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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Newport Seafood San Gabriel Location Closing?

Why would SGVers drive to Bev Hills for lobster when it can be had for cheaper and better at Boston Lobster?

Any people from the SGV driving to B.Hills for Newport are going because they would likely be rich mainlanders who want to have "face" by eating in an expensive Chinese resto.

Aug 28, 2014
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Little Tokyo LA, Not To Be Missed?

Dulce makes decent coffee, they aren't using top tier dairy but they know their market is the type that likes sugar so why bother right?

Demitasse is alright but it's too pretentious, I can do without the stupid suspenders.

Blacktop I hear is quite good although the owner is probably not the favorable of the O.G. Handsome owners.

Aug 28, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

Please I don't find Chego to be worth making myself feel like shit.

Also scoops is mediocre at best (and I'm being nice) ice cream that only someone like Mr. Taster could enjoy because its "priced fairly/not hipster".

Aug 28, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

Agreed which is why I am lucky it is local.

Aug 27, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

If Chris was there we would have had to combine two tables for the reckless abandon eating we would have done.

Aug 27, 2014
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Little Jewel

I'm not young anymore, I want my 30's to be at least relatively healthy.

Aug 26, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

Nope had help from one other.

Aug 26, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

Had a great meal today, shirmp poboy, meatball sandwich, red beans and rice, catfish platter.

Everything was great and now red beans and rice is my new monday tradition. I hope this place gets all the support it deserves.

Aug 25, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant Bread insider?

Homeboy does great bread as well

Aug 24, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant Bread insider?

There aren't that many good bread suppliers in LA.

It's probably either going to be Bread Bar, Bread Lounge, La Brea etc.

Aug 23, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area