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How's Mo-Chica now that Chef Ricardo Zarate is Gone?

None of these restaurants are as good as they used to be. I've been to both Mo-Chicas, Picca and Paiche, and can say that as each new restaurant opens, the olders ones suffer. Whether that's because he stops overseeing operations, or because he has expanded too quickly, thus spreading kitchen talent too thin, is debatable. Regardless, Mo-Chica and Picca aren't worth going to anymore imo. Your culinary dollar is better spent elsewhere. They used to be amazing Paiche has never been worth going lol.

Oct 22, 2014
ericyu711 in Los Angeles Area

Where for best cold noodle dishes?

I think it's $5 for the shredded chicken sesame paste cold noodles. A bit less without shredded chicken, but I think the textural component is worth it. Plates are ample, nothing gigantic, but definitely a good, full meal.

Aug 06, 2009
ericyu711 in Los Angeles Area

Nasty, guilty pleasures

Gravy Fries with Cheese at The Hat. This is the poor SoCal'ers version of poutine. When I eat this, I can feel my blood turning into a viscous motor oil sludge.

Danger/Death Dogs (Bacon wrapped hot dogs). Pork on pork crime isn't criminal, even when it results in a manslaughtering heart attack.

Aug 06, 2009
ericyu711 in Los Angeles Area

Where for best cold noodle dishes?

Noodle Nazi (Da Ho) in Temple City has some pretty good Taiwanese style cold noodles: sesame paste, shredded chicken, julienned vegetables, some soy and garlic. Portions are small, and it's pricey for what you get though.

Alternatively, Liang's Kitchen in San Gabriel also has pretty good Taiwanese cold noodles. Here, there's quite a bit more garlic, if you're into that. They also have a decent assortment of other Taiwanese style dishes.

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Dai Ho Restaurant
9148 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City, CA 91780

Liang's Kitchen
227 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Aug 06, 2009
ericyu711 in Los Angeles Area

where do you buy duck fat?

A bit late, but thanks for the followup. I've been on the hunt for the same product, wanting to confit some duck at home. Most Whole Foods will have it in the Cheese section, usually alongside their gourmet butters. Bristol Farms will also carry it in the freezer section adjacent to the butcher, along with their demi-glaces and other specialty meat products. Bristol sells a 7-oz package for $6.99. I'll go check out Surfas this weekend and report my findings back here.

Dec 10, 2008
ericyu711 in Los Angeles Area

Thai Elvis

Thai Elvis is definitely worth a trip at least once if you live in LA. Kitsch aside, he's actually a pretty decent impersonator. The food at Palm Thai is mediocre at best, but I doubt that matters. Make sure to get there ~6:30 or so since he'll be most active in the middle of the dinner rush. Last time I went, he left the stage later in the evening to make way for a very forgettably bad lounge singer.

Jun 06, 2008
ericyu711 in Los Angeles Area

eating on the way from LA to SF on the 5

Casa de Fruta!

It's basically a dried fruit and nut stand turned roadside attraction. You can also try the Harris ranch for very, very fresh beef. Last time I went, it was less than spectacular. For some reason, I always end up at In n' Out during this drive.

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Casa De Fruta
10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister, CA

Nov 09, 2007
ericyu711 in California

Good place to eat near the Pantages?

Suzanne Goin's ode to New England seafood, The Hungry Cat, is nearby. It's decent, and within the price range. Trendier atmosphere for sure, and very popular, so reservations at this point might be difficult.

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The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Aug 23, 2007
ericyu711 in Los Angeles Area

Fried Chicken in OC

If North Orange County isn't too far, I'd highly recommend going to the Hungry Bear in Fullerton. Yes, it's a steakhouse, but the fried chicken there is extremely good. Plus, the cutesy, ole timey atmosphere is fun.

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Hungry Bear Restaurant
2219 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92835

Aug 23, 2007
ericyu711 in Los Angeles Area