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Rivera recs?

yes. top 10 in LA in my book. tortillas, steak or duck enchiladas, flan! cocktails sublime.

Sep 26, 2009
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Tavern- Brentwood - Update

If a $17 burger is not expensive to you, you should live in Brentwood. I found all the food there expensive and BORING (good service though). Won't be back at those prices....

Sep 12, 2009
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Nice New Wine Store in Hollywood - Domaine LA

Cool, glad you liked it.

Sep 08, 2009
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Nice New Wine Store in Hollywood - Domaine LA

Their focus seems to be smaller producers from Europe. Good everyday drinking selection, not a wine store where everything you buy to save.

Sep 07, 2009
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Nice New Wine Store in Hollywood - Domaine LA

This place just opened on melrose near highland next to california chicken. Nicely curated selection of offbeat wines, reminds me a little of Silverlake Wine. Nice owner Jill. Nice classy space, hopefully they will set up tastings.

I am a loyal K & L customer, but will definitely start buying from here, it is in my hood.

Sep 05, 2009
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Ludobites is back!

Went last night, only ones there (for shame). Fried Chicken was mind-blowing, best I've ever tasted. All else tasty, loved the butter with the breads.

May 28, 2009
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Church and State-hype

Mine too, exact opposite. Loved all the food, and the waits were bearable via the company. Not a fast service place, but one to linger in. Service fantastic.

May 18, 2009
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AK: AOK

3x is normal, BB is right.

May 16, 2009
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Pizzeria Mozza: as good as they say?

Second that. Not as good as they say (but pretty good nonetheless).

May 14, 2009
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AK: AOK

Ok BB ;)

Run, don't walk to AK, and get the pork belly with peas and morels, swedish meatballs and the mushroom risotto. The food there is truly astounding.

It's on Abbot Kinney just off Venice.

May 14, 2009
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AK: AOK

AK is a restaurant in Venice, on Abbott Kinney. A name, not an abbreviation.

Master Somm is a Master Sommelier indeed.

May 13, 2009
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AK: AOK

Went last night with a friend and a MS (master somm, none in LA).

Brought our own wine (but list is very good).

Awesome food and a beautiful dining space. Food light, fresh, tasting of itself. Light touch on the seasoning and perfect ingredients.

To start we had the herring, gravlax, mussels, beet salad, artichoke and pork belly with spring peas and morels. All excellent, with the mussels and pork belly sublime.

Next had the lamb chops, swedish meatballs, mushroom risotto, and schnitzel. All phenomenal, I really cannot convey how perfectly executed these were. Complex with lots of ingredients, perfectly plated into a simple whole.

Stellar cheese plate and dessert.

Total bill: $260 for 4. A really good value.

This last year has been a bumper crop for LA restaurants (on the higher end). I would put AK, Gjelina and Church & State in my LA top 10.

May 13, 2009
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Fraiche-Bad Service for Us too in 2009

Hell no.

May 13, 2009
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Best lamb purveyor?

LOL.

Gelsons.

May 03, 2009
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My dinner at Tavern

Yeah, I think the whole AOC style is played out and needs a new direction.

May 01, 2009
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Loteria Grill Kitchen Store

yes, it caught fire and they are relocating, probably downtown.

May 01, 2009
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White Castle type burgers in LA?

Only seen White castle steamed at Ralph's--buy them. Otherwise you are out of luck.

May 01, 2009
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Cristoni Pizzeria - Double Bust

Right, BH is still alive, but perhaps on life support...

Apr 30, 2009
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Anyone been to Church And State?

Went last night and I can honestly say I have never been as impressed with French Bistro food in LA (or anywhere) as this place. It all works, from the ambiance, to the great, authentic winelist, to the sublime food. Standouts: salmon tart, escargot, charcuterie, cheeses, bouillabase (best I've ever had), herring, confit and cocktails.

Apr 30, 2009
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Cristoni Pizzeria - Double Bust

TRIPLE BUST, aka Out of Business. Guess we hounds saw the writing here from day one. I am sure the Cafe Primo at Americana is not far behind. Anyone eating there?

Apr 28, 2009
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Wine shop that specializes in Champagne?

Wine expo. They sell mostly Champagne, as well a Italian wine. In Santa Monica.

Apr 20, 2009
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Bar Pintxo

I actually liked what I had there (except the paella with squid ink-terrible). Yet we spent even more than you, around $160 for 3 or 4 tapas, the paella and 3 glasses of wine each. It did feel like a rip off and I haven't returned.

I think this type of place only works if it is cheap.

Apr 19, 2009
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Tagine mini-review

agree. this place is one of my go-to special occasion restaurants.

Apr 18, 2009
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Cassell's Burgers on 8th and Western

Still in business on 6th, not very good anymore.

Apr 16, 2009
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Kogi: Overrated Waste of Time

Go to the Alibi Room for a 20 minute wait instead. Loved it.

Apr 06, 2009
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Dessert ideas for large group (200 people)

Cake Monkey individual desserts rock.

www.cakemonkey.com

Apr 04, 2009
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The Father's Office School of Etiquette or Why do I bother?

Cause it's a bar? Truth be told, I've never had anything but great service at FO cause I know the rules.

Mar 21, 2009
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The Father's Office School of Etiquette or Why do I bother?

Exactly right. This post should end the debate. What all are failing to understand is the amount of challenges a restaurant face. FO--maybe in the millions? Therefore, any trying to "have it your way" is met with derision. Amen.

Mar 20, 2009
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The Father's Office School of Etiquette or Why do I bother?

Sang is probably ignoring this anyway--as he should. FO is FO. Take it or leave it. You know the policies, so a rude response is expected.

Mar 20, 2009
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Boule Atelier

No customers?

Mar 18, 2009
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