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Any Clifton's Cafeteria Reopening News?

I've always admired Clifton's compassionate side; feeding everyone regardless their ability to pay.

From the Clifton's website:

"Their over-riding philosophy is still "make a friend of every guest" and allow them to "dine free unless delighted." They still feed the hungry who can't afford a meal, and they still link arms with the Salvation Army in providing food for body and soul to those who hunger throughout this vast world."

Restaurants with tarragon dishes

Very tasty Grenadine of beef at Musso & Frank.

Jul 12, 2015
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Best Desserts in LA?

I always enjoy the chilled chocolate dipped strawberries injected with Grand Marnier the Dal Rae serves.

Jul 07, 2015
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Best Patty Melt in LA is @ Osso DTLA

No, ADD ON AN 18% TIP.

One martini, onion rings and a patty melt cost me $44.47.

Patty melt 13
Onion rings 6
Gin 12
Martini 3

Subtotal 34

Total taxes 3.67
Fair wage fee 6.80
Total charged 44.47

I did not leave an additional tip.

Jul 04, 2015
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Musso & Frank Grill or Dan Tana's

Both have great martinis MF comes with side car
MF has a wider selection
DT uses slightly higher quality ingredients
MF more traditional dining rooms & counter
DT smaller and more of a scene
MF wonderful crusty sour dough bread
DT best NY strip 16oz Dabny Coleman
MF killer grenadine of beef
DT Caesar salad still made fresh to order
Best bet is to try them both and report back!

The "new" Cassells

I loved the old Cassell's, and I had been a fan since the early 70's. The new Cassell's not so much.

Taking my mom to Staples center for concert- need amazing/beautiful/delicious restaurant.

Pacific Dining Car is perfect.

May 22, 2015
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

A Master List of The Oldest Surviving LA Restaurants

Check with San Marino City Hall.

May 17, 2015
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Damn, I want some Skyline Chili!

Is Empress Chili still around?

Apr 25, 2015
CastironJim in Chains

Vintage LA diners with great food

Nick's Café Chinatown (Great ham & weekend eggs benedict)
Talleyrand Burbank (From scratch diner, gooey pecan rolls)

What does New York have that LA doesn't?

Best egg creams. (Gem Spa)

Apr 07, 2015
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area
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Broguiere's Chocolate Milk - Mystery Ingredients?

I've noticed the bottles of Broguiere's chocolate milk at Whole Foods Markets have a dark brown cap while at other stores the cap is copper colored . As WFM sells only natural products, I wonder if Broguiere's altered the formula of their chocolate milk for WFM.

Apr 02, 2015
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

I don't understand Jeni's

... no love for anything from Ohio.

Graeter's ice cream is from Cincinnati Ohio. Have you tried it? At Ralph's.

Which ice cream sandwich do you recommend?

The 7-11 stores (Wilshire & Barrington and Westwood Blvd [probably more]) carry ridiculously good ice cream sandwiches at about $4 each. Forgot the brand, but they are very indulgent.

Mar 17, 2015
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Sauce on hamburger at Dolores's Drive-in in 60s-80s?

I have no clue.

Mar 12, 2015
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Sauce on hamburger at Dolores's Drive-in in 60s-80s?

They called it their famous "Z" sauce.

"At Tampa's Goody-Goody in the later years, it was simply known as "Secret Sauce". With the Dolores Restaurant, it was known as "Come Back" or "Kum-Bac" sauce. In California, it was known as the "Z-sauce" on the JJ (Jumbo Jim) burger. In Tampa, the recipe for the sauce remained a closely-guarded secret through all its years of operation, true to the Stephens' original recipe, even up until the Goody Goody's closing day in Nov. 2005 (and even afterward with the franchising of the hamburger to the Pine Grove family restaurant, which received the key secret ingredients in pre-mixed batches from Goody Goody proprietary owner Mike Wheeler.)

Mar 12, 2015
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Cassels---Forget About It!

I too stopped in today. No, they don't have the old thin sliced rye as before. The ham is different. They were out of lemonade.
The menu description of the beef made no mention that it was prime beef.
Decided to try it out on a different day - to be fair.

Dec 22, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Casell's Burgers is being resurrected!

That great lemonade too. Looking good!

Dec 06, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

I'm going to The Apple Pan tonight.

Bandara's banana cream pie is $10 a slice and not as good as the AP version.

Dec 06, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Food & Entertainment for a surprise party

The Magic Castle just got even MORE AWSOME by hiring Jason Sperber, formerly chef of Mountaingate Country Club, as their new chef. This is a big turnaround for a club with a decades long reputation for so-so food.
The food at the Magic Castle finally is worth the money and if you add in the entertainment and the facility itself, it is almost a bargain!
I've eaten chef Sperber's dishes at the Castle on three separate occasions and found them tasty and very satisfying.
Good call on the part of the Magic Castle's management.

Nov 27, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Casell's Burgers is being resurrected!

I hope Burger Boy is wrong, but fear he is right.

Nov 16, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Casell's Burgers is being resurrected!

Mustard seed, no horseradish - but it fooled almost everyone.

Nov 16, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Casell's Burgers is being resurrected!

Cassell's potato salad was unique and a wonderful sinus clearer due to the mustard seed involved.
I also hope they keep the sandwiches, especially the #10, grilled ham & swiss on that huge rye bread.
Good food!

Casell's Burgers is being resurrected!

Great news! Been a fan forever. Started going to the original location 43 years ago.

Best pecan pie in LA?

The Apple Pan makes a great pecan pie.

Nov 14, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Best Steak within 200 miles not 201

Mr. Taster: I would never ask anyone to reconsider their opinion. After all, differences of opinion is what makes horse races.

You find Jocko's "damn fine" and a "fine value".
Me, not so much.

End of story.

(At least we both enjoy The Little Jewel in Chinatown.)

Best Steak within 200 miles not 201

or a mention...

Oct 26, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Best Steak within 200 miles not 201

No confusion on my part as to Santa Maria BBQ Mr. Taster, Jocko's serves lots of other BBQ as do the roster of places you brought up, but back to the spencer steak.

That smoky, crispy crust that forms on the deckle of their rib eye is in fact the best element of the dish, but I can get smoky, crispy fatty meat without the long drive.

The recent Adam Perry Long BBQ pop-up (behind Jimmy Kimmel) comes to mind. Now THAT was transcendent and a revelation of smoky, crispy delicious BBQ (talking the short rib and wet brisket, man WHAT A CRUST!). That is what I call a destination.

Anyone that drives from L.A. to Nipomo for a revelation regarding a rib eye steak is on a crash course for disappointment.

In fact the other elements of the Jocko's meal are completely forgettable and not worth any mention at all.

YMMV

Oct 26, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Best Steak within 200 miles not 201

Yes, Jocko's is incredibly affordable, and one get's what one pay's for.

That steak is simply not worth the drive.

(I only had the famous spencer steak so I can't speak to the BBQ.)

Oct 26, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Best Steak within 200 miles not 201

"In response to the OP I suggest a pilgrimage to Nipomo, and a visit to Jocko's. There is a slight seasoning, Santa Maria rub (garlic salt,salt and pepper), but they raise their own beef, and the quality is fantastic.

--I tried Jocko's Spencer steak and found it just ok, not a revelation or transcendent. Not a destination place imho, too many better options here.--

Oct 26, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area