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Tacos Por Favor Comes To Venice

La Isla Bonita (the truck at Rose Ave and 4th St) is now open into the evening for your dining pleasure. Not there on Thursdays, however.

about 11 hours ago
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area
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LA Restaurateurs Think the $15 Minimum Wage Hike Spells Doom for the Industry

Oh, please. We've been hearing this chicken-little-the-sky-is-falling histrionics every single time the minimum wage has been raised, even when it's in much smaller increments.

LA Restaurateurs Think the $15 Minimum Wage Hike Spells Doom for the Industry

Ever worked on an assembly line?

Yeah, I didn't think so.

Who are you to say that $38/hr is too much for those folks to be paid?

2 days in LA with the family

Abbot Kinney is a scene for sure. A downside is that the sidewalks are really narrow and crowded -- super annoying to try to elbow your way through on busy days. First Friday is just too nuts, I think, for a leisurely family outing. But on non-First Fridays, I think the mix of shops and coffee and nibbles will suit your teens.

Venice has a bit of grit under its fingernails, true, but most of the sketchiness takes place near the Boardwalk (though Rose Ave gets its share of police activity); and there is a sizable population of outdoor-dwellers, some of whom are in the grips of addiction and/or mental illness. I've lived here a lonnnng time, and have not had any issues other than the sadness of observing people in suffering, but some people find our street denizens too off-putting.

You could also wander Main St in Santa Monica. Lots of teen-friendly stuff there. Sunny Blue, the omusubi place, always seems to have a young crowd. And if you get sick of the commercial strip, you can walk along the beach on the pathway. Great people watching. The Perry's snack stands have chairs right in the sand if you want to grab a cold drink and relax a bit with your toes in the sand (save your belly-space though for good eats elsewhere).

May 17, 2015
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

4 days in Santa Monica with teen

You will more than fine in SM without a car. It's much better enjoyed on foot.

Apr 08, 2015
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

4 days in Santa Monica with teen

Agreed on all counts. I live in SM, and will walk a mile-plus to do errands rather than fight traffic and parking via car. Especially given the upcoming Perfect Storm of road construction (the closing of the California Incline + the choo-choo train clusterfluck on Colorado near the pier + never-ending sewer work on PCH)...downtown SM will be gridlock city.

Apr 08, 2015
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Fab's Hot Dogs Westwood.......breaking news

Komodo Venice (on Main St. near Rose Ave.) serves a tater tot dish -- sort of like nachos, but with 'tots as the base.

(And a Yelp search reveals many Westside places with 'tots...who knew Santa Monica was such a tot-hotbed? I didn't!)

Jan 30, 2015
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, February 2015 -- Voting

OYSTERS

Jan 29, 2015
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

A Croissant from The Bakery Formerly Known as "The Buttery"

Wow, what a great blast from the past! I ate many a croissant from The Buttery -- even though it's been a decade or so since I last had one of their beauties, your post triggered a strong sense memory and salivary response in me. The bottom of those croissants...so perfect.

I deeply miss the old Main Street establishments; and The Buttery is one of my most-missed places.

Dec 27, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Changes afoot at Santa Monica Place

I was wondering the same thing, esp. in light of their recent expansion to the Middle East, which would seem to be a very expensive undertaking (re-tooling menus and serving protocol to match local norms, e.g.).

That must've been one helluva lease markup to drive them away from what would appear to be a primo customer base and location in Brentwood.

Dec 27, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Voting

CHILI

Dec 26, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Changes afoot at Santa Monica Place

Oh you are absolutely right -- there was a perfectly good thread on just this subject a few weeks back. Here's the link if anyone else is as "search" challenged as I seem to be:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/998305

And good point about CCF serving a purpose -- it does have its charms, and I've enjoyed some perfectly decent meals there (the decor and noise break my brain, but I know the Vegas-y aspects of it appeal to some).

(Those avocado rolls were my go-to dish back at that Brentwood one when our company used to do long, boozy going-away lunches for departing employees.)

Dec 26, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Changes afoot at Santa Monica Place

I feel vaguely unclean even mentioning that pox upon upon my fair city that is the Santa Monica Place mall, but in the interests of sharing information:

The Cheesecake Factory will be moving into the third floor space currently occupied by Zengo and La Sandia, circa autumn 2015.

Any bets on whether CCF will be a boom or bust? (I predict boom; the MDR one seems to always be shockingly busy.)

Dec 26, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Is there a single good Thai place in Santa Monica or Venice?

I know zip about Indonesian food, but their weekend breakfast menu looks just so...endearing. The names of the dishes are great. "Oh Karen!"

This place sounds like a wonderful alternative to the usual overcrowded weekend brunch spots.

What's not to love about a porridge of "Tilapia fish loin, shrimp, and Chinese donut"?

(Who knew tilapia even have loins?)

I hope you might someday be inspired to put together a nice long musing on Indonesian food, either specific to this resto or wider L.A. (Looks like shimo might be able to jump in on the action?)

Dec 11, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

I'm going to The Apple Pan tonight.

Wiener really knows how to make food make love to the camera.

He is the Helmut Newton of food photogs.

I'm going to The Apple Pan tonight.

That plate is retro-charming. Sets off the pie nicely.

I like the banana pie, and the wall paneling, and one particularly gruff server. I'm neutral on the burgers.

I don't like having a horde of hungry diners-in-waiting hovering behind me.

(And I find wriggling my hindquarters between closely-spaced bar stools, trying not to hip-check the patron seated next to me, while I slither onto my perch, a bit...indelicate. But that's a minor quibble.)

Dec 06, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

New Year's Eve Santa Monica with kids?

I find this idea oddly appealing.

35th Annual Swedish Christmas Fair (Julmarknad) - Downtown, 12/7

Looks fun!

Any recommendations for specific foods that might be on offer?

Dec 06, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, December 2014 -- Voting

CHILI

Nov 29, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Westwood Village update

OG was in the rotation, too! I once took an Italian paramour there, me thinking it was "classy" Italian food and wanting to impress. To his credit, he was gracious about it.

(But when you are young, broke, and hungry, those breadsticks are DAMN good. No shame.)

Oct 28, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Westwood Village update

Loved Ships! Ah, those turkey croquettes, and make-your-own-toast-at-the-table, after a long night of rockin' out... Ships was classic.

Oct 28, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Westwood Village update

I miss Monty's so much. It was our fancy date place when we were broke-ass students. (I think Sallie Mae is still getting paid back for some of those steaks and stiff drinks...)

Oct 27, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Yeah, I think Simpson set out to do a take-down of certain attitudes -- attitudes which you personally don't hold; and I hope I didn't make it sound like I thought you might be at all like the protagonist when I recommended the book.

I also struggled to get through the book on a recent re-read -- the writing style just didn't grab me this time. Go figure.

Anyway, sorry for the dud recommendation -- I owe you an appetizer somewhere nice to make up for it.

Oct 27, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

New Banh Mi Shop in Venice, Southwest Corner of Rose and Lincoln

That little corner mall is so dispiriting. I hope this new place manages to perk things up a bit.

Oct 27, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, November 2014 -- VOTING

LATE NIGHT/24 HOUR EATS

Oct 25, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Maude: Pear (October) - Review

That works for me! Thanks.

I was wondering if there are some tacit no-nos that wouldn't be obvious to a n00b, along the lines of boorishly dunking a piece of schmancy sushi into a slurry of wasabi+soyu.

(...I was also flashing back to a relative of mine who stirs and smooshes all the food on her plate together into one unholy mess before eating it, on the theory that "It all gets mixed together in your stomach anyway.")

Oct 05, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Maude: Pear (October) - Review

The prospect of an 11-course meal would normally sound daunting given all our hot weather recently, but that looks lovely and refreshing -- a nice indoor respite from this infernal heatwave.

And $85 for 2.5 hours of ambiance and great food and great service is a really solid "entertainment" bargain in my book.

I have a really dumb question for you (or anyone else): when you are presented with a plate with the components of the dish "disassembled" (a dab of this here, a dollop of that there), how do you strategically get the different parts into Ye Olde Piehole in the optimal way to have the flavors blend best? (I am a rube about such things.)

Oct 05, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Vegan Oktoberfest

...I cracked up just typing in the post title.

I have all respect for my vegan brothers and sisters in chow, but come ON, you gotta admit: sometimes Santa Monica seems like a parody or meme-come-to-life.

Anyway: anybody go to this thing?

(I was tempted to go and people watch and perhaps sample some faux-meat in the form of "Deep Fried Cheeze-Steak", but the heat made sous-vide of my brain.)

Pretty sure Kevin would be all over the Kale Ale?

L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2014: OFFAL

Sounds dang tasty.

What's the texture like on those porker ears? Is it sort of tough and jerky-like, or more stretchy (for lack of a better word)? Or crunchy-crackly?

The pig is truly a magical animal.

Sep 26, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, October 2014 -- Voting

LATIN AMERICAN SEAFOOD

Sep 26, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area