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l.A. Dish of the Month, April 2015 -- Voting

FRIED RICE

about 12 hours ago
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Cascabel, Toluca Lake

Thanks Carter, that would be fun!

The place is great.

about 12 hours ago
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Cascabel, Toluca Lake

It was quite good - fun space, lively crowd, strong bar and fine food. We ate at the bar - when all 4 items came at once, even though we asked for the apps first, they whisked away the entrees and re-made (not re-heated) them at the appropriate time. Nice staff.

We had:
Fried Potatoes with Smoked Gouda, Mole and Fried Egg
Shrimp Diablo
Leche di Tigre - Snapper Ceviche with cilatro-avacado sauce
Snapper Veracruz style

I would have like the fried potatoes a little crunchier but otherwise was very pleased and will return.

about 12 hours ago
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Cascabel, Toluca Lake

been back Carter? or anyone else?
thinking of checking it out

1 day ago
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Burger Continental Closed

I did not know that JL

Mar 25, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2015 -- Nominations

TRUCK CHOW

Mar 24, 2015
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Burger Continental Closed

Done in by Big Pharma regulations I suspect: Burger Continental was well known to doctors all over the city - for some reason it was a favorite of drug/device reps bringing food to medical meetings. Chang's in Brentwood could face a similar demise.

Mar 24, 2015
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Torrance Memorial Hospital - anything nearby?

All Indian Sweets and Snacks

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3824...

Mar 23, 2015
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Mastro's - Best location?

It is a great steak.

Mar 19, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, March 2015 -- SEAFOOD SANDWICHES

Tuna "Conserva" Sandwich - Gjusta
Fantastic.

Not a sandwich but the Smoked Trout Soup was also mind-blowing

Mar 19, 2015
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Mastro's - Best location?

I find that the second floor of Mastro's BH is a deafening experience these days - I was there this past Saturday and conversation was not possible except during band breaks. In the past when there was a solo piano man, it was merely LOUD - but now they have drums/bass up there and loud doesn't begin to describe it. If I was sitting side-by-side with someone at the bar it might be workable - or if I was out with a sign-language group - but otherwise...

Mar 19, 2015
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sushi near hollywood or torrance

Quite a few good ideas here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8759...

Not particularly hard to find what you are looking for - probably thousands of places do this well in the areas you are inquiring about

Mar 17, 2015
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Rehersal dinner in Santa Monica area

Private room at Giorgio Baldi

Mar 16, 2015
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visiting LA from SF

sorry - what place are you writing about? son of a gun?

Mar 15, 2015
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Dan Tanas - Still a Blast

No, an Andrew Jackson is what I meant.

Mar 13, 2015
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Dan Tanas - Still a Blast

3rd trick - slip the host a deuce
You don't even need to make a reservation.

Mar 13, 2015
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REVIEW: Mariscos Chente, Mar Vista

I have been known to frequent the Mar Vista location post-Sergio and usually found it quite good. Perhaps not "as good" but still fine. It has been a year since my last visit and a new management sign makes me a bit nervous.

Mar 12, 2015
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KokeKokko has Reopened

I love Kokeekoko but they have a particular, and very obvious, attitude that is decidedly NOT "customer-comes-first" by any means; I agree with JeMange that the defense/mea culpa offered is somewhat disingenuous.

The very first time I walked in - probably around 18 years ago they strongly warned me that "we have no sushi." Not even a hello first. I said nothing rude, just showed up for my reservation. If there was any initial act of rudeness/racism it was against me - for walking in as a white guy. But I did not care then, and I still don't. If I walked in to a place in Tokyo I expect I would get treated similarly, not out of an inherent dislike of white people, but to avoid any mistakes.

I had a great meal then - and continue to. But it has to be acknowledged that then, and several times since, I have seen the staff (including Tomo) exhibit a great deal of, well, lets call it "caution bordering on hostility" toward customers they don't know. My sense is that they, in trying to avoid serving people things that they (Kokkekoko) think the customer won't like or appreciate, take fairly xenophobic approach to anyone they do not know well. It is a little weird from an purely American point-of-view but I believe well intended, and even respectful, from a Japanese sensibility.

Mar 10, 2015
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Animal Review

Have never had the rabbit larb...

Mar 09, 2015
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Anybody going to LA Weekly's The Essentials 2015?

I always hit every vendor I want to - but I do not go to the desserts. Even last year, which was a terrible mess, I go in as early as possible and managed almost everything. But it is not relaxing time, just delicious time.
Did not go this year.

Mar 09, 2015
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Anybody going to LA Weekly's The Essentials 2015?

thanks - Ramble On!

Mar 09, 2015
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Best French dinner in LA?

agree - we caught his December Cassoulet - it was outstanding

Mar 08, 2015
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Best French dinner in LA?

See if your meal can coincide with one of Mssr. Quenioux's Bistro LQ pop-ups.

http://www.bistrolq.com/about

Mar 08, 2015
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What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

shy - c'mon, CD -EVOLVE ALREADY!

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

So I assume you agree they are overrated?
HIGHLY

Mar 05, 2015
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Can you recommend me a good Pizza Restaurant In Downtown L.A?

Best in town - for pizza - is a highly contentious subject.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5786...
376 replies

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6413...
241 replies

But I don't know of any place downtown that is even in the running for best.

Does he like ultra-thin crust or thicker?
If it has to be downtown I like Terroni's pizza well enough but it is quite a thin crust. For thicker crust Sotto (not DTLA).

Mar 05, 2015
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What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

That's funny Thor123.
On chowhoundla it is hard to imagine more underrated places than these, though in the "real" world these are both highly thought of.

Mar 05, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, March 2015 -- SEAFOOD SANDWICHES

why not?
but tostadas?????

Mar 05, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, March 2015 -- SEAFOOD SANDWICHES

Nice sandwich.

Mar 05, 2015
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private room in San Gabriel Valley for Chinese dinner?

Exactly.
Just asking for a private room in the SGV that is not dim sum and serves good food is not really an answerable question.

Mar 05, 2015
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