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Craving Thai, any alternatives to Jitlada?

Also you may want to check out Latcha Somtum for some unique dishes- I highly recommend their fish curry w Thai vermicelli (think super-spicy curry bagna cauda), and their recently-expanded specials page has some well executed options- duck larb w duck skin cracklins, shrimp paste rice, etc

Jul 07, 2015
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Comfort LA has the best cornbread this side of the Mississippi

...and why is the picture on the website of ribs when they only serve fried chicken?? Mmm... fried chicken. I better go investigate.

Jul 07, 2015
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

All Hail Saint Martha

We went on Friday and loved it too!

The steak and oyster tartare with bone marrow-injected beignets was out of this world, as was the beet dish that featured raw, roasted, and ice cream-ed beets.

The wine list is very interesting, though I would have loved it if it were expanded slightly- maybe with a few by-the-bottle options as everything is currently available by the glass, which keeps the price of the wines with a few very extreme exceptions at a certain level.

Highly recommended!

Soft shell crabs?

Nice to see Birch getting some love- I've been consistently impressed with what chef Collins is doing over there.

May 31, 2015
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Soft shell crabs?

I was just going to mention this! Had it yesterday, might go back today for it again!

May 31, 2015
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Non-ethnic, (ok maybe Italian is ok) not further than 10 miles East or West from Beverly Hilton

2nd Nook- great quality, homemade food.

Jan 15, 2015
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

best price/quality ratio sources for an Xmas rib roast?

All just choice everywhere I look, and factory farmed most likely. Sigh.

So screw it, Miale al latte or Choucroute garni it is! At least pork, even damn good pork, is still somewhat affordable.

Dec 20, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

best price/quality ratio sources for an Xmas rib roast?

So chowhounders,
Now that the final holdout Pasadena Hows closed this year, is Ralphs really our only go-to for sub-$19/lb roasts of quality? I'm bummed, I might have to cook a turkey for price reasons and it's not exactly holiday tradition in my family... ah well, even turkey can be good.

Dec 19, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Has anyone seen 'nduja for sale in Southern CA?

Just to add to this, I was kicking around the wine country of SB this weekend and found the absolutely amazing Industrial Eats in Buellton. They are a deli/charcuterie/butcher/eat-in/wood-fired oven place, and had killer nduja for $15/lb. I've gone through a half pound in a week and wish I got more...

Dec 19, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area
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K-town seafood "omakase on acid" style

Ok, since I apparently coined the term, I'll mention the three I have experience with:

A-Won- Good to very good quality, some fairly "what the heck is this?" items in the set menu (and I'm pretty experienced in the weird). The white fish and snapper sashimi element of the can be a bit repetitive to someone used to the more japanese style. Good stand-alone single course choices. Pricey meal, $50 or more pp.

Masan- See above but IMHO slightly less quality. Still pricey though. Sea squirts, which could be a good or a bad thing.

Jae bu do- different but you said "seafood" not "sushi" so... KBBQ, seafood style. Very good. You will smell like grilled fish for days. Great variety. Some raw, lots of grilled, including clams. And, "hag fish". Mmm, hagfish.

Nov 14, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

k-town sushi

I do dig certain things at A-won like the salad with all the sashimi in it (name escapes me ATM) and the bowl with all the roe. Not sure I think the larger $100+ set meals are worth it, however, unless you like the "omakase on acid" flavor progression you get...

Nov 13, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Can you make a refreshing drink out of meats like lamb or beef?

Ok I'll bite- there's Malaysian pork bone tea. Eat the meat, sip the spiced broth as tea. But, refreshing?

Nov 10, 2014
jdwdeville in Home Cooking

Hottest of the Hot? Spiciest of the Spicest? Recs please!

Have you tried the "super-spicy fish curry" at Lacha Somtum? While it doesn't achieve the heat level of the aforementioned Jitlada "Dynamite" dishes, I suspect once you filter the recommendations here by edibility it will sift out to near the top of the pile. Plus I love the whole dill-and-mint combo they flavor it with...

Oct 20, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Wexler's- meh.

My favorite part is how they will only allow you to pick up the food at one far end of the counter, even when you've finally found a seat at the other end. When we got someones attention they said "oh the food comes out over there".
Back to Langer's, STAT!!

Oct 02, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Wexler's- meh.

Y'know, I could forgive the bread if the pastrami was excellent- it wasn't. It was dry and very inconsistent. And I'd usually love getting huge chunks of the outside (burnt-ish, spice covered) ends of the pastrami in a sandwich, but somehow they were not very flavorful and even more dry.

Oct 02, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Wexler's- meh.

Went to GCM this weekend, and had sandwiches at Wexler's based upon generally positive reviews I've seen. I have no idea what people see in this place, unless the smoked fish is so transcendent it makes up for the sandwiches and the service.

Pastrami was bone-dry. Not slices but big chunks filled in with minced bits. The bread was poor- sliced much too thin and had fallen apart almost completely after literally the first bite. The Turkey was similarly sliced and equally dry. We ended up scooping up the sandwiches with forks.

Service was harried, fairly rude (I guess to be expected at a deli?), and unhelpful. They just gave off the impression that they were totally "over it".

Anyway, I just don't know what everyone sees in this place. Am I missing out on something there? Is it the fish?

Sep 30, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Finally got in here for a 1/2 and 1/2 and wow is that one of my top 3 LA sandwiches, period, done, no qualifications needed. The $16 price was totally worth the amount (huge) and quality (pristine) of the seafood. Also picked up some crawfish boudin for my camping trip this weekend.

Well done, Little Jewel, well done.

Now, if I could only sip a Dixie with that...

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

That said, (and I pretty much do agree with you) Pok Pok's wings are damn fine...

Sep 13, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

Thank you! And for that matter for me it's not the donuts but the (iced) coffee that's the allure...

Sep 06, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Where to get ingredients to make dashi stock?

There's a Mitsuwa market on the westside, and a Nijiya downtown. Both will have what y ou need.

Sep 02, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Best local price for Veuve Clicquot?

Honestly at that price point there are 10's if not 100's of better values... J Lassgue, Pierre Peters, Andre Clouet, etc.

Aug 20, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

ohheckyesplease....

Aug 18, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Hey folk, is this screaming an opening week ChowMeet or what????????? (excess punctuation in honor of kevin's return)

Jul 30, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

ChefMarkvs,
You know you've just signed on to producing one hell of a menu for us hungry folk, yeah?

And while I got your attention, just a plug for cooking up some blackened gator to remind me of all the time I've spent (or wasted, depends on your inclination) at the Chimes in Baton Rouge...

Summer Truffles; where has it ??????

Had a killer egg dish with summer truffles literally snowed over it at Melisse last week, soufflé white with liquid yolk center and a rich beef reduction sauce around it. $95, I think...

Jul 30, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Oh dear god, I'm ruined when you open. And I'm okay with that!

BP Oysterette - very disappointed

I wonder if this is a downhill report in disguise? I recall BPO's fired clams being heavenly about 3 years ago...

Jul 29, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

BP Oysterette - very disappointed

I'm also an RI native. I haven't been to BP in a few years, but I recall their fried clams being spot on at the time. The lack of coffee milk, however, was inexcusable.

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

My god, I would kill for some proper boudin here in LA!!
ChefMarkvs, can you make it happen?

Jul 28, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Shibucho, boy, have I missed it.

Just a quick point re: Shige's wine list- Yes, it's objectively expensive, but it is actually hundreds (and in some cases thousands) less than the restaurant list market value of the wines he offers. Premier and Grand Cru vineyards and chateaus with +15 years of age on them are usually upwards of $1000/btl, not his $300 and $400s...

Jul 28, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area
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