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L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Nominations

AFRICAN. I'm really curious what are some of the favorite spots in LA..I've only had Ethiopian once at Meals by Genet and a a home cooked Nigerian stew and both were delicious.

about 5 hours ago
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Butchers & Barbers-- Anybody been?

Ouch :/

about 5 hours ago
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Red Boat sightings?

Ive seen it at the Hasting Ranch Whole Foods but not Arroyo Parkway

BBQ Brisket Alert

Went last Wednesday. Needed more salt, needed more smoke, it has the texture of being cooked to at too high of a temp.

Dec 13, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, December 2014 -- Nominations

Stews!

Nov 23, 2014
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Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

"This experience makes me a little curious if this is the flaw with having a service charge built in."

You should write to the manager. Restaurants shut down because of asshole service that could be remedied or avoided with properly trained and willing staff. IMO if a service charge is built in then the restaurant better damn sure have an ace service team.

You're essentially not getting what you are forced to pay for. That's being robbed.

Sweet and Sour That Isn't Awful

I remember a relative of mine who had a restaurant in SF made my favorite shanghai (wuxi?) spare ribs..it was distinct in that they used a balsamic style vinegar which I've never had anywhere else yet.

I usually get my shanghai spare ribs fix from Chang's Garden in Arcadia, I wouldn't pronounce them the best (and would love any rec's) but it's made well and a great comfort dish. Mind the shards of bones though.

Nov 02, 2014
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2014 Sammy Awards - Who's In?

Little Jewel's (Chinatown) Po Boys, particularly their Shrimp, are outstanding: all of the components are correct, but the bread is outstanding.

New York Famous Deli (Eagle Rock) Pastrami Sandwich. Never had Langer's or Wexler's but this place is closer to me. I believe they smoke their own pastrami in house, thick cut, served over rye with mustard, pickles, and a side of potato salad.

Adam Perry Lang's now closed Serious Barbeque pop-up. Technically bbq and technically they're done for this season, but if were getting technical, he was serving open face bbq sammiches...delicious delicious smoked brisket over texas toast which was toasted with either butter or suet. Either way prepare for a cardiac arrest.

Son of a Gun's shrimp toast. Arguably a sandwich (two "breads" w/ a salad between), this ode to vietnamese flavors recreates the equivalent of sushi dynamite in bread form.

Zankou's (various locations) rotisserie chicken & pita. DIY sandys: split the pita in half, then open the middle to create a purse. Stuff with crackly-skinned chicken and garlic sauce. Stuff face. Repeat until you're out of any of the three components.

Oct 29, 2014
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Belcampo Now Serving $5 Fast Burgers at GCM

Bastards...maybe you have to slip an extra Mr. Washington for persuasion

Oct 29, 2014
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Belcampo Now Serving $5 Fast Burgers at GCM

Seems more to me like a different genre of burger if anything. My problem with In n Out is that the cheese overpowers the very lacking beef flavor of the patty(s) (I'm a 3x1 kinda guy). I'm down with a thin crusty flavorful patty. Besides, easier to do a bang bang at gcm

Oct 28, 2014
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Irvine: Talk about "Popcorn Chicken"

Haha w/ all due respect and as someone who's lived in Irvine for years, what the hell is in Irvine that's worth getting a time-share for?

Oct 26, 2014
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85°C Bakery Cafe opens in Pasadena

Went to Old Town in search of dessert around 9pm and stumbled upon the opening while looking for parking. It was still busy but I was able to walk in and grab baked shit immediately.

Compared to how it felt when 85 opened in Irvine, Old Town definitely feels much more corporate, with set standards and a well defined identity. You almost get the sense that you walked in to a fashion retailer instead: greeter at the entrance, lots and lots of multi racial attractive employees, the collective yelling of "fresh bread!" the huge, very well lit space, cash rap. It's kinda nuts. Really, if Porto's and Uniqlo had a love child it would be 85 Old Town.

Glad I got the mug but lets be honest they're probably not even going to be the best baked good shops in Pasadena nor would I personally go out of my way to get to if I had a hankerin' for asian baked goods. But damn I'm happy for their success; it feels like a collective success and I think it could be felt by the whole 626 community that was there, sort of like a "We made it!" moment. Exciting times for Old Town.

Oct 25, 2014
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Gyūtan Steak @ Midoh Japanese Kitchen (Rowland Heights)

All guud

Oct 22, 2014
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Kushikatsu bites the dust

The bastard child of Sawtelle Ramen. May it RIP.

Oct 22, 2014
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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
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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
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"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
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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
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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
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Anyone know their hours, particularly Sunday?

Aug 24, 2014
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Modan Artisanal Ramen

And thus spawned umami burger's truffle burger empire.

Aug 21, 2014
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cindy's restaurant in eagle rock.

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

Aug 21, 2014
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Boston Lobster is the New Newport Seafood

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

Aug 17, 2014
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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
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Boston Lobster is the New Newport Seafood

No, it was
dinner at Boston Seafood.

Aug 17, 2014
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