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Lou's Wine Bar Soaks Every Last Nickle

I recently tried Lou for the first time and was very happy with my visit. Good food, good wine, reasonable price (not a steal, but completely worth what we paid for a high quality meal).

Personally I thought the food was much better than "decent" ranging from excellent to good. Some plates were standouts: the burrata app was seriously crave-worthy and we were served the best cheese plate in town (interesting cheese and very large portions). The other small dishes we got were very good as well, though I thought the mains could have been improved...couldn't put my finger on it but they were merely nice, not great.

I could understand your gripe about the service. When I went it was a bit slow and scattered, but they made up for it by being knowledgeable and friendly. Since it was our first time we had tons of questions and we were very patiently and nicely walked through all the food items, the wines and given tastes of things to try before ordering.

I am definitely planning on going back and have recommended it to a number of friends since my visit. Oh, and they have ample, free parking which is such a plus!

Aug 16, 2010
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

Oreos WITH trans fat available in greater LA?

Let me know if you find them! I completely agree that the trans-fat free Oreos are pale imitations of the old one. I miss them so much that I wrote a letter to Nabisco to complain and received a note in return saying that extensive testing was done on the new formula and they found no significant differences. Glad I'm not the only one who feels differently!

Aug 13, 2010
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a restaurant to do a Roast. Think rat pack/men's club...

Maybe the Smoke House in Burbank? Has an old school men's club vibe and private rooms.

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Smoke House Restaurant
4420 W Lakeside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505

Aug 10, 2010
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

ISO Good Cuban Restaurant (Not Versailles) in LA, East Valley, or Pasadena

Mambo's in Burbank has good food, though not exactly a special occasion place.

Jun 09, 2010
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

8 oz Burger Bar - Pretty bad

I live nearby so I've been at least a dozen times and really like the place. Never had the lamb burger, but the 8oz burger is juicy and satisfies my burger cravings (unlike Umami which is damn tasty but for some reason doesn't satisfy my cravings...guess it seems more like a sandwich and less like a burger to me). Admittedly about 1 in 4 times I go my burger is slightly overcooked and/or merely so-so in some other way, but I think that's pretty common for many burgers places in LA.

As for the service, it's perfectly fine for LA. And quite frankly one of my favorite things about 8oz is they always seat me promptly which never happens at Umami or Golden State. I'd rather have prompt seating than prompt service so I can at least wait around for my food with a good drink instead of hovering for a table in a crowded room or waiting outside in the cold.

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The Golden State
426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

May 14, 2010
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

Soot Bull Jeep vs. Parks BBQ

I've eaten at Chosun many times over the last five years and it's never been AYCE. Maybe it was a short lived experiment? Either way, while I wouldn't call it mind blowing, it's very good.

As for the original poster's questions, definitely go to Park's. As everyone said, the meat and panchan are much better than SBJ's. Quite frankly I've only been to SBJ once and was so unimpressed with the uninteresting panchan and sloppy service (servers dripping raw chicken and pork juices all over our tables and plates) that I never went back and don't understand the appeal. Also, I felt like it was a bit pricey for the divey setting.

Apr 12, 2010
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

Sweetsalt Food Shop (Toluca Lake)

I went last week and had the shortrib sandwich. Sandwich was pretty good, though a little too heavy and missing complexity. I'd eat it again, but I wouldn't call it craveable. Side salad was great. Other menu items looked delicious too. And yes, service was insanely slow with my dining partner getting their food about 10-15 minutes before I got mine...very bad pacing. But the area is in desperate need of a good lunch place and this place is still very new, so I have high hopes!

Apr 05, 2010
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

New to West Hollywood, please help

Can't wait to check it out. Thanks!

Mar 24, 2010
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

New to West Hollywood, please help

rednyellow, what's Schoop's? I live a few blocks from Hayworth, so would love to hear more about this place!

Mar 16, 2010
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

What happened to Basix?

Agreed. I'm over it. It was never that great to begin with but it was always good enough for that price point. I'd given up on dinner at that place as the evening service is awful, but still liked their breakfast. But I went a few weeks ago and had the most mediocre breakfast with the food watery and bland. There are just too many good breakfast places in the neighborhood to give them another shot.

Mar 12, 2010
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

LA Weekly Gold food event on Feb 28

Oh no, is it really on Feb 28th? I'm out of town that weekend but otherwise I would be there in a heartbeat. I went last year and thought it was amazing. So much great food and wine for such a reasonable price. My tip is to park far away and walk instead of dealing with the valet. Come early and when the doors open head as far back as possible to avoid the crowds that gravitate to the first food stand they see.

Jan 21, 2010
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

Oh Boy! Doughboys Is Back (Almost)

I went over the weekend. Quick review: Same menu, same service, similar food, smaller portions. Glad to have it back, but the still slow service + smaller portions + the not quite as good food = only drop by from time to time instead of going weekly like I used to. To be fair though, I'm going to give it a month to get its bearings and reevaluate at that time.

Jan 20, 2010
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

The Tar Pit: Has Anyone Eaten There?

Stuffycheaks, I was there on the same night and also thought the duck sliders were excellent. They had a divine taste of butter and sugar that I am still craving. I also had the orecchiette which was nice, but not interesting or satisfying enough to order again.

Additionally we ordered the following:
-leek salad: nice, refreshing but a little boring
-steak and kidney pie: fabulously rich and complex, would definitely get again
-bananas foster: absolutely amazing; homemade marshmallow whip lightly toasted with this fabulous buttery caramel sauce; only complaints were that the ice cream was a bit grainy with ice and overall the dessert was a bit too sweet but really, those complaints are so minor because overall it was delicious

We had a couple of cocktails as well which were all great, though it would be nice if the menu would expand to add some more whiskey based drinks as almost all of the drinks are gin based.

As others have mentioned service was slow probably because they only had a single bartender mixing drinks for the entire place, which is absurd. However everyone from the hosts to the waiter and busboys were all very friendly and helpful. Lastly the décor is just gorgeous old Hollywood. Very romantic.

Overall I would go back for drinks and maybe a few small bites, but not necessarily for dinner as I expected a little more from Mark Peel (yes it was good, but I want awesome).

Jan 19, 2010
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

The Tar Pit: Has Anyone Eaten There?

The Tar Pit (Mark Peel's new lounge on La Brea) is getting a lot of great buzz and their menu looks fantastic, so I'm interested in trying it out this weekend. Has anyone been? If so, can you give me any pointers as to what to order? Thanks!

Jan 06, 2010
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

Little Door & Little Next Door

Street parking is very tough but they have valet.

Little Next Door is definitely worth a visit. Like AAQjr said, the patio is lovely and the croque monsieur sublime. I'd skip Little door though if food is your main priority. The food is much too inconsistent for that price point. It is however the best looking patio in town (very romantic), so worth going if you want nice-ish food and fabulous ambience.

Jan 06, 2010
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

Need a "trendy" restaurant with a "scene" for a 23 year old's bday that also has good food!

Bazaar or XIV

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XIV
8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Dec 18, 2009
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2009

Over $25
AOC
Pizzeria Mozza
Grace
Spago
The Bazaar

Under $25
Joan's on Third
Loteria Grill
Doughboys (once it reopens)
Little Next Door
Unami Burger

Dec 02, 2009
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

Hostess Chocodiles

Man, do I love those things! I've never had a problem finding them at Ralph's and they are sold in single serving packaging which is great if you only want a little indulgence. I have to warn you though that they are sometimes stale at Ralph's; must not have a lot of turnover.

Nov 16, 2009
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

Oh Boy! Doughboys Is Back (Almost)

I am completely willing to fogive and forget the inconsistent Highland era and can't wait for them to reopen! I miss the red velvet and monster sandwich and french onion soup. Quite frankly what I miss most is having an eatery with truly great food that really gives you your money's worth.

Nov 05, 2009
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

The Hudson--has anyone been there yet?!

I really liked their cheesesteak ($11) and the SO enjoyed his turkey burger ($10). Sandwiches come with fries or salad.

Nov 03, 2009
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

The Hudson--has anyone been there yet?!

I just went and liked it enough that I'd go back. The food was good and relatively inexpensive (sanwiches w/fries for $10 and entrees around $15). Not really "foodie" food, but solid and tasty (esp for the neighborhood). The balcony is fun and a bit romantic and the servers were friendly. I'd definitely recommend it for someone who wants to grab drinks and a bite to eat or someone who's looking for a reasonably priced dinner.

Nov 02, 2009
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

Angelini Osteria

Agreed. While I love Angelini it isn't romantic (too loud and brightly lit) and I've never seen a celeb. Osteria Mozza is a better bet for excellent food plus celeb sighting. Though if your wife loves Il Sole and The Ivy, manku's suggestion is dead on....food isn't as good, but definitely meets your wife's requirements.

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Il Sole
8741 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Oct 30, 2009
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

Best/Worst products - Fresh & Easy

Oh yeah, the pudding cups are so creamy and delicious. I've also recently become a fan of their pizzas which make for a solid, inexpensive dinner. Lastly, their cheddar cheese has become a staple in my fridge.

Oct 30, 2009
Newkie in Chains

Suggestions for a New Yorker visiting Los Angeles/West Hollywood area for Birthday

I took my boyfriend to the Bazaar for his birthday and if I remember correctly we spent $150 exactly for food, two cocktails and a bottle of wine. And you can definitely get dressed up there, though ressies are hard to come by. If you're still not interested in that there is always AOC which is fabulous for special occasions...upscale and fun with small plates and amazing wine. And like carter said the RH restaurant at your hotel just got a three star review in the LA Times, so might be worth a shot.

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AOC
8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Oct 30, 2009
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

Eggs Benedict

I've never tried PDC's eggs benedict so can't speak to that one (though as a huge benedict fan it sounds like I should give it a shot). My favorite is Cecconi's; it's very traditional and always perfectly cooked with the yolk runny and the sauce deliciously creamy.

Oct 29, 2009
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

Japanese candy

Mel and Rose sells lots of Japanese candy.

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Mel and Rose Wine, Spirits, Deli & Specialty Food
West Hollywood, CA, West Hollywood, CA

Oct 12, 2009
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

Marche L.A. ...........A true disappointment!!

If you describe the concept as small plates meant for sharing with market driven cuisine, then I think that AOC and Palate are both excellent examples of restaurants that do it right for a similar price point as Marche. I'm also a big fan of Tasca.

Sep 24, 2009
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

Marche L.A. ...........A true disappointment!!

I agree that this place was disappointing. The service was great, but based on the food I wouldn't go back.

I only had two apps: the potted chicken, which was delicious and the gnocchi which had a commercial taste, liked canned tomato soup. I also had two of the larger plates: the chicken breast which was ok (wonderfully moist, but the flavor seemed lacking and uninteresting) and the skirt steak which had no flavor and more importantly was so incredibly tough and chewy that I literally could not eat it (I heard the table next to me complaining to the chef about the same problem)...it was especially odd, because the steak is described as a "filet mignon" skirt steak on the menu. We debated ordering more food since my date and I were still hungry at this point, but it seemed like we would just be disappointed so we went elsewhere.

All in all it wasn't awful, but the food was uninteresting and I expect a lot more for what ends up being a higher priced restaurant.

Sep 23, 2009
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

Best chocolate chip cookie in LA?

So true. And I love 'em for it.

Aug 27, 2009
Newkie in Los Angeles Area

Best chocolate chip cookie in LA?

Snookies Cookies in Glendale. They have the best, buttery-est cookies in LA, but I particularly love their chocolate chip with pecan. The only problem is that they specialize in gift baskets not retail, but they'll let you order from the store if you buy at least six.

Aug 26, 2009
Newkie in Los Angeles Area