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Solo Business Trip to LA area - Recommendations?

"deli sandwiches"

Yes, it would be embarrassing to admit Langer's pastrami is better than Katz's :)

For lunch in the WeHo area consider, smoke.oil.salt, Son of a Gun and Ta eem Grill.

about 10 hours ago
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area
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Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

I cried for a month when Gustaf Anders closed in South Coast Village. Their holiday/Mother's Day Smörgåsbords were the most amazing things ever.

I used to bump into Gustaf on the boardwalk at Main Beach in Laguna Beach walking his dogs every so often.

about 17 hours ago
scottca075 in San Diego

Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

The LJB&TC is still a fine place and the Marine Room still a local favorite. I remember when the Sea Lodge, now LJ Shores Hotel was part of the club.

about 17 hours ago
scottca075 in San Diego

Need sushi/ Happy hour rec in Orlando

You have to go a bit north, but look at Dragonfly Robata and Nagoya Sushi, both in Dr Philips. Seito is pretty good as well.

1 day ago
scottca075 in Florida

best coffeecake

Paris in Kearney Mesa?? French Gourmet in PB?

1 day ago
scottca075 in San Diego

Disneyland for 5 days in November - seeking grocery stores and lunch/dinner options

There is a Von's on Chapman, the Target at Chapman & Harbor has groceries too.

If you don't mind driving 9 miles, go to the Whole Foods straight down the 5 Freeway in "the District." Best Whole Foods I've ever seen.

Here is a good topic for the DL area from a few days ago.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/988113

Where to go for good "jack of all trades"Japanese restaurant?

My favorite jack of all trades used to Koto Restaurant in Newport Beach. It was the first of the "authentic" Japanese restaurants in the SNA area that came in to cater to the newly arrived Japanese businessmen.

It had a separate sushi bar, a room for shabu shabu, a teppan-yaki room, a Western dining room and several tatami rooms for traditional Japanese.

Outside was a nice lake with a Japanese garden and across the lake was Chow favorite, The Galardi Group (parent of Der Wienerschnitzel).

It also had the best Sunday brunch in OC.

RIP Koto

On the Hunt: Best French Bread/Baguette in OC/Irvine

Wow, a ten year old thread back from the dead.....

What are people's thoughts on Paris & 85°C?

I haven't found great bread in OC, but love Bread & Cie and Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe in San Diego.

Oahu - best dim sum; lunch by Diamond Head?

Agree with Kathryn, Sushi ii.

1 day ago
scottca075 in Hawaii

Good restaurants near Disney World?

"The Cuban is as good as Miami, but it is decent."

Sorry, that should be The Cuban ISN'T as good as Miami, but it is decent.

1 day ago
scottca075 in Florida

Good restaurants near Disney World?

Close to WDW you have Padrino's, Havana Bistro for Cuban sit down and Versalles for an okay Cuban deli. The Cuban is as good as Miami, but it is decent.

Other places for you to look at are, Luma on Park, Yellow Dog Eats, The Table, K Restaurant, The Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder, Cityfish, The Rusty Spoon, Graffiti Junktion, Dexter's, Ceviche, Ember and The Smiling Bison.

Sep 29, 2014
scottca075 in Florida

Best coffee near Bob Hope Burbank airport

"Best coffee near Bob Hope Burbank airport"

Gee, I was gonna say Bob's Big Boy.......

Sep 28, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Italian and Persian/Greek/Mediterrnean restaurants in Newport Beach

For Italian I like Sapori, next to Balboa Island, Rothschilds in Corona del Mar and Canaletto Ristorante Veneto even if it is part of the Il Fornaio chain.

For more casual, Mama D's and Sabatino's are great too.

Sep 28, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Italian and Persian/Greek/Mediterrnean restaurants in Newport Beach

I like the Hen House Grill in Irvine better than HOK, but it is very casual. It is next to Wholesome Choice Persian Market.

Sep 28, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Oahu - best dim sum; lunch by Diamond Head?

I'd look at Sushi Izakaya Gaku and the Side Street Inn too, and local specialty spots Libby Manapua, Palace Saimin and Char Hung Sut.

Good nabes, look at Ichi Riki, Jinroku and for good okonomiyaki, Okonomiyaki Chibo.

Oh.... and I forgot, MW Restaurant is my newest crush in Honolulu.

Sep 27, 2014
scottca075 in Hawaii

Never have I been so baffled: Mama's House of Horrors

>>>I do think Mama's gets somewhat more polarized reviews than most restaurants on chowhound. <<<

My nominee for "Chowhound understatement of the Year" :)

I am in the "I don't the hub bub" crowd. I like Mama's, it is often our last meal as we are headed to the airport. But I completely rebel at the "best meal ever" comments. I think people get caught up in the setting, ambiance and the "Johnny caught this today" stuff.

I don't fault Mama's for the menu not changing much, I am sure the fishermen who supply them do go out every day and pretty much catch the same thing.

I'd also never order lobster in HI (unless I lived there full time).

Sep 27, 2014
scottca075 in Hawaii

Best place for Breakfast on Maui?

For breakfast look at Sam Sato’s & Tasty Crust; at Tasaka Guri Guri Shop for your mid-day snack and Home Maid Bakery for manju to take home. Maui Potato Chip Factory too to take home.

Sep 27, 2014
scottca075 in Hawaii
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seafood

If you mean Island Pacific, I am going to say it is so so. Typical Asian seafood market.

Sep 27, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

ANAHEIM -- Anything Chow-ish near the Convention Center?

Brodard Restaurant is great for Vietnamese in Westminster, Ha Noi Ave for Northern Vietnamese, Ma's Islamic Chinese and for breakfast Jagerhaus and Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles.

East in Orange you have Felix Continental Cafe, Manhattan Steak & Seafood, Haven Gastropub and The Hobbit.

South in Santa Ana you have, The Playground, Lola Gaspar and Chapter One: the modern local.

Sep 27, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area
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Former restaurant in the Oviatt Building?

Yes, the Rex! Thanks, that has been killing me for a few days now!

Sep 27, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Former restaurant in the Oviatt Building?

I am having a senior moment. What the name of the very nice restaurant in the Oviatt Building with the very small portions? This would have been the 80's, probably into the 90's.

Every time I try and think of it all that comes into my head is Bernard's, but that was in the Biltmore.

It was a very well known, popular spot for a good while, but infamous for tiny portions.

Sep 27, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Where to eat what in Honolulu

Some ones I am surprised are missing:

Salt bar & kitchen
SEED (new)
Sushi ii
Imanas Tei
Sushi Izakaya Gaku
Jinroku Pacific
Chibo
Hawaiian Grown Kitchen
Yakiniku Don-Day
Chun Wah Kam
The Pig & The Lady
MW Restaurant
Highway Inn
And couple of corrections :)

Hy's hasn't been associated with the Hy's in Canada for years and there is only one "e" in Michel's.

Jul 04, 2014
scottca075 in Hawaii

top fine dining restaurant on Oahu as of May 2014

I wouldn't call Vintage Cave the "undisputed best" restaurant on Oahu. You are going to have who think La Mer is... or Alan Wong's or Mavro or Michel's or Seed or any number of places. I think VC plays on people's vanities in an Emperor's New Clothes manner.

Jul 04, 2014
scottca075 in Hawaii
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Best Taco Shops In San Diego...

Yes, Absolutely.

That is why it was easy to walk into elBulli anytime and get seated. No one goes to the truly great restaurants.

May 16, 2014
scottca075 in San Diego

Best Taco Shops In San Diego...

Welcome to Chowhound San Diego where bucking the orthodoxy of 4 or 5 regulars just leads to snark.

May 16, 2014
scottca075 in San Diego

Philly hound and beer lover headed to San Diego

"Next week" when? With any luck it is starting tomorrow :)

Tomorrow at the North Park Festival of the Arts they are having a Craft Beer Block with a lot of the breweries mentioned so far.

http://www.northparkfestivalofarts.co...

May 16, 2014
scottca075 in San Diego

Ethnic and other affordable eating options near the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu

Yes, Bistro A'un is Neco Grill & Bar Hawaii now and on Ezogiku you have to go to the one on Kalakaua, across the street from Nakamura, not the one inside the Royal Hawaiian Center.

May 16, 2014
scottca075 in Hawaii

Oahu for business-Need help

I'd look at Town and Salt Kitchen in Kaimuki and Duc’s Bistro in Downtown.

May 16, 2014
scottca075 in Hawaii

Outer Island Dinner rec (Not Oahu!) Need you rec for da bestest!

My top three on Maui would be DUO and Spago at the Four Seasons and Merriman's at Kapalua.

Kauai I'd consider Kauai Grill at St. Regis Princeville and Merriman's Poipu.

May 16, 2014
scottca075 in Hawaii

The History of the Salad Bar

The first salad bar in a restaurant where they served the entrees (meaning not a buffet or smorgy) was probably Chuck's Steak House in Hawaii starting in 1960 or so, but I think it was popularized when Buzzy Bent and Joey Cabell left Hawaii for Aspen and opened the first Chart House in 1961. The Chart House expanded rapidly in the 60's and the salad bar was a prominent feature.

May 16, 2014
scottca075 in General Topics