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Is it Last Call for B.o.s. ? (Closing)

There are some items but if I were picking a restaurant and didn't eat offal, I wouldn't want to be limited to a burger, sandwich, or $50+ steak options for entrees. The only non-beef entree is a uni-lobster pasta, which not everyone eats either. So you'd be left with a limited number of small plates, mostly vegetables.

There are always some people who will order salmon at a steakhouse to be social with friends, but many others would just pick another restaurant. Just thinking from the perspective of some friends who are less adventurous. I often have to check the menu in advance for sufficient items.

Sep 09, 2014
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Is it Last Call for B.o.s. ? (Closing)

Just my two cents. I never think it's fair to say what a diverse city is "ready" for or not, since there are many factors at play. I only tried a small amount of the food at b.o.s. at an event, so I won't comment on their execution. As for location, it seems like non-sushi/ramen restaurants like lazy ox, fickle, and spice table did well enough in little tokyo.

I suggested b.o.s. when my offal-loving sister was visiting me and she declined because she was put off by the prices. Basically she'd rather go to ethnic dives and taco trucks for offal than pay a lot for refined offal that doesnt always taste better. While not outrageously expensive, a meal at b.o.s. is on the higher end.

I do agree that being focused only on beef offal may have limited them. People who aren't very adventurous eaters who might be willing to experiment with a dish or two at a group meal, probably wouldn't make a point of going somewhere to order a full meal of beef offal. For example, I have a coworker who is squeamish about trying pork belly even after I told him it was just bacon. He said he would be willing to try it but he wouldn't order it himself.

Sep 09, 2014
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Taramasalata in Seattle

Thanks everyone, I will have her check these out.

Aug 27, 2014
silverlainy in Greater Seattle

Taramasalata in Seattle

Sorry I'm not sure what that means. I did a quick search before posting and didn't see anything. I saw it on amazon but the shipping costs are pretty high.

Aug 25, 2014
silverlainy in Greater Seattle

Jamonisimo/La Tomiza question

Thanks!

Aug 25, 2014
silverlainy in Spain/Portugal

Taramasalata in Seattle

Does anyone know where one can purchase Taramasalata in Seattle? Either the fresh kind at a market or the jarred kind that they sell at some Whole Foods (such as krinos brand). My friend has been unable to find it since moving to Seattle. Thanks!

Aug 25, 2014
silverlainy in Greater Seattle

Best semi-affordable omakase in Seattle?

Thank you, Tom for the very detailed response. I also prefer the Edo-style sushi. I made a reservation online, but I'll call and make sure that we are in front of Nikano-san. I will be sure to report back on our meal!

Aug 25, 2014
silverlainy in Greater Seattle

Jamonisimo/La Tomiza question

I was helping a friend plan his trip to Barcelona and saw through several discussions that Jamonisimo had closed in 2012. However, I saw that the website now redirects to a place called La Tomiza.

http://www.jamonisimo.com/

Just wondering if anyone knows whether this is affiliated, or if there is another place that is as good as Jamonisimo in Barcelona?

Aug 25, 2014
silverlainy in Spain/Portugal

Best semi-affordable omakase in Seattle?

Thanks for the suggestions but sushi kappo costs quite a bit more, have you tried Kisaku or Nishino?

We wont have a car, so we want to stay in Seattle. Also, not sure if this affects Seattle but is there any kind of decline in quality going on a Sunday night?

Aug 19, 2014
silverlainy in Greater Seattle

Weekend in Seattle - Food recs?

Thanks for the tip!

Aug 19, 2014
silverlainy in Greater Seattle

Best semi-affordable omakase in Seattle?

Apologies for any duplication, some of the sushi posts are pretty old, or not focused on omakase.

I'm visiting from LA (my other post was not sushi-focused) and I'm hoping to spend under $100pp (inc tip) on a delicious omakase. Curious which omakase options are the best bang for the buck. I am looking mostly at Shiro's, Kisaku, and Mashiko. Slight plus if we can make a reservation.

I saw positive reviews for Nishino and Sushi Kappo but those seemed to be at a higher price point.

I prefer more traditional sushi but I care more about eating delicious food. We are pretty adventurous. Thanks!

Aug 14, 2014
silverlainy in Greater Seattle

Weekend in Seattle - Food recs?

Thanks for all of the feedback! I noticed somewhere that Shiro was not at the sushi bar this summer. Just wondering if he is back or if not, it is still worth it to go? I will likely be back in Seattle sometime next year so it is not my only chance.

Aug 14, 2014
silverlainy in Greater Seattle

Weekend in Seattle - Food recs?

I'm visiting Seattle for the first time on Labor Day weekend and I was wondering if any locals can provide some tips on the best foodie places. I've done a bit of research to find places that sound good but would welcome additional suggestions or comments to help narrow down the options. The two of us don't want to break the bank so maybe one nicer restaurant (under $75pp) or omakase and the rest of the meals would be cheap eats or moderately priced ($20ish-or less per entree range).

We like all types off food, are fairly adventurous, and since Seattle has great seafood that is definitely on the list. I get plenty of Asian food (esp korean and ramen) in LA but if there's anything stand-out, I would check it out.

We will be staying in the Capitol Hill area. No car but we will be doing sightseeing all over, including most likely Bainbridge Island.

So far on the more cheap eats list we have: (Will most likely go to all of these)
Taylor Shellfish Farms (to try geoduck sashimi)
Paseo
Pike Place Chowder
Piroshky Piroshky
Bakery Nouveau
Beecher's
Mora Iced (Bainbridge)

I am looking for 1 or 2 somewhat nicer restaurants (in food not necessarily ambiance). Suggestions appreciated. So far based on reviews I am considering:

Art of the Table
Le Petit Cochon
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Barnacle
RockCreek Seafood & Spirits
Seastar
Blind Pig Bistro

For sushi: The omakase prices seem cheaper here, so it would be helpful if anyone can make a comparison of local sushi bars to popular LA or NY places as a quality/value gauge. I prefer more traditional sushi not crazy rolls.
Shiro's(omakase)
Kisaku (omakase)
Maneki
Shima
Musashi’s
Tsukushinbo (for sushi and izakaya food)

I'm also curious about these restaurants:
Marination Ma Kai
Kona Kitchen
Itadakimasu
The Harbour Public House (Bainbridge)
Via Rosa 11 (Bainbridge)

Thanks in advance!

Aug 13, 2014
silverlainy in Greater Seattle

Duck King in Boca Raton

A guy I know is friends with the developers. Very cool app. Question - does it translate verbatim only or does it then translate the notorious chinese idioms? I don't think anyone will order "ants crawling up a tree" or "lion's head" without the idiom explanation!

Duck King in Boca Raton

That dish is Lazi jiding (aka Chicken with Chilis or Chongqing Chicken) and a classic Sichuan dish. Spicy chicken might be too generic a name, unless the menu literally says that?

But you say it is bone in wings? That will probably not please my mom, its better if its boneless breast or thigh. I notice in florida these new places use wings and it is very difficult to eat. Too bad Peppers closed down. Sometimes my parents take the plate full of leftover peppers and fry their own chicken with it the next day.

If they have it, cold spicy beef tendon or jellyfish are also really good sides. Risky to order if there not enough turnover to be fresh but generally the cold dishes at sichuan restaurants are good to balance the heat.

Duck King in Boca Raton

OP here, didn't get to try the place, maybe the next time I visit my parents.

General tips for small Chinese restaurants like this is to only order from the Chinese menu or the standard regional dishes. Bring a friend or do some quick internet research - they should be able to make the standards if they are authentic. If a Sichuan restaurant doesn't serve "shui zhu yu" (Sichuan Boiled Fish) just get up and leave.

If you don't have time to research, get enough non-picky eaters to order the group set menu -- Chinese families frequently do this cause its way cheaper and the dishes are usually made to appeal to Chinese eaters. It usually starts at 4 people (but feeds way more) and is seafood/meat heavy. The larger set menus will have what Chinese view as upgrades (ie lobster instead of crab, shrimp instead of chicken, whole fish instead of sliced). If there's one dish no one wants, most places will happily downgrade.

Don't order the wrong regional dish unless you've heard its good, or its something so basic they better make it decent. People order things like cantonese dishes at a sichuan restaurant and wonder why its bad. Chinese restaurants often have giant menus across regions but only order dishes from the region the chef is from. Of course options are limited in this area so maybe you dont have that luxury but its just a general guideline.

We once tried to order a la carte at Silver Pond cause they were out of crab on the set menu and the dish we tried to order, the manager flat out told us it was for Americans and we wouldn't like it. So we gave up on ordering something that sounds interesting at this type of restaurant.

And of course, if all else fails, my ethnic food default is to order the one dish everyone else has on their table. Don't be afraid to ask the other diners either. I do this sometimes at small ethnic restaurants. They often get really excited to share their culture and recommend the unique or off the menu items.

If you really want it Sichuan spicy, make sure to tell them that ahead of time. They often try to cater to the perceived masses as a default. Fair warning: I did that at a Thai restaurant and my dish was so hot I was crying.

Hope this is helpful and not just stating the obvious. Having grown up in Boca my friends always asked me about Chinese food but most of them really just wanted the americanized stuff anyway. We took a friend to a place known for zhajiangmian and after we told him the best options on the menu, he ordered chicken chow mein.

Friday dinner near-ish the Mission or Glen Park bart [San Francisco]

Thanks everyone for the tips! My friend suggested Gialina too but I'm going to Cheese Board the next day so I figured I'd skip on pizza even though they're different.

I narrowed it down to Locanda or Delfina since I haven't had good Cali-Italian in awhile. Some reviews were complaining about portions but it seems like they are the same price point and portion size? If so, I'll try Locanda so it will be something new.

I made sunday brunch reservations at kinfolk (needed a place that took reservations and near the freeway for a friend). Hope that's good too!

Friday dinner near-ish the Mission or Glen Park bart [San Francisco]

Either one - I'm coming from the airport so I just want to be walking distance from the bart. If we eat in Glen Park, my friend can probably pick me up from that station. I'm just not too familiar with restaurants in that area.

Friday dinner near-ish the Mission or Glen Park bart [San Francisco]

I'm visiting SF this weekend from LA and was just wondering if people have recs for dinner on friday that are good for a group of 4-5.

Looking to eat somewhere not too far from the Mission or Glen Park bart stations. One catch is that I have a friend who is basically a vegetarian who doesn't eat mushrooms, which crossed a couple places off the list.

Some of the veg friendly dinner options and reservations available were Locanda, Delfina, Beretta, Lolo, Contigo, and Local Mission Eatery.

Any thoughts on these? Suggestions for other restaurants?

Delfina was one of my favorite restaurants when I used to live in sf so I'm curious how it stacks up compared to Locanda?

Thanks!!

Best non-chain grocery in West LA?

If you want cheap produce the aforementioned Sprouts in Westwood and the Glatt Kosher Market are your best bests. Sprouts has 'double ad' days on wednesdays and their sales are sometimes ridiculously cheap.

Feb 13, 2014
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Persian food in Westwood

if you want a nicer ambiance you can eat at Attari Grill, adjacent to the sandwich shop. They will serve anything from the cafe menu at the restaurant.

Dec 25, 2013
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Persian food in Westwood

+1 to Javan - very good quality meat and much less crowded/better service than Shaherzad. The bread was not freshly made though. I also like Attari but the menu is limited.
I've only had catering from Shamshiri and it was always pretty mediocre so I haven't tried the restaurant.

Dec 24, 2013
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Cuban restaurant - Versailles or somewhere else

Versailles is an institution - they have expanded over the years and now attract tour buses and lines out the door. The food is fine but not particularly special.

After my last visit (first time in many years) I decided it would be my last, although I do like the bakery that is attached, you can get savory and sweet baked goods to go.

My friend recommended Puerto Sagua, but I have not been.
ankimo posted this in an old thread:

Versailles for the classic cuban ambiance inundation
La Carreta for the Denny's cuban experience
Las Culebrinas for the more upscale appearing cuban
Havana Harry's for local popular cuban
Larios for Ocean Drive kinda cuban, go for Casa Larios instead
David's cafe for off Lincoln road expensive cuban
Puerto Sagua for most popular tourist's cuban place
Islas Canarias for less talked about good cuban
Sergio's for homestyle cuban
El Nuevo Siglo for cuban in a supermarket
Little Havana NMB for off the beaten path cuban
Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop
of course, many other places as well...

Duck King in Boca Raton

thanks for the update - look forward to hearing about your experience

Duck King in Boca Raton

Has anyone tried this new Chinese restaurant? https://www.facebook.com/DuckKingBoca

The fact that they serve sushi makes me doubt their authenticity. They have raving reviews that sound a bit suspicious so I was wondering if any chowhounders have checked it out.

Good Chinese restaurant NOT in SGV?

haha yeah I told them I found a restaurant near my place and they were ok with doing SGV on saturday. Traffic on the 10 will horrify them

traffic near ucla is pretty awful but I have some side routes that make it a little better...

May 12, 2013
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Good Chinese restaurant NOT in SGV?

Thanks everyone for the feedback, I didn't realize USC's graduation was the same day..that sounds like even worse traffic that usual. You have sufficiently convinced me to do dinner on the westside and SGV lunch the next day.

I'll check out some of these westside options for lunch when I get a craving for chinese food and cant make the drive east.

May 11, 2013
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Good Chinese restaurant NOT in SGV?

OP here. Thanks everyone for the suggestions...maybe I will scope out some of the nearby places for lunch and see. To clarify, the dinner is for next friday. It looks like, traffic wise everything is about an hour (including ctown, Gardena (50 min), and SGV) based on googlemaps for today at 7. If the 405 closures are next week also, I'll have to eliminate Gardena and northridge.
A friend of mine bit the bullet and booked a restaurant in monterey park...I am considering it now. My family eats most types of Chinese food so that at least isnt a concern.

May 10, 2013
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Berkeley hounds relocating to LA, where to live/shop/eat?

oh wow. There is lots of amazing food to be had in SGV but I don't know about organic ingredients!

I haven't been able to try it (was closed when we tried to go) but I think Omar is one of the few restaurants to serve Uyghur cuisine if you like lamb http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/755769

May 10, 2013
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Good Chinese restaurant NOT in SGV?

goodness ipsedixit, that bad? I thought ctown would be decent...

May 08, 2013
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area