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Very Different Freid rice.....?

Damn. I was going to go this weekend - XLB ribs sound amazing.

Dec 15, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Very Different Freid rice.....?

I liked the fried rice. It did have some interesting flavor that was hard to pick up. The fried rice was in the vein of DTF - white variety and not soy saucey, egg, less veggies and some Chinese sausage.

What are XLB ribs?

Dec 15, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Maude 2015: New Theme Ingredients Just Posted on Website (FYI)

Got through at around 6pm today and January was fully booked. Oh well.

The only consolation is that the lady who mans the reservation lines is really sweet. I can't imagine being on the phone for 6 to 8 hours straight dealing with maniacs like ourselves fighting for reservations. She almost made me feel better about finally getting through but getting no reservation.

Dec 02, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Taco Maria, a la Carte. What to order?

If they have any tacos get them.

I work in the same area as Taco Maria and have carpool lane stickers. Even if you are carpooling it will likely take you around 30 to 40 minutes to get from Taco Maria to Honda Center. The carpool on the 55 and when it connects to the 5 is jammed up the entire way from around 4:30pm to 7pm. It opens up after the 55 and 5 carpool lanes merge but you'll need to build in that time.

Dec 02, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Taco Maria, a la Carte. What to order?

Playground is fairly close to Honda Center and should be able to get in early before the show.

Dec 02, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Kolache Factory

They have a big selection. I only went in once and when they warmed up the kolaches they used a microwave. It kinda turned me off. The filling was ok but nothing memorable.

I'd go up the street to Cream Pan - totally different but better use of your calories.

Nov 24, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Casual but nice / good lunch in Fullerton?

Add Burger Lounge and Bahn Mi Che Cali to that list.

Nov 18, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area
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OC Chinese Update

The line outside capital noodle bar during work lunch hours is very long. Expect to wait around 30 minutes if you go between noon and 1:30pm.

I went to the playground 2.0 with Shirley Chung. Very interesting dishes and I think it will do well even though the location is very odd. She is actually just consulting at the restaurant and not the owner. We'll see how that plays out. Here was my review
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9800...

Nov 17, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Taco Maria - Wine Pairing?

We do it the exact same way. It's always fun when you get the good one and don't want to trade in the middle.

The next time we are considering doubling up on the wine pairing. Each of us getting our own glass for each dish so essentially 8 glasses of wine for 8 half plates of food. The wines pair great but they tend to be on the smaller side.

Carnitas Snack Shack Wait Time Sunday at noon

Was 2nd in line today at around 11:50am.

The carnitas were amazing today. Great flavor, juicy and lovely crispy bits intermingled in the tacos. Two tacos for $7.50 is a fantastic lunch. Tons of meat and the guacamole is excellent.

My only gripe which my wife pointed out as well is the salsa and hot sauce situation. I saw somebody else mention this but for a place that has such excellent meat it's a shame they don't make their own salsa or hot sauce. They have a selection of around 7 or so hot sauce and all of them just aren't the right fit for the tacos. Maybe they'll get around to it but this would make the tacos and other sandwiches that much better/

Nov 17, 2014
js76wisco in San Diego

Bludso's Compton hasn't picked up their phone since Sunday

That is not a cheap turkey when also factoring in the drive time (multiple times depending on if you drop off your own bird).

It's probably really good though. If my Oklahoma Joe's turkey bet ever ends I'll give them a try.

Nov 14, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Bludso's Compton hasn't picked up their phone since Sunday

How much is their smoked turkey? And is it as delicious and smokey as their brisket?

Nov 14, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Thanksgiving smoked turkeys

Yes all in price is around that. It's not cheap but it's well worth it. We have leftovers through the whole weekend for everybody in the family and it's the best turkey we've ever had.

We usually end up adding some other stuff since that bird is so heavy shipping doesn't go up too much.

Nov 12, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Thanksgiving smoked turkeys

My friend and I bet each other in fantasy football and the loser has to buy turkey for Thanksgiving from Oklahoma Joe's in KC. They make a limited amount.

It's completely transformed our Thanksgiving dinner and changed the minds of our old Asian parents who hate turkey.

The cost of the turkey is $38. The cost of shipping overnight with ice is about 2x the price of the turkey. It's certainly not cheap but every single person who comes to our house looks forward to moist, delicious, perfectly smoked turkey.

Nov 11, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

A Brief Pictorial Review: Portsmouth

+1

We ordered dozen oysters and 3 share plates for 2 people. We thought it would be enough but had to order an entree and had plenty of room for dessert.

Nov 11, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

A Brief Pictorial Review: Portsmouth

We went on Saturday and your observations are spot on. A great neighborhood place with relaxed atmosphere. Good tap beer menu. The oysters were excellent. Our other favorite dishes were the scallops and the crab esquite. The special of the night was a shrimp pozole. We enjoyed the broth and the shrimp were nicely grilled but I think pozole is meant to be porky.

We didn't really like the bread pudding - a little on the dry side. The scoop of vanilla ice cream was small compared to the bread pudding.

Nov 10, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Best lunch in Costa Mesa/Irvine/Santa Ana for under $10

The best place I've found since starting this thread is Vishnu. Was voted #1 best dish in OC Weekly. Best Indian buffet I've had anywhere to be honest. The food is punchy and spiced authentically, not dumbed down for Western palates.

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforki...

I've eaten here once a week for the last month. $7.40 per person for buffet lunch which includes
- potato dosa
- 4 vegetarian dishes
- 2 meats usually chicken
- 1 pakora, samosa or tadhka
- naan
- chutneys and sauces

This place is packed from noon to around 1pm with lots of Indian folks who work around the area. No frills atmosphere just great food.

Nov 10, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area
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Weirdest Ice Cream I've ever had...

Must sprinkle on the sea salt if you have the sweet corn ice cream. Makes a world of difference. Delicious.

Nov 07, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Meat Up BBQ - Placentia

Yes their meats definitely need more smoke. The brisket was good. The porchetta is weird and polarizing. If you get a good batch with crispy bits its almost like pulled pork with chiccaron.

I didn't try the burger but will next time. But the beer selection is definitely the #1 reason to go back.

Nov 05, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area
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Meat Up BBQ - Placentia

Don't see Noble enough on tap - maybe they don't market themselves as much?

I had the three meat sampler plate - 3 meats and 2 sides with garlic bread for $17. Out of the three the porchetta was the most interesting and not necessarily what I'd order at BBQ. The next time I'll try the chicken and ribs to see which of the meats is the best.

The fries with feta and garlic sauce were a good snack. Very reminiscent of truck food.

Oct 31, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Meat Up BBQ - Placentia

A brick n mortar from the Viking Truck and Garlicscapes Truck. BBQ in OC is really starting to heat up with Meat Up, Smokin Fred BBQ, Smoqued and Lillie Q opening up soon in Brea.

~20 craft brews. A pretty good selection although would have liked to seen more local guys. No Noble Ale, Bottle Logic but they did have Bootleggers Knuckle Sandwich which is my favorite double IPA. The bartender was very generous with tastes and recommendations.

Still working out some kinks last week when we went during the soft opening. but hard to judge service and ops on soft opening weekend and would not deter us from going back whatsoever. Food was very good. Better than Smoqued not quite as good as Smokin Fred but definitely an excellent addition to the area. Packed as of 6:30 on Friday night with a line.

Porchetta - interesting take because they rough chop the meat. So there are some crispy end pieces which are great. But the other parts are just kinda of eh. I'd rather have a whole piece so I can have some juicy inside with some crunchy skin.
Pulled pork - good, the kids loved it.
Brisket - pretty tender would have liked a little more smoke
Wings - great smoke. Good dipping sauce.
Greens - spicy and not overly vinegary very good
Beans - enjoyed these a lot. Good balance with bacon, sweet and savory.
Sauce - ok but generally don't like sauce on my meat.

Oct 31, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Food better at GCM or at Ferry Building? [moved from LA 1st Timer thread]

Not sure about the 40s. The liquor store at GCM won't let you use their bottle opener. They can sell you beer but you're not technically allowed to drink it at GCM. Only beer from the restaurants are allowed.

It's a crazy rule. The ends of the communal tables work nicely as bottle openers for any rule breakers.

Oct 30, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Food better at GCM or at Ferry Building? [moved from LA 1st Timer thread]

GCM has better food overall.

I'd trade Humphrey Slocombe for McConnells.

They have a small little market/grocery at FB that almost always carries Pliny the Elder and has a great bottle selection that crushes the liquor store at the bottom of GCM.

Oct 29, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area
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Belcampo Now Serving $5 Fast Burgers at GCM

I guess I conveniently only see the burger and fries on the menu. I would try the fast burger at less than 50% of the Belcampo burger.

The brocollini is definitely worth adding on. It will definitely make you feel better that you had some veggies while waiting online for ice cream at McConnells. Fries do not count.

Oct 28, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Belcampo Now Serving $5 Fast Burgers at GCM

I noticed this on the menu when I was at Santa Barbara Public Market but didn't try it. They have a single and double.

At SBPM they also had other offerings that I hope make their way down to GCM. The brocollini was excellent. Very crispy fried florets and tender stalk with a nice lemony zing balanced by some heat. It was a good side.

The pork cemita with poblano, avocado and cotija was also very good. It was more of a pulled pork on the same bun as the hamburger. The sauce had a nice kick but balanced out by the avocado and cheese. Very messy to eat but great porky flavor from the pork.

Oct 23, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Napa Rose customer service

Yes unfortunately you experienced the same frustrations being tossed around from the hotel to Napa Rose to Disney dining.

The weird part for me is how amazing the customer service and overall experience is any other time I've been to Disney. My family has had SoCal Disney passes for the last 3 years. I've eaten at Club 33, Carthay Circle, been to weddings at Grand California and been to the parks at least a dozen times. Every interaction I've had with anybody associated with Disney has been top notch except for this very confusing non human interaction aspect of Napa Rose. It is odd that they make it very difficult to speak to a human about reservations, chef's counter or special requests.

I almost unloaded on the person who finally called me back after leaving 3 messages but my mature self decided to just say we cancelled our reservation and didn't get into the debacle.

Oct 23, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Napa Rose customer service

I'll have to try again another time. They finally called me back today but I decided to stick with Alma. The experience left a bad taste in my mouth but I forgive easily.

Oct 21, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Napa Rose customer service

I actually made the reservation online but requesting the chef's counter can only be done over the phone. I've tried getting in touch through 3 different phone systems - the Grand California Hotel, Disney Dining and Napa Rose direct.

Alma sounds like a better reservation anyway.

Oct 21, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Napa Rose customer service

I've never been but at this rate I don't think I ever will.

Made a reservation for our 5th wedding anniversary. Called on multiple occasions (7 different days at various times of the day and night) and not once did I ever speak to a human at the actual restaurant. I left 3 messages. I wanted to reserve the chef's counter. Nobody ever called me back. Since it was our wedding anniversary I wanted to make sure we were sitting at the chef's counter. It's a pain to get through the automated phone system, nobody picks up the phone at the restaurant and nobody calls you back after you leave a message. Other than that it was a great experience.

We're going to Alma instead.

Oct 21, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Dozen New Restaurants in Rowland Heights Shopping Center

Has anybody been to the new location of 101 Noodle? If so is the quality and consistency the same as other branches? I always worry when restaurants expand into new locations. The Irvine branch is excellent but not as close as Rowland Heights.

Oct 18, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area