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looking for microbrews, gastropub fare and sun on a Sunday afternoon -

Waterloo and City in Culver City is probably what you want. I've had some real good food there, including some pasta with sweetbreads, and a really good black pudding (for halloween, natch). But their best items are their awesome in-house charcuterie. The taps aren't as extensive as FO, but pretty decent.

Blue Palms has surprisingly good food too. Their truffle burger is one of the best burgers in town, I think it stands shoulder-to-shoulder alongside FO burger. The beer list is very impressive, there are always a few surprising rare brews there. Unfortunately it's not in the OP's target area. It's in Hollywood, great if you're waiting for a show at the Music Box next door.

Blue Palms Brew House
6124 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Waterloo and City
12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

Mar 01, 2011
munchabout in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find gochujang on Westside?

Simpang Asia won't have them. They're primarily Indonesian, with a few other Southeast Asian specialty. They may have something similar called "tauco", but it won't be the same.

Simpang Asia
10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Feb 28, 2011
munchabout in Los Angeles Area

The best croissants on the westside...WHERE TO GO?

+1 for Le Pain Du Jour for the plain croissants.

These are some of flakiest, most buttery croissants I've had anywhere. You can smell the butter immediately. It's decadence.

Le Pain Du Jour
828 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Feb 28, 2011
munchabout in Los Angeles Area

Viet Noodle Bar, gone

The only thing I liked was walking over to Cognoscenti Coffee across the street. Won't miss it.

Feb 28, 2011
munchabout in Los Angeles Area

Review: Sushi Wasabi - Tustin

Went once a few years ago, that was enough. Doesn't look like they've changed any.

I've concluded that Wasabi sushigoers don't actually like fish. They just like ponzu. Everything is drenched, soaked, dripping with the stuff. Could be a dead cat on that sushi rice, it's swimming in so much ponzu you won't be able to tell.


Feb 25, 2011
munchabout in Los Angeles Area

Drip coffee techniques (split from L.A. board)

I too had similar reservations against buying a Buono, but I did buy the v60. It's now replaced my French press for the better.

Thus far I've just been using my French press pitcher along with a chopstick to more accurately guide the stream, kind of what this guy is doing.

Works pretty well, and I won't have to find additional space in my cabinets to store a Buono kettle.

Jan 20, 2011
munchabout in General Topics

Wakasan on Westwood

It's omakase. You don't really order. You sit down and eat whatever the chef puts out. It's a traditional Japanese meal progression that starts from cold appetizers, to sashimi, steamed dishes, to simmered dishes, fried dishes, and fried rice at the end. That's probably around nine or ten dishes, at around $40 or so.

There is a small a la carte menu that you can pick from. They have a minimum order of $20/person for that menu, if I recall correctly. It's been a while.

It's a small place, usually packed with Japanese diners. They don't take reservations for parties of less than 4.

Nov 23, 2010
munchabout in Los Angeles Area

K-Town Blueprint--HELP

So Kong Dong Tofu and/or Beverly Soon Tofu both are great places for piping hot tofu stew, especially in the coming chilly months.

I would skip Soot Bull Jeep, its glory has long since faded. Park's is already the best.

Ham Ji Park, for spicy pork bbq.

The place next door to Park's, got great braised goat dishes. Though I prefer Chin Go Gae. Or better yet, Mi Rak.

Soot Bull Jeep
3136 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Beverly Soon Tofu Restaurant
2717 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Chin Go Gae
3063 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

So Kong Dong
2716 W Olympic Blvd Ste 104, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Ham Ji Park
3407 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Nov 19, 2010
munchabout in Los Angeles Area

Least Deserving Restaurant in Jonathan Gold's 99 Essentials 2010

Offal and other nasty bits

That's the main reason I go to Waterloo & City. I can't think of any other place in LA where I can get blood cake as tasty as the one I got there this past Halloween.

Totally love this place, just wish it wasn't so crowded all the time.

Nov 12, 2010
munchabout in Los Angeles Area

10 Most Challenging Dishes - so where's L.A.'s best duck tongues, chitterling, intestine, natto dish, durian item, etc.

Several dim sum places in SGV have deep fried durian puff on the menu. Sea Harbour for sure, and I think King Hua as well.

Dunno about "best", as they don't come seasoned, but Road To Seoul Korean BBQ you can order small as well as large intestines to grill at your table.

King Hua Restaurant
2000 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

Nov 07, 2010
munchabout in Los Angeles Area

Library Ale House SaMo

Better yet, wait until Thursdays (I think) when the South Philly truck is parked outside the Daily Pint. Great cheesesteaks to go with the awesome beer selection.

Daily Pint
2310 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Nov 02, 2010
munchabout in Los Angeles Area

Pursuit of THEE perfect Q pit

My new favorite is Big Mista's BBQ. Not in Ventura county I'm afraid. They're in Atwater Village farmers market on Saturdays. I drive out there from the west side, just for the Q.

Oct 28, 2010
munchabout in Los Angeles Area

the izakaya on the redondo beach boarwalk or raku on olympic and barrington, which is better?

Torihei has yakitori, but IMHO they really shine when it comes to their oden.

The chicken specialist you're probably thinking of is Kokekokko in Little Tokyo.

Back to the original question, Raku has an expansive menu, good place to go for variety. You can get anything from okonomiyaki to raw beef tartare there. Bincho is a smaller mom and pop operation, limited seating, so make reservations if you don't want to wait 2 hours.

Raku Restaurant
11678 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

360 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

Little Tokyo Restaurant
150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773

Oct 19, 2010
munchabout in Los Angeles Area

Inexpensive Japanese and Korean Must-Trys in LA area

I'm gonna add Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen to the list. It's decent ramen, they have other small izakaya-type dishes, and the boisterous servers make the place a lot of fun to be in.

Along the same line, Shin Sen Gumi Yakitori in Torrance.

Did I mention their prices are affordable?

Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen
2015 W Redondo Beach Blvd Ste D, Gardena, CA 90247

Shin Sen Gumi Yakitori
21605 S Western Ave C, Torrance, CA

Sep 21, 2010
munchabout in Los Angeles Area

Inexpensive Japanese and Korean Must-Trys in LA area

You're lucky. They have English menus now. When I heard about the place I had to look at what other diners were eating.

"That looks good, I'll have some of that."

Now it's all fun.

Until the people next to you start smoking. :)

Sep 21, 2010
munchabout in Los Angeles Area

Septemberfest in Culver City this weekend... any good?

Did anyone go to the event last year? Is it worth going for the special brews? Any good food?
Too many loud jingoistic douchebags? (ok that last one isn't about food)

Sep 21, 2010
munchabout in Los Angeles Area

Cafe Di Vang 2 --- anyone been here?

It's a guys' hangout place with sports showing on big-screen TVs, and drinks served by cute girls wearing... not a lot of fabric. Lots of smokers, card playing. They have iced coffee there and other non-alcoholic smoothies and stuff. You go there for the vibe and the girls.

Don't drink too much iced coffee after sunset, or you'll be wide awake till 4am. Don't ask how I know. :)

Sep 20, 2010
munchabout in Los Angeles Area

Inexpensive Japanese and Korean Must-Trys in LA area

For a Korean old-time pub, you can't go wrong with Dan Sung Sa. It's where I go to take visitors to LA. I like the rustic graffiti-covered shack feel, the food is good, and not too pricey. Perfect for students.

Must go!

Dan Sung SA
3317 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Sep 20, 2010
munchabout in Los Angeles Area

Thai or Vietnamese basil on the West side???

They may look the same, but they won't taste the same.

I agree with the other posters who have suggested going to the Hmong vegetable sellers at your local farmers market as the best option.

Though in a pinch, IMHO better off using a bit of regular basil, rather than omit it entirely. I've done it. It's not quite the same, but tastes good just the same.

Sep 14, 2010
munchabout in Los Angeles Area

What to eat in LA if you're not from the US...

For someone from the UK, LA's best attraction is the weather! :)

Take them outside to one of the places where lots of gourmet trucks hang out. It's the current trendy thing to do.

Sep 14, 2010
munchabout in Los Angeles Area