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Remember these Restaurants?

I loved La Strega's Pizza!!! Do you remember when they caught on fire? It was really a great lunch place for those working in Hollywood, went there a bunch of times and even ordered their pizza to go for our inside office parties.

Nov 04, 2013
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Remember these Restaurants?

We used to go to Victoria Station for lunch when I worked in Hollywood. I always got full by taking too much salad, no matter how hard I tried to cut the portion down!! I loved taking the little tram up the hill.

Does anyone remember the chinese place on the hill going up to Universal City? They had a great Sunday brunch with champagne, dim sum and lots of AYCE goodies!! Great view too. I was sad to see that place go. I planned one of our holiday lunches in one of their private rooms, that was really good!!!

Oct 30, 2013
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Remember these Restaurants?

Speaking of Green Goddess Dressing, has anyone mentioned the Velvet Turtle? One in Chinatown and one on Sawtelle. IIRC there was one in Palos Verdes too.

Used to have the salad w/GGD and prime rib bones in BBQ sauce. Don't remember anything else but I think I went to all 3 of them.

Oct 30, 2013
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Remember these Restaurants?

Wow, I haven't thought about this place in ages. I had my rehearsal dinner there many moons ago!!! Thanks for the memory!!

Oct 30, 2013
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How long have you LA Chowhounders been posting on Chowhound ?

Jun 23, 2003

Jul 16, 2013
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Western Smoke House on Overland in Palms

I'm amazed that this place is still in business!!!!

Jul 08, 2013
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New Chinese Restaurant in the Conejo Valley: Zen Garden

We went there for lunch yesterday and I can confirm that the people are very nice. The owner, Lyn remembered us from the Sesame Inn in Newburry Park and was genuinely happy to see us.

Since we only had lunch, we only ordered two dishes, Mixed Steamed Vegetebles and Kung Pao Chicken. First, let me tell you the portions were huge. My wife didn't eat 1/2 of her vegetibles, and I'm having leftover Kung Pao today. There easily was enough for three porions per dish.

The vegetables were very fresh and my wife enjoyed them. I liked the KPC too. Not the best I ever had but for $10 and enough for 3 portions, who's complaing. The two dishes, two cokes and some extra brown rice came to $26 (before tip).

They've applied for a liquor permit so hopefully soon they'll have wine. Lyn said until then we could bring our owe wine (YEA!!!).

We will try it again but for dinner when we usually have 3 dishes, and we'll try different ones, so I can give a more detailed report.

But for now, it looks like our driving days to Newburry Park may be over!!!

Jul 05, 2013
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Rich and Richer, Simi Vally

As with all recipies, there are variations and I'm sure someone somewhere will add garlic to just about any dish. All I know is that I ALWAYS order Thai Flood without garlic and have never had a problem. Some places use chili paste which has garlic in it as an ingredient in many Thai dishes, however it is so minute that it doesn't present any problem for me. Appaently this guy wants to serve his dishes the way they prepare them, no exceptions. Not a good business model if you ask me. Isn't the customer always (well, almost always) right?

Cheers!

Jun 25, 2013
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Rich and Richer, Simi Vally

Yes, there is a drop of fish sauce in Prik King, here is the recipe:

■3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
■1 Tablespoon prik king paste
■1/2 cup pork, sliced thinly
■2 cups green beans, cut into 1-2" pieces
■1/2 cup water
■3-4 kaffir lime leaves, sliced thinly
■1 red jalapeno pepper, sliced

■1 teaspoon fish sauce.

There is no relation between fish sauce and garlic, for example there is fish sauce in phad thai, but no garlic.

Jun 25, 2013
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Rich and Richer, Simi Vally

Thanks, Liu, we'll check it out. I hope it's good because it'll save us a drive to Newburry Park!!! I'll let you know my thoughts about it!

Jun 25, 2013
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Rich and Richer, Simi Vally

Hi SH,

I do remember some earlier discussion on Thai in Simi, and that someone (maybe you) recommended R&R.

We ended up leaving without ordering any food, we were just so disgusted by this guy’s attitude we had no desire to patronize his business.

No food, no foul (fowl?).

Jun 24, 2013
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Rich and Richer, Simi Vally

After hearing about this place for a while now, we were finally in the neighborhood on Sat. and decided to give it a try. In short, the owner is an ass and we will never be going back there.

My wife and I have been eating THAI food for over 40 years. My wife cannot tolerate Oil and we both can’t do garlic. She orders steamed vegetables and my orders are with no garlic , and have never had any problems with this in literally hundreds of Thai places.

So first my wife orders steamed vegetables and he says they don’t have steamed vegetables, WTF??? He then said wait a minute let me ask my wife. He comes back and asks if she wants it with or without seasoning. I guess she made the mistake of asking why kind of seasoning because he jumped all over her about that question. So to avoid problems she said she would order a salad. I asked for Prik King and he asked how spicy. I said “spicy” and he went off again on "Do you know how spicy we make it? If you no like the spicy I don’t want to hear about it” I told him I can handle spicy and that I order it Pet Mak all the time everywhere. He went into another diatribe about HIS spice level and he said their super spicy is a five, so I said give me a four. I then told him I didn’t want any garlic and he rudely said We cannot do this. So I said what about the eggplant and he really went off on me about the garlic is in the dish and is a part of it and it cannot be taken out. At this point we left.

His nasty attitude and rudeness are guarantees we will never go back. I guess you just have to order it the way it comes on the menu or you’re screwed.

Jun 24, 2013
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Rib Ranch - Woodland Hills

Back about 10 years ago when I was working in Warner Center I went here frequently for lunch.

It’s a simple enough of a place, nothing fancy at all. It’s certainly not a destination place or even a dinner place, way too casual. I used to get the Beef Ribs and/or Chicken, fries or slaw. They have a small room in front, a nice patio on the side (where I always ate) and a big room in the back. I liked the patio because the place was never busy and I could enjoy my lunch in peace.

The food is okay, sometimes almost good. If you’re nearby and are jonesing for some Q, it will suffice. It won’t break the bank and you won’t feel ripped off. But, like I said, I haven’t been there for 10 years so my review might be a little dated.

Nov 08, 2012
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Perfect restaurant to have an affair in.

Servog, you're good!!!!

Sep 28, 2012
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Perfect restaurant to have an affair in.

Many many years ago there was a fancy restaurant on Olympic Blvd. in LA that had booths that could be curtained off for complete privacy. However, they would only seat couples of opposite sexes there so Gloria Alread sued them and it shut them down. Can't for the life of me remember the name, but as I said, it was a loooooong time ago.

Sep 28, 2012
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Garage Dogs in Thousand Oaks

Based on my one experience I would recommend it, however I would really like to try more items before I wholeheartedly endorse it!!

FYI, I went to try Smashburger last weekend but they only cook their burgers well done. Not for me, left and went to Umami Burger, Cali Burger Rare, yea baby!!!

Sep 12, 2012
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Garage Dogs in Thousand Oaks

I stopped by to try Garage Dogs today for lunch. The place is very nice, very clean with tables both inside and on the sidewalk. Inside is somewhat confining, the place is long and narrow. The TV's were on but the sound was turned down, fortunately. The menu board is easy to read and they have a very nice selection of dogs, sausages and hamburgers. They even had a large selection of soft drinks, I need to try their root beer!!

I ordered the spicy Polish, ever in search of a replacement of my favorite Weiner Factory spicy Polish. I ordered it CCO, just like I always did at WF.

First, the sausage was very big, larger than WF’s. It came in this large French roll. It was a very large roll, thick and hard, and way too much bread for me, so I just ate the dog. (I’m still partial to WF’s soft egg bun). The chili was nice, it was all ground beef, but not spicy and there wasn’t as much of it as I would have liked. The cheese, which was nicely melted across the top, was fine. The onions were hardly noticeable.

The dog was very good. Although not spicy to my tastes, it was good quality and had nice flavor. Not up to the WF’s but better than I’ve gotten elsewhere. It had a nice crisp bite to it and it was quite filling, even without eating the roll.

So after all is said, it's not the Weiner Factory but I will go back and try a ripper or the foot long dog or maybe even a hamburger!

LTP

http://garagedogsto.com/

Sep 12, 2012
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More Authentic Chinese Food in Agoura Hills at Green Onion

Hi Liu,

That's funny. We were planning on going after we attended my daughters birthday party in LA which started at 1:00pm and we thought we'd be home fairly early. We didn't leave until after 7:00pm so we just stopped at BJ's on the way home!

One of these days. . . . . .

Aug 21, 2012
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More Authentic Chinese Food in Agoura Hills at Green Onion

I never return a dish for not being as hot as I like it. I understand that most American taste buds can't handle the level of heat I like and retaurants are being carefull not to over spice thier dises.

In Asian restaurants I always request Chili Oil (as I did today) to kick up the spice level. In Mexican restaurants I always order fresh chilis (usually Jalapeno). In BBQ places I brink my little bottle of Blairs hot sauce to add to thieir BBQ Sauce. In Italian I ask for the crushed red peppers, which other places also have (BJ's, Claim Jumper, Cheescake Factory and so on).

It seems Indian is the only place I never have to add any spice to, they usually comply with my requested heat level.

Aug 21, 2012
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More Authentic Chinese Food in Agoura Hills at Green Onion

I thought this address sounded familiar. When I started working here (by Costco) it was a Mexican (Taqueria style) that was okay for what it was. tTen it was a Thai place (fair food; poor service), then it was a Hot Dog place (terrible!!). I haven't been by in ages so I don't know what it's been lately.

Thanks to Liu, we've become regulars at Mandarin Bistro. But it is a drive and while we've been going there almost every Sunday night, we still longed for something closer. So, following Chandavki's adivse, I tried it today for lunch. Unfortunately since I ate solo, I could only order one dish, so not a very thourough review.

The one dish I had was very good. I ordered the Spicy Basil Beef from the Special Chinese Menu. I asked for extra spicy. It came pretty fast, it was a large portion, and it was moderately spicy. I can say if the other dishes are like this one it'll be great!! The service was friendly and efficient (3 ladies working the front).

I'm going to plan a lunch with some of my fellow workers, the Asian ones, and we'll give it a full workout.

Thanks Chandavki!!

Aug 21, 2012
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For lovers of Cupid's Hot Dogs... GREAT news!!!

This is great news since I moved from Sherman Oaks a few years ago!! Darn.

Now if you can only get The Weiner Factory to re-open!!!

Jul 25, 2012
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Smashburger - Thousand Oaks

If they won't cook it to order, I won't be ordering it.

Jul 12, 2012
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Smashburger - Thousand Oaks

What we need is a GOOD burger place!!! Best in the area is the Counter which isn't in a convenient location (for me anyway).

Jul 05, 2012
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Szechuan Palace in Agoura Hills

I guess we just had a poor experience the one time we went. We've been going to Mandarin Bistro regularly now (thanks Liu) (we just went last Sat. night) and even though it's much farther, we have really enjoyed every meal there, and found the staff also very friendly and willing to customize thier dishes for us (we're pretty picky). As I've said before, we're into atmosphere and Szechuan Place is at zero while we give MB a high 8 (out of 10). I agree that the staff was friendly at SP but If we try it again, it will most likely be for take out.

Jun 29, 2012
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Mandarin Bistro Newbury Park

I guess we're snobs but when we go out (which is way too often), we are as concerned about the atmosphere as much as the food. We don't like hearing everyone's conversatin (and their hearing ours). Plus we do enjoy quieter dining, and this place is so small you are in earshot of everyone in the place. It's also a casual famiiy place, which increases the noise level significantly.
I will say I remember the staff being most friendly.

Jun 05, 2012
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Mandarin Bistro Newbury Park

Liu,

We tried a very small Chinese place that sounds like the one you're asking about. I did a review of it but can't find it now. It was just okay, nothing I'd go out of my way for. Also, the place was super small, which we don't like. It was called Szechuan Palace, I didn't notice the missing "a". It was on Kanan Rd., in the So/West corner of the mall, below Vons.

While most of the reviews on Yelp were favorible, I can't say I found anything outstanding about it. Certainly not even close to Sesame Inn or Mandarin Bistro. To each his own, I guess.

Jun 05, 2012
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Mandarin Bistro Newbury Park

We wanted to go again to MB on Memorial Day, but alas it was closed, so we went last night for dinner.

We arrived a few minutes before 6:00pm and had our choice of tables. We like the little off-side room which only had one table occupied so that was great. Last time we went it was Mother’s Day and we had to wait a while for a table and the main part of the place was crowded and noisy.

We ordered the Hot & Sour soup again and it was great as it was last time. We tried two new dishes: Lemon Chicken and Kung Pao Shrimp and had the same sautéed green beans as last time. The Lemon Chicken was good, but it didn’t have enough lemon flavor for us. The chicken was cooked perfectly and it had a nice sauce, but unfortunately the lemon flavor was missing, which if it did it would have been great. It’s funny as we don’t normally order this dish because it’s often overloaded with the lemony sauce and not cooked all the way through. This was a switch!!

Lately we’ve run into a rash of serving errors (on Memorial Day at PF Chang’s they gave our order to newly arrived diners after we had waited for a quite a while) and incorrect dishes. Last night was no exception. We ordered Kung Pao Shrimp (with no onions and add water chestnuts). What we received was 3 flavors Kung Pao. The waiter didn’t bring the dish to the table, so when he came by he noticed that it wasn’t right. He immediately offered to take it back and bring the correct dish, but since it had no onions and lots of water chestnuts we said this would be fine and kept it. It just didn’t have as much shrimp as I would have liked! However, the dish was delicious and we did enjoy it. It had a very nice flavor and, as I said, it had lots of water chestnuts, which we love. I really liked the dish and am anxious to try it with shrimp only. The sautéed green beans were also, as last time, very good.

Overall I still like this place and we will be going back to try other dishes. We do enjoy the fact that it isn’t as crowded as Sesame Inn and we enjoy the more open feel of the restaurant. The tables at Sesame Inn are quite close to each other due to the small size of the room. Also, I like the portion size better at Sesame Inn, so I think if we ever go really early we’ll go to Sesame Inn, but we don’t usually go much before 5:30-6:00pm, and by then it’s too crowded. It’s nice to have these two choices so close to each other.

Jun 04, 2012
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Who makes your favorite patty melt?

According to their web site they have only 4 locations and are owned by the 'Hamlet Group', whoever that is.

May 30, 2012
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Who makes your favorite patty melt?

Kevin,

I agree with you that my all time favorite Patty Melt was at HH. However, upon a recent visit to one of the few remaining HH's, it was a shadow of the former restaurant and we will not be going back, for anything.

May 29, 2012
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Sesame Inn Vs. Mandarin Bistro in Newbury Park

Thanks, liu. I'll be sure to check out the wallpaper next time. I don't remember any booths though.

If you're talking about Nancy, she is no longer the owner, it is now owed by the nice young man who seated us, his name is Andy. I think he might be Nancy's son. We had a nice chat with our waitress about this.

Also, about Sesame Inn, no they don't basically take reservations; I guess they made an exception for you. I don't think they'd do it for 2 people. Since it's so small, we have to get there by around 5:30pm or have a wait. We actually went to SI first, but there were 4 party's ahead of us so we tried MB, and glad we did.

I agree with you about not too many ingredients in a dish, but both my wife and I love water chestnuts, so maybe next time we'll ask them to add them in.

May 15, 2012
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