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The SGV's Best Source for Fine Seafood

So educate me, please. I have been avoiding fish from Asian stores b/c of concerns about lower standards with regard to pollutants in the water where they are fished, etc. Are you comfortable with seafood from these sources and why?

Jun 27, 2012
maggielyn in Features

LA Chowhound staying Downtown (Sheraton) for week of meetings

Thanks all. Leaving town in morning. did try both PittyPat and Mary Mac . . . definitely tourist spots sitting in their laurels . . . disappointing. . . . Loved Sotto Sotto in inman Park area. One last lunch tomorrow between here an airport TBD. many thanks for all th great advice

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Sotto Sotto
313 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

Jun 28, 2011
maggielyn in Atlanta

Peachtree City

Visiting from LA and needing to have dinner with family in Peachtree City. . . . Looked online and only found IHOP and BBQ chains . . . .Any rec's for good food in that area??
Thx

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Peachtree Cafe
99 Jeff Davis Rd, Thomaston, GA 30286

Jun 23, 2011
maggielyn in Atlanta

LA Chowhound staying Downtown (Sheraton) for week of meetings

Looks like lots of chains in the 'hood . . . Wanting to try local good food - the spots that are not designed for tourists. Friends are taking me to Aunt Pitty Pat's Porch for "authentic" Southern cuisine . . . other suggestions on that front ??

Disappointed to see Craft here has closed . . . but again looking for great food that is local . . .
Thanks

Jun 23, 2011
maggielyn in Atlanta

Traveling East coast hound needs very specific list

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Los Cinco Puntos. 3300 E CChavez Blvd Thick handmade corn tortillas being made there on the spot with excellent fillings. - carne asada, carnitas, etc

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Cinco Puntos
3300 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90063

Jun 19, 2011
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

Traveling East coast hound needs very specific list

Guisados - new spot at 2100 E Cesar Chavez Blvd near Chicago . .. great tacos.
For Manta Ray soup - try El Siete Mares on 2118 N Broadway in East LA. . . they often have it as a special either at their main restaurant or the "stand" El Siete Mares Playita just a block away.
And check out a little place on 2510 E, CChavez just East of Soto called Antojitos Carmen. Fabuous flavors. They were a taco truck until about six months ago . .. the guisado tacos there especially deliciousl. (I'm a Bostonian married to a Mexican for 40 years. . . )

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Antojitos Carmen
2510 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Guisados
2100 E. Cesar E Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Jun 19, 2011
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

Sweet Strawberries in LA

I second Harry's Berries. Best anywhere . . . also available at Hollywood Farner's Market on Sat morning

Jun 18, 2011
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

Pasadena - Saturday luncheon for 30

Looking for a spot for a reasonably prized luncheon for about 30 to celebrate the birth of my granddaughter. Range of age in guests from 5 to 85. Not too loud. Cozy environment for family celebration. Mediterranean/Lebanese would be great, but not necessary.

Jun 17, 2011
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Agree. This is super dark and very rich . . .

Feb 16, 2011
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

BEST seafood/fresh lobster in LA - where?

Palm is probably the best choice currently. . . but the fact that it is broiled instead of steamed is main reason for toughness. Not true that native New Englanders prefer tiny lobsters - which are much more shell than meat. About 2.5 to 3 lbs - steamed is the best. Better to order a pair of those than a 6-pounder, for sure . . . And the problem with Sea Harbour (I would imagine) is that it is an Asian prep . . . Always looking for good steamed Maine lobster though . . .

Feb 16, 2011
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

fresh duck eggs?

Lily's at HFM sometimes has them. Hit or miss. But they are very delicious - like a more intense flavored chicken egg and - of course - larger. I would be very cautious about thinking the allergy would not carry over from chicken to duck. The protein in the white will be VERY smiliar

Jan 29, 2011
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

Korean BBQ in San Fernando Valley

Is Il Auk Jo open? Saw notice on Yelp that they closed about 6 months ago . . .

Jan 11, 2011
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

WHERE TO BUY HOMEMADE, AUTHENTIC TAMALES IN LA?

Liliana's and Los Cinco Puntos are great and I would add Sandra & Lolita's @5390 Whittier Blvd in Whittier

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Cinco Puntos
3300 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90063

Nov 29, 2010
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

Found: New England Style Hot Dog Buns

The buns are half the battle.

May 05, 2010
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

Places to buy fish?

As a fussy fish lover from Boston, by far the very best fresh fish I have found is at Hollywood Farmer's Market Sunday mornings at J&P Seafood. Ultra-fresh. Good variety and prices and Marilyn is so accommodating. Unbelievable. (Sort of at the "crossorads" of the market

May 01, 2010
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

Best Bargain Tasting Menu and Wine Pairing

Palate in Glendale. Price varies - but food for tasting menu usually around $45. Wine pairings can be tailored. And the food is spectacularly good.

Mar 24, 2010
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

Duck legs - where to buy in Los Angeles - moved from Home Cooking board

Second McCall's Meat & Fish in Los Feliz. Often in their case - but they can supply most anything with advance notice. .. .

Mar 20, 2010
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

Transplanted Boston foodies, I need your recommendations please

You set high standards! I grew up in Boston area - right near Wilson's Farm in Lexington - with an uncle working the fish pier and bringing us the freshest of fish. Closest to that kind of thing is Farmer's Markets. Check out Hollywood on Sundays and - if you can - Santa Monica on Weds. And BTW for FRESH fish for you to cook - the best I have found anywhere in 30+years living here is at the Hollywood Farmer's Market - J&P Seafood. Incrdibly fresh scallops, seabass, halibut, sole, salmon and sardines. Right "off the boat" and filleted by them the night before. As for Rubin's - I always go there when I visit Boston for the Romanian style pastrami. Langer's is close - nothing else in LA at all close. Ignore the guy below who compares Bea's Jewish pastry to Maria's. No comparison at all. And Nata's in Studio City is building a pretty good Portuguese menu - not Inman Square - but some good things. Also if Portuguese is a goal - some items on the menu at Alexis' in Northridge are very good Portuguese. Alexis is a Greek restaurant run by husband and wife chef team. Husband is Greek and wife if from Lisbon. . . .

AND SOnny McLean's in Santa Monica is a pub style haven for Boston sports fans. They have REAL clam chowder and even do Fried whole belly Ipswich clams - although the quality varies depending on who is cooking. But they feed all the Boston local sports games - from the Sox and the Pats and the Celtics - to BC football and basketball etc.
Welcome to the Left Coast!

Feb 06, 2010
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

What's Your Favorite Restaurant For Fish, near Studio City or Burbank?

Try Palate in Glendale. Menu changes every week - but always two or three fresh seafood to choose from - done perfectly

Feb 06, 2010
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

Induction cooktop

Many thanks to all for your insights. Definitely leaning toward induction - this was helpful.

Jan 30, 2010
maggielyn in Cookware

Induction cooktop

Getting ready to finally do the remodel. Had been leaning toward high end gas cooktop like Wolf. Friend is urging that I consider induction instead . . . more efficient / easier to control / less polluting / less heat generating. Totally aware of the need for iron based cookware - but already use LeCreuset and cast iron . . . Would love to hear from those who use induction.

Jan 20, 2010
maggielyn in Cookware

Best Farmers Markets!

Hollywood Sunday is the place for those of us who work weekdays. Go early for good selection and avoiding crowd. BTW J&P Seafood is the BEST fresh seafood I have found in LA anywhere.

Jan 20, 2010
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

Good source for medjool dates? (Pasadena area)

Excellent fresh dates for sale Hollywood Farmer's Market Sunday mornings . . . you might try one of the Pasadena Farmer's Markets, but I can't really say . . .

Jan 14, 2010
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles next weekend...help! narrowing down restaurants

If you are willing to go a bit past downtown (more East) - check out either La Serenata di Garibaldi or Moles La Tia for Mexican unlike what you can get in the Northwest.For the amazing delights of Mozza Pizza - the secret is to go in mid afternoon - after the lunch rush and before dinner. Excellent food. Check out Palate in Glendale, too. Focuses on what is fresh in the market with a new menu every week.

Jan 02, 2010
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

JERRY'S "FAMOUS" DELI on Topanga

Jerry;s has been inedible for some time! Brent's always a good option. Abe's in Northridge also pretty good.

Oct 28, 2009
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

Corned beef hash??? ANyone??!

I just looked at the online menu of John O'Groats. Salmon and veggie hash, but no corned beef . . .

Oct 28, 2009
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

LOKKING FOR THE BEST HANDMADE TAMALES IN L.A.

Try Sandra & Lolita's Tamales in Whittier // or Tamales Lilianas on Cesar Chavez Blvd ELA

May 30, 2009
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

JERRY'S "FAMOUS" DELI on Topanga

Oh yeah! Hideous food. Brent's Deli - or Abe's Deli near Norhdhoff and Tampa

May 30, 2009
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

Best onion rings in LA...who's got them?

Agreed. They are exceptionally good.

Apr 23, 2009
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area

French Garden Downtown??

Thanks all. I will give it a try.

Mar 06, 2009
maggielyn in Los Angeles Area