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What does New York have that LA doesn't?

top places in manhattan or top places in manhattan that LA doesn't have? (re: wolfgang's)

What does New York have that LA doesn't?

fyi, they're opening up a flood of shops across the states, many in this area. I personally adore it (lamb and rice only) so I'm glad they're finally gracing us...every time I go (or a close friend), I have a couple plates brought back.

Delicious Italian, American, Farm-To-Table Recommendations? Help

get the terrine, don't get the fish&chips.

2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

Re: Terrine, went in their 1st week so it may have very well improved since then. The octopus w/burrata was pretty good, as was the the squid ink campanelle. The agnolotti w/truffled rice was too one dimensional in both taste and texture, and the supposedly famous "city's best" fish & chips were not good at all, even the chips. The terrine platter was excellent, thankfully as it is their namesake.

Great service.

Oh Ma Ni (Koreatown)

which chicken soup do you like?

If you had to pick 3 of the 5 which would you choose?

bestia and chi spacca. no 3rd.

TERRINE on Beverly

charcuterie plate with the namesake terrines was great, the octopus burrata starter also pretty good (after the first few bites where the flavor seems a tad muted). squid ink pasta was fine, albeit basic, the truffled rice agnolotti was a fail with its undercooked pasta and the filling being more cheesey than nything else, the hyped "best fish & chips in town" proving to be neither. pretty space, esp the patio, but dishes are a hit or miss.

Butchers & Barbers-- Anybody been?

second the cauliflower. everything I had was good to great, just don't get the cote de boeufe as it was a sore wreck, esp at 120$.

Sushi Tsujita, Nozawa Bar, or Q?

I don't care in the least bit about the atmosphere, which is why I was fine with Go's Mart seeral yrs ago (can't think of a crappier setting haha). I've most definitely read through all your posts on the omakase thread- mighty impressive year for you on the sushi front!! :) Now if I could only make up my mind...

Sushi Tsujita, Nozawa Bar, or Q?

Ciao Bob, do you agree with the others that the nigiri is better at Q?

Sushi Tsujita, Nozawa Bar, or Q?

So the actual sushi at Q is better than that at Tsujita, but the variety and creativity of the latter trumps that fact? To which place would you liken Tsujita's nigiri?

Sushi Tsujita, Nozawa Bar, or Q?

Yes, I've been to Mori and Shunji- love both though I've only been to Shunji once, and a couple yrs ago at that. I haven't been to Kiriko in years but it was never at the top of my list anyway. I'm torn between Tsujita and Q. Nigiri is my focus but Tsujita has been getting a lot of positive reviews...

Sushi Tsujita, Nozawa Bar, or Q?

Still haven't made my way to any of these...what is your rec, especially if you've been to all 3?

Kolache Factory

Tried it last year when they opened...had stopped by numerous times to see when they'd finally open, in eager anticipation as I love kolaches. Did not care for the savory or the sweet, and I tried most all of their offerings. It's a chain from Houston and as LA does not offer much competition in the kolache business, I think they'll do well enough. I'm still hoping a good kolache-making bakery starts up somewhere though.

Santa Monica Openings

Haven't been to the new storefront yet but the cookies i've tried from restaurants were not good at all, granted I've only tried 3-4 of them and this was a couple years back. Just another one of those promisingly creative flavors that aren't executed in final form.

Barrel & Ashes, meat porn folder:

no worries, you didn't miss out on the baby backs. of all 3 ribs I've tried the only ones likeable were the st. louis. I do hope he adds beef ribs at some point.

Park's BBQ vs Genwa vs Soowon vs ??? - Korean Food

KHD is great but solely for the pork bbq, and that mainly being pork jowl. Beef is not their forte.

For soup, it really depends on what type of soup you're looking for. Some examples:

-Han Bat for suhllungtang
-Parks for galbi tang (also Han Yang but that's in Buena Park)
-Olympic Noodle or Ma Dang Gook Soo for knife cut noodle soup
-Buil for sahmgyetang

Park's BBQ vs Genwa vs Soowon vs ??? - Korean Food

Yes, Park's is #1 in terms of the meat (beef). Soowon was good back in the day when they first opened but when I went for the first time in years, a couple of months ago, it was to my disappointment that I learned just how vast a decline it's suffered in terms of both quality and taste. Genwa is fine but if you really do care about the meat itself, why bother? Just stick to Park's.

Barrel & Ashes, meat porn folder:

they give you plenty of bbq sauce if you ask for it. did you try the st. louis? i liked those much better than the short rib and the spare ribs.

Barrel & Ashes, meat porn folder:

First time I went prior to the opening they said that both lunch service and take-out would come after they had settled into the groove of things so let's all be patient!

A not very extensive report on Barrel and Ashes.

What time were you seated?

Weirdest Ice Cream I've ever had...

Indeed, that's what I always end up doing- try all the weird flavors then go for what shouldn't be able to be messed up (almond brittle w/salted ganache, ooey gooey brownie, tomato/avocado sherbet). I do have to say, however, the apple pie flavor I had a short while back was pretty wretched, resulting in being tossed less than halfway through. I just wish they'd bring their pear&blue chz flavor down from portland. As far as unusual flavors go I think Quenelle tends to do a better job although they're generally lean toward the less bizarre side.

Barrel & Ashes, meat porn folder:

i have photos but they're super dark...doesn't offer much on the visuals. i'm going again tonight, perhaps i'll get some better ones, and hopefully the brisket will be 100% bombtastic....

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

I would also avoid BCD...that place is like the mcDz of soondubu. Go to Beverly if you want soondubu. Or even So Kong Dong.

Weirdest Ice Cream I've ever had...

+1 on salt&straw's thanksgiving menu. i tried the honey bourbon corn pudding which is not that odd sounding or tasting, then moved onto the cranberry walnut stuffing and the thanksgiving turkey...both were interesting but not very tasty. in any case, kudos to them for the creativity, for sure!

Barrel & Ashes, meat porn folder:

Went to the preview dinner, couldn't order the pulled pork or sausage as they were out. Did try the following:

-smoked chicken wings
-chicken biscuit sammi
-shells & chz
-hoe cake
-st. louis ribs
-pork short rib
-banana pudding

Smoked chicken wings were great, wouldn't have ordered them but 2 servers were raving about them so decided to give them a try. Great crisp skin w/smoky flavor.

"Best damn chick'n sandwich ya ever had" was indeed at least one of the best this gal's had. The coleslaw, pimento cheese, jalapeno, spicy batter-fried chicken breast - they all meshed well together with not one overpowering the other.

Shells and cheese, I'd skip. It's of the creamy-rather-than-cheesy kind, and frankly, just not enough of the cheese for me.

Hoe cake, omgawdddd good lawdy, hotdangit! Awesome buttery crisp exterior from the skillet, awesome maple butter flavor balanced with the cool savoriness from the green onions sprinkled on top...just all kinds of goodness. My friend and I already decided 1 per individual, next time we go.

Brisket, first 2 slices were pretty much the best thing ever, melt-in-your-mouth juicy meaty goodness...dare I say as good if not better than Franklin's? Yet as a stark contrast, the remaining half was extremely dry and not even close to being delicious. There was a line of fat running through that half as well so it's not that it was too lean. So utterly disappointing particularly after the initial orgasm in our mouths.

St. Louis ribs, this was a special of the night, great smoky char, would get this again.

Pork short ribs, super meaty and juicy, stood tall especially alongside the flat st. louis ribs. I can see this being popular with many and there was nothing bad about it but the flavor just didn't compare to the st. louis, which my friend and I definitely enjoyed the st. louis much more.

Desserts: turtle ice cream cake went out to nearly every table, or so it seemed. I didn't think it was all that, to our server's utter dismay. Banana pudding was equally disappointing. I see now that they've added a pb pie to the menu...

Banana Pudding?

Unfortunately, their banana pudding is not up to par. I had had olive & thyme's banana pudding omw to barrel & ashes and I was so sure it'd be, at the very least, better than that, but it was not. Too thick and dense with the toasted meringue overpowering the pudding.

Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

i miss the lavender vacherin....simply divine and divinely simple.

Anaheim Packing District bang^4

Please don't bother with Popbar, especially if you've been to Quenelle. The place reminds me of Afters = 100% not good, 100% "fueled by yelp."

Maude or chi SPACCA? - help for special occasion dinner

I've been to both and I say Maude, hands-down. Abs loved it and it fits the special occasion bill better than chi spacca.