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Knish anyone?

Langer's has round knish. I know not what you are looking for. They are expensive and ok. I always preferred the square ones too but it might be worth the trip. Then you can have a side of pastrami sandwich.

about 14 hours ago
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Anaheim Packing District opens this Saturday

Different sandwiches. The Kroft and Wheat & Sons are next to each other.

Wheat & Sons was sold out of the porchetta by 4pm on Sunday.

The Kroft looks great. They have a huge window looking into the spit where the porchetta is being cooked and assembled. But by several accounts (A5 Kobe) the porchetta at The Kroft is very dry and not good at all.

about 17 hours ago
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Carnitas Snack Shack Wait Time Sunday at noon

We're coming down on Sunday from the OC. Starting at the zoo at 9am then heading up to Del Mar. We'd like to grab lunch and wanted to see if the lines would be long on Sunday around noon?

We have 2 little ones (4 and 2 year old) so not interested in waiting on line with all our travels. The other options we're looking at in the area are Pizzeria Bruno and Pizzeria Luigi. I've been to Luigi a bunch of times and it would hit the spot. Not as good as Vito's in LA but still a good NY slice. Anybody have other good suggestions near the Zoo?

1 day ago
js76wisco in San Diego

Where Should I Have Lunch?

For good burger on Fairfax or Sepulveda go to Plan Check or Golden State. Both also have good beers on tap.

1 day ago
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area
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Anaheim Packing District opens this Saturday

My wife commented on the mix as well - very heavy concentration of Asian with small pockets of Mexican and white people. A lot of of the restaurants were being run by Asians too as you mention.

The Kroft (place next to the butcher) had the 2nd longest line in the place but I was forewarned not to be tricked by their porchetta. Some of the other sandwiches looked good but not worth the wait.

The Chippy fish and jumbo fried shrimp were good. We used malt vinegar on both.

I forgot we also had some Han's. They are doing a brisk business being 20 steps from Popbar for the people not willing to wait on line. They were running out of flavors left and right. The vanilla was delicious.

The butcher had the best food and we'd probably go back there but we want to try the Indian place and the hot pot place too.

1 day ago
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Anaheim Packing District opens this Saturday

Parking here can be challenging but really liked this place. The packing district reminded us of The Camp (not surprisingly) and the downtown Culver City area where Father's Office and HD Buttercup are. There are a bunch of patios with table seating, rocking chairs and plenty of tables to eat at. Some of the places were still not open - Ecco, Vietnamese place, seafood place and soul food place.

Great beer selection at Iron Press. They had around 20 local craft beers with excellent selection from Bottle Logic, Noble, Stone, Valiant, Bear Republic, etc... Tater tots were good beer food.

The longest line was at Popbar. The line moves pretty quick though. I can see this being the next hot dessert trend. The bar far exceeded my expectations. We had a peanut butter bar dipped in dark chocolate with waffle cone and almonds. Good texture, excellent peanut butter flavor and not overly sweet. My son's mandarin orange bar was outstanding. It tasted like a less sweet but more authentic citrusy version of the Dole's mandarin oranges.

Fried shrimp and fish at the Chippy were great. Good amount of batter and piping hot. Crispy and delicious. They know how to fry.

1 day ago
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Great Porchetta Sandwich at Wheat and Sons (Anaheim Packing District)

They ran out of the porchetta sandwich this past Sunday when I arrived around 4:30pm but I ordered 6 oysters and a charcutterie plate. The oysters were from Carlsbad Aquafarm. Nice briny medium to small sizes oysters served with a chorizo oil or smoked shallot mignoette. The shallot mignoette was better. Oysters were $2.50 each. The charcutterie plate was fantastic.
- blue cheese
- house made mortadella
- fennel salami
- serrano ham
- 3 different pickled vegetables
- 6 rounds of toasted brea
- excellent grainy mustard

Nicely laid out and everything on the plate was delicious either by itself or together with accoutrements. $15 for the plate and a nice appetizer.

1 day ago
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Where Should I Have Lunch?

Near Burger Records you could do The Bruery for some good beers. I don't know if food trucks are around during the day though. There is a good burger place in downtown Fullerton not too far called Burger Parlor. Great fries and onions rings too. They usually have about 5 or 6 beers on tap.

1 day ago
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area
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Orange County: your list of current top steak houses?

Thanks will have to try it. Anything else on the menu at Bruno's you recommend?

Jul 10, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Orange County: your list of current top steak houses?

What steak at Bruno's do you recommend?

Jul 10, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Best Eye Candy Staff in town

Laurel Hardware has eye candy staff that would rival a Vegas club.

Jul 07, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

+1 on assessment of J Zhou. Its the best in Irvine but on the expensive side. You're paying for the dining room and service. No where near the class of the top dim sum places in SGV.

Jul 02, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Playground 2.0 - Shirley Chung (Top Chef Runner Up NOLA) - VERY LONG

She made it seem like it was her restaurant and not a consulting gig like Red O.

Yes the entire meal all in was $200 including drinks, tax and tip.

Jun 26, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Any good food between Fullerton and Alhambra?

+1

Earthen off Asuza is great for Chinese - the best scallion pancakes, great house special chicken with cucumbers and scallions, pot stickers, garlic shrimp and many other dishes. Very reasonably priced.

I'd also throw in Young Dong Son Tofu in Diamond Bar. Closer to Fullerton but they have great hot pots and combinations.

Jun 24, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area
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Playground 2.0 - Shirley Chung (Top Chef Runner Up NOLA) - VERY LONG

It was a 2 night pop up at Playground 2.0. I guess she is friendly with Jason Quinn who let her take over Playground. Shirley did 4 dinners - 2 each on Friday and Saturday night at 5:15pm and 8:45pm.

Jun 23, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Playground 2.0 - Shirley Chung (Top Chef Runner Up NOLA) - VERY LONG

Sorry for the quality of pictures, they were taken off my phone and noticed they get progressively more blurry as the dinner goes on.

Jun 23, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Playground 2.0 - Shirley Chung (Top Chef Runner Up NOLA) - VERY LONG

On Saturday night we were treated to a fantastic meal. Shirley is the same bubbly affable chef you saw on TV. She represented her style of cooking as Chinese style California food - finesse with big bold flavors. Her back stories on each dish and what they meant to her added great context to what we were being served. The list of places and chefs she has worked under is impressive - Guy Savoy, Bouchon, Otto, Carnevino, China Poblano, B&B Ristorante - Keller, Batali, Andres and Savoy. Her background is firmly rooted in classical French techniques but she has incorporated Italian into her repertoire. Shirley does not do any molecular gastronomy (she joked because she couldn't pronounce the words).

Shirley started cooking at 28 and is opening a restaurant called Twenty Eight OC. It's on Jamboree in the same plaza where Google and the Equinox are (basically the corner of MacArthur across from the big Lexus dealer). The food will be similar to what we ate on Saturday. It's an odd location but I think she will do well due to her TV following and new take on modern Chinese cuisine.

2.0 has basically 17 or 18 seats around a counter where you see the chefs prepare every dish. There was a pairing for every dish that ranged from gin cocktail, sake, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. The cost of the meal was $200 per person which included drinks, tax and tip. 9 course tasting menu with an amuse and intermezzo. Shirley also broke out some Chinese tea. It was compacted into a hockey disk like shape. She said the best tea is not loose leaf but compacted into these aged tea disks similar to wine.

There were a few dishes that were just ok but also some amazing dishes. The first half of the meal was our favorite part. The amuse, pho, scallop and squid ink uni pasta were outstanding. Dishes I would definitely recommend. The lamb skewer was very good as well - similar to the toothpick lamb at Chengdu Taste only with a lot more heat. I'm partial to the Korean version of jjajiangmein so that wasn't my favorite. Both of the noodle dishes had amazing fresh rolled pasta. The uni pasta dish had some serious bite which paired well with the sweet briny uni. Since we were the last meal of her pop up she gave us all double uni. Shirley's style of cooking is very refreshing - good technique with a lot of flavor. She does not hold back on spices, herbs or heat. This type of cooking is right up my alley but not for the faint of heart.

Amuse bouche - devil egg aioli chicken skin chiccarone with soft bone

California Section
Trio of vegetables - asparagus mushrooms quail egg summer corn baby kale with persevered shrimp vinaigrette

Interpretation of pho glass noodle with Santa Barbara spotted prawn sashimi with Chinese flavor lobster stock to mimic the medium rare beef

Spiced sauteed bay scallops with English pea puree and pea shoot salad with xo sauce

Singapore and Malaysia influenced toasted banana leaf black cod dressed with aged soy suace

Fresh black squid ink noodle with ginger scallion jalapeno pesto topped with uni

I Dream of Beijing
Fresh Chinese style jjajiangmein with black vinegar

Cumin spiced lamb skewers with chili corriander and Sichuan peppercorn onion marmalade and shisito pepper

Braised oxtail browned beef Jamaican style tossed with Fresno chili, Napa cabbage and rice

Intermezzo - tapioca with melon granita with micro basil

Dessert - tofu panna cotta, red bean ice cream, ginger red bean sauce and salty peanut crumble

Jun 23, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Maude

Getting reservations is next to impossible. I tried the last two months on the 1st of the month. It's a crap shoot if you can get into the reservation line.

The one thing I'll give them is if you leave your number with the reservationist they will call you when people cancel. I've been called 3 times in the last 2 weeks with last minute openings. Granted a 4 person reservation at 5:30pm on Tuesday isn't exactly what I was looking for but could be a good option for more flexible folks.

Jun 18, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Introduction to good food in Orange County.

+1 on the pomme frites at MM. They only make a certain number of orders per day.

I think there are enough recognizable items on the menu at MM that you'll have a good meal. As others have said the atmosphere isn't as hip and fun as Playground or Mozza but you'll have a good meal.

Jun 17, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area
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Sidecar Donuts - Fantastic Blueberry Buckle

I'll give it a try the next time I see one. They had a chocolate ganache one the other week or month but it was a bit rich for me.

Jun 13, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Sidecar Donuts - Fantastic Blueberry Buckle

Sorry you didn't like it. Mine wasn't too sweet.

I go to Sidecar probably twice per month. I normally get the Huckleberry and its been great every time.

What chocolate donut are you referring to?

Jun 12, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Sidecar Donuts - Fantastic Blueberry Buckle

A similar donut to the Huckleberry.

A cake donut infused with whole blueberries - not mixed into the dough like the Huckleberry. Topped with a blueberry frosting and topped with a cornmeal streusel.

A great combination of crunchy and spongey cake donut. The donut was still warm, maybe sitting around 15 minutes. The frosting was not overly sweet and the streusel provided some nice texture. A great donut. If you are around Costa Mesa pick one up.

Jun 11, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area
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Fifty Seven LA and smoke.oil.salt?

Will do. I will try to take pics. I suck at taking food pics bc my first instinct is to eat food not try to get the best lighting. But I think this warrants the effort. She is supposedly opening up a restaurant in the OC later this year.

Jun 04, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Fifty Seven LA and smoke.oil.salt?

Doesn't sound great. They did just change chefs though.

I ended up changing my mind and booking Playground 2.0 with guest chef Shirley (Asian lady who finished 2nd in last year's top chef).

Jun 04, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Anaheim Packing District opens this Saturday

On the corner of Anaheim Blvd and Santa Ana Blvd near the Umami Burger and Anaheim Brewery.

OC's answer to the Ferry Building. A pretty good list of shops
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/mer...

Ecco
Iron Press
Cafecito Organico
Han's Ice Cream
Chippy Fish N Chips

Looking forward to trying Popbar, the speakeasy and the butcher.

May 28, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Fifty Seven LA and smoke.oil.salt?

Thanks for reporting back. Sounds like a very good meal and a reasonable price. I'm going here next month and will report back.

May 19, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Fifty Seven LA and smoke.oil.salt?

+1 on
Why would you say the food wasn't worth the money out of curiosity?

Other than Jwsel and Kevin Eats I still haven't seen any write ups. And as you mention Kevin is pretty effusive with his praise so hard to tell based on his review only.

May 16, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Fifty Seven LA and smoke.oil.salt?

+1
Seems like the current chef has a good pedigree from EMP and Joel Robuchon. Not that this in and of itself would signify good food. The prices seem to be inline with what I'd expect at other restaurants in this caliber. Fifty Seven LA also has a $45 prix fixe for app, main and dessert which seems like a good deal.

When I went to Bestia last week for an 8:30 reservation the valet line at Fifty Seven was packed. I don't know if it was for the restaurant or performance space downstairs though.

May 16, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Fifty Seven LA and smoke.oil.salt?

Has anybody been to either of these restaurants? Would you recommend?

May 15, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Moving to Irvine...need restaurant recommends!

In Tustin which is also another bordering city to Irvine
Claro's Italian Deli - good sandwiches
El Toro Bravo - made to order flautas and tacos
Cream Pan - great Japanese bakery - I'd recommend the ham n cheese croissant, strawberry croissant, pre-made sandwiches and olive twist bread.

You also have a bunch of In n Out locations around you.

May 14, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area