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Pasadena - North of 210 dining options?

Thanks for the recommendations!

So I hit up Garos for some basturma and finall got a hold of the sandwich from Roma market.

First the basturma... Wow great stuff - tastes like a wonderful spiced bresaola looking ham. Terrific.

As for Roma sandwich, wonderful, simple and delicious combination of salami, mortadella, provolone (and a couple of other meats I did not recognize). And what a bargain for $5.50.

Aug 28, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Pasadena - North of 210 dining options?

I was driving around the area north of Old Town past the 210 and noticed a very eclectic selection of dining options. From soul food, Mexican, Latin American, old school burger joints, etc.

A few places I've frequented include Roma Market/Deli, Super burger, the Hat, Roscoe's chicken and waffle.

Any other noteworthy recommendations in the area? Open to any cuisine and price points.

Aug 21, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Is Holy Cow BBQ in CC expensive?

Costco sells raw prime brisket for $3.99/lb. and here's a price list for a BBQ shack in Texas.

An $8 link does seem pricey...

Aug 21, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Pasadena?

+ 1 Racion

Osawa - shabu shabu

+1 on Takuya question

Aug 17, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Your favorite grocery store ice cream

Anyone tried "Gelato by Naia"? Saw a Ritual Coffee flavored version at Gelson. On the more expensive end at $9.99

http://gelaterianaia.com/?page_id=6

Aug 09, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Isaan Station in K-Town should be on people's radars.

Tom Saab Kra is very nice.

Isaan style papaya salad is chock full of delicious funky goodness, closest to what I had in Thailand yet.

Jul 30, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Alexander's Steakhouse - early reports?

FYI, unfortunately the patisserie is up in NoCal

Jul 30, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Alexander's Steakhouse - early reports?

Yeah wagyu is not very practical for steaks, too much of a good thing.

Did you try any of the good 'ol American steaks?

Thanks for the reminder on Royce, fell of my radar.

Jul 30, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Alexander's Steakhouse - early reports?

Separately anyone tried the Macarons at their Mountainview location?
http://www.alexanderspatisserie.com

Beautiful looking space and pastry chef is a Pierre Herme alum!

Jul 30, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

First Look At Peking Tavern

I had the seafood dumpling.

That beef noodle soup was truly atrocious, ended suffering from 3rd degree MSG burns the rest of the evening.

Jul 30, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Alexander's Steakhouse - early reports?

Anyone hit up Alexander's steakhouse in Passdena yet? Looks very very promising.

Jul 30, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

China Red - Arcadia dim sum

No not the right one. This one

Jul 29, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

First Look At Peking Tavern

Ugh, terrible food.

Beef noodle soup was tasteless, MSG laden and terrible noodles. I think they use the nasty yellow stale tasting pancit package noodles you find at Ranch 99. Terrible onion pancake.

Only saving grace was the half decent dumplings.

Jul 28, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Vegetarian-friendly and upscale on Westside?

Rustic canyon? Former Ubuntu chef http://luckypeach.com/fantastic-mr-fox/

Casual so doesn't seem like he's trying too hard but good food. Small plates so he can make a quick exit if things don't go well

Jul 28, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Corn sweetness

Think it's okay on pasta and taco dish. Kinda like Sauternes and desert, crab is a little sweet.

Not so with the salmon and trout dish - peaches and corn pudding sounds like very unappealing combinations to pair with fish. Fishy sweetness....

Jul 28, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

China Red - Arcadia dim sum

If you decide to make the trek again in the future for the egg tarts definitely try the taro buns(?). My favorite item at China Red

Jul 28, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Mori...not the same for everyone

You're a seasoned veteran in the LA dining scene. I say temper your expectations and just go to Mori next time you are in town. Start with the lower priced omakase and add items if things are working out as your meal progresses

Btw I see you hang out with sku, picked up some amazing bargains on 12 & 17yr hibikis in the past month at my local Costco.

Jul 28, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

The Mori Omakase Challenge

You deserve an award for your crazy antics!!!

Well done and great reading.

Jul 24, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Mori...not the same for everyone

Please don't let some of these discussions scare you for your upcoming visit - I think you'll be perfectly happy with any regular reasonably priced omakase from many of the favorite places on this board. I'd highly recommend Shunji's lunch if you can make it, Mori too. More casual relaxed dining experience and for less $. You're just hearing the views of CHs on the extreme spectrum of super analytical sushi obsessions (in a good way). I've learned a bunch of new things about sushi just on this thread alone. Not dissimilar from obsessive discussions you find in sports, wine, cars, coffee, audio etc forums.

I relish my less food obsessed youthful innocence of dining at restaurants where what you see on the menu is all that is available. Damn you Chowhound and all you hyper competitive food snobs!!!!

Jul 24, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Mori...not the same for everyone

I personally think Mori is actually one of the more accessible top tier joints where you get the good stuff without having to prove yourself on the first visit. I've spent considerably less than $160 during lunch visits and walked out grinning. Just make sure you dine at the bar.

It took me about 3 visits at Go's before I started receiving the more elaborate creations.

I tend to not to expect warm glowing service at Asian restaurants in general. Stylistic differences vs western culture. It seems OP's disappointment was primarily service related at arrival and interactions (or lack thereof) during the meal and perception of being shortchanged vs regulars.

Additionally Mori's nigiri has less flourishes of toppings etc, really more of a straightforward traditional hardcore nigiri experience. All about the fish and rice. I recollect not being blown away at Mori during my first visits. However as my sushi palate has become more discerning over the years, I've come to recognize and appreciate the subtle flavors at Mori.

I dined at Bar Nozawa, Shunji and Mori this week and to me Mori's nigiri really does shine above the rest. Perfect neta temperature, firmly constructed rice, never falling apart but still light and airy. I'd steer most toward the former two but for hardcore sushi friends I'd definitely recommend Mori.

Jul 24, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

My personal DFW BBQ ranking

IMHO in descending order

Pecan Lodge
Hutchins
Lockhart smokehouse

The 3 stand head and shoulders above the rest I tried - meshack, slow bone, cousins, salt lick, coopers, Bartley's

Jul 23, 2015
Sgee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Sushi Tanaka, unexpected gem in Simi Valley

Thanks for the correct names, was in dire need of getting away from my sponge cake references

Jul 23, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Mori...not the same for everyone

And you also forgot to show up at Shunji this evening

Jul 23, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area
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Mori...not the same for everyone

Probably doesn't help when you are celebrating a special occasion.

I was very grateful last year when my wife overlooked making reservations in advance for my birthday. She called a few hours before dinner and managed to persuade them to accommodate us at the 6-7:30 slot. We were very mindful to stay within the allotted time.

Hopefully you'll give them another chance in the future.

Jul 23, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Tanaka, unexpected gem in Simi Valley

Also had some really good tamago at Nozawa bar recently, the more traditional non-sponge cake like variety.

Very evenly cooked and soft, with shiso wrapped ume paste sandwiched between the tamago.

Jul 23, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Tanaka, unexpected gem in Simi Valley

Glad you enjoyed your dinner liu. The tamago was a highlight for sure.

Jul 23, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Tanaka, unexpected gem in Simi Valley

Thanks for the heads up

Jul 23, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Mori...not the same for everyone

I was in the last seat against the wall and dndicicco was seated between us.

Don't think you need to go more frequently. My last meal at Mori was almost a year ago, doubt Maru remembers me. He eventually warmed up to me as the night progressed and I appeared sufficiently knowledgeable about sushi for the expanded repertoire

If it's any consolation the four diners were reminded constantly throughout their meal on the need to vacate by 7:30. He eventually directed them to relocate to a table. Host was a longtime customer who had brought few out of town college buddies to his favorite sushi bar.

Jul 23, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Mori...not the same for everyone

Our final M.P tabs were probably different too :). Mine was a hair over $200 before tax tip and beverages and I'm by no means a 'regular' patron. Lots of CHs at the bar it seems yesterday evening....

I do agree service has room for improvement. Sole waitress during my dinner at Nozawa bar earlier in the week was more attentive. Sushi wise Mori was superior

Echo Barryc's sentiments to optimize experience, helps to know buzz words and questions to drop for itamae to share more exotic creations. Likely will also raise the final tab - which may upset some patrons. It's just a more fluid experience in general with market price omakase menus ..unfortunately a worldwide sushi bar phenomenon not unique to LA

Jul 23, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Shunji's day off?

Thanks for the heads up on Asanebo

Jul 14, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area