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Acai Bowls in Los Angeles

As does Novel Cafe in Westwood Village

Apr 21, 2011
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

Street -- what to get for lunch today?

Don't miss the Kaya's amazing!

Jul 27, 2009
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions in or near 4Seasons Westlake Village?

I vote for either Farfalla or Leila's. Both excellent!

Apr 01, 2009
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

Downtown Happy Hour...

Thanks to everyone who responded! I really appreciate the input. Ended up at Church & State. It was really great...loved the atmosphere there (although the service was a tiny bit off...empty wine glasses without any hope for a refill, missing waitress, one of the dishes we ordered didn't show up). The Moules Frites was delicious, however. Thanks again.

Mar 31, 2009
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

Downtown Happy Hour...

I apologize in advance to those who might think this is frivolous or silly, but where can a friend and I go in Downtown LA this evening with great cocktails/wine, good food and a nice young professional crowd (read: good looking men)? I've searched the board and can't find any answers to my question.
Any suggestions you may have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

Mar 25, 2009
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

Quality sushi in the Westlake/Agoura area?

What about this place?:
Has anyone tried it yet? It's owned by the same folks who own Pookies...

Sep 27, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

Dessert In Thousand Oaks

It's not Thousand Oaks proper, but it's about a 10 minute drive to Agoura Hills (just off the 101's Reyes Adobe exit). Cafe 14 is a good place to pop in for desserts...I've done it before and they don't mind a bit. The Espresso Float is delicious!

Cafe 14
30315 Canwood St, Agoura Hills

Sep 16, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

BYODesserts Lounge in WeHo???

Oh boy, Sindy...that's a tough one. There aren't many lounges in that area period. I think your best best might be Stone Rose, which is located at the Sofitel, right at La Cienega and Beverly Blvd across from the Beverly Center. Call them and see if they don't mind your bringing in Sprinkles...I can't imagine they would.
The other option that popped into my mind was Area, which is on La Cienega, just North of Melrose, but that has a little bit more of a "nightclub" vibe.
Good luck!

Jul 22, 2008
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Jun 27, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

Animal on Fairfax - anyone been?

Nope...but I'm really looking forward to checking it out after reading this (scroll down to the bottom):

Jun 16, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area


Geesh...I must have been at a different restaurant. Here is an excerpt from what I wrote on my blog. I went just a few weeks ago:
"...The food has always been outstanding, and I was looking forward to another great meal. Jar did not disappoint...everything we had was fabulous. Upon walking in we were immediately sat at one of the best tables in the house and ordered a couple of martinis...a Lemon Drop for me, and a Rubitini for my dining partner, which had tequila as a base and something else in it that gave it a redish hue...cranberry maybe? Pomegranate? I've forgotten, but she enjoyed it. We had such a difficult time deciding what to order, which is the case every time I come to this restaurant. Everything sounds so good that it's hard to narrow down the options...when the waiter came over to tell us the specials he threw an even bigger wrench into our plans...another few dishes that sounded extraordinary...what were we to do?
We finally decided, and although Jar bills itself as a "chophouse," we veered away from ordering steak. I personally wasn't really in the red meat mood, but that isn't even an issue since there is so much more on the menu to choose from. To start, we shared the Crab Deviled Eggs (a must order in my humble opinion), and one of the specials; the Tempura Fried Squash Blossoms stuffed with Lobster and Artichoke...I mean, how can you NOT? My dining companion had never been to Jar so I was very excited to see her reaction to the food here, and she was nothing short of pleased right off the bat. The two dishes we started with were both so good...the eggs were generously topped with fresh crab meat and the squash blossoms were so flavorful and light.
Next, my dining companion ordered Jar's signature Pot Roast, which I was thrilled about because this meant I could have a little taste. I ordered one of the appetizer salads, the Jar Chopped with chicken, Parma ham, fennel, red onion, green olive, cabbage, and feta, which was the perfect little size. On the side we got one of my favorite items on the Jar menu: the Japanese Purple Yams with creme fraiche and chives...another must order at this restaurant. They arrived as 3 mini potatoes sliced in half and topped with a bit of the creme fresh which was warm and melty due to the roasted potato's heat. My friend described them as tasting like caramel, which is a great description...they are naturally sweet, simply prepared, and unlike anything you've ever tasted. My salad was good, and the Pot Roast...oh, the Pot Roast...meltingly tender, rich, and sitting in a jus with the carrots and celery it was cooked with. No need for a knife. It's simply trying to put it into words is just taking away from how good it really is. It is something you just need to experience for yourself.
For dessert we ordered their chocolate pudding. It was so rich and dark that all I needed was a spoonful to be satisfied. What a perfect dinner!
I really can't say enough about this restaurant...I just love it. It was such a treat to be able to go last night. It's a perfect place for a special occasion or just a casual dinner out. You can even walk in and sit at the bar, and have an equally as lovely dinner there. They have a wonderful and extensive wine list as well as classic cocktails that just seem to go with the supper-clubby theme of the place. Oh, and one last thing...I'll let you in on a little secret: it's not on the menu, but order the french fries with the Lobster Béarnaise sauce on the side for dipping. It's an out-of-this-world combination that one of their regulars came up with years ago. You'll be happy you did!

8225 Beverly Blvd. (at Harper) Los Angeles, California 90048

Jun 10, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

Fancy Cocktails

I agree 100% with the Comme Ca suggestion: when I was there this past week speaking with the mixologist (who is extremely passionate about his craft) about where HE likes to go in Los Angeles for a great cocktail program he told me that Tiki Ti in Silverlake is his absolute favorite (which surprised me...although I've never been). A Tiki Bar, yes, not "fancy" drinks, but apparently very well made, creative ones. He also mentioned Seven Grand, which is Downtown, and Hungry Cat, of course. Lastly, I also remember seeing a very good looking, seasonal cocktail menu at Lucques in West Hollywood. Enjoy!!

Tiki Ti: 4427 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles California 90027 323-669-9381
Seven Grand: 515 West 7th St, 2nd Fl, Los Angeles, CA 90014 213-614-0737
Hungry Cat: 1535 N Vine, Los Angeles, CA 90028 323-462-2155
Lucques: 8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069 323-655-6277

Jun 08, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

craft - Less is far, far more

Well...since you asked: :)
I have been wanting to return to Chef Tom Colicchio's west coast outpost of Craft for quite some time now...more specifically since I went for my birthday last July shortly after they first opened. When I sat down at the bar this afternoon while I was waiting for my lunch companion to arrive, I got to chatting with the bartender who said that a lot has changed since that the last time I was there...namely, things were running a lot "smoother" service-wise. Of course, no restaurant opens without a few service (and sometimes food) kinks to work out, however none were apparent on my first trip to Craft. In fact, one of the things that pleasantly surprised me and I remember to this very day was how amazingly attentive and pleasant the service was...and today was no different.
The lunch and dinner menus are the same at Craft, however, there is a catch here: the menu changes daily depending on what ingredients are fresh from their suppliers and/or the farmer's market on that particular morning. The menu is then adjusted accordingly. I absolutely love this. This method of creating a menu is so exciting to me. Not only that, they try to source their food from suppliers and farms that are as close to Los Angeles as possible...another wonderful detail that makes such a difference in both food taste and quality. Already off to a good start, right?
The restaurant itself is quite modern in design, but the warm-colored wood details and fresh flowers take away any starkness this type of decor could potentially lend. During lunchtime, Craft is positively filled with suits (rare in LA!), as the Creative Artists' Agency is right next door, in addition to the several financial institutions that are based in the area. If you are looking for a place to "power lunch" (3 Martini Lunches don't exist in Los Angeles, sorry), this is the spot. So, needless to say, I did my best interpretation of the "Lady Who Lunches" look and headed over to Century City.
When my dining companion and I sat down we were immediately greeted by our waiter who actually offered tap water, which is great, since I always feel like such a cheapskate when I don't order bottled water, but I truly have a hard time paying for this particular item. I's water, for goodness sakes. Anyway, we gladly accepted and began to peruse the beautiful and well-organized menu to plan out our ordering strategy. Most, if not all of Craft's dishes are meant to be shared, which is a great way to get a taste of several items over the course of one visit, which is usually what I like to do in this caliber of restaurant. Here is what we decided on:
We started with the Craft Cobb Salad, which was a mix of butter lettuce, red and yellow grape tomatoes, baby corn, bacon, and poached chicken. It was served with a creamy, yet light dressing...almost like a tangy Greek yogurt mixed with fresh herbs. Whatever it was, it was delicious and refreshing, and the salad wasn't overly dressed so that you could really taste the freshness of the vegetables. We also ordered the Roasted Veal Sweetbreads with Kumquat, which was quite tasty as well. I would have been fine if we just stopped here, since that was plenty for me, however, of course we also ordered Mains which would be arriving shortly. Our main course consisted of the Diver Scallops with Vermouth Butter, the Roasted Assorted Mushrooms, and the Braised Baby Artichokes. The Scallops were cooked perfectly...there were three of them on the plate and they looked so beautiful with just a hint of a golden-brown crust, all the while remaining soft and just barely opaque in the middle. The Assorted Mushrooms was one of my favorite dishes that I remembered from my first visit to Craft, consisting of Hen of the Woods, Oyster, Baby Shiitake, and Trompette Royale mushrooms...again, very simply prepared so that the earthiness of the mushrooms was really apparent. Lastly, the Baby Artichokes, which were good, but not very flavorful...almost a little watery. This was my least favorite dish and we could have certainly done without it.
Yes, we had to order a dessert, since Craft is well-known for theirs, so we chose the creative and beautifully presented Peanut Butter Cup. This was actually a dark chocolate tart with a layer of peanut butter on the bottom and the top was sprinkled with fleur de sel, which is one of the most ingenious things you can do with a dessert...ever. There was also a scoop of Carmel Gelato and Carmel Gelée next to the tart, which is supposed to fit into the Peanut Butter Cup equation somehow, but I still have yet to figure that part out. I'll get back to you on that one...
I have to say, I still love Craft. I'm glad I had the opportunity to return today to reconfirm that we are quite fortunate to have a restaurant of this quality here in Los Angeles.

Craft Los Angeles
10100 Constellation Blvd, Century City, CA 90067, 310.279.4180

Jun 04, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

craft - Less is far, far more

Thanks for the wonderful report! I'm going today for lunch and now I REALLY can't wait.

Jun 04, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

Excellent Sangria?

I actually like the Sangria at the Spanish Kitchen on La Cienega. It has a nice spicy note to it...cinnamon or something similar. The food is only so-so, but you can't go wrong with a pitcher of their Sangria and some chips and guacamole.

The Spanish Kitchen - 826 N La Cienega (between Santa Monica & Beverly Blvds)

May 31, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

Lemongrass in the Valley??

Thank you all so much for the great suggestions! I appreciate it!!

May 23, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

seeking great vfrwmoifsjc

Akasha in Culver City would fit the bill:

May 22, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

Lemongrass in the Valley??

Hi there. Does anyone know where I can locate Lemongrass near where the 101 and 405 meet? I haven't been able to find it at Whole Foods. Thanks in advance!

May 22, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area


Racheln, I'm not sure if it would be a good after-work type of spot. The bar isn't really conducive to people sitting just to have some drinks (it's kind of small...only a few seats) was more of a "walk up and order" kind of bar. It seems to be more of a late-night spot, but you can always try it and see. I have a feeling they'd still be a little tough at the door regardless of how dead it is inside at that early hour.
Some other suggestions if you work in the area: Murano on Melrose, just east of Doheny, has a happy hour thing going on, and Melrose Bar & Grill has a nice, laid-back (and big!) bar area that could be fun and easy after work. Both in walking distance from Foxtail. Hope that helps!

May 04, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area


Here is my report:
Can cross this one off my To Dine list...finally got to try Foxtail and although it was good, it didn't really "wow" me, I regret to report. Maybe it was all of the hype surrounding this latest offering from SBE, combined with my high expectations, but not sure this is a restaurant I'll be rushing back to. What I did love was the décor...a little bit art deco, a little bit art was refreshing, actually, to see a place that wasn't all strong lines and monochromatic, neutral colors. Everything is so "contemporary" lately it's nice that Foxtail chose to go a different direction. Also, their chef, Antonia Lofaso, is a contestant on the current installment of Bravo's Top Chef and happened to be there in her chef's whites (she was actually cooking!) last night, which was exciting.
We started with a Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, which was very good; exhibiting flavors of black cherry, strong tannins, and a bit of spice. This was probably my favorite component of the meal.
Food-wise, I ordered the Frisee Salad with chanterelles, bacon, and poached egg, which is Foxtail's take on my beloved Frisee aux Lardons. I always order this item if offered and this version was nothing short of forgettable. I barely remember tasting anything...the dressing was under-seasoned and the egg was over-poached. On the other hand, my dining companion ordered the Burrata Panzanella with Tuscan bread, cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and olives. I've never had a dish with Burrata that I didn't like...and this one was no exception. The burrata was fresh and buttery and the flavor of the roasted peppers and tomatoes complimented it well. It was good.
Our mains (which arrived only after our server asked us if we wanted to see a dessert menu), were as follows: I ordered the Seared Big Eye Tuna "Nicoise" with Haricot Verts, Artichokes, and roasted peppers. My DC ordered the special of the evening which was a risotto with crab and squash blossoms. Both decent...better than both of the appetizers we sampled, for sure. The tuna was well-seasoned and nicely seared, and the risotto was flavorful, with a hint of sweetness.
To finish we ordered the Chocolate Bread Pudding, which was a decent version served with a tiny pitcher of Creme Anglaise on the side to pour at your discretion. The cubes of bread were arranged in a way that allowed for some of the pieces to maintain their crispness while others were soft from soaking up the sauce. It was a little bit on the sweet side for me...I usually prefer a more bittersweet, intense chocolate flavor to dominate, but overall not bad.
I can't put my finger on exactly why I wasn't crazy about any of the aforementioned dishes...the ingredients were seemingly fresh and plated nicely, the flavor was (mostly) there, but nothing really stood out enough to be excited about.
I do have to mention that we had a lovely waitress though. She was very, very sweet and accommodating, although maybe a little a "green" when it comes to waitressing, which I can't hold against her. Not a hint of attitude and actually made us feel like she was happy to see us, which is rare enough these days to warrant a mention here. Also, the restaurant wasn't packed by any means. There were a few other tables, but it was surprisingly quiet inside. Granted, it was a Tuesday, but usually with SBE venues this doesn't make any difference. Wonder why they are so tough with their reservation policy?
Like I said earlier, I don't think I'll be returning to Foxtail any time soon, but I'm certainly glad that I had the opportunity to try it.

May 03, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

Weird experience... Trader Joe's Lo Carb pasta (Bella Vita) [moved from L.A. board]

You can give these a try:
Only 3 grams of Carbs per serving. I've found them at my local Whole Foods (Fairfax & Santa Monica Blvd), but it seems like they are available at many more locations in California as well...

Apr 21, 2008
foodieqt in Chains

Bagels in LA?

Not a LA thing at all! They have been serving flattened bagels (known as "flagels" to us NYers) in NY for years. They are for people like me who think the best part of the bagel is the crust.

Apr 07, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

Bagels in LA?

The bagels you are referring to that are served at Barney's Greengrass are H&H. You can find them in the freezer case at Whole Foods markets around town. The one I always see them at are at the WF at 3rd & Fairfax.

Apr 07, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

Charm City Cakes around LA?

I second Hansen's...there is also Cake and Art:

Mar 16, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

The Hall at the Palihouse? Any reviews?

Hi Bruinike...there is really one area that they are using right now if you are having dinner, which is the dining room proper. The only other option is the outside patio, which is probably kept closed because of the chilly weather we've been having. The rest of the downstairs area is the lounge/bar and I'm sure you can order bar snacks and appetizers there, but I'm not sure about the full menu. Ironically enough, I went back again last night because my friend is looking for a place to hold her b-day party and I wanted to show her the space. We ended up eating (of course)! I had a very fresh and delicious Pimm's Cup and got to try the Frisee aux Lardons. It was very good...not as good as Comme Ca's version, but I really loved the tangy dressing. I also had the Scallops and Short Ribs...not bad, but definitely not as good as the Brasserie Burger I had the evening prior! Enjoy your dinner there tomorrow night.

Feb 22, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

The Hall at the Palihouse? Any reviews?

Went this evening. LOVED the atmosphere...very french. I wish I could have taken a tour of the rooms/hotel portion, but everything looked great downstairs and in the actual restaurant. The loungy area by the fireplace is a great place to pop in for a late afternoon/early evening drink...nice specialty cocktail menu. Decent wine list. The food was good: we had the Pissaladiere which was topped with caramelized onions, anchovies, capers, and black olives. Very flavorful and delicious. It was served with a tiny mixed green dining companion and I split it and we both could have easily had an entire one for ourselves. My DC ordered the roast chicken entree which, although I would never order chicken in a restaurant, was a great version of basic roasted chicken. Moist and full of flavor. I ordered the Brasserie Burger which came with delicious french fries. The burger itself was cooked perfectly to my specifications and was topped with (more) caramelized onions and an "herbed tomato," which I barely tasted. It was served on a large sesame seeded bun, which I ended up eating around. The burger itself had a nice meaty taste which was delicious. It didn't need any sauce or ketchup...stood perfectly on its own (and I love ketchup). We shared their chocolate cake for desert which ended up being almost like a cross between a pot de creme and one of those "molten chocolate" cakes. Good, but I would have loved more chocolate flavor and less richness. All in all, we enjoyed ourselves. I will definitely be going back because the food was good and it is right down the street from me. Curious to try some of the other offerings such as the crispy skate wing and their version of frisee aux lardons. Again, LOVED the atmosphere. won't be let down by the food.
Link to their menu (a little different from what I saw on the menu tonight, but most of the items listed were on there):

Feb 20, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

wine classes in la?

I always find this to be a good resource:

Feb 04, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Eat a Pita replacement

What about Moishe's in the Farmers Market just down the street from where Eat A Pita was? They make the best Falafel I've had in LA and the rest of their food is pretty amazing as well.
Here you go:

Jan 10, 2008
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

Best Latkes??

Hello all...I'm looking to pick up some latkes tonight for Hanukkah dinner (I don't feel like going through the trouble of making them myself!) and wanted to find out whom has the best latkes to-go? Whole Foods? Bristol Farms? Any particular restaurant? I'm in West Hollywood. Thank you!

Dec 04, 2007
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area

Jersey-style Italian Hero (AKA Sub)

Don't know which part of the city you are in, but out in Agoura Hills you'll find Italia Deli. It's the closest thing I've found to the heroes I grew up eating on Long Island. Specify a "hard roll" when you order and I guarantee you'll be in heaven. So delicious.

Dec 03, 2007
foodieqt in Los Angeles Area