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Vietnamese in the South Bay

Pho So 1 Restaurant in Gardena on Redondo Beach Blvd and Western is pretty good.

Oct 13, 2011
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Sunday Dinner... Need help deciding between Michael Mina at Bellagio or his StripSteak at Mandalay Bay

I know they are different. I've read the menus and oogled over the photos but it's not enough. I want to hear straight from mouths that have eaten there.

Are there those who have even tried both?

Tell me about your flavorful experience. Let me hear how fabulous the food is and why my husband and I should go to one over the other.

We've already been to Carnevino, Cut, Craftsteak, Joel Robuchon, Bouchon, etc...

:D Please? Pretty Please? With hot sea salt caramel on top?

THanks!
-M

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Bouchon
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Michael Mina Restaurant
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

StripSteak
3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Oct 02, 2010
mermy in Las Vegas

Late Night Dining in the Torrance area

Just got back from Tea Station in Gardena. They close at 12:00 on most days but I think 1:00 during the weekend.

Granted, my experience there today was not a good one but might be worth trying anyways.

Teas were excellent but services sucks like there is no tomorrow!

Jul 07, 2009
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Favorite cheap must-eats in Vegas? On or off the strip!

Just curious if any chowhounds have any cheap must-eats when in Vegas? :)

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner recs needed!

Thanks!

Jun 27, 2009
mermy in Las Vegas

recession deals in las vegas

Craftsteak's prie fix is a really good deal. They offer many dishes per course so you get to try quite a few different dishes.

One of my favorite's in Vegas. We're actually going Monday night. :)

Jun 27, 2009
mermy in Las Vegas

Late Night Dining in the Torrance area

I agree. It's alright on the "greasy" end... if you're looking for something from your norm set of restaurants.. it's ok to try. But a fair warning, the later it gets, the more people there is.

We tried going once after SO got home from work, it was so crowded, there was line to get in. Looked like a line to get into club — crazy! Turned around and went to Denny's instead. *sigh* :P

Jun 25, 2009
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Tart – Has anyone been?

I've passed by a few times already on my way to the Grove but never had the opportunity to go. Has anyone been? Good or bad? What did you order? etc....

http://www.tartrestaurant.com/

:) Please share!

Jun 25, 2009
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Mastro's/Beverly Hills

Bone-In ribeye! Bone-in filet! Chilean sea bass! Creamed corn! Crab gnocchi!

(if you do get the fish, ask to NOT have it on a hot plate. Last time, the first bite was heaven but since it kept cooking on the hot plate, by the end, it was a little tough.)

YUM!!! Lucky you!!

Jun 22, 2009
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Hollywood Bowl...eat there? or bring your own?

Thanks for all the responses! We ended up going to Whole Foods to pick up a few things to bring with us. It was wonderful but I definitely want to try doing a Dessert Only PIcnic or picking up a picnic box/bento box next time. :) Actually, we were really glad we brought our own since our bus arrived late. :)

Jun 21, 2009
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Late Night Dining in the Torrance area

Raku Raku Tonkatsu House on Sepulveda (cross street Western Ave) is open till 2 AM

BCD Tofu House closes at 11:30... it's also on Sepulveda but across the street from Raku Raku.

Hope this helps! :)

Jun 20, 2009
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Hollywood Bowl...eat there? or bring your own?

Just wondering how the food is at the Bowl? Has anyone ever eaten there at any of the places offered? Worth paying the price not to lug your own? or should a picnic be packed?

:)

Jun 19, 2009
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Best Corned Beef Hash - South Bay

You're right. It's a new owner and it sucks now. :T

Feb 04, 2009
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Rehearsal Lunch/Happy Hour/Dinner in Vegas

Just wondering if any fellow chowhounds know of a few places to have a rehearsal lunch/happy hour/dinner? Something casual, fun and hopefully that won't kill our wedding budget.

Any suggestions???? :)

Jan 29, 2009
mermy in Southwest

DineLA Restaurant Week 2009

It's also disappointing to see how some restaurants are serving the same menu for lunch AND dinner but yet the prices increase about $22. Might as well order something off the regular menu that you really want instead.

Jan 28, 2009
mermy in Los Angeles Area

chocolate cake in los angeles

is it a molten cake? or a regular chocolate cake?

Jan 21, 2009
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Best Corned Beef Hash - South Bay

Really? I hope not! They have one of the best pork chops ever. I was there end of December. From the amount of people that go, I don't think they would?

I know they aren't open for dinner though. Hmmm....

Jan 21, 2009
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Best Corned Beef Hash - South Bay

Uncle Bob's (Okazuya) in Gardena. It's a hawaiian japanese place if I remember correctly. I've had their Corned Beef Hash Patties... pretty good!

Jan 21, 2009
mermy in Los Angeles Area

chocolate cake in los angeles

both! :) if it's a whole cake, i can always take the rest to work.

Jan 21, 2009
mermy in Los Angeles Area

chocolate cake in los angeles

so a friend and I are craving .... CRAVING... for a great chocolate cake. A chocolate cake that is not too sweet but rich in flavor — moist spongy crumbs that aren't too coarse and just makes you swoon.

we've had one that was pretty good at kincaids in redondo beach but they don't always have it.

willing to drive in the LA area for this one craving... any suggestions????? :D

Jan 21, 2009
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Pizza- California specialty?!

I don't think it's standard but besides Tokyo Table, Nobu also has that dish.

Jul 11, 2008
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Where and What to Eat... Only 3 days of Vegas

So M and I are heading out to Vegas in a few weeks. Besides looking forward to some good R&R, experiencing some great cuisine is our only other purpose there.

The only meal we've both decided on was Bouchon for Brunch.

Dinner is where we can't make up our minds. Chowhounds, what do you think of our list of options?

L Atelier de Robuchon
Fleur de Lys
Picasso
Craftsteak
Joel Robuchon
Guy Savoy

What are must tries and what can we do without until next time? Any other suggestions? Any lunch suggestions?

Jun 27, 2008
mermy in Southwest

Mastro's or BOA in SM?

Definitely! Downstairs dining is much quieter...

Jun 09, 2008
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Benitas Fritas???

The last place that I went to was Hollywood Fries near UCLA. Danny Glover owned it the last time I was there and I actually met him once at Benitas Fritas on 3rd street when they were still around. It's been awhile so you might want to google it and see if Hollywood Fries is still around. :)

Jun 09, 2008
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Mastro's or BOA in SM?

I love Mastro's. It's more of a atmosphere where you can "catch up" with a friend and just have a delicious meal!

Definitely bone-in filet or the ribeye. If you're considering the fish, I'd ask for it off a hot plate since my Chilean Sea Bass got a little tough towards the middle. :)

Jun 09, 2008
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Mom's Birthday lunch in Pasadena

Try Maison Akira. :)

They are a japanese/french restaurant and they are delicious!

Jun 09, 2008
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Which SSG location is best for yakitori?

I like the one in Gardena on Western Ave. but you might want to get there early because it seems crowded all the time. My bf and I try to go when they open but we still end up waiting for a little bit.

Jun 09, 2008
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Tres Leches Cake

I have heard their tres leches is very good. Although, I did buy a Portos Tres Leches and the cake is very dry. I bought the one with meringue topping and I don't recommend that one. Try the one with the original whipped top. Maybe you'll have better luck :)

Apr 21, 2008
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Wedding Planning - Calamigos Ranch

You should also check Good Gracious! Events. They catered one of our events last year and they are really good! I believe Spago has now started catering weddings. You might want to check them out also. If you're a fan of Sona/Comme Ca, the Food Art Group also does catering... :)

Apr 21, 2008
mermy in Los Angeles Area

almond croissants at la Maison du Pain (longish)

I agree. There is nothing special about their croissants at La Maison Du Pain. The croque madame was terrible - the cheese wasn't even melted, the egg was practically fried, and the bechamel sauce was no where to be found. The only good thing was we got our desserts to go... they were so bad that both my bf and I gagged on them and tossed the box. It would have been quite insulting if we gagged there at the store.

Haven't tried Bread Bar but Europane and Amandine are just delicious....

Jan 30, 2008
mermy in Los Angeles Area

Needed: Nice *Quiet* Pasadena restaurant

Maison Akira would be nice... It's very very quiet in there. You don't feel rushed nor have to fight trying to hear your table's conversation. :)

Jan 23, 2008
mermy in Los Angeles Area