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Slow Cooker Pasilla Pulled Chicken

But in the USA, even in Mexican markets and in Mexican neighborhoods fresh poblano peppers are sold as pasilla peppers.

Apr 28, 2014
smgradman in Features

Dinner before the Berkeley Rep

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. My wife ended up surprising me and saying that it was OK to snack before the play and then again afterwards, so we grabbed some banh mi sandwiches at Saigon Sandwich after the Asian Art Museum closed, and then went to Comal after Tristan ended at 10:15p. No problems being seated right away then, and the food was very good. This wine drinker very much enjoyed his "Juarez Sour" cocktail. The mushroom quesadilla was particularly good as well.

Dinner before the Berkeley Rep

LA Hound coming up for a long Bay Area weekend at the end of December. Very familiar with SF restaurants, but on Friday night we're attending a play at the Berkeley Rep. Prefer someplace close to the BART station, so I can leave my car across the bay. What are my best choices (price not really an issue)?

Name Your Picks for L.A.'s Most Gorgeous Restaurants

The Lobster, overlooking Santa Monica Pier. Another place with a great Malibu beach view is Dukes. Agree with streamside at Inn of the 7th Ray and WP24 downtown.

Aug 28, 2013
smgradman in Los Angeles Area

Chowhound Find: Terrific Tortas in the San Fernando Valley

So, how does it compare to Cook's Tortas on Atlantic in Monterey Park?

Jun 20, 2013
smgradman in Features

3 1/2 days in DC

Check out these places: more fish, tofu, different nuts and legumes, different chiles, and with Rosalinds, a West African influence. One is vegan.

http://www.mealsbygenet.com/
http://www.rosalindsrestaurant.com/in...
http://rahelvegancuisine.com/index.html

3 1/2 days in DC

Good question. You must know about our one block stretch of South Fairfax Ave where there are about 6 or 7 Ethiopean restaurants. I found Ethiopic to be as good as the better ones here as to quality of ingredients and preparation, but, as I said, just a little lacking as far as menu choices. One or two of our Ethiiopean restaurants have allowed themselves to experiment a little with nontraditional ingredients, often with great results, while Ethiopic was very traditional. But also very good.

3 1/2 days in DC

Thanks for all the suggestions. A few got to me after I had already returned home. I ended up having dinner at Ethiopic, Vidalia, and Birch & Barley. I found the food at Ethiopic to be very good, but with a somewhat limited menu. I was hoping for something a little more imaginative, but instead it was just good, straight ahead standard Ethiopean fare. I thought that Vidalia was excellent. Both the soft shell crab and the rabbit were outstanding, and I appreciated the wine list choices. B&B was too noisy (like so many restaurants here in L.A.), but the food was great and I loved being able to order 5 or 6 different 4 oz beer pours during the course of the meal. I had soft shell crab and duck.

3 1/2 days in DC

Thanks! I already made a reservation at Birch and Barley for one of the nights. I remember trying to get to Cashions during previous trips: I'll look at them again. I also reserved nights at Ethiopic and Vidalia, but there is plenty of time to rearrange things, within the limitations of Sunday and Monday closures.

3 1/2 days in DC

LA Hound making his first trip in a few years to DC (middle of May). Coming for the Durer exhibition at the National Gallery. Will be staying across the street from the New York Ave/Vermont Ave Red Line station, but no car. Arrive late Saturday evening, depart Wednesday afternoon. Looking for interesting/unique choices for breakfast/brunch and dinner. Fine dining or neighborhood favorites both OK. Price not a major factor. Our last trip included great meals at Blacksalt, Vidalia, Blue Duck Tavern. In the past I've enjoyed meals at Obelisk, Jaleo and many others. After reading through similar, older threads on this board, I was wondering whether you guys had any more up to date suggestions?

Fresh Love for Hostaria del Piccolo's Pastas

I love Piccolo in Venice, but stopped going to Hostaria because of their consistently terrible service. I hope they are getting it right finally.

Dec 12, 2012
smgradman in Features

LA Hound in town for a short visit

Out here in L.A. we take corkage for granted, though it does get a little expensive at many places. While I like to try new wine, I also have a preference for older wines, and very very few restaurants can afford to age the wines in their cellar. So I almost always bring my own to dinner when I'm at home.

Nov 12, 2012
smgradman in Phoenix

LA Hound in town for a short visit

Thanks for the advice. Our group of 8 enjoyed NOCA on Friday night. Good
food, if a somewhat limited menu. Attractively priced wine list, though as
is often the case with me, my first choice turned out to be too good to be
true and they couldn't find any of the Rosso in the back. Also got to
Pizzeria Biancho on my own late Thursday evening, and it was outstanding.
And breakfast at Dick's Hideaway on the way out of town on Saturday was
excellent. The green chile stew and eggs tested even my high tolerance for
spice!

Nov 08, 2012
smgradman in Phoenix

LA Hound in town for a short visit

My wife and I will be in Phoenix for a few days, staying at the Arizona Grand Resort. We will have a car. I'm looking for dinner and brunch recommendations (up to 3 dinners and one breakfast/brunch). For one of the dinners we might have a group of up to 8 people, while all other meals would just be the two of us. Fine dining, or just good local places all OK. We arrive on 11/1 and leave on 11/3 or 4.

Oct 22, 2012
smgradman in Phoenix

L.A. area Hound visiting Philadelphia in June

You'll see a little hand written notice on a blackboard above the cash register area stating that as of January 31 they are open on Tuesdays. All other signage, as well as all information on the web that I found, stated Wed-Sat. DiNics was mighty good, especially at 30,000 feet! And yes, as I am quite familiar with Chicago, I alway manage a trip to a Garretts. This trip will be highlighted by a (final) trip to Charlie Trotters, which is closing in August after 25 years.

As for my other Philadelphia dining: Zahav was the standout. Tinto and Jamonera were both quite good, the budino down the street from Jamonera was tasty (but not as good as at Mozza back home in Hollywood), and the deli at Famous Fourth Street right up there with NYC.

Jun 05, 2012
smgradman in Philadelphia

L.A. area Hound visiting Philadelphia in June

Actually, DEP is now open on Tuesday. Great blueberry pancakes and apple french Toast. Now on a plane to Chicago with Dinics pork sandwich to go about to be enjoyed

Jun 05, 2012
smgradman in Philadelphia

L.A. area Hound visiting Philadelphia in June

Mid-trip feedback: Jamonera first night was very good, and super-covenient. From plane (landing at 9:10p) to train to Marriott to dinner at 10:30p. Breakfast today at Famous Fourth Street Deli (on 19th Street), after finding Dutch Eating Place closed. (No one mentioned that they close Sunday AND Monday!) Fantastic meal at Zahav tonight! Can't say enough good things. Tinto tomorrow night, and DEP for breakfast on Tuesday before leaving for Chicago.

Jun 03, 2012
smgradman in Philadelphia

L.A. area Hound visiting Philadelphia in June

Thanks. I knew about the Jose Garces places, and wanted to see what the locals thought of him. I like most everything, so I was looking for what was best in your area. My mention of Spanish and Southern was only because these cuisines are perhaps not as well represented here in L.A., while Asian, Mexican, and Italian most certainly are. I'll probably go with at least one of the Spanish/tapas places. Zahav sounds intriguing, as does Ko Zee Doo. (We take BYO for granted out here, but I won't have my cellar with me, of course.)

May 04, 2012
smgradman in Philadelphia

L.A. area Hound visiting Philadelphia in June

I'm stopping in Philadelphia on my way to a business trip in Chicago the first week in June in order to visit the new Barnes. I'll be arriving at 9p on a Saturday night, leaving the following Tuesday afternoon. I'll be staying downtown (Marriott) and I will not have a car. I prefer to walk places, but taxi or train OK. I need late dinner or snack suggestion for Saturday, and then Sunday and Monday dinner picks, as well as breakfast/brunch suggestions. Price not really a concern. And given where I am coming from, I'll probably have no need for Mexican or Asian food. Spanish? Southern? Most anything really good. Thanks.

Apr 29, 2012
smgradman in Philadelphia

Lexington Social, Eat There Quick

Agree completely. We went on the night of the Paul Simon concert at the nearby Pantages Theatre. My only complaint was that the kitchen had difficulty getting us out in time for the show. But every dish we ordered was spot on excellent. Short wine list, though, so the $20 corkage seemed excessive.

May 01, 2011
smgradman in Features

Dine LA best choices?

There are lots of add-on options this DineLA season, it seems. Wine flights, entree upgrades, extra courses. But I've found them to be clearly marked on the menu. FWIW, the wine flight at BLD is high quality for a very fair price. At Spago we just ordered a bottle, instead of trying the flight, but some of us did add the 4th course for an extra $12. (The Foundry, which I haven't made it to this cycle, has a 4th course for no extra charge.)

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Spago
176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

BLD Restaurant
7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Feb 01, 2011
smgradman in Los Angeles Area

Dine LA best choices?

Spago last night. Spectacular. We were seated on the outdoor patio/garden. Incredible meal for $44. Yes, splurge the extra $12 for the agnolotti. In spite of what seems like a very expensive wine list (and $35 corkage, ughh!), there are some surprising relative bargains, especially in the Italian section. Short ribs were particularly good. Sticky toffee date pudding for dessert.

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Spago
176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Feb 01, 2011
smgradman in Los Angeles Area

Thoughts on DineLA2011

Yes, I was tempted by the clambake as well, but ended up being very happy with the DineLA menu. I went to BLD last night, an excellent $34 menu. Both the mushroom/chestnut soup and the duck confit tostada were tasty starters, the whole steelhead on truffled potatoes was delicious, and the desserts very nice as well. Also, the $21 wine flight was a surprising bargain: 04 Alsatian Gwz, 06 Burgundy, 98 Sauterne.

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BLD Restaurant
7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Jan 28, 2011
smgradman in Los Angeles Area

Thoughts on DineLA2011

Very nice DineLA menu for $34. Large portions, enough to take some home. Tasty little pizza, very good short ribs, nice little cheesecake.

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Hal's Bar & Grill
1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Jan 26, 2011
smgradman in Los Angeles Area

Thoughts on DineLA2011

Individual restaurants may choose to offer the DineLA deal on Saturdays, but officially it is Sunday through Friday only.

Jan 24, 2011
smgradman in Los Angeles Area

Thoughts on DineLA2011

Too bad about Craft closing on Sunday. It used to be their corkage-free night.

Jan 24, 2011
smgradman in Los Angeles Area

Thoughts on DineLA2011

DineLA menu at Water Grill was a great bargain, especially since they still have their "no corkage fee" policy. But be aware that they now only offer a shuttle to Disney Hall and the Music Center on Saturday night.

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Water Grill
544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Jan 24, 2011
smgradman in Los Angeles Area

Thoughts on DineLA2011

Too bad about your experience at Drago. I love the place, and it was as good as always last week (not DineLA). I'll be going to Water Grill tonight for their DineLA menu, and then BLD, Spago, and Upstairs 2 later in the cycle. May try to squeeze one or 2 more in as well.

Jan 23, 2011
smgradman in Los Angeles Area

Dine LA best choices?

I have always enjoyed the Spago DineLA menu. Great value! Going to Water Grill tonight: their DineLA menu is usually excellent and a good value as well. Consider The Foundry on Melrose, as their menu for this cycle looks very interesting. And it will be an esier reservation than Spago or some of the others suggested in this thread. On the Westside: Valentino, Josie, Upstairs 2.

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Water Grill
544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Spago
176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Upstairs 2
2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Jan 23, 2011
smgradman in Los Angeles Area

Visiting Chicago for a Week

I'd like to tag onto this thread. I'll be making my yearly one week trip to Chicago the week after turkey day, and while I have a list of favorites, I'm always interested in hearing new suggestions. I'm finally getting to Alinea this trip. I've been to Tru and to Trotter multiple times. Was disappointed in L20 last year. Enjoyed Crofton on Wells, Naha, Perennial and Sepia very much. Oh yeah, I'm from Santa Monica (SoCal) and will be staying in the Mag Mile area. No car, but love taking the El, long walks weather permitting, or a cab if necessary (I love to take the El to Trotter and then take the 45 minute walk back to our Mag Mile hotel at midnight!) Also, any breakfast suggestions?

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Alinea
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Crofton on Wells
535 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60610

Naha
500 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

Nov 14, 2010
smgradman in Chicago Area