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2014 Soccer World Cup viewing locations in L.A. area

If there were a Golden Ball, or a Golden Boot, for CH posters, it would be awarded to you.

Jul 14, 2014
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Best Eye Candy Staff in town

My SO doesn't pretend to be a CH, so I'll be her proxy and say that she enjoys gazing at the bartenders at Bar Toscana.

Jul 11, 2014
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Orleans and York: Now with a second location in Inglewood

Since I can't - or shouldn't - eat 2 sandwiches at one sitting, it's nice to know you can have a catfish/shrimp combo. Just order the catfish with extra shrimp. Costs a couple bucks extra as I recall.

Jul 11, 2014
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Tentative Dining Itinerary for June Vacation

Sounds like he hasn't expanded his repertoire; he's just expanded. I met him at a party years ago when he was in his prime. Now we can't even see the top of the hill anymore.

Jul 11, 2014
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Steak 'N Shake coming to Santa Monica

I know they serve chili straight up and chili mac, with noodles, but not sure about 3 ways. My experience with 3-ways is sadly limited. But, when it comes to fast food chili, SnS is nothing special; I actually would much rather have Wendy's.

Jul 08, 2014
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Steak 'N Shake coming to Santa Monica

Since I'm resident in the St. Louis area much of the time, I'm used to SnS, as there's one less than a mile from my house here. But, even if I am jaded, I wouldn't get all that excited about their appearance in SM. I would rather have an SnS burger than In n Out but not by much. However, I would MUCH rather than SnS shakes than In n Out's. And for a long time - maybe still?? - SnS offered side by side shakes: e.g., one vertical half chocolate and the other banana (or whatever flavors you choose). Love those! For semi-fast burgers, though, I'd prefer more SmashBurger outlets in LA. But I'm really jonesing to return to Pono, which is obviously more of a sit down and wait burger; I really liked that place.

Jul 07, 2014
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Best Eye Candy Staff in town

Hakkasan; Tasting Kitchen; Villa Blanca (yuck - see above, Vanderclump); Eggslut

Jul 06, 2014
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2 days in LA Mid-City area

My one vehement comment is, if you're gonna do dinner on the west side or in SaMo, if you can get in Tar & Roses, I would go there 7 days a week instead of Rustic Canyon. Maybe RC was a destination when Evan Funke was the chef, but after last week's meal there, all I can say is, meh. Way overpriced, and way uninspiring. Actually difficult to find something I really wanted to order. It wasn't exactly boring, but at that price point, I'd never go back.

Jul 04, 2014
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2 days in LA Mid-City area

Venice is one of the best eating ghettos around. That's not a solitary opinion by any means. And, maybe it's a bit of an overstatement, but there's a lot from which to choose in the way of very good meals.

Jul 03, 2014
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2 days in LA Mid-City area

And given all those good westside/coastal choices, I too question the selection of R+D for one of the dinners. And if you can't make it to Ricky's, Santa Monica has Tacos Puntas Cabras, to which I'm pretty sure you've already been referred. And all of the Asian spots on Sawtelle are quite close by, though parking is sometimes challenging - my advice is to park a few blocks to the west in the residential neighborhood and you'll be fine if you do want to walk up and down Sawtelle. And Sawtelle is not just Asian - there's pizza and Italian at Clusi Batusi and southern cooking at Flores Lady's Gunboat Society (or whatever the new moniker is).

Jul 03, 2014
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2 days in LA Mid-City area

And, unfortunately, in a month I won't be here; and, once again, most of my posts will be on the Great Plains board dealing with the dining options in the St. Louis area. Talk about being a long f'ing way from the ocean!

Jul 02, 2014
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2 days in LA Mid-City area

You're right; it's not a toss up. I'd recommend staying in SM or on the west side any day. But we'll just have to disagree about that one, and, since we still don't know the OP's demographic or preferences, it's academic. And we do agree about plenty of restaurants in both areas, and there are plenty of great choices.

Jul 02, 2014
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Has anyone eaten Flynn McGarry's cuisine?

You too young to remember National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation?

Jul 02, 2014
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Fun upbeat restaurants in Beverly Hills?

This may be "BH Adjacent" but the SLS hotel, where Bazaar is, has a very "scenic" bar at night.

Jul 02, 2014
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2 days in LA Mid-City area

Jesse raises a good point about hiking. We have awesome hiking trails on the west side as well. I like hiking Runyon, but you can hike Paseo Miramar among countless other trails, and get a panoramic ocean view as well as of downtown. There is a boatload of adventurous, not overly pricey and high quality food options on the west side. Someone already mentioned the Little Osaka area on Sawtelle and others have mentioned the sushi options that are west of the 405. Plus Tacos Puntas Cabras and the slew of places in Venice. So, again, I think it comes down to where you want to be based - in the dry, hot inland, or by the ocean. Both are good.

Jul 02, 2014
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Fun upbeat restaurants in Beverly Hills?

Presuming you mean dinner, not lunch. What do you want in the way of food? Is there a budget? Mastros, esp the Penthouse, is a really good scene if you're an older guy or a younger female (IMHO),but the food is pricey and nothing other than typical upscale steakhouse fare. Bouchon also presents a fun scene and good food. Villa Blanca is a pretty crappy restaurant, but the people watching is excellent. Try to define more about what you are looking for in terms of a "scene" or what you want in the way of eats and drinks. There are plenty of additional options. Also, where in BH is your base?

Jul 02, 2014
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2 days in LA Mid-City area

Something good to know in addressing your location question is the extent to which the beach/ocean and those views/vibes are important. For many of my visitors (and, so you know my bias, I live on the far west side, just uphill from the beaches of Santa Monica and Malibu), it is critical to be located in an area where they have easy access to the coast because that is a major reason why they are visiting. They want to be near the ocean, if only to be able easily to walk/run along the beach or bluff or to have drinks near the ocean. Since there are many good eating places on the west side (big fan here of Tar & Roses in SM and several of the places on Abbott Kinney in Venice), you may well enjoy staying in SM (and we can recommend some hotels if we bury the recs in comments about food); OTOH, if the coastal scene is not that important and access to DTLA and GCM (and I LOVE the revamped GCM!) is paramount, then stay inland.

Jul 02, 2014
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Blue Plate Oysterette 3d Street and Crescent Hts

Jesse, Here's a copy and paste of what I wrote about BPO/SM last year (and indicates, re the lobster roll, that I had a choice of CT or ME style [and I can't recall if Brentwood provides that choice or if it's the cold/mayo version only], and reveals that my go-to clam chowder is at Swan in SF, whereas BPO's was good enough but not great):
"I was jonesing for a lobster roll, and that’s where I started. It’s been reviewed here countless times already. It’s on the small side, esp for the price. The lobster could be more flavorful, but, while I usually choose warm butter, I went with the default salad style/mayo dressing this time; and, happily, true to their word, the dressing was lightly administered and didn’t overwhelm the lobster (but the lobster itself, while fine, could have been better – not sure why, maybe needed more of the succulent body meat with claw meat mixed in). Then again, I could draw an off-color analogy here and say that, like some other things, even a less-than-stellar lobster roll is still enjoyable. I could have done without the topping of chives, however. Then I tried the clam chowder. While it was not horrendously thick like some bad versions, it was still too a bit heavy in texture and too light on clams and clam flavor. If you’ve ever had the buttery, clammy chowder at Swan Oyster Depot in SF, you’ll know what I crave. Certainly not enough clams here, and the advertised bacon was undetectable. I also thought it could have done without the spicy heat; I would have preferred to add my own hot sauce. Again, though it wasn’t great, I finished every drop and would probably order it again when I return. Finally, had a few raw clams (little necks) on the half shell, and they were super."

Jul 02, 2014
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Blue Plate Oysterette 3d Street and Crescent Hts

So the lobster roll at BPO/3rd St. is a buck cheaper, at $23, than at the original outpost in SM. It's a pretty good rendition, but overpriced. Still prefer the $18 version at Brentwood Café. The fried clams there, however, are worth a trip. Hopefully the servers on 3rd are as nice as they are in SM.

Jul 02, 2014
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2 days in LA Mid-City area

Shophouse? Seriously? For a visitor to LA? If you were coming to LA to sample Mexican food, hopefully nobody here would send you to Chipotle; likewise, we shouldn't be directing you toward Shophouse for some kind of pan-Asian disappointment.

Jul 02, 2014
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Nice restaurant in LA for thursday date night

Thanks. I wasn't sure. I think it's only listed as $$ on OT, but that doesn't mean all that much. Seems like a cool spot; I'd like to squeeze it in before my SoCal exit.

Jul 01, 2014
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Where can I find shark in LA?

Yeah, the same goes for me. Diving and snorkeling, include some shark-specific dives, all over Asia and Africa and the So. Pacific, I'm lucky Mr. Shark didn't play the karma card.

Jul 01, 2014
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Where can I find shark in LA?

Just think about the implications of karma next time you're snorkeling in the ocean.

Jul 01, 2014
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Handmade Corn tortillas not from Los Cincos Puntos

Tacos Puntas Cabras used to sell theirs by the 6 - pack. Assume they still do, but not sure.

Jul 01, 2014
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Nice restaurant in LA for thursday date night

Since you're not looking for atmosphere, but more good food at a good price point, with a fun vibe, how about Clusi Batusi? Or, in DTLA, Maccheroni Republic? I haven't been, but how about Barnyard?

Jul 01, 2014
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Tacos Puntas Cabras.

I can empathize. In another month, I'll be leaving LA to return to the St. Louis area. Got another month to cross off items on my SoCal food bucket list.

Jun 30, 2014
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Tacos Puntas Cabras.

Glad you liked it. I do too. If you'd re-read the TCB posts really carefully, you might've seen the suggestion to bring your own cerveza and thus you coulda' had your Corona.

Jun 30, 2014
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Sunset Blvd

Depends on how far ahead you are booking. Actually, last Friday on Open Table I was able to get a prime time res for 2 at Eveleigh for that same night. But then I cancelled it and wound up at Rustic Canyon, to my regret. Sky Bar can be tough to get into (as least it was in my Sky Bar days, which are now in the past), especially if you're not staying there or don't know the doorman; but, it's much easier if you have your hotel concierge call ahead and get you on "the list." That usually worked if he/she was buddies with the Mondrian concierge. Bar Marmont is no problem, and it's a fun place to drink. Doesn't have the view/pool of Sky Bar, but, and it's not very comfortable, but it is a scene.

Jun 30, 2014
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Sunset Blvd

The 2 a.m. days (mornings) are so far in my past, I don't remember them.

Jun 30, 2014
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Sunset Blvd

The sushi cognoscenti on this board will be horrified, but for a glitzy night out (esp with out of towners), where you want to be in a party scene with great people watching, we sometimes start at Katana and have some food and drinks on the patio. Then head across the street to Sky Bar.

Jun 30, 2014
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