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IN search of good cheap Peking duck???

BEST deal in town hands down. peking duck at full house in arcadia next to the 99 ranch market. a WHOLE peking duck with all the fixings (buns not the wraps) for 9.99!!! the skin is crispy and very meaty. a whole lot better than some of the places I've had it in chinatown where Ive paid about $13-14 for just half the duck.

Feb 22, 2008
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ISO "dao xiao mian" (handmade chewy noodles cut from ball with a knife) in Los Angeles

just had it at mandarin noodle house on garvey (near atlantic) and across the street from seafood village. it was my first time having the chinese version of it. it was pretty good but a little blander than the korean version Im used to (jja jang myun). their boiled dumplings were pretty juicy and tasty too :)

Dec 17, 2007
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Hite - Fun Pub in Koreatown

pitchers of hite beer at hite factory are about $12. they definitely have pitchers. hite factory is most well known for their spicy chicken wings which are to die for (yang nyun dak nal geh) and their soon dae bokum (korean blood sausage stirfry). my goodness, so good!!!!

Aug 15, 2007
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Stone oven sandwich in Topanga food court

this place is so good! I LOVE their chipotle chicken sandwich? I forgot what its called but its the one with the chicken, corn salsa, avocado, etc. SO good, especially with that fresh baked foccacia bread!

Jul 04, 2007
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any killer weekday lunch specials along the 210? (between 134 and 605)

anyone know of good lunch spots with killer weekday lunch specials somewhere off the 210? (basically between pasadena and monrovia). all cuisines welcome. a good chinese restaurant would be nice or a japanese joint. thanks in advance!

May 22, 2007
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Good food near cal state long beach?

green field! all u can eat brazilian bbq and the lunch special can't be beat!

May 22, 2007
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Thai in Glendale?

haven't been to the glendale location but I drove by Original thai bbq. this chain is pretty consistently good. the best thai bbq chicken ever! mmmmmmm....

Apr 26, 2007
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Graduation Dinner - I have reservations for Moonshadows... should I look further?

yes, look further!!! the food is HORRIBLE. very bland and medicore, ESPECIALLY for the price. the view is amazing but if u guys are food people, stay AWAY from here. I hear nobu's food is good. allegria's food is okay (better than moonshadows), duke's is great for lunch (very good salmon, best blt sandwich Ive ever had, amazing salads, delicious desserts, etc) plus they have a great view too.

Apr 23, 2007
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elephant ears at Porto's?

they are absolutely delicious! flakey, sugary, cinnamon-y. be sure to also get the guava and cheese pastry. mmmMmmmmm.

Apr 19, 2007
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Indra in Glendale

my experience here was HORRIBLE. my bf got a fried rice dish that was the blandest fried rice dish ever. I had the shrimp tom yum which was a big bowl of hot (temperature wise) lemonade with a few shrimp in it. the broth was CLEAR. it had a few mushrooms, a sprig of cilantro, and shrimp. the end. what a rip off!

Apr 15, 2007
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Breakfast/Dinner from Sunland to La Crescenta?

love tortas mexico in tujunga on foothill blvd. its right next to the in'n out. the machaca and al pastor tortas are delicious. they even have a spit!

Apr 15, 2007
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Kejang ... anywhere else but at So Kong Dong?

bcd also has a decent spicy kejang. shin jung on 6th and kenmore have a kejang but its not the spicy one but the one marinated in soyauce. korean markets also have gejang in the ready made sections where they have all the other banchan,

Apr 14, 2007
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Newport Seafood

I agree with ipsedixit. I've never seen it plated at other chinese or vietnamese restaurants either. newport's lobster and sauce are just amazing. I could eat just that house sauce over rice!

Apr 13, 2007
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Any non-meat dishes at Chung Ki Wa?

the spicy seabass stew is AMAZING!!! sooooo soooo good. huge serving too. I can split it with one other person and leave completely stuffed (we're big eaters too). just ask for 2 bowls of rice.

they can also get the bibimbap (mixed rice with veggies) and ask without meat. they have awesome side dishes here and I think all are vegetarian. yummy!

Apr 02, 2007
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tacos baja ensenada (amazing! other than the fish tacos)

those yellow peppers were tasty. definitely had heat! but no prob after washing it down with their WONDERFUL horchata! seriously the best horchata I've had. very cinnamony and milky (as opposed to just watery tasting like many other places).

Mar 13, 2007
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tacos baja ensenada (amazing! other than the fish tacos)

it was a lazy sunday afternoon and I was craving some seafood cocktail and fish soup (the kind I used to find easily in san diego). I remembered this board raving about the fish tacos at TBE so I thought they might have other seafood too. although I love fish tacos too because of this new "healthy" diet I'm on, I'm trying to avoid fried food. boooo.

so we arrive at TBE and it was packed. the menu was perfect. it had seafood cocktail and soups! the boyfriend ordered the fish taco and shrimp taco combo and I ordered a small campechana and a small fish soup. this place doesnt play games when it comes to their cocktails. a big bar of all the ingredients, the man behind the counter builds the perfect campechana. the seafood was super fresh. the fish soup was just amazing. very brothy and hearty. also came with rice and tortillas. I put the rice in the soup and it was even more delicious. needless to say, the boyfriend loved the fish and shrimp tacos.

we noticed the ceviche looked good too on our way out. we are DEFINITELY returning!!

Mar 13, 2007
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is there any place better than Newport Seafood for Lobster?

you really cannot compare newport seafood's lobster with macau street's crab. they are on 2 separate playing fields. the macua street crab is really DEEP fried. so deep fried that u could easily accidentally eat the shell. there is not much crab meat. the seasoning is interesting but u cant eat too much of the crab.

newport seafood's lobster on the hand.....WOW...the lobster meat is so fresh and succulent with that AMAZING sauce. I could eat just that house sauce with rice because its so good. I would suggest u stick to good ole faithful.

Feb 26, 2007
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Good prime rib in sgv/pasadena area?

I second houston's.

Feb 23, 2007
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Korean food-- Pasadena or Alhambra?

daban in la crescenta is about 10 minutes from old town. decent bbq. kasan is a leeetle bit further down in la crescenta but also really good.

Feb 21, 2007
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Dr Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas BBQ

the brisket and baked beans are AMAZING!!! *drooooooooool*

Feb 19, 2007
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Craving Mediterranean

love shirin in woodland hills for kabobs

Feb 13, 2007
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Must have KimChi & Korean BBQ! La Canada

the spicy pork is good, the sides are DELICIOUS (waaay better than daban in my opinion). All the stews/soups are really good too (esp. the black cod stew). they also give u the rice paper (dduk bo sam) and thin radish sheets to wrap the meat in. if they forget to give it to u, just ask for "dduk bo sam." yummy!! this place is so much better than many korean restaurants even in koreatown. I'm korean and many of my local korean friends agree.

Feb 12, 2007
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duk bo sam

the rice NOODLE (not paper) I'm talking about is vietnamese but its NOT the spring roll paper. they are literally folded SHEETS and u can cut them into squares. its mochi-like in consistency and is the same stuff they serve at korean restaurants. almost all korean markets have them. if the market stores them at room temperature, they should be fine but sometimes they keep them in the cold section (where the tofu is) and u need to microwave them for a little bit.

Feb 11, 2007
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Must have KimChi & Korean BBQ! La Canada

ka-san located on foothill blvd. in la crescenta is excellent. all around good food. I personally like it better than da-ban.

Feb 11, 2007
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duk bo sam

they're sold in folded huge sheets in a clear package with vietnamese writing (blue and red writing I think). the package might just say "rice noodle." u have to cut them yourself and if the market refrigerates them, nuke them in the microwave. u can usually find them near the tofu section in korean markets.

Feb 11, 2007
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Formerly Known as Rosen Brewery

fusion-y food gone wrong. they serve many korean dishes with a "fusion" twist which tasted just odd to me and like they were trying too hard (adding cheese, ketchup, a1 to everything).

Feb 09, 2007
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Heavy Noodling

I expected a more unique taste, atleast a thicker broth for the heavy noodles (which I love korean knife cut noodles but these were just too doughy and heavy for a noodle soup). Clearly it is a northern chinese restaurant, not a vietnamese one but the soup tasted like a weak attempt at making a pho broth. there was nothing special or different about the broth from pho except it was watered down.

Feb 09, 2007
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Macau Street in monterey park

when they say ried crab, they are REALLY fried. like so deep fried u could easily crack the shell with ur teeth and might mistakenly eat it too (or are u supposed to?). we couldn't eat too much of it though. if I want crab I'll stick with newport seafood or just get some from the chinese markets and steam them on my own. the egg tarts were however AMAZING and the best Ive ever had. so fresh, so buttery, so freakin' good!!!

Feb 07, 2007
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GOOD Korean BBQ in Hollywood/Downtown area?

soot bull gui rim- there's 2 locations. one on 3rd and vermont and the other is on 6th and manhattan. MUCH better than manna but the same idea with all u can eat at $14.99 but includes marinated korean bbq, den jang (strong miso) soup, and neng myun (cold noodles) at the end which manna doesn't offer. quality of meat is good and can't beat the price. chosun is much more expensive but their meat is also good. the best thing there is the joo moolluk which is lightly marinated korean bbq. its a much better quality and tastes better in my opinion than the regular galbi (which is a little too sweet and meat is too fatty). many ppl also like soot bull jeep but I think its overrated. for the best bang for ur buck go to soot bull gui rim.

Feb 07, 2007
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Heavy Noodling

heavy noodling in my opinion is overrated but to each their own. the broth first of all tasted like watered down pho. the noodles were much too doughy and my palate just got bored. we ordered the beef chow mein and thought we'd get yellow egg noodles but got more doughy ones. the sauce was good but my mouth just got so bored of the food and of chewing all that dang dough. so so overrated.

Feb 07, 2007
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