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Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

I live by the Cactus #2 in Ktown---if this new location is at all like the one by me (or the original on Vine), skip the tacos. I find the burritos to be much better than the tacos although the quality can vary between visits (I've lived here 10yrs and I've only ordered the tacos once. That was enough---especially when there are good taco trucks around here in the evening.). I usually stick to a basic carne asada burrito (no beans) and it's a decent local burrito fix. The breakfast burritos hits the spot as well.

Jun 30, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

no, it's not.
(Greco's Pasadena didn't survive their relocation to a larger space---also in Pasadena)

Jun 09, 2015
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Near Greek Theater

Last time I went to the Greek we went to Messhall beforehand (not this season). It is very "quick, close and easy"---right at the base of the hill and easy parking. I think that now they may even offer some sort of park & ride option w/ dinner. The patio was a nice place to gather before the show and the menu (and drinks) worked well for my friends (with varying tastes)---grilled whole trout, burgers, and mussels.

Jun 09, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

Greco's (formerly in the Gale's space in Pasadena) had a very good white clam/garlic pizza.

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

Actually it's the same ownership as Cube, just a different concept. I've been there twice since they opened. From what I understand, they let the dough sit for 24 hours which changes the gluten texture. So the dough is "lighter" after baking. They also have a good and reasonably priced Italian wine list and still have the excellent Cube fried chicken as a side dish. I've tried the margherita and truffle pizza and both were tasty. I think this is a good neighborhood spot (as long as you can avoid the La Brea parking issues during rush hour).

In K-Town for breakfast , Kimchi bokkeumbap , breakfast burrito ?

Bfast burrito @ cactus on Beverly is probably the best bet in the area. I did notice that the new Cassells has a bfast burrito as does either Pot/commissary @ the Line but haven't tried either yet

Jan 10, 2015
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Cassels---Forget About It!

I picked up the to go menu and it lists prime beef in all of the burger descriptions. If anybody has tried the patty melt or grilled ham n cheese id love to hear about it.

Dec 23, 2014
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Cassels---Forget About It!

Yes. The orig place had prime beef. The new burger tasted like prime beef as well. I would have liked a slightly beefier flavor. But go and check it out.

Dec 23, 2014
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Cassels---Forget About It!

@tony I would have been much happier paying $9.50 for just the burger and having the option of adding on the potato salad (if I wanted to order it) for their reg. price of $2.50. I think this is a decent burger for the area which has limited burger options.

But let's all keep in mind that this is day one of their soft opening. We may have been eager to run over there for a nostalgic fix but they are working it out and I'm looking forward to going back and checking out other items on their menu. There isn't a decent eggs n bacon diner option around here either so I want to try their bfast too.

In regards to the hipster element---when I was there around noon most customers were local business people (suits) and folks that looked like they lived in the area or wanted to check it out on opening day. It wasn't like eating in silver lake/echo park or York blvd.

Cassels---Forget About It!

maybe they didn't add enough of the dry mustard? it tasted like unsalted mashed potatoes

Dec 22, 2014
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Cassels---Forget About It!

I was there today for lunch also. Although the burger is not the same burger as the old Cassell's burger, it seems that my cheeseburger wasn't as bad as yours. If my memory serves me, the original Cassell burger was thinner in height but larger in diameter. I got mine medium rare and it was juicy. I will agree that it could have had a beefier flavor. It certainly wasn't worth $13 ($11.99 + tax). There are much better burgers in the same price range around town. I would have been much happier if it was a $8.00 burger.

I will totally agree with you about the potato salad---absolutely tasteless. I had to put some red onions from my burger in to bump up the taste. Also the texture was more like mashed potato salad---smooth and creamy with a couple chunks of potato. I think if you work or live in Ktown it may be worth a try, but not worth driving across town for. I'm looking forward to checking out their breakfast. Also, they are not serving beer yet since they are only in soft opening. The space was nice but I miss the old school cafeteria set up of the old Cassells.

Dec 22, 2014
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Yet, another Korean Barbecue Posting

+1 Parks

Sep 28, 2014
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Oinkster Hollywood

I like the Hollywood location better than Eagle Rock--more parking and less lines. I stick to the basics: cheeseburger, fries and craft brew. Their onion rings are good as well. I haven't tried the pastrami as I'm not a fan of "Cali" style pastrami (prefer kosher deli style myself).

FYI-----They also have a great weekday happy hour @ the Hollywood location 3-6pm: burger/fries combo (I forget the price, but around $7 and it's a full order of fries) and $1 off beverages. It ends up being around $12 for the same thing that usually costs $20.

Sep 28, 2014
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Restaurant recommendations for family with kids

Maybe it's freshii that closed then?

May 31, 2014
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Restaurant recommendations for family with kids

They will probably have the schedule up on their website: farmersmarketla.com

A former coworker of mine lives in Park La brea and would bring his kids to activities @ FM all the time. he said that it was really fun for them.

May 31, 2014
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Restaurant recommendations for family with kids

It's over in the North Market area---by where the American Girl store used to be (not in the main FM merchant area). But I think a trip to Farmers market would be great for the kids---lots of food choices and everybody could get something different if desired. Also, the Grove trolley car might be fun to take a ride on.

One more thing not food related---but every other Sunday during the Summer, FM has their Summer Family Fun series. So there are FREE arts & crafts and kid's entertainment during the afternoons. They also have free music during the Summer on Thursday & Friday evenings. Nice to grab a beer, maybe a gyro or some tacos and hang out.

May 31, 2014
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Restaurant recommendations for family with kids

Veggie Grill @ Farmers Market closed awhile back. 800 Degrees Pizza replaced it.

May 31, 2014
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Any good Chinese Take-Out in Hollywood (Highland/Fountain) ?

I think the "slightly sweet" issue is that they may be catering to the flavor preferences of their Central American neighbors (I find that to be the case with many minimall Thai places in the neighborhood as well). Since it was my first time here, I ordered some simple dishes that any place should be able to execute.

I've been to Kung Pao Bistro (but not in years). I live in Ktown, so WEHO isn't practical for take out and in this case I was interested in take out. If I'm going to drive 20 minutes for Chinese food I'd rather go to Chinatown or spend another 10 minutes to go to the SGV. (I also haven't been to Genghis Cohen since the 80's)

May 01, 2014
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Any good Chinese Take-Out in Hollywood (Highland/Fountain) ?

I picked up some food from here for my Jewish X-mas eve Chinese food + a movie. it was much better than I expected (for Americanized mini-mall Chinese food). It's pretty much the owner @ the counter/register/dining room and one cook working the wok in the kitchen.

They give you very large portions plus an order of white rice and egg drop soup with each order (I'm not sure if the extras were part of the lunch special or not. I was there well after lunch). I ordered beef & broccoli, kung pow chicken and combo fried rice (if I remember correctly). I got an 3 white rices AND 3 soup plus my order. I had to give that away to some of my neighbors because--too much for me. I recall the B&B being decent, the kung pow was a bit sweet for me and I think the fried rice was pretty good. I need to get back over there and try the eggplant and maybe a shrimp dish.

I think this is a slight step up from the usual gloppy Chinese minimall food to be found west of the 110.

Apr 30, 2014
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Blue Bottle is Taking Over The World

I was a little sad when I received my tonx delivery in the mail yesterday. I'm enjoying this new batch of beans from Equator and I'm not looking forward to the changes unless I'm getting this same quality of bean and roast.

Apr 09, 2014
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Expensive Lunch at Farmer's Market

yes, their tzatsiki is excellent

Apr 08, 2014
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Expensive Lunch at Farmer's Market

That's a very good question. In LA I've only had Papa Christo's and Moishe's. There are just not enough Greek places here. You could probably get a better gyro at any NY Greek coffee shop.

Apr 08, 2014
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Expensive Lunch at Farmer's Market

There isn't a best gyro in LA. I think you'd need to go to Chicago for that.

Apr 08, 2014
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Expensive Lunch at Farmer's Market

probably because it's not a destination gyro, it's a "I'm @ the Farmers Market and I'm hungry" gyro---in that context it's pretty good but not the best gyro that you will ever have.

Apr 08, 2014
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Expensive Lunch at Farmer's Market

I like the gyros @ Moishe's---actually that's my usual go-to FM lunch (although I did get the cheeseburger from Charlie's last time I was @ the market). I think it's tasty. Pretty much on par w/ Papa Christos.

Apr 08, 2014
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Heading back to Original Farmer's Market for first time in years...wtf do I buy?

Unfortunately, they closed their stall last year.

Apr 08, 2014
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Blue Bottle is Taking Over The World

I'm hoping this doesn't effect the quality of my tonx deliveries. I've been pretty happy with the quality and selection of their coffee and I like the bimonthly "surprise coffee" delivery.

Apr 08, 2014
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Great Restaurants Near the Wiltern

I still need to get over there. One of my coworkers goes here with her thai friends and is always raving about the food. What are your favorite dishes here?

Apr 07, 2014
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LA Weekly 10 Best LA Bagels

Actually, that's what I had for dinner tonite---half an onion bagel from Sam's w/ lox and cream cheese. The only thing that would have made it better (besides getting the lox from some place other than TJ's--although their "nova" is serviceable) would have been some icy cold vodka to go along with it.

Apr 07, 2014
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LA Weekly 10 Best LA Bagels

They really had the best bagels in LA