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Best take-out Chinese?

I'm not sure where you live but I am originally a New Yorker who is very partial to her Chinese take out, and am lucky enough to have three in my surroundings that I can recommend without hesitation. Twin Dragon. They don't have a website to my knowledge, but here is a page for their menu Mandarette Cafe Which is a bit more upscale, but certainly delicious.
Fu's Palace they also don't have a website, again here is a page for their menu

Jul 01, 2008
Violetlee in Los Angeles Area

New to LA (Burbank), some specific questions (Long)

Being that my family is originally from Virginia and my Hubby's from St. Louis I feel you on the BBQ tip and with the Soul food. Unfortunately being that your in Burbank your in for a bit of a drive for both of these. First, my man likes Tony Roma's ( ... I'm not a big fan but he grew up on Missouri BBQ so I'll give it to him.
My choice for BBQ is "The Pig" on La Brea in West Hollywood. Admitedly, I haven't eaten there in about two years but when I did it was certainly my favorite. I know a lot of people in my neighborhood also love JR's on La Cienega haven't tried it yet.
As for soul food, that's a bit of a reach here. Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch ( , which is quite a drive for you, is probably your best bet. There is also Harold and Belle's but that is NOLA style creole and not the low country soul food your probably looking for, and as previously mentioned there is Roscoe's Chick' and Waffles. I recommend the one on Pico Blvd. and I would avoid it on Sundays at all costs.

As for Mexican I'm a big fan of traditional Mexican, but if strip mall mex is what your looking for try Chevy's ( there is out your way in the heart of Burbank. If you and your Hubby are looking to get a bit daring and have a fun night out, a tame "transitional"restaurant for the two of you to try is El Compadre's on Sunset. I rec the Arroz con Pollo and corn tortillas. Or Mexicali Cocina Cantina, it's Cal-Mex (as the name suggests) so it's on the tamer side aswell. Both of those are date nights for sure and probably not in your budget for an "average dinner"

Although it isn't exactly what you asked for, may I recommend that you give Patrick's Roadhouse ( a try. Again this will be quite a drive but what is a lazy Sunday with out a drive down PCH? Patrick's is an Irish/American cafe with great eggs, burgers and sandwiches.
other recs for you guys rather then describe each I'm just including the links:
Barney's Beanery :
Mel's Drive-in:
I know someone said Pojito Mas I also like
Baja Fresh:
Kookooroo (Socals answer to boston market):
Hope you find what your looking for or better yet now that you're in Socal .. something new!

May 07, 2008
Violetlee in Los Angeles Area

Napa Valley?

As a a foodie living in Southern California I find it quite odd (and frustrating at times) that Napa Valley does not have its own board. Is there a reason for this? It is my opinion that Napa is presently the culinary capital of the US and should have a distinctive board for itself and not be lumped into the Bay Area board. Is there any chance of that happening?

Apr 10, 2008
Violetlee in Site Talk

Late Night Delivery?

Anyone know late night delivery.. past 1 am. In the West Hollywood to Culver City area other then Wokcano or Jerry's? I'm starving and can't leave my house.

Apr 10, 2008
Violetlee in Los Angeles Area

Poll: What restaurants do you eat in most often?

I order in for delivery Most nights Here's my list:
Bossa Nova (BH)
Ugo Cafe
Fu's Palace
Jacopos (Max's Big Apple is the only thing worth ordering)
Mullberry Street

If I am eating out:
The Rainbow
Shintaro (Franklin&Highland)
The Polo Lounge

Mar 28, 2008
Violetlee in Los Angeles Area

Cielo and Desert Orchid at Morongo? [Moved from LA Board]

I'm heading to Morongo for the first time ( just one night for a show) and was wondering if anyone has eaten at either Cielo or Desert Orchid. Are either any good, or should I expect typical hotel food?

Mar 28, 2008
Violetlee in California

Looking for a restaurant with great food for a large party and that is also an "experience"...

Hopefully I'm not too late but have you considered Moon of Tunis on sunset?
The food is quite good. It's a Tunisian/Moroccan Joint with private rooms and amazing belly dancers. I've been there for a few Birthdays and it is always a great time.

Mar 28, 2008
Violetlee in Los Angeles Area

Tatami Room?

Thanks so much for the Recs. I think we will be checking out Musha. I 'll post back here to let ya'll know how it went. Thanks again.

Feb 08, 2008
Violetlee in Los Angeles Area

Tatami Room?

So my birthday dinner is coming up and I was wondering if anyone could rec. a great Japanese Rest. with a tatami room. The only one I can find is Thousand cranes, I've never been there before any reviews? My family seems to think I should just stick to my old fall back Matsuhisa (no Tatami obviously but, always good food), I want to try somewhere new though. There will only be 6-8 of us so no crazy 20+ tatami rooms please.

Feb 06, 2008
Violetlee in Los Angeles Area

Best Bar Food in LA

I couldn't read through every reply, but my rec. is Rainbow Bar & Grill. While it can be a bit rowdy Fri-Mon on the outside patio. The inner dining room by the fireplace is cozy and Dark. Pizza's are awesome as well as the spaghetti & meatballs.
My quintessential Bar food hang when I want to head to the westside is Father's Office.
A few others to look into:
Pig & Whistle, Barney's Beanery, The Standard Diner, & Library Ale House.

Feb 02, 2008
Violetlee in Los Angeles Area

PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2007

2.Chez Mimi
3.Spanish Kitchen
5.Rainbow Bar and Grill

Feb 02, 2008
Violetlee in Los Angeles Area

1st timer lookin' for local fare..

Thank you all so much! I can not wait to get to NO and all of your recs will floating in my mind till I get there. Thanks for all the tips on the fried okra, grits and crawfish especially.... my mouth is watering already.
It looks like I may be heading there with a recently relocated local so I'm sure he will be of much service as well. We won't be at the Ritz any longer either.. we were only staying there because my fiance is an employee of the company and we were getting a $50 a night rate. I've convinced him to stay at either Int. House, Columns, or Maison Dupuy. But that's for another Board.
Thanks Again!

Jan 10, 2008
Violetlee in New Orleans

1st timer lookin' for local fare..

My fiance and I are heading to New Orleans sometime mid-March for 7-8 days. We'll be staying at the Ritz, and may or may not rent a car depending on what the locals rec.). I know we will be dining at Stella!, Brigtsen's, Arnaud's, Delachaise, & August.
I was wondering about Tujagues, I have read about on a few other New Orleans boards but nothing about it here.. I'm guessing there is a reason for that.

While we are foodies and enjoy fine dining at it's best we are also "city kids" who love local dive bars (... I mean where the locals actually hang out) and as my Southern grandmother would say good ol' down home cookin'. So any tips to point us in that direction it would be killer.

Finally, I would like everyone's opinion on the best of the following:
Shrimp & grits
Red beans & Rice

Is Fried Okra a New Orleans thing? I haven't had any great fried Okra since my grandad passed away, but he was a Virginian.

Okay I think that should be enough for now, in case you haven't noticed I am more that a bit excited about our little adventure... although I've never been I know I am going to fall in love with NO.

OH! One last question does anyone know where Tennessee Williams wateringhole might be and if it would still be in operation? As an actress I must pay homage.

Jan 02, 2008
Violetlee in New Orleans