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first time Chicago

Can you report back on what you had?

Sep 02, 2010
sarcasmsk in Chicago Area

Visiting Chicago for a few days...what to eat?

I'm going to Chicago for a convention at McCormick Center and want to start thinking about where I will go eat. I have 3 full days, so I want to make the best of them.

Ideally breakfast and lunch places will be in that general area (someone else is planning our hotel, so I don't know where I'll be staying). Dinner I don't mind a bit of travel (few miles)

Breakfast places - either real popular or specialize in a particular item or two
Lunch - love a great sandwich shop or a hidden find
Dinner - I want to experience Chicago at all ends...My top 3 places I want to go at the moment are Alinea, Graham Elliot, and Table FiftyTwo. Please let me know if I'm being way too obvious.

I also love burgers. Please let me know the best burger (or top 3 since I know it's always a big debate)
Would love something very "typical Chicago" ...don't need pizza suggestions as I've had it a few times.
Is Hot Doug's worth the trip?

Thanks in advance,

-Scott

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Alinea
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Hot Doug's
3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Graham Elliot
217 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Sep 02, 2010
sarcasmsk in Chicago Area

Food Bloggers

I'm new to Jersey and feel the same way....what about North Jersey blogs?

Jul 25, 2010
sarcasmsk in Food Media & News

Better food city: Morristown or Montclair?

I just moved back to Jersey from Los Angeles (no, I'm not completely crazy, it was for a job, and I'm originally from here).

I'm looking to live in either one of these cities and just wanted to know your opinions on which has more to offer.

Thanks for your help!

-Scott

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Los Angeles Cafe
4300 Bergenline Ave, Union City, NJ 07087

Jul 25, 2010
sarcasmsk in New Jersey

Need alternatives to Animal!

I second Lazy Ox. It feels almost the same with good food and type of food. Great beer and wine selection too!

Jun 04, 2010
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

Gorbals - Lunch vs Dinner

I'm going next week for lunch and wanted to know the differences between lunch and dinner menu, if any.

The website shows 1 menu.

Any suggestions for food would be great. I know I am definitely having the bacon wrapped matzoh balls.

May 29, 2010
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

Chowhounder stopping in Phoenix for 2 days

Hey everyone,

I'm on a drive cross country and will be spending 2 days in the greater Phoenix area (Scottsdale, Glendale, etc...) with a buddy and I am looking for suggestions.

We will be eating 3 meals a day for 2 days, so all meals will be considered. Ideally I like a bit more of a local flare when finding a place...like the gourmet sandwich shop, or some place that you cannot find anywhere else. I am not looking for real high end places, but will spend $40/pp for a good dinner spot...$40 is approx.

Any help will be gladly appreciated.

-Scott

May 13, 2010
sarcasmsk in Phoenix

First Time Omakase

I'm in West Hollywood/Beverly Hills area. I absolutely agree with your thoughts on going based on your relationship, but I don't go often enough to have an established relationship with a chef.

May 04, 2010
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

First Time Omakase

Thanks exilekiss. I may try and get something prior to Mori, in the lower price range first, say $80 or so. Any thoughts on a place for that?

BTW, my other conquest before I leave is checking out my thoughts vs your "burger carnage"

May 04, 2010
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

Red O open?

how much is he consulting on the food? who's place will it be?

May 03, 2010
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

First Time Omakase

I am leaning towards Mori based on the responses. How do I set this up?

I know it's usually based on how much you eat, but how much for each of these places?

May 01, 2010
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

Cayenne Cafe

Been there twice and loved it. Never busy though. Had a chicken sandwich which was great and a steak sandwich that was very good as well. Salads are large and tasty. Service is always very friendly.
Wonder why there's never a crowd there.

May 01, 2010
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

First Time Omakase

So I have never gone out to Omakase in Los Angeles and would love for people to point me in the right direction. I know the price is probably my biggest guidance, but it's not that important of an issue as it may be my first/only time as I'm moving away in a month or two. I want to keep it under $200, so pretty much I'm saying no Urasawa.

I'm thinking either Sushi Zo, Sushi Park, Mori Sushi, Kiriko, possibly one of the places on Ventura in Studio City.

I'd like to go to something that would be easy to navigate and not too intimidating for a first time.

Please help?

Thanks!

-Scott

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Urasawa Restaurant
218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Sushi Zo
9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Kiriko
11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Mori Sushi
11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Sushi Park
8539 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Apr 30, 2010
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

your favorite tapas bar

bar pinxto?

Apr 13, 2010
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

Food Truck on Spec

Don't know which lot you are referring to other than Fox, but I used to work at Fox and they had trucks on the lot before...not the taco truck types, but In N Out had a truck, Pink's didnt have a truck, but they definitely had a huge setup.
I'm sure you can get a truck access on the Pico entrance if the lot will allow it.

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Pico Cafe
8944 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

Apr 13, 2010
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

HELP! I Need Suggestions for an Unconventional Bachelor Party Dinner!!!

looks amazing. i'll definitely put this in my list of places to go.

Mar 29, 2010
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

Bachelor Party Dinner

saturday night.

Mar 27, 2010
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

HELP! I Need Suggestions for an Unconventional Bachelor Party Dinner!!!

Servorg, Can you be more specific?

Mar 27, 2010
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

Bachelor Party Dinner

It's also for between 12-15ppl

Mar 26, 2010
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

Bachelor Party Dinner

Between Downtown and Santa Monica, non valley.

Cuisine is open for interpretation as long as it appeals to the masses, but want to stay away from very ethnic.

We will all be drinking, so an interesting bar menu is definitely a plus!

Prix Fixe is not a deal breaker, but thought I would throw that out there as paying the check would be much easier.

Mar 26, 2010
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

Bachelor Party Dinner

Looking for a great place to have a bachelor party dinner, someplace that will do a prix fixe menu at around $30-40/man and will have something for everyone, or at least something for most (no vegans so I'm safe there). Any and all suggestions are appreciated!!

Thanks!!!

Mar 26, 2010
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

Rivera vs. Church and State vs. Lazy Ox Canteen

I'm actually going out to dinner next week and it was between these three places. What if proximity to Staples is NOT an issue. Which is the most favorable and why?

Mar 26, 2010
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

2 New Sandwich Shops in West/Hollywood

Soda Pop - I had the streak sandwich which was very good and I love the fact they make their own potato chips, but I wasn't too big of a fan of the flavoring. I had the bacon and cheddar (sounds incredible). It had a very powdery flavor on the chip which was fine, but I'm just not a fan. The steak sandwich (recommended by girl at counter) was good, but lacked any sort of personality. Again, good, but nothing that is telling me I need to go back.

All About the Bread - Yeah, I can agree it's a psuedo Bay Cities, but not as amazing (huge fan of Bay Cities). I went to Bread 2 or 3 days after it opened and service was a bit slow (to be expected that close to opening). The bread was real good. The sandwich (the godfather i think) was good, but they put too much mustard on it and not enough italian dressing. I may go back for that, but I think the real deal may be in the "every day sandwiches" like tuna or turkey. The weird thing is they had a few side item salads, but not very many in a large display.

To summarize, probably not going back to Soda Pop and will definitely check out AATB.

Dec 27, 2009
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

Did Jack Sprat's Grille close??

Menu looks real good at 6 restaurant.

Dec 24, 2009
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

Chinese Food - Good and Cheap

I was wondering if anyone can recommend a good Chinese place. The type of place I am looking for is not one of very high quality necesarrily nor high prices, but a good place to get some take out and satisfy the need of good, greasy, filling take out. I'm specifically looking in the area between La Brea and the 405 (I hope that's a wide enough criteria).

Thanks!

Dec 11, 2009
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

Recommendation: Birthday Dinner for 10-15

I'm thinking that's the leading contender. Looks great, sounds great. What are the downsides, if any? Is there a better area to sit than others...should I request anything or is there only 1 spot that a group of that size can fit?

Oct 22, 2009
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

Recommendation: Birthday Dinner for 10-15

I didn't mention price range because it's kind of subjective, but I thought that the places I named would give a general idea. I'd say around $50-$60/pp,. maybe a little more, little less...just kind of depends on the place.

I forgot about Fraiche II, I was just going through an old LA Magazine for ideas.

Oct 22, 2009
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

Recommendation: Birthday Dinner for 10-15

I'm turning 28 in late November and I am going to have a dinner for a group of my friends. I don't have any "real" requirements, but I want to have a great meal in a fun location.

My 2 leading contenders are Wilshire (I've been there - treehouse is great) or possible Gjelina (never been). Some other possibilities are Cecconi's, Street, Fraiche, or Riva

Location is not a major issue, but Westside is possibly better as I will be going out to Viceroy for the rest of the evening.

Anyone have thoughts or feelings?

Oct 22, 2009
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

Korean BBQ for beginners

I went out to Gyenari in Culver City last night and had a great time and enjoyed pretty much everything on the 7 course menu that I picked out (our waiter Soo Hoo I think...helped a lot!!!) I would like to try another place, but feel slightly intimidated by going to a place where almost no english is spoken because I'm not really sure what to order.

Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? There is a place called Genwa on Wilshire that is real close to where I live and I have a coupon to Jian, so those are my leading contenders.

Please let me know what your recommendations are.

Thx!

Oct 10, 2009
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area

Any recommendations for casual lunch near Sofitel?

Not 100% what you're looking for, but Chicken Lady on San Vicente is incredible for chicken and you can get a sandwich

Oct 07, 2009
sarcasmsk in Los Angeles Area