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dinner recommendations by El Portel Theatre

Spumante is a wonderful Italian restaurant. The food is terrific and the service is good. I highly recommend it! It's on Magnollia just one block east of Lankershim.

Mar 16, 2013
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

Xmas day lunch spot near the Grove?

Going to the movies at the Grove on Christmas day. Any lunch spots open in the neighborhood?

Dec 17, 2012
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

recommendations in Long Beach, near Carpenter Center?

I'm going to the Carpenter Center this Saturday, and I'd appreciate some recomendations for dinner nearby. Not cheap, but not too high. Italian or American would be great!

Oct 23, 2012
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

Caesar's Palace/Las Vegas ... where to dine?

Going to Vegas in a couple of weeks and seeing Celine Dion at Caesar's. I like American, Italian, Bistro fare, and sea food. Any good suggestions?

Jul 25, 2012
howard81 in Las Vegas

Lunch near Old Globe Theatre?

Thanks for recommending Brian's American Eatery. We had a great lunch there.

May 23, 2012
howard81 in San Diego

Lunch near Old Globe Theatre?

Yup, we're going to a 2:00 matinee.

Apr 27, 2012
howard81 in San Diego

Lunch near Old Globe Theatre?

I'm going to the Old Globe in a few weeks, and being from the L.A. area, I'm not very familiar with the territory. I'd love some nice suggestions for lunch not too far from the theatre. Good old all-American fare is what I have in mind: burgers, sandwiches, salads, etc.

Apr 25, 2012
howard81 in San Diego

crumble coffee cake

I appreciate all your suggestions, but I sure would like to get the exact same one that used to be featured at Starbucks!

Mar 14, 2012
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

crumble coffee cake

Crenshaw's a bit too far for me. How about the L.A. area? By the way, in New York they carry it at Cafe Europa. I'd sure like to taste it again here in town.

Mar 11, 2012
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

crumble coffee cake

Starbucks used to feature a delicious crumble coffee cake. They no longer carry it. Is there any place in the San Fernando Valley where I can find it?

Mar 11, 2012
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

restaurants at cosmopolitan?

Hasn't anyone out there tried these restaurants at the new Cosmopolitan?

Feb 10, 2011
howard81 in Las Vegas

restaurants at cosmopolitan?

I'll be staying at the Cosmopolitan for two evenings. Thought I'd try their buffet one night and either Scarletta, STK or The Henry the second night. Opinions?

Feb 09, 2011
howard81 in Las Vegas

Mulberry Street Pizza - Yikes!

I like their pizza ... well I like their thin sliced cheese. That's the only kind I've tried, but I've never been disappointed ... talking about the Encino branch.

Aug 12, 2010
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

Lunch near Acquariem of the Pacific

Thanks for your suggestions. I think I'll try the B n B.

Aug 05, 2010
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

Lunch near Acquariem of the Pacific

Traveling from L.A. to visit the Acquarium this Sunday. Any nice lunch spots in the area? American fare or Italian.

Aug 03, 2010
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

Looking for great pizza place in Sherman Oaks/Studio City Area

I second (third?) Mulberry St. Pizza. This ex-New Yorker loves their cheese-only thin crust slice. Never tasted the rest, but I go back often for that slice of heaven!

Jul 09, 2010
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

Need moderately priced, excellent restaurant in SFV (near 101/405) other than Cafe Bizou.

Simon's Cafe on Sepulveda is great ... Mediterranean/Morrocan fare ... their chicken tagine is wonderful!

Jan 19, 2010
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

BEST CHINESE IN MONTEREY PARK

I'm going with a friend, and we're looking for great Cantonese. Price is no object, and I've heard so much about Monterey Park, I'd like to give that a try.

Dec 01, 2009
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

BEST CHINESE IN MONTEREY PARK

I've often heard about the great Chinese Restaurants in Monterey Park. I'm planning to go ... what's the best of them?

Nov 29, 2009
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

Greek restaurant in San Fernando Valley

Thanks for your tips. Took your advice and went to the Great Greek. There were four of us, and we all agreed ... great food at the GREAT Greek! Thanks again!

Aug 08, 2009
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

Greek restaurant in San Fernando Valley

Thanks, but I need a sit down type of place. Canoga Park would be okay, too.

Aug 01, 2009
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

Greek restaurant in San Fernando Valley

What's the best Greek restaurant in the Studio City, Sherman Oaks, or Encino area?

Aug 01, 2009
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

Mastro's/Beverly Hills

It was a typo, sorry about that!

Jun 21, 2009
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

Mastro's/Beverly Hills

I'm going to Mastro's this Friday evening (June 29, 2009). What are their best dishes?

Jun 21, 2009
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

Green Street Tavern-Recommendations Please

Try their cornucopia salad ... delicious!

May 23, 2009
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

Best Pizza slice - west 50s?

I'll be visiting NYC next week. Where can I go for the best slice of pizza around 58th and Central Park West?

Apr 10, 2009
howard81 in Manhattan

Simon's Cafe, Sherman Oaks

I'm sorry you had a bad experience. That's not at all like the wonderful times I've had at Simon's Cafe. I eat there often because 1) the prices are reasonable, 2) the food is fresh and delicious, 3) and Simon is a charming host. I suggest you give it another try. I read the Times review and I couldn't agree more!

Feb 23, 2009
howard81 in Los Angeles Area

Best Italian, Chinese, Indian, Thai, French, American?

I'm staying at the Essex House on Central Park West. Don't care about price ... only interested in ambiance and quality.

Jan 23, 2009
howard81 in Manhattan

Best Italian, Chinese, Indian, Thai, French, American?

Planning to visit New York City in April. Looking for the best food in town. Any suggestions?

Jan 22, 2009
howard81 in Manhattan

Christmas Eve dinner in SF Valley

I'm looking for a good Christmas Eve dinner in the Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Burbank area. Any suggestions?

Dec 13, 2008
howard81 in Los Angeles Area