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Has Water Grill DTLA jumped the shark forever?

Mark Peel doesn't have an oyster bar and GCM.

The oyster bar at GCM is decent.

about 19 hours ago
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Cassels Hamburgers Opening!

But in KTown there aren't really any good burgers. I live a few blocks away and wouldn't mind a decent burger even if I have to pay inflated hipster prices beats driving to Plan Check or Father's Office.

about 19 hours ago
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Rivera Closing by End of the Year

The problem is the place would have been better suited if the convention center was as busy as it should be and if Staple center attracted more sophisticated diners who were willing to spend the money. I can see how it relocating to the Westside might make more sense.

Dec 14, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

You can't tell me how to eat my sandwich. If I can hold it properly and put it inside my mouth then that's the correct way to eat it.

Dec 12, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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Rivera Closing by End of the Year

Might be interested in going for nostalgia sake, takers?

Live Lobster Prices - Old topic, but a new year.

Well they must have worked fast because I've been going there for 2 weeks now and its a really clean place. Good seafood and meat section and surprisingly decent vegetable section.

Momed - Atwater Village

Never been to the original but I had an okay meal at the Atwater one. Felt overpriced to me and food was just okay.

Nov 15, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Live Lobster Prices - Old topic, but a new year.

Little Tokyo Mart sells them for $7.99 a lb all the time for small lobsters. Also the new HMart in Koreatown on Western and Wilshire is usually under $10/lb

Nov 15, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Which Anova Sous Vide Device?

I just got the new one from my preorder and the lower wattage doesn't mean much to be honest in most applications it won't mean your water will heat up faster anyway.

What makes the 2nd generation better? It's smaller, requires less water to operate (required minimum water height), and the latch is adjustable and removable. Let me tell you my 1st generation unit's latch is broken in several places and barely holds up. At least with the 2nd gen it seems to be built better and if it does break at least I don't have to send the whole unit in to repair it.

As for connectivity for your phone if you can take advantage of it then it is definitely a plus but if you can't then this is where the 1st gen is better functionality wise in that you can set a timer on the touchscreen.

Nov 05, 2014
Johnny L in Cookware
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PLAN CHECK DOWNTOWN - NOTHING LIKE IT

better to split an uber most likely.

Nov 05, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

With places like Ox and Laurelhurst Market I wouldn't bother with steakhouses in LA as well.

You gotta get your fill of Korean and Japanese, especially ramen because those categories are very lacking up there.

Oct 21, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

PLAN CHECK DOWNTOWN - NOTHING LIKE IT

Yes I thought it was a risky move to go there but as Downtown restaurant scene explodes there will be entrepreneurs looking for cheaper real estate but close to where the action is at.

Oct 21, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

How's Mo-Chica now that Chef Ricardo Zarate is Gone?

As someone who has known about Zarate's antics for quite some time now its true he's never at Picca.

Mo Chica was shitty from the get go and I only confirmed it more recently from being disclosed by someone who cooked there.

Oct 21, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Salt and Straw

Agreed olive oil is tits in Portland. I guess they are keeping the Portland spirit of being "local" by choosing Rockview.

Oct 21, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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Salt and Straw

Was not too crazy about the LA outpost. Had it twice in Portland when I was there for Portland Feast, then a week later I come back and I try it down here. Rockview dairy? You got to be shitting me thats almost an insult.

Also my sweet corn buttermilk icecream which was amazing up north had ice crystals down here. So far I'm sadly a bit letdown after the amazing experience in the OG spots.

Oct 12, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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Maude: Truffles

Order takeout from Maccheroni republic or your favorite italian restaurant that does takeout.

Shave truffles on top. Win.

Is The Ladies Gunboat Society still worth going to?

Hard to say but if they are executing his most recent menu I'd say its still worth going. Not sure why it didn't work out but they had customers and the food was great.

Oct 02, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

In Japan its customary for some small restaurants to treat regular customers better because most restaurants are very small and competition is fierce in larger cities so exclusives and elite treatment aren't uncommon to encourage regular customers to come back on a regular basis over the years. The thing is Kokekoko will give you your own special plate that has your name on it and is colored black, thus looks cooler and you get access to a larger menu of secret items.

Sep 25, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

BWAHAHAHA I laugh at those who spent so much money over the years for their black plates. I'll announce it now, I'm willing to pay .01 cents to the dollar for those plates now.

Sep 24, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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Sam Woo expanding to Rosemead, and other openings

Your impression of what? The food your your experience which seemed to lack food? I'm not comprehending what your impression is of because are you saying you had the food prior to the grand opening and that you already have a bad impression?

Please clarify because if your impression of the restaurant is based on being turned away and not the food then that would determine how much I give a crap about your opinion of the restaurant.

Sep 23, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Fifty Seven - Joining BOS in restaurant purgatory

Test Kitchen became Picca/Sotto.

Sep 22, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Trendy, good food for out of town guest from Hong Kong

Its an amazing eating city but its strengths are mainly Cantonese, certain regional Chinese, and Japanese and that is what I would mainly focus on. Even Japanese for me is not the highest priority unless for some reason I can't see myself visiting Japan in the near future.

Sep 11, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Trendy, good food for out of town guest from Hong Kong

Yeah the yakiniku game in HK is far superior to what we have here. In fact I would not bother with Japanese in LA, what they have in HK is at the same level if not superior to ours.

Sep 10, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Chung King, San Gabriel... where'd it go??

Chung King is donezo plain and simple. Everyone's moved onto Chengdu Taste and Szechuan Impression. At this point don't bother chasing that lasting impression you had, it's all just a memory now.

Sep 07, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Trendy, good food for out of town guest from Hong Kong

They have a Lawry's in Hong Kong and they ship in USDA Prime beef too all included of course with a spinning salad.

Being that I've lived in HK but it's been a while and the food scene moves pretty fast I would say you gotta go with good California produce driven restaurants or concepts you can't find in HK.

Gjelina, Ladies Gunboat Society, Orsa & Winston, Grand Central Market, Sqirl would be my top picks.

Sep 07, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Haha rents in Chinatown aren't rising for shit. Do you know what commercial rent goes for in SGV? You'd be surprise how much more it is.

Whats happening is that no ethnic group wants Chinatown. This area has always been a place for new coming ethnic groups to settle due to its long history of being a cheap place to settle but being that our immigration patterns don't support that sort of environment for Chinatown anymore it has been dying off for the past few years.

Sep 06, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
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The hart and the hunter, did it close or still open?

I don't know who he is and I'm not sure if he can do the same food as good so that remains to be seen.

Sep 05, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Is Baco Mercat really this bad?

I'm guessing you aren't from LA? But yes LA service in general tends to suck on average.

Sep 01, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

So, uh, Beijing Duck House (Rosemead) is no more ...

Relation to O.G. restaurant in China doesn't mean crap.

Are they using the exact same ingredients of the similar quality and having staff who is trained in the way of the original restaurant?

Sep 01, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

It has potential just needs time to get it's sea legs going.

Aug 29, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area