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What's the most unique and upscale Iranian/Persian food in LA?

On a side note, is there a difference between Attari Sandwich and Attari Grill? Same or different menu and price range?

Jun 27, 2015
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Ramadan Iftar

So it looks like the best options are in Anaheim, with Olive Tree being the most popular and highly rated.

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforki...

Biriyani House offers Saudi Biryani for their iftar, and they also extended hours as JL mentioned.

There may also be a buffet at Kebab Grill in Palms/Venice from what I saw. Otherwise the Westside and LA is void of a restaurant that serves Ramadan buffet or Ramadan-oriented menu.

Jun 27, 2015
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Ramadan Iftar

Ramadan 2015 began last Thursday. I have heard about the great food served after people break the fast. Has anyone on Chowhound been to an Iftar? Where was it at (mosque or restaurant) and would you recommend it?

Jun 20, 2015
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PSA and FYI: JTYH has apparently lost a chef/cook

Any substitute in the SGV with similar type of noodles?

Jun 13, 2015
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Kowloon Hong Kong Cafe in Irvine

This should be one of the greatest failures of all time:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/kowloon-hong-...

Check out the photo of the baked pork chop rice, the price range, customer reports that you can only get iced milk tea there. There is no hot milk tea available (unless it's microwaved), and it tastes like boba milk tea.

Any guess how long this kind of place would last? And how anyone can open a HK-style business and use simplified Chinese?

Jun 13, 2015
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Top Leaf (Westwood)

Based on their top 3 breakfast specialties and late night grilled meat skewers, looks more northern Chinese than Taiwanese.

May 23, 2015
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Chowhound's Impression of Popular Food Critics

What is Chowhound's impression of food critics such as Jonathan Gold and 626 Foodettes (Clarissa Wei/Kristie Hang)? Would you rely on them to make a decision on where to eat?

May 16, 2015
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Orange county bizarre foods

Ngoc Thuy in Garden Grove comes to mind, tons of local Vietnamese food to eat while drinking.

Midan Al Tahrir in Anaheim has a menu full of elegant prepared Egyptian rice. You can dine while sitting on the floor, Arabic style.

Apr 25, 2015
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Vietnamese food in Little Saigon vs. SGV

That is a good point Andy.

I am looking for places in SGV that could be comparable to Little Saigon-standards for the following dishes, so I don't have to drive down. I understand many of the places in SGV don't specialize in these dishes, but hoping there might be a hole in the wall I haven't discovered yet...

Bun bo hue (tried at Pho Pasteur and Nha Trang):
Ngu Binh
Huong Giang

Mi quang (tried at a food court in Rosemead, hard to find):
Huong Vy

Banh cuon (tried at Hai Nam Saigon in Alhambra):
Pho Tau Bay

Ca Nuong (tried at Thien An Bo 7 Mon in Rosemead):
Favori

Bun dau mam tom (tried at Pho Ngoon in San Gabriel):
Pho Co HaNoi
Quan Moc

Apr 15, 2015
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Vietnamese food in Little Saigon vs. SGV

Thank you for the great insight, you are all definitely right that there is some Chinese and French-influence in Vietnamese cooking.

As Ray mentioned, most of the SGV Vietnamese restaurants serve Saigon-style food. Can someone explain why food from the south is more commonly found than from any other region in Vietnam?

We all seem to agree that the variety of Vietnamese food is much wider in Little Saigon, where there is more distinct "local flavour". Just a thought - is the SGV Vietnamese crowd satisfied with the limitations of what they can eat at local powerhouses (Golden Deli, Nha Trang, Pho Pasteur, Summer Roll, Com Tam Thuan Kieu, etc.)? Or are they secretly wishing some of the successful restaurants in Garden Grove would open another branch in Rosemead?

I wonder if the overall food scene/restaurant vision/local demand is different between SGV vs. Little Saigon? Many of the new Vietnamese restaurants in SGV appear to go back to repetitive and basic Saigon menus, while the hottest restaurants right now in Little Saigon seem to serve food that is much more sophisticated and trendy (Vietnamese fusion at Garlic & Chives, quan nhau style at Ngoc Thuy, Oc and Lau, Pho Co HaNoi). There seems to be no effort to introduce this type of food in Rosemead or El Monte.

I personally think San Gabriel Valley could use a place like Garlic and Chives. They offer a deep menu from all regions of Vietnam, and the food is cooked with some Western influences. The food just seems more interesting than the basic stuff at generic pho restaurants. In my opinion, it would be a hit to the younger and older generation alike.

Apr 15, 2015
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Vietnamese food in Little Saigon vs. SGV

After eating at several restaurants in the Little Saigon area, I have to say the SGV Vietnamese food scene (Rosemead, El Monte, San Gabriel) really sucks.

The Vietnamese food in the 626 seems to be heavily Chinese-influenced, and the quality of ingredients is not very good. Moreover, the variety of food is very generic. Many of the places serve pho, banh xeo, banh mi, goi cuon, com tam, etc... but when it comes to specialty regional dishes, can any kitchen in the SGV actually produce a decent bowl of bun bo hue, banh da cua, bun dau mam tom, bun cha, or banh cuon? I haven't seen any yet.

Does anyone agree that there is a huge dropoff from Westminster/GG/FV/Santa Ana?

Apr 14, 2015
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SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

I passed by today (Tuesday) and took a photograph of the interior. As KK mentioned, the bakery is still under construction. There was one worker installing the floor tiles. At the pace he was working, the Arcadia branch will not be opening this week as promised.

On the side of the right building, I observed mini shopping carts. Are these available at the RH location? It makes no sense to have people roll these carts around such a small bakery.

While I was observing, a ERS company car rolled by and unloaded equipment. This confirms the security company has connections to Duke Bakery.

Apr 14, 2015
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Tax on the Purchase of Coffee Bean Bag

I purchased a 12oz bag of coffee beans from Portola Coffee Lab. I didn't realize that they charged me tax until I got home.

Any tax experts out there? Is a bag of coffee beans (not used or consumed at the shop) taxable? The beans are roasted so I wonder if that has anything to do with the tax complications.

Mar 21, 2015
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Khao Soi at Noodle Tramp (Santa Ana)

Wagyu is an option in their khao soi because it is also served in the hamburgers at another shop in the same food court. I assume they source it at a discounted rate.

The name wagyu might impress some of the OC crowd but there's no way I would pay $14 for it to be added into khao soi. The only thing that the wagyu brisket offers is soft texture, the taste gets completely obscured by the rich broth. I think they're better off giving the chicken they use to make the broth.

I think this shop is aiming to become the Pok Pok of Orange County...they're selling chicken wings just like Pok Pok

Mar 16, 2015
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Khao Soi at Noodle Tramp (Santa Ana)

It's not truly a vegetarian option, more like a khao soi accompanied with vegetables rather than beef or chicken. They add raw bean sprouts, broccoli, carrots, etc. The shop doesn't do a good job in explaining that the broth contains chicken.

I have to agree with js76 about the bowl's small circumference being a problem. It's hard to reach the noodles which are clumped at the bottom especially since there's too many garnishes floating on top.

I came back for a second visit (after having the khao poon at Vientiane which is purely coconut milk broth) and it seems like the broth has been adjusted to be more spicy than sweet. Still no nam prik though.

Part of the problem with this noodle shop is that it's still driven by the demands of customer. The Santa Ana lunch crowd wants white meat on the menu for everything so Noodle Tramp served nam khao tod with chicken instead of fermented sausages

Mar 16, 2015
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Khao Soi at Noodle Tramp (Santa Ana)

The problem with Noodle Tramp's khao soi broth is that there's too much coconut milk used, too sweet. No homemade nam prik provided on the side for khao soi, no sour green mustard pickle (a lame red cabbage was substituted). I had a bowl when I went to their pre-grand opening event, hopefully it has improved by now.

I haven't had khao soi at Renu but will try it soon. Is the one at Lotus of Siam garbage?

Mar 02, 2015
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Cha Chaan Teng Recs in WSGV?

Younique food is a grease-bomb, avoid.

JJ has horrible food made for drunk people, some of their food is actually cooked by non-Chinese chefs

Henry's is decent, management has some connection to Tasty Garden.

I would suggest Seafood Village if you want traditional Guangdong food unless you are sticking to the Chinese-Western fusion fare.

Mar 01, 2015
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Khao Soi at Noodle Tramp (Santa Ana)

Has anyone had the khao soi at Noodle Tramp in Santa Ana? Any thoughts about it?

Noodle Tramp is a food stall inside the 4th Street Market, and has been drawing a lot of attention from media. Supposedly the owner has never been to Chiang Mai before but was inspired by the khao soi he had at Lotus of Siam in Vegas.

http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish...

I've had it once and want to see what people think about it.

Mar 01, 2015
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Where to find in SGV a bowl of brisket noodle soup like HK's Kau Kee?

Luscious Dumplings is the closest thin cut brisket to Hong Kong-style

Feb 22, 2015
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Indian buffet, but for dinner

Dosa Place (Tustin) and Turmeric Buffet (Artesia) have dinner buffets but they are both horrible. The food is just reheated for days...

Jan 17, 2015
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HK style desserts

HK Kitchen made excellent "ginger juice crash milk" but they closed 2 years ago.

Phoenix desserts are way too sweet compared to homestyle version, but it's the best in town for variety.

Tasty Garden does dish out the best egg waffle in LA but it costs a ridiculous $5.00 for one piece, and there isn't enough egg flavor.

Jan 17, 2015
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Singapore Leaf Gone Already?

Just received confirmation from insider sources - Henry's Cuisine will be open next week, they will serve Asian fusion (Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese, Sichuan, Cantonese). Chinese owned. Should be very interesting, will report after trying it out.

Jan 17, 2015
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Best Indian Food in Orange County

Rasoi Curry Pointe in Tustin is the best all-around Indian restaurant in the OC. They blend their own spices and don't use spice packets. The prices are also the lowest in town, it's a family owned shop. The owners are from Hyderabad

Jan 01, 2015
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Singapore Leaf Gone Already?

Insider sources tell me Henry's Cuisine will serve Cantonese food

Dec 24, 2014
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Tokyo Ramen - Monterey Park

If you eat there often, I can recommend a website that sells gift certificates for tokyo ramen $7 for $10. shipping is free if you order 4 or more. Send me a message if you're interested.

Mar 31, 2013
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Alhambra: D&F Seafood going into old Blue Ocean Seafood building

I think D&F used to be the name of the BBQ section next to Blue Ocean. Will D&F now serve dim sum?

Mar 31, 2013
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Tokyo Ramen - Monterey Park

How much is the lunch combo and what does it include?

Mar 31, 2013
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One day Toronto eating trip

Thank you everyone for the suggestions, they are well taken. I suddenly had a few cravings and if anyone can recommend a few places in the following categories, that would help my planning.

1. all you can eat sushi
2. hong kong style cafe
3. coffeeshop that roasts beans on-site
4. poutine

One day Toronto eating trip

afong56, thank you. i do enjoy cantonese food, particularly hk style cafes. king's noodle and house of gourmet are in the downtown area where i am staying and they look like ideal places to visit. however, i have heard the cantonese food in markham/scarborough is far superior to those in downtown TO. is there a remarkable difference in the quality/authenticity? if there is, i may consider taking the train out to those cities.

your ideas about slm and kensington are well taken, i will eat my way through those markets. excited about getting my mitts on a montreal bagel.

los angeles knows nothing about poutine so far. if i find them to be tasty, i may adopt the dish into one of our night markets.

One day Toronto eating trip

Any recommendations for dim sum or breakfast in Chinatown area?