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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.

36 minutes ago
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.

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.

2 days ago
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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

Anaheim Packing District bang^4

Fried fish is ok.
Fries are not good - seem like they are from frozen pre-made bags and not real home made chips.
Jumbo fried shrimp is the best thing there but I'd opt for other places if you ever make it there.

Oct 06, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Anaheim Packing District bang^4

Great write up.

Haven't heard great things about Croft but will try their prime rib dip.

Iron Press has a very good selection of craft beer they are always rotating with great selection from local brewers - Bottle Logic, Bootleggers, Noble, etc...

W&S is our favorite shop in the whole district. The porchetta and charcutterie are high on our list. If you ever see the chicken pot pie you should try it. It's not an individual pie but like a slice of cake. It's excellent - obviously the inside is less liquidy in order for the cake to maintain its form.

Popbar is good. Not sure it is worth the wait ~20 minutes and very expensive $5. But my kids force me to wait for a bar every time.

Oct 06, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Sherry Yards New Bakery

I recently read an article saying that they initially planned on making it a bakery only but the space is huge. So the new plan is to make it into a market where the bakery is central but they will also have a coffee shop, ice cream/dessert, cafe, sandwiches, etc... all under one umbrella company run by Yard. It makes a lot of sense in that they can maintain a healthier flow of visitors throughout the day.

Oct 02, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Eataly settles on Century City location

I just set a Outlook reminder for 30 months. I've been to Eataly twice in the last 18 hours in NYC. I hope they bring the rotisserie for sandwiches. The pizza/pasta restaurant is also good but I wish it was Lupa instead.

Sep 30, 2014
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Super Juicy Dumplings - Brea

Thanks for the report. I went for dinner on Saturday.

The first thing I said to my wife is that the XLB are unusually sweet. Now I know why. We'll ask for them unsweetened the next time. The XLB good other than the oddly sweet filling. They were making each of the XLB to order. Assembly line of one person rolling out the dough and filling each order.

Green beans were excellent - better than any other Chinese place except for DTF. Great flavor and not greasy at all.

Shrimp fried rice was good. Similar in vein to DTF with some added Chinese sausage.

The green onion pancake was both good and bad. Very crispy and flakey almost like it was made out of phyllo dough. It tasted a little like burnt roasted marshmallows which may have also been a victim of sweet Wuxi style food.

The sesame noodle were ok. Would have liked a little more heat.

It's good enough for Brea that I would definitely go back. How's that for a back handed compliment?

Sep 30, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Super Juicy Dumplings - Brea

Has anybody been?

I just noticed it replaced the Pho99 in the same plaza where Olive Pit is on Imperial and Kraemer. Got a to go menu and plan on hitting it up this weekend. They obviously have a lot of XLB options and they also have the huge crab and pork XLB that J Gold wrote about at Wang Xing Ji that you eat with the straw. It looked very authentic based on the menu, wait staff and kitchen.

Sep 25, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

ANAHEIM -- Anything Chow-ish near the Convention Center?

+1 on all of TNT suggestions.

There is also a Roscoe's Chix N Waffle that is now open within a ~10 minute drive.

Sep 25, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Newport Beach

Pizzeria Mozza or Settebello for pizza

Red O or Javiers for expensive and good Mexican with high concentration of cougars, pumas and jaguars

Bear Flag Fish Co for poke, fish tacos and other items from the ocean

Greenleaf Gourmet for healthy salads and more women in Lululemon you'll ever see except in an actual yoga, pilates or Soul Cycle class. BTW this is not a bad thing on a Wednesday afternoon in Costa Mesa Newport Beach.

Sep 22, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Ruen Pair - City of Industry

Yes. It looks like the same exact menu. The website for Ruen Pair lists both locations. I didn't order the jerky or salty egg but did notice them at the Industry location.

The broccoli and crispy pork had a little more liquid than I remember but everything else was pretty much the same.

Sep 10, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Ruen Pair - City of Industry

Located next to Noodle House on the NW corner strip mall of Gale and Fullerton. It's the same owners with the same menu as the Ruen Pair in Hollywood.

We ordered some of our old standbys
- papaya salad
- chinese broccoli with crispy pork
- pad see ewe
- fried wontons for the kids

Everything was as good as the original. A real find for people out this way.

Sep 08, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

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

Thanks for the update. My friend drove by there the other day and thought it was Zamora as well. Definitely on our list to try for lunch soon.

Sep 08, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Marina del Rey recommendations please

You get as many bites of sandwiches with no meat as you do with meat. The pork bahn mi is delicious but very light on pork.

South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

The only difference to me is that the Spectrum is bigger and there is less of a wait than DJ.

Sep 02, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Korean food suggestions in Garden Grove/Long Beach area?

The best AYCE Korean BBQ in the area is Cham Sut Gol. It gets crowded on the weekends. Its very good for AYCE.

Ondal 2 is great for spicy crab soup. Make sure you get the fried rice and flour flake dumplings at the end. It is not as good as the one in Koreatown but still worth a trip. Bring a few friends.

Jang Mo Jip for sullangtang and mandu.

Myung In dumplings for the big wang mandu. Best in OC for sure.

Myund Dung for kal gook su. Thats really all they have but the kalbi isn't terrible if you need something else. The kim chee is really good and they refill as much as you want.

B Sweet

We tried the cookies n cream bread pudding after dinner at Sushi Tsujita last weekend. The owners are very nice and generous with samples.

The bread pudding was warm in a chinese takeout container. $1 for a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was Thrifty ice cream they buy in big tubs from
Smart n Final. It was a good dessert but a little on the sweet side. So rich you could really only have a few bites before your blood sugar rises above a safe level.

Aug 30, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Fresh Soba Noodles in OC- Tanakaya

Tempura was excellent as was the chicken karage. Both were very delicately and expertly fried. Not greasy at all and piping hot out of the fryer.

I'm not a huge soba fan but the noodles were good.

My only complaint was that the udon contained soba noodles. Maybe this is traditional or maybe I read the menu incorrectly but when I see udon on a menu I was expecting udon noodles. The duck udon was very good apart from the noodle misunderstanding.

Aug 29, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Exotic fruits at any OC FMs?

The Chinese produce stands near Scarborough Farms at the UCI FM always have some interesting items, maybe not exotic but certainly unique. I saw some Chinese yellow seedless watermelons and some melons that you don't find even in a Ranch 99.

Also at the UCI FM I bought a bunch of pink lemonberries. They were pink in color and similar in shape to blueberries but smaller. They were ugly with a lot of dark markings near the top of the berry. Very sweet. I only saw them one week and never again. It was the stand at the corner right across from Baba Bros - the hummus guys.

Aug 29, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area
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Korean Fried Chicken

Very good advice. The best part about the takeout is the precut holes in the takeout containers so the chicken doesn't steam and the chicken maintains the crunch.

Aug 29, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Growlers: does anyone use them in LA?

You have to use duct tape or electrical tape to cover up the name of the different brewery otherwise they cannot fill the growler. It's a silly rule.

Aug 28, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area
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Korean Fried Chicken

The 3 that I have been to were all very consistent. The one we frequent the most is the one in Diamond Bar (technically LA county but just over the line). I only order two types of chicken.

The olive oil fried chicken
Spicy sauceless chicken wings

The Irvine location in Diamond Jamboree frequently forgets to bring out the moo. I go during lunch with non-Asian friends so they don't think we want it but we most certainly do.

Aug 28, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area