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Vintage LA diners with great food

Cindy's in Eagle Rock is housed in a Googie/Mid building, and management has turned over to produce some surprisningly good Southern flair dishes.

Burger Continental Closed

The food was pretty decent some twenty years ago, and the place was festive especially with USC students and alum after football games, as I remember it. I visited again about six or seven years ago and was appalled by the condition of the place and the quality of the food. If it hadn't improved, I'm not surprised it's going out of business. Any hints of any other restaurant moving in?

Mar 26, 2015
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

Where to find in SGV a bowl of brisket noodle soup like HK's Kau Kee?

Terrific information, thanks!

Feb 22, 2015
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

Two highly rated Burbank/Glendale restaurants...

Tried nish-ya some time ago. Like you, I didnt get the reviews. Affable people, but prices didn't justify the food, to say nothing about the ambiance.

Feb 14, 2015
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

The Beginner’s Field Guide to Dim Sum

This is impressively researched. I'm Chinese and I wasn't aware of quite a few of these ideas and purposes. It was odd reading some of the explanations, kind of like being a Christian and taking a non-secular religion class in college. I found myself looking at something from the "outside" that I always took for granted being inside.

Feb 09, 2015
cfylong in Food Media & News

Lunasia (Pasadena)

The dimsum is authentic, so they are not pandering to that other demographic that finds bad inauthentic Chinese food appealing. The main difference we found was the service. When they missed an order,they were apologetic and offered free dessert to all of us, which amused my wife to no end. Also, I found to my surprise that they have no dinner menu. They have their dimsum menu all day long until 10pm. I am not sure if that is a concession to that other demographic, but it could work for me, who likes to eat breakfast for dinner;)

Jan 19, 2015
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

Lunasia (Pasadena)

It was, but they moved a few years back.

Jan 16, 2015
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

Super Burger - Pasadena

Lol, I'm with you. If I'm spending buckoo bucks on a meal, I don't mind fawning, but I like businesslike and efficient and I prefer restaurants whose waiters don't give you their first name and pretend to be your friend.

Jan 14, 2015
cfylong in Los Angeles Area
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Lunasia (Pasadena)

Thanks! I had no idea they opened in Pasadena--much closer to us now and a must try.

Jan 13, 2015
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

ISO Old School Chinese Restaurant This New Year's Day

ho sai kai

Dec 30, 2014
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Cassels Hamburgers Opening!

They're opening up to a hellava lot more competition than when they first started some 60 odd years ago. Hope they're ready. I'm looking to try them again, especially their potato salad!

Dec 15, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

Oyster Bar at Palace Station

My wife is in love with this place when we last visited LV some three years ago. I heard about the wait times. Does anyone know their slow hours? We are coming in Sunday, the 23 and thinking about hitting the Oyster Bar at 5 or 6. Can we expect a long wait at that time? Any tips appreciated!

Nov 17, 2014
cfylong in Las Vegas

Fed-up chef posts angry signs telling hard-to-please customers to stay away

Good for him. The restaurant business is tough. Plenty of YELPers posting things like "I love the food and the ambience, but the hostess looked at me wrong. DING--1 star rating". Just asinine posters who are just out to get others.

Sep 22, 2014
cfylong in Food Media & News

Trendy, good food for out of town guest from Hong Kong

For a Los Angeles experience, you might pick up a Texas sampler from Bludso's and some corned beef sandwiches at Langers. I might add Bashan's in Glendale and maybe some sausages from Shreiners up the block for some home bbq. Might also add on Zelo's Pizza in Arcadia as well. All except Bludso's are within distance and would be unique to those from HK.

Sep 08, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

And add $5 parking to a $16 sandwich? Did you miss Tony's point...

Aug 31, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area
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Review of Yummy House in Arcadia

We had dinner at Yummy a few days ago, looking for an organic Chinese restaurant after Farm Cuisine closed. We had more Hong Kong styled dishes--the steamed chicken, scrambled eggs with clams, and the reddish stemmed spinach(English name escapes me, maybe purslane), and found the food to be quite on spot. The spinach was delicious--it had a meaty flavor that my wife said was sauteed with wine, but the waitress was clueless on its preparation. I could eat that everyday, and I don't like vegetables. The steamed chicken tasted relatively fresh, not frozen, and the ginger sauce was plentiful. Service was a little grumpy, and the ventilation needs some help, as we smelled a little like Korean BBQ, but the Cantonese styled food was very good.

Aug 30, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for Dim Sum Dinner

Lunasia's dimsum is really not bad, not Elite or Sea Harbor, but better than most. I would go more often if not for the lines. Not sure how fresh they are for dinner, but report back with your experience.

Aug 30, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

Ranch 99

Ranch 99's pricing and quick turnover is what allows them to keep the meat fresh, but the meat is basically select, while Costco has mostly choice, a grade up.

Aug 30, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

Private party venues at a budget in the San Gabriel Valley

Chinese restaurants should be in, as their pricing is extremely reasonable, and I don't think it is difficult to request that they omit msg in their cooking. Or, you can simply have vegetables for your own dinner.

Aug 14, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

Favorite sushi right now? With low price as a consern.

Opus sushi in Arcadia has a nice chirashi bowl for $12, quite a bargain with pretty fresh fish. Far from the westside, though. There's the sushi gen sashimi lunch special, but it has deteriorated quite a bit.

Aug 02, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

OMG! Liang Pi And Guilin Noodles in Los Angeles Chinatown!

Last I checked in at the Sam Woo in Chinatown some years ago, most patrons were Latino. Today, many Chinatown Chinese residents are Chiu Chow from Vietnam and do not speak Cantonese. It'll be interesting to see these two communities catch on to Northern Chinese food. Or not.

Jul 28, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

Monte 52? Anyone been?

Not bad, but prefer Dave's Chillin Grillin in Eagle Rock. That Italian rocks, never had a bad sandwich there.

Jul 24, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

Short trip report - Richmond & Vancouver

We are visiting Vancouver from Los Angeles next week. Thanks for the heads up! We are looking to try Jade, night market, bella, and fisherman's terrace.

Jun 14, 2014
cfylong in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

For Future Reference--Chinese Restaurants That Don't Use MSG

A great deal of Chinese cooking involves sauces, which in skilled hands, enhances the main dish. These sauces tend to include salt, sugar, and msg. Farm Cuisine excludes these "unhealthy" I guess "unorganic" ingredients in their sauces, particularly their soups, which may result in a blander taste. I am not 100% certain, but my taste buds detect Green Zone sauces as not much different from most other restaurants. Certainly, Farm Cuisine makes clear their use of organic meats and vegies; Green Zone tends to use organic vegetables, not so much their proteins. I enjoy Green Zone as much as you do, and praise their business model, but if I wanted healthy Chinese food I would go with Farm Cuisine.

Apr 08, 2014
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For Future Reference--Chinese Restaurants That Don't Use MSG

Perhaps you may mean Farm Cuisine was inconsistent. Their grassfed filet mignon was usually terrific, and the price--$16 quite unbelievable. I think their problem was they were too purist in their push for total organic Chinese food, which resulted in some bland dishes. If they had gone halfway, like Green Zone--using marginally organic foods albeit with "regular" sauces, they would have been much more successful.

Apr 08, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

For Future Reference--Chinese Restaurants That Don't Use MSG

MSG is also used pretty liberally in Japanese food, except sashimi, as well, under the ajinomoto name and in pretty much all soup broths, except some meat and bone Chinese and Vietnamese soups that require hours of simmering.

Apr 01, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

For Future Reference--Chinese Restaurants That Don't Use MSG

The recently defunct Farm Cuisine in MPK also did not use msg. Apparently, Chinese like their msg too much; Farm Cuisine would have done much better on the Westside.

Mar 31, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area
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Paul's Kitchen - glop, glop, gloppiness

Think of it as Tito's tacos, Tommy's burgers, or Pink's hot dogs. Few chowhounds would describe them as the pinnacle of their foodie domain, but they are institutions and once in a while people have a real craving for them, even if they can go to Guisado's, Father's Office, or Dog Haus. For myself, I find Paul's Kitchen a wonderful place for Chinese comfort food, down to the broken rice.

Mar 26, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

My two cents --- the gumbo

Stevie on the strip had the best gumbo I've ever had, but I've never been to NO. Deep roux with a wonderful assortment of seafood. Stevie's also used to serve chicken sandwiches with the bones in them. Great place, but very weird.

Mar 12, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

New Moon - San Marino

San Marino is notorious for not supporting its merchants--not just the city bureaucrats, but the community as well. How Yoshida, Noodle World, and San Marino Seafood ever got there is beyond my imagination.

Mar 07, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area