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Little Tokyo LA, Not To Be Missed?

trust, we're glad you stayed while agreeing on the ad SUCKEDDNESS.

1 day ago
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for Dim Sum Dinner

OK. Out of towners. So we don't care as much about them as you? =)

Pingtung? Bring a tin of LOLz just in case?

1 day ago
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Little Jewel

There is such thing as TOO MUCH MAYO. On everything, especially on the "Parish" sandwiches (the 2 of which I tried in additional to the po-boy).

Sweet potato pie can't hold a handle to the stuff found in South LA. Po-boy sandwich lives for the bread alone, I much prefer the inauthentic versions at R&J (also cooked by ex-Louisanan) with great fried oyster crunch.

First and last personally, tho clearly CH took the bait seeing the neighboring middle aged man dining solo w/ a camera in belt holster... $35 for a few people here, versus $35 at Szechuan Impressions? $14 for sando here, versus $12 curated sandwich with pedigreed ingredients at Mendo? Clearly the cooked items aren't the forte, and the right thing to do here it take boudin home.

Also, parking is a BIZATCH.

1 day ago
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Little Tokyo LA, Not To Be Missed?

don't forget the 9% tax, smh.

and it's not like they're in WeHo or Silverlake... F that noise.

Aug 29, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for Dim Sum Dinner

capital express?

dimsum express?

yamcha cafe(s) (blech, BLEEECH)

see a pattern here?

Aug 29, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Great Lunch Deals Downtown

nailed it.

i'll also venture to say Koraku is literally a sorta-Japaneses sorta-Denny's in Little Tokyo at 1am to me.

Aug 29, 2014
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Great Lunch Deals Downtown

Massively cheap? Koraku? Are we talking about the same place? The one with the really dingy booths? And really not-good Chinese fried rice for $8.5/plate, or a bowl of mapo tofu for almost $9?

Kang Kang: mapo tofu with a box of rice, $4. That's cheap, and also cash only, and about the same in qualify.

Sorry for the knee-jerk reply, but 2 times at Koraku really pissed me off.

Aug 29, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Korean Fried Chicken

much prefer other things at DGM during HH... say.. the sea snails, soondae bokkeum, the bossam, etc.

and there's just something much more satisfying tearing into a whole hen instead of gnawing on chicken wings.

if only OB/Second Floor made yangnyum chicken by frying the whole hen, then tossing the whole thing into yangnyumjang...

Aug 29, 2014
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Korean Fried Chicken

Country Koko is done.

Ownership has decamped to Kokio Chicken. It is still fantastic, far superior to the greasy "olive oil fried" crap being served at BBQ.

Instead of the crappy service at OB Bear and Prince, try the straight (non-spicy, Not-really-Korean) tung dalk at Second Floor Soju Bar. Ask for the gochujang "sauce" on the side, and you'll have the best hybrid yang nyum tung talk in LA, especially because it'll be half off (until 9PM).

Aug 28, 2014
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Lian Wu? (Wax apple/nose apple/etc.) available in LA?

prices dropped to $8 for 2 lbs in recent weeks. probably due to the shrinking size as the season is basically over...

i'm not going to bend my ass over for nostalgia fruit.

Aug 28, 2014
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Growlers: does anyone use them in LA?

or tape over the name w/ used beer menus, then proceed to draw your own brewery's name on said paper.

it's insanity.

Aug 28, 2014
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Game changer? Newport Seafood -> Beverly HIlls

They served on Sunday. Practice the Chinese yelling?

Aug 27, 2014
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Tacos Leo's now on the eastside!!!

tried el gavilan (at both the OG Alameda location and a truck), i don't see how it "often beats" Tamix or Leo's, pineapple or otherwise.

el guero, OTOH... is a solid alternative to Leo/Tamix.

Aug 27, 2014
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Where to "wow" a visitor with "do NOT miss this place" recommendations

littlefork is a place that always has it thanks to ex-Chicagoan barman.

Aug 26, 2014
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How do you Spam?

I don't.

Cuz its production line kills: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2...

Shame on Ms. Wang for making artsy baked goods (also available at Stumptown DTLA and Blacktop) with such degenerate canned meat.

Aug 26, 2014
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How Did I Miss A New Shopping Center With a Bunch of Chinese restaurants?

there are at least 2, IIRC.

Aug 25, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Chicagoland in the Southland: Deep Dish Pizza (Nancy's) and Italian Beef (Al's) come to Alhambra

I got you already on Budacki's: http://la.eater.com/archives/2014/01/...

Aug 25, 2014
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Chicagoland in the Southland: Deep Dish Pizza (Nancy's) and Italian Beef (Al's) come to Alhambra

*sigh* RIP Demon Dogs.

To others: you aren't s'pose to eat the fries IN the dogs. you pick up the dog, eat the fries separately. Geebus people.

To the Chinese franchisee: you're fucking crazy (or a brave genius -- unsure yet). Can I interview you for a story?

Aug 25, 2014
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Great Porchetta Sandwich at Wheat and Sons (Anaheim Packing District)

W&S's overwrought porchetta sandwich is basically exactly what I think of when someone says Orange County "dining". It's Chapter One tucked in between ciabatta, the real housewives of sandwiches.

lardon/crackling/whatever: unnecessary
radish: unnecessary
random greens (in addition to "dirty pesto"): unnecessary.

A pal ate half and threw the other half away. My own half remainder is now in the freezer. Someone courier a Roma sub down there to edumacate them.

And the parking, and the DWELL-ON-DESIGNED-TOO-HARD swings, and the even sillier strong decorative plants. Ugh... *facepalm* OC, quit trying so hard.

I do enjoy the central location of the bar though, and the odd pairing of, again, overwrought waffles sandwiches and a half decent craft beer list.

Aug 25, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Tacos Leo's now on the eastside!!!

ok, but you just compared buche/cabeza to al pastor. apples, oranges, blah blah blah.

Aug 25, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Jidori chicken in a retail store?

did you not look in Mitsuwa?

Aug 25, 2014
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So, uh, Beijing Duck House (Rosemead) is no more ...

"wrong with that area in China?"
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you mean why is Sichuan province so completely niubi right now? Quoting some heli kids: "Chengdu has been pent-up inland, and we just found out America loves our food, and we're now rich, so we're here."

By America, I'm pretty sure they meant "LA".

Bo Bo Chicken is opening in Hacienda Hts by some wannabe Tawianese peeps. Meizhou Dongpo aims to open in Westfield Arcadia next Summer.

The thirst is real.

Aug 25, 2014
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Modan Artisanal Ramen

annnd that's all I need to know.

"artisan"... EAD.

Aug 22, 2014
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LA Food and Wine fest

i think it's.. right now?

how you gonna find a sitter, sistah?

Aug 22, 2014
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Organic Chicken

TJ's organic free range bird is by the lb, and I try to pick the smallest one. It's also extremely water logged compared to the ilks of Vikon/Jidori.

Beautiful girls you got there, though. What layer feed are you using now?

Aug 22, 2014
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From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

lolz. o yes, that belt presenter... really confused the ratchet dates back in the days.

my MB rear facing 3rd-row row hit rate is 2/2, so yes, this imaginary diesel estate must have it as well.

running out of GCM content... Belcampo's counter holds more people than the third row rear-facing seats of Mercedes wagons.

From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

i'll see your c-class diesel w/ MB TEX and call it with a w124 300td estate, with a 5-spd. yum.

really loved my old c124. thing was a (slow) tank.

obligatory GCM content: you can call in butcher orders at Belcampo, they'll take your name/phone # down, etc. and put it in the production schedule for the next day. try doing that at Ferry Building.

Aug 22, 2014
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LA Food and Wine fest

no one pays for this shit. go find the plastic badges.

LA Food and Wine fest

tonight is the best night for the ca phe sua da-loving set.

make sure you stay for the after party. better yet, just skip the event and go straight to the after party. take lots of selfies, but do NOT let the out-of-town cooks cavort with your date.

Aug 22, 2014
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Review of Yummy House in Arcadia

I recently had a chance to go through much of the vegetables here.

The fried kabocha with fried chopped garlic was one of the vegetarian highlights of the year. And I'm doubtful any restaurant, Chinese or otherwise, is sauteeing "wild" purslane with such adroitness in all of America. There is also probably not another restaurant in America serving organic, fresh, LOCAL, notogingseng.

Yummy Arcadia is an amazing little thing being run by some really spirited folks. The Rosemead branch cooks a bit differently, but the vegetable sourcing is constant.

If you care about greens, care about sustainability, and enjoy a good human interest story, check out this place. And if you enjoy the greens, sign up for a "CSA"/VIP card.

FWIW, as previously noted, the Alhambra branch is gone.

Aug 22, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area