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Chef Eric Greenspan's on Fire

7465 Melrose
It is not just fabulous food, the experience is fantastic, enjoyable and personal;

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1016105

L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2015 -- Nominations

Eater LA already beat you to the hot dogs

Jun 26, 2015
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Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

I remember Portland being a very good food city as long ago
as 1975...40 years ago...that is even before LA got cooking!

Jun 24, 2015
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Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

Portland music is also VERY good.

Jun 24, 2015
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Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

My son is @Pacific University in Forest Grove OR; Portland's sandwiches
are waaay good and nicely priced! Especially Bunk, which has many locations.

http://www.thrillist.com/eat/portland...

Jun 24, 2015
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Baltaire in Brentwood

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Jun 23, 2015
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Terroni: Loud but Wonderful (long!)

Thought that you felt that way about very loud restaurants.
Your review was great; glad you enjoyed it.

Jun 22, 2015
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What's the most unique and upscale Iranian/Persian food in LA?

Oh! Actually I treat Lebanese/Persian food almost interchangeably, like those cultures do with falafel~
enjoying the minor differences, but that's just me.

Jun 22, 2015
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Terroni: Loud but Wonderful (long!)

Loud but wonderful=oxymoron, even with a great review of bennies

Jun 22, 2015
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LA Weekly's 99 essential restaurants released today...what did they miss?

Never found SF Italian that impressive; the SF raves are kinda like how some of us CHs champion McD's fish fillet.

Jun 22, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2015 -- Nominations

PRETZELS

Jun 22, 2015
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Vitello Tonnato; Spot Prawns

I had Providence spot prawns a little bit ago. Unfortunately they
were overcooked and were taken off our bill.

Jun 22, 2015
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rainy day food

Cafe Del Rey should please you

Jun 13, 2015
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Rainy night at Maré

Thanks for the heads up Offalo!

Jun 13, 2015
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Egg Salad

I prefer gherkins also. Please do try the cayenne, it is great, also some tarragon!

Jun 11, 2015
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Egg Salad

The eggs done this way really require 20 minutes under the tight lid after it starts to boil. I've always let it boil for 3-5 minutes before taking it off the stove, depending on how many eggs I'm doing
I do second all the above by Habanero! Cayenne, lots of celery, onions (I prefer sweet ones, Hawaiian, Mayan or scallions). I also like finely cut gerkins rather than dill pickle relish. Also a bit of lemon fused olive oil (limonolio) at the end, and maybe a little Italian parsley.
This basic recipe could definitely use these twists!

Jun 11, 2015
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What's the most unique and upscale Iranian/Persian food in LA?

as another CH said, we also do Javan a lot. Another restaurant no one has mentioned is Byblos in Westwood, perhaps b/c it is off street. I pass it regularly and always want to try it; somewhat upscale, but mostly looks like fun and hookahs.

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1964 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Westwood/Los Angeles

Phone number (310) 475-9558

Business websitebybloswestwood.com

Jun 11, 2015
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Rainy night at Maré

...and we are grateful for YOU. Great dinner!

Jun 10, 2015
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Rainy night at Maré

Here are a couple of photos of the pistou and the crudite!

Jun 10, 2015
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Rainy night at Maré

Three of us Westsiders braved 1.5 hours of Los Angeles traffic to have dinner at MaréMelrose during the minor rain drizzle tonight.
We wondered how it would go at this outside dining room if that rain got going, but we understood that the crowded restaurant tables would have umbrellas and the rain had already stopped.
It was fun getting in through Greenspan's Grilled Cheese Toasty! Hard to avoid going through the rest room door! Once we arrived, everyone was very warm, friendly and helpful and we were promptly seated with the hostess leading us along a very narrow path to our table.

A large group of more than eight diners right behind our table were robust but the chatter of happy diners and the music were totally mellowed by the open sky.

Altho there were only three of us, we were hungry and the menu was spartan, so we wound up ordering just about everything on the menu!
Before we ordered, we immediately were served fabulous
appetizers of nuts, hot peppers, exotic olives, fruits, sweet peppers
and some items that were totally unfamiliar!
The people next to us had a dish that we could not identify from the menu, so we asked them. It was garnished slices of pork belly, not on the menu! It prompted us to ask our waiter what was available that was not on the menu, and we got to add ahi tuna with grapefruit and garnishes to our order.

We had the crudite of market vegetables, a generous dish of shellfish with tomato, fennel, pistou, (we asked and got pasta with it), relish salt roasted potatoes, broccolini, with chili and garlic, a whole branzino with fig and pomegranate sauce, a drink of mescal with rosemary and smoke, beer, a glass of white wine, a bottle of sparkling water, For dessert, shortbread cookies, the chocolate crepe, with chili whip cream, and best of all, the blood orange trifolo with semolina cake in a kumquat fruit compote, followed by coffee for all.

While we were eating, the rain started coming down more seriously, not heavy, but a little wet. The busboy brought umbrellas, almost knocking down an entire wall of candles in glass containers…six times!
After that, we asked him to turn off the heat lamp and he almost brought the house down doing so.

During the rain, both the chef and maitre d came to each table to assure patrons that they were not ignoring the fact that it was raining, and if we wished to leave, there would be no charge for dinner! If we decided to stay, every new thing we ordered would be discounted 50%!
As it turned out, the bill came with a 50% discount on everything!
Now this restaurant had very sensible pricing to begin with, and ordering almost everything on the menu with that discount came to a mere $84.00 for that fabulous feast. We tipped based on the 100% prices. It was fun, delicious and we wound up talking and laughing with the people from all the tables around us. Imagine doing
that against the deafening roar that most L.A. restaurants boast.
THEN, as we left, the waitress gave all three of us coupons worth
$25.00 each, supposedly for our tolerating the rain! I loved the rain, we never got wet and it brought an adventure to our dining.
The discount made us joyful, but it was more than that; it was dining and being in the hands of such a caring crew. We would have been happy with no discount. I wanted to go to Mare´ because the photos reminded me of another great place, long gone from Melrose, Fellini’s, where we all hung out during film school days and everyone always welcomed us and made certain we had great fun!
Very prescient, ya?

Fine dining in West Los Angeles/Santa Monica

Fine dining is a comprehensive experience which includes ambiance and conversation; Angelinos may love mosh pit dining, but it will never qualify as 'fine'

~fine dining demands more than good food. Duh.

Berkeley hounds relocating to LA, where to live/shop/eat?

We really like Studio City farmer's market Sunday 8AM to 2PM; http://www.studiocityfarmersmarket.co...
This is near Laurel Canyon, at Ventura Blvd

Be sure and get yourself some Zuckerman Farms asparagus
when they are in season.
We live in Topanga Canyon which is a great place for lovers of food
music and eccentric stuff.

May 27, 2015
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Fine dining in West Los Angeles/Santa Monica

For me, fine dining means a quiet restaurant.

May 27, 2015
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Chowhound's Impression of Popular Food Critics

WOW

May 25, 2015
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Chowhound's Impression of Popular Food Critics

I certainly did not say 'health food'. My recommendation was, and is, that Mr Gold EXPAND his consciousness concerning food.

May 25, 2015
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first time in LA!!! give me your top 5.

Redbird definitely is on the great food, historically significant list, located in a famous L.A. church, and not too loud.

May 25, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- Nominations

And the yogurt adventure

May 25, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- Nominations

With Seinfeld and the lobsters, the gal was not a veggie, she was a Jew and did not eat shellfish.

May 25, 2015
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Chowhound's Impression of Popular Food Critics

Jonathan Gold is definitely in a rut and trying to get out; he could
stand playing around with what might be considered healthy.

May 16, 2015
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Any good familiar restaurant in Laguna Beach?

Zoolu is great and also very easy on the wallet.
Boasts the best swordfish on the planet and has an eclectic
menu. http://cafezoolu.com
The chef, Michael Leach is gracious and works hard to give good food.

May 16, 2015
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