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

Ahh I hope they bring that rabbit back sometime. Looks like I missed out. Your pictures also made me start craving the blood clam aguachile, which unfortunately is an ache I cannot satiate at 11 on a Monday :/

I also really enjoyed the lamb dish. Perhaps my favorite main of the four or five I've had so far.

Aug 25, 2014
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Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

When was the rabbit on the menu? Sounds fantastic.

Aug 25, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2014 -- Voting

MEXICAN SEAFOOD

Aug 25, 2014
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Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

I'm certain the kinks will be worked out soon enough. The dinner keeps betting better and better. And so too will the brunch.

But ya I'm with you on hoping for more adventurous mains.

Aug 25, 2014
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Settebello Newport

searching4dunny-- Some of the waiters/waitstaff are fantastic and some of them not so much. One of the waitresses was actually the manager at the Pasadena location--she is awesome.

I talked to her about how they were doing and she was 100 percent confident they would succeed. I hope she's right.

Aug 25, 2014
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Settebello Newport

I go a couple times a week. One hundred percent worth going to, although they haven't yet achieved the consistency with the pizza that they eventually will. With that being said, their good pizzas are still perfect--as good as the Nevada or LA locations.

Aug 25, 2014
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Where to "wow" a visitor with "do NOT miss this place" recommendations

I second Taco Maria if you don't mind driving.

Aug 24, 2014
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September 2014 L.A. Dish of the Month: Nominations

MEXICAN SEAFOOD

Aug 22, 2014
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Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

Very interesting question. I would love to hear everyone's opinion on TM's lack of recognition.

Aug 22, 2014
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Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

Thanks for the report! That aguachile dish sounds superb.

Have you by chance made it to their brunch yet? The menu looks amazing.

Aug 22, 2014
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Guidance needed for week-long LA visit

One hundred percent agree.

Aug 21, 2014
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A 15 Year-Old Takes Over Fifty-Seven: The Flynn McGarry Pop-Up on August 11th: A Pictorial Essay

Looks absolutely fantastic. How long until this kid opens a restaurant of his own? Seems it could survive on hype alone.

Aug 20, 2014
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Huaraches.

el huarache azteca is a must. get the one that has red, green, and white sauce. stunningly good.

Where to "wow" a visitor with "do NOT miss this place" recommendations

You sound like you're willing to go all out financially. So I suggest Alma, Trois Mec, and Maude. All tasting menus that will run you about 100 bucks without drinks.

Night Market for sure. The dishes are wow-worthy and I cannot imagine there is something similar in Chicago. Chichen Itza for really good Yucatan. Coni Seafood as soon as you get in from the airport for Mexican seafood. Tsujita for ramen.

Chi Spacca. Ink. Son of a Gun are all good choices.

Bestia might be worth a shot although I plead ignorance in regard to Chicago's italian scene.

Sqirl is a must for your creative breakfast brunch thing.

Aug 20, 2014
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LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

What he said!

Aug 14, 2014
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LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

Where else do you like for yucatan?

Aug 14, 2014
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LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

Seems like you have to do more Mexican than just Guisados. My defacto rec is Chichen Itza. Sublime Yucatan style cooking. Mr. Gold agrees it is sublime. According to him, first time he had Chichen Itza, he immediately booked a flight to Merida.

I also really enjoy Coni Seafood for Mexican fish dishes but that's a bit outta the way depending on where you're staying.

No offense to Elmhurst but you don't have Thai like LA has Thai.

Why don't you go to Night Market Song before the Dodgers game? First seating at Night Market Song--you'll be outta there by by 6:30 and then you can take the less crowded way into the stadium. The food is wayyyy better than anything at Chego. Or do a Thai Town noodle crawl.

Rustic Canyon or Tar and Roses are both good choices.

Aug 13, 2014
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Maude reservation

this is this months. More corn for me!

Aug 10, 2014
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Guidance needed for week-long LA visit

Skip Hinoki and the Bird and do Night Market instead.

You are completely insane if you don't do Mexican in LA. Granted, if you don't like Mexican...skip skip skip! But even if it is not a priority as you mentioned, you need to go to at least one place. I'd recommend Chichen Itza. I almost want to suggest Taco Maria to you but it's a bit of a drive! (Superb Mexican tasting menus in the style of the restaurants you seem to prefer.) If you are driving to San Diego it is essential that you go to Taco Maria for dinner.

I don't think you need to go to two both AOC and Lucques. Would you like to visit Venice? IMO Gjelina is not a destination restaurant but it definitely worth it if you're in the area.

What about downtown? There was an interesting NY Times that suggested downtown LA was the 5th best place in the world to visit in 2014!!!!! Mainly because of the food scene. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20...

Definitely consider Alma. Tasting menu and all that fun stuff. Hyper-local cuisine.Bon Appetit called Alma the best new restaurant in the country. Then you can walk across the street to ACE Hotel and their bar.

Bestia as a few others have suggested is great. I think Bar Ama and Baco Mercat could interest you. Certainly not the kind of food you'd find in London.

I don't think it would make sense to go to 57 over Alma or Bestia.

Go to Shunji. Ink is worth it.

Aug 06, 2014
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Best Los Angeles area Tasting Menus

Tell me more TonyC. I am completely oblivious. So inside the market is a twenty dollar Thai tasting menu (perhaps Isaan leaning) on Saturdays and Sundays? Is there a restaurant?

Or just two tables in front of a chef?

Thanks!

Jul 30, 2014
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Roy Choi's POT

Wait Roy Choi is 44?!?!?!? I woulda guessed early 30s

Jul 28, 2014
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Settebello Newport

Parking was a bitch? It's a strip mall. If you parked by the Trader Joe's, the most you could possibly have walked was 5 minutes!

Anyways, I also went tonight. What an amazing deal! Free food and drinks. As much as you want of everything. We did four appetizers and four pizzas.

I myself did not order the DOC so I cannot comment on the mozzarella. I wonder why yours didn't meld. Temperature? Different cheese? Who knows. I split the settebello, the regular margherita, and the carbonara. All truly superb.

Truly is a gorgeous space. I fear that it is so wonderful that it may soon have a very Javier's vibe to it.

If you're in the OC, they are having another friends and family night tomorrow. I called them tonight at 8:30 and they accommodated us wonderfully, although we were not on the list yet. I imagine you could do the same thing tomorrow.

Logistically, they are opening for real on Monday. But won't be doing lunch for a week or two according to our waitress.

Jul 27, 2014
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AOC tomorrow night (and Coni's last weekend)

That would not be a bad way to do it. An annual mid-summer Coni review!

Jul 25, 2014
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Bucato

Interesting, I consider Sotto the worst of the new wave Italian places. Aka Factory Kitchen, Bestia, and Bucato. To each their own I guess.

Jul 25, 2014
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AOC tomorrow night (and Coni's last weekend)

Having had everything he listed at Coni plus the marlin tacos, I must admit I think the tacos might be my favorite. But to each their own!

Jul 25, 2014
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AOC tomorrow night (and Coni's last weekend)

Their blood orange and kumquat dessert dish that is rightly raved about in the dish of the month thread is a must order if those flavors are up your alley.

On my most recent visit, I thought their peach, ricotta salad was fantastic. And the Spanish fried chicken is always worth a go in my opinion

Jul 25, 2014
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Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

Lol it aint cheap. Really curious to see how this place does.

Jul 24, 2014
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First Impressions at smoke.oil.salt - A Pictorial Essay

Did anybody make it out tonight for the paella? Bacoman made it (unfortunately he won't be doing a review because he is permabanned) and was unimpressed.

Any other opinions? I really want this place to be superb.

Jul 20, 2014
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Fresh Clams/Oysters?

Taco Maria. 52 dollar tasting menu. Interesting food. Good atmosphere.

Jul 18, 2014
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Guerrilla Tacos: Enough to Turn a Meat-Eater Vegetarian?

Sounds superb. Will def have to check that ep out.

Jul 17, 2014
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