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Stefan's at LA Farm - Vegetarian options?

We have a little company outing at Stefan's next week - just looked at the menu, and it doesn't look like they have too many vegetarian-friendly options. We have a few vegetarians in our group - anyone know how accommodating their kitchen is? Should we just go somewhere else?


Nov 19, 2009
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Business Coffee near 405 and Santa Monica?

Not sure how private you need, but Amandine may fit the bill. It's also on Wilshire and Bundy, but further west. Excellent desserts and croissants to complement the coffee.

Sep 28, 2009
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Sunday Lunch Downtown? Options?

Pete's Cafe? It gets mixed reviews on this board, but it is an option. Also, Bottega Louie is open on Sundays.

Pete's Cafe & Bar
400 S Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Bottega Louie
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Sep 10, 2009
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Dinner "Specials" in Los Angeles

Dominick's in WeHo offers $15 pre-fixe menus on Sundays, with $10 bottles (bottles!!) of wine and $2 tap beer. Its Los Feliz counterpart, Little Dom's, offers the same deal on Monday nights. It can be hit or miss, but really, for $15, it cannot be beat. I went to Little Dom's on Monday and had a nice salad, grilled skirt steak, and a chocolate cream puff (the puff was the least successful part of the dinner, but it was all still more than worth it).

You can check out the pre-fixe menus in advance on their respective websites:
Little Dom's:

8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048

Little Dom's
2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Sep 10, 2009
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Tavern- Brentwood - Update

I am with you re: Hungry Cat - if only those prices would come down a few bucks, it would match the quality of the food.

I have never had the privilege to go to the Mediterranean, so I don't know what would restaurant in LA could be feasibly transported there and last. That said, I have been to AOC and I like it. It lasts in LA because it is good for what it is and, if done carefully, actually is not terribly expensive.

Sep 09, 2009
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Quest for LA's best croissants

Second Amandine - especially their chocolate croissants!

May 13, 2009
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Tillamook Sharp Cheddar in OC???

Ha! Coincidentally, I was just up at the Tillamook factory in Oregon and asked that very question - seems that all LA markets are clean out. They told me that they are actually completely sold out of the sharp cheddar, but expect to have their newly aged batch ready by July 1. If it's any comfort, the store in the factory also did not have any sharp cheddar available either.

May 11, 2009
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Bad Experience at The Nook

Count me as another one who has never received bad/arrogant/pompous service from the owner. Each time I've been there, he's been fine; in particular, given that I invariably pop in during the dinner rush, I appreciate the fact that he periodically checks in and tells me how much longer my wait will be for a table.

And the boiled peanuts are definitely a southern thing that you either love or hate. One of the best, and worst, experiences I had was when I was traveling through Biloxi, MS and pulled over at a boiled peanut stand. Without a second's though, I popped a blistering, fresh-from-the-oil-vat peanut in my stupid California mouth. Wowza, was that a burn.

Apr 15, 2009
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Huckleberry, anyone?

Just was there last weekend and concur with everyone - it is a madhouse. Get there early. The food itself was very good (especially that English muffin!), but more expensive that I am able to spend on breakfast. $2.75 for a cup of coffee...ouch. When the crowd dies down a bit, it will be a very nice place to go as a treat.

Feb 26, 2009
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Pizzeria Mozza....... Uhm..... NOT. More like Pizzeria Sale

I had a bit of a friend's nettle pizza a few weeks ago and it is a bit salter - and much, much more bitter - than their other pies. It's the bitterness, and not the saltiness, that would put me off from ordering that one.

Jan 26, 2009
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

DineLA Restaurant Week 2009

Prices have definitely increased, but whether or not it is worth it varies from restaurant to restaurant. For example, I did a quick calculation of Akasha's lunch pre fixe special ($22) on my blog and concluded that it was probably worth the $22, as you come away with essentially dessert on the house. That's one I'd definitely like to try, but the fact that it serves lunch only Monday-Friday will make it difficult. Darn.


Jan 12, 2009
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Yakatori - Westside Lunch

Second Terried Sake House -- it's near Cafe 50s.

Dec 29, 2008
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

best bread and cookie

Cookies: The chocolate chip at Clementine's is great - a little flat, crispy on the edges, chewy in the inside, delicious.

Fresh bread: Bay Cities. Especially when it is fresh out of the oven.

Dec 29, 2008
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

El Nopal on National Blvd.

I would definitely, definitely skip this and go straight to Gloria's. I was there just a few weeks ago and ordered something that I thought was relatively innocuous: huevos rancheros. It wasn't awful, but it was close: the eggs were super greasy, essentially soaking the tortilla; the beans were obviously out of a can and barely reheated; etc. Everyone else's food didn't look too great either, and no one was very excited about any of it. We ate, we left, we went back to work.

Dec 28, 2008
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Good restaurants with great deals in tough times?

Agreed on the Vietnamese point. I just had a great, fulfilling, delicious meal over at Pho 999 in Van Nuys. $6.75 for a beautiful bowl of bun thit nuong with egg rolls (picture attached). $6.75!!!

Dec 18, 2008
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Five Guys Burgers & Fries Opens in Cerritos

I was all in for about $7.00 - little cheeseburger + regular fries, no drink. Just as a basis of comparison, In N Out will leave you about $5 lighter for a cheeseburger, fries, and drink.

Dec 11, 2008
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Five Guys Burgers & Fries Opens in Cerritos

Yes, a consensus! Short review: Skipped past the In-N-Out in Long Beach as I was returning from a Costa Mesa conference and exited South Street to try out the Cerritos Five Guys. Agree with everyone here: patty is bland bland - you need those toppings to compensate, especially the bacon (wish I got that instead of a non-bacon cheeseburger); fries very good, although I am on the wagon that doesn't think the In-N-Out fries taste like cardboard and would prefer those over to Five Guys. I could definitely understand the appeal though.

My guess is that this joint is so popular on the East Coast either because the region has no In-N-Out and/or it's just one of those places that only locals love and appreciate.

Fuller review with photos, plus a short rundown of two quirky Cerritos ordinances - ah, I have such a love/hate relationship with that city.


Dec 05, 2008
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Disneyland Dining: The Mediocrest Place on Earth

While *water bottles* are expensive, you can get a cup of tap free from any of the restaurants. This actually is kind of convenient; I always, always seem to lose every water bottle I have. Probably a sea of my water bottles sitting at the bottom of Space Mountain.

Dec 01, 2008
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Gift baskets - Clementine's, Joan's, where else?

Hi all - I posted a similar topic earlier, but it was removed to the general board because, I think, my request wasn't specific enough. Sorry moderators!

I'm looking to pick up a gift basket for a good friend of mine, from anywhere on the westside to silverlake. I've received one from Clementine's before, and it was lovely; I've heard good things about the baskets from Joan's on Third as well. Any other recommendations from gift-receiving and gift-giving Hounds?

Oh, and my friend is not a picky eater at all; as long as it's good, she'll devour it.


Nov 28, 2008
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Your favorite gift basket?

Any recommendations on where to get a birthday gift basket? My birthday friend will eat anything as long as it's good, so I'm open to all sorts of suggestions.

Thanks much!

Nov 27, 2008
Queequeg in General Topics

Looking for a place to eat - Downtown LA

How about Pete's Cafe at 4th and Main? Great food (especially that Hellman burger, bleu cheese fries, and the mac & cheese) and open late.

Nov 26, 2008
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Best Fries in and around Hollywood

Third the The Hungry Cat. Was there a month or two ago - snapped a picture of the fantastic $5 plate of fries. Don't have the file on the computer I am working on, but it is on my flickr page:

Nov 26, 2008
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Comfort food?

How about The Kitchen in Silverlake? It's cozy, but maybe a little too informal for your date. Luna Park also has comforty types of food.

Nov 25, 2008
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Encompassing LA for a one nighter.

Hm, how much would it be to "ruin her"? For example, I'm guessing certainly something like Providence would do the trick to wipe out her wallet, but what about Lucques or AOC? I've done both at less than $100 for two people, no drinks. But, if those are too expensive, then maybe consider Lucques' Sunday Supper or just eating at the bar, which is much less expensive and still very good. The Hungry Cat (which may or may not get loud, depending on the night) might be another option. Pizzeria Mozza is a great option as well, though it definitely lends itself to overcrowding and noise. I would recommend sitting at the bar for a little more room and a lot more quiet.

Nov 24, 2008
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

(Report) Riva in Santa Monica

Totally agree. A mid-priced restaurant like Nook in Santa Monica -- now that would be a unique (and very, very welcome) addition to the neighborhood.

Nov 23, 2008
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Great Croissant at Amandine

I don't even think those pretzel croissants are worth nearly as much as they charge. Good, but not that great. I'd rather take the money and blow it all on Amandine croissants any day.

Nov 23, 2008
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Along the 10, from SaMo to Staples Center?

As much as I like Luna Park for what it is (pictures and review of a recent meal over at my blog), I have to concur with Burger Boy and foh -- that drive to Wilshire is looong and almost always stop and go. At the rate of traffic, you'd think it was 10 miles away instead of 1.5.

Nov 23, 2008
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Rustic Canyon Breakfast Kaput - I snoozed, I lost. Shot at redemption...

According to the Rustic Canyon's email newsletter,

"Huckleberry will offer fresh baked breads, pastries, soups, salads, sandwiches, rotisserie chicken and other specialty dishes, all created by Rustic Canyon Pastry Chef Zoe Nathan. Huckleberry will be open daily from 8AM to 7PM, and like Rustic will use only the best Farmer's Market ingredients around. We will also offer full service catering for small and large events."

I'm looking forward to this too!

Nov 16, 2008
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area


I did read here somewhere that the pizza was "phenomenal", but you're right, I can't find it here anymore either. I'll clarify this in my entry. Thanks.

I agree, it can be unfair to pan a place without going to it multiple times, but I don't think this is always true. I think sometimes, you can pan a place just based on your first visit (i.e., going to Crustacean for the first and only time - my review was, and will remain: ew, ew, ew). In any case, to be fair to me, (1) the first review was equally definitive, but in a positive way (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that) and (2) I didn't really pan it, I just said I wouldn't go here again. This is a personal issue for every hound: when to return to a restaurant even though you didn't like it initially, but thought that there was good enough potential. It really is a case-by-case basis. For me at Riva, I don't think it's worth returning to. I also felt this way about Bar Pinxto, which predates my blog. Good, but not good enough to return. At Riva, I can't afford the entrees, as I said plainly in my review, so that is something I would not get in any circumstance. Based on the portion size, I thought offhand they were awfully small for the price charged. That is the extent of that particular criticism. I think this is worth noting for those of us who do consider portions to be an important, but not always deciding, factor in deciding what to eat and where to go. Better to know this information in advance and know what you are getting rather than getting a potentially unhappy surprise, that is what I say. Especially in this economy. We certainly don't want more people on the dole, but we certainly don't want people shelling out because of some misplaced fiscal guilt either.

As I reported, I did rather like the pizza; the flour issue was a minor problem at best, and one that is just one of those things that happen. Their pizzas just weren't good enough for me to want to try another one, especially if I can get to Mozza instead.

Usually new places open with kinks in service, and this is where I always cut the restaurant slack and return if that was the only issue. I had no problems in service at Riva. Food-wise, I gave Riva the same consideration I give to every restaurant I go to for the first time, new or old. Conclusion: I have limited funds, and I would rather explore other places than go here again. I don't have the luxury of a critic like Miss Irene. I don't have anyone paying for my meal over a few weeks or months to compare and contrast the dishes. This is why she has the LA Times and I just have a blog. Sad music ensues ...

Oct 31, 2008
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area

Need spot for pre-dinner drinks - Santa Monica/Brentwood - Nice selection

How about Rustic Canyon on Wilshire and 11th?

Oct 30, 2008
Queequeg in Los Angeles Area