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HELP! Thoughts on CAFE STELLA (Silverlake)?

It's a good place overall. It strikes me as quite French in a number of ways, some of which people are mentioning in this thread. I've eaten plenty of food there that is every bit as good as if not better than Anisette in Santa Monica, which seems more highly regarded on this board.

Mar 21, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Any good Spanish restaurants?

I should pay more attention to the food I eat!

Mar 21, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Any good Spanish restaurants?

What's different about it?

Mar 21, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Delivery in Silverlake?

Just to provide you with an answer, I don't think there are any (even through pay delivery services).

Mar 21, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Delivery in Silverlake?

I second everything you said above and would add It's Thai -- a new, somewhat Westernized Thai restaurant (in a good way, IMHO) -- to the list of solid recommendations.

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It's Thai
1311 N Glendale Blvd A, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Mar 21, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Good restaurants that make you sad because they're empty all the time

I will make a point of trying it.

Mar 21, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Any good Spanish restaurants?

Re: Spain restaurant. I think the seafood paella at Spain is pretty darn good and worth a try. Other things are passable at best. Having spent little time in Spain and no time in Argentina, I can't speak anything as to authenticity of the paella, but I've watched it being cooked and it strikes me as a legit dish.

Mar 21, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Best Falafel in LA?

I've been a couple of times. The falafel themselves were good but the sandwich itself wasn't that great IMO.

I will say that the falafel at Arax are probably better than those at Zankou.

Mar 21, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Best Falafel in LA?

I second Marouch for falafel.

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Marouch Restaurant
4905 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA

Mar 21, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Best Restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles

I've been to Rivera once. I thought everything I ate was mediocre to poor. But it was plated very nicely.

Mar 19, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Best Restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles

Most on this board would. But this board is full of hype for new restaurants. All of them are supposedly terrific--Rivera, Drago Centro, Church & State, Chaya--and better than the old classics--Water Grill and Patina. But they're not. It's all hype. Drago Centro is the only one of them that is in the same class, IMHO.

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Drago Restaurant
2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

Church & State
1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Mar 19, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Best Restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles

Water Grill
<big gap>
Anything else.

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Water Grill
544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Mar 18, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

What is the best Indian restaurant in LA?

It's not mediocre. It's similar to what I've eaten in Southern India and Singapore. You may just don't like Udipi cuisine. The other places you mention are good -- but haven't been to Paru's.

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Paru's
5140 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Mar 18, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

What is the best Indian restaurant in LA?

At least the most interesting places are Al Noor, Surati Farsan Mart, Udupi Palace, and Ambala Sweets and Spices

The difficulty is it's hard to find good Indian in LA proper. I would go so far as to say there is no very good Indian restaurant in LA proper.

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Al Noor
15112 Inglewood Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260

Udupi Palace
18635 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

Surati Farsan Mart
11814 186th St, Artesia, CA 90701

Ambala Sweets
18433 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

Mar 17, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Need a Downtown LA restaurant with a private room for a Saturday night business dinner

Morton's has a private room.

Mar 17, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Best Bread in Los angles: discuss

We always get the rustic white loaf -- haven't tried anything else. Sorry if it's a crap recommendation, but we've been impressed with that particular bread.

Mar 17, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Best Chips & Salsa in LA/OC?

Yeah, Border Grill's chips and salsas are at least interesting. My favorite salsa is actually a fourth, which comes with the wild mushroom quesadilla appetizer.

Mar 16, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles coffee - I'm calling you out (many boos, and one hooray)

I like the nutty taste of the coffee at the Conservatory in Culver City.

Mar 16, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Good restaurants that make you sad because they're empty all the time

Every time I've eaten there for lunch they've had all the lights turned off (even though there were many tables of diners). The only light generated in the room itself comes from a small cathode-ray-tube TV playing sports. I find the TV too small to watch. In terms of atmosphere, there really isn't any. Service has always been fine for me, however.

Mar 16, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Good restaurants that make you sad because they're empty all the time

Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes

Mar 16, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Good restaurants that make you sad because they're empty all the time

Aside from the food, Mariscos Chente is an awful dining experience.

Mar 16, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Good restaurants that make you sad because they're empty all the time

Will check it out.

Mar 15, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Good restaurants that make you sad because they're empty all the time

Al Noor is very good. It's probably the best northern Indian/Punjabi/Pakistani in Los Angeles. However, it doesn't seem like the South Bay to me, it seems like the ghetto. But that's OK. I didn't know they took over the property next door. I am pleased to report that every time I went to their tiny little location before there were plenty of diners.

Mar 15, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Good restaurants that make you sad because they're empty all the time

I agree regarding Yoma being better than Golden Triangle. I've never understood why it doesn't get more attention here. Thanks for your contributions to getting it attention!

Mar 15, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles coffee - I'm calling you out (many boos, and one hooray)

Agreed. Wonderful place.

They seem to take their coffee very seriously. The couple of times I've been, I've found the coffee good but I haven't been wowed. That may be for two reasons. First, I've only ordered Kona and Jamaican Blue Mountain because they are hard to find in LA. These coffees are generally subtle and refined. Thus, it is not surprising that they didn't wow me. Second, they were among the most expensive items on the menu (around $15 for a cup) and it may be that the beans were not all that fresh as a consequence.

Mar 15, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

craving vs. respect

At least that bowl of onions is really, really soyed, no?

Mar 15, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

the best SANDWICH in (Los Angeles) period.

I'm more of a continental girl. British food is even worse than American food.

Mar 15, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

LA - Japanese restaurants

Mar 14, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

the best SANDWICH in (Los Angeles) period.

Thanks, will add to the list!

Mar 14, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area

the best SANDWICH in (Los Angeles) period.

Those look pretty good. I'll put it on my list of places to try. Thanks!!

Mar 14, 2010
sillygoosedown in Los Angeles Area