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Dan Tanas - what to order?

Tana's waiter's will often tell diners that if they have any requests and the kitchen can oblige they will be happy to comply. Request your dish at Tana's and see what happens.

Apr 10, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Dan Tanas - what to order?

Sapphire Gibson up - dry

Scampi appetizer

Dabney Coleman NY steak medium rare

Potatoes Beckerman

Special Cappuccino (has booze)

I'm done. I'm full. I'm happy.

(easy meal to split, but git your own booze)

Apr 09, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

eggs benedict in Santa Monica or Century City

Though not in the area under discussion, Nick's Café on North Spring in downtown serves eggs benedict on the weekends (made with their famous ham) and it is superb.
I live in the Century City area and I travel to Nick's for my eggs benny fix because it is that good! (FREE coffee on the weekend too!)

Mar 22, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

BURGERS!

It seems Rustic Canyon has become a high end vegetarian restaurant with just a scant nod to the carnivores, just the inverse of most restaurants.

Mar 14, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

BURGERS!

R.C. no longer offers a burger.

Mar 13, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

What restaurant do you really really really miss that is now closed ?????

Does anyone remember the Hamburger Tavern on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills?

Feb 20, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

What restaurant do you really really really miss that is now closed ?????

Loved Fisher's, cafeteria style setup and all!

Feb 11, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

BIG MISTA'S OPENING A BRICK & MORTAR

Yes, Thursday's Big Mista is at the C.C. F.M.
(Neil to me he intends to continue in C.C. after his brick and mortar is open.)

Nov 30, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Brents Deli, Northridge

I get my pastrami fix at Langer's but when my jones is for a hot corned beef on rye, I travel out to Brent's. That sandwich
is spectacular. Your teeth glide through the rye and the beef, (warm, full flavored delish ) just melts in your mouth. The half sour pickles are also on point.

Their cb on rye reminds me of Corkey's & Lenny's (Cleveland , Ohio) excellent cb sandwich.

I can also highly recommend the matzo ball soup and the split pea soup is crazy good!

They have Fox's U-Bet for egg creams but unfortunately not once have I been delivered a properly composed egg cream at Brent's.

Enjoy the show!

Nov 25, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Remember these Restaurants?

Ollie Hammond's Steakhouse was a classic. Open 24 hours
with a wonderful menu, (and cocktails) dark red leather booths and wood paneling - in three locations!

On a par with Musso's or the PDC, but with better prices (for the time).

Nov 21, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Remember these Restaurants?

Ollie Hammond's?

Nov 19, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Best chocolate milkshake near Sherman Oaks?

Happy B-day to your hubby. During your stay in So Cal might I suggest picking up a glass bottle of Broguiere's Farm Fresh Dairy's chocolate milk. It is insanely rich good stuff.
It is available in most supermarkets.
(Broguiere's holiday eggnog should be arriving soon!)

Oct 23, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

The elderly gentleman that owned and ran the place really knew the hospitality business. They really knew how to take care of and please their guests!
Oh for a place like that today.....

Oct 20, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

cream pies

I recently tried the banana cream pie at Bandera. I liked the crust and the bits of chocolate, but the custard filling was thin and not at all special.

Sep 14, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Prime rib for birthday dinner

Musso & Frank does a fantastic prime rib.

Sep 09, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

.Grilled Lobster

`Musso & Frank.s.

Aug 30, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Jonathan Gold's favorite LA Burgers

Put me down for a Hickory Burger; easy onion & lettuce, sweet pickles instead of dill, fries and an ice tea. Yum.

Aug 16, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Texas Blue Bell ice cream, is it even possible to find it in Los Angeles ???

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No need to doubt the veracity of Whipp'd's claim of selling Blue Bell ice cream in California, here is your answer: Whipped sells no pre-packaged Blue Bell ice cream at all, they sell their Blue Bell ice cream and hand pack it in different sized to go containers at the time of sale.

End of confusion

Jul 31, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Burger tonight - MDR/Culver area

George Petrelli's Steakhouse at Sepulveda & Jefferson has a fantastic burger & fries. Nice bar too. As for the rest of the menu, not so much...

Jul 28, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

fried chicken for a party

I also can recommend Jim Dandy Fried Chicken on Vermont just north of the 105 Fwy. Their fried chicken rocks and the fritters are ridiculously good.
I only get two piece meals but they have big bucket specials that are very modestly priced.

Jul 23, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

The Black Whale's Alaskan King Crab Legs serving was not an all you can eat offering, but it was a towering heap of big crab legs on your plate, easily close to a foot tall!

A more than generous portion of AKCLs also came with the Prime Rib and AKCL dinner.

These were top quality offerings, nothing at all like might be offered at one of today's buffets.

Jul 14, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

Not familiar with Manny's Bistro. I was a Bratskellar kind of a guy.

Jul 08, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

My brother was a big, big fan of the Belgium waffles that the Old World served.

Jul 08, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

The Steak Pit on Melrose, not too far from the City Café.

Jul 06, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

Robaire's had a sister restaurant on Beverly Hills on Beverly Drive, Maison Gerard.

Speaking of French restaurants from the '80's don't forget Le Cellier on Wilshire near 26th St.in Santa Monica.

Jul 06, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Who makes your favorite patty melt?

My favorite patty melt comes from the unlikeliest of places, Izzy's Deli in Santa Monica. Thick, juicy, charred patty; perfect griddled rye, creamy American cheese and lovely onions. (At times the cook's miss medium rare by a mile, but when they get it right it is the perfect synergy of flavors.)

Here's a secret: If you're a fan of the long gone Ship's "Ship Shape Burger" like I am, have Izzy's substitute griddled sour dough for the rye bread and ask for a side of Thousand Island, take a bite, close your eyes and you're back in Ship's!

Jul 02, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

DAN TANA'S - ITS A FEELING

I always get the scampi appetizer and a dry martini to start. Their scampi is the best.

Jun 11, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Did Cassell's Burgers close a few months back ?

I wanted one of their excellent grilled ham & swiss on rye sandwiches (along with tasty the potato salad and wonderful lemonade) so off I ventured to Cassell's only to find the place shuttered.

I too had heard they were going to reopen, hope its soon!

Jun 10, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

What is the best Steakhouse in LA?

Does anyone else remember the Steak Pit on Melrose? North side of the street between Fairfax and La Brea?
Great bar, food and hospitality.
It closed about twenty years ago, but it was wonderful.

Jun 06, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Musso & Frank: Love It or Hate It.

The size was actually larger but the without the Chantilly cream it was a one note dessert not worth eating.

May 28, 2013
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area