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Please Help...recent SF transplant about to go crazy

We live in Orange (for now) and work in downtown LA. In terms of ethnic foods, we've been frequenting Little India in Artesia, and Little Saigon in Westminster. Our favorite places in Little India so far are Woodlands, Bhimas, Jay Barat and Rajdhani (though I prefer that thalis at Bhimas). Are they the best? I'm not sure, but they are better than any of the Indian places up north! Udupi Palace is another great alternative. In Little Saigon, we've gone to Pho Loang Thrang (I'm butchering the spelling) and Brodard's. We also like Albertaco's for its unhealthy, greasy, and amazing CA burritos.

And thanks for all of the links, these next few weekends will be great!!!!!

Nov 17, 2008
cal4ever in Los Angeles Area

Please Help...recent SF transplant about to go crazy

Servorg, I'm not say we found THE best ethnic places in LA, but we have found ones that we are very happy with. We have had great luck with cheap ethnic restaurants, but very bad luck when it comes to mid-range restaurants. Don't take what I said as a knock against LA ethnic cuisines -- b/c clearly, that's not what I meant. There's just so many great cheap ethnic restaurants here that it's hard to go wrong.

Nov 17, 2008
cal4ever in Los Angeles Area

Please Help...recent SF transplant about to go crazy

This is great!!! Thanks!!! I knew that I could rely on fellow-chowhounders! :)

Nov 17, 2008
cal4ever in Los Angeles Area

Please Help...recent SF transplant about to go crazy

Yup. San Franciscan native. Grew up there, went to undergrad and law school there. Haven't really lived anywhere else. There's really nothing in particular I'm looking. Good food is good food. I guess if I had to be more specific, I'm looking for restaurants that you may find in the Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley. I don't want to eat somewhere that's a "scene" unless the food is absolutely fantastic. Just a places that serves fresh, high quality ingredients with some creativity in their dishes. (I'm not looking for cheap ethnic foods though. I think we've already discovered those places on our own.)

Nov 17, 2008
cal4ever in Los Angeles Area

Please Help...recent SF transplant about to go crazy

Porthos, good point. I don't think you can get dinner for two at Ame for under $100 today, but I remember having dinner there when it first opened for under $100. I may be confusing it with another restaurant though. I've definitely been there for lunch spending less than $100 -- but that's with no wine. :) And please tell me about AOC -- why the warning? Please keep the recommendations coming. I think we'll be here in LA permanently. Again, many, many thanks!!

PS
I'm surprise you say that about Koi Palace. There really isn't anything in LA that's better than Koi Palace -- I'm really surprised by that.

Nov 16, 2008
cal4ever in Los Angeles Area

Please Help...recent SF transplant about to go crazy

And please, absolutely no chains!!

Nov 16, 2008
cal4ever in Los Angeles Area

Please Help...recent SF transplant about to go crazy

My fiance and I recently moved down to LA from SF. I must admit, the cheap eats and ethnic foods are a lot better here in LA and OC, but we certainly miss the SF/Bay Area food scene. Can anyone recommend good restaurants that are in the mid-range price range (i.e. $80-$100 for 2 people)? And we'll drive anywhere in the LA and north OC area. If it helps, are favorite mid-range places in SF were: Townhall, Antica, Ame, Slanted Door (for fusion, not for real Vietnamese food of course). We also liked Sociale (in Laurel Heights). We're open for any kind of food, just not steak houses.

Also, can anyone recommend great dessert places (much like Tartine Bakery in the MIssion)? We tried Milk after so many people suggested it and it was so mediocre.

Any tips, suggestions, or help would be great. I'm seriously losing my mind! :) Thanks!

Nov 16, 2008
cal4ever in Los Angeles Area

San Franciscan stuck in Orange County/LA area

Please help!!! I recently moved to the Orange Count/LA area and I'm am dying for a Blue Bottle coffee substitute. I searched the LA and Orange County boards but I couldn't find anything. If you know of any place to look, please let me know!

Sep 10, 2008
cal4ever in Los Angeles Area

My Hunt for a California Burrito in the Bay Area.

Sorry for not responding sooner. We recently brought a puppy home and she's taken all of my free time!

We had the "california burrito" and I liked it! But, it was certainly not as good as the ones I've had in Southern California. I think it had something to do with the fries. The fries at El Super Burrito are sliced thicker than what I'm use to and are a tad bit soggy. I should have also asked for the tortilla to be placed on the griddle, not the steam press machine. I think that would have made a difference. Don't get me wrong, I would certainly go back.

Jan 23, 2008
cal4ever in San Francisco Bay Area

My Hunt for a California Burrito in the Bay Area.

Wow, I haven't had a CA Burrito in a while! My fiance is from LA and he loves CA burritos. I ran across this thread and decided to do a search of my own. El Supper Burrito in Millbrae (see their website http://www.elsuperburrito.com/) serves CA Burritos. I haven't been there, so I can't say whether it's good or not. I plan to go this weekend and will come back with a report.

Jan 11, 2008
cal4ever in San Francisco Bay Area

Amada Plaza (Buena Park) catering?

Hi Fellow Chowhounds,

I'm from SF, but my fiance and I are planning to get married down south. Has anyone tried the Amada Plaza's catering service? We love the venue (and price), but very unsure about the food -- especially since we haven't tried it. Has anyone been to a wedding there?

Thanks!

Apr 01, 2007
cal4ever in Los Angeles Area

Filipino food in SF (near Richmond/Laurel Heights/ Pac Heights/ Nob Hill) area?

I'm in dire need of a good Filipino restaurant IN SF. I live in Nob Hill, but I'm willing to drive out to the Richmond for some good Filipino food. I know of a lot of great Filipino restaurants in Daly City and SSF, but I'd rather not drive out to those places just to get some food. Any recommendations (or is the better question: are there any that exist or do I have to drive my lazy self to the Peninsula)? Thanks!

Jan 05, 2007
cal4ever in San Francisco Bay Area

Sushi bars (open for lunch) in the Financial District

I know that there's been a number of threads about the best sushi bars located in SF. (A thread or two has been started by me). So, I apologize for starting yet another. Can anyone recommend a very good sushi bar in the financial district and that's open for lunch. By "good sushi bar" I mean fresh fish, not rolls (I don't care much for rolls). I am looking for something in the same category of Anzu or even higher. Price is not an issue. Thanks for all the help!

Aug 09, 2006
cal4ever in San Francisco Bay Area