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Best overall meal in the last year

I had one of my first "nice" meals with my wife (for our one-year anniversary no less) at Joule and were really impressed. All of the food was very inspired and executed perfectly. The spicy beef soup, fried chicken (amazing), kimchi rice fritters, zucchini pancakes, everything was spot on. Looking forward to returning (although it probably won't be for a while given that we're new and have a lot of new places to try)!

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Joule
1913 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Aug 20, 2010
donnival in Greater Seattle

Vegas: Need help on a few decisions

We were in Vegas this past weekend and went to Lagasse's Stadium.

The food was REALLY salty and rich and we got sick from it. I had the shrimp salad sandwich and my wife had the pulled pork sandwich. Both were salty. The fries from both were so salty that they were inedible.

The fried pickle chips, on the other hand, were delicious!

Dec 26, 2009
donnival in Las Vegas

Right to the Point - Good. Cheap. Sitdown.

If you order carefully you can get out of Nook Bistro for under $20pp ... like the burger, brown rice bowl and chickpea stew ... all great dishes. Service is consistently great as well (disclaimer: one of the owners is a good friend of mine but a lot of other people on the board will vouch for this restaurant).

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Nook Bistro
11628 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 9, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Jul 09, 2009
donnival in Los Angeles Area

CHOOSE OUR NEXT MEAL - JOSIE OR HATFIELD'S!

Hatfield's, hands down. Every time we've gone we've had amazing meals there.

Mar 10, 2009
donnival in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a Venice/MDR restaurant for a nice Sunday early evening dinner with son-in-law

Since you mentioned Abbot Kinney, I'll suggest a couple winners near there:

Gjelina (local/farmer's market small plates & pizzas) - no website, (310) 450-1429
AK (new american with swedish touches) - http://www.akinvenice.com/

Dec 11, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

I need a croque madame tonight (for dinner)! Help!

I absolutely adore this version but I was really looking for a "classic" version ... thanks for the suggestion nonetheless!

Dec 11, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

I need a croque madame tonight (for dinner)! Help!

Thanks for the recommendation, sbritchky. I was thinking about doing what you suggested (asking a place that has it for lunch and making me one for dinner) ... but instead I just made one at home.

Dec 11, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

5 best bites of 2008?

In no particular order:

Sous-vide chicken at Hatfield's
Butterscotch budino at Pizzeria Mozza
Bacon-wrapped dates at A.O.C.
A perfect bulgogi ssam (dduk-bossam, daikon, kimchi, bulgogi) at Guh Mok, in Torrance
Soft-shell crab sandwich from Spago, at Wally's Wine Fest

Dec 07, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

ISO: Japanese in West LA

All good bets. Kiriko is my personal favorite of the three mentioned.

Dec 07, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

Reasonably Priced Westside ( West Hollywood to Santa Monica to Culver City) Dinner Spot

If you don't already have this one in your back pocket, I'd recommend Nook Bistro. You can easily splurge (two apps, two entrees, a dessert and four glasses of wine) and still get out for under $100.

Nook's cuisine is essentially updated comfort food: think roast chicken, pork chop, pot roast, steak, etc. The food is delicious and consistent, and the service is one of the high points of the place.

You'll have a blast.

Dec 07, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

I need a croque madame tonight (for dinner)! Help!

Hey Chowhounds,

I need the hivemind's help on this one. I really have a hankerin' for a croque madame with fries, and I need it tonight. Any thoughts? I realize that most places (brasseries, etc.) have a croque madame on their menus, but usually only for lunch.

Preferably Westside but I can do West Hollywood and Hollywood too, or thereabouts.

Thanks in advance!

Dec 04, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2008

Over $25:
Hatfield's
Providence
Lucques
Chosun Galbee
Comme Ça

Under $25:
Nook Bistro
Pizzeria Mozza
Sokongdong Soontofu
Asa Ramen
Gina Lee's Bistro

Nov 29, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

Favorite places to eat at often

Second!

Oct 27, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

What's Good at Bistrotek?

Dinner overall was average - I got the spaghetti and meatballs which I think was a miss, but other people had different dishes and enjoyed their entrees more. I'll be putting together a quick review and posting it later this week. Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

Oct 26, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

What's Good at Bistrotek?

Is that the mahi-mahi dish on the menu? Looks tasty ...

Oct 24, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

What's Good at Bistrotek?

Thanks for the beverage tip! May have to go down that route (instead of wine) ...

Oct 24, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

What's Good at Bistrotek?

Have you had the spaghetti and meatballs there? I have a craving and hopefully their rendition is satisfying?

Oct 24, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

How is Pann's?

Glad we were on the same wavelength in terms of description, at least!

Oct 24, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

How is Pann's?

I didn't mean "meaty" in the traditional sense (meat-like) - more like, "thick" or "substantial" ... hope that clarifies.

Oct 23, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

What's Good at Bistrotek?

Thanks! That looked like a must-order just from looking at the menu ... yum!

Oct 23, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

How is Pann's?

Just had lunch here today ... had the tuna melt on board recommendations with onion rings ... it was really solid. The bread had great texture (fluffy and crispy on the edges) and the tuna had strong tuna flavor (a good thing!) - but the revelation were the onion rings! Crispy and fried thoroughly, the onion rings were also very "meaty" in the sense the there was a lot of onion relative to the batter. Too many times bad onion rings have a scrawny thread of onion inside a gigantic batter casing. Not here.

I sat at the bar and hoovered my food - the waitress manning the counter was really nice and a jokester to boot! Will definitely come back. I think the next time I'll try one of the October specials ... steak and eggs (with a biscuit and a side) for $11.99!

Oct 23, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

What's Good at Bistrotek?

Hey fellow Chowhounds,

My friends and I are going to Bistrotek tomorrow and just wanted a few opinions on what to order.

Thanks in advance!

Oct 23, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

Nook Bistro review [w/pics]-nice neighborhood gem

Remember when they took it off the menu? So many people (including myself) were screaming bloody murder that I think they had no choice but to put it back ...

Oct 23, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

Nook Bistro review [w/pics]-nice neighborhood gem

I think it was Eater that posted Jared Simons (Violet chef/owner) consulted on the menu at Bardot (nee Spider Club) ... his whole rock-star vibe probably ties in nicely with the Hollywood set. Not sure if that was what you were referring to.

Oct 23, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

Nook Bistro review [w/pics]-nice neighborhood gem

I am also a big fan of the shrimp and grits ... although the same thing can be said for pretty much the entire menu (I've not had a single clunker there yet and I've basically had everything on the menu + their seasonally rotated dishes).

Oct 23, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

Nook Bistro review [w/pics]-nice neighborhood gem

Yeah, it was just announced earlier this week!

Oct 23, 2008
donnival in Los Angeles Area

LA Michelin Starred Restaurants ('09 Guide) just released ...

Totally agree. I remember being totally shocked when the 2008 stars were announced with no Hatfield's in sight! Glad it was "corrected" in the 2009 edition.

Oct 22, 2008
donnival in Food Media & News

Best cheap tea?

For those of you who like the TJ teas, am I crazy or is the bluberry green tea pretty awesome? I personally enjoy it immensely - but I am as far away from a tea connoisseur as you can get.

Oct 22, 2008
donnival in General Topics

I always enjoy _____, no matter how bad it is.

Almost anything fried ... particularly chicken. The magnetic pull of good (or bad) fried chicken in almost any preparation is basically impossible to ignore.

Also, I love mashed potatoes. It can even be from KFC or out of a box ... I'll still eat it. I'll hate myself during every bite, but I'll still eat it.

Oct 22, 2008
donnival in General Topics

Can anyone think of a list of round/circular foods?

Just to play, but here's a Korean-inflected list:

Bindaedduk (fried mung bean pancakes)
Cucumber or radish kimchee (cut into rounds)
Hobak-jun (fried Korean squash or zucchini slices in egg batter)
Gyeran-jjim (steamed egg custard in a round casserole dish or clay pot)
Round bowls of rice and soup (I realize I'm stretching it here)

Oct 22, 2008
donnival in General Topics