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$5 Burger and Fries At Golden State 3/5/14 Only

I am there now. Great beers (Serpent's Stout and Angel's Share by Lost Abbey and Sour in the Rye by the Bruery). Not crazy at all right now with very quick turnaround on the burgers. Quality is the same as always. The special is for dine-in only and I'm sure it will be packed later on.

Mar 05, 2014
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Al Pastor Spit Spotted - Melrose and Manhattan Place

I believe it is open until around midnight or a little later during the week and until at least 2am on the weekends. It is on the South side of Melrose just West of Western Ave in the parking lot of a large carwash so it should be easy to find.

Aug 05, 2013
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Drinking Vinegars LA

Does anyone know where I can find drinking vinegars in the Los Angeles area? I tried a few at Pok Pok in Portland, Ore and have been looking for something similar. I'm looking for the kind to mix into drinks yourself, rather than already diluted with seltzer for drinking straight. TIA!

Jul 28, 2013
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Al Pastor Spit Spotted - Melrose and Manhattan Place

During the week they are open until either midnight or two am every night. For Fri/Sat it is open two hours later (either 2 or 4am, can't remember which).
The salsa/toppings are always well stocked. I usually get the al pastor tacos and have never had a case of missing pineapple with mine.

May 26, 2013
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Seeking a Venezuelan restuarant, specifically arepas!!

I think that Savor's on Venice just East of Cattaraguas (a little farther East than Helm's/Father's Office area in Culver City) is quite tasty. It isn't around a lot of other restaurants/bars and the area doesn't "look" very nice, but we have never had any problems there including at night. They cook the arepas to order so the usual wait time is about 10-15 minutes. Two of them is a very filling meal. They have the usual variety of meats. One of the areas in which they excel are the numerous tasty salsas that they have. Often at night they also have a big grill sitting outside the restaurant. Check it out and let us know what you think.
(fyi it is mis-spelled at Suvor's on Yelp)

Jan 13, 2013
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Zam Zam now has normal hours

Something I only recently learned is that peanut oil does not contain the allergens so those with a peanut allergy should be good to go!

Jan 02, 2013
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Zam Zam now has normal hours

No peanuts in my experience.

Jan 02, 2013
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Fran's Salted Caramels

I second this suggestion. Easy to order in bulk on-line. The other flavors are ok, but the salted ones are fantastic.

Nov 27, 2012
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Searching for salsa East of Robertson/La Cienega

When I lived on the Westside there was a small market (Palms Market) that sold various 'homemade' salsas such as tomatillo, chile de arbol, generic red, pico de gallo etc. Since moving closer to Koreatown, I haven't had any luck finding something similar in this area. Any recommendations of markets/carnicerias East of Robertson and West of Downtown?
Thanks in advance.

Oct 29, 2012
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Mole paste on the westside?

I can't remember if Monte Alban sells some of the paste, but I think that they do (as do the Guelaguetzas that I have been to).
I believe that most Mexican markets will carry some and know that for sure Palms Market (near Motor and Venice avenues) does, but cannot vouch for the quality.
Good luck and let us know what you find.

Oct 19, 2012
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Hole in the wall Mexican food near Venice

I will put in a plug for Tacomiendo. There is one near Pico and Sawtelle and one at Culver and Inglewood. Fresh made tortillas and chips. Great salsas. I think the lengua there is better than all of the other Mexican places I have tried. The ambience isn't much, but the prices are cheap.

For trucks, I think that La Isla Bonita which is a daytime truck that parks on Rose near 4th stands out in terms of quality. They do make tacos and burritos, but the seafood is their strong point. The ceviche tostadas are amazing.

Lastly, if you enjoy Oaxacan food you will not be too far from Monte Alban on Santa Monica a few blocks East of Bundy. Great moles. I also enjoy Juquila, but the quality (and prices) are just a notch below.

Welcome to the area!

Jul 14, 2012
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Key lime pie on the Westside?

With all of the glowing reviews I will be giving the pie at Dolce Isola a try in the near future!

Jan 25, 2012
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Key lime pie on the Westside?

I have not yet tried the key lime pie at Dolce Isola, but I quite enjoyed the one at Clementine's near Century City Mall. If you just want a decent one that is cheap-ish, the Marie Callendar's one will give you an idea of whether or not you will like the style. Also, it is one of the easiest pies to make and key limes are available year round here in California.

Jan 24, 2012
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A Westside Arepa to note........

Went last night to check out the arepas. Agreed that they were quite tasty and worth the short wait. Couldn't pass up the al pastor tacos, which were good (especially w/ the salsas that have a little bit more flavor than some of the more typical ones that one finds).
We tried the lengua, asada, carnitas, guisado and al pastor for our various meat choices and all were pretty good. The asada was a bit oily. Our favorites were the guisado and the al pastor.
Next on my list is to check out Tacos Leo truck to compare trompos.

Dec 18, 2011
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best tres leches cake in los angeles?

I'm not sure if it is best in the city, but if you are on the westside I am a fan of the one at Venice Bakery near Sepulveda. They have single portion sizes so you could try it and see!

Nov 29, 2011
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Must Eats in Westside...Not too $$$$

Agree with either Tacomiendo location (I am partial to the Pambazo w/ lengua).
Other cheaper and tasty eats in the area include Simpang Asia (now w/ expanded seating and has convenient late-night hours), Bawarchi (especially for the chaat), Annapurna (now w/ more frequent buffets which include dosa), Jasmine, Tofu-Ya (for soon tofu on Sawtelle...not the bbq one), and Sazon Latin Fusion.

Oct 06, 2011
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Indian Lunch Buffet Recommendations

I agree that on the west side India's Oven has been the best that I have found for N. Indian food along w/ Annapurna for S. Indian.

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India's Oven
11645 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Aug 25, 2011
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Recommendations to replace Tokyo Lucky 7 Coffee Shop?

I believe it is just a case of similar names, but someone else may be able to confirm one way or another.

Mar 31, 2011
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Finding Maya-Ik Salsa Picante in (W.) L.A.?

Unfortunately, there is none to be found at El Camaguey Market. If anyone ever has lucks or other suggestions for potential suppliers, be sure to check back in and let us know.

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El Camaguey Market
10925 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Mar 29, 2011
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Steingarten

The beer list was nice w/ a good mix of Belgians of various varieties and (mostly?) California craft beer. The prices are a bit less than you would see at most places w/ a similar selection on tap. I was not impressed w/ the food. No one in our group liked the burgers at all; the fries were a much better part of the plate. The sausages were a bit better, but nothing special (the rabbit was the best). The happy hour deal sounds like it may be worth it (sausage plus 1 of 5 draft beers for $10) depending on the beers offered.

Mar 29, 2011
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Recommendations to replace Tokyo Lucky 7 Coffee Shop?

I think that the breakfast spot that is most similar to Tokyo 7-7 in the area is George's Coffee Shop on Sepulveda (ultra-cheap breakfast, traditional Korean offerings and some fusion vs Japanese at the former).

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Tokyo 7-7
3839B Main St, Culver City, CA 90232

George's Coffee Shop
5439 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

Mar 29, 2011
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Moving To Santa Monica and searched a lot! Check my list?!

I agree w/ the Tacomiendo and Monte Alban recs for good, cheap Mexican food nearby.
For indian food I would choose Bawarchi at Venice and Motor over Samosa House for steam table food, although their strength is really their chaat. For South Indian Annapurna a few blocks further East on Venice is much better than Mayura in my opinion. For North Indian food I have enjoyed India's Oven on Wilshire near Barry, and to a lesser degree, Taj Mahal of India on PIco near the LACMA. If you feel up for going to Artesia, Surati Farsan is good for chaat/sweets and probably worth the drive on its own. Ashoka the Great may be the best N. Indian restaurant there. I was not that impressed w/ the other restaurants there including Bhimas. Also a drive, but probably the best North Indian food that I have found in LA is at Manohar's Dehli Palace in La Puente. Good luck!

Nov 02, 2010
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