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Great croissant in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Noho, etc?

Tried the Studio City Farmers Market one, and was impressed. Best one so far...

Jan 23, 2012
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area

Great croissant in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Noho, etc?

thanks, tim

Jan 18, 2012
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area

Great croissant in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Noho, etc?

Unless google doesn't know about it, there's no shop specifically called "Shalom Bakery". Would you check the name and get back to me? Thx!

Might it be

Jan 17, 2012
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area

Great croissant in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Noho, etc?

Just had an offensive croissant from a bakery on Van Nuys & the 101. Croissant on the outside, straight-up bread on the inside. No flake, no layers, and I paid $1.65.

Not happy.

Any SFV folks have a better idea(s)? Thanks...

Jan 05, 2012
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area

Great steak in LA - but not quite Cut, etc

Think we're going with Ruth Chris. Heard nothing but great things about it. You guys on this board rock - greatly appreciated.

Jan 22, 2011
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area

Great steak in LA - but not quite Cut, etc

Brother's in town from Ohio, wants to use the expense account on a good steak for us, but can't do CUT, or anything that high end? Carlitos Gardel on Melrose sounds interesting, but I'd appreciate the suggestions.


Carlitos Gardel
7963 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

Jan 22, 2011
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy Japanese Panda Biscuits in Los Angeles?

The quality of these really depends on the freshness of the panda.

Oct 16, 2010
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area

Galletto Bar and Grill, Westlake Village-where the SPECIALTIES by Santino Coccia are Overpricing, Bad Food, with a side of Rude

I tell people this all the time. If you're looking for great food @ a venue with live music, 99% of the time, it's pointless. I walk into a restaurant in an unfamiliar city, and there's a band there, I leave.

Mar 29, 2010
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area

Can anyone recommend a nice restaurant in Los Angeles with good food and good music?

You've just asked the vaguest question in the world, on one of the most specific message boards in the world. Provide us with more info, and we'll happily help you.

What kind of food do you like?
What kind of music do you like?
What areas of town do you want to try?

Jan 24, 2010
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area


Hollywood is full of "just ok" indian. Here are two off the beaten path suggestions for you.

1) Curry Palace - 7617 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 876-2799

Next door to the Coach & Horses bar, it's hit & miss, and the service is not great. But when people love it, they LOVE it.

2) My personal favorite, Bombay Grill.
7306 West Santa Monica Blvd, in the Trader Joes mini mall @ Willoughby. Strictly take out, it's more than reasonably priced, and made from scratch by the woman who owns the place. Wonderful to support a small local business & the food is wonderful.

India's Oven, as mentioned, is also very good. My 2 suggestions are well, more earthy, than IO. Mine are great food, shite atmosphere...

Jan 22, 2010
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area

Woo Hoo! The Return of the Legendary, Made-To-Order, Fresh Steamed Buns and Dumplings! Noodle House Reopens as Noodle House (Fu Fang Yuan)! [Review] w/ Pics!

thanks so very much for your exhaustive research on the re-open. simply cannot wait to try this out - VERY bummed when I found out (too late) that the first one closed.

can you give us an idea of pricing, and do they do buns for dinner, or is just lunch?

really well written review - thanks for your time and energy...

Oct 06, 2009
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area

Best Dim Sum, Best Cupcake joint in LA

Just visited Elite 2 weeks ago for the first time, and was, well, disappointed. Hour wait for a table, when we got seated, it was RIGHT next to the kitchen, and for the price, the dim sum was good, not great.

Let's be honest. The person who posted said "LA", and I understand LA is a big place, but if you're crunched for time, just do Empress Paviliion downtown. Went this morning, after not going for years, and was really, really happy with what I got.

Most likely packed to the gills with MSG, but 2 of us got out, stuffed, for $25.00. Fresh, vibrant and if you go EARLY, easy to get a seat, and quick attention from the carts.

And cupcakes, well... Cupcakes are SOOOO 2007...

Enjoy LA and skip the cupcakes. Do a taco crawl...

Sep 26, 2009
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area

3 days in LA - can anyone suggest a Chowhound Tour?

If nobody's given you the LA Mag "Cheap Eats" Map, try this.

So much wonderful food, spread out over so much area can be
intimidating. Don't let it overwhelm you.

Enjoy our city - if you're here on the right day, you'll see why so many East Coasters move here;)...

Aug 24, 2009
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area

Golden State - 3 strikes and out

Went on Saturday for the first time, in attempting to support our local (Fairfax) area folks.

A big, huge, MEH. Not horrible, not great - not really anything to speak of.

3 of us, $45.00. Almost $50.00 for 3 sandwiches, drinks and sides (which are included, not extra). I had a burger (which was suggested as the best thing on the menu), and for almost 20 bucks, had a mouthful of "just ok, all-around". Umami, 8oz, and several others within a 15 minute drive of Golden State will make sure you don't go back for a burger, that's for sure.

Great location, average everything else. Save your money.

Aug 24, 2009
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area

Anyone make Phall in LA?

Just heard about it, and gotta say, I gotta give it a day in court. Anyone make it here in Los Angeles (and surrounding)?

Thanks in advance.

Aug 17, 2009
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area

Please tell us about Barbrix

Went with a group of 6 on Saturday night - 9.30 res. They serve until midnight, btw.

As the wife and I both have a restaurant/retail/hospitality background, we're ultra-aware of how challenging a new restaurant can be for both the owner and patron.

Now 3 weeks in, they're doing some excellent work. Small plates, ala AOC (actually a few similarities, but none of them over-the-top, btw), but somehow the tastes felt lighter - in a good way. I LOVE AOC, just to be clear. Some of the best meals of my young life have been there, but the BB dishes felt just a touch lighter.

Hospitality from both Adria & Claudio was gracious and warm and not overbearing. Wait staff was great, considering it's been three weeks. We ordered almost everything on the menu, and not one complaint. Food pricing is more than reasonable, and an interesting, affordable wine list was nice to see, too.

Only complaints? As we sat outside, we got some glare from the headlights at the valet stand - fixed easily with a shrub. Staff could be a bit more aware of the turnover of small plates, but at three weeks in, on a packed Saturday night, it never got crucial.

Overall it's a beautiful venue, with simple, well-thought out, delicious food. A return visit with another group is hopefully just weeks away.

May 31, 2009
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area

New Restaurant Coming to SFV - Ava or something like that?

Just heard Gold on KCRW this morning, and was wondering if anyone had heard about an exact location for his new place. He said Beverly, east of Fairfax. I'm in that neighborhood, and I'm really curious... Thanks in advance.

May 16, 2009
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area

Very Poor Breakfast at Farm at the Grove

Man, if Tabasco can't help it, you know you're in trouble, huh? The Farm is good for one thing.

The "mutant Oreo".

It's simply a homemade Oreo, the size of a newborn baby's head. Something stupid like, $2.50, and worth every penny (and calorie) - it's enough for a family of four, and even the you'll need a thimble-full of blood thinner after.

Buy one of those, and go directly to the The French Crepe Company, Loteria, or Singapore Banana Leaf. Hell, skip the Oreo and get a doughnut from Bob's. All these are beyond quality, and you'll look like that much more the foodie.

Don't eat at the Grove joints. You'll always feel bad about yourself after...

Sep 03, 2008
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area

Barcelona - Help!

Rarely pipe up on CH, but after a few days in Barcelona, I have 1 really amazing suggestion, and 1 warning...

Suggestion - Meson Jesus (C/Cecs de la Boqueria 4, Barri Gotic) Nowhere near the Market, as the address would have you believe. It's in the Gothic on a bit of a side street. 10 euro 50 for maybe the best lunch we've had in the BCN so far. Starter, main, split of wine, dessert all included.

Simple, family owned place, and the food? Dare I say perfect.

Had the gazpacho, chicken and catalan creme (creme brule), and we moaned through the whole thing. A must try. Almost forgot about the Ham-based red sauce over my macaroni. Really different, and yes, there's ham or pig products in everything in the BCN...

Now, the warning.

La Fonda.

This place has been rec'd by several sites and folks on CH, so we gave it a go.

Total shite, from start to finish (and this is one person's experience and meal, so don't jump up my ass, telling me I'm wrong, etc... My wife has worked for a James Beard-award winning chef, and I consult for several restaurants in LA).

1) Charged 1 Euro for bread - sorry, it's bread. Don't gross me on bread. And yes, I'm a stupid American, and I should have looked first, but I'm always a bit shocked by this tradition.

2) Paella first course - overdone, including almost burnt mussels, gristly meat and generally tasteless. I'm all for authentic, but this seemed hasty.

3) Fried cod second course - cold, VERY greasy and my wife refused to eat it - mushy.

How bad was it really?

Her quote to management when asked if she'd like something else - "Honestly, all I'd like to do is go brush my teeth...". Tasted like she was eating a hunk of grease that someone had waved a fish over - maybe.

4) My pollo second - pieces of a roasted chicken, picked off with someone's fingers, doused in olive oil & herbs de provence, with a side of chunks of potatoes. Average, at best. I ate half.

5) Dessert - mine, a pear, halved in a bowl, and soaked in what tasted like Pepsi. My wife's neopolitan cake needed a knife to saw through it. The pastry was tough like an overcooked steak.

When we complained to the server, we got "What do you want ? It's cheap!"

Mgmt was kind and took almost 10 Euro off, which was nice. After one amazing meal at Meson Jesus the day before, this was more than a disappointment.

We rarely bitch about food, and we understand that average food happens. Shite food should not, and this was SO bad, I had to post.

All that being said, this town is serious about it's sweets and ice cream. My dentist is going to love me upon my return to the trembling City of Angels...

Jul 31, 2008
djmedi4 in Spain/Portugal

Albano's Pizza on Melrose closed?

Tried to order our standard pie, large with double cheese, heavy sauce, and crust well-done (picky bastards, are we) from our neighborhood favorite, Albano's on Melrose, to find the 323 934 2494 number disconnected, and the place dark and looking closed on a Thursday night.

Anyone hear of a closing, remodeling, etc? Vito's couldn't have done that much damage moving to La Cienega, could they?

Any help appreciated.

Happy New Year to all the 'hounds.

Bradley Burlingame

Jan 10, 2008
djmedi4 in Los Angeles Area