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Help: Palm Springs Dinner Spots open Memorial Day Monday?

Hmmm actually the Greater Los Angeles Area as defined by official sources is LA, OC, Ventura, San B and Riverside counties.

PS isn't in Metropolitan LA, but it certainly is Greater LA.

Aug 04, 2015
scottca075 in California

LA Restaurateurs Think the $15 Minimum Wage Hike Spells Doom for the Industry

>>>They almost never discuss the other direction. If minimum wages were eliminated how low would wages go?<<<

As long as you allow illegal workers to invade the marketplace you'd never know.

Why is it that the same people who think people don't get paid enough also think we should not have any border control?

If there was not a large pool of unskilled labor wages would rise. There are no jobs "Americans won't do", there are just some jobs they won't do at the level offered. 20 years ago housekeepers at resorts in Summit Co. CO were getting $15 an hour, now (because of an influx of illegal workers) they are getting minimum wage.

LA Restaurateurs Think the $15 Minimum Wage Hike Spells Doom for the Industry

That doesn't answer the question and it isn't correct.

The UK minimum wage is about $10 for 21+, $8 for 18-20 and $6 for under 15.

Germany the minimum wage is about $9.50.

LA Restaurateurs Think the $15 Minimum Wage Hike Spells Doom for the Industry

>>>In Seattle we still see many new restaurants and bars opening in spite of $15/hr being a matter of law.<<<

The minimum wage in Seattle isn't $15 yet. The first increase to $11 just went into effect April 1. Businesses with less than 500 employees have 6 more years to get to $15, those with more than 500, 2 more years.

Since I doubt there are many restaurants with 500+ employees, we won't know the effects for some time.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworsta...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworsta...

May 24, 2015
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

LA Restaurateurs Think the $15 Minimum Wage Hike Spells Doom for the Industry

I'd like to know what studies the City Council used to determine that $15 is the right number for the minimum wage. That $15 isn't too much and it will hurt business, or too little and it won't be effective.

It seems odd to me that $15 is what the SEIU has been hammering for that $15 is what the city council gave. Unions in general and the SEIU specifically gives billions of dollars and in kind contributions to Democrats. It is looking like they will get quite a return on their money.

http://www.cato.org/publications/comm...
http://www.heritage.org/research/repo...

LA Restaurateurs Think the $15 Minimum Wage Hike Spells Doom for the Industry

They are not saying that they pay the wait staff, $15 an hour, they probably get CA minimum wage, but earn considerably more.

If they could lower the minimum for the tipped staff to $6, while guaranteeing to make up a shortfall to the minimum, then they could use that freed up wage money to raise the back of the house wages, but the City & State don't allow that. The city is giving a $6 an hour raise to wait staff at the high end restaurants who already earn $30-$40 an hour.

May 23, 2015
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

My List for San Diego

Go to Tadokoro now and wait for Bracero to open......

May 23, 2015
scottca075 in San Diego

Lunch rec in Westminster

Glad you enjoyed Brodard. Give Quan Hy a look next time. It is a nice break from the standard Viet places.

http://www.foodspotting.com/places/19...

May 21, 2015
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Any good familiar restaurant in Laguna Beach?

Watermarc, 240 Forest Ave, La Sirena, Three Seventy Common and Broadway. Romeo Cucina if you want Italian.

Tortilla Republic is also open in Laguna Beach now.

Depending on HOW fine you want, you have Studio and The Loft at the Montage and Andrea and the Pelican Grill at the Resort at Pelican Hill.

May 21, 2015
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Vintage LA diners with great food

I am glad someone hit Burbank, I was just about to hit "reply" and put them in. I'd add Paty's in Toluca Lake. Also in the Valley is James Restarant

Hot 'n Tot in Lomita.

And while not a diner, I love the building at Marston's Restaurant in Pasadena. Pasadena also has Russell's and Fox's in nearby Altadena.

Glendale has Shaker's (South Pas too), Billy's and Foxy's.

Brighton Coffee Shop in BH.

Can you call The Galley in SaMo a diner? Ditto for Barney's Beanery.

If you want a road trip you can hit the Saugus Cafe in Santa Clarita, Jack's in Whittier, Bobby's in Woodland Hills and Joyce's in Northridge.

Lunch in Costa Mesa with kids - rec needed

I would just go to The CAMP and see what appeals. I love Ecco Pizza there along with East Borough and The Old Vine Cafe.

http://thecampsite.com/shops

May 21, 2015
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Top 5 Downtown L A?

My favorite pre-opera meal when I am not in a Nic & Stef's mood is Philippe's.

May 21, 2015
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Favorite burger for $5 or less?

I guess I need to start paying attention more to my burger costs. When I went to favorite places like Apple Pan, Pie n Burger, even Smashburger, I was surprised at what I was paying.

Not having been to Yuca, I'll have to say In 'n Out double double and if you all are saying The Habit is under $5, it would be a close second.

May 21, 2015
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Will Anthony's remain on the waterfront?

I hate Anthony's, but I'd hate to see them forced out just because the Port Authority doesn't like them.

But if they go, I'd like to see them cut a deal with Eric Ripert.

Even if they took less in rent than they could get from a big chain (Mastro's Ocean Club?) I think a Ripert restaurant could generate revenue for the new hotels going in as you'd get people coming from PHX to LAX for the restaurant, maybe even further out.

May 20, 2015
scottca075 in San Diego

My List for San Diego

Best Salad: Pamplemousse Grille (Cajun Oyster); Veladora (crusted goat cheese)
Best Taco: La Fachada
Best Pizza: Buona Forchetta, Pizzeria Luigi
Best Japanese: Izakaya Masa
Best Ramen: Yakyudori
Best Mexican: (this side of the border) : El Comal
Best French: Au Revoir French Bistro
Best Chinese: FuAn Garden
Best Korean: Taegukgi Korean BBQ
Best Downtown: Grant Grill
Best Steakhouse: Stake
Best Barbecue: Felix’s BBQ With Soul
Best Vietnamese: Saigon
Best Dive Bar Food: Rocky’s Crown Point Pub
Best Italian: Cucina Ubrana
Best Sushi: Sushi Tadokoro
Best Reason to skip paying the mortgage: Addison

May 20, 2015
scottca075 in San Diego

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

It was Rheinlander Haus and then Gustaf Anders.

http://www.lajollalight.com/news/2012...

May 20, 2015
scottca075 in San Diego

Best general Chinese food restaurant in Irvine?

Curious where you wound up?

Dec 25, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

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