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Best fried chicken restaurants or take out

Kyochon in K-Town, 6th and Serrano. The whole chicken with spicy sauce is the current reigning champion of my fried chicken tastings.

Apr 02, 2014
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Alhambra: Yazmin--Closed? What's going on?

Facebook and Yelp both now list Yazmin as "permanently closed"

Can anyone verify??

Mar 01, 2014
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raised or cake ????? Which kind of gal or guy are you ????

Fresh Strawberry come back today, 1/28, per their tweet 1/23.

Jan 28, 2014
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raised or cake ????? Which kind of gal or guy are you ????

Raised; cake is too heavy.

Jan 25, 2014
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Looking for Oyakodon Tonight

Nowhere near your areas, but Ducks Restaurant in San Gabriel just off of Rosemead & Las Tunas consistently has my favorite don.

I prefer katsudon, but the oyakodon was good, too.

Jan 19, 2014
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Korean Fried Chicken update?

Maybe their 2 month remodel will help address the consistency issue. Can't wait for Kyochon's reopening in K-Town on 2/4

Jan 10, 2014
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Looking for a New Filipino Restaurant

I hope your friend is doing well despite the closure. Whoever was doing the cooking there had some serious talent, and if possible, I'd be very interested to know if he/she went to work anywhere else.

I'd never liked Filipino food until I tried that place...hence my resistance to trying any more steam table places. Please thank your friend for making Filipino food accessible to me--that spicy pork sisig was life-changing.

Jan 10, 2014
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Looking for a New Filipino Restaurant

Sorry, not interested in food from steam tables, but thanks anyway.

Jan 10, 2014
crocodileguy in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a New Filipino Restaurant

What did you have? Anything you didn't care for as much?

Jan 09, 2014
crocodileguy in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a New Filipino Restaurant

Have you eaten at either of these? What do you recommend? I'll try to check them out, but I always appreciate hearing any personal experiences you might have.

Thanks!

Jan 09, 2014
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Looking for a New Filipino Restaurant

I heard about this one, and also noted the polarized reviews. Any personal experiences, Chowhounders?

Jan 09, 2014
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SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate - Where?

Didn't see it at the one in El Segundo; I looked!

Jan 09, 2014
crocodileguy in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a New Filipino Restaurant

Thanks! I looked at pictures on yelp, and it looks pretty similar to Salakot, so I'll have to try it sometime!

Anything in particular you recommend? Also, do you know if they're willing to make things more/less spicy? Their sisig looks good, but not enough peppers!!

Jan 09, 2014
crocodileguy in Los Angeles Area

SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate - Where?

Thanks, everyone!

Jan 09, 2014
crocodileguy in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a New Filipino Restaurant

Loved Salakot Sizzle & Grill in Historic Filipinotown, but they closed awhile back. Anything in LA that's similar in food quality and flavors? Specifically NOT looking for a takeout place with food sitting in steam tables all day like Nanay Gloria.

Thanks!

Jan 08, 2014
crocodileguy in Los Angeles Area

SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate - Where?

I used to be able to get this at Whole Foods, but none of the several I've been to seem to have it anymore. Ditto Sprouts, Erewhon, etc. Anyone have any suggestions as to where I can get it? Near Downtown LA, but willing to travel.

Thanks!

Jan 08, 2014
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Where to find these and other (obscure/Northern/Isaan) Thai dishes in LA?

Gonna have to try this one; sounds good!

Jan 07, 2014
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Where to find these and other (obscure/Northern/Isaan) Thai dishes in LA?

Maybe that's the secret ingredient that makes it taste so good?

Jan 07, 2014
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Where to find these and other (obscure/Northern/Isaan) Thai dishes in LA?

I love this place, and especially their khao soi. Nong and her family are also super-awesome people, so friendly.

Jan 06, 2014
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Latest on Ethiopian in Los Angeles

5990 1/2 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone number (323) 939-3233

Jan 06, 2014
crocodileguy in Los Angeles Area

need quick amazing takeout between LAX and Torrance

The Habit Burger Grill
311 N Sepulveda Blvd
El Segundo, CA 90245

Jan 06, 2014
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Looking for the perfect Wok

It's technically signed as the "Ramona Blvd" exit, but there are a couple green signs off to the side of the freeway "Garvey Ave SECOND EXIT" and "Garvey Ave LEFT LANE."

That said, Garvey is East/West, and EarlyBird said to turn North or South "be in Chinese food paradise throughout Monterrey Park," which really fits Garfield more.

Not trying to be pedantic; merely trying to ease any confusion.

Dec 31, 2013
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Now that Empress Pavilion is gone, where do I go?

I have a few favorites there:

My family is very fond of the "crystal shrimp", which are deep-fried shrimp wontons you dip in mayonnaise. Yes, my family is Midwestern.

There is a cart that goes around with little glass-lidded pots perched atop little gel fuel dishes; I've seen two kinds, both very good, but the favorite (and the one often out by the time we see the cart) is a mushroom medley with rice cakes in a savory sauce. The lady who works this cart knows us all by face at this point.

I love the tripe. Nuff said.

Pineapple buns are a favorite, too, and this place has a unique take on them.

We like the jellyfish as well, especially with the vinegar chili sauce.

Last time we were there, we tried a new item (at least new for us; I had not seen it before): warm almond milk inside a puff pastry-topped bowl.

Sticky rice, shiu mai, chee cheong fun, congee, etc. are all very good and sometimes exceptional. Har gao is hit-or-miss depending on how early during the dining service you get there (they clearly rush 'em toward the end) and how long it's been since they left the kitchen on the cart. IMO, the har gao range from "decent" to "thick, gummy mess," and certainly never noteworthy.

Items that we don't order (because they're better elsewhere, IMO): egg tarts, daikon (turnip) cake, char siu bao and XLB.

The XLBs are the only item I'd consider "bad" here; they're particularly small, doughy, tough and very low on filling. If I want XLB, though, I go to an XLB place; not a Hong Kong-style dim sum house.

Dec 30, 2013
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Looking for the perfect Wok

You might want to check out New Moon Cafe at FIGat7th (just opened) or also their New Moon Restaurant in Downtown LA. They have "Lo Mein" on the menu.

New Moon Cafe
735 S.Figueroa Street
Los Angeles CA 90017
213.327.0311

The New Moon Restaurant
102 W.9th St.
Los Angeles CA 90015
213.624.0186

http://newmoonrestaurants.com/

Dec 30, 2013
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Now that Empress Pavilion is gone, where do I go?

I LOVE their stewed tripe. Was unaware they paired it with the chili oil (never offered to me), so I now have something new to try!

Dec 28, 2013
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Now that Empress Pavilion is gone, where do I go?

I've always been partial to 888 Seafood, on Valley Blvd. between San Gabriel and Walnut Grove. Carts galore, and I've never had a bad or gross meal there; sometimes it's even exceptional.

Pretty wide variety of items, too, and I like that I see something new going around almost every visit.

This place also has a pretty unique (and delicious) take on pineapple buns.

Dec 28, 2013
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Anniversary dinner OC or LA

I really liked this place in Marina del Rey; they have a really good head chef. http://www.yelp.com/biz/beachside-res...

Dec 27, 2013
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what is one of the best thai restaurants in los angeles?

I just had a great meal at Spicy BBQ at the corner of Santa Monica and Normandie. Family-owned/operated, cash only, ATM on-premises. Specializes in Northern Thai. Recommend the spicy jackfruit and chicken khao soi ("egg noodle" on menu). I've had other things from the Northern section of the menu, but those two I return to again and again. Egg rolls are also pretty good--they're large and come 6 to an order.

Ruen Pair is another favorite of mine. Hollywood Blvd and Hobart. Cash only, ATM on-premises. Recommend the rahd nah, crispy fish salad, crabmeat fried rice, Chinese broccoli with crispy pork, papaya salad, beef larb and pad kee mao.

Dec 21, 2013
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Singaporean Restaurant To Open in Koreatown Location Formerly Occupied by Venezuelan/Mexican Restaurant

OK, I bit. I've been here twice now. First off, the portions are large and the prices are cheap, especially with their 20% off "Happy Hour" specials, which actually take up most of their operating hours.

Milo available on tap from a fountain machine, and YES it's mixed in-house, from the Singapore-originated cans with the swimmer dude on it.

Menu is limited. Choose your rice (chicken rice, coconut rice, steamed rice), then your protein (hainan chicken, BBQ pork, beef rendang, shrimp paste fried chicken). Additional proteins are $2.85? Something cheap like that...Combos come with a side "salad" (sad pile of iceberg lettuce), but the dressing is a really good peanut vinaigrette. Apparently a non-peanut dressing is available, but I don't know what it is nor have I tried it.

I've tried almost everything on the menu at this point. Here goes:

Chicken Rice: Super yummers, pretty good amount of chicken flavor in the rice.

Coconut Rice: Has a bit more sweetness to it than I'm used too/prefer. Had a few grains that weren't fully cooked. I'd get it again, though.

Steamed Rice: Have not tried; why pay someone for steamed rice I can so easily make myself?

BBQ Pork: good, generous portion, but a little sweet, and I think there's a little too much starch in the sauce.

Beef Rendang: good portion, tasted pretty good! Had chunks of ginger and lemongrass in there. I don't have a point of reference with this dish, but it tasted good to me.

Shrimp Paste Fried Chicken: Not much shrimp paste flavor. But it's good...just not Kyochon good, and in K-Town, that's a problem.

Hainan Chicken: I don't have too much of a basis for comparison, having had Hainan Chicken at Litz once, and then homemade by a Singaporean friend, who called his rendition "about a 6 out of 10." Grainivore's Hainan Chicken was served cold, but without bones or skin on the chicken. Dipping sauces include a thick dark soy sauce, a pureed ginger sauce, and an orange spicy/sour sauce.

Over the next few months they anticipate adding a few things to their menu.

Overall, I liked it, and the price was beyond right (read: I'd have paid more), but I worry about their longevity simply due to the fact that their hours are only M-Sat Noon-8pm, and both times I've been in, the owner wasn't there. The Happy Hour pricing is a 20% discount during the majority of their opening hours, yelp checkins get you a free soda, they sprang for a fancy POS system...I don't know, I just get the idea this is a restaurant that should have been a food truck, at least at first.

Anyone else been, yet?

Dec 15, 2013
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Whats good at Greenblatt's?

Matzo Ball Soup is the best in town IMO with all the schmaltzy goodness infused into the ball, and the chicken vegetable soup is also amazing by itself (the basis for the matzo ball soup); I love the Brisket and Egg Noodle dinner, too!

Nov 17, 2013
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