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Polish besides Warszawa?

Nah, that was just my catch-all statement/signoff :). Tis the full menu we crave- from the fantastic vegetable soups, tripe, borschts (traditional and white, etc.), to the schnitzels, various cabbages, stuffed things of various shapes and sizes, juices like black currant, nalishniki for dessert- everything :)

Dec 26, 2013
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Polish besides Warszawa?

Correction- we've tried Polka. Didn't scratch the itch :)

Dec 26, 2013
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

The best Neapolitan pizza in LA?

Well, thought I would chime in a year later (am back in town!) Am planning to try Settebello and Mother Dough very soon (as you might see from my posts, neither 800 degrees nor Sotto came close to the sublimity of Keste in NYC ;) )

Any other updates/suggestions- let me know!!

Dec 26, 2013
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Best duck buns in LA?

Chinatown? SGV? Am looking for the sort I'm used to in Flushing, NY, where they sell them piecemeal at $1 a pop (price obviously isn't imperative, but the concept would be).

Any restaurants in particular?

Posted about a year ago but no dice, thought I would try again.

Thanks!!

Dec 26, 2013
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Polish besides Warszawa?

Hey guys, seems like I look for this every few years. My family and I love Polish food, but I've always found a serious dearth of it here in the LA area. Warszawa is already well-trodden area for us.

I also know about Polka, but never been.

Here in the SFV, it seems a gem opens up every few years and then summarily closes.

So, any suggestions?

Pierogi love!
-BB

Dec 26, 2013
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Any shops that stock Cappy Ice Fruit (a drink)?

Nope, I'm still here, still looking for CIF!!! :)

Sep 18, 2013
BigBrother in Manhattan

LA-style chili (Tommy's, Cupid's), in NY??

Figured I would bump this. Haven't heard in a long time!

Jun 30, 2013
BigBrother in Manhattan

Amazing experience (ideally French) within 90 mins of LA...

Great! May be a little too close for us (I know, sounds weird :)), but definitely in the right direction.

Keep 'em coming!

Jan 05, 2013
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Amazing experience (ideally French) within 90 mins of LA...

Hey guys! Am looking for the following for tonight, thought you might be able to help:

We want to get out of LA proper tonight and find some place that will floor us- some type of rustic getaway, I'm thinking along the lines of Big Sur, PCH, a hideaway in the desert- that sort of aesthetic; some place really unique and an off-the-beaten-path destination.

Ideally the cuisine would be classic French or New American.

Any ideas? Any amazing hidden gems within 90 mins? Thanks!

Jan 05, 2013
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

The best Neapolitan pizza in LA?

Ok, just hit up 800 Degrees and Sotto back to back (we don't mess around :))

First Sotto- on looks alone, they get high marks- looked really authentic. Taste? Paltry. If we closed our eyes, it tasted like an Ameci's pizza :\. Pretty disappointing.

800 Degrees- I see what you mean by quality/price ratio! Got a margherita for something like $7. Really damn good! Not Keste quality, but really, truly good.

Still though, now that I've tried LA's latest, I implore all of you- if you find yourself in Manhattan, you *must* go here:

www.kestepizzeria.com

Religious experience-level!

Thanks all!

Dec 09, 2012
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

The best Neapolitan pizza in LA?

800 looks great! I laughed at the cost/benefit - I was thinking Sotto was going to be $25/pie. Hah- 800 is comically cheap! In NY you could pay upwards of $20 for a pie! (Worth it as it might be :))

Thanks for the rec- will definitely try these out!

Dec 09, 2012
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Polish restaurants other than Polka and Warszawa?

Just checking- any recommendations? Warszawa is good, but we're looking for a change of pace, and Polka didn't impress.

Thoughts?

Dec 09, 2012
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

The best Neapolitan pizza in LA?

Hey guys, I'm an LA to NY to back-in-LA-on-occasion transplant, and my time in the big apple has found me developing a big hankering for Neopolitan pizza. (From Keste, specifically, if any of you have been there!)

I've tried the following places on my visits here, none blew me away:

- Pizza e Vino near Irvine
- Antica Pizzeria in Marina del Rey
- Pizzeria Mozza (found it downright disgusting)

So, has the landscape changed at all? Any new players on the scene?

Mangia in my future? :)

Dec 09, 2012
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy goose (to cook) in the SFV

Thanks all! Any more?

Dec 09, 2012
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy goose (to cook) in the SFV

Hey all, we're looking to make a goose soon, but are looking for a bird on the smaller size (maybe between a normal sized goose and an adult duck).

Before I go calling every Gelsons or butcher in town, thought I would check here- any suggestions?

Thanks!!

Dec 06, 2012
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Good Hong Kong Style (white) fried rice near Northridge...

Hey all. We're looking for what I suppose would be called Hong Kong style fried rice by our place in Northridge/Porter Ranch. It's the fairly simple, but oh so good, white variety- very fresh, usually with few extra ingredients. In the big East Coast cities (and I'm sure here in Downtown) it's pretty easy to get, but, as you know, standard brown-type fried rice seems to proliferate everywhere else.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!!

Sep 18, 2012
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Best Squab in the city?

(Continued from an earlier thread about pigeon).

Anyone have any recommendations for the best squab here? Ideally in a French/New American/Continental preparation?

Thanks!

Sep 06, 2012
BigBrother in Manhattan

Best Pigeon in the City? (All Jokes Aside!)

Squab and foie gras??? Great googly moogly- we might have a winner! Keep 'em coming though!

Aug 29, 2012
BigBrother in Manhattan

Best Pigeon in the City? (All Jokes Aside!)

So, my Dad's coming to town and he absolutely LOVES pigeon. Get out all the Central Park, sky-rat jokes, and help me out! :)

Which place would you say makes the best one? We both started loving it after having a transcendent pigeon dish at Picasso in Las Vegas, and have been craving it ever since.

Preparation would ideally be French/Continental, as opposed to anything too out there (like a pigeon curry at a Cambodian joint or something to the effect!)

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Aug 28, 2012
BigBrother in Manhattan

Looking for sour sop, tamarind ice creams (tropical ice cream place?)

Ok, bumping to see if any others. I'm finally organizing the trip to try these, so want as many good recs as possible! Thanks!

Aug 13, 2012
BigBrother in Outer Boroughs

Best Sichuan in the Valley?

Ugh, that kills me. Reminds me of a place near Boston called Grand Chinatown that serves the best Cantonese seafood I've ever had. Reviews on yelp would complain that the General Gau's chicken wasn't up to snuff.

How do you cure ignorance? :)

Dec 25, 2011
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Best Sichuan in the Valley?

Sorry, Tampa. (Corrected). Yeah, I know they're famous for the Bao, but a good half or more of the non-orange chicken menu was sichuan (including the specials of the day). And it was good!

Dec 24, 2011
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Best Cantonese/seafood in the SF Valley?

Well, gotta say, I had a pretty resounding success last night finding a Sichuan place thanks to my thread here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/824435

So, owing to the fact that I love Cantonese as well, I thought I'd give this a shot again.

Have been eating real cantonese recently on the east coast (various forms of steamed fish, whole shrimp, ginger scallion crab and lobster, etc.) and wanted to know what is, in your guys' opinion, the best and most authentic representative here in the SF Valley.

Thoughts?

Thanks all!

Dec 24, 2011
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Best Sichuan in the Valley?

Well, tried Tampa Garden last night off of will's thread suggestion. Gotta say, damn impressed. Can't say every dish was spot on (dan dan and hot oil dumplings for example were in more of a peanut-based sauce than I'm used to), but overall I'd give it an 8.5. Better and more authentic than most Sichuan places I've been to in New York. Fish filet and tofu was spot freaking on, beef and spicy peppers was great, chicken legs and hot peppers was great. And it's so funny because the place is the picture of unassuming cheap chinese. They have a very general-gao oriented menu, and then a separate "real" section. The decor is nonexistant as you'd expect from a take out joint, but man was it good. Also, as we specifically requested a "non-gwailo" level of heat, the entire place filled up with vaporized pepper particles and all the patrons around us were coughing up a storm. Was hilarious :)

Dec 24, 2011
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Best Sichuan in the Valley?

Thanks all

Dec 23, 2011
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Best Sichuan in the Valley?

Hey all, after traveling far and wide (ok, living on the East Coast :)), I've developed quite a taste for real sichuan food. But all I ever knew in the Valley growing up was Americanized Chinese. Good stuff, but not dan dan, mala, red glistening-deliciousness good.

Any suggestions? I have no idea what the authentic Chinese (Cantonese, Sichuan, etc.) scene is like out here.

Please keep suggestions to the Valley- am sure there are plenty in LA, Downtown, and the inland provinces :)

Thanks!

Dec 22, 2011
BigBrother in Los Angeles Area

Looking for sour sop, tamarind ice creams (tropical ice cream place?)

This looks great!! Thanks!

Aug 02, 2011
BigBrother in Outer Boroughs

Where to get "Samson's Pita Pockets"?

Not quite. There's no way they could get them here quickly enough for anything resembling a reasonable price :). That said, we *did* manage to track them down!! They can be purchased at Holy Land Market in the LES.

Thanks all!

Jul 21, 2011
BigBrother in Outer Boroughs

Looking for sour sop, tamarind ice creams (tropical ice cream place?)

Thanks! Anyone else, any others?

Jul 21, 2011
BigBrother in Outer Boroughs

Best Prosciutto sandwich in Hoboken?

Hey all. We just moved here, and one of the big requirements we're looking to fill is a great Italian deli. But not just any great Italian deli, one which can scratch our itch for a prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella, and tomato sandwich, preferably on some amazing bread.

We used to have a great place back where we were from, but now we need to find something new!

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Jul 21, 2011
BigBrother in New Jersey