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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

Oct 01, 2013
lolabelow in Washington DC & Baltimore

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

Jar Pot Roast recipe question

Not sure if this should be posted in "recipes" since I want the advice of locals who have eaten and cooked the dish...

I found the recipe online and, for those of you who have eaten the dish at Jar, I need your advice.

The recipe calls for "3 - 5 lbs of denuded boneless short rib" No problem. Found it at Costco (and Whole Foods). Here's my question - the short ribs at Costco come in approx. 1 1/2" width slices. I can get bigger "chunks" at Whole Foods by special order.

Does it make a difference? Will the thinner Costco chunks work well? Is this what was intended?

Here's the recipe if you are interested - It's from the LA Weekly
http://bit.ly/ebqky6

Thanks

Feb 04, 2011
lolabelow in Home Cooking

TX. BBQ coming to Van Nuys:

We went a couple of weeks ago and I have decided that while it will never live up to Louis Mueller's outside of Austin, it's the best thing I am going to find in Los Angeles.

The brisket, a mix of juicy and lean was seasoned well and as advertised. The juicy was flavorful and moist while the lean was just that. Lean. Not great beyond that (at least to my taste) but others in my party enjoyed it.

The chicken had a nice smokey flavor and was pretty great. Even the white meat was pleasant and well smoked. I'm generally not a fan but I would eat it again off of someone else’s plate.

The hot link left no impression. I think it had a good spice and a nice snap but beyond that I'm just not interested in a hot link.

For me, the star of the meal was the pork ribs. Oh the pork ribs. The meat fell off the bone. The smoke flavor was solid but not overbearing. I thought about them for a couple of days after...not a dry one in the bunch. Someone mentioned a problem with food temperature. We never had an issue so it was either resolved or his experience was a one-off issue.

The mac & cheese was good. Was that an onion flavor in there? I'm not a huge fan but I ate it up and asked for more. The baked beans were a pass for me. Too sweet but the purple cabbage....? GREAT. Weird, I know but I loved it. I also loved the barrel of sauerkraut on the table.

Shiner in bottles completed the meal. And unlike Kreuz's, my knife isn't chained to the table.

Would I go back? Sure. Would I order anything other than the pork ribs and a side or two? Probably not. But those were good enough for me.

Jan 14, 2011
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Has anyone eaten at El Caserio on SLB?

We ended up going to El Caserio last night and while we had a nice time, I think it everything to do with the company and little to do with the food. It wasn't disgusting or inedible, it just wasn't great. It wasn't even good at times.
The caesar salad was fine. Had a nice taste of anchovy (not too much) and wasn't over dressed. The portion was almost too large but 4 of us shared it nicely.

Four empenadas came next. There were 3 to an order but I think they added an extra cheese one since there were four of us at the table. The cheese ones were good - nothing unique. The ground beef was was a bit dry and unremarkable. The chicken reminded my husband of a "Chung King Egg Roll" - the kind he would eat after school as a kid. I don't think that's what the restaurant was going for.

One had the Arroz a la Marinera, their version of a pailla. She said the seafood was cooked well and seemed fresh. The rice was gummy and the veggies seemed frozen. Over all she was not too impressed.

The Halibut in tri-color sauce was good. The fish was perfectly cooked. The sauce was delicious and the peppers fresh. The clear winner of the night.

The huge disappointment was the Cosas Finas. Honestly, it must have gotten lost in translation because it was nothing like I was expecting. There were chunks of dry pork, sausage of questionable origin, and other elements that had nothing tying them together. My husband said, "it's like a 17 year old guy came up with this idea..."

Overall, the room was nice, the service fine, the valet was sweet on a rainy, rainy night. No one could figure out how to open the door since the wreath covered the rope that serves as a handle.

I would give the food 2 stars, the service 4 stars but overall - never again. Nothing really to recommend it.

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El Caserio Restaurant
309 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

El Caserio Silver Lake
401 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Dec 19, 2010
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Dinner suggestion on a rainy Sat. night (Silver Lake / Downtown / Hollywood)

I wish we had gone to Marouch! I forgot how much I like that place. We went to El Caserio and I will report about it in a separate post. Bottom line, won't be going back.

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Marouch Restaurant
4905 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA

El Caserio Restaurant
309 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Dec 19, 2010
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Dinner suggestion on a rainy Sat. night (Silver Lake / Downtown / Hollywood)

Oh how I love the Lazy Ox...Thanks for the Little Dom's suggestion. I forget about that place and really like it.
Never been a big fan of Canele but I know I am in the minority.

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Canele
3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Little Dom's
2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Dec 17, 2010
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Tam O'Shanter on Christmas Eve

Excellent. Thanks Lisa. I'll report back - leaving out the family trauma and drama.

Dec 17, 2010
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Dinner suggestion on a rainy Sat. night (Silver Lake / Downtown / Hollywood)

Any suggestions? Any type of food except Chinese is welcome. Would like to stay in a mid-upper mid range (not expense account money this time) Would like to stay away from Hollywood Blvd area.

Some place warm and cozy since the weather is going to be bad is a plus. Easy parking (or valet) is always nice on a night with weather.

Thanks

Dec 16, 2010
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Has anyone eaten at El Caserio on SLB?

I saw a review a few years ago but nothing recent on the boards. Thinking about meeting some friends on Saturday night. Thoughts? Opinions?

thanks

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El Caserio Restaurant
309 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Dec 16, 2010
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Tam O'Shanter on Christmas Eve

I really hope I can have a sandwich at the bar...but I fear I'm in for a heavy meal with my ENTIRE family. My escape plan is to pinch the babies until they cry and beat a hasty retreat.

Dec 16, 2010
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area

Any rec from Bottega Louie

I like the sausage and white beans and a few other small dishes are good. I was there this week and ordered poorly, I think. Napoli pizza suffered from a wet, soggy crust. I've had other great meals there as well but it is hit and miss. I will say that I've never had bad service and always walk away having had a great time - but I'm not sure it's due to the food.

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Napoli
1815 Hawthorne Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Dec 16, 2010
lolabelow in Los Angeles Area