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Tootsies for tea?

Does anyone know a restaurant that serves Pig's Feet...not an asian restaurant, but perhaps French or Alsation in the LA area (I'm in the SFV, but that would be asking too much). Also any soul food places doing the feet, tails, and other usually unmentionable bits. Failing that, how about an Italian place serving Testa? What can I say, I'm an omnivore with omnivoracious friends.

Jun 11, 2008
Nyinya in Los Angeles Area

Food Festivals

Thanks luvgrub. I'd heard of the Greek Festival but didn't know where/when. I'm looking after my niece and nephew and we don't want to go to the beach because of crowds, but we were looking for some fun off the beaten path stuff. This and a trip to Little Tokyo are on the list!

May 16, 2008
Nyinya in Los Angeles Area

NY Style Italian...in the Valley?

Thanks...it looks like over-the-hill is my best bet.

May 12, 2008
Nyinya in Los Angeles Area

Food Festivals

Thanks, luvgrub. Nice and timely too!!!!

May 12, 2008
Nyinya in Los Angeles Area

Food Festivals

I read about the Romanian festival on Chowhound! After the fact, of course. I understand there is a big Armenian Festival in the Valley, and a Polish one and I'd love to find either. Or anything else ethnic and delicious.

May 12, 2008
Nyinya in Los Angeles Area

Food Festivals

I just saw a posting about a Romanian Food Festival that was held by a local church. I love food, festivals, ethnic food, and little churches. Does anyone out there know of any upcoming local food festivals that might not get much in the way of promotion or advertising? I've just read about Taiwan Fest, and think I'll pop over and see what it's all about...but this is another one that, were it not for Chowhound, would have gone right under the radar. How about it...anybody have the skinny on some interesting festivals...any kind, anywhere, as long as there is plenty of home made, home style food!

May 09, 2008
Nyinya in Los Angeles Area

NY Style Italian...in the Valley?

Does anyone know of a good, authentic Italian place in the Valley, with real Italian food, Spaghetti alla Gricia with guanciale (or anything with guanciale!), steamed clams, lobster fra diavolo, shrimp Vesuvius (well, that's more Chicago, but still), braciole, real Putanesca with anchovies. Not just the cliched pumpkin ravioli and pasta with canned clams. The real thing, garlic laden, with crusty bread, and red sauce that's made with three different kinds of meat. No "chicken alfredo" nonsense. And if it's in the Valley, that would be even better. I know about Tiramisu, and I know everyone likes it, but it's kind of nouvelle Italian, lots of chicken breasts and spinach, nothing -- you know -- earthy. I want Anna Magnani Italian, the kind that's slurpy and delicious, the kind that makes you clean your plate with a heel of bread. No holds barred Italian. The kind the Primo and Secundo would have served in "The Big Night."

May 09, 2008
Nyinya in Los Angeles Area

Hot Dogs @ The Field in Sherman Oaks, anyone been?

What's wrong with Carneys? Their hotdogs, chili dogs, New York dogs have always been good. The lines are long, but for the price, you get a ton of food, it's always tasty. I indulge in chili cheese fries about once every two or three years, and believe me, I don't want to be disappointed after that long a wait, and I never am. Good dogs, good burgers. I've tried Short Stop and they're also good, but Carneys seem a bit better, a the add ons are always fresh and tasty. I hate waiting on line, so it takes a superior dog to get me to cool my heels.

May 09, 2008
Nyinya in Los Angeles Area

Alcazar or Carnival for Valley Middle Eastern?

I enjoy the food at Carnival, but the service can be so obnoxious, we rarely stop by. Usually I'll pop in for take out when we want something rather than put of with the antics of an untrained and occasionally downright nasty waitress staff. I was there on a rather busy Sunday when the poor man at the table next to us practically begged the waitress to bring him a spoon or a fork or a knife or anything so he could eat his dinner before it got cold. He was elderly and dining along and the girl was not interested in helping him out. Finally, after about 20 minutes of watching his food congeal into a cold mess, he stood up and said "Please, I'll get them myself, where can I find a ford and a knife." The girl rolled her eyes, disappeared and came back with a table setting which she practically flung at the old man. I've eaten there again only once after that display...the service did not reach that revolting a low, but our waitress was pretty surly. Both these gals seemed like high school students pressed into service by their parents...I wonder if that's the case. The waitresses obviously resented the work to the point where they are acting out! Interesting as a floorshow, but unpleasant for those of us who are spending money for a quiet dinner. Too bad, because the food is quite good. It used to be much busier...maybe the nasty waitresses have scared off other people as well.

May 08, 2008
Nyinya in Los Angeles Area

Hot Dogs @ The Field in Sherman Oaks, anyone been?

The Dip is gone? I heard it had great French dip, and in all these years I planned to stop in and never did...I was hoping to find a place closer than Philippes that would satisfy my craving for decent French Dip--which is not to be found outside of Philippes. And even their's has gotten a little worse for wear over the years. Hot dogs don't do it for me, so I'll probably give Fields a miss. Drat, I feel bad about not going to the Dip...if more of us had, it might still be there. On the other hand, maybe the food wasn't as good as it was cracked up to be.

May 08, 2008
Nyinya in Los Angeles Area

Sherman Oaks restaurants (preferably around the Arclight)

I have to respectfully disagree with Stanley's listing. The food is lackluster at best. I have not been there in about two years, but several dinners there over the years convinced me that this is your typical microwaved entree place. I remember on my last visit the waiter recommended the Chinese chicken salad! I lived just two blocks away, so it was a handy place to go and the food was not bad if you just wanted a quick salad or burger, but nothing was really good either. The best I can say is that the food is better than those Claim Jumper frozen dinners, but not be enough to bother. Prices are not inconsiderable, especially considering the boring, cliched menu and mediocre food.

May 08, 2008
Nyinya in Los Angeles Area