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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. [ http://www.chablisca.com/ ] 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.

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Cafe Cordiale
14015 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Aug 17, 2010
Mad_Dash in Los Angeles Area