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A highly opinionated old Jewish man is taking us out to Yang Chow (Chinatown)

I'd say, "Hi Uncle Rocky."

1 day ago
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

What's your drink of choice to get at a bar/restaurant and what is it and where do you get it at ?

THAT's the drink -- & the place!!! And do like my Mom -- ask for the olives on the side so it doesn't displace any gin (!!)

Apr 12, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

upscale

If your wife loves fish, then it's gotta be Providence. Even if you think you're "medium" on fish, God, is this place wonderful. One of the best meals I've ever had in my life. Each dish was seemingly more magnificent than the last. The service was impeccable, extremely attentive and yet down-to-earth friendly. Expensive and worth it.

If your spouse-lette is something of a romantic, I think Melisse would work. They specialize in making women feel special. No, that's not a slogan on their menu!! It's my opinion only! But, c'mon, there's a chair to hold her purse, for God's sakes! (I actually appreciated it!) Melisse is also very expensive (so are most all of these - but Melisse stands out in my memory, price-wise).

If your wife is a real mush, The Raymond House in Pasadena is very romantic. Food is not excellent -- good, but last I had it, not excellent. If a person is not a gfoodie, this restaurant is perfect (!!) The actual place -- an old home -- is genuine, antiquey but not overly cluttered or pretentious... just really gorgeous.

I found Spago to be formal and business-oriented. We had a great meal there, don't get me wrong, but there were a lot of "suits" and business deals going on all around us.

Patina is fine.... good food, pretty enough, but maybe -- at least to me -- is not the place with the "oomph" that you want for a very special birthday... Maybe I'm jaded(!) Been there a few times (more than a few). My husband likes it there a lot. Me, I can't figure out their faucet in the restroom!! Do In remember my food? The service? The table? NO - I remember that stupid bathroom! (What can I say? I had to ask for help w/ the friggin' faucet and I wasn't the only one by any stretch -- talk about embarrassing and stupid! Just get a normal faucet, Patina!)

The Bel-Aire Hotel is beautiful. I haven't been to their restaurant since they re-did it, but it gets great reviews.(When we went there, pre-renovation, I honest-to-God overheard this conversation between a 60-something year old man with a 20-something year old blonde bombshell: He: Did you hear they're making Hillary Clinton Secretary of State? She: What state? (OY!)

The grounds put you in a different world; you have no idea you're in Los Angeles. It's breathtaking. So, eat your special meal there, kick out your pals, and book a night at the hotel. That would be The Ultimate. If I were your wife, that'd sure say LOVE! ( Okay, that's a little bit "eeeew" for both of us, but you get the point.)

One last place: The Chateau Marmont is very pretty. The outside gardens are lush. But the service is probably the worst I've ever experienced, period. Rude, snooty and completely uncaring. Stay far, far away. (And our food was overcooked too.)

Tell her Happy BD from all of us -- and have an incredible time!!!

Mar 22, 2014
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The World Famous Reno Room in Long Beach ?????????????

Have a friend whose husband -- once upon a time -- frequented The Reno Room (didn't know it was world famous then; we're talking early 2000s). Every time he went she was scared. Thought he'd get shot -- or be the shooter. And not shots of the tequila variety.

And she wasn't kidding.

Mar 19, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

Ha ha ha ha!!!! Thank YOU! By the way, it also sounds like ME at that age (well, younger even!)

Mar 18, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

Hi Tony -

ZEven though I am generally not a fan of chains, i did researchTender Greens (it was suggested early in this thread) and so I DID recommend it to my son! I read up on everything you're saying.

Thanks for seconding that emotion!

Mar 18, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

Canyon Grill is definitely separate from The Castaway! But you can see Castaway from Canyon Grill (they are VERY close to each other).

Castaway is FAR more expensive -- and, in my book, has deeply average, overpriced food with not-so-hot service. Their view is also spectacular (sunset at the Castaways is gorgeous!!) so it's ideal for drinks and an appetizer. They have a great outdoor area just for that. But stop there.

I do know that many people love going to the Castaway for their Sunday brunch. So I will add that! But I really don't go there (and if I do, it's sure not for the food!)

Mar 18, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

You'll never believe this.

So he comes over and I announce I received dozens of responses to the question where is a good non-GMO (etc.) place to eat near Burbank? I described many.

He declared that most non-GMO, organic places seem to be vegan, pretentiously hipster and many lack flavor (!) He also was nostalgic for DeBell (a Burbank locale -- more later). When I said that a lot of these places sounded genuinely delicious (hell, I'M not the organic one!), he responded, "But are they in the mountains?" Uh, ya got me there.

So we went to the cafe at DeBell Golf Course. It's now called the Canyon Grill and the setting is truly stunning. Food is... fine. View can't be beat. My son had a Margherita pizza. I liked that pizza. I had a grilled salmon salad which was edible and didn't make me sick. I hear the burger is fine. Prices are low. Again, whaddaview!!!

BUT my son did ask me (several times) to email him the names and web addresses of all the places all of you all so kindly recommended! And I am.

Isn't life stra-a-a-ange....?

Thank you all a hundred times over!!!

Mar 18, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

My son wants steak for his graduation dinner

I LOVE Taylors!!!

The culotte steak, Molly Salad and even some desserts (key lime pie, for example) are GREAT. The original location in Koreatown looks its age (which I kinda like; you can almost picture Bugsy Siegel there!)... The La Canada location (which is much newer) has been made to look just like the KTown site. BUT the La Canada location still looks newer, cleaner and, all in all, "nicer." So it comes off much more chic-chic (pronounced shee-shee!!) It looks as nice as one of the places that cost four times as much!

Otherwise, you've always got Ruth Chris, Mortons, Cut, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera (like Yul Brynner once intoned)!!

Mar 15, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

I did love it about 20 years ago... It was "hidden" then...

Mar 15, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

Not a big Granville fan -- sorry. To me, it's a chain that uses "organic" as a gimmick. I know a lot of people love it, though! And for Burbank, it ain't bad! (Sorry Burbank! I swear I love this town anyway!!!)

Mar 15, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

My son and I both love mideastern food, so it appears great! A wonderful suggestion!! (But where's the lamb??!!)

Thank you so much for the tip!!!

Mar 14, 2014
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Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

Dammit Janet. I mean, Xan7hos...

Mar 14, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

I've never eaten there. How is it? It's been there forever!!

Mar 14, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

Thank you too!! I still really like the place....! (But this is not an occasion to spend too much.)

Mar 14, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

That looks good! Did you like it??? Is it as fresh as they claim? Is it loud? Do tell!

Mar 14, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

THANK YOU!!! I spaced out and I've ben there MANY, MANY times!

Mar 14, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

ACTUALLY I took my son to Sweetsalt last time we had lunch!!! Andit does claim some sort of healthi-ness. He ordered the Duck with Lavender sandwich. (I know, I'll get slaughtered by the CHs by this, but -- Eeeeew!)

We had a good time there, but even though we had a late lunch there, it was very loud/crowded inside. Better out on the sidewalk with street traffic!

Other places we've been: that Japanese (sushi) place in the Arts District (I didn't drive) -- what's it called again? Damn.... Frank Gehry chairs... Anyway, that'd be too expensive for this lunch. Also the DeBell Clubhouse (Burbank Hills, by the Castaways) -- with the full knowledge that it was NOT NOT NOT foodie. But it was and is beautiful. New ownership now (same as Burbank Bar & Grill). Not foodie, NOT non-GMO, but I love the views (and low prices). Also, MANY moons ago, Crustacean (no way now) and The Raymond House (again, no way now). I also got him a gift cert to the Inn of the 7th Ray (which I went to in high school!!!!!) and he loved it. Again, ahhh youth.

I checked out Racion (looks a little pricey for tapas), and the place in the San Gabriel Valley (maybe!!!) plus Tender Greens (maybe!! -- but I generally am not keen on chains).

Any other ideas? And did I tell you ALL that I GREATLY appreciate your ideas!!!! Really!!!!

Mar 14, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

"Famous" is a relative term. To ME, it's "famous" meaning that I know about it! I've read reviews. Hence, it is famous. Hey, one man's Girasol is another man's Tommy's.... or something!!!!

Too bad it doesn't have lunch -- but I need a MONday... Any other ideas, youngun?

Mar 14, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

Hilarious! Same age!! Well, you seem (let's say) different from my offspring!!

I'll look up Girasol (again!!) I know it's "famous" and I know I've looked it up before, but (this comes with age -- you'll see) I've forgotten what's on the menu already!

Thanks again VERY much!

Mar 14, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

I don't see any meals there -- just beverages. What am I doing wrong? Can you help me, Ipsedixit?

Mar 14, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

Actually I do NOT wish to venture downtown. :(

Mar 14, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

I know you're right about chemicals, Baco, but he doesn't know how much he doesn't know yet. He is at that age when he knows everything. So I like to think he'll figure that out one of these days! Youth is indeed wasted on the young!

Meanwhile, I'll play along.

AND I'll look into Racion!! Thanks!!

Mar 14, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Say You Need to Dine with a non-GMO, organic, healthy obsessed "guy" who eats meat...

Hi all!

My 22 (or as young people say, ALMOST 23) year old son is INTENSE about (well, everything) including eating foods that are strictly NON GMO, organic -- ya know, no carcinogens, no chemicals, no preservatives -- Geez, healthy! (What a concept!!) BUT he does eat meat and, frankly, is a bit of a food snob! Who raised that boy anyway?? :)

We are going to lunch on a Monday and and me half of we live in Burbank.

Can any of you TRES knowledgeable Chowhounds recommend a good place for lunch nearby? I'll be driving (since he tailgates and I nearly have a heart attack as his passenger) so I prefer NOT to go downtown or to West LA. The valley, Glendale, Pasadena and surrounding areas are fine!

Your thoughts? A million (okay, maybe a dozen) thanks in advance!!!

Mar 13, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Connie & Ted's - We went back - A Review!!!

Thanks for the compliment on the review! Stuffies in the freezer? Was this NOT in California? The stuffies were new to me.

BY THE WAY, "Hounds", we also ordered the hot buttered rolls on this site's recommendation! I forgot to mention that. They were good! Couldn't finish 'em since our diety pals would not indulge. :( But they WERE good!

PS - I now gather that the chocolate syrup had Amaretto in it. Sorry -- don't know my headache-inducing, overly sweet liqueurs!!!

Mar 12, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Connie & Ted's - We went back - A Review!!!

Thank you!!

Mar 10, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area

Connie & Ted's - We went back - A Review!!!

Once Upon a Time...

My (then) brand new husband and I went to Connie & Ted's on the first night it opened. And we just went back. On Saturday night... as in all right for fightin'. (That's the era of the music they played. I never knew my music was trendy! "Sunday Bloody Sunday...." "Don't You... Forget About Me...")

We arrived at 6 pm. We'd made an early reservation so that it'd still be relatively quiet. It wasn't. Not even a little. Not in the bathroom. Not outside. Nowhere.

Our friends were late. So the restaurant did not seat us, but had us wait in the bar -- actually, we opted for an outside area just off the bar. It was very nice there and the server who waited on us had been our waiter from the first night we visited. He claimed to remember us. (Yeah, right.) I knew it was him, though. The first we visited, he recommended an overly-sweet drink. This time, he recommended an overly-sweet drink. (Shame on me.)

Eventually our friends arrived and they seated us right away. I was glad that we got a patio seat because indoors was deafening.

The server was very patient with us in the beginning because it took us a while to decide what to order. That's because I was with my best friend and we had tons to chat and giggle about, just as we have done since grade school. But we finally asked for our starters, which included stuffies (which we read about on this site) and the chowder trio for my better half and me. My best friend and her husband shared an asparagus salad.

My husband and I enjoyed the stuffies (clam shells, I assume!, stuffed with linguicia, bread crumbs and herbs) and the chowders which I remembered fondly from the first visit. (My hubby loved the Rhode Island version.) My friends liked their asparagus salad very much -- or at least they WOULD HAVE -- if it'd had any asparagus... The purple lettuce (sorry I am not conversant in Arugula) was fresh; the tarragon vinaigrette was delicious... but where's the proverbial asparagus??

My girlfriend and I soon ventured off stereotypically to the restroom (which still needs perpetual cleaning, by the way!) while the menfolk ordered a bottle of wine. White wine. It arrived warm. The place is too crowded to set up a wine bucket, so the server (what we used to call a waitress) took off with the warm wine to chill it God knows where.

Meanwhile, in spite of my desire to talk endlessly, entrees were brought to the table. In spite of my warnings, my friends both ordered fresh fish. Beware: the daily fish is under-seasoned! THAT I remember from our first visit. It was a real shock then.) BUT they claimed their fish was excellent. My girlfriend got the monkfish cooked with herbs and declared it perfectly seasoned, so there. Her husband got buck-naked, severely, intensely dull sturgeon and, since he hates flavor and calories, he loved it.

My husband and I both ordered the lobster (lob-stah??) rolls. Again, we took that from reading the recommendations on this site. Also, at least for me, I've never had a lobster roll. Not even in Maine! And, frankly, lobster on a hotdog bun sounds funny. But, hey, they say this one is great, so why not?

We both ordered it "hot" -- which means there is drawn butter on the roll. If you order it cold, you get mayonnaise. I like mayonnaise fine, unfortunately (my lucky husband does not) so he ordered it hot; therefore, I did. (Lobster and mayonnaise just strikes me weird. But maybe... on a beach... on the east coast... I dunno!! But here, say at Santa Monica beach with KHJ radio blaring the song "Sunny - one so true...", I like tuna sandwiches with potato chips and sand in 'em, so who knows!)

We both liked our lobster rolls. My friends liked their fish. So we gave in to the dessert menu. Not up for Indian Pudding (though we read good things about it) we simply ordered a sundae (vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup). Our skinny pals went with the gelato. There was some almondy flavor in our chocolate sauce. Frangelico maybe? I have no idea, but it wrecked it for me. Where's Wil Wright's when you need it???

All in all, we had a REALLY fun time. I overheard no obnoxious Angelenos like last time, though I imagine our neighbors did. The best part - having fun with good friends and good food. The worst? The decibels.

And there you have it! Go, enjoy, eat, order something you've never had and listen to some DePeche Mode! Tell 'em Susie sent you!

Mar 10, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area
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Connie & Ted's

I am going back tomorrow night and have read all reviews carefully. (I went once before -- on opening night.) I shall report back, like a good soldier. (Excuse the military reference if you're a dove. Remember "dove" and "hawk"? Or aren't you my age?!!) ;)

Mar 07, 2014
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Sol Y Luna

We went within the last year and I just don't get the hype. It was typical Americanized Mexican food. Granted, there west valley is a culinary wasteland (Sing it! "Culinary Wasteland! Culinary Wasteland!") but surely there's better... As I recall, the service didn't stand out either! Sorry!

Mar 05, 2014
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"Connie & Ted's" opens June 4 -- and I'm going!

There was a thread about 2ish weeks ago.

Mar 04, 2014
susiequeue in Los Angeles Area