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where to stop on the way from LAX to Carlsbad

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

about 9 hours ago
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.

about 9 hours ago
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.

about 17 hours ago
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

What am I missing?

Glad you enjoyed!!

Feb 04, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Excellent Peruvian food in L.A.?

But have you tried Picca yet? I just think you're comparing apples to oranges. Andina looks super progressive, and being an OC resident myself, I know there is no progressive Peruvian in OC.

It'd be like comparing Taco Maria to some random spot in Santa Ana.

Feb 03, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Excellent Peruvian food in L.A.?

Which places have you been to down here that do not compare to Andina?

Feb 03, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

10 year anniversary - OC

Taco Maria is well worth it. 59 dollar tasting menu though so may be more than you want to spend after wine, etc. In Costa Mesa

Feb 03, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

What am I missing?

As mentioned, it is a shame how little Mexican you've tried. Try to get to Guerrilla Tacos, Guisados, or Guelaguetza. In my opinion, the best Mexican right now is at Taco Maria in Costa Mesa but that is more of a trek obviously.

Maybe try Alma? Or one of the more traditional Thai spots in town? Sapp Coffee House?

Feb 03, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area
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Best Atole in LA?

So I just had a banana atole that was one of the best drinks I've ever had at Taco Maria. My question is simple: who else does good fruit-based atoles in LA?

Also, anybody tried making these at home? Difficult?

Jan 31, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Best high end restaurants in and around Lyon?

Anybody been to Takao Takano recently? Been hearing good things about it and was looking to check it out.

Jan 30, 2015
set0312 in France

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

Thank you very much for the help. I'm beyond excited for these meals. Regarding Bardon, would it be ok to make a lunch reservation a day or two before, or should I call in advance?

P.S. allende, I've wasted a good hour going through your posting history. So much great information! Thanks for all your contributions.

Jan 30, 2015
set0312 in Italy

L.A. Dish of the Month, February 2015 -- Voting

FOIE GRAS

Jan 29, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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

Alright I have one more question. Would it be a mistake to do Il Centro for lunch and da Bordon for dinner? That works out a bit better for me logistics wise, but I care more about food than logistics!

Jan 29, 2015
set0312 in Italy

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

Thanks so much for your input! Now I just need to ask my Italian friend to help me interpret the website.

Jan 29, 2015
set0312 in Italy