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Sapp's Coffee Shoppe.

http://sapp.menutoeat.com/

The "Tom Yum Kung" and "Poh Tak" are seafood soups but I don't believe they come with noodles. Doesn't mean you couldn't ask if they would put noodles in it.

Nov 05, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

Truffle XLB Are Almost Here!

Homophones, and I just commented to that effect on the post (though it has to be approved before it appears, apparently).

Nov 04, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

Truffle XLB Are Almost Here!

Don't get my hopes up. Aside from the first opening months, I don't see a huge line at ROC Kitchen on Sawtelle. Yes, DTF should draw a large crowd based on name, but whoever it was (J.L? ipse?) who said in those old ROC threads that the demand may not be there (beyond us Westside 'hounds) to make it viable to run one out in SM. Though I gotta figure the rent at the Americana would be comparable or more than rents out in SM.

Nov 04, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

Truffle XLB Are Almost Here!

"Further, the (extremely non-Taiwanese) bartender who met me said that they will not be serving truffle xlb, but that she is aware that they are served at the original Taipei location."

Curious. I just saw a post on Instagram by Mattatouille (http://instagram.com/p/gTiQBctMLX/) with pictures of truffle XLB at DTF. It doesn't specify which location but I'm assuming Glendale. Guess the bartender was wrong?

Nov 04, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

WLA Ramen Round-Up

+1 on the Ebiton being their best. Bob, it's a little oilier than their other offerings, but it is very shrimpy in a good way.

Chris, I've had the chicken skins a few times now, and the first time we had it, it was indeed very crisp and dry (my preference), but the other times it was a little softer and chewier, so I think it just depends.

Nov 04, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

Truffle XLB Are Almost Here!

From what I could see from outside the place, the kitchen, at least what looks like the XLB making station, is surround by glass inside.

Nov 03, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

Truffle XLB Are Almost Here!

They are closed for a private event today. Official open tomorrow.

Nov 03, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

SOUP - LA Dish of the Month (November 2013)

I invoke the matzo ball soup clause.

Nov 03, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

Tacos Puntas Cabras.

Coctels could be soup. Like a seafood gazpacho...

Nov 03, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

SOUP - LA Dish of the Month (November 2013)

As good as ever!

Nov 03, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area
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SOUP - LA Dish of the Month (November 2013)

Waiting at Tsujita ANNEX (half hour and counting at 11:30 PM; shoulda gone to Chengdu Taste, heh) for my first DotM entry...

Nov 02, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

Truffle XLB Are Almost Here!

Thanks, Mr. T!

Nov 02, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations Please - best steak on Westside?

Not an American style, but I've heard great things about Ushuaia, both from personal acquaintances and on CH: http://www.chow.com/food-news/130511/...

Nov 02, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

Truffle XLB Are Almost Here!

I'm gonna be in Glendale tomorrow around noon for an hour or so. Wonder if they'll have a soft-open.

Nov 02, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

Fried Catfish

Uncle Darrow's in Marina Del Rey has pretty good cornmeal-fried catfish.

Nov 02, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

SOUP - LA Dish of the Month (November 2013)

Um... I'll stick with my stinky tofu.

Nov 01, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

Gjelina Brunch

Thanks for all the recs!

Nov 01, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

Gjelina Brunch

Thanks for the tip. So I shouldn't believe the website when it says reservations are required for dinner?

Nov 01, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

HAIL FSM!~ Din Tai Fung to open @ Americana

Agreed. Too bad it's not editable past 2 hours.

Nov 01, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

SOUP - LA Dish of the Month (November 2013)

Hmm, I recognize that pot and place mat...

Nov 01, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

HAIL FSM!~ Din Tai Fung to open @ Americana

Chandavkl's got it covered: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922449 :-)

Though it's good that the notification will go to everyone else on this thread.

Nov 01, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

SOUP - LA Dish of the Month (November 2013)

I've heard the same about C&T, particularly their Rhode Island clear broth chowder, which is my favorite style any way. Still need to make it there to try.

Haven't tried the chowder at Littlefork, but based on my last meal, I'd bet on it being better than average.

I liked Fishing with Dynamite's, but for a cream-based one it was a little thin and runny to me.

Nov 01, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

SOUP - LA Dish of the Month (November 2013)

Gummy monkey nipples? Regurgitated pizza? You're really making me hungry today, ipse... NOT! :-)

Nov 01, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

SOUP - LA Dish of the Month (November 2013)

Galbitang for the best of both worlds, and a potential continuation of last month's Dish/Neighborhood of the Month!

Nov 01, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

Gjelina Brunch

My judgement after brunch was that I'd like to go back again for brunch or for dinner. A dinner reservation is probably the way to go next time. Thanks.

Nov 01, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

Gjelina Brunch

[For larger images, with captions, in-line with the text, go to http://theoffalo.com/2013/11/gjelina-...]

Gjelina's been on my must-try list for quite some time, but stories of long waits and insensitive service have kept me away. However, the potential of a butterscotch dessert that could rival Pizzeria Mozza*'s budino was enough to entice me and my wife to finally give it a try on an early Sunday afternoon. And yes, we took our older daughter, last seen with me at Littlefork**, along with us.

Since the restaurant doesn't take reservations for brunch, for parties of our size at least, I dropped the wife and kid at the door and went to look for parking, which I somehow managed to score within 5-10 minutes on busy Abbot Kinney. However, the time for a table was significantly longer at ~45 minutes. As we had already perused the menu while we waited, we ordered quickly once we were seated.

1. Niman Ranch Lamb Burger, Harissa Aioli, Arugula, Roasted Tomato, $15: This was my daughter's dish, and she enjoyed it. The burger was prepared medium-rare, was tender and juicy, and had a mellow grassiness to it. The toppings were simple and complemented the burger well.

2. Open-Faced Turkey Tartine, Rapini, Tomato, Caramel Onion, Gryuere, Béchamel, Fried Egg, $16: This was my wife's choice, and ended up being a rather pedestrian dish. The turkey was thin-sliced and not too dry, but didn't have much going for it. The mélange of other ingredients all worked well together, but the best part was probably the rapini, which were properly bitter yet bright.

3. East Coast Fluke Crudo, Passion Fruit, Lime, Cilantro, Fresno Chiles, $15: The first of my two dishes, I was hoping for the king mackerel version that's on the brunch menu posted on their site, as I enjoy the richer flavor of that fish. That day, the crudo was done with fluke, which is a very mild fish. It had good texture, but not much flavor, and served more as a proteinous platform for the other, more piquant, ingredients.

4. Anchovy & Burrata Toasts, Pepperonata, Capers, Sherry, $15: The second of my selections, I liked this one much better than the first. The burrata was top notch, sweet and creamy, which contrasts perfectly with the salinity of the anchovy and capers.

5. Butterscotch Pot de Crème, Salted Caramel, Crème Fraîche, $8: The dessert comparison we had been waiting for, my wife enjoyed this quite a bit but still liked Mozza's budino better, which she said had more of the deeper, burnt sugar flavor that she prefers.

6. Yogurt Panna Cotta, Passion Fruit, $10: Panna Cotta is one of my favorite desserts, and Gjelina's did not disappoint. The yogurt base is an interesting choice, making the dish more tart than I'm used to, but it worked. It was still sweet, of course, and the passion fruit helped highlight that.

I did not post any pics of the drinks, but the Mint Iced Tea was good. The Limeade was even better! Lime, perhaps fresh squeezed, mint, maybe basil, some kind of sweetener, obviously, and a splash of club soda, I could drink it all day long!

Service was pleasant; when my wife asked if the egg on her tartine could be prepared any way other than sunny side up, her request was declined, but politely and without attitude. Service was also a bit slow, and uneven; our waiter said that my dishes would be prepared at the charcuterie "kitchen" (or "bar" or whatever) and would likely come out before the other dishes, but they ended up coming out quite a bit after the rest of the dishes, when my wife and daughter were both nearly done with their meals.

It's not quite at the same level as Tar & Roses*** for me, but the food at Gjelina is definitely worth a repeat visit. If only it weren't always so crowded--it took longer to get a table at Gjelina at 2:30 PM on a Sunday than it did to get in at T&R on a (different) Sunday at 6:30 PM without reservations--I would definitely go to Gjelina more often.

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Gjelina (http://www.gjelina.com/)
1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 450-1429

*My review of Pizzeria Mozza: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/920671
**My review of Littlefork: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/921436
***My review of Tar & Roses: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918734

Nov 01, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (November 2013) - Voting

One could decide to invent a "pizza soup"--I'm picturing a mashup of tomato soup, onion soup (the cheesey layer on top at least), and Southern chicken and dumpling soup (sans chicken, dumpling representing the crust)--for DotM, which would be kickass!

Nov 01, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (November 2013) - Voting

Chili seems to be generally considered a stew, and a stew seems to generally be considered separate than soup. One distinction I read on Wikipedia is that a stew is thick enough to be able to be served in something other than a bowl, like on a plate.

Nov 01, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (November 2013) - Voting

With one minute to go, looks like Soup will win with 11 votes. Nearest runner up is Short Ribs with 7 votes. Pancakes and Waffles has 6 votes. Thanksgiving Dinner Items and Pumpkin each has one vote.

Oct 31, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area

Need a fun night Eastside or DTLA/ I'm all over the place!

This is so wrong, it's right!

Oct 31, 2013
PeterCC in Los Angeles Area