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Roy Choi's POT

I'm not sure of what's true at the tables, but if you sit at the counter/bar portion of the restaurant (the sushi bar-looking area to the right when you enter), you can order an individual portion of the hot pot.

Apr 07, 2014
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"Chicken and Rice" -- What NYC can do, LA certainly cannot do better

Did they raise their prices? When I went (maybe a few months ago), the chicken was 7, lamb 8, and combo plate 10.

Mar 26, 2014
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Cheese Store of Pasadena

Moved to a smaller space within the same plaza. Somewhere between Wine Detective and Lemonade. Do a lap in the inner part and you should see it.

Mar 24, 2014
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Trois Mec!!!

I think there is a good solution somewhere in the middle, but until that is available, people that want to eat at these restaurants will just have to deal with it. I'm glad that they're experimenting with different ideas for reservations.

Mar 21, 2014
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Trois Mec!!!

Closer to Japan. Nice and tender, not dry and stringy. Beef with onions done well, but not nearly as interesting as the rest of the meal.

Mar 21, 2014
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Trois Mec!!!

That is next on my list!

Mar 21, 2014
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Trois Mec!!!

I just went to Trois Mec for the first time on Monday, and the menu was exactly the same as maudies5. I also got to try the mushroom pho which was nice. The beef dish reminded me of Yoshinoya a bit. And the dessert was too sweet for me. Aside from that, I had a great time and a great meal.

I hope they're going to change their menu up at least every quarter. If they do, I think I'll return on special occasions. To me, they are the current king of the sub-$100 tasting (over Alma, Allumette, LQ dinners, and Red Medicine (do they still do that?))

Also, I don't drink wine, so that's not a sticking point for me. Thought the non-alcoholic pairing was a bit strange in some places though. Wouldn't recommend it.

Mar 21, 2014
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My son wants steak for his graduation dinner

Although the OP said no chains, I'd vote for Fogo de Chao as well. I loved that kind of thing when I was 21, and you can feel free to be loud and rambunctious at Fogo. I think it's more fitting for the type of celebration.

Mar 18, 2014
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LA Weekly's 99 essential restaurants released today...what did they miss?

I take the essential to have a different meaning. To me, the intent of their list is, "hey, if you're visiting or looking to explore, these are some places that represent la."

I don't like Allumette, but I guess the argument could be made that a certain portion of LA food culture is headed that direction (sadly, imo) and Allumette is representative of that.

Mar 06, 2014
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LA Weekly's 99 essential restaurants released today...what did they miss?

Not a huge gripe, but a little surprised to see Ha Tien Quan on here and no Nha Trang. Maybe they've fallen out of the public's good graces for over-expanding, but I think Nha Trang representing on this list for their region is more essential than the very specific experience of anchovy noodle soup

Mar 06, 2014
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2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

Just wanted to add that I was meh about Azami. I thought it was worth supporting the women sushi chefs thing, but the sushi to me was slightly above average. N/naka is just a completely different thing and worth experiencing if you get the chance.

Mar 06, 2014
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"Connie & Ted's" opens June 4 -- and I'm going!

There are 3 stops on 4 different lines all within 2 blocks of Connie and Ted's.

Mar 06, 2014
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Chinese Restaurants Busted and Gone Bust on Main Street Alhambra

Not really in touch with the inner workings of the local government, but I live in the area and would love to see it do better. It seems to be developing into a decent escape if you're not in the mood for Chinese. Not saying they are my favorites, but 38 degrees and shakas have been around for a little bit. Between the Korean BBQ joint, Hot Red Bus, Grill Em All, the diner and alondras, it's becoming quite a diverse area.

Mar 06, 2014
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Need good Japanese restaurants in Torrance

Not a restaurant, but I find Patisserie Chantilly tends to be a hit with the ladies. Can't recall the sentiments on CH.

Tasty desserts. Coffee comes from one of those fancy machines you see at Williams Sonoma, so maybe pass on that.

Mar 05, 2014
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Din Tai Fung, Glendale.

I would imagine that crowd would take less kindly to the "efficient" service we are used to in Chinese restaurants

Mar 04, 2014
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Red Boat fish sauce for sale east of Hollywood

I've bought it at Hawaii Supermarket on Del Mar

Feb 15, 2014
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Tar & Roses vs. Chaya Venice

+1 for Tar & Roses. I would say one of the bigger knocks on T&R would be that it's very tight on space, so if they're a bit claustrophobic, that could be a problem. Other than that, T&R wins on all other fronts for me.

Feb 11, 2014
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Chicken & Rice Truck - anyone been?

I thought they just don't carry it yet, but my dining partner let me know that when we asked, she said, "No lamb tonight." So I don't know if they had run out or they just didn't have any that night, but it's good to know that they usually do have it.

Feb 09, 2014
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Chicken & Rice Truck - anyone been?

Went at 12:30AM Saturday night/Sunday. No wait, nobody there. They were shifted over to Hollywood Blvd and Las Palmas. It was good enough. I was always partial to the lamb, which they don't have. The chicken is fine. Less moist, but the white sauce is good enough. The spicy sauce is nowhere near as spicy as the NY one, which is good for me actually.

All-in-all, if I were still clubbin it up and got a hankering, this would hit the spot. I'm not in that area enough, so I won't be going out of my way too often.

Feb 09, 2014
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Hinoki & the Bird?

I think it's worth mentioning that if your friends aren't very CHOWish, Hinoki seems to fare better with the average diner than it does on this board as evidenced by its 4-stars on that other site, and its appearance on the best new restaurants in bon appetit magazine. Not sure why your list is so limited though... aren't there other places that you haven't tried that could make the cut?

Feb 07, 2014
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Hinoki & the Bird?

I visited Hinoki & the Bird pretty early on and didn't enjoy it very much, and I haven't been back. If I had to go again, I would stick to the cocktails and the items that are more Japanese in style. To me, they have a better grasp of the delicateness and subtleties of that cuisine. I would avoid anything that has a southeast asian slant. I think they really miss the boat on those items.

Feb 07, 2014
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Just a heads up in El Monte

If you haven't been, I enjoy the empanadas at Tito's Market. People, myself included, usually get the Milanesa sandwich also, but it's just a straightforward, decent sandwich.

Feb 03, 2014
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What is currently the best Los Angeles restaurant located in a hotel?

I think this is a solid list and the most special occasion-y of these for me is Saam. Quiet, intimate room. Won't ever be seated too close to anyone else.

Jan 31, 2014
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DineLA Winter 2014

I like to use this time to go out to the restaurants that don't participate. I figure the average person tells himself, "Well, going out for dinner and it's restaurant week, so I might as well get in on one of those deals," and I'm hoping this means a less busy, quieter experience for me. I have no idea whether this is true or not, but it sounds okay anecdotally.

Also, I've heard through the grapevine that dineLA is a bit of a bully with the power they have now.

Jan 21, 2014
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Republique by Walter Manzke, impressions+photos

That is the same impression that I get. It's not like we know what their benefits policy is. They just want you to feel better about paying more, thinking that it's going to some sort of cause. If you complain about the price being high, maybe the implication is, "well, you clearly don't want everyone to have healthcare."

Dec 01, 2013
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where is n/naka's michelin star?

My sentiments as well. That anyone would say something is number "anything" on a completely subjective topic should just be considered trolling. I have no idea how I'm supposed to compare a slice of pizza to a fried lion fish to a foie gras terrine.

Nov 22, 2013
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Egg Slut and G&B coffee --- Grand Central Market

Whenever I've been by, it's just a younger, apathetic-looking (partially because he's on his phone half the time) guy.

Nov 19, 2013
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where is n/naka's michelin star?

At the same time, I know plenty of people on the west side who will talk themselves into whatever they have over there, since they refuse to cross the 405. As always, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.

Nov 19, 2013
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Any Reports on Colonia Taco Lounge?

Just saw this. Don't know if it's too late...

If you like Guisados, you'll probably like this place. Some similar guisado tacos with a little extra added to them. Cocktails and beer list are pretty solid. Probably not worth the extra drive, but if you're in the area, it's good. Also because there's really nothing else to eat in the vicinity.

Nov 17, 2013
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Alma or Allumette, Bestia or Bucato...oh and Orsa & Winston

Are you just looking for opinions on the stuff you listed or other possible options?

To me, Alma and Allumette do a similar shtick, of which I think Alma executes much better. Bestia and Bucato are both solid choices. Have not been to Orsa & Winston, so can't comment on that. I haven't seen too much feedback, and if I was only in LA for a short time, I really wouldn't want to risk one of my meals on a newbie.

Nov 10, 2013
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