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FYI: Incredibly Tasty Oyster Alert!

I had these last Saturday at Anisette in Santa Monica. They were filled w/ liquor and had a nice salt bite. I wonder if we are getting these to replace missing Gulf oysters? If so....... Hmmmm...... we destroy the oyster beds to get at the oil underneath then use airplanes to bring in a replacement.............. Just a thought.....

Aug 06, 2010
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

looking for suggestions in Santa Monica

Some really odd recomendations here such as BOA or any restaurant on Ocean. For the absolute best and most pricey Mellise can't be beat. Michael's being a distant second for fine dinning.

Jul 01, 2010
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Lazy Ox Canteen-simply the best in LA right now!

I have just finished eating at the Lazy Ox for probably the 20th time in the last 3 months. For a long time I have been hearing and reading about Chef Joseph Centano's cooking. He was renowned for his tasting plates at Opus. I never had the chance to get there. Then there were rumours of his signature Baco, which reviewers stated were a new dimension in eating. So when the Lazy Ox opened I went to check this chef out. From the very first meal i realized that there was something extraordinary going on. That first night I had the Pig Ear Chicarone and a glass of beer. The chicharones were perfect, but when combined with the pickles a whole new level was reached. I began to get an idea that this chef had a very subtle understanding of taste combination. Certain dishes such as the Lamb Belly Lebni would be at home on any 3 star restaurant menu. This is the most wonderful deep fried lamb belly that has been braised in goose fat befor frying...Unbelievably good. Another night the original Baco and a seafood Baco were on the menu and they were just as great as had been said! Last night I had the most delicious sweetbreads with grits, again a 3 star dish. I asked Chef if he could do something with crawfish and the next thing I knew there was a crawfish family dinner on Sunday Night that was a knock out. The crawfish were perfect and a corn dish with sausage and potatoes was great, the corn so sweet...but the Dumpcake with icecream was the knock out for dessert. Be warnwed family dinners are definitely for 2! The vegatables are amazing here. Chef Jo is brasing,roasting, sauteing and steaming and never a miss. The rice pudding is sublime. I get mine with a double order of caramel. This chef lives in my head. Whether it is the soft shell crab or the beef palleron, I eat at a level that is not equaled anywhere els. I've been to Bouchon, Annisette,Red O, Spago, Mori, and numerous other hot restaurants during this period and all pale next to the Lazy Ox. My only concern is that the wine list just doesn't have the quality of wine that would take this food to that next level. But having said that I am getting an education in beer by the knowlegable bartenders. No this is not a million dollar installation like Red O but fellow hounds this place gets it right with the food, ambiance and service. My highest recomendation goes to the Lazy Ox and Chef Jo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Spago
176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Lazy Ox Canteen
241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Red O
8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Jul 01, 2010
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Innovation: the CHOW Tour

The Lazy Ox Canteen is the latest home to Chef Joseph Centano. The creator of the "Baco" is incredibly innovative. I have eaten in this place about 15 times in the past few months. Today my 13 y/o daughter and I will be on hand for the debut of the Sunday night Crawfish Dinner.
Ask any knowlegble foody in LA and Centano's name comes up as a brilliant, innovative,Californian chef. Check it out!!!!!!!!

Some recent dishes that are not only innovative but incredibly DELISH.....Lamb belly: the belly is braised in duck fat then deep fried....OOOOOHH Baby! Everyone that tastes this goes nuts....
The "Baco". This is Centano's signature dish. It is a super taco with a wrap that is a yeast bread with deep fried pork and other ingrediants and sauces that make a scrumptious snack. A rare apperance on the menu but a must have....
Buche: LA is infatuatuated with organ meat at the moment. Check out the Buche (stomach) here. Centano does not hide the flavor of this organ but lets it shine through.
Roasted baby beeets with onions: a wonderful mixture of long cooked onions, beets and sour cream based sauce. This showcases the amazing farm produce we have in CA with a chefs ability to weave flavor in.
I could go on and on but what I say is this: "Hit the Lazy Ox Canteen and use the board on the wall to make your choices." If innovation and taste are on the agenda, this is a great stop!

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Lazy Ox Canteen
241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Jun 13, 2010
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Review: Lazy Ox

Whoa!!!! I was thinking of Ortolon for a fab diner. As I was alone I didn't want to sit a a table so opted for Lazy Ox becuse I had not eaten there before and they had a bar. I just don't think that the meal could have been better in any way. I couldn't sit at the bar because it was packed so I ate at the last seat at the commity table. OMG the woman there were INCREDIBLY loud!!! but I didn't care because the food was amazing. If you haven't eaten there go immediately!!!!! It ranked with my Langers pastrami earlier in the week. I just LOVE great food, a beer or wine..... and this was it!!!!!!

Apr 29, 2010
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Famous Spanish “Jamon”

Thank you for the information. However a want to point out something that happened in our home. I happened to have multiple types of ham leftover from a cooking spree. Included were the insanely expensiveSarrano and iberico hams. We had all read the reviews in the LA Times about as one chowhound call it "the transormative nature of the ham." Well when I put out the 5 or 6 varieties that included a TJ's American prociuto and other domestic and inexpensive ham products, no one felt the Spanish hams were worth the money. IMHO I felt it was an enormous hype and rip off. I see more and more of this type of branding and marketing and am continually amused by what suckers we Americans are. So enjoy your acorn fed pigs and by the way I still have this bridge in Brooklyn for sale!

Apr 23, 2010
Robhungry1 in General Topics

Foodiest Spots in L.A.

Oh my, it is not possible that you are speaking of the food at Inn of the 7th Ray. Sure it is a wonderful place to relax but unless you want Chicken Ala King over Uncle Ben's from the weekend buffet I would be embarrased to recomend it for the food.....great place to catch a buzz though!

Apr 21, 2010
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Foodiest Spots in L.A.

You are kidding right? Ivy at the Shore has been a joke in my family since moving here 12 years ago.....................

Apr 21, 2010
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Happy hour recs along Ocean Ave in Santa Monica

Close to Ocean-Fraiche- on Wilshire- Happy Hour ALL DAY Thursday- and reg hours Mon-Fri 4-7PM.....good beer and bar eats 1/2 off- good deal in what I consider overpriced restaurant

Apr 21, 2010
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Asparagus ... can you taste the color difference?

A quick reply...I was in Germany once for the spargel season and ate pounds and pounds...they were great but I admit it was often the wonderful sauce that sent me to the moon...However I had white aparagus at Bar Pinxto in Santa Monica last week for a reasonable 5 dollars and they were an exact replica of the taste I remember from Germany....definitely a lighter and for me more patable taste. I enjoy them more than the intense green and I have never had the purple.

Apr 09, 2010
Robhungry1 in General Topics

Wine Bar Recommendations

Enoteca Drago-Great wine GREAT PASTA!!!!!

Mar 11, 2010
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Diddy Riese: Thumbs up or thumbs down?

TOO Sweet!!!!!!

Mar 11, 2010
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Best sushi in Santa Monica?

A quick comment about the hump vs urowsaw...The hump does not put it upfront that you are in rare sushi air and the price can shock...Urosawa is known for it's primo quality and the cost is well known as well. I find the hump no where near the experience of urosawa yet it can be as expensive...
Now for Westside sushi I really like Hide and lov eto take $100 and stuff myself. Due to the high volume the fish is fresh and I come out filled up...but my favorite isTorofuku on Pico...I've eaten there many times and have had my education of Japense food expended dramatically....It is my favorite...great ambiance and not just sushi but a solid Jpanese menue with extraodianary rice. It's right next to the movies and my family loves it. It can be pricey but I've never felt abused when letting the chef make the choices....

Mar 05, 2010
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Do you ever like the crappy better than the excellent?

I have a hand me down "community"cookbook filld with recipes that use Mr.s Butterworth, Cambels soups etc and get the huingry ski crowd loving them...It doesn't have to be gourmet to taste great...just check out MacDonald's french frie!!!!!!!!!

Jan 31, 2010
Robhungry1 in General Topics

What can I do with clemantines? [moved from General Topics]

For Valentine meal last year I chiled six perfect clemintines of the same size to just above freezing. These were peeld and spread in a circle on a small Wedgewood plate. Room was left in the middle of the circle and two small piecs of sauteed fois gras placed there. A qiuck reduction of clemintine juice and the drippings from the fois wAas utilized to finish the dish. A Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc was the wine pairing...simple but stunning!!!!!!

Jan 31, 2010
Robhungry1 in Home Cooking

Coffee + Salt

This is an old southern secret that has been in families for hundreds of years. It can bring out a level of flavour that is unsurpassed.

Jan 22, 2010
Robhungry1 in General Topics

Good source for medjool dates? (Pasadena area)

Without a doubt Batistas's dates are world class. They are in many farmers markets and are worth a special trip to Wednesday SM or wherever they might be...and don't miss the fresh barhi's in September....

Jan 21, 2010
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Melisse - Cirque du Soleil Prix Fixe Menu

Was at mellise the other night and was told it's still avaialble......

Nov 21, 2009
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

NY&C/NY-Chgo Pizzeria OPEN?

open now, haven
t eaten there yet.....

Nov 21, 2009
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Italian on the Westside

Vicenti is my all time favorite in Brentwood. Service is great and the food superb. I eat at the bar all the time and it is also great. This is great birthday place and have taken my family there for such an occasion more than once. While there are many italian places in Brentwood this is upscale and the real deal.

Nov 21, 2009
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

where do you buy duck fat?

Surfas for all things!!! The brand is D'Artangnan (spelling? not very expensive for rendered fat...also goose available
I find Surfas to have all the things i need at very reasonable prices, especially restaurant grade pots and pans, which prove you don't need these super high priced pans to amke great food because the best restaurants don't use them!

Dec 01, 2008
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Bastide closed (gasp)

I ate there the day of the recent LA Times review. I can say that while the meal was great, the wines were severely overpriced for the tasting. My final thought was that the LA Times critic is known there and gets extraordinary service and food. That being said I had the MOST fabulous Dungenous crab course that made the whole night worthwhile. Glad I had the expereince before it closed!

Nov 25, 2008
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Foodie parents visiting town. Recs near WLA please

My favorite continues to be Campanille on La brea. Mark Peel continues to outdo the original Cal folks such as Wolfgang and Joe. He is deeply involved ijn every dish and drink. Been eating there continuely for almost 20 years and it is truly great. Solid reasonable winelist in a wonderful space (the first Chaplin studio....Have a ball!!!!

Nov 14, 2008
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Bastide for 1-Mixed experience

I had a night to myself and a bonus to blow. No one i knew was interested so I decided to go to Bastide alone. I have an ongoing thing about going to restaurants that have been reviewed by Viraballa and compare experiences......
Of course the ambiance is incredible. I was seated in a small room with an Andy Warhol tomato can for a light fixture. I stared at the Mao paintings all night and was leaning against the wonderful Russian piece of trees.
Once comfortable, I was approached for my dinner. I asked for the tasting menu and the wine tasting. The service was good in the beginning, with multiple waiters attending. As the food began to arrive the somellier appeared with my first wine. I am not going to go into a long winded discussion here but I had 6 wines. Not one was expensive or world class. All were interesting but the tab was $160!!!!!! And not one burgundy or truly exceptional wine. It is interesting to note that Viraballa has always raved about the incredible wines she gets when dinning here. Well it is clear they know who she is. In her most recent review this week she mentioned truffles on the cheese course. I did not have a single truffle in my meal and I did have the same cheese course as her.
But the real hitch was the same as when the chef cooked at Providence, I was still really hungry at the end of the menu. So I asked for more. This is when service got less than friendly. It seemed that this was causing the staff to work harder than they would have liked. I truly expected a visit from the kitchen at this point to ascertain what I needed to feel replete but no, the chef just tried to blow me away with two meat courses that were really great. Am I the only one who is hungry after the tasting menu??????
Anyway my true impression is that if you want the experience of the LA Times at Bastide, you better go to dinner with their reviewer.

Oct 31, 2008
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Achiote Paste

There is a wonderful video on Youtube for puerco pabille that describes how to simply make a wonderful paste. It is a great little piece and I've used the recipe and it far exceeds any store bought paste......

Sep 21, 2008
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

NYT article on San Gabriel Valley- Triumphal Palace for dinner?

I have eaten at the Triumphal Place regularly for the last 2 years. I am continually satisfied by the service and the range of the food. This is a stellar example of consitant and wonderful food. I am no expert on Chinese food or the specific regional specialties but darn I alway come away surprised and delighted. The only problem I ever had was that one night I gorged on a duck tongue dish that was so unbelivably excellent...but my body rebelled at the fat content and I had a gall stone attack and I will tell you I had to eat again it was so good!!!! No attack the second time. I guess i like living dangerously!!!!

Sep 20, 2008
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Going to LA for a week - need recs for a killer meal?

Like japanese? Try Torafuku on Pico. I love this reatuarant and we find things there that I have never eaten anywhere else. You'll hit your price point and have a unique experience.

Sep 14, 2008
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Is Spago still as good as ever?

There is no doubt in my mind that Spaga is resting on it's laurels. The menu hasn't changed much in years and the prices keep rising. It appears that Hafter and Puck are not interested in making the menu exciting. However when I eat the tasting menu there are times I'm thrilled but it is still pricey and I can think of many other places I'd rather spend that kind of money. Having said that i do love to eat at the bar there.

Sep 14, 2008
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Where to shop for Chinese Ingredients

I have just begun cooking Chinese and I need a good market. I live on the Westside but am willing to shop in SGV, Any recomendations?

Sep 14, 2008
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area

Menu for Animal

There was a Jonathan Gold review in the LAWEEKLY 2 weeks ago that discusses the menu at length....

Sep 14, 2008
Robhungry1 in Los Angeles Area