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Knuckle and Claw Lobster Rolls Hit Silverlake

What was the damage?

Mar 28, 2015
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Golden State's Lamb Burger now available 7 days a week!

Yeah it's like why doesn't In n Out offer stevia versions of their milkshakes. Ridiculous! they'll go out of business in a year.

Mar 09, 2015
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Donut Snob

Cool I will; I'm always overwhelmed with what to get there and usually default to the donut since they only get them half of the week

Feb 13, 2015
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All New Menu at A-Frame - Roy Choi Goes Hawaiian

Ive ate at many a Roy Choi creations (pot, a frame, chego, kogi) and every time minus kogi I've been left disappointed. Im a fan of Roy in terms his works with social justice and like his concepts but execution was lacking especially how relatively expensive his places are

Get your butts to Mitsuwa Torrance ASAP

Because Japanese crab and uni bento are in and holy crap the balance of sweet and umami is just amazing. Warning it was $27 after tax but they have rolls starting at $14. They also have pork bowls I might try for dessert

Feb 13, 2015
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Donut Snob

DonutSnob fits the pedigree of using better quality ingredients and more "modern" flavors beyond your normal sugar glaze and chocolate glaze but when it comes to taste I don't find their dough to be anything beyond ordinary.

Feb 13, 2015
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Donut Snob

Overpriced and underperformed IMO. I usually get mine from Taza in Arcadia, albeit never had them when "fresh delivered". Honestly for the price I'll make the drive out to Sidecar Donuts in Costa Mesa.

Donuts just kinda get suckier if they aren't consumed immediately.

Feb 13, 2015
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A more lemon-y lemon bar?

You can definitely extract more lemon flavor by incorporating the zest of the lemons..the outer most skin contains a ton of essential oils that is rich with lemon aroma and flavor.

My suggestion is to maybe incorporate it with the sugar (zest over sugar, stir to combine, let sit for a while so oils bind with the sugar to give you lemon flavored sugar) as well as incorporating more fresh zest into the recipe.

The problem with adding more juice is you are incorporating more liquid which might mess with the recipe as well as more acidity which again can affect the overall texture and flavor

Unexpectedly Glorious Ramen...

I didn't care for Manichi (had spicy miso, will be back for black garlic and shrimp) but I was at kimikatsu a month or so ago and I did recall seeing more people in a mostly filled dining room room ordering ramen (during dinner service) than katsu

Feb 06, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, February 2015 -- BURGERS

+1. The quality of the beef shines the brightest from a Bel campo burger..my problem with FO's is that the accutrements (sweet bacon onion maremelade, bleu cheese) overpower the flavor of the patty (I recall that their patties are from aged cuts).

Feb 06, 2015
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Heads up: Canele is now serving ramen

I think ramen as a dish is something that is somewhat romantic to chefs and cooks regardless of nationality; literally take what many would consider waste/scraps materials like bones, vegetable scraps, and cajole as much flavor out of them. Something really humbling and comforting, yet has the potential to be amazing given deft hands

Jan 20, 2015
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Heads up: Canele is now serving ramen

Keep in mind this isn't Canele perse but a pop-up/residency by a couple who used to cook for SQIRL; their menu comes as an addition to Caneles normal brunch lineup. That being said it does not feel like a gimmick to me; IMO there aren't a lot of good ramen places in LA and I'm all for anyone who thinks they can change that; Canele has the opportunity to explore ramen from a different perspective and ingredients. From what I saw in person and on Instagram the bowl they're putting out is no joke.

Jan 20, 2015
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Heads up: Canele is now serving ramen

I didn't try it yet but it seems like it's part of the Wild at Canele series from Ria and Matt Wilson; saw it at brunch today and while it was dubbed breakfast ramen I was told that the broth might be shrimp based. It looked amazing, but I was too set on shrimp and grits. It seems like this item rotates through out the day so definitely check instagram or call ahead to make sure they're serving it that day. If you check out Ria's instagram feed there's even a picture of one with a piece of foie on it.

Jan 17, 2015
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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.

Dec 22, 2014
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Butchers & Barbers-- Anybody been?

Ouch :/

Dec 22, 2014
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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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