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Smoke OIl Salt

SOS is great. It’s a cozy, warm accessible space and not too loud. We ate at bar even though our table was ready –we usually prefer that and did here too. Great Spanish wines. Rose, dry Riesling, an Albarino, Tempranillo and a sherry naturally!

Food – goooood. We started with the little tapas called ‘meritage’ which was amazing. The waitress told us it’s the way to get ALL the key flavors of smoke/oil/salt in one dish (thus 'meritage') anchovies three ways – salted, fresh filet and inside olives with fruity olive oil and smoky paprika and smooth crunchy marcona almonds. What a treat and great way to start meal.

We then had the quail which was a perfect little thing in a brilliant stew of black lentils, garbanzo beans and a few dollops of very tangy goat cheese that melted nicely into the sauce and provided little flavor ribbons throughout. The bird was tiny but delicious! Salty, smoky but not too much of either – and bread to soak up stew – and a PERFECT use of a little fresh tarragon that made it lighter and is a great foil to salt (not that it had too much). Gorgeous dish – would order again.

Fried Smelt which we both love was good but the white ‘horseradish’ sauce on side a bit disappointing. I couldn’t taste horseradish at all – and I love it. The smelt though were awesome. FRESH, plump, fried perfectly so outside crispy, inside still feather soft. They can do better by this one I think but I love little fried fish so I still loved it.

Then the bravas. The best I’ve had (never been to Spain though so keep that in mind). This dish I want all the time. Crunchy potatoes seasoned well with not too much hot paprika (not the dulce stuff) and lashes of iberico ham and little slices of chorizo and fried egg on top with chives and salt. Each piece was great by itself and together blew me away. Looks like there was a cream on it but I can’t remember what – I do not know why this dish wasn’t too salty but it wasn’t.

Will be back.

1 day ago
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area
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Best place to gorge on raw oysters in LA?

Salt Air in Venice is new and their oysters were excellent Monday. http://www.saltairvenice.com/

$14 for half doz, $26 full. 3 different kinds - east coast. Excellent. Rest of menu great too - griled octopus, pea taost, whole branzino.

Oct 03, 2013
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area

Best place to gorge on raw oysters in LA?

http://www.thejollyoyster.com/#!prett...

They're great. You can buy and shuck your own but on Fri-Sun they have what they call their food truck and serve them many different ways - raw, fried, grilled. They we all great.

Oct 03, 2013
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area

Best place to gorge on raw oysters in LA?

I consistently like L&E oysters too - and their regular menu is also very creative and constantly changing.

Oct 03, 2013
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area

Orsa & Winston

The crudo was of Japanese mackerel with carrot sofrito.
The testa also had sea salt and capers
The burrata had sauteed peas and blossums
And there was an egg from heaven - coddled with light panchetta and creme fraiche. I wanted a dozen.

I thought it was excellent.

Oct 03, 2013
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area
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Labor Day Visit Re-Cap: NOLA, Baton Rouge, Middendorf's and Scott, La.

Wow - reading this, it's almost like I was there! Sounds delish. Esp. Middendorf's.

Sep 03, 2013
Louisiana Mouth in New Orleans

Angelino Heading Your Way

I LOVE the Swan Oyster Depot - it reminds me of Casamento's in New Orleans. I can certainly eat oysters at 11 - no problem.

Jun 19, 2012
Louisiana Mouth in San Francisco Bay Area

Good markets, restaurants, etc. around Cal State LA?

Read about that and want to go but need a place near La Tia. Will check it out and report back.

May 29, 2012
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area

Good markets, restaurants, etc. around Cal State LA?

Servorg - glad to see this more recent post about Moles La Tia. Going for a business dinner this week.. Any suggestions? Don't miss? Thanks!

May 29, 2012
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area

Livello is Live - Any Good?

Livello the just opened restaurant at the L'Ermitage - has anyone been?

Jan 11, 2012
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area

Dick and Jenny's?

Ok - what about Eleven 79??? Anyone know anything about it? Would you replace Coquette with it? Thanks!

Dec 15, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in New Orleans

Dick and Jenny's?

Ok - I have two nights and went with Coquette and Rio Mar - how's that sound?

Dec 13, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in New Orleans

Dick and Jenny's?

I hear you nolatummy and that's why I posted. I usually hit a lot of great places over Jazz Fest and was trying to go a little off the beaten path one night. Anything you can rec more locally known?

Dec 08, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in New Orleans

Cassoulet

Les Saint Amour in Culver City. Very good.

Dec 07, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area

Dick and Jenny's?

What's the latest on Dick and Jenny's? Is it worth one of two dinners in NO over Christmas?

Dec 07, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in New Orleans

Best place you ate at this week?

The Spice Table - house-made head cheese (which they brine for 10 days); fried califlower with fish sauce; kaya toast with coconut jam and coddled egg with a touch of soy sauce and white pepper (unreal sweet/savory combo); lamb heart satay and catfish claypot. Unreal. Cannot believe we made it out of the place without getting the pig's tail! Soon little pig's tails...soon

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The Spice Table
114 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Oct 06, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area

Osteria Mamma - what's good lately?

Thanks Servorg - I saw that and was hoping for something more recent but will go anyway and see what's what.

Sep 12, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area

Osteria Mamma - what's good lately?

Anyone been recently that has anything to recommend? Thanks, LM

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Osteria Mamma
5730 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Sep 12, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area

Firefly in Studio City

Does anyone have any menu suggestions for this place?

Sep 07, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area

居酒屋 Izakaya in Little Tokyo - Anyone tried any of these?

I did but was heartened by it. I'm hoping the Little Tokyo ones pull it off. It sounded like there is a critical mass being developed there which is why I wanted to see who's tried/liked what. Have you tried any of them?

Aug 24, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area

居酒屋 Izakaya in Little Tokyo - Anyone tried any of these?

Just read about the following Izakaya places in Little Tokyo - any frontrunners and fav dishes?

Aburiya Toranoko
Honda-Ya
Haru Ulala
Raku Plus

Cheers, LM

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Haru Ulala
368 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Raku Restaurant
11678 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Aburiya Toranoko
243 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Aug 24, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area

Best place you ate at this week?

Mariscos Chente's - the pescadero (fish) zarandeado. And it's the best thing I've eaten in quite a while and I eat a lot of great/diverse things. Make sure Sergio is the chef. I call him an alchemist. LM

Maricos Chente's
10020 Inglewood Ave, Inglewood
- Vincente (Chente) Cossio
- Sergio Penuelas

Aug 05, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area

Wine is Fine, but Where's the Good Food (Napa)?!

Has anyone been to and would recommend any of these restraurants or others in the Napa area (mostly Yountville)? Anything off the beaten path/ethnic?? Thanks, LM

Bottega (the frontrunner)
Redd (a close second - menu looks amazing)
Ad Hoc (maybe better for lunch than dinner?)
Bistro Jeanty (very french which is great, but anything special?)

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Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

Bistro Jeanty
6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Bottega
6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

Aug 01, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in San Francisco Bay Area

Where Can We Get a Great Meal with Our Wine, And Maybe, God Forbid, A Good Beer?!

Thanks Wolfe - sounds great - I found that one online - glad to get a recommendation on it too. Sounds lovely & interesting menu.

Jul 27, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in San Francisco Bay Area

Where Can We Get a Great Meal with Our Wine, And Maybe, God Forbid, A Good Beer?!

Looking for anything special in the Napa Valley areas from Calistoga to Napa. Fancy is good, ethnic is better, hole in the wall is awesome - a couple of each the best! Haven't been in years and don't want to trust online reviews. Got anything for us SF chowhounds? There over labor day. Thanks! LM

Jul 27, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in San Francisco Bay Area

Killer Shrimp will return!

Excellent news - thanks for posting!

Jul 25, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area

Describe your ideal coffee house...

Have you tried one of the daily special paninis from the Silverlake Cheese Store right next door in SL? That plus an Intelligentsia cappccino is a gorgeous combo on a Sunday afternoon if you can find a table...order panini then go get in like for coffee.

Jul 21, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area

Looking for great tuna stuffed olives

I LOVE those and ones stuffed with anchovy. I usually buy them online. Very cheap/quick/easy.

Jul 21, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area

what to get at asahi ramen on sawtelle?

I think it used to be better and there weren't as many close/better options - like 14 years ago. Their mapo tofu is like comfort food and their potstickers were also good. I agree with you about the soup but the shio was ok. And someone below mentions the cold noodles with chicken which I do like. And l've always like their pickles.

Jul 21, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area

Coney Dog

I couldn't agree more Servorg - hearts - chicken, duck, turkey, beef etc are delicious. Absolutely one of my favorite foods! I had a duck heart salad at St. John's in London that was one of the best things I ever ate. The beef heart at Picca is excellent - I was delighted to see it on the menu. And the grilled chicken hearts - though tiny - are delicious at Robata-ya on Sawtelle.

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Picca
9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

Jul 19, 2011
Louisiana Mouth in Los Angeles Area