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Du-Par's Opening in Encino

Pancakes at Studio City location are NOTHING like they used to be before the new ownership. Many, many years ago the pancakes were unbelievably good and so different from other run-of-the-mill coffee shops and breakfast places. Now, forget it - I never even think of going there.

Oct 15, 2014
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

the HAMLET has reopened

We attempted to go tonight to celebrate our son's birthday. We were looking forward to a nice taste of nostalgia - and I was craving the French Onion Soup, in spite of "Nosh's" review from yesterday. When we walked in, we noticed many parties waiting by the check-in desk, however, more than half of the tables were empty. We overheard the hostess quoting that there was at least a half-hour wait for a party of four. Someone must have asked why, considering the place was at least half empty and we heard her say that the kitchen was backlogged. We waited our turn and when we reached the hostess desk, she confirmed the "at least half-hour" wait. We walked out.

Though we are completely familiar with the rule about not going to a "new" restaurant shortly after opening, this was not a positive experience and I don't know that we'll be rushing back anytime soon.

Sep 19, 2014
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

John OGroat's Sudden Demise

Would love to hear why this location closed. I know they didn't do much of a dinner business, but breakfast and lunch was always crowded. Perhaps it was too pricey in this economy?

Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

Have they been discontinued at all LA area Costco food courts?

Jul 04, 2014
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Villa Italian, Culver City Pizza

Thanks for the updates. We went tonight and were completely underwhelmed. I live in the Valley so don't get over the hill as much as I used to (pre-kids), and I only make it there every so often. I've been going to Villa Italian for over thirty years and have always LOVED and craved their pizza.

Tonight, the crust was dry, not crunchy or crispy at all - more like tomato sauce and cheese over stale flatter-than-normal bread with no taste or character. I went with my two kids, who have fairly discriminating palates for kids, and one said the pizza tasted like Chuck E. Cheese pizza and the other said it tasted like "Kid's birthday party pizza."

Since they are closing soon, I wanted to love it and couldn't wait for one last pizza. What a disappointment. If this is the way their pizza has changed since the good old days, no wonder they are closing.

Jun 21, 2014
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Villa Italian, Culver City Pizza

I called Villa Italian today and they are very much open...they said until 9pm tonight - looks like you read some bad info...

Jun 17, 2014
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

What markets still sell Paradise Tropical Tea?

I used to buy Paradise Tropical Tea at Ralph's but they no longer carry it. I checked Vons/Pavillions and Albertson's and they don't stock it either. In searching on-line, it appears it may not be sold in markets anymore, but I thought I'd post to see if anyone has seen it locally recently in the Los Angeles area. These are the yellow boxes with four bags of tea inside that each bag brews a large pitcher of flavored tea - Tropical, Passion Fruit, etc.

Any leads would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Jul 30, 2013
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Diet Coke for Passover - Los Angeles area

Has anyone seen it in the LA area yet? Last year, it was unavailable and not stocked at Ralphs, Vons or any of the major markets. There was a shipment sent from the New York area at one small market on La Brea one day and the wait was hours long.

Just wanted to see if anyone's heard if it will be available widely this year.
Thanks!

Mar 06, 2013
rockhead in Kosher

Streit's matzo meal in SGV area

A cause is likely the area - the SGV. In terms of numbers, not too many Jews in this area compared to parts of the SFV and Westside. I recall an off-putting experience I had many years ago at a Ralph's in Pasadena at Passover time. There was a Kosher TABLE (not a section or little area) with a couple of boxes of matzah and a can or two of macaroons - that was the extent of their Passover selection. I was looking at the items and a guy came up to me and made, what I consider, an insensitive ignorant comment regarding the food items.

Nov 30, 2012
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

LA Pumpkin Pie Pursuit Report -- 2012

Has anyone tried the seasonal Pumpkin Pie at Bea's Bakery in Tarzana? Any other suggestions for us Valley folk that can't get over the hill to the Westside before Thursday? I know of 4 N 20 and Marie's of course, but looking for something better this year. Had enough of Costco. Thanks!

Nov 20, 2012
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Manischewitz Banana Split Macaroons - LA area?

Has anyone seen them recently. I believe Ralph's had them a few weeks back but am now unable to find this particular flavor. Has anyone seen this type in the last few days? Thanks!

Apr 05, 2012
rockhead in Kosher

Manischewitz Banana Split Macaroons - LA area?

Has anyone seen them recently. I believe Ralph's had them a few weeks back but am now unable to find this particular flavor. Has anyone seen this type in the last few days? Thanks!

Apr 05, 2012
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Diet Coke - Desperately Seeking Kosher for Passover in LA!

I've searched the web and have discovered that, officially, Coca Cola Kosher for Passover products are not going to be available in markets in California this year. However, I went to Cambridge Farms in North Hollywood tonight and they had plenty of regular Coca Cola for Passover but are completely out of Diet Coke, which they did have.

I spoke to a manager-type who said their shipment of Coca Cola products came from New York and they sold all the Diet Coke they had. Has anyone seen Diet Coke (2 liter bottles) that's Kosher for Passover (specific yellow cap) recently in the LA area?

Thanks!

Apr 04, 2012
rockhead in Kosher

Diet Coke - Desperately seeking Kosher for Passover in LA?

I've searched the web and have discovered that, officially, Coca Cola Kosher for Passover products are not going to be available in markets in California this year. However, I went to Cambridge Farms in North Hollywood tonight and they had plenty of regular Coca Cola for Passover but are completely out of Diet Coke, which they did have.

I spoke to a manager-type who said their shipment of Coca Cola products came from New York and they sold all the Diet Coke they had. Has anyone seen Diet Coke (2 liter bottles) that's Kosher for Passover (specific yellow cap) recently in the LA area?

Thanks!

Apr 04, 2012
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Coming from LA - Restaurant recommendations near Hotel Nikko

Coming up to San Francisco from Los Angeles for my birthday weekend. We're staying at Hotel Nikko near Union Square and are only in town from late Friday through Sunday afternoon. This is a special birthday for me (50th) so I'd love to get some restaurant recommendations from those in the know. We'd like to stay fairly close to the hotel but would be willing to travel if there's a place we shouldn't miss. Not into super-fancy, less is more - into seafood, Italian, steaks, etc.

We've previously been to Sear's Fine Food for breakfast, any other great breakfast spots near Union Square?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Decent pizza in Burbank for kids birthday party?

Thanks for all the feedback. I'm very familiar with Dino's, but don't think it's cost effective for feeding 25 kids plus assorted parents. That's A LOT of pizzas to buy = a lot of dough $$. Any other suggestions for decent pizza in this area for feeding a large group? I'd go with Costco, but it has to be delivered because we'll be busy at the party and won't be able to leave to pick-up.

Thanks!

Sep 15, 2011
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Decent pizza in Burbank for kids birthday party?

Looking for a decent-to-good affordable pizza place in Burbank that will deliver for a kid's birthday party. Need to feed about 25 kids. Costco pizza isn't an option due to the delivery issue. I know there's a "Big Mama & Papas" pizza in Burbank and they specialize in the huge party pie, but, honestly, don't love their pizza.

Because of the number of kids to feed, need something price-wise that won't break the bank.

Thanks!

Sep 14, 2011
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Need help in Northridge/Granada Hills

How could this thread have gotten so far without mentioning Brent's? Brent's puts all the other places mentioned to shame.

Jun 05, 2011
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Oak Fire Pizza Sherman Oaks-Is it really Deep Dish?

I've been reading lots of conflicitng information regarding Oak Fire Pizza and if they truly serve Chicago Style Deep Dish pizza. Most of the reviews comment on their thin crust pizza and one said they don't serve Deep Dish style. Not interested in thin crust.

My little boy likes Numero Uno, and wants to experience a good /real Deep Dish pizza. - we're talking just a basic Cheese pizza - nothing fancy. Has to be in the San Fernando Valley. Was hoping Oak Fire would be the answer. Looking forward to hearing the real deal on whether Oak FIre fits this bill.

Thanks!

May 02, 2011
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for great classic French Dip Sandwich in the SFV

Looking for a tasty, traditional French Dip Sandwich with Roast Beef piled high in the San Fernando Valley. I'd like a more casual restaurant/stand than a full service-restaurant. I'm a fan of the French Dip at the Pasadena Sandwich Company, so thinking about something along those lines, but in the Studio City/Sherman Oaks/Encino/Burbank area.

Thanks!

Mar 16, 2011
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

CPK ASAP closed in Sherman Oaks! Why?

Went there today and the place is gone! Like it never existed. Was just there about two weeks ago and it was always crowded. Does anyone know why this location closed?

The information guy at the Westfield Desk at the Mall said CPK Corporate has closed all ASAP locations, however, in searching the CPK website, it looks like many CPK ASAP's are still in business.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Jul 04, 2010
rockhead in Chains

Best cupcakes from Woodland Hills to Burbank

Looking to pick-up a dozen for a small family birthday party tonight - kids and adults are in the group. I'd like someplace really good, yet semi-reasonably priced. This time around, I'm choosing to avoid Victor Benes, supermarkets or Costco.

I'd love a place that has more of the classic types, in addtion to the newer, more designer selections - i.e. their version of the classic Hostess cupcake, etc.

Appreciate any recommendations.

Thanks!

Dec 20, 2009
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Original Tommy's vs Tommy Jr.'s Chili Taste-Off

That's what I'd love to know! I've seen this question posted a few times and no one has ever answered it - What Food 4 Less and/or Ralph's markets have you ACTUALLY SEEN this Tommy's Chili in? I haven't been able to find it anywhere.

I spoke to a Food 4 Less employee on the phone, asking they carried the chili, they said they didn't, but his store manager absolutely saw it at a Ralph's (same parent company) in Hollywood. When I pressed him on what specific location of Ralph's in Hollywood his manager saw it, he said the manager couldn't remember.

In the meantime, I've checked just about every Food 4 Less in the Valley and I've yet to see it anywhere.

Details please on who actually carries it.

Thanks.

Jul 15, 2009
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Tommy's Frozen Chili in Ralph's or Food for Less?

Are there specific locations of Smart and Final and/or Albertsons in the San Fernando Valley that definitely stock Dolores Chili?

May 19, 2009
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Tommy's Frozen Chili in Ralph's or Food for Less?

Hi All,

I've been reading for quite some time that Tommy's Chili will be available in the frozen section of Food for Less and/or Ralph;s Markets.

I called the Food for Less in North Hollywood yesterday and was told they didn't carry it, however, the worker on the phone said the Manager of that Food for Less saw it at a Ralph's in Hollywood. He didn't know which one.

I called about eight Ralph's in the Studio City/Sherman Oaks/North Hollywood area and no one said they carried it - when I asked about it, no one ever heard of it and they all kind of thought I was crazy.

Has anyone seen the frozen Tommy's restaurant chili in a San Fernando Valley location?

Thanks.

May 18, 2009
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

No more Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs at Costco Food Court [moved from Los Angeles board]

The big issue is Costco has done away with serving a Kosher dog at the food court. At least with a Kosher dog, I could feel a bit better about what's inside than eating a generic hot dog with who-knows-what thrown in. Yes, many of the Kirkland products I've tried have been just the same quality-wise as brand names, however, if this was just a change where the dogs were still made by Hebrew National under the Kirkland label, the dogs would still be kosher - ie Kirkland Kosher All Beef Hot Dogs. That is not the case.

Nov 08, 2008
rockhead in Chains

No more Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs at Costco Food Court [moved from Los Angeles board]

The change would have been more tolerable if it changed to a Kirkland Kosher dog. The fact that it isn't Kosher is a big deal. At least with a Kosher dog, you know the make-up of the dog is better than what you get with a non-Kosher dog. Looks like Costco is cutting corners.

Nov 04, 2008
rockhead in Chains

No more Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs at Costco Food Court [moved from Los Angeles board]

I'm not saying it's the greatest dog I ever had. I too get it strictly for the price. However, i did like the fact that at least it was a Hebrew National Kosher dog so, quality wise, it was better than most other funky cheap hot dogs out there.

Nov 03, 2008
rockhead in Chains

No more Kosher Hebrew National Hot Dogs at L.A. Costco food court

I dropped into Costco in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles today (this location has a large number of Jewish customers/products) and noticed something looked different - all the red Hebrew National umbrellas that adorned all the tables in the food court were gone. After shopping, I stopped for the $1.50 hot dog special and saw that the dog is now a Kirkland Brand 100% beef dog. The graphic on the sign has changed and any mention of Hebrew National or a kosher dog is now history.

Costco has been serving Hebrew National as long as I can remember. Anyone have any information as to why they changed, what happened, etc?

Thanks.

Nov 03, 2008
rockhead in Kosher

No more Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs at Costco Food Court [moved from Los Angeles board]

I dropped into Costco Van Nuys today and noticed something looked different - all the red Hebrew National umbrellas that adorned all the tables in the food court were gone. After shopping, I stopped for the $1.50 hot dog special and see that the dog is now a Kirkland Brand 100% beef dog. The graphic on the sign has changed and any mention of Hebrew National or Kosher is now history.

Costco has been serving Hebrew National as long as I can remember. Anyone have any information as to why they changed, what happened, etc?

Thanks.

Nov 03, 2008
rockhead in Chains