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BBQ in Brentwood. "Holy Cow!"

about 8 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Salt and Straw

Chow.

about 9 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Changes Afoot on Sawtelle: Chabuya Replaced by Beni-Tora

I actually ordered takeout from them on their first night, so I was able to see the new menu.

And yes, my server was surprised to walk into work as a Chabuya employee, only to find out that the proverbial business rug had been pulled out from underneath her with the announcement of new ownership.

The charsiu ramen broth was a tad watery, but the meat was well-cooked. The white dan dan mien was also a tad too watery, but tasted fine. The bright spot was the dai-gyoza, which were (as I previous said) pretty tasty.

Again, menu-wise, this should be considered a fledgling establishment. I'd go back in a few weeks to see if there are any improvements.

2 days ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Changes Afoot on Sawtelle: Chabuya Replaced by Beni-Tora

Yes. I think the new owners retained the liquor license.

2 days ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Chicken Papa in Industry

Correctamundo (and I do mean mundo)...

Sep 16, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Chicken Papa in Industry

All 5 stars, all from first time reviewers?!

Wow, it must be good then...

Sep 15, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Changes Afoot on Sawtelle: Chabuya Replaced by Beni-Tora

>> just opened for business today <<

So yes, not just "relatively" new, but "really" new.

Sep 15, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

b.o.s. (Beef. Offal. Sustainable.), a review

If that's the effect you want (with that standard NEX-6 3.5-5.6/16-50 lens), shoot from higher above as opposed to a lower angle, and then you can always post-process as needed.

Sep 15, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Changes Afoot on Sawtelle: Chabuya Replaced by Beni-Tora

With very little fanfare, the newest Beni-Tora location just opened for business today in the old Chabuya space on Sawtelle. The signage hasn't even been changed yet.

Limited menu (for now) includes ramen, dan dan noodles, rice bowls, and of course the famous Beni-Tora dai-gyoza (giant potstickers), which are pretty tasty.

b.o.s. (Beef. Offal. Sustainable.), a review

Your photos are getting much better (especially the one depicting the oxtail)!

Referring to the carpaccio & marrow & Thai tongue photos: Perhaps it's your intended style, but it looks like your lens has a narrow field of focus, so I recommend adjusting your "angle of attack" to a steeper shooting approach to your dishes for better breadth of focus (if that is something you are interested in).

Sep 15, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Din Tai Fung - SCP waiting time!!

You can call it The Steampunk Truck!

Sep 12, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Movie Dining Etiquitte/Landmark Theatres, Westside pavillion

:-O

Never mind.

Sep 12, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Movie Dining Etiquitte/Landmark Theatres, Westside pavillion

A refined cineaste as well? You are a modern polymath, my friend.

Sep 11, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Highly convenient quality place to stop for tea/snack/conversation (Downtown to LAX)?

Since it's closer to LAX than Downtown, and if you have your own car or hired car, then Jin Patisserie (close to LAX) becomes more realistic. Good luck, wherever you go...

http://jinpatisserie.com/

Sep 11, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Din Tai Fung - SCP waiting time!!

You didn't tell us about the three-piece suit you bought at Armani while waiting.

Sep 11, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Noodles or Mongolian BBQ?

Total malarkey. This foodgps article could have been from The Onion.

"Mongolian BBQ" is a marketing gimmick for stir-fried noodles invented in Taiwan about 60 years ago. It's neither Mongolian nor BBQ.

Sep 10, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

seeking soft shell crab

WesSabi is right.

FWIW, I had a really nice crispy Maryland soft shell crab served on sweet corn salad with Thai basil & Vietnamese chili honey vinaigrette at Father's Office (Helms location) a month back...

Sep 10, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

The wheels on the bus go round and round...

Sep 10, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Din Tai Fung - SCP waiting time!!

You win.

Sep 10, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

Primo's cranks out a fresh, hot batch of their buttermilk bars around 6:35AM every morning. You can catch me waiting for that every once in a while.

Sublime.

Sep 10, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Highly convenient quality place to stop for tea/snack/conversation (Downtown to LAX)?

Frances Bakery in Little Tokyo, perhaps?

Also, if Culver City is OK, then Jin Patisserie maybe an option (it's close to Playa Del Rey).

Sep 10, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

Drove by at 10:20PM - Still a line halfway around the block.

For comparison, I wish there was a livecam of any other Dunkin Donuts in the nation (DFW, or Brookline, or Philly) - you'd probably hear crickets.

Sep 10, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Favorite foodie restaurant- 1 night

A dinner at Yamakase will run the average patron about $225-$250 per person.

Sep 09, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Favorite foodie restaurant- 1 night

Yamakase is MORE expensive than n/naka. By quite a stretch.

Sep 09, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Ramen Yokocho Fest at Marukai Gardena- Sep 3 - Oct 27th 2014

No mas "Fests", por favor.

Sep 09, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Favorite foodie restaurant- 1 night

Caveat emptor: Dinner at Yamakase bears a considerable cost (i.e. more than my idea of a "nice steakhouse", even!).

Sep 09, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Pacific Alliance Medical Center in Chinatown was formerly known as French Hospital.

Most businesses in J-town have been Korean-owned for quite some time now. The Japanese-American exodus from J-town began way back, since WWII.

Sep 08, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Chung King, San Gabriel... where'd it go??

Chungking Express, one of Wong Kar-Wai's great works...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAH-0G...

Sep 08, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

What do we call ...

Ketchy's II on Sawtelle also fits the moniker.

Sep 08, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Trendy, good food for out of town guest from Hong Kong

Nah, there's private dining experiences available in Hong Kong that will often meet/exceed Totoraku when it comes to Japanese cuisine (they sometimes fly the A5 wagyu or Pampas beef into HK from Japan or Argentina on demand).

Plus, OP asked for "... not expense account type restaurant..."

Sep 08, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area