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Best Upscale Thai Food in L.A.?

Ayara Thai in Westchester. Great fresh food, nice atmosphere, lots of elephants....

Jan 02, 2007
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Looking for eats near LAX

I second Ayara... can't go wrong there.

Jan 01, 2007
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The Great French Fry Debate

For value/tastiness ratio, I recommend Daglas Burgers on the corner of Vanowen and Winnetka in the Valley. For around 5 bucks they literally fill a cafeteria tray full of seasoned fries along with a decent charburger, and a 32 oz Pepsi. I believe the fries are of the freshly cut and seasoned variety rather than frozen.

Dec 31, 2006
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Santouka

The tofu place is called SoKongDong. There is also a very good bimbimbap place in the same plaza called Jeon Ju.

Corner of Olympic and Vermont.. on Vermont. Across the street from the market.

Nov 07, 2006
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Beacon in Culver City - Lunch Tomorrow

Pork belly udon is good.. sometimes a little salty. The pork is excellent.

The hamburger and fries are delicious. Ask for a side of wasabi relish.

On the lighter side, the curry chicken wrap is good too.

The hanger steak is also very good.

Nov 07, 2006
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Can someone recommend a Japanese Curry Restaurant?

If you are in the valley near CSUN, go to E&E Cafe. They serve my favorite japanese curry. I prefer it over Hurry Curry and Curry House by far. There is quite a E&E following with all the Japanese students at CSUN.

Unlike the bigger curry chains, E&E makes their curry "homestyle" from scratch. The curry is thicker and more stewy at E&E. I feel like Curry House and Hurry Curry's curry tastes like something you can make at home with those curry blocks you can buy at the market. This is not the case at E&E.

I like ordering the curry at 6 spiciness level. It's not all that spicy. Some people who order it at a lower level find it bland and really miss out on the subtle quality of the curry.

E&E also has lunch specials and their iced green tea as well as their macha floats are excellent.

Nov 06, 2006
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best Ramen on Sawtelle?

Other than the sometimes saltiness of the broth, I think chabuya is by the best on sawtelle. I believe they have toned down the saltiness a bit.

Ramen-ya and Asahi are really not very good compared to the Shinsengumis and Santoukas in So Cal.

Nov 02, 2006
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Chili My Soul - What's your favorite?

I love my chili in a lavash wrap.

Mango habanero chicken with sour cream, cilantro, and monterey jack.

Nov 02, 2006
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Good Asian food in Costa Mesa area?

I second Santouka. Great ramen.

Nov 02, 2006
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Attention K*Town Hounds

Jeon Ju on Olympic and Vermont for kalbi dorsot bimbimbap. One of the best if not best places for dorsot bimbimbap. It's located in the strip mall behind Hodori and Nakwon.

Also, in the same strip mall you can get soon du bu at Sokodong. I like the tofu there better than the BCD chain.

Oct 27, 2006
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Give Oinkster Another Try!

I find Arby's decent if you put enough sauce on it too. I don't care how hyped the restaurant is you shouldn't have to use condiments as a bandage.

Sure the sandwich may have a nice smoky taste without sauce, but if you were to do a blindfold test of this sandwich next to a common pulled pork sandwich you could get from the LA County Fair, would most people pick Oinkster's over the fair sandwich? I'm not so sure. Furthermore, add to the experiment the value factor. I think anyone could easily eat 2 or more pulled pork sandwiches from Oinkster, but I don't think many people would pay for 2 or more sandwiches. That alone makes me sad about Oinkster. When you think of the name Oinkster, you should expect big portions. Double the servings or something... at least people can say that Oinkster likes up to its name. I don't think it will ever live up to the preopening hype unless they get Norm Langer himself to make the food for us.

For pastrami and corned beef, I'm going to stick with Langer's and Brent's Deli. For pulled pork, I'll wait for the fair or go to any mom and pop BBQ joint.

Nice try Oinkster.

Oct 26, 2006
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Gui Rim in Koreatown?

I believe the 6th and Manhattan one changed ownership as the original owners moved to the newer location on 3rd and Vermont. I don't think the food has changed though. This is the rumor I heard. However, most of the waitresses from the 6th and Manhattan location are now at the 3rd and Vermont one. So has the woman (manager/owner?) with big hair. If you've been there, you should know what I am talking about.

Oct 25, 2006
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Who serves Tater Tots?

Not only does Sonic have Tater-tots.... but they have chili-cheese tater-tots....

Napoleon Dynamite would be jealous.

Oct 25, 2006
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Marina Del Rey area - tonight

Antica Pizza is pretty good for pizza and pasta.

If you head out towards Washington and find C&O too crowded, check out Gaby's Mediterranean Cafe.

Oct 23, 2006
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all you can eat korean bbq better than manna

I've never been to Soot Bull Jeep. So I can't comment on it. However, I've been to MDS, Manna, Family Restaurant (8th and Berendo), Shik Do Rak, Corner Place, Cho San and countless others. I still think Gui Rim 2 is the best hands down. They just do everything well. Some places might have one or two things that are better but they struggle with other things. Gui Rim does everything well. Gui Rim also has excellent pork belly/"bacon"... make sure you ask for the marinade before throwing it on the grill.

$15 is generally the price for all the AYCE places in K-town and does not include tax and tip.

The nice thing about Gui Rim 2 is that most the servers understand English very well. There is also one server that speaks fluent Mandarin, Korean, and decent English.

Oct 23, 2006
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Yogurt Land in Fullerton > Pinkberry

I was going to post this in the many Pinkberry posts so there wouldn't be yet another Pinkberry-related post but thought it deserved its own post.

I went to Pinkberry in K-town a couple weeks ago and found the prices way too high. It just isn't a good value. $6+ for yogurt? I wasn't impressed by how it tasted either. I have had comparable yogurt elsewhere. I wouldn't say I'm crazy about fro-yo, but I do like it from time to time.

The other night I went to Yogurt Land in Fullerton on Chapman and State College for the second time. They have similar tart plain yogurt as well as green tea and about 10 other flavors. You can put whatever type of toppings and as many as you want. They weigh the yogurt and whatever you put on it. It's only 30 cents an ounce (the employees have it printed on their t-shirts). My yogurt came out to under 3 bucks loaded with blueberries, strawberries and graham cracker crust. I thought it tasted better than what I had previously had at Pinkberry.

If you are ever in North Orange County, I'd recommend going to Yogurt Land. My experiences there have been much better than Pinkberry.

Yogurt Land:
Better Prices
Similar Plain Tart Yogurt
More Flavors
Personalized Toppings
Less hype
Free Wi-fi
Boba Drinks

Oct 23, 2006
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all you can eat korean bbq better than manna

I would recommend Soot Bool Gui Rim 2 on 3rd and Vermont over MDS. Same prices, better food. Meat cooked over charcoals instead of electric or gas grills. If you go, don't forget to ask for mool neng myun. It comes free near the end of the meal.

Oct 23, 2006
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Craving Banh Mi but don't know where to find it! (In LA, not OC)

Go to Valley Blvd in SGV. Forget Chinatown.

Bahn Mi Che Cali > Mr Baguette > Lee's

Oct 16, 2006
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Good, obscure eats in Pasadena - Paseo area

For some good heart clogging late night food, try Rick's drive-in off of Walnut. Their beef burritos are reminiscent of Taco Bell's extinct chili-cheese burrito aka "chilito" (imho the best thing taco bell ever had). They have tasty, crispy, airy fries. Also, their speciality is the spuderito - french fries, cheese, hot sauce wrapped in a tortilla. MMMmmMMMm Their burgers are not too shabby either. Rick's is far from gourmet food, but when you want a late night grease fix, you can't beat it in Paseo area.

Oct 01, 2006
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Oinkster in Eagle Rock

I bought into the hype and went to Oinkster tonight. I will give a review on it with no qualms because Oinkster definitely needs improvement. It does have potential and that's why I will give a review based on an opening day meal. I hope they work things out especially in the portions department.

I ordered an Oinkster's Pastrami combo that came with a soda and order of Belgian fries. The bill for this combo with tax came out to over $13. For the $13 I paid, I was supremely disappointed.

I think it needs to be said that the portions at Oinkster are incredibly small. I think you could get more food out of a Happy Meal at McDonald's. I felt like the meal should have cost half the price for the amount of meal I got.

The Oinkster Pastrami was decent but needs work. It had a nice smokey taste to it but could have been juicier. The roll that the pastrami was on was stale.. tasted like a piece of soggy old garlic bread. The Belgian Fries were decent but could have been much better. The portion of fries I received was tiny. I think there might have been 15 fries total in the regular size basket ($2.50). The consistency of the fries varied greatly from fry to fry because the fry size was inconsistent. Some were crispy/hard like potato chips, some were airy, chewy and soft. The fries also came with a small serving of dipping sauce which was not given to me until I asked for it. I had the chipotle mayo with the fries. Not bad. However, I didn't even have enough fries to finish one small serving of sauce.

The fountain soda machine dispensed flat soda which is understandable for a restaurant still working out the kinks. I was given lemonade as a concession. The lemonade was very good. Probably the best thing I had at Oinkster tonight.

I know that Oinkster will improve over time in terms of their food tasting better: juicier pastrami, better bread, and better fry consistency will come as the restaurant serves more customers. However, what remains to be seen is whether they will realize their portions are small and the meal itself is not a good value at all.

I will go back to Oinkster once I see that they've fixed their kinks and made the meal a better value. For now, I'd honestly rather go get a stomache at Tommy's down the the street for 3 bucks. At least I'd get what I paid for.

Sep 30, 2006
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Dodgers Game Tonite: ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT

I'm not sure why there is so much Dodger dog bashing. You take it for what it is. You aren't going to get a gourmet meal from a hot dog at a ball park. I personally think that Dodger Dogs are good... especially if they are grilled. Honestly, I feel like they are better than a hot dog that you can get at any other sporting venue. When I go to a Dodger game, I look forward to a Dodger Dog. I mean Dodger Dogs are really just Farmer John hot dogs that you can get at the grocery store, but being in Dodger Stadium just makes it taste better. Maybe it's just the nostalgia of having a hot dog in Chavez Ravine on a summer night.

My favorite sportswriter Bill Simmons on ESPN wrote this when asked which is better.. a Fenway Frank or a Dodger Dog.

"SG: God bless the comedic power of the Fenway Frank, but has anyone ever walked into Fenway and said, "Man, I can't wait to tear into a Fenway Frank. They're delicious!" You can't find a more mediocre hot dog. But the Dodger Dog lived up the hype -- it's long and juicy, even a little salty, and you can definitely get a whole meal out of it. No contest."

That's exactly how I feel about a Dodger Dog. It's better than any other ballpark's hot dog and something you can look forward to eating after driving through rush hour traffic in downtown to see a great game at a great ballpark.

Sep 22, 2006
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LA County Fair food review

I think one of the best values in the fair is the western sausage at Juicy's. 7 bucks for a tasty sausage with grilled onions and bell peppers on a huge bun. I usually split it with my girlfriend.

Sep 18, 2006
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ISO Best non-Hassle Westside Burger

For a good char burger in a chill spot, try the Shack in Playa Del Rey at the end of Culver Blvd. It's definitely not as pretentious as any of the high end burger "bistros". Their cheeseburgers are quite good. I would compare it to a really really good cheeseburger that your uncle would grill up at a BBQ. Their signature burger is topped with a Louisianna Hot Link or Portguese Sausage. Other than that it's not gimmicky. Doesn't come on a ciabatta, doesn't not topped with blue cheese, doesn't have truffles on it. It's just a good old fashioned charburger. In my opinion it beats Fatburger and places like the Apple Pan. I'm surprised I haven't seen this recommended more by Chowhounders.

Sep 15, 2006
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Two Chili My Soul notes ...

Chili My Soul is definitely one of my favorite comfort food restaurants. Although short staffed at times, I've always loved the service there. Once was in a rush and made it known that I didn't have much time. They accomodated me and brought food out faster than I thought they would.

In terms of food..
The burgers are quite good.
The fries are excellent.. especially with soul sauce.
My favorite way to eat my chili right now is wrapped in a lavash.
The mango habanero chicken is a must try when they have it.
If the chili isn't spicy enough, they can make it spicier.
With the spicier chilis adding dairy products (sour cream, cheese, chocolate chips) will lessen the spiciness. Definitely try chocolate chips as a topping if you like mexican mole.

All in all, chili my soul is a jewel in the valley.

Sep 14, 2006
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Clam Pie in LA

Does anyone know of any place in LA that serves Clam Pie like they do on the East Coast?

Sep 08, 2006
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Golden Deli Fire? Sister Restaurant Saigon Flavor

Tried to go to Golden Deli last week but found it to be closed from the fire. I thought about going to Saigon Flavor but went to Vietnam House instead since it was across the street. I found, to my surprise, that the pho was really really good this time. I don't know what it was but I have no problem now going to VietnamHouse over GD.

Aug 20, 2006
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Great Eats near LAX

Ayara Thai in Westchester

Aug 20, 2006
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Breakfast, Near LAX, Kids present

The Beach Hut in Manhattan Beach for Hawaiian breakfast. It's on Rosecrans and Highland. It's a local's fav. Shouldn't take more than 10 minutes from the airport.. a block or two from the beach too!

Aug 17, 2006
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maki yaki

I find Maki Yaki to be nothing special. It's kind of pricey for what you get at a chain fast food type sushi place. Their hot food is average. You could do better but you could also do worse.

Aug 16, 2006
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Best Pizza in Los Angeles (& surrounding)????!!

Westside - Abbott's
Valley (and Westwood) - D Amores
LA - Village Pizzeria

Don't know of any good deep dish places... hmmm.... anyone have suggestions of deep dish. Something like Zachary's in the Bay Area.

Aug 16, 2006
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