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Pizza and Beer

beer?

Dec 18, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Pizza and Beer

thanks for the recs. seems like such an obvious thing to me, but I can't find one here in LA proper

Dec 17, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Pizza and Beer

I've lived here 8 years now and one thing I can't seem to figure out is a lack of places that serve good pizza with good beer in this great city. Coming from Idaho, I loved to hitup any of the great local pizza places that also served great micro-brew (especially after mountain biking). Weirdly, I haven't found a place like it here. I mean, I end up at BJs sometime! Sure, most pizza places serve beer and I enjoy getting a Perroni with my Vito's, but I'm looking for something more focused; a beer-centric pizza joint!

So tell me your favorite places to get a pie and a beer.

Dec 16, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Overpriced Los Feliz/Silverlake restos?

of course, but they've both been there since 1997 (pretty long in LA restaurant years) and they're the two of the cheapest meals I've ever had a full service joint ($5.88 for a grilled cheese and fries!)

Nov 10, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Overpriced Los Feliz/Silverlake restos?

It's just another side-effect of gentrification and the current economy. Los Feliz & Silverlake have a lot more upwardly-mobile people living there, so restauranteurs are seeing in the neighborhoods can sustain a higher-end joint. Chances are they can. Also, the global economy is shit and the price of ingredients keeps going up. All that imported wine and coffee is costing more this year than the year before.

Want cheap? Go to any of the places that have been there forever, be it Fred 62 or Electric Lotus.

Nov 07, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Hokusai - kickin' sushi!

i just saw it and I feel silly, totally understand.

Nov 06, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Hokusai - kickin' sushi!

that little pocket is awful for parking. there's absolutely no street parking. the night we went, the valet was "full" but the joint was half-empty, so we had to park in a garage open for the theatre for well over 10 bucks. its the same reason the location up the street, where Cobra Lilly was, can't stay open. That was frusterating, so that certainly colored the evening.

I think it was sent to my work. Restaurant frequently send them to the entertainment industry trying to snag that business.

Nov 06, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Hokusai - kickin' sushi!

now I'm starting to get annoyed, I've posted twice on this thing and its clearly being deleted. I wish I knew why. So he's the jist

Hokusai is mediocre. I got a free dinner there (not a good sign to being with). The location is bad is you're coming by car and the food is nothing special. Best I can tell you're paying for the decor, which aint anything special. Service was adequate. No interest in going back. I'd be more elaborate but this will probably be deleted soon too.

Nov 06, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Celebratory dinner for 11 meat eaters and a vegetarian

thats a really good idea if you want a hip/kind-of-clubby night

Nov 06, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Who has the best wasabi in LA?

As people have said, the fresh-grated stuff is a whole different story. However, I've come to find that there's also a huge difference in the stuff in the tube that is actually wasabi and the stuff that's just horseradish and food-coloring. You can easily tell when you mix it into some soy sauce (i know that's wrong). The real stuff (in the tube) has a noticably different texture and the taste is better and the heat is milder. I've found this in Little Tokyo at the markets and I think I found it at a Pavillions. It also amazes how many nicer places use the totally fake shit.

Nov 06, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Celebratory dinner for 11 meat eaters and a vegetarian

I'd go with an italian place. I've been loving LA TERZA lately, but here are some other recos in the general area

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La Terza
8384 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Orso Restaurant
8706 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Pane e Vino
8265 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Madeo Restaurant
8897 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Nov 05, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Celebratory dinner for 11 meat eaters and a vegetarian

i was going to recomend this. i don't love this place at all, but its always solid.

Nov 05, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Celebratory dinner for 11 meat eaters and a vegetarian

Speaking from experience, being the only vegetarian at Chao pretty much sucks. Sure it's a great salad bar, but the main enjoyment in that place seems to revolve around the service and piling on the meat. Most vegetarians are used to feeling left out in groups like that. I've been served plenty of "meals" that consisted of nothing more than lukewarm vegetables and pretended to enjoy myself, but I wouldn't wish it that kind of dining on anyone. The higher-end chain joints like this are usually a good option for a group, but go there when everyone is gonna enjoy it.

Nov 05, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Best Vegan Restaurants

these are my 2 favorites in my neighborhood

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Vegan Glory
8393 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Real Food Daily
414 N La Cienega Blvd West, Hollywood, CA

Nov 05, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Best High-End Seafood Joint in Santa Barbara

haha, ya it was very impressive....joint was totally me just jive-talking

Nov 03, 2008
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Best High-End Seafood Joint in Santa Barbara

Just an update, we ended up at Seagrass and had a really pretty amazing meal. The service was boarding on overly attentive, but made the evening really enjoyable. It was exactly what we were looking for and coincidentally close to our hotel.

Thanks for all the suggestions, although I guess we didn't really pay attention to them

Oct 25, 2008
suicidemartini in California

Best High-End Seafood Joint in Santa Barbara

I get that, I just value my LA friend's opinions

Oct 14, 2008
suicidemartini in California

Best High-End Seafood Joint in Santa Barbara

awesome, thanks..they moved my topic to the generic "California" board, so who knows if anyone will see it.

Oct 14, 2008
suicidemartini in California

8 oz

Yes, had it a few times now. It's not my most favorite, but its good enough that I haven't tried a fish sandwhich yet (pescatarian). It's more of the fresh-veggie/gardenburger style, as opposed to the boca/soy variety. It has a great grilled taste, but the texture is a bit inconsistent. I get it without the pickles or mustard (never like those) and usually add some sort of cheese.
I really like the cheese curds and the smokey tomato sauce.
The beer list is different and interesting, but not great.

But overall, I like the place, its convenient, pretty cheap and there are things I still want to try.

Oct 14, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Best High-End Seafood Joint in Santa Barbara

My girlfriend is taking me up to Santa Barbara wine country for my birthday this weekend and we're looking for suggestions for a nice place to celebrate in SB. We're both pescatarians and a good wine list and cheese plate would be a bonus. Something nice and foodie and memorable.

So far Bouchon and Seagrass look pretty good. Thoughts on those 2 places?

Thanks in advance.

Oct 14, 2008
suicidemartini in California

LA TERZA

On any other evening, La Terza is really pretty excellent. I've been there half-a-dozen times and always had a good time, once or twice the service hasn't been the best, but the food is always good. I like it better than Angelini Osteria and I understand it that Gino is at La Terza more often that Angelini.

Sep 23, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Magic Castle - Review

I love going to the castle. I've never had dinner there, but order plenty of barfood and enjoyed it just fine. The drinks are pretty reasonable for a tourist attraction.

Sep 16, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

MY TOP 10 FAVE L.A. PIZZAS

Totally why I put the "I Know" in there. I just like the honey wheat crust as a lunch option, but I def do have cravings for it sometimes. Happy to try any suggestions for an alternative.

Sep 12, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

MY TOP 10 FAVE L.A. PIZZAS

My absolute favorite pie in LA is from Pace in Laurel Canyon, its the Aphrodite Pie with fingerling potatoes and green beans. Doesn't really sound like the most obvious choice, but as everyone who has gone there with me can attest, its fucking awesome!

Can't really rank the rest, but I love the eggplant at Mulberry Street, the honey-wheat crust of CPK (i know), the ingredients and burnt air-pockets on the crust at Mozza, and I love binging on the deep-dish/extra cheese of Dominos. Finally, my go-to, near-favorite overall, for a ny-style slice that won't leave me feeling too greasy... Vito's

Sep 03, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Pizzeria Mozza - your thoughts

certainly, but for most people (i.e. those that would have no idea how to put a good wine list together), I think it provides a chance to try things you won't find most places and at a reasonable rate. I find myself sticking to the mid-range wines on the list for probably the same reasons that you're frusterated, but its great for my and my girl to be able to get dinner and a bottle for under $80

Sep 03, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Pizzeria Mozza - your thoughts

I've never found the pizza to oily there. However, I don't eat meat (except fish), so it would make sense for the meat-y pizzas to possibly be oilier.

Also, one person's "drenched oily mess" is another person's "best ever" and I've always understood pizza from northern italy to be wet and oily, mainly from the goat cheese. Point being, its all a matter of preference and you can't claim who does it "right", just which you prefer.

As far as the joint itself; I think its nice enough, the food is good and affordable, the wine list is interesting and accesible and the service has always been decent. Sure, it's loud and packed and a pain to get into, but everyone should know that going in by know. If it wasn't, I'd probably eat there 3 times a week...which is exactly why its so crowded.

Sep 03, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Fat Fish in West Hollywood *terrible*

exactly! and should close for the same reasons

Sep 03, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Spago or Sona or Ramsey's WeHo

Go to Ramsey if trying something new and the scene and decor is most important to you
Go to Sona if haute-cuisine is what you're looking for
Go to Spago if you want something more relaxed (sona is more formal) and very california, but classy.

Sep 03, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area

Fat Fish in West Hollywood *terrible*

Couldn't agree more.
The place is over-priced for mediocre food. It feels like it's trying to be more or a nightspot(i.e. drunk people that don't care about the quality of their food) than a decent restaurant. Every one of my friends that hasn't heeded my warning about this place have come away just as disappointed.

Sep 03, 2008
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REALLY REALLY IMPRESSED BY SONA w/ pics

yeah, I've never done the tasting menu. My girl and I are both former vegetarians that eat only fish/seafood, so our options are somewhat limited and makes a la carte easier in most cases. When it's all said and done, probably doesn't save us much money

Aug 21, 2008
suicidemartini in Los Angeles Area