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Cassels---Forget About It!

Perhaps they did not try! My guess is that they are not pitching their place to the "old crowd", most of whom are elderly or 6 feet under! When I was there today, the customers were almost all young-trendys, most of whom were not alive when Mr. Cassel was dishing up his fare! Kind of like buying Peter Luger's name and turning it into a hipster joint.

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

Went to Cassels today. Sorry to say, but it is not good, to put it mildly. The sandwiches are small, dry and tasteless. The pickles are sweet chips like out of a jar from Walmart"s. But the worst part was the potato salad--absolutely tasteless with no heat at all! Hipster heaven, high prices & low quality--they should relocate to Abbot Kinney. I will take the former Korean owners any day.

Dec 22, 2014
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Cassels Hamburgers Opening!

Cassels Hamburgers is finally opening at the Hotel Normandie--ground floor, corner 6th and Normandie--soft opening Monday Dec. 22; grand opening Jan. 15. Visited site a couple of days ago--sure looks like an authentic throwback--we will see!

Dec 15, 2014
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Steak in DTLA

Palm is nearby and very decent steaks and other food. Many Staples Center patrons dine there. The best steak in LA? No, but very respectable. Also, one of the only major restaurants in LA that serves fresh Maine Lobster.

Casell's Burgers is being resurrected!

Do you know or are you just guessing? The post Cassell owner did not do it 100% the same, but it was good enough for many of us for years. I have no idea what the new owner will do. If your opinion is based on some evidence, please let us know.

Nov 17, 2014
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Are Meyer lemons in season now?

Meyer lemons are usually sold from around March through July in markets. Not all markets carry them--usually the upscale ones like Bristol Farms--I would try the one on Doheny that used to be Chasen's. I grow my own with a miniature tree in a large container--I pretty much pick the lemons year around--still have many on the tree from the crop earlier this year. The tree can be found in any good S. Cal. nursery--can be grown in garden or patio--needs lots of sun.

Nov 08, 2014
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Private Room for 90th Bday Dinner in Valley

I believe Chablis Food & Wine Restaurant, 18588 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, would be a very good choice. Despite its name, it has a full bar, both small plates for appetizers and full dinners. It has a very nice private room. We had dinner there and it was quite good. Our organization has booked its December Christmas dinner for about 25 persons there. The owner is very accommodating and the prices are reasonable. Check it out on their website.

Oct 14, 2014
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Chuan's Chinese Restaurant (Temple City)

Do I note a little arrogance here--as in how dare anyone vary traditional Sichuan food? Yes, and how dare modern French and Italian chefs of renown dare modify that cuisine as developed hundreds of years ago! Anyway, we tried Chuan's today. They are still in a soft opening phase, since this is only their second day and have to perfect their delivery which has some awkward moments. Having said that, however, we found their offerings to be quite worthy. We had the beef on a stick, which was excellent, cold chicken in numbing spices, excellent too, and pork dumplings in hot oil, which left something to be desired. They have many more interesting looking dishes on their menu. Their decor was quite enchanting. We will certainly be there again.

Sep 28, 2014
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Dinner Omakase at Mori Sushi: A Pictorial Essay

$195 per person for a sushi dinner? Karl Marx may have been correct after all!

Aug 22, 2014
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Belcampo Cheeseburger

Sorry to disagree with most of you. My wife and I had the Belcampo cheeseburger yesterday. I ordered it medium rare and my wife ordered her medium--they both came exactly the same--medium- although mine was marked "M/R" on the wrapper; in fact I would say they were medium on the well side. As for the taste experience--much too sweet for us--caused by whatever they put in the grilled onions; the rest of the sandwich was ok, but not worth the price and the crowd. As for their butcher's counter--the prices are outrageous.

May 25, 2014
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Mastro's, CUT, or STK? Looking for best steak in LA

Wonder how they get away with it? Hello BHPD
I mean Maestro's

Apr 15, 2014
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Depressing Places You Like

Yes, it is owned by the same guy.--a very friendly guy who greets all the customers. It is a classic. It gets a very diverse crowd--old timers who have been going there for 30-40 years, hipsters and a boisterous sports crowd (usually in the patio) during playoff games when the place is packed. The bartenders are long timers and the drinks are very generous. The waitresses have been there for years and are the "what will you have hon?" types. The food is certainly not gourmet and does not compare to micro pub food of these days, but it is decent enough for a Cheers type bar. I go there about once a year for old times sake--too much of a Cheers type place (i.e., yakkity, yak, or yadda, yadda, if you will) for me to take more often and I am not really a bar type person--but for those who are, give it a try.

Feb 25, 2014
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Urasawa fined for labor violations

What's your point, that it is ok so long as you don't get caught?

Mar 15, 2013
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Is There Such a Thing as an Openly Gay Friendly Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown/SGV?

No way! Indifferent service is part of the charm. If you want to hear, "Talk to me Honey!", you will have to go to a Jewish deli. If you want to hear, "Mucho dinero", go to a Beverly Hills steak restaurant, of course then it would have to be bottled water.

Jan 24, 2013
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best mexican food in SFV

The classic dish is Tlayudas, which is sometimes loosely referred to as "Mexican pizza."--it is not really. Of course, if you want it with the traditional roasted grasshoppers, I am afraid you will have to go to Oaxaca!

Jan 10, 2013
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best mexican food in SFV

If you are looking for genuine Oaxaca food run by folks from that part of Mexico, try Tacos Manzano in North Hollywood. Small and not at all fancy, but absolutely authentic and delicious. Not your standard California "Mexican" stuff.

Jan 10, 2013
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Culver City For Dinner?

Going to be in Culver City this weekend and need a place for dinner for 4. Someplace nice--not burgers & pizza. Can be in adjacent area too.

Dec 24, 2012
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Old Time restaurants in Beverly Hills area.....needed NOW!

Wow! I thought that only Langer's was untouchable on this site. Criticize its pastrami and be attacked big time by those with hurt feelings! I agree that both compliments and criticisms, even harsh ones, about restaurants are the essence of this site.

Sep 14, 2012
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Survey of LA Hounds

1. Langers. Peculiar pastrami.

2. Brents. Whitefish tastes like a salt mine. Mushroom barley soup tastes like canned vegetable soup. Other dishes ok, but no better than many other delis.

Sep 10, 2012
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French Fries (and a request for knowledge from a West Side old timer (like me))

Kentucky Boys. Much like Apple Pan.

Sep 01, 2012
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In Search of Mabo Ramen

Kyushu Ramen on Sherman Way west of Sepulvida in Van Nuys has very decent Mabo Ramen.

Aug 27, 2012
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Sometimes you rediscover an old friend ... Zelo Pizzeria

Zelo's is great for the variety they offer, although my favorite is still the good old pepperoni to which they add tomatoes and onions, also chopped or sautéed garlic if you want (I get it on the side since my wife doesn't care for it). We don't live near Arcadia, so the 1/2 baked feature is very nice to give us oven fresh pizza at home. The corn meal crust is unique and excellent.

Jul 16, 2012
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Good food near LA Memorial Coliseum?

Neither of the recommendations you have gotten is what you are looking for--they are good,but very informal "stand up" eating. You would be best off at one of the many fine downtown LA restaurants which are a short drive from the Coliseum--however leave about 1 hour to get there because of traffic and parking--maybe a lot earlier because I assume a big crowd is expected. A word of caution to an out of towner--the Coliseum is not in the safest area, especially at night--spend the extra $ and park on the on site lot, not off site!

Apr 24, 2012
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Taste of Chong Qing closed in SGV

The owner of Hunan Style told me that his cousin owned Hunan Seafood.

Mar 30, 2012
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Langer's vs. Katz's and One Other LA vs NY Observation

The seasoning is throughout the meat, get ti? Just look at an appropriate picture.

Mar 20, 2012
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Langer's vs. Katz's and One Other LA vs NY Observation

I will tell you what: instead of this picture which shows a flat slice of Magee's, which is not at all Jewish corned beef, and just the edge of a Katz sandwich, go online and find pictures of a flat slice of Katz's pastrami and a flat slice of Langer's "pastrami" and you will see that other than the edge of Langer's there is no seasoning on its flat slice, but there is on Katz's. Do your own photo research. As for who is a "birther", methinks that those who elevate Langer's to an unsupported standard better fit that description.

Mar 20, 2012
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Langer's vs. Katz's and One Other LA vs NY Observation

I will repeat what I said before here despite being laughed at and trashed by the "Langer's Police" on this site---Langer's pastrami is more like corned beef. Katz, Carnegie and even other LA deli's have a more spiced/seasoned version of the meat typical of pastrami. Nothing wrong with corned beef, but it is different from pastrami.

Mar 20, 2012
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Vito Italian Restaurant in Santa Monica

Another old style Italian restaurant that has been around for years and in my opinion is better than Vito's (including their table side made Caesar salad which is excellent) is Guido's on Santa Monica Blvd. slightly east of Bundy.

Mar 11, 2012
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Label's Table -- Best Westside Pastrami Sandwich

The picture doesn't prove anything. A char can appear on a slice of prime rib, steak, etc. In my opinion, the so called pastrami at Langer's is under-spiced and closer to corned beef than pastrami, which after all is the same basic meat product, except for the spicing.

Feb 17, 2012
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Baco Mercat

Went there a couple of days ago and had the Bazole soup. It was great! Kind of like ramen, but better than most I have had. The beef and pork carnitas were excellent in the Bazole. It is mildly spicy, but since I like very spicy they gave me some green sauce to add to it and that brought it up to my spice level. I was there for lunch. I sat at the bar, since it was very busy. Service was very prompt and attentive, so I do not agree with those who criticize service; at least, that was my experience. Of course, I am not their typical "hip" customer, being a 75 year old male, and maybe they felt sorry for me :)

Feb 17, 2012
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