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C & M Cafe in the Palms neighborhood

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

about 20 hours ago
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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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Searching for natural casing hot dogs in grocery stores/meat markets in Los Angeles/Southern California

Albertsons sells Sabrett's and Nathan's in the casing.

Smart & Final also sells Nathan's with the casing and they're cheaper than Albertsons.

Boar's Head at Ralphs. They also have a Boar's Head light dog in the natural casing. Not a fan of their own store brand of natural casing dog... They are kind of bland and not very juicy.

I have seen some natural casing dogs at Sprouts as well, can't remember the brand.

Gelson's has a decent dog under their own label.

Mar 05, 2015
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10 Best Sausages In LA

I buy mine at Schreiners Fine Sausages in Glendale (near La Crescenta) and cook 'em up myself! Great brats and breakfast sausages but they also make Hungarian, Polish, frankfurters etc.

They supposedly make a great Black Forest ham too that I have yet to try.

http://schreinersfinesausages.com

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

SEAFOOD SANDWICHES

Feb 24, 2015
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Westwood -- Boiling Crab

The crabs are served as an order (a cluster) and then weighed. Pretty sure they were about $16/lb. For me it would take a couple pounds to fill us up (not much meat on crab) So we get shrimp and crab.

My girl and I pigged out at the one in Koreatown a while back. Didn't like the clams. They fell out of the shell and had to be fished out of the seasoning liquid, a swamp LOL! I totally over-ate. Here is a copy of my receipt.

Westwood -- Boiling Crab

I enjoyed it!

We went on a Tuesday at 3:30p and had a 20 minute wait. Much better than the standard 2-3 HOUR wait time at the Koreatown location.

I loved it, it's a fun meal. If you like sports they have panel TVs everywhere. But I just can't wait longer than an hour to eat. I wouldn't wait that long to have an audience with the pope.

Feb 23, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, February 2015 -- BURGERS

Yeah, first time getting it. Remembered all the recs for it and it delivered.

Feb 22, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, February 2015 -- BURGERS

PANN's patty melt. 2/3 pound of beefy, cheesy, greasy goodness!!! ($11.95 with a side)

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

2nd PASTRAMI
I wouldn't mind 2nd-ing FILET-O-FISH LIKE SANDWICHES LOL

Visiting Burbank/NOHO area

+1 on Salsa and Beer!!!

We are regulars. Inexpensive, lots of food. The meats are charbroiled and get an amazing smokey taste. Extensive menu.

Feb 17, 2015
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Best Bagels in SFV or Conejo Valley?

I remember those days. I'm with you!!

I remember having to buy bialy's from a bakery, not a bagel bakery.

Feb 14, 2015
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Best Bagels in SFV or Conejo Valley?

True about Noah's -- dinner rolls. Proof just because the bread has a hole in it doesn't make it a bagel.

Pretty sure that most everyone is under $10/dozen except Original Brooklyn Water Bagel, about $13 a dozen.

I am going to call about the lox/smoked salmon when I get a chance.

Feb 14, 2015
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Best Bagels in SFV or Conejo Valley?

$18/dozen? They better be good.

Wonder if it's really lox or if it's Nova.

Feb 14, 2015
gr8pimpin in Los Angeles Area

Best Bagels in SFV or Conejo Valley?

Old NY Deli and Bakery (formerly Old New York Bagel and Deli) makes the dense/chewy bagels in Newbury Park (town next to Thousand Oaks). They also have Jewish style baked goods.

http://www.oldnewyork.com/

Another better option is Abraham Bagel on Ventura Blvd and Woodley in Encino. Their bagels are like the old I & Joy that were here before Crap-hattan took them over.

http://www.abrahambagelcafe.com

Western Bagel is more like a roll, love it but totally NOT an east coast bagel.

+1 on Bea's Bakery for some really great jewish style treats.

Feb 14, 2015
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Matzo Ball Soup Challenge

Agree 100% with that.

Feb 12, 2015
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Matzo Ball Soup Challenge

LOL... Yeah that sums up the show except for the busted employee uttering the famous line "I did it for you."

****SPOILER******

Lenny had a crazy baker who was taking liberties with custom cake orders. She was absolutely certifiable.

Also a crooked catering manager.

Feb 12, 2015
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Matzo Ball Soup Challenge

They were just on Mystery Diners on Food Network.

Feb 12, 2015
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Matzo Ball Soup Challenge

My mother's "mistakes" were dense... But we loved them. When she made them the "right" way they floated but we're not spongy.

Some of these delis throw in baking powder to get them to blow up and I think that makes the texture funky.

I make them light but with a little chew. A lot of schmaltz, homemade stock, and semi-stiff whites setup nice.

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

I think I'm starting to agree with you.

I don't think I have EVER craved Burger Lounge... But for the last two days I'm suffering through a severe hankering for Shaka Shack. Damn!!!

Feb 11, 2015
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