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Laurel Hardware?

Maybe the best looking crowd and wait staff of any restaurant I've ever been to. There is one waitress who looks like a way hottter version of Padma Lakshmi. Try to get a booth or sit outside.

The food was much better than I thought it was going to be. I would recommend
- fries
- lollipop sprouts
- jidori chicken
- hangar steak without the red sauce
- pizza were ok
- wings

about 15 hours ago
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Good Beer Bottle Shop in LA

Try Vendome. They have a good selection of craft brews.

about 18 hours ago
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Good Indian in north/central OC?

In the land of the blind the one eyed man is king.

The one eyed man in terms of Indian in North OC is Curry. Ok technically this is on the LA side of the 57 but barely. Same plaza as Ranch 99 on Diamond Bar Blvd. Their options are more mainstream but well executed. They are from a family owned chain from AZ. Prices are relatively high. The daal, aloo gobi, chana masala, biryani and chicken tikka were good especially considering the location.

Apr 15, 2014
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Park's vs. Kang Hodong Baekjeong?

Sorry it was a soft opening for F&F - either today or tomorrow. I'll report back with any info.

Apr 14, 2014
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Park's vs. Kang Hodong Baekjeong?

The KHB in OC is supposed to be opening up today and tomorrow. This is according to my mother in law. Can anybody confirm this and also provide some info on wait times/lines and parking situation?

Apr 14, 2014
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Stops along the 405 West LA to Irvine

Off the Brookhurst exit there is strip mall (surprise) which houses Ban Mi Che Cali and Afters.

BMCC has buy 2 get 1 free bahn mi. It comes out to around $5.50 to $6 depending on your choice of meat.

Afters is a new ice cream place that has been getting a lot of press. They take frosted donuts, cut them in half and put a scoop of ice cream. It's wrapped up and you devour it. The milky bun is actually very delicious and messy. The almond cookie flavor and Vietnamese coffee were both excellent. The lines are out of control on the weekends and at night.

Apr 11, 2014
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Blue Bottle is Taking Over The World

Christopher Garren's was out go to with Portola until they closed. I like the blueberry pop tart and the cake monkey yodel at Portola. The breakfast burrito is ok. Not a lot of options for food at SoCo at 8am.

I tried 3 cookies at BB that were pedestrian at best. Rarely if ever do I throw away cookies but these made it to the trash bin after a few bites.

Apr 09, 2014
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Blue Bottle is Taking Over The World

Ditto. I think Portola is better than BB any day. I waited in line for about 20 mins at the Mint Plaza BB for a good cup of coffee. The pastries at Portola are considerably better too.

Apr 08, 2014
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Best Late Weeknight Options in OC?

Honda-ya in Fullerton and Tustin are both open until midnight or so.

Shin Sen Gumi in Fountain Valley is open until 11:30pm I think.

Apr 08, 2014
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Blue Bottle is Taking Over The World

I guess what starts off as sourcing quality beans turns into a business real quick.

http://www.businessinsider.com/blue-b...

Apr 08, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Farm-to-table in North OC

I've been to every place on your list with the exception of Sue Ann's. Have you been to Sue Ann's - its the first time I've heard about this place?

If somebody opens up a Tender Greens type place or any reasonably good Chinese or Korean BBQ place on the border of Brea/YL they will do well. The composition of these neighborhoods is changing very quickly and we're in dire need of good Asian food closer to us. I'd do it myself but I am house rich and cash poor.

Apr 03, 2014
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Best fried chicken restaurants or take out

"Service so horrendously bad hard to deal with them."

This might be the understatement of the year. I don't understand why the service is so slow and so incompetent. But those biscuits and chicken keep us coming back for more.

Mar 31, 2014
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Anyone know a good Taco Bar/Catering Service Diamond Bar, North Orange CO

I dont know if Taco Maria still does catering but if they are available I would strongly recommend them. They used to have a truck and catered but recently opened up a brick and mortar operation.

Soho Taco does a great job. They are a more refined version of a taco cart but excellent tacos, salsas and condiments.

Both of these options will be on the pricier side compared to a more rustic version of a taco cart where somebody sets up a flat iron grill and cooks meat.

Mar 25, 2014
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Mrs Beas Chicken and Waffle - La Habra, CA

This pretty much sums it up. The food was very good. We liked the chicken and waffles as well. The greens were a tad salty but thoroughly enjoyable. The mac n cheese was just ok as you mentioned.

Very friendly service but it did take quite a while for the food to emerge from the kitchen. Just something to keep in mind if you're with little kids like we were.

Mar 23, 2014
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Yorba Linda - corner of Imperial Hwy and La Palma

Wild Arthichoke has been on the list for a while but haven't had a chance to try.

Love Tony's Little Italy and Farolitos. Rosines is pretty good for chicken as well.

I was actually interested to see if I was overlooking anybody in the 3 mini malls on the specific corner.

Mar 23, 2014
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Yorba Linda - corner of Imperial Hwy and La Palma

Is there anything worth trying in that area? I go to Wholesome Choice once in a while. I noticed a In N Out, Cali Fish Grill, Guppy House and Knollwood.

Mar 21, 2014
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Sushi between Irvine and LAX?

Kasen off the 405 at the Brookhurst is a good choice but its very traditional. No rolls. Authentic real wasabi. Not the most quantity but whatever they have will be very high quality.

Mar 11, 2014
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Light dinner in OC

I've heard the sweetbreads at Little Sparrow are amazing. I wouldn't necessarily call this type of food light though.

Mar 11, 2014
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Best Prix Fixe w Wine Pairing - LA or OC

n/naka is a little too pricey for us but its high on our list when budget allows.

Mar 11, 2014
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Best Prix Fixe w Wine Pairing - LA or OC

We're looking for around $100 per person with wine not including tax and top. Providence smaller prix fixe with wine pairing is $140 so if we open up our budget we'd probably go that route.

We're looking at March 29th.
I'll try Maude but I'd assume they are booked solid.
Alma was booked.
Bashan is too far for us - we live in OC.

I've been to Taco Maria and loved it. I made a reservation as a placeholder. I think for the value $70 at Taco Maria is one of the best values.

Mar 11, 2014
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Best Prix Fixe w Wine Pairing - LA or OC

My friend wants to go to a nice dinner in a few weeks to celebrate. She wants to do a prix fixe w wine pairing. She wants something higher end like Melisse or Providence. I don't want to spend the money or the 3 hours right now.

What are some other lesser priced options? Off the top of my head I'm considering
Taco Mario
Hatfield's
Red Medicine
Osteria Mozza

Orsa & Winston and Bestia booked. Anything else I'm missing?

Mar 10, 2014
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Food Crawl of the Gods

I'm going to go in order of meals during the day

Latte at G&B
The Slut at Egg Slut
Proscuitto Croissant at Huckleberry
Pastrami sandwich from Langer's
Sauce from Dino's Burger as a palate cleanser
Tsukemen from Tsujita
Al pastor taco from El Chato
Chicken sandwich from Son of a Gun
Any aguachile from Tacos Maria
Egg uni thing from Providence
Blue crab hand roll from Sushi Dokoro
Pistachio gelato from Mozza

Mar 07, 2014
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Visiting LA

It sounds like you are well versed with LA. If you are close to Queens skip Korean. Han Mi Bach and Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong are both excellent in Queens. The only reasonto go Korean is if you wanted to try something very specific which LA Koreatown has covered in spades.

Besides Mexican and dim sum I'd add in something very California market driven farm to table blah blah. Consider Gjelina or Rustic Canyon.

Mar 06, 2014
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Marche Modern OC Register Pomme Frites

The best fries I've ever had. Fried twice at 2 different temperatures. Only offer 30 servings per night.

Crispy and crunchy on the outside. Creamy and smooth on the inside. Sprinkled with salt. No need for ketchup or mayo. I didn't ask what type of potatoes they used by assuming Kennebunkport or Russett.

The rest of the meal was delicious as well especially the Russian king crab small plate with green onions, brown butter and meyer lemon cream sauce. But I've been thinking of the fries for 2 days.

Feb 17, 2014
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Ellio's Frozen Pizza

Steak umms. I haven't had those in years either. I think its probably a combination of both but I just need to confirm.

Feb 12, 2014
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Ellio's Frozen Pizza

Has anybody seen Ellio's frozen pizza anywhere in OC? I did a search on their site and within 50 miles of my house the only place that carries it is Target in Aliso Viejo. I checked a few targeted around Brea and Irvine and haven't seen it.

We grew up on Ellio's in NYC as an afternoon snack. I'm wondering how it held up and want to do a comparison against TJ frozen pizza.

Feb 11, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

What is currently the best Los Angeles restaurant located in a hotel?

If Laguna isn't too the fried chicken at Stonehill Tavern is great. Its in the St Regis which is also a great hotel to stay at with the views and the weather. Feels like you're not really in LA.

Jan 31, 2014
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"Cronuts" in LA?

I had a great version at La Provence on Olympic Blvd. It was $5 and they had 2 options - cinnamon sugar and powdered sugar. We opted for the cinnamon sugar. Very flaky but not too dense. Great crust. My 3 year old ended up eating almost the whole thing and he doesn't have a huge sweet tooth.

Plus they have Intelligentsia coffee.

Jan 31, 2014
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Park's vs. Kang Hodong Baekjeong?

I hear you on the different flavors, I don't think my brain and taste buds were on the same wave length. I was thinking Korean and I tasted Italian. I'll try it again and try to be more open.

That parking lot is going to be a joy.

Jan 29, 2014
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Park's vs. Kang Hodong Baekjeong?

Palsaik on Beach is great. Very nicely renovated from the old Soot Bull Jeep. I would recommend the unseasoned, miso and goochujang paste versions of the pork. The other flavors were an odd combination with Korean flavors especially the wine and herbs.

As others have said get there early. On weekends expect a wait if you get there around 6pm or later. Palsaik is excellent and identical to the one in K-town. I hope KHB is as good. The only other place I've been to that has locations in both K-town and BPark is Ondal. The Ondal in BPark is not as good as Ondal on Washington.

Jan 27, 2014
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