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Zankou

I agree that many places do chicken better than Zankou - Pollo ala Brasa, Costco, Whole Foods are all tastier - but the Zankou at Sepulveda and Santa Monica is consistently fine for me: very moist, slight crispiness to the skin, inexpensive, fast and convenient (for me). I have had some truly miserable, dried-out birds at other Zankou locations but NEVER at the West LA spot, and I eat there with some frequency. Also, the valet guy may be the nicest, most efficient in town. Sure, I wish they used a more interesting seasoning or got some woody-char on the birds, but for what it is, it delivers.

FWIW, I think their tahini sauce is underrated and garlic sauce overrated.

about 4 hours ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area
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jonathan gold offically gives up his anonymity and publishes his pic

This all seems like a weird sort of "head-fake" to me.

Many people like to say they "know" that he has not been anonymous for many years - and he makes that point repeatedly in the article. It is not like he is constantly trying hide himself in LA - at times he is the actual star of the show at public lectures, forums, the Gold Standard, the Pulitzer Prize Beer Guzzle photo etc.

But, perhaps there are many more times that he does his job as a critic undetected, even today. Clearly, there are many folks in LA who are masters of disguising themselves and going out among the masses undetected for work or play. Maybe this whole article and "coming out" party, sells some papers/glues some eyeballs, but is a merely a head-fake as the real business of reviewing continues much the same.

1 day ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Tar & Roses in Santa Monica (A Photo Story and Review)

Looks and sounds great.
I'm there on the goat+1.
You have the number.

Qin West Chinese Cuisine Westwood (A Photo Story and Review)

I had Saozi Noodle and twice cooked pork yesterday..
I order the twice-cooked pork extra spicy. Yum.

Jan 22, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Tacos Puntas Cabras.

I like the specials and the tostadas more then the tacos. Those are destination worthy to me. The tacos, and coctels, are certainly good, and fresh fish/tortillas go along way, but not to drive across town for.

Jan 22, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Best General Tso Chicken in LA?

Loved the film!
Wonderful interviews, history, research and a light, witty attitude and style.

That dish is a big reason I fell in love with Chinese culture and food as a boy.

L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- CHILI

Whoa FranklinJefferson, I think it is quite a stretch to hypothesize more traffic for DOTM under an AFRICAN scenario - might even see less!

As for chili, I do love chili, but don't often find myself getting it a restaurant.

Jan 20, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

My bad. Sorry counselor.

Jan 20, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

Since when did you take the bar? I thought accounting.

Jan 20, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Orleans and York: Now with a second location in Inglewood

great to know for pre-forum dinner // drinks
thanks

Jan 17, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Last Minute Recommendation - Bev Hills/WeHo Area

Bludsoe's BBQ

Qin West Chinese Cuisine Westwood (A Photo Story and Review)

I don't give a f#*k who goes there to study and who comes here to study; let's just hope the cross-pollination improves the crappy Chinese food we get in most parts of this city.

Jan 15, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area
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La Monarca Bakery...for Tortas?

Thanks, Agrade.
The picture - as AAQjr points out - does not instill faith that we are looking at a good torta. Much less a great torta.

Jan 15, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

La Monarca Bakery...for Tortas?

I was thinking the same thing when I saw that image. Hopefully someone who has tried them can tell us what is actually going on between the bread.

Jan 15, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

La Monarca Bakery...for Tortas?

I was surprised to see La Monarca bakery http://www.lamonarcabakery.com/wp-con... on Wilshire in SaMo (and other loactions) listed as one of LA 's best Tortas on eater la http://la.eater.com/maps/los-angeles-...

Anyone been?

Jan 15, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Non-ethnic, (ok maybe Italian is ok) not further than 10 miles East or West from Beverly Hilton

Sotto is a good choice. So too Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills should meet your budget. I know you said no ethnic...does that include "LA" sushi - avowed anti-sushi folks often love sugarfish.

Spago, as mentioned by Thor123 - if it is actually do-able at this price-point or even a little over - is, in some ways, the ultimate LA experience, and they won't forget it.

Jan 15, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Delicious Italian, American, Farm-To-Table Recommendations? Help

Scopa Italian Roots

Status Kuo: A Pictorial Essay

yum.
I think there is a new J GOld in our midst. He was (once) the master of discovering just this sort of place.

Jan 13, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Qin West Chinese Cuisine Westwood (A Photo Story and Review)

Great piece chandavkl, thanks.
Did you see the New Yorker article on the itinerant Chinese chef market is the USA?

Annals of Immigration OCTOBER 13, 2014 ISSUE
The Kitchen Network
America’s underground Chinese restaurant workers.
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/201...

Great stuff there too - "There are more than forty thousand Chinese restaurants across the country—nearly three times the number of McDonald’s outlets."

But those chefs seemed like they were doing very Americanized Chinese food for the most part.

Qin and Newport Seafood and Meizho Dongpo may spell the end of the very dry-spell of decent non-SGV Chinese places around LA.

Jan 13, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Light Brunch at necco Japanese Tapas Restaurant: A Pictorial Essay

Very true.

Jan 13, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area
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Qin West Chinese Cuisine Westwood (A Photo Story and Review)

Not just expats who are former students.

The well-monetized Chinese are purchasing non-Arcadia property all over LA County including Palisades/Brentwood/Bel-Air/Bev Hills/WeHo/Hollywood. I predict better and better Chinese food will follow.

Jan 13, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Light Brunch at necco Japanese Tapas Restaurant: A Pictorial Essay

Had a great dinner at necco tonight.
Thanks for the tip J.L.

It's really quite a different take on LA-Japanese dishes. Vegi-centric, yes, but the lamb chop is out of this world. And the many different vegetable dishes are quite delicious.

Plus Spicy octopus and cold Echigo beer - nuff said.

Jan 12, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Favorite Zhá Jiàng Miàn?

Is the second picture (the one with the chopsicks) lucky noodle kings version?

Jan 12, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

I heard that too from some inside sources.
"The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

Jan 12, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area
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Do LA diners really like noise?

WHAT?

Qin West Chinese Cuisine Westwood (A Photo Story and Review)

Any idea if their closing time is still a little odd, in that, it varies? I know others who have tried to go as early as 8 and found it closed.

Jan 12, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Qin West Chinese Cuisine Westwood (A Photo Story and Review)

Great report, TO!

Jan 12, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Foie Gras - Persimmon Tostada @ Tacos Puntas Cabras

I put a photo in but it didn't go through - here it is again (I hope)

Jan 08, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area
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Foie Gras - Persimmon Tostada @ Tacos Puntas Cabras

The Persimmon and the Passion Fruit salsa were a perfect fit for the foie. 2015 is starting out right!

Jan 08, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Foie Gras - Persimmon Tostada @ Tacos Puntas Cabras

Really delicious!