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"Cronuts" in LA?

"Spudnuts" at 8225 Topanga Canyon Boulevard in the Valley does an amazing version. They are really worth the fuss! Amazing. Right now I think they only have them on the weekends, and they sell out immediately, but you can pre-order.

Jul 10, 2013
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Zagat's 2013 Survey Results for Los Angeles

Yes. Why does this list never change?

Oct 09, 2012
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A Magical Mystery Lunch (roll out) -- Have you had one?

I am also in the Valley, and have had some great lunches. I recommend Bistro Orient, in a strip mall in Woodland Hills but some of the best, freshest Vietnamese seafood I have ever eaten, Itzik Hagadol in Encino, skip the food and order ten-15 of their assorted salads for a cheap and amazing meal, the Neiman Marcus Cafe in Woodland Hills for the ladies who lunch atmosphere, and Paradise Cove, because nothing feels better than sand between your toes and a glass of wine at noon, food quality be damned!

Oct 09, 2012
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The best Tasting Menu in LA for a special ocassion?

That sounds fabulous. How many courses did you get for that price with wine?

Oct 09, 2012
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The best Tasting Menu in LA for a special ocassion?

You won't be dissapointed by any of those choices. I have had the tasting menu's at them all, minus Osteria Mozza. I think it depends on your choice of atmosphere. Melisse is the most elegant, for instance. But hands down Saam is the most fun. If you want to keep it under $500 inclusive for two though, be careful what you drink. I think at Saam we spent $1600 for three, with wine pairings and the recommended bottle of white, and coffee.

Oct 09, 2012
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Best West Valley Sushi

Thank you so much for the tips! I can't wait to try them out.

Aug 31, 2012
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Best West Valley Sushi

I am so sorry to ask this, as I feel strongly that if I knew where to look I could find the thread! But there are so many sushi spots, (including of course "The Sushi Spot) in the West Valley, and I would really love to hear what is good now. We live in Woodland Hills, and are big Sushi fans, but have expensive tastes and haven't been out for a meal together for a while. I am not terribly interested in "roll" restaurants, or places known more for their portion sizes than the quality of their fish. And I would prefer somewhere a little less expensive than Icki. In the past our favorites were Shibuya and Brothers. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!

Aug 23, 2012
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The End of Table Manners

You were my favorite column. I will miss you, but best of luck.

Jun 24, 2012
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Foods that unreasonably gross you out...

Read the whole post, can I really be the only one who is grossed out by bananas?

Jan 30, 2012
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You've won the lottery - what will you be eating?

Can't believe no one has said caviar yet. Sustainably sourced of course! And I would have a wall of champagne like on AbFab!

Jan 30, 2012
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Settle something for me ... is it gauche to pre-cut your steak into bite-sized pieces?

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Oct 25, 2011
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No More French Toast on Chopped

OK, I know the desert round is the toughest one. But I think there needs to be some sort of moratorium on "Pain Perdue" or "French Toast" in round three. Do the contestants not watch the show and not realized how predictable and boring that choice is? Or do they watch the show too much and now the dish and the round are inextricably bound together in their heads, so that in that moment of pressure it is all they can think of?

Aug 23, 2011
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98-year-old needs to gain weight, doesn't eat enough: Food suggestions

jhopp, I do not indulge myself, but your mother does sound like the reason I voted to legalize medical marijuana. She may be very uncomfortable with the concept, but you can get it in pills, which may be easier for her to, forgive me, swallow, than the idea of smoking a joint. Good luck, and I hope my kids take as good care of me as you do of your mom. She must be a great lady.

Jun 28, 2011
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"Chef-is-always-right" restaurants [moved from Los Angeles board]

I was really more playing devils advocate. To many of us "Trust the Chef" is an exciting way to dine. I don't go out to eat to experience the same tastes over and over. However, the only thing more irritating than a fellow diner at a fabulous spot ordering only dry salad, is rude servers being unnecessarily curt. Did the server decine the changes with a smile, and suggest something else on the menu that might be more appealing? Cause while yes, there will be people lining up for the soup nazi if the soup is good enough, I won't be one of them. (Kudos to them though, for all the press!)

Jun 16, 2011
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"Chef-is-always-right" restaurants [moved from Los Angeles board]

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Jun 15, 2011
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"Chef-is-always-right" restaurants [moved from Los Angeles board]

Trust the chef is fine, but at the end of the day not always a great business model. Even Ramsay on his many shows, after spitting out the chef's food, is accommodating, sometimes I feel over accommodating, to his guests. I think that the philosophy can work in a small space, Sushi Nozawa for instance. I personally only went there once and was far too irritated to return, but they only need to hold on to a core clientele to succeed. But the restaurant biz is tough. Today's "It" spot with no name over the door is selling half priced groupons tomorrow. While I applaud the chef for sticking to his principles even with slebs, I fear that he may eventually regret not "holding the dressing." Also another poster mentioned that temperatures on proteins were also pre-set. What if he insisted on well done meat? How many chowhounds would return? At the end of the day his insistence on his way or the highway is bound to end in tears.

Jun 15, 2011
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"Chef-is-always-right" restaurants [moved from Los Angeles board]

Chow needs a "like" button.

Jun 15, 2011
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Can you hounds help me out with some dinner party advice?

Alliegator, can you please post a follow up? I am dying to hear how the evening went! Thanks for such an interesting thread.

Jun 15, 2011
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Top Chef Masters Recap: Season 3, Episode 4

Did anyone else notice that the BL contestants were bona fide members of the clean plates club, while the slim judges ate only a few bites of each?

May 02, 2011
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Casual Dinner San Fernando Valley

If you have the budget, try Brandywine. Fabulous old-fashioned French.

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Brandywine Restaurant
22757 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Feb 07, 2011
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Best Thai in the West Valley

THanks everyone fokr the tips. Think I 'll try Thai and I first!

Feb 01, 2011
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Best Thai in the West Valley

Living in Woodland Hills my choices for Thai are few. Thai BBQ is good, but I am seriously ISO something GREAT. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. I am willing to drive, but not over the hill, I already all the great spots over there!

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West Valley Cafe
5353 Balboa Blvd Ste 101, Encino, CA 91316

Jan 31, 2011
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$89...Four Seasons Beverly Hills..5 course meal for 2 with champagne!

This was an AMAZING meal and an incredible bargain. We bought something similar for Onyx at the Four Seasons Westlake. Not expecting the same star wattage as there was in BH, but hoping for for great food again just the same.

Jan 31, 2011
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Strangest Menu Ever Served To You?

In Germany once I went to a new friend's home for dinner, and we were served chicken legs in some sort of a hardboiled egg sauce, and canned peach halfs with heavy cream poured on top. It was very, very 1950's Betty Crocker. That was over 15 years ago and I stil remember it for it's oddness. Oh, and while at a VERY highbrow wedding in Japan, I was amused to discover jumbo prawns with the heads still attached as the protein in the kids meal! I ate them, they were delicious. My kids were scared.

Dec 13, 2010
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Is It OK to Complain About Tiny Portions?

Ahh, in our house we usually complain about portions that are too large! Need I mention Cheescake factory? But we always ask about portion size before we order. Some restaurants desingn portion sizes that are to comfortably allow the diner to order an appetizer and a desert as well as an entree. At others two of us would fill up on even one appetizer and the rest of the food is overkill.

Nov 17, 2010
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Top Chef Masters 2 Ep. #10 - FINALE - 06/09/10 (Spoilers)

And really, the "wild" meat was farmed. Would it have been OK if it had been culled locally? Instread of farmed abroad? Or is that worse? And does anyone watch "the Last Restaurant Standing?" One of the contestants was ridiculed for wanting to open a restaurant that served only local food. For much of the world only local only is simply not possible. This discussion could go on and on. Rick doesn't cook fish at risk of extinction. Cudos to him for that!

Jun 13, 2010
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Top Chef Masters 2 Ep. #10 - FINALE - 06/09/10 (Spoilers)

In the late lamented "Good Family" animated program, their version of Whole Foods had melon, organic melon, organic sustainable melon, and local organic sustainable melon all available, and of the price went up and up with each choice. I would bet that a majority of Americans, (not of chowhounds of course!) didn't get that joke, and most of them have no idea what "sustainable" means. I am glad that the topic was brought up in such a public forum, and hope is is being discussed across the country, and not just being debated by foodies who disagree on the semantics.

Jun 13, 2010
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Top Chef Masters 2 Ep. #10 - FINALE - 06/09/10 (Spoilers)

Chef June, I was so happy to read what you said about Marcus's charity. I thought the chefs were all brilliant, but I was especially thrilled at all that money going to such a wonderful cause.

Jun 13, 2010
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ISO an amazing restaurant with a chef's table.

One of the most enjoyable evening's of my life. 23 courses, not every one was perfect, but it was fun fun fun and worth every penny.

May 29, 2010
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ISO an amazing restaurant with a chef's table.

We are off to Saam tonight, thanks for all the help fellow chowhounds!

May 22, 2010
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