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Help me with my Lyon Itinerary please

Yes I'm in Lyon now. And while I love French food, I'll be living in France for two months and cannot just eat French food every day.

It seems there is a good Lebanese scene in Lyon.

ChefJune--How does my list look? I've found a good amount of these spots from your posts!

about 22 hours ago
set0312 in France

Help me with my Lyon Itinerary please

Perfect. Given that both you and Parnassien have recommended Le Palegrie, I'll definitely check it out! And I've added Le Kitchen Cafe and En Mets... to my list.

Thanks for taking the time.

1 day ago
set0312 in France

Help me with my Lyon Itinerary please

You've been more than helpful! Lighter is always good. I had my first quenelle yesterday and can still hardly move...

Palegrie looks like a must. And I definitely think I'll make it over to BAP as well. Thanks!

1 day ago
set0312 in France

L.A. Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants in Los Angeles 2015 is Out

Cascabel is by no means essential. Not even kinda. Girasol, a little more so.

Help me with my Lyon Itinerary please

Hey everyone, I'll be in Lyon for a month and would love your help. Using a mix of chow hound and Michelin and google, these are some of the places I've came up with. How does it look? Anything I need to add? I'll be doing lunch at Troisgros because I can't really afford dinner. I may also do lunch at Mere Brazier because I'm staying about three minutes away from there.

Le Canut et les Gones
Restaurant Takao Takano
Gourmet de Seze
Leon de LYon
daniel et denise
cafe des federations
au 14 février
cafe comptoir abel
Le Garet
Le Splendid
Pignol
potager des halles
Fromagerie Richard Renee
L'Ourson Qui Boit
Giraudet
Chez Lea

What are some favorite boulangeries? Also, what are some good spots that aren't doing French food?

Thanks!

2 days ago
set0312 in France

L.A. Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants in Los Angeles 2015 is Out

Damn El Faisan y El Venado looks fantastic. Anybody been there?

2 days ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

visiting LA from SF

Isaan Station does some really good Isaan food and it's in K-Town. Really great grilled chicken and tom saap. Definitely worth a visit.

Guelaguetza is worth checking out. So is Pollos a la Brasa for Peruvian chicken, although I must say I have no idea how the Peruvian grilled chicken scene in SF is.

2 days ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

It's an odd game he's playing.

I think there should be a seven course menu and a four course menu or something. But maybe the seven course 85 and the four course 52 or something like that.

Mar 03, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

I honestly believe the food is among the best in California. With that being said I still think the prices are exorbitant.

I also think that such a high price point almost limits Chef Salgado. At 52 dollars, if one course is not perfect, that's fine. But at 65, everything needs to be sensational for me to not leave feeling a little irritated.

And can we talk about the fact that the pescado al pastor is still on the menu? It is mediocre and not nearly as creative as some of the stuff he's serving up.

If they just added a dessert course I'd be satisfied.

Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

Ugh I just meant the sweet treat. Sorry to get your hopes up. BUT, they did post on instagram a picture of a burnt strawberry tamale covered in vanilla ice-cream that looked sensational.

Mar 03, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

800 Degrees Has the Best ... Pizza in LA

I don't agree that it's the best pizza in LA bc Settebello is the best pizza in LA but it's better than the ones you listed.

Pitfire is honestly a mockery. And Sotto's is really overrated.

Mar 03, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

where to stop on the way from LAX to Carlsbad

New Trial--How is Pueblo? Worth a visit?

Feb 28, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

Just wanted to update everyone that Taco Maria's prices have jumped to 65 bucks a person, although the meal is still only four courses. I had a tremendous meal there tonight, and the ingredients used are all of incredible quality, but still, I don't think this place can possibly get more expensive and only serve four courses.

The waiter says they are trying to change the menu up about once a week, which is more than they've been doing in the past. But Chef Salgado seems to like to keep his hit dishes in place. The dungeness crab porridge is still there, as is the abalone posole.

Still the best restaurant in Orange County, but now with LA level pricing.

Strawberry atole dessert was tremendous. I'd drive down from LA just for the atole.

Feb 28, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

where to stop on the way from LAX to Carlsbad

Ummm Taco Maria is one hundred percent your answer if they are open when you pass by. It's in Costa Mesa.

Din Tai Fung would be a solid alternative. Also in Costa Mesa.

Feb 27, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

10 Best Sausages In LA

Excuse my ignorance, but what normally goes into a seafood sausage?

Feb 24, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Seeking Recommendations for a Celebratory Dinner

n/naka is one of the LA heavyweights. Definitely worth a look.

Feb 23, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

it's so annoying when they attract national media attention as a good representative of LA cuisine.

Feb 23, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Shi Hai Makes GQ's Top 25 Restaurant List

Lol just as ridiculous is Alimento and Smoke Oil Salt being are other representatives. What in the world

Feb 23, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Thai in South OC??

I was actually gonna suggest MaDee as well. It's good. Not worth that thirty minute drive but it's pretty good Thai food for a non-Thai area.

Feb 23, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Planning an eating trip, need some input (Japanese, Korean, fine dining, Taiwanese, regional Chinese, Vietnamese, coffee, raw oysters etc)

Pretty darn close to Westminster is Taco Maria in Costa Mesa which in my opinion is one of the best restaurants in Southern California at the moment. Very interesting, refined Mexican food.

My last meal there, I had an abalone posole and a dungeness crab porridge among other fantastic dishes.

Grand Central Market is the best example of a market type place, but Fourth Street Market in Santa Ana is opening up. You could try some dishes from Jason Quinn at Playground.

Feb 21, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area
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Restaurants with chef's counter seating (Kappo-style)

Definitely request a bar seat, and more specifically a higher bar seat.

Feb 12, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Restaurants with chef's counter seating (Kappo-style)

Yep the chef's counter at Taco Maria is wonderful.

Feb 12, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

How are my choices?

Itinerary looks great, though I must admit I'm anti Faith and Flower. Might be fun to try Orsa and Winston or Marugame Monzo.

Feb 10, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Orsa and Winston Tonight - Which Option?

That sounds sensational. Looks like I'll have to make my way over there soon

Feb 10, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Lyon: Le Canut et les Gones: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

Have yet to go, but I'll check it out soon and will report!

Feb 09, 2015
set0312 in France

Porridge & Puffs @ Field Trip

Haven't seen much talk about this place, so I wanted to pop in here and say it's pretty darn solid. There is nothing quite as transcendent as Taco Maria's dungeness crab porridge, but the offerings are creative, fresh, and hearty. I thought the short rib version was wonderful. And the brown butter mochi and miso caramel puffs were terrific, if not bordering on gluttonous.

Also, its BYOB and the prices are very darn reasonable.

The bad news. It's in Hollywood. The heart of it.

Anybody else been ?

http://www.fieldtripla.com/porridge/

Feb 09, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Orsa and Winston Tonight - Which Option?

Thanks for the review. What was in the porridge?

Feb 09, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Is there anywhere to have a nice dinner in downtown LA?

Lol I completely agree with you. If it's just smaller groups having dinner it's no problem. But big groups are hellish there

Piedmont Questions! Combal Zero, Pizza Duomo, or Il Centro?

Perfect, thanks for the tips.

Feb 05, 2015
set0312 in Italy

Excellent Peruvian food in L.A.?

I'll give it a try soon and report back! Thanks for the heads up

Feb 04, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area