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Over-the-top theme decor restaurant?

We have a friend visiting who loves kitschy theme restaurants. We've taken him to Bahooka, Clearman's, Tam O'Shanter in the past. Any places we've missed? Good food would be a huge plus, but the emphasis is on the decor.Anywhere in the L.A/SFV. area.

Aug 25, 2013
tubbytoast in Los Angeles Area

Chowish recs near Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver?

Hi,

We'll be visiting Vancouver for just two days. We won't have a car - plan to do lots of walking and also will take public transportation. Are there any great Chowish restaurants, not super expensive, but worth visiting, in the vicinity of the Four Seasons? We're especially interested in Fish and Chips and Chinese Food, but local specialties would also be great. Thanks for your help!

May 01, 2012
tubbytoast in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Kosher Grass-Fed Beef in L.A.?

Has anyone found a source for Kosher grass-fed beef in the L.A. area? I see lots of mail-order options, but would like to buy locally if possible. Thanks!

Apr 07, 2012
tubbytoast in Los Angeles Area

Chowish dinner in Braintree?

Hi, We'll be visiting Boston for the first time. Looking for some moderately priced restaurants that serve dinner in Braintree. We love seafood and good comfort/pub food.

Oct 08, 2011
tubbytoast in Greater Boston Area

Chowish Toronto restaurant recs near 1 King West - any suggestions?

We'll be visiting Toronto at the end of this month and would love some suggestions for places where the Chowhounds love to eat. Preferably moderately priced, and within reasonable walking distance of the One King West hotel. A great Jewish deli would be a bonus! Thanks for your help.

Aug 21, 2011
tubbytoast in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

DePalo & Sons, Pismo Beach - sandwiches with a side of hostility.

Glbtrtr, thanks for the great recs! Toodie Jane, you too! And thanks to all for your comments. I want to add that all of our other eating and shopping experiences in Pismo were very pleasant; people were consistently kind and helpful.

Dec 02, 2009
tubbytoast in California

DePalo & Sons, Pismo Beach - sandwiches with a side of hostility.

Just to clarify, it was not busy at the deli counter during our visit - just one person ahead of us, and at least four deli counter staffers were standing idle behind the counter, probably waiting for the lunch hour to heat up.
I don't mind the "chi chi" part at all. In fact, we purchased several items besides the sandwiches that day, and it's the kind of market we would have looked forward to shopping at again if had we been treated like customers instead of joke material.

Dec 01, 2009
tubbytoast in California

DePalo & Sons, Pismo Beach - sandwiches with a side of hostility.

No apology or explanation offered. I felt very embarrassed.

Dec 01, 2009
tubbytoast in California

DePalo & Sons, Pismo Beach - sandwiches with a side of hostility.

Toodie, appreciate your comments. The manager (don't know if it was the owner) was briefly involved -we asked for our money back and the deli supervisor spoke to him before giving us the refund. Both the deli supervisor and the manager know what happened, but I feel pretty certain that nothing will be done.

Nov 29, 2009
tubbytoast in California

DePalo & Sons, Pismo Beach - sandwiches with a side of hostility.

Thank you! I appreciate your comments. I was hesitant to go back to De Palo, knowing that I'd be subject to more abuse, but felt that it was better than just throwing the food away.

Nov 27, 2009
tubbytoast in California

DePalo & Sons, Pismo Beach - sandwiches with a side of hostility.

This is a gourmet market located in a tourist area that hates tourists. I ordered a sandwich off their menu board - the listed ingredients included mayonaise, so I asked the young woman taking my order to "hold the mayo, please." "We NEVER put mayo on that sandwich" she hissed. I pointed out the menu board, and again she said, in an even louder and more hostile tone "WE NEVER PUT MAYO ON THAT SANDWICH!" That was fine, because that's exactly the way I wanted it, but her reaction seemed a little odd. My husband and I paid for our sandwiches and drove a few miles to a picnic area, opened the sandwich box, and surprise - the sandwich was slathered with mayo. We took the sandwich back to the store, showed her the mayo-drenched bread, and asked her why she told us that they never put mayonnaise on the sandwich. "I never said that" she said. She turned to her co-workers behind the deli counter and stage-whispered "Stupid tourists." She was laughing, and our sense was that this was an ongoing prank to entertain the deli staff. Needless to say, we'll never go back. There are lots of other wonderful places to eat in the area without the bad attitude and the bad food.

Nov 26, 2009
tubbytoast in California

Great cheap eats in Santa Fe?

Are there any good inexpensive places to eat in Santa Fe, esp. serving soapapillas, Navajo tacos, etc? I know I'm asking for a lot here....thanks for your help!

Jun 21, 2009
tubbytoast in Southwest

Aroma Cafe's Chocolate Chip Cheesecake - where to buy?

Love the Chocolate Chip Cheesecake at Aroma in Studio City, but they don't have it every time we're there. Does anyone know what bakery it's from? Thanks for your help!

Jun 15, 2009
tubbytoast in Los Angeles Area

dessert in Arcadia or nearby?

Any recs or a nice place to go for dessert post-dumplings? Ice cream, pastry,etc. would be great.

Mar 24, 2009
tubbytoast in Los Angeles Area

San Diego - great burger + waffle fries?

Thanks for everyone's suggestions. Actually, the waffle fries are the most important part of the meal - a fish sandwich will be a fine accompaniment, too!

Feb 24, 2009
tubbytoast in San Diego

San Diego - great burger + waffle fries?

Hi,

Any suggestions for San Diego restaurants that serve a great burger with waffle fries? Thanks for your help!

Feb 15, 2009
tubbytoast in San Diego

Chowish dinner in downtown Carmel?

Hi, would love some recs for a moderately priced (entrees $25.00 or less) dinner in downtown Carmel. Any cuisine, deliciousness a must, great desserts a plus! Thanks.

Aug 31, 2008
tubbytoast in California

D.C. restaurant dress code?

Thanks to you all!

Oct 27, 2007
tubbytoast in Washington DC & Baltimore

D.C. restaurant dress code?

Hi, our friends will be taking us to L'Auberge Chez Francoise and Clyde's Tower Oaks for dinner. We're visiting from L.A., where no restaurant dare enforce a dress code. Are either of these restaurants jacket and tie places? Thanks for your help.

Oct 25, 2007
tubbytoast in Washington DC & Baltimore

Sunday night dining in Carmel?

Looking forward to a 2-night visit to Carmel. We have a dinner reservation at Passionfish in Monterey for Saturday, but would love some recs for a late Sunday night dinner in Carmel (we're staying at the Tradewinds, so nearby would be a bonus!) Thanks for your help.

Sep 03, 2007
tubbytoast in California

Ramen Alert: Sherman Oaks and West LA

Question - is all ramen broth pork based? Do they offer other options?

Sep 03, 2007
tubbytoast in Features

Spumoni Sherman Oaks

My hubby and I love Spumoni - it reminds us of the (long gone) Gold Spike in San Francisco. Excellent food, friendly service, and not expensive! The Gnocchi is amazing. If anyone has found a better Italian restaurant in this part of the Valley, let me know, and in the meantime, we're looking forward to becoming "regulars" here.

Sep 01, 2007
tubbytoast in Los Angeles Area

Stone Fire Pizza - longish

We were looking forward to Chicago style pizza at Stone Fire on La Cienega. It was Sunday night and the restaurant was essentially empty, so it wasn't as if they were swamped with orders. Our server disappeared after our appetizers were served. We had been told that it takes 40 minutes for a Chicago style pizza, and after an hour's wait, we were getting anxious. Our server finally reappeared and said that she would check on our pizza right away. Bottom line, long after we were supposed to be served pizza, there was no pizza, and no update on the pizza, so we paid for our drinks and appetizers and walked out. The manager stopped us on the sidewalk and said that they had burned our pizza, and would we mind waiting another 40 minutes and they would make another one! He didn't even offer to comp us for our appetizers. Needless to say, we're never going back.

Jun 10, 2007
tubbytoast in Los Angeles Area

Chocolate/goodie tasting tour of LA...tips?

Kron Chocolate on Little Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills for simple, but excellent chocolates - but never on a Saturday, because they are closed for Shabbat.

Feb 12, 2007
tubbytoast in Los Angeles Area

Entertaining eats for three young guys?

We have three young men in their early 20's from out of state coming to visit in December. One of them does a little cooking, but more than the food my biggest concern is that they find the restaurant entertaining enough (people watching, atmosphere, etc.) to enjoy a couple of meals out in the company of their "old" aunt and uncle. Can be lunch or dinner; we live in Studio City but Westside would be fine too.

Dec 02, 2006
tubbytoast in Los Angeles Area

Bad experience at Ahi Sushi in Studio City

Ate at Ahi Sushi last night and will never go back. We ordered an appetizer, two drinks, and two entrees. Our drinks arrived promptly; 20 minutes later one entree arrived, 11 minutes after that the second entree and 6 minutes after that our appetizer was served! No explanation, no apology. The tempura was fine but the rest of the meal was mediocre, definitely not worth the price for run of the mill quality and atrocious service. Would love good recs for non-sushi Japanese in the Studio City area (tempura, teriyaki, etc.).

Nov 19, 2006
tubbytoast in Los Angeles Area

Tommy Ray's Studio City first dinner visit (long)

I hope that the restaurant owners read this board. I personally liked the modern decor, the food and service need some tweaking but all the basics are there to be a good place for a casual meal. Studio City Chaz or other posters, are there restaurants in the same vein that you prefer in the Studio City area?

Nov 06, 2006
tubbytoast in Los Angeles Area

Tommy Ray's Studio City first dinner visit (long)

We had dinner at Tommy Ray's last night - this was the second night of their dinner service. The restaurant is very modern and airy inside, and also has a large patio area.

We had Tuna Carpaccio as an appetizer, the only item we ordered which seemed like a bit of a rip off, 5 small pieces of seared Ahi heavily peppercorn'd with a bit of wasabi sauce of top. Not that tasty, not worth $12.50, and you better LOVE peppercorns, because that is what you'll be tasting for the rest of the evening.

The rest of the meal was quite good. We've been on a fish and chips kick lately, and I have to say that TR's is the best we've ever eaten in L.A. It is made with black cod, lightly breaded (I usually prefer the battered style but this was great). The fish was tender and both the fish and the skinny french fries that came with it were non-greasy and yummy. Also had the Spinach Ravioli in wild mushroom ragu, more bell peppers than mushrooms in the ragu but very good. Entree prices range from $9.95 for a burger to $25.95 for Steak au Poivre. Wines by the glass start at $8.00 and bottles in the mid-$20s.

The chocolate mousse, listed as the "Chocolate Special" on the menu, was the highlight of the meal. Intensely chocolate, with an almost cake-like texture, and topped with home made whipped cream and raspberries, it was out of this world. The Apple Crisp had good cinnamon ice cream on the top, and the crisp was nicely textured, but the green apples tasted weird. The manager noticed our partially eaten crisp and offered to wrap it for us to take home. We told him why we hadn't finished it, and he said he would tell the chef, but did not offer to take it off the bill.

Service ran about 30-35 minutes longer than it should have, which hopefully will work itself out as the staff become more experienced. Our server was friendly but not particularly knowledgeable about the menu and he seemed very distracted, so lots of room for improvement there.

TR has the potential to be a great local restaurant. I don't know if it will be worth a destination drive, but we'll go back again in a few weeks and see if there are any changes.

I've posted pictures of our meal here -

http://pictures.aol.com/galleries/sha...

Oct 15, 2006
tubbytoast in Los Angeles Area