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Where to have Dinner on Rosh Hashana

it didn't occur to me that the customer demographic was skewed that heavily.

1 day ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

never been to the chinatown location. but i had noticed their prices have crept upwards recently. if you knew what the meat really was, you might have been grateful that there were only 2 pieces of it. kinda like the fortune cookie saying: "that wasn't really chicken"

McCormick and Schmick's Pasadena Closes

used to enjoy their happy hour when the oysters were a buck each about 15 years ago. and the burger and fries for $1.99 & drink was as tonyc would say a pretty bangin' bargain. didn't think all that much of the regular menu though.

Sep 19, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

<yawn>

i still give it a chance to be a relative success, but not necessarily by catering to discerning palates. maybe if some of the kardassians started eating there or something.

Sep 19, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

yelp

Sep 19, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

the ones who speak toisan and/or look like my mom, i'd probably let them through

Sep 18, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

i give'em a little hip check and they go flyin' over into the eating area.

Sep 18, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

actually, the wait can be longer at YCC than at king hua. and if you don't speak cantonese you have to wait for the guy who speaks english to take your order; exigent circumstances have prompted my getting take-out from YCC. and if you wanted volume, the buy 2 get 1 free special on the chicken siu mai did the trick.

Sep 18, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

the HAMLET has reopened

according to http://hamburgerhamlet.com/locations/

there is only one left. there were rumors of this last one closing for good, but it was only for remodeling. a friend of mine works there and mentioned the re-opening so i thought i would pass that intelligence on to interested CH-ers.

Sep 18, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

lunasia is typically packed, so it is popular. i'm just not convinced that quality/price ratio is the driving force behind its popularity.

Sep 18, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Shortest Chinese Restaurant Menu in the San Gabriel Valley

FWIW, at least in ohio where i grew up, a lot of my jewish friends readily ate american chinese cuisine because, while not officially kosher, chinese dishes seldom mix dairy and meat which is forbidden for those who observe kashrut to any degree. one place that was kosher did a corned beef fried rice that isn't nearly as bad as it sounds.

Sep 18, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Place serving entrees with good chicken?

that seems so open-ended.

what did you find to be not good about the chicken? it's my take most chicken served, oddly enough, does not taste like chicken in that it's typically spiced/sauced/seasoned so that it's really not just the chicken you're tasting when you eat it.

Sep 18, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

er, "reticence" - for some reason i can't edit my post.

Sep 18, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

i typically don't do dim sum on the weekends, so my answer is based on weekday experience only: king hua - i've been seated pretty much immediately every time i've been there.

Sep 18, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

unless lunasia has raised their game in the last 4 months or so, lunasia has dropped to near the bottom of the non-cart dim sum places on my list, and i concur that king hua is probably the best bang for your buck on the list.

elite & sea harbor are my 1A's when budget is not a factor; i've spent $50 on dim sum there while at king hua i can get out for under $15 with a group of four (since most of their orders have four items (or can be cut to give everyone a sample) and still get quality stuff. i put china red just a little lower than king hua because their stuff is just a little pricier and because of the relative brevity of their menu. lunasia comes in around 5th and my one experience with shi hai left me and the rest of my party feeling underwhelmed for what we spent there.

the only two cart places i patronize regularly would be ocean star and 888.

i would say more but it would probably result in this post getting deleted as well.

Sep 18, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

i had made a comment about the omission of china red being due to tony's retience to travel to arcadia nowadays, but it got purged in the deletion of certain posts in this thread.

Sep 18, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Sam Woo expanding to Rosemead, and other openings

i HAVE to keep going to the sam woo at 6th & valley since i discovered that one of the waiters is a cousin (by marriage). (no disocunts, no financial interest on my part)

SGV: MaMa's Kitchen returns...

in which case i assume that whoever did the sign screwed up and was forced to replace it free of charge. good for 'mama'!

Sep 17, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

SGV: MaMa's Kitchen returns...

i have to ask: did they actually replace the sign, or put an obvious patch over the 'n'?

no A/C? UGH.

Sep 17, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Good takeout/fast food Koreatown/Mid-Wilshire

if you hadn't mentioned the opera i might have suggested chabalitas (sp?) on western just north of the 10. between the olfactory and auditory aftermath...

Sep 16, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

the HAMLET has reopened

having said that, the level of snark was not completely genuine, but nor was it entirely irrelevant.

Sep 15, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

the HAMLET has reopened

IIRC kevin was part of the last thread about the last one closing, and where it was mentioned that they were in fact going to reopen, so i beg to differ.

Sep 15, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Game changer? Newport Seafood -> Beverly HIlls

FWIW, spicy really isn't the genre for newport

Sep 14, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Best non-solid food in town ;)

soon du bu (tofu soup) at some place like BCD tofu house in k-town. you might also like the steamed egg.

most cantonese style chinese restaurants offer rice porridges. one with minced beef would probably fit the bill.

dessert: blockhead's shaved ice.

is something like mac & cheese too substantial? lots of options for that, especially in the soul food/BBQ realm.

Sep 14, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

the HAMLET has reopened

um.... where it always was????

http://hamburgerhamlet.com/locations/

Sep 13, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

the HAMLET has reopened

FYI

Sep 13, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

it has only good reviews on yelp

possible tainted sushi rice?

seems to me that any reputable establishment would have noticed, especially if there was a substantial amount of broken rice. and any self respecting asian washes their rice until the rinse water is clear before cooking anyway.

Sep 13, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

yeah. asian cuisines draw on a more diverse palate of textures than you would expect to find in typical americana. to me it's a natural extension of the holistic/circular based world view of a typical asian culture.

Sep 12, 2014
barryc in General Topics

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

unless you're in some high end place, a chinese staff meal is not going to be something you can sell to a customer if you can avoid it.

Sep 12, 2014
barryc in General Topics