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Lunch in Costa Mesa with kids - rec needed

Thanks to everyone. We ended up at Pizzeria Ortica. It was absolutely fine. Not amazing but perfectly fine for what we needed - we were running late and I was panicked. I really appreciate the recommendations.

May 28, 2015
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Costa Mesa with kids - rec needed

Thanks for the recommendation - if we get down there early enough that sounds great.

May 20, 2015
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Costa Mesa with kids - rec needed

Love Chino farms. Good to know. I'll check it out. Thanks

May 20, 2015
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Costa Mesa with kids - rec needed

Can you believe she doesn't like DTF? The other one, the one that's NOT coming, LOVES it. Makes me crazy!

May 20, 2015
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Costa Mesa with kids - rec needed

Taking the kids to see Annie this weekend at Segerstrom and looking for a lunch recommendations. As much as I wish my daughter would eat Japanese food - or food in general (ramen especially), she won't. It kills me. I LOVE FOOD!
Hoping to avoid the burger rut. Or at least at a place where I can get something good.
Any suggestions near the theater? Coming from LA and not familiar with the area anymore. She likes the sadly typical 8 year old things - pizza, Italian, but is GREAT with vegetables.
Thanks in advance

May 18, 2015
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Coming for work, dinner recommendations

You all were so kind with you recommendations - I wanted everything. My flight was delayed so much that I missed dinner on the 22nd but ended up at the Marriott, next door to Bombay Grill. I dashed in there 10 minutes before they closed and grabbed a decent Chicken Vindaloo, Naan and Raita and took it back to my hotel room.
The next day was an indulgent lunch at Liberty Hall (I'd have to look at my expense report to see if I got the name right). Pickle brined fried chicken sandwich (skipped the brioche bun) and deviled eggs with smoked salmon. Work took me through midnight on the 23rd so I missed dinner but I'll be back soon.

Apr 30, 2015
lolabelow in Houston
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Coming for work, dinner recommendations

Those are great recommendations, thanks.
Anything at Huynh you would highlight?

I also don't mind hoping in a cab for something special. Jackson BBQ? Yay? Nay? Too early to tell?

Apr 12, 2015
lolabelow in Houston

Coming for work, dinner recommendations

Bayou Music Center. Sorry. Should be near Lancaster downtown.

Apr 12, 2015
lolabelow in Houston

Coming for work, dinner recommendations

Not sure I'll have time but might have a dinner on the 22nd to travel anywhere an Uber/Taxi distance from the Lancaster Hotel (near BMC). Coming from LA so Mexican not necessary.
Love Indian, Vietnamese, Dim Sum, Italian, Greek, "Farm-To-Table"
On a small expense account but much more interested in neighborhood gems than fancy.
TIA
Ps might have the 23rd but would need something near BMC - if someone has a recommendation near there

Apr 12, 2015
lolabelow in Houston

Purgatory (Pizza) at the Junction - like a hole in the head

Millie's had a pizza place in that location 15 or so years ago.

Feb 25, 2015
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

late Thursday solo dinner near the W

My flight gets in late and I'd rather not do room service if possible. Is there some place a solo diner can grab something delicious around 10p? I'll be at the W on 15th but don't mind walking.
TIA

ISO meat for Porchetta

I want to try the recipe from the Porchetta website - calling for a boneless shoulder with the skin still still on. Neither of the meat markets at the Farmer's Market had it or felt confident I could get it in LA. I can't believe that. Anyone have an idea?
Thanks

Dec 29, 2012
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

solo diner looking for recs - staying downtown w/ car

you had me at Fried Chicken...thanks for the recs...keep 'em coming!

Aug 15, 2012
lolabelow in Houston

solo diner looking for recs - staying downtown w/ car

I'm coming into town shortly and looking for a few dinner recommendations where a solo diner wouldn't feel too out of place.

Love all food types. Traveling from Los Angeles so I can get most things here but if it's great - tell me about it.

Not really looking for "fancy" - ethnic is great, as is Tex-Mex, BBQ, and Viet. Not a HUGE Chinese food fan so I'm ok with skipping that.

thanks in advance

Aug 15, 2012
lolabelow in Houston

LA solo chow looking for recommendations

Thanks guys. While I mentioned sitting at the bar, upon reflection that's probably not necessary. Chains aren't exactly my thing but you've given me some good direction and I appreciate it.

Keep it coming too!

Jun 22, 2012
lolabelow in Atlanta

LA solo chow looking for recommendations

Coming into town late on Sunday (post 7p) and staying in a hotel in the "perimeter" (everything is sold out - big convention week apparently). Can anyone recommend a dinner place where a solo diner could eat at the bar?

Also looking for breakfast and maybe lunch recommendations for Monday. I'll have a car and need to be in Buckhead during the day and downtown on Monday night. Oh yeah, Tuesday breakfast/brunch is needed as well.

Not crazy about Chinese or traditional French and I can get good sushi here.

Would like to try to keep it to $40 plus tip/alcohol.

Thanks for the help.

Jun 20, 2012
lolabelow in Atlanta

Lago D'Argento

The word trendy gave me the "idiot shivers" but was still curious enough about the food.

Jun 13, 2012
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Detroit for the night

I'll be in Detroit for the first time on a Monday night. I'm either staying downtown or in Southfield (at the W).

Can anyone recommend a place for a solo diner? Any type of cuisine other than Chinese or Ethopian. Everything else is great. I will be putting it on my expense account but I can't break the bank. Not sure what prices are like in MI - I'm coming in from NYC.

I hear there is a good taco place in Ferndale. Anything else? I don't have a car - I'll be using cabs.

Thanks

Jun 13, 2012
lolabelow in Great Lakes

Lago D'Argento

Has anyone tried this pizza place on Hyperion? Apparently, it's owned by the Barbarella folks (but since I've never set foot in there, I'm not sure what that means). Looking for a place to take the family, good food, nice atmosphere and some sort of wine/beer/martini available.

thanks

Jun 11, 2012
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Lawrence of India has fantastic Indian/Goan food!

We used to go to Lawrence of India in the early 90's - when they were in what is now Tacomiendo. I had lost track of them until now. Glad to hear they are still around. They were fantastic.

Apr 01, 2012
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Speranza (on Hyperion)

Oh I wanted to like it...I really did. It's charming on the patio. Cramped but we had a nice spot.
I did like the nice touch of having throw blankets on the back of the chairs - if only the rest of the experience had that much care.

Our server was pretentious. There, I said it. No other way to describe him. We got over the fact that he was a dick and really didn't know anything about their wine list.
The menu looked promising and I was really looking forward to several things. It seemed to be off to a good start with the bread. Warm, crusty and nice dipping options. That was a highlight. Sad but true.

The starters were fine. One of us had the fennel and pear (with horseradish) salad. No real taste (which seemed to be a theme tonight). I had the bruschetta. I liked the heirloom tomatoes and appreciated the color. It was one of the most solid dishes of the night...If that tells you anything.

The server recommended the bolognese - two people at the table had it. It wasn't even close to bolognese. It was a meat sauce. There was no pork, no milk, no carrots and extremely watery. A complete mess. The linguini and clams was so flavorless that my friend didn't eat hers. I had the amatriciana which wasn't horrible. The pasta was undercooked - not al dente but undercooked. The sauce had a lot of smokey bacon flavor but not enough heat. I like things spicy so that could have been my palate.

It was packed so others appreciate it. Great - let them have it. I hope it was just an off night but I'm not coming back.

Mar 24, 2012
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Speranza (on Hyperion)

Thanks. It's on the short list for this weekend. If we make it there I'll let you know.

Mar 20, 2012
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Speranza (on Hyperion)

There is nothing in the archive - has anyone been in the past few months? Worth a trip?

Mar 19, 2012
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Brunch recommendations in Westwood

I am meeting some people (whom I don't know well) for brunch. Near their hotel in Westwood. I don't think they drive.

Any recommendations in the immediate UCLA area? I can think of Clementine or Tavern further - but if we are stuck in the area, I am at a loss.

thanks

Nov 04, 2011
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Cincinnati - Any great food/restaurants that we should try?

Anyone have any other updates they'd like to add? We're coming in from Los Angeles and will be there a week.
Tavola looks good, Terry's Turf Club is a must and I hear there is a new Mediterranean place somewhere.
Looking for a couple of recommendations for places we can go with the kids and a few without.
TIA

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Terry's Turf Club
4618 Eastern Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45226

Aug 15, 2011
lolabelow in Great Lakes

ISO breakfast in Santa Monica - takes reservations a plus

what are the prices like pp for breakfast/brunch?

Jun 03, 2011
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

ISO breakfast in Santa Monica - takes reservations a plus

Tavern seems just a bit far east but it is a favorite lunch place.
Both Fig and Zengo look fantastic and are strong contenders. We'll have a few kids with us so that might knock Zengo out for this round but it's on the list for another time.

Is Jinky's disgusting? I know that it's not up to par with the other recommendations...just trying to accommodate all ages / palates.
Thanks

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Zengo
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Jun 03, 2011
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

ISO breakfast in Santa Monica - takes reservations a plus

We have a group of 8 for brunch tomorrow in Santa Monica - picking up on at the Fairmont Hotel. I haven't been in that neighborhood in years.

Does anyone have a recommendation for good food, casual is more than fine. Reservations or not a long wait necessary - we have a large party.

Thanks

Jun 03, 2011
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

My Hatfield's Report

I ate there back in January and felt it to be a real let down. Sadly, I don't remember what I had but was completely unimpressed by the food. The room was nice, service was great, drinks were lovely but the food was so-so.

Mar 04, 2011
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Jar Pot Roast recipe question

That's what I was thinking, but when I cook a traditional pot roast, I use a chuck that is thicker. I guess I'll try it and see.

Feb 04, 2011
lolabelow in Home Cooking