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In Venice, Hal's or Joe's??

Thanks very much. It's an interview, so I better pick Joe's. Wouldn't want any bad quotes in the piece cause of a loud restuarant.

Oct 15, 2007
Hunter in Los Angeles Area

In Venice, Hal's or Joe's??

I'm having dinner Friday in Venice. Which is better?

Oct 15, 2007
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Back from New Jersey with some out-of-place cravings...

They've redecorated Taste of Hoboken recently and the food seems improved. Very NJ.

Aug 26, 2007
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Pacific Edge/Redondo

Anybody have any info on this place? My god daughter is in town for business and staying in Torrance. I saw that opentable.com was offering 1,000 points. Worth a try?

Aug 26, 2007
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Best donuts in Westwood

OK, it's clearly Stan's. Thanks everybody.

Jul 02, 2007
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Best donuts in Westwood

Hey, if you gotta have them once in a while, they should be good. Can anyone recommend the best donuts in the Westwood area, please?

Jul 02, 2007
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Using opentable.com to make dinner reservations

I use it all the time and have never had a problem. It's especially helpful for a last minute reservation in a particular area of town.

Jun 06, 2007
Hunter in Food Media & News

greasy spoons in the san fernando valley

Bobby's on Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills is an institution. Better at breakfast than burgers, but plenty of grease and the waitresses are right out of central casting.

Mar 14, 2007
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Torrance Area

I'm sorry, I wasn't very clear. I meant a steak, Italian or other cuisine that was safe for a guest you didn't know very well. I think I've actually been to The Depot. I know I've been to Chez Melange. Both visits were more than a decade. South Bay restaurants must have staying power. Thanks very much.

Mar 12, 2007
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Torrance Area

I know there are a lot of great Japanese restaurants down there, but, for this occasion, I think I should not take a chance and stick to a more standard menu.

Mar 12, 2007
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Torrance Area

Meeting someone this week who's staying in Torrance on business. Can anyone recommend a nice place for dinner?

Mar 12, 2007
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Best "free" appetizer in LA?

I assume it's the same as the pickle dish at the Grill in BH. In about 100 visits, I've never seen anybody eat it. I've always thought it a strange appetizer.

Feb 23, 2007
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you guys want a reasonably priced steakhouse?

Where is it?

Feb 23, 2007
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Does Dover Sole ever make it to L.A.?

The Grill in BH often has a delicous Dover Sole. Hard to imagine they're mislabeling it.

Feb 23, 2007
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Polo Lounge

Well, I'll have a couple martinis and not worry about the food. It might be fun this close to the Oscars. Cheers.

Feb 22, 2007
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Polo Lounge

I've been invited to have dinner with friends tonight at the Polo Lounge. I don't think I've eaten there in 25 years. Anybody been there for dinner recently? What's good?

Feb 22, 2007
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Spago or Cut?

"The service I find is a contender for second best in the city behind the Grill -- perhaps a bit fawning but better obsequious than obstreperous and certainly it doesn't rise to the level of Dimitrov."

Who can you possibly argue with that????? (Cut is better, BTW)

Feb 05, 2007
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Dark...Booths...Quiet Conversation...help!

I tried it after the La Times wrote up the chef. It's still preety bad.

Jan 23, 2007
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Dark...Booths...Quiet Conversation...help!

Dan Tana's is good only if you want to talk to the people at the next table.

Jan 23, 2007
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Where do you get your PORK BURGER fix?

What exactly is a "pork burger?"

Jan 23, 2007
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Dark...Booths...Quiet Conversation...help!

No booths, but Michael's in Santa Monica fits the bill, too.

Jan 23, 2007
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Dark...Booths...Quiet Conversation...help!

If you can reserve a booth -- and it's not easy -- The Grill in BH would work. Good fish. The Pacific Dining Car downtown also has a lot of cozy booths. Or you could to to Musso's in Hollywood, but on a Friday night the patrons look like they've stepped out of the Wax Museum.

Jan 23, 2007
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GOOD PRIME RIB IN LA

Try The Grill in BH on Sunday. Prime rib is great.

Jan 22, 2007
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Lawry's Prime Rib - La Cienega - Excellent food and service

My daughter loves the place. I called last week for a reservation. I was kept on hold for more than 10 minutes listening to a tacky recording of the general manager. I should have hung up, but I love my daughter. When someone finally picked up, I was told that despite calling a week in advance, the only reservation left was for 10 pm. I took my daughter to The Grill in BH that Sunday for it's prime rib a Sunday special. She loved it -- and they treated her like a princess!!

Jan 22, 2007
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when did la scala in bh become a scene?

If you like The Palm and La Scala for dinner and Nate n' Al's on Sunday morning, it will feel like you're following Larry King.

Jan 21, 2007
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Between Westwood and Burbank?

Thanks very much. We decided on Panzanella. I hope it wasn't a mistake. We'll find out later.

Dec 27, 2006
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Between Westwood and Burbank?

Need a recommendation for a great dinner place, not super expensive, roughly between Westwood and Burbank for Wednesday night. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.

Dec 26, 2006
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downtown l.a.

Zucca has a nice Christmas vibe and good Italian food.

Dec 11, 2006
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Staples center dining - Zucca?

Zucca is great. I had lunch there today. Food is very good, service is excellent and the atmosphere is particularly warm right now with the Christmas decorations up. The Palm is a zoo before a Staples event. I haven't tried the Liberty Grill yet, but those mac-n-cheese balls sound interesting.

Dec 06, 2006
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great pizza in west l.a - yes. it's true.

I don't worry about ambience at pizza joints, but this time I had it delivered. The wings were good, too.

Dec 01, 2006
Hunter in Los Angeles Area