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Hat Yai, Thailand - Wanton Noodles (Bami Kiao/บะหมี่เกี๊ยว) near Lee Gardens Plaza

fantastic report. out of curiosity, were you in hat yai for business or pleasure? keep meaning to get down south when I'm in Thailand but BKK always holds me in her chaotic grasp.

Los Angeles version of The Boil

you posted this a month ago. we decided it was a boiling crab derivative. there are probably fifty restaurants in town that do some take on this. if you want to find one in weho, use google.

1 day ago
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A Worthy Biryani in Little Bangladesh: Biriyani Kabob House [Brief Review with Photos]

Superb hounding. Thanks for this report. I'll have to give it a shot.

Nov 19, 2014
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Nominate your favorite restaurants in Los Angeles for "Best of 2014"

Maude http://www.mauderestaurant.com

The food is good.

Memory of what is now a restaurant ghost from Pasadena CA

I wish you the best of luck. Do you have any idea what type of chinese it was?

Nov 18, 2014
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OC Chinese Update

Twenty eight should be really interesting. IIRC she did a pop up at playground 2.0 but it was super expensive...

Nov 17, 2014
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Barrel & Ashes, meat porn folder:

whats the uber hit?

Nov 16, 2014
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2014 LA meal of the year. Where was it? What was it?

chicken maison is definitely worth a stop. they close too early though :(

Nov 16, 2014
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Maude: Truffles

The op seems quite content with their dinner. I see no need to suggest the price wasn't worth it.

Nov 14, 2014
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2014 LA meal of the year. Where was it? What was it?

10,000 points!?!?!? You must hit up a lot of 1000 point tables!

Nov 13, 2014
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2014 LA meal of the year. Where was it? What was it?

Quite jealous that you scored a table for this one...

Nov 13, 2014
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2014 LA meal of the year. Where was it? What was it?

Simple as that. I'll start. My LA meal of the year was the Maude corn menu.

Followed closely by my most recent meal at Taco Maria. Campechana, Beef heart tartare, squid taco, white bean stew, pozole.

Nov 13, 2014
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Barrel & Ashes, meat porn folder:

way better imho

Nov 12, 2014
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First time at Coni Seafood, select items for a group of 4? Paging WSG

marlin tacos times 5

Nov 12, 2014
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Barrel & Ashes, meat porn folder:

2.5 sandwiches I'd say. So good.

Nov 10, 2014
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A not very extensive report on Barrel and Ashes.

I checked out Barrel & Ashes the opening night, which is Timothy Hollingsworth's new barbecue spot in Studio City.

The spot itself is not that big. We ended up at a communal table even though we had a reservation which is always kinda annoying. Bad acoustics. It was pretty loud. There is a big open kitchen with a massive wood-burning grill that reminded me of a pizza oven that you'd see at Settebello or the like. There are a few bar seats in front of the open kitchen, and then there is a separate bar elsewhere.

Anyways, as far as food goes, I think they have the best fried chicken sandwich in the city. The only thing is it is an appetizer chicken sandwich so it's pretty small. Pimento cheese, fried chicken, and a jalapeño slaw. Very moist chicken, skin super crispy, nice little punch from the jalapeños. Much better to my tastes than the one at Plan Check or Son of a Gun which seem to be some of the other contenders.

We had the miner's potatoes as a side. Basically just an entire potato chopped up then fried. Sprinkled with some rosemary. Not bad but nothing special.

Then we got a half pound of the pulled pork. I'm no expert on barbecue, but this was really damn good. A bit vinegary and a touch spicy, it was served in a bowl. For the most part, the pork was really moist, especially the bites at the bottom of the bowl that soaked in the juices. Unfortunately, I can't compare it to much. Way better than the bbq place at GCM.

Unfortunately, and the reason this report only has three dishes featured is because they ran out of everything. No brisket, no ribs, no banana pudding. But i talked to the waitress and she said they will work hard to ensure they don't run out of items often. Basically they don't wanna be the type of BBQ place that closes early because it runs out of meat.

Oh ya and Julian Cox is onboard with the cocktail program so those were delicious.

So check this place out. Timothy Hollingsworth has a barbecue restaurant. That alone should be incentive enough. Curious to hear reports from BBQ experts though!

Banana Pudding?

So Barrel and Ashes has a rendition of banana pudding, sold out last night but if it's as good as their meat, it'd be damn good.

Nov 08, 2014
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Settebello Newport

Glad you liked it. I frequent this place...I go maybe once a week and think it makes the best pizza in SoCal.

Some days it is more crowded than others but I'm always able to snag a table which makes me a little sad. I really hope they fill up more.

Nov 06, 2014
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Faith & Flower - anyone been yet?

Ya I'm sure I ordered "wrong" if you will. The rest of the food simply cannot be as bad as what I had. (I'm not being sarcastic.) I also went right as the kitchen was closing so maybe that somehow contributed.

Regardless, I won't be back.

Nov 04, 2014
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Pear Tasting Menu at Maude (October, 2014): A Pictorial Essay

I can't believe you got in off the wait list. Looks outstanding. Glad you enjoyed, and thanks for the report! Interestingly enough, the pasta I had for my corn menu was truly sensational. Perhaps the best item on the menu.

One question... was there enough food? I could have used an extra course or two.

Nov 03, 2014
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Faith & Flower - anyone been yet?

Honestly they looked really good but I couldn't bring myself to give them more money for food.

Nov 03, 2014
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Faith & Flower - anyone been yet?

I just wanted to report that I went here the other night and the food and service was truly terrible. We ordered six dishes and only one of them was decent--a kanpachi ceviche no different than the other thirty places offering kanpachi ceviches. But the ensuing dishes were horrendous.

Shrimp and grits did not work--served over a strong sourdough that dominated the dish.
Duck liver mousse tarts-- the liver was fine, the tart was stale bread.
Oxtail agnolotti was some strange mix of Asian and Italian. The sauce was molasses like and way too sweet.

Thick cut wheat noodles were not offensive. This was a dish that I'm sure can be found in tons of SGV places, but here, the tastes were dumbed down for a western palate. That seems to be a nice theme of the restaurant. They serve food that non adventurous eaters would find very adventurous.

And finally we have the carnitas pizza. First off, it's more of a flatbread than a pizza. It was like some CPK special, but at least CPK has some consistency. The Faith and Flower monstrosity was all creme fraiche and dry pork.

Ugh, curious what other people think of this place, but it was seriously my most disappointing meal in LA in six months or so.

On a side note, their cocktails are really good.

Nov 03, 2014
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North Korean Food

http://roadsandkingdoms.com/2013/dini...

An interesting article on North Korea food. Thought it doesn't answer many of your questions .

Nov 03, 2014
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Where to "wow" a visitor with "do NOT miss this place" recommendations

Cheers for the report. Really appreciated!

Nov 01, 2014
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Anniversary dinner OC or LA

To be fair you shoulda gone to Taco Maria!!! But glad you enjoyed!

Nov 01, 2014
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Guerilla Tacos, it's already been said and yet… (a little long)

Still trying to make it here. Darn you Chef Avila for not working nights :(

its quite difficult coming up from OC

Nov 01, 2014
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Food better at GCM or at Ferry Building? [moved from LA 1st Timer thread]

Hog Island Oysters is the one place at the Ferry Building that I really envy. Otherwise, I'd much rather have Belcampo and Wexlers and Eggslut than anything over there.

Food better at GCM or at Ferry Building? [moved from LA 1st Timer thread]

Lololol I'm so confused I did not start this thread!

Oct 29, 2014
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Food better at GCM or at Ferry Building? [moved from LA 1st Timer thread]

[Note: this thread was moved from the discussion at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/993615 ]

The food at GCM is better than the Ferry Building...

Oct 28, 2014
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Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Great review. Sounds like I'll have to get back soon. Sounds like they are really changing up the entrees often!

Oct 26, 2014
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