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If You Had Six Months Left in LA...

YEY on Din Tai and Jitlada...100% agree...i'd miss Bonchon, Carmen's and Rambo's trucks, the pupusa lady at work, Gyu Kaku happy hour, Savoy Kitchen, Wurstkuche, Hooter's breaded medium wings with cheese sauce or ranch, I can go and on and on and on...

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Savoy Kitchen
138 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

Wurstkuche
800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

May 20, 2010
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MAY is National Burger Month(?): any suggestions (current please)?

Wow...thanks everyone...the posts are making me salivate more...i do like the OInkster but have not tried their burgers...the pastrami sandwich is a whole different story now...they are pretty goooood...

May 20, 2010
liawrites in Los Angeles Area

Restaurants that Allow Dogs?

yup...thread is filled with great places...also try Larchmont if it's not too far...more than one place that welcomes dogs...from sushi to french to brunch...

May 18, 2010
liawrites in Los Angeles Area

Dim Sum for mom's 80th

I second Elite and Sea H. Both really excellent but with B rating. As of last I went Ocean Star and Full House were both A's but it's been a while. Last time I went to both were maybe early last year. They're both cart style dimsum places, so call them to ask of their rating or if any of our Chowhounds know. If not any of these places then try DIn Tai Fung. Not cart-style but A rating (last time I went this year-at least the newer location in the back). They have delicious dumplings that are worth the wait. But if its a bigger party, it might not be a good idea as seats are limited.

May 17, 2010
liawrites in Los Angeles Area

Mid-range birthday option -- we like Umami, Church and State, Animal.

Ow maybe Wurstkuche downtown...not really burgers but really good grilled sausages. They have gourmet ones like mango and jalapeno, and apricot and ginger. Or exotic like rattlesnake and rabbit, duck and bacon. They even have vegetarian options. Plus their Belgian fries, with so many dipping choices. Just like a brewery with the many options if local and imported beers.
Sausages-the most expensive is $7
Fries- $5.50
Beer- $2.50 and up (they also have wines)

And the interior is not bad. Maybe pub style, if you can say that.

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Wurstkuche
800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

May 17, 2010
liawrites in Los Angeles Area

Mid-range birthday option -- we like Umami, Church and State, Animal.

Jitlada is actually a great idea and very reasonable (and really recognized too: food network, bloggers, foodies, etc).

Eat on Sunset also has a great menu but if you count drinks, it may tip to more than $30pp.

25 Degrees at the Hollywood Roosevelt maybe within your price range and offer a really nice venue/ambiance for a birthday. Nice interior, full bar, and not so bad burgers (not really great, but unique and not so bad). I've had their #2 (with prosciutto burrata and pesto)-$12 with over easy egg and it was actually good. Plus people have the option of building their own burgers so it might be even cheaper. The drinks are also inexpensive $6-7 for beer or they have wines).

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25 Degrees Restaurant
7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Jitlada
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

May 17, 2010
liawrites in Los Angeles Area

MAY is National Burger Month(?): any suggestions (current please)?

wow...thanks everyone...will definitely have a full MAY burger calendar...which will surplus to more months...they all sound soooo good i need a drool mop just about NOW reading all your recs...

May 17, 2010
liawrites in Los Angeles Area

MAY is National Burger Month(?): any suggestions (current please)?

that looks realllly crazy good, like a heart attack on a plate. But some of the best dishes are one. I will have to try that. Thanks.

May 01, 2010
liawrites in Los Angeles Area

MAY is National Burger Month(?): any suggestions (current please)?

Thanks for the link ipsedixit. That was really helpful. I've been to Father's Office but did not try the burger so maybe it's about time I go back. I was really talking about burgers with truffle/truffle oil, a pate burger, foie burger, etc. But I wouldn't go as far as saying fast food. Just good burgers that need not much add-ons that you need two or more hands to count. But it is also true, comfort food is individual, mollyomormon. And i did completely forget about Hinano....ouch. Will have to go there once. So there, I have two now. ;)

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Father's Office Bar
1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

May 01, 2010
liawrites in Los Angeles Area

MAY is National Burger Month(?): any suggestions (current please)?

I wanna try at least one a week of (currently) the best burgers in Los Angeles. Nothing fancy/hyped/expensive. I'm talking about good comfort food, burgers that can stand on their own without the overly aggressive masking. Your suggestions would be appreciated...thanks!

May 01, 2010
liawrites in Los Angeles Area

Newport Seafood, revised and revisited

i've only been during lunch...and definitely cheap and good...love their fish/clam with basil and garlic...in fact i did two reviews for Newport (on my blog and for the Examiner)...I couldn't help myself...I had to keep coming back...I will try the french-style beef and squid next time ;)

May 01, 2010
liawrites in Los Angeles Area