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Great Outdoor Breakfast in Beach Areas: South Bay, MDR, SM, Malibu

Try the breakfast brunch at Terranea's Catalina Kitchen in Rancho Palos Verdes. Gorgeous view on the terrace with very nice brunch offerings

about 9 hours ago
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Where Can I Get Excellent Chilaquiles in Koreatown?

Check out the chilaquiles at Mama's Hot Tamales near 7th & Alvarado

Sep 12, 2014
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quiet place downtown for a meeting

Some great options in this thread. La Serenata de Garibaldi also might work. Directly across street from Mariachi Plaza Gold Line Station

Sep 12, 2014
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Gordon Ramsay - The London?

It has been about two years, but I remember having a remarkable beef dish there. I am not sure of the cooking process involved, but it appeared rare when served yet was cooked throughout with a crisp outside. To this day I can't figure out how it was prepared like that, maybe sous vide?

Sep 09, 2014
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Tasting Kitchen Brunch Pictorial

Thank you for the great photos. Their brunch looks excellent

Sep 04, 2014
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3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Valentino is a class act

The other ones pulling this stunt, not so much

Brunch delivery

Try the Postmates app if you are in West LA. Lots of interesting delivery options

Aug 28, 2014
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Where to "wow" a visitor with "do NOT miss this place" recommendations

I would not recommend Hinoki to any traveller unless they were in the immediate area. I've had a couple meals there and while the atmosphere is quite nice, I can't remember anything remarkable food wise except for some nasty yam dish. Drinks were pretty inventive and good though

Aug 27, 2014
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Pasadena area group dinner

Stonefire Grill has a patio good for large groups. Solid BBQ meats, salads, pizza, etc. in large portions

Aug 27, 2014
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How do you Spam?

My father was in the Korean War and often made us SPAM and eggs for breakfast

Aug 27, 2014
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Tasty Dumpling House in Alhambra

Been here a couple times now and like their pan fried beef and onion dumplings, spicy eggplant and addictive tangerine chicken. Very nice service and clean space too

Aug 25, 2014
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Chicagoland in the Southland: Deep Dish Pizza (Nancy's) and Italian Beef (Al's) come to Alhambra

Kronos is the Sysco of Middle Eastern food

Aug 25, 2014
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Chicagoland in the Southland: Deep Dish Pizza (Nancy's) and Italian Beef (Al's) come to Alhambra

I also tried this new location in Alhambra for the first time last week. I had their signature Italian beef sandwich with sweet peppers and provolone, and a small order of fries. The beef sandwich was OK if salty but I am wondering if they roast the beef in-house or it is shipped in pre-cooked. I am glad I ordered the fries without salt as it would have been a sodium overload between the two. The fries were good, fresh-style similar to In n Out

I am curious to try their hamburgers next time, they looked pretty good

Aug 25, 2014
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South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

Thank you for the report and photos, Porthos. I am glad the shrimp fried rice and pork chop are as good as ever at that DTF location. I am also curious how their "appetizer" and spicy wontons are (I don't bother with their XLB anymore)

Aug 22, 2014
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LA Food and Wine fest

Is this anything like the American Wine and Food Festival once hosted at Universal Studios? That was an awesome event and like a who's-who of the culinary world

Aug 22, 2014
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The best chili cheese fries

Not a fan of the brown flavorless paste they pass off as chili at The Hat. For chili cheese fries in the area, Pharos Burgers about a mile north on Atlantic is much more flavorful

Aug 20, 2014
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NYC 'Hounds Seeking A Saturday Brunch near the Mirimar

The Penthouse at Huntley has a nice brunch and stunning views of Santa Monica Bay

http://www.thehuntleyhotel.com/brunch...

Aug 08, 2014
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Hat's Pastrami Chili Cheese French Fries

Great post. I miss Naugles (and Pup n Taco) too and still enjoy late night DT every now and then

Aug 07, 2014
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Hat's Pastrami Chili Cheese French Fries

The Hat makes quite possibly the most bland and flavorless chili I've ever had and their pastrami is unremarkable. That being said I love Langer's pastrami too much to mix it up with yellow cheese and chili

Aug 07, 2014
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What's your favorite of the Chipotle-way style fast-food-y pizza joists in town: 800 Degrees, or Blaze Pizza, or Pielogy, or Pizza Rev, or Ugly Pizza Co., there may be a few others ????????????????????

Ah OK, thank you ns1. However I don't see how ordering a pizza like this is different taste-wise vs. asking for specific toppings at any other fast casual type place

Aug 07, 2014
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What's your favorite of the Chipotle-way style fast-food-y pizza joists in town: 800 Degrees, or Blaze Pizza, or Pielogy, or Pizza Rev, or Ugly Pizza Co., there may be a few others ????????????????????

What exactly is Chipotle-style pizza? This thread is a little confusing after seeing orange chicken burritos and yogurt

Birrieria De Don Boni

Great place and also check out Flor Del Rio on 4th St for Zacatecas style birria

Aug 07, 2014
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What's your favorite of the Chipotle-way style fast-food-y pizza joists in town: 800 Degrees, or Blaze Pizza, or Pielogy, or Pizza Rev, or Ugly Pizza Co., there may be a few others ????????????????????

In this category I like Pitfire Pizza but have not tried 800 yet

Aug 07, 2014
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Chili coming up again

Try the Chasen's chili available at Bristol Farms. Good stuff

Aug 06, 2014
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Calling Chandavkl ... "House of Mandarin Noodle" opens in Temple City

Great report, thank you Porthos. I love the Din Tai Fung pork chops so must get out to this place and try their version

Aug 01, 2014
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"Veggie" (The Word That Dare Not Speak Its Name) Burritos

Chile relleno burritos at Ana Maria's in Grand Central Market

Aug 01, 2014
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Valley Blvd Eats - looking for eating partners

What makes you think Latinos in SGV only eat at those places? And again, why are you so hung up on race? Is your family new to this country?

Aug 01, 2014
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Taylor's Steak House

No, not on top of a hill like Pomona Mining Co. It's a bit kitschy Western-themed (they will cut off your tie if you come in wearing one). However the steaks are very good for the price point and they come served with campfire style beans which I really like

http://www.pinnaclepeaksteakhouse.com/

Jul 29, 2014
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Taylor's Steak House

Pinnacle Peak in San Dimas offers a huge and tasty 28oz Porterhouse with all the fixings for the same $27 as Taylor's 10oz culotte, however they are over 30 miles apart

Jul 29, 2014
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Yummy Food Day in East Los Angeles!

Good job, those are all great and quality ELA classics

Jul 18, 2014
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