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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

McD's for Filet-o-Fish Fridays in LA [moved from Los Angeles board]

I look forward to this every year. It's about the only time I'll order a FoF, a Micky D comfort food harking back to Sunday postchurch meals at an American "restaurant".

Mar 07, 2014
cfylong in Chains

Your Go To Comfort Spot

Paul's Kitchen for one note Americanized Chinese food. Like the egg foo young, cha shu, lobster sauce shrimp, and their old, broken rice.

Mar 04, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

For those looking for The Creole Chef….

Their food was terrific. So sad that crime in the area moved them out. Hope they resurface again soon in a better place.

Mar 04, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

Fresh Roast, a coffeehouse in San Gabriel.

They sell real jamaican blue mountain coffee, and they offer it from a syphon coffee maker. I like it because it's just a wacky place with good, interesting coffees. I haven't been in quite a while, but the proprietor Jimmy is well-known for being quite a friendly host. Maybe business isn't doing so well lately.

Mar 03, 2014
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Depressing Places You Like

Uh, yes, like I said, people way past their prime... in their 20's, and the pizza is tonnage, not so much quality, but if you like it, kudos.

Feb 21, 2014
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Depressing Places You Like

Try Petrillo's pizza in San Gabriel--the tonnage of the pizza feels like a dumbell, but it's all about the people, who are well, well past their prime in life.

Feb 16, 2014
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Gourmet chicken fried steak?

It may not be the meat so much as the technique used to bring out the flavor of the bison. Someone in Dallas must have taken the time to perfect some chicken frying details and kitchen equipment to do that. Might be interesting to see what they can do with a chicken fried filet or ribeye.

Feb 15, 2014
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What restaurant do you really really really miss that is now closed ?????

Wow, my first French restaurant in Montebello, of all places! Kudos to my late mom, who humored her brood's prepubescent chowhound instincts. None of my family knew what the hell we were eating, but the proprietor was gracious and very nice.

Feb 15, 2014
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Valentines Dinner

If you're in Eagle Rock, try a couple of neighborhood joints, like Cafe Beaujolais on Colorado--real French waiters with affordable, pretty decent French food, or Columbo's steaks and lasagna, or Maximilian's in Highland Park, or even Mia Sushi on Eagle Rock Blvd. They should all be around the budget you proposed.

Feb 11, 2014
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Huang's BBQ & Seafood House replaces Tasty House on Melrose

Would really be interesting to try this out and see how authentic it really is.

Feb 11, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area

Paul's Kitchen, ok, I'm going … Now what are must haves for a joint that will probably have pretty crappy must haves ????

Canton City in Montebello was the first Chinese restaurant I ate with friends, not family. I ordered chow mein, which was chop suey on top of crunchy chung king noodles. I never saw this before in my life, and I called the waiter over and he put his nose next to the dish, then declared that it WAS chow mein. At 15, I didn't argue with adults yet, so I just watched, horrified, by my friends scarfing up Chinese food I've never seen before.

Feb 07, 2014
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Har Lam Kee (Monterey Park) Closing

Wow, my late father and I used to eat there. Hope the family will reopen someplace else.

Feb 06, 2014
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New Moon Cafe Opens Up In FigAt7th

Thanks, David, this was before my time, but I find it fascinating. Apparently, the Phoenix restaurant chain also morphed into something quite different than its original institution.

Jan 14, 2014
cfylong in Los Angeles Area