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Dine LA+Happy Hour+Jazz+Paella at Tavern

No crust whatsoever (is that supposed to be one word or three?)

I agree with maudies5 that the paella is a great bargain at 25 bucks for the quality and quantity of seafood/chicken/rice/saffron. It tasted great.

Unfortunately, anyone who goes to Tavern expecting a real socarrat will be sorely disappointed.
Why is it so hard for most restaurants to cook rice properly when making paella? Seems like Koreans and Persians get it right (mostly) in Bi Bim Bop and Tadig. I guess it takes more careful attention than most American kitchens can handle to avoid burning the rice or overcooking the seafood. SIGH. Still we enjoyed the meal.

about 8 hours ago
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Aroma Cafe Hollywood - Report

I love, love, LOVE the sandwich called "The Tunisian" at the Aroma on Sunset.
Tuna, eggs, tomato, onion and harissa spread on a crunchy "Jerusalem Sesame Bagel."

1 day ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Near the Greek? Tired of Mexico City and Little Dom's - other ideas?

OMFG - I love feijoada and they have it Fridays! THANKS, lil mikey.

2 days ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Near the Greek? Tired of Mexico City and Little Dom's - other ideas?

We are 8 folks...I did not make the call to MessHall so I do not know what the details were, but it is a popular country artist at the Greek that night, and I took my friend's word at face value and I didn't ask further.
I believe Pie and Crane would be good but it doesn't work for this group.
Still looking...prob will do Mother Dough.

2 days ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Near the Greek? Tired of Mexico City and Little Dom's - other ideas?

thanks servorg - great idea.

Jul 21, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Near the Greek? Tired of Mexico City and Little Dom's - other ideas?

Messhall already too full for our group.
Would love to hear more about "that newer Chinese place that ipse recommended"

Jul 21, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Near the Greek? Tired of Mexico City and Little Dom's - other ideas?

TIA,
Bob

Jul 21, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Restaurants to take my agents near Wilshire/Fairfax

Thanks DWEO, but clearly not as funny as FranklinJefferson...the newborn baby crack has me howling...

Jul 16, 2014
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Restaurants to take my agents near Wilshire/Fairfax

Interesting question: "Agents" is a strange word around these chowish quarters and even stranger to fashion a meal around.
Are we talking Secret Agents , Cleaning Agents, Infectious Agents or Hollywood Agents?
For the moment, let's say Hollywood Agents (and lets leave aside the obvious question of why on earth would you be taking your agents out, instead of the other way 'round) and let's say the middle of town.
Do you have budget in mind? It's not their expense account and you have said you want affordable, but to please one omnivore with expensive tastes, and a mostly vegovore...
My Spidey Sense says
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AOC
Fig and Olive (I'm not a fan but some folks are)

Tough to help with this one...

Jul 15, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area
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Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

me too

Jul 13, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Best Eye Candy Staff in town

Who the kevin is kevin?

Jul 07, 2014
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Alinea Confirmation E-mail - "Our dress code would ask that gentlemen wear a jacket in the dining room"

Thanks for the info - I'll dig something up

Jul 03, 2014
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Alinea Confirmation E-mail - "Our dress code would ask that gentlemen wear a jacket in the dining room"

Is this for real? Do I HAVE to wear a jacket if I have already purchased my tickets? I wear nice clothes when out, no shorts and sneakers (or - heaven forbid - sandals) but I hate sport jackets, leisure suits, etc.

Can't I wear a nice leather jacket? Or just a nice shirt?

Jul 02, 2014
Ciao Bob in Chicago Area
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Best Lobster Roll in Los Angeles area?

Hardly...."he's in solitary confinement in a mothf$#@ing chowhound gulag."
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922672

Jul 01, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Tacos Puntas Cabras.

Unfortunately, CharlesKochel, Kevin is no longer able to respond to you, as he's in solitary confinement in a mothf$#@ing chowhound gulag.
I know he will be happy to hear you wrote back and more than a little jealous that you are enjoying the foods of the South

Jul 01, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

TOSCANA'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY MENU IS A GREAT DEAL

Idiotic liquor rules - why won't politicians work on this stupidity?

Jun 29, 2014
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IVY ROBERTSON - OVER IT

Fair enough, I'll rephrase: IMHO, the Ivy's food sucks - though, I have heard from an otherwise (usually) reliable source that it may have been good once upon a time. Though, it must be said, the barely edible $25.75 Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce and Homemade Meatballs makes it worth a visit to experience one of the greatest restaurant rip-offs of all time.

Jun 27, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

IVY ROBERTSON - OVER IT

I am sorry Thor123 had the experience he had, but - I must admit - I'm quite glad Thor123 will no longer have come to the Ivy's defense when 'hounds rightly point out its myriad short-comings. "Get Shorty" was a mighty long time ago - that place just sucks.

Jun 26, 2014
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TOSCANA'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY MENU IS A GREAT DEAL

Now we both know to ask for maudies5's table. Glad I made you laugh - it is only returning the laughs you give me, almost daily.

Jun 26, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2014 -- Voting

FRIED CHICKEN

Jun 26, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Tacolandia 2014 6/28 3-7pm

Enjoy, carter - happy it worked out. I gave mine away gratis, so I don't think there's to be any charge for you. Sorry I cannot be there. As for meeting the Great and Powerful One, he will be behind a curtain, shoooing away a yapping dog - face stuffed with a Guerrilla Taco.

Jun 26, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

TOSCANA'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY MENU IS A GREAT DEAL

That was very nice of you maudies5.

Toscana, for me, has been mostly hits, and a few misses over many visits, over many years. It doesn't make my regular rotation because I am not a regular -- so I only get to sit next to Al Michaels (and hear his mellifluous voice) when my regular friends take me. Otherwise I get seated far from the action. It definitely has the Giorgio Baldi cachet of dining with the stars, but with the bonus of it being bright enough to actually see the stars.

As a now departed former member of this board #ripkevin remarked elsewhere (he's still allowed to read the page, just not post) on hearing about this 25th Anniversary offer, "If these are 1989 prices, I don't even want to know today's f*#@n' prices."

Jun 26, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Tacolandia 2014 6/28 3-7pm

I may have a ticket for you Carter - email me off line if you are interested.
CB

Jun 25, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

3 Questions about Gjelina

+1 on that pizza, they tinker with it alot but it is always solid.

Jun 24, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Saturday dinner, West Hollywood, without reservations?

so many options depending on what you like and where you will be
here some ideas off the top of my head
If you like
Thai - Night + Market,
Japanese - Yabu,
Burgers - Plan Check, Golden State,
Creative Butchery - Salt's Cure
Argentinian - Lala's
Italian-ish - Dominick's, Osteria Angelini (might be over budget depending on what you eat)
Pizza - Oilio
Italian - Sotto

Jun 23, 2014
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3 Questions about Gjelina

How do I pronounce gjessegjames?

Jun 23, 2014
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Maude

It drives me bonkers - why are there are so many beer/wine licenses and so few full bar licenses ? I thought Prohibition ended. Dumb, useless bureaucracy protecting nobody and nothing, but, of course, their own jobs.

Jun 22, 2014
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Cook's Tortas

Love Cooks!

Jun 20, 2014
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Tacos Puntas Cabras.

Love that firmer fish -keep forgetting to ask what it is.
Agree about the Tostada Mixto.

Jun 20, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Beer Belly, summer eats, some of you might just be interested.

Yes - I mean if you can get a table or seat and manage to commandeer a waitperson (neither of which is easy at all) it works just as jessejames indicates. But to order a beer from a standing position at the tiny, clotted bar is about as easy as moving to the knockout stage of the World Cup.

Jun 19, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area