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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

Poutine: the fancy, the cheap, and everything in between?

it's on the online menu, both the poutine with oysters and the one with pigs feet. i don't believe the oyster one has pork or beef in it but i'm not sure. I was there with someone who doesn't eat those and we made that clear to the server...but, like i said, don't know for certain.

Mar 05, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

PORCHETTA TRUCK ALERT

Can someone ask them if we should take this as an indicator that their new restaurant in the helms bakery area will be opening soon?

Feb 26, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

I really like Red Medicine and Salt's Cure

sounds like i have to try the uni more on its own at a fancy sushi restaurant to get a sense. Until i do so, I'll just keep fantasizing about that dish at RM.

Feb 18, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

I really like Red Medicine and Salt's Cure

Thanks, servorg. I'll have to get some friends together and try it. sounds great.

Feb 18, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Harold & Belles Jefferson LA

Harold and Belle's is great. some dishes are hit and miss, and it's a bit pricey, but there are some dishes there that keep calling my name. crawfish etoufee is excellent. the little chicken drummettes are fantastic. service is great, a bit slow sometimes, but in a we're-not gonna-rush-you-at--all type of way. perhaps i should be embarrassed to say this, but i love their microwaved, slightly rubbery desserts: peach cobbler and bread pudding. A little secret: if you call ahead and try to get a reservation, they'll tell you they don't have any available til after 9. but just show up, there's always a table available, and if they seat you too close to the band and the noise gets to you, just ask to move to a table further in the back.

Feb 18, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Poutine: the fancy, the cheap, and everything in between?

I know animal's is great. I liked the oyster version at the parish too. but i don't need it fancy. I'll take it fancy if it's good, but i'll also take cheap or mid range if there are places that do it well. thanks.

Feb 18, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

I really like Red Medicine and Salt's Cure

I’ve been to each a few times. Haven’t tried everything on the menu, but most of what I’ve tried has been awesome.

At Salt’s Cure, the pork chop is heavenly. Perfectly cooked, well spiced, sitting in its own juices. I find myself picking up the bone and gnawing on it.

Had a planked salmon there a few months back. I had never had such tasty salmon. Last night had the rye braised chili pork over onions and grits. Super tender. For dessert there was a grapefruit pie. It was like a cousin to a key lime pie in terms of consistency.

A different time I was there, the guy at the table next to me gave me half of his lamb chops. No shame in taking something that good from a stranger. They were so flavorful.

I might like breakfast at salt’s cure even more than dinner. The griddle cakes, 2 by 2 by 2 of house cured bacon and sausage with eggs is perfect. I can’t think of a better breakfast combo. The breakfast bun is as soft as can be.

I really wanna try that salt’s cure burger and anything else on the menu that folks recommend. Would love to hear about the burger from anyone who’s tried it.

Red Medicine is probably my favorite spot to hit when I splurge a bit. Let’s start with dessert, as is my inclination. That birch ice dish. Comes in a glass bowl that almost looks like a small fish tank. Inside are flavored bubbles, on top is some kind of white chocolate lid that gets crumbled into rest of the dish. Fruit and other stuff inside mixes incredibly with the bubbles and “lid”. I could eat it every day. the pear dessert and the chocolate/coffee/coconut thing is great too.

The chicken dumplings which really aren’t dumplings are one of my favorite dishes. Hot, almost like a meatball, but with a much more delicate texture (again, not really a dumpling) they provide spicy sauce, lime, some herbs and some crunchy onion type things. Perfect.

Brussel sprouts are sort of in nowadays. Seems like every restaurant serves them in some fancy way. Of course the places that serve them with pancetta or some kind of meat are great, but RM does it fully vegetarian, as long as you consider shrimp chips vegetarian. The brussel sprouts come with shrimp chips, whole basil leaves and a gentle sauce. The flavors, texture and crunch of it all is perfect—and its priced reasonably too.

I miss the rice porridge dish, but the toasted grains dish that they replaced it with is almost as good.

What blows me away every time is the uni dish. I’ll admit that I’ve never had uni before. So maybe all uni is this good. But the combination of the tender, smoked uni with Chinese sausage and a cauliflower custard and a bunch of herbs is out of this world. Is all uni this good? Someone enlighten me.

I’ve had many of the protein dishes, the crab, the pork, the beef. They are all great. They bring together great flavors, but I usually hover around the other dishes more. I’ve never had the large format dishes—would love to try them, especially the brisket. Has anyone tried it?

Feb 14, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Are the following related? Are their names a coincidence? El Conquistador, El Compadre, El Cholo, El Carmen, El Cid, El Chavo, El Coyote. [moved from Los Angeles board]

What's the deal with the fact that all of these spots that claim to specialize in margaritas and mexican food all have a one word, "C" name? Does everyone know the answer except me?

Jan 28, 2013
nlk in Not About Food

which sichuan spot serves a fried fish with chilies dish in addition to the more common fried chicken with chilies dish?

and which place does it good?

Nov 18, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area

An evening at La Descarga

I've only been to the place once, on a saturday. I can't tell you anything about how it works on other nights. Let me say that no one would say that i am particularly hip. I went with my younger sister and her friends to celebrate my sister's birthday. they were dressed up and looked great. I got the feeling that the only reason i got in was because i was with them. there were more women there than men. I think they have a burlesque show every hour or so. immediately after the show, everyone starts dancing and having a great time. the 300 dollar minimum seemed to apply to the handful of tables. not necessary. As long as you don't need to sit down, you will be fine just standing and kicking it in between the shows, ordering drinks one at a time. i had posed a question on chowhound a few weeks before i went about which places around town specialize in spicy rum drinks. ppl recommended that i just go in and ask them to make me something spicy. that's what i did here and the bartender made me a fantastic drink. It's not the type of place i'll head back to anytime soon, but the vibe is great, the drinks were strong and solid and your out of town friends might really like it if they are into a bit of a scene.

Oct 22, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area

I need a challah and soon. and given my constraints, i don't even need it to be the best in the city.

You all are amazing. Now i know where to get a challah...by Tuesday.
And i was reminded of a the anti union political practices of a place like vonn's.
Guess what showed up on my porch last night? a challah from Langers. One of my friends, without telling me, saw this post, knew i worked during the day and couldn't get there, and got it for me and delivered it. So, I'll have a challah in hand on my way to echo park today.
At this rate, maybe i should post,..that i need a pork chop from Salt's Cure, a meal from Rusitc Canyon and some bbq from bludso's and see which CH friends drop what off on my porch tonight.
Bur seriously, on the challah info, Thank you all.

Aug 28, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area

I need a challah and soon. and given my constraints, i don't even need it to be the best in the city.

I need to have a challah in my hands by 530 Tuesday in echo park.
I'd go to langers but i can't get there before their 4pm closing.
If i had to i could buy it monday evening or, as the above says, late tuesday afternoon.
thoughts?

Aug 26, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area