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l.A. Dish of the Month, April 2015 -- Voting


Mar 31, 2015
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Quicksand in West L.A.?

Quicksand is a great little sandwich shop. Delicious, quality ingredients, prepared as if the preparer plans to eat the sandwich him/herself, rather than just to churn it out. Delicious toppings, spreads, veggie burgers, sides, etc. Add clever copywriting on the menu (Turkey Bahn-Mi-tloaf Sandwich!), and you get my repeat business.

Mar 12, 2015
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Tomahawk Pork Chop no longer at Chi Spacca?

Could be that they alternate nights with the cuts. Because each animal has a certain amount of each part. Did you ask them if it's gone for good?

Feb 20, 2015
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Source for Sodium Citrate in LA?

Surfas or LA Restaurant Supply on Sepulveda near SM Blvd.

Feb 19, 2015
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The District by Hannah An - V-Day experiment

$95/person + a couple of cocktails and a bottle of sparkling water, tax, tip = $300.

Feb 17, 2015
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The District by Hannah An - V-Day experiment

Just finished a prix fixe Valentine's Day menu at this very, very new Vietnamese spot on W. 3rd. We were there early, before it heated up, and were very pleasantly surprised.

Usually, V-Day is a no-fly zone for us, but if it falls on Sat and in paying the babysitter anyway...go for it. We booked it at 430 this afternoon after a spin through OpenTable/Eater revealed plenty of availability tonight.

The room was great - we actually sat outside, side by side romance style, on an upholstered booth with a nice view of he room, unseasonably great weather and lots of fire features setting the mood.

Cocktails - the hot Asian, was very, very tasty. Guava Rita also good.

Small stuff - caviar on rice cracker with something foam. Good start.

Bone marrow with broth and crisps - very good.

Various Vietnamese canapés - very good.

Kale salad w beets - nice looking kale. And pomegranate seeds.

Mains....a curry-tinged, lightly fried Maine lobster with uni, this was delicious and I would go back just for it!

Grass-fed Ribeye with fresh corn risotto. Great crust and flavor, perfectly prepared.

A couple of good desserts - choc mousse, and a roasted banana ice cream creamy tapioca thing that was the winner for us.

I can't believe this spot is only a week old, and I recommend it. Only drawbacks were a few early-stage service jitters (which table is this entree going to, what should we do with the extra silverware on that table, are these plates supposed to be picked whom?). But those were balanced by great front of house staff with welcoming personalities, and very earnest, want-to-help-out wait staff.

Try it.

Feb 14, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Voting

AFRICAN sounds great. I know Meals by Genet will be my first stop. Would love to know what other non-Ethiopian gems are out there.

Dec 28, 2014
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Little Hong Kong Cafe Closed


Dec 28, 2014
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L.A? Dish of the Month, November 2014 -- Late-Night, 24-Hour Dining

Getting a jump on the day by eating breakfast before going to sleep is a great way to justify Country Breakfast at Pacific Dining Car. Sausage patty, well done. Bacon, crisp. Two eggs over medium. Pancakes - blueberry because, why not? These are a few of my favorite things.

Nov 24, 2014
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Where is a good place to buy smoked whitefish in Santa Monica area?

New York Bagel on San Vicente in Brentwood (not on Wilshire). While there, grab flat everything bagels, and cream cheese with fresh jalapeño chunks.

Nov 22, 2014
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Atticus Creamery and Pies

In tonight, ten customers at 8pm. Zero at Coldstone 3 doors down, confirming that people do often choose the better option when there is one. They have nine ice cream flavors and four pie flavors. HONEY ice cream is a show stopper. I've always liked the idea of it (Haagen Dazs had one in the 90s), and Atticus' is the best version I've ever tasted. Haven't tried the lemon lavender pie w raspberry gelee base yet, but looks promising.

Nice, enthusiastic staff, great addition to the neighborhood, and I'll be back.

Noon - 10pm. Park in a lot half a block west.

Sep 06, 2014
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Oxnard - Family Friendly

There's a great Thai spot called Bkue Elephant in Oxnard. Toppers Pizza waterfront location on the harbor is great. Agree with the fishermans catch rec. Up at the strip mall near Hollywood Beach there's a food court with impressive Japanese street food - okonomiyaki, tako balls, shaveice. And, the most hidden gem of all the Oxnard hidden gems... If it's still there, see this spot I discovered years ago. Bonkers. Fishermans House.

Jun 27, 2014
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Delivery pizza near Cloverfield and Colorado

Grey Block is very good, but delivery service can be terrible. Order early and get the seasoned crust and consider the salad pizza.

May 13, 2014
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Kindles's Donuts, the other architectural donut shoppe in South LA

Are they GOOD or simply BIG?

Mar 21, 2014
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Informal Hound Get-Together Sun Feb. 16, 5:30-

I'm in! If I can finish house of cards before 630...

Feb 16, 2014
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Flat Whites or ?????

Profeta Espresso in Westwood Village.

Feb 09, 2014
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The Wallace in Culver City

Why didn't you enjoy your wife? JK. Will check it out. Thx for the tip.

Dec 18, 2013
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Los Angeles Lunch & Brunch Blues

Bucato. Beautifully curated menu full of items with and without eggs.

Dec 11, 2013
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Fundamental LA

I just hosted an 18 person holiday party there, and it was outstanding. Accommodating service, natural, friendly pacing, and every bite was delicious. I think their small kitchen and reliance on sous vide methods makes them uniquely well suited to serve a lot of people a lot of variety very quickly. Some of the protein dishes (family style) looked a little small, but across 7 courses everyone got fed, and very little went to waste. Fundamental is a gem, a great value, and a lot of fun.

Dec 08, 2013
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Where find Baklava with strong Rosewater taste( West LA/ Santa Monica)?

Attari Sandwich Shop desserts are extremely rosewatery, as are many other Persian desserts up and down Westwood Blvd.

Nov 16, 2013
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Night & Market Unique Thai on Westside

The westside starts at Western. Hence the name. Ask any native Angeleno, or anyone is Atwater Village.

Aug 09, 2012
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Last Meal in LA? Leaving after 20 Years

Spago, tasting menu. Then straight to LAX. Not necessarily the best, but archetypical L.A.

And upon arrival in Chicago, reserve at Alinea. Amazing, and unlike anything in L.A., and yes I've tried Bazaar, which is fun amd interesting, but no contest.

May 21, 2012
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Shunji's on a Monday nite? bad idea? or ok idea?

The "fresh" claims, and "we got it from the special fish market at 5am" stories seem thin. Not at Shunji, but in general. Fishing boat collects bluefin tuna. It goes in the freezing hold for as long as we're at sea. Then, unload, sell at market. Load onto jet. Fly across Pacific. Deliver to wholesaler. Sell to sushi chef. Drive across town. Serve 12 hours later. That's a four or five day process. Hopefully, said fish is frozen solid for the bulk of that time so as not to rot. If so, who cares if it sits on ice for another day or two, and gets served on a Monday at 8pm? The chef has pride and a discerning palate. If he is serving it, I am eating it.

Apr 19, 2012
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Grilled Cheese Month at Clementine

I had the Cuban to go. Even cooled down after the ride home it was delicious. Real ingredients. Carefully prepared. Clementine staff tend to make sandwiches as if they are going to eat it themselves - with care, and plentiful fillings. Keep it up.

Apr 19, 2012
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Best fried chicken in LA? where is it?

The La Cachette Bistro "basket of fried chicken" sounds great, but is somewhat misleading. Someone in my party ordered it, and was surprised when she was delivered a paper cone (like one in which you might serve french fries) with three or four "strip d' poulet fritte." That's right - chicken tenders. Perhaps lovingly cut by a prep chef with an accent, and clearly carefully battered and fried by a true Francophone, but at the end of the day, they were chicken strips, served with a forgettable ketchup or bbq-ish sauce. Not exactly bistro fare, but, were they on a kids' menu, perfectly acceptable. The Chef is doing the right thing if he is rethinking that dish and its place on his otherwise good menu.

La Cachette
Little Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Nov 06, 2009
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where to buy scallop in ventura or around ventura

Both Ventura Harbor and Channel Islands Harbor 3 miles south have fishing boats, local fisherman, commercial fisherman, and fresh from the sea, buy it right from the guy who caught it seafood. Urchins. Abalone. Scallops. Crab. Fish. Just go walk around the docks and either follow your nose, or ask around.

Sep 27, 2009
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sushi-lover from out of town, visiting in November, planning 2 dinners, Urasawa & ?

I recommend you go for something other than sushi on the first night, and Urasawa the next. There are probably a dozen REALLY GOOD sushi spots in L.A., but everyone EVERYONE concurs that none of them are in the same league as Urasawa. So, do something else you can only do in L.A. - Melisse, Providence, Spago, Cut, Mozza (either one), and then look forward to one A+ sushi outing at Urasawa.

Sep 19, 2009
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Breakfast before the Dodger game on Wednesday?

The Pacific Dining Car is the go-to, hearty breakfast and stiff bloody mary destination in downtown L.A. It's open 24-7, which is irrelevant unless you are planning on getting a REALLY early start for the game.

Pacific Dining Car
1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Sep 15, 2009
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Fisherman's House, Channel Islands Harbor; Secret Dining Room - Anyone Ever Tried It?

Shockingly, the tab was: $50 for the whole live fish sashimi kimchi spicy soup and some leftover sashimi done tempura style (for two). $6 for the order of tempura fish/veggies I ordered up front for my kid. $5 for large HITE Korean beer. That's $61 plus a 30+% tip because of the unbelievable value and first-class treatment, and we were out the door. Also, plenty of free parking. Weird, right?

Aug 04, 2009
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Fisherman's House, Channel Islands Harbor; Secret Dining Room - Anyone Ever Tried It?

So, the deafening silence in response to my post above told me that I was going to have to take one for the team and report back. Take one I did, and I'm pleased to share my experience. Two adults and one 3-year-old sampled Fisherman's House last night, and here are the facts:

- start with a live fish (rock fish, white fish, other non-descript, not-traditionally sushi-ish fish)
- within 10 minutes of sitting down, said fish has been reduced to more sashimi than any two people could eat. It is delivered beautifully arrayed on a football-shaped platter, accompanied by lettuce leaves, wasabi, chili sauce, miso paste, garlic slivers, jalapeno slivers, cucumber and carrot sticks, and a pitcher of cool, unsweetened tea
- two diners tuck into the sashimi course and eat as much as they can
- when they cry uncle, the server takes away the sashimi (more on this later) and delivers 4 types of kimchi (cucumber, cabbage, other and other other) and a couple of bowls of good, sticky rice, and sounds the alarm that the spicy soup is coming right up
- said soup hits the table in a large cauldron, spiced in a kimchi dimension, and with big chunks of tender fish (and a whole fish skeleton for flavor) strewn throughout. it is delicious, and induces perspiration and lots of oohs and aahs of appreciation.
- the aforementioned sashimi that didn't get eaten in round one went to two worthy causes. first, they tossed some of it into the fish soup kettle, where it cooked up nicely and added to the soup portion of the experience. the rest of it (maybe 15 little pieces) took a quick trip through the tempura station and came back packed to go in an open cardboard container so it wouldn't get soggy. after 15 hours in the fridge, it baked up nicely today (375 for 12 minutes) for a delicious day-after lunch.

A couple of other notes:
- this is a family-owned restaurant, with regular customers who have been coming for decades from up and down the coast
- this is the only restaurant in the Channel Islands Harbor with a license to recirculate "fresh" harbor water into their tanks on a continuous basis. Any boater can tell you that "fresh harbor water" is a bit of an oxymoron, but when you consider that the option in most live/fresh fish restaurants is water that gets changed weekly or monthly, with filtration in between changes to keep the fish alive, one can see how the recirculating option is considered a selling point to those in the know.
- the first generation owners (50s or 60s) seemed worried that I was not going to appreciate their authentic experience (perhaps a bit of a language gap). the second generation staff (Jamie, the daughter) got that I was on a Chowish adventure and explained that to the elders. from that moment on, we enjoyed first-class treatment all the way, and the entire staff made us feel very, very welcome.

Summing up, if you haven't tried Fisherman's House, seriously consider it. It is very good, and a great "experience" meal to boot. Oxnard is a bit short on chowish cuisine, but Fisherman's House proves that if you know where to look, you can find some great stuff.

Additional notes for those trolling the board looking for other options in the Oxnard, Channel Islands, Port Hueneme area: Blue Elephant Thai is excellent, HC Seafood is great for live, fresh crabs to go (call in your order, they take 20 minutes to cook), and Pete's Breakfast House in Ventura is a very good breakfast option, even though it isn't in the charming part of Ventura's Main Street.

Aug 03, 2009
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