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Gyūtan Steak @ Midoh Japanese Kitchen (Rowland Heights)

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1 day ago
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Kushikatsu bites the dust

The bastard child of Sawtelle Ramen. May it RIP.

1 day ago
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Gyūtan Steak @ Midoh Japanese Kitchen (Rowland Heights)

Glad to see they're going strong even after a year. Now that Tsujita LA stopped serving izakaya style food during dinner (particularly their smack-yo-mamma-so good seasonal gyu-tan beef stew) this is going to be my go-to.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9177...

Oct 22, 2014
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Kushikatsu bites the dust

Don't. I went a couple weeks back to try the burger during lunch on a weekday. The place reeked of desperation and was definitely on its last life line. Sooo many red flags. It was noon and I was the only person there.

-Burger patty seemed like a pre-bought pre-ground preformed frozen or thawed patty that was then panko crusted and fried. Even the crunch was a bit off, and the patty was tough and somewhat dry...I'm talking gray dry, not brown with some juices left.

-bun to meat ratio....maybe 4 parts bread to 1 part burger. So much bread. So much sauce. Reminded me of Carl's Jr/Hardy's bacon western cheeseburger..the one with the fried onion rings. Just a ton of bun and katsu sauce and soggy panko coating.

-They ditched the communal sauces and opted for squirt bottles. Guess it was a concept lost in translation unfortunately.

-I had a bacon katsu. The menu proclaims it was "#1 favorite." I'm not sure if it's because they were close to shuttering, but the bacon latsu illustrated to me everything wrong with he concept: lack of quality ingredients. The bacon was worse than any supermarket oscar meyer bacon you can get. It was more of a steamed pork flavor with very little smoke flavor. The katsu crunch was lacking. If you're going to make a name for yourself as the fry king, then you better be great at it. If your #1 item sucks, why the hell would I try anything else?

and I think the saddest and largest crime against the LA food scene, let alone the Little Osaka ramen scene: their LA Men: their lunchtime ramen that was their ode/love letter to Los Angeles (which seemed to be introduced as a means to recover from their failing concept). I can't even make this stuff up: They serve a tomato soup based ramen (tastes and texture like Cambell's tomato soup)with a hard shell taco, mozzarella, and ground beef patty. What. the. phuck.

Really, I had high hopes and expectations, but clearly the execution and management of this restaurant left nothing to be desired.

Oct 22, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Calling Chandavkl ... "House of Mandarin Noodle" opens in Temple City

Hey David my parents ate there within a week ago and reported the same thing...change in chef and the food took a turn for the worse, watered down flavors. I'm not sure if the lady owner sold it (again). Hopefully she opens another place (again).

Oct 12, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

"Jimmy Kimmel" Hollywood BBQ Pop-Up Begins Serving

Tony and all park at the Hollywood Galaxy Center (CVS, Fresh and Easy LA Fitness, etc.) entrance is on Sycamore between Hollywood Blvd. and Franklin Ave. Get validated at Fresh and Easy (validation stamp machine is right at the entrance next to self-checkout registers, 1 hour free parking).

Grab cash (debit via Fresh and Easy or CVS, Chase ATM @ CVS, US Bank atm by DSW Hollywood entrance).

The walk to Orange is about 5 minutes at most, and presumably if the line is short it should take no longer than 10 minutes to fulfill your order.

Oct 10, 2014
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"Jimmy Kimmel" Hollywood BBQ Pop-Up Begins Serving

Got the brisket and it was good. Adam was adamant about sprinkling some salt on it (sans bbq sauce which is a dollar or two extra) and it really did add. Not that intense of a smoke flavor but overall the beefy flavor was the apparent star. Overall the odd experience of it all ...giant smoker on a truck bed, hand cranked meat slicer slicing slow smoked rib eye, and Adam hand cutting every brisket and short rib, on an AstroTurf garden in a parking lot at the heart of Hollywood no less, definitely worth the price of admission just to admire the oddity.

Oct 10, 2014
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An ode to the ordinary: Shrimp Burrito

Have you tried Baja Fish Tacos in OC? My favorite shrimp burrito thus far, cotija cheese is so integral.

Sep 14, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2014: OFFAL

I'm on the East Coast currently but some run ins with god offal food included Rabbit and Foie terrine at M. Wells Dinette and Bone Marrow with fish sauce dipping sauce and garlic rice at Jeepney.

Can't wait to try b.o.s. I'm so sorry to hear that it is closing.

L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2014: OFFAL

It's "worst" not "worse" FYI. Drop the privilege and ignorance next time you're here.

Sep 08, 2014
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We Provide Meals That are Completely Unaffordable and Unappealing to People Who Actually Live in This Neighborhood.

Word

Aug 27, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Thank you Chef, I'll be stopping by later today! You may consider updating your facebook and yelp pages as I wasn't able to locate hours of operation on either (even if they are tentative).

Aug 24, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Anyone know their hours, particularly Sunday?

Aug 24, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Modan Artisanal Ramen

And thus spawned umami burger's truffle burger empire.

Aug 21, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

cindy's restaurant in eagle rock.

Shame...I really dig the signage it's such a pleasure to drive down Colorado

Aug 21, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Boston Lobster is the New Newport Seafood

I still don't follow...this is the Boston Seafood thread right?

Aug 17, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Boston Lobster is the New Newport Seafood

I couldn't say honestly...I can't imagine their MP being more expensive than Newports.

Aug 17, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Boston Lobster is the New Newport Seafood

No, it was
dinner at Boston Seafood.

Aug 17, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Boston Lobster is the New Newport Seafood

Given the size of the restaurant (which oddly enough reminds me of Newport pre-Marie Callendar's location) Id say yes if not slightly better. Bare in mind I came on a Thursday around 7pm (with reservation), I'd say there was a line by 7:30.

Aug 17, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

Boston Lobster is the New Newport Seafood

Came here for a family birthday. They do take reservations. There's a lot of the same Newport crew both front and back of house. Party of 9 ordered the ~240 pre fixe (had to sub crab with beef luc lac because they were out) honestly it could have fed 15 people easily...this included a 5-6lb lobster stir fry w/ e-fu noodles. If you did decide to show up with a crew of 15, it's about $20 a head for the pre fixe (tip and tax included)...which seems illegally cheap for the variety, amount, and overall quality. Lobster wasn't as deep fried to dry hell as is the case on occassion at Newport. It came with lots of lobster row. Their Kung pao, which is the unsung hero at Newport, is a verbatim copy, perhaps with less wok-hay.

Right now, if you can deal with the shitty parking or don't mind parking a few blocks, it's a great alternative to Newport in terms of pricing and wait time. Don't expect both of these to stay the same as they're gaining their clientele quickly

Aug 17, 2014
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KazuNori: A Pictorial Essay

At Roll 2 I was like no way am I going to be stuffed by 5. By Roll 3 I was ready for the check. Roll 4 comes out and I swear I already had 5 rolls. Roll 5 comes out and I was throwing in the towel.

burgers

I think the IMO really sweet onion bacon marmalade pushes the sandwich closer to meatloaf flavor profile for me as well.

Jul 23, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Tried a chocolate cookie with salted caramel. Divine.

Jul 23, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

I'm not too familiar with the actual cooking process but the "naked" wings have been consistent even after the "switch" to Wingstop

Jul 14, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Trying to just reset peoples understanding of food is all. I'm advocating people trying things without prejudice.

Jul 14, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Plan Check (fairfax) smoked jidori fried chicken sandwich. Not the chic fil a killer that was preached. At all. Bun was way too dense, smoked duck bacon was really limp and honestly overwhelmed the entire sandwich...making a fried chicken sandwich tastes more like ham and chicken.

Chicken karaage at Hinotori in Arcadia. Beautifully crispy, rosy pink, juicy, and fresh fresh fresh thigh meat.

BBQ Hot Spot in Pasadena. Small little mom and pop korean fast food joint in a strip mall known for their hot wings and rice bowls (bulgogi, teriyaki) they have wing tips on, fried to order wings. They slather a ton of gochujang on the wings which was off putting at first but their chicken can take it. Really exceptionally fried wings, the sauce is a love or hate (there is definite funk to it).

I would now like to take the opportunity to come out and say my favorite hot wings come out of the kitchens of Pizza Hut. 8 piece Wednesday special for $4.80. Something so very right about their buffalo sauce and those dinky but perfectly fried wings (naked of course).

Jul 12, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

If someone told me that a sauce was made with the tamale or roe of shrimp, lobster, or crab, I bet all of hipsterdom would go ape shit.

Jul 12, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

I always find myself wanting a Carmela's ice cream sandwich but the thin cookie visually seems off putting for me

Jul 12, 2014
Xan7hos in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Throw some Crystals hot sauce on it and the universe becomes right

Jul 12, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

If I'm ever early to work I can't help but go thru the nearby chic fil a for a spicy fried chicken and biscuit sandwich. Addictive, never dry (read: lots of fat in the biscuit) and just ton of flavor

Jul 12, 2014
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