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Has anyone tried any of the new-ish places on Pico between LaBrea and LaCienega?

Yes, Con Sabor (also one on Adams near Redondo). They make solid papusas, but the pollo soup will cure any cold and the arroz con camarones is a rice and shrimp dish that is out of this world. Also, try the ensalada, a very refreshing fruit based drink.

Aug 02, 2008
roastingjoe in Los Angeles Area

ISO Marzipan fruits, etc. in LA area

Susina has a nice selection. 323-934-7400. Beverly Bl just W of La Brea.

Dec 13, 2007
roastingjoe in Los Angeles Area

In Seattle for 2 Days

LA foodie in town this weekend and staying downtown. Please recommend two dinner restaurants (one casual / one upscale) and a solid bar and grill joint for lunch. Ethnic foods and hole-in-the-walls are fine. I can get Ruth Chris, etc. anywhere. Looking for experiences unique to Seattle. Thanks in advance.

Nov 05, 2007
roastingjoe in Pacific Northwest

3 Square Cafe + Bakery on Abbot Kinney now opened

I recently purchased a pretzel roll from Rock...and was quite underwhelmed. The texture was a little too doughy. What I found most interesting is that looking at the ingredient list they use margarine instead of butter. Now, I understand (though don't excuse) my 95-year-old Austrian aunt using margarine for her Sacher Torte (a cultural thing), but Hans? Am I missing something?

Nov 05, 2007
roastingjoe in Los Angeles Area

Nae Go Hyang - Yummy Korean Soups

Nae Go Hyang (3516 W 8th St, just east of Western in a big strip center) serves up some great soups. Usually, I associate the heavy bean paste or spicy garlic/chili base paste with Korean soups, but Nae Go serves up very homey, comfort soup on the lighter side. The broth is anchovy base and has a clear appearance and light texture.

My personal favorite is the Meul Chi Guk Soo ($7.39), which has whole wheat flour knife-cut noodles and a slew of vegatables including squashes, scallion, and various roots. The soup is served in the pot it is cooked in with a ladle. One order is enough for two people if you have an appetizer (the dumplings and Korean Style "Pan Cake" are a solid choice).

They also have a tasty seafood soup, Hae Mul Kal Guk Soo ($8.31), but the crab and shrimp are tiny and messy....a lot of work for a little meat.

All food comes with all you can eat kimchi and radish kimchi. Service is friendly, The atmosphere is homey and simple, certainly not the place to go to impress. Obviously the value is supreme.

Enjoy!

Aug 10, 2007
roastingjoe in Los Angeles Area

Taco Cart Party

Takos Katrochos Y Pupusas - Sublime
It's been awhile since my last taco truck post...still on the hunt, but have found little worthwhile until now. Takos Katrochos is a taco trailer that sets up on Slauson Ave just east of Vermont daily (I was told) from 10a-10p. If you want to be sure of the hours, call them at 323-356-8161. On to the chow:

Since I arrived pre-lunch, I only ordered two tacos. The first was the asada. It appeared a bit dry, but the more I ate the better it got. The true beef flavors kept coming. The meat was not overly tender, yet easy to eat. This was a solid asada taco. Then I ventured to a pastor taco. By apprearance, I thought I really made a big mistake. Their pastor looked nothing like others I have eaten in the past (I have probably visited 50-60 trucks and always have pastor). It was darker in color, almost more beef-like in appearance. There was none of the standard rust color sauce cooked in.

ONE BITE IS ALL IT TOOK! Holy Guacamole Batman. The intensity of the slow-cooked roast flavor was intoxicating. How could something so ordinary looking taste so exceptional. This was the king of all pastor. I talked to the owner, who must of wondered what got into this gringo with the silly grin on his face. I looked like I was four and just got my first bike. When queried, he said the secret to his pastor is that he removes all the grease from it. I simply bowed to him and vowed to return soon.

All condiments are on a table for self-serve. I had the red sauce on both tacos and it was excellent. Also, the truck is available for hire (parties and the like).

Enjoy!

Since the post above, which I copied and pasted, I have seen this trailer in the Silver Lake area.

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May 29, 2007
roastingjoe in Los Angeles Area

ZONA ROSA CAFFE, pasadena - so disappointing!

To the best of my knowledge, T on Fairfax has closed for good.

Apr 10, 2007
roastingjoe in Los Angeles Area

Takos Katrochos Y Pupusas - Sublime

It's been awhile since my last taco truck post...still on the hunt, but have found little worthwhile until now. Takos Katrochos is a taco trailer that sets up on Slauson Ave just east of Vermont daily (I was told) from 10a-10p. If you want to be sure of the hours, call them at 323-356-8161. On to the chow:

Since I arrived pre-lunch, I only ordered two tacos. The first was the asada. It appeared a bit dry, but the more I ate the better it got. The true beef flavors kept coming. The meat was not overly tender, yet easy to eat. This was a solid asada taco. Then I ventured to a pastor taco. By apprearance, I thought I really made a big mistake. Their pastor looked nothing like others I have eaten in the past (I have probably visited 50-60 trucks and always have pastor). It was darker in color, almost more beef-like in appearance. There was none of the standard rust color sauce cooked in.

ONE BITE IS ALL IT TOOK! Holy Guacamole Batman. The intensity of the slow-cooked roast flavor was intoxicating. How could something so ordinary looking taste so exceptional. This was the king of all pastor. I talked to the owner, who must of wondered what got into this gringo with the silly grin on his face. I looked like I was four and just got my first bike. When queried, he said the secret to his pastor is that he removes all the grease from it. I simply bowed to him and vowed to return soon.

All condiments are on a table for self-serve. I had the red sauce on both tacos and it was excellent. Also, the truck is available for hire (parties and the like).

Enjoy!

Mar 14, 2007
roastingjoe in Los Angeles Area

Which LA Restaurants are UNDERrated?

Lily's (next to Joe's on Abbot Kinney) $10 lunch is a great value, always solid, and never mentioned anywhere. The patio is a great place on nice days.

Mar 12, 2007
roastingjoe in Los Angeles Area

Brown Rice in Thai Town?

Jitalda on Sunset (east of Western) is not only great, but I think they offer brown rice.

Feb 03, 2007
roastingjoe in Los Angeles Area

Light & Healthy Sushi in Woodland Hills?

not worth it at any price, the AYCE is for standard items only, the quality is marginal at best

Feb 02, 2007
roastingjoe in Los Angeles Area

Fromin's Matzo Ball Soup

Label's Table, one of the few true delis in town, serves an excellent matzah ball soup with no chicken in it. If I remember correctly, Nate-N-Al serves theirs with little or no meat.

Dec 30, 2006
roastingjoe in Los Angeles Area

Ultimate Restaurants 2006

1. Whist at the Viceroy - nails on the entire tasting menu
2. Opus - the previous posts speak for themselves
3. Jitalda - the most consistent and friendliest Thai restraurant in Thaitown
4. Honey Pig - very underated K-town star
5. Jiraffe - consistency deserves reward

And may I commend the above posters...nary a mention of Campanile, the most over-rated restaurant on earth.

Dec 20, 2006
roastingjoe in Los Angeles Area

Best chicken tacos

I live for the chicken tacos at Metro Grill (Olive St at Venice Blvd). Now this place is a greasy, fast food place. I would not touch the burgers and egg fare. But the cook does a few things really well. The chicken tacos (soft tortillas) are brilliant. The chicken is slow cooked and drenched in spices and broth. It is topped with lettuce and salsa. This is one big taco for a buck. Two to three make a meal. Warning: they are messy, leave your dainty dining companions at home. Also, try the homemade papusas. Very nice folks, too.

Nov 30, 2006
roastingjoe in Los Angeles Area

Urth Caffe--Culver City on Washington

This was their old commissary, which has since moved to a much larger location. Many of urth's items are prepared off-premise.

Sep 22, 2006
roastingjoe in Los Angeles Area

Is there sushi in Culver City for us?

I have been there at least 50 times and NEVER had a bad experience. Toshi is a gentleman and skilled sushi chef. Very solid omakase for a reasonable fee. The staff is friendly with no pretention at all.

Aug 22, 2006
roastingjoe in Los Angeles Area