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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
djquinnc in California

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
djquinnc in Manhattan

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
djquinnc in Manhattan

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
djquinnc in Manhattan
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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
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

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
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

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
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Looking for interesting spots to eat with teenagers in LA

The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel for sure. Food is not only delicious, but has very fun and creative preparations. Also, the amount of external stimuli in the décor and the people watching might be endlessly amusing to your daughter and her friend. Highly recommended, and not that far from your hotel.

Jan 02, 2015
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Le Bernardin - what to order?

I went for the first time this past March and had a wonderful lunch in the lounge. The wild striped bass with red rice and green papaya salad might be the most perfectly cooked piece of fish I have ever consumed. Tasty, yes - but the technique was extraordinary. Enjoy!

Jan 02, 2015
djquinnc in Manhattan

PIZZA TAKE OUT MELROSE AND SWEETZER

Vito's, Mozza2Go, and Tomato Pie. I live in the neighborhood and frequent them all.

Dec 27, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

I agree. It's such a relaxed environment. Bring a Kindle with a good book and you can settle into a nice, cosy, and delicious evening.

Dec 27, 2014
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Hatfields closing end of December

I had my last hurrah on Xmas eve. Kampachi sashimi, chestnut agnolotti, that lamb, and those beignets -- a wholly satisfying meal. A bit bittersweet, but the hostess (God, I wish I could remember her name!) told us that their new place (Otis and Penelope?) would be open for dinner sometime in January 2015. Certainly something to look forward to.

Tasting menu

My one meal at Melisse was certainly not "bad" per se, but it was really dated and fussy. And quality wise, it is nowhere near Providence's level, in my opinion. To use Michelin as a guide, that meal would never hold a candle to my meals at Ko, Jungsik, Atelier Crenn, or Frantzén: all meals that have received two stars, as did Melisse when they were still evaluating Los Angeles.

With the eminent closure of Hatfield's in the horizon, it really gives credence to the notion that Los Angeles does not support fine dining as much as other major U.S. cities. It is what it is. As long as Providence and n/naka stay intact for a while, I'll be content.

Dec 26, 2014
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My "SGV" Christmas will be at Taipei Garden (Arcadia) -- what about yours?

Wanted to give a bit of a report: our group of four wound up going to Duck House in Monterey Park yesterday. Big thumbs up from each one of us. Had the duck three ways -- all were good, but the roasted duck meat with that amazing skin was the clear winner. Also had an order of the filet mignon cubes that were quite good as well. Upside was that they took reservations and I snagged the earliest one possible (11:30am). By the time we left, the place was packed and . All and all, a great Christmas meal that was enjoyed by all.

Dec 26, 2014
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Tasting menu

+1 on all of this. Providence is the best of the bunch by a long shot, but I would also give equal weight to n/naka.

Dec 23, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

2014 Omakase Odyssey

Thanks for the cheat sheet -- Angelino here, who travels to NYC about once a year. My meal at Sushi Tsujita a few months ago was one of my faves of 2014, so I might be inclined to visit Sushi Azabu during my visit next month. I really loved my meal at Nakazawa this past March. I wonder what the L.A. equivalent would be? Even more curious, what might be the NYC counterpart to n/naka, which is my favorite restaurant here at home.

Dec 22, 2014
djquinnc in Manhattan

Restaurant Week (Jan 19-Feb 1)

Anything new or noteworthy this year. RW is usually the time for my annual trips to Craft, Bazaar, and Lukshon. Other than those, I haven't experienced much real value.

Dec 22, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

2014 Top Ten Tastes

I think that imposing a rule might prevent accurate reporting. I went to Papilles more than any other local restaurant this past year, so the chances of experiencing multiple dishes that made me take notice are increased. Their octopus and blood sausage dish almost made the cut, as would have multiple dishes from Commissary and Bestia.

I have to agree with you. That bread and butter at Petit Trois is dreamy.

Dec 21, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

2014 Top Ten Tastes

The sizzling Thai tongue at b.o.s. and the khao tod at Night+Market Song just barely missed the cut on my list, as was the duck liver mousse at State Bird Provisions. Narrowing down to ten was a challenge. Really itching to get to Kin Khao next time I am up north.

Dec 21, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

2014 Top Ten Tastes

There is a thread with this title on the SF Bay Area Board that I have enjoyed following over the last week or so:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9989...

Thought it might be fun to come up with my own. So, in alphabetical order here it goes:

L.A. Area --
Beep Beep – Pot
Belcampo Burger with Beef Tallow Fries – Belcampo Meat Co.
Burrata with Celery Herb Salad And Celery Leaf Pesto – Osteria Mozza
Focaccia Di Recco – Chi Spacca
French Onion Burger – Papilles
Mac and Cheese Gratin w/White Truffle – Papilles
Roast Chicken – Republique
Roasted Marrow Bone. Spinach Gnocchetti. Crispy Breadcrumbs. Aged Balsamic– Bestia
Steak Tartare – Petit Trois
Wagyu Beef Cheek, Eggplant, Golden Raisin, Shawarma Spice – Ink

Elsewhere--
Café De Oila and Pan Dulce – Quintonil, Mexico City
Garlic Bread with Burrata – State Bird Provisions, SF
Guinea Hen Dumpling with Aromatic Broth – State Bird Provisions. SF
Iwashi Nigiri – Sushi Nakazawa, NYC
Mole Madre, Mole Nuevo – Pujol, Mexico City
Paprika Lamb Shank Piergoi – State Bird Provisions, SF
Spencer Steak – Jocko’s, Nipomo, CA
Sucking Lamb Taco – Pujol, Mexico City
Tagliatelle, King Crab, Meyer Lemon, Black Pepper – The NoMad, NYC
Wild Striped Bass; Bhutanese Red Rice, Green Papaya Salad, Ginger-Red Wine Sauce– Le Bernadin, NYC

Dec 20, 2014
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