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

PIZZA

about 4 hours ago
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One Dinner in LA - Providence v. Redbird v. Shunji v. n/naka v. Maude

Providence. Do it.

May 23, 2015
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Taking my mom to Staples center for concert- need amazing/beautiful/delicious restaurant.

Yes indeed. Chef Neal Fraser has converted the former (de-consecrated) rectory at St. Vibiana into a beautiful urban space, and is serving some outstanding New American cuisine and cocktails there, as well. It's not too far from Disney Hall.

May 22, 2015
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Taking my mom to Staples center for concert- need amazing/beautiful/delicious restaurant.

Redbird.

Top 5 Downtown L A?

Great food touring. Just a tad jealous... Un petit peu :-)

May 22, 2015
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Uh-oh, Bucato

It's being reported by the L.A. Times that Chef Evan Funke has resigned from Bucato.

http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish...

May 22, 2015
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Alernative to Oak Tree Inn tonight in Pasadena

Except the asker is already in Yokohama.

May 20, 2015
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Alernative to Oak Tree Inn tonight in Pasadena

The SGV.

May 20, 2015
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Cosmo Grill & Bar, Westwood

They seem to have private parties booked on many nights.

May 20, 2015
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South Pasadena, 2015 Summer: Any updates/experiences/reviews?

Buster's, for ambiance.
Shiro, for catfish.

May 18, 2015
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South Pasadena, 2015 Summer: Any updates/experiences/reviews?

More on the sweet-tooth side: You have Fosselman's in closeby in Alhambra, Carmela Ice Cream in Pasadena, and Fair Oaks Pharmacy & Soda Fountain.

May 14, 2015
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Great sushi between calabasas and burbank

Modern refrigeration can prolong seafood freshness in ways unimaginable to chefs in Edo-era Japan.

But yes, sushi chefs need their rest, too. :-)

May 14, 2015
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Lunch in Venice area....?

The reports of its downhill slide are premature. And I eat there regularly (last visit was a week ago).

Sure, it's a little empty there sometimes. But it has nothing to do with the quality of the food or service (if anything, both have gotten even better lately.) Rather, it's because Status Kuo has no liquor license (yet). It's tough to maintain an eatery in Mar Vista if you got no ABCs. Homie can't even bring in a bottle of '47 Cheval Blanc from his own stash, yo.

Food-wise, Chef David is always experimenting and tweaking his menu items. Fact: He is now serving a damn tasty CHASHU pork burger. Go check it out.

May 14, 2015
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South Pasadena, 2015 Summer: Any updates/experiences/reviews?

Rather than looking north to Pasadena, I consider SoPas to be a convenient gateway to the glorious Asian offerings in the SGV.

And let's never, ever forget the superb Bulgarini Gelateria in Altadena.

May 14, 2015
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LA student film in need of cheap catering/ easy food ideas!

TLT on Westwood Blvd. has delicious, takeout friendly food.

May 13, 2015
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Are all Sugarfish locations equal?

Not true. I spoke with management. All fish are received in bulk and then cut to order at the local restaurant branches.

May 13, 2015
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Great sushi between calabasas and burbank

There's a reason many sushi-ya's are closed: The LA wholesale fish market will have been closed for about 36+ hours by the time your Monday lunchtime rolls around.

May 13, 2015
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What's the most unique and upscale Iranian/Persian food in LA?

Their cucumber ice cream is extremely refreshing.

May 12, 2015
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What's the most unique and upscale Iranian/Persian food in LA?

Shaherzad's food is better than Shamshiri, IMHO.

What's the most unique and upscale Iranian/Persian food in LA?

There is a Darya on Santa Monica Blvd. as well (just west of Bundy). The food is good, but it's neither in Westwood nor is it upscale (as per OP's requests).

May 12, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

What's the most unique and upscale Iranian/Persian food in LA?

A hole-in-the-wall that is definitely tasty and worth the trip (though not really upscale) is Attari Sandwich Shop (near the corner of Westwood & Wilkins). The ash-e-joe is fantastic, as is their fesenjan. The chicken olivieh and kotlet sandwiches are delicious as well. You can get dessert at Saffron & Rose Ice Cream across the street.

May 11, 2015
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Lunch in Venice area....?

Status Kuo in Mar Vista. (I know I know, not Venice, but close to it, and worth mentioning)

May 11, 2015
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Are all Sugarfish locations equal?

Cold sushi rice. Dealbreaker for me.

May 11, 2015
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Pacific Palisades

Maison Giraud used to be my #1 croissant, but then Proof and Chaumont stepped in...

May 09, 2015
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Are all Sugarfish locations equal?

Brentwood is best, Santa Monica is worst. Downtown is almost as good as Brentwood.

May 09, 2015
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Meeting on Wilshire?

They serve Hawaiian breakfast, too.

May 09, 2015
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Sunday brunch/breakfast ideas

Breakfast Pop-up at Restaurant 2117 on Sawtelle.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1010313

May 08, 2015
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Meeting on Wilshire?

Aloha Cafe (2nd & Central) in Little Tokyo. They have their own parking lot.

May 08, 2015
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Q: What is Kiwi Cafe?

Out of strawberry donuts?! Say it ain't so...

May 06, 2015
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Chinese For One

Calvary is a skull-shaped hill in the Holy Land, whereas the cavalry would be our intrepid chandavkl. ;-)

May 06, 2015
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