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Allegro at Wynn - not as "casual" as the website would suggest, but excellent no less

Wow! Thanks....how do you know of this family style and do other restaurants in LV do this on tasting menus? Just wow!

Apr 25, 2015
chewbacca in Las Vegas

sedona v flagstaff

Stay in Jerome and go on day trips to Flag and Sedona. You should not choose your location based on dinner. Will you be visiting grand canyon and points north or east? If so you must stay in Flagstaff as there as distances are far. Even a crappy Indian taco by the side of the road is fantastic when you are in monument valley or canyon de chelly. Or anytime!

Apr 25, 2015
chewbacca in Southwest
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Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

Thanks Skellner...see you there on Monday....what hours do they open? Thanks again for this hot tip. Is this location cash only too?

Apr 24, 2015
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

Jon & Vinny's

I really miss Damiano's green (spinach) crust pizza. They should serve it as a tribute to the space and better days when we could get a az at all hours of the night and on the cheap. Anyway I'll have to check this place out.

Buying Wild, good quality, Seafood? Los Angeles? Farmers Markets? Tips?

You're right...its next weekend.

Apr 18, 2015
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

Buying Wild, good quality, Seafood? Los Angeles? Farmers Markets? Tips?

Go to Ventura Fish Company today and tomorrow for fresh local (not too!) fish. 8am-3pm....they will filet for you there. See venturafishcompany.com

Apr 18, 2015
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

pre-dinner drinks around taylor's steakhouse

Yep best pre drinks are at Taylor's. Agree w Yogachik

Apr 18, 2015
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

Anything interesting in San Fernando Valley?

Why do you care about the Tuning Fork website having a corporate vibe? and why not just visit the restaurant instead and judge them on that? Also if you are a food critic, why are you asking these questions?

Apr 17, 2015
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

Persian or Turkish Beef Stew (or Beef Filling)?

I usually make ghormeh sabzi or gheymeh....these are better with rice than in a philo dough.....I think. I serve the gheymeh with French fries on top..... You could be creative and try it out!? Kookoo would be a good filling but wouldn't use up your beef!

TJ's has NO walnuts for another 3 or so months - now where?

Sprouts in the bulk items

Type of white "shortcake" used in grocery stores strawberry shortcake - recipe?

Angel food cake.....healthy too

Mar 12, 2015
chewbacca in Home Cooking

Shuttle to Walt Disney Hall?

At his is an old thread; McCormick & Schmick is out as that location is now closed.

Mar 11, 2015
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

Bill's Hamburgers Bang for your Burger Buck

yes you can order the burger any way you want. Each iteration is perfectly made and just right. They've got a parts of a good burger....even their shredded lettuce is even, perfect and serene and can do it your way. Love and perfection in the assembly.

Mar 01, 2015
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

Bill's Hamburgers Bang for your Burger Buck

I agree these are great burgers. They also are consistent, and always perfect...that, too is their perfection.

Mar 01, 2015
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

jackfruit

Frozen works fine too.....any Asian market.

Feb 07, 2015
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area
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Tiki bars? And tiki food?

Twin Dragon, their pupu platter rules, there is a trader Vic's downtown although I have not been to the "new" location. I think ray's Hawaiian may qualify as well. If you find anything in the valley let me know...oh, maybe Damon's for ribs and chi Chi's

Feb 06, 2015
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

Why does Ralph's send me coupons for items that don't have?

My ralphs has a whole bunch of hams in the discount section...like 70% off. I think you can freeze them if you have a large freezer. Also,talk to the manager, my ralphs does not have private selection bread..which they send a coupon for?! I say, can I have this other ralphs made bread, and yes, they approve. Lastly these coupons are good on heavily discounted items..like day old bread or Christmas hams.

Jan 29, 2015
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

Sherman Oaks/Encino lightweight dinner suggestions please

Fab's has that homey feeling. It fits the bill!

Jan 22, 2015
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

La Fogata is not much but it is great for a group. Endless serve yourself coffee and snowbirds think they're in heaven. Good salsa bar, reasonable prices and the breakfast can be American or mexican. They have burgers too. They may just love it! Especially recommended for large group mexican breakfasts!

For take out or take over the place/parking lot...pica paco. Homemade tortillas and their green chili pork burritos cannot be beat. No alcohol but great mexican coffee! Hope your group is casual!

Dec 29, 2014
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

Best Fried Chicken in the Valley?

Mom's on Vanowen in Valley Glen is delicious! $4.99 lunch special 2 piece chicken until 2pm M-F!

Dec 29, 2014
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

Valley restaurant for small wedding

Blu jam....they have white tableclothes and crystal. Can be buffet or table service. Nice place if the weather is nice and it usually is. If you can dream it you can do it around here. Epic bar also has a nice room that opens up and plenty of room for a band.

Dec 28, 2014
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

I heard that cactus taqueria is moving into the old Manny's place! I hope it opens soon and it would be great!

Dec 26, 2014
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

Coffee Syrups - Where to buy?

You can buy them directly from Starbucks if they have ones you like. My friend buys them and they are quite reasonably priced. I'm sure CBTL would sell to you as well.

Nov 23, 2014
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

Zam Zam market closing in Culver City

He might just want to come to the valley in case the area is too pricey! They will come!

Nov 14, 2014
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area
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Kid-friendly yet high quality food in North Shore Lake Tahoe?

Was just up there and really enjoyed our grilled sausage and beers at the Mellow Fellow just over the CA border in North Tahoe. Normally I don't dig dreaded people serving my food but the ladies were so cool! Doing a great job on the chalkboard art/menu! We had a nice time and the husky is beautiful and working! Thanks for making that area fun for us. Also recommended for families and anyone. $

We also went to Gar Woods for the great m-f happy hour. The wet woodies are a super brain freeze (151 float!). This place also is a chain of 2 restaurants Riva Grill on south shore is also terrific! 1/2 price woodys and pizza and apps 4-6:30pm. Worth it and buzzy!

As for hotels, Border house is fantastic with toto color therapy tubs and frette linens. It is a historical place and everything was top notch. However I cannot recommend bistro Elise at crystal bay casino. Cheap but not good :(

Lupitas mexican restaurant in incline village was delicious casual and also family! The homemade guacamole and chile verde burrito were both amazing. Both a sea of green and super delicious. Wish I had a photo of the willie and the verde burrito. Memorable!

Nov 12, 2014
chewbacca in California

Dr. Sandwich - Middle Eastern fast food

Yes I work right by there and love the European flair. The guys cut the swarms from a large spit. They are heavy on the chicken with beef m-w-f I believe. The meat has a lot of cinnamon so there's that. They also have a small case of prepared take out. This place is Israeli and the guys are fun but I also must recommend the daily kabobs etc at sabzee market 1 block down and on the other side of the street. Also fresh flatbreads by lunch time from the tanoor. The neighborhood is not half bad. Once I popped into baklava factory and saw an entire bakers sheet piled high with tiny 3/4" Andy Warhol style marzipan bananas perfectly painted with the black marks.... Enough for thousands of cupcakes or ? I am still dreaming. I thought they were always ther but when I went back I found they must have Ben a custom order because their regular banana in the marzipan fruit salad was large and roughly done. The minis were perfecto!

Nov 05, 2014
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

The Pit, Smoked BBQ on Alameda, near Glenoaks, in Burbank/Glendale?

Ok I was just there. I had a groupon for $30 and so I got the sampler platter plus chimi churri mashed potatoes and backed beans. The vibe might be good for a bite but I would recommend pick up to go. Burbank was beautiful that day and they do have a small covered patio by the alley but apparently the city won't let them seat there?! The bathroom is in an apt bldg next door ( but clean and free perfume!). You order from the non people friendly guy who passes the order through a small window. The place is weird but the meat is good! The brisket was to die for, also pork, pork rib. Chicken wing wasn't crispy but not bad. The sampler platter did not even come with a slice of crappy white bread. Nothing, no pickles. The small $3 side orders . Beans were good but too sweet, but good. I didn't like the potatoes but days later made a corn taco with them and some meat and it was all good!

Nov 05, 2014
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

My silly Safeway seafood salad search

The one on Kester?

Oct 31, 2014
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

Private Luncheon in the Valley? ANYWHERE in the Valley?

Epic bar has a nice room and will open for you for lunch for a part of that size!

Sep 07, 2014
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area

Cornesh Pasty in LA?

Yes, I'd say the food is authentic plus they have an English shop next door where they probably sell a frozen version. Pasty and a warm gin, yum! Not to mention they have 4 types of chips plus an array of fried foods. Bad good bad!

Sep 05, 2014
chewbacca in Los Angeles Area