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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.

8 minutes ago
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.

39 minutes ago
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.

about 2 hours ago
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.

about 2 hours ago
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.

about 2 hours ago
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.

about 2 hours ago
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?

about 3 hours ago
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.

about 18 hours ago
perk in Home Cooking

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

Cheap Beef Meals

I really like flank steak....lots of flavor. I like to grill it, and then repurpose the leftovers. Maybe tacos. Or a Caesar salad with steak.

Sep 11, 2014
perk in Home Cooking

Going to make Porchetta. Want to get my pork belly and loin this weekend. Any good spots on the Westside you can recommend?

There's a new butcher in Santa Monica....forget the name. But I doubt that it's inexpensive.

Sep 11, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

"Mother-in-law" restaurant in the Valley

I don't know if this would work....and may be a bit "out there." But there's a place at the Van Nuys airport. I think it's called "Squadron 56." (could be another number) The restaurant overlooks the runway, and there are lots of nice private jets coming in and out. Some of the tables have earphones so you can listen to the pilots and air traffic controllers...which is great fun for kids. The bar scene is lively. It's a fun atmosphere with all sorts of people. The food is ok. I remember having decent prime rib. Menu is not all that adventurous. But I go back every once in a while because it's just a fun place. I'm sure it gets crowded on a Friday night. But you could make a reservation. And it would probably help to get there early.

Sep 11, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Cooking for one with limited left overs

I agree with the repurposing. I live alone as well, and (except for pasta) I'm not a fan of most leftovers. But I find if I grill something like salmon or swordfish or flank steak for a meal.....I don't mind if I make tacos the next day. Doesn't seem like leftovers. Or I'll do a Caesar salad with the leftover protein. There is a cookbook that a friend gave me which gives great ideas for these kinds of meals. I think it's called "Cooking for One"....or something like that.

Sep 10, 2014
perk in Home Cooking

Pizza Dough?

I'm mid city, but am often on the west side. i wondered if bay cities carried it. and i've heard good things about olio's pizza...so that sounds like a good option as well. thanks.

Sep 09, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Private Luncheon in the Valley? ANYWHERE in the Valley?

Bistro Garden has, in my opinion, horrible food. I went to a birthday party there and the Cobb salad (which I thought would be "safe") was awful. It had cubed swiss cheese in it. I asked if they had a French rose. The waiter said they did. And brought a white zinfandel. But I do hear good things about Sportsmen's Lodge since they redid it. And space and parking would be easy.

Sep 09, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Pizza Dough?

Do any local restaurants or Italian delis sell pizza dough? I know I can get it at Trader Joe's, but wanted to try something else.

Sep 09, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Private Luncheon in the Valley? ANYWHERE in the Valley?

Ca del Sol has a lovely private patio and they do a great job with large parties. Also easy valet parking. Good food and solid service. And it's a lovely setting.

Sep 07, 2014
perk in Los Angeles Area

Sharing recipes with friends?

I share as well. And I think knowing that friends are making some of my "stand by" things forces me to try more recipes and be more creative. Which is a good thing.

Sep 07, 2014
perk in Home Cooking
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What to do with LOTS of fresh basil?

Pretty sure pesto freezes really well. I also love salads with basil. Did a peach/arugula/burrata/prosciutto salad last night with fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic last night. And, of course, we can do add it to pretty much anything with tomatoes.

Sep 07, 2014
perk in Home Cooking

Taylor's or the Dresden Room? Where would you go?

Pretty sure Marty and Elayne are still belting them out at the Dresden. It's great fun. More fun if you're pretty plastered. Uber is your friend.

French Main Dish for Stand Up Gathering

I second the tartiflette. I made one for a dinner party not too long ago. Really lovely.

Sep 03, 2014
perk in Home Cooking