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Restaurants/Food that were only in NY and now in LA

Amazingly, you can get real bialys here:

http://pizzeriaolio.com/

Feb 20, 2014
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

LA Weekly "12 Best Diners in Los Angeles"

It's about time Nick's on Pico got some love.

Dec 11, 2013
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area
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Dealing with non-chowhounds

This reminds me of when I was flying home from Italy. My seatmate, a very nice guy who worked for the military in some capacity, was returning from a stint in Rome. The topic of conversation turned to food and he said that he didn't know where to eat when he was in Rome, so he ate at McDonald's most of the time.

Nov 21, 2013
lad1818 in General Topics

Yummy east coast foods you can't get in LA area

Good luck finding a Drake's coffee cake these days. Or a Drake's anything. (If you do, bring me one too.)

Jun 21, 2013
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Anyone tried Polentoni in Culver City??

I used a Groupon there a while back. The food was mediocre.

They had a dish that called for broccolini and it showed up with plain broccoli and no explanation.

The atmosphere was odd and the service was indifferent - the staff was gathered around a soccer game at the bar and waiting on customers seemed like an afterthought.

I would not go back.

Mar 04, 2013
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Marina Farms gone for good?

I passed Marina Farms this morning and there are "available" signs in the windows. Doesn't look like they'll be back. Does anyone know the scoop?

Feb 19, 2013
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Any pappardelle alla cinghiale to be had in the L.A. area?

Sor Tino in Brentwood has it.

Feb 13, 2013
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

New Pizza Place Coming to Pasadena - Blaze Pizza Fast Fire'd

What's next, Blowtorch Pizza?

This speedy, top-your-own pizza craze does not tempt me to try it. What am I missing?

Oct 12, 2012
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Polentoni in Culver City - Bad/Weird Dining Experience

Went there once. Service was indifferent at best, staff was busy watching a soccer game on television. I ordered something that was supposed to have either broccoli rabe or broccolini (I can't recall) and it came with regular broccoli without any explanation.

That whole little mini mall gives me the creeps, actually.

Oct 01, 2012
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Lemon Ice on the Westside?

I've found Luigi's ices at Dollar Tree too. Specifically, the one in North Hollywood, but maybe others carry it as well.

Aug 01, 2012
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy Farro?

I buy it at Guido Marcello in Santa Monica.

http://www.guidimarcello.com/

Apr 12, 2012
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Nicks coffee shop on pico

I love this place so much I want to marry it.

Blueberry walnut pancakes!!!!

Nick and his family are really nice folks too.

Apr 03, 2012
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Passover Dessert

Heck, something at Porto's has got to fit the bill. And it would not be expensive. And it would be good. (Technically Burbank but on the cusp of North Hollywood.)

Mar 28, 2012
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Please Help This New Valley Boy

I'm really glad to hear about Amazing Thai. I can walk there from my house (so I figured, how could it be good?) Gonna give it a try soon.

Mar 12, 2012
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Pepe's NY Pizza or other thin-crust in Studio City area

I like it a lot. Very good facsimile of NY pizza.

Feb 10, 2012
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

RIP: Thee's Bakery

I had an addiction to Thee's' apple dumplings for a while. Their stuff was excellent. I didn't find them to have the most friendly service though.

I'm sure the new bakery is great. I just hope the Farmers Market doesn't go all trendy on us.

Jan 04, 2012
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Chipwich - is this available in LA???

If he's talking flying saucers, I imagine he's referring to Carvel. They're a totally different thing.

Nice of you to want to introduce him to the Chipwich.

Dec 12, 2011
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Chipwich - is this available in LA???

Nothing like those original Chipwiches. That first summer, I was working in Manhattan and I used to get a Chipwich for lunch. Not after lunch, FOR lunch. They were big. Interesting to read the history, and it's a shame they're not available anymore, but even if they were, I doubt they'd still be as good as we remember.

Dec 11, 2011
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Looking for great pizza place in Sherman Oaks/Studio City Area

Pepe's NY Pizza is my new go-to place. Really good for this area. I'm from Queens and grew up on NY Pizza and this comes close. There's one in Studio City with impossible parking, and a new one on Ventura and Lankershim with a lot. Closer to me too, so I'm happy.

Dec 04, 2011
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Good Dipped Soft Serve in LA?

King Kone is perfect. The chocolate dip tastes like a Dove bar.

I grew up on Carvel and Mister Softee and love (and in the case of Mister Softee, miss) them both. And I'm even fond of DQ, though that chocolate coating is more wax than chocolate.

Nov 22, 2011
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Indian in SFV

I think the food at Salomi is excellent. It's always empty when I go there though, which is kind of weird. But the food keeps me going back. I've heard the George Harrison stories too.

Oct 12, 2011
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Fried Chicken Spot in North Hollywood?

I gotta say the hot dog with the mac and cheese plopped on it was a little bit of heaven.

Jul 26, 2011
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Before Music Center with 11 year old

I think a kid would really like Bottega Louie. I think you would too.

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Bottega Louie
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

May 26, 2011
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Doughboy's seating?

It has a very nice seating area. I've never had trouble getting seated.

May 23, 2011
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. Opens in Beverly Hills

I wish someone would open a bialy company.

Apr 01, 2011
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Langer's vs. Oinkster (vs. Katz's)

I'm a native New Yorker and in the Katz's/Langer's pastrami debate I vote Langer's.

However, Katz's wins points for having Russ & Daughters and Yonah Schimmel down the block.

Feb 18, 2011
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Green Apple chinese-Studio City (NY Style Egg Rolls)

I actually used to get their won ton soup a lot to go (it was pretty good and CHEAP) - I don't remember if I've gotten the lo mein there or not, if I did it was many years ago.

I recall that meals I've eaten there were fine, but their food didn't strike me one way or another enough to make me go out of my way to eat there.

Oct 28, 2010
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Green Apple chinese-Studio City (NY Style Egg Rolls)

Well for one thing I get the combo lo mein - so there's chicken, beef, shrimp and pork (no pork in this place's version for some reason though) along with a few vegetables.

The noodles have a little bite and a lot of flavor - I've had some extremely bland, limp, too-fat-or-thin noodles here. And then it's just the SLIGHTEST bit greasy - in a good way. I can't help but dress it up with hot mustard (theirs is good) and duck sauce which I usually buy in NY and bring back. But it's pretty decent without it - better by far than any other lo mein I've had here.

I'm not going to say it's San Gabriel Valley or Flushing rate purist food. I will say that, based on what I've tried there, it's the closest I've found to the Queens takeout I grew up on. So far only the won ton soup let me down - if I get ambitious someday I'll make Mr. Taster's version.

Oct 28, 2010
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Review: Langer's Delicatessan - Los Angeles

There is no line out the door at Langer's because the line is a block away at the parking lot.

Oct 25, 2010
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area

Green Apple chinese-Studio City (NY Style Egg Rolls)

Real decision made. I tried the combo lo mein (combo wasn't on the menu but they readily made it). It's the lo mein I been looking for for 20 years. After all of the hideous approximations I've encountered, what a find. This may not be the NY Chinese food you are looking for, but I, raised on Chinese takeout in Queens, have found mine.

Oct 25, 2010
lad1818 in Los Angeles Area