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Any Reports on Prohibition Burgers & Beer in Encino?

Very hit and miss. You can get good service, but the food takes forever, then next time service is terrible and the food is great and comes out quick. All of this can happen when the place is empty, or if there are a few people in it. I'm not sure the management is on top of things yet.

Mar 16, 2012
jess429 in Los Angeles Area

German Food

I will second Brats Brothers. Although they are moving down the blvd here soon. I love their selection of high quality sausages (exotic game - even alligator). The sides are just like my German granny used to make. Very speedy service, reasonable prices ( most platters are 9-10 bucks and include a drink) and a gem in the Sherman Oaks area. They also have a selection of spiced condiments for the sausages. Pack those up and take them home with you. :)

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Brats Brothers
13456 1/2 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Jun 01, 2011
jess429 in Los Angeles Area

Best Tukrey Burger, and WHY

I happen to like the turkey burger at The Stand in Encino. If you get it made like their traditional Gourmet Burger, it's pure heaven. I opt for their wheat roll, rather than the standard bun. They also have sweet potato fries. It's very well seasoned, not dry at all and served gourmet style it comes with caramelized onions, garlic aoli and cheddar.

The Stand - 17000 Ventura Blvd Ste 204 Encino, CA

Sep 04, 2010
jess429 in Los Angeles Area

Taiwanese Pineapple Pastries

Although I am usually an Earl Grey and shortbread gal, I have fallen in love with these lovely pineapple delicacies from Asia.

Anyone know where I can pick these up in LA? Maybe somewhere in Chinatown? I have to admit the only two landmarks I'm familiar with in Chinatown are Empress Pavilion and Phoenix Bakery, so you will have to talk in terms of those two locations for me :)

Thanks in advance. You will be bringing me a little slice of heaven with my morning and afternoon tea!

Mar 06, 2010
jess429 in Los Angeles Area

Any Good Peking duck to be found in the SFV?

I've never tried Sam Woo's, but I can say Uncle Chen's was not bad. I'm sure it isn't SGV worthy by any means, but it does the trick when the craving hits. They even have it on special periodically.

Jan 29, 2010
jess429 in Los Angeles Area

Korean BBQ in San Fernando Valley

I still think Il Auk Jo is one of the better places in the Valley. Maroo is average and has sushi (but who goes to a Korean BBQ for sushi, right?), their banchan sucks though. Il Auk Jo has better banchan and cuts the kogi to your request (if you want a leaner cut, request it and you get it). Evergreen isn't bad either, decent banchan and kimchi.

Il Auk Jo is located on Saticoy near Winnetka, next to the Korean church and also serves all you can eat.

Jan 29, 2010
jess429 in Los Angeles Area

Best Korean Restaurants in K-Town

Hmm, from your post, I'm not sure if you are speaking only Korean BBQ, or are interested in some of the Korean places that don't specialize in BBQ as well, so I'll go with one I love that doesn't do BBQ (as I think BBQ is overrated).

Jin Ju Mr. Tofu has by far some of the best traditional Korean Soups I've had in LA. Whether you are a kimchi chigae or seafood soon du bu type person, they've got all the basic traditional favorites. They don't carry any bbq grills, but do offer kalbi on the menu, which are a delightful treat along side any soup you care to order. The bibimbap is always delicious and the seafood they use in their soups is fresh. Although my Korean fiance swears the kimchi is not as great as his mothers, it is pretty tasty. It's located on the corner of Wilshire and Normandie in K-town in the Brown Derby Mall. It's also open 24/7, making it pretty convenient for late night cravings after a night with friends.

Enjoy!

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Jin Ju Mr. Tofu
3377 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Jan 17, 2010
jess429 in Los Angeles Area