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Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

If we went back to the old spelling of "catsup" perhaps this problem would disappear. Personally, the best dog for me is as big as I can get in my mouth with discrete squiggles of mustard, "catsup", fresh diced white onions, and sweet pickled sliced jalapenos on a slightly toasted or grilled bun...Now that's good eating!

Jul 20, 2012
Mad_Dash in Features

Gastropub/Wine Bar In Valley

Vino on Ventura in Tarzana is fairly intimate and pleasant if all you require is tapas and wines by the glass

Aug 18, 2010
Mad_Dash in Los Angeles Area

New in Tarzana

I thought it was terrific earlier this month and would be quick to recommend it to others. I particularly enjoyed both the scallops appetizer on the small plates menu, and the pistachio crusted lamb chops on the large plates menu, washed down nicely with a very tasty haut medoc served by the glass. The dining room itself is quite pleasant and intimate, but they also offer a very pleasant outdoor patio on the side which is wonderful in clement weather.

Aug 17, 2010
Mad_Dash in Los Angeles Area

A restaurant in LA that has a private room for my boyfriends 30th birthday

If you are open to West San Fernando Valley locations, I recently had an exceptional meal at Chablis restaurant on Ventura Blvd. near Reseda Blvd. in Tarzana. [ ] The restaurant and side patio areas are quite nice and intimate, but they also have a private room which would nicely accomodate a group of 20. I believe the owner's name is Saede (pronounced "sah-eed" and they should be able to put together a menu in your price range provided that you make separate arrangements for wine and alcohol.

I would also second Hughlipton's recommendation for Cafe Cordiale in Sherman Oaks. Their room is quite nice and airy. However, the food is probably better at Chablis.

Cafe Cordiale
14015 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Aug 17, 2010
Mad_Dash in Los Angeles Area