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Cascabel, Toluca Lake

So how was it?

Mar 28, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Best Peking duck in LA?

Well put, Chandavkl, but the OP did not specify their budget - They just said they wanted the best, and I feel this is the best (at all price levels - It just so happens this one duck is on the expensive end of the spectrum)...

Mar 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Malibu in March

Thanks for reporting back. I'm sorry you had a less than optimal visit to Malibu, but know that this thread will provide a good resource of places to try in Malibu for any future Chowhound/visitor!

Mar 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Best Peking duck in LA?

Peking Duck with Tsar Imperial Shassetra Caviar, at Hakkasan Beverly Hills.

Mar 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Burger Continental Closed

Speaking of facial hair, wanna go to Sqirl? I hear Pfizer's paying...

Mar 25, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Hipsters on Hillhurst

Ah, the imagery...

Mar 25, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Wally's Vinoteca (Beverly Hills): A Pictorial Essay

Hand-sliced (not machine). And the slices should be thin enough that a degree of light can be perceived through it - almost transparent - Good jamon tastes so rich that any thicker of a slice would distort the experience to a suboptimal state. And the slices should be consistently of the same thick/thin-ness and length.

Here is a link to a fun Youtube video - About eight minutes of jamon porn and instructions from master "Cortador" Severiano Sanchez of 5J...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbDUt...

Hipsters on Hillhurst

Again, the operative word here is tragic.

Mar 25, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Hipsters on Hillhurst

Growing my tragic facial hair out as we speak, in preparation for a visit to Sqirl...

Mar 25, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

McCormick & Schmick’s: Another One Bites the Dust

... and here is the article from L.A. Downtown News:

http://www.ladowntownnews.com/restaur...

Mar 25, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Wally's Vinoteca (Beverly Hills): A Pictorial Essay

I suspect the high BH rents may be the impetus...

Mar 25, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Wally's Vinoteca (Beverly Hills): A Pictorial Essay

Sorry perk. I did a board search using the string "Wally's Vinoteca" before my post, and nothing popped up. Strange...

Kudos to you - Credit goes where credit is due. :-)

Mar 25, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Wally's Vinoteca (Beverly Hills): A Pictorial Essay

I'm surprised no one has mentioned this place on the CH board yet.

My wine-loving relatives from France wanted to move in here. Wally's features LOTS of great wines sold by the glass, and they DO slice their jamón ibérico de bellota properly. The kitchen cranks out solid, tasty food for lunch (I haven't tried dinner there yet). Heck, Wally's even uses the porcelainware from the kiln of Morihiro Onodera (yes, THAT Mori-san, from Mori Sushi)! And the Wally's cheese store at the Vinoteca gives the Cheese Store of BH a run for its money.

I definitely recommend the 'Hounds to check it out.

Wally's Vinoteca
447 N Cañon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310.475.3540
http://wallysbeverlyhills.com/

Mar 25, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Burger Continental Closed

Or do you find yourself drawn to Pie N Burger... ?

Mar 24, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Burger Continental Closed

BC was the place where they brought the newly-minted med students at USC Keck for first-year social gatherings. Thus the continued familiarity as the students progressed "up the chain".

Again, the food was NOT the focal draw of the place.

Mar 24, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Burger Continental Closed

Pure nostalgia, I admit. The food, though, was the pits.

Mar 24, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

OC sushi: Ohshima or Kasen?

Shunka in Costa Mesa.

Mar 24, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

First Chinese Restaurant in Far West Monterey Park--Seoraksan Charcoal BBQ

Nice view, though...

Mar 24, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Washoku in Los Angeles

I personally like Morinoya (in Sawtelle Japantown), and Wadatsumi by Harikawa in West LA.

Interestingly, the new food film titled: "Washoku" is showing for a limited run at the Laemmle in Pasadena next month!

http://washoku-film.com/

Mar 24, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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First Chinese Restaurant in Far West Monterey Park--Seoraksan Charcoal BBQ

It will happen. And years after that, people will look back on that glorious last stand and say, "Remember Luminaria's!"

Mar 23, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Tax on the Purchase of Coffee Bean Bag

... And I am forever indebted to you for that. I mean that literally.

Mar 21, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Tax on the Purchase of Coffee Bean Bag

ipse is right - His rates are exorbitant.

Mar 21, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Recs for watching UCLA basketball Saturday morning in the Westside?

Second this.

Mar 20, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Which ice cream sandwich do you recommend?

Did 800 Degrees tonight too. No wait.

Mar 19, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Which ice cream sandwich do you recommend?

Just got back from Diddy Riese. The line was (yes, I timed it) 13 minutes and 44 seconds.

Mar 19, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Mastro's - Best location?

Tomahawk.

Mar 19, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Mastro's - Best location?

Third floor (penthouse) is about as loud, but at least it has better eye candy.

Mar 19, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Which ice cream sandwich do you recommend?

Iconic (but may not be to the OP's liking): Diddy Riese.

Mar 18, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Mastro's - Best location?

If you go to the Beverly Hills location for the "scene", ask to be seated in the penthouse, and accept nothing less.

Mar 18, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Lunch for 15+ near Wilshire and La Cienega

Just make sure Sergio is cooking...

Mar 17, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area