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Top Five L.A. Sandwiches?

Two others to consider other than the ones already listed:
Larchmont Wine and Cheese black forest ham and Joan's on Third mortadella

Aug 24, 2011
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Do you order take away from restaurants that you would never actually eat at?

Pollo a la Brasa on Western and 8th immediately comes to mind. I've never eaten in at OB Bear but I probably wouldn't rule it out. I assume taco trucks don't count. Edit: add Falafel Arax to this list.

Aug 24, 2011
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Spicy BBQ (Thai) tonight... help, please!

Serrano dip and the fried pork patties are must-try appetizers.
The egg noodles and the jackfruit salad are my two favorite dishes, though you may not need to get both (I'd go with the egg noodles if I had to choose). Getting an order of BBQ pork gives you a nice sweet succulent meat that compliments/contrasts with the spiciness of the other dishes nicely; I find this to be a key component of the meal. If you're in the mood for soup, the fish soup is quite good: a clear mild broth with large meaty chunks of some sort of white fish.

Feb 11, 2011
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Ghost Chili in Los Angeles?

FWIW, the owner of the now-defunct Buff Wings made his insanity sauce with Ghost Peppers. He said he needed to source them in San Diego.

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Buff Wings
4411 Eagle Rock Blvd N, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Jan 12, 2011
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Grinder spots in Pasadena....

Second Dave's. He's a Bostonite and his place reminds me of so many NE sandwich shops. Really good meatball sandwich. Good sausage sandwich too.

Jan 11, 2011
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Grindhaus Opens Today - Fresh Sausages in Hollywood

Fantastic! Thanks for the heads up.

Jan 11, 2011
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Beverly Hills birthday dinner?

I'd love to do the 10 course (of course), but that's a bit out of my budget, even with the gift certificate. Is there a huge quality difference between the 10 course and the 5 course (instead of just quantity)? I've read the quality difference between the tasting menus and alc is huge, but haven't seen anything about the difference between the two tasting menu options.

Jan 06, 2011
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Beverly Hills birthday dinner?

Turns out I have a $100 gift certificate to Spago that I had totally forgotten about. Spago it is. I've never been before; 5-course tasting menu seem like an acceptable option?

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Spago
176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Jan 06, 2011
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Trip to LA food report

I would recommend Soowon over Park's if you're going for value. Park's is tastier but significantly more expensive, not enough to justify the quality difference, imo.

Jan 05, 2011
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Beverly Hills birthday dinner?

The lady and I are gonna be in the Hills for an event on the night of my birthday, and we don't frequently get out that way so we wanted to dine in the area. Any suggestions on where to eat? Some expense is expected but nothing exorbitant (i.e. no Urasawa, probably no Cut either). Food valued over romantic ambiance or anything like that.

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Urasawa Restaurant
218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Jan 05, 2011
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Samgyeopsal - Korean Pork Belly

Park's BBQ recently opened up a sister restaurant that's pork-focused:
http://www.parksbbq.com/don-dae-gam.php

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Park's BBQ
955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Dec 07, 2010
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Hawaiian Fried Rice [split from LA]

(Note: This thread was split from the LA board at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7403... -- The Chowhound Team)

It's super easy the way my mom taught me.

Steam some white rice. Take a skillet or wok, heat on med-high. If not using bacon or spam, melt a tablepoon of butter. Saute meat, diced finely, until browned. Saute onion, diced finely until soft and slightly browned (optional, but highly recommended). Add rice, stirring constantly. Fry for 1-2 min. Add soy sauce (I'd say about a tbs per cup of rice, but this it's really just to taste), still stirring constantly for 1-2 min longer. Sprinkle a small pinch of sugar and a bit of sesame oil, still stirring. Remove from heat, stir in diced green onion and plate rice. Fry egg over easy, slide onto plates, on top of the rice. Squirt a little Sriracha on there and you're golden.

BTW, kimchee fried rice is essentially the exact same recipe, but add the chopped kimchee with the onion (I use a ton; about a 1:1 kimchee-to-rice ratio) and substitute out the soy sauce with a bit of gochujang.

Nov 17, 2010
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Chowhound's 99 Essential Restaurants in Los Angeles

Providence
Jitlada
Spicy Thai BBQ
Yu Chun Chic Naeng Myun (Olympic location)
Soowon Galbi
Pizzeria Mozza
Umami Burger
Pollo a la Brassa
Guelaguetza
Papa Cristo's

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Jitlada
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Papa Cristos
2771 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Umami Burger
850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Pizzeria Mozza
641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Nov 16, 2010
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Oinkster review

I really don't get it. Oinkster is right by my work and my lunch breaks would be so much more pleasurable if I enjoyed their food half as much as Chowhounders and Jonathan Gold do. The pastrami meat is good, but the experience of the sandwich as a whole doesn't hold a candle to Langer's or even Canter's. I find the pulled pork bland. I love Belgian fries, but the Oinkster fries don't have enough potato flavor left in them. The aioli isn't garlicky enough; I usually eat my fries with the sweet mustard, which is addictive. The burgers are good, though they can be hit or miss.

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Oinkster
2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Nov 09, 2010
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Buff Wings - Eagle Rock

I wouldn't have known about them if I didn't see a mention here. I'd have also gone more often if they had consistently opened at 1pm... at least half the times I swung by, they were closed in mid-afternoon.

Nov 09, 2010
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Klobasa (Slovak) sausage in LA area?

Huntington Meats at the Farmers Market has a decent sausage selection. Don't know if they have Klobasa, though.

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Huntington Meats
6333 W 3rd St # 350, Los Angeles, CA

Nov 04, 2010
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Is Sushi Ike closing?

Oh thanks, that does clear things up a bit.

Oct 27, 2010
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Is Sushi Ike closing?

I felt rude bringing it up with Ike. I actually felt rude bringing it up with the hostess.

Oct 27, 2010
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Is Sushi Ike closing?

Well, my girlfriend and I panicked last night and made a last trip to Sushi Ike. The fish was fantastic as always and Ike was still behind the bar. I asked the hostess if she knew anything about the restaurant being sold or Ike leaving, and she said no. Could be that they're not supposed to talk about it, could be that she honestly didn't know anything, or it could be that we're all mistaken. I have no idea at this point.

Oct 27, 2010
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Is Sushi Ike closing?

Does anyone know more specifically how much longer Ike will still be behind the counter? I'd love to go one last time before he leaves.

Oct 26, 2010
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Is Sushi Ike closing?

Oh, this is very sad indeed. This was my favorite sushi place.

Oct 26, 2010
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Inexpensive Japanese and Korean Must-Trys in LA area

SooWon Galbi on Vermont doesn't have quite as high quality cuts as Park's, though the meat is still quite a bit better than your average kbbq house. On the plus side, it's cheaper and they use well-ventilated charcoal grills instead of gas. I think it's a better value than Park's.

For cheap deliciousness, don't miss Yu Chun on Serrano and Olympic for the best nengmyun in the country (there's a couple different locations and I'm not sure if they're related, but the Serrano and Olympic location is definitely the best). Han Bat Suh Lung Tang is another one hit wonder hole in the wall (for suh lung tang, a beef marrow soup).

Dong Il Jang on 8th has great ros gui (grilled rib eye) and each meal is topped off with fantastic kimchee fried rice.

I'd skip Yong Su San; I think that place is incredibly overrated and overpriced.

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Yu Chun Restaurant
3470 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Yong Su San Restaurant
950 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Sep 23, 2010
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Any good Chinese food in LA proper?

While this is usually true, getting to the SGV after work from Hollywood is a major pain in rush hour traffic.

Sep 17, 2010
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Any good Chinese food in LA proper?

Thanks!

Sep 16, 2010
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Any good Chinese food in LA proper?

It's pretty difficult for the gf and I to find the time and will to drive out to the SGV for Chinese. Is there anything decent no further east than Chinatown (and no further west than WeHo/Culver)?

Sep 16, 2010
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looking for newer place for gf's bday dinner

Actually just went to Test Kitchen for my gf's bday last night. It was fantastic, one of the best meals I've had in LA. It was fairly packed and loud on a Thursday night, so if you're looking for something quiet and intimate, you may want to look elsewhere. Service is a bit frantic and rocky, but it's more than compensated by the quality of the food, which, last night, was out of this world. I would heartily recommend it over Animal, which is okay, but nothing fantastic; interesting enough to try once or twice, but not craveworthy enough to demand repeat visits.

Sep 03, 2010
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Good Korean Ssam bap (not bossam)?

No one?

Sep 01, 2010
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2010 list of hot wings

I feel like I've been talking about wings a lot lately, but just to reiterate, OB Bear has great spicy Korean wings. I talked down Buff Wings in Eagle Rock in another thread, but I've since been back and I gotta say, if pure heat is all you're after, the ghost pepper-based ludicrous sauce is easily the spiciest buffalo sauce I've ever tasted. And if you live in the area and are feeling lazy, Kyochon delivery is a godsend.

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Buff Wings
4411 Eagle Rock Blvd N, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Sep 01, 2010
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Good Korean Ssam bap (not bossam)?

I'm looking for a place that'll do a decent ssam spread that isn't bossam. Something like rice, bulgogi or dwaeji bulgogi, perrila leaves, steamed cabbage, lots of pickles and kimchees, and ssamjang. I've had a good ssam bap at Sa Rit Gol, but I believe they're closed now. Any suggestions?

Aug 31, 2010
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BESTS

Best salami sandwich: Larchmont Wine and Cheese

Aug 25, 2010
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