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Lola's-Best Roast Chicken in Los Angeles?

This is the best chicken I've ever had, hands down!!! I'm not even really a chicken person, I prefer beef and pork. The aroma of the wood, the caramelized smokey rich chicken skin and the tender meat with the aji sauce is unforgettable. I luv the beet in their salad and even eat a bit of their fries. A perfect plate of goodness that is incredibly cheap. I want to try their beef hearts but couldn't not eat the chicken to try it.

Sep 24, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Good place for dinner near Melrose/Highland?

I would second Mario's Peruvian, good priced and good. There's also Astro's burger if you are being very casual. I've actually not been to the Melrose location but people seem to like it ok. They have lots of variety and vegetarian.

Aug 05, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Make Your Own Yogurt

I like to do everything at home if possible and this is a great reminder how we've forgotten how to make the simplest things. It's like making creme fraische, just let cream sit for a while and stir it in the meantime and presto, delicious gourmet expensive food!!

Aug 05, 2008
Jolly in Features

For Jolly: assuaging disappointment

really??

Jul 29, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

For Jolly: assuaging disappointment

There is no disappointment greater than not finding the desired satisfying food and leads to manic depression. I am reduced to eating at Chipotle, a former McDonald's restaurant. As I've posted in the banhmi thread, I am exploring what is good around Weho. I do like Peruvian and enjoyed Pollo a la Brasa but am anxious to try Puro Sabor. My mouth waters with anticipation.

I did try Sunnin and did have shawarma and didn't go back. I'll try the other stuff and see if I like them. I have been making my own persian food at home which is tedious and odious yet necessary if I want some decent shish kebab, rice,or stew with all the fixin. Basil, mint, cheese, spring onions real sumac mmm I think it is too expensive at the rest. for what they give. Skaf's Grill sounds interesting.

I enjoy Salvadorean and I will definitely try Atlacatl. I am also going to try some recs for Oaxacan as well.

Are there any SF mission style burritos in LA?

This is all I can think of for now but will post when I can think of more.

Jul 29, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

Yes, Weho is a desert of any good hole in wall ethnic. Thank god I love Korean, Ethiopian, and Thai. I've been eating very well in these food. One of my fave is the spicy noodle/soup/dimsum place on Wilshire and Harvard. They have raw spicy crab too. They have a very limited menu but so good, I luv their garlicky kim chee which I scarf down before the food comes. Crowded w/Koreans mostly. I like rahel vegetarian, merket?, and others. I like that little Thai next to the 711, Sapp?? Samaluang?? I forget.

Unfortunately, I've not really gotten into Russian and I don't know why. I saw Bizarre Foods/Bourdain Moscow and the food there looked amazing. I wonder if there are Russian food like that in Weho? Hmmm

BTW, to some foodies out there that might have issues with my limited knowledge of the details of differnt cuisines - I don't know the details of the cuisines that I enjoy, I just like what I like. I don't consider myself a foodie or a food snob in any way. I will go for an excellent westernized version if I really don't like the authentic original.

Jul 29, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

Thanks and I think it'll help newbies to L.A. to navigate this sprawling, confusing, and overwhelming place that can be L.A.. But so many places to explore in every way. I am currently reading a new fiction short story collection called "Los Angeles Noir". I recommend it. Very appropo and about all types of angelenos.

Jul 29, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

Thanks, I truly appreciate your recs. I've been very disappointed in mexican/central & south american cuisine in general since my expectations were very high when I moved here.For example, I was very disappointed with Guelaguetza in Koreatown which was highly recommended.

But I've been following the other thread concurrent to this that addresses these very cuisines and I'm gearing up to try these places that the knowledgeable people there are recommending. I saw ur post on there as well. Fried intestines, menudos, tongue nommmm. Basically I have been settling for likes of Loteria, Chipotle, Benitos's Tacos in the Weho area since none of the places I've tried in diffrnt areas are memorable, i just eat the cheapest and most hygienic when I have a craving.

I am also having a hard time finding great persian food. I had better in DC.

Unlike many SF people, I was rather bored with SF's food since I'd been there so long and have been eating very similar foods and it is a very small city. The scene is pretty much the same most of the time since most of my friends tho of diff ethnicities, were gay and I'm not much of a scene person.

Most of us ventured outside of SF on some occasions, more frequently east bay but not so much s. bay. I am also not a huge italian/french food person tho I enjoy them, I mostly like asian/mex/cen/so., Indian, middle eastern/medittrn, types of food. But it was nice that we could try new places very easily and the prices for good food was pretty good. I miss the mission st taquerias' burritos. mmmm.

Jul 29, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

Yeah, it is pork pate but we sometimes just call it foie gras coz it is so rich and livery. Anything livery and porky is good.

Jul 29, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

I'll check it out as well since I am encouraged by the thought that there are better banh mis out there.

Jul 29, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

Excellent, this clarifies many things for me. I was rather horrified that I would have to settle for less in an area with so many vietnamese. I was mystified why I was having such crappy sandwiches since other asian food is excellent. I came to L.A. eager to open up my asian/mexican/central/south american cuisine taste sensations and am having a hit and miss with the experience. Well, that's why I read boards like this and cry out for help in the dark. :O

I am going to focus first in Little Saigon with places that you recommend. And yes, Buu Dien was the only one I went twice whereas I never went back to any of the others.

Jul 29, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

thanks, didn't know that. I see it spelled differently and just use whatever is convenient at the time.

Jul 29, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

Yes yes yes. Kick ass is the word. I prefer most asian foods here in L.A since there are more variety due to such big pop of all types asians and very authentic. I don't mind driving for excellent food. But I've just given up on eating bahn mi here and haven't eaten any for a year. But I am going to gird my loins and try again.

Jul 29, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

Now that you mention it I was rather puzzled by the fattiness of the meat in some places. I didn't know why and just thought it was their way of doing things.

Jul 28, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

The hot meat might be just a SF thing, I am not really an expert. I just like certain flavors/combinations and might not like others even if it is authentic.

Jul 28, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

I have been meaning to try them because I'm desperate but the price sorta put me off of going there since I like cheap but excellent asian asian food. But many people seem to really like them.

Jul 28, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

I meant pate but some people call it foie gras and wrote it by mistake.

Jul 28, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

I was actually considering that since I wrote it as a shorthand for my opinion on viet sandwiches but some people are taking it as a disparagement of L.A. itself.

Jul 28, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

REVIEW w/ pics: One Dish Quickie at El Tepeyac

I went there at other people's recommendations and it was ok. Big and rather bland. I didn't care for the service or vibe either.

Jul 28, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

Interesting, can you tell me the diff between cambodian and viet sandwiches?

Jul 28, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

Well, I am not going with 'shoulds'. I am just stating what I like in my bahn mi. The ones in NoCal happened to match my palate. I don't like too much bread but not too much filling either and I like hot meat in contrast with the cool crispy veggies.

Jul 28, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

It's been a while but I think it's the one in Rosemeade but it has been a while. I stopped eating bahn mi after not liking what I got.

Jul 28, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Tea, YUMMY?

excuse my ignorance, what is gluten free tea house??? No gluten in tea or no gluten in food??

Jul 28, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Mexican L.A. for Serious / Old Line Chowhounds

Whoa, whoa whoa

'When La Reconquista is complete and I am designated Benevolent Dictator ' I hope you jest.

Jul 27, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Is it possible to get mild food at Jitlada?

They give me very very very hot dishes and it is amazing. I eat very spicy and I was wiping my brows. Mmmmm.

Jul 26, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Vegetarian Restaurants

I second your assessment of UCK. Like the vibe though the space is a little bare and worn and the lighting odd. I don't think the jackfruit tastes like carnitas at all but tastes good on its own. I don't like scoops that much but the flavors seem interesting but people said to try scoops when they are freshly made since they have very little fat in em.

Jul 26, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

Bread is one of the key ingredients. For Bahn Mi, it has to be crunchy but not hard, tender but not mushy. And of course, fresh and warm as it is being filled with hot spicy fillings and secret sauce.

Jul 26, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

I am trying to find a place I can go to regularly to satisfy my cravings. I don't mind driving to SGV frm Weho but OC seems a lttle far.

Jul 26, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

Thanks, I'm going to try them. When you say overstuffed, do you mean that they have a good balance of all the ingredients or just more meat?

Jul 26, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area

Why does L.A. Bahn Mi taste worse than SF

Just to clarify, I don't mean to disparage food in L.A. I've had many a fine meals unique to L.A. but since Bahn Mi is vietnamese, I expected it to taste fairly similar or have the same range within the vietnamese community. There are great pho places but I've been having trouble finding a bahn mi place.

Jul 25, 2008
Jolly in Los Angeles Area