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Overnight at LAX - outbound and inbound

I'm a fan of the bar Cinco, which is on Manchester just west of that corner. The menu is small though, Oaxacan; the beer list is good and the cocktails can be interesting as well.

Sep 17, 2014
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

I don't understand why the customer doesn't always have the option of refusing to pay say 3% of the bill or stiffing on the tip if the customer is opposed to restaurant workers getting healthcare benefits, or a little more money, whether or not the restaurant provides a line item of 3%. I also don't understand why someone would decide to tip a server less because a restaurant provides them healthcare, but each is welcome to their own odd political view, I suppose.

Rehearsal Dinner near West LA/Westside

I've had an event at Westside Tavern -- the price was better than many places, they were accommodating and the rooms are flexible as to size. I am a fan of the food in general.

Jun 06, 2014
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Paninoteca -- Scarpetta's New Sandwich Shop

I was standing behind you in line, Maudie. Nice to meet you. The porchetta sandwich was very nice, and quite filling. Very nice deal for $9.00. I work in the area and am planning to work my way through the small menu.

I found the grilled chicken and arugula salad to be a bit slender when I had it last week. As one might guess, simple. tasty, but in the future I think the half sandwich / salad combo might be a more satisfying lunch.

The vanilla budino very tasty, and something to resist.

Jun 02, 2014
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Grimaldi's in El Segun, it looks like it's open now ? Customers sitting outside, waiting carrying pizzas out, looks pretty open to me, when I drove by earlier.

Was there about 8:15 on Wednesday. Two people in my party. Was told there would be a 20 minute wait, but only waited about ten minutes. The wait for the food was longer than optimal, but not horrible, and there were problems with the timing (one pizza out well before the other, and they were rushing us a bit at the end) but all that seemed very much that they were finding thir legs and consistency. I wasn't put off at all.

Jan 30, 2014
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Grimaldi's in El Segun, it looks like it's open now ? Customers sitting outside, waiting carrying pizzas out, looks pretty open to me, when I drove by earlier.

Ate their last night. Found it delicious. I had the white garlic with sausage, my son had the red cheese. Most to the point, we had nice burn marks and char at the edges on ours.

Jan 30, 2014
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Fig & Olive - dineLA lunch

Recently? Lunch? Dinner?

Jan 30, 2014
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Non-snooty + really good food

Go to Metro Diner on Washington near Sepulveda. Also called Metro Cafe. Antithesis of hoity-toity.

Sep 16, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Private party room on Westside - drinks/appetizers for 25-30

That was my suggestion as well. Found them accommodating in ways other places weren't.

Aug 27, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Tonight!! - near the Troubador

For future reference, I usually go to Flavor of India, virtually next door to the Troubadour (well, next door to Dan Tana's). It's fine. Haven't ever sought to go there unless I was going to the Troubadour, but if I am . . . .

Aug 21, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Last minute- Rivera, Bar Ama, Baco Mercat

My experience with Yxta is like Servog's. Been once (though not for happy hour) and quite liked the experience: food and decor. Don't remember the service, but think I would if it had been an issue. Willing to concede that had I been there more, my opinion might go down.

A fan of Baco, among those listed above.

Aug 12, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (August 2013) - Voting

Ice cream

Jul 31, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

LA's BEST guided foodie tours

You walk a neighborhood, meet some like-minded people, and get to graze at several restaurants / food places without having to commit to any one for the moment. You get, with luck, a little history and background without having to dig it up yourself. You can read about and ask about places, but these tours -- at least the ones I've read about -- are like an introduction so you can decide which places you'd most like to go back to.

I find your response a bit harsh towards someone just asking advice.

Jul 23, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area
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Chaya Venice DineLA lunch

Thanks for the report (and I liked the mention of your server)

Jul 16, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Westside Burgers-Counter, Hole in the Wall, Father's Office Tavern, What Else?

Disagree. Sorry about your experience with the service; it hasn't been mine, though off nights with service can happen almost anywhere. About the burger -- have to disagree, and was just reading Ray Garcia (of Fig)'s recommendation of the cheeseburger at Westside Tavern as a "marriage of simpl, yet high-quality, ingredients." (He goes on.) I take this as confirmation that I am not alone in finding the burger exemplary. I like this far better than Wolfgang's Steakhouse.

Jun 10, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Quick Lunch - Beverly Hills

For some reason I thought Choppe Choppe was closed. Maybe call first? In any case, I worked aross the street until about six months ago. Liked it at first, got old fast for me.

ALSO -- it is a take-out place.

May 10, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (May 2013) - Voting

pancakes

Apr 30, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Best Moscow Mule LA

I am a fan of the version at the Westside Tavern -- fresh ginger and soda in place of a premade ginger beer. Served in a glass. Find it much better than Bouchon's, the only advantage of which is the traditional copper mug.

Apr 26, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Animal's disregard

I think the problem is -- you are assuming that they are calling to provide you confirmation, whereas we all believe they are calling to get confirmation from you that you still intend to come. That is common enough in my experience, when I leave my name on a machine.

Apr 21, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

!8 year old goddaughter for "cool" LA dinner

Yeah, my first instinct was to focus on vibe more than anything and suggest a downtown place like Umamicatessan or The Gorbals. Maybe Bar Ama.

Mar 29, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Red Medicine Tweet

What do I do? Order another drink. Cheers.

Mar 27, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Red Medicine Tweet

Fair enough -- really. But I just object to granting license only to restaurant owners and assuming all others are assholes. My position would be I think the tweets are beyond the line but would excuse the behavior for reasons you say, if this particular restauranteur didn't talk about having fun doing the tweets and hadn't taken actions to destroy the ability of a restaurant critic to do her work. He seems like one of your assholes, restaurant owner or not.

Journalism is even more endangered than restaurants these days, imho.

Mar 27, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Red Medicine Tweet

Thje evidence is not good that Red Medicine is full up all the time. The reservation made by the guy with the uncle was reportedly made an hour and a half before the time in question. This coming Saturday is wide open for reservations.

But anyway, I make no such assumption. I say explicitly that if they could fill the table, and there are no other empty tables, than the restaurant is hurt by a failure to call and cancel.

Red Medicine Tweet

Yes, in that case you qualified as someone able to take the table between the time of the cancellation and the time of the reservation, and available to contact, and so the loss of your business would be a loss as the result of a failure to call and cancel.

You fit the analysis -- my use of the phrase (in my second explanation) "turned away" was inexact, but the point is the same. The first time I tried I put it this way: "That only costs money if the restaurant was not full, but could have been full if the person had given warning that he was not coming after all."

If Red Medicine has a practice of taking numbers and calling people when reservations open up, then the amount of damage from a failure to call and cancel is greater than if it doesn't. Anyone have any idea if they do?

Red Medicine Tweet

I don't follow, and am not sure you follow what I said -- which is a basic analysis of economic damages.

Of course what RM would like is for everyone to eat there all the time, and to the extent that doesn't happen it loses money.

But the question is -- what money is lost by the practice of a person with a reservation failing to cancel the reservation beforehand when he doesn't show up?

If there is an empty table which could have been filled, there is no loss.

There is loss only if there were no other empty tables, and there were people turned away during the time after the time the person could have cancelled and before the end of the time the table was held for the reservation who did not show up.

Otherwise, there is no difference to the restaurant between a person cancelling and being a no-show.

Red Medicine Tweet

Yes to all - and congratulations for RM in discovering a method of saving the existence of all restaurants by tweeting.

Mar 27, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Red Medicine Tweet

RM is not complaining that someone cancelled, but that he failed to show up yet did not cancel. That only costs money if the restaurant was not full, but could have been full if the person had given warning that he was not coming after all.

Just like many people refuse to believe the guy who said his uncle died, I am sceptical that RM actually lost anything just because it claims it did,

Mar 27, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Red Medicine Tweet

Grub Street tried to contact the people named by RM in its tweets. One person they contacted did not know about the tweets and said he had made the reservation about an hour and a half before, and then a half an hour later he earned from his mother that his uncle had died so he didn't go, and didn't think in the circumstances to cancel. And the restaurant never called him as they could have, as he had left his number.

The reason I find this more credible, and at least hesitate to call a person I've never met and about whom I only know that he failed to cancel a reservation a lying scumbag, is that 1) he didn't seek anyone out to tell his side of things; 2) he didn't even know about it (I believe the Grub Street reporter could tell by the conversation whether this was likely to be true); 3) it would have been far simpler for him to decline comment -- there was nothing for this anonymous person to gain by this story at this time if it was a lie. He also didn't make a big deal of it, just said he wouldn't be going there. The big deal is being made by us in the internet world.

Of course most people who fail to cancel have no good reason -- but one reason you don't go off half-cocked and public blame someone is you don't know if the person you are calling out is one of the exceptions.

BTW -- the restauranteur agreed to appear on local news to talk about this, but then cancelled. At least as egregious, even if it isn;t a mighty restaurant being stood up.

Mar 27, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Red Medicine Tweet

Maybe some people like their uncles more than you do.

Mar 27, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area

Red Medicine Tweet

Fine. My point is that if you judge people only by your expectations and viewpoint, most people will fail you.

Mar 27, 2013
Capybara in Los Angeles Area