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Kosher in Los Angeles Area

It's pricey, but I love the food from Got Kosher in Pico/Robertson. They feature LA's signature Pretzel Challah.

Oct 24, 2013
lwinkelman in Kosher

Kosher in Los Angeles Area

Yes, I am more familiar with Pico-Robertson restaurants too -- that is ground zero for Kosher food in LA. Real Food Daily is a Kosher vegan restaurant -- very California. It has a branch in Pasadena, which is not too far from Burbank. I would confirm that the Pasadena branch, like the other two branches, has a heksher.

In Pico Robertson, I am most fond of Mexikosher, which has surprisingly good Mexican food, and Jeff's Gourmet Sausages. Neither one is fancy.

Oct 24, 2013
lwinkelman in Kosher

Fun, informal, quiet restaurant on West Side

Thanks for all the great suggestions. You listed many of my favorites. In the end, I am giving them three choices: Versailles, Mount Alban and Flores. It is a diverse group of restaurants and I think they will like all three. I will let you know what they choose and how they like it.

Sep 17, 2013
lwinkelman in Los Angeles Area

Fun, informal, quiet restaurant on West Side

Their chicken is dry and overcooked (you would think they would have that down by now), but I'll tell you: I would eat cardboard if I could put enough of that lemon-garlic sauce on it. The sides are simple and good: rice, beans, plantains, and fried yucca. It is inexpensive and close to my house. So we bring in from Versailles fairly often. It is not on my list of places I take visitors when I want to show them the best food LA has to offer. But I don't mind a meal there now and then.

Sep 17, 2013
lwinkelman in Los Angeles Area

Fun, informal, quiet restaurant on West Side

What do they mean by "fun"? I am left to guess too. I suspect they mean 1) not formal: no airs, pretentions, attitude or stuffiness 2) not too expensive, and 3) something out of the ordinary for them. Perhaps there is something also about authenticity (while some would call LA Live fun, I don't think it would appeal to them). They live in Boston, which has good restaurants of its own, but I think they would like something they can't get there.

In an email, my friend just mentioned another LA restaurant she thinks is "fun": Versailles. Not exactly west side, but its closer to Santa Monica than Din Tai Fung.

BTW/ What does OP mean? I hope not Obnoxious Person.

Sep 16, 2013
lwinkelman in Los Angeles Area

Fun, informal, quiet restaurant on West Side

Friends are coming to town and want to take us and another couple they want us to meet to a west side restaurant. They are staying in Santa Monica. They want a restaurant that is "fun, informal, not too loud ideally with round tables" and of course serving great food. To give you some idea of their taste, their first choice was to go to Din Tai Fung, until they realized how far it is from Santa Monica. It's not that they want Chinese necessarily, just that they want something informal, very good and quiet enough to talk.

Any suggestions?

Sep 16, 2013
lwinkelman in Los Angeles Area

Lunch halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego

I live in Los Angeles and want to meet for lunch a cousin visiting San Diego. Does anyone have any suggestions for a nice lunch spot more or less halfway (San Clemente? San Juan Capistrano?). It should be close to the I-5 expressway, and it should be comfortable to sit and talk. It needn't be fancy. Any kind of food would be fine, but it would be nice if the food was something better than the usual chain restaurant fare. Anyone have any suggestions?

Dec 18, 2012
lwinkelman in Los Angeles Area

Best New Southern restaurant?

Thanks to both of you. Abbatoir was also suggested to me. If you were choosing between Abbatoir and Empire State South, which would you choose?

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Empire State South
999 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Aug 11, 2011
lwinkelman in Atlanta

Best New Southern restaurant?

I should say that I am staying downtown, but I have a car and am willing to drive reasonable distances (less than 30 minutes). Though all else being equal, closer is always better.

Aug 09, 2011
lwinkelman in Atlanta

Best New Southern restaurant?

I am in Atlanta for the week and would like to go to a "New Southern" restaurant, serving the basics of Southern Food but a bit creative, a bit farm-to-table. I was so looking forward to trying Watershed, but apparently I am a week or so too late. The following restaurants have come to my attention:
- South City Kitchen
- Empire State South
- Parish Foods
- Buckhead Diner

I don't know if which of any of these are worth eating at, and there may be others I have missed. I don't worry about the cost of the meal, if the food is good.

Can you help me find the best New Southern restaurant?

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Buckhead Diner
3073 Piedmont Road Northeast Atlanta, GA, Atlanta, GA 30305

Empire State South
999 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Aug 09, 2011
lwinkelman in Atlanta

PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2008

Over $25:
1) Providence
2) Ortolan
3) Palate
4) Melisse
5) The Foundry

Under 25
1) Guelaguetza
2) 101 Noodle Express
3) Baby Blues BBQ
4) Jitlada
5) Langers

Dec 05, 2008
lwinkelman in Los Angeles Area

Need Taco Truck 101

I went to Tacos Don Jorge tonight. Good taco al pastor, even better taco asada. The sopes -- not so good. My four-year-old son liked his cheese quesadilla. The horchata and jaimaca were also good. The folks who run the place are quite nice. They almost succeeded in convincing me to throw a party so they can cater it.

Tomorrow night: the El Chato taco truc.

Has anyone tried the Oaxahacan restaurant at the corner of La Cienega and Venice? I think its called "Sabores de Oaxahaca."

Oct 14, 2008
lwinkelman in Los Angeles Area

Need Taco Truck 101

Thanks, everybody. I can't wait to start eating.

Oct 14, 2008
lwinkelman in Los Angeles Area

Need Taco Truck 101

I am newish to Los Angeles need basic information on the famous Taco Trucks. Are they always in the same place at the same time? What are usual Taco Truck hours? Are there a small number of "can't miss" Taco Trucks that are worth the drive no matter where in LA you live? Are there any Taco Trucks near Olympic and La Cienega (where I live)?

I tried to search chowhound archives to see if this has been addressed before, but I couldn't find it. If this subject has already been addressed, please point me in the right direction.

Thanks for your help.

Oct 08, 2008
lwinkelman in Los Angeles Area