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The Tokyo-LA Sushi Gap is Closing

Curious if you have a source for that? How much of Japan's high end sushi comes directly from water off the eastern coast of Japan?

Oct 13, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

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

I know..... that was the point.

Oct 13, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

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

Does the Fresh Choice Marketplace on Katella have a good craft beer selection, since that was one of the asks?

Oct 09, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Which LA restaurants could be realistically considered among the top 100 in the country?

I've spent far less time there than HI as I am in Honolulu every three months and AK maybe every three years, but given the abundance of fresh seafood there has to be a few places that can hold their own.

Oct 09, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

chinese in beverly hills?

If you go through the menu carefully Hakkasan can be less than $40 and not spicy at lunch.

Oct 09, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

anything decent for quick or relatively quick lunch or decent within walking distance of anaheim convention ctr, and then for dinner driving distance is fine ????????????

Whittier is 20 minutes without traffic, 40 minutes or more with and there are as good or better in Santa Ana & Orange, but he asked about walking distance.

Oct 09, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

anything decent for quick or relatively quick lunch or decent within walking distance of anaheim convention ctr, and then for dinner driving distance is fine ????????????

Jagerhaus isn't walking distance, it is down by the 57 Freeway.

I love Marri's, but it is just a fun, nice family pizza/Italian restaurant, not a transcendent experience.

Captain Kids is so bad there ought to be laws....

Fire & Ice at the GardenWalk is interesting and different.

I know you said no chain's, but Roy's is probably the best restaurant you can walk to, that or Napa Rose in the Grand Californian hotel.

Then you have the Joachim Spichal restaurants at Downtown Disney and Brennan's.

Oct 09, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Solo Business Trip to LA area - Recommendations?

"There is also the hop on hop off tour bus which would take me to all the places I want to go for the day though at a slightly slower pace."

Not 'slightly slower', major league slower.

Oct 09, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Which LA restaurants could be realistically considered among the top 100 in the country?

The OAD site apparently doesn't know that Hawaii & Alaska are part of the U.S. as there is no category for either of them.

Restaurants in Honolulu like La Mer, Chef Mavro & Alan Wong's can hold their own with anyone in the country and newer spots like Town, Salt, The Lady & The Pig and MW Restaurant are as fresh and new and innovative as anyone. (Salt just closed unfortunately in the increasingly competitive Kaimuki area, hopefully Kevin Hanney has plans for the spot)

And then there are restaurants scattered through the other islands that deserve notice Like Merriman's, DUO and maybe Migrant, to name a few.

Oct 09, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Which LA restaurants could be realistically considered among the top 100 in the country?

It depends on if you are talking about which restaurants actually are in the Top 100 or ones that would/should make someone's Top 100 list.

The list from OpenTable was ridiculous. Mama's isn't in the top 5 on Maui, let alone tops in the country.

The OpenTable list also included chain restaurants Capital Grille, Ruth's Chris and Joe's Stone Crab.

I think Melisse, Providence and Shunji are legit on any list. Restaurants like Urasawa, Osteria Mozza, Spago and more get by on reputation and buzz about the owners.

Spots like Langer's, Din Tai Fung, Flossie's and Father's Office may have legit claims on things like "best pastrami" or "best burger", but it having one item that is the "best" enough to lay claim to one of the Top 100 spots? Not for me.

Oct 09, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Best general Chinese food restaurant in Irvine?

Is Chong Qing Mei Wei too much not "general Chinese food"?

Oct 08, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary Dinner in La Canada area...Where would you go?

Which way are you coming from and going to?

If you pass by Glendale, Damon's is a classic old place, not as good as Taylor's, but fun and unique. Ditto for Casa Córdoba in Montrose. It is a nice setting and decent food.

Anthony’s Fine Food in La Canada is probably too casual.

Oct 07, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Osaka Seafood Buffet-Hacienda Heights Closed

There are lots of Chinese buffets around, it is just that most are bad.

Oct 07, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Unusual and interesting ethnic markets in the Greater Los Angeles Area?

>>I also don't understand the conflating of Katz's with Bay Cities.<<

It was in response to barryc's "it isn't even a real deli" comment about Bay Cities. I am not going to cede anything on definitions of delis.

Oct 06, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area
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Unusual and interesting ethnic markets in the Greater Los Angeles Area?

The OP didn't ask for comparisons to Bay Area ethnic markets.

Oct 06, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Unusual and interesting ethnic markets in the Greater Los Angeles Area?

I'll still take a spicy godmother over Katz's every day of the week and twice on Sundays. I liked the spicy godmother 40 years before there was an Internet.

Oct 06, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Solo Business Trip to LA area - Recommendations?

BUT, you are not going Point A to Point B like home to work. You have plans to go to Point A, to B to C to D before you get back to Point A and you have suggestions for points R, Q and Z.

You can see so much more if you drive yourself.

Oct 06, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Solo Business Trip to LA area - Recommendations?

"" It just seems a bit silly to rent a car for essentially one day when there are other ways to get around however less convenient but it's an option.""

To me the silly part is spending 90 minutes on public transportation with multiple transfers for a 30 minute drive.

And that is just one leg. If you add up all the stops you want to make you are looking to 5-6 hours of transportation for 90 minutes worth of driving.

I get the foreigners who are uncomfortable on U.S. streets, especially the right hand drive people, but for you a car for the day is a far, far superior option.

Here is a link. Play with Google maps for the places you want to visit.

http://goo.gl/maps/QBQPD

Oct 06, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

What's to eat in San Pedro?

There are places that are "suitable" that have views, but not places that might get noticed on Chowhound for the quality. Crusty Crab, San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant and maybe Pan-Pacific Restaurant.

As with many view restaurant, the view is the draw, but not the food.

Oct 05, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Favorite websites/forums to find restaurant recommendations in LV (other than Yelp)?

Eater Las Vegas http://vegas.eater.com/
ThrilList Las Vegas http://www.thrillist.com/las-vegas

Oct 04, 2014
scottca075 in Las Vegas

SALT closed this past weekend...

Salt as in Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar (or Salt Bar & Restaurant as they liked to be called recently)?

I am shocked. But I guess the HNL dining scene is pretty competitive.

Oct 04, 2014
scottca075 in Hawaii

Unusual and interesting ethnic markets in the Greater Los Angeles Area?

Westsidegal, the question was not compare local ethnic stores to stores in other cities. It was about ethnic goods. There is stuff in Bay Cities that you can not get every place. It isn't on the same scope of an HK for Koreans or Gonzalez's Northgate for Mexicans, but it still has unique European items.

Oct 04, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Solo Business Trip to LA area - Recommendations?

"I would actually like to visit Santa Monica first thing and work my way back towards my hotel. I'm used to commuting from NJ to NY daily which takes about an hour and a half and a bus and 3 train transfers so I'm not particularly daunted by public transportation. Worst case or if I'm out late I'd definitely Uber it though :)"

My rec would be take the Red Line from Universal to Union Station and then the Express Big Blue Bus (SaMo bus system) Rapid 10 to Santa Monica.

Oct 03, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area
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Solo Business Trip to LA area - Recommendations?

"I don't know... I have a hard time imagining someone braving LA without any transportation besides public transit that is just visiting LA"

That was more true years ago than it is now.

The Red Line (and spur Purple Line), Gold Line, Blue Line, Silver Line & Expo Line can get a visitor, quickly and efficiently to many great Chow worthy places as well as sights.

Public transportation is still severely limiting for the whole of LA and So Cal, but it is so much better than it has been anytime since the late 50's/early 60's.

LA not mentioned as a good city for foodies

"When considering that Conde Naste is a mag for tourists..."

Conde Nast likes to think themselves a magazine for "travelers", which is very different from "tourists".

Tourists eat at Pink's and any place Guy or Rachel has been. Travelers look for the places they will not bump into tourists.

Oct 03, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Unusual and interesting ethnic markets in the Greater Los Angeles Area?

I'll take a spicy godmother over a Katz's pastrami every day of the week and twice on Sunday. "Real" is in the eyes of the beholder.

Oct 03, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

where is n/naka's michelin star?

"SF for Mexican. I'm thinking Nopalito and Mamacita are much better than anything "high end" I've had in L.A. (Mercado, Border Grill, etc)"

And that settles the question of credibility, that you think Border Grill is an high end LA Mexican restaurant.

where is n/naka's michelin star?

"(and, by the way, I don't give you Mexican - SF, Chinese - NY, or Vietnamese - DC, NY, SF..."

So that pretty much destroys any thoughts about credibility....

Oct 03, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

LA not mentioned as a good city for foodies

Artesia and Culver City for starters.

Addi’s Tandoor , Agra Tandoori, Al Watan, Anarkali, Anarbagh, All India Café, Annapurna, Badmaash, Bombay Café, Chakra, Great India Café, India’s Clay Pot, Jay Bharat, Mother India, Mumbai Ki Galliyon Se, Nawab, Ocean Tava, Paru, Rajdhani, Samosa House East and Shalimar

Throw in Tamarind if you include, OC, but then I'd need to add 20 more places.

The notion that Santa Fe is a better city for foodies because it has 5 or 6 good places is pretty absurd.

Maybe the average Conde Nast traveler who jets into Telluride or Santa Fe for a weekend finds great places for three days and thinks that makes those spots, good foodie spots, but how many when they come to LA are heading to the SGV, Westminster/Garden Grove, Boyle Heights, how many even go east of La Cienaga? The Valley, South Bay, Pasadena, Santa Ana, Irvine and so many other places in the vast Southland go undiscovered by the narrow readership of the CN audience.

Oct 03, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

where can i find puerto nuevo style lobster?

Ortega's Bistro in Hillcrest, San Diego.
http://www.ortegas.com/cuisine/

Oct 03, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area