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L.A. Dish of the Month, May 2015 -- Nominations

CUBAN / CARRIBEAN food

Apr 21, 2015
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Shake Shack is coming

Can't NY send us Russ & Daughters or Zabar's instead??

Best Lobster Roll in LA?

Just went to Lobsta Shack in DTLA. I guess it's a brick n mortar location from the Lobsta Truck folks.

The lobster roll was $20 w/side (they had pretty good creamy slaw), choice of butter or seasoned mayo. Loaded with meat. It was MUCH larger than the truck version which (last time I went) was $14 (w extra meat) and no sides.

Lobster Grilled cheese was also loaded with meat ($19).

This place also had steamers (clams), whole lobster dinners, lobster pot pies, pasta dishes.

Try the blueberry soda OMG refreshing as hell. We got a blueberry crisp to go.

L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2015 -- FRIED RICE

Hop Li in West LA (Sawtelle neighborhood).

Yang Chow fried rice. Nice size shrimp, forgettable BBQ pork pieces. Dish was average.

Apr 16, 2015
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Vintage LA diners with great food

Agree on Pann's -- it's great. I'm there once a week. Really good fried chicken. 3/4 pound patty melt is awesome. Great breakfast joint. Damn, now I've got a hankering for their onion rings.

+2 on Nats

Bobs Big Boy is the place to be on FRIDAY nights for the classic cars. Though they do a costume contest and car trophy event on the first Saturday of the month.

Dinah's is good. Chicken not as good as Pann's -- though they have AYCE on Mondays and Thursdays. Breakfast is good. The german pancake is a famous dish.

ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

That's what I did. Still missed the mustard. Next time, I WILL bring my own. :-)

Apr 14, 2015
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ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

It's like going to an Italian restaurant and asking for Parmesan cheese and they bring you a slice of American.

Apr 14, 2015
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ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

Thank you for the post. Hitting up your list, though I am a non-adventurous simpleton, mostly ordering "the standards."

Went to Sea Harbor on Saturday. They don't serve hot mustard?

I asked and a few servers said they don't have that, people say it was too hot. So they served me yellow mustard.

I wondered if it was French's or Plochman's. ;-)

Apr 13, 2015
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Belcampo Meat Company in Santa Monica

Looks like no burgers for lunch?

Restaurant opens at 5:00pm.

Apr 13, 2015
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Belcampo Meat Company in Santa Monica

The valet stand was bustling Saturday night. Just opened.

Apr 13, 2015
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Batterfish lunch

Sorry, I meant Batterfish.

They have both chips AND French fries listed.

Apr 11, 2015
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Batterfish lunch

They have chips AND French fries on the menu. whats the difference? Shape?

I vaguely remember the one time I was there that I ordered chips and they were skin-on fries.

Ok I have to go back.

I also just saw on the menu they fry the fish in beef fat (though you may request vegetable oil)

Apr 10, 2015
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Batterfish lunch

World Empanada has some tasty "appetizers" but it ain't no meal.

That fish looks great. I will heed your advice. Thanks!

Apr 10, 2015
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Batterfish lunch

I have passed this place 1000x wanting to go in but vetoed by the wife who always wanted World Empanada instead. Looks like I'll need to ditch her for a few hours!!!

Thanks for the report!

Apr 10, 2015
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What does New York have that LA doesn't?

Food wise?

Egg Rolls
Lox
Shake Shack ;-)
Towering pastrami /corned beef sands
knoblewurst

Apr 07, 2015
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Batterfish lunch

I've eaten there before. I love this place. You can pick the fish, flavor of the batter (regular, chili, curry, lemon basil, garlic ginger).

Thought it was great. My cod was lightly crisp but not battery. Perfectly done.

Can't compare to H. Salt. Do you know if you had the owner working the fryer?

I actually loved the catfish more than the cod. Huge flaky and thick piece of fish.

Apr 04, 2015
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Great place for lunch place in Burbank?

+1 on GRB.

Apr 03, 2015
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Fuddruckers Santa Monica (Again)

Belcampo also took down the ply wood. You can now see into the place.

Apr 02, 2015
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C & M Cafe in the Palms neighborhood

I should have said in my post that we went today.

Mar 29, 2015
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C & M Cafe in the Palms neighborhood

Old post but deserves a bump.

Photo 1: Pork belly hash $8.95 -- this was so good. Pork belly was incredibly tender. Potatoes and some apples in it. This was a great dish and it was surprisingly light, not very salty or overly spiced so as to interfere with the rest of your day :-)

Photo 2: Roasted pork belly, brie, roasted garlic and house made pickles on a baguette $11.25 -- again, incredibly tender. Not a ton of belly in it but how much do you really need? Delicious.

Photo 3: Pastrami, bacon, pickles, red onion, Swiss, alfalfa, chili aioli on grilled sourdough $10.95 -- this was incredible. Tangy sauce, the pickles were wafer thin.

You could tell everything was house made and fresh. They cry their own potato chips, roast their own turkeys, the meats are antibiotic and hormone free.

We all agreed we will be back.

BIG THANKS TO NOSH FOR MANAGING 'DISH OF THE MONTH'

100% agreed! Thank you Mr. Nosh!!

Mar 25, 2015
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TLT

I could live on their Brussels sprouts with pancetta.

Mar 25, 2015
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Coming back for a quick visit - anything interesting in Pasadena?

Never been, but "Union" is a competitor on "Best New Restaurant" on Bravo. A farm-to-table restaurant in Pasadena.

http://www.unionpasadena.com

Mar 15, 2015
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Searching for natural casing hot dogs in grocery stores/meat markets in Los Angeles/Southern California

The Albertsons here in Calabasas has Dietz & Watson NY beef dogs, Black Forest knockwurst, and an assortment of their sausages in natural casing.

Mar 14, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, March 2015 -- SEAFOOD SANDWICHES

We ordered way too many Filet 'O Fish last night so I made a tower with the leftovers and took a photo. Ok, this is a moronic post, but why not?!

Family friendly restaurants in Santa Monica??

Best suggestion yet!!! Love 'em!!

Mar 09, 2015
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Falafel in West Valley

You mean no decent food options except for The Hat!! :-)

Mar 09, 2015
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Falafel in West Valley

Thanks for the rec. definitely going to try it.

Mar 08, 2015
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Falafel in West Valley

I was just at Falafel Palace about a month ago. Passed by it so many times I gave it a shot. I was hugely disappointed.

I would just skip these. They were very mushy and did not have much texture at all.

Then again after eating Joe's or Hayat's Kitchen, maybe I expect too much.

Mar 08, 2015
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Fuddruckers Santa Monica (Again)

Anyone know the story on this?

Restaurant is still in the same state as 3 months ago.

I gotta believe the People's Republic of Santa Monica is making things difficult.

The folks at Fudd's sure have been sinking a lot of money in rent for zero revenue.

Mar 05, 2015
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