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WHAT IS THE BEST SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS IN TOWN?

I think I will have to try little Dom's since I am heading out there to meet some friends this week. Forgot about Bay Cities Deli. Love their sandwiches. La Habra is a bit far. May also have to go back to Mozza. Don't remember the meatballs. But went there so long ago that I focused on the pizza and butterscotch pudding. Good excuse for me to return! Thanks again!

Apr 06, 2010
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Happy Hour in the West Hollywood Area for tonite. Need recs!!!!

I ended up at the Belmont. Food was just ok. Drinks were good and was pretty full for a Monday night. Someone else told me about BOA on Sunset?

Apr 06, 2010
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WHICH TRUCK SHOULD I TRY FIRST? RECS PLEASE!

Thanks. Will go check out some trucks and get back to you.

Apr 06, 2010
kproq323 in Los Angeles Area

WHAT IS THE BEST SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS IN TOWN?

So I know it may not be high-end and all, but I am craving good old Spaghetti and Meatballs. Have yet to find something that is reminiscent of the places in Little Italy in NYC. Already tried the place on Robertson (Gelato Place) and was highly disappointed. Could go and get some for dinner tonight if you can recommend a good spot. I live near the Beverly Center so nothing too far away. Thanks in advance guys!

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Little Italy
627 S San Jacinto Ave, San Jacinto, CA 92583

Apr 05, 2010
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Discovery at Porto's...I swear it tastes like a Jelly Krimpet

Oh I love tastycakes! Would have my ex buy me a box every time he came back from Philly for business. Is it called a rum cake? Just want to make sure I get the right one. Thanks.

Apr 05, 2010
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Good breakfast or brunch in Silverlake?

Butternut Squash Polenta?! That sounds so good. Nice to know. Going there next weekend to catch up with friends. Do they take reservations?

Apr 05, 2010
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My parents have offered to watch the kids -- are there any great date night restaurants on the west side (santa monica, westwood, etc.)?

I ended up going to The Yard in Santa Monica this weekend. I was just expecting "bar food" and turns out the chef is CJ from Top Chef. My friend and I had the peas with burata and mint. Such a nice twist...Also had this salad with Grilled Avocado. Never had grilled Avocado before. Had the skirt steak which was good but the vegetable dishes really stood out. Oh almost forgot the scallops are quite excellent. Perfectly cooked. Service was extremely friendly and for the price was reasonable. It's on 2nd street near the promenade. Nice change from Burgers and Fries.

Apr 05, 2010
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WHICH TRUCK SHOULD I TRY FIRST? RECS PLEASE!

So since i am back in LA for a short while I want to catch up on the Food Truck Craze. Any suggestions? I definitely have the Nom Nom truck and also the Grilled Cheese Truck on my list this week. Any other thoughts of must try's? Thanks!

Apr 05, 2010
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My review of SeoulTown Tapas at BREADBAR

Thank you. I have been trying to do something different this year. With all the traveling I do for work, I want to enjoy something new when I am home to make it as special and memorable when I am away. Unfortunately I missed getting reservations for Ludobites in dtla. So will live vicariously thru my friends that are going...But this was a cool experience as well. Now i have to go catch up on my food truck fascination! That will be my post this week. Curious about the Nom Nom Truck and also will have to try the Grilled Cheese one as well.

Apr 05, 2010
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My review of SeoulTown Tapas at BREADBAR

I finally went there last weekend. Have been traveling a bit for work and wanted something different. Some friends told me about "Seoultown Tapas' so I decided to grab a bottle of vino and join the crowd. It was packed when I got there (Friday night) and luckily my friends that made reservations had already snagged their table. Was sorta cool in the sense that if you are a small party then you may very well sit with another party and make new friends and interesting dinner convo. There was already a plate of Chef Lee's kimchee on the table. Was different than what I was accustomed to when I frequent Korean BBQ. However, it was different in a good way. Not fishy at all and had a nice bit of spice at the end. So far so good...

It was a bunch of gals so we started with her Curry Hummus and Wonton Chips. I was not expecting much since hummus to me is so overrated. But it was a nice surprise. Very flavorful. I could have just spread it on a baguette of theirs. We then had skewers. My favorite were the bacon wrapped rice cakes. The ponzu was a perfect balance with the salty smoky flavor of the bacon.

Chef Lee then came out and introduced herself. Mind you I did not watch the show she was on...but knew of her. She was extremely informative and explained to us that she was testing out her menu concept for her new restaurant. A Korean style pub? She also told us that some items may vary in flavor in comparison to what we may have tried out in koreatown. She explained that her ancestry is of northern decent and that is her base of recipes. We were so delighted that we just told her to send us out her favorites. We ended up with the Chicken Meatballs. They were so light and flavorful. We of course ended up ordering another one since they went so fast. Then came the flatbread. It was good, and interesting. Never had pesto with a sesame leaf before. Definitely an acquired taste. Then came out Chef Lee's version of dumplings. OMG! Can I just say that they melted in my mouth. And the broth was so delightful, that I asked for a side of it since I did not want to share.

We then were given the Korean Fried Chicken. I have to say that this was a huge favorite for all of us. We are big Kyochon fans but this Chicken was so light, not greasy and the glaze was purely addicting.

To finish, Chef Lee gave us the Spicy Buckwheat Noodle salad. I thought a cold noodle salad during this season? Was not mentally into it at first, but then I could not stop wiping my plate with the red pepper sauce she dressed it with.

Last but not least, we had to have dessert! The Nutella Sandwich was to die for. It was grilled like a typical grilled cheese with a lot of butter and dusted with powdered sugar. Another fave that my girls and I had to order another. We also tried the Apple Eggrolls. That Ginger Cream was insane. I would put it on some Ice Cream at home.

All in all, it was a great meal returning back home and catching up with my friends. I will definitely try to make it back again for some other items, since I jut saw that they are extending til May 1st. Value-wise you cannot beat it. We ended up spending less than $40pp including tax and tip. It's well worth it. Will have to try the Meatloaf and the Bacon Roll next time.

Apr 03, 2010
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HELP! NEED REC FOR EASTER BRUNCH IN IRVINE AREA...SOMETHING CASUAL

Would love for your guys' recs for a nice, but casual place for Easter Brunch for the family Sunday. Nothing too over the top. Don't want to spend a bunch of money or get dressed up... Thanks for your help!

Apr 01, 2010
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Best Happy Hour Downtown? Need RECS!

So I need to find a place that has a great happy hour downtown for tonight. Any ideas are appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

Dec 11, 2009
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Happy Hour in the West Hollywood Area for tonite. Need recs!!!!

I need a great recommendation for happy hour tonight. Wanted something cool with great drinks and food, and nothing too pricey. Anywhere between Doheny and La Brea between Sunset and Wilshire. Thanks!

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Wilshire Restaurant
2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Nov 12, 2009
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Where can I find some good southern/soul food?

I am southern raised and have to say the closest to the real mccoy of soul food is Chef Marilyns on Crenshaw. I believe she opened a new place. If you want real soul food, that is as close as it gets. Not to mention everything is $.99 with the exception of a fried chicken breast. She even has 7up cake.

Apr 04, 2009
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Food Festivals/Events this Summer?

Thanks all! This looks great!

Mar 19, 2009
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Food Festivals/Events this Summer?

Was wondering what are the best food and wine festivals/events to go to this summer. Would love all thoughts!

Mar 18, 2009
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ISO - Coconut Water

My neighbor happened to get a load of it at a thai market on Sunset in thai town. He doesn't care for the sugar either but found a slew of it without added sugar at one of the local thai markets.

Mar 09, 2009
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buying porkbelly on the westside?

Would opt for the asian markets first. The price is better and they tend to use a lot of it in cooking. Mitsuwa will always have it. Nijya will also have it.

Mar 08, 2009
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Dan Sung Sa (Korean Gastropub) - Perceptor's Report

I went there last night with a few friends. Thank god my friend read fluent korean. We had the spicy pork, fried chicken wings, tofu with spicy salad, mook salad, potato and pork stew, and kimchee chigae. It's a nice change from the typical korean bbq joints and more economical with a large variety. Will definitely go back!

Mar 08, 2009
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La Espagnola

My favorite thing to get there is the pickled Garlic cloves that they have in a jar. They are from Spain and absolutely amazing. I chop them and put them over their white anchovies with some fresh parsley and extra virgin olive oil. A little crusty baguette and that's all you need.

Mar 02, 2009
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Family Friendly Restaurant? - Santa Monica/Playa/Marina Del Rey

I would suggest Panini Coffee and Cafe in the Marina. They are a great cafe for family gatherings. It is partial counter service, but they bring everything to you. Service is always friendly and the food is always good. They have a great steak dinner for $20 bucks. Think the owner is a previous European chef. Great place. I go there at least once a week when I have meetings in the area. It's in the same shopping center as the Pavilions off of Glencoe.

Mar 02, 2009
kproq323 in Los Angeles Area

Cooking class or chef at farm

Daily Candy posted a link last month on these Female Chefs that focus on organic, farm driven cuisine. They do one on one classes I think as well.

Mar 02, 2009
kproq323 in Los Angeles Area

Need help finding a bakery that makes cakes like Ace of Cakes

Definitely Cake Art in WEHO. Had them do a custom crazy cake in the past and it was incredible. Love cake divas as well but Cake Art is really great with any airbrush style or fondant molding. It's one of their specialties.

Mar 02, 2009
kproq323 in Los Angeles Area

Lamajeune (Armenian Pizza) in SFV?

I have had the ones from Partamian's and they are incredible. I can eat a dozen in 10 minutes they are so good!

Mar 02, 2009
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Best hard tacos?

I'll second Tacos Por Favor. Also Don Antonios on Pico on the Westside serves up some old school ground beef greasy hard tacos.

Mar 02, 2009
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Umami Burger: Two Visits

I went the other night and had mixed thoughts. I had the fries, the chili and the porkburger. My fries were good and the chili was very tasty. The porkburger unfortunately was raw on the inside. Not the biggest ordeal - had them grill it for a few more minutes. I also wished the bacon and chorizo was not so overwhelming. It sorta took away from the great flavor or ground pork. Will definitely check it out again. Like the simplicity of the concept. Service was very good.

Feb 27, 2009
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restaurant or bar between studio city and Encino that serves food till 12am

Firefly on Ventura in Studio City. It's a cool local bar and has pretty decent food. Also has a great patio in the back with a stone fire and moroccan style vignettes. Look for the Ivy and valet. There's no sign. Right near Colfax...

Jan 05, 2009
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Happy Hour - Miracle Mile-ish

I think Luna Park has Happy Hour.

Dec 29, 2008
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WHERE CAN U BUY FRESH YEAST?

Gloria's Bakeshop on Washington will definitely have it. It's a pastry supply store for the trade... Prices are better than Surfas.

Dec 29, 2008
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My visit to the Park, in Echo Park...

So my old roomie and I decided to celebrate our holiday dinner tonight at the Park on Sunset Blvd. Quaint and intimate, the hostess was very friendly - giving it that neighborhood vibe. They sat us immediately and the waitress read off the specials.

We shared: The corn cakes with shrimp and chorizo and Matzo ball soup as a starter.

He had: The Jidori Chicken

I had: The Brisket

The corn cakes came first. More like that of a blini, but was cold and a little soggy. Flavor was good, but could have used a little more spice...

The soup was pretty standard, and a little on the sweet side. I am just getting over a cold and thought it would be good to get some soup. Was lukewarm. Have had better but was not terrible.

The brisket was extremely tender, but a bit on the dry side. My potato was cold and the sauce was flavorful. Loved the wilted greens underneath.

My roomie's chicken was good, but would have liked to see the skin a bit crispier to savor. French fries were a little soggy, and arugula salad was bland...

It definitely has potential, and will visit again come the new year. If anything, the plates need to be sent out a lot hotter. Nothing is worse than room temp food. But they were very nice and love the idea of a local hang to get some good grub. Will definitely give in another whirl in a few months.

The spaghetti and meatballs looked amazing! Will have to try that next!

Dec 21, 2008
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