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Need a good keg of beer

I get kegs from Craftsman pretty regularly, but Mark did say that he's trying to phase out direct sales...I think they are just too much trouble with the business growing and all.

But the only way to get them is to call and pick them up from the brewery directly. It's usually one of the best errands to run, since he'll usually offer you a taste of his latest brew when he's in a good mood.

Jul 18, 2008
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Sandwich Contest

Ugh, this thread is killing me!

Jul 18, 2008
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Best of LA's Asian Foods...

Ok, I like your ramen list. I personally couldn't eat ramen three times in a short period of time, but more power to you. Of those three, my favorite is Shin Sen Gumi - Hakata Ramen in Rosemead. Really fun environment too...better than the Jtown places on that aspect.

But really, I know your friend isn't a big fan of Korean, but you GOTTA give it another chance. It's really fantastic and not just the Korean BBQ. Try to convince him.

Jul 11, 2008
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Visiting LA (Follow-up)

Looks like Babita was pretty well covered, but I would possibly put it on a "must eat" list for LA.

I don't think you need to worry about overdoing Mexican by going to Babita. It doesn't really even feel like Mexican the way people think.

The food is fantastic, as was noted (you MUST order the soup, whatever it is...) but really, it's just the experience that puts it over the top. It's in a nondescript, not exactly pretty section of San Gabriel just off the freeway. You might miss it your first drive by and when you realize where it is, you will think that there must be some kind of mistake.

But that all pleasantly fades away when you walk in and are greeted by the owner/chef or the hostess (his wife?) into a small room with 10 white tablecloth tables decorated tastefully with tequila bottles.

The chef will probably tell you about the specials personally and recommend some wine that he will personally pour for you.

If you had to choose between Garibaldi and Babita, I would say hands down do Babita, although I enjoyed Garibaldi also.

Anyway, good luck and let us know how it went.

Jun 26, 2008
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Visiting LA (Follow-up)

Why not head out about 10-15 minutes east on the 10 freeway and hit Babita Restaurant?

It's a really unique experience and I can't imagine you would be disappointed.

1823 S San Gabriel Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776

Jun 25, 2008
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Japanese - Pasadena area?

That sounds interesting and it's right down the street from me.

But it's not really "sushi".

Jun 25, 2008
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Japanese - Pasadena area?

I would second a few themes in this thread.

1) Pasadena is not great for sushi. I'm a Pasadena native, part Japanese, and a sushi lover, so it pains me to say this, but it's true.

2) Make your way to Little Tokyo to Sushi Gen or to the SFV or Hollywood for top quality stuff.

3) If you must stay in the Pasadena area, my favorite is Z Sushi. No, it isn't the BEST in LA, but it's walking distance from my house, and I feel lucky for that. Definitely very good quality food. (The cooked dishes can be excellent also.)

4) There are good restaurants in Pasadena and plenty of them, but sushi is just not one of the highlights.

p.s. Please don't go to Afloat Sushi. Actually, none of the places listed in Pasadena propery are worth your time, imo. Yoshida in San Marino is decent, but Z is better.

Jun 25, 2008
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LA Newbie - What/where is a MUST eat?

Only one mention for Babita?

I think that's a must try. As much for the uniqueness of the business as for the goodness of the food.

A bit out of the way, but you will not regret your time there.

Jun 04, 2008
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where can i find a new jersey style diner in so cal

I immediately thought of the Diner on Main in Alhambra.

201 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801-3403
(626) 281-3488

I've only been there a couple of times, and it is not open 24 hours, but it's a decent place. They serve a wide variety of traditional diner plates and I think they do all foods at all hours and it's not too pricey.

Also, in a very non-diner way, they have a full bar.

Apr 03, 2008
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Sushi in Downtown

R23 is too expensive, in my experience. Gorgeous setting and very good food, but I prefer Sushi Gen on the whole. I think it's quite reasonable for what you get.

I would suggest staying away from Afloat Sushi (not that it's really close to downtown). It's typical kaitenzushi (conveyor belt) that happens to be on boats instead of a belt. Cute, edible, but average sushi at best.

If you or your group are sushi snobs (and I mean that in the best way possible), go to Sushi Gen. You will not be disappointed. They do not take reservations, however. You need to put your name in and wait. And wait.

If you guys are more interest in company and ease than the food, but still would like decent sushi, you can go right across the street to the new place on the SW corner of 2nd and San Pedro, just south of Kokkekoko. It used to be Hamakawa, but it's now another sushi place that I'm sure will be easier to get into and have decent food.

Good luck.

Feb 08, 2008
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Looking for the best chili in LA

Gotta say I was less than impressed by Chili My Soul.

I think that in their effort to have so many varieties, they lose focus on the basic idea. They should have one signature chili and rotate the other varieties.

We must have tried 9 of the versions available at the time and none of them were spectacular.

Jan 02, 2008
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Lobsters locally?

Is there no place that serves our local lobster around town?

Even someplace like the ones down in Puerto Nuevo would be nice to enjoy this local seasonal bug.

Oct 19, 2007
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Great Jewish Deli/Restaurant in LA

Obviously Langer's is a must...it's really the only answer if you're going for pastrami.

But Oinkster is very good also...their approach is "slow fast food", which I like. And apparently the owner/'chef' learned his pastrami technique from none other than Al Langer himself.

I prefer Langer's pastrami, but Oinkster is definitely worth a trip. (They serve beer on tap too...)

Oct 17, 2007
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Lobsters locally?

So it's spiny lobster season now, right? I think it starts in the beginning of October.

Just wondering if there are any good places to enjoy our local delicacy. I see it pretty regularly on Mexican seafood menus, so I was looking for a place that gives them some other kind of treatment. (But if there's a Mexican place that does it exceptionally well, I'm all ears...)

I'd love to find a place out on the Eastside, if that's possible.

Thanks in advance.

Oct 17, 2007
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Tailgating at the Rose Bowl

I think it's an odd choice for a tailgate, but I couldn't agree more with Carnitas Michoacan as one of the best places around. I work about 5 minutes from there and it's fantastic...

I really like the chile verde burritos...mmmmm

Oct 04, 2007
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Best japanese Restaurant in San Gabriel Valley?

Oh, of course.

I go there frequently also. Once again, exactly the kind of place I mean. My previous comments still apply.

Although I do find it odd that you have to walk out the front all the way to the back parking lot to use the bathroom...

Sep 14, 2007
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Best japanese Restaurant in San Gabriel Valley?

Yama up in Monrovia or thereabouts?

I like it also...seems my family started going there much more often than Tokyo Lobby about 10 years ago or so. That's exactly the kind of place I'm talking about. No frills, but just good, filling, familiar food.

Sep 12, 2007
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Moffett's Chicken Pies in Bellflower - gone?

Sad, sad news.

My grandmother lives on one of the dead end streets that backs up to Moffett's parking lot. We used to go there all the time. I love Moffett's pies and I'm just glad that the Arcadia location is still going strong (even though I think there were technically not affiliated, right?)

Those frozen pot pies were a godsend back when I was in college.

Sep 12, 2007
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Best japanese Restaurant in San Gabriel Valley?

I grew up on places like Tokyo Lobby in San Gabriel (which, for YEARS my mom called "New Tokyo Lobby" after it burned down and was rebuilt...there's nothing new about it.) But they just bring you this huge photo album/menu with pics of all the different dishes. Probably over 100 combinations of food.

It's a bit americanized, but still run by Japanese speakers, and it's by no means gourmet, but when you get a hankering for some miso soup and cheap tempura/teriyaki, it's hard to beat for my money...

Sep 11, 2007
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Sad News From Papa Don's - South Pas.

Sorry for your loss, Sarkis. Everyone I've mentioned this to has been shocked and saddened as well and I pass along their sentiments to you.

I'm very glad to hear his tradition will stay alive with Gina. She's great too - they seemed like they had a really good relationship. I'm sure she'll make him proud.

Aug 31, 2007
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Best japanese Restaurant in San Gabriel Valley?

SGV is not great for sushi, sadly. But Z Sushi in Alhambra is definitely one of the better places. There are also tons of decent "comfort food" type places around, but few really stand out.

Someone mentioned Shin Sen Gumi (http://www.shinsengumiusa.com/R_ramen). I definitely agree with this. Went there for the first time a few weeks ago, and it's fantastic.

The ramen was great. You get so many options - everything from the type of broth, to how spicy, to the softness of your noodles. And they do it very very well. But it's not just ramen, they have loads of izakaya type dishes and all in a really fun youthful Japanese style. Highly recommended.

Aug 31, 2007
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Restaurants w/ omega 3 fishes (e.g. wild not farmed salmon)

Don't forget mackerel.

I know it's not the first fish that people think of when they eat out, but a well prepared broiled mackerel with grated daikon radish, green onions and soy sauce can be incredible.

The first place that would come to mind would have been Hamakawa on Central near 2nd street in Little Tokyo, but they closed and are now yet another sushi joint.

Aug 15, 2007
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Sad News From Papa Don's - South Pas.

So here's the sandwich I got addicted to:

The London Roast

-Thinly sliced RARE roast beef
-sliced cucumbers
-tomatoes
-sprouts
-salt & pepper
-horseradish sauce
-served on a freshly baked french roll

It was a really really good sandwich. Reasonably priced and big, but not too filling. Just right. A shame I never got other sandwiches, that one was just too good.

Aug 10, 2007
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Sad News From Papa Don's - South Pas.

Ha, that's the same thing I thought.

I like Galco's but talk about feeling like a bother! The sandwich crew there makes Harry seem like a jolly fellow.

Aug 10, 2007
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Sad News From Papa Don's - South Pas.

Never seen a thread about Papa Don's sandwich shop in South Pasadena before, but there should have been.

Seemed like a sole proprietorship type place that made some pretty creative sandwiches along with the standards. It is on Pasadena Ave right where it crosses the Gold Line tracks.

Anyway, I went by there on Tuesday and there was a sign in the window that they were closed for a family emergency. I went back today and there was a note saying that Harry, the main owner/operator, had passed away on the 5th. Pretty shocking. He was old, but not ancient.

He was gruff, but not rude (well, maybe a bit rude), but he did have soft spots for many of his loyal customers. That this group did not include me makes no difference. I loved the place and he will be sorely missed.

I assume it will continue to operate, but it will be hard to maintain the same type of atmosphere w/o him behind the counter yelling at you that they were out of rolls or that you couldn't take one of his hot sandwiches to go.

RIP Harry.

Aug 09, 2007
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The Boiling Crab in Alhambra

Please tell me more...I'm intrigued.

Where is the Alhambra location? Do they serve beer/wine? How much is it?

Jul 10, 2007
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Where should we eat in Little Tokyo?

I would have recommended Hamakawa, but apparently they've been bought and turned into (yet another) sushi place.

Unless they're going to challenge some of the top sushi places, I really don't see the need for another run of the mill sushi place in J-Town.

Jul 10, 2007
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Lunch in Pasadena?

I personally would take the 55 north to the 5 to the 605 north to the 210 west (exit Fair Oaks or Lake). This would drop you right in Old Town Pasadena.

That way you avoid most of the inevitable traffic on the 5 through the central part of LA. The 605 is usually pretty clear and the 210 west should be a breeze.

I think this is the way to go even if you're going to the Ritz or Julienne. Just exit lake and take it through Pasadena, it turns into Oak Knoll after California Blvd. Oak Knoll takes you right past the Ritz and if you make a right at Mission, you'll be about a block from Julienne.

Jun 29, 2007
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Lunch in Pasadena?

Just to clarify...Metered parking (at least on the streets off of Colorado) are enforced until 8pm on sunday-thursday. Midnight on Friday & Saturday.

Jun 29, 2007
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father's office

He may or may not be arrogant.

But they are a bar that serves food, not a fine dining establishment. They have every right not to allow subs, ketchup or anything else if they don't want to.

And we have the choice of not eating there. If the burger (no substitutions) was bad, I wouldn't go. But as it is, I think it's fantastic.

Jun 15, 2007
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