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LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

Do people still smoke like chimneys at the Prince?

Aug 16, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

If your going to hit up Chego on your way to the see Los Doyers
save room for a taco if you can...
Your going to drive right by Guisados on Sunset about a mile from the stadium.
.You can knock out two places before the first pitch.
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Aug 14, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Frozen Kirin beer

We tried it at the Dodger game and enjoyed our frozen foam beer for what it is. Don't go into it expecting tectonic plates to shift in regards to flavor.

It's the same lager as before just with a snow cap. : ]

Jul 31, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Where Should I Have Lunch?

SFS is a oldie but a goodie.

Jul 22, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Where Should I Have Lunch?

Funny I had to read your request for cold beer over rare beer twice to make sure I was reading right. I understand though sometimes a nice lager hits the spot.

Too bad the Bucket is no more it would have been right up your alley. Good enough burgers and a good selection of cold lawn mower beer. The new place that took over has already closed down.

A little fancier but you could try the Oinkster for burger and beer.

Closer to your home is the Hinano in Venice Beach for a unfussy burger and beer.

Jul 22, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Ojai for the weekend?

Just a heads up on Boccalis
It is a very touristy place their food is not excellent.
If they were located in LA they would never be considered Chow worthy. That said eating in Ojai you have to adjust your scale.

Jul 09, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Best Eye Candy Staff in town

When my friend opened a new place in LA most of the server applicants included head shots.

Jul 06, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Desert Island Liquor Question

Eagle Rare, I while back you were asking about bourbon recs. Glad to see you went with the Eagle Rare.

A good pour for the money.

Jun 26, 2014
burntwater in Spirits

DTLA Night Market reports?

We were all set to go until we heard there was a ten dollar cover. Is this true?

Thanks

Jun 21, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

NYers with 5 days in LA / Santa Monica over the 4th

I would switch out Tacos Punta Cabres for Ricky's Fish Tacos. Nothing wrong with Ricky's just considering the OP's miles per food gallon.

Jun 16, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

To me this is like living in NYC and celebrating Winchell's is coming to town.

Is just a standard chain donut shop nothing great and nothing too bad either.

Jun 11, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Tipping at Whole Foods Bar!

If I bring food from outside the bar I tip on just the drinks.

If I have him order the dinner special for me and he brings it over I tip him like a regular waiter.

Jun 09, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Great food and beer near Hilton checkers.

For great beer selection a spot very under the radar is Barbara's at the Brewery. A short drive from where they are staying.

This is true beer geek good and probably one of the best curated list in LA.

Warning, it is a place where beer is the main attractor over food and ambiance.

Tell them they have Hoppy Birthday on from Alpine brewing right now and see what their response is.

If they have none.... a place better suite for them will be City Tavern.

If they are into Belgium beers Little Bear may be a good choice as well in the Art's District.

Beer Belly is also a good choice.

Jun 05, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Fresh Seafood in Huntington Beach Area

Bear Flag is just South in Newport beach.

Is it a great local seafood place.
The vibe is very CA casual.

Jun 02, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area
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Chow faves that are just too f'ing crowded to bother?

Catagory TDC.

Portos Glendale, If I can pop in and out great.
If the place is buzzing like a beehive...

May 22, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

What is "Pine & Crane"?

Great info thanks.
That will help out a lot.

May 21, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

What is "Pine & Crane"?

I stopped in for a quick lunch here today.

The atmosphere has a food friendly Remodelista aesthetic.

Service was great, fast and friendly.

I order the Zha Jiang Mien noodles.
The dish came out quickly and I was staring at a nicely plated bowl of noodles with vibrant colored veggies and a rich brown sauce.

The noodles were riding the fence between soft and mushy. I don't know enough about this style of noodle to criticize for this. Is this is typically how they are served or if should they have a firmer bite to them?

It would have been more appealing if they were
al dente but that's my own personal preference and perhaps not a traditional one for this dish.

I think this place will appeal to the more upscale and less adventurous crowd then your typical SGV regular.

The broken record review from the SGV crowd will most likely be the prices are to high and portions are too small.

May 21, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Haven Gastropub - Pasadena: CLOSED

Not surprised, GF and I went there and there were some major issues. So much so I had to call back the manager and have a discussion about correct beer pricing.

I know a lot of people from the beer world who wanted to give it a chance but once was enough. For that kind of vibe your better off at the Congregation Ale house or if it's just beer your after go to the Stone tasting room.

May 20, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area
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Breakfast burritos near colleseum

Google 23st Cafe... see if that works for you.

It's Indian/Mex fusion but they do Mexican and American style breakfast burritos.

May 16, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Good Beer Bottle Shop in LA

Hmmm I never read this from two plus years ago but yeah you are still on crack if you think Bevmo is does not have a good beer selection at all.

I have been to a lot of Bevmos and have never seen beer in direct sunlight how is that even possible with a roof over their heads. Your talking direct sun rays on the bottles correct?

When you say awful I'm thinking AM/PM awful and Bevmo is way above a AM/PM.

Geez...

May 07, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Yet Another SF Hound Seeking Advice

Second, I think Greenblatt's got some love recently just because how many times can you right about Langers.

Greenblatt's is not bad but stick with Langers...

May 07, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

NYer spending 1 night 2 days in LA... What are some unique areas to eat

Then you will fit right in : ]

Also this is a few minutes drive from other places you might want to check out like the Arts district and little Tokyo since your so close. Grand Market is not too far away either from earlier suggestions.

May 07, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

NYer spending 1 night 2 days in LA... What are some unique areas to eat

Well it does tick off a lot of your criteria.
It's gritty and if your white you'll probably be the only white one there. So it's not a tourist destination.

Your averaged tourist would probably be afraid to eat there......

May 06, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

NYer spending 1 night 2 days in LA... What are some unique areas to eat

The mercado at Olympic and Central in Downtown LA.

It use to be better or lets say it had more variety but I read there was a crackdown. My last visit was a few weeks ago and I think you will probably still find it interesting.

A mix of street vendors, brick and mortor and food trucks. Selling everything from barbacoa, to blue quesadillas, huraches and of course a variety of tacos.

Best on weekends...

May 06, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Local craft beer suggestions? Where to buy?

I'm sure this is just a oversight but the OP is going to have a hard time getting a bottle or growler of Craftsman beer: ]

May 06, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Local craft beer suggestions? Where to buy?

Anything Russian River is not a good recommendation.
How well received would a bottle of Concentration be to a person who does not like sours?

May 06, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Local craft beer suggestions? Where to buy?

See here is the problem with this recommendation.
While I do enjoy Pliny The Elder myself that style of beer is very polarizing and I would not recommend it for someone we have no idea if they are into hoppy beers or not.

To play it safe I would go with something less aggressive and more mild in style.

May 06, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Local craft beer suggestions? Where to buy?

Hmmm, this is a tough one if you really wanted to get it right. There are some many factors to getting a good beer that your friend will enjoy.

It is almost fruitless IMO to simply recommend a brewery and not a specific beer to a person we have no idea what kind of beer style they gravitate to.

For example I could say gee get something from Russian River because they do certain styles very well but how do we know the style we pick out is a style your friend likes.

It's a crap shoot.

Best of luck...

May 06, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

underground food scene

I've been to a few underground backyard barbacoa pits and yeah it's killer but not sure if this is what your talking about.

Apr 24, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Filipino / Phillipino Restaurants

In case you ever do decide to explore the fast food side of
Fililpino food.

Teto's Lechon Manok is a good place to get your crispy pig parts.

Apr 23, 2014
burntwater in Los Angeles Area