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Poll: What restaurants do you eat in most often?

wow. so I take it most of you don't really cook. :-)

Feb 04, 2009
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

Best (high-end) Korean Sushi-ya?

Or alternatively, where can I find an awesome Korean itamae?

Dec 28, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

Any good deals in these depressing times?

nope.
if you look at the list, there's no revelations. it's fast food, pizza and such. you could always pre-party and park around the corner. or learn to cook.

Nov 10, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

Loteria Stingy on the Salsa

Yes, as you say, "every restaurant owner is a business man" but there are many, many ways to do business. Especially in the restaurant business. Ever get anything "on the house"? Goodwill and service, not food, is the number one reason people go to restaurants. Loteria is good. True DF-style food. I'm glad it's doing well. But, I also think it's pricey and can learn a thing or two about service. That is all.

Nov 07, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

President Thai in Pasadena

I agree with you, Will, but maybe the person truly was a spokespoerson for the Asian peoples.

The fact is, many restaurants, perhaps more like MOST restaurants, are opened by people will little formal food knowledge or training. Immigrants often open restaurants because they have competitive advantages; free labor (family) and (exotic) food knowledge usually gained via osmosis or mama, which they brought with them. The average American could probably open a burger stand and make a fairly palatable burger in say, Thailand, (like a non-cook friend has done) because he has eaten many, many burgers in his life and his clientele has not. What passes for "Chinese" food in parts of the US (and many places of the world) would not be considered recognizable as such in China. Herein lies the conflict between authenticity and access but that's a discuss for another day.

Nov 07, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

No more Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs at Costco Food Court [moved from Los Angeles board]

"At least with a Kosher dog, you know the make-up of the dog is better than what you get with a non-Kosher dog."

whaaat? how would you actually "know" that?

Nov 06, 2008
hobomike in Chains

Loteria Stingy on the Salsa

Jimmy Shaw is a businessman, plain and simple. How do you think he opened a beautiful restaurant from a taco stand? Get a clue, kids.

Nov 06, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

BEST BEEF PIZZLE?

So who here on this board of people who allegedly "live to eat", like to eat the really weird stuff? I'm looking for some hardcore dining partners. :-)

Nov 06, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

Best Produce and Bread In LA

Well said!

Nov 06, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

Bánh mì in Southern California

SOMEBODY open a Báhn Mi place on the westside and make a lot of money!

Nov 06, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

Cochinita Pibil

+1 on Yuccas. Goooooood stuff.

Nov 06, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

Who has the best wasabi in LA?

Grasshopper, I think you ask 2 questions. First, "real" wasabi is grated, fresh from the root. Not as rare as in the old days, still sushi-ya often charge an arm and a leg for it. (But they do for almost everything.) Still, you can get it at many asian markets. I think the lot of the stuff we see here is coming from Oregon. Traditionally, it grows wild, next to clean, cold mountain streams which japan has no shortage of.

Last, if you want HOT, then you must go for the powder. It's just a matter of concentration. And freshness. The heat dissipates the longer it sits out. Like anything these days, powders range from industrial to artisanal grade.I think most sushi-ya are now using Chinese-sourced power, whether they know it or not, as well as Chinese-sourced gari (ginger) which is a shame because the homemade stuff is night and day from the industrial.

As for texture and flavor, I'm not aware of many places that add adjuncts to their wasabi but that is another area for exploration.

Nov 06, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

10 Reasons Why Whole Foods Is Annoying

Since apparently, it's part of WF culture to bash competitors before making a hostile buy-out offer, I do not discount the possibility that any positive comments aren't from WF employees or management.

Sorry, but you deserved that.

Nov 05, 2008
hobomike in Features

No Reservations Necessary?

Are there previously difficult-to-get into restaurants where a party of 4 can get a table at a reasonable time as a walk-in on a fri/sat?

Oct 30, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

Taco Tuesday for a group?

Not really good IMO, but I admit my bar is fairly high: Baja Cantina on Washington, next to the Grand Canal. The place is cavernous and can handle large groups. And I do like the way it looks inside.

Oct 30, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

Best croissant in LA?

You may be right. On that note, the frozen baby croissants from TJs that you just proof and bake are really quite serviceable! And cheap to boot!

Oct 30, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

10 Reasons Why Whole Foods Is Annoying

Again, I don't think it's news to anyone that a for-profit corporation is doing what other for-profit corporations do. But that said, WF raised the bar for themselves by choosing and marketing themselves as a social responsible business. We just say, put your money where your mouth is. Don't use deception, smoke and mirrors to sell the same products you can get at a Ralphs. (Which btw, along with Albertsons, Pavillions, etc. are all getting better, party because of what WF has done.) They claim to be leader, which they are in many aspects. Just don't drop the ball because the quantity of your stores is now more important the quality of your experience.

It's this type of sh*t I'm talking about: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2008...

Oct 29, 2008
hobomike in Features

BEST BEEF PIZZLE?

Forshizzle, thanks but no thanks for frozen pizzle. This place had FRESH pizzle, definitely NOT frozen. It makes all the difference.

Oct 29, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

BEST BEEF PIZZLE?

There was this place in Alhambra, about 8 years ago. Amazing, spicy, not too hard. I think it's either gone or I've lost it and can't seem to find it. Does any one rememeber? Or can anyone recommend a place for great pizzle?

Oct 29, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

Lamejun on Westside

Of course, I agree. I've taken 200 mile detours to eat one meal but that's another story.

I was just wishing there was some secret place nearby. I'm willing to try frozen too. =:-o

Oct 28, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

Best Cheese Shop in LA?

Doesn't Surfas carry some cheese too?

Oct 28, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

10 Reasons Why Whole Foods Is Annoying

I agree with the problems with cheese. They are handled badly. Often, the cut and plastic wrapped cheeses have that refrigerator smell and taste. Now that's a crime at $15 a pound!

It's not at one shop either. I've experienced this in WLA, DC, NYC, Sebastopol, NO, even at their flagship in Austin. I think either they cut the cheese to early (yeah, yuk yuk) or there's just not fast enough turnover. Whatever, I'll stick to the factory shrink-wrapped or buy me cheese elsewhere.

Oct 28, 2008
hobomike in Features

Best Produce and Bread In LA

Apparently, one of the best kept secrets, as no one mentioned MARINA FARMS. They don't really do organic which is too bad, but they buy the best, tastiest produce. Fruits especially. Free samples for pretty much everything. Old skool.

On Centinela just north of Jefferson.

Oct 28, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

a good place for Japanese tapas

yes, waitstaff there can sometimes be...full of it.

Oct 28, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

Lamejun on Westside

Thanks. Partamian is good but was hoping for something on the WESTSIDE (see title). I just didn't want to be one of these a-holes on the fwy driving all the way crosstown for one thing. It's on WEST Adams so I suppose it's not half bad...

Oct 28, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

10 Reasons Why Whole Foods Is Annoying

Great and meaningful comments. I am a life-long WF critic but that said, have shopped there many, many times. They often provide certain things that no one else around them does. (See DC and Venice, CA.) Granted, they're easy to criticize when you hold a higher bar for yourself but there are clear manipulations of that mission. What does "conventionally" grown mean to your typical consumer? Prepped foods and HMR are now an industry standard, but it's often not healthy, not made from the best quality and is as howie said, unpalatable. They placed a local artists section in the Venice on,e but the meat still comes from NZ or Australia. When I lived in Sonoma the local markets carried FOUR BRANDS of local, grass fed beef. WTF! There's no excuse.

My only guess, is that they really don't give a shoe. It's a publicly traded, for-profit business—recall the CEO's stock-manipulation scam? They're expanding too fast and pay too little, hence the under-educated teams. My advice is, join the local co-op or CSA, cook for yourself, patronize local shops and make WF work harder for our dollars.

Oct 27, 2008
hobomike in Features

Lamejun on Westside

Need to buy lots of Lamejun. Can anyone recommend who's got the goods?

Oct 27, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

REVIEW w/ pics: Clifton's Cafeteria

Food bless you for reviewing Clifton's! I gotta tell you that the place bums me out every time I walk in (okay, some of the hardtimers bum me out) but it's so important that it survives. I'm a sentimental old coot.

Oct 27, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

Top Wine Stores in West LA?

Did anyone mention 20/20? Are they still around? I used to say that if the end of the world was coming, I'd spend my last minutes there: they had amazing verticals of most of the famous Bordeauxs, DRCs, etc. That said, I never gave them much business as the stuff was usually troppo caro. I heard the owner was a krabass too. Comments?

Oct 27, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area

Top Wine Stores in West LA?

No Austrians? That's a crime!

Oct 27, 2008
hobomike in Los Angeles Area