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are bucato, factory kitchen, tasting kitchen and osteria mozza doing the most interesting pasta dishes? and how would you rank/compare them?

Nope, not him. This was a young pretty boy who was simply performing waiter services.

about 18 hours ago
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

Grimaldi's Pizza in El Segundo Review:

Or, alternatively, some very finely grated carrot or beet usually works.

about 21 hours ago
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Taking one for the team.

about 22 hours ago
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Nice! Thanks for TOFTT. How was the traffic? :-)

about 22 hours ago
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

are bucato, factory kitchen, tasting kitchen and osteria mozza doing the most interesting pasta dishes? and how would you rank/compare them?

I was going to start a new - but at this stage pretty unnecessary - thread about Tasting Kitchen, but will just put my comments here. Went last night for my b'day dinner. We had 4 pasta dishes among the 4 of us, and all 4 were winners. I can't compare them to the other 3 restaurants, but they all were worth ordering again. My dish was the gigli with luciana (a very fennelly sausage) and rapini pesto. The sauce was very light, enabling the perfect pasta to shine, and the sausage was tremendous. I also really liked my friend's cresta di gallo pasta with a spicy Calabrian sausage. Before the pastas, we had, among other things, the salad of artichoke hearts and some type of shoots that were not identified on the menu, with a green goddess and bottarga dressing; I wanted to lick the plate. After we finished the pastas, but before the plates were taken away, we ordered the bread & butter ($3.50), largely to sop up the little sauces remaining on the plates. We thought the bread was really good, and learned it's a special bake by La Brea made for TK. I know that La Brea bread is despised on this board (see, e.g., the thread re sucky baguettes), but this version tasted wonderful (nicely warmed, with Plugra butter). As usual a very fun vibe and atmosphere, and warm, friendly service from a handsome Frenchman. I point that out only because my SO/lady friend commented, about the male and female wait staff: "clearly you have to be pretty to work here."

about 22 hours ago
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Doesn't hubby work in Century City? Tell him to hop over to Chaumont at lunch to pick up baguettes and bring 'em home after work. Also, I wonder if Clementine does a decent baguette, which is super close to CC.

2 days ago
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

I guess the OP was lookin' for love in all the wrong places.

Apr 15, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

Faith and Flower - anybody want to go?

How is this different from when we arrange chow meet-ups and ask who wants to attend? Shouldn't be a problem.

Apr 15, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

That's like saying it's nearly impossible to find a particular food item in a metropolis outside the item's geographic point of origin - e.g., you can't find good Ramen outside of Japan or good DD Pizza outside of Chicago. Expectations shouldn't be that low. Since the ingredients are available outside the source locations, and there is a widespread effort by expert chefs to replicate the dishes outside the source area, we should expect to be able to find the properly-replicated dishes in a city like LA. There's no reason why there shouldn't be a solid handful of French-style baguettes available in LA.

Apr 15, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area
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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

How are the baguettes at Maison Giraud? I would not be surprised if they are among the best in LA, given the quality of the croissant and the true French pedigree there.

Apr 15, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

Belcampo Cheeseburger

Free validated parking for an hour at GCM. It has become such a nice destination.

Apr 13, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area
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Brentwood Cafe last night

I thought it was pretty cute. Some touches resembling a pretty plain French brasserie. Long and narrow and, as Maudie said, nice sidewalk seating. Service was on the haphazard side.

Apr 12, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

Brentwood Cafe last night

Hit up the café last night for a quick dinner and was very pleased. The long list of specials included a lobster roll. It was served "Maine style" - cold, with mayo, rather than warm, with drawn butter (Connecticut style). It was very good; much better quality chunks of lobster meat than I've gotten from the Lobstah Truck or from Cousins, and probably a bit better than BPO - and, at $18.50, it was almost 6 bucks cheaper than BPO. The lobster meat didn't include any of the rubbery parts from the end of the claws. SO had the grass fed, organic burger. I can't really opine about it since she ordered it medium-well and it came exactly as she wanted it; so she loved it and thought it was perfect. Cooked that much, it could have been a ground Coach purse on a bun. After having the perfect burger the day before at Belcampo, I didn't need to tempt the burger fates. But the generous portion of fries that came with our dishes were among the best I've had in LA. I didn't even want fries and ordered the new potato salad instead (and it was good), but they also brought me fries by mistake and I couldn't stop eating them. They were perfect.

Apr 12, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

Dan Tanas - what to order?

I followed the advice of previous posters and got the chicken Beckerman - dark meat only. Enjoyed it.

Apr 10, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

Belcampo Cheeseburger

I got to Belcampo today and will now add my photo to the gallery. I think it's the best burger I've had in LA. Such a nice soft pack and great flavor. I opted for no cheese, but included the jowl bacon, which was thick, chewy AND crispy. I ordered it medium and it was bright pink, not red, throughout. Perfect, IMHO. Also had the broccolini as a side, which was very good. Had quite a few of my pal's fries, which were good, but not awe inspiring. Got 2 seats at the counter at noon, with very little wait. Can't wait to go back to try the meatball sub and the Marrakech cheese steak, made with goat leg.

Apr 10, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area
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Madrid, BCN & Granada - recs for non-foodies (but still good local food)

I'm bouncing my post in hopes of getting more replies so that I can recommend more places to my SO. Also, I found a photo I took about 5 years ago of a place in Granada, I think near the Cathedral, where I had a very good lunch; but I don't recall the name. Here's a photo of the interior - can anyone identify it? Thanks

Apr 09, 2014
Wayno in Spain/Portugal

St. Louis Restaurant with Private room?

Cross the river and go to Cleveland Heath in Edwardsville. Lunch or dinner.
Oops, forgot about the private room element of your request. My bad.

Apr 08, 2014
Wayno in Great Plains

Belcampo Cheeseburger

I will check that out. Gotta do it without my friends who own the (recently much-disparaged, though I like it) bbq joint next door seeing me.

Apr 03, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

Belcampo Cheeseburger

I have a casual business lunch with someone downtown next week and I told her to meet me at GCM. I think Belcampo is going to be my target. Looking forward to it.

Apr 03, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

best 100 yards of food in LA

I was gonna say AK, too. Even if the "grubiron" is more than 100 yards long.

Apr 03, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area
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50th Birthday

Despite my somewhat encouraging comments above about BOA, I think it's probably not the right place for you/your occasion. Maybe check out ScratchBar on La Cienaga. I haven't been, but sounds pretty cool. A couple posters have been.

Apr 02, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

50th Birthday

I will say this about BOA, it IS a fun scene if you are in a social mood. Great people watching - full of wannabe, or actual, trendoids and good lookin' folk. We had a "boys night out" there last year, and had a good ole time, and I thought my steak was quite good, but don't remember anything else about the food (so I guess it wasn't memorable). It's nice if, after dinner, you can then repair upstairs to Soho House, a great spot to celebrate - find a friend who's a member.

Apr 02, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

Madrid, BCN & Granada - recs for non-foodies (but still good local food)

My significant other and her mother are going to spend about 10 days in Madrid, Granada and Barcelona in late April/early May, and they’ve asked me for dining recommendations, even though I take my eating very seriously and am pretty adventurous; and they are neither. It’s been about 5 years since I’ve been to Madrid and Granada and almost 10 since I’ve been to Barcelona. I remember eating very well in all 3 cities (which was one of the objectives of those trips), but the only names I recall are Tabernas in Madrid, Alkimia and Cal Pep in BCN and none from Granada (where I know I ate in one wine bar in the city center and in one hole-in-the-wall up the hill beyond the plaza where everyone gathers in the evening across the river from the Alhambra). Having done a bit of research, I’m wondering about Malaspina and Venta el Buscon in Madrid, and, for BCN, am wondering if Cal Pep is still one of THE places to go; I loved it. Basically, I’d like suggestions to pass on to them that are for places that are moderately priced, casual, serve good – but needn’t be great or creative – food that will not be challenging for a couple travelers with rather pedestrian tastes (but I don’t want them to eat dumbed-down, mediocre meals that are the equivalent of the Olive Garden). I want them to experience a true tapas restaurant/bar, and was thinking of suggesting an organized tapas tour. Also, sadly, I know they will object to dinner after 7:30 p.m. (which may be a limiting factor and is one of the reasons I am perfectly content not going on this vacation with them).

Apr 01, 2014
Wayno in Spain/Portugal

Horse Thief, I was robbed!

If you're going to judge Horse Thief, you should try the brisket, as that is what they are most known for. And the owners/operators are from Texas, not from the city here. Not only is the brisket quite good, but so are the sides.

Mar 30, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

Finally got to MB Post

Following up on my own post, I want to add that the value element was terrific. SO and I split each of the 4 courses, and we each had 1 of their cocktails ($12 or $13 each). We were quite stuffed by the end, and the total tab, including the drinks and tax was $70. And we were using a $75 gift card, so we had $5 left over for the tip before having to dip into my own wallet. And the evening began with late afternoon beers at the upstairs bar at the Strand House - what a great spot to watch the NCAAs. TVs in the foreground, and the ocean in the background. Really don't get mo' bettah than that.

Mar 30, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area
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Finally got to MB Post

FINALLY made it to MB Post. If I lived closer, it would be hard not to eat there a few times a month. It's already been well discussed, so I'm not saying anything new, but dinner last night kicked ass. The incredible bacon cheddar biscuits, the blue lake green beans with crispy pork and Thai chili sauce, the seared scallops with bacon and pea smashed potatoes and "Elvis" - choco pudding with peanut butter mousse, candied bananas and bacon brittle. Great cocktails as well - in particular, their variation of the dark & stormy. Friendly service as well. We got 2 seats at one of the communal tables at 5:00 - when dinner menu starts - without a res.

Mar 30, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area
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Proof Croissant...Not Even Close.

Thanks for lettin' us PP folk that you was in our hood.

Mar 30, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area
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Belcampo Cheeseburger

And I hate their shakes.

Mar 28, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

BURGERS!

Okay, to accommodate you guys, I forewent carnitas at Frida (which I still haven't tried) and opted for a lamb burger at the bar at B&B. The grade I'm giving it is B to B+ (and the B+ is based more on its potential than on this day's execution). It was a big burger, close to an inch thick, but was too dense - didn't have that nice, somewhat loose pack that we see in the pic of Tony's Bel Campo burger in the thread he started. It was also a little dry, partly due to having been cooked a bit beyond the medium I'd requested. I'd hoped for plenty of pink throughout the center, but there was virtually no pink at all. But I bet if it had been cooked a couple minutes less, it would have been really good. I should also say that it was not particularly "lamby," and I kind of wonder if it was a lamb/beef combo. The brioche-style bun held up very nicely (especially since there wasn't much juice to contend with). It came with cheese (a mild white cheddar, if I had to guess), which I meant to request be omitted but forgot, and nice slices of ripe tomato, arugula and pickles (and red onion - which I cast aside!). It was $16, which included a side of fries, house salad (mixed greens) or Caesar. I opted for Caesar, which was fine though really small (whereas my neighbor's side of fries was quite large).

Mar 27, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

BURGERS!

I eat at B&B from time to time, since it's so close to work; but haven't tried the lamb burger. Maybe today. I was gonna walk over to Frida's for some carnitas, but B&B is even closer. Will report.

Mar 27, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area