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Vegas Trip Itinerary with 2 + 4 year old

What do you recommend at Yusho? I'd be happy finding something to eat in our hotel besides 800 degrees.

1 day ago
js76wisco in Las Vegas

Mendocino Farms, Sidecar Doughnuts Coming To SM (Wilshire & 7th)

Try the old fashioned doughnut holes if they have them at the SM Sidecar. It's a fairly new item and fantastic. Something I'd get everytime if available along with the huckleberry.

May 21, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Vegas Trip Itinerary with 2 + 4 year old

Ok we will see if we can fit in Naked City and Yardbird. The menu at Yardbird looks great and my wife loves fried chicken.

You're the first person who has commented on Bazaar Meats thus far. It seems awfully expensive and wondered if its that much better than say Cut or Mastros. Maybe if I do well at the tables we'll fit it in.

May 18, 2015
js76wisco in Las Vegas

Vegas Trip Itinerary with 2 + 4 year old

Thanks this looks right up our alley.

May 18, 2015
js76wisco in Las Vegas

Vegas Trip Itinerary with 2 + 4 year old

Yes because of the memorabilia store. I bought a shirt for my son that everybody asks where we purchased. So we're going to buy gifts for friends and family. And because my kids love In N Out. And because I need to offset meals at Raku, B&B and Bazaar Meat with $15 lunches for the family.

May 18, 2015
js76wisco in Las Vegas

Vegas Trip Itinerary with 2 + 4 year old

I was thinking a 5:30 or 6pm reservation would work at Raku.

I think we'll probably skip Peppermill after looking into this more. It looks like a strip club and I have a bad feeling I'd run into a group of crazy 20 year olds (basically me 20 years ago) still up from the night before.

Didn't know about Tacos El Gordo shutting down on the strip but it seems like a reasonably short drive. Although we may opt for other options since we have tons of great Mexican in OC/LA.

May 17, 2015
js76wisco in Las Vegas

Any good familiar restaurant in Laguna Beach?

In Crystal Cove there are a bunch of good places
Settebello for pizza
Mastros for steaks - the best steakhouse in the OC
Tamarind for very good Indian
Bear Flag for excellent seafood, tacos, poke - more casual lunch type spot

May 15, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Vegas Trip Itinerary with 2 + 4 year old

Good idea. I never knew about asking to clear out the mini-fridge but will see if that is a possibility.

May 15, 2015
js76wisco in Las Vegas

Vegas Trip Itinerary with 2 + 4 year old

Thanks for the insight Dave.

Raku - were you saying it might not be the right atmosphere because of the food or because of the environment? My kids like izakaya and the menu here had enough things the kids would like. We've taken them to some higher end restaurants without incident but they are little kids and they do like to move around. We give them work books and sticker books that keep them occupied for a good 30 mins.

Never had adobada but sounds like el pastor. Yummy.

May 15, 2015
js76wisco in Las Vegas

Vegas Trip Itinerary with 2 + 4 year old

Going to be in Vegas for 4 nights/5 days. Staying at Monte Carlo because it has a good pool and its cheap. I've been to Vegas 30-40 living in SoCal and know the lay of the land BUT never been with kids. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. My kids will pretty much eat anything but I'm not taking them to 4 fancy expensive dinners.

Dinner (4 total)
B&B or Bazaar Meat - never been to Bazaar Meats and looks great
Bachannal at Ceasers - my kids will get a kick out of it and they eat free
LOS - garlic prawns, crispy wings, drunken sea bass noodles and papaya salad
Raku - never been heard its great and need reservations

Lunch (5 Total)
Holsteins for a shake and China Poblano
In n Out (my wife wants to buy shirts from the store and kids love it)
Tacos El Gordo - we can split up and get different meats which ones are best?
Estiatorio Milos - $25.15 lunch menu seems like a good deal
Is Pizza Rock or Naked Pizza worth a drive? 800 Degrees is inside Monte Carlo

Breakfast (4 Total)
Buffet at Monte Carlo bc kids eat free 4 & under
Whole Foods 10 min drive and kids need fruit and milk
Peppermill would be fun with the kids
My biggest problem is breakfast. The kids wake up early and usually need food by around 7:30am. I'm not sure I want to drive 20 minutes off the strip to a lot of recommended places like Mary's Hash House, Egg and I, etc...
Not a huge fan of hash house.
Anything like Snooz within 10 min drive of the Monte Carlo?

May 14, 2015
js76wisco in Las Vegas

Great Italian food in OC?

Agreed its not bad but I think that's the best we have in the OC. I haven't tried Pirozzi but I'm not sure I like your description of the place below. I heard the meatballs were good.

May 06, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Great Italian food in OC?

I moved from LA to North OC 6 years ago and have tried all of the recommended best Italian in OC. None of these are comparable or in the same class as the ones listed above. My favorite LA Italian restaurants were similar to yours - Madeo, Scarpetta, Angelini Osteria and Osteria Mozza.

Of all the recommendations surfaced on the board I would say Cucina Alessa is my favorite. But given the distance from North OC - ~40 mins to PCH or 50/60 mins to the LA restaurants listed above we almost never eat upscale Italian in OC.

May 06, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find the best chicken kale salad in Los Angeles?

Houston's has a very nice kale salad. Just add some chicken. Good crunch from the nuts and dressing is great but I ask for it on the side as it comes drenched otherwise.

May 05, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

What's your top 5 favorite places for lunch in OC?

What's the wait on the weekdays for lunch at DTF lately?

May 02, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

What's your top 5 favorite places for lunch in OC?

Really? Thats too bad because it was one of the best shops in APD. But they were also one of the slowest. The number of people waiting for Croft sandwiches always astounded me when the better sandwiches were right next door at Wheat & Sons.

May 01, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

What's your top 5 favorite places for lunch in OC?

On Bastanchury and Valley View? Never been but thanks for the recommendation gents.

May 01, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

What's your top 5 favorite places for lunch in OC?

I live in Brea not many great lunch choices outside of the fast casuals and chains.

Try Oasis Cafe. It's in the mini mall on Brea Blvd and Lambert. It's good Lebanese/middle eastern especially for the area. Nice small family run joint.

May 01, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

What's your top 5 favorite places for lunch in OC?

Great list Steve. I can't stop at 5 either

Taco Maria
Santouka Ramen
Baja Fish Tacos
Tender Greens
Noodle 101
Vishnu Indian Buffet
Bella Cuba
House of Kebab

May 01, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Juniper & Ivy with kids

We were seated outside on the patio where the kids had a little room to operate. Inside there were 4 other families with kids or infants. I couldn't tell if it was louder inside or outside with planes seemingly landing every 5 mins.

The food was great and we enjoyed our meal. The best of the bunch
- deviled egg, we liked how the meringue melted in your mouth but still tasted like a deviled egg
- chicken liver nuggets, I've only had them in a mousse like paste but this crispy execution was wonderful
- morel toast, expensive for one piece of toast but burrata with mustard seeds gave a very savory well balanced dish. The bread itself was wonderful.
- yodel was amazing
- hamburger was excellent. I know its just a burger but it was a great tasting burger well constructed with the pickles, onions and cheese. But the star were the fries. Maybe the best fries of all time.

Service was friendly but not over bearing. The kids enjoyed the food and environment. The table next to us was empty until the last 15 mins. More importantly parents got to eat something for dinner besides pizza. We'd go back.

din tai fung moving to santa anita mall?

Maybe but thats not whats been released in the articles. Says no mention about whether or not the original locations will remain open.

But one thing is for sure parking will not improve. The parking at the SA mall is a disaster.

I would be up for a XLB fight as long as they are cooled down. I think I can catch a few in my mouth.

Apr 27, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

din tai fung moving to santa anita mall?

No its in addition to the other 2 jam packed locations in Arcadia. They could probably open up a few other locations around SGV and they'd all be packed. I just wish they were more widely dispersed.

Really good Thai food in OC?

Not in the OC but just over the hill in Rowland Heights there is a branch of Ruen Pair. The original one is in Hollywood. It's certainly the best Thai restaurant anywhere near the North OC.

Apr 23, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Shake Shack is coming

The best things that SS brings that most of the other burger chains below can't compete with
- great custard
- beer and wine

Everybody has their favorites among the Habit, InO, 5 Guys, etc.. but the ability to have a great burger with a beer and finish it off with great custard takes the cake.

Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop now open (11th ave and 44th St). Ivan Ramen's 50 seat LES flagship will open January

I went the other night to have the Late-Night Pork Ramen - 24-hour tonkotsu broth, belly chashu, crispy pork shoulder, chiccarones, garlic two ways and pickled onion. It was an expensive bowl and almost unedible. The broth was so thick and dense. I know the very porky gravvy broth is in vogue but this was like sludge. Ramen Champ in LA has a similar bowl of tonkotsu.

I had to stop eating it after about 3 bites. The crispy pork shoulder and chiccarones were very good and I would have enjoyed this ramen with a more liquid broth.

The ice cream at Ample Hills was amazing though.

Apr 21, 2015
js76wisco in Manhattan

Best fish dish in OC!!!

I get mocked when I recommend Wildfish. We've had several very good meals here and the cougar sightings are always fun.

Apr 20, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Chinese pork chops in Torrance

I've tried them at a few places but they are different in terms of spice and cooking method. The ones below from Tasty Garden look very similar.

DTF and 101 Noodle have a nice pork chop but not the same deep fried skinny crispy spiced one like the picture below.

Apr 16, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Chinese pork chops in Torrance

Thanks these pork chops are sooo good. But far.

Apr 16, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Chinese pork chops in Torrance

I can't remember the name but I've had these great deep fried pork chops on the bone with a cumin, salt, pepper type crust. When you order them to go they give them to you in a open Chinese take out white box container. They give you a lot for an order. I thought the place was Seafood Village near the Del Amo mall.

Does anybody know what place these are from? Are there any places in Diamond Bar, Rowland Heights or the OC where I can find similar versions?

Apr 15, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Doesn't anyone make Steak Fries Anymore?

We had some bad service - like 10-15 minutes to wave down waiters to make drink orders and a few missing entrees. They also squeezed us into a very tight spot when we had reservations and other options were available.

I don't think the food there was terrible but very heavy. I'm not a huge fan of the very deep fried/everything topped with a thick heavy sauce style of southern cooking. The Kentucky hot brown did me in one time. I've been 4 times and just stick with the salads and fries.

I think it's a great place for drinks.

Apr 14, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area
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Todd English / Plaza Food Hall - recommendations?

$9 for a very good bratwurst on brioche with mustard and pickles/cornichons on the side. It was a tasty bratwurst but $9 seems a little much.

The pastry place next to Billy's has Stumptown beans and they make a good coffee drink.

Apr 14, 2015
js76wisco in Manhattan