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The Pastrami List 2014

I hate this thread. Every time there is a new post I get an insatiable pastrami craving!!!!! Off to Brent's I go ;)

The Pastrami List 2014

I just had a pretty tasty pastrami at Uncle Bernie's Deli of all places. It took over the Fromin's location in Encino a year or two ago.

It was a tad lean for my tastes but it was juicy, piled high and the bread was soft yet chewy with a slightly crispy crust. $13.95 (photo: 1/2 pastrami on left --- 1/2 corned beef on right)

It is a decent local option.

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

BURGERS

Jan 27, 2015
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"The top 13 places for fried chicken in LA, as chosen by 8 LA food writers" - Yes, it is a list, don't click on it if you don't want to!

Is there another Honey's Kettle other than Culver City? Is the one in Compton related or is Culver just a knock off.

Did NOT care for HK in CC AT ALL. I could've squeezed the grease out into a large measuring cup.

Jan 27, 2015
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Zankou

I never understood that place, Zankou, for chicken. Is it just my imagination or do they not season the chicken at all?

ANY Peruvian place where you can get pollo a la brasa (Peruvian chicken) is awesome. I like Takatis in the Van Nuys, Pollo a La Brasa (the restaurant), but there are lots of places.

Jan 27, 2015
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Dish of the Month, Los Angeles -- February 2015 -- Nominations

BURGERS

Jan 22, 2015
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looking for good Chicago style pizza

+1 on Union Pizza. Went on your rec awhile ago. Great call!!

Jan 02, 2015
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Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

These are two tacos of the "three taco plate" from Salsa and Beer in NoHo.

These are chicken and carnitas, the other was an asada. These are huge.

A note: They serve the 3 taco plate on flour tortillas, unlike the other taco plates. I just request corn. This plate comes with pintos and a salad (or rice)

The plate is $8.99.

Dec 31, 2014
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Best Fried Chicken in the Valley?

Popeyes! :-)

I can't wait to see the recs that the hounds come up with. I need an answer to this question, too!

Dec 29, 2014
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Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

Thanks, Got it! Eyes read Manny's, brain heard Henry's.

Manny's is no loss. Anything is an upgrade.

Dec 28, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Voting

CHILI

(How come it includes chili cheese fries but not chili dogs? ;-)

Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

The location in NOHO is 3x the size and can easily handle 15. Tough parking lot, but they also have full bar, not just beer.

Dec 26, 2014
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Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

It moved in there and opened over a year ago, maybe two.

Manny's moved up the street a block into the old Studio Subs location.

Dec 26, 2014
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Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

I 3rd -- Salsa and Beer. But I prefer the location in North Hollywood which is on the corner of Sherman Way and Lankershim. That location has a full bar (actually two full bars). Parking can be a hassle but they are easily able to accommodate large parties.

And it's VERY reasonably priced!

Their meat is charbroiled on a grill that emparts such a delicious smoky taste -- I love the place!

Dec 26, 2014
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Boiling Crab Opening in Westwood Village

Been waiting for this for at LEAST 8 months. That link has been on their homepage for two months.

Dec 24, 2014
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Favorite off-menu In-N-Out orders

Double Double Animal Style extra grilled onions with chopped chilis !!

Dec 15, 2014
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Best Lobster Roll in LA?

Lobsta truck is tasty but as they all are, they are expensive. You need to opt for the extra meat. (Sorry I cannot remember pricing).

I do know that after my two times having the roll from them I needed something else to fill up.

A few of the people in line told me the crab sandwich is better.

Pizza at Grimaldi's

Agreed.

I do not find the sauce sweet but they claim they use San Marzano tomatoes so that could be it.

I wish we would get another location already.

Dec 08, 2014
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Burger King's Yumbo is back

They are the least creative of all the QSRs.

Dec 02, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, December 2014 -- Voting

TAMALES

Nov 27, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, December 2014 -- Nominations

SMOKED FISH

Nov 25, 2014
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Where is a good place to buy smoked whitefish in Santa Monica area?

I hate Siri. Nice way to spell "their"

Nov 24, 2014
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Where is a good place to buy smoked whitefish in Santa Monica area?

They have some good varied sizes so sometimes you can find a smaller fish.

Nov 23, 2014
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Where is a good place to buy smoked whitefish in Santa Monica area?

They're whitefish salad is amazingly good!

Nov 23, 2014
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Bagels... lox... cream cheese...

Cool!! I'm originally from Beachwood. Long long time ago.

Nov 21, 2014
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Bagels... lox... cream cheese...

Concur!! I like Brooklyn Water Bagel best and NYBD 2nd. They are great!

Nov 20, 2014
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Best Egg Rolls in LA area

Now THAT's what I miss.

Nov 20, 2014
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Bagels... lox... cream cheese...

I always say that about Noah's and about Western Bagel as well. I've always called them dinner rolls to my friends.

Good for your dad!!

Best Egg Rolls in LA area

Closest I have found is

Emperor Express
13320 Burbank Blvd
Sherman Oaks‎ CA‎ 91401

Though at times they missed, but at times they were pretty close.

My GF who lived in Brooklyn and I have gone to Emperor Express just for the egg rolls.

That whole overly stuffed oblong thing is so common on the attempts to make these.

It still stuns me that no one does these well let alone consistently.

Nov 20, 2014
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Steak 'N Shake Santa Monica, CA Concept Restaurant?

Yeah, it's like taking a Pinto and putting a Farrari logo on it. Not what you'd expect your Farrari to be.

This is a great piece by Roger Ebert. Thanks for posting!

Nov 20, 2014
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