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3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

You need to be looking at the cost to the employer, not the employee.

Sep 03, 2014
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BP Oysterette - very disappointed

BP can be hit or miss, even with the same dishes. I've always liked the oysters, though. TBH, this review seems a bit odd. Steamers aren't going to turn mushy by sitting for 10 minutes after being cooked, and I find it more than a bit unlikely that there was "green slime" coating the inside of live oysters (and you would know if they were dead).

Aug 06, 2014
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SOUTH END --- phenomenal pizza crust

Yeah this is just getting more confusing. How on Earth are Mozza/Milo cracker-type crusts?

May 19, 2014
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Is Settebello pizza special?

Yeah, that was just a bizarre thing to say after railing against Mozza.

SOUTH END --- phenomenal pizza crust

Odd, most of the pics I could find make the pizza look pillowy, but this one looks more like a traditional Roman:

http://s3-media4.ak.yelpcdn.com/bphot...

Definitely want to try this place out.

May 10, 2014
SMBeetle in Los Angeles Area

SOUTH END --- phenomenal pizza crust

Those pics don't look Roman style (crispy), they look more like Mozza-style.

May 10, 2014
SMBeetle in Los Angeles Area

LA not mentioned as a good city for foodies

That article is even worse than Conde Nast's.

May 09, 2014
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Tuna Melt

Surfas in Culver City does, and it's a great sandwich.

May 08, 2014
SMBeetle in Los Angeles Area

Yet Another SF Hound Seeking Advice

Another vote for Tar and Roses in Santa Monica.

Also, one of the few things I think LA does better than SF is Japanese. I'd go somewhere in Little Tokyo (downtown) or Sawtelle. Lots of threads on those two areas.

May 05, 2014
SMBeetle in Los Angeles Area

Belcampo Cheeseburger

Did you taste any "baking spice" seasoning on the patty as someone reported in the SM Belcampo thread?

May 05, 2014
SMBeetle in Los Angeles Area

Belcampo Meat Co. opening night

I just re-read that thread and a few people mentioned cloves in the ketchup. If it's only the ketchup, that's avoidable and more forgivable (though still dumb).

May 03, 2014
SMBeetle in Los Angeles Area

Belcampo Meat Co. opening night

That sounds repulsive! I'm surprised nobody mentioned this in the lovefest about Belcampo in the other thread. If this is standard for their burgers, I'll be crossing them off the list.

May 03, 2014
SMBeetle in Los Angeles Area

Belcampo Meat Co. opening night

What do you mean by "use of baking spices"?

May 02, 2014
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ROCKENWAGNER - POOR MANAGEMENT

molly at mendocinofarms dotcom

May 02, 2014
SMBeetle in Los Angeles Area

ROCKENWAGNER - POOR MANAGEMENT

Yeah, I'd be annoyed too. FWIW, the Mendo mothership has good customer service in my experience. I sent an email politely griping about the shrinking amount of proteins in my recent sandwiches, and they gave me a pretty professional and concerned response that looped in the management of the particular branch.

May 01, 2014
SMBeetle in Los Angeles Area

ROCKENWAGNER - POOR MANAGEMENT

Any chance the Mendo employee was just trying to make a joke, since they already cut all of their sandwiches in half?

May 01, 2014
SMBeetle in Los Angeles Area

cacio e pepe

I don't know if it's the best, but I liked the version at Pecorino in Brentwood.

Apr 19, 2014
SMBeetle in Los Angeles Area

Where can I buy some Demi Glacé?

Vicente Foods sells it near the meat counter.

Jan 21, 2014
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Authentic Wagyu Beef spotted at Mitsuwa in Torrance

I haven't seen Japanese Wagyu at Vicente; only "American Wagyu." Curious if anyone can else has seen the real thing there.

Jan 04, 2014
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cream pies

Yeah, the banana cream pie at Bandera is a lot better than Apple Pan's. Not only because of the dark chocolate, but the crust is much thicker.

Sep 07, 2013
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Best restaurants for dessert?

I'll second this. Also, Providence and Craft are good choices.

Sep 04, 2013
SMBeetle in Los Angeles Area

Soft shell crabs in a restaurant ?

My guess is frozen, just like the lower end sushi places.

Sep 04, 2013
SMBeetle in Los Angeles Area

Truxton's Santa Monica

I heard something about a cask wine program, which means no bottles or brand names.

Sep 03, 2013
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I really want to like Fig, but I just don't.

Tar and Roses is orders of magnitude better than Fig. Such a a great restaurant (other than their inability to seat you on time).

Aug 30, 2013
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I really want to like Fig, but I just don't.

Not a fan either, but mainly for the atmosphere. I've yet to find a comfortable table there.

Aug 30, 2013
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Best Italian / Seafood / Mexican in Santa Monica

The Lobster is a lot better than it should be considering its location.

Aug 29, 2013
SMBeetle in Los Angeles Area
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Blue Plate Oysterette

Yeah, it's very hit or miss. Tilapia is of course pathetic. One of the "crudo" dishes was more like a poke (drenched in a soy sauce), the fries are often stale because they die in the window while the kitchen lets orders pile up.

Other things on the menu are better, though. Shucked oysters, red curry mussels, lobster roll (esp if you hold the mayo), and usually at least one of the specials are all good. And despite it being on the "wrong" side of Ocean, I like the sunny atmosphere. Overall I like the place, but you do have to avoid the landmines.

Aug 13, 2013
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Salt Air opens tonight on Abbott Kinney in Venice

I have no idea why that's confusing to you.

Jun 22, 2013
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Salt Air opens tonight on Abbott Kinney in Venice

That's a pretty disappointing menu. Half of the entrees aren't seafood, and the seafood choices are underwhelming to say the least.

Jun 22, 2013
SMBeetle in Los Angeles Area

Heritage Pork

Vicente Foods in Brentwood carries Kurobuta pork.

May 20, 2013
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