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Non-Pork Broth Ramen Shops in LA?

I'm in the same boat as you. Ikemen does a great vegetarian miso broth, in addition to their chicken broth. If you're willing to branch out into udon, Marugame Monzo uses bonito (fish) broth and that place is awesome.

Sep 14, 2013
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

Bulgarini Gelato coming to Grand Central Market

Been to the GCM cart a couple times now... both times, the gelato was very icy and the young gent at the counter reminded me of Michael Cera both in look and his aloofness. I really want to like this place, but right now, I don't know if I feel right paying a premium for a product that hasn't been given its proper due by the servers and company selling it.

I'll try it again in a couple months; 'til then I'll just get my caffeine fix instead of my sugar fix :)

Aug 21, 2013
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

Cheesesteak...Capriotti's or Phillys Best? This may start an interesting debate topic...I hope!

+4 on boo's

Dec 01, 2012
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

Best cafe sua da?

Chimney Coffee House does a great version. http://www.yelp.com/biz/chimney-coffe...

Sep 08, 2012
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

Best Fish and Chips?

Beer Belly in Koreatown does Fish n Chips really well.

Jul 15, 2012
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

Best Pizza in Los Angeles (& surrounding)????!!

All Angolo is excellent. Ardmore/3rd.

Menu (via Yelp) is here: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/E2yCSD...

edit: I really like their Marinara pizza, but it was a bit too salty for my dining companions. Everyone liked the Frutti di Mare pizza, though. Great service, too.

4050 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Dec 06, 2011
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

Do you order take away from restaurants that you would never actually eat at?

Bon Chon Chicken in KTown has a very depressing interior that doesn't exactly beckon me to stay inside. Great chicken, though!

Aug 23, 2011
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

ISO unripened pecans!

Kind of strange request... my mom needs unripened pecans for a recipe. Anyone know where I can pick some up? Preferably in the Valley, but I don't mind driving :) Thanks!!

Nov 13, 2009
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

REVIEW: Priyani, Northridge

Hey crew!

Tried this place many months ago (and kind of forgot, actually) after a visit to CSUN. The coconut sambal is as amazing as DU mentioned; it has a very lovely, floral aftertaste after that initial kick of heat.

We had this jackfruit curry that was great; it put the jackfruit front and center, with the rest of the ingredients (standard indian/sri lankan curry-style) providing a dry heat AND a sweet aftertaste. Man, this was so good when ladled on the string hoppers (so ftw). The biriyani was weak, but that's because other places (or my mom O:)) do it better; the hardboiled+fried egg was cold and, despite all the wonderful veggies and all else tossed in there, the dish was quite bland.

I'm surprised that this place isn't inundated w/ CSUN students. Cheap, delicious and (quite possibly) the one place where I've simply ignored the country music blasting from the TV.

Great review as usual, DU! Glad to see you back in the Valley ;)

[[edit: omg this place is going to be crowded now. WORTH IT.]]
[[edit2: Go through the deli and into the parking lot; Priyani will be the first door to your left.]]

Jul 05, 2009
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

What to eat around Torrey Pines

TapEx is pretty good! Pricier than the Regents location, afaik. Croutons rocks, as well.

Boba from Tapioca Express + Yogurt World = awesome after a show at the loft.

Apr 15, 2009
ray9x in San Diego

What to eat around Torrey Pines

UCSD Student chiming in here:

On campus>
- The Indian place is.. just okay. (But then again, I'm picky... blah.)
- Santorini's is decent, but not much better than Daphne's (@ LJ Village Square); it is probably my favorite place to eat on campus. If you are driving (or catching the 101), a trip down to Village Square is advisable.

Off campus>
- The International Market and Grill is delicious!

Will check out Board and Brew; thanks geekyfoodie! I'll post up if I have any other suggestions.

Apr 15, 2009
ray9x in San Diego

Phở La Jolla

For some reason, my posts aren't showing up. Bummer.


Nov 20, 2008
ray9x in San Diego

Phở La Jolla

located next to international market and grill!
3211 Holiday Ct. La Jolla, CA 92037

i'll be going there... in about 5 minutes. i love how it's right across the street from UCSD. super awesome. will let ya'll know how it is.

Pho La Jolla
3211 Holiday Ct, La Jolla, CA 92037

Nov 20, 2008
ray9x in San Diego


Skooby's has great hot dogs and fries. :) I believe they are double-cooked.

6654 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Jun 30, 2008
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

The Infield

It really isn't that good. The menu is intriguing. The fact that they offer Hebrew National, Dodger, Sabretts and Papa Cantella dogs drew me in but... really, the preparation left too much to be desired. Had the "Fire Starter" on the Cantella dog and it was just... okay. Nothing special. The meat tasted bland and the toppings outweighed the dog a bit too much (and they weren't that good either... esp. the cheese!).

The guys working the counter were cool. They had Doc Browns root beer. But those were the only pluses. I really, really want to like this place. But I can't. Yet. Maybe it'll get better...

QT's is damn good. I just get my food and walk around the block while eating it.

Jun 30, 2008
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

Best ice cream in Los Angeles- an updated poll

Not sure if it's **the best**, but Milk is pretty good. Their coffee toffee bonbons and cookies and cream are excellent.

On a side note... only in LA is it possible to discuss the best ice cream in early December. :)

7290 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Dec 11, 2007
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

San Diego Street Scene Eats?

Bringing this topic back for Street Scene '07 (anyone else going)!

Street Scene will be held at Coors Amphitheater in Chula Vista... any good recs?

We'll be driving down from UCSD, so anything along the way works too!

Thanks :)

Sep 17, 2007
ray9x in California

ISO Teppan in the San Fernando Valley


Many many thanks Diana! :)

Jul 12, 2007
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

ISO Teppan in the San Fernando Valley

Heyheyhey, cool people!

My boss wants to take the office out to some place in the valley that "isn't Benihana," so I've come here seeking assistance.

Anyone got any recommendations?



Jul 12, 2007
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

ISO Donuts in San Diego [La Jolla]?

Hiya.. a few of my suitemates have really been craving donuts lately. Any good places around UCSD?



ps_ This is my first time back here since the redesign. Really digging it :)

Feb 22, 2007
ray9x in California

Santouka - West LA

thanks for the heads up, CulverJack. i haven't been to mitsuwa in a while, but i hope i'll be able to find something else good there. in any case, i'll snag myself a box of blackblack gum, hehe. :)

Dec 26, 2006
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

Santouka - West LA

Are all the broths at Santouka pork-based?

Anyone know or should I give 'em a call?

Thanks :D

Dec 26, 2006
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

jones for jones soda

Strangely enough, most of the 7-11s that I've been to lately carry Jones Soda.

Which totally freakin' owns in my book.

Dec 12, 2006
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

Root Beer in San Diego

I'd like to second Pizza Port; their root beer is really good (the root beer float and pizzas are great as well; ask for the whole-grain crust)!

In fact... I'm going to eat there now.

Oct 16, 2006
ray9x in California


Oh wow, that sounds painful.

Headline from the future:

Caltrans to add additional lane on Melrose Ave.


Aug 29, 2006
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

For lovers of Indian Food: A Gem in K-Town

Makkah has great food; the chicken (any of it) is always on point.

Sorry for the thread hijack but... ahh... Bengali food. Didn't expect this to turn up here at all! :) You hounds surprise me sometimes.

One quick note is that Jafran has been renamed to Pardesh (with a very ugly yellow and red side... what an eye sore). Yeah, confusing, I know.

In terms of food, I'd have to rank it like this (best to worst):
New Pardes (try the Muglai Paratha... .so greasy, but so good! Four pieces for 5 bucks.), Asia Mart, Deshi (special mention for always having samosas and chai on deck :)), Pardesh, Aladdin

In terms of sweets:

Asia Mart (try the sweet yogurt, it's AWESOME!) and New Pardes have a tie (same supplier), Aladdin, Deshi

Aladdin often gets props for being the first "big" Bangla shop to open out here, but it's quality has really declined in the past few years. Unfortunately. The owner actually lives across the street from me, so I get to bug him from time to time.

Oh, a special note for those of you wanting to have some catering done for your next party:
Catering-wise, Deshi is the best. Don't bother with the others.

Aug 27, 2006
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

Armenian Sandwich in the Valley

On Oxnard and Woodman, there is the Superior Meat Market, which also goes by the Kabob Factory. They have a sandwich similar to the one that you're describing AND (at one point) had a "best food in LA" sign from the LA Times out front.

Maybe this is the place you were talking about? And even if it wasn't, go anyway. You won't regret it :)

Aug 21, 2006
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

Best ramen in LA?

Heya, I believe you mean Nippon Ramen, not Nihon. :)
I used to go there everyday after-school *tear*.
Truly a great bowl of ramen and definitely the greatest in the SF Valley.

Aug 16, 2006
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

ISO: sweet potatoes (not fries!)

One of the carts next to the California Market in LA has sweet potatoes. And the other one (Koo's Grill) has really hot, syrup-filled wheat pancakes. Totally awesome.

450 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90020

Aug 13, 2006
ray9x in Los Angeles Area

Repost:Barones Italian

Not to worry, the pizza is still ace!

I've been going to Barone's for a few years and now that it's (literally) around the corner from my house, I've been going there a lot. I was worried about the quality, but all my fears were assuaged when I took a bite of their cheese pizza. :)

Aug 10, 2006
ray9x in Los Angeles Area