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Is there good Idli in LA?

I've mostly stayed away from trying the idli at the the north indian spots as advised by my picky north indian friend who loves idli (south idli) and is the impetus for this investigation. She was excited to try south indian udupi palace in artesia because she thought that might be the spot. but sadly,…no. But maybe she doesn't know what she's talking about…its a conundrum for a north indian...

Jun 19, 2015
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Is there good Idli in LA?

Fluffy, separated grains. Moist, but not wet. Spongy, cloud-like.
Don't care as much about the quality of the sambar it comes with…
I wanted to like Mayura's but it was slippery and dryish…simultaneously.

May 26, 2015
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Best French Toast in LA?

if you are in pasadena for a month, then try marston's. They are somewhat renowned for their french toast, although i haven't had it in a few years...

May 20, 2015
nlk in Los Angeles Area

What time does a party of 4 have to get to Kang hodong baekjong on a friday to not have to wait an hour or more for a table?

Responding to some of the different comments:

Arrived at 515. seated immediately. People arriving at 545 were also seated immediately. After that, there seemed to be a significant wait.

There were prominently posted signs announcing that Quarters is completely unaffiliated with this restaurant. Made me think that someone from quarters is spreading the rumor that there is an affiliation in order to capitalize on the overflow. I don't have anything to back me up on that--just a guess.

I'm not a korean bbq expert (I prefer other kinds of korean food). The food at kang hodong baekjong was good but not great. I have had much better food at park's and oo kook. The service was attentive and we had a spicy stew that was fantastic, but the pork belly and ribeye, and brisket were not as good as i was hoping.

Thanks, all for the feedback to help us time our arrival.

Mar 21, 2015
nlk in Los Angeles Area

What time does a party of 4 have to get to Kang hodong baekjong on a friday to not have to wait an hour or more for a table?

thanks for the suggestions…I'll report back.

Mar 18, 2015
nlk in Los Angeles Area

What time does a party of 4 have to get to Kang hodong baekjong on a friday to not have to wait an hour or more for a table?

thank you. just to clarify…if our party arrives at 515, you would predict that we would have to wait for a long time? but if we arrive at 430, we would get seated right away? what about if we arrive at 5pm? does that help at all? or is the restaurant filled by 430 and we will just wait...

Mar 18, 2015
nlk in Los Angeles Area

What time does a party of 4 have to get to Kang hodong baekjong on a friday to not have to wait an hour or more for a table?

Going for the first time on Friday. we could get there by 530, possibly earlier, if necessary. Just want to make sure we don't arrive and have to wait forever to get a table. Thanks, in advance.

Mar 18, 2015
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Anyone been to Hart and the Hunter since their founding chef left?

I quite enjoyed the biscuits, trout and avocado dish, a few other dishes when the original folks were still there. would love a report from anyone who has been since they left. thanks, in advance.

Jan 19, 2015
nlk in Los Angeles Area

First time at Coni Seafood, select items for a group of 4? Paging WSG

U have to get the snook--I thinknits called the Pescudo zarandeado on the menu. It's a must order. Whatever size they happen to have. I love borrachos, aguachile, culichis, and their ceviches.

Nov 11, 2014
nlk in Los Angeles Area

What's the name of the joint that serves Beijing pies...

You are thinking of beijing restaurant.
The lamb sandwiches (I forget what they r actually called on the menu are so addictive). The green bean dish and the fried ge da r also great. Which pies have u ordered there and how do they compare to Beijing pie house.

Nov 05, 2014
nlk in Los Angeles Area

anybody have any RECENT experience at Harold and Belle's?

I live a few blocks from there so i go occasionally.
crawfish etoufee is great.
fried chicken wing appetizer is great.
I like the bread pudding and the peach cobbler, but i'm a bit of a sucker for reheated desserts like that. (should i be embarrassed about that?)

Aug 26, 2014
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Commissary at the Line Hotel

Have others been in the last few weeks? would love to hear thoughts on dishes, on the place overall, etc...

Aug 25, 2014
nlk in Los Angeles Area

4 pizza spots at one intersection. Can you top that?

For years there have been 3 pizza spots at Washington and Western, 2 for 1 pizza company, angelino's pizza and p'amore pizza. Yesterday, i drove by and a fourth spot, named mega pizza opened up on the long neglected, pizza-less north east of washington and western. I haven't tried any of em, and i'm not posting to ask folks to report out,…just curious if there are other intersections in LA that are noteworthy in any kind of way...

Jun 06, 2014
nlk in Los Angeles Area

LAMB -- L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2014

250 w valley in san gabriel.
second floor.
across the street from another two story restaurant and foot massage mall, the one with mei long village.
sometimes i drive to that area from south la and don't know whether to turn left or right off of valley for beijing or mei long...

Jun 03, 2014
nlk in Los Angeles Area

LAMB -- L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2014

it looks plain, but it is so good. i could eat it every day.

Jun 03, 2014
nlk in Los Angeles Area

LAMB -- L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2014

is grease a condiment?

Jun 03, 2014
nlk in Los Angeles Area

LAMB -- L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2014

that bread they use…can't get enough.

Jun 03, 2014
nlk in Los Angeles Area

LAMB -- L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2014

has anyone mentioned the "fried with meat" lamb sandwiches at Beijing on Valley? I always want to eat all 3 in the order, but my friends like them as much as i do and demand that we each get our own. One of these days, I'll just order 3-4 orders so i get 9 or 12 sandwiches...

Jun 02, 2014
nlk in Los Angeles Area

I need Noodle Kugel for 80 people

these are great suggestions.
are there non-deli-restaurant suggestions that i should be considering?
like a kosher market, or jewish bakery that might prepare kugel by the boat load?

May 23, 2014
nlk in Los Angeles Area

I need Noodle Kugel for 80 people

Where should i turn for a gigantic order of noodle kugel to be served at a bbq at a park? not a bbq with pork ribs, obviously,…but with kugel.

May 22, 2014
nlk in Los Angeles Area

does any one have the real scoop on why red med at formosa is no more?

there was a short blurb in eater la or la weekly about it, but i'm wondering if anyone has the real scoop.

i had loved that some of red medicine's dishes that were no longer on their menu were back, the brussel sprouts, the papaya salad and a few others. and they had a scallop dish that was incredible (don't think that one had been on the original red medicine menu….).

Anyway, just wondering.

Apr 19, 2014
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Roy Choi's POT

You know how many k-town restaurants (not all but many) specialize in a dish or two?

POT has quite a number of dishes that not only are super tasty, but frankly, remind me of korea.

i had feared that POT would be fusion-y. the decor, for sure, truly does make it feel like i'm in the basement cafeteria of a museum, as opposed to a hip restaurant.

BUT, many of the dishes reminded me of bitter cold nights in korea standing on the street eating spicy-ness and loving life despite the cold.

His spicy squid and rice cake dish was fantastic, put me right back in seoul.
the spicy dried squid 3 dollar dish was perfect.
The pot we had, the "dang, son", probably isn't the best on the menu, but it was nicely spicy, and chewy and made me eager to try other pots.
the spicy pork was also great, perfectly cooked.
the mackerel reminded me a bit of a fish spot in jeju island off the south of korea.

the uni and rice dish was the only miss. i'm still new to uni, but the dish just tasted like mayonnaise to us. Didn't have the buttery, smooth taste i've had with the uni dish that red medicine use to offer.

I'll definitely be back and would love to hear about other dishes you all have tried.

Apr 19, 2014
nlk in Los Angeles Area
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are bucato, factory kitchen, tasting kitchen and osteria mozza doing the most interesting pasta dishes? and how would you rank/compare them?

thanks for all the responses. I wish i had the funds to hit each of the 4 main restaurants again (actually, i've never been to osteria mozza--i included bc of what i've read about it.)

I didn't like gusto the time i tried it. overly salty dishes.

i'm with ipsedixit on bestia based on my one time there, but i would like to try it again.

i have loved the pasta dishes at tasting kitchen, bucato and factory kitchen.

I'll have to head back to each of them, whenever i can, and try the recommended dishes that you all have referred to. thanks a bunch.

Apr 19, 2014
nlk in Los Angeles Area

are bucato, factory kitchen, tasting kitchen and osteria mozza doing the most interesting pasta dishes? and how would you rank/compare them?

Curious as to how ppl would rank/compare these 4 places. And if there are other innovative pasta places that fit along side these?

Apr 14, 2014
nlk in Los Angeles Area

going to willie jane for first time tonight...

Thanks for these recs. Have others been there recently?

Nov 08, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

going to willie jane for first time tonight...

two questions about willie jane:
1. I recall hearing that they used to serve large format dishes that 2 or more people more or less shared a big platter. seems like that is no longer true?

2. what should we order tonight?
thanks

Nov 08, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

What to order at China Islamic besides lamb warm pot and thick sesame bread?

I won't argue with ipse.
But here's what i'll say:
You know how there are some restaurants where you arrive, sit down, and any stresses you have melt away, and you can just kick it with a good dish or two that brings you to a good place?
for me, marouch is one of those places, Brent's is one of those places, Beijing is one of those places, and when i've saved up a bit of money,...red medicine is one of those places.
China Islamic is this too. Of course, the thick sesame bread, but that lamb and tofu soup...and how you can just sit at that restaurant for hours after a stressful day, and just breath in the aroma of that soup and the sesames. Even if the quality has fallen off a bit, even if the tables are stickier than they used to be...it still works for me.
Now would i like to find a few more dishes there that i love, and have i struggled to do so? absolutely. Im gonna try the ones ipse recommends. Maybe they will lure me more often. but whether i like those or not, and despite everything...I'll still find myself back there once in a while to get my fix, chill and take in the goodness.

Oct 27, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

What to order at China Islamic besides lamb warm pot and thick sesame bread?

Wow. Thanks. I will try these things.

Oct 26, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

What to order at China Islamic besides lamb warm pot and thick sesame bread?

I love china islamic. It's like comfort food. I feel like i can spend hours in that restaurant hanging out dipping that thick sesame bread in the lamb and tofu warm pot.

But i haven't found other things that i like there.
I look at other tables. i ask the wait staff.

I've tried the dumplings which are decent, and a few other lamb and basic noodle dishes. None of them to write home about, or at least none of them to post on chowhound about.

Have you found other things on the menu that i should try to accompany the warm pot and thick bread?

Oct 26, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Any restaurants serve lemon cake?

I had the lemon ice box cake at hart and the hunter the other night. quite good, and only 6 bucks which is fairly cheap for a dessert at a spot like that. It was a bit like a lemon meringue pie but with a lemon ice cream under the meringue. Not sure if that is what you are looking for, but thought i'd toss the idea out to you.

May 04, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area