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New Year's Day Layover

I have people coming in the early afternoon on New Year's Day for a 6 hr layover after a 13 hr flight. What's good that isn't too far from LAX? Food and drink recommendations are welcome. Nothing fancy given these folks will be in travel attire. Any food style is ok (ethnic included).

Thanks!

Dec 29, 2013
anvali in Los Angeles Area

New Anaheim recs needed!!

I'm meeting up with a friend who I have not seen in over a decade and I'm looking for a reasonably priced chow-y restaurant that is:
A) Open on Mondays
B) Would allow lingering so to be able to catch up thoroughly

I have seen positive reviews of The Ranch, but I would like to offer more than one suggestion. Other than that most threads I've seen are either old or for larger groups.

I am open to ethnic recommendations and generally any place that wouldn't be considered a waste of time or money.

Thanks!!

Oct 28, 2013
anvali in Los Angeles Area

What's good in El Monte (or surrounding)?

Meeting friends in El Monte for dinner. Is there anywhere notably good? Need family friendly and vegetarian friendly. No preferred cuisine, just something good.

Thanks!

Jun 07, 2013
anvali in Los Angeles Area

California Burritos in LA?

There is an Alberto's in Van Nuys now. They have both the California Burritos with the fries as well as the legit carne asada fries that are popular in SD. They're located off Vanowen just east of the 405.

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Alberto's Mexican Food
14525 Vanowen St, Los Angeles, CA 91405

Apr 21, 2011
anvali in Los Angeles Area

Madame Chou Chou

I went with 2 friends a few months back and we all loved it. Not the foodiest of places, but good solid french bistro fare. The portions were very generous but still well proportioned. We split a few of the salads which were fresh and lightly dressed. The entrees were just a touch salty (for my taste). The duck was a real standout and my friend was very impressed by the beef cheeks. The dessert was not overly sweet and made a nice end to the meal. It was surprisingly empty when we went (a bit early on a Friday night) but maybe patronage has picked up since then.

Apr 10, 2011
anvali in Los Angeles Area

What's good in Baltimore now?

I used to be from the Del/Mar/Va area but have been away for a few years now. I'm going to be in town for a work conference with a co-worker and would like to be able to show off the city. We will be on the waterfront for most of the 3 day conference so I'm guessing 1 breakfast and 3 dinner recommendations. I'm looking for a great crab cake (maybe something other than Phillips), something near Camden Yards, and confirmation that Amicci's is still good.

Ideas?

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Amiccis
231 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Somewhere like Crustacean

I'm taking my friend out for her b-day and I know that she'd really like the idea of Crustacean, but would probably think that it was over hyped for what it costs (as I think most of us do). I have hear of places in SGV that serves the similar roasted crab and garlic noodles. Is there anywhere closer?
I'm willing to drive as far as downtown (from the westside).

May 06, 2010
anvali in Los Angeles Area

First Trip To Miami - Help!!

I'm going to be in Miami from Los Angeles at the end of March for 3 days. I'm looking for places that are great and won't break the bank. I'm preparing to dine alone for most of my outings so solo friendly places are preferred. I'm hoping to try the stone crabs and would like to have some great cuban food. I'll need places for mostly lunch and breakfast. I'll probably be car-less but I'm staying at the Carlton Hotel on Collins Ave. So anything withing walking distance would be great.

Thanks!!

Moving to the Valley, what's good?- Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys

After 3 years on the Westside, I've decided to take the plunge and move over the hill. My new place is just off the 405 on Burbank Blvd. I've heard of a few places that seem interesting, but nothing has really stood out. I'm going to need new go-to's like: Pizza, breakfast, sandwich, take-out (all the asian styles), burgers and something that's reliably good to take visitors. Nightlife recommendations like a good neighborhood bar are also welcome.

I like to stay away from the chains but I'm not too proud to hit up the Zankou that I spotted when I decided on my new place.

Thanks!!

Mar 03, 2010
anvali in Los Angeles Area

Two days in LA - Where to take out-of-towners (non-tourist trap)

My sister is coming in town for 2 days (separated by a week of work). She likes quality and is willing to spend the $$ if it's worth it. She's not the most adventurous, but we're asian so we eat more than chicken and veggies. I want to give her a taste of LA but not get stuck in a total tourist trap. I'm thinking one day will be doing the hollywood thing with stops at Roscoe's and Skooby's. And then I'd like to end the day at some place cool/nice/quality for dinner. Originally thinking somewhere in Malibu, but am open to suggestions.

I'm also open to suggestions on a possible itinerary for day 2.

Oh and though it's not required, a celeb-sighting or two could make the night interesting.

Feb 12, 2010
anvali in Los Angeles Area

URGENT help needed -- Monday night - "Interesting" in the Valley

You could try Daichan in Studio City. I believe they are open on Mondays. Otherwise Tampa Gardens has been getting good buzz lately for good chinese.

Jan 25, 2010
anvali in Los Angeles Area

Dine LA Restaurant Week 2010

I was definitely full after the meal. I would recommend going with a small group instead of a date to take advantage of the variety and the additional quantity.
We ended up ordering a few things off the a la carte menu but that really didn't add too much more for cost.

Jan 12, 2010
anvali in Los Angeles Area

Dine LA Restaurant Week 2010

Here is the list. I'm slightly confused by The Bazaar's menu. Last time we could pick a few from a fairly extensive list. Any word on how this one is supposed to work?

http://discoverlosangeles.com/play/di...

Jan 07, 2010
anvali in Los Angeles Area

Christmas Eve in Rancho Palos Verdes with Vegetarian options

Well what I'm looking for is all pretty much in the title. I'm look for something fairly inexpensive with good vegetarian options. The Veg in question will eat fish and shellfish so that should open up a lot more possibilities. But I'm guessing that open on Christmas Eve will be more of the challenge. We are planning on going to service in RPV so we're open to a place there or in the surrounding area.

None of us are picky (except for quality) so feel free to throw some ethnic suggestions in there...

Thanks for the suggestions!!

Dec 22, 2009
anvali in Los Angeles Area

Any Ludobites Reports?

Well you might have been there when I was there, but here's a brief report for those who have yet to go. First off, I've got to say that I wasn't quite as wowed as I was when I went this past summer. But I still feel that the creativity and the sheer quality of the food that was presented is still something that needs to be experienced. Going off of the menu posted on KevinEats.com, my friends and I ordered everything off the menu except for the peanuts in curry sauce. Each dish is really enjoyable in their own right. Most notably...The scallop had some great citrusy flavors with the bits of pineapple. The squid was incredibly fresh and was complimented by the salty/brininess of the kimchee puree. The pork belly was fatty and decadent paired with the bits of onion flaked apple. The udon broth was wonderfully rich with flavor and light at the same time. The best was the tourte with the buttery flaky pastry crust.
Overall it's a solid experience, and perhaps they're experiencing some early opening day jitters and they'll pull it together tighter soon.

Dec 03, 2009
anvali in Los Angeles Area

looking for broken rice

For sure they sell broken rice at Ranch 99 in the SGV. I'm pretty sure they carry it at the Van Nuys location as well.

Nov 28, 2009
anvali in Los Angeles Area

Affordable Vegas Dining

If the Wynn is still doing the "Taste of Wynn" menu at their restaurants, that would be a great option that is mostly affordable. The meal I had at Stratta was great and truly a bargain when ordering off the special menu.

http://wynnlasvegas.com/pdf/Dining_TO...

Check out all the menus at the Wynn's website.

For off strip options check out the site: www.eatinglv.com
I've been having more off strip adventures and I never stop marveling over how much cheaper everything is just a few miles away.

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Stratta
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Nov 12, 2009
anvali in Las Vegas

Catalina Island-Need Recs Near Avalon

I'm going to Catalina for the first time and am looking for a few places that are good for breakfasts and dinners. Hopefully nothing too pricey and can still satisfy the foodie in me.

Thanks in advance for all of your help!!

Nov 10, 2009
anvali in Los Angeles Area

Has anyone been to Grub

I've actually been twice in the last month. It's very good with many addictive options. The coffee is great and so far all of the food has been incredibly tasty and filling. The first time I went I had the Ooh La La breakfast sandwich and a side of potatoes. My friend had the Afterschool Special. Both were delightful. Last time I went I had the #5 scramble with the brie and white truffle oil. Pure decadence before 12pm. All the food looks good enough to try especially the bbq and the salads. But I'm a sucker for breakfast foods.

Oct 29, 2009
anvali in Los Angeles Area

NYE Vegas 2009

I know this is really early, but believe it or not, some places are already posting their New Year's Prix Fixe menus. Bradley Ogden's looks interesting, but I've got some friends who are balking at the $115 tab. (They don't believe me when I tell them that's not bad).

Any suggestions for under $100/pp, an overall good value, and good menu?

Oct 15, 2009
anvali in Las Vegas

Limited time in Birmingham - Looking for the best

I actually planned for that kind of a scenario. I will have a car and will be staying at a Courtyard Marriot in Homewood.

I had heard good things about Green Acres Cafe?

Sep 16, 2009
anvali in General South Archive

Limited time in Birmingham - Looking for the best

I'm going to be spending a short time in B'ham this weekend. I'll be flying in from LA on Friday evening and will have sporadic time to explore through Sunday. I am looking for recommendations specifically for dinner on Friday (I land around 8.30 and don't know what will still be open) and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. I would like to try the local fare or generally anything that is great. I don't really have a price range, but I'm open to any kind of atmosphere or price range.

Thanks in advance!!

Sep 15, 2009
anvali in General South Archive

Steak - Jar, Dal Rae, or The Derby?

I would vote for the Jar over and over again. The special the night I went to the Jar was the bone-in filet-which was amazing. My friend got the diver scallops with the red curry sauce which was very good as well. Of the appetizers, the lobster salad was a bit bland but deviled eggs were quite tasty.

Aug 23, 2009
anvali in Los Angeles Area

staying at bellagio...dinner recs?

I couldn't tell where to go specifically. But stay away from Olives....I went there recently (also before seeing "O"). Reservations were at 7.30 for a 10.30 show. They knew we were going to the show but we didn't get out of there until 10.00-15. I'm a big fan of a nice leisurely dinner but 2.5 hrs is pushing it....Service was slow and unattentive. Food conceptually was boring and in execution was over-salted. The one saving grace were the cocktails. So I would recommend the bar, but not the restaurant.

Jun 24, 2009
anvali in Las Vegas

recession deals in las vegas

Does anyone know if the Bellagio is having any of these recession specials? I haven't been able to find anything on their website. Thanks!

May 21, 2009
anvali in Las Vegas

AYCE Korean BBQ with squid and rice paper

As the title suggests, I'm looking for an AYCE Korean BBQ place that has calamari on the menu (as well as a selection of good quality meats) and serves the rice paper squares too. If they serve the steamed egg soup thing too, that's definitely a plus. Anywhere in the greater LA region (west of the city) is fine. I'm assuming that most suggestions will be in the K-town area.

May 08, 2009
anvali in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Civic Pico & Main

I've also heard great things about FIG. Copa D'Oro is a great place to grab a cocktail but has a very limited food menu. JiRaffe is also pretty close by.

Apr 30, 2009
anvali in Los Angeles Area

Anyone try Five Buys Burger and Fries??

Five Guys is a pretty popular on the east coast and I used to go there all the time. Back there they were always known to have one of the best burgers in town. I'm glad to know that they can keep the quality throughout the other stores in the chains.

Apr 30, 2009
anvali in Chains

Slightly chowish family in SF for the weekend

I will be visiting the area from LA and my family will be coming in from the east coast this weekend for a wedding. We are staying at the Courtyard Marriott downtown (2nd St) so either walking or short driving distance would be preferable. We'll also be spending some time in Monterey after the wedding so notable places there are welcome as well.
I am looking for some great food recs in the following categories: dim sum (or a make their own noodles dumpling place), breakfast (home plate and mama's have already been recommended), seafood (for good oysters on the half, cioppino, and crab), and chinese.
Would prefer something reasonably priced and not at all adverse to the the hole-in-the-wall place.
If you guys think that there is something notable that I've left off, please let me know! I've only been to SF once before.

Apr 14, 2009
anvali in San Francisco Bay Area

Need Recommendation for Boss

Help! My boss is visiting DC for business (from LA) and is looking for a dinner recommendation. I used to live in DC but have lost touch with the latest and greatest in the dining scene over the years. I need a few places to recommend that are somewhat near the vicinity of SEC headquarters. I had wanted to suggest Vidalia, but that will probably be too dressy-uppy after a day with a goverment agency. Can anyone recommend a great place to eat in that area that has a more laid back atmosphere?

Thanks!