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Great Japanese restaurant between Ikea/Long Beach and Los Alamitos racetrack -- Help! Description enclosed, just can't remember the name!

BINGO! Thank you! (OK, I guess it wasn't authentic after all. But I do remember being deeply surprised at the quality.)

Great Japanese restaurant between Ikea/Long Beach and Los Alamitos racetrack -- Help! Description enclosed, just can't remember the name!

Hello, and thanks in advance. I know someone must know the place I'm looking for, as I recall finding it on this board a couple of years ago. I know I was on the way from Ikea to the track, and it was somewhere more or less on the way.

1) It's NOT a sushi restaurant. Some variation on izakaya.
2) Seats maybe 30.
3) Very authentic Japanese.
4) Serves Asahi on tap.
5) There is a small black bar facing the kitchen, seats maybe 5 or 6, but again, it's not a sushi bar.
6) Located in a tiny mini mall, with maybe only two or three other businesses in its particular building.
7) Two dishes I remember: uni pasta, and yellowtail collar.

Finally, it was absolutely great. I've spent plenty of time in Tokyo, and was hugely surprised to find a place of this quality on the way to what is quite frankly the most run-down racetrack in CA since Hollywood Park closed.

Any help in regaining my marbles is greatly appreciated!

Best takeout near Lake Balboa Park in Encino?

Wife is there for a party right now and I don't feel like cooking (does anyone today?). Looking for something great and/or unusual enough that you can't get it in Hollywood, where we live. Kid friendly a + but not necessary.

Thanks in advance.

Jun 30, 2013
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area

The most absurdly great Sunday night meal in Cambridge (or close) is...?

It's my wife and my tenth anniversary. We have a zillion young kids and never get to go anywhere, except we always take exotic anniversary trips to faraway lands, which keeps us vaguely sane.

Except this year, when our friends outside of Boston decided to get married. And here we are (we're from far, far away).

And now my wife just woke up sad, sad, sad, because we didn't leave the country the only chance we ever get all year. And I feel bad, bad, bad. I don't regret coming to this wedding -- we absolutely adore the couple -- but I kinda adore my wife more.

So we have exactly one night in Cambridge, tomorrow, then fly back home to our miserable lives. Price is no object. Prefer to stay in Cambridge, but am willing to take a taxi for the right meal.

Thanks in advance!!!

Does anyone know where Katsu of Tama Sushi (Not Katsu-ya) landed?

Exactly. The man was simply amazing at what he does, and I haven't found anyone close that wasn't charging at least double. He's clearly not lucky, though. So yes, wherever he goes, I follow, too. He's probably 75 though, so maybe Beverly Drive was his last stand? If only he had Twitter!

Aug 02, 2010
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area

Does anyone know where Katsu of Tama Sushi (Not Katsu-ya) landed?

I know he closed Tama in Studio City, then had a brief run in Beverly Hills. If anyone knows, it would be sooooo appreciated. Again, not talking about the Katsu-ya gent. Thanks!

Tama Sushi
11920 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604

306 Rosecrans Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Aug 02, 2010
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area

Kid-Friendly San Francisco Dinner suggestions (But with no $$$ limit)?

I know, I know, sounds a little cliche. The problem is that, having searched the board a bit, It seems like every suggestion is based on keeping it cheap. As I'm on vacation, I'm far more concerned with fantastic food that just happens to tolerate small kids, rather than the reverse.

Our hotel's in SOMA, so something over this way wouldn't suck. But I used to live here (Mission circa '94 or so -- it's a little different now, eh?) a zillion years ago, so I wouldn't mind taking the Bart or a cab somewhere (in SF, anyway) for something really special. Got meals to fill all weekend, so bring em on. Thanks in advance!

48 Hours in Seattle -- looking for the most successful experimental/unusual/unique out there

Thanks for all your help everyone, 'specially you Natalie. You guys ever have CH eating meet ups? First round's on me.

Jan 20, 2010
deadorinjail in Greater Seattle

48 Hours in Seattle -- looking for the most successful experimental/unusual/unique out there

Coming this weekend from out of town, solo, and I intend to take a crash course in the very best of whatever Seattle's got. I eat literally everything, but I'm not looking for the usual stuff -- I can get a world class steak anywhere, ya know? Any help is much appreciated.

Jan 18, 2010
deadorinjail in Greater Seattle

Is there anything at all Chowish in or near Discovery Bay?

It is my father's 75th birthday and I can't make it. Def looking for traditional of any variety, but it's got to be first rate. Thanks in advance, I really need some help!

Aug 18, 2009
deadorinjail in California

Affordable Old Skool Steakhouse (like Taylors) in the valley?

Looking for something halfway between Hollywood and Agoura, high end w/o going all the way to Mastros prices, ala Taylors. Thanks in advance!

Jun 13, 2009
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area

Family-friendly Happy Hour Dinner Specials on Saturdays?

Looking to bring the family -- 2 young kids involved -- for dinner/drinks, hopefully a great restaurant at reduced prices, rather than a mediocre one on the cheap. Did this at Vinoteca, the wine bar/Brazilian restaurant in Los Feliz last weekend, and it was great. But in the interest of knowing of other options, I thank you in advance. Prefer East of Beverly Hills, but Studio City-ish could also work. Cheers!

May 30, 2009
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area

Stiffing the Bartender

"Finally, beware of tipping big on the first round in the hopes of securing the bartender’s attention later. Bartenders are wise to that strategy, and they don’t appreciate it. White explains: “When I see someone throw down superhuge, I know they’re trying to buy my affection and love, and it burns me.”

That is the dumbest fucking thing I have ever heard. Gee, I hate it when someone is really generous, when I am making my living off of other people's generosity. Man, if they tip me really big at the end of the night, I'm really gonna kick their asses.

Guess what? For anyone in a service industry, other that that idiot, being really generous buys you good will anytime. The Golden Rule applies everywhere.

May 13, 2009
deadorinjail in Features

Is there anywhere to get pierogies near Penn Station?

Having lived on them on the LES 20 years ago, I still crave them. And I have basically tomorrow morning and walking distance to Penn Station to satisfy the urge. Any help is utterly, utterly appreciated. Polish/Russian/Ukranian diners? Diners in general?

Apr 11, 2009
deadorinjail in Manhattan

Miracle Mile sushi?

Got a business lunch, need something great (or as close as possible) but not crazy expensive. Gotta stay in the neighborhood to boot. Thanks in advance for your help. p.s I'm not a big fan of Roku so let's get that out of the way. The food is far more important than the scene.

Mar 02, 2009
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area

What else at Phillipes is good besides the sandwiches?

Are you kidding? Chili John's rocks.

Jan 27, 2009
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area

local siverlake

When you can pay $16 at the Hungry Cat for a pug burger and fries, or $14 at Blairs for the same, or even less virtually anywhere else, why would you pay $14 for a mediocre turkey burger with no fries or sides of any kind, no table service, and no ambiance? I've been asking myself that ever since I did exactly that. Won't make the same mistake twice though.

Jan 27, 2009
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area

What else at Phillipes is good besides the sandwiches?

Really? I mean, it was truly a bowl of unremarkable. Not what I'd call bad, but basically flavorless. Maybe Chili John's has spoiled me.

Jan 27, 2009
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area

What else at Phillipes is good besides the sandwiches?

I was there this weekend and decided to experiment a little, so along with the usual lamb/bleu cheese dip with a side of slaw, I ordered a cup of chili and a donut. The chili was blah, but the donut, believe it or not, was fantastic. Just your basic cinnamon donut, but an exceptionally fresh, moist and flavorful one -- I'm not kidding when I say I'd consider stopping in just for the donuts.

Which got me to thinking, man that menu is huge. So what else is worth trying?

Jan 27, 2009
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area

Please help save me from McCormick and Schmicks (seafood needed)

Grandpa's in town, he wants to buy a fish dinner tonight, and he's never going to stop bitching about the small portions, strange service and high prices of the Hungry Cat, which eliminates it from contention (Don't get me wrong, I love it). And yes, the Water Grill is also going to be too pricy.

We're in Hollywood, so we're talking East of Beverly Hills, though the Valley or Glendale-ish could work.

Of course, if anyone knows what's outstanding at McCormicks (looking at the Burbank location) I'm all ears. Having had a couple of complete crap meals there a couple of years ago, I haven't been back lately.

Jan 18, 2009
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area

101 Coffee Shop (on Franklin) closed for "repairs"

Just drove by, sign on the front door said exactly that. Anyone know the real deal?

Oct 23, 2008
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area

Cheaper Studio City Sushi Row options?

Long and short: I usually do omakase at Tama, but $ is tight, I owe a business contact a dinner, and I'm looking for a cheaper option or two on sushi row for tonight. There's what, dozens of sushi joints? Obviously most of them suck -- there is no such thing as good all-you-can-eat sushi -- but what of all the others? Thanks in advance.

Sep 25, 2008
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area

PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2007

1) Angelini Osteria (ask for the tasting menu -- not on the menu -- at $100/person, including all you can eat, and well-chosen wines for each course, it's the bargain of the century)
2) Vito's Pizza on LaCienega
3) Pizzeria Mozza
4) Tama Sushi
5) Hungry Cat

Feb 07, 2008
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area

Best takeout gravlax and lox in NYC?

Oh yeah... their reputation is known even in LA. But a follow-up question: I'm on the upper East side, and depending on how tomorrow plays out, getting downtown may be a problem. Any options here, or on the upper West side (I do remember than a stop at H&H for bagels is required).

Nov 23, 2007
deadorinjail in Manhattan

Best takeout gravlax and lox in NYC?

Hello hounds, greetings from an LA transplant who doesn't know his hometown anymore. Simple question: I'm in NYC now, need to go to NJ on Sunday for a baby naming, and promised I'd bring gravlax and lox. While I know I can err on the side of caution and just go to Dean & DeLuca, I thought I'd post to see my other (and possibly) better options. Price is no object. Thanks in advance.

Nov 23, 2007
deadorinjail in Manhattan

Looking for L.A.'s best deviled eggs

We will travel anywhere in the county for the finest deviled eggs. So far, Blair's leads the pack, but I'm open to new contenders for the title. Thanks in advance.

May 23, 2007
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area

Elegant, French/Italian/Continental, for Grandma

The grandmother-in-law is coming into town, and I'm trying to avoid eating at the Polo Lounge again (though I might add that their cedar planked salmon is quite tasty). Looking for something old school enough, and quiet enough, for her, but gourmet enough for us, not any more than a half hour from the Beverly Hills Hotel. Price is no object. I have to admit, expensive Beverly Hills joints aren't exactly my stomping grounds, so I thought I'd ask for help unearthing a gem or two. Thanks in advance. -DOIJ

Mar 07, 2007
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area

Onion Rings

The onion rings at Birds are perhaps the only edible thing on the menu. Avoid the food at all costs. If you want drinks, it's fine. But never ever eat there.

Mar 05, 2007
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area

Butcher in Los Feliz/Silverlake?

Beachwood Market in Beachwood Canyon. Little butcher in the back of a mediocre supermarket. Excellent dry aged steaks of all types at LOW prices.

Jan 09, 2007
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area

Greek Eats in L.A.?

I'm also Greek-American, and the only thing that comes close to Grandma's cooking (and Grandma was a little Greek woman in a black dress who cooked 14 hours a day) is Papa Christo's. Not that it really comes close, more like closest. Methinks it's hard to make up for the extra effort a relative makes to make things perfect, compared with something you've got to make two pans of and get out the door.

But yeah, nothing kills me more than those places... what's that place on Ventura in Sherman Oaks? Nice people, but yuck.

Nov 30, 2006
deadorinjail in Los Angeles Area