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Chi Spacca - Favorite

Thor, nice! :> so were you able to finish the tomahawk chop by yourself? Enough food? :>

about 5 hours ago
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

Orleans and York: Now with a second location in Inglewood

fantastic rec Dommy! it was a great weekend where we made it over to this new branch and tried that Catfish Po Boy you recommended. delish! :> lovely. thanx for the rec.

Apr 09, 2014
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area
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Shiki in Beverly Hills. Who's going to be the first to check it out?

i was originally excited hearing about this restaurant, but then i found out it's the chef from Asanebo. :< (which was overpriced and had too many misses but some good hits also.)

i'll be sitting this one out until more reports come in (and look past the "starry eyed" / bragging reviews).

Apr 08, 2014
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

Best fried chicken restaurants or take out

hey TonyC, Novelli, foufou,

how do your recs (C&W, Carolyn's, Bertha's, Mama Joan's etc.) compare with Flossie's?

thanx! :>

Apr 03, 2014
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

Best fried chicken restaurants or take out

"I know I'm in the minority but I did not care for Plan Check's fried chicken, either in sandwich or solo."

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same for me TheOffalo. i found my Plan Check (Fairfax) fried chicken super salty and nearly inedible. And it just wasn't anywhere near as good as Flossie's.

Apr 02, 2014
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

PLAN CHECK CHICKEN SANDWICH - The Best

we finally got a chance to try out Plan Check over the weekend.

i'd agree with dave and The offalo amongst others:

At the Fairfax location, the Southern Fried Chicken was *super* SALTY. :< It was nearly inedible.

It was juicy as people said, but extremely salty.

the PCB (Plan Check Burger) was juicy, cooked to medium-rare (good), but it was a touch too salty as well, but much better than the salt bomb that was the Plan Check Fried Chicken. :<

maybe the chef on duty when we went loves the salt or something, but we were very disappointed.

Mar 18, 2014
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

BURGERS!

thanx for the report. i think what i found most appealing about the Golden State Burger isn't that it was supposed to be some "revelatory" / completely new flavor combination that no one's ever thought of before, but rather they execute on a burger with all the little bits that make it something i dig. :>

so i think some peeps in a chow thread on burgers said this already but i agree w/ them: the GS Burger uses USDA Prime, there's a good "beefiness" to it, the bun is wonderful, it's always been juicy medium rare and they nail that, and the applewood smoked bacon is crisp.

i just find it really great in that "common" flavor spectrum that we've seen in other burger joints; but they do their's better imho.

what's interesting jess, is that in your 3 examples, i actually really hate the #1 category a lot. i grew up on it, but i just don't like that "classic" iceburg lettuce, tomato, ketchup / 1000 island dressing on my burgers any more. same for most of my friends.

Mar 15, 2014
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area
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LA Weekly's 99 essential restaurants released today...what did they miss?

as we can see from the 100+ replies on this thread, LA Weekly did their job: Trolled / baited people into visiting their page for page counts and talk about LA Weekly again and again. sigh.

Mar 08, 2014
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area
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TonyC's Best XLB Restaurants Not Named Din Tai Fung

thanx for the list Porthos. :> i definitely love their pan fried buns as well.

the Macau Egg Tart though, was only "good" for our group, not great. they were lukewarm, but generally tasted good. this was in comparison to many experiences eating Macau Egg Tarts when i got taken by my friends to the SGV a few years ago to this one HK cafe on Garvey that made their Tarts fresh, and periodically even at night. and to Elite's version years ago (nowadays not so good).

Feb 23, 2014
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

Aburiya Toranoko was one of the worst dining experiences i had last year. awful food, awful place.

Feb 15, 2014
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza in LA?

kevin, what did you think of Union Pizza compared to Hollywood Pies for Chicago-style? thanx.

Feb 09, 2014
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

800 Degrees coming to Santa Monica

BTW, i wonder what happened to the Pasadena 800 Degrees plans? i read about here in Ch a while ago.

Feb 08, 2014
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

Mole Tater Tots @ Amor Y Tacos

hi ipse, this sounds great! :>

and please do share more about the 562. thnx! :>

Feb 02, 2014
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen - The WLA Broth War Thickens

i used to like Shin Sen Gumi years ago, but their ramen has been consistently mediocre for all of my friends and i for too long. this is at their og South Bay branch and in Fountain Valley and the SGV.

their chashu is the worst offender of the offering, tasting really... not good. i think some CHers mentioned it in older threads tasting like it was sitting in the fridge for days (premade) and i'd have to agree.

i hope the sawtelle branch is different, but i'm in no hurry to bother.

Feb 01, 2014
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (February 2014) - Voting

RICE DISHES

Jan 26, 2014
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

FRIED FOODS - LA Dish of the Month (January 2014)

just had cha gio (Vietnamese fried egg rolls) at Golden Deli. i heard about them opening up a branch in Temple City and we happened to be in the area so we stopped in.

it's a cleaner place, but smaller, and the fried egg rolls were really salty. :< definitely not as good as the original location's.

Jan 06, 2014
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

FRIED FOODS - LA Dish of the Month (January 2014)

thanx for the report. bummer.

what's weird is that when we had Ludo bites truck fried chicken a couple months ago, it was the opposite of your experience: super salty. :<

Jan 06, 2014
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

FRIED FOODS - LA Dish of the Month (January 2014)

Thanks Xan.

how fresh would you say the uni was? i'm really sensitive to the overly fishy / brininess of uni when it's not the freshest.

Jan 06, 2014
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

Awesome Chinese food in LA Area next week - Help me choose

awesome! thanx Tony! :>

can't wait to try the Hunan noodles then. :>

for FN1 yah we figured it just happens; luckily the chive pockets you recommended were so good that it more than made up for the raw meat mistake. now i'm craving those chive pockets again! :>

Dec 24, 2013
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

Awesome Chinese food in LA Area next week - Help me choose

Arcadia

Dec 23, 2013
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

Edomae-Style Sushi Revelations in Downtown L.A.: Q by Chef Hiroyuki Naruke Debuts [LONG review with PHOTOS]

thanks Sgee for the report. and your total is before tip, right?

if it is, then it's more like $250 / person.

Dec 23, 2013
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

Awesome Chinese food in LA Area next week - Help me choose

fantastic post tony! :>

cant wait to try these places on my next trip to the sgv. i did get a chance to try fortune no.1 and loved the chive pockets (great recommendation!). the Tianjin bao... would've been delicious except they served it to us raw. :< (clearly undercooked with completely raw ground pork inside... unfortunate and gross.) when we signaled the waitress over, she glanced down at the raw pork, looked pissed / upset, did a "[Tchh!]" noise (no apologies), and took the plate back.

it arrived back 10 minutes later recooked (w/ the partially eaten baos not replaced). at that point, they tasted fine.

love Chengdu Taste, thanks for that rec! :>

for NoodleS King, are their other noodles just as good? or just this Hunan Noodle dish you're talking about?

thanx!

Dec 23, 2013
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

Awesome Chinese food in LA Area next week - Help me choose

imo, Sinbala has been going downhill for a while. we tried their pork chop rice and chicken leg rice and a few other dishes last month and 2 months before, and it tastes heavier, more oily, total msg overload and super salty. we were disappointed. :<

ymmv of course.

Dec 23, 2013
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

Canadian Study - Lead in Black Tea - Organic Sources?

thanks for the warning.

i've tried and bought the "Kirkland" brand Green Tea from Costco, which is actually Costco hiring Maeda-en (very famous Japanese tea producer) to make the product for them (Maeda-en's logo is on the package). Made in Japan, and a pretty delicious, delicate Green Tea (w/ Matcha in it(!)).

Dec 08, 2013
chowseeker1999 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

South African restaurant: where can I find one?

i also got a virus warning when i tried to access the site.

Dec 08, 2013
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

Hole in The Wall Fish & Chips

yah barry. i asked the owner myself and he mentioned that Cod was too expensive so he went with Vietnamese Swai.

Dec 07, 2013
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

Hole in The Wall Fish & Chips

the only thing that puts me off about Hot Red's version of Fish & Chips is that they use Swai fish from Vietnam. while it is rather flaky and remains moist, it had a slightly different taste than what i'm used to for traditional F&C.

it just didn't taste that ideal for me. YMMV.

Dec 07, 2013
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area

Parts and Labour Burger - Queen/Spadina area

hi davwud,

thanks for the reply. interesting.

For sure most places in the U.S. just cook the burger to Medium-Well or Well-Done, but I was referring in my original post to the top notch burger joints (that grind their own meats, or source it from some local butchers fresh daily). in that context, "yes" they always cook to order and customer's preference and usually serve them Medium-Rare.

Parts and Labour sounds like a burger specialist and prides itself on burger making so i was surprised to hear the previous comment is all. just curious. :> thanks!

Dec 06, 2013
chowseeker1999 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Parts and Labour Burger - Queen/Spadina area

"Noticed the burger was still a little pink which was appreciated while having a good crust."

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Is it uncommon in Canada to have Burgers that are actually Medium Rare?

i ask because the best burger joints i've been to around the U.S. serve great quality beef (e.g., USDA Prime Dry-Aged or Wet-Aged) and the standard is usually Medium-Rare.

thanks!

Dec 05, 2013
chowseeker1999 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Late Autumn Crab-Fest at Shunji Japanese Cuisine: A Pictorial Essay

the matsutake i had at Shunji's a few weeks ago were from NW, and it was pretty blah. mediocre matsutake dobinmushi.

Dec 01, 2013
chowseeker1999 in Los Angeles Area