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Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

The replies to this thread have been wonderful. I have a question: what was it about the 80s restaurants that made them so memorable — not that today's aren't, but what made the 80s places amazing?

Jul 03, 2013
dtm323 in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

This has turned into such a cool, wonderful thread! Thanks everyone. Serendipity is a fabulous thing.

Jul 02, 2013
dtm323 in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

Sorry, you're absolutely right! Let's discuss! I loved Tommy Tangs. I didn't move here until 87 though, so I missed out on a lot of great eating. Tell me about everything I missed!

Jul 01, 2013
dtm323 in Los Angeles Area

Roasting a Chicken - am I doing too much?

For the past few years, my wife and I have reduced our recipe to: Dry off with paper towels. Salt and pepper in and out. Tie legs if you feel like it. Put in pan backbone down. On a rack if you feel like it. 450 - 475 degrees until done, about 45 minutes — use a digital thermometer to 160 or so. Know it might smoke some, so do whatever you need to do to turn off your smoke detector for an hour. If you want it to take less time, cut out the backbone and flatten ("spatchcock" it) before putting it in the oven. Let sit for 10 minutes before you carve. The most important things: keep the chicken as dry as possible (e.g., don't cook vegetables in the oven at the same time as they make steam) and use the best chicken you can find.

Jul 01, 2013
dtm323 in Home Cooking

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

Can anyone tell me where City Cafe was located on Melrose before it moved to La Brea?

Jun 30, 2013
dtm323 in Los Angeles Area

Game

I'm thinking about doing a game menu for the holidays later this year - pheasant, grouse, rabbit, venison, that kind of thing. Anyone know where I can find not-frozen game in LA?

Oct 08, 2012
dtm323 in Los Angeles Area

What is the best home barbecue grill?

THANKS! Only ... after ricepad and BiscuitBoy's replies, I've spent the afternoon researching smokers and now I'm all hooked on that and I have to buy TWO new toys!

Jul 06, 2012
dtm323 in Cookware

Soup Dumplings in Chinatown

Which Lei Garden location? I LOVE XLB...

Jul 05, 2012
dtm323 in Los Angeles Area

What is the best home barbecue grill?

I'm going to buy a new grill. I've always owned Webers - kettles, Smokey Joes, gas grills. But what do YOU think I should buy? I'm not looking for a big Cadillac competition grill, just something I can put some hardwood lump charcoal in, or maybe some wood, and fire it up, and cook a great steak or some fish on a weeknight. Or grill up a lamb leg or a whole chicken or a bunch of burgers on the weekend. Really versatile, not horribly expensive, something that will last a while. So... what should I buy?

Jul 05, 2012
dtm323 in Cookware

Foodie House Rental in September in... Switzerland? Northern Italy?

Yes, there is only so much kaseschnitten I can take (well, I can actually take a lot of kaseschnitten, but even then there is eventually a limit!). Piedmont has always sounded great, though the closest I've gotten is the west shore of Lago di Como. Thanks for the tip!

Mar 27, 2012
dtm323 in Europe

Foodie House Rental in September in... Switzerland? Northern Italy?

Have a group of 10 serious foodies looking for a place in Switzerland or northern Italy to rent a house for a week or two in mid-September to celebrate a milestone birthday, shop food and wine locally, and cook amazing meals. Wengen and Zermatt, Switzerland, have ancestral ties; northern Italian lakes (Como, first choice) are another possibility. Thoughts?

Mar 26, 2012
dtm323 in Europe

Kosher Caviar - What's the Best?

Thank you so much! Yes, it is complicated - kosher or not, sturgeons over-fished, more stuff labeled "Caspian sturgeon caviar" on the market every year than could ever be produced by the number of remaining real Caspian sturgeons... Russian salmon sounds amazing. Thanks!

Nov 27, 2011
dtm323 in Kosher

Kosher Caviar - What's the Best?

I'm looking for kosher caviar and all I've found is the usual supermarket brands - like Romanoff. Is there a source that's markedly better? Seems everything in the supermarket is whitefish or salmon. Are there any other fish I should be looking for? In short: what's the best? And where can I find it?

Nov 27, 2011
dtm323 in Kosher

Funniest Thing a Server Said to You

1) In a country club restaurant in upstate New York. I ordered a bottle of red wine. It came ice cold. Not cellar cool, but refrigerator cold. The waiter said, "Oh, people around here like it that way. I could put it in the microwave for you?"
2) Not really a waiter story, but close. Me, to pizza delivery guy: "I ordered anchovies. There's like one anchovy on here." Him: "We don't put many anchovies on pizzas because most people don't like them."

Sep 24, 2011
dtm323 in Not About Food

CHILAQUILES

OMG the Morita Salsa is SPECTACULAR! And Mayor Villaraigosa (OK, I disagree with him on just about everything, but...) says it's his favorite. I had the most simple dinner imaginable tonight - butterflied whole chicken, rubbed with ground ancho chili and salt, and roasted on the grill, grilled green onions, some sauteed garlic and greens and some supermarket tortillas - and a big bowl of Homeboys Morita salsa. It SO made a good dinner into a GREAT one! I can't recommend it enough!

Jul 03, 2011
dtm323 in Los Angeles Area

January 2010 COTM: Patricia Wells *Bistro Cooking* and *Trattoria*

My copy of Bistro Cooking is really thrashed - pages stained, corners dog eared, a real well-used mess! I've tried to love Trattoria as much, but it's just not the same level. But Bistro Cooking, now that's really wonderful! In honor of COTM, I'm going to give Trattoria another shot.

Dec 30, 2009
dtm323 in Home Cooking

Root Beer Extract

Thanks! That's what I figured, too.

Dec 23, 2009
dtm323 in Los Angeles Area

Root Beer Extract

Looking for root beer extract - not to make root beer but to flavor a cake batter. Any recommended brands and/or sources?

Dec 23, 2009
dtm323 in Los Angeles Area

trying to decide on a french restaurant

Church and State. Not on your list, I know, but it's really something special. Le Saint Amour in Culver City totally makes you feel like you're in Paris. But Church and State's food is spectacular - and their cocktails and wine are amazing.

Oct 27, 2009
dtm323 in Los Angeles Area

Specialty Poultry

Looking for somewhere in LA where I can get fresh poultry - specifically 1) capons, 2) guinea fowl, and 3) pheasants. I suppose I'll have to special order, but from where?

Oct 27, 2009
dtm323 in Los Angeles Area

Fresh Truffles

As we near the holiday season, I'm really interested to hear two things: 1) where's the best place in LA to buy fresh truffles and 2) what's the best way to use them? Possibly the best single dish I've ever had was a really simple pasta, butter, cheese, and truffle combination in Italy. And I had a couple of beaten eggs cooked in fresh butter and sliced truffles in France that boggled my brain. I'm really interested in duplicating that kind of simplicity - but I'm also looking for some really new ideas. TIA!

Oct 18, 2009
dtm323 in Los Angeles Area

Mozza: the emperor's new clothes

After months of anticipation, went last night. Should have read this thread first. Salt, salt, salt. Can't imagine how anyone could be tasting the food and letting it out of the kitchen with that much salt. Had a couple of good dishes, but nothing great. Tripe alla Parmagiana con ceci was well balanced and the Burricotta with braised artichokes, pine nuts, currants & mint pesto was terrific. The Tagliatelle Verde with duck ragu was really, really good. But then... The braised rabbit was not only WAY too salty but the sauce was really fatty. Even the honey on the side of the Torta della Nonna was salty! The olive oil cakes, though very tasty and paired with a great rosemary spun sugar ribbon and gelato, were undercooked and heavy. No interest in going back. But if I were, I would say: the best stuff by far comes from the mozzarella bar and the primi list.

Sep 19, 2009
dtm323 in Los Angeles Area

Fresh Lima Beans?

Thanks for your reply. I used to be able to get them every year at the Torrance Saturday market, but not for the last couple of years. Might just have to head south to Rancho Santa Fe I suppose.

Aug 13, 2009
dtm323 in Los Angeles Area

Fresh Lima Beans?

Anyone know where I might find a reliable source of fresh lima beans? I looked at the Wednesday Santa Monica farmers market the last couple of weeks, but no luck.

Aug 13, 2009
dtm323 in Los Angeles Area

Blenheim Apricots?

Got some great Blenheims at the Wednesday Santa Monica market - See Canyon, 2nd from the end on the west end on the south side.

Jul 16, 2009
dtm323 in Los Angeles Area

Healthy Dining in Palm Springs (moved from L.A. board)

Going to Palm Springs in a couple of weeks. Planning on doing a lot of hiking - going to the top of Mt. San Jacinto. We're total foodies, but want to keep it especially healthy. Any suggestions for restaurants?

Jun 15, 2009
dtm323 in California

Where to have "last meal" :)

If you liked Lucques, then you have to try AOC - the food is great, the ambience is wonderful and the prices are right in your ballpark. Campanile is another old favorite. In the South Bay, you might try Brix on PCH in Hermosa Beach, the food is pretty great (if you can get past the really bad bad bad music they play).

Feb 18, 2009
dtm323 in Los Angeles Area

Best South Bay/West Side Fish Markets?

Where is the best market in the South Bay (where I live) or the West Side (where I spend a lot of time) for seafood? I especially want to find a place that has the hard-to-find things like spot prawns, cockles, baby octopus, arctic char... along with the usual things like great salmon and halibut.

Feb 13, 2009
dtm323 in Los Angeles Area