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Where is your Favorite... Salad in LA?

When it comes to salads, I LOVE the mushroom salad at Fraiche. The mushrooms taste meaty, and the salad is really punched up by the shaved parmesan. Plus, the citrus dressing really brings everything into balance. I truly could eat this salad everyday (well, maybe every week...) :-)

Oct 18, 2010
newtoLA06 in Los Angeles Area

Booking a Reservation for Ludobites 6.0

Thanks. I was finally able to book a res on the 10th.

Oct 12, 2010
newtoLA06 in Los Angeles Area

Booking a Reservation for Ludobites 6.0

Wow, this is a frustrating system. Who knew that getting a table at The French Laundry would be easier?

Oct 12, 2010
newtoLA06 in Los Angeles Area

Booking a Reservation for Ludobites 6.0

Thanks, loblaw. About how long ago did you make the res? And congrats on booking a table!

Oct 12, 2010
newtoLA06 in Los Angeles Area

Booking a Reservation for Ludobites 6.0

It's a pop-up style restaurant that offers an innovative a la carte menu. I've never been before, but I've read some really good things. Plus, the chef Ludo Lefebvre is incredibly popular, so I already knew that booking a reservation would be difficult. I just didn't think that it would be this tough! lol I'm trying to figure out if their system crashed, or if all of the tables have already been taken.

Oct 12, 2010
newtoLA06 in Los Angeles Area

Booking a Reservation for Ludobites 6.0

Was anyone able to make a reservation for Ludobites 6.0? I've been trying since 5pm, and I keep getting a message from OpenTable that "this restaurant is currently unavailable." Has anyone had success? Thanks.

Oct 12, 2010
newtoLA06 in Los Angeles Area

Grilled Crab Legs in LA?

Wow, monku, this is great! I truly appreciate the tip. And this may be an even better bet since I prefer king crab legs to dungeness. Can't wait to go this weekend...

Apr 06, 2010
newtoLA06 in Los Angeles Area

Grilled Crab Legs in LA?

Hello everyone. Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of enjoying some grilled Dungeness crab legs at a buffet at the Green Valley Resort in Las Vegas. You would first take a place of steamed crab legs and then give them to a cook who was behind a large flat grill. He/she would then grill the crab legs using a variety seasonings (i.e., medium or spicy tomato/garlic, Cajun, etc.) This was my first time having seasoned grilled crab legs, and I was blown away.

Is there a restaurant anywhere in the LA metro area that serves seasoned grilled crab legs? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Apr 05, 2010
newtoLA06 in Los Angeles Area

Providence special pricing for tasting menus

Wow. That's really cool news. Thanks for sharing!

Jun 01, 2009
newtoLA06 in Los Angeles Area

The Waffle. Does it completely suck?

Sure. The Buffalo Chicken sandwich at The Waffle is pretty spicy (like RedHot hot sauce spicy) and wet. The grilled chicken breast is moist and juicy. In addition, the sandwich is topped with blue cheese crumbles, smoked applewood bacon, lettuce and tomato. Lastly, the bun is relatively soft and is ample enough to support the sandwich. All around, this is a stellar offering, as evidenced by the fact that I order it EVERY time that I go to the Waffle (although I've tried some of their other dishes, like the Bacon Waffle, which is also delicious.)

Apr 01, 2009
newtoLA06 in Los Angeles Area

The Waffle. Does it completely suck?

I have been to The Waffle a number of times, and I think their Buffalo Chicken sandwich is incredible. Definitely worth a look. Plus, the addition of a heaping portion of waffle fries makes this dish a great value at $12.

Apr 01, 2009
newtoLA06 in Los Angeles Area

Tony's Italian Steakhouse (West Hollywood)

I forgot to mention that Tony's location on Sunset (next to Sunset Plaza) is great. The restaurant is easy to get to, and valet parking is only $5 with validation.

Feb 26, 2009
newtoLA06 in Los Angeles Area

Tony's Italian Steakhouse (West Hollywood)

I've actually been twice (once on opening night and again last Friday), and I think that Tony’s Italian Steakhouse is definitely worth checking out. The decor is attractive, and the service is solid. Most importantly, the food is very good—probably one notch below “great”.

The most attractive thing about this restaurant is that it offers an incredible value. For instance, no dish on the menu is over $25, which includes prime cuts of steak (i.e., New York, rib eye medallion, top sirloin, etc.) In addition, each entrée comes with either truffled baked potatoes or pasta and two vegetables (typically glazed carrots and a green vegetable.) Lastly, Tony’s offers a nice selection of $5 martinis each night.

On my first trip to Tony’s, I enjoyed a delicious New York strip that was well-seasoned and perfectly cooked. I should note that my date that evening had a steak that was overcooked and rather rough. During my second trip, I had the veal parmesan with a side of pasta and some vegetables. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the pastas and Italian dishes are just as good as the steaks. Also, for dessert both times, I ordered the pomegranate sorbet, which is amazingly good. I would return just for that dessert. In fact, I am going to Tony’s again tomorrow night with some friends, so I will be sure to order this! ;-)

Feb 26, 2009
newtoLA06 in Los Angeles Area

How to handle a reaction to food allergies at a restaurant?

Wow, thanks. That is really helpful information.

Feb 04, 2009
newtoLA06 in Not About Food

How to handle a reaction to food allergies at a restaurant?

Admittedly, my reaction last Friday night was pretty mild. I just had a really itchy tongue and throat, some difficulty breathing (largely triggered by my asthma) and an upset stomach.

But during my most serious allergic reaction, I broke out in hives all over my body. That was pretty scary as that had never happened before.

Feb 04, 2009
newtoLA06 in Not About Food

Spicy tuna on crispy rice? Why?

Azami before it changed management made a great spicy tuna on crispy rice. Rather than a flat bar of rice, the chefs there would put the spicy tuna on a little dome of rice, with the result looking like a mini volcano.

I remember finding the spicy tuna on crispy rice at Sushi-Katsuya in Encino being pretty good.

Feb 04, 2009
newtoLA06 in Los Angeles Area

How to handle a reaction to food allergies at a restaurant?

Thanks, cimui. I appreciate that.

And as I mentioned in a previous post, this type of experience hasn't happened to me in over 10 years--and I hope that it won't ever happen again. :-) People make mistakes from time to time, right? OK, just me then...LOL

In addition, I never disputed that taking care of my allergy was anything other than my own responsibility. Why people felt the need to pile on as if I don't how to manage (or have not been managing) my allergy is still a mystery to me. Also, all of the accusations/insinuations that I was looking for a "free ride" are completely unnecessary and inappropriate. Hey, the reason why I asked the question "what should I do now?" in the first place is because I honestly wasn't sure how other people have handled or would deal with the situation. I guess now I know. :-)

Furthermore, I still respectfully disagree about the 15% tip as being "paltry" or somehow shorting the server. I NEVER expected such a virulent response to that issue (which wasn't even the focus of the original question.) You would think that I left her absolutely no tip at all.

Lastly, an ADDENDUM to my original post...I spoke with my girlfriend (my date that evening) about this thread and the responses, and she reminded me of something that happened that evening. When I was trying to decide which dessert to order, I asked the server to describe the dark chocolate/caramel cake (as in what did it include.) Now, once again, I fully recognize that this is not the same as asking "are there nuts in that dish?" (as I have asked that question countless times in my restaurant experience.) Nevertheless, she made no mention of any nuts at this point, just that the components were simply dark chocolate, caramel and vanilla.

When my date's dessert arrived, I immediately noticed that there were crushed green things on top of the dish. I asked the server what those green specks were, and she replied "pistachios". Then, my date mentioned to me (so that the server could hear as well) that "I guess that you can't try my dessert then since you are allergic to nuts.) I should also point out that there were no mention of pistachios on the menu for that dish.

Well, that's it. Just wanted to highlight that the server was (or should have been aware) that I had an allergy to nuts. Moreover, I was never looking for something "free", but rather the proper protocol for such a situation. In the end, I've decided to do nothing since it has become abundantly clear from this thread that "caveat emptor" also applies when eating out.

P.S.--I also appreciate the recommendations to get an epipen. I will have to ask my doctor about that.

Feb 04, 2009
newtoLA06 in Not About Food

How to handle a reaction to food allergies at a restaurant?

jfood, I thank you for your response, although I respectfully disagree with a number of points, but I really want to address the tipping angle.

I STRONGLY disagree with the idea that tipping 15% during RW is cheap on general principle, but it sounds we'll have to agree to disagree. Please see my above post which outlines the particulars of this Restaurant Week promotion. Believe me, I eat out often and understand the tenets of fine dining. So, the assertion that I should send the server an additional tip for this meal (that was not heavily discounted) is absolutely ridiculous to me! I can understand if the regular price of the meal is $50, but I'm getting it for $25 or $35--then I would totally agree. But, in this case, the cost was $44 on a (let's call it) $50-55 meal--sorry, but I fail to see how the server is somehow being shortchanged by any percentage that is lower. What if I tipped 18% instead? Would I still need to send the server additional money as penance?

Aah, I have more to say, but I need to run. Thanks for your perspective though.

Feb 02, 2009
newtoLA06 in Not About Food

How to handle a reaction to food allergies at a restaurant?

Chris, thanks for your response. Just a quick point of clarification...

In terms of the Restaurant Week promotion at this restaurant, the cost of the meal was hardly a major discount. In particular, the cost of the meal was $44 per person, which is roughly equivalent to the a la carte cost at this restaurant. And, yes, I highlighted the 15% in my original post to signal my relative displeasure with the server. However, my point was that I still gave her a fair tip (IMO) instead of stiffing her with a 10% or lower tip (as some people may have done.) YMMV, of course...

In terms of your other point, I agree that a server is not a mind reader. However, I do feel that there are different levels of service that one can expect at a restaurant. As such, I expected the server's level of response at this establishment to be much more attentive than a server at, say, Denny's or IHOP. Furthermore, I was already on a date and suffering from the effects of an allergic reaction, so I wasn't really in a position to request another dessert. My top priority was getting home as soon as possible. But I understand and appreciate your perspective.

Feb 02, 2009
newtoLA06 in Not About Food

How to handle a reaction to food allergies at a restaurant?

LOL. Believe me, I've had more than my fair share of fruit plates as a dessert at restaurants. ;-)

Feb 02, 2009
newtoLA06 in Not About Food

How to handle a reaction to food allergies at a restaurant?

All--thanks for the comments.

And I know that I'm about to get flamed for this, but out of all of the things to take issue with from my post, the amount of my tip is most jarring? Moreover, I am surprised that someone would actually suggest that I send the restaurant an additional, what, 3-5% tip?...Really? Wow. But, hey, clearly YMMV.

Lastly, I typically manage my allergy faithfully, so this type of experience has not happened to me in over 10 years. With that said, I recognize that I should asked the server about the presence of nuts in the dish (as I mentioned in my original post.) My disappointment with the server lies in the fact that she didn't offer any sort of solution to my situation beyond a simple apology. If I were in her shoes, I would have asked if there's anything that I could do, offer the customer to speak to the manager, etc. But again, YMMV...

Feb 02, 2009
newtoLA06 in Not About Food

How to handle a reaction to food allergies at a restaurant?

Hello everyone. My date and I went to dinner this past Friday night at a really hot, new restaurant in Los Angeles. I had been looking forward to the meal for quite sometime, so I had high hopes for the meal.

Everything went well up to the dessert course. I am allergic to all nuts except for peanuts, so I tend to be particularly wary of desserts. That night I ordered a dessert that was listed as a dark chocolate and caramel cake with vanilla. There was no mention of any nuts being in the dessert whatsoever, although other menu items did mention the presence of such nuts as pistachios, hazelnuts, etc. Also, I fully admit that I did not ask beforehand whether or not the cake had nuts since I assumed that the cake contained no nuts since there was no mention of it.

After I received the cake, I enjoyed it until I started to feel a strange sensation on my tongue and in my throat. I immediately recognized that I was having an allergic reaction to something that I had eaten. When the server returned to our table, I asked her whether the dish contained any nuts. She replied, no, but that she would go to the kitchen and check. When she returned, she said that was surprised to learn that the cake contained hazelnuts in the garnish. I told the server know that I was having an allergic reaction and that the menu did not mention the presence of nuts in the dish. She apologized. After that, I asked for the check and left a 15% tip. Thankfully, I didn't need to go to the hospital afterwards, but I ended up cutting the evening short.

With all of that mind, what should I do now? My date suggested that I should call the restaurant and let them know what happened. I was thinking of sending an email to the management to voice my displeasure and to let them know that servers should mention that that particular item contains nuts. But on the other hand, I have to admit that I left the restaurant unhappy and have no desire to return. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

P.S.--The meal that we had was part of Restaurant Week, so the cost of the dessert was already included as part of the pre fixe meal. That evening, I thought to have the dessert comped, but I realized that the offending dessert was not paid for a la carte.

Feb 02, 2009
newtoLA06 in Not About Food

Favorite *CHICKEN* sandwich

Thanks for The Waffle recommendation. I went for brunch yesterday, and I though that the buffalo chicken sandwich was incredible. Definitely one of the best chicken sandwiches that I've had in a LONG time.

Nov 10, 2008
newtoLA06 in Los Angeles Area

L.A.'s Best Appetizers

I swear by the Grilled Octopus appetizer at Osteria Mozza. Although I love the food at OM, I would go there just for this dish.

Also, the Panko Calamari appetizer at Gyenari in Culver City is some of the best that I've ever had.

Oct 14, 2008
newtoLA06 in Los Angeles Area

RockSugar

Hello everyone. RockSugar, the Cheesecake Factory's new Asian-themed restaurant, just opened today at the Century City Mall. I am planning to check it out on Saturday night. Are any other 'hounds going to check it out as well? While I am not expecting the food at RockSugar to be groundbreaking, I am sure that it will provide some strong competition to Houston's and Gulfstream (especially at lunchtime.) The best part is that reservations to the restaurant can be made online at opentable.

Btw, although the menu isn't available online yet, here's a link to their website: http://www.rocksugarpanasiankitchen.com/

Jun 19, 2008
newtoLA06 in Los Angeles Area

Southern Style Chicken at McDonald's?

Wow. Thanks for the info!

May 06, 2008
newtoLA06 in Chains

Southern Style Chicken at McDonald's?

Has anyone else tried the new Southern Style Chicken sandwich at McDonald's? It's very reminiscent of Chick-fil-A's signature chicken sandwich--right down to the 2 sliced pickles!

Apr 30, 2008
newtoLA06 in Chains

Blackened Catfish Fajitas

Hello everyone. I recently moved to Los Angeles from New Jersey. Back home, there is a great Tex-Mex restaurant called Jose Tejas that serves the best blackened catfish fatijas. These fajitas have chunks of mango, jalapenos and grilled onions.

Is there anywhere in the L.A.-area where I can find this dish or something similar? Thanks.

Dec 08, 2006
newtoLA06 in Los Angeles Area