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Italian Dinner-Los Angeles (Decisions?)

glad you're enjoying it. let us know about the rest of the meal....and give us a description when you get a chance. bon appetit.

about 18 hours ago
perk in Los Angeles Area

Best QPR raw shrimp?

I don't know. Sorry. I usually buy smaller portions, and buy it as SM Seafood. But I've seen fresh shrimp at Costco, and thought it looked good. I'm just not sure of the variety.

about 23 hours ago
perk in Los Angeles Area

Italian Dinner-Los Angeles (Decisions?)

I haven't been to Bestia, though a foodie friend was disappointed. I think it depends on what you mean when you say "nice Italian dinner." (though...i know...it sounds pretty self explanatory) I very much like the food at Angelina Osteria. But the place is small and very cramped....which makes me a little claustrophobic. That said...if that doesn't bother you...it is an excellent culinary experience. I'm a fan of Drago Centro. It's a lovely space, with very good food and great service. I'm never disappointed there. I think the best pasta I've had recently is Bucato. Not much atmosphere....though sitting outside is pleasant. But their pasta is first rate. As to the question about Osteria Mozza, I haven't been there in a while. But I thought there pasta tasting menu was amazing. I've been meaning to go back....and will eventually. Let us know what you decide!

about 23 hours ago
perk in Los Angeles Area

Eataly settles on Century City location

Gulfstream is also pretty good.

about 24 hours ago
perk in Los Angeles Area

Best QPR raw shrimp?

Costco sometimes has fresh shrimp. Haven't bought it, but it looks good and I've had good luck their fresh salmon.

about 24 hours ago
perk in Los Angeles Area

Draining pasta?

I like to go directly from pot to sauce pan when possible. An extra benefit is some of the pasta water adheres to the strands, and that often helps the sauce. Mostly eliminates the step of having to add it afterwards....

Sep 28, 2014
perk in Home Cooking

Any great food with ambience in Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Van Nuys or North Hollywood?

ahhh...got it.

Sep 26, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Any great food with ambience in Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Van Nuys or North Hollywood?

If you're talking about the place I recommended....it's Warren's Blackboard. I didn't mention, nor do I know of, Black Market.
Warren's Blackboard is new. It's part of the Beverly Garland hotel.

Sep 26, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Any great food with ambience in Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Van Nuys or North Hollywood?

We made a reservation; there was no wait. And although I agree that it gets loud inside, the patio was fine. I always assume if there is a valet, that's what I'll use. I wouldn't expect a restaurant in a hotel to have many other options. But....I didn't notice the cost of the valet since I didn't pay for it.

Sep 25, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Lindy and Grundy Closed!

Just read that Belcampo is opening up on Third.....sometime in early 2015. And again, as for Lindy & Grundy, I never experienced the smug attitude. Quite the contrary. I read about the place and popped in the first day it was open. Months would go by and when I would go back into the store, someone would invariably say "we remember you. you were here day one!" They went out of their way to accomodate special requests, and if they couldn't do something, they were apologetic about it. I never asked for ground pork (though I did once at Bristol Farms on Westwood Blvd. and THEY gave me attitude and wouldn't grind it for me. what IS it about ground pork?) I used to meet a friend and her dog at the Lazy Day cafe next door....and I would go in to buy a dog bone for my friend's pet. They would always just give it to me and not be at all annoyed to take time to do it. (though i would often come back afterwards and buy some products) I will miss them....their products and their service. I also go to Huntington and have had good results there. But there are days I don't want to fight that parking lot and those crowds....mostly in the summer.

Sep 25, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area
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Any great food with ambience in Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Van Nuys or North Hollywood?

Ca del Sol on Lankershim has good food and is a lovely setting. Also Warren's Blackboard is casual, but has good food. Inside it gets loud, but the patio would be a decent place to conduct business.

Sep 24, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area
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Michael in Santa Monica, old, but maybe new again ?????????

I went about a year ago. It was a birthday celebration, and someone else made the choice. I hadn't been in years, but I really enjoyed it. I don't remember what I had....I think scallops. But the food was very nicely done, service was quite good and the wine list was impressive. I'd go back. And that patio is really lovely....

Red Medicine - 6 course tasting menu - best in LA to me

yea, i work nearby as well. and the immediate area is pretty bleak. but when i moved to carthay circle (and could walk to red medicine), i was surprised that i could also walk to beverly hills pretty easily.

Sep 22, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Red Medicine - 6 course tasting menu - best in LA to me

Terrific review. And I agree that the food is wonderful and creative. I'm a fan of this place. But I wouldn't exactly call it in the middle of nowhere. Beverly Hills is pretty close. Restaurants on 3rd Street not far.

Sep 22, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Warren's Blackboard

I was in the valley for the weekend, and wanted have dinner with a couple of friends. Had read some good things about this place, so decided to try it. We had a 7:15 reservation. It was full by 8. Lively. The inside was loud, but the patio was lovely. I had a couple of starters....stuffed squash blossoms and grilled octopus with chorizo. Both very nice. I didn't think the blossoms were as good as Pizzeria Mozza's....but they were good and I'd order them again. One friend started with the octopus, another with a popover with a topping I can't remember (creamed chicken?) And both my friends had steak (New York I think) sliced on a tomato/basil bruschetta. All the food was very tasty. Service was solid. We shared a bottle of rose. They had desserts. I had a cheese plate, that was pretty pedestrian. But my friends liked their desserts (I didn't pay much attention to this....sorry) I didn't pay the bill, but the prices seemed reasonable. Everyone was pleased and said they would definitely return. I don't think I'd come over the hill to dine there, but I'd make it a point to eat there again when I'm in the area.

Sep 22, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

I'm Going Deaf Eating Out in LA

When Bottega Louie first opened, I asked them about the noise level and they said the owners wanted it that way. Felt it was more of a scene. I agree with the comment that if someone is bothered by the noise level, he/she should dine somewhere else. But I think the OP is lamenting the number of restaurants that force you into that position. It limits the choices.

Sep 22, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Lindy and Grundy Closed!

Yea, I'm a little surprised at that, too, edie. I certainly got regular e-mails from them. Wouldn't have been that hard to send a "goodbye" one.

Sep 22, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

hound-worthy food near carwash @westside

yea....i was kind of wondering about the time frame of some of these places and the amount of time it takes to get a car washed.

Sep 22, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Lindy and Grundy Closed!

Sad to hear this. And I'm surprised, though I didn't know one of the owners had left. Although it was very expensive, I thought it was a terrific place. And the customer service was first rate. Isn't there a new butcher shop in Santa Monica?

Sep 22, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Dinner Menu for Wine Club Gathering

I would think that the food and wine would be paired. Any group that would be interested in wine would want to have food selected to complement it. And that would extend to cheese as well. Do you have any idea what wines they will bring. Your post says "whatever wines they want." But do you stick to varietals?... as in "tonight we're tasting chardonnays and pinor noirs." At least that way you can choose foods that pair well. And we can offer suggestions.

Sep 21, 2014
perk in Home Cooking
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Movie Dining Etiquitte/Landmark Theatres, Westside pavillion

Wow. Did I somehow land on the movie review board? I mean...I love films. I'm in the Directors Guild and see almost everything. But I thought I came on the chowhounds board to read about/discuss food. Not films.

Sep 19, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area
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Need a meat slicer

I'd call Surfa's and ask. I'm sure they sell them. But they might have rental ideas for you. Or....check with your local/favorite butcher. They might have ideas for youl

Sep 19, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

It's late and I'm Hungry!

Ok...just checked and Fred's 62 is open 24 hours a day. And there have to be places downtown open late....that's not far from you. The Pacific Dining Car is an option....though much more of a budget buster than Tommy's.

It's late and I'm Hungry!

I don't know of anyplace actually in Glendale, but Fred's 62 in Los Feliz is open late. (not sure of exact hours) I wouldn't call it a culinary destination, but the food is good and it's a fun "diner" kind of vibe. Usually an interesting crowd....some folks wander down after seeing Marty and Elayne at the Dresden.

DTLA - near Staples

I'll add my name to the Rivera vote. Going there Wednesday, in fact. Great place....

Sep 18, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Connie and Ted's - pleasantly surprised

I haven't been in a while....but I liked it very much. I did have an overcooked piece of swordfish, but I sent it back. They apologized and brought out another one....perfectly cooked. They took it off the bill (which I didn't really think was necessary, but I appreciated the gesture.) And, as I left, the person at the front of the house thanked us for coming and apologized again about the swordfish.

Sep 16, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Good takeout/fast food Koreatown/Mid-Wilshire

Kind of out of the targeted area....but since you're leaving from Century City....you could swing by Clementine's. You can order ahead, and when you're just doing a pickup.....you can park behind the restaurant in the lot.

Sep 16, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Quiche: Anything Close To Amandine?

Parking has always been tough in that area...and it's by permit on the streets. I used to live in walking distance. It's almost easier to park at the mall and walk over. Then buy something at Gelson's to get validated.

Sep 15, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Help with sandwich buffet for birthday...

Yea....I agree. I pretty much eat turkey year round. I don't think Thanksgiving eliminates it as a protein for a while after that. Lots of people have Sunday pasta and "gravy"....and THAT doesn't seem to get old.

Sep 14, 2014
perk in Home Cooking
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Quiche: Anything Close To Amandine?

Clementine's does a pretty good quiche.

Sep 14, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area