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


Little Jewel

@ Chef Marcus:

i get the daily specials (which bring some fun / uniqueness to the week), but i hope you consider making some of your daily specials available on the weekend.

For those of us that can't make it there on a Monday, i'd love to try, say, your Red Beans & Rice one day. :<

or your Gumbo whenever you introduce that.

Dinner Omakase at Sushi Tsujita (A Photo Story)

Nice pix and review Offalo. thanx. :>

as much as i respect your feedback and thoughts, i wonder though, with the meal being free, it feels like it's not 100% unbiased.

Dinner Omakase at Mori Sushi: A Pictorial Essay

you can do it TheOffalo! :>

you go to Shunji enough times. just skip out a couple visits to Shunji and complete the sushi madness streak this week for all of us.

Dinner Omakase at Mori Sushi: A Pictorial Essay

hi JL,

boo! :> yah, thanx for the fun wild ride through most of the top LA sushi joints.

we can treat this like sports then: you still have your "home winning streak" alive when you come back from your vacation.

so hit up Urasawa after your vacation and you'll have kept your "home winning streak" alive. :>

either that, or we can have Offalo or Chrishei be your "pinch hitter" and finish off Urasawa this week for the streak.

De Sano Pizza Bakery

TonyC that looks amazing! can't wait to try it. thanx! :>

September 2014 L.A. Dish of the Month: Nominations


LOL, what? you want to take on a bigger challenge than JL's sushi binge last week? :>

Little Jewel

hi Sauce,

awesome! can't wait to try the homemade Andouille and Boudin Links they sell. let us know how that homemade Tasso is as well.

South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

realistically at those prices (i.e., not high enough to be truly something like alba white truffles or quality black truffles), their "truffle" XLB has a high chance of using that fake chinese truffle or they use miniscule amounts of whatever truffle they can get at cheap market prices.

Dinner Omakase at Mori Sushi: A Pictorial Essay


J.L. you're almost there! :> thanx for allowing me to live vicariously thru your pics. it looks amazing.

how would you rate it so far? (this epic week)

You've done:

Shunji -> Tsujita Sushi -> Kiriko -> Shunji -> Mori Sushi!

One last one:

Urasawa and you'll have capped off the "usual" Chowhound Week. :>

Everyone on these boards needs to visit all these places like you have each week, hah.

Where's Chrishei and Offalo's reports on these places this week? :>

South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

From a trusted hound, Porthos: " The food is pretty much identical to the Arcadia branch."


thanx Porthos! :> saves most of us a bunch of wasted time. i figured it should be inline with the other So Cal branches.

From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

+1 to Mr Taster.

i found Horse Thief to be bad to mediocre at best.

Mini-Dinner Omakase at Shunji Japanese Cuisine: A Pictorial Essay

i am still eagerly awaiting the surprise report from JL about visiting Mori and Urasawa this week to finish off the most epic run of sushi ever on these boards. :>

Dinner Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

awesome J.L.! Kegani? how was it? :> as always your pics make everything delish looking.

With a visit to Shunji, Sushi Tsujita, Kiriko in less than a week, you're almost there!

* Please finish the "run": Visit Mori and Urasawa this week.

Then you'll be the envy of all Hounds. Baller, eating at Shunji, Sushi Tsujita, Kiriko, Mori, Urasawa in 1 week. :>

JL JL JL! :>

Boston Lobster is the New Newport Seafood

thanx Xan. looks delish. :>

a few friends of mine just went also, and they confirmed what you said, that a bunch of the staff from Newport Seafood indeed did move over to Boston Lobster (some of the cooks and servers). they said it tasted "about the same as Newport."

so it's like Newport Seafood 2.0, lol.

Sushi Tsujita Creates Its Niche in Little Osaka [REVIEW with photos]

thanx J.L. great report! :>

wow, $250 per person. that prices me out of this place.

what were the highlights that made this $250 (over the standard $120 and higher set)? wagyu beef, scorpionfish?

at least i can live vicariously thru you.

final request, you and Offalo and chris should just visit Mori and Urasawa this week and just call it a day. that's easy for you ballers. :>

Sushi Tsujita opens today. How do you think it'll do, w/Kiriko, Mori, Shunji less than 2 miles away?

offalo, to answer your question, i'll just let you, chrishei and JL eat at this place and post your 30+ reports on the place (like you do with Shunji and any other Tsujita place) and we'll know if they're consistent and good or not. :>

not in a rush to blow 120 - 150.

Sushi Tsujita opens today. How do you think it'll do, w/Kiriko, Mori, Shunji less than 2 miles away?

+100 Dirty.

Totally agree. The interior looks HIDEOUS. :(

Just awful. It makes me want to skip this place based on that alone.

Teen-pleasing suggestions, please!

Yah good points. :>

Since it sounds like the OP is here on vacation (hence more free time / not limited by traditional work week considerations), i thought all of those suggestions were valid.

for example, i know i'd hit up Tsujita before the lunch frenzy if i didn't have to go into work that day. it's definitely possible to bypass usual issues.

Teen-pleasing suggestions, please!

For good food that isn't too "stuffy" (old), how about:

* Huckleberry Cafe

* Take her to 3rd Street Promenade (outdoor shopping area near Santa Monica Pier), and then eat at:

* Tar & Roses

A few exits further down the 10 freeway (still "West Side") near Santa Monica would be Little Osaka, a fun portion of Sawtelle, where you might consider:

* Tsujita - Some of the best Ramen Noodles in So Cal.

* Gottsui - For Okonomiyaki (sorta like "Japanese Savory Pancakes" with a variety of toppings).

* There's a Nijiya Market (for quirky Japanese snacks & drinks), Curry House, Giant Robot & Giant Robot 2 (odd, fun stores selling T-Shirts, Pop Culture items, etc.).

+1 on aching & wienermobile's picks. :>

Whatever happened to Grace 2.0?

thanx. good to know.

Whatever happened to Grace 2.0?

i remember a Chowhound favorite restaurant, Grace (w/ Chef Neal Fraser) closing down a few years ago, and a report that he was moving to downtown L.A. to reinvent it in a larger space.

so whatever happened to Grace 2.0? did he give up on that restaurant plan?

Gentleman's Butchershop & Delicatessen (a very mini-review)

thanx Dommy! I'll have to check those out and report back.

Gentleman's Butchershop & Delicatessen (a very mini-review)

Hi Dommy,

that mac & cheese looks delish. :>

What's your favorite mac & cheese in the LA area?

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


Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

great review Chandavkl.

thanks. saves me time from trying it. :> not worth the hassle (especially that corner area, with terrible parking and crowded intersection in general).

i'll stick with Sea Harbour then.

Belcampo Cheeseburger

Hi kevin,

if by "off the wagon" you mean eating beef again, and you've been good about staying away, i'd say don't do it.

I'm in the camp that i thought the Belcampo burger was overhyped by far. It was OK, but i thought Golden State was better, and Father's Office beef was far beefier in flavor (dry-aged prime).

even Morton's burger with its crisped fresh bacon and flavors, were more preferable.

Anaheim Packing District opens this Saturday

Is this porchetta sandwich different from the one in the other CH thread praising the fabulous porchetta from Wheat & Sons Butcher shop? (or is the same one?)

If it is the same, yikes! :< I guess I'll skip this whole area.

Lunch at Paiche DineLA

thanks wsg. :>

so i take it it's a turnaround from your last year's experience w/ them?

if i recall correctly, you mentioned their portions were tiny and it didn't feel like a value?

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Thanks Novelli.

i tried out Mama Joan's from your rec, and i think it'd be a nice spot if it was in my neighborhood, but overall, i think Flossie's blows it away (not close). it was crispy, but some of the pieces were overcooked and a touch too salty for me.

it's enjoyable, but not a "drive across town / fight through traffic" type of place for me. but i'm glad i tried it once. :>