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Chicago Pizza in the mail?!

Hello! We live in Southern California & want to have some Chicago Pizza delivered to our home. Any suggestions for the best over-night pizza delivery?! Thanks in advance!

Feb 17, 2014
dotrat in Chicago Area

Tonight, Valentines day (worst night on earth!) near the Ritz. Dinner for 1![San Francisco]

Last minute travel plans have me staying at the Ritz for a night and it's Valentines Day which is just about the worst night to be dining spontaneously alone! I'm not picky about the type, style or cost of food as long as it's awesome! Any and all suggestions will be appreciated. I will be in town on Saturday morning & afternoon as well so any ideas around those meals are welcome too.

Feb 14, 2014
dotrat in San Francisco Bay Area

French Vanilla Ice Cream?

Strauss vanilla is my favorite but it's vanilla bean, not French vanilla. I find it at Whole Foods in LA. It's organic, very expensive but is like mother's milk!

Mar 09, 2013
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

2012 Vineyard trip with the family

Hello! Please share any recommendations for high end and/or casual family restaurants on the Vineyard. I will be staying in West Tisbury with my family (husband & two kids, 4 & 11) and we are all foodies. I have read about State Road Restaurant and it looks great, what do you think? I've lived in CA for decades but was raised in Boston & crave traditional New England fare when I visit. Where are the best fried clams? Lobster roll? Chowder? I need to indulge in all of those things while we are there! We eat out regularly with our kids who are well behaved little foodies (example, after waiting an hour+ for a table for lunch they later discussed how the food was 'worth the wait'). Thoughts? Thanks in advance for all of your thoughts. I've done some research & have some lists but always check with hounds when I travel.

Jul 16, 2012
dotrat in Southern New England

Milo & Olive or Stella Rossa?

I haven't been to either and want to go to one today. Which do you prefer?

Apr 14, 2012
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

Dallas Warwick

I will be in Dallas for business next week & staying at the Warwick. I will be very busy but would love to enjoy some tasty food. Are there any special places nearby? I like all types of food...all suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

Sep 05, 2011
dotrat in Dallas - Fort Worth

Tomato sauce HELP!!

I always use canned whole San Marzano tomatoes & either hand crush them, chop them or run them through the food processor first. Many people separate out the seeds with one of those italian crushers, but I generally don't bother. As others have said, I cook my sauce for 45 minutes or so (that's cooking time for a simple base sauce).

Aug 27, 2011
dotrat in Home Cooking

Excellent Fried Clams?

Hello Hounds!

Any suggestions for really good fried clams in the city these days? I am in town from the west coast where we don't have fried clams so I need a fix & don't want to settle! I really enjoyed B&G Oysters a couple years ago & will go there again but I thought it was best to check in with the pro's first. Suggestions do not have to be fancy sit down places like B&G but just good, clean big bellied clams fried to perfection! Thanks in advance!

Aug 18, 2011
dotrat in Greater Boston Area

Lunch near Crenshaw & Jefferson following services...

We are looking for a restaurant that can serve 30-40 people following a memorial service near Crenshaw @ Jefferson. We are open to any ideas, thanks!

Jun 19, 2011
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

Cut or Melisse?

The best meals I've had in my life have been at Melisse. Have the chef's menu & enjoy!

May 22, 2011
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

Australian Bars?

Are there any Australian bars in LA?

Jan 26, 2011
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

Melisse or Saam at Bazaar for European Guest

Melisse, without question. I have had the best meals of my life there & have never ever felt rushed. Josiah's food is sublime.

Jul 18, 2010
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

Quiet restaurant on Westside

I think Josie suits all of your needs best. I've eaten at all of the suggested places & just don't think they compare in terms of the food & quiet atmosphere. I'd ask for a table in the back by the fireplace on a gloomy day like today.

Jul 11, 2010
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

You would have a hard time finding _________in Los Angeles...

fried big belly Ipswich clams

Jul 03, 2010
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

ISO fresh aji limo peppers and peruvian limones

weird. i had never heard of peruvian limes before but saw them at the santa monica sunday farmers market today & just now read this post. don't recall the name of the vender but they had lots of citrus fruit & avocados.

Jun 06, 2010
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

Recs for Xcellent Chocolate Birthday Cake on Westside

I appreciate the detailed recs hounds. I ordered the cake from Jamaica's which was perfect since it was the style of chocolate cake the birthday boy prefers! I hope to try Susie's version soon since I really love buttercream. I enjoyed a big slice at Huckleberry recently which was great but I would have liked the cake to be a bit more dense. Anyway, thanks again!

Jun 03, 2010
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

Recs for Xcellent Chocolate Birthday Cake on Westside

Yes, it's 3pm on monday & i'm looking for a birthday cake for tomorrow night! I'm looking for a small cake (6inches) to serve just my family (2 adults 2 kids) for my husbands birthday. I want a really good dense chocolate cake & haven't ordered one in a long time so I'm sort of stumped. I typically go to Angel Maid Bakery in Culver City but I"ve never had their chocolate cake. Thoughts?

Angel Maid Bakery
4538 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Apr 26, 2010
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

Harry's Berries @ Santa Monica Farmer's Market, Can I get them elsewhere?

Although there's a farmer's market in Santa Monica 4 days a week, my busy schedules often keeps me from getting to one. I love Harry's Berries & think they are the BEST strawberries. Is there anywhere else I can purchase his fruit? Where else can I get strawberries that brilliant in Santa Monica?

Apr 16, 2010
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Meals Under $5

I've been enjoying the 'stimulus package" lunch at Rockenwagner near the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica. It includes a choice of a cup of soup (which have all been wonderful esp tomato bisque) and a mini sandwich (choices include lox/salami/turkey etc on his bread). It's $5.50 and definitely a light lunch but very very tasty and convenient after shopping at the farmers market.

Apr 10, 2010
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

Your single favorite dish in LA

Yes, Josiah's Truffle Egg is by far the best thing I've ever eaten and I've had the pleasure of enjoying it on more than one occasion. It's nothing like a scramble though. Instead it's more like a poached egg yolk surrounded by whipped (and maybe poached?) egg whites topped with shaved truffles & truffle sauce. When you take a bite the yolk from the center oozes & mixes with the sauce. It's accompanied by brioche toasts as well. Pure heaven. It's unlike anything I've ever seen before & is not always available obviously.

Mar 17, 2010
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

Straus Dairy egg nog in Los Angeles?

I've had both & prefer Broguiere's as well. I found it at Ralphs (Olympic & Cloverfield) and the Strauss from Whole Foods Venice.

Dec 04, 2009
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

First Peak: New England Style Seafood Shack Finally Available in LA: BP Oysterette in Santa Monica

I tried this place last night and as much as I hope that it was spot on I'm sorry to say I found it to be mediocre at best. I suppose they weren't going for a real traditional lobster or clam shack here but i definitely prefer traditional when it comes to this kind of food. My friend and I started with the steamer clams. They arrived in a bowl & had been steamed with garlic & parsley. Traditionally steamer clams are served with some steaming liquid & drawn butter on the side. This way once you removed the sandy inner membrane of the steamer clam you rinse off the sand, dip it in butter & enjoy. Blue Plates version left my hands garlicy & my clams sandy. I didn't enjoy it at all. Not only was it poorly executed but the garlic also overwhelmed the flavor of the steamers and it seemed more Italian than New England fare. We also had the butter lettuce salad with gorgonzola which was lovely & the highlight of our meal. Unfortunately our next two items arrived to the table before we had a chance to really dig into our first but we rolled with it. Our last two items included the lobster roll & grilled oysters. I liked the grilled oysters but didn't love them. There just wasn't a wow factor. The lobster roll didn't appeal to me at all. As others have said it is loaded in lemon zest & lord knows what which really overwhelms from the flavor of the lobster. The roll, although the right style bun, didn't have the flavor of toasted buttery goodness I associate with a lobster roll. I didn't necessarily find the lobster roll small but I did feel that the meat was chopped up too finely. I admit that since I was born & raised in Boston I am probably less willing to experiment with these kinds of recipes as other might be. And if you are a New Englander looking for a trip to someplace nostalgic you will be sorely disappointed.

Sep 19, 2009
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

Brunch with Coctails for Birthday Celebrations in Santa Monica?

annisette has a nice brunch & full bar. cache plans to be open for brunch but i'm not sure when that will begin. I love gjelina but have not had brunch only dinner & lunch which were both wonderful.

Aug 01, 2009
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

What? No Wheat?!

i ate at pizza fusion (santa monica) yesterday. the pizza (original crust & cheese) was AWESOME, honestly. the caesar salad was boring though. i'll definitely return & they told me they will be offering delivery soon as well.

Jul 23, 2009
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

Where to take young kids in Hollywood?

Mozza Pizzeria

Jul 20, 2009
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

Animal was don't walk.

I finally had a chance to eat at Animal last night & I am already planning a return visit. Each and every dish we ordered was excellent, the service was casual yet professional, and the space calm & soothing. There were four people in our party which enabled us to order & share quite a selection. However we did over-order (that's not to say we didn't clean our plates tho!). The Beer & Wine list was reasonably priced & eclectic with the option to order any wine as a glass, carafe or bottle. As I said, each and every dish was wonderful & as you can see I have starred a few that shouldn't be missed. I look forward to eating at Animal again very soon.

chicken liver toast 3
*bbq pork belly sandwiches, slaw 10
*pork belly, kimchi, peanuts, chili soy,scallion 12
asparagus, poached egg, grana & pancetta 12
amberjack, nectarine, jalapeno, citrus, mint 15
*foie gras, biscuit maple sausage gravy 22

followed by;
flat iron, potato, mousserons, truffle parmesan fondue 26
ling cod, king crab, gold rice succotash, tabasco, cipollini 29
*foie gras loco moco, quail egg, spam, hamburger
*balsamic pork ribs, market lettuce 37

and desserts;
*tres leches, dulce de leche 7
bacon chocolate crunch bar, s&p anglaise 8
*peach blueberry crisp8
panna cotta with cherry jam 8

Jun 07, 2009
dotrat in Los Angeles Area

Santa Barbara Breakfast

thanks all! we went to d'angelos & loved it! fantastic coffee & breakfast. I enjoyed the "rose eggs" which were poached & served over kalamata olive toast (best i've had) with artichoke spread. my son had the brioche french toast & a fried egg which was also very very good and my husband had the huevos rancheros really like them. we also had a hot cross bun & took home a baguette of french bread. thanks for the rec it was a tasty meal.

Apr 10, 2009
dotrat in California

chow on your cell?

so for you techies......i have been unable to search chowhound on my cell phone (blackberry) while on a recent trip. have any of you successfully done this? what am i missing????? i can pull up chowhound, but simply cannot search specific areas.

Apr 09, 2009
dotrat in Site Talk

Santa Barbara Breakfast

Hello! So, are there any real stand out places for a weekday breakfast in Santa Barbara for a family with young children? I am hoping for something fresh with local ingredients & fantastic coffee. Tasty baked items would be nice as well.


Apr 09, 2009
dotrat in California

what to order at Monte Alban?

I am thinking of FINALLY checking this place out tonight. Can I get some guidance please? I am not all that familiar with Oaxacan food.


Mar 14, 2009
dotrat in Los Angeles Area