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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!

Mar 27, 2014
silverlainy in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

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.

Mar 27, 2014
silverlainy in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

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.

Mar 27, 2014
silverlainy in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

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!

Mar 27, 2014
silverlainy in San Francisco Bay Area

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.

Mar 25, 2014
silverlainy in San Francisco Bay 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!!

Mar 25, 2014
silverlainy in San Francisco Bay Area

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...

Dec 24, 2013
silverlainy in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Duck King in Boca Raton

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

Dec 24, 2013
silverlainy in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

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.

Dec 20, 2013
silverlainy in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

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

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

Just a quick comment. I agree Echo Park and Silverlake are neighborhoods you might like. Culver City traffic to downtown is not terrible, and its reasonably central.

Personally I find it harder to find great non-ethnic food in LA like the bay area but its mostly cause I hate driving and am back on a student budget.

You guys would probably like Gjelina in Venice. I'm happy with hole in the wall asian food of unknown ingredients sources but for asian food that uses organic ingredients, check out Sawtelle Blvd in west LA. Some of the newer restaurants like Nong La (vietnamese) use organic ingredients. Plan Check (burgers) uses jidori chicken. Also Nijiya does carry organic produce and other items.
I think south asian restaurants Starry Kitchen and Spice Table (downtown), Night+market (weho Thai) use organic ingredients at least for some of their dishes.

May 08, 2013
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Good Chinese restaurant NOT in SGV?

I know SGV is much better but I am planning a graduation dinner for a Friday night and traffic will be awful from UCLA. So I'm trying to find something a little closer to the westside, such as in Chinatown. I couldn't find much on the boards about non-SGV options so here goes:

My family is Chinese (and picky!) so it has to be authentic, not americanized Chinese (or at least, places that offer plenty of authentic dishes, and whole fish). Within a 15 mile radius from Westwood. Preferably not too divey since its for a graduation, but as long as its reasonably clean that's fine. Decent parking is always a plus. 4-6 people.

I would appreciate suggestions for places or comments on these places that I looked up. Thanks!

Sam Woo - Van Nuys (have only had Sam Woo in SGV and its just ok)

Chinatown: (the only place I've been to in Chinatown was empress pavilion for an event and it was just ok. Definitely looking for something better)

Chinese Friends
Fortune Gourmet
Yang Chow
Mandarin Chateau
Master Chef

thanks!!

May 08, 2013
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Where do I find skatewing?

i think its commonly sold at korean markets.
Also if you happen to be in NY at some point, Artisanal has skate wing that's pretty good.

Nov 02, 2012
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

3 nights in LA- recos for MUST eat restos for Lunch and dinner

also downtown, recommend Spice Table. Lunch and dinner menus are very different. I havent been but baco mercat is popular.

if you're looking for trendy, you could stop at Bazaar for drinks/light bites. It's pricey though!

I agree that given your limited time, skip the new food trucks but taco trucks and such are great. would also skip Lemonade and similar chains if you're only here for a few days. Ktown is right by downtown so I would at least check that out

If you want good sushi at a lower price, you could go to Kiriko in west LA. Their lunch menu or omakase is a lot cheaper than dinner. (lunch on weekdays only) Their dinner menu is better but also a lot pricier.

+1 to Mochica and Animal but make reservations for Animal if you can. and +1 for smoked meat!

Jul 31, 2012
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Attari Grill Westwood - Anyone Been?

I noticed this old post and thought I'd respond since I visited recently..all of the responses appear to be referring to the sandwich shop and not the sit down restaurant. I thought the restaurant was good - cheaper than Shaherzad but similar in portion size. We tried one stew that was really tasty, but since there's no online menu i cant remember what it was called. The owners were incredibly nice. We ended up chatting with a Persian woman who was at the table next to us with her mom and she recommended their crispy rice with stew.

Jul 29, 2012
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Sonoma Plaza restaurant rec?

Wow a lot of love for this place! I'll suggest it to the group. Harvest Moon told me they could accommodate us after all - obviously very different menu, but how does that compare?

Jul 27, 2012
silverlainy in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma Plaza restaurant rec?

We are looking for a restaurant in the Sonoma Plaza (or walking distance) area and Harvest Moon was booked up. Any dinner recommendations, preferably something with entree options under $25? I was hesitant about Estate and The Girl and the Fig because I had a very unimpressive brunch at the girl and fig once.

thanks!

Jul 27, 2012
silverlainy in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurant serving best Foie Gras in Santa Monica area ?

PeterCC - curious which one did you like best or was the best value?

Jun 18, 2012
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Savannah - Which of these are best?

Hello! I've been researching places to eat in Savannah for our road trip and was hoping for some insight for weekday dining. We will have a car and will be staying at the Baymont Inn but plan to visit historic downtown during the day. We only have time for 1 lunch and 1 dinner.

For BBQ: Angel's, Wiley's, Sandfly BBQ, or Rib Hut?
It seems like for ribs, Rib hut would be best. I wanted to try Wall's but it looks like they're only open Fri/Sat?

For soul food
Sisters of the New South (leaning towards this place)
Miss Wilkes - saw a lot of comments on this but we probably wont have time to wait
Masada Cafe (United House of Prayer)

Thanks!

May 15, 2012
silverlainy in Southeast

Studio City/NoHo on a budget

Mofongos was good although I dont think I would trek back. It was my first time eating mofongo so I dont really have a comparison. We ordered the mofongo with shrimp and one with beef stew. The shrimp tasted fresh, and the beef stew was good although a bit salty. Perhaps because it is to be paired with the mofongo. Their tostones and maduros were very good.

Right now they are undergoing some construction so they do not have a working restroom for customers and food is served to go style. Service was very friendly though.

Apr 01, 2012
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Studio City/NoHo on a budget

Thanks for all of the recs. I will have to visit this area more often! I suggested them to my friend and she was most interested in mofongos (which i found randomly). Any thoughts on this place?

Mar 27, 2012
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Studio City/NoHo on a budget

I'm coming from the westside and trying to find a delicious place for a midweek dinner for 2. I'm on a budget so preferably entrees under $20 a person. Any recs in the Studio City/NoHo area?

Personally I like Japanese food but other suggestions (except american) are welcome.
I saw a few places that sounded good, including Daichan, Krua siri, Sri Siam, and Cedar House - any thoughts on those?

Thanks!

Mar 26, 2012
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Returning visit to SF - Food itinerary suggestions!

thanks sugartoof- Do you think mr pollo is a good value? LA has plenty of South american food, but generally not both refined and cheap. I did eat a lot in South america so if it is delicious id be interested

What is your favorite from the Ferry Building Farmer's market? I mainly wanted to try Roli Roti. I also like the normal vendors like delica and miette.

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Roli Roti
, Hayward, CA

Jul 15, 2011
silverlainy in San Francisco Bay Area