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Hollywood Pies - FINALLY some decent Chicago Pizza in LA

I ordered from them this past weekend (for the second time). The first time I tried their pizza, we got a large Spinach pie. This time my husband felt like sausage, so I tried to get sausage on half and was told they couldn't do it, but I could get 2 small pies instead - so we went with a small spinach and a small classic chicago. Maybe it was just the "half" topping they had trouble with. Or maybe it's a new policy. Or maybe it varies depending whom you speak with.

Oct 25, 2011
msmerymac in Los Angeles Area

Hollywood Pies - FINALLY some decent Chicago Pizza in LA

They do not allow you to add other toppings to their "specialty" pizzas. However, I've gotten the spinach and it is AMAZING. Just get whatever sounds good.

Oct 23, 2011
msmerymac in Los Angeles Area

Anyone else watching "America's Next Great Restaurant"? * Spoilers *

I think the Indian guy will win and I think that's been obvious since early on.

I think they really missed out with the grilled cheese concept. It's already a very successful food truck concept.

Apr 27, 2011
msmerymac in Food Media & News

Anyone else watching "America's Next Great Restaurant"? * Spoilers *

Unfortunately I've been to Big Wangs many, many times. As I've gotten older and can afford to spend more than $3 on a beer, I've gone less and less. And I'll never go again.

PS, he mentioned his concept was "upscale sports bar food." He got the sports bar part right. The upscale? No. There are actually several beer places in the area, including a sports bar across the street from his Hollywood location, that do serve upscale food. His is regular bar food - wings, nachos, mozzarella sticks that come from the freezer, wraps, sandwiches, something called the "heart attack" which is fries or tater tots (frozen) with bacon and alfredo sauce. Just mediocre. Good greasy food for drinking. Not somewhere I'd go if I didn't want to 1) drink Stella or Pyramid Hef all night or 2) watch sports or 3) get run into by some frat boy who's getting into a fight and accidentally trips over my table.

Mar 09, 2011
msmerymac in Food Media & News

Best thing I ate at the L.A. County Fair...

My perennial favorite is the deep fried avocado. A little sprinkle of lemon juice and... mmmm.

Sep 07, 2010
msmerymac in Los Angeles Area

SACRILEGE: I don't actually enjoy the Hollywood FM.

Try going on a rainy day. It's dead!

Aug 04, 2010
msmerymac in Los Angeles Area

SACRILEGE: I don't actually enjoy the Hollywood FM.

I find the selection at the weekend SM market to be dismal. I've never been to the Wednesday market, but the Sunday market dedicates too much space to the donkey rides and prepared foods, and not enough to fruits and vegetables. The crepes are good, though.

Aug 04, 2010
msmerymac in Los Angeles Area

SACRILEGE: I don't actually enjoy the Hollywood FM.

Well, you're right. When I talk to people who tell me that farmer's markets are cheap I admit that I have no idea what they're talking about because I shop at the HFM. But I don't mind. And the herb person I buy basil from sells all herbs for $3/bunch, which is a much better deal than Whole Foods. (Yes, I've compared the size - and no, I don't always shop at Whole Foods.) I also love the organic avocados down near Sunset. I mean, part of it is about directly supporting "local" farmers, not where I can get the best deal.

The part I dislike most is the crowd, for sure. Especially if we try to buy something for breakfast and then try to get a seat at one of the 3 pitiful tables they have set up on Cosmo. Or the people with shopping-cart sized grocery bins who seem to stop every 5 feet smack in the middle of the aisle. Or the people who disregard health code and bring their pets to the market. But it's Hollywood - what are you going to do? If you go RIGHT when they open (around 8:30), it's a lot less crowded. If you go near the end of the day (around 1) the prices might be cheaper.

Tip: park at Arclight, it's $2 and there are always a ton of spots.

Aug 04, 2010
msmerymac in Los Angeles Area

Total Carnage! Gourmet Burger Battle – 26 Beach vs. Umami vs. Father’s Office vs. Golden State vs. Morton’s vs. Anisette vs. Lucky Devils vs. 25 Degrees vs. 8 oz vs. Rustic Canyon! [Review] w/ Pics!

I actually quite like Lucky Devil's. However, that might be because 1) The have the best veggie burger in LA (26 ingredients) and 2) I'm a condiment whore. Anyway, the veggie burger is very flavorful. It definitely has beets (it's bright red), but doesn't taste too beet-y for me. It comes with cheddar, caramelized onion and special sauce, and I usually add avocado.

I agree about 25 degrees. I was not impressed. Much more impressed by the Counter, frankly.

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Lucky Devils
6613 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Aug 04, 2010
msmerymac in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Best Overall Tasting Menu in LA / OC....

To me, both the food AND service were outstanding at Providence. The service at Melisse was subpar at best. My gnocci was also so salty I had trouble eating it.

Aug 04, 2010
msmerymac in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Best Overall Tasting Menu in LA / OC....

I agree with this. I believe the 5 course menu is around $90 before alcohol. Personally I have not had a good experience at Melisse, though.

Aug 04, 2010
msmerymac in Los Angeles Area

Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie in Agoura Hills

LAist had a review of the mac and cheese last week.

Personally, I'd love to try the beer. I'll probably try the food while there, since it's an area in which I'm unfamiliar with good food choices.

Aug 04, 2010
msmerymac in Los Angeles Area

Fruli (Fruit) Beer?

I'm dreaming about Fruli too! I found a pub on the Marylebone high street that had draft strawberry Fruli and loved it so much that I went back to that same pub a week later, when passing through London again on the way back from Scotland.

The problem is that Fruli isn't a lambic - it's 70% wheat beer and 30% fruit juice, added almost at the very end. Lambics tend to be too sweet for me (especially lindemann's), more like a fruit cider. Although some of the non-lindemann's raspberry lambics are okay. Fruli was more like a beer smoothie! Or like making fresh strawberry lemonade in the summer... only with beer instead of lemonade! I know Canada has fruli, and they're in the US, just not sure where. I plan on talking to the beer distribution guy at K and L Wines on Sunset, near Vine. They're great at getting stuff in - as long as they're able to, based on who the distributor is, etc.

Sep 07, 2009
msmerymac in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Baked Potato Toppings?

Agreed! A nice lentil curry is wonderful. I also love hummus, pesto, garlic aioli, any kind of salsa, corn relish with avocado, vegetable chili, even coleslaw.

Sep 01, 2009
msmerymac in Home Cooking

Anybody been to Boho on Sunset?

Count me in as a lover of Boho. I thought Charcoal was the worst sort of mediocre, with watery drinks and un-memorable food. Boho, on the other hand... well, after my first experience, I liked it so much that I went back the next night after seeing a movie. Pair this with Cafe W as as my favorite restaurants in the Sunset/Vine-Cahuenga corridor area.

I've had several of the vegetable dishes (the corn and the green beans) which were lovely. The pizzas are thin and crisp - so far I've tried the potato and the asparagus. Neither had sauce, though I think some of their pizzas do. My friend quite liked her burrata salad. My favorite thing, though, seriously, has got to be the french fries. They make everything from scratch. I don't really like ketchup and will only eat it on fries. Let me just tell you... I could eat their ketchup with a spoon. It's sweet and amazing. The fries come with homemade ketchup and garlic aioli. My boyfriend had the oyster sliders and liked them. The beer selection is wonderful. It might be the only place in LA I've seen that has Woodchuck cider on tap. Service has been good, too, and I quite like the decor with all the brick and wood.

Jun 29, 2009
msmerymac in Los Angeles Area

Another report on Saturday night at Providence

It's GREAT to know they can do a lovely vegetarian tasting menu! My boyfriend and I went last year, and because I'm a vegetarian we figured we couldn't do a tasting, and therefore went simply with appetizers and a main, plus the 5 course dessert tasting menu (with wine pairing). Even without the tasting menu, we thought it was the best restaurant we've been to in LA. I can't wait to go back now!

May 21, 2009
msmerymac in Los Angeles Area

Chiles en Nogada - alternate filling

I had an AMAZING chile en nogada in Santa Fe at a local restaurant that was vegetarian. It was stuffed with a mix of raisins, apples, onions, and perhaps a few other morsels. The nogada sauce was made with walnuts and goat cheese, rather than the traditional queso fresco, and it was of course topped with pomegranate seeds. Delicious. The restaurant was called Cafe Pasqual and I think they have a cookbook with the recipe.

May 04, 2009
msmerymac in Home Cooking

Road Construction Ahead - Uneven Pavement at Susan Feniger's STREET (or, A Great Concept Still Needing Some Polish) [Review] w/ Pics!

I was there for dinner on Saturday, thinking that by about 2 weeks, they would start to work out the kinks. I'm happy to report that we had a delightful experience! I adore Border Grill (and Latin food in general) but Street is much closer to my house. It does have a decidedly Asian influence, but the dishes are good. I think she's trying to make them recognizable while putting her own spin on them.

My boyfriend got the Daiquiri (amazing) and I go the Godfather (good) to start with at the bar, and we also had a few of the beers on the list (the weisse beers). On the bartender's recommendation, we got the kaya toast, which may have been the best dish of the night! We also had the Turkish Zucchini Spinach Cake, and the Thai Bites. I'm vegetarian, so they put the dried shrimp on the side, and gave us a date past, rather than the palm caramel (which is made with fish sauce). The other items on the Thai bites plate included sand dollar-sized collard greens for wraps, lime-scented onion, coconut, thai chiles, and crushed peanuts. They were like little explosions of thai flavor in your mouth. For a main course, I had the Spicy Peanut Noodles with Vegetables, which I liked, mainly because of the sauce. They also didn't put TOO much tofu in there, which is nice. My boyfriend had some kind of mussel and seafood dish, which he said was good. For desert we got the Egyptian Basbousa Cake, which was good because I prefer fruit flavors to chocolate, or other overly-sweet concoctions. At this point I was stuffed, but I liked the lime curd and fresh berries.

Maybe we just got lucky with what we ordered, but I'll probably go back. The New Jerusalem Artichoke Salad did look really tempting.

As a vegetarian, it's often hard for me to try street food or some of the other authentic dishes you can get in Koreatown, Little Tokyo, etc. This is definitely a place to go if you're planning a nice night out, maybe before a party or a bar, and don't necessarily want to be standing in line at a taco truck I guess.

Apr 14, 2009
msmerymac in Los Angeles Area