 8 to 9pm was a big dinner rush and then it was dying down when we left after 9.

Drinks, dinner, and dessert were fantastic, service was impeccable. Started with an old fashioned and my girl had a drink called a Tangerine I believe. Then we ordered all small plates and received in this order:

Oysters, shigoku and sweet petite ( I think).
Santa Barbara uni with scrambled eggs on toast, scallops with shaved black truffle. Wood oven roasted brussels sprout, with bacon and a slow poached egg on top.
Baguette with pan drippings.
Bacon, gruyere and caramelized onion tarte.

Somewhere in the middle we got two glasses of French pear cider.

We ordered the butternut squash agnolotti, but after the baguette and tarte (both were rich), we tapped out and cancelled the agnolotti. Had to leave room for dessert!

Dessert was melting chocolate cake with black sesame ice cream and bomboloni with hazelnut ice cream. I was really looking forward to the bomboloni that I've heard so much about, but the melting chocolate cake was perfection and the bomboloni almost became an afterthought.

Most memorable meal of 2014 by far, with only hours to spare!

Jan 01, 2015
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

New Years Eve Meal Sans Prix Fixe and Party

Didn't even think Korean BBQ, good call. Park's is lacking in the ambiance dept though. Maybe Chosun Galbee instead?

Dec 30, 2014
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

Tacoteca--Good, Irritating, and Overpriced

Ahhhh, that's too bad, and I was so looking forward to my first meal there. Unfortunately the rent for restaurant space in Santa Monica and the Westside in general keeps going up and up so new restaurants (with new leases) are forced to raise prices on the menu if they hope to be profitable. But yeah, for comfort food like tacos and mexican sides like guacamole, it's not worth it if it's not a good portion and at those price points.

Dec 30, 2014
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

New Years Eve Meal Sans Prix Fixe and Party

Fine then, I'll start it off with The Gadarene Swine. Lots of availability on Open Table, no prix fixe. I know, I know, I just went North of Hollywood but the place is fantastic and worth the mention.

Dec 30, 2014
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

quick dinner recs for tonight

Sugarfish if you leave right now.

Dec 30, 2014
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

New Years Eve Meal Sans Prix Fixe and Party

Not feeling the usual NYE prix fixe menu, two seatings shmegegge this year but dreading potential crowded walk in welcome hotspots like Republique or Pot that are not prix fixe but don't take reservations. Not looking to drink bubbly and stay until midnight, just a great semi-early meal (6:00pm or 7:00pm), decent wine list, and beautiful ambiance.

Where would you go for a no to low stress walk ins welcome or even reservations taken, no prix fixe for two NYE lovebirds? Downtown to Santa Monica/Venice, Culver City to Hollywood in the $$ to $$$ range.

Dec 30, 2014
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

Tito's Tacos

I had a craving this evening that only Tito's Tacos can satiate. After eating, I reflected on why I love Tito's and remembered this thread I stumbled on back in 2010. Of the comments on here that attempt to explain Tito's popularity, no one hits the nail on the head. Calling Tito's nostalgia and comfort food is true, but not the heart of the matter. Umami and ritualization are the reasons I love Tito's. The flavor profiles are carved deeply into the neuro pathways of my brain.

I suggest every Tito's hater reading this think about trying it one more time with what I'm about to say as your guide to Tito's nirvana. If you've posted a negative comment on this thread and don't get Tito's appeal, I feel nothing but empathy for you. The problem: No one explained to you, as I'm about to, how to build the Tito's umami.

You visited Tito's back in the day after a friend told you it's the best taco in LA. You had high hopes. You ordered a taco or two or three. You sat down and ate those tacos sans accoutrements, maybe even without cheese. Terrible, terrible taco you thought. Wrong. You didn't know you had to build the umami yourself.

Tito's is about umami and ritualization.

The drive, thinking about how good that first bite will be. Approaching and parking. Assessing the lines and tables. People watching, the order takers, the hive activity. I love it all.

I'm intrigued by who will be my order taker since there's multiple order takers per window. Like a game of Russian roulette. Will they stuff my box with the most tortilla chips possible or skimp on them.

My order is always the same: Two tacos with cheese, small guacamole, small Pepsi. Straw, spoon, pinch of napkins. Head to the back picnic tables and take a seat. Lift off the paper box lid, flip it over. Scoop up handfuls of tortilla chips and drop them in the overturned box top. Open the guac and salsa lids. Pick up the biggest tortilla chip I can find and dip it in the guac, bite half the chip. Dip the remaining chip into the salsa, take another bite. Plunge the straw into the Pepsi and take a sip here. The Tito's experience has begun.

Run my finger along the inside of one of the tacos, slightly pulling apart the shell. Remove flimsy plastic spoon from plastic pouch, dip into the salsa and spoon salsa generously into the the opened taco shell, not on top, but alon the sides as if filling a trench with dirt. Grasp taco, angle so that it will fit in guac container, dip in guac, take a bite. Take a sip of Pepsi. Assess where to take the next bite, low or high, meat and shell or lettuce, salsa, and cheese. Dip in guac, take a bite. Sip Pepsi. Repeat until finished with tacos.

Upon finishing both tacos, all tortilla chips must be ravenously eaten, starting with the large ones and finishing with the broken remnants, pinching the small broken remnant chips in your thumb and forefinger, dipping and submerging fingertips in the last bits of guac and salsa and eating while sucking the salsa or guac off the finger tips. Don't forget to take sips of Pepsi ever few chips.

This, my fellow Chowhounds, is the way I eat at Tito's and the way you should eat there, too. If you try it my way and still don't like it, well, you should probably try it again. Clearly you didn't follow my guidance.

Maui eats near Napili

Which one had a fire and have they reopened?

Nov 26, 2013
steiny33 in Hawaii

The Perfect Burger Bun...Revisited

Yep, totally missed it. Thanks. I'm wanting to find a place in the same general area as Thee's. Most of the suggestions I see are for the Westside.

Aug 06, 2012
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

The Perfect Burger Bun...Revisited

I jumped online to search CH for where to buy a great burger bun. I got excited momentarily reading this thread:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/737353

But then at the bottom of the thread, disaster! Thee's Bakery is now closed!

I think a discussion for a suitable replacement is in order, fellow hounds. Where's the perfect burger bun now?

Aug 06, 2012
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

If one HAD to pick a buffet in Vegas...

That's exactly why I recommended M Resort for breakfast. I can't recommend them for dinner because I refuse to wait in line for it.

Feb 15, 2011
steiny33 in Las Vegas

If one HAD to pick a buffet in Vegas...

I've been to every and I mean every buffet in the best hotels in Vegas over the last two or three years. My favorites are:

M Resort for their breakfast buffet. Biggest, cleanest, foodiest breakfast buffet in Vegas or anywhere for that matter with lots of variety.

Wynn for their lunch buffet. Clean, elegant, well prepared gourmet food.

Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan for their dinner buffet for current, hip, gourmet, decadent, creative foodie cuisine.

Feb 14, 2011
steiny33 in Las Vegas

One Year Old (Or Less) Restos Near Larchmont and Hancock Park

I'm getting so bored of the resto's in my 'hood. I love Lou's but need a break. Larchmont Larder is great for breakfast or lunch but has limited hours. Mowed through every single place in Larchmont Village. Sitting here pouring over Chowhound posts but can't find what I want, so I'm starting a new thread! Here's my contribution (already mentioned one above):

Larchmont Larder
Black Cat Bakery
Lukshon
Go Burger
Simplethings Sandwich and Pie Shop
Tinga

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The Larchmont Larder
Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

Tinga
142 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Black Cat Bakery
519 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Lukshon
3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

Go Burger
6290 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Feb 06, 2011
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

Black Cat Bakery: First Impressions

Stopped in for breakfast at Black Cat Bakery (Formerly Mani's) on Fairfax earlier today. I like what they did with the space, a vintage modern sort of hybrid.

I ordered an Italian omelette with fruit on the side. Prices seem reasonable. Omelette was good, I guess i was hoping for a "Square One Dining" kind of experience where my mind was blown, but it wasn't at that level. Fruit was ripe and tasty, but nothing special, just pineapple and honeydew melon. Wish they included some berries or bananas.

One gripe was no bread was included with the meal. Not sure if that was extra or if I had to ask but next time I'll add that in. I guess since they have Homeboy Bakery bread, maybe they don't want to include it with a meal for free? It's a bit stingy of them I think, but not a deal breaker for me.

Espresso was great! Didn't watch them make it so I'm not sure if the espresso machine is auto or manual, I'm guessing manual by the taste...didn't see what beans they were using either but very rich, smooth flavor. Quite good by LA standards.

Definitely will be back to try more breakfast and lunch options. I like that Chef Nick Coe has specials, not sure if they're weekly or daily but I'm excited to try other items there.

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Black Cat Bakery
519 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Jan 02, 2011
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find Bananas Foster?

Just had one the other day at The Tar Pit on La Brea near Melrose. It was amazing! Best restaurant dessert I've had in the last few months.

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The Tar Pit
609 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Nov 24, 2010
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

Larchmont Larder

I just moved into the neighborhood and walked over for breakfast the other day. Excellent food. Really good espresso beans. Fruit was ripe and tasty. Great ambiance, very quiet and relaxed. Excited to try their other menu items.

Sep 28, 2010
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

Burrito Boyz or Chipotle?

I want to put my 2 cents in since I've eaten at Chipotle many times over the years and I just ate at Burrito Boyz for the first time yesterday.

Considering they're an international chain and owned by McDonald's, Chipotle is above average. I think they use quality ingredients and they're managed well and whatever chef/focus group put together the menu did a good job. But I'm always weary knowing that McDonald's had a hand in their creation.

Burrito Boyz feels like a Mom and Pop operation and they're product seems fresher and has a bit more of a gourmet sensibility while still remaining fast food.

Don't get me wrong, neither one of these places is anything close to an authentic Mexican burrito. But then again what is authentic and who cares? If it tastes great, that's all that matters I think.

One thing that disappointed me with BB is the lack of tortilla chips and salsa bar. Such an essential part of the Mexican Food/Burrito experience. I don't get it.

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Burrito Boyz
218 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

sharing the wealth. Quaff cafe?

I can't believe this is the only posting on Chowhound for this cafe. Really think it deserves some praise.

I've been searching for a cafe that pours a great espresso since landing in TO 2 weeks ago.

I walked by Quaff Cafe while shopping on Queen this afternoon and it looked inviting. Reminded me of Caffe Luxxe in West Los Angeles.

Popped in for an espresso. Really great beans and the barista definitely knew how to pour. I wish I asked what kind of beans they use. Whatever they are, they're excellent quality.

Desserts and food looked amazing. I had the chocolate truffle cake which went perfectly with my hot beverage.

Ambiance is a good mix of chic, clean, modern, and rustic and felt comfy.

Barista was friendly and let everyone stay until well after closing.

The people next to me had some sort of brownie with chewy something in it and a dulce de leche cheesecake that they raved about.

I'll definitely be coming back here next time I'm in TO.

Mom n' Pop Eats For TIFF

First day in town I ate at Canteen for breakfast and Kenzo Ramen for dinner.

I really wanted to like Canteen's breakfast, but the execution just wasn't there. Service was pretty good, but the food had been sitting around for a few minutes because it was luke warm along with my coffee. It was a pretty standard breakfast, eggs, maple bacon, sausage, and potatoes. Everything tasted average, however the home made sauce for the potatoes was probably the best thing about the meal. Heating issue aside, I just wasn't that impressed, especially for the price. Even though I like the overall design and interior of the place, it was a fail the first go round. I will give it another shot for breakfast or lunch to see if it was just a one time thing.

Kenzo Ramen was the opposite. Ramen was amazing, service sub-par. For some reason I think the wait staff was new or having some issue but they ignored me for 10 minutes and then there was a series of miscommunications that was quite frustrating that delayed my order. In the end, the Netsu Ramen blew my mind. The savory and spicy taste was better than Ramen I've had in Tokyo. I'll definitely go back, just hoping the service thing was a fluke.

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Kenzo Ramen
6180 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2M, CA

Mom n' Pop Eats For TIFF

Thanks Herb and Dimbulb. I just got into town and I'm adding your recs to my Google Maps "My Maps" list of restos. Very excited to taste Toronto. Let the eating begin!

Mom n' Pop Eats For TIFF

Those look like solid spots, num nums. Thanks. And they're both close to my hotel.

I probably should have specified breakfast, lunch and dinner above...seems like I might be short on breakfast places to try. Though now I can add Avenue Open Kitchen to the list.

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Avenue Open Kitchen
7 Camden St, Toronto, ON M5V1V2, CA

Mom n' Pop Eats For TIFF

OK Phoenikia, thanks for the recs. I haven't had Hungarian in a while...can't even think of a Hungarian resto here in LA, so looking forward to that.

I'll put Maroli on the stand-by list as I've eaten way too much Indian the last few months and I'm on a bit of a hiatus.

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Maroli
630 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K7, CA

Mom n' Pop Eats For TIFF

Thanks SWS. Those all sound great.

I checked that thread. Other than Burrito Boyz, there's not much info there, unfortunately. Mostly people saying pack a lunch or recommending "decent" places, but nothing that sounds exciting.

I'm thinking Canteen will be packed so probably should avoid that.

Someone recommended Chipotle which is just bizarre.

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Burrito Boyz
218 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

Mom n' Pop Eats For TIFF

Been scanning the board for restaurants for a few hours now for my upcoming trip to Toronto for the film festival. I've found a few good recs so far: SLM, The Black Hoof/Cafe, Lee Garden.

I stumbled upon a thread where someone suggested that mom n' pop restos are one of the great culinary delights of Toronto. That got me thinking that the TIFF crowd will likely go to the bigger named, shinier places, so I should probably avoid those like the plague to stay away from line ups and long waits.

What are some good mom n' pop restos or just smaller, cozier, off the beaten path type places near Downtown Toronto that are either walking distance or rail distance? Price is not an issue, though I wouldn't expect anything high end from these type of establishments. Local produce, meats, etc and/or organic type places preferred but not required. Newer, gourmet style or home cooking all acceptable.

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Lee Garden Restaurant
331 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA

Narrowing list of restaurants

I'm poaching off of this thread for my upcoming trip...

Why is Saturday special at the Ferry Building? And where specifically is good for Breakfast there?

Trucks That Suck

I tried Frysmith last night at Chinatown Summer Nights and was disappointed with my selection...got the vegetarian chili cheese fries. Bland and bordering on tasting funky, though I did like the well done, crispy consistency of the fries.

I admit that without real meat (they use soyrizo instead) it's not gonna have as much flavor as real chili with beef, but I thought they could have done better. Not going to hold it against them though, I'm going to try something else next time I have a chance.

Aug 15, 2010
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

2 Days in Tokyo (Shibuya)

Visited Sakanatei the other night. Christ it was hard to find, but when I got there, I was the only one in the place! Had great conversation with the owner and server and the food and sake was amazing. Had leeks and cucumbers with Miso dipping sauce. Unreal, the miso sauce, more like a paste was so sweet and savory and flavorful. Also tried Blue Whale Sashimi, which had hints of beef flavor and was meaty but tender. Very good too.

Jun 10, 2010
steiny33 in Japan