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McDonald's alternative

What is a good McDonald's alternative?

I live in West Hollywood and it seems like every McDonald's that I go to within a 3-mile radius is filled with the homeless and near-homeless.

Other restaurants have a dollar menu and other cheap food but for some reason McDonald's seems to draw more homeless and near-homeless than any other fast food chain.

Why do you think this is?

Aug 02, 2009
chow_main in Los Angeles Area

Best cheap canned beer

I bought a 12-pack of Keystone Light and a 12-pack of Old Milwaukee Light from Bevmo on Sunday. I tried one of each. Horrible!

I think that these beers are marketed to kids so kids can feel cool for drinking a whole 6-pack because this beer is essentially water. The beer can is probably filled half-way and then topped off with water.

I tried a can of Tecate Light. The taste that came to mind is "dirty dishwater" - I poured the rest of the can down the drain.

Also, it seems like some of the cheap beer cans simply don't get cold. I think this type of beer is really designed to be stored in an iced-down cooler. I think that's the only way to really get this beer cold.

I saw an 18-pack of bud light on sale at CVS for about 60 cents per can. I think my best bet may be to buy the good stuff on sale and pay a small premium over the low end stuff.

I googled bevmo amstel light and they sell it in bottles for about $1/peice. IMO, Amstel Light is the ultimate light beer. I've been drinking it nearly exclusively for the last 3 years and I'm never disappointed....

Jun 08, 2009
chow_main in Los Angeles Area

Best cheap canned beer

What do you think is the best cheap canned beer that can be bought in L.A.?

$5 for a 6-pack seems like a good price cap for cheap beer ( < $1/beer ).

Shaefer's Light was kind of popular back in high school. I seem to remember that it was pretty good.

Old Milwaukee Best Light was very popular back in high school. I haven't had it since 1993. I seem to remember that it was fairly watered down.

It looks like BevMo! sells Keystone Light 30-pack for $14 which seems like a great value ( < $.50/can) - http://www.bevmo.com/Shop/ProductDeta...

What's your opinion?

Jun 05, 2009
chow_main in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a trendy Mexican restaurant in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills area

Can someone point me to a trendy/happening Mexican restaurant in the West Hollywood / Beverly Hills area? Preferrably with good margaritas. Looking for a mid-20's to late-30's crowd.

May 25, 2009
chow_main in Los Angeles Area

Best hot dog in LA?

I like Pink's - way better than Weinershnitzel

May 25, 2009
chow_main in Los Angeles Area

What are the main types of Sake?

Whole Foods sells a lot of different sakes.

I tried one a few weeks ago - Junmai (sp?) - The brand of this was "sake2me", with carbonation and some additional flavoring - one was citrus and one was pear. I thought that these tasted good and had a good "buzz".

I tried another variety of sake tonight - Ginjo. It seems like Ginjo sake has 15% alcohol while Junmai sake only has 7% alcohol. The brand of Ginjo I had tonight doesn't have any additional flavoring. It tastes OK and pairs well with sushi.

What is your favorite variety and brand of sake? Are the expensive ones really any better than the cheaper ones?

May 02, 2009
chow_main in Beer

Fazoli's alternative in L.A.?

I've lived in areas in the past which had a Fazoli's restaurant nearby.

For those of you who may not be familiar with Fazoli's - it's an Italian restaurant - www.fazolis.com.

I used to love their baked spaghetti with pepperoni and sausage with their excellent breadsticks and a frozen lemonade.

Unfortunately, Fazoli's doesn't have a location in L.A. (the closest location is in Chino Hills).

So has anyone here ever been to Fazoli's? If so then can you recommend any alternatives in L.A.?

May 02, 2009
chow_main in Los Angeles Area

Looking for southern style chicken fingers (the kind they serve with Texas toast and special sauce)

Uh oh - based on the lack of response, I'm guessing that a comparable restaurant doesn't exist out here :(

Apr 07, 2009
chow_main in Los Angeles Area

Looking for good all-night or late night dining around Melrose/La Cienega

I'm looking for good all-night or late night dining around the Melrose/La Cienega area.

There's IHOP on Santa Monica/Melrose and Los Tacos around Santa Monica/Crescent Heights. There's Carl's Jr. on La Brea and Sunset(?) but I'm not sure if they're open 24 hours.

So can you recommend any good all night or late night places in the Melrose/La Cienega area were I can pick up a bite to eat?

Apr 07, 2009
chow_main in Los Angeles Area

Looking for southern style chicken fingers (the kind they serve with Texas toast and special sauce)

In the South, there are a few fast food chains that serve chicken fingers that are *really* good. I'm not sure how to best describe the chicken fingers but this style is served with Texas toast and special sauce.

The 2 major chains that I'm aware of are Raising Canes (www.raisingcanes.com) and Guthries (www.guthrieschicken.com). There was also a place called Bailey's Chicken Fingers a few years ago but I'm not sure if they're still around.

I haven't seen any of these chains in L.A. Does anyone know if a franchise of any of these or similar restaurants exists in L.A.?

Apr 07, 2009
chow_main in Los Angeles Area

Pepperoni rolls in L.A.?

Wow - thanks! Both of them *do* have an item called pepperoni rolls. Sounds like it might be pretty close to what I'm looking for. I'll have to check them out!

Apr 07, 2009
chow_main in Los Angeles Area

Pepperoni rolls in L.A.?

I called Valentino's - they said that they had sausage rolls but no pepperoni rolls :(

Apr 06, 2009
chow_main in Los Angeles Area

Best time to eat Pink's?

After 9pm on Sunday is good, especially if it's raining

Apr 05, 2009
chow_main in Los Angeles Area

"Siam Best" in venice on Lincoln, it is NOT

I used to go here on Christmas night when other restuarants were closed or whenever I had a really hard day and I wanted to eat somewhere low key.

This was about 2 years ago. I always liked it and the service was always really friendly. My expectations were really just a hole in the wall low key Thai restaurant and this place more than fit the bill.

Sorry to hear you had a bad experience there. Maybe you have more experience at Thai restaurants than I do but I have eaten at many fine restaurants and think that it's possible that your expectations may have been too high for the type of restaurant this is.

Apr 05, 2009
chow_main in Los Angeles Area

Pepperoni rolls in L.A.?

Tustin is a bit out of the way from West Hollywood. Sbarro stromboli's are a different animal. If you're ever in Texas I highly recommend trying the pepperoni rolls at DoubleDave's!

Apr 05, 2009
chow_main in Los Angeles Area

Pepperoni rolls in L.A.?

I spent 5 years in Dallas, TX. There is a popular pizza chain in Texas called DoubleDave's.

DoubleDave's has something called pepperoni rolls which are *awesome*.

Here's a pic - http://www.saflavors.com/wp-content/u...

I haven't come across any pepperoni rolls in L.A yet. Does anyone know if this type of thing is available around here?

Apr 05, 2009
chow_main in Los Angeles Area