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Midweek breakfast mid-city.

I had a baby, stopped eating out and now have a dilemma. I'm taking a friend out for a birthday breakfast tomorrow morning and desperately need recs. She's willing to revisit BLD for the ricotta pancakes, but would like to try something new and good, if possible.

BLD Restaurant
7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Jun 22, 2010
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

Comme Ca? You're kidding, Right?

You're 100% spot on. I had the same underwhelmed feeling from Sona. Too much money on too bland of food.

Dec 19, 2008
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

Any suggestions on what to get at Craft in CC?

Unless the predominant flavor is offensive, I recommend the tasting menu. When we went a few weeks ago, everything was infused with peaches - which i understand changes seasonally. It would probably be pears or quince or apples about now.

The menu (at about $100 pp $15 foie gras supplement) was just ho hum. I think Hatfield's and Providence are much better for the same price point. The ambiance, however, is surprisingly good for the location, but coming and going you feel quite isolated.

Sep 11, 2008
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

SOMA food

LA foodie in SF for five days at W hotel. I'm looking for a good, cheap breakfast nearby. I eat anything, prefer Asian or European cuisine, no heavy carbs. If I can get Suhl Lung Tang (Korean bone marrow soup) or something similar, I would be in heaven. Also, I'm out with friends for dinner on Thursday -- looking for high end good food similar to Hatfields or Providence in LA. Any thoughts?

Gentrified porridge at Bonjuk in K-Town (review)

Just went for lunch (take out), and it's good for porridge. I agree, it's a little expensive, but the taste was spot on. Today, I had the salmon porridge (I'm sick and my grandmother, now deceased, used to make me farina with salmon). It was good, the panchan was tasty. Parking was hard to find, but I'd try it again. I'm interested in the oyster or claim, and if I'm up to it the abalone (which I've only had in Korea - I'm not Korean). The service was quick, and I really do like the reusable to go containers.

Dec 04, 2007
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

Ethnic Food Tour 07

These are all my favorites. A definite thumbs up!!!!

Nov 28, 2007
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Zo new policy

I was there last Friday (the 12th) and they certainly didn't mention this policy. But I think it's a good idea. Tagine (in BH) has that policy.

Oct 17, 2007
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

Last minute party plans

I had this at a friends party in Glendale and enjoyed it greatly. I'll call to see if I can get something from the freezer. Thanks all for this. Sometimes LA is a bit overwhelming and you just forget what's nearby.

Sep 21, 2007
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

Last minute party plans

I've been to Nata's it's about 3ft from my house, I can't believe I didn't think of it. I'll be there tomorrow morning.

Sep 21, 2007
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

Last minute party plans

I'm having a party at my house in Sherman Oaks tomorrow night and have not worked out food. Any thoughts on where I can order a party platters for about 20 people that would have good food. I considered Le Pain Quotidien and the Village Gourmet - but they both seemed not that interesting and expensive (though I like their food). I have worked out the wine, however, we'll be having mostly drinkable, interesting reds.


Sep 21, 2007
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

upscale/casual place for dinner/universal city?

I agree. with Das. Not bad for a place that advertises on bus benches. Pretty place. Good (older people) atmosphere. And the food was good (not great). Though I do remember a good pear/mascarpone dessert -- and I don't even like dessert.

May 22, 2007
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

MOZZA - Top Restaurant in LA??

Thank God, I'm not the only one. I agree that Hatfields is the best thing in 323 right now -- other than Providence that is. I went to Mozza once, didn't like it, went again, still didn't like it. Then went again. Now thats two or three hundred dollars I wish I had back to spend at another place. I just don't get it. The flavors just don't blend for me. I've tried the fish, I've tried the pizza, I've tried the sandwiches. Aargh. I'd try it again, but can't be burned that fourth time. Can't figure out what I'm missing. Love unique flavors, interesting ingredients, even sceney places on occasion -- but just can't get with it. Going to Hatfields next week.

May 22, 2007
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

Which restaurants/cafes in LA are featured in Entourage series?

They filmed two or three episodes at Koi (in West Hollywood) during the first season. The food, not great -- but great atmosphere if you're looking for and "LA Scene." I take a number of out of town entertainment clients there and they always like it.

May 22, 2007
foleydog in Food Media & News

Afternoon Tea (LA) - Baby Shower?

Fairmont Miramar on the corner of Ocean and Wilshire in SM. Went there a couple of weekends ago, and the tea was divine. The food was good, crustless chicken salad sandwiches, soft, just slightly sweet scones. The only disappointment was the actual tea itself. There is a private room between the main dining room and the patio. The surroundings are quite nice. The cost is about $30 pp, and reservations are required.

Oh, and if anyone's a member of the Jonathan Club, I enjoyed their tea during a baby shower a couple of years ago. Food was not as good, but we did have a private room.

May 17, 2007
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

Mezzomondo in Studio City

I think there was a post about it a week ago or so. Having read that review and yours, I'm thinking about it. I drive by it about a thousand times a week, and I didn't even know it was there. Not enough marketing perhaps.

Feb 24, 2007
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Leda's Cupcake flavor?

Have had chocolate and dulce de leche, just ho hum. It's within walking distance of my house and I haven't been more than that one time. Too much frosting, and too much money, frankly - though Sprinkles isn't much better.

Feb 17, 2007
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

any thoughts on Blue Velvet in downtown?

I went for lunch yesterday and it was suprisingly good given the mixed reviews. The food was very good and the service was fine as well. I had hangar steak with a VERY light sprinking of blue cheese and a small apple tart, and carmelized onion slivers accompanied it. The steak was tender (which can be difficult with that cut), and the sides were very complimentary - not to mention the portions were small -- which is perfect. My friend had chicken with lentils which were gently spiced, and divine. Unlike other reviews, there were wines by the glass availabe (though expensive, my pinot was $12) and bread/butter were brought to the table upon request.

The restaurant, however, reminds me a bit of places in Hollywood that are far more bar than restaurant. I could see how the food and service could be forgotten at night in favor of serving the patrons sipping the high profit cocktails. I'd go again, and just might with a different friend.

Feb 02, 2007
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

What To Order at Izayoi?

I ate there last Saturday night. Have to agree on the simmered pork belly. Also greatly enjoyed their homemade tofu (sweetish, and deep fried). The deep fried whole garlic was good. The sauce for it GREAT. Also stir fried Japanese eggplant. Service was good. Food was great. Parking is free (Office Depot on the south east corner). Enjoy -- we certainly did.

Jan 31, 2007
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

LA TERZA revisited

I went there when it was first open. The service was good, the food, not memorable. Gave it a second try a few months ago. Not any more memorable - plus the second time around the whole valet situation was more complicated. But I've been underwhelmed with Italian restaurants lately. Now if I could get Italian as good as the food at Hatfields or Providence, well then . . . .

Jan 26, 2007
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

What's in Studio City?

Wine Bistro is excellent. The food has always been top notch for the price.

Jan 04, 2007
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

free range, "no-kill" eggs in LA county

I second Lily's at the famer's market. They have a variety of free range/vegetarian and fertile eggs, and are happy to discuss their egg producing. I asked when I first started buying eggs with them, but don't remember all the details, because my issues were different.

Jan 04, 2007
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Quality Fish?

I second the Fish King recommendation. Always spectacular -- and he'll let you know which fish is 'sushi grade.'

Jan 04, 2007
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

Leaf Lard- Found

I think this is what I get for waiting a day. It was all gone when I went this morning. According to the buyer it comes in on Fridays.

Dec 30, 2006
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

Sweetbreads! I need sweetbreads!

Had a fabulous veal sweetbreads appetizer at Sona last night. I highly recommend it. It was the best part of the meal.

Dec 29, 2006
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

Banana Bread Odyssey...

The best recipe I have used is from America's Test Kitchen. I believe their recipes can be accessed on-line at Cook's Illustrated.

Dec 18, 2006
foleydog in Home Cooking

Knife Sharpening

The artisan cheese gallery in Studio City (on Ventura at Laurel) offers weekly knife sharpening. Did my Henckles and couldn't stop cutting myself. To say they were razor sharp would be an understatement.

Dec 16, 2006
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

Ultimate Restaurants 2006

1. Providence
2. Sushi Zo
3. La Buca
4. Pupuseria del Valle
5. My Secret Recipe

I'm so glad to see that folks are going to Monte Alban. New Times LA reviewed it about 5 years ago, and it's always great, and cheap.

I don't understand the Hungry Cat and AOC. No matter how hard I try I just don't get it. I can't leave these places without a faint feeling of nausea. And all those new H'Wood places (Citizen Smith/Magnolia - aarrggh).

Dec 16, 2006
foleydog in Los Angeles Area

Another Sa Rit Gol fan is made

We went for the first time a few weeks ago for lunch on a Saturday. It was good. I had a bibimbap - not adventurous, but what I was craving. My DH had the black cod soup - and it was great. All in all more food than we had anticipated, great prices.

Dec 05, 2006
foleydog in Los Angeles Area


On a recent trip to Paris my husband and I dined at Sensing (this Monday), and it was sensational. The decor is very modern (similar to NYC and LA restaurants - muted tones, neutral colors, minimalist touches). Upstairs, there are also two or three tables. The menu selections are seasonal and limited (a good thing). We had foie gras and tuna sashimi (with curry sauce) appetizers. The foie gras came with duck marshmallows (my best translation here). My sashimi was served with a mint jelly which was quite complimentary. My main course was pigeon with a quince and currant (I believe) reduction and small turnips on the side. It was delicious. Rare and seductive, with just the right gamey-ness. My husband had the veal with was served with an herb crust - it was good, but he liked mine better. We shared a chocolate ganache plate for dessert. There was a fixed price menu (with and without wine suggestions - about 90 - 140 euros per person, I think). I would have tried it, but it honestly felt like too much food. We had a simple half bottle of a 2005 Cote du Rhone. One of the best meals I had in Paris - which illustrated, less is more.

Dec 01, 2006
foleydog in France

BLD for lunch review

I went for lunch today and I thought the food was excellent - for what it is. I had the short rib sandwich - which was excellent except for a little soggy bread. It's not the kind of thing I would normally eat, so I can't make a comparison. The vegetable salad was good. The ingredients were top notch, and the presentation and service were good. We went with our server's recommendations and weren't disappointed. The bill for two, with wine by the glass, was $66 w/o tip. Would I go again, probably. The all day breakfast menu was intriguing and the pancakes, and little maple syrup cabins were cute. The charcuterie plate looked delicious as well. Don't know how the ambiance would be at dinner. It was that minimalist decor that's popular now - and reminded me a bit of the now defunct EM bistro. It may be loud if really full of people who've had more alcohol than one would ingest for lunch.

Nov 17, 2006
foleydog in Los Angeles Area