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Asada Tacos and Rolled Tacos in San Fernando Valley

I second San Marcos. I'm particularly fond of their al pastor, but their asada is good too. Their salsa bar is amazing. Haven't tried their handmade tortillas, though. Sounds intriguing.

Dec 12, 2014
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Any great food with ambience in Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Van Nuys or North Hollywood?

I third Mistral. Very attentive service, quality food, can get loud for dinners, though. Depends on how full it is.

Sep 25, 2014
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Dutch Crunch Bread @ PAVILIONS

Good to know... as a Bay Area transplant, it's one of the things I've missed.

Does anyone know if it's available at other Vons/Pavilions? Looks like at least one Pavilions (Culver City), and one Vons (Burbank).

Jan 31, 2014
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (September 2013) - Voting

FRIED FISH

Aug 27, 2013
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Your favorite way to eat $5

I love the milanesa de pollo cemita from the truck outside Smart & Final on Venice Blvd near Motor Ave. The truck was called Angelica, now it's Latinos Catering. The cemita was $5, but it's now $6 (so, within a large wiggle of $5). Same huge, tasty cemita – make sure to get extra salsa chipotle.

Aug 27, 2013
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Vancouver Downtown/Gastown Restaurant Advice

Thanks all for the recommendations... I realized I never posted what we did do.

Sat lunch we went to Mill Marine Bistro along the waterfront, and it was good. Nothing fancy, but good.

Sat. dinner we went to Boneta in Gastown. Very good drinks, the octopus chips, and poutine. I think we had all small plates, and that was plenty of food, for not a ton of money (although certainly not cheap).

Had Tim Horton's for Sun breakfast (which was fine), and got a Japadog from the Robson store for lunch, since we wanted fries (thanks for advising going to that store). Enjoyed the Shichimi & Garlic fries quite a lot too.

Thanks again for all the advice! We're hoping to head back to Vancouver at some point, since the food and walking around the seawall were both go much fun.

Aug 27, 2013
hhewitt in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

How long have you LA Chowhounders been posting on Chowhound ?

According to my profile, 2006, but lurking for a bit before that. Still don't post much — mostly I lurk.

Jul 16, 2013
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Vancouver Downtown/Gastown Restaurant Advice

Hello BC board!

Like many people (even just on this board), I'll be in downtown Vancouver for a brief trip this summer. I've been doing some research on eating and wanted to ask your opinions of some restaurants. My wife and I will be staying between Canada Place & Gastown near the waterfront, and I was hoping to stick within walking distance of there for a few meals.

Sat. Lunch: I was thinking the Mill Marine Bistro (Cordova & Bute) on the waterfront. We'll be eating with some older diners, who aren't very adventurous eaters, and this is near Canada Place where we'll be.

Sat. Dinner: I'm thinking possibly Guu Otokomae, if we feel like eating at an izakaya. If not, I'm thinking Boneta, Chambar, or L'Abattoir. I'm a bit confused about differences between the atmosphere & pricing of these three. The food at all three sounds good. I was hoping to stay under $50/person (including maybe a glass of wine).

Sun. breakfast: Something quick & quintessentially Canadian — Tim Horton's.

Sun. lunch: Probably one of the Japadog stands near the waterfront (grabbing a quick lunch on the way to the airport).

If anyone has any strong opinions about these, or ideas for other places in the same area, I'd love to hear them.

Thanks, An LA Chowhound

May 07, 2013
hhewitt in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Moscow Mule LA

At the Tam O'Shanter in Atwater Village, they serve it in a pewter mug, just like their Pimm's Cup. The Pimm's Cup is better, in my opinion.

Apr 26, 2013
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

ginger beer

Beverage Warehouse near MdR carries it:
http://www.beveragewarehouse.com/

I also recommend Bundaberg Ginger Beer.

Apr 23, 2013
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Quick Cheap Good Lunch After Golf at Encino/Balboa/Woodley?

Great to know! I live near Bamboo Forest, and only tried it once and found it just OK. Do you know if the lunch special is available 7 days a week, or just weekdays?

Oct 24, 2012
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Quick Cheap Good Lunch After Golf at Encino/Balboa/Woodley?

For Mexican, I'd also consider Tacos Corona (7213 Balboa Blvd @ Sherman Way). I've only eaten there once, but their salsa bar (especially the grilled onions) was particularly impressive, and their prices seemed very fair. It's a mile or two up Balboa, pretty close to golf courses.

I also second Sam Woo, Vinh Loi tofu, and Don Adrian for cemitas (although their bread is a littl dry for my taste).

Oct 09, 2012
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Looking For A New Fun Restaurant With Great Food in the Valley

This was my first thought as well. It's near the 405/101 interchange, has a charming chef/owner, and the food is great (and unique enough, in that tagines aren't sold on every street corner).

Sep 06, 2012
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Indonesian Rijstafel in Los Angeles?

They are kind of similar... although personally, I prefer Simpang Asia's.

I can't describe the differences between Porto's and Simpang's. The spices are certainly different, and I think Simpang's are ground chicken while Porto's are ground beef. Simpang's might be a little bigger too.

Aug 17, 2012
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Indonesian Rijstafel in Los Angeles?

The Mie Tek Tek noodles at Simpang Asia are great - chicken, scrambled egg, noodles all in a brown sauce. It's my favorite dish there. Some crunchy bok-choy-type greens too.

I'd also recommend their kroket — ground chicken & spices inside fried mashed potato.

Aug 14, 2012
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Ice Cream Sandwiches in LA?

While not an ice cream sandwich, if you want to recreate the flavors of your Sacramento sandwich (but not in sandwich form), Trader Joe's sells Lemon & Triple Ginger Snap Ice Cream. It sounds like the flavor combo you had, but the ginger snap pieces are mixed into the ice cream. It's quite good.

Otherwise, the classic ice cream sandwich-type item I grew up eating were It's-Its, which are available in most supermarkets in SoCal, I think.

Jul 11, 2012
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Super Nachos"/Spanish Sauce"/The Valley

Not that this was a popular topic, but I seem to have found something that works. La Fogata in Sherman Oaks on Van Nuys Blvd makes "super nachos/nachos supremos" with meat, beans, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole over chips. I asked for that with their (mild) salsa roja poured over it, and it was delicious!

Jul 02, 2012
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Raclette (Cheese)

I've tried Trader Joe's Raclette (as mentioned below), but it wasn't very good.

The best cheese was from Surfas and was recommended to me there (possibly by David). It's called Scharfe Maxx, and it's delicious... and it's also probable that its price will floor you too. I don't remember the exact price, but it wasn't cheap.

Dec 19, 2011
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Any casual, cheap Parisian-style couscous places in LA area?

I second Simon's. The price point is definitely not "cheap," but sharing as archer mentions would help alleviate that. Now if only more restaurants would have a "pichet du vin" like Parisian restaurants...

Dec 15, 2011
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

LA-made Dessert Gift... that travels well?

Their candy looks pretty good... and they'd probably travel well too! This thread is an example of why I love CH.

Oct 25, 2011
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

LA-made Dessert Gift... that travels well?

A definite possibility! Thanks!

Oct 25, 2011
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

LA-made Dessert Gift... that travels well?

Looks possible... I can always do Diddy Riese if I'm lazy (and I won't get into waht people think of those cookies... I read that thread).

Oct 25, 2011
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

LA-made Dessert Gift... that travels well?

Frozen cakes sounds a little heavy-duty for me... also, I don't think I'll have access to a freezer once I arrive for the first days until I see her. But thanks!

Oct 25, 2011
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

LA-made Dessert Gift... that travels well?

She lives in Honolulu, and we both went to college in Claremont 10 years ago (so, she spent 4 years living there). I'm not sure about how often she cooks.

Oct 25, 2011
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

LA-made Dessert Gift... that travels well?

Here's a complex one:

I'm going to visit an old friend soon, and I'd love to bring her a gift. She loves dessert/sweets, and I'd love to bring her some sort of LA-specific, locally-made gift... but, it'll have to travel well.

I'm going to be on a plane for almost 6 hours, and then I won't see her until a few days after my arrival. I'm thinking all baked goods are off the table due to the days of sitting around (although I think I will have a fridge available). Ideally, this dessert would be purchasable near the Sepulveda Pass (either end).

Does anyone know of any sort of dessert that's locally-made that'll travel well for hours on a plane, and then sit around for days without going bad?

Oct 25, 2011
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Indian in SFV

I like Taj of India... at Hazeltine and Burbank. I'm not going to say it's amazing, but it's good. I don't want to oversell it, but my wife really likes it, so I thought I should at least mention it.

It's well-located for your needs, at least.

Oct 11, 2011
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Looking for rum babas

I just happen to have one from Porto's Burbank yesterday for the first time. I'm no rum baba expert, but it was sweet (although not too sweet), syrupy, and not very rum-y. It was ok.

Sep 12, 2011
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Baby-friendly breakfast spot in Culver City or Beverly Hills

Agree about La Dijonaise. I see strollers there all the time, and their breakfast/lunch items are quite tasty, and very good value. The patio is lovely when it's warm. I don't like them for dinner as much, but for brunch, they're a great idea. They're not very high-end, but they're "classy", solid and good value.

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La Dijonaise Cafe
8703 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Sep 02, 2011
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

Super Nachos"/Spanish Sauce"/The Valley

I'm on the hunt for nachos with a specific sauce, and I'm not quite sure what it is. I used to go to Pancho's on Venice near downtown Culver City (there's another location in Santa Monica). They have "Pancho's Nachos" which has a red sauce on it, in addition to cheese, meat, etc. I think they call the sauce "Spanish Sauce," and it reminds me of enchilada sauce, only thinner, and with stewed tomatoes and peppers in it. It's also very mild.

I live in the Valley now, and I've been trying the "Super Nachos" at places near Sherman Oaks. These seem close to what I'm looking for. Some are tasty, but none have sauce on them (just meat & cheese, etc.). I'm wondering if anyone knows of anywhere near Sherman Oaks that might have nachos, with meat, cheese, and "Spanish Sauce," even though I can't describe the sauce too well.

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Pancho's Tacos
2920 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Aug 03, 2011
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area

What do you bring to the Hollywood Bowl?

Agree about cheese (and wine) at the Bowl. I've learned though – if eating in a bench, it's easiest to cut/parcel the cheese out ahead of time. I tried serving cheese, nuts, and dried fruit among four people sitting on a bench seat... there was not ample room for us to maneuver food and wine. Now in a box, it works fine. But I found that serving food in a bench is not easy.

Aug 01, 2011
hhewitt in Los Angeles Area