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

+1 on Trois Mec. Been twice and have left scratching my head each time. Petit Trois, on the other hand, is a total gem. Hard to believe they come from the same hand.

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

Matsuhisa. Stuck in a ponzu drenched 80's time capsule. Everything over-sauced to death. Spring mix and martini glasses. Completely dated, and not in a nostalgic way. I don't get the continued accolades.

Feb 25, 2015
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Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

If you were judicious with the supplements, Le Comptoir would be a nice choice.

Feb 23, 2015
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Visiting Burbank/NOHO area

It's only too early if you think that Grand Central Market, Bottega Louie, and Nickel Diner are fixing to go belly up anytime soon.

Feb 16, 2015
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Visiting Burbank/NOHO area

+1 on Portos. Will most likely still be operating when you arrive. For nostalgic reasons, Bob's Big Boy is a Burbank classic. Certainly not gourmet by any stretch of the imagination, but decent diner food and a parade of classic cars that seem to decend upon the parking lot on certain nights.

Feb 16, 2015
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Restaurants that don't take reservations near Pantages

Not particularly romantic, but I routinely get into a bowl at ShopHouse prior to Arclight shows.

dinner for 5 near the Ace downtown

Umami Burger is practically right across the street. I've never been to Wood Spoon, but friends that have enjoyed it. And it's walking distance.

Feb 10, 2015
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Orsa and Winston Tonight - Which Option?

Lobster, uni, abalone, and geoduck. The base was rice that was sort of the consistency of a soupy risotto. There was a slight amount of kick that I am assuming was togarashi.

Feb 10, 2015
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Orsa and Winston Tonight - Which Option?

Thought that I would re-energize this thread again with a newly formed opinion on Orsa & Winston during a recent visit. I had seen some pics posted on Instagram regarding their current Yakitori-Ya menu concept. First of all, Sunday night in DTLA is fantastic. Street parking was effortless and the area is calm. I was dining solo so I was sat at the chef's counter. I ordered three items: a liver (chicken and foie)terrine, a seafood porridge, and a "waffle" made with mochi. All three were solid, delicious dishes. The porridge was a major highlight: well balanced flavors, perfectly cooked proteins. It was an impressive integration of Japanese and Italian cuisines and easily a contender for best dish of 2015 (I know it's early yet!). I don't think I will be able to do so, but I would love to return to try other dishes on the menu. Not to mention that the service was warm, friendly, and accommodating. A significantly different experience when I went last year for the tasting menu. I sure hope that this temporary idea gets to take root somewhere. It was well worth the effort.

Feb 09, 2015
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Blue Hill Stone Barns private table? [630 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills, New York]

I had the pleasure of dining at Blue Hill last month. We were taken to that shed and given a very informative talk about some of the history of the farm as well as some of the current developments. We were also given me some delicious hot dogs that were primarily made out of beets with some homemade condiments. It was a super cool touch to an outstanding meal. If I didn't live all the way on the other side of the country, this would be a special occasion place for me. It's not cheap, but I felt it was worth the money.

Restaurants with chef's counter seating (Kappo-style)

Le Comptoir
Orsa & Winston
Mozzarella Bar at Osteria Mozza
Odys + Penelope

now that it's back, where are the best foie gras dishes?

Although I did not order it during my otherwise outstanding meal last night at Le Comptoir, the seared foie gras supplement looked amazing. And quite a generous portion. A friend says it's worth ordering and I'm pretty sure I'll return to try it out.

Feb 05, 2015
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Odys + Penelope

Went last night. Had the smoked lamb lettuce cups, the Farmer's dozen, the Wagyu tri-tip, smoked short-rib, and the cornmeal ricotta fritters. The lamb dish was very good. Everything else was outstanding. Space was cool. Service was great. All my sadness about Hatfield's shuttering has dissipated. I'm almost tempted to go back again tonight and try some different stuff. A wholly satisfying experience.

Feb 01, 2015
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Kooky, but good - Clearman's Steak N Stein (Pico Rivera)

I'm a big fan of the two salad/cheese bread/baked potato/no entrée plan.

DineLA Jan 2015 -- Meals, Reviews and Recommendations

+1 It's one of the best things on the menu and one of my favorite burgers in town.

Jan 28, 2015
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DineLA Jan 2015 -- Meals, Reviews and Recommendations

Just had lunch this afternoon at Gadarene Swine. Pleasantly surprised and the dineLA menu appears to be a very good value. I'll most likely return again sometime. This blackened cauliflower dish was a standout.

Jan 25, 2015
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now that it's back, where are the best foie gras dishes?

Had a really nice piece of torchon at Papilles last night.

Jan 16, 2015
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Restaurant Week (Jan 19-Feb 1)

Seriously.

Jan 07, 2015
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Driving from LA to SF on 101, where to stop?

+1 for La Super Rica, with a side trip to McConnell's for some ice cream afterward.

Jan 06, 2015
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Driving from LA to SF on 101, where to stop?

Finally got to Jocko's for the first time last year. Highly recommended. Best steak I've had in eons. They only fire up the grill at dinner time, so probably not as good for lunch.

Jan 06, 2015
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10 year wedding anniversary dinner in Los Angeles Area.

Haven't been to Patina since it was at the space where Providence now resides. Haven't been to Saam either - but I've been to the Bazaar enough times and the food there is wildly delicious...and if it's anything like my meal at e by Jose Andres in Vegas, you would be in for a real treat.

Jan 06, 2015
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Best Modernised Sushi in LA

I would recommend any of the OG Katsu-Ya restaurants (Studio City, Izakaya on 3rd, Kiwami, etc)

http://www.katsu-yagroup.com/index.html

The baked crab hand roll, albacore with crispy onion, creamy rock shrimp tempura, etc. are the standard bearers for most of the non-traditional sushi trends that have permeated most casual sushi places around town.

I would also highly recommend Go's Mart in Canoga Park. His use of truffle oil, gold flake, and various other seasonings might be divisive to some. I find them endlessly intriguing and very addictive. I make a point to have lunch there every time I am in the area.

Jan 06, 2015
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Planning a Trip in January

Thanks for the weather report :) -- I'm sure it will be beautiful with or without snow.

Jan 06, 2015
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Planning a Trip in January

My dining companions are not so inclined to partake in a tasting menu that night. In light of the presumably good experiences I am going to have during this trip, I am delighted that I am going to get to experience Estela :)

Jan 05, 2015
djquinnc in Manhattan

Worth the Hype (Butter, Nobu, etc.)? And your recommendations!

The Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong here in Los Angeles is crazy good. I hope the quality is just as high in New York as well.

Jan 05, 2015
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Planning a Trip in January

Looks as if I have a pretty good plan in place for my trip:

Thursday Dinner: Ko
Friday Dinner: Monument Lane (then concert at Jazz Standard)
Saturday Dinner: Atera
Sunday Lunch: Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Monday Dinner: Estela

I'm hoping to sneak lunches in at Juni and Betony when I can. I think I'm in for some real treats.

Jan 05, 2015
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Looking for interesting spots to eat with teenagers in LA

laliz: I think your thought process is totally on the right track. I haven't been in eons, but Buca is certainly many steps up from Olive Garden. The high energy, the crazy decor (i.e. Pope heads), and the non-threatening menu full of Italian American standards might just make some teenagers quite happy. Especially when located at Universal CityWalk (I try to step foot there as little as possible, but it is a wildly popular tourist attraction with a lot of stuff to gawk at).

Having said all that, if I were to go down that route, I would prefer to do a family style meal at Maggiano's and spend some time meandering around the Grove and the Farmer's Market. Although I would rather spend my Italian food dollars at Bestia, Angelini, or the MozzaPlex, Maggiano's is my go-to for group dinners with folks who let's say are less discriminating about their meals than I. With a little careful ordering, one can have a perfectly decent meal among the pantheon of chain options.

Jan 05, 2015
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

NY'r visting LA...rec's please

Ah-ha! I only read the OP's first post. They do serve one of my most favorite burgers in Los Angeles, but the place is just lousy with shellfish all over the joint.

Jan 05, 2015
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NY'r visting LA...rec's please

Welcome to WeHo! Places in my neighborhood that I frequent and enjoy are:

Connie and Ted’s
L’Assiette
Lucques
Salt’s Cure

Jan 05, 2015
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2014 Top Ten Tastes

Just for fun, I used a little GPS magic and took a look at some really tasty bites I enjoyed this past year that are either in BH or pretty close by:

Braised Wagyu Beef Cheeks – Bazaar
Duck Shawarma- Momed
Kouign Amann – Bouchon Bakery
Monday Night Ramen – Animal
Party Wings – Night+Market (WeHo)
Roasted Chicken – AOC
Stewed Pork Butt with Creamed Hominy and Salsa Verde (Prune Cookbook Dinner)- Lucques

Jan 05, 2015
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