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Rivera or Serenata di Garibaldi?

I assume you're talking about the Boyle Heights location. Your unhelpful statement sounds like a criticism from the LA Times in the Nineties when the Serenata enterprise was in decline. Have you been to Boyle Heights in the last ten years? What is it that disturbed you so much that you had to make this confrontational, content-free claim?

Jan 16, 2010
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BBQ Ribs?

I've lived all over Texas, the South, and the Midwest, and I'm not sure what you mean by "black BBQ." For a long time I've seen people of many races, persuasions, and backgrounds in every kind of BBQ joint. In any case, I agree that Phillips can be very good -- although I always get the sauce on the side -- and they're certainly a favorite with many on this board. When the current thread started in 2004, plenty of our fellow 'hounds were raving about the place. Why no one mentioned Phillip's above, I can't say. (BTW, it's easy to find old reviews in a Google site search. For example: site:chowhound.chow.com Phillip's barbecue 2001.) Big Mista, Blake's, KC BBQ, and many others in LA and OC also have good-to-outstanding ribs, although I don't know if you'd consider the barbecue at all of them "black." Are these some of the ones you had in mind when you declared Phillip's "best"?

One more thing: there's a new Phillip's in Chino at 11748 Central Ave. and 909-517-3500. It's almost as easy to get to from the 60 as the Crenshaw location is from the 10, and very friendly people run the place.

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Phillips Barbecue
4307 Leimert Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Phillips Barbeque
2619 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Phillips Barbecue
1517 Centinela Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302

Jan 16, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Rivera or Serenata di Garibaldi?

Those bottles ... and don't forget their tequila-cured salmon sope, which is my favorite dish. Yes, being able to order a tequila shot or cocktail would be nice.

Jan 16, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Rivera or Serenata di Garibaldi?

I forget the liquor situation at the two Westside branches of La Serenata de Garibaldi, but the original, best location in Boyle Heights serves only wine margaritas, unless something has changed recently. Babita also lacks a hard-liquor license, and La Casita has no alcohol at all -- just great food. So if your heart is set on a fine, traditional margarita, you'll have to go to places like Rivera, Ciudad, and Border Grill (which I discovered last year is much better than it used to be). If not breaking the bank is also important, La Cabanita is a charming place with decent food (excellent soups and cheese enchiladas, good mole poblano, so-so chile en nogada), a good selection of tequila, and mid-range prices.

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La Cabanita
3447 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91208

Jan 16, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Any, I mean any good restaurants in Burbank?

Russell's was fabulous in the Eighties, Will, when they had at least three branches in Long Beach and one in Seal Beach. Their pies with the huge meringues, their juicy burgers, and those hash browns were all great. Nowadays, the one remaining location is a girl-scout cookie in a red-velvet bakery, but the hash browns were still decent the last time I was there (a couple of years ago). PnB's are even better, so I'd love to hear how they all stack up against Harry's. I'm also very interested in Honeychan's description of Harry's non-Belgian waffles and might mosey on over to see for myself.

Jan 16, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Any, I mean any good restaurants in Burbank?

Can anyone compare Harry's to Pie 'n Burger or Russell's on hash browns?

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Russell's
30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

Pie 'n Burger
913 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

Jan 16, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

How to impress a chef with a Westside brunch?

I should have been more explicit, Servorg. My message was: Rethink your plans. Most of the places mentioned in this thread will not impress a French Laundry chef from Montreal who hangs out in Paris. Instead, try something unusual (for him) but typical for Los Angeles and satisfying to the tooth and tongue. Who knows, when he works up the nerve to discuss the experience with his new boss, we might see Keller in there devouring that salsa after bowling a few games! ;-)

Jan 16, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

How to impress a chef with a Westside brunch?

tissue, I like your general idea better than any other. When I worked in restaurants, I always wanted to eat somewhere that didn't remind me of the smell under my fingernails and in my shoe leather. For the OP's Kellerite, I'd choose something deeply Angeleno and would also broaden the idea of breakfast or brunch to other light dishes. Too bad Yuca's and La Casita Mexicana are so far away and that the Westside branches of La Serenata are deficient. mollyomormon has a great suggestion, however: Pepy's Galley.

Jan 16, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Petit Fours

Check the Wikipedia entry for an interesting picture of petits fours arranged in a tower.

Ap-Petite ( http://ap-petite.com ) doesn't have exactly what you're looking for, but they do offer brilliant little pastries and cakes that you might find inspiring and possibly useful.

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AP-Petite
140 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

Jan 16, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

blue bayou monte cristo sandwich

"greasy, more bread and batter than anything else, totally unedible."

But that's what a Monte Crisco is! ;-) Can anyone point to an edible version in Southern California?

Jan 16, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Langer's: The Next Step

Actually, Poot, that's the issue: is Langer's "the best deli in So Cal," or is it the deli that sells the best pastrami in Southern California (or even, possibly, the Nation)?

Jan 11, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Best Burger in LA?

"I actually think a good part of the overall taste comes from the condiments, which is why Father's Office is understandably particular about serving the burger their way."

There's a very good chance you're right, a_and_w. Thanks for your honest assessment.

The fact that so much of the flavor comes from something other than beef is one reason why I don't care for F.O., even though I like their particular condiments. Talking about whether you should flavor a steak or roast with sauce and spices, James Beard once wrote, in effect, a small amount is OK, but don't disguise the great flavor of fine beef. I agree to the extent that I never have (non-beef-stock-based) sauces on steak or roasts and often order a good hamburger medium-rare and plain, not even with cheese. I don't expect most people to go along with that but do recommend trying it at your favorite place at least once. You might be surprised at what it reveals -- good or bad -- about the burger you've been eating.

Jan 11, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Langer's: The Next Step

"... gives a slight edge to The Hat's pastrami over Langers ...."

Ann, please, ... children read this Web site!

Jan 11, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Stonehill Tavern - can anyone tell me if this is THE place to eat?

Last year I had the Stonehill Tavern tasting menu a couple of times, and thought it was superb. I've been going to Mina's places since I lived in the Bay Area and have covered most of them in California and Las Vegas. His modern versions of comfy classics, as well as the new explorations, are almost uniformly excellent to my taste, and the wine pairings (especially off the premium list) are more than after-thoughts. Service at Stonehill has also been very professional, if a bit too businesslike from one or two servers, and the room is attractive but oddly shaped -- long and narrow -- as one occasionally finds in hotels. It's a fine place for a serious but enjoyable meal at a luxury resort.

You say you'll have just one dinner in Southern California but mention only Orange County restaurants. Is that where you will be staying? If so, you might also consider Studio (another resort restaurant), Craig Strong's new place in Laguna Beach. I'm still trying to get over there, but I greatly enjoyed Strong's cooking at the Langham (previously, the Ritz) in Pasadena, as did the little fat tire man from France. See the LA Times review of the new place here: http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

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Stonehill Tavern
St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629

Studio
30801 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA

Jan 11, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Il Dolce Pizzeria- Costa Mesa....finally a real deal unpretentious artisanal pizzeria

Thanks -- I'll try to get over there this week.

Jan 11, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Best Burger in LA?

P.S. All that said, as soon as I finish my current investigations into Langer's, the best tortillas, and O.C. "artisanal" pizza pies, I plan to head back to F.O. and compare it to Umami and other recent trends ... purely objectively. ;-)

Jan 11, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Best Burger in LA?

One time at Cut I ordered the steak "tasting" and compared Japanese Wagyu, SRF Kobe, and good old (35 days hanging) Nebraska dry-aged prime. According to my taste, the Cornhuskers beef won going away (although I am partial to the SRF tri-tip that I prepare at home). I'm certainly not saying that PnB uses top domestic prime -- far from it -- only that it's good enough, that the best-named food isn't always the best, and that I'd much rather eat at a place that thinks more of its customers -- and happens to serve great hashbrowns -- than its own private burger vision. I'd also much rather eavesdrop on conversations between Cal Tech students than learn what I learn from the F.O. crowd.

If the only choices were Burger King and F.O., I'd hold my nose and head to the Office. (I mean this here freedom thing is fine, but let's not go crazy!) Fortunately, that's not the case.

Jan 11, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Il Dolce Pizzeria- Costa Mesa....finally a real deal unpretentious artisanal pizzeria

Does anyone know if Il Dolce is open continuously from lunch through dinner? I can't find their hours anywhere.

Jan 11, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Breakfast in Pasadena

Leave us not overlook the hashbrowns at Russell's -- a mere wisp of its long-ago Long Beach-y self but still worthy at breakfast. (Hashbrowns available anytime, however.)

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Russell's
30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

Jan 11, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Very soon to be RIP: How's Market in North Hollywood

We'll find other places to buy food -- let's hope the employees find new jobs.

Jan 10, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

MINI-REVIEW: Seafare Inn - Whittier's Heirloom of the Sea

Hey, you weren't kidding -- a restaurant in Whittier owned by the Milhous family. No mention of the trickster, however.

It sounds like a great throwback (the 1961 menu is a nice touch) and reminds me of similar restaurants all over the Midwest, usually near a lake. I think I'll stop by and do my part to lower the average customer age.

By the way, the Web site ( http://seafareinn.net/ ) says they're open on Sundays.

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Seafare Inn
16363 Whittier Blvd, Whittier, CA 90603

Jan 10, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Mostly Underwhelmed at Billy's

You call THAT a celeb sighting? Let me tell you a celeb sighting ...!

It must have been incredible, monku. Did Youngman leave his violin case open for customers to toss in tips? ;-JD)

Jan 10, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Mostly Underwhelmed at Billy's

Hey, Briggs, you're the kind of 'hound I wanted to see post his ideas about what to have other than pastrami at Langer's -- over at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/678379 . How about giving us the benefit of your "deli-purist genes. Or obsession."

Jan 10, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Mexican near Griffith Park?

On its worst days, Yuca's is far greater than decent; on its best, it is the best. I keep hearing how fine the burgers are, but I can never pull myself away from the cochinita pibil burrito. BTW, I haven't been to the "offshoot" and would be interested in hearing reports, because of its longer hours. But there's something about the original Yuca's -- where you stand in a liquor-store parking lot and chat with the lady who takes your order -- that cannot be denied.

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Yuca's
2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Jan 10, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Il Dolce Pizzeria- Costa Mesa....finally a real deal unpretentious artisanal pizzeria

That's a hell of a report, Salt. I hope we're paying you enough! ;-)

I also hope my first visit to PeV (on a busy Friday evening) merely caught them in a bad-dough moment. I look forward to trying again and comparing them to what seems to be an ever-improving Il Dolce. It's great to be able to have these kinds of discussions about OC pizza, and I'd love to see BBQ places over there raising the same kind of interest.

Jan 10, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Is this breakfast dish available in LA?

Nothing listed exactly that way on Pann's breakfast menu, but all the components are available a la carte, so I'm sure they'd put it together.

BTW, a couple of years ago I complained here about the off flavors of Pann's white gravy and have only recently discovered they have three gravies -- brown, white, and country. I had country gravy last week, and it was delicious. I'm now willing to believe that the bad white gravy in the distant past, with its vague reminder of fried bologna (don't ask me how I recognized it), was anomalous. I almost always like the brown gravy, but I was trying the country version because the brown that night stank -- the first time in my experience -- and it ruined my fantastically juicy and crunchy Southern-fried pork chops. All this is to say: If you assemble your dream breakfast at Pann's, get the gravy on the side for a preliminary taste test.

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Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Jan 09, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

anyone eaten at sushi corner (overland/palms area)??

niko niko is
west of hiko (mention spring)
should be on pico

The first committee-written haiku on a food board in 2010!

Jan 09, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Joey's Smokin BBQ Manhattan Beach

As are the ribs at Big Mista. Again, search for details.

If you ever get down Anaheim way, Blake's pulled pork is unusual and delicious to my taste. It might seem strange to a Memphian -- very firm, covered in a sweetish Alabama-style sauce -- but if you like Corky's chopped pork you should like Blake's pulled pork, because of the sauce and the burnt ends. Blake's ribs are also very good but not in the same universe as Big Mista's.

Jan 09, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Interesting Italian (not old school) in Glendale / Los Feliz Area?

And if you're willing to stray from Glendale, consider Celestino ( www.calogerodrago.com ), where you can choose from many well-known classic Italian dishes, plus, e.g., swordfish carpaccio with orange and fennel salad, risotto with roasted pheasant and morels, roast rabbit with black olive sauce, .... It's not old-school dead-and-red Italian-American. Also, excellent professional service in a very friendly dining room.

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Celestino
141 South Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

Jan 09, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area

Joey's Smokin BBQ Manhattan Beach

About a year ago I stopped by the one in Carlsbad. The food was edible, but, for the life of me, I can't remember much else about it.

If you're in the Manhattan Beach area, try Big Mista ( http://bigmista.com/ ) on Thursdays at the El Segundo Farmers Market. (Search this board for all the reasons why.) Then, for an excellent dessert, drive down PCH a few miles to Glacier Ice Cream in MB ( http://www.glacierhomemadeicecream.co... ). Two scoops of coffee ice cream in a homemade waffle bowl is a perfect ending to a great BBQ meal.

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Glacier Ice Cream & Gelato
1605 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Jan 09, 2010
Harry Nile in Los Angeles Area