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

PATE

Jul 19, 2014
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Sherman Oaks dining 'renaissance' - will it draw Angelenos?

dress code at Local Peasant? That is not a thing I have experienced.

Jul 16, 2014
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Sherman Oaks dining 'renaissance' - will it draw Angelenos?

That 405 is just tough. Laurel Tavern overcomes, though that's a little further afield. Definitely enough people in Sherman Oaks/Encino/Van Nuys/Studio City area to support good food even without westsiders, though.

Jul 10, 2014
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Best food trucks

Beyond those already named here, El Flamin Taco when it has a trompa

Jul 02, 2014
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Midseason Checkup -- most memorable dish of the first half of 2014?

Carnitas el Momo's migajas.

Jul 02, 2014
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Nice restaurant in LA for thursday date night

Tsujita has started doing ramen and tsukemen at dinner, so that might be worth a look if you're not too worried about eating noodle soup on the date.

Jul 01, 2014
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Nice restaurant in LA for thursday date night

I'm a big fan of Plan Check, specifically the chicken sandwich (spicy or no) and the kale caesar.

Jul 01, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2014 -- Voting

FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Jun 27, 2014
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Malibu in the Mornings

A little out into the canyons, but brunch at Saddle Peak Lodge could be the best I've ever had in Southern California. Certainly the best baked goods.

Jun 27, 2014
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Van Nuys lunch

Not far from Pho So 1 and Pho 999, just north of Victory and Sepulveda.

Jun 18, 2014
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Italian in the Valley

Jun 18, 2014
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First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

Blueberry munchkins and a coffee sounds like more than a few college mornings to me

Jun 11, 2014
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First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

Huh. if I'm not mistaken that's like across the street from one of the few Krispy Kremes left in the area.

Jun 11, 2014
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Bootleg Theatre, Los Angeles

I'd add Mohawk Bend (though I've always been impressed with Bootleg's beer selection).

Unfortunately I think the trompa at El Flamin Taco is no longer there but that used to be my go-to.

Jun 06, 2014
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The Pastrami List 2014

I've had it plenty of times and it is absolutely fantastic (though very much a completely different experience from a deli pastrami--much smokier and fattier).

Jun 02, 2014
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Hidden gem south of the border restaurant

Went for lunch the other day. You really can't miss it; there are huge plumes of delicious smelling smoke billowing from their outdoor grill at all times. Once indoors, there are actually two different counters, one where you order things from the grill and special drinks and one where you order sandwiches/stews/everything else not grilled. It really does give the idea of pan-latin american cuisine--there are pictures from countries all over central and south america (along with a curious picture of Uganda). We had the chicken sandwich and the cuban, as well as a side of tostones (wanted to get an order of papas rellenas but they were out). I'd say the winner was the chicken sandwich--the meat was clearly freshly grilled and had that great charred flavor. The Cuban was perfectly tasty. I thought the tostones were a wee bit overdone, though they went well with the tomatillo salsa that came with everything.

If I go back, I'm definitely trying something from the grill.

May 28, 2014
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HAPPY HOUR SPOT NEAR SKIRBALL CENTER FOR 40

Mulholland to Ventura is literally one exit, so probably not more than 20-25 minutes that way and it's a reverse commute leaving the valley. I'm a big fan of Blue Dog and think it is VASTLY superior to everything in Westwood and most in West LA, especially if you get happy hour pricing. It won't be a private area, but with 40 people you'll be the dominant group for sure.

If the westside is a must, the triumvirate of Q's/Bruhaus/Cabo Cantina are all enormous and could easily take in 40 people, though you have to deal with Wilshire in rush hour and they are much frattier in vibe. There is also Bar Food, which is a little more relaxed (and has free hot dogs!), or Barney's Beanery in Westwood, which is similar to Q's and I believe has an upstairs that can be rented out.

May 28, 2014
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Hidden gem south of the border restaurant

I believe I will use this third post on it as a sign to finally get my butt over there.

May 25, 2014
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"Chef" The Film & It's Food

I thought it was pretty straighforward that hero is heroic because he overcame the inertia of his safe job that was keeping him from both fulfilling his potential and having a family life to reinvent himself and live a more satisfying life. It wasn't an all-timer, but I thought it was a cute movie that would be especially good for a date (especially if you have dinner lined up after!).

Plus I feel like it's a no-brainer that it would be popular on this board--from the Red Medicine style freakout at the food critic to the nighttime shots of Abbot Kinney, if this movie was made for anybody it was made for the Chowhound LA board.. Probably over half of the posts are dedicated to restaurants that do a few things really really well but didn't invent them. Mariscos Jalisco didn't invent the fried shrimp taco, Krua Thai didn't invent Pad Thai, and Bludso's didn't invent barbecue--they all just make really delicious food like the Jefe character does.

May 25, 2014
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Los Angeles Dish of the Month, May 2014, Voting

SPRING PRODUCE

Apr 28, 2014
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Biggest and best in the Valley

I believe Smoke City Market has had an "Are You Texas Enough" challenge in the past about eating an ungodly amount of barbecue. Can't find anything about it on their website now.

http://smokecitymarket.com/

Apr 25, 2014
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Creme Caramel - Van Nuys: Easter Sunday

Haven't gone to any yet, but they now have a food truck parked there every Friday evening in case anybody feels like taking up precious stomach space with non-dessert.

Apr 22, 2014
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need help for 2 nights in Laguna Beach

No help for dinner, but for a great breakfast of cafe au lait and french pastries you can't go wrong at Jean Paul's Goodies

Apr 14, 2014
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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

It's been a while since I've been, but Belwood Bakery in Studio City used to have great ones

Apr 14, 2014
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Dessert at Panzanella

Yes

Apr 11, 2014
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Dessert at Panzanella

Had dinner tonight during which the appetizers and entrees were varying levels of solid to awesome, but WOW ordered this brown butter tort and it was the best dessert I've had in months! Don't remember the exact name and it's not showing up on the website's menu, but it was just the perfect amount of sweet crumbly goodness. Highly recommend.

Apr 10, 2014
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Carnitas el Momo

Had them for the first time at Taco Madness at grand park today. The mixed (forget the actual name for them) carnitas tacos was absolutely incredible. Enormous copper vat out back stirred by somethign the size of an oar. Fantastic flavors and texture. I will be back.

https://www.facebook.com/carnitaselmo...

Apr 05, 2014
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ROC, finally went....

Just went for the first time this past weekend. I actually really enjoyed it. We had the XLB (just ok), 3 cup chicken (fantastic), string beans (probably my favorite string beans of all time), scallion pancake (pretty solid; not the best I've ever had but still tasty), pan fried dumplings (good), and dungeness crab fried rice with brown rice (tasty). Service was friendly and fast.

Mar 19, 2014
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Pantages tomorrow night

Big fan of Blue Palms Brewhouse, a 3 minute walk away

Mar 15, 2014
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Dining Options while on college visit

When driving to Redlands, stop at Donut Man in Glendora. Strawberry donuts are in season.

Mar 10, 2014
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