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cheap eats & corkage in Sherman Oaks, CA

Looking for an inexpensive lunchtime spot in Sherman Oaks/Studio City that has a reasonable corkage fee. We do have our old standby of Cafe Bizou but were hopinbg to expand our horizons. Thanks for any and all suggestions.

Nov 02, 2014
Theo in Los Angeles Area

dinner in the west 30's near 8th and 9th ave

We will be meeting people at 33rd between 8th and 9th this Thursday and looking for dinner recommendations. The irony is I used to live 20 blocks from there but moved away 24 years ago so I am clueless as to what is there now....

Some in the party are not fans of Thai or Indian but otherwise anything else goes. Thanks in advance for the advice

Apr 21, 2014
Theo in Manhattan

a good lobster salad?

looking for recommendations for a good lobster salad: SFV or WeHo locations, please

Sep 06, 2013
Theo in Los Angeles Area

that garlic oil at Mandarin Deli in Northridge

Does anyone know if the roasted garlic concoction on the tables at Mandarin Deli on Reseda Ave is unique to them or can it be found in an Asian market?

Feb 27, 2013
Theo in Los Angeles Area

birthday dinner recommenations in La Jolla

We will be in La Jolla for my birthday and staying close to downtown/cove/beach area.

We are looking for recommendations for a dinner spot (we are not big on Thai or Indian cuisine) but otherwise pretty much anything goes.

Thanks in advance

Theo

Jan 05, 2013
Theo in San Diego

La Jolla recommendations?

...thought there was a San Diego board?

Or do I ask here?

Jan 03, 2013
Theo in Los Angeles Area

Best dim sum in Chinatown?

Ocean Seafood for sure

Jul 31, 2012
Theo in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy bagels and lox for a large party?

Good news. And their smoked whitefish salad is the best in the city (IMHO)

Sep 18, 2011
Theo in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy bagels and lox for a large party?

Granted this is after the fact, but we host an annual lox and bagel fest every New Year's Day (for around 50 guests) and the slabs from Costco are surprisingly good and well received. In fact they recently changed their packaging from a single 1.5lb slab to two in roughly half portions which means not all of it has to be opened at once. They also sell 3lb tubs of Philly cream cheese that are perfect. I get the bagels from Noah's and fax them the order a week in advance so they are all prepared.

Sep 18, 2011
Theo in Los Angeles Area

Brunch recommendations in Monrovia?

Doesn't have to be fancy -

Jul 28, 2011
Theo in Los Angeles Area

recommendations for 10th anniversary dinner

we do NOT want a raucous restaurant. Truly anything with a good range - steak for me, salmon for my wife, and we are not big drinkers so it would be at most a glass of wine per person. Decor would be preferable

May 08, 2011
Theo in Manhattan

recommendations for 10th anniversary dinner

probably no more than $100/pp

We do enjoy pretty much all cuisines (save for Thai and Indian)

And we are looking at the first weekend in June

May 08, 2011
Theo in Manhattan

recommendations for 10th anniversary dinner

We'll be in Manhattan for our anniversary. Ironically I grew up on the UWS but have been living on the other coast for 20 years. As such I have really no notion of where to go these days (and what might still be around).

So - looking for a place that doesn't have to be uber expensive or stuffy, but is a special experience. I do recall a place in the Village that I went to - probably 25 years ago? - that was in an older historic building that felt like you were dining in colonial times? VERY lovely - but I surely cannot recall the name.

Any and all recommendations are welcome.

Thanks

May 08, 2011
Theo in Manhattan

dinner walking distance from the Pantages

We're thinking we might take the subway down to the Pantages this weekend. If so - where can we get dinner within walking distance of the theater?

Jan 07, 2011
Theo in Los Angeles Area

BDay/VDay wekend in Santa Barbara. Any place we absoluetly must try?

Going up to SB for my Birthday/VDay weekend.

We are looking for something new so any and all recommendations (must trys) are welcome.

Thanks

Jan 05, 2011
Theo in California

Christmas Eve in Pasadena

Any recommendations? We're not looking for a traditional "Xmas dinner" per se, but hoping to find a good place that is in fact open on Xmas eve.

Nov 30, 2010
Theo in Los Angeles Area

recommendation for a Italian in the SFV this eve

I think we've pretty much done the gamut from Ca Del Sole to Vitello's to Prosecco, and so on....What hidden gem have we missed?

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Vitello's Restaurant
4349 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

Prosecco Restaurant
10144 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

Ca Del Sole
4100 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91602

Nov 27, 2010
Theo in Los Angeles Area

Athena(sp?) in place of where Spazio's used to be?

Driving east on Ventura Blvd. just now I notice that Spazio's is now closed (never understood the allure: average food and inflated prices). Does anyone have any insight into the new establishment going in there?

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Spazio Restaurant
14755 Ventura Blvd Ste D, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Nov 07, 2010
Theo in Los Angeles Area

Chef from Sushi Sho Toluca Lake

I too was dismayed - not sure if it is closed or just shut for a remodel?

Nov 07, 2010
Theo in Los Angeles Area

dim sum recommendation

We will be visiting (converging from NYC and Los Angeles) and looking for good dim sum.

OR - is there a recommendation for a place that specializes in XLB/scallion pancakes, and the like?

Oct 25, 2010
Theo in Philadelphia

V.I.P. overthrown in Palace coup

agreed - A&W is very disappointing. In fact I was there about 5 weeks ago right when they opened on a weekday morning and despite the fact that you would think there would be fresh items to be had, it was all bland and prepared with a very heavy hand. Very unimpressed.

The potstickers/steamed dumplings and scallion pancakes across the street at Mandarin Deli are infinitely more satisfying.

For now we will continue to make the sojourn from the Valley to Ocean Seafood downtown

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Ocean Seafood Restaurant
747 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Mandarin Deli
728 S Atlantic Blvd Ste 103, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Aug 29, 2010
Theo in Los Angeles Area

Best eggs benedict in the Valley

yes - the Chez Nous Eggs Benedict on a croissant is quite yummy (as is their croissant French Toast)

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Chez Nous
10550 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

Aug 04, 2010
Theo in Los Angeles Area

what's going on at Chadney's in Burbank

After having been dormant for years there is now some serious construction work going on at the old Chadney's site. Does anyone have any insight as to what might be going in there?

Aug 04, 2010
Theo in Los Angeles Area

Chi Dynasty coming to Studio City

After looking at their menu on-line, is there anything unique about or special that will sway me from going to Bamboo?

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Chi Dynasty
1813 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Jul 18, 2010
Theo in Los Angeles Area

looking for a Yashima (on Pico) type of place in the SFV

We do enjoy Yashima but it is a bit of a trek from the Valley, especially on a week night.

Any recommendations for similar offerings in the Valley?

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Yashima
11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 210, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Jul 03, 2010
Theo in Los Angeles Area

Taverna 8 1/2 - Studio City on Moorpark

I must concur with gf. We went about three weeks after it had been opened. Parking can be a challenge and you're in competition for the few non-permitted spots with 4 other restaurants within striking distance.

The place is very hip and trendy and OSHA citation waiting to happen loud. The place is essentially a bar with some food offerings (and an oddly designed space). Since we did not seemingly fit the demographic they were striving for we were relegated to a corner table by the back door even though there were other open two tops.

When we finally did get someone to take our order we were informed of a few other specials and opted to split the tagliatelle in a cream truffle sauce along with the tuna tartare bites and the cod fish and chips.

The fish and chips were tasty, the tuna uninspired, and the pasta just OK.

And yes - quite pricey for what it is: the above food and two glasses of wine + tip was almost $80!!!

We will be hard pressed to return

Jul 03, 2010
Theo in Los Angeles Area

Best restaurant to celebrate after proposing

After I proposed we went to Geoffrey's in Malibu and we still go there annually to celebrate the anniversary of the proposal (9 years now...) Very good food and nice cool ocean breezes especially on a hot summer night.

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Geoffrey's Malibu
27400 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Jul 03, 2010
Theo in Los Angeles Area

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

I have recently become a fan of Little Toni's Pizza. Great flavor and the cheese texture is just great as it cools slightly. Plus - they will pre-cook the pepperoni and bacon (just ask) so it comes out good and crispy.

I second Caoti and even Vitello's. Joe Peeps is ultimately more schtick than anything else and

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Little Toni's
4745 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602

Vitello's Restaurant
4349 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

Jul 03, 2010
Theo in Los Angeles Area

ISO Good Cuban Restaurant (Not Versailles) in LA, East Valley, or Pasadena

I really enjoy: http://www.elfloridita.com/ (in Hollywood)

Jun 09, 2010
Theo in Los Angeles Area

Ralph's Herb de Provence rotisserie chicken seasoning (moved from L.A. board)

Much to my dismay it appears as though Ralph's no longer makes their Herbs de Provence chicken due to their new policy of reducing salt in their prepared foods. I actually bought some of the seasoning a while back (the deli counter server filled a large take-out salad container, weighed it as though it was from the salad bar......I made out like a bandit).

But alas - it is now no longer available. Does anyone happen to know who supplied that seasoning?

Thanks

May 25, 2010
Theo in Chains