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Restaurants open Dec 25?

Pretty sure open table has a list of spots open on christmas....

about 19 hours ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

2014 Top Ten Tastes

Cool idea. I will also impose a one item per restaurant limit, though I could easily do a ten dish list just from Maude and Taco Maria

Taco Maria-- Dungeness Crab Porridge
Chichen Itza-- Octopus in Its Ink
Isaan Station-- Grilled Chicken
Maude-- Mexican Street Food Bites (Corn Menu)
Bucato-- Cacio e Pepe
Coni Seafood-- Smoked Marlin Tacos
Playground-- Carne Apache Tacos
Petit Trois-- Bread and Butter
Night + Market-- Larb Meatballs
Saint Martha-- Octopus with Koshihikari Rice

about 20 hours ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Starry Kitchen wants you to save their balls, or else they're closing up end of January 2015 (RESTAURANT RAPTURPOCALYPSE 2014/2015 CONTINUES!)

Even as someone who is younger than them, I think the whole vibe is a bit obnoxious and silly. With that being said, they've had this attitude/approach since day one, so I don't think now is the time to change anything.

I'll miss their food.

2 days ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Starry Kitchen wants you to save their balls, or else they're closing up end of January 2015 (RESTAURANT RAPTURPOCALYPSE 2014/2015 CONTINUES!)

ugh this one hurts.

Dec 19, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Butchers & Barbers-- Anybody been?

Is it worth checking out? I can't even find a menu online.

Dec 19, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

The Closures Continue... Mo-Chica Closing This Weekend

Forgot about Rivera. I really liked that place. I appreciated Red Medicine but can't say the food was ever my favorite.

Dec 19, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

The Closures Continue... Mo-Chica Closing This Weekend

Aside from Hatfields, are there any closures we actually care about that have happened?

Dec 18, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Recs for OC Performing Arts Center / Costa Mesa?

You most likely will.

Dec 17, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Taco Maria 7-course NYE dinner

Just wanted to let you know Taco Maria is having a 7 course New Year's Eve dinner. Two dining times: 6 and 8 if i remember correctly.

And there will be dessert!

Not sure on price yet, though I was assured food would be under 100. Also there will be a more premium wine pairing than normal.

Recs for OC Performing Arts Center / Costa Mesa?

Din Tai Fung is good but I'm guessing that around Christmas, south coast will be ludicrously packed. I tried to go for lunch the other day and the wait was thirty minutes minimum.

Plus the food there isn't as good as Taco Maria anyways ;)

Dec 16, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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

Haha I snuck it into the USC basketball game. Glad I'm not the only one doing it!

Recs for OC Performing Arts Center / Costa Mesa?

Taco Maria. 100 percent.

Dec 15, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Dish of the Month, December 2014 -- TAMALES

Had the tamal horneado from Chichen Itza. It is baked to a nice crunch and can almost be eaten like a burrito. Filled with lots of tomato, egg, and chicken, served with a tomato-based red sauce with almost no spice. Really good, but a bit different. Definitely not what I've come to expect from a tamale.

Newport Beach in January

if u don't cook go to taco maria.

Dec 11, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Suckling pig?

my goodness that looks delicious

Dec 11, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Is Sotto still great....I'm hearing pretty mixed comments?

If the op only wants pizza and does not care about other dishes aside from a few charcuterie plates, I suggest they go to Settebello because I think the pizza at Settebello is determinedly better than Sottos due to the fact that Settebello specializes in Neapolitan pizza and uses VPN ingredients.

If the op wants a pizza to be part of the meal, than Sotto is not a bad choice, but I'd still choose Bestia. But yeah, I don't think Sotto will disappoint unless you have the service I did last time. Then it will take you forty-five minutes for bread to come out.

Ugh but I still have a difficult time recommending somebody go to Sotto if they're looking for good pizza. To each their own I guess.

Dec 05, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Is Sotto still great....I'm hearing pretty mixed comments?

The great pizza is at Settebello. Seriously. Best pizza in LA by a mile. Bestia's pizza imo is better than Sotto's fwiw.

Dec 04, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Is Sotto still great....I'm hearing pretty mixed comments?

I think their pizza is no longer considered very good given the new influx of competitors. Sounds like you are a regular there so perhaps the service they give you is preferential.

I had literally the worst waitress I've ever had in Los Angeles last time I was there, so perhaps that is marring my memory of the food.

Dec 04, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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

Damn man have you been going like once a week? Awesome pics as always.

Dec 04, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Taco Maria, a la Carte. What to order?

I also vote you should try an aguachile if they have one.

Dec 02, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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

This doesn't really count because I had it on the 29th, but I quite enjoy the tamale at Taco Maria. Squash. Pistachio. A wonderful lime honey. Queso Fresco.

Taco Maria - Wine Pairing?

That would have been awesome.

Nov 30, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Truffle Dinner at Taco Maria

Were they turned away or not into the tasting menu? I do hope you're right though.

Nov 30, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Truffle Dinner at Taco Maria

Made it over to TM last night. Dungeness crab arroz is as good as advertised. As always, it was more empty than I hoped it would be. Get here people. It's the best food in Orange County by a mile and competes with anything in LA.

P.S. the posole is coming back next week according to our waiter.

Nov 30, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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

TAMALES

Nov 26, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Los Angeles for "Best of 2014"

I agree with you. Those are my top two meals of the year in LA as well.

Nov 26, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Los Angeles for "Best of 2014"

The rest of the boards disagree with you. What ingredient did you go for?

Nov 26, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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

I'd be really up for TAMALES

Nov 25, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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

BURGERS

Nov 24, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Truffle Dinner at Taco Maria

Already had the posole. Really I think I was there about three weeks ago. My second best meal of the year behind Maude.

Nov 24, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area