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Low Sodium Dining in the SFV

Supposed to stay under 2000mg a day. I miss pickles.

Jan 24, 2013
Pennifer in Los Angeles Area

Low Sodium Dining in the SFV

Okay, so... I'm supposed to be limiting my sodium these days - hardest thing I've ever done, besides giving birth and that eventually ended.

Does anyone know of any specific restaurants in the valley that cater to low-sodium but TASTY dishes? Most of the time, I'm stuck with fresh veggies and fruits at home. Even chicken and fish have more sodium than you'd think unless you cook it at home.

Thank you in advance!

Jen

Jan 23, 2013
Pennifer in Los Angeles Area

Best Pho Place in West/Mid Valley

Heya, gang!

I have recently been introduced to Pho restaurants. I love a good soup. But since I am so new to this kind of food, I was hoping to ask you Hounders what your opinion is about the best place close to where I live (Encino). So far, all three of the Pho soups (from different places) have tasted wildly different.

Also, on the menus, the Pho is listed on its own, separate from the noodle soups. Anyone know what the difference is between Pho (which has noodles) and noodle soup?

Thank you so much!

Jen

Jan 23, 2013
Pennifer in Los Angeles Area

Pismo Beach - Foodie Advice Needed!

Okay, hounders. My final report. Thank you all again for all the time you took to help us out.

So, the final night dinner was.... Ventana Grill! Slightly out of laziness (didn't want to drive too fara) and also because it was just the right time to enjoy the sunset. How can you beat a good view AND a good meal?

We were absolutely delighted with our experience at Ventana. We went in without a reservation and were told we had to wait 35 minutes. It didn't take that long, but in the meantime, we got some wine/beer from the bar and sat out on the wraparound balcony and watched the sun begin to set. Beautiful. When our buzzer went off, we took our drinks and followed the hostess to our table - luckily enough, we were at a window table, almost exactly where we were on the balcony, but on the inside, so we could enjoy the rest of the sunset.

We ordered two appetizers - the halibut ceviche and the red calamari caesar salad. The ceviche was as good as everyone has said. Absolutely delicious - my only complaint? NOT ENOUGH! Oh, my goodness, I could live alone on those little lettuce cups if they just kept coming and coming. The caesar was a new one on us - fried calamari on top of a delicious caeser. We loved it, and it was quite a nice portion.

My husband ordered a blackened/charred (can't remember the word on the menu) shrimp and scallop dish that was just amazing. I ordered the crab encrusted mahi mahi - also wonderful.

I don't really have a bad thing to say about Ventana Grill... well, I guess one thing was a little perturbing. Since I was going to take a lot of my entree to go, I let the waitress know when she went to wrap it up that I found the dish a little carrot heavy and a little spinach lite. I asked for a bit more spinach to be packed up with my meal. I also asked for a side of the yummy bacon-infused sauce. She asked if they charged me for the extra spinach, would that be okay. I said yes, but I figured they'd comp a little spinach. The extra sauce was never brought and they gave me a side of creamed spinach for $4. I didn't need a whole side of spinach, but at this point, I just wanted to move on and keep enjoying my evening. I asked for a side of sauce at the hostess desk on our way out, and that came out immediately and free. Hmm.

We DID end up at Mo's yesterday, for a little lunch on our way out. Yummy as always. I know glbtrtr is partial to the Philthy Phil's ribs and sauce, but my husband is from NC and loves the sweet Carolina sauce. We got some pulled pork and I used the Phil sauce, but husband stuck with the Carolina.

Next time we're back in the area, we intend to try Tahlia's for Italian instead of Rosa's (though we do love it), and to see what we think of the Cracked Crab. I'm sure we'll end up at Mo's at some point as well as Splash. This is the problem with loving so many places in this area - we only have so many days and nights!

Thank you all again for all your help. Though it may be another 2 years, I can't wait to go back!

Jun 01, 2012
Pennifer in California

Pismo Beach - Foodie Advice Needed!

Thank you, CiC and Polar Bear!

We're still thinking (and enjoying the fireplace - soooo nice!), so please continue to weigh in if you're around the Chowhound Boards, until at least 6:30pm. Thank you all again... this is so much fun!

Pennifer

May 30, 2012
Pennifer in California

Pismo Beach - Foodie Advice Needed!

Hey, everyone! Pennifer here, original poster.

First, let me thank everyone for their advice and recommendations! I also enjoyoed going back and reading some of the old threads regarding the 5 Cities area, so thank you for that as well!

Husband and I are now on our last night here (boohoo!) and we have enjoyed some wonderful food so far:

Rosa's in Pismo our first night for dinner. Had the wonderful shrimp/scallop saffron risotto special, and the spinach manicotti. Both lovely.

Splash Cafe for lunch the next day, followed by Jocko's for dinner. Splash lived up to my memory of it - I don't get the debate about this place. It's absolutely divine clam chowder, and the seafood topping takes it right over the edge into nirvana. Jocko's was our first visit - yes, church basement atmosphere, but we didn't wait long for our (reserved) table, and our server was much more attentive than I had expected, given the reputation. Of course, it's true that the salsa-with-no-chips, butter-with-no-bread table offerings are strange, but you're coming here for the steak. And the steak is freakin' wonderful. No complaints whatsoever.

Today, we did a food tour, eating a bit at each place, and taking more home with us. We started at Oak Pit BBQ (thanks, JackAttack!), and really loved both the tri-tip and the pulled pork sandwiches - the oak chips were so yummy on the side! We also got a homemade whoopie pie - to die for. Then we headed to Chacho's since we were somewhat nearby and Oceano was on our way back to Pismo. Ate a fish taco (amazing!) there and came home with burritos and echiladas. We realized we were going by Grover Beach on the way back from there, and so stopped by Gerald's (thanks again, jackattack!) to see Bea and get some old-tyme chocos. She treated us to some samples - so good, I can't wait to try the stuff we bought!

So, we come to tonight. I've done more research than I should have and my head is all crazed with choices. I know we don't have a lot of time at this point - maybe an hour to make a decision. I'm just lucky it's a Wednesday - hopefully nothing will be too crowded even with a last minute choice!

So, here are my final four dinner options for tonight. I would love as many people to weigh in as humanly possible in the next hour. I will come back to report on what won and how we liked it. Thank you in advance!! Choices:

Lido at Dolphin Bay Resort (Shell Beach)
Tahlia's Cucinca (Nipomo)
Cracked Crab (Pismo Beach)
Ventana Grill (Pismo Beach

May 30, 2012
Pennifer in California

Pismo Beach - Foodie Advice Needed!

Hi, Chowhounders!

My husband and I are taking our 1st real vacation, sans kid, in 2 years, and could not be more excited. We will be spending 3 nights in Pismo Beach. We've been to the area before and are familiar with some restaurants.

We are pretty set for lunch joints, with Splash, Mo's Smokehouse and Chacho's (actually in Oceano, but very close) all some of our favorite places to eat.

It's mostly dinner places we'd love some recommendations for. We will probably return to Rosa's Ristorante Italiano, which we ate at last time we were in town and very much enjoyed. We will proably NOT return to Steamers which was somewhat disappointing.

I read some reviews of a place called the Cracked Crab (I love seafood in general, crab in particular), and it sounds worth trying but the reviews were a bit mixed. Anyone have anything to add about Cracked Crab?

We don't mind driving about 15 or 20 minutes for a great dinner, so it doesn't have to be in Pismo proper.

Hit me with all your best ideas, please!

Thank you so much!

May 23, 2012
Pennifer in California

Restaurant Recom. Near La Brea & Beverly Blvd.?

Hey, Chowhounders! Been awhile since I posted - had a baby since my last post and everything! Sure hope everything has been well with everyone!

Little Charlie is with his grandma tonight, and my husband and I are headed out to the New Beverly Cinema, on Beverly Blvd. & La Brea. We were wondering if anyone had any yummy restaurant recommendations for us.

We like all kinds of food, and always like to try a new place. Husband loves Italian, but we've had Mozza before - found it a little.. um.. too fancy for us? The food wasn't spectacular enough to make up for the haughty atmosphere (unlike Geisha House, where the food IS good enough to make up for the atmosphere!)

We come into the city from the valley, so we go through the heart of Hollywood (getting off the 101 at Highland), so you can include recommendations anywhere along the route.

We're taking off in about an hour (it's 4pm on Tuesday now) which I only mention so you don't waste your time responding after 5pm.

We appreciate your help in advance!

Jen

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Geisha House
6633 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Jun 15, 2010
Pennifer in Los Angeles Area

Need help - Hollywood casual delicious?

Thanks everybody! I really appreciate all the help.

As it stood, my friend and I ended up getting there late, so we ate afterward, and not in the Hollywood area after all. BUT, my husband and I are going back to the Arclight on Thursday, so I think we're going to try The Hungry Cat then. So, the information will get put to use!

As for being "dragged" to the Arclight.... heheh. I felt bad about admitting that I was going to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion night of the Paley Festival, since I'm not all that familiar with the show.

Lastly, while the Arclight was/is a treat, the best theatre in town is by far the New Beverly Cinema!

Mar 23, 2008
Pennifer in Los Angeles Area

Need help - Hollywood casual delicious?

A friend is dragging me to the Arclight tonight, and the best part for me is going to be getting a bite to eat first.

I'm not all that picky - I just want the food to be delicious, for it to be not too far from the Arclight, to be somewhat casual, and also nothing I could find in my own part of town (the valley).

Okay, that does sound a little picky. But I'm open to any style of food!

Help me, chowhounds!

Thanks so much!

Mar 20, 2008
Pennifer in Los Angeles Area

I need help in the Sherman Oaks area!

Thank you so much to everyone who has responded - we'll try to let you know where we ended up, and what we thought of it!

Sep 10, 2007
Pennifer in Los Angeles Area

I need help in the Sherman Oaks area!

Forgive me for bumping my own post, but I think the original title I gave it made you lovely folks pass it by. If anyone has any suggestions for me, I'd be very grateful. Thank you.

Sep 10, 2007
Pennifer in Los Angeles Area

I need help in the Sherman Oaks area!

First - what's the story with the Boneyard Bistro? I did a search on the boards for information about this Sherman Oaks joint, and saw that there were some great reviews and some awful reviews - but they were all almost two years old.

My question is - now that the place has been around awhile, what do you think of it? Do those who loved it then still love it? Those who hated it still hate it (assuming you ever went back)? Is the noise level still off the charts?

And while I'm at it, I may as well ask, if Boneyard is still iffy, does anyone have any other recommendations in the Sherman Oaks area? My friend and I are looking for a place to eat dinner tonight for a rather leisurely meal. My friend requires that it has a full bar... me? I require that it has GREAT FOOD. We're lovers of cheese, garlic, tender meats, Italian, American, etc. It doesn't necessarily have to be/have any of the above, but what it should have is a low-key atmosphere, and a reasonable tab at the end of the night.

Thanks so much in advance, Chowhounders!

Sep 10, 2007
Pennifer in Los Angeles Area