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Kansha Creamery (Gardena)

I went last night around 10:45pm after ordering too much at Torihei.

They had about 5 flavors to choose from, and I ordered the "Mr Universal" in their waffle cone. Mr. Universal is a vanilla with chunks of oatmeal cookie.

It was GREAT! Very creamy, not too sweet, and awesome chunks of cookie that weren't too big. I can't analyze ice cream the way some hounds do in the Jeni's thread, but to my unsophisticated ice cream tasting tongue I found it to be a real memorable treat. I liked it better than my trip to Jeni's last week. They have a Staus Milk logo on their wall, so I assume they use their milk to make their ice cream.

My only complaint, if I had to make one, is that I found their waffle cone a little too sweet, and thus the waffle cone competes with the ice cream for my taste buds' attention. A small quibble that isn't a big deal.

I was told that they change their flavors every Tuesday, so be sure to call in to see their offerings.

Overall, it's another great addition to the South Bay food scene.

Fujino (Gardena), Shoya (Lomita), Morinoya (omakase questions)

Can you post a link to the Fujino yelp page? i must be inept because Google isn't turning it up for me. :(

Apr 03, 2015
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Favorite Liu Sha Bao? (Egg Custard Steamed Bun)

A friend of mine is in Singapore and posted this delicious pic of Liu Sha Bao. Who in the SGV makes the best?

Apr 01, 2015
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Korean Market

I'd recommend Angus Meat Market in Torrance on Sepulveda, just off Hawthorne Blvd. The real stand out for me is their spicy pork, but their bulgogi is quite tasty as well. Their marinated meats have a much stronger, bolder flavor than most of the Korean restaurants I've been to. It's a little pricy, I think I payed around $8-$9 a pound for the marinated meat, but I really felt it was worth it.

Also, there is a Korean supermarket a half mile east of there so you can load up on other Korean items as well.

Mar 17, 2015
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Sushi in South Bay (revisited)

@pescaholic others have grumbled in other threads that Nozomi doesn't give the same quality of food to their white customers when compared to their Japanese customers. Is this hogwash, or did you pick up on any of this, assuming that you're white?

Feb 08, 2015
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Comparing Ethiopian restaurants

Very interesting thread and I think we all appreciate the thoroughness of your analysis.

Fairfax gets all the attention but there a ton of Ethiopian places in and around Inglewood. I'd love for you to try one of these places as well to see if there are any good.

Jan 08, 2015
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Best Modernised Sushi in LA

If you go to Kanpai use the coupon.

Jan 08, 2015
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Thai Crispy Rice Hits the South Bay: Bowl Thai in Gardena!

I went to Bowl Thai last night in Gardena in the packed Todai Plaza and noticed they had the Crispy Rice dish (with ginger, sausage, etc) on their specials board. I ordered it and thought it was fairly tasty, although not in the same league as Can-Coon in Bellflower or some places in Thai Town. Nevertheless, it was a welcome relief from the very mediocre, not very complex Thai food that we South Bay locals have to settle on when eating South Bay Thai.

Everything else on the menu was a notch above your typical South Bay Thai place, although still not nearly as interesting as Thai Town spots. I wouldn't drive more than 15-20 minutes to eat there, but if you are in the area and are also tired of the Thai Dishes in Manhattan Beach, then I think it's worth checking out.

P.S. The lady at the counter said they can always make the crispy if you just ask, whether it's on the specials board or not. She also said that the owners are Thai-Chinese.

Your FAV BBQ in the Valley:

I think that any BBQ joint has its specialty. Did you try the fatty bristket at Smoke City? I thought it was incredible.

Sushi in South Bay (revisited)

Regarding markambrose's recs:

My itamae at Mori said his friend works at Nozumi in Torrance and said it's legit.

I've been meaning to check out Yanagi Bistro as it looks tasty. Kanpai in westchester can be good but be sure to get the coupon, otherwise the price to quality ratio is off.

Unrelated, if you are a "pescaholic" be sure to check out the fish at Coni Seafood in Lennox, only a 15 minutes drive from MB.

Vietnamese "Food to Go" Places in SGV

I'm curious if anyone can recommend a good Vietnamese "Food to Go" place in the SGV area? The type of place that you see everywhere in Little Saigon where you can buy a hundred egg rolls, spring rolls, etc for a very affordable price.


Dec 05, 2014
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Mini Chinese take out boxes?

Maybe Canton Food Co in downtown LA on Alameada? They cater to the trade.

Tuesdays with Mori

Last night I had the pleasure of having an omakase dinner at Mori, my first ever omakase experience. I've been wanting to try omakase ever since I read an article in the LA Times back in 2005 detailing the ritual, and after a long wait the day of reckoning arrived. The experience was truly remarkable.

I'll be very honest, I know next to nothing about fish, knife skills, and all those finer points that people argue over. There were some very unique and interesting flavors that I’ve never experienced before. What made the meal memorable for me, however, was not so much the food, which was delicious, but the experience of conversing with the itamae Yoshi-san. Over the course of two and a half hours we had an engaging discussion on a wide range of topics; everything from the fish, the seasons, his techniques, the ceramics, restaurants in LA, Japanese food in Japan, on and on.

I felt like I finally found a restaurant that has a soul and a point of view, not just another tasty yet generically competent concept from a trendy dining group that gets the food world buzzing with good PR and bacon. The ability of looking the person who is preparing your food in the eye as they discuss each dish or fish created a connection that transcends the mere sense of taste.

If I had the economic means I’d try to eat there every month, but alas my budget is smaller than my appetite. Nevertheless, the experience was very memorable and I’d encourage omakase fence sitters to give it a whirl.

Fresh Yuzu Sightings?

We are getting into Yuzu season. Has anyone seen ripe, bright yellow yuzu citrus anywhere? I saw some smallish greenish/yellow ones a few weeks ago at the Mitsuwa in Torrance and Marukai on Gardena (both locations). I'm curious if anyone has them at the local farmers markets?

Nov 17, 2014
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Best pecan pie in LA?

I think Apple Pan has burn their pecan too many times for me. Plus, I'm not a fan of their crust.

I think Bake n Broil in Long Beach does a better pecan with a better crust, although I think it's still just a tad too sweet. I try to cut it with some fresh whip cream.

I will be trying out Whole Food's Pecan Pie, which they bake only around Thanksgiving. We'll see how it compares to Bake N Broil.

Nov 14, 2014
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First time at Coni Seafood, select items for a group of 4? Paging WSG

I'm obsessed with with the camarones culichis, which comes in a very rich green cheesy sauce. I also love the marlin tacos (just get one order and everyone can take a bite). If you like heat the cevisushi is ceviche with some habenero sauce here and there to kick things up.

Nov 11, 2014
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L'Amande French Bakery -- BH, tomorrow?

I go to the Torrance store but still took advantage of the BBE deal.

You must get the almond croissant. They obviously love almonds there (hence their name), and the almond croissant is made with their own homemade marzipan. They are a pricy but I think the quality is high.

Nov 11, 2014
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Taco Zone, has anyone tried it?

They are famous for their suadero and their mulitas. I combine both and order suadero mulitas. I think it's very, very tasty and a very good option when you're in the general area.

El Chato has way better al pastor.

Nov 05, 2014
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The Tokyo-LA Sushi Gap is Closing

What about Mori... up to Tokyo standards?

Oct 10, 2014
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Sushi In OC: Found! Kasen.

As someone who wants to try omakase, this seems like a place that delivers Mori-like quality for a relative bargain. Do you agree, or should I just go to Mori to establish a base level of quality and then venture out to the Kasens and Go Marts?

Oct 06, 2014
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ISO Pecan Pie or Tart

I like Jongewaard's Bake n Broil in Long Beach. Just as good filling as Apple Pan's pecan pie, but with a much better crust.

Sep 16, 2014
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Ramen Yokocho Fest at Marukai Gardena- Sep 3 - Oct 27th 2014

I recently visited the Marukai Japanese supermarket on Artesia Blvd in Gardena and saw their advertisement for a fairly elaborate ramen festival over the next several weeks.

The line up from the website:

9/4 ~ 7 Menya Hiromaru From Toyama Japan
9/10~15 Shoki Ramen House From Sacramento CA
9/17~24 Tsujita Tokyo From Tokyo Japan
9/26~29 Tatsunoya From Kurume Fukuoka Japan
10/1~6 Hakata Hide Chan From From Fukuoka Japan
10/8~13 Chanpontei From Omi, Shiga Japan
10/15~20 Kamitoku From Ginza Tokyo Japan
10/22~27 Taishoken From Ikebukuro Tokyo Japan

Looks like they are flying in ramen chefs in from Japan, which makes me pretty excited!


Sep 08, 2014
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Not Kimbab but Sakae Sushi in Gardena sells futomaki-style sushi which might do the trick. It's delicious, reasonably priced,and always a hit when I take it to parties. FYI cash only.

Sep 04, 2014
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We have it good in LA - for sushi

Thinking about going to either Nozomi or Mori for omakase, as Nozomi is closer and seems to be a better value. However, Mori seems do have a "brand" that has earned its' reputation. Which do you recommend?

Aug 16, 2014
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Fresh Soba Noodles in OC- Tanakaya

Has anyone tried this new place Tanakaya in Tustin? Apparently they make their own soba noodles from scratch.

Looks legit.

Aug 04, 2014
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Best Pho in Hawthrone?

Are you thinking of Pho Ever on Rosecrans, close to Western? My Vietnamese tailor said that is her favorite pho in the South Bay.

Aug 03, 2014
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Annapurna Southern Indian- Lawndale

My go to Indian restaurant in the South Bay for the last 10 years has been Al Noor (yes, I know it's Pakistani). In a quest for new and different flavors I decided to try Annapurna Southern Indian which is also located on Hawthorne Blvd in Lawndale.

The menu has dishes from all over India, so we got a "Butter Chicken" (aka Chicken Makni), Chicken Chettinadu, and a vegetable biryani. The two curries were good, were quite flavorful, and had a fair amount of spice (although I'd prefer spicier). The biryani was just ok, as the rice was slightly overcooked and the vegetables previously frozen. We also had some naan which was not as good as Al Noor's. We did have a bread called Malabar Paratha, which was overpriced but quite tasty.

There is also an inter sting part of the menu called "Indo Chinese" which we were told consists of Indian dishes with Chinese influences. We got something called "Chili Chicken", which was deep fried pieces of chicken with some type of spicy red curry coating that had the faintest sweetness. This dish was just ok, but I'm still interested in trying some of the other dishes from this part of the menu.

Overall, I enjoyed the meal enough to go back and try some more dishes, especially more southern Indian dishes. Would I brave 45 minutes of traffic to eat here? Probably not, but for my fellow South Bay hounds it's worth checking out. Worth noting, everyone in the restaurant was Indian, and when I peaked in the back all the cooks looked Indian too. I was also told that new management took over a few months ago and has added some new dishes.

Jul 21, 2014
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Indonesian/Malay food - restaurants/food courts/rijstafel

Have you tried Toko Rame in Bellflower, right next to the 91 freeway?

I went there in December with my friend who grew up in LA but has been living in Indonesia for the last few years (in Bandung). He said the flavors are pretty close to Indonesia, with the Nasi Bungkus being the closest to the real deal.

I thought most of the food was really flavorful and definitely worth checking out. Let me know what you think!

Toko Rame
17155 Bellflower Blvd
Bellflower, CA 90706

May 14, 2014
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dive bar in anaheim area for a few stiff drinks after the excruciatingly saccharine faux world that is disney.

Take 5
10570 Magnolia Ave, Anaheim, CA 92804
(714) 761-4910

It's in a giant ugly strip mall next to Super King Market. Look for the black metal screen door and report back on the experience!

May 02, 2014
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Excellent Peruvian food in L.A.?

What about El Rocoto? They are kind of mid-brow, but have some fairly refined dishes that are miles above El Pollo Inka. I go to the one in Gardena, but they have one in Cerritos.

May 01, 2014
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