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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
-Mapo

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
-brisket
-st. louis ribs
-pork short rib
-turtle
-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.

Italian Dinner-Los Angeles (Decisions?)

i dislike the place...i just don't think the food is executed well. wish we had babbo here.

Salt and Straw

it's a classic flavor at their PDX locations. perhaps if enough people request for it here they'll make it happen? love it.

Salt and Straw

McConnell's is an updated take on old fashioned American ice cream parlour-style.
Carmela is simple flavors (brown sugar vanilla, earl grey) done beautifully.
Salt & Straw is unique flavors (pear & blue cheese, tomato water and olive oil sherbet) done beautifully.
Quenelle is closer to the likes of Salt & Straw more than it is to the others, but it's more simplistic in that it's generally more about a single unique flavor rather than the combination of 2 (kecap manis, concord grape).

Quenelle is good but sometimes the texture is a tad icier than i prefer. I wish he would offer the desserts he does for food fests as they have all, in my experience, been absolutely superb.

Agreed that it's most definitely been a banner year for ice cream in LA.

Sunday brunch in West LA

Farmshop? I haven't been to Flores but I've been to their other renditions and while I don't enjoy everything that comes out of their kitchens, their biscuits really are amazing. I'm not much of a fan of superba or 3 square.

The hart and the hunter, did it close or still open?

uh-O, i certainly hope not. best biscuits in LA.

Saint Martha

Ample parking as the restaurant is small and the rest of the businesses in the lot close relatively early.

Saint Martha

Atmosphere is small, quaintly casual chic - quite cozy.

Saint Martha

Went last night and had the following dishes:

- chicken liver mousse w/mushroom, hazelnut praline, pickled blueberries & toast
- sea urchin “tataki” with avocado mousse, hearts of palm and seaweed doritos
- octopus with koshihikari rice, sauce nero, lardo and espelette
- steak and oyster tartare with champagne sabayon and bone marrow beignets
- brassicas with toasted brewer’s yeast, mushroom and egg
- tomato with raw milk panna cotta, summer vegetables and tomato dashi
- diver scallop with black trumpet mushrooms, endive, white yam puree and smoked dulse
-braised Niman Ranch pork belly with mustard, red cabbage gazpacho and gherkins
- peanut butter ganache (pb glazed poundcake, pb ice cream, grilled grapes, choco-covered grapes)
- carrot cake w/carrot sorbetto, coconut jerky, almond brittle, avocado mousse, marshmallow cream

Overall it was a great dinner. The steak+oyster tartar was the table favorite w/the highlight being the bone marrow beignets, natch. My party thought the seaweed doritos in the urchin tataki dish were stale... I'm not sure if they were stale or if they were intentionally made chewy. Nobody, myself included, cared for the carrot cake dessert, although I did like a few of the elements on their own such as the coconut jerky (I was alone on this but I enjoyed the spiced ginger flavor) and the marshmallow cream.

Everything we tried was interesting but not overly so like some places that are blatantly trying too hard to make every dish an unusual standout. Will definitely make a return visit. Fresh new vibe in the heart of ktown!

Korean Fried Chicken

do the same at dwit gol mok - get the spicy wings and ask for the sauce on the side to keep the skin succulently crispy. 50% off all food during HH (5-8pm weekdays).

Korean Fried Chicken

ob bear, prince, kyochon and dwit gol mok.

Little Jewel

Love the feel of the place, had a great chat w/Chef Marcus about beignets...but the crawfish mac was a letdown. The noodles were way overcooked. The banana pudding looked promising and the brownish banana color made me excited, but it was too dense and texture was pasty. I definitely did appreciate that it was banana pudding and not your usual yellow-beigeish vanilla pudding. Still, I plan to go back and try the chaurice or cochon de lait, hopefully not so much a fail.

Kouing Aman?

Did try La Belle Terre back in june - no bueno. Recently had Bouchon's and was sorely disappointed. I actually knew I'd be right when I walked in and spotted them - they now look exactly like the flat ones at Bouchon in LV. :*(

With bay area shops (i.e. Ike's, Philz, Craftsman&Wolve) making their way down here, I'm totally rooting (and praying) that B Patisserie does soon. Belinda's kouign amanns are my #1 now that Bouchon's is no longer the same.

GCM is Getting The Best Ice Cream Parlour

Finally got to try it @ the fried chicken festival this past wknd - great all-American parlor-type ice cream...just simple goodness. Carmela is still my fave in the area but I prefer McConnells to Sweet Rose.