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the halal guys.

Just announced location coming to Long Beach in addition to the one in Costa Mesa.

http://www.foodbeast.com/news/halal-g...

about 21 hours ago
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Armenian in Glendale

I have more Armenian friends than I care to admit LOL!

The friends from Armenia all speak Russian.

L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2015 -- Voting

LOL! Stole my line! That was going to be my first stop if skewers won ;)

Jul 01, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2015 -- Voting

HOT DOGS/SAUSAGES

Jun 29, 2015
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Armenian in Glendale

And it will be a TON of food.

Jun 25, 2015
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Armenian in Glendale

Well, my Armenian friends (including one in the restaurant biz) who live in Glendale, always insist on Raffi's Place. It's really Persian Armenian. I personally love the chicken barg, but we always get a few different stews. Eggplant is awesome. Koobideh is extremely popular here.

I also like Elena’s. It's Greek Armenian. I go for the lamb kebabs here. Though I must admit it's been a while since I have been here since Raffi's usually wins out when picking a restaurant in Glendale.

Jun 25, 2015
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Is Pizza Hut's New ‘Hot Dog Pizza’ Actually Pizza? An Investigation

Inside that outer crust, They should add laxatives and antacids next to the hot dogs.

Or add them and get rid of the hot dogs. The "Cathartic Stuft Crust" maybe?

Jun 23, 2015
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In search of incredible lox?

Yeah, even THEY recently changed their position. Like I said, probably easier to just call lox and nova lox than trying to explain the difference. Because then you can even get into lox vs belly lox.

This is all marketing for simplicity. I don't really blame them. The few holdouts will be fighting a losing battle.

I'm a dinosaur LOL!

Jun 22, 2015
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In search of incredible lox?

I, respectfully, disagree about the use of the word lox. The industry has added the word "Lox" in recent years to the word Nova where it used to only appear on menus as Nova. I'm restaurants that served both, the menu would have Lox and Nova. Funny, nova used to be more expensive than Lox.

Maybe because it's easier than explaining the difference between the two, or maybe just to rebrand the product to make it more sellable.

Lox is never smoked. And unlike lox, nova is mildly cured and usually has more sugar in the brine.

I'm really not trying to split hairs but for many there is an obvious difference between the two so when someone asks where to find it, I like to be clear on what they are looking for.

Jun 21, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2015 -- Nominations

I second HOT DOGS/SAUSAGES

Jun 21, 2015
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In search of incredible lox?

Thanks for the clarification.

+1 on Wexlers. I'm drooling as I am writing this.

Fairfax Fishery does nova in-house. Though I'm pretty sure they are closed on Saturdays.

I was actually impressed at Lenny's Deli a year or two ago. They had 4 different types of Nova and they pushed samples on me with pride.

Gotta, say, though, if you are looking for a great taste to cost ratio, Costco's Kirkland smoked salmon is good. Pretty sure it's LASCO (private labelled for Costco). They also have a Scottish style that was a big hit with my fellow tribesman at a gathering a few weeks ago.

But if you need a LOX fix, order it online and have it shipped from NYC.

http://shop.russanddaughters.com
http://www.zabars.com

In search of incredible lox?

Here we go again. And I really hate to ask but...

Just for clarification, are you looking for LOX or are you looking for SMOKED salmon?

I have yet to find lox in this city, though you correctly mentioned Barney Greengrass (RIP) as having carried it.

Jun 19, 2015
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"We reserve the right to refuse...." Whole Foods

Is it organic? ;-)

Jun 19, 2015
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Where did all of the Burger King's go in the Southbay area?

You should consider yourself lucky that your neighborhood has been cleansed and will soon be healed by In-N-Out

Porcini Mushrooms

They have the dried in virtually every supermarket. In the mushroom section I just saw them yesterday (and have purchased them) at Ralphs.

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

It's actually not as heavy as it looks, though it is not light. The tomatoes are really chunky, contributing to its hefty appearance.

The crust is not thick and bready at all. It's actually thin and dare I say biscuity. It's just tall in the back to hold the tomatoes and toppings.

It is REALLY good. Problem is it is across the street from Grimaldi's!

pizza

I was waiting for you, LOL!

They opened a few Barones Express pizzerias. Been one in Woodland Hills for a few years, use to get a pie there quite often. Nice change of pace.

They just opened another in Westlake Village off Lindero.

Jun 16, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

I'm wondering the same thing about Cutters in Tarzana. Swedish pizza.

http://www.cutterspizza.com/menu/

pizza

I personally like Santinos in Sherman Oaks, my favorite in the valley. In addition to traditional NY style thin, they also do a square pizza with a more yeasty dough.

Barones Is unique. Rectangular and baked in a pan. I like it as a change of pace. They'll be some folks on this board who swear by it.

Jun 12, 2015
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Craft bacon in LA.

Agreed.

That said, gimme some Farmer John bacon and I am just fine!!

Jun 12, 2015
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I don't know how to pick for picky eaters! (But need to find a place for dinner for 7 tomorrow!)

Every time my tourist friends come to town, at their request, I have to reserve one night at Lawry's. It's their original location, it's old school, kind of touristy, spinning salads and lots of meat.

BONUS: You can tell them "this is where they invented the seasoned salt"

Best Steakhouse in L.A.? Comparable to Porter House or Peter Luger?

Is Mastro's the same since it was bought out by the king of chain restaurants, Landry's?

Jun 11, 2015
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Sawtelle help

Great call on Beni-Tora : B Sweet combo!! Just did that last week. Soooo good.

White dan dan men and giant gyoza followed by 5 takeouts of various bread puddings at B Sweet.

Jun 10, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

Nosh should check it out. Fried ravioli on the menu.

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

Grimaldi's, my favorite NY as well, may seem sweet because they use San Marzano tomatoes. But we have discussed this ad nauseum in other threads ;-)

I hate talking about Grimaldi's so much because it gives me an itch that is a long drive to scratch!!

Love to get a pie to go, head over to Dockweiler beach, park the car, sit on the hood and chow!!!

McDonald’s Rolls Out New Protocol for Taking Orders

Yep! Very true. I just found it funny that without me asking, he was sure to volunteer and assure me the sauce was there.

Jun 09, 2015
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Arby's

And now they also serve Boylan, cane sugar sodas.

Jun 09, 2015
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Need a rec for AYCE Brazilian ...

Never been but here is a groupon for Samba in Redondo:

Brazilian Gaucho Dinner for Two or Four at Samba Brazilian Steakhouse - Redondo Beach (Up to 36% Off)
http://gr.pn/1F0BCiz

Jun 05, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

Grimaldi's!!

I'm here as I post this. Perfect char on the crust. Crispy, yet chewy. The spicy small pepperoni cut thick. Not overly sauced. My favorite NY pie in LA!

Pictured: pepperoni, mushroom and fresh basil. Other is plain ole cheese.

Old School Italian in the Valley

I've only been to Studio City location. It is a fun place because of the singing wait staff.

Jun 05, 2015
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