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LA Times Restaurant Guide... yawn

I was just thumbing through Virbila's "Fresh" picks... what an arbitrary theme for this uninspired and lazy list. She lists some very good restaurants, but what's up with the categories? Tea lights for Celedon? Placemats for Bin 8945? Last time I checked, tea lights didn't make or break a restaurant for me.

Everything else seemed far too repetitive and unnoteworthy. How many times do we have to hear about Kerry Simon's dessert platter? Um, he cooks other food as well. And how about we wait until Bastide's actually open before we start singing their praises for having great outdoor dining?

What a weak restaurant issue.

Jun 18, 2007
FoodieMcFood in Food Media & News

good take-out near USC?

You know, I never really found any good delivery places while I was at 'SC. The only places that really delivered were Wokcano and the Thai spots. And all the pizza places. Other than that, everything else is take-out.

If you do find anything, please report!

Apr 10, 2007
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

Quick question about AOC bread spread

You are right, it is harissa. Love the stuff.

Here is Suzanne Goin's recipe from F&W:
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ca...

Apr 09, 2007
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

good take-out near USC?

Take-out IS abundant. GOOD take-out is not. Here are some options: Bistango on Fig has decent pasta dishes (I am reluctant to call it Italian, it's "Italian-style"), and La Taquiza (located a few doors down) is the classic Mexican haunt for good carnitas.

Head to the UV food court for eatable gyros, korean bbq and mangolian noodles (where you pick your meat and vegetables and they stir-fry it for you). All of it is available for take-out, but the food court closes early, so it's not a late-night option. It's not the best food, but again, it's eatable.

If you don't mind driving a bit, Hodori and Nae-Kwon on Vermont and Olympic (Koreatown) have great 24-hour take-out options. The bulgolgi and spicy tofu soup are great for hangovers. Dino's at Pico and Berendo does an awesome $5 special where you get half a chargrilled chicken, a side of slaw and a ton of fries with this great hot sauce. And I second Papa Cristos. They have a market as well which sells microwave-ready spanokopita and other Greek treats that you can stock up on for finals!

And Fight ON!

Apr 09, 2007
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

$5 lunch in West Hollywood / Mid-Wilshire

Ooh thanks for this suggestion. I'll definitely check it out.

Apr 06, 2007
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

Internet Explorer magically closing

Nothing has changed. We're using version 6.0 and have been for at least a year. This problem has only been happening in the last few days. It happens sporadically -- today IE shut down twice, out of three or four posts I completed.

Apr 05, 2007
FoodieMcFood in Site Talk

Internet Explorer magically closing

Every time I post or reply, my entire Internet Explorer just shuts down. I've been afraid that my posts have been lost, but that isn't the case. It's just annoying when you have multiple windows open and then you lose all the webpages you've been looking at. Not to mention the fact that you have to sign into Chowhound again.

Is it my computer that's the problem?

Apr 05, 2007
FoodieMcFood in Site Talk

$5 lunch in West Hollywood / Mid-Wilshire

lol. I've always liked Loteria Grill's food, but have always felt really guilty paying for it. I'll order two tacos and a drink, and it's something like 10 bucks! But god, that mole...

Apr 05, 2007
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

$5 lunch in West Hollywood / Mid-Wilshire

I just saw a post on $5 lunches in Pasadena -- brilliant idea, so I'd like to propose a topic on $5 lunches in West Hollywood/Mid-Wilshire area.

I'm not looking for obvious answers like fast food chains, though I could start a whole 'nother discussion on how expensive McDonald's and Wendy's and the like has actually gotten. I'm looking for cheap local joints, like taco stands with $1 tacos or something similar.

Pink's is one obvious answer, but I personally don't have that much time to be waiting for hot dogs on my lunch break. One solution I've been trying is buying from the salad bar at Whole Foods, which makes me feel healthy but also leaves me extremely hungry. (The salad bar is something retarded like $7.49 a pound.)

Any suggestions, 'hounders?

Apr 04, 2007
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

More Praise for MILK (with photos!)

Hmm that's disappointing. I bought lunch there along with the ice cream sandwich, and ate the lunch first, so the ice cream sandwich had softened up by then.

Not really an excuse though... leads to my conclusion that it should be made *fresh* hint, hint!

Apr 04, 2007
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

More Praise for MILK (with photos!)

I love that place! Milk is great. Their 25-cent bonbons are the best deal in town!

I like their ice cream sandwiches for $3 the best, but I really wish they would let me make my own. Hint to the owner, if he/she is reading this!

Apr 04, 2007
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

Pete's Cafe on Main St (downtown)... LOUSY service!!

That area is so close to Little Tokyo that you might as well head over there. Great sushi and ramen places are right there on 1st street and in that village plaza. Recommendations: Oomasa for sushi and Daikokuya for ramen.

Mar 05, 2007
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

Canter's - what happened?

Where is Brent's?

Jan 29, 2007
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

Calling Casa Bianca in Eagle Rock

Disappointing to hear that about the phone policy. I'm one of those persistent people that could sit there and hit the redial button until I starve to death. I'd rather be told that a pizza's going to take two hours so that I have the option of going elsewhere.

I would disagree about the bad service, though. My friend and I once ordered a pizza for take-out, and when we went to pick it up we felt too lazy to bring it back to his house to eat, so we asked the host if we could eat it there. One minute later, we had a comfy booth, a couple of sodas and a box of eggplant/sausage pizza. The waitress didn't even mind that we had already paid for the pizza --- we tipped her for it anyway.

Jan 08, 2007
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

Shirking responsibilities for Mozza

I went on the first day looking for the same kinks expected of any new restaurant, especially since I read that far-fetched burglar story in the LA Times, but thankfully, I found none.

Even without a reservation, the hostess was nice and took my name down for a seat at the bar. We waited about an hour, but it was expected so we passed the time sipping wine and joking around with the very affable bartender. The fried squash blossoms appetizer was perfectly fried, not too oily and with just the right crunch. We also split the fennel sausage pizza and the funghi misti pizza (the picky eater of our group was NOT fond of my lardo suggestion -- I guess I should have called it white prosciutto like hrhboo!) I won't go into too much detail as to raise your expectations any higher, but I will say that my friends and I were splitting tiny pieces of sausage just to make sure we could all have a last bite.

Nov 17, 2006
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

MOZZA review with photos.........

I admit I haven't yet been to the place (but will soon), but doesn't the story in the LA Times about the stolen salume seem a little fishy? Yuppies on bikes in LA? Hippies, maybe but not yuppies. And how do you carry 40 pounds of salume on a bike? It's hard not to laugh thinking about a bald man with khakis on a bike with cured meat hanging from his handlebars...

That said, I can't wait to try it out.

Nov 14, 2006
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

Birthday Venue in Silver Lake?

I second Tiger Lily for your party --- I checked out their private dining room once and it even has a separate bar that you can have all to yourself. And there is definitely a covered patio as well.

Nov 09, 2006
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

Anyone Been to Cube?

Yeah definitely grab a wine bottle or three before you go. In fact, if you show up without one, the waiter will tell you where the closest liquor store is (true story!). One of the best selections of charcuterie and cheeses I've seen in the city, without the pretentiousness.

Food is so-so. I've had the ravioli, lasagna and soup of the day before (potato leek). Basic bistro fare, nothing to fawn over, but it's good.

Oct 18, 2006
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

Give Oinkster Another Try!

Oinkster
2005 Colorado Blvd.
Eagle Rock, CA
323.255.OINK
www.oinkster.com

Oct 17, 2006
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

glass noodles in LA?

Bangkok Market
4757 Melrose Ave.
LA, CA 90029

There are quite a few 99 Ranch stores... just drive east on the 10 past downtown and you'll hit one in Monterey Park/Alhambra. It's farther than Bangkok Market though.

And you might try your original grocery stores again, but this time ask for it in its different names... glass noodles, rice vermacelli, bean thread, it all refers to the same thing.

Oct 17, 2006
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

Give Oinkster Another Try!

I stopped in at Oinkster on a Friday night b/c Casa Bianca had an hour-long wait and was surprised to find that there was almost no one there. Since I don't particularly enjoy sitting in an empty restaurant, my boyfriend and took ours to go. I had the Oinkster pastrami; he had the pulled pork sandwich.

Pastrami was mediocre; the bun was soaked through from the oil of the pastrami, the gruyere was clumpy and the slaw was somewhat soggy. The meat itself was fine, but since the whole sandwich fell apart I ate the meat itself with a fork. I'll be forgiving and say that it was due to it being take out, but still, it was only a five minute car ride back! The pulled pork sandwich was great, and the chipotle ketchup really helped it out. The two sandwiches and two drinks came out to about $25. Not a bad price, but food could of been better.

And P.S. Chowpatty, I must agree with you that gruyere doesn't equal gourmet. I'm so sick of places adding gruyere for the sake of gruyere!

Oct 16, 2006
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

Shichirin grilling at Tiger Lily

I was just at Tiger Lily in Los Feliz the other day and got to try their new Shichirin grill menu. It's this Japanese charcoal grill made from clay (NOT hibachi or robata, which is usually a metal griddle) that you cook little cubed meats like steak and fish on. It is apparently a popular Japanese tradition. The grill amazes me - it's smokeless so you don't leave smelling like Soot Bull Jeep (K-town fanatics you know what I'm talking about!), and the meats cook nice and easy so the flavor and juiciness is retained.

I'm in love with this contraption. Anyone out there know where I can buy one of these things? Or if any other restaurants have Shichirin on their menu?

And for those of you who haven't tried it, I highly recommend checking it out. A plate of steak, shrimp, tuna and salmon costs about $20 or so, and comes with rice, salad, mushrooms and three sauces. Here is the address:

Tiger Lily
1745 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.tigerlilyrestaurant.com

Oct 04, 2006
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

Pinkberry?

Anyone else worried that Pinkberry is expanding too fast? Samtron mentioned it above and I totally agree. I'm glad I no longer have to wait an hour, but I hear that besides these four (WeHo, Melrose/LB, K-Town, and Westwood) they plan on opening something like 20 locations in the next year or so. Kind of a bad business model, don't you think?

Oct 04, 2006
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

Where to eat around USC?

DANGER DOGS!!! You can't miss them before or after a game---just look for a huddle of people and the unmistakeable smell of fried grease. It's a heart attack in a bun. Bacon-wrapped greasy hot dogs smothered with sauteed onions and peppers. Ketchup and mustard optional but recommended. I think the going rate was $3.50 for last year's season, but don't quote me on that.

Sep 14, 2006
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

Craving Banh Mi but don't know where to find it! (In LA, not OC)

Thanks for the suggestions, hounders!

I have to agree with monku though... the best banh mi experience should be less than $3. I guess I'm just going to have to trek out to SGV this weekend.

So what does everyone think: Bahn Mi Che Cali, Lee's, or Mr. Baguette? I think I might do a taste test this weekend...

Sep 14, 2006
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

Craving Banh Mi but don't know where to find it! (In LA, not OC)

Does anyone know where I can get good banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches)? I've been craving them since I saw a picture of them in the LA Times this morning. Only problem, there's no way I can drive to Westminster from WeHo to get a sandwich---gas alone costs more than the sandwich!

What's the closest place to West Hollywood that I can get something? Perhaps any options in downtown?

Sep 13, 2006
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

Report: Hungry Cat

Yeah, I got into the Hungry Cat without a problem... at 11 p.m. on a Monday night.

And as for the lobster roll, people have said so many jive things about it that I've learned just to avoid it completely and not waste my money. Your best bet is with the oysters and shrimp.

Aug 02, 2006
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

good eats in venice?

I totally agree with liu's suggestion on Jin Patisserie. Kristy Choo is amazing and I've been totally in love with her and her banana-chocolate marscapone cake ever since she was at the StarChefs Rising Stars Revue in May.

Aug 01, 2006
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

Manhattan Beach - A culinary wasteland?

Upscale Greek: Petros (at the Metlox center)
French: Cafe Pierre
Bargain: Back Home in Lahaina

Jul 27, 2006
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area

Birthday Dinner Saturday - Santa Monica area

Josie or Violet. Josie LeBalch of Josie and Jared Simons of Violet are two of the best chefs on the Westside. A bonus: at Violet, where they serve small plates, you could eat a solid dinner for about $30, meaning more money for drinks!

Jul 07, 2006
FoodieMcFood in Los Angeles Area