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

totes.

May 09, 2015
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

California Cuisine Boring (Spago, Lucques, Gjelina, Josie, Rustic Canyon, etc...)

You know, you're kinda right. I like this kind of food, but I certainly don't want it every single week. It's not as exciting as big bold flavors, and it's usually a bit overpriced. Agree with Servog about Animal. In the vein, Tar & Roses is another flavor powerhouse version of the California dining experience that really steps up the game.

May 09, 2015
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Pacific Palisades

Def +1 for Maison Giraud. Best croissants in LA, period. I asked them to make their jambon sandwich on the croissant instead of baguette... you cannot believe how incredibly delicious it was. Best lunch of the year, though sort of small. They are dog friendly on the patio! There were two dogs when I went.

May 09, 2015
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Meeting on Wilshire?

How far west of downtown?

May 09, 2015
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Cacio e Pepe in LA

Bucato in Culver City!!! Look at pix on instagram. It's the real deal.

May 09, 2015
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Are all Sugarfish locations equal?

This isn't a thread to argue about if you like Sugarfish or not. Some of us like it, some don't. I think of it as very tasty for the $$. If I were rich, I would go to the fancy sushi restaurants that the sushi chows prefer more often. As it is, they are special occasion restaurants. But for about the same price as any other dinner, Sugarfish is a go to. Anyway, we usually go to the Marina Del Rey location but I was thinking maybe we should mix it up and try the Bev Hills or Santa Monica. Just curious if those who have been to more than one have found any differences?

May 09, 2015
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

How many Maude attempts?

I pushed redial for 3. 5 hours and finally got a June rez. I really hope it was worth it!

May 01, 2015
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Neighborhood Restaurant on Westside

I'm sorry for your loss. The Sawtelle strip is the obvious food destination of that area. If you feel like Chinese, I like Little Hong Kong on Sawtelle. I absolutely love Plan Check (their burger is divine) on Sawtelle, but that is loud and hip, tho less so on the patio and at that time/hour. For what you seek may I suggest: Il Moro on Olympic. Don Antonio's Mexican on Pico has comforting red booths and old school mexican combination plates. Upstairs 2 (above the Wine House store on Cotner) has wonderful by-the-glass options and decent food. Nook Bistro is one I have bookmarked near there but haven't tried yet. Also Upper West.

Apr 12, 2015
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Random musings on Don Antonio's and life

I love Don Antonio's!

Mar 02, 2015
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

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

Mozza (both, it's a twofer)

Mar 02, 2015
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

BYOB near Valencia, CA for Rehearsal Dinner?

Thank you Lisa! Great suggestions to check out :)

Jan 26, 2015
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

BYOB near Valencia, CA for Rehearsal Dinner?

Having a cost effective wedding, and need a cost effective Rehearsal dinner. Wedding accommodations will be near Magic Mountain in Valencia. Any ideas for BYOB places that might do a reasonable family style meal? Doesn't need to be fancy at all, but would love for it to edible. Open to alternative ideas like a lunch place that would open for dinner for a private party or something ethnic, etc. Thanks!

Jan 24, 2015
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Thanksgiving Take Out in Berkeley?

It's strange they don't have all the normal sides like stuffing. Oh well! I think I may try Brennan's, but when I called the lady wasn't sure they would do it "to go". I'm not sure why not???

Thanksgiving Take Out in Berkeley?

Thank you!!! I was about to pony up $110 just for the two of us to get a thx take out dinner and then I thought..hmmm... we could go out to a nice buffet for that price! Relieved to hear of other options.

Thanksgiving Take Out in Berkeley?

Great! Another good options thanks :)

Thanksgiving Take Out in Berkeley?

A ha! I have heard of this spot. Thanks so much!

Thanksgiving Take Out in Berkeley?

Visiting BFF and her family in Berkeley. She and her husband are turkey haters and prepare steak for their thanksgiving meal every year. My boyfriend and I are traditionalists. I want take out (just for two people, generous portions) of turkey, stuffing, and maybe a couple other sides. We're making our own mashed potatoes and pecan pie. Any suggestions? Thanks! She lives near Sacremento and University, not that it has to be walking distance.

Guidance needed for week-long LA visit

Your list is pretty great. Ink is exceptional, Red Medicine's desserts are mind blowing you could even stop by just for dessert, Animal is a great choice as well.

To get the LA experience, you should definitely get Tacos and Korean BBQ in there. If you like Buzz, Roy Choi (Legit famous, he's on Top Chef as a mentor/judge, was in the end credits of the film Chef) has a new Korean/modern gourmet interpretation place called POT in Koreatown. The lobby bar is also a big scene there. To go more traditional, Park's or Soot Bull Jeep or I have bookmarked from Eater LA Kang Hodong Baekjeong.

I think Tar and Roses is superior to AOC or Luqcues, if you want another california/small plates option.

I'm also obsessed with the burger at Plan Check and pretty sure you are not going to eat a burger that delicious in London.

Where are you getting your mexican before LA? Becuase LA has much better Mexican food than most american cities. And tacos are such a part of LA culture! You could also have great fun visiting a place like Central Market downtown which is a foodie market/food court scene.

Dumplings perhaps at Din Tai Fung?

Aug 05, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Cheapest place to buy mason jars?

What about those cheaper restaurant depot type places? The one on Washington Blvd near crenshaw? The one at Fairfax near Wilshire?

Jul 30, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Summer Truffles; where has it ??????

I had a crazy yummy summer truffle pasta special at Angelini Osteria. $40 generous with truffles. But the veal shank angolotti with parmeggiano sauce was even more delicious ($26)

Jul 30, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

favorite sushi right now ????? price no object, natch.

Zo's newer downtown post. dayyyyyum it was good. We spent $300 and haven't been back because of that, but if I were suddenly wealthy I'd go all the time.

Jul 30, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

The Early Bird Special at Flores and The Ladies’ Gunboat Society

What are the hours for the early bird special? Not seeing on the website :)

Jul 30, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Is Qui better than ESK?

Oh, that would be very hard for me! I guess it seems unfair to judge when I wasn't hungry, but for the right food I seem to get hungry if that makes sense.

Jul 16, 2014
sarahbeths in Austin

Is Qui better than ESK?

Hey all- Thanks for the feedback. Thought I'd follow up with a report-

I wasn't terribly impressed. But sadly, I got stuck eating lunch at work late that day and I wasn't that hungry when I arrived at Qui. I had the Ode To Michel B Ras
selection of vegetables from austin farmers vegetable plate (lovely), the Amberjack Philipino Ceviche (tasty but way too salty) and then because the girl next to me seemed wildy crazy about it, the short rib wrapped in banana leaf. Strangely, she had a ton of cool vegetables served with hers, mine came only with cabbage. It was a huge amount of fatty meat for someone without a big appetiite, I should have stuck to my first inclination to get the Kare Kare peanut curry.

Nothing was bad, but I just felt meh about it all. It wasn't exciting or worth the price, and the best thing was definitely the pretty veggie plate. The cocktail "Austin" something, their version of the mojito, was tasty but a lot sweeter than I was expecting after the waiter specifically said it wasn't very sweet. I needed something less sugary to stir up my appetite. Then I asked for a wine glass recommendation and was pointed to a chilled red that was just...weird. Disappointing, but I was glad I made it back to Uchiko for a second time before leaving Austin. Next time I'm in town I'll try some of the suggestion instead-ofs from this thread. Thanks for the tips!

Jun 30, 2014
sarahbeths in Austin

Is Qui better than ESK?

Thanks! To all replies. I think I'll give it a chance :) I'm very curious.

Jun 13, 2014
sarahbeths in Austin

Is Qui better than ESK?

Hi everyone- Hate to introduce myself with a negative post, I'm really not a hater- but here's my time-sensative question. I'm in town for only a short while more and have a rez at Qui for my last night. Thought I'd go out with a bang.

However, I was pretty disappointed by East Side Kings (Lamar location. I had pork buns, octopus taco, Brussels sprout salad, and beet home fries). Nothing was "bad" but nothing was as tasty, satisfying, complex, or interesting as I was expecting. I went in a Top Chef fan, high hopes, etc.

My question is - is Qui a lot better? Or if I didn't like the flavors of ESK, do you think Qui is of much better caliber and I should still give it a chance? It was my understanding it enjoyed the best marks in Austin with Chows, is there another place I should focus my last night attention? I'm good on BBQ and Tex Mex, and not looking for Italian/Mediterranean flavors as I have abundance of those back home.

I've been to Uchiko and Uchi (loved) and I'm definitely going back to Uchiko one more time….

Thanks!!

Jun 11, 2014
sarahbeths in Austin

Is Settebello pizza special?

I like it much better than Mozza. Mozza was a big dissapointment to me, because I was expecting it to be an authentically Italian style when it first came out. Instead it's kind of a puffy sour dough. But if you love Mozza pizza, you may just have different pizza taste. Settebello is more traditional in its Italian/Neopolitan style. Thin and crispy but a little soggy in the middle. Yum! Haven't had Ortica or Pizza e Vino yet.

Another great one if you like authentic Italian style is Milo and Olive.

May 13, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

Hey! I'm always on a always on a salad dressing hunt as well. Here's something that worked for me recently. A) Bolthouse Yogurt Caeser something. If you like a yogurt tang, two points. B) Always loved Trader Joe's Goddess dressing (3 points for 2 tablespoons) but it's soooo needlessly thick. So I put one tablespoon in a little ramekin sized tupperware with some water, apple cider vinegar, and dijon mustard, Doubling the amount of dressing but not adding any points. Now I have 1 point dressing. C) Have you ever tried using hummus as a dressing? I've been doing that recently (with Sabra classic hummus, my favorite) and it works surprisingly well. The amount of flavor and the satisfaction of mouth feel are great!

May 08, 2014
sarahbeths in Home Cooking
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Yet Another SF Hound Seeking Advice

POT is literally all the rage here in LA, you would get major foodie cred if you went there Friday night. Ktown isn't super far from DTLA....maybe even in your car radius. btw that is an awesome idea for a hotel accommodation! Or Chego is also Roy Choi's and is downtown, and more low key like fast food almost.

So glad you're going to Tar and Roses! Some of the not to be missed dishes there is the Phopaccio, the roasted peas, and the strawberry rosemary ricotta dessert is insane!

As for Pastries downtown I have "Semi Sweet" bookmarked. Oh and of course you could go to Little Tokyo Village in dowtown where they have various mochi and 'Lettes Macarons and all kinds of yummy sweet things.

May 07, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

ROME: Pasta and classic trattoria fare near Via Veneto area?

Grazie!!!

May 07, 2014
sarahbeths in Italy