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Torihei Yakitori Robata Dining (A Photo Story and Review)

YY does have hearts - both regular and special (order in advance to be sure they get them and save them for you) - I would say the chef is a true Yakitori master. Very serious about his craft and his food. The soboro-don is also excellent.
With all due respect I think the now sold out chrishei missed this boat.
My ONLY gripe with YY is the price. It ain't cheap

Dec 18, 2014
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Torihei Yakitori Robata Dining (A Photo Story and Review)

Great report - what about Yakitori-ya on Sawtelle?
For me the SoCal yakitori quality chart is as follows:

Yakitori-ya = Torhei > Kokeekoko = SSG > Sakura House >>>> Nanbankan (which has really slipped over the years).

There are a lot of other places that do a stick or 2 (Yabu for example) but not the large variety I need to call it a yakitori joint.

Dec 18, 2014
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Chuan's Chinese Restaurant (Temple City)

Was back on Sat and had a great meal.
They also now have a short show with Sichaun Dance/Masks etc.
Food was excellent, especially the Frog.

Dec 15, 2014
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Hummus Bar and Grill

<< Wish they were on the Westside.>>

Big +1
I love that place.

Dec 15, 2014
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Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

Great write up.
I did not know about a "yet to announced new location."
I love Kokeekoko and have since I first walked in in the early 90's, when they yelled, "No Sushi!" at me when I came in off the street.
Other than that I have been well treated there -- whether a white plate or, on one occasion as a guest, a black plate was in front of me.

Dec 15, 2014
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Little Jewel

What kind of gumbo? Seafood or Poultry/Sausage or ?????

Dec 12, 2014
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Little Jewel

Hmm, good question. Probably not. But I gotta say, I found the Roma deli sandwich tasty but (for me) there was too much bread for too little meat. Not my favorite ratio, no matter how good the bread and olive oil are (and they are good at Roma0.

Next time you find yourself in NOLA you might want to try the Frenchuletta at Liuzza's - it is a thing of beauty.

Dec 12, 2014
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Little Jewel

I had had heard that Central Grocery doesn't toast for time - not taste - reasons, but it was from a far less reliable source than yours. Good to know.

Dec 12, 2014
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Rivera Closing by End of the Year

Santa Monica is looking strong in 2015: The Return of Bryant Ng appears to be the Oscar favorite but lots more coming.

Dec 12, 2014
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Stir Market porchetta

"looks dope"
#kevinreference

Dec 12, 2014
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Pizza at Grimaldi's

Any further reports on South End? My one visit kind of sucked.

Dec 12, 2014
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Little Jewel

Cochon Butcher is probably the one you are referring to, rather than Cochon Restaurant, and, to my knowledge, they only toast them at Butcher.

Another place to try is Nor-Joe Importing in Metarie where they will serve them cold or hot. I think the casual visitor gets the impression (from Central Grocery's fame) that cold is the only way, or correct way, to do 'em. Not true.

Dec 11, 2014
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Little Jewel

Disagree that untoasted is the only "correct" way.
Still have to try LJ's muff.

Dec 11, 2014
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Sushi Tsujita, Nozawa Bar, or Q?

Thanks TO - no trolling, just aging - I must have it mixed it up with some place else.

Dec 11, 2014
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Sushi Tsujita, Nozawa Bar, or Q?

I remember Shige-san well from Asanebo - and other places - and I saw him having dinner at Shunji's one evening. I will have to check it out.

Dec 11, 2014
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Sushi Tsujita, Nozawa Bar, or Q?

Actually, I have not been to Q, sorry if my post inferred I had been. I have read so much about it and the liberal use of truffle oils which is not my preference.

Dec 11, 2014
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Sushi Tsujita, Nozawa Bar, or Q?

Tsujita, by a mile.

2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

Always.
Who needs dessert?
Order more sushi.

Dec 09, 2014
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Address our concerns, please

This is starting to sound like his obituary.
Whither, poor Sir Puntuates-alot?
He is survived by adoring chefs/servers, an irritated 3rd grade grammar teacher, and his LA defenders and lovers, DWEO and WSG.
#freekevin.com

Broad Request

POT
St Martha
Shunji
Chi Spacca
Orsa & Winston
Night + Market

SGV: China's Great Noodle Dishes, where can I find three (or four)?

Love the video presentation from CCTV!

Dec 05, 2014
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Santa Monica Openings

Dec 03, 2014
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Takuma is a Winner @ Wilshire Blvd and 26th in SaMo -- "Move It on Over [Musha ]"

As previously mentioned here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/996598 there is a lot of exciting restaurant activity in Santa Monica these days. Cadet, Brilliantshine, and now Takuma. I for one am pleased to see, at least some of it, moving a bit East - away from the overcrowded beach side of town. So after the shout out from paranoidgarlic lover about Takuma, we decided to try it on LA's rainiest night since...well who knows? Clearly the Izakaya style that Musha and Yabu successfully brought to SaMo is at work but, perhaps, Takuma is brining a somewhat more refined cooking to the mix. And it is a lot easier to get in (at least now).

What could be better than very cold Sapporo and very warm Oden soup on a cold rainy night? Not much for me. Last time I saw Oden in SaMo it may have been raining and Clinton may have been reigning. Really good stuff this time of year. We also had a fantastic squid cooked on the table in a thick metal dish over a flame with a yummy, rich miso paste and soy broth. Fine soba with mountain potato and okra, as well as a Hajiki seaweed salad and a great marinated Japanese eggplant (in my experience it is rare to find a really nicely done Japanese eggplant dish that doesn't follow the usual miso formula, which last night would have competed - and lost - with the squid in a miso-mami duel).

Did I mention that cold Sapporo? It is funny how few places properly chill a lager.

I'm going back to Takuma soon.

Santa Monica Openings

Two Big Thumbs Up for Takuma!
Thanks for the tip paranoidgarliclover.
Really, really good.

Dec 02, 2014
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Is there a single good Thai place in Santa Monica or Venice?

Well said, as usual, bulavinaka - I just wonder why the standard non-Thaitown Thai (or fill in the blank with your favorite Westside-under-represented cuisine) places that know the difference must be prodded to offer the real deal?

I see your points about waste and space and what (today) pays the bills; but they must, equally, see the growing popularity of things like:
--Night + Market(s)
--Bourdain's Asian excursions on his shows
--Pok Pok
--Sichuan Taste/Impression
--Mission Chinese
--the David Chang empire
to know the appreciation and appetite for a more flavorful, and adventurous, marriage of the East and West, is going to bring in more of today's cutting edge eaters/bloggers/writers than the bad pad Thai's/General Tso's that brought in a prior generation of "adventurous" white folks.

Dec 02, 2014
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Is there a single good Thai place in Santa Monica or Venice?

From Venice you may want to look at the Mid/North San Fernanado Valley places as a better option than Thai down, depending on the time of day.
Sri Siam is a fav http://www.srisiamcafe1.com/

Dec 02, 2014
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Mori Sushi: Still Sushi Perfection

great report Porthos - have you tried Tsujita Sushi yet?

Nov 29, 2014
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CHI SPACCA - Special Dinner

Nice meal, and tip - I may wait on you next time!

Nov 25, 2014
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New Year's Eve dinner in Santa Monica with daughters

I will echo the comments below - one (wo)man's "not too expensive" may put another (wo)man in hock.

That said, I would take a look at what's going for NYE at these places in SaMo (and I included Venice):
the misfit
Superba Snack bar or Superba Bread + Food
Salt Air
Willie Jane
Rustic Canyon
Hungry Cat
Cadet

Nov 24, 2014
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Hands down: The BEST Chicken Soup in L.A.

The Rainbow "Room" is in the New York, but The Rainbow (no room) is in LA, on Sunset, and does have good soups (and food in general, far better than most folks expect to find at a place that is better known as a high octane booze jount and rocker hangout than a restaurant), including the chicken soup.

Nov 24, 2014
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