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Little Jewel

that's promising

about 13 hours ago
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Little Jewel

No Muff to Tuff
We Dive at Five

about 13 hours ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area
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Little Jewel

Any Muff's yet?

about 13 hours ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

OMFG!!!!!

Crawfish Monica in (this) LA (I happen to hate that shit but am glad to see it here).

And Irish Channel RB po'boys - It's like Tracy's on Magazine done come to LA too.

WOP salad is freaky. Even in Louisiana few will even admit that they remember that name for an Italian Salad.

This. Is. Just. Amazing.

I am completely blown away by the legitimacy and I have not even had a bite.

about 15 hours ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

I can never there, tell corn or flour - good to know it's not "just me" - but I sure do love 'em.

about 18 hours ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

It is spotty but the things that are good are very, very good and the rest is indeed so-so.

The tortillas I am talking about are fresh and hot, wrapped in foil, and served with the main dishes or soups. I haven't had an individual taco or burrito there for a long time (since I discovered how great the other things are). Like you, I kind of recall the standard taco/burrito tortilla to be nothing special. Maybe they use different species for different dishes?

about 18 hours ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area
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Where to "wow" a visitor with "do NOT miss this place" recommendations

Pequods is my fav deep dish pie in CHi-town
Everyone loves to dis the dish since Bourdain did. But I love it once in a while.

1 day ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Roy Choi's POT

agree with this strong recommedation

Aug 19, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014: COCKTAILS and Bar Food

kevin - what does sybaritic mean?????!!!!!?????

Aug 19, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

It is truly quite extraordinary what has occurred at GCM right under our hungry snouts. It is almost unheard of, really; to have had such a rapid, exciting transformation of this kind of semi-public (hell, maybe it is totally public, I have no idea) space from (mostly, but not all) tired old joints to (mostly, but not all) updated, more exciting cooking.

Can anyone explain how this has occurred? Is it a single person or person(s) that did it? An enlightened owner? Can it be (OMG, can't be) the City of LA getting something right, for once? Can it be duplicated in other citywide shit-shows(CityWalk, I'm looking at and, probably, smelling YOU)?

Aug 19, 2014
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Al Pastor Spit Spotted - Melrose and Manhattan Place

Wow, that is good news, thanks emp2b3.

Aug 19, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

Anyone have opinions on La Talpa?

One of my bandmates was carrying on about it being "The Best Mexican in WLA" last night. I have my doubts, but I have never been.

The burrito's at 'Miendo are just about inedible. Too Huge. Too Over Stuffed. But not in a good way. Love the grilled scallion but you can get that with the quesidilla too. The specials and entrees are my loves there. Great tortillas with the shrimp diablo and the soups. Gotta try the c. relleno soon.

Aug 19, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Dinner Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

Who is "harder core" J.L. or Shunji?

In this corner, wearing the ever stretching black trunks, stand the powerful J.L. - known Boardwide for his tireless, intrepid, and immediate reporting on all manner of culinary excellence: beating restaurant critics and chowhounds alike to all that is great to eat in our city.

And in this corner, a most worthy opponent, wearing chef's whites and all manner of performance enhancing power necklaces and bracelets, stands the incomparable Shunji Nakao, hardcore not just for the perfection of his food but, inconceivably, for not getting a f#@*ing bowl of pasta, a taco or a steak on his rare night off.

LET'S GET READY TO SWALLOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

Hope you like it.
I am a chili freak - I almost never eat a dish I would describe as "too hot" but this one comes very close. Only had it once but I may swing by there tonight and make sure they have not toned it down.

Aug 18, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area
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Roy Choi's POT

Took Uber last sat night.
No parking issues. No drinking issues.
No Wait at 7 PM for 4. R Choi was in the house.
Food was terrific.

Aug 18, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

Tacominedo at Pico/Gateway DOES NOT suck at all. It's great.
You, especially, will like their very spicy shrimp diablo (on the "specials" menu that never changes). And the 9 dollar fish soup. Great food, folks and free beans.

South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

Kevin is indeed a fine, fine judge of all kinds of dumplings.

Aug 18, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Tsujita opens today. How do you think it'll do, w/Kiriko, Mori, Shunji less than 2 miles away?

Wonderful review. Thanks.

Aug 18, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

<<pot of beans>> LOVE THAT.

Love Monte Alban too - chicken soup, clayuda.

Aug 18, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Tsujita Creates Its Niche in Little Osaka [REVIEW with photos]

The People Have Spoken and The (Tap) Water Has Broken

Great report. Glad you liked it.

Aug 16, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

K*Town - Full Bar (and Good Food) Ideas?

Funny.

Shitters? Translation please.

Aug 15, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

K*Town - Full Bar (and Good Food) Ideas?

I am separating this from ZenFoodist's thread to avoid taking that one too far off-topic. I've got these - are there others?

Chosun Galbi
Mdang 621
POT
EMC Seafood

Aug 15, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

Chosun has a full bar.
Mdang 621 has a full bar.
POT has a full bar.
EMC Seafood has a full bar.
Others?

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

Yup, full bar, good call jj - and the food is "interesting" but not very good. Even the much lauded chicken is pretty awful, unless you are totally shitfaced.

Aug 15, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

<< 50 better places for Korean Food >>
That may be true - in fact it is, but please just give me just one that has a full bar AND better food.

Aug 14, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Hot Tails in New Roads, LA

Anyone been?
Heard some decent things about it last trip to Baton Rouge but it doesn't seem to be mentioned here.
http://hottailsrestaurant.com/

TIA

Bob

Aug 14, 2014
Ciao Bob in New Orleans

Simon's Cafe in Sherman Oaks, a true find

interested for sure. Did I miss the date?

Aug 14, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Tsujita opens today. How do you think it'll do, w/Kiriko, Mori, Shunji less than 2 miles away?

the medium toro was fantastic

Aug 14, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Tsujita opens today. How do you think it'll do, w/Kiriko, Mori, Shunji less than 2 miles away?

Went last night and had an exceptional (but pricey) meal. Great looking venue and great staff. First rate fish, rice and knife-work, beautifully presented. No truffle nonsense. No hand rolls in the 120$ omakase (not sure if they even have them). Seemed more like what I have had in Japan (in flavor profile) than any of the top SoCal spots which have had more time to "go native" I suppose.

Will it replace my beloved Shunji's as a regular - no. Will I go back from time to time - for sure.

Other than the price my only gripe is H20. When we asked for some we were told they only have bottled. C'mon. What do they cook with - Italian Mineral Water? Dopey: is it even legal, I wonder?

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

You already got a lot of good advice. I will only add

-- Luques is not too snazzy anymore. Solid and a bit dull. If you want to try the Suzanne Goin/Carolyn Styne empire and want to feel a bit snazzed, go to AOC.

-- Spago has rebirthed itself several times since you went last time and may fit your desire to do something fancy that is more "LA" considering you don't want Providence.

-- For Choi, to me, POT is so much better than A-Frame (which is just OK) or Chego (which I found cheap and gross)

-- Agree with your plan of skipping Mozza, you've got their best work in NYC

-- Agree w/JL about SGV ideas though I love Din Tai Fung

Aug 14, 2014
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area