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Mr. C Beverly Hills

The paparazzi comment is priceless. This place was a total scene in the worst possible way. I don't think I've ever seen that many women marching around in FM pumps outside of Vegas.

Aug 17, 2011
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Mr. C Beverly Hills

Well, I didn't loathe this place as much as the other posters did, but it was definitely a bad experience. First and foremost, the service sucks, which is kind of amazing, given the number of people working. Our waiter was basically incompetent. Food we ordered was never served. Food we didn't order appeared. And basically none of the servers had any idea who ordered what when the right food did arrive. I'm somewhat convinced that the wait staff was hired for their appearance, rather than any talent at waiting tables.

Then there's the food. It's not awful. The ingredients were all top notch, but it didn't seem like the kitchen had the foggiest idea of what to do with these beautiful ingredients. It's like nobody back there had ever been introduced to salt, much less any more interesting seasoning. The best dish of the night was probably their mashed potatoes, and only then because it was such a shameless ode to butter (which must have been salted butter, since it seemed to be the only thing served that was properly seasoned).

Given the prices, this place should be avoided.

Aug 17, 2011
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Mr. C Beverly Hills

Tried running a search for any discussion on this restaurant. Have been invited to a meal here, but haven't heard anything about it. Hoping to hear about people's experiences with the restaurant. What say you Hounds?

Aug 05, 2011
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Best Omakase (L.A.)

Just thought I would update my previous entry to note that I recently tried the Uni at Hiko again on the chance that my previous taste was an aberration ... and it appears that it might have been. The uni was perfect the last time I tried it; sweet with a hint of the ocean. Guess I'll have to try it one more time!

Feb 16, 2010
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Need a sure thing celebrity spotting restaurant

If for some reason you don't make it out to Palm Springs for the weekend and are around Sunday morning/afternoon, try the brunch at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. I've been there three times and had a pretty major sighting each time (i.e., Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, and Joe Fiennes). Mr. Freeman and I were waiting for our cars at the valet stand next to each other. Nice guy.

Osteria Mozza is still a tough reservation and there is a lot of star power going in and out of that place. Doubt you'd be able to get a reservation on short notice, but they don't take reservations for bar seating, so if you were determined, you probably could get in that way.

Jan 20, 2010
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Korean BBQ for beginners

If price is no object, I would recommend Woo Lae Oak in Beverly Hills. Great food and a predominantly gringo clientele makes for a really nice set of training wheels. The food is quite expensive, though, and is not better than a number of more reasonably priced places in K-Town.

I like to go to Cho Sun Galbee on Olympic, just west of Western. Great food. Mixed clientele, so the staff is used to and happy to deal with english speakers, although their english tends to be pretty minimal. Not cheap, but I never feel ripped off going there. Highly recommended.

Oct 12, 2009
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Where should I order my turkey for Thanksgiving?

I've had good luck with the birds from Whole Foods. My recomendation, if you strike out on finding a reasonably priced local producer (the prices at hertiage food usa made me gasp), is to stick with WF, but brine the bird. Brining dramatically increases your margin of error when cooking a turkey.

Oct 12, 2009
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Help - Casual sushi on the West Side

Sorry you had a bad experience there. I eat there a lot and just haven't had anything like that experience (other than the smell issue, which I kind of agree with).

I'm a pretty serious sushi hound. I've done a lot of omakase at Hiko Sushi, Sushi Zo, Mori, Teru Sushi, Katsu-Ya, etc. My favorite sushi hang when I lived in the valley was Omino Sushi. I've eaten at Urasawa. I wouldn't put Sushi Karen on par with any of those places, but I certainly put it in the category of "Quality Good Enough For Me To Frequent Often" for a quick, low-fuss meal with my wife and small kids who are not serious sushi fanatics (although, their cravings for the raw fish are growing).

I do wish they would address the slight funk you can frequently detect when you walk in. It is not confidence building. ;-)

Aug 24, 2009
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Help - Casual sushi on the West Side

I like going to Sushi Karen, which is Culver City on Washington, just west of Overland on the south side of the street. Low key atmosphere with a very nice wait staff (I'm partial to them because they like and welcome my kids). Not world class sushi, but it is always solid, the fish is always fresh, and it always scratches the itch. They always have some nice sashimi specials going.

The only negative I have about the place is that it can smell a little fishy some times, which almost caused me to walk out the first time I went in there, but I'm glad I stayed. I've never had a less than fresh piece of fish there and they actually serve really good uni.

Aug 19, 2009
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Tito's Tacos vs Henry's

Heh. Just hearing the word "Spuderito" makes me grin.

May 04, 2009
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Tito's Tacos vs Henry's

I used to live fairly close to Henry's and now live fairly close to Tito's and have tried them both. I consider Henry's to be the hands down winner. The sauce is tasty and the shell, taco meat, and beans are all of good quality (using the Taco Bell scale, not the authentic Mexican food scale). Tito's, on the other hand, has some pretty cardboard like taco shells, unremarkable taco meat, and an I-could-care-less sauce. I am utterly baffled by the lines there. I miss having the Henry's option.

Apr 28, 2009
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Best Chili Size?

You can get this at The Stand. Haven't tried it yet, but I've been thinking about it. Now I feel more inspired to try it.

Mar 22, 2009
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Best dinner salad, PERIOD?

Probably not what the original poster was asking for, but the only first course salad that ever gets me really worked up is the blue cheese green salad/red cabbage vinegar duo served at Northwood's Inn. Heaven.

Dec 01, 2008
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Slightly underwhelmed at Fraiche: review with pics

Spot on review. Best oysters I've ever had were from Fraiche. Strangely, I enjoyed them a little more than they oysters at the Water Grill. Everything I've had there runs from very good to great.

Oct 06, 2008
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Best Omakase (L.A.)

I love Hiko. I have one friend who thinks Hiko's the best place on the westside and makes Zo and Mori taste like dog food. I think he's nuts, but it is quite good. I'd rate it below Mori and Zo, but it's a slightly simpler experience. The baby tuna he starts off with is killer. One thing I was surprised about during my last visit, though, was that his uni SUCKS. Worst Uni I've ever tried (I usually only sample it at highly regarded sushi restaurants). He finally offered it to me after doing omakase there about a half dozen times and I was looking forward to trying it. Seriously funky. Avoid it if he asks if you'd like some. Since he asked, I'm assuming he won't be offended by declining (dangerous to assume with him, though).

Aug 12, 2008
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Steak 'n Shake equivalent in SoCal?

"I don't think I have ever tasted a more bland burger. When I see the line of cars stretched out along the building I have to wonder if I am in The Twilight Zone."

Slightly off topic, but have you ordered your In-N-Out burger animal style? If not, then you haven't really tasted their product at its best.

Apr 02, 2008
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

best French Dip sandwhich west of the 710?

The Lamb Dip w/ Blue Cheese as one of the other posters mentioned is pretty rockin'. Since it's been a while since I've ordered the beef, I can't really comment on how good it is.

I'm also a huge fan of the Houston's/Bandera beef dip, but it's in an entirely different area code in terms of price/quality (I also find it a pain in the ass to eat at Houston's/Bandera since they are always packed and don't take reservations).

Feb 05, 2008
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

best French Dip sandwhich west of the 710?

Have you ever been to Philippe's? I find their product to be pretty outstanding.

Feb 04, 2008
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

The Great Taco Hunt

Anyone know why Bandini hasn't updated The Great Taco Hunt since August? I miss his great reviews.

Jan 18, 2008
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getting knives sharpened in LA or SFV?

I would still recomend Ross. I've always received consistantly great service and results from them. I get my knives back *very* sharp.

Jan 18, 2008
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Sushi in the valley

When I lived in Studio City, my regular sushi hangout was Omino Sushi in Chatsworth. While I am surrounded by awesome sushi in W. L.A., I still find myself missing Omino.

Jan 16, 2008
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Alton's knife skills

Heh, I think the most impressed I've been in the knife skills department was on Iron Chef. Both Chen and Sakai were pretty amazing with their blades.

Jan 15, 2008
GuidoTKP in Food Media & News

Josie or Grace

I've been to Grace twice and Josie once and would pick Grace. I found Josie to be very good, but less than amazing. I was really impressed with Grace.

Jan 14, 2008
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Omakase: Zo or Mori?

Wow. I really like Hiko Sushi, but I wouldn't put it on the same level as Mori or Zo (I live very close to all three places). Both have better variety and more atmosphere than Hiko. If you want simple, straight-ahead preparations in a no-frills environment, however, Hiko is quite good (that chopped tuna concoction he starts his omakase off with is out of this world).

I really have to try Sasabune, I guess. I have so many friends who have eaten there who claim it is dreadfully overrated, but I've met an equal number of passonate advocates, so I think I need to try it for myself.

Jan 08, 2008
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Providence vs. Patina

Went to Providence last month for the first time to celebrate my anniversary and had a spectacular meal. Did the full tasting with wine pairings and loved all of it. Have been to Patina a handful of times over the last two years and have never enjoyed it as much as I did my visit to Providence (although I've never had a bad experience at Patina). Both places serve a killer cheese course.

As others have stated, unless your group has an aversion to seafood, I'd pick Providence over Patina.

Jan 04, 2008
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Inexpensive places to eat lunch in Pasadena along 210?

I've eaten at the Mongolian BBQ place on Rosemead and Colorado a bunch of times and highly recomend it. Good food, cheap.

Jan 02, 2008
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Good Ramen in Los Angeles with Peppery Broth

In addition to some pretty awesome ramen, I think their fried rice is pretty killer, too.

Dec 27, 2007
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Any authentic taco places in the 818 area?

Another vote for Tacos El Zorro. I used to live in Studio City. The only thing I really miss is my former proximity to TEZ. Killer carnitas.

Dec 17, 2007
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

Good cookware at bargain prices?

Another vote for Forschner Victorionox cutlery. Regularly earns top honors in Cook's Illustrated knife reviews. Sharp, great handles, good balance, light weight, inexpensive. In general, I prefer heavier knives and tend to spring for higher end cutlery, but I have several FV knives and love every one of them. They're basically unbeatable for the price and can be ordered from Amazon.

Dec 14, 2007
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area

right place for the first date in a long time

I took a first date to Michael's in July 2005. A year and a half later, we were married. =) She had been doing a lot of dating at that point (we met on Match.com) and she said an offer to meet at a place like Michael's was unusual (which is a step down from Melisse, about on par atmosphere/price wise as Josie's) and she made sure to get a mani/pedi, etc. The patio at Michael's is *very* romantic. We were off and running from the first date.

Since it doesn't sound like the cost of the meal would bother you much (Michael's is *way* cheaper than Melisse) I highly recomend Michael's. Quiet, romantic, and an all-around great vibe.

Dec 07, 2007
GuidoTKP in Los Angeles Area