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Best Soup

Many great suggestions in the comments. Anyone have any updates or additions?

Dec 01, 2013
shenry in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Mole on Westside

What is your favorite place to get Mole on the Westside?

Oct 14, 2013
shenry in Los Angeles Area

One night in Vancouver

The girl and I have one night in Vancouver, our last night here, without the wee little one. It's this Friday night.

Any suggestions for drinks, dinner, music?

No interest in fussy, expensive or pretentious. Looking for someplace unique with good food and a great atmosphere. We're adventurous and not afraid to venture to that hole in the wall in the funky neighborhood.

Is there anything that fits the above description that we shouldn't miss?

Thanks.

Jun 14, 2012
shenry in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Soup

Thanks for all the great suggestions everyone!

Dec 06, 2011
shenry in Los Angeles Area

Best Soup

Is this the same Sanuki at Mitsua? Wasn't aware they had Nabeyaki there.

Dec 06, 2011
shenry in Los Angeles Area

Best Soup

What is your favorite take out soup on the Westside? Now that it's chiily outside and we seem to have fully entered cold/flu season I need a variety of goto spots for the good stuff.

Definitely need a solid chicken soup as well as a few others to mix it up.

Doesn't have to be fancy soup, just good and soul soothing.

Tnx.

Dec 05, 2011
shenry in Los Angeles Area

Family Restaurant

Hello,

I need a casual, inexpensive restaurant to have a little get together with out of town relatives.

There will be about 25 of us with a mixture of adults and kids ranging from 3 - 10 yrs. old. We are looking to go out on Saturday late afternoon/early evening. Ideally, it would be the type of place we can hang out and visit a bit without a lot of pressure to move on. Not too worried about type of food, Pizza would be fine.

Open to places in the San Fernando Valley, Westside & possibly Santa Clarita Valley if necessary.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Scott

Jan 12, 2011
shenry in Los Angeles Area

The Road to Mammoth [moved from L.A. board]

Hey Yogachik, any good recommends for NYE dinner in Mammoth. Foodwise, seems like Skadi's, Nevado's, Petra's & The Lakefront restaurants are the best choices.

What about for atmosphere? I've only been to The Lakefront which is great but might be a bit mellow for New Years.

My girlfriend and I will be going with a couple of friends. Probably hit up something else after dinner for more festivities. Thanks.

Dec 02, 2009
shenry in California

Dinner near The Mint

Thanks.

Jun 04, 2008
shenry in Los Angeles Area

Dinner near The Mint

Going to The Mint tomorrow night. Any good recos for dinner nearby? The Mint is on Pico between La Cienega & Fairfax.

Thanks!

Jun 04, 2008
shenry in Los Angeles Area

Markie D's - Philly Cheesesteak - Closed

Hey Guys,

Sorry to report but Markie D's sold their last cheesesteaks yesterday (Halloween). My co-worker and I ordered a few for the office yesterday and when we arrived they already had the closed sign up. The man himself rang us up and even offered a few drinks on the house.

Sounds like he had a good run in the food industry (20+ yrs) and is ready for a change. He mentioned managing bands / tours and that he was going to be working with Slash, Mickey Dolenz etc. coming up soon. I wish him luck in his new endevors.

New owners coming in, similar menu different recipies. Not sure if the name is changing.

Nov 01, 2007
shenry in Los Angeles Area

2007 Marina Del Ray, surroundings

Wait a minute.....hold the phone. I've got a great one - two combo for you!

Breakfast - Figtree's Cafe
For your filling hippish breakfast joint you need to go to Figtree's Cafe directly on the Venice boardwalk. This is a great place, they use specialty / organic products and make a great Potatoe Latke & Chicken Apple Sausage along with other veggie/vegan options. Go early because it gets crowded fast and they stop serving the best breakfast choices at noon I think (Give them a call to check just to make sure or you'll be stuck with the basics). This is also a great spot to take in the wonders that are the Venice Boardwalk.
http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/150127/venice_ca/fig_tree_s_cafe.html

Belgian Beer - The Waterfront
After you've finished at Figtree's and wondered the boardwalk a bit to work off breakfast, head a little ways down the boardwalk to The Waterfront and grab a Erdinger Weizenbier to cool down. Again, this place will be packed on a nice weekend so try to get there early to get a spot right off the boardwalk. People will be hawking the tables so you have to be quick. They will always have plenty of seating inside though. People tend to spend many hours here hanging with friends, drinking & people watching. It's also a good spot to catch the Sunset. Most reviews on the food aren't great, but I find the Samosa appetizers and the pretzel to be a pretty good way to soak up some of the beer.
http://losangeles.citysearch.com/prof...

Veggie Lunch - The Spot (Hermosa Beach
)This place is one of the oldest Vegetarian Restaurants in California. It's been a number of years since I've been down there so I'd do some checking around about the current status of the place. Pretty cheap & huge portions. My favorite dish was the Mexarama with the Savory Sauce.

Good Luck and have a great trip!

Scott

Jul 26, 2007
shenry in Los Angeles Area

Breakfast Near Union Square

Any good ideas for breakfast near Union Square would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Scott

Jul 05, 2007
shenry in San Francisco Bay Area

Great food gift to take to San Francisco from LA?

How about Aunt Polly's Pickles?
You can find them at Joan's on Third and I think Surfas as well. They are usually in the cold case though so you might need to transport them cold.

Jan 26, 2007
shenry in Los Angeles Area

Italian Cookbook

Thanks for all the info, I really appreciate it.

Scott

Dec 19, 2006
shenry in Home Cooking

Sicilian Pizza, you're breakin' my heart...

There's a branch of Frankie and Johnnies now in Venice / Marina Del Rey on Washington Blvd. They have Sicilian style pizza. I've tried a slice or two and it wasn't bad. It's in the shopping center with the new Wells Fargo and Joni's Coffee Roaster on Washington @0 Via Marina.

Dec 18, 2006
shenry in Los Angeles Area

Italian Cookbook

Ok, I need a great Italian Cookbook that covers all the basics. I'm not looking for anything really fancy, maybe even something that covers Italian-American style recipes. You know, stuff like veal and cheese ravioli filling, lasagna etc. What do you guys think?

Thanks,
Scott

Dec 17, 2006
shenry in Home Cooking

Pasta Sauce & Ricotta on the Westside

Who has the best pasta sauce on the Westside? I'm making home made ravioli's for Christmas this year but don't have time to make the sauce. I've picked up sauce from Bay Cities and it was pretty decent.

I'm also looking for ricotta as well. If I remember correctly Bay Cities has good ricotta. I just tried some from the Market Gourmet in Venice and it was really good. Apparently they get fresh ricotta and mozzarella on Fridays.

Dec 16, 2006
shenry in Los Angeles Area

Best Italian Sausage

I just picked up a couple of sweet and a couple of spicy links from Sorrento tonight and pan fryed them in a little olive oil. Good stuff. As mentioned above the spices do not overpower but have a nice balance with the meat. The links also seemed to stay pretty moist as well.

Dec 14, 2006
shenry in Los Angeles Area

Brunch - Christmas Eve Day in SF

I'll be in town for the holidays and would love to find a great brunch spot for the Sunday before Christmas (Christmas Eve Day). Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Thanks.

Dec 13, 2006
shenry in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO Joe's Special - Pasadena

Mel's Drive in in SF has a Joe's Special. There's a Mel's in Hollywood but I'm not sure if they make it there or not. I checked the menu on the website and it didn't list it. If you happen to be in Hollywood I would stop by and check it out anyway, they might make it for you or it may actually be on the menu at the restaurant.

http://www.melsdrive-in.com/hoursandl...

Dec 01, 2006
shenry in Los Angeles Area

Dr. Bob's Scharffen Berger Works Ice Cream...

You can find Dr. Bob's all over Venice.

Definitely at The Market Gourmet and a pretty large selection at Strohs Deli. I believe Robins Nest also carries Dr.Bob's.

Nov 21, 2006
shenry in Los Angeles Area

Any authentic MEXICAN eats around VENICE?

and "the chicken tastes like it was borrrrrnnn in tha sauce"

Nov 14, 2006
shenry in Los Angeles Area

Last Minute Lunch/Breakfast in Culver City today

It's probably a little late, but next time you've got a free day try the S&W Cafe.

Here's a pretty good review from la.foodblogging:
http://la.foodblogging.com/2006/09/22...

Nov 07, 2006
shenry in Los Angeles Area

Massimos - New Owners!

It looks like Massimos has been bought out by Rainbow Acres, the health food store. Massimos kitchen and a small store front off the alley next to Washington Blvd & Redwood Ave. have been one of the only places to get their gelato & baked goods ever since they closed their location on Abbot Kinney and their relationship with the Venice Trading Company on Pacific Ave. in Venice seemed to just end. Now it looks like they're taking over a more prominent storefront on Washington between the Vans store and Rainbow Acres.

I had heard that Massimo had possibly sold his recipes, but I'm pretty surprised that it was to Rainbow Acres. I guess this goes along with Rainbow Acres recent expansion.

I really liked Massimos food and he and his wife were always very nice. I wish them luck with whatever they're up to now.

Nov 06, 2006
shenry in Los Angeles Area

Pacific Fish on Redondo Pier

I know alot of you are fans of Quality Seafood, but has anyone been to Pacific Fish? I stopped by today and had some Santa Barbara Spot Prawns, sashimi style, which were pretty good. My only complaint was that they left the hard outer shells on the heads when they deep fried them. That and the service is a little on the slow side.

We watched some pretty nice looking crab and lobster go by though and are thinking of going back.

Nov 06, 2006
shenry in Los Angeles Area

Melisse or Valentino.....

I haven't been yet, but I'm definitely leaning toward Melisse after everyone's recommedations.

Nov 06, 2006
shenry in Los Angeles Area

the burrito problem

pjsace - you may be right to a degree. But I think most of the menu's I was thinking of are fairly authentic minus a few ingredients. For instance check out the El Toro menu: http://eltorosf.com/page/nrzu/Menu.html Sure there are a few creative items such as Tofu Ranchero but most of it seems authentic to me, their menu has just evolved to accomodate the tastes of their clientle. You will also notice that their "Regular Burrito" is just Meat, Rice, Beans and salsa.

I just ran across this burritophile website. Didn't have time to check it out though:
http://www.burritophile.com/blog/

Nov 05, 2006
shenry in Los Angeles Area

the burrito problem

Actually, I think you guys are missing something when talking about SF style burrito places. One of the key elements is being able to see and chose everything that goes into your burrito right there in front of you. As far as I know, Chipoltle is the only place in LA that has the same set-up and that's only because the founder spent time as a chef in SF (at Stars) and loved the burritos but wanted to create a healthier, more gourmet version.

It seems most places in SF have a greater variety of fillings to chose from. Also, not all of the burritos are "gigantic 3000-calorie cholesterol bombs". Most burritos come with the basics and only become "bombs" when you ask for a "Super Burrito" which generally adds cheese & sour cream.

As far as chicken is concerned, I think it comes down to preference. Some people prefer the taste of grilled chicken to that of boiled or stewed. Personally I think that it's harder to find grilled chicken that's not dried out and therefore prefer the boiled or stewed. I recently tried the Chili Verde burrito at the new Senor G's in Playa Del Rey and it wasn't too bad. The chicken in my burrito seemed stewed, but I saw them grilling some chicken while I was there.

Just for the record, my favorite burrito is a Camarones y Hongas (shrimp & mushroom) burrito at either El Toro in the Misson.

Nov 04, 2006
shenry in Los Angeles Area

HELP! Looking for a REAL HAZELNUT COFFEE in LA...

You guys are probably right about that. But either way they add the flavoring, I think you'd get a better, more natural seeming flavor by brewing it rather than using syrups. Next time I stop by the Cow's End I'll try to find out were they get their beans.

Oct 26, 2006
shenry in Los Angeles Area