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Tacos Por Favor

I really like TPV (Santa Monica location) for breakfast. It's calm and laid-back...which is a nice change from the grumpy, over-crowded breakfast joints elsewhere in SM.

Breakfast served all day, as I recall.

Teen-pleasing suggestions, please!

You're right -- it is better in some ways. A lot of the areas in Venice that would've been no-fly zones for me in the 80s and 90s are now on my flight (walkabout) path -- esp. some of the areas inland from the Boardwalk.

And come to think of it, most of the gnarly stuff I see takes place either on Speedway or the streets immediately leading to the Boardwalk, so I may be seeing it through a distorted lens.

In any event: there's some good eatin' to be had in that area, so it's worth a little grit and grimness.

And I love the skate park -- I've seen some amazing skating there. Great scene!

Aug 15, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Teen-pleasing suggestions, please!

I used to enjoy the strange charm of the Venice Boardwalk, but I'm kinda bumming on it these days. I've lived nearby for decades, and something about it has just gotten really harsh, sad, and scary in recent years (I get a strong meth vibe these days...so much random over-the-top misdirected anger being expressed by folks). I'm around there on foot pretty often, and more often than not, something pretty distressing/disturbing/disgusting goes down. My flipflops are no match for the human feces and discarded sharps.

I usually recommend my visitors with young folk explore the beach walkway between Rose and the SaMo Pier. You still get the amusing parade of humanity, but it's a little less aggro (SMPD is on it, I guess).

Teen-pleasing suggestions, please!

If you and your kiddo like to stroll, boutique shop, and people-watch, you could have a nice time on Main St. in Santa Monica. Sometimes it's fun to just grab a little nibble here and there and wander, esp. on a summer day near the beach. There will be lots of interestingly-attired young people out walking their dogs, skateboarding, biking, jogging, moving and grooving. It's a fun and happy scene to enjoy on foot. (Parking woes notwithstanding.)

I see lots of teens on Main carrying iced blended drinks from the usual corporate haunts -- Coffee Bean, Starbucks -- but also lining up for the more esoteric mom-and-pop omusubi from Sunny Blue.

There is also a juice place on Main if you or she are into the whole fresh-squeezed juice thing, which strikes me as tres L.A. these days.

Aug 14, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Jinya Ramen coming to Main St., Santa Monica

Hmm, I'm not familiar with the Culver City pizza you mention.

The notice posted on the Wildflour window didn't have any info about a re-open date, but I'll keep an eye on it and update here with any new developments.

Aug 14, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Jinya Ramen coming to Main St., Santa Monica

Those savory pies and coffee are going to be GOOD on a grey winter day by the beach. Cozy comfort food. Can't wait for both (pies and winter).

Aug 13, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Jinya Ramen coming to Main St., Santa Monica

Per the sign in the window at the former Bravo Pizzeria, it looks like li'l ol' Main Street is gettin' some noodle action soon.

In other Main St. happenings:

It looks like Aussie Pies is still not quite open...but getting closer.

And Wildflour Pizza is shuttered; the notice on the front window indicates it is changing ownership, but not much else. It will be interesting to see what changes take place there. Wildflour always had a kind of funky charm to it, but certainly the food could stand to be updated and upgraded.

(And for the fancy ladies: the Paris 1900 shop next to Chinois is winding down. Go ogle those amazing gowns while you still can.)

Aug 13, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Should Orange County have their own board?

I'm in L.A., but I think it would be nice for you folks to have your own board. It would make it easier for you to connect with like-minded OC locals and build a rapport, and have meet-and-eats (if that is your thing -- it's a nice feature of the L.A. tribe for me), and just in general, be able to self-determine the "culture" and vibe of your OC discussions without getting talked-over by all the L.A. banter.

I think it might also have a good side effect, even if it's a minor one, of possibly encouraging more restaurants to set up shop in OC. Basically, as "content creators" on this site, we are serving as guerrilla PR for our local faves when we talk about them amongst ourselves. It would be great for OC to get that sort of crowd-sourced boost of interest for your local faves as well.

Of course we love having OC'ers keep us L.A.'ers up to date on your local dining, and I would hope you guys would keep adding your voices to the L.A. posts, but I kinda hate that sometimes OC gets treated in a slightly less-than manner here.

I vote yes.

Hat's Pastrami Chili Cheese French Fries

The one on Lincoln is my local hang. Many a late night spent parked in the lot (after going thru the drive-thru), eating a tub of macho fries, a bunch of those mini-burritos, and listening to the Phil Hendrie radio show (back when he was good).

And yep, there is always SOMEthing funky going on at the (aptly acronymed) DT. Last time we were there, the drive-thru line was backed up due to one very confused car full of people at the ordering marquee. A cashier had to come out and step them through the menu options. I couldn't even be annoyed...it was comical. (Pretty sure the confused car was hiiiiiiiiigh.)

Aug 07, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area
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Hat's Pastrami Chili Cheese French Fries

It's a good thing! :)

Aug 07, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Hat's Pastrami Chili Cheese French Fries

As an aside: how are those Del Taco CCFs, anyway?

Never tried 'em, but I do have a soft spot for late night gut-bomb runs to the ol' DT drive-thru...those little 59c burritos with green sauce are kinda addictive.

Aug 06, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Hat's Pastrami Chili Cheese French Fries

"...almost quaint or pastoral if you will."

This is my new most favorite Kevinism of all time.

Aug 06, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Uplifter's Kitchen - Ocean Park, Santa Monica

What is the seating situation like in there? Wondering if it's the kind of place you can sit and hang with a book and a cuppa, or if it's more grab-and-go or quick-turnover of tables type place.

Those buttermilk biscuits and a cup of tea sounds sooo good right now.

Aug 06, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Ha, I should be so cool.

I'm a techie (don't hate) in a non-baller niche (where's my Tesla?! I was promised a Tesla!).

It says more about the amount of time I spend in CH than about my rate of pay that I'd be able to pass out bags like Halloween candy around here.

Aug 06, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

I neglected to mention earlier that in my email to Farmshop, I referenced this thread. So, my sense is that the discussion here was more influential than anything I may have said in my email, so all credit goes to all the good 'hounds who weighed in on various sides of the issue, and gave well-rounded input for the Farmshop folks to evaluate (along with the in-store feedback from customers).

Personally, I always have to laugh at how penny-wise / pound-foolish I am when it comes to this type of thing. At my billable rate, multiplied by the time I spent in this thread, I probably could have bought all the ladies in this thread one of those lovely $68 bags. (Guys can buy their own damn man-sacks...just kidding, I love our fellow guy-hounds, too. Just not $68 worth of love. ;-)

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014: COCKTAILS and Bar Food

Club tabs, ouch, yeah, what can ya do? (Other than pre-game and/or flask it in the loo, which gets a little old after a certain age.) Looks like a fun show, though!

Aug 06, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014: COCKTAILS and Bar Food

Who was playing? Any weird/drunk convos in the restroom?

Need more deets to go with those fries!

Aug 06, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Without mentioning any specific City Ordinance(s), I did ask if there is any upper limit imposed by the law. Per the representative, there is no upper limit on bag charge, "so long as it's justified in the reporting to the county."

The reporting requirements were explained as follows:

"The monies received from the charge are tracked and reported quarterly to the county, and the revenue is retained in full and untaxed by the retailers. On the reporting form, retailers are required to list those things the revenue are going towards: cost of bags, any sort of signage or promotion of reusable shopping bags, education, outreach, etc."

Aug 04, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Breaking news in BagGate:

Last week, I initiated an email conversation with a Farmshop representative about this issue (curiosity and tenacity being twin vices of mine), and in a thorough, polite and thoughtful response from them, am told that they are now lowering their bag charge to 10 cents. The representative also noted that they will continue to work to educate staff and customers on the benefits of bringing reusable bags.

I always appreciate when a company takes the time to respond in nicely written detail, and when a company is flexible and responsive to customer feedback, so I think they just made a new customer out of me.

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

If I'm understanding the City of Santa Monica GIS maps correctly, it looks like Farmshop's structure is within city of Los Angeles.

26th Street marks one of the city borders; the street itself and the land to the west of it are city of Santa Monica; but it appears that the Brentwood Country Mart property is city of L.A, since it lies on the eastern side of 26th.

I'm not 100% sure of that -- just basing it on a quick look-see at the online maps. I'm wondering if the street address and zip code are for USPS purposes, while for all other purposes, it falls under City of Los Angeles.

Aug 02, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014: COCKTAILS and Bar Food

I think Kevin is "naturally carbonated". And Zeus bless him for it - gotta love the fizz he brings to this place!

I'm debating doing a Grand Tour of the westside's finest dive bars for this round. I don't drink the hard stuff, but I can still belly up to the bar and review the nibblies. I'm in a low-brow state of mind...

...Too bad The Joker is no longer in business. It is one of my life regrets that I was too skeered to go in there (and I don't scare easily!).

Aug 01, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

PLAN CHECK SAWTELLE - GREAT CHOICE FOR 2 COUPLES WITH KIDS

Did the junior hounds order off the kids menu? Just curious if they found any dishes in particular to their liking.

And it's fun that the kids got to have their own table (probably nice for the adults as well).

When the weather is right, that outside area is much more conversation-friendly than the interior (gets pretty loud in there). Good call.

Aug 01, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Shibucho, boy, have I missed it.

Good memory! And chili is even funnier than BBQ.

Love these repurposed L.A. restaurant buildings with funky histories (A-Frame makes me smile for that reason, too).

Jul 31, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

Shibucho, boy, have I missed it.

Not yet, sadly -- my sushi game is WEAK these days.

My top priority is Shunji, which I haven't been to yet either (and I can't stop laughing at the fact that that place used to be a smut shop, if memory serves? As well as a BBQ shack? Sooooo L.A.).

Jul 31, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014

That was a fun meal. The conversation more than made up for any lack in the food -- e.g., the sashimi dish, which was really peculiar. I think of sashimi as being light, clean and fishy (in a good way). That version almost reminded me more of chicken salad, if you were to replace the chicken with fish. (Did it stop me from polishing it all off eventually? Nope! Just wasn't what I had in mind.)

On a non-food note: what I found pleasing was the Silver Fox quotient at lunch. I hadn't recalled it being so popular with the old(er) set last time I was there eons ago, but it made me happy to see the viejos and viejas all dolled up and enjoying a nice meal. I hope Chinois is still kickin' when I'm in my 80s. It holds a special place in my heart for its longevity, and all the memories I attach to meals there over the years. It feels like a time-travel time-capsule in some ways.

(nosh's order was the best possible one, I think, and would be the way I would go next time. See you then!)

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

I will keep my eye out for those -- thank you!

Jul 31, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

I hear ya. I often skip links, too, but I was so curious about the bag, I had to take a look (the link was in a follow-up post by maudies5, so it was easy to miss).

No biggie, just wanted to point it out in case anyone wanted to see the details on the bag in question.

Jul 31, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

That looks gorrrrrgeous.

I like tart flavors, too. Other than plum, can you recommend any others at Sweet Rose menu, either past or present, that I should keep an eye out for? Savory would be great too.

Jul 31, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area

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

Olives, my go-to place for a big nasty Styrofoam container heap o' nacho fries was Chanos near USC. They've since changed ownership, but I think kept much of the Chanos menu.

It's a pretty common dish at those types of L.A. greasy spoon eateries that have a Mexican/American menu. You know the ones with the menu up above the counter with about a hundred different dishes, usually including photos of the food?

"Carne asada fries" is another name for it, if you decide to Google and find some recs.

If fries wins, you are invited to join me in seeking out a platter of nacho fries. I promise (maybe) not to hog the guac and sour cream.

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

It was in the link provided by the OP.

Jul 31, 2014
spoonlicker in Los Angeles Area