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Blue Bottle is Taking Over The World

I read it, did you?
It's a press release, not an article.
In it, Handsome is called a "celebrated roaster" not the hyperbolic "most successful roaster in all of Southern California."

Maybe you're missing the point.

Apr 08, 2014
cls in Los Angeles Area

Blue Bottle is Taking Over The World

Beards, overalls, fixed gear bikes, seedy downtown neighborhood, the schtick of no sugar "so you can taste the natural sweetness of the coffee." Seems like the poster child to me.
No judgement, but being that trendy may hurt as much as it helps.

Apr 08, 2014
cls in Los Angeles Area
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Blue Bottle is Taking Over The World

Told them they should offer sugar...
Seriously, perhaps the bigger issue with Handsome was being a little too hip (ster) at the expense of alienating clientele.
Or maybe they got an offer they couldn't refuse, but since two founders had already moved on, I don't think that's the case.

Apr 08, 2014
cls in Los Angeles Area
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Los Angeles sushi

Mori Sushi is likely the most "pure" in the vicinity of the Beverly Wilshire. 11500 W Pico Blvd

Zo is something else, still quite good and very high quality but a little more embellishment.

I'm not sure where you heard Urasawa isn't worth it, I have universally read that it is which is surprising considering the price point. You might find Urasawa worth it, but may not be willing to spend that kind of money.

Downtown is Q Sushi, which also will fit the bill for a purist experience. http://qsushila.com/home.php

Mar 06, 2014
cls in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles sushi

Post where you are staying and how far you're willing to travel (if you will have a car too,) and I am sure you will get lots of opinions.
Nozawa is gone BTW.

Mar 06, 2014
cls in Los Angeles Area

How did everyone celebrate National Pancake Day?

said goodbye to Dustin Penner

Mar 05, 2014
cls in Los Angeles Area

Finally Got to Church & State: About Time, Too!!

they do serve at the bar.

Feb 27, 2014
cls in Los Angeles Area

Any Mexican restaurants that serve Goat? (Glendale/Burbank)

Just in case you don't already know this, birrieria is typically a goat restaurant, small ones are all over town.

Feb 27, 2014
cls in Los Angeles Area

Quicker places in Silverlake?

Give Forage a shot

Feb 04, 2014
cls in Los Angeles Area

Edo-Style Sushi in LA- Who's the best right now (controversial)

Sounds like you want Q Sushi.
http://qsushila.com/home.php

Feb 04, 2014
cls in Los Angeles Area

What's a dive bar in LA or OC on the current scene that Mr. Bukowski would not feel out of place at if deigned to enter the joint ?????????????????????????

Don't over think it, the bars Hank used to hang out in were the one's that he could walk to. Park in any substandard LA area and take a walk.

Jan 30, 2014
cls in Los Angeles Area

Where is the best Persian food in OC?

Not a restaurant, but Wholesome Choice on Culver has some good prepared food.

Jan 22, 2014
cls in Los Angeles Area

Macheroni Republic

There might be an argument that over saucing is a matter of style - American / Italian comfort food vs. traditional Italian, but for a restaurant reviewer not to give it even a mention I think is a serious oversight.

Jan 20, 2014
cls in Los Angeles Area

Macheroni Republic

After reading his review, it didn't sound like J Gold and I went to the same restaurant. I liked it, but had several gripes. I found the service to be pushy, the first time we went we ordered 2-3 courses each assuming portions were small based upon the waiter's responses. The next few times, we had the same experience with each waiter but ordered more appropriately.
The pastas we had were all good, but incredibly over sauced. The gnocchi, I had was soft and mushy, the risotto dry and sticky.
I liked the room and still enjoyed the pasta, but it could be a lot better.

Jan 20, 2014
cls in Los Angeles Area

Authentic Wagyu Beef spotted at Mitsuwa in Torrance

not to mention the #1 producer of Kobe beef in Japan says it has never been exported. This topic still comes up quite a bit anyways, there's apparently great profit in misinformation.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2010...

Jan 04, 2014
cls in Los Angeles Area

Zo or Q which would you go too ????? Thanks.

my last bill was right around $180 sitting at the bar. 2 people a couple of drinks.
My dinner before that was around $400 for 3 people with a couple of beers each.
Both pre tip.

Dec 31, 2013
cls in Los Angeles Area

SUSHI in DTLA tonight NYE no reservation.

Try Toshi Sushi on 1st st near Central.
Maybe Hama
If you sit at the bar Yoshi at Takami can do surprisingly well.
Sushi Go is not my favorite but can be good
Toranoko maybe, it hasn't been too crowded the last few times I have been there.
In Weller Court off San Pedro st is Mako Sushi which is small but sometimes overlooked.

Dec 31, 2013
cls in Los Angeles Area

Zo or Q which would you go too ????? Thanks.

Are you saying it's too expensive, or you don't like it?
I don't consider Zo to be that expensive considering the cost of sushi these days. My last two meals there with drinks were around $100 per person.

Dec 31, 2013
cls in Los Angeles Area

St. Vincent's Court

It's the city enforcing an ordinance after the owner of the theater started complaining:
http://www.ladowntownnews.com/news/ci...

Dec 19, 2013
cls in Los Angeles Area

Maccheroni Republic - downtown

I like Maccheroni Republic, but I have a couple of issues with it.
First, everything is swimming in sauce. It's a 1970s American style of saucing, so, if you like pasta, you're going to have a hard time tasting it here.

Second, a couple of the waiters really push. They have a passive aggressive attitude attempting to get you to order more, "Are you sure you don't want something else? That's all? Hmm… just the pasta?"

Dec 17, 2013
cls in Los Angeles Area

Taylor's Steak House

Taylors has a geriatric crowd that might disagree with that assessment...

Dec 14, 2013
cls in Los Angeles Area

LA Weekly "12 Best Diners in Los Angeles"

If Earl can eat the entire left side of the menu, it's a diner.

Dec 13, 2013
cls in Los Angeles Area
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Nespresso on Beverly in Beverly Hills ?????

Yes, the coffee is crappy.
Aaaaand before anyone disagrees with that, this is Chowhound where restaurants are held at a higher standard, if you want to do the same with Nespresso, go to Coffeegeek.

Dec 09, 2013
cls in Los Angeles Area

Comments on restaurant selection for an Xmas/New Years trip to LA and Palm Springs

I agree with La Vallauris, also, Mr Parkers is close to downtown in the Parker Hotel.

Dec 06, 2013
cls in Los Angeles Area

Edomae-Style Sushi Revelations in Downtown L.A.: Q by Chef Hiroyuki Naruke Debuts [LONG review with PHOTOS]

From the pictures, it looks to me like a Zo type of preparation.
Do you find it similar to Zo? Meaning a lot of flavors added to the fish rather than simple nigiri with just soy added.

Dec 06, 2013
cls in Los Angeles Area

Republique by Walter Manzke, impressions+photos

Um, 20% has been the standard for good service for a few decades now.

Dec 02, 2013
cls in Los Angeles Area

Republique by Walter Manzke, impressions+photos

Wow, "service was great" = 15%?

Dec 01, 2013
cls in Los Angeles Area

Republique by Walter Manzke, impressions+photos

Sounds like a political statement rather than an attempt to make diners understand their bill. (FWIW, I'm sure they're under 50 employees so exempt from the new mandated healthcare.)
I would rather forget about politics when going out to relax and eat, unless I choose to discuss it with my dining companions.
I love Manzke's food, but this makes me want to pass.

Dec 01, 2013
cls in Los Angeles Area

Why all Japanese restaurants xclosed Mondays?

Shibucho is open Mondays (at least it used to be)
When I asked Shige why he was open on Mondays when most Sushi restaurants are closed he said, "Fish market is open Mondays."

Nov 26, 2013
cls in Not About Food

Chinatown-L.A. Best Spots for Dim Sum & Bars:

Are you considering a bar after breakfast?
I don't know that you will find too much dim sum in the evening.

Oct 16, 2013
cls in Los Angeles Area