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Outdoor Grill Northridge - Why did they close?

Thanks Carter. We would go about once a month or so and it was always crowded - it didn't appear they were hurting for business. Perhaps it was a rent issue? The abrupt shuttering was a surprise.

Jul 16, 2015
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Outdoor Grill Northridge - Why did they close?

Was in Northridge tonight and saw Outdoor Grill is history. Wondering what happened. I see several people asked about this on their Facebook page and there's been no response, even though they have new postings after these questions were asked.

Thanks for any info!

Jul 15, 2015
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

New Dunkin' Donuts in Encino

Not sure if anyone has mentioned this yet but I was driving on Ventura today and saw the "Coming Soon" banner for a new official Dunkin'Donuts in the old salad place location at the corner of Ventura and Balboa - in the Post Office and Smart & Final shopping center. This was news to me.

Mar 30, 2015
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Sharky's?

Yes, this was confirmed on our neighborhood area website.

Mar 30, 2015
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Toto di Notte in Encino - where is Emilio?

After so many years, I still crave their pastas, bread and everything else from Toto - both locations first on Sepulveda in Sherman Oaks, then on Ventura in Encino. I dream of their pink sauce - it was perfect!

I recall Emilio's wife cooking in the kitchen and Emilio running the restaurant. I know we're talking years and years ago, but does anyone know if they are still around the restaurant scene in L.A.?

Thanks!

Mar 12, 2015
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Bill's Hamburgers Bang for your Burger Buck

Never been to Bill's but have driven by for years. I'm not clear from the Bangforyourburgerbuck.com review - can I order a burger, say with only lettuce and cheese (kid's style) but no mayo, tomato, pickle or onion and not get screamed at, demeaned or denied? The review mentioned the "This is not Burger King, you do not get it your way" sign. If I can't order the burger the way I like it as I don't do the other condiments, I don't care how great it is - the customer is still paying the bill and should have the option to order the burger the way he/she wants it.

By the way, what do they do for a side? Do they have fries? If so, what type and how are they?

Thanks.

Mar 01, 2015
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Where to find Amylu's Caramelized Onion Chicken Burgers with Red Bell Peppers & Gouda Cheese?

I've never tried these but a few friends have recommended them. They said Costco carried them and I recall seeing the item there for some time. Of course, now that I'm looking to buy, Costco only has the Amylu Chicken Burger with Kale and something else, not the Red Bell Pepper/Gouda Cheese variety.

I called a couple Costco locations to check inventory and all said the Red Bell Pepper/Gouda Cheese item is not currently available in any LA area Costco locations - they are seeing how the Kale variety sells and are only stocking this particular type at the present time.

Are there any other retailers beside Costco where you have recently seen the Amylu Red Bell Pepper/Gouda Cheese item?

Thanks!

Feb 06, 2015
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for Bar Mitzvah location

Dodger Stadium was my first call. I was told that due to "possible" construction in to-be-determined areas after the 2015 regular and, potentially, Post-Season, because our event would be in the off-season after Playoffs, they cannot commit to reserving any areas at this point for an event such as this.

Jan 23, 2015
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for Bar Mitzvah location

Thanks. We've been to Soup's many times and we'd love to do it there but I don't think it would be big enough space-wise for the event. With seating for about a hundred people and a dance floor and needed space for a few other things, unfortunately, it's too small.

Jan 22, 2015
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for Bar Mitzvah location

Hi,

Looking for some great, affordable but classy location ideas for a Bar Mitzvah reception later this year. Going to be baseball-themed so anything baseball-y or a nice sports bar-type setting would be terrific. Has to be large enough for a dance floor and will be on a Saturday night.

Thanks very much!

Jan 22, 2015
rockhead in Los Angeles Area

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