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Roll 'N Rye 'n Culver City Closing?

I'll try Nate & Al some Tuesday. Does it have meat, carrots & onions like Brent's?

Sep 07, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Roll 'N Rye 'n Culver City Closing?

If you like split pea soup, Brent's has, imho, the best.

Sep 06, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Totally subjective: Little Jewel vs. Orleans and York Po-Boys

Little Jewel is the only place in town where one can order cochon de lait, and it is superb.

Little Jewel is the only place in town where one can get debris
on a sandwich or fries, and it is superb.

I agree with Ciao Bob; the roast beef at LJ is unmatched in this city.

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

I like to tip in cash, directly to the waiter (tipping in cash avoids the conversion fee the credit car companies typically apply). I leave zero tip on the card I use.
Might I suggest tipping in cash at these socially conscious establishments.

Sep 03, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

Pretty sure its Aunt Sally's.

Aug 25, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

Guilty as charged.

Aug 25, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

Chef Marcus brought over the creole mustard because he knows folks like to doctor-up their red beans & rice, and it was delish! Great plain, but with the mustard & hot sauce, BAMMO!(Brought half home)
Corn muffin with honey butter - niiice.
Also had the roast beef dressed, and with debris. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum. I think they have been to the crescent city more than a time or two!
Friday I brought home a bread pudding with whiskey sauce and it was sublime. Any fancy restaurant would be happy to sell this for $10 or more any day of the week.
This time I took a banana pudding with me; will report at a later time (too full now).

Little Jewel

I too had lunch at Little Jewel and was really impressed. I love the cochon de lait at Jazz Fest and having it saved me the plane fare to Louisiana. Damn it was good!
The homemade french fries are very close to the steak fries at Musso & Frank (that's a good thing)at less than half the price. Big thick bad boys of potato tasty goodness.
They don't stick it to you on the mexicoke, 12 ounce bottle $1.25 - 16.9 ounce bottle $1.50.
I took a bread pudding with whiskey sauce with me, for later.
Looking forward to going through their entire menu.

Aug 22, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

Aug 22, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

The Talpa - Fantastic Guacamole, Great table salsa & thick chips (as mentioned) NOW HAS A FULL LIQUOR LICENSE.
I love their rice & beans (read deal refried beans).
Nothing fancy but mighty good!

Aug 22, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Wexler's Deli - Yesterday

The person making the egg creams did not have a clue as to how to mix an egg cream. There was no white foam on the top. Another skill that doesn't travel well out of NY.

Here's a photo of a properly made egg cream:

https://www.google.com/search?q=egg+c...

Aug 10, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

George Petrelli Steakhouse???

Not so much; but they do have a stellar burger!

Aug 09, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

George Petrelli Steakhouse???

Here's a link to a detailed burger review of G.P.'s burger.

http://www.theburgerreview.com/2013/0...

Aug 09, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

George Petrelli Steakhouse???

Yes as to the bar seating. At dinner the burger is a dollar more.
P.S. A side order of their grilled onions is delish too.
P.P.S. Can't go wrong if you just stick to the burger.

Aug 09, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

George Petrelli Steakhouse???

As a steakhouse they're not very good. They do however have a GREAT HAMBURGER!!! Half pound pub style burger with fries for less than $10 at lunch; a great value but beyond that, its a TOP NOTCH BURGER at whatever the price. (really good)

Aug 09, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

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

Tru dat! I told you folks that just shy of a year ago, just look back 9 posts!

Do you know of great weekly specials which a restaurant runs on a particular day of the week?

Taylor's Steakhouse has two, some days three reasonably priced specials every day, lunch and dinner.
Here's the link for the L.A. dinner specials http://www.taylorssteakhouse.com/PDF/...

Jul 11, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

Best Ice Cream Parlor in LA (like Farrells used to be)

I've heard that the cappuccino ice cream served at Dan Tana's ($10.00) comes from Fosselman's.

Jul 05, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

The Apple Pan just precipitously increased by 15 cents on most of its items.

"Quality Forever" is their motto. I love the pan (especially a combination on rye toast).

LAs best spot for CHICKEN FRIED STEAK

I just checked with Musso & Frank and sad to say the pounded steak is off the menu and is no longer prepared. (It was pounded and pan fried, probably not
breaded but that's a moot point now. The creamy gravy was really good. No biscuits. )

Jun 03, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

LAs best spot for CHICKEN FRIED STEAK

Mussso & Frank's at one time offered a pounded steak with country gravy.
It does not currently appear on their menu, but I would be surprised if they could not accommodate a request.
I have enjoyed this dish at Musso's many times in the past.
Give them a call on Tuesday and see if they can help you out.

Jun 01, 2014
CastironJim in Los Angeles Area

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