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visiting LA from SF

Two places I would consider...although looking at your previous posts, I'm not sure they would be your style:

Redbird...a very new restaurant by Neal Fraser, a very well regarded LA chef. Great contemporary redo in the rectory of old LA Cathedral. Wonderful food and service...in downtown LA.

The Tower Bar at the Sunset Tower Hotel. Beautiful views and Art Deco atmosphere with great old Hollywood vibe. Very good food and service, but it's the ambiance that's extraordinary.

You would need a car to get to these, but Uber works pretty well in LA, and is not too expensive (so I understand).

about 9 hours ago
josephnl in Los Angeles Area

Giuseppe's, Pismo Beach

Whenever we're driving up the coast we try to time things so we can have dinner at Giuseppe's. Have eaten there many times and it's always great. It's a winner!!

1 day ago
josephnl in California

Quiet, interesting restaurant downtown or hollywood

Except for the plug-in!

1 day ago
josephnl in Los Angeles Area

Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

I heat that they are planning to add dessert to their offerings...I hope that it's included in the $65 (or perhaps even $70) menu!

1 day ago
josephnl in Los Angeles Area

do you return items to Trader Joe's?

Interesting...thanks! I wish I could make croissants! Obviously we differ on this one...I like many things at TJ's!

1 day ago
josephnl in Chains

Quiet, interesting restaurant downtown or hollywood

Absolutely agree that Patina is worth the cost. It is a beautiful restaurant that hits on all cylinders!

1 day ago
josephnl in Los Angeles Area

do you return items to Trader Joe's?

Ipse, I always enjoy your posts and wonder why you never shop at TJ's. Not everything there is great, but many things are very good and either not easily available elsewhere, or less expensive than most other places. For example, their frozen croissants are delicious, and I've not seen them elsewhere. Many of their cheeses are excellent (the Greek feta in brine, for example), and some, such as their sliced Jarlsberg are much less expensive than elsewhere. Some of their produce is excellent, same for some desserts and ice cream, etc. And with their very liberal return policy, it's hard to go too wrong! Curious why you seem to be so down on TJ's?

Mar 02, 2015
josephnl in Chains

Quiet, interesting restaurant downtown or hollywood

Although I love Redbird, and find it quite attractive, I don't think of it as elegant...not in the way that perhaps Patina is. It is however, one of the most comfortable and best restaurants in downtown LA at present. That veal chop has been getting much publicity... it sounds wonderful! Is it for 1 or 2?

Mar 02, 2015
josephnl in Los Angeles Area

Quiet, interesting restaurant downtown or hollywood

Keep in mind that Patina is quite pricey!

Mar 02, 2015
josephnl in Los Angeles Area

Quiet, interesting restaurant downtown or hollywood

We just returned to Noe after perhaps 3 years. It is a hidden gem! Very quiet and pleasant atmosphere, excellent service, good drinks and wine, and terrific food. I had a wonderful wild mushroom soup followed by a delicious bone-in pork chop served with a terrific rice, kimchee, and apple medley. My partner thoroughly enjoyed a salad starter, then salmon which he said was great. This place is a sleeper and perfect for those who enjoy fine dining in a conversation friendly ambiance.

Noe, Redbird and Patina are IMHO the best places right now in downtown LA for great food in a comfortable and reasonably quiet setting.

Mar 01, 2015
josephnl in Los Angeles Area

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

Agree completely. Many things at Bestia are very good, but many are just ok...for example, the pastas and pizzas are not special. And I can't think of a more uncomfortable restaurant in L.A....the din is incredible. But it's always packed and reservations are very hard to come by. I don't get it...but then again, I don't get the adoration that In 'n Out gets on this board.

Mar 01, 2015
josephnl in Los Angeles Area

An OC sleeper…Rothschild's!

Had another wonderful dinner tonight at Rothschild's. They don't really need any more publicity because it's usually packed. Nevertheless, I find it surprising that it's not more widely recognized. There's no restaurant in coastal OC that has more comfortable ambiance, has better service from professional, competant, warm and accommodating servers, and dependably excellent food. Nothing fancy here, but everything is always excellent and perfectly prepared. We love it!

Feb 28, 2015
josephnl in Los Angeles Area

Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

Dessert?? When did they start serving dessert? Is it one of the 4 courses...or is it an extra?

Feb 28, 2015
josephnl in Los Angeles Area

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

Marché Moderne, an excellent French restaurant in Costa Mesa has excellent fries with their steak frites and moules, and they too we've been told are frozen!

Feb 27, 2015
josephnl in Los Angeles Area
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What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

Being fresh cut doesn't make them taste better if they're not cooked properly. INO fries taste like crap compared to those from McD's.

Rochester - anything great?

We've been back several times since this op, and must say that fine dining in Rochester is pretty hard to come by. As of our most recent visit 4 months ago, our best meals have been at:

Good Luck
Tournedos Steakhouse at the Inn on Broadway
Erie Grill in the Del Monte Lodge, Pittsford (where we always stay) - not great, but always pretty dependably decent.

During our last visit after hearing such good things about Warfield's, we drove out to Clifton Springs. It was very disappointing.

For lunch, or just for fun, the Wegman's on Monroe Avenue in Pittsford, is a must!

Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

Also, I believe that Gjelina is beer and wine only, but f that is important.

Feb 26, 2015
josephnl in Los Angeles Area

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

I'm the opposite. The food's pretty good but the noise and overall discomfort of the restaurant is, IMHO, obnoxious!

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

Couldn't agree more.

Feb 24, 2015
josephnl in Los Angeles Area

Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

You should be advised however that if Gjelina is your choice, that the chef prepares everything so perfectly that if you ask to have the bacon garnish left off your salad, that request will likely be "politely" declined.

Feb 23, 2015
josephnl in Los Angeles Area

Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

If it were me, I'd want something that clearly shouts L.A. or Hollywood, and that kind of atmosphere would be what I'd seek. Two outstanding choices would be the bar at Spago, or even better, but a bit further would be The Tower Bar at the Sunset Tower Hotel where with any luck you'll see many Hollywood types. Both have great bars and food!

Feb 23, 2015
josephnl in Los Angeles Area

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

Yep...and the non-responders will never get another invite from me. I fortunately have enough courteous and nice friends that these jerks won't be missed!

Feb 23, 2015
josephnl in Not About Food

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

Yes! Rude folks are not welcome in my home. I have no friends or family who are so out of it (dumb) as to not understand what rsvp means! I can clearly accept that someone may have not received my invite, but once It's clear that my invite has been received, failure to respond is to me, totally unacceptable.

Feb 21, 2015
josephnl in Not About Food

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

I see no difference between friends and family.

Feb 21, 2015
josephnl in Not About Food

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

After reading all of the posts, I can only conclude that anyone who does not respond to an rsvp (assuming that they indeed received the invite) is either rude or stupid, and would not be welcome in my home. If an invite said, as is typical, "please rsvp by....a specific date", and they did not understand it (which is pretty unbelievable...it's so obvious) if they had any brains or manners, they'd certainly call the host to clarify the issue. Anyone who showed up at my home without responding to an invite, would be sent away unless they had a really good excuse (they replied, but somehow I ddn't get it, wrong email address, etc.)

Feb 20, 2015
josephnl in Not About Food

Pepper Mill Recommendation Please

I bought a Perfex years ago and hated it. Very difficult to fill, adjust and crank. A big-time loser to me!

Feb 19, 2015
josephnl in Cookware

Easy Beef Stew

Please...what was it that you didn't like and/or how you would make it better?

Feb 19, 2015
josephnl in Recipes

Pepper Mill Recommendation Please

I think that's the one that Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa) uses on her TV show. It uses a ceramic mechanism.

Feb 19, 2015
josephnl in Cookware

Pepper Mill Recommendation Please

That's a matter of opinion. I consider my Kuhn-Rikon and Oliver Hemming Spice Boy ceramic mills to be pretty close to perfect. I use the K-R for cooking...it puts out all the pepper I need (an easy teaspoon with 8-10 turns), holds a large amount of peppercorns, and with its vase design, leaves no pepper dust on my counters. The Spice Boy uses the identical CrushGrind mechanism, looks great on the table, is a snap to fill, and works flawlessly. For me, the output of these is more than adequate, and I want nothing more. I also have a WMF which works equally well, and also am happy with the matching salt mills for all of these. If I needed more (which I don't), the Unicorn Magnum would be my choice.

Feb 18, 2015
josephnl in Cookware

Where can I get frozen raccoons?

Come on, Ipse...is this a joke or are you really serious? Do you really cook and serve raccoon? I don't believe it...but maybe...!!! How do you prepare it, and what does it taste like//

Feb 18, 2015
josephnl in Los Angeles Area