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Pizzeria Mozza - Lasagne

Anybody know if it's the same lasagne that seems to be served all of the time at the Mozza2Go?

Apr 18, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

Cafe du Village -- Closing

Cafe du Village, in Larchmont Village for around 13 years, is closing. Seems like the problem is with the landlord, and there is word of a possible relocation. I can't imagine that the (fairly) recent Village openings of a Pain Quotidien and the zoning outlaw Larchmont Bungalow have helped. (Both of those hit more or less the same niche as Cafe du Village.) If you've never been, Cafe du Village has/had a great brunch with especially excellent omelets. Oh well, yet another not-for-the-better change on Larchmont, just the latest of many over the past two or three years.

Apr 17, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

$25.00 for 5 iced teas.

Ha! Yes, of course. Point still goes. I doubt you'd make iced tea with anything close to $5 per ounce tea anyway.

Apr 15, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

Is Ngoma Still Open?

Nobody knows?

Apr 14, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

Cardinale Kitchen (Melrose at Vine)

I've actually never been to Flaming Patty's. As I don't eat meat, there's not much there to appeal to me. I guess they serve breakfast, but it's my impression that they open a little late for my schedule.

Apr 14, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

$25.00 for 5 iced teas.

Further on the Chado line of thought -- if you get brewed tea there I think the price scale tops out at something like $4.50. And that's for tea that I suspect is of a far higher quality than what gets served as Toscana.

Apr 14, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

$25.00 for 5 iced teas.

I am surprised that restaurants have not hit the point where nobody orders a drink anymore. I never do unless it's somewhere with something out of the ordinary, e.g., I'll order a malta if the place offers one. Five dollars for iced tea is outrageous -- you can get nice loose leaf tea for less than $5 per pound retail at Chado, which is not the cheapest place around by any means.

Apr 14, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

best bakery for carrot cake

As hard as it may be to believe, maybe the Staples Center? (I guess it's out of your geo range, though.)

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/700792

Apr 12, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

Cardinale Kitchen (Melrose at Vine)

This place has opened up in the old Popeye's next to Mario's at Melrose and Vine. I've eaten there a couple of times and I think it's a quality addition to the neighborhood. They serve an interesting mix of Argentinian (Argentine?), Italian, and home-style American (e.g., meatloaf) food. Most of the menu is pre-made casserole kinds of stuff, which allows for quick service, but keep that in mind if you're turned off by food that's not made to order. I think everything there is under $10.

I don't eat meat, so my semi-review is limited in that regard, but the non-meat items have been good. I most like their empanadas ($1.75 ea.). The spinach are good, but the onion and cheese are very good. They apparently saute the onions in wine, which I was not expecting from a place that's virtually a fast food joint. The (not very green) chimichurri that they give you with the empanadas is quite tasty as well.

The food's not destination fare and it's not trying to be. But if you live in the area or drive by on your commute, it's a good area alternative to Tere's, Cactus, or AstroBurger when you want something quick (or take-out) and relatively low-priced. Plus, Cardinale tends towards the "real food" end of the spectrum, so it might be a good choice if you want home cooked food, but don't want to actually cook.

Apr 12, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

Downtown Indian?

I used the term Desi because silverlakebodhisattva used the term and I basically knew what was meant -- "Indian" or "South Asian" people regardless of specific geographic origin. I see from the talk page on the Wikipedia entry (but not from the main entry) that it's a somewhat controversial term. I meant no harm if the quotation marks are intended to convey offense or annoyance.

Apr 09, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

Chado Little Tokyo

Anybody know how they stay in business at this location? Every time I go for lunch, they're empty. Do they do killer mid-afternoon tea business? Can't imagine they sell a bunch of loose tea, either, given the proximity to Wing Hop Fung.

Apr 08, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

Downtown Indian?

I don't think that a large Desi population to draw from is necessary to support such a place, although I suspect that's the thinking of most would-be restaurant owners. In Washington, DC, where I used to live, there was a pretty good Indian place in a food court just off the Mall that mostly drew tourists. (Old Post Office, for those familiar.) They'd even make you a dosa. Not sure I ever saw an Indian at the whole food court, besides the ones running the restaurant, of course. Same folks, I think (or some relations), ran a buffet a little ways away that did a different region every day. Again, probably saw an Indian customer there, but not too many. Neither of these was Artesia quality, but there were more than passable. I suspect some entrepreneur could do some decent business opening up a quality spot in the right location downtown. Maybe the problem is the lack of dinner business? That's kind of the Achilles heel of trying to run a less expensive place downtown.

P.S. I have never ordered off the menu at Gil's.

Apr 08, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

Downtown Indian?

Is there any Indian in Downtown LA besides Gil's? I'd love to think that there's some Indian fast food, a la India Sweets & Spices (Atwater version), hidden somewhere. Gil's is a quite a schlep from where I work and not really worth it, IMHO.

Apr 08, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

European foodie in LA

Another possible choice if you're willing to Metro is Los Balcones del Peru. It's about a five minute walk from the Hollywood/Vine station on the Red Line. It's obviously Peruvian, which I assume is rare in the Netherlands, but well covered around LA. Could also meet your seafood request depending on what you order. (Plus you get to spot stars along the Walk of Fame on your way there from the subway.)

Apr 08, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

European foodie in LA

If you end up in Little Tokyo, I might suggest Suehiro. It's basically a Japanese diner with a wide variety of stuff beyond the typical sushi, tempura, etc. that has typically been part of the Japanese restaurant outside of Japan. Huge menu. Cheap (<$10). I like the miso eggplant and peppers ("House Special") and the specials on the wall.

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Suehiro Cafe
337 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Apr 07, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

European foodie in LA

I think some folks underestimate how much of downtown LA you can cover on foot quickly, especially a European who's probably used to walking more than the average American. I walk from the federal complex at Alameda and Temple (near Little Tokyo) to across the street from POY's hotel (the YMCA) virtually every weekday. It takes me about 20-25 minutes. Pretty much any of the "downtown" restaurants mentioned in this thread will be within a 30 minute walk, although some of them may be a sketchy walk after dark, e.g., Wood Spoon, especially if you don't know the area and where to avoid. But anything west of Hill and north of the Staples Center will be safe at any reasonable hour. The concierge can also help with safety issues, I'm sure, but they're probably trained to be risk-averse.

That said, if you're from the Netherlands, try a Korean place. The aforementioned Parks BBQ is a good choice and easy from the Metro. The Mexican selections in this thread are also excellent. As noted by others, the Chinese options 7-10 miles east of downtown are also unique (even in the US -- excluding China, of course), but are quite a bit less convenient than the other major options.

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Wood Spoon
107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Apr 07, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

A Himalayan Breeze - Fragrant Spices Abound in the Tibetan and Nepalese Cuisine of Tibet Nepal House [Review] w/ Pics!

Sorry, can't recall. Haven't been in a bit. I think it's one of those unidentifiable cabbage like substance situations as seen with a lot of egg rolls.

Mar 23, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

A Himalayan Breeze - Fragrant Spices Abound in the Tibetan and Nepalese Cuisine of Tibet Nepal House [Review] w/ Pics!

If you don't want yak, I also enjoy their vegetable mo-mo.

Mar 23, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

Lady selling cobbler at Venice/LaBrea?

I think this is Cobblermania (or something like that). They sell at the Hollywood Farmers Market, as well. Near the Farmer's Kitchen restaurant, as I recall. (Although come to think of it, I'm not sure they've been there the last few weeks.)

Mar 14, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

Best extra-thick milkshake in Hollywood area, but am willing to drive about 15 minutes.

Milk? On Beverly between La Brea and Fairfax (closer to La Brea, I think). Haven't had the shakes, but the ice cream is good.

http://www.themilkshop.com/ice_cream....

Mar 11, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

Silver Lake area suggestions?

[Edited to remove OT comment about Silver Lake/Silverlake after having thought better of it.]

Mar 11, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

The Hump serves whale?

> And, yet we all love to eat pigs.

We do?

Mar 10, 2010
JamesF in Food Media & News

Ex-LA chowhound seeks "impossible" Anaheim advice - chow-worthy restaurants around convention center?

Slightly OT, but have you made it to Kenyan Cuisine next to Tana yet?

Mar 10, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

OPDC HUB Raw Milk Store

Thanks! This kind of info was exactly what I was looking for.

Mar 04, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

OPDC HUB Raw Milk Store

Related question, but slightly OT: Anyone know where to get grass fed dairy that's not raw. I don't care about raw, but would like grass fed / well-treated cows. I've looked at Whole Foods, but even the "organic" dairy products don't seem to make these kinds of representations.

Mar 03, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

Alameda Food Truck Corridor near Little Tokyo.

Anybody know if the Dosa Truck mentioned in the link is any good? Downtown badly needs some Indian choices. From their website, it looks like it's more Indian/Hippie/Hipster fusion, but that doesn't mean it's bad. (On the other hand, apparently no sambar! Blasphemy!) I always want to mention to the restaurant owners in Little India that they should open something up downtown, but I have a feeling that would turn into something like that Seinfeld episode where Jerry tries to give restaurant business advice.

Mar 03, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

Explain why Senor Fish doesn't get more love here.

I think this thread has gotten a little too wrapped up in whether Senor Fish is "muy autentico" or not. I think it's fair to say that the place is pretty decent for what it does. Probably not very many people's idea of a destination restaurant, but a solid choice if you're in the neighborhood. It's certainly a good choice if you're in the Little Tokyo area and don't want Japanese. Comparisons to PF Chang's, Baja Fresh, or Wahoos strike me as unfair. The food is both better and at least more "honest," if not more authentic, than at those places. (By "honest" I mean food made by cooks that are seeking to make good tasting food, rather than by corporate labs seeking to pander to some mass, focus-group refined taste.)

Mar 03, 2010
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

Best Fried Rice in LA!!!

I'm also a fan of the fried rice at Singapore's Banana Leaf and I don't particularly like fried rice or Singapore's Banana Leaf.

Dec 23, 2009
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

lunch buffet in Little India

Woodlands has a pretty good south indian veg buffet. Can be inconsistent, in my experience, though. We still go often. As someone mentioned below, Rajdhani is Gujarati AYCE, but not a buffet -- they bring it to you. (Bring your A-game appetite b/c they like to tempt you to eat more than you should -- and then it comes with dessert.) I really like that place quite a bit and have not been disappointed.

Dec 07, 2009
JamesF in Los Angeles Area

Best Breakfast Burritos

I think Tere's (on Melrose at Cahuenga) might also make theirs with fried egg. I'm 99% sure the breakfast torta comes this way, but can't quite remember the burrito.

Nov 19, 2009
JamesF in Los Angeles Area