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Recs in the San Fernando valley

It was the worst Thai food my family had ever had as well.

Jul 28, 2015
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Recs in the San Fernando valley

I just moved out of Encino and learned a few things. For one, Sherman Oaks and especially Studio City can be a bit far. So for the day to day Encino / Tarzana stuff:

There are only a few good restaurants, there are also a few good restaurants with conditions.

I agree with Sadaf, it's solid.
Sushi Yotsuya is as good as just about anywhere in LA for traditional sushi.

Then there are the conditional places:
Hummus Bar can be very good, but they're just not interested in customer service so it can be frustrating.

Coral Tree Cafe makes a few good breakfast and lunch items and has the best coffee in the area (that's not saying much.)

More than Waffles... well... it's OK, but it can be an overdone nightmare as well. Nutella and bananas are great on a waffle, but stop at half a jar of Nutella.

There's the new Sweeney's Ale House on Ventura, good beer list, the food mostly misses. A bit of a "top chef" too much menu. I would be happy if they just had a decent burger.

There's also the new(er) brewpub on Reseda that's not really worth checking out IMO.

There's Mulberry if you like Mulberry.

Aroma on Ventura has some good fresh dishes for lunch, service is slow though.

After two years out there, I know a lot more places to avoid than to recommend. It was a bit sad when CPK or The Stand were the best options some nights.

Jul 27, 2015
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West LA & Santa Barbara

El Bajio tacos are too big for my liking, but I respect your ranking.
Most have never traveled beyond La Super Rica, and someone in the party always mentions Julia Childs...

Jul 15, 2015
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West LA & Santa Barbara

they all have fresh made tortillas.

Jul 15, 2015
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West LA & Santa Barbara

La Super Rica? pfffft.
Las Colmenas down the street or Lilly's on Chapala are far better.

Cigar you say? http://la.eater.com/maps/10-places-to...

Jul 14, 2015
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Sushi in Los Angeles

Just got back from Kiriko. It's been a few years since I was last there, and I confirmed what I first thought. It was good, but nothing special.

Jul 11, 2015
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Sushi in Los Angeles

Got it, I was still on the "money is no object" comment, not the $100 pp.
Up the road from 4 on 6, Yotsuya is much better and around the same price point.

Jul 09, 2015
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Sushi in Los Angeles

4 on 6 is good, but not in the same league as something like a Mori. He's a little heavy handed with the pink salt and yuzu for one.

Jul 08, 2015
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Restaurant suggestions near Woodland Hills

Roys? Hmmmm.

Yes, Saddle Peak is good in the area (kind of.)

For sushi if you like Sugarfish, there's one in Calabasas, also Shibuya nearby. There's Pedalers Fork, also in Calabasas (best for breakfast if you ask me.)

A bit down the road in Tarzana, for Sushi try Yotsuya.

There's also Monty's on Topanga. More atmosphere than food, but the atmosphere makes up for a lot.

There's really not a lot of Ramen near.

If you want to travel to San Fernando you will find good Mexican, especially tamales, visit the factory at Me Gusta on Van Nuys in Pacoima, or travel to old San Fernando for a number of choices.

For small plates go up to Agoura Hills, to the Stonehaus
Or try Old Place Restaurant on Mulholland Dr. in Agoura, large plates next door to a winery.

Jul 06, 2015
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Grill Chef for a Party

We use Big City Chefs. They skew more towards dinner parties, but are flexible.

Jul 03, 2015
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Coffee Gear - Who Has The Best Selection?

Isn't it amazing no one in LA has filled this gap yet?

Jul 03, 2015
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How One Acclaimed Restaurant Went From Critical Darling to Almost Broke in Just a Couple of Years

I wonder if there are any lawyers on CH...

Sawtelle help

LOL, parking on Sawtelle...

Jun 10, 2015
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are there any good dive bars left in greater downtown LA?

Broaden your horizons. Restaurant / Bar / Cabaret - their words. Totally qualifies. Besides, there's nothing stripping there worth looking at.

Jun 06, 2015
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are there any good dive bars left in greater downtown LA?

Jun 05, 2015
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Omakase - First Time Recommendations?

Glad that worked out. Yotsuya is a hidden gem, and under appreciated because of the area. They have had a tough time being traditional in Tarzana, but things seem to be turning around as an appreciation for that style sushi gets more mainstream.

May 31, 2015
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Omakase - First Time Recommendations?

Go up the road a bit to Tarzana to Sushi Yotsuya on Ventura. It will be about $90 per person and you can bring your own wine, in fact most regulars do.

May 30, 2015
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Omakase - First Time Recommendations?

per person.

May 30, 2015
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Best French Toast in LA?

If you're willing to travel, try the French toast (or most breakfast items) here:

http://pedalersfork.com/restaurant/home

Very good coffee too.
Oh, and Ted King was there this week...

May 21, 2015
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Great sushi between calabasas and burbank

I believe that reason is tradition as wholesale fish markets like IMP are open Monday.

May 14, 2015
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Totoraku!

Most restaurants also post labor law posters and we know how that sometimes works out...

May 07, 2015
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818 Public School Open?

Picked up an application?

Feb 14, 2015
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Is there anywhere to have a nice dinner in downtown LA?

I read the whole thing: didn't think you were cheap, were called cheap, and thought the ipse post was lighthearted.

Jan 21, 2015
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Is there anywhere to have a nice dinner in downtown LA?

Cafe Pinot?

Jan 21, 2015
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Elektra espresso machine service/specialist needs in Los Angeles area

Contact Espresso Primo in Culver City, and Hitechespresso in Silver Lake. Both of them probably have experience.

Jan 05, 2015
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Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

I haven't been to Loteria, but I consider Sol y Luna and Casa Vega to be a certain type of Mexican comfort food that, while I like it, is not great Mexican, nor authentic. It's the El Compadre, and even Acapulco / Red Onion sort. Meaning large portion, heavy lard, sloppy presentation, cheese on everything. If what you're looking for is typically pleasing, Americanized Mexican comfort food that's good for a boisterous group, Sol y Luna or Casa Vega will do well. If you're truly looking for great Mexican, keep looking, but you may not find it in Sherman Oaks.

Dec 26, 2014
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Flemings or Roy's

"Have not been to Roys"
Hmmmm, got stuck downtown and it was the only thing open one evening... I think the overcooked battered shrimp that tasted of butter, basil, pepper, coconut, white chocolate, and some other mix to put it really over the top sums it up.
I can't say Flemings is good, but given the choice, go to Flemings at least it's mostly edible.

Dec 22, 2014
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Tomato Pie Pizza Joint Coming to South Pasadena

Totally concur. I used to live near Tomato Pie in Silver Lake, so tried it many times and never liked it.

Dec 22, 2014
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Has Water Grill DTLA jumped the shark forever?

Including fish and chips and lobster roll at the bar?

Dec 16, 2014
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LA's Oldest Still-Thriving Restaurants

Millie's Silver Lake 1926
I can't remember, but I think Brite Spot on Sunset was opened in the 40s

Dec 09, 2014
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