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need rec for anniversary. whats hot and recently new (opened within the last 18 months or so)

Hi all

going on year #4 with the wife!
1st year: Providence
2: Hatfields
3. Ink
4....? any suggestions? was thinking Playa, Red Medicine, Sotto or Saam. Any suggestions?

The only thing is no sushi. everything else in play. up to $100 or so for the food per person is okay.

Thanks!

Sep 30, 2012
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

Loud and louder restos: Maybe I'm getting old, but...

There was an intereesting article in the LA times a few days ago on the front page about Water Grill and how they transformed into a louder more hipper, cheaper place to attract the younger 20-30's crowd. Places are trying to get away from super expensive, quiet high end atmospheres as it brings in less people.

on another note, i love loud places...it makes it easier to take my 2 year old! haha

May 02, 2012
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

large group..casual atmosphere...loud...need help

how about Herbsaint? we are willing to dress up a little (not the full on jacket, etc).

Feb 10, 2012
samtron608 in New Orleans

large group..casual atmosphere...loud...need help

Guys. We leaning on trying August. Would you say August is regional nola food? Buddy wants to make sure we eat nOla food per se. Not something we can get in los angeles

Thanks

Feb 09, 2012
samtron608 in New Orleans

AOC. Finally going. Still worth a visit??

Darn. Didnt sound too great.

Feb 07, 2012
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

AOC. Finally going. Still worth a visit??

Hmmm. Not sure why bit decided to go to aoc this weekend. Its been around for a while. Just wondering if its still worth a visit.

If yes, any tips on the menu?

Thanks!!

Feb 07, 2012
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

large group..casual atmosphere...loud...need help

thanks everyone!

any thoughts on Mr. B's for a large group? K-Pauls?

I hear Antoines has a bunch of rooms..how is the food there??

Feb 01, 2012
samtron608 in New Orleans

Dinner options for a big group in August

thanks everyone!

any thoughts on Mr. B's for a large group?

Feb 01, 2012
samtron608 in New Orleans

large group..casual atmosphere...loud...need help

coming in April for a bachelor party. group of 12-14 guys...looking for something in or walking distance of the french quarter

looking for good food...but we dont want to dress up too much (so commanders palace, etc are out)...

need a dinner spot for friday and a lunch spot for sat.

we need a place not to quiet...a group of 14 guys tends to get loud.

wondering if K Pauls, Mr B bistro, Couchon, august are good choices...any other suggestions?

Any help would be appreciated.

Jan 25, 2012
samtron608 in New Orleans

LA foodie needs help

going to vegas this weekend and need a place for a friday night dinner.. we have one veggie only person in our group.

someplace that does not require us to dress up too much. but at the same time, not a place you can walk in with a tank top and sandals..hehe

If any of you are familiar with the LA scene, looking for something similar to Hatfields, Rivera, Picca, etc

around the $30-50 range per person (not including drinks).
maybe a place with a 3 or 4 course tasting special for like $50 or so.
trying to avoid steakhouses, sushi or asian.

can be on strip or off strip.

Thanks!

Jan 17, 2012
samtron608 in Las Vegas

where can I get all you can eat crab legs in los angeles area?

i think Hokaido has them too. no alaskan, but smaller crab legs
just be warned..most of these asian buffet places are horrible..even with the all you can eat crab, i dont go to them :)
previous rec for scarpetta is a great one...

Dec 29, 2011
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

BEST New York Style Cheesecake in Los Angeles!

how do does cheesecakes compare to the "cheesecake factory"?
never really had cheesecake at other places so not even sure how good it is or not....hahah

thanks!

Dec 28, 2011
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

Last Minute Christmas help for Korean Parents in SFV or near by (LA)

budget?
if unlimited, you can try to book them for Urasawa ($400-500 per person with tax tip drinks). about a 3 hour dinner of sushi bliss.
if they like seafood, you cant go wrong with the tasting menu at Providence ($150 per person)
im sure others can chime in on sushi places along ventura blvd area as well.

Dec 20, 2011
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

911! Surprise guests coming in on the train: where to eat close-ish to Union Station?

agreed!

Dec 12, 2011
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

Angry Birds Cake

Check with Portos Bakery. I see them make all kinds of neat cakes with all kinds of designs for kids (think disney characters, etc)

Dec 12, 2011
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs (Episode 6 "Food Auction") [Spoilers]

i find it amazing that they only have one mixer in the kitchen....

Dec 07, 2011
samtron608 in Food Media & News

Wine Bars

Bottlerock in downtown near staples.
a new wine bar opened up La Brea and 3rd street. forget the name though.....anyone?

Dec 06, 2011
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

pre cooked turkey dinners

Hi all:

going to my cousins home for turkey day and they will be buying one of those pre-cooked turkey dinners from Ralphs. My cousin is not much of a cook..heheh

are there any tips on re-heating methods to prevent it from drying out too much?

Any tips would be appreciated!

Nov 17, 2011
samtron608 in Home Cooking

Hokkaido Seafood Buffet Opens In Westside Pavilion

i will avoid..I tried it once (in law wanted to go there for her bday)...and i said i would never ever go again..

wheres the nearest panda express!?

Nov 15, 2011
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

New Iphone app: Chef's Feed

anyone check out Chef's Feed. its a new iphone app.
pick a city and it shows you a list of the top chefs, their restuarants, their favorite dishes in the city, etc. Kinda cool just to read through each chef and see what they like. and also lists their favorites on a list/map view.
pretty neat and looking forward to how they expand this app.

Nov 15, 2011
samtron608 in Food Media & News

Providence...very good, but disappointing

also people seem to enjoy the tasting menu a lot more. both in food and service.

Nov 15, 2011
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

Recommendation for Something New Please!

Son of A Gun
Picca
Playa (the same chef as Rivera)

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Picca
9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

Nov 09, 2011
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

SHORT ORDER opens Nov 18 at Farmers Market.

wow so umami is supposed to open up a huge space there..and now Short order. Would be interesting to see which burger joint wins the FM crowd...

Nov 09, 2011
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

First drink

you are right..for some reason i was thinking of Friday-Sat nights. hahah
ya, Sun-Thursday should be okay.

Nov 09, 2011
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

SHORT ORDER opens Nov 18 at Farmers Market.

details on what this place is? never heard of them..

Nov 09, 2011
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

recommedations for my 30th bday dinner/dessert

Providence all the way!

Nov 09, 2011
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

First drink

i would say so...unless you get there right when they open and have drink before the "young" crowd starts flowing in. it will get super crowded and you might feel out of place.

Nov 09, 2011
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

First drink

oh..just realized you stated the bar needs to be a place where the kid wont be ashamed to be in there with parents...well, then....get to these places when they open. any of these places after 10 becomes a hangout for the twenty to thirty crowds.
so best bets might be bars at restuarants as some have suggested. Here are my favorite restuarant bars:
Picca
Rivera
Varnish
Tasting Kitchen

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Tasting Kitchen
1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

Picca
9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

Nov 08, 2011
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

First drink

Are you talking about Providence on Melrose?
if yes, never knew about the bar..you can just walk in for the bar? no need to order food? do you still need to be dressed well just for the bar?

Nov 08, 2011
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area

First drink

Seven-Grand: awesome Scotch bar. you cant go wrong there for a legit glass of scotch.

get an Old Fashioned (use a lower end scotch like J Walker Red). They make the best old fashioned in all of LA.
Then get a nice glass of sctoch served neat. Their Scotch list is impressive.

Nov 08, 2011
samtron608 in Los Angeles Area