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Soft shell crabs?

The Ivy did not have them yet this week but should be receiving them soon. They have always been delicious there.

May 06, 2015
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Anguilla Favorites

Going to Anguilla in May for the first time. I found threads on this site but most were a few years old. Would love recs for the following please:
Favorite lunch spots
Favorite casual dinners
Favorite higher end dinner
Best Beach bars

Ingo's Tasty Diner - Santa Monica

Enjoyed a delicious dinner at the brand new Ingo's Diner on Wilshire in Santa Monica. We enjoyed our food more than at their sister restaurant The Misfit.

Food and service were great although it does not resemble a diner in any way - other than the fact that there are booths.
We started with very good deviled eggs. I had snapper with forbidden rice that was seasoned perfectly and tasted very fresh. Truly delicious. I tasted the chopped salad and it was also very good. Our waitress was fantastic.

The only clue from the waitstaff that the restaurant is new was the fact that several waiters and waitresses continued to circle the room in a row doing virtually nothing. It was a bit odd. They have a Happy Hour until 7:00pm but it's only drinks at this point. The menu is limited (burgers, salads, steak, fish...) but will expand soon. They will begin serving breakfast and lunch soon also. A welcome addition to the neighborhood!

Apr 28, 2015
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Doesn't anyone make Steak Fries Anymore?

Sorry - just saw that you are looking for O. C area.

Apr 21, 2015
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Doesn't anyone make Steak Fries Anymore?

Petit Trois

Apr 21, 2015
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Perch - DTLA

Going to a business dinner at Perch tonight. It looks pretty but haven't heard much about their food. Are there any "must try" dishes?

Apr 21, 2015
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Best Lobster Roll in LA?

Without a doubt Connie and Ted's

Apr 20, 2015
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Top 5 Downtown L A?

Due to ridiculous traffic getting to DTLA from The Westside (what else is new) we parked once and went to Kendall's at The Music Center. It was surprisingly very good. The Opera was fantastic! Enjoy your weekend.

Apr 10, 2015
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Top 5 Downtown L A?

You are too funny J.L! Any ideas? Just looking for a decent meal before the Opera that's not a production. Taking my daughter to the Opera as part of her Birthday present and we already did the long, birthday dinner at Mastro's in Malibu on her actual Birthday.

Apr 08, 2015
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Top 5 Downtown L A?

What are your top five restaurants dtla -nothing over $30 person (before drinks) and not Asian or Mexican? Thanks in advance

Apr 08, 2015
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Near Music Center - DTLA

Any ideas near The Music Center DTLA pre-opera? Probably not Asian or Mexican and under $30 per person.

Apr 07, 2015
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Baltaire in Brentwood

Service at lunch was surprisingly good considering it's new. Salads were good too.

Mar 16, 2015
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Rehersal dinner in Santa Monica area

I am planning a rehearsal dinner in the private room at Ivy at the Shore.

Mar 16, 2015
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Palm Springs Report

You are correct Fourunder. It was the red Manhattan chowder

Mar 11, 2015
flowergirl in California

Baltaire in Brentwood

Baltaire is finally open in the former Cheesecake Factory location on San Vicente in Brentwood. It's a gorgeous space that features a lovely indoor outdoor patio with comfortable tables. I had lunch there today and was quite happy. You never would have known by the smooth service that they have only been open three days. I shared both a Greek Salad and a Lobster Cobb. They were both fresh and delicious and the dressing was perfect. I am looking forward to returning for dinner soon.

Mar 11, 2015
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Palm Springs Report

Just returned from a weekend in the desert. Once again Chowhound came through.
We enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Wilma and Frieda. The highlight for me was their New England Clam Chowder. I rarely find the red chowder on the West Coast and it's even rarer that it's this delicious. Their turkey club salad was excellent as well.
Dinner at Copley's was perfect. We sat on the lovely patio. Our waiter was terrific and the food was spot on. Their New York steak was the best steak I have had in quite some time. I wold love to find a similar restaurant in L A.
Sunday brunch at Lulu was surprisingly good. I had heard mixed things but it looked like a fun place for breakfast. I had scrambled eggs with Boursin cheese and I now want to try this at home. My husband had corned beef hash and said it was fantastic. The only mediocre meal was at Roc's Firehouse in Palm Desert. We wanted something quick and easy before our ride back but the service was the worst and the food was pretty bad. Roc's Firehouse was NOT a Chowhound recommendation. All in all a fun weekend filled with delicious food. Thank You Chowhound!

Mar 09, 2015
flowergirl in California

San Pedro

Going to the wonderful annual Holiday Show at The Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro on Saturday. Would love a couple restaurant suggestions close by.

Dec 19, 2014
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Maui - Lahaina

I am recommending restaurants in Lahaina to friends who have never been. Are Kimo's and Leilani's decent? I liked them many years ago. They have children so looking for something on the water that will appeal to the family.

Dec 16, 2014
flowergirl in Hawaii

London's Best

Visiting for a week and would love five must visit restaurants.
All areas are fine and price is not an issue.
Probably not looking for Indian or Asian. Would love one for each of the following criteria. Thank You!
1. classic old British restaurant - had dinner at Rules years ago
2. trendy and fun with great atmosphere
3. fantastic food - your favorite restaurant
4. local out of the way
5. old school steak and roast
A few I have heard are good
Restaurant Story
Roast
Clarke's
Zaferan
Sketch
Orrery
The Ivy

Thank You!

Dec 03, 2014
flowergirl in U.K./Ireland

Santa Monica

Looking for a restaurant in Santa Monica that would work for a rehearsal dinner in August for 30 guests. A private room would be nice but not necessary. Not Mexican or Asian.

Nov 14, 2014
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Weekend Trip Report

Stayed in Del Mar (from L A) last weekend and enjoyed delicious meals.

We started with a wonderful dinner at Cafe Secret in Del Mar. The Peruvian food was delicious and the cafe is truly charming. The flavors were bold but not overpowering. Loved the patio and the service was perfect.

Brunch at The Grand Del Mar was fine. We sat outside and it was a gorgeous day. The food wasn't special but it was certainly decent and the lovely gardens were in bloom so it was quite pleasant.

Dinner at Parkhouse Eatery in University Heights was excellent. We sat on their heated porch and had a fantastic waitress. My pan roasted half chicken was delicious. It's a cross between baked chicken and a chicken stew with a flavorful broth and great vegetables. My husband had the mixed grill with three types of fish and our friend who lives in San Diego (and recommended the restaurant) had the meatloaf. They both raved about their meals. Delicious Sangria added a flavorful touch to the evening. Would love to find a place like this in L A.

Brunch at The Patio in Mission Hills was a pleasant way to begin our Sunday. Such a great space and the food was good. The Farmers Market in Hillcrest followed but we were too full to try the food. Definitely need to return as it looked amazing.

All in all - great meals and gorgeous weather. Looking forward to our next weekend visit.

La Canada Flintridge

Thanks ElsieDee - looks very interesting. I made reservations at Dish but will remember this for another evening.

La Canada Flintridge

Thanks Medrite - this looks great! The kind of place I always look for (and rarely find) on the Westside.

Oct 29, 2014
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

La Canada Flintridge

Going to the Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns tonight in La Canada Flintridge. Would love ideas for dinner in this area. Not Asian please.

Oct 29, 2014
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Is The Ladies Gunboat Society still worth going to?

I had two recent meals here. One was just okay but the other was excellent. I agree with Jack Flash - not sure why the menu still states that it's best to eat family style as the entrees really aren't easy to share. They are large enough to share just not food that's easily portioned. The steak was fantastic as were all of the sides and appetizers. I had dinner there last week - we were a party of six and all enjoyed every bite. The patio is quite nice and the service was wonderful.

Oct 29, 2014
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Westwood Village update

Thank You for this great list!
I live close to Westwood and I had no idea Simplethings opened. I have enjoyed the soup and salad at their other location and ordered the mini pies for parties.
I would like a closer Tender Greens. It's a quick healthy option.
We tried Garlos and were not impressed with the Aussie Pies although they were very nice.
Anxiously awaiting The Boiling Crab.
Westwood certainly has potential. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Oct 29, 2014
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Weekend in Del Mar

Visiting your lovely town for a long weekend. Any favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Happy to drive a bit. Not looking for anything too formal and nothing Asian or Mexican. Thanks in advance!

Oct 24, 2014
flowergirl in San Diego

Med Cafe - Marina del Rey

Med Cafe on Washington Blvd (a couple of blocks from the beach) is a nice change from the other restaurants in the area. They specialize in Mediterranean food. Their dips are tasty and light, the Mediterranean burger with roasted peppers & Feta Cheese is delicious and the homemade dressing on their salads is wonderful. It's casual and easy, the price is reasonable and they have a nice little patio.
Welcome to the neighborhood Med Cafe!

Oct 13, 2014
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Cheese (West LA and Northwest suburbs)

Also, Artisan Cheese Shop is a wonderful little cheese shop and cafe that serves delicious cheese plates, salads and sandwiches in Studio City. It's just about the only place I will go to the valley for.

Oct 07, 2014
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area

Cheese (West LA and Northwest suburbs)

Great little cheese shop adjacent to Wally's Wines on Westwood Boulevard.

Oct 07, 2014
flowergirl in Los Angeles Area