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Po Boy Sandwiches

Didn't try the po boys yet but finally made it to Sal's Gumbo Shack in Long Beach and based on the quality of their gumbo I will definitely be going back to order a po boy (I grew up a few hours from New Orleans btw)

Mar 30, 2013
hboy in Los Angeles Area

Any quality restaurants in MDR?

westsidegal, thanks for the comments...still haven't been but the next time the SO and I get a sitter, we're heading over!

Sep 05, 2011
hboy in Los Angeles Area

Any quality restaurants in MDR?

bulavinaka, this almost perfectly sums up my feelings about the food offerings here in the marina area...would second all of those recommendations, and feel like Mezza is kind of a lesser known CC gem

never been to the tripel though - interested in trying now

Aug 20, 2011
hboy in Los Angeles Area

One Day Venice Beach & One Day LA

I second the umami manly burger love...I too am from Texas (Beaumont close to Houston), and IMHO that particular burger is one of the best in town though the father's office is damn fine too

Jul 26, 2011
hboy in Los Angeles Area

Breakfast Burritos in West LA?

Kinda random, and in Culver City which isn't exactly West LA, but a coworker of mine got me hooked on the $3.95 monster breakfast burritos at Tom's #5, at Robertson and Venice...Inc. Eggs, cheese, hashbrowns and choice of meat

Nov 23, 2010
hboy in Los Angeles Area

Pork Belly on the westside

I don't know if you would consider this westside enough, but my buddy got a big piece of belly from Marconda's in the Farmer's Market...pretty cheap ($6 or under that for the piece he got), quality seemed good to me

Sep 04, 2010
hboy in Los Angeles Area

2010 list of hot wings

Ye Rustic Inn in Los Feliz. Super dark dive bar, great great wings.

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Ye Rustic Inn
1831 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Sep 01, 2010
hboy in Los Angeles Area

Cheap, good, with vegetarian options, West LA or therabouts

not a terribly mind-blowing option but most people seem to like Tender Greens, in downtown Culver City

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Tender Greens
9523 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Aug 29, 2010
hboy in Los Angeles Area

Trucks That Suck

just tried Ta Bom, the brazilian truck often on miracle mile...enjoyed it quite a bit, thought the steak burrito was pretty great - could have used a little more kick spicyness-wise...chorizo taco and spicy coxhinas were good too...better than average food truck imo

Aug 06, 2010
hboy in Los Angeles Area

Trucks That Suck

it's tricky b/c their menu changes weekly i think...when i was there i tried the famed crispy tofu balls which got them a lot of attention at the LA street food fest, but they took those off the menu already...most things people were eating there looked good, not sure if i'd go out of my way to get there, but if you're near moca it's worth a shot

Aug 06, 2010
hboy in Los Angeles Area

Best Lunch near 3rd Street Promanade?

my wife works down there, it's definitely pretty rough going...Chain-wise Houston's and Wolfgang Puck would work, I think a teenage boy going off to college would probably be into the huge, bar food-centric menu (think burgers, wings, nachos, etc) at Barney's Beanery (maybe not you)...Anisette is good but pricey - if you like sushi, the Sushi Roku down there has some pretty decent lunch specials

Jul 29, 2010
hboy in Los Angeles Area

Trucks That Suck

i like the frysmith truck too - i had their poutine on Canada Day a while back: though I am not Canadian and I don't have a true reference point, it was pretty great

Agree with the general tone of this thread - I feel like I am desperate for street food so I keep trying these trucks but am underwhelmed over and over again...

however, not a truck but well-loved at the LA street food fest this past weekend: tried Starry Kitchen the other day and it was well worth the hike over to downtown

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Starry Kitchen
350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Jul 28, 2010
hboy in Los Angeles Area

what to do with left over roast chicken besides chicken salad

I know it's normally done with pork, but you might try to make pozole with chicken - or am i completely wrong?

chicken tortilla soup should be easy to do with leftover chicken too

the enchilada idea is great too, versatile

Jul 15, 2010
hboy in Home Cooking

what to do with left over roast chicken besides chicken salad

I've never made it, but I wonder if anyone else thinks that you could make pozole with chicken? Usually made with pork, but could be good here too? search pozole

could use to make a chicken tortilla soup, sorry don't have a recipe handy for this one either :)

Jul 15, 2010
hboy in Home Cooking

Moving to West Hollywood

Bahn Mi I think you have to go to San Gabriel or Little Saigon in the OC - there is a vietnamese food truck called Nom Nom http://nomnomtruck.com/ that I have tried and liked, once near a regular food truck convening location in front of the E! studios on Wilshire (lots of food trucks now in LA, another discussion thread

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And don't let the haters dissuade you from Animal - it is worth the hype. They have a foie gras biscuits and gravy that is honestly one of favorite dishes, ever. The poutine is good too, the whole menu is usually very seasonal and yes meat-heavy but worth a visit

Jul 01, 2010
hboy in Los Angeles Area

Bouchon - what to order?

second the boudin, perfectly paired with creamy potatoes and carmelized apple...the mussels are good (nice saffron broth), escargot solid as well, i had a lamb special there once i did not like

Jul 01, 2010
hboy in Los Angeles Area

How do I get e-mail notification?

totally agree, just spent 10 minutes trying to get a notification set on a post i just put up

Mar 30, 2010
hboy in Site Talk
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quinoa risotto

big fan of quinoa, cook with it at least a couple times a week...so, thanks to a couple posts on here lately, I decided to make quinoa risotto the other night - I made it pretty the same as regular risotto, sauteed onion then cooked down wine, added quinoa to coat and fry for a bit then added greens, mushrooms and veggie broth etc.

to me, it seemed to produce basically the same result as if I had cooked the quinoa separately and then mixed in the veggies etc. afterwards...my question to anyone with experience with this is: does it make an appreciable difference to cook the quinoa together with the other ingredients, or is quinoa risotto not really much like a (arborio rice) risotto at all? any tips for making it better than i did?

Mar 30, 2010
hboy in Home Cooking

What are the best cookbooks for aspiring cooks

I would add Alice Waters' Art of Simple Cooking - lots of recipes but more instructive for me was the first half of the book which consists of lessons on topics like braising, roasting, stocks, etc...I feel like I learned so much working from her guidance and like Batali she keeps it simple and straightforward

For cooking with local, seasonal ingredients I highly recommend the Santa Monica Farmer's Market cookbook - not only filled with great, simply yet creative recipes (using ingredients I was not as familiar with) but also tips for navigating farmers markets, cooking seasonally, etc.

Jul 14, 2009
hboy in Home Cooking

olive oil help

ok friends - after my (hopefully) last battle with making slightly-rancid olive oil not overpower a dish, can anyone give me any good suggestions for a good brand of olive oil to try...I guess I'm not looking for the most expensive thing on the market, but I'm finally ready to take things to the next level and buy a good quality, versatile olive oil that I can use for a variety of purposes in my home cooking

any good ideas? brands that you rely on? thanks, and happy 4th!

Jul 04, 2009
hboy in General Topics

Barbrix: review with pix

went for the first time last night - i like the original assessment here: good, maybe very good...we'll def, go back for further inspection but enjoyed everything we had

our favorite was the farro salad that many have raved about - it really is quite awesome...was excited to try the sweetbreads but wished i had been prepared for the fried calamari preparation - still tasty but i could've been eating anything fried really...

also had the scallops, shrimp/chickpea tortilla, good wine/beer selection - all good to very good...maybe in the end this isn't quite worth driving across town just yet, but it's good above average tapas if you're in the neighborhood, and we'll be back at some point I know

Jul 04, 2009
hboy in Los Angeles Area

cherries, what to do?

we just made a great salad the other day with bing and ranier cherries, toasted almonds, and a good blue cheese - we also threw in some dried cherries too, I think the recipe came from the Santa Monica Farmer's Market cookbook...it was delicious, a really nice summer salad

Jul 02, 2009
hboy in Home Cooking

Cabbage Patch - secretly awesome

in Beverly Hills, on S. Beverly - they may not have the coolest name, but well worth checking out if you have not already...everything is very fresh and they claim seasonal and local

had their burger for lunch and would put it in league with the best burgers in town - niman ranch ground beef, applewood bacon, tillamook cheese, great aoili on the side...like umami burger, i especially appreciated the size of the burger - more of a medium-sized patty, perfect for the brioce bun, not so much meat that i walk out of lunch feeling like i desperately need a nap from all the heaviness sitting in my belly

also had good fresh coleslaw and everything on the menu/coming out of the kitchen looked like something i would want to try...def. will go back, esp. if in the area

Jun 26, 2009
hboy in Los Angeles Area

Pico Robertson Area..any local bars/ taverns?

Not sure you need to go all the way to H'wood to find a good bar...Though I wouldn't necessarily argue that where you are is kind of a no man's land

Bergins and Little Bar are fine, and Culver City is pretty close by as well - Father's Office in CC does have great food and beer selection, although you can run up a big tab there fairly easily

Randomly discovered Backstage in Culver City the other day - kind of trying to be a better-than-average dive bar, good beer selection, surprisingly good (bar) food...worth a try

Jun 24, 2009
hboy in Los Angeles Area

What do you like at Bristol Farms?

good housemade sausage
good cheese selection

Jun 18, 2009
hboy in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Sausages for a cookout

I second the Huntington Meats recommendation - I've like every sausage I've ever had there.

Jun 16, 2009
hboy in Los Angeles Area

Le Saint Amour, Culver City

went for first time last night - love the place, will easily become one of our standbys...great service, we got several visits from the owner, who made several good recommendations and was super friendly

per recommendations here, had the merguez with carrots - great housemade sausage...frisee salad, mussels and frites were all solid and tasty as well...duck confit was my favorite, over a nice oyster mushroom fricassee

like others here, hoping it doesn't get too popular but so happy to have such a solid french option around!

Jun 13, 2009
hboy in Los Angeles Area

25 DEGREES RESTAURANT COMPLAINT

gotta second cdmedici - I understand that they could do better with their beer list, but you can't argue with the quality of their burgers...never had the burger at blue palms either, but I feel like I would be going there mainly for the beer selection (i.e. not the burger)...i know some people like it but i think lucky devil's is a little overrated (not even close to my top 5 burgers in town) though it's decent..i guess i feel like you go certain places for certain things and i would go to 25 degrees for that burger alone anytime

haven't had the cab/burger combo - thanks for the rec, will try that next time

Jun 12, 2009
hboy in Los Angeles Area

Lunch on La Brea tomorrrow

i second umami, especially if everyone's in the mood for really great burgers...however, it's not the biggest place - if you go at a non-peak hour you could probably still snag a large table and get some work done

Jun 12, 2009
hboy in Los Angeles Area

Best kobe beef burgers around Los Angeles ?

I think in general people hold the kobe burger at Lucky Devils on Hollywood in pretty high regard

Jun 12, 2009
hboy in Los Angeles Area