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FRIED FISH - LA Dish of the Month (September 2013)

While I can honestly say Ricky's are the best fish tacos on the planet... I'd like to mention a lowbrow fave at a highbrow spot. The fried trout at Smitty's in Pasadena. It is pan fried goodness and just about the best damn fried trout this side of frying it up over a campfire fresh out of the river. Not the perfect pair with their blue cheese stuffed olive martini but, that too is so good that I regularly bend the rules.
I'll have to snap a pic next time...

Oct 09, 2013
ltseligman in Los Angeles Area

Langers was good but............

Griping about the price compared to something "almost as good" is ridiculous. A Ford is almost as good as a Bentley yet the Bentley is a wee bit more. The margin between anything that is "the best" and something acceptable is going to be narrow.
Price for Langer's #19 is on par with every other deli in contention for this much coveted and contentious title. No matter which you think is the best, by virtue of it being that good, expect to pay more.
Langer's has a line durring most hours of the day. These are primarily return customers. They come back for a reason and it's not to overpay for a sandwich.

Jun 12, 2011
ltseligman in Los Angeles Area

Langers was good but............

I have had the pastrami sandwich at Canter's, Stage, Carnegie, Katz's, and then some. Langer's #19 has an incredible combination of thicker sliced pastrami that nip cheese, the cole slaw and their incredible bread. It's all the elements combined that make it so freakin' good! I say this with every confidence. There are some few contenders but Langer's #19 is the champ.

Mar 19, 2011
ltseligman in Los Angeles Area

Hamburger Restaurant that grinds the meat on the premises

Richmond Bar is a great spot for good food and beer. I hit it up whenever I'm in El Segundo. Their homemade potato chips are the bomb... And their chili is perfect on a dog, burger or fries but, half the time I get their veggie sandwich (the something farmer)... often with a side of chili. So good!

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Richmond Bar & Grill
145 Richmond St, El Segundo, CA 90245

Mar 07, 2011
ltseligman in Los Angeles Area

Visiting LA from NYC and looking for best izakaya and any other recs

I love Musha but for the full experience, make the trek to their Torrance location. It is far superior from ambiance to the food.

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Musha
1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

Mar 05, 2011
ltseligman in Los Angeles Area

Hamburger Restaurant that grinds the meat on the premises

Columbo's in Eagle Rock hand chops their meat for burgers when you order them. And they ar not on the dinner menu but you can order anytime. Not a fancy pants burger but a great take on the classic.

Mar 04, 2011
ltseligman in Los Angeles Area

last minute in Hollywood

Hungry Cat and Mozza have bar seating. If you arrive for an early dinner I've never even had to wait. It does get more difficult as the evening goes on but neither is impossible.

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The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Jan 29, 2011
ltseligman in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy Goose Liver - Los Angeles

The only Goose Foie Gras producer in the US shut down a while ago. They were the only fresh supplier. Hudson Valley still carries flash-frozen Canadian Goose Livers.

Dec 01, 2010
ltseligman in Los Angeles Area

Help! Moving to Redondo Beach!

I make the treck down that way to go to Musha on a regular basis. I think it is technically in Torrance but it's really close to Redondo.

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Musha
1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

Dec 01, 2010
ltseligman in Los Angeles Area

Slaw dogs, just tried it again.

Slaw Dogs by a mile.

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The Slaw Dogs
720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

Nov 29, 2010
ltseligman in Los Angeles Area

The Slaw Dogs, Pasadena

The Slaw Dogs is one of my favorite Pasadena places. The best items are the ones not on the menu. My personal favorite is the Hulk which is a spicier version of the Green Monster (get it?). Since they've been opened I've tried just about everything on the menu and have yet to be disappointed.
Their specials are inspired, chili-cheese fries are some of the best in town, their burgers can hold their own too! The fries are good but not nearly as Belgian as they used to be (they used to be better) but, put some chili and cheese on those suckers and you are a happy camper.
And the owners are absolutely the nicest people. I think I'll go tomorrow.

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The Slaw Dogs
720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

Nov 22, 2010
ltseligman in Los Angeles Area

Five Guys Burgers and Fries Opening in Thousand Oaks

Five Guys is a great alternative to In N Out. I like FG better. My wife thinks it's almost as good as In N Out. My friends are pretty evenly split.
Their fries are awesome though. I love to eat them with the malt vinegar they provide. Peanuts are a great touch and you can customize your burger way more than In N Out.
If you are just talking a burger and bun comparison, they both are pretty comprable.
Five Guys just offers more options. In N Out's shakes are the one thing FG lacks.

Sep 19, 2010
ltseligman in Los Angeles Area

Has Disneyland's Corn Dog Changed?

My wife and I will get a craving for these corndogs and pay the park toll only to make a B-line for the red wagon where the best corndogs on the planet once resided.
How an operation like Disney could not focus group or offer a "healthier alternative" to the original deep fried goodness is beyond me.
We did try the Corn Dogs at California Adventure and weren't disappointed, but they weren't the same.
I have a lot of issues with Disney as a corporate monolith but the corndogs! Don't mess with the corndogs.

Oct 24, 2009
ltseligman in Los Angeles Area