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Great end of summer dishes around town (esp. featuring tomatoes, corn or stone fruit?)

Any recommendation for can't miss, end of summer dishes at local restaurants featuring really good produce--preferably tomatoes, stone fruit or sweet corn? I'm trying to eat as much of these treats as possible before fall comes....

My best finds so far are the peach and mint salad at Estadio and the sweet corn panna cotta with peach ice cream at Palena Cafe. The panna cotta was topped with roasted corn kernels and probably the best dessert I've eaten all summer--highly recommend it.

If you want to see some pictures, I posted a couple here:
http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2011...

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Palena
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Solo dining at the beach tonight--tacos preferred

Thanks everyone for your suggestions...appreciate the tips!

Jun 07, 2011
eriny in San Diego

Solo dining at the beach tonight--tacos preferred

in town for one night and would love to spend it at the beach. Have car, will drive. Ideally, would grab some great seafood or fish tacos and be able to walk around a little bit afterwards, maybe st somewhere for a drink....recommendations?

Jun 07, 2011
eriny in San Diego

Returning to LA after 4 years away-need AOC-like dinner recommendation

Thanks everyone! Gjelina looks great-we are staying in Santa Monica. Maybe we will try to hit animal Sunday night before the red eye. I assume we need reservations at both?

Apr 02, 2011
eriny in Los Angeles Area

Returning to LA after 4 years away-need AOC-like dinner recommendation

My husband are coming to LA from DC for a long weekend--our first return visit since moving away nearly 4 years ago. We have most of our meals plannned (tacos! Sushi!) but we're in need of suggestions for Saturday night. AOC was one of our favorites before we left--both the food and the light, bustling atmosphere. We're considering going back, but are open to trying a new spot that has a similar sensibility-doesn't have to be small plates though--we want someplace that showcases CA's bounty, excellent wine, not too stuffy, etc. Preferably midtown or Westside, price doesn't matter. And of course, a place we couldn't find in dc or NYC.

thanks!

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AOC
8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Apr 02, 2011
eriny in Los Angeles Area

Where to find concord grapes?

I'm in Arlington, and they're not at my neighborhood market, the Columbia Pike one on Sundays.

Where to find concord grapes?

Anyone know of a local farmers' market (or any store I guess) selling concord grapes right now? Thanks much!

Upper West Side, cool spots and tasty food on a low budget

I really like the burger at Harriet's Kitchen--it's a divey take-out spot, but you could eat there (or get it to go and eat in the park if it's nice?) and then go have fun Belgian beer at B. Cafe's bar. Harriet's is at 502 Amsterdam between 84th and 85th: http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2007...

I also like Buceo 95, a Spanish tapas and wine joint on 95th between Amsterdam and Broadway. If you stick to the simpler tapas, they do a good job, and the wine by the carafe is reasonable. The staff is ridiculously friendly, the place is always bustling and feels neighborhood-y. Might be hard to keep it under $20 unless you split a carafe with a friend. Definitely open late.

Mermaid Inn is currently running a Blue Plate Special--lobster roll and blue point beer for $20 between 5 and 7. Lovely complimentary chocolate pudding for dessert. It's on Amsterdam between 87th and 88th.

Finally, I enjoy Noche Mexicana--relaxed spot for great burritos, a bit further north than you--on Amsterdam at 103 I think. You can definitely get a couple beers and a burrito for 20 or under.

Oh--also--if the weather's nice, grab picnic fixings at Fairway and go to the park!

Apr 07, 2009
eriny in Manhattan

Upper West side Recs

Some of my favorites:

Best burger and fried chicken: Harriet's Kitchen (Amsterdam near 84th)
It's a total dive with one table, but AMAZING burger and fries. Good for take-out/delivery.

Italian: Gennaro (Amsterdam at 92nd)
Cash only. Reasonable prices. Great pastas.

Argentinian Steak: La Rural (Amsterdam b/w 97th and 98th)
cash only. Nice back patio. Lovely, reasonably priced steaks.

Seafood Shack: Mermaid Inn (Amsterdam b/w 87 and 88)
excellent squid salad, fun, bustling atmosphere. Right next door is a new Belgian bistro as well--haven't tried the food, but they have a fab list of Belgian beers on tap.

Noche Mexicana
Amsterdam b/w 101st and 102nd
As a former Los Angeles resident, this is the best Mexican I've found on the UWS. Burritos are flavorful and the guac is fresh.

For more recs, check out my UWS Dining Guide (it's Columbia-centric for my fellow grad students, but should have some useful tips): http://uwsdiningguide.blogspot.com/

Feb 03, 2009
eriny in Manhattan

Old, traditional bakeries/pastry shops that still exist

Glaser's Bake Shop on the Upper East Side is just what you're looking for. Excellent cupcakes, cookies, meringues, breads, cakes, etc. It's at 1st Ave and 86th. Was established in 1902. Amazing butter cream, and non-trendy prices (cupcakes are about $1.50).

Here's a pic of this year's St. Pat's Day cupcake: http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2008...

And some pics of their peep-topped Easter cupcakes in 2006:
http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2006...

Apr 03, 2008
eriny in Manhattan

the NEW UWS dining scene???

I echo the Dovetail recommendation--went for Sunday supper a few weeks ago and enjoyed it immensely. You have a wide range of choices (can pay a bit more for some of the more $$ main courses/apps). Have only sat in the comfy bar area at 81--they have absolutely fantastic crispy cheesy breadsticks to munch on for free while you enjoy a cocktail.

Apr 03, 2008
eriny in Manhattan

Need restaurant recs for UWS birthday

Let me add to the chorus of Dovetail lovers. Celebrated my husband's birthday there last weekend and absolutely loved it. Lighting and sound fit your criteria. May be hard to get a reservation for Friday though. If you do go, try the duck goulash--the best dish I've eaten at a restaurant in ages.

Mar 25, 2008
eriny in Manhattan

Delish Baklava in Morningside Heights

Just had some fabulous baklava at a newish Middle Eastern spot on Amsterdam between 107th/108th. It wasn't cloyingly sweet, had plenty of nuts, and was served with a sprinkle of orange blossom water.

The restaurant is curiously named Salsa Pasta and Falafel, and it serves a mix of pasta, middle eastern staples and sandwiches. There's one guy behind the counter who is responsible for all of the cooking and the baklava. His falafel was also excellent--crisp exterior, moist and spicy interior. He's a gregarious guy who will stuff you full with lots of samples of this and that. A good addition to the neighborhood. Oh, he'll also do takeout containers of hummus ad other spreads of any size you would like.

Mar 25, 2008
eriny in Manhattan

Best of the UWS (a la RGB's best of LES tour)

The Super Taco Truck is at the SW corner of 96th and Broadway, all day on the weekends, after about 5 or 6 pm on weekdays. As a former Angeleno with (too) many tacos under my belt, I think it smells a lot better than it tastes, but it seems to have a lot of fans.

Mar 23, 2008
eriny in Manhattan

kashkaval, casellula, hotel qt or tonic

Casellula right after work won't be too crowded. I've been recently on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays around 6:30 and have always found a spot at the bar and it's relatively low-key. It gets busier later in the evening, but not what I would consider overwhelming.

Jan 08, 2008
eriny in Manhattan

Best burger on the UWS?

Harriet's Kitchen is the best hand's down, though it's a somewhat grimy takeout joint with one table. But the most delicious thing I've eaten in months. Here's a drool-worthy pic:
http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2007...

Jan 07, 2008
eriny in Manhattan

Gramercy Tavern Walk-In and Dinner before B'way

Lucia--Tavern Room.

RGR--food preferences--anything other than Indian. It's an evening show. Per person, $10-15 entrees per person.

Oct 23, 2007
eriny in Manhattan

Gramercy Tavern Walk-In and Dinner before B'way

Am I crazy to think I can walk into Gramercy Tavern on Friday night and get a spot for 6 people without waiting too long? Maybe if I come early? Any recommendations for similar spots that take reservations? Also, is Gramcery Tavern loud?

Second--any recommendations for a quick, reasonably priced bite before a Broadway show, again for a group of 6?

Thanks in advance--the parents and a sibling are coming to town and trying to accommodate all the variables has me in a tizzy!

Oct 23, 2007
eriny in Manhattan

Salted Caramel Cupcake at Lark Cake Shop

Stopped in for a second time at Lark Cake Shop in Silver Lake yesterday--they have a lot more flavors than when they first opened. I opted for the salted caramel cupcake--vanilla cupcake with a salty caramel icing-like frosting (hard-er, not soft and fluffy). It was delicious--the cake is small enough that you get a good icing to cake ratio with salty-sweet in every bite. They're under $2 too--about $1.50 I think.

They also had a rum cupcake which i sampled---layered with pecans on the bottom at top--very rich and caramel-y--good for fall, though I don't think I could eat a whole one. Nutmeg, lemon, carrot cake, red velvet, black and white, and something fudge-like were all on the menu as well.

It's at 3337 Sunset Blvd, north side of the street next to Stark Waxing Studio.

My last visit was right after it opened--you can see a few photos here:
http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2007...

Aug 13, 2007
eriny in Los Angeles Area

sushi suggestions, East Side

I'll second the Saito recommendation, and say that I've only enjoyed Ike when I can sit at the sushi bar. Table service was eh. I would also nix EN Sushi--I've had very stinky, not-fresh fish there. If you go downtown, I also like Hama Sushi a lot--great salmon skin rolls.

Jun 27, 2007
eriny in Los Angeles Area

Abode or Musha or...?

I just went to Abode last night and the lounge is lovely. The cocktails are hit or miss in my opinion-- I really liked the Spanish Rosemary (rosemary infused gin, lemons, cranberry juice) but didn't care for the spa water. The 3 sandwich sampler is a yummy, sizeable plate that can help absorb the drinks--it includes a spicy merguez, a jamon serrano with a cute egg on top, and a fairly pedestrian caprese sandwich. It'll be expensive to have more 1 or 2 specialty drinks though--$13-14 bucks. Pics of the drinks and sandwiches here:
http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2007...

Jun 27, 2007
eriny in Los Angeles Area

LA Contrasts: Abode then Kike's Tacos

Ah, I was wondering about the pronunciation...I will admit I was a little uncomfortable typing that....

Jun 27, 2007
eriny in Los Angeles Area

LA Contrasts: Abode then Kike's Tacos

Met a friend for cocktails/snacks in Abode's lounge in Santa Monica on Tuesday night. Two of the three sandwiches on the "three sandwich sampler" plate were fantastic--I loved the jamon serrano with cheese and egg on sweet walnut bread as well as the hot, juicy merguez and carmelized onions on a small roll. The caprese sandwich? Eh, nothing special. A whopping $16 total. The rest of the bar menu included a steak frites, burger, cheese plate, as well as some foie gras, among other items. None below the $14ish range.

The cocktai menu reads like a list of health drinks or yoga class titles. I enjoyed the Spanish Rosemary, with rosemary infused gin, lemons and cranberry juice. Again, pricey at the $13-14 range (can't remember which). The spaci is quite pleasant, and the outdoor patio would be nice on a warmer night, so if you order carefully, it might be worth a stop.

On the way home I was still a bit peckish so I pulled into Kike's Tacos for the first time at 2nd/Beaudry. I don't know if you can call this a proper taco "stand" or just a fly-by-night grill, but whatever it is, the choriso tacos more than satisfy. Deeply porky, but not too greasy as the helpful 20-something guys surrounding the place pointed out. They come HOT off the grill and you can dress them yourself with blistering green or red salsa, chopped cilantro, lime, onions and/or radishes. $1 a pop, and if you order them for "here" they come served in a reusable plastic basket--how's that for sustainable (Abode's all about eco-chick enviromental sustainability).

Photos here: http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2007...

Jun 26, 2007
eriny in Los Angeles Area

What's worth going to 'Ford's Filling Station' or 'Fraiche' in Culver City

I think Fraiche is much better than Ford's FIlling Station--perhaps a smidge more expensive, but not much. Fraiche's farro salad with fresh english peas and the rabbit stuffed tortelli were outstanding. Ford's has a yummy charcuterie plate, but I think the main courses are lacking.

Jun 22, 2007
eriny in Los Angeles Area

fatty's & co

I went about a month ago and thought it was pretty good for a veggie joint. The sloppy joe with fake meat was quite tasty, and I liked the hearty, eggplant-filled gougeres. However, I thought the service was less than stellar--we waited quite a while for our reservation and my waitress attempted to whisk plates away from me thought I was clearly not finished. I have some pictures up here: http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2007...

Jun 18, 2007
eriny in Los Angeles Area

Sushi in Little Tokyo?

I'm extremely partial to Hama Sushi on 2nd. Great fish, great prices, friendly sushi chefs. I especially like their salmon skin hand roll. You can feast for about $50 for two people. More details here: http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2005...

Jun 13, 2007
eriny in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy rhubarb in LA?

At the Hollywood Farmers' Market, on the west side of Ivar, south of Selma. A small stand run by an older man and woman. They also sell avocados and some citrus. Good stuff.

Jun 11, 2007
eriny in Los Angeles Area

Decent Sazeracs, Mint Juleps, or Cafe Brulot

I really like the sazeracs at Seven Grand Whiskey Bar in downtown LA--having never tasted one in New Orleans though, I can't vouch for authenticity. An added benefit of Seven Grand is the ridiculously long list of whiskeys/ryes/bourbons/scotchs.

For a pic of a Seven Grand Sazerac, visit here: http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2007...

Jun 05, 2007
eriny in Los Angeles Area

green fresh garbanzos--what to do with?

I've thrown them in a tinfoil packet on the grill, still in the shells, and used them in panzanella. I've also sauteed them and used them in succotash salads and other mixed veggie dishes. I have a bunch of pictures of how to prep/use them here:
http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2006...

Jun 05, 2007
eriny in Home Cooking

Jonathan Gold Wins Pulitzer for Criticism

Ditto--well deserved recognition. And to top it all off, he's very friendly and accessible. I recently emailed him interview questions for a post on my very modest foodblog, and he wrote back a delightfully rich response, full of good LA recommendations:

http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2007...

Apr 16, 2007
eriny in Food Media & News