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What time do I have to show up to get Tsujita tonkotsu ramen

I'm clearly in the minority, but have been to both Tsujita's multiple times and EVERY SINGLE TIME I feel ill the rest of the day...something about their food doesn't sit well with me, and I'm a fairly adventurous eater. FWIW, no other ramen place makes me feel this way - and I've tried a good dozen in LA.

Nov 15, 2014
manku in Los Angeles Area

Vegas with boring old farts...

Quick report back:

Mon Ami Gabi - Sat outside, view of Bellagio fountains great, ambulance sirens and lowlifes walking by not so nice. Interior seemed fun as well. Very crowded for a Tuesday night - especially as Vegas seemed fairly dead. Service was terrific. Food was standard Bistro fare - nothing exceptional, nothing terrible. Bread was good.

Pantry at Mirage - Ate both days, as we were staying here and food was comped (high roller - not me, friend!). Solid breakfast chow, standard fare, nice setting. A little slow, but would return if I were staying at hotel.

Lotus of Siam - Never went, ended up going twice. Terrific meals both times - not sure what to order, but we had 6 different dishes, all of which I'd eat again. Very friendly and warm service. In a dreary mini mall (actually, a huge mini mall) between Sahara and Karen - not on Sahara directly. Makes me want to go to Thai Town in Hollywood - but there probably is nothing as good!

Looked for a place with a good beer selection - tried Public House, but Amazon.com convention just ended and it was packed 30 year old male geeks - literally couldn't get in. Ended up at BLT Burger at Mirage, which had a decent selection - bartenders were a**holes however (at 5 in afternoon, fairly empty).

Nov 14, 2014
manku in Las Vegas

Sushi Tsujita or Q?

Better people watching too!

Nov 04, 2014
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2014 Sammy Awards - Who's In?

1. Langers Pastrami on Rye, Gulden's spicy brown mustard (never yellow mustard!). Nothing else.

2. Joe's Falafel on Lafa (not pita) sandwich.

3. Bay Cities Meatball hero...though personally I prefer buying 5 meatballs and a loaf of bread instead.

Nov 04, 2014
manku in Los Angeles Area

Kauai in January

Agree...also, Kauai is really not a culinary destination. Having been numerous times over the past decade, I don't think there is one restaurant I look forward to revisting. Food should be the last item on your daily agenda - for me, food in Kauai is nourishment, nothing more!

It still remains my favorite island and one of the great spots in the world (especially the north shore)!

Nov 04, 2014
manku in Hawaii

Sushi Tsujita or Q?

Makes me glad I had the $17.50 five-roll special at kazunori the other day instead!

Nov 04, 2014
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Restaurant Wine - Opened two days ago

Wine open for more than 12 hours, or sometimes even less (especially with old wines - generally not an issue with restaurants by the glass), can change dramatically.

I insist on a freshly opened bottle every time - if I'm paying a 500%+ markup on my drink it better be in perfect condition!

Oct 31, 2014
manku in Los Angeles Area

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

Neither did I...personally, I think egg dishes are about the easiest things in the world to make at home.

Also, I really dislike the trend of putting fried eggs on food. I don't want a egg on my burger...thank you very much. For me, fried eggs are breakfast food.

Oct 29, 2014
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LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

Jeans at Tar and Roses...I don't think I've ever seen anyone wearing anything else there!

Now Providence is a different story.

Oct 28, 2014
manku in Los Angeles Area

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

I've been going to GCM for years, and while I like the changes, it's gotten out of hand...last Saturday I went and there was a 20+ person wait at many of the vendors...so bad my son and I won't return, at least not on weekends or prime time hours.

We went to DTF in Glendale instead...even though there was a 20 minute wait, we could at least window shop to kill time!

Oct 28, 2014
manku in Los Angeles Area

Best Steak within 200 miles not 201

Why not just ask them to cook it unseasoned? I'd imagine any steakhouse would do that - unlike chef driven restaurants, steakhouses are generally more customer friendly.

Personally, I always liked Morton's in BH (on La Cienega) - it was served with very little seasoning and no butter. Also, they made a decent baked potato.

Oct 27, 2014
manku in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for an out-of-town sushi snob ;)

I don't do many high end omakase anymore, but I had a terrific meal at Jinpachi on SM Blvd in Weho earlier this year...it was as good sushi as I've had in LA. And the ambiance was very relaxed and low key.

A hidden gem, IMHO.

Oct 23, 2014
manku in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

If I were leaving town in a week, I'd go to my old favorites, whatever they may be.

Oct 22, 2014
manku in Los Angeles Area

Another Wonderful Dinner at Chi Spacca

Wow...they overcook a $175 steak and you don't send it back! If there was ever a time where the customer was justified in returning a dish, this seems to have been the time to do so.

Oops..just checked menu...it was a $210 steak, plus tax and tip so nearly $300.

Oct 20, 2014
manku in Los Angeles Area

Connie and Ted's happy hour

Tried this pm...not too crowded around 430pm...oysters solid and priced well, fish dip very tasty, clam cakes were sort of gross - tasted like savory zepole - wouldn't reorder, burger slider was excellent, clam strip slider was a little dull, but edible.

Everything was on the salty side...not surprising, as it is happy hour!

I'd return for oysters, dip and burger.

Oct 17, 2014
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Vegas with boring old farts...

Well, I cancelled my Heritage Steak reservation...frankly, I'm not that enamored with Craft here in LA or his other restaurants.

I've made a reservation at Joe's Stone Crab...never went in Miami, it's crab season and my fits my friends requirements.

Oct 17, 2014
manku in Las Vegas

Vegas with boring old farts...

Thanks for recs...I think our host went to Carnevino last time, wasn't too impressed.

I'm thinking about TC Heritage Steak, mainly because it's at the Mirage - we're getting a 2br suite comped, and maybe we can get dinner too! Stack looks interesting too.

How about Rao's, Il Mulino or Joe's Stone Crab? No one has mentioned them...

Oct 15, 2014
manku in Las Vegas

Vegas with boring old farts...

Going to Vegas next month with a few friends...one in early 30's, one around 60, another just turned 70. I'm 49, though I'm told I look 48!

Haven't been in a few years, but everytime I go I end up with a bunch of boring eaters (ate at Smith&Wollensky and a swanky, yet dull, restaurant at the Wynn overlooking waterfall last time...about 3 years back).

The older guys are both wine nuts...they'll probably BYOB if they can. They are also pretty boring eaters...one is a steak guy, who's favorite restaurant in the world in L'ami louis. Other is more interested in drinking.

I've made a reservation at Mon Ami Gabi for one night...we have a Bouchon here in LA, not that impressed. Is there a better option for French Bistro?

For second night, thinking of Steak or Italian. Any recs? I despise CUT (not food, but vibe), and other chains that are in LA don't really interest me.

Thanks.

Oct 13, 2014
manku in Las Vegas

Cheese (West LA and Northwest suburbs)

Beverly Hills Cheese Store is hands down the best in LA...I don't think any other store is even in the same league, HOWEVER...

the prices are obscene...in fact, they don't even have prices on their cheeses...they just ring up your order, and it's usually between $50-100 for a moderate amount of cheese/meats. An example, proscuitto is 50/lb, tallegio is 30/lb. The only reason I know is because I looked while they weighed my food. At least that's what they charged me on a recent visit...who knows what others are paying!

Other stores, like Wally's Cheesebox, isn't bad but the selection is much more limited, the cheeses are all wrapped in cellophane, and the prices aren't much different. At least they have prices, though :)

I picked up some nice cheese at Bay Cities the other day, and it was well priced. It is pre cut, however, and I'm not sure if they sample.

Silver Lake was pretty good too.

Oct 07, 2014
manku in Los Angeles Area

Solo Business Trip to LA area - Recommendations?

I'd hit up Grand Central Market for breakfast...the NYT claimed that G&B has the best latte in the country, once again proving how overrated the NYT is! It does make good coffee drinks, even if it's a little too hipster for my taste. And Ruth Reichl raved about the slut at eggslut...I enjoyed it, but it is hardly life changing. As an added bonus, go across Broadway to the Bradbury building (Bladerunner, Wolf and others)...one of the great buildings in LA...and the knife store was patronized by OJ.

I'd go to Langers for lunch, mainly because I think the pastrami sandwich (plain, on rye, guldens...ignore other combos) is the best single dish in LA, at least that you can't get elsewhere in the world.

For dinner, I'd try some fairly trendy place that represents LA - Gjelina in Venice would probably work fairly well. Bestia in downtown is also a good choice, but you might want to leave downtown.

Oct 06, 2014
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So, who's going to the Catfe?

My kids wanted to go...we had two cats, but they died a few years ago and we haven't replaced them.

HOWEVER, they are charging $30 for a twenty minute session! I don't think I'll spring for $90 for my kids to pet some housecats for a few minutes...we can go to the local pet adoption for free!

I don't have an issue with an entry fee/cover charge, but $30 is crazy!

Oinkster Hollywood

Tried Oinkster Pastrami/Pork Adobo Sandwich/Chili Cheese Fries/Onion Rings/2 sodas...total $36 with 10% tip. BTW, how much does one tip in a place where you place the order at a counter, but the food is delivered to your table by the staff?

It's fast food at double the cost, essentially. Probably slightly better quality, but the end result feels the same. Not worth it, IMHO.

The parking situation is excellent!

Sep 29, 2014
manku in Los Angeles Area

Oinkster Hollywood

Never been to either location...meeting a friend for lunch today...

Any recommendations or items to avoid?

Thanks.

Sep 26, 2014
manku in Los Angeles Area

Any great food with ambience in Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Van Nuys or North Hollywood?

Mistral would be ok, I think.

Also, Morton's steakhouse in Burbank.

Neither will amaze you will cutting edge cuisine, but are a safe bet for a business lunch.

Sep 24, 2014
manku in Los Angeles Area

I'm Going Deaf Eating Out in LA

While not always possible, dining during off-hours seems to mitigate the noise issue substantially.

I agree, however, that most modern restaurant design is too hard and uncomfortable. They do not encourage lingering.

Sep 22, 2014
manku in Los Angeles Area

Never have I been so baffled: Mama's House of Horrors

It's a really pleasant place to have lunch or an early dinner.

Is it overpriced? Yes and no...you ever check the prices at Nick's Fish Market, Merriman's Kapalua, Spago etc. It's about the same. You pay for the location and view. Of course, you can go to Subway and sit on the beach for a lot less!

I was only there once, about a dozen years ago. We had just landed from Kauai around 1:00 PM...it was a beautiful day, the beach and ocean were spectacular, my kids played on the beach and the outrigger while we ate. One of my nicest meals in Hawaii and I couldn't tell you a thing about what we ate.

Sometimes it's not just about the food...

Sep 18, 2014
manku in Hawaii

IL PICOLLINO - ALWAYS OUTSTANDING

Capo??? That's one of the priciest restaurants in town, with pastas running nearly $30, and mains mostly over $50.

Maybe when you went you didn't have prices on your menu :)

Sep 17, 2014
manku in Los Angeles Area

Connie and Ted's - pleasantly surprised

It's a solid restaurant...as you mentioned, a little pricey, but what isn't these days? Especially for seafood.

As for parking, I've never had a problem finding street parking within a block of the restaurant.

Sep 17, 2014
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Restaurant recommendatins in the Princeville area of Kauai?

I've been to the St. Regis Princeville a half a dozen times over the past decade or so (used to be a Sheraton/Luxury Collection - only difference now is it's pricier and you need to valet for $30/day, also got rid of pool bar:().

The food in Kauai (north shore) is bad...I've been to most places on the north shore, and there isn't one place I look forward to returning to. And most places are pricey too. I could list them all, but won't as there really aren't any highlights.

Other places I've been to on the island were Duane's Ono Burger (fried food, OK, but tiny, burgers), Olympic Cafe in Kapaa (think weak diner food), Monico's Taqueria in Kapaa (average chain at double the prices), Beach House in South Shore (hotel restaurant food).

Despite all of this, the north shore remains my favorite destination in Hawaii. Don't let it deter you.

Lapperts is good ice cream, but hard to make three meals a day out of it (though my family tried!).

Sep 11, 2014
manku in Hawaii

Maude: September's Tomato Dinner

I walked by last night, and from the street at least, it looks really uninviting...like a private club.

I wouldn't mind trying it, and $95 pp is in the ballpark for similar restaurants.

However, I will never patronize a restaurant that is described as "A Restaurant by Curtis Stone"...it's not a film or novel! Too pretentious for me.

Sep 09, 2014
manku in Los Angeles Area