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Los Angeles Dish of the Month, May 2014, Voting

CULVER CITY

(but can we have all the others in other months, please?)

Apr 30, 2014
arb in Los Angeles Area

Gluten Free Breakfast options near LAX?

Glad you liked it! I frankly don't remember what I had except that between us a friend and I ate a lot of things, all of which were delicious. And I agree, nice atmosphere - it was pretty crowded when I was there, but still felt like you could have a fairly relaxed conversation. And I do remember the gluten free corn bread french toast - heavy, sweet, and really really good. And so convenient for a weekend morning Costco trip!

Apr 01, 2014
arb in Los Angeles Area

Gluten Free Breakfast options near LAX?

You do need to get there early on weekends, or there is a long line!

Mar 21, 2014
arb in Los Angeles Area

Gluten Free Breakfast options near LAX?

Take a look at the menu - it's just omelets, fruit, etc. In other words, they don't actually have gluten free options like pancakes, bread, or really anything - you can just choose to not eat the items with gluten. Might as well do that in a place that's not overpriced and uninteresting.

Mar 20, 2014
arb in Los Angeles Area

Gluten Free Breakfast options near LAX?

Oh so many choices! ;)

Many hounds think Panns has the best corned beef hash in town - but you never know when they'll have it, and probably not likely on a weekday. But if that's your thing, worth it to ask! They had it on St. Patrick's day.

Great fried chicken, which you can definitely get for breakfast. Chicken and waffles, chicken and eggs, chicken and chicken.

Biscuits and gravy, also great. I've actually never had a breakfast food there that wasn't good. For later in the day (although I think you can get anything on the menu at any time), the patty melt gets a lot of love.

I guess they probably have some healthy choices too.

Mar 20, 2014
arb in Los Angeles Area

Gluten Free Breakfast options near LAX?

Panns is a great breakfast choice, but definitely doesn't specialize in anything gluten free - more in the fried chicken, biscuit and gravy, waffles direction. But the menu is large, so it's possible to put together a meal for almost anybody. I think they're pretty good about substitutions.

I don't know of any place in the LAX area that has gf breakfast - depending on how long you have, there are options a little farther away.

Venice - Cafe Buna, on Washington: GF pancakes, GF cornbread french toast, amazingly good

Cafe Gratitude, on Rose: several GF options; good food, if you can stand the being asked things like "what are you grateful for today?"

Culver City - Cocos, on Sepulveda (near target): surprisingly good GF pancakes

Mar 20, 2014
arb in Los Angeles Area

PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

Pi to 9 decimal places 3.141592653 = March 14, 2015 at 9:26:53 am. Meaningful or impressive only to major geeks. ;)

Mar 14, 2014
arb in Los Angeles Area

PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

Happy pi day, all.

So where to go for cheap-ish but decent-ish pie? Mid-city, Culver City, WLA, Pico-Robertson, or anywhere in general mid-LA area. By cheap-ish I mean less than $20 for a pie. I know I'm not going to get the best pie of my life for that price, but $$ are tight right now, and I just want some pie! Any supermarket pie better than others, should I just go to Marie Callendar, ???? First choices are banana cream and cherry, don't love pumpkin or lemon meringue.

Next year there will be a moment that will be the best pi day ever: 3.14.15 9:26:53

Mar 14, 2014
arb in Los Angeles Area

Christmas dinner and day after?

Thanks, Eric. Modified post to delete non-chow questions (I was kind of trying to sneak them in ;), and I also deleted the word "nice" - my price range is definitely not in that category.

I will probably tend towards the cheaper to mid-range end of of the scale, even for buffets, and would love to know which are the better lower-priced ones. I may splurge on one $50-ish dinner.

On the other end of the spectrum I just read a post from a couple of months ago about special holiday dinner at e - $325 per person, with optional beverage pairing of addition $250 per person. Holy crap. I want to eat for a month for that money. ;)

Dec 06, 2012
arb in Las Vegas

Christmas dinner and day after?

Planning a quick trip to Vegas, driving there on Christmas day, and I have many questions!

- Is everything going to be crazy crowded? I've read horror stories about 5 hour waits at buffets....

- Do I absolutely need a reservation for Christmas dinner? Even if planning to eat late? Would I be nuts to just take my chances?

- How much are prices jacked up, web sites seem to mostly not mention this. (Some coyly refer to "special holiday pricing." ;)

- On the 26th and maybe 27th, will prices be back to usual?

- Suggestions for best places? Not wanting to spend enormous amounts of money, but probably willing to go for one dinner in $50 range. I know that's not a lot, esp. for the Strip, but budget is very tight this year.....

- Doesn't have to be a buffet, but I am an enthusiastic omnivore, traveling with a gluten-free vegetarian! So buffets often work out best, giving us both options. She sometimes eats fish, and at those times sushi is a big hit. I'm fine with sushi, but not hugely enthusiastic. Ideas?

Dec 06, 2012
arb in Las Vegas

Indian buffet for dinner?

I know there are lots of Indian restarants that have buffets for lunch. Are there any that do dinner?

Sep 14, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

Fast-Casual Restaurant Concepts in Los Angeles or San Diego Area..

Bay Cities

Sep 12, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

west side gluten free

There are a few Ethiopian restaurants on Fairfax that offer gluten-free injera. The one I'm sure about is Rahel's.

There are a few pizza places around that do gf - one in Farmer's Market, Pitfire (I think?) in Culver City. I haven't had either of those. Have had Z Pizza's (Larchmont), blech. The Whole Foods on 3rd and Fairfax does pizza with a rice crust that's GOOD! (Not all Whole Foods have this.)The best gf chain pizza I know of in the area is Garlic Jim, but the closest are South Pasadena, Burbank or south bay (can't remember if it's Manhattan or Redondo) - I actually like Whole Foods' better, but I have celiac friends who think Garlic Jim's is the best thing in the world. (A certain amount of relief at just having PIZZA is involved, I think....)

Very good pancakes, made with almond meal, only at brunch (definitely Sunday, not sure of Saturday) - Real Food Daily, on La Cienega.

Little bakery on Pico near LaBrea that has exclusively gf stuff, Breakaway Bakery. Very nice woman.

Chili Addiction, La Cienega between Beverly and Melrose - many kinds of chili, I think all gf. I haven't been there, but very good Yelp reveiews.

And for a LOT of gf choices, Hugo's on Santa Monica in West Hollywood. (and Sherman Oaks.) Generally very good food, if a bit healthy for my taste. ;)

I'm sure I know more - I'm not celiac but know quite a few people who are - I'll post again if I can think of others.

Jun 01, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

Dutch baby pancake?

Oh, I SO want to have someone bring me a pancake while skipping and singing - that may be worth a trip to Minnesota!

May 29, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

Dutch baby pancake?

Huh, never noticed that! Thanks!
Have you had it there? I am a bit wary - because 1) I am overall underwhelmed by Nickel Diner and 2) the menu description includes caramelized apples, which is no part of any Dutch baby I've ever had.

May 29, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

Dutch baby pancake?

Is there any place in LA to get a Dutch baby other than Original Pancake House? I've been telling someone about them for years, since I had a fantastic one in New Jersey. (On the recommendation of fabulous Tri State Area hounds.) I would love to take her for her 80th birthday, but don't think we have time for Redondo. Any place within LA? She lives eastside so Pasadena area, Alhambra, etc. would also be good.

May 29, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

Food for plane on route from midtown to LAX

La Cienega and Fairfax diverge just south of Adams. Take a look at the pictures on Yelp - it's good bbq, the fat is pretty much cooked out.

May 09, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

Food for plane on route from midtown to LAX

I thought of JR's but wondered if it might be too messy for a plane. The pork sandwich might work, especially if you get sauce on the side.

I didn't know Komodo had an actual place - good news!

May 09, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

Food for plane on route from midtown to LAX

My first choice would be to go to La Brea bakery and do a bread and cheese thing - you can make up sandwiches before hand so as not to create too many crumbs on the plane. Also great cookies and small pastries and such.

Pann's certainly can be fried platters, but their food is pretty good in general. Very good fried chicken, which is pretty portable! I almost always go for breakfast (FINALLY had the corned beef hash!) but I've heard they make a good BLT, and other sandwiches too.

If you're going to be going during the day and are willing to detour a little, Langer's for the best pastrami sandwich in the world. (Not under $10 though....) If you don't want to go that far out of the way, Label's Table on Pico and Robertson.

Sky's Tacos on Pico.

Empanadas from the place at Venice and Sawtelle. (Called Empanada Place, I think?)

Bibi's Warmstone Bakery, Pico west of Robertson. Israeli/Middle Eastern food, including sambusack (like a calzone), bourekas, things in pita

Earl's Gourmet Grub, Venice around Centinela. Haven't eaten there myself, but gets good reviews on Yelp and the pictures look great! Also open only during the day. Sandwiches.

I feel like I must know a lot more places than this.... I'll keep thinking!

May 09, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

Good (great?) Caterers in the Southern California?

Evan Kleiman!

Jan 20, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

Goup of 8-10, Santa Monica-ish, cheap-ish?

Wow, good one, Sevorg! Up to 27 reviews on Yelp, 4.5 average. That might hit the spot!

Jan 20, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

Goup of 8-10, Santa Monica-ish, cheap-ish?

I actually really want to go to Warsawa! - but for this occasion I think it's a little too formal, and just a tiny bit too expensive.

Jan 20, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

Goup of 8-10, Santa Monica-ish, cheap-ish?

Need a place for dinner tomorrow night with a group of 8 or so people. We're starting out in Santa Monica, although it could be any place between there and mid-city. I'm looking for someplace that is not expensive, fun but not deafeningly loud. (And takes reservations - not willing to risk it on Saturday night!)

Here's the story: We are a small amateur klezmer band, will be playing at a retirement home in Santa Monica tomorrow at 6, want to eat afterwards. We usually eat together at a deli, but might be willing to branch out!

Jan 20, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

What should I have on Angeli's last night?

Lasagna bolognese - I decided to go with a classic. Trio of appetizers before (various marinated vegetables), and chocolate chunk bread pudding. And, of course, insanely good bread and olive oil. I will really miss Angeli.

Jan 17, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

What should I have on Angeli's last night?

True, whatever I actually order is likely to be the next day's dinner, since I am planning to pack in as much of the bread and olive oil as possible.

Jan 12, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

What should I have on Angeli's last night?

Mmm, I was thinking of the seafood linguini. Have you had it before?

Jan 12, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

Any good boucheries, fromageries, or boulangeries in Los Angeles?

Maison du Pain, on Pico near Hauser, for baguettes and croissants. And other pastries. And macarons. And other bread. And sandwiches..... Yum.

Jan 12, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

What should I have on Angeli's last night?

I managed to get a reservation for tomorrow night, the last night Angeli will be open - made it a couple of weeks ago, and all I could get is 5:30, but at least I'll be there on the last night! My first time at Angeli was the first week it was open.

So I'm agonizing over what to eat. I was there last week also, and had the Ligurian fish soup, which is what I usually get. What are your chow-ish recommendations, what are the very best dishes?

Jan 12, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

Angeli Caffe closing!

It was pretty crazy last night too. Certainly every table was filled, and I think the one I was sitting at was added, since I was sticking out into the doorway between the two rooms. The staff was pretty much running flat out constantly, but remained as pleasant and personable as always. Our waitress said that it's been like that every night, and also that many people have approached Evan to offer help to keep Angeli open. My assumption, frankly, was that she'd be relieved to be out of the restaurant business, but the waitress said no, she's delighted at the offers of help; she's definitely going to have to close the current location but maybe will start something somewhere else!

I went with the fish soup.... YUM. Thrilled that I have a reservation for the 13th (although at 5:30); now looking for a friend to go with who will appreciate the momentousness of the occasion!

Jan 06, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area

Angeli Caffe closing!

On my way there tonight. I haven't been in a long time, which makes me feel sad, that I've missed so many opportunities to eat Evan's wonderful food, and a little guilty, that I haven't been part of keeping them open. I first ate at Angeli the first week it opened; it knocked me out then, and every time since.

My plan is to go tonight, get takeout this weekend (maybe twice!), and then go again next Friday, the last day. I could only get a reservation for 5:30, but I took it - although I don't have anyone to go with yet. I'll go alone if I have to!

I've been thinking all day (okay, really all week) about what to get. I LOVE the Ligurian fish soup - I can't think of anything better than a big bowl of shellfish and incredible bread to mop up the sauce. On the other hand, do I really want to miss a last opportunity to have those incredible gnocchi? Oh, but what about the great pizza? the roast chicken? the pasta? the fritti? AAAAHHH!

Okay, must remain calm. I WILL have at least one more chance. And then when I win the lottery I can have Evan cater all my events.... ;)

Jan 05, 2012
arb in Los Angeles Area