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5 Guys vs. In & Out... Time for a simple vote

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about 23 hours ago
gr8pimpin in Chains

Naugles

Thanks for the tip. Gonna hit it next time up there.

Jul 29, 2015
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Boars Head Hot Dogs

I have seen them, sold as Boar's Head Brand, in the past week at Ralphs locations in:
Calabasas, Encino, West LA, Brentwood, Thousand Oaks.

(Yes, I get around lol)

They've had them for years. Pretty good knockwursts too.

Naugles

So that Del Taco still serves "Naugles" style? They used to have one remaining Naugles right next to a Del Taco there in Barstow.

Jul 29, 2015
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Naugles

Nostalgia, IMHO.

I mean I liked it, but really do not miss it much.

What's next, Pup 'N' Taco?

Your favorite grocery store ice cream

LOL!! I thought I was the only one!!

Jul 29, 2015
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Your favorite grocery store ice cream

Good call...Love the Udderly Chocolate.

Jul 29, 2015
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Does this look like a paella?

Used to be a paella vendor at the Studio City FM on Sunday's. They did a bustling biz. Haven't been in a few months so can't say if they are still there.

Jul 28, 2015
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

The Pastrami List 2014

I just had a crazy good Black Pastrami rueben at Brent's.

Picture doesn't do it justice!

Does this look like a paella?

Uh... NO. Travelled throughout Spain, sampled lots of regional variations and have never seen a dish like that. The post and photo above from "KTLA" looks like a typical Catalonia version. Beautiful!!

I was fortunate and had a friend's mom make some paella for us when we were in Madrid. NEVER had anything better than that.

Ok, I'm hungry!!

Jul 26, 2015
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Recs in the San Fernando valley

Cheap Good Eats:

Salsa and Beer (I like the NoHo location better because it has a full bar and is much larger) but this location is damn tasty. Meat is charbroiled and gets a great smokey flavor. Crowded so expect a wait.

Las Fuentes - Mexican. They also own Sol Y Luna on Ventura blvd, which is slightly more upscale than the Las Fuentes location.

Batterfish - great fish and chips. Pick the fish, pick the batter flavor.

Brent's Deli in Northridge -- about a 15 minute drive and WELL worth it. One of the best Pastrami sands in the city.

Fab Hot Dog - this guy was on DDD and is a favorite of many on this board. Again, about a 15 minute drive

Tampa Garden Chinese Delight -- hand made dumplings

Firehouse Restaurant - Greek. Killer gyros too.

+1 on Hummus Bar

DotM August

SPEEDY RECOVERY (my nomination is in all caps!)

Fantastic Greek - near LAX

I was just there a couple of weeks ago, for the first time. Had some terrific pork souvlaki, gyros, and lamb souvlaki sandwich.

The pork souvlaki was really good. Never had pork souvlaki and this was so tender and flavorful

Gyros were juicy and spiced about right. Not the best I've ever had but definitely serviceable.

Lamb was a tad bland but very well prepared and juicy.

Service was very friendly and the sounds of jets landing was soothing :-)

Jul 18, 2015
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Restaurants with tarragon dishes

I love a little in my tuna salad!

Jul 14, 2015
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

July is National Hot Dog & Sausage Month

Had some, well, actually LOTS of these bad boys on Saturday.

Frankfurters, knockwurst, polish sausages and jalapeño sausages from Schreiners in Glendale.

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

Just went the other day to the new location in Santa Monica. Had a tasty rotisserie chicken wrap.

Look forward to going back.

Jul 05, 2015
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2015 -- SKEWERS

Your experience of the gyros definitely differed from mine. Though not charred, it was really tender, fairly juicy, not too salty but spiced right.

My favorite for Gyros is Firehouse in Reseda.

I'm gonna give hungry pocket a shot next.

Jul 05, 2015
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

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

Aliki's Greek Taverna in Westchester (thank you Nosh!).

Wonderful pork souvlaki ($14.95) as juicy as can be. Lamb souvlaki sandwich ($13.95) was tender, though the meat was on the bland side. Gyros plate ($12.95) was tasty. I think the gyros were about as good as Papa Cristos, but this restaurant is definitely easier to get to from Santa Monica.

The sounds of the jets landing was quite soothing (ok, maybe not.)

For kicks, I also skewered a French fry in honor of DOTM!

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...

Jul 02, 2015
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

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
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

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

HOT DOGS/SAUSAGES

Jun 29, 2015
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

And it will be a TON of food.

Jun 25, 2015
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

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
gr8pimpin in Chains

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
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

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
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

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

I second HOT DOGS/SAUSAGES

Jun 21, 2015
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

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
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area