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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

Sep 19, 2010
steiny33 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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.

Sep 19, 2010
steiny33 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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

Sep 08, 2010
steiny33 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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!

Sep 07, 2010
steiny33 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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

Sep 05, 2010
steiny33 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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

Aug 26, 2010
steiny33 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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

Aug 25, 2010
steiny33 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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

Aug 25, 2010
steiny33 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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?

Aug 17, 2010
steiny33 in San Francisco Bay Area

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

2 Days in Tokyo (Shibuya)

There's a Harusame (yam noodle) shop called Maratan (though the name is only written in Kanji on the shop and sign above) that's one building north of Hotel Granbell Shibuya, right next door to the hotel, to the left if your facing the hotel entrance.

I think they're a chain. I really love the concept, a refrigerator with veggies, dumplings, and meats that you pick and place in a colander. You hand the colander to the chef and they cook it in a broth with the noodles.

Really clean, simple flavor, added some garlic to it and it was fantastic, very tasty! Very healthy meal and also inexpensive at 980 yen, and that was after I went over the allotted amount of items (I believe it's 3 items and it's additional cost for anything over).

Jun 06, 2010
steiny33 in Japan

Oh Boy! Doughboys Is Back (Almost)

I'm now hearing they're hoping to be open by the end of this month.

Dec 05, 2009
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

Jitlada suggestions

I popped my Jitlada cherry last week. I ordered the Beef Dry Curry aka the Kua Kling Phat Tha Lung, one of J Gold's recs. Very impressed with this dish. It really is super freaking spicy, even after I ordered it medium spicy. I had to take a few breaks because it got too intense. There's something good about the dish in it's spicy simplicity. After eating it I thought, OK, that was good but I don't think I'd order it again. Though thinking about it now, I would order it again.

I also went classic Thai and got the Tom Ka soup...really good, great broth, very creamy and great overall flavor. Best I've had in LA.

Nov 28, 2009
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

palm springs/desert/rancho mirage

Just tried calling them to get their hours and the number is disconnected. They still around?

Nov 27, 2009
steiny33 in California

Angelina Yogurt West Hollywood -- RIP

The Bigg Chill in the mini-mall on the SE corner of Olympic and Westwood Blvd. has been my favorite for traditional aka 80s style froyo. Good selection of flavors, types, and toppings. They have a type of yogurt called Wow Cow, I believe it's lactose free yogurt which is suprisingly good...though sometimes the flavors aren't great and they only have one Wow Cow flavor at a time.

Yogurt has a great texture, creamy, not icy. Not in WeHo but close enough. I live in the Miracle Mile and it's worth the 15 minute drive to West LA.

Oct 26, 2009
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

Oh Boy! Doughboys Is Back (Almost)

I just found out they're shooting for a December 1st opening.

Oct 21, 2009
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

Oh Boy! Doughboys Is Back (Almost)

I just noticed that the blog Blackburn and Sweetzer posted photos of the interior/exterior of the Doughboys remodel. Looks like it's probably within a month or two of reopening. I echo the sentiment of fellow CHs that they went downhill there the last few years before everything went to hell and the clown show that ensued with all 2 1/2 Doughboys shuttering, but as they say...time heals all wounds. I find myself longing for the after school special and red velvet cake. Anyone else with me or have you given up on this place?

Oct 14, 2009
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

Best Breakfast in LA?

Yes an oldie but goodie.

Thanks for the Nickel Diner rec. I checked it out for the first time yesterday and loved it. Oatmeal with caramelized apples was the best resto oatmeal I've ever had. It tasted like they made it to order (the oatmeal), not like it's been sitting in a pot getting mushy and overcooked for hours like most diner oatmeal. It also looked like they added another grain to it, possibly barley? Not sure but whatever it was it was fantastic.

I also tried the eggs and polenta with parmesan cheese. Really great taste and presentation. Even the sourdough bread that came with it was super tasty and toasted perfectly. And the jam at the table was either peach or apple preserves made in house with big fruit pieces. I was in a rush so I really didn't stop to savor it, I just took a few bites and then realized I wasn't sure what fruit I had just ingested. But it was damn good. Almost as good as the jam at Quality Food and Beverage.

The server brought me several donuts to try, the strawberry shortcake and the bacon donut, both were good, fresh and nice consistency, but not amazing. Will def return for bkfast.

Oct 14, 2009
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area

My LA Gelato Tour

I visited Pazzo Gelato last night for the first time and I have to say that I see it as a "First Tier" establishment. I've had Gelato Bar many times and the quality, taste, and consistency of the gelato is pretty much even.

Pazzo also gives you more gelato for your money. As the sizes increase, you get more scoops and they're a dollar less than Gelato Bar in each size. And for some reason, the flavors at Pazzo excited me more than GB. When I go to GB I usually only find one or two that I really look good. Pazzo had at least six or seven flavors that made me salivate, the top of the list being the Butter Brown Sugar, unreal. However GB is still the winner with their Salty Caramel.

I would consider Angelato in Santa Monica to be a "Second Tier" Gelateria, though I do enjoy their G when I'm in that area of LA.

Oct 12, 2009
steiny33 in Los Angeles Area