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Favorite foodie restaurant- 1 night

I see. My apologies--I took your sarcasm for criticism. In that case, I wholeheartedly agree.

Sep 10, 2014
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Favorite foodie restaurant- 1 night

I recently tried what's considered one of the greatest restaurants in the world a few months ago (La Bernardin). It was in New York. I had the chef's tasting. I preferred my meal at Providence.

Between the delicious, authentic thai food in Thai Town, the top tier sushi at an assortment of excellent Japanese restaurants, the array of mouth-watering Korean BBQ, the straightforward tacos you can get from a food truck to the mindblowing Oaxacan dishes from a handful of restaurants, the charcuterie across town, Mario's Peruvian, the phenomenal cocktails at any given mixology bar, and then a handful of delicious "fancy" restaurants with set price menus, I have no idea where the sentiment that LA is not a good "foodie" city comes from.

Perhaps you need to expand your horizons, like so many others who completely mislabel this city as not having excellent food.
If you're settling for Tana's, then obviously you seem to think fine dining is where great food begins and ends--a gross misconception. If you can't find a terrific meal in Los Angeles, then you just ain't looking hard enough. I'd rank this city as one of the top three in the country given how diverse the population is.

Sep 10, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

I believe you live somewhat close to Salt's Cure. I went there for a late breakfast and was blown away. Definitely worth a visit in my opinion.

Aug 15, 2014
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Tacolandia 2014: Post Your Live Commentaries and After-Event Reports Here!

I disagree regarding Carnitas El Momo. I found the meat extremely succulent and flavorful. One of the highlights for me.

Jul 09, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Tacolandia 2014: Post Your Live Commentaries and After-Event Reports Here!

I was writing a very similar response at the same time you were. I definitely agree about the line and the tequila garden, and, of course, the tacos.

Jun 29, 2014
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Tacolandia 2014: Post Your Live Commentaries and After-Event Reports Here!

Overall, I thought the event was pretty great when boiled down to the essentials, i.e. trying different tacos from different vendors. All in all I tried about 10 to 12 tacos and left completely full.

My personal favorites of the day were probably Chichen Itza's cochinita pibil taco and the mixed taco from Carnitas Del Momo. The former was packed with flavor, the latter's meat just plain delicious. Some other really tasty standouts: Soho Taco, Timothy Hollingsworth, and La Guerrerense.

I was probably most disappointed by Guerilla Tacos. I've been to their truck before and loved what I had there, but for the event they provided a somewhat forgettable portobello mushroom on a fried tortilla chip thing and closed down within the first hour and a half. Yes, the line was long and consistent, but they either simply weren't prepared or just figured they would only spend so much money on food. Either way, they could have done much better in my opinion. I was also somewhat let down by Coni Seafood. I've been meaning to try them for years, and the smoked marlin taco they served was tasty, but not necessarily worthy of their reputation. I guess I still need to make it to the actual restaurant.

My biggest disappointment aside from Guerilla Tacos (and the long line to get in), however, was the Tequila Garden. I bought the $20 advance ticket for a "tasting" and the best thing about it was the free shot glass. The alcohol companies on board were pretty generic (and in some cases, tastelessly commercial), and you had to wait twenty minutes to get like a .2 oz pour. They should have increased the amount poured and decreased the number of different tastings.

I will likely be back next year because the variety and flavor profile of the tacos made it all worthwhile.

Jun 29, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Excellent Peruvian food in L.A.?

And still my personal favorite. However, it doesn't exactly fit the OP's description.

May 03, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Best Pizza (NY Style) in LA

Being from NJ (and having tried plenty of pizza in NY), I don't even know what to make of this statement. There is plenty of "pizza" in LA, including Joe's, which started in NY and set up a bunch of pizzerias here. I guess I'm not even sure what the heck you're trying to say.

May 03, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Excellent Peruvian food in L.A.?

There's also a place on Vine in Hollywood called Balcones del Peru that served some tasty creations and a very unique sangria. I can't say it will blow your mind, but if you're in the area it could be worth checking out.

May 01, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Excellent Peruvian food in L.A.?

A good place to start for what you describe might be Mo-Chica downtown or Picca in the West LA area. Both have the same owner I believe.

Apr 30, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

TACOS - LA Dish of the Month (June 2013)

I'm not from the area, but 63rd doesn't sound right. This is more in like the 53rd and York area. The truck is a fixture, I believe. I don't think it goes anywhere. Seriously amazing carnitas.

Jun 10, 2013
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

TACOS - LA Dish of the Month (June 2013)

Yes, it's a truck, but I don't think it actually goes anywhere.

Jun 01, 2013
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

TACOS - LA Dish of the Month (June 2013)

I'll chime in and mention the absolutely perfect carnitas tacos I had at La Estrella on York Blvd. in Highland Park. They were so flavorful and succulent that I might not go anywhere else for carnitas ever again.

Jun 01, 2013
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Dinner at Taix

Misspellings on the menu? Bussers who take plates away when you're done eating! Oh dear God! What has this world come to?!!!!

Nov 12, 2012
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Lunch recommendations for Downtown LA

Not sure if it qualifies as cheap, but Baco Mercat is close by and open for lunch to my knowledge. One Baco plus a drink and you can probably get out of there for $20. Worth it in my opinion.

Nov 11, 2012
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DON'T think PINK: Pink's (Hot Dog Stand) Revisited

Okay, maybe comparing Pink's to 7/11 was unfair. I guess I'm still agitated that I got suckered into waiting for a Pink's dog like everyone else when I first moved to LA.

Aug 08, 2012
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DON'T think PINK: Pink's (Hot Dog Stand) Revisited

As an east-coaster who grew up devouring a variety of delicious hot dogs, I have to say that fifty-three years is a long time to dedicate one's self to eating mediocre ones. You could've gone down to the local 7-11, waited thirty seconds, and gotten a chili cheese dog of arguably the same quality. So in a way, your claim of waiting twenty minutes or less still seems unfair...

Aug 07, 2012
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Best tequila bar in L.A.?

I think this is a relatively unjust assessment of El Carmen's food. Their nachos and taco plates are perfectly acceptable by bar food standards.

Jul 21, 2012
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Bar Pintxo: A Photographic Essay

I go there quite often. Last time I tried the Churros dessert you have pictured above and became an instant fan. But what I love most at Bar Pintxo is the one item you seem to have missed: the calamari. Sauteed in lemon, garlic and oil, it's one of the tastiest LA dishes I've found!

May 02, 2012
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Loteria Grill Now Open in the Westlake Village Promenade

My experience with Loteria has always been hit or miss. Their nachos and queso fundido are outstanding. I'm also a huge fan of their enfrijoladas. That said, I'm also somewhat underwhelmed when I get the wrong thing.

On the drink front, I recently ate at their Hollywood location and tried the jalapeno margarita with mezcal instead of tequila. It was one of the best drinks I've ever had.

Apr 28, 2012
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Westside gastropub explosion

Funny you should mention this, since I was just in the Westwood/Pico area and a bartender at the Wellesbourne told me how there was this explosion of gastropubs in the area. I had a drink there and then tried Freddy Small's. Having also noticed a restaurant called 3rd Street Station in my neck of the woods I'm starting to wonder is the explosion farther reaching. Needless to say the trend itself isn't bothersome; I'll always embrace an establishment where you can get a great drink and a great meal in one sitting. However, like you said it gets difficult to tell the real deal from the impostor. I guess as with any "genre" of eating it will boil down to vision and consistency. In the meantime please recommend your favorites.

Feb 22, 2012
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Urasawa - My Story

I can quite honestly say this was by far my favorite review of a restaurant period.

Aug 13, 2011
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Best takeout sushi in Mid Wilshire?

I saw mention of Haru's already, but want to chime in and say that it's a very reliable sushi place, assuming you're not looking for omakase. Just good, tasty fish and consistent service.

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Haru Sushi Cafe
480 S San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Feb 25, 2011
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Bar Pinxto very short review of DineLA dinner there tonight

Chocolate Pot of Cream was just OK? Wow. That's low praise for one of the best desserts I've had in LA. Personally, I find it hits the spot in all the right ways: perfect temperature, dense flavor that lingers on the palate, and topped with fresh homemade whipped cream. That and the olives are two of the many reasons my girlfriend and I hit this place up on a monthly basis. They used to offer one of the best calamari dishes I've ever had as well--sauteed with a citrusy blend of garlic and oil that's finger-licking tasty. They've since switched to fried calamari with a squid ink aioli. Still good, but nothing beats that sauce. The mushroom tapas they serve ($1 a pop during happy hour) are strangely addictive, as are the patatas bravas. Of course, not everything here is a home run, but overall this place is a real treat.

Feb 18, 2011
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Best Veggie Burger you've had?

My top 3 so far:

1) King's Road Cafe
2) Earth Burger at Umami (Cahuenga and Sunset)
3) Houston's

Some great runner ups:

Fig
The Counter
M Cafe
RFD

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Kings Road Cafe
8361 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Feb 04, 2011
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PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2010

Top Five Under $25 a person

Electric Karma
Bay Cities Deli
Ricky's Fish Tacos
Chichen Itza
Pizzeria Mozza

Over $25

Providence
AOC
Hungry Cat
Osteria Mozza
Spago

Nov 17, 2010
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Lucques

I've been to Lucques three times--once strictly for bar food, the other two times for dinner. I have to say that of the three times, it was the bar food that was most disappointing. Goin has a tendency to saturate her food in oil, and I guess the fact that it was bar food gave her a license to kill. That said, it was by no means bad, and some of it was downright awesome.

The dinners both times were pretty spectacular. She managed to take certain ingredients (like nectarine I think) and infuse them into every morsel. Her tendency to oversaturate worked to the food's advantage (as it often does in AOC) and every bite was moist and delicious (I got fish both times).

The way I see it, Lucques (and AOC even) might not be the most creatively prepared food, and sometimes it might rely on calories to compensate, but it's always pretty tasty in my book. Overall, I find her cooking to be more consistently satisfying than many other restaurants I've tried in LA (Comme Ca for example), and by no means do I think she's overrated.

By the way, I'm pretty sure Hungry Cat is owned and operated by Goin's husband, and she has has little to do with the food there. It is, however, indicative of her style, and it's one of my favorite places in town!

Sep 15, 2010
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Best Veggie Burger in LA?

Thanks for the links! Looks like I have a lot of veggie burgers to try. I just remembered another one I've had that simply blew me away: The Earth Burger at Umami (across from Amoeba Records). It had tremendous flavor.

Next one on my list: 26 Beach.

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26 Beach
3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

Aug 01, 2010
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Best Vegetarian Sandwiches in Los Angeles?

I highly recommend the Caesar Wrap at Real Food Daily!

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Real Food Daily
414 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

Aug 01, 2010
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Best Veggie Burger in LA?

Hi all,

As a (very casual) vegetarian, I've spent the past few years indulging in just about every veggie burger I can find. Below are a few of my faves, but I'd love more suggestions! Also, I have yet to try the veggie burger at Houston's. Is it as good as they say it is?

Here are some of my favorites:

King's Road Cafe (on Beverly) - never hear this mentioned, but it's simply fantastic
Fig (in Santa Monica) - hints of curry
M Cafe - Think it's good, but only put it here because if I don't someone else will
The Counter - delicious!

For those contributing, I'd prefer a list of veggie burgers that are made in house. Other ones I've tried include 8 oz. burger bar, Real Food Daily, Golden State (not made in house), etc.

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Kings Road Cafe
8361 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Aug 01, 2010
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