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LA Chapter at the Ace Hotel DTLA

Had a nice time at LA Chapter last week. Not sure if I would trek to DTLA just to dine there, but it's a nice option to have around the Orpheum, etc. Had the mussels, Brussels sprouts, ricotta, and crudo. Aside from the mussels (which were covered in this awkward herb salad and lacked a certain pop of acid or chili that I expected), the food was flavorful. Our server (Danny?) was super sweet and helpful. The staff at the reception desk seemed out of sorts and overwhelmed, though. And yes, it was LOUD in all caps for sure.

Apr 21, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area
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LA Chapter at the Ace Hotel DTLA

Hey, all. I am going to a film presentation at the Ace Hotel theater next Thursday night. Made a reservation for LA Chapter for earlier in the eve. Has anyone been? Any must order items on the menu? Thanks in advance.

Apr 10, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

connie and ted or son of a gun

I enjoy both a lot. Connie and Ted’s is very straight forward preparations, while Son of a Gun takes more risks. At Connie and Ted’s I really like the hot lobster roll (with butter), the clear Rhode Island chowder, and the Blondie dessert. At Son of a Gun, I am a big fan of the shrimp toast and the fried chicken sandwich. The one thing I noticed about Son of a Gun is that most of the dishes have a slight acidic “pop” to them, which I certainly appreciate. I don’t think you can go wrong either way.

Apr 04, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Sunday Afternoon: Boulud Sud, The NoMad, or Nougatine?

ellenost: I was observing the sandwich going around the room. It looked a bit hefty for my appetite at the time. I went for the tagliatelle instead. No regrets. It was a fantastic plate of pasta.

Mar 31, 2014
djquinnc in Manhattan

Jean Georges and Le Bernardin for Lunch

ipsedixit: I had lunch at LeB's lounge. Your assessment was spot on. I think I will write up a trip report when I get back to Los Angeles with the details. Suffice it to say, it was a lot of fun. This striped bass just may be the most perfectly cooked piece of fish I've ever consumed.

Mar 29, 2014
djquinnc in Manhattan

Sunday Afternoon: Boulud Sud, The NoMad, or Nougatine?

Yes! It's the NoMad with a capital "M" on Broadway. Thanks for pointing that out. I did see the other one on OpenTable when I booked.

Mar 28, 2014
djquinnc in Manhattan

Sunday Afternoon: Boulud Sud, The NoMad, or Nougatine?

Thanks for the heads up, but I was able to get a reservation at NoMad with relative ease on OpenTable. I guess I got lucky! And thanks to everyone for the feedback.

Mar 25, 2014
djquinnc in Manhattan

Sunday Afternoon: Boulud Sud, The NoMad, or Nougatine?

Tried to get a lunch reservation for 1:30pm this Sunday at Jean Georges, but they are all booked up. On paper, these all seem like viable options for a nice Sunday lunch. Since I have never experienced any of these, I am wondering which one other ‘hounds might select. My thing is that I am not really a brunch-y kind of guy, mostly due to my aversion to eggs and egg-y things. Offerings that are more lunch appropriate would be more to my liking. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Mar 25, 2014
djquinnc in Manhattan

Universal Studios Hollywood

+1 on Tommy's in CityWalk. It's my go to place if I am compelled to eat something while I am there.

Mar 24, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Brunch at Sycamore Kitchen

+1 on the pancakes. I am usually there most weekends picking p pastry to go. On a lark, I decided to stay and have the pancakes one morning. They are heavenly. That and the occasional chocolate donut appearance on the counter as well.

Mar 21, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

B-day dinner ------ 2 choices....

My experience at Hinoki was lackluster at best. The dinners I have had at Salt's Cure have all been very soul satisfying. It is on the small side, but nowhere near NYC small, and I've never been uncomfortable at either a table or the counter. Their grapefruit pie might be one of L.A.'s best unsung desserts.

Mar 20, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Pantages tomorrow night

+1 on Cleo's sticky toffee pudding

Mar 14, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Molecular Gastronomy Restaurants deserving of Time and Money?

One of the most wonderful meals of my life was at Alinea. The technology combined with the flavors which enhanced the experience in such a remarkable way. If I may compare my Bay Area experiences with somewhat related restaurants:

Atelier Crenn: Probably the closest relative to Alinea in the spiritual sense. The whimsy and creativity advance the remarkable and tasty cooking. I would definitely return.

Coi – Modernist for sure. But it was one of the most bracingly acidic and salty meals I have ever consumed. I felt like screaming “Uncle!” by the third course.

Commis – I’ve been twice and long to go again. The food has a very “clean” nature to it. There is a lot of technique involved, but just as much restraint. I have sat at the counter both times and love watching the cook’s meditative work in action.

Manresa – Went once in summer: amazing. Went once in winter: lackluster. I would like to think that the season’s harvest had the most influence with the dinner’s outcomes, but there should have been more consistency. And when I think about the area, the farm, and the restaurant’s mission, that hand behind the back thing is just incongruous. Having said that I’m planning on going back this summer.

Mar 14, 2014
djquinnc in San Francisco Bay Area

Copenhagen for 3 nights

Yeah. Two visits to John's Hot Dog Deli (right between the train station and Tivoli) were culinary highlights of my trip. We just don't make them like that in the States.

Mar 12, 2014
djquinnc in Europe

Jean Georges and Le Bernardin for Lunch

That's what I was hoping for. Thanks for the feedback. I will report back.

Mar 12, 2014
djquinnc in Manhattan

Crossroads or Gracias Madre?

I made a reservation for Crossroads tonight. I will report back. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Mar 12, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Jean Georges and Le Bernardin for Lunch

ipsedixit: Have you dined in the lounge before? I'm assuming that the level of service is the same as in the dining room, but significantly less posh.

Mar 12, 2014
djquinnc in Manhattan

Jean Georges and Le Bernardin for Lunch

I will be visiting from Los Angeles in a couple of weeks. I’ve wanted to cross Jean Georges and Le Bernardin off of my to-do list, and was thinking that lunch might be the most relaxed and cost effective way to do so My thoughts were to visit the lounge at Le Bernardin, to possibly partake in the City Harvest lunch and perhaps more importantly, I do not want to pack my jacket for this trip. From what I’ve gathered, jackets are not required at Jean Georges for lunch. I’ve been reading some past posts with reports that favor Bouley for lunch over Jean Georges and Le Bernardin. However, the menu on Bouley’s website does not excite me much. The only other two reservations that I have are Annisa (which I love) and Sushi Nakazawa (which I am cautiously excited about considering the less than stunning posts I have read from other diners). Tentative meals at Carbone, dell’anima, and Monument Lane are also possibilites. Any feedback on my lunch plans would be greatly appreciated.

Mar 11, 2014
djquinnc in Manhattan

Chowhound or Cuisinepoodle?

God, can we please have a "gross dining" thread sometime?

Mar 10, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

LA Weekly's 99 essential restaurants released today...what did they miss?

"essential - absolutely necessary; extremely important"

Go by the dictionary definition and the list shouldn't exist at all. If every single one of these restaurants shuttered tonight, the great city of angels would still stand.

Semantics aside, I have been to about 60 percent of the restaurants on the list. Aside from recent visits to Hinoki, Baco, and Spago, I have thoroughly enjoyed each meal. Whatever it is and whatever it is trying to represent, it reads like a fine representation of very good dining choices for one to explore in Los Angeles.

Mar 07, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area
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LA Weekly's 99 essential restaurants released today...what did they miss?

+1 The pani puri at SFM is quite memorable and I order it every time I visit.

Mar 06, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Crossroads or Gracias Madre?

Good evening. I have a friend coming in to visit next week who would like to eat something "healthy." Both of these places are in my neighborhood, but I have yet to try either. Each menu looks rather appealing in its own particular way. Does anyone have any experiences that they could share to help inform my decision? Thanks in advance.

Mar 06, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Went to: Tar & Roses/Going to: Superba S.B.

I'm a fan of Suberba's fried chicken, as well as the tagliatelle with the crab and uni.

Feb 26, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Dessert in WeHo Vicinity Tonight

Thank you for all of the great suggestions. Now, I will tell you what happened. One of my friends who is not as food conscious as I, read this blog post:

http://laist.com/2014/02/11/food_porn...

…and insisted that we visit. I had glanced at some of the press already. The idea of “extreme donuts” sort of turns me off. But my pals were on vacation and were really excited about it – what harm could come of it?

It’s OK. Just OK. By the time we arrived at 8:15 or so late night, what appeared to be the last remnants of the day’s baking were on display. I had a sort of orange creamsicle donut. One of my friends had a maple bacon one…with caramel dipping sauce on the side, in case it wasn’t sweet enough. The tutti fruitti donut that I ordered to go (covered in breakfast cereal) had a dipping sauce as well. The staff was super, super cool. Again, it wasn’t bad, but I can’t see myself heading out there again. I dare say that the Stumptown Coffee with almond milk was far more satisfying than the donut. And as soon as we had sat down, the inventory had magically replenished itself with different variations. Kind of like a game of chance to see if they one you may want is on offer at the time of your visit.

Thanks again for the suggestions. St. Honore at Gorge is now on my to-do list. And I go to the Coffee Commissary at least once a week for…well, coffee. I never glance at the baked goods. I will be having a cookie there soon.

Feb 21, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Dessert in WeHo Vicinity Tonight

I'm thinking bakery/coffee house to no more than dressy casual. All depends on how they show up.

Jar for butterscotch pudding and banna cream pie is an excellent idea.

Feb 20, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Dessert in WeHo Vicinity Tonight

Super yummy. But I am wondering if they would have space for us at around 8-8:30. Esp. if just for dessert.

Feb 20, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Dessert in WeHo Vicinity Tonight

Sycamore Kitchen would be my first choice, but they close in the afternoons. I am tempted to see if we could get some Karen Hatfield's magic in the lounge of Hatfield's proper, but not sure how dressed up/down my pals might be tonight. And not sure if the restaurant serves at the bar area, either.

Feb 20, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

James Beard Foundation Semifinalists from LA

Go, Niki!

Feb 20, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Dessert in WeHo Vicinity Tonight

Hi, all. I have some friends passing through on their way back to LAX tonight who would like to grab some dessert and coffee before hopping on their plane. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm very close to Sweet Lady Jane (which would be an obvious choice) but the quality and service have been on the decline for quite some time now. Thanks in advance.

Feb 20, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Maurice Snack and Chat

God, I miss that place.

Feb 13, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area