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A highly opinionated old Jewish man is taking us out to Yang Chow (Chinatown)

I happen to know that Tony Chen is highly opinionated YOUNG Jewish man who would not be caught dead taking anyone (alive) out to Yang Chow (Chinatown).

4 minutes ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Olive and Milo

Agree 100% - reheated pizza sucks: wait till tomorrow and then enjoy it cold.

I meant that it may be worse for the people who are already putting up with M+O's cramped quarters when they expand, allowing the likes of YOU in there.

6 minutes ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Olive and Milo

Good news for who(m)?

about 2 hours ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

I know the new Superba Bread + Food is positioning itself as a baker and sells baguettes.
Anyone try one yet? Do they s*ck?

about 2 hours ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

A highly opinionated old Jewish man is taking us out to Yang Chow (Chinatown)

L'chaim!

about 17 hours ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Who Wants to Attend an Incredible Chowmeet at Clusi Batusi in May???

Yes - thanks a fucking lot.

about 17 hours ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Superba Food + Bread

Nice space - but the same horrid seats as SSB (they have a weird hole in them like they should be used for potty training). Lot of disorganization - no surprise. One dish was forgotten and tea took an eternity to arrive. Friendly helpful if confused staff.

Other than baking the rotisserie seems to be the focus. They ran out of the duck the night we went so we tried the lamb - it was very tasty but a lot of fat.
The Levain toast with testa was GREAT.
The Fried cauliflower was not good - billed as "crispy" but it was not - just limp and overdosed in batter.
The butter lettuce roasted & raw carrot, sunflower seed - very nice salad.
The celery root cooked in embers, lemon brown butter, herb salad also good

One thought for them if they are reading this - too much tarragon was used in too many ways overwhelming things a bit. A little t goes a loooong way.

I will go back

about 18 hours ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area
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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Passes the look test for sure.
Thanks DWO.

about 23 hours ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Shellfish -- L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2014

I doubt it is new. And it is definitely NOT "hipster." It's an old-school (I hate how Roy Choi uses that term to describe almost everything) Mexican loncheria truck. Its Salvation Army/Auto Repair Shops/Construction Equipment Purveyor adjacent location seems to attract a rough crowd.

Apr 15, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Shellfish -- L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2014

Shrimp and Octopus Tostada - 7 bucks - very tasty and fresh
Mariscos truck @ 11th and Colorado in Santa Monica.
Was too hungry to take a pic!

Apr 15, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Brunch in Santa Monica

Yes - well-put. And I am guessing that is an excellent business model since they keep re-doing it. But is sucks for those of us who like to eat-in and cannot tolerate that fair amount.

Apr 15, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Acabar - Where is the love?

Food I had was GREAT.
Spicy Prawns, Lamb Buns, Cauliflower, Country Crouton.
Yes it is pricey. Great space.

Apr 15, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

are bucato, factory kitchen, tasting kitchen and osteria mozza doing the most interesting pasta dishes? and how would you rank/compare them?

sotto too.

Apr 15, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area
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Brunch in Santa Monica

So true wsg - I struggle to understand the whole point of milo + olive.

Is it just a half-assed (though delicious) restaurant "front" because what they really want to do (and make the bucks doing) is catering/baking?

Food is great but it is so user-unfriendly. The seating is a joke but the kitchen is massive. Hell the huge counter takes up so much space that could be used for diners (if they wanted them).

I guess it makes sense if what they really want it for is to do baking and catering.

Apr 15, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Mastro's, CUT, or STK? Looking for best steak in LA

The Dabney Coleman at Dan Tana's is #1
Cut, Mastro's are #1.5

Apr 14, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Is he talking about Q Sushi ???? let's play the guessing game...

wind - yes
news - no

Apr 09, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Is he talking about Q Sushi ???? let's play the guessing game...

sugarfish

Apr 09, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

What is Good at Lala's Grill on Melrose?

It has been years but I always like the swordfish kebab

Apr 09, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Romantic Italian Restaurants on the West Side?

<< I'd much rather go to Giorgio than any of the sub $100 joints>>

Amen. Neither the piccolos, nor the Ado's are in the same league. Dark and romantic rules out Vincenti, and Toscana. Valentino? I really do not go enough to know. The OP wants "great seafood pasta" (lobster ravioli, penne with lagostino, spaghetti bottarga) for about $100pp in a romantic setting on the Westside. That's GB until proven otherwise in my book. Adding wine and valet is, as others have said, off the point. Any place that is 100pp will be happy to sell you a bottle at that price and leave nothing left for dinner, so I do not see how you can count it in the mix.

@goldpackage - your prices seem accurate and GB does not allow outside bottles.

Apr 08, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for Japanese - non sushi?

Shunji or Kiriko for seafood and non-seafood Japanese

Apr 08, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Romantic Italian Restaurants on the West Side?

Like everything, I guess it really depends on one's POV and upbringing. When we were young my Father would often bring us to "adult" places (like Spago, the original on Horn and Sunset) for special occasions like our birthdays. We were told just what you say WSG - to "order carefully," not to guzzle "expensive" sodas, to skip dessert and we will have a cake with candles at home. Some of my sibs and I felt it was a great trade-off because we got to go places he would not otherwise take us kids. Some of us much preferred it to being able to get anything we wanted at the regular, more affordable, pizza/burger joint. Others preferred free reign at the local joint. Depends on what celebration means to the celebrators, not to you or me.

Apr 08, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Chowhound App?

Anything more on this Dave? Seems very weird that you don't have one...

Apr 08, 2014
Ciao Bob in Site Talk

Shellfish -- L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2014

Damn this tread has the best pics (shell porn) we have had for any DOTM I can recall. I'm a slouch this month so far. Trying Acabar later this week...

Apr 08, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Clusi Batusi is a GEM! (And awesome for a pre-arranged party)

true

Apr 07, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Clusi Batusi is a GEM! (And awesome for a pre-arranged party)

yes but J.L. blocked you

Apr 07, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Romantic Italian Restaurants on the West Side?

@westsidegal I was NOT including many of the evening's niceties - tax, tip, parking, gas, hairspray or condoms.

@kevin No way the valet is a tenner.

Apr 07, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Romantic Italian Restaurants on the West Side?

This is just not true DWO. An appetizer and a (non-truffle) pasta or (non-lobster) seafood entree and a dessert would be less than 100pp at GB. The OP said nothing about wine.

Apr 07, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Nominations for best feijoada?

I LOVE feijoada AND seeing this thread revived. Any more of the good black stuff out there?

Apr 05, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Clusi Batusi is a GEM! (And awesome for a pre-arranged party)

they have wine and beer

Apr 04, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Clusi Batusi is a GEM! (And awesome for a pre-arranged party)

+1 - the potatoes were extremely delicious
+2 - asking him what he wants to cook or telling him what you would like is a treat
+3 - that putanesca is one hot bitch

Apr 04, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area
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