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You guys aren't going to like this...

Loteria it is.

Aug 05, 2013
FishFood in New Orleans

You guys aren't going to like this...

I was definitely venturing off-campus for eats... but probably not as religiously as I should have been.

The major regret is living in a city with one of the most unique food cultures in the world without wholly embracing it. New Orleans is a very different city and needs to be appreciated as one.

Yup. Back in LA. I haven't done it since I've been back, but given that it's monday, I think I'll head to The Gumbo Pot for some red beans and rice for lunch.

Aug 05, 2013
FishFood in New Orleans

You guys aren't going to like this...

Yup - Tulane

Aug 05, 2013
FishFood in New Orleans

You guys aren't going to like this...

Wow - I just logged into my Chowhound account for the first time in a few years and saw what a discussion this post sparked.

I was in NOLA for school when I made the post. I regret not taking more advantage of the culinary scene out there when I was younger.

Without a variety of dense, ethnically distinct communities, it's no surprise that there aren't a variety of top-level, ethnic restaurants.

New Orleans is like one big, dense, ethnic community. It puts out unique cuisine that is unmatched in its field.

I'm looking forward to heading out there in September or October. I miss the food.

Aug 05, 2013
FishFood in New Orleans

Fun Place to Throw a Party?

I'll have to check that out as well! Kitchsy, lovely Chinese restaurant patio bar sounds like a ridiculous, fun venue. Fu's is also really central.

Jul 16, 2010
FishFood in Los Angeles Area

Fun Place to Throw a Party?

Never been to Warszawa... I'll check out the patio this weekend!

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Warszawa Restaurant
1414 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Jul 16, 2010
FishFood in Los Angeles Area

Fun Place to Throw a Party?

Hello Chowhound!

I'm throwing a birthday party and wanted to get some bar/restaurant suggestions from the hounds. There will be about 20 people (25-30 year olds). I'd like the venue to be somewhere between Santa Monica and Downtown, as far south as Culver City, as far north as where the 405 meets the 101.

As far as venue type, either bar or restaurant works. I was thinking of just meeting for drinks, but if the board has some fun dinner suggestions for a large group, that works too. I'd like to avoid hot-spots that will be jam-packed on a Saturday night, and I'd like drink prices stay within the $7-10 range. A separate room or nook to hang out in would be ideal, but not a necessity.

Suggestions?

Jul 15, 2010
FishFood in Los Angeles Area

Reasonably Priced Westside ( West Hollywood to Santa Monica to Culver City) Dinner Spot

Hey everybody,

So I've been with my girlfriend for a while now, and am looking to get back into the habit of planned weekly dates. I can think of about 20 restaurants I'd like to go to tonight, but the recession has hit my pocket book, and am looking for something a bit more reasonable.

Right now a good portion of you is saying to yourself "come on guy, reasonable is relative, give me numbers." I hear you, so I will: Entrees 18-29... total cost of about $100.

She's a cheap date as far as drinks are concerned, probably a glass or two of wine for her, a cocktail or 2 for me.

Is this possible?

As far as type of cuisine, anything goes. Because tonight is the launch of our newly-revisited weekly date effort, something on the romantic side would be nice.

Thanks!

Dec 06, 2008
FishFood in Los Angeles Area

Great Kabob, Shawerma, Gyros - Pico and Fairfax Area FINALLY!

I live near Pico and La Cieniga, which is a haven for anything Kosher.

Unfortunately for me, I love all kabob... except for Kosher. I've been to Haifa which is alright, but overpriced.... and just not as tasty as other Mediterranean style food. I just want a quick Mediterranean meal or pita sandwich, great sides and reasonable price.

Anyway, I'm writing this because 4 days ago I was driving on eastward on Pico, past Fairfax and saw "City Best Chicken" on the north side of the road (5303 W. Pico, 90019). It's a little farther east than I usually travel on Pico, so I had never seen it before.

I have literally been there 4 days in a row to make sure I was positive about it before posting. So far I have had the chicken shawerma, the chicken kabob, the chicken lula (like koobideh), and the beef and lamb gyros, along with tabouleh, hommus, mutabel (babaganus), greek salad, etc.

Everything is delicious! The place is clean, staff friendly (seems to be a family joint, I think Armenians), there's a little sunny outdoor patio, it even has a parking lot (only holds 4 cars, but plenty of st. parking).

Another thing i love about the place is the entrees come with a choice of 4 sides. I really like Gaby's Mediterranean on Venice, but to get all the sides you need to order that appetizer platter... gets pricey, and not exactly local. Here you choose the 4 you want with your meal - it's perfect!

Anyway, the place has consistently been empty every day I have been there... which is a huge shame. It's clean, seems newish, the food is great - there's no reason it shouldn't be packed. I made this post because I don't want my new favorite, local kabob joint to shut down.

If you live or work in the area you should really check it out. Its 4 or 5 blocks east of Fairfax on Pico, north side of the road. I realize this seems like some covert advertising, but I'm just an impassioned customer - I swear (check my previous posts, FishFood is legit).

Apr 23, 2008
FishFood in Los Angeles Area

La Cieniga and Olympic - Local Eats

I just got a place near La Cieniga and Olympic, and am interested in finding some new local restaurants.

I have lived in LA most of my life, and know there are tons of great restaurants within driving distance, but I'm more curious about the ones in my immediate neighborhood. I'm not looking for the cream of Los Angeles - just some satisfying local spots.

I know about Nicks for breakfast, and Versailles, and Naraya on Robertson... but that's about it.

Enlighten me!

Aug 20, 2007
FishFood in Los Angeles Area

Want to take my girlfriend out for a nice meal, but don't want to break the bank (West LA)

Hi.

I'm looking to take my girlfriend out for a romantic meal either Friday or Saturday night of this week.

I'm booked at Locanda Veneta for Friday, but would like something a bit cheaper.

Not too big on wine, probably a cocktail or 2 each. I'd prefer entrees to start in the mid-to-high teens rather than mid-to-high 20's.

As far as cuisine, I'm not too particular, we're pretty adventurous eaters. I really like lighted outside patios, but am not bent on it.

Anyway, let me know your suggestions... I'm sure you have some good ideas.

Thanks!

Apr 26, 2007
FishFood in Los Angeles Area

Il Cielo or The Little Door for a romantic dinner?

I made a reservation for Orso... is that the consensus for the best of the 3? Thanks for the input! Very helpful!

Feb 14, 2007
FishFood in Los Angeles Area

Il Cielo or The Little Door for a romantic dinner?

Looking for a romantic place to take my lady this Friday... I like the idea of a heated outdoor patio with lights type of thing.

I've never been to either of these places, but both seem to be what I'm looking for based on reviews.

We're both in our early 20s. In my head I've decided that the crowd at Il Cielo is predominantly 60+. I realize this is insane and probably totally off base.

I'm more concerned with good food and nice atmosphere than it being a hip scene. The problem is we're a devastatingly attractive, youthful couple and would love to be surrounded by the same. Totally joking

Anyway, which do you recommend?

Feb 10, 2007
FishFood in Los Angeles Area

Best Philly Cheese Steak... plus an option for my girl

I'm close to La Cieniga and Olympic - so I'm talking about Santa Monica to Hollywood.

I LOVE Papa Jakes on Little Santa Monica in Beverly Hills, but I have a girlfriend who's not so into big meat sandwiches... she prefers lighter food for lunch.

She had a salad at Papa Jakes which looked like it was premade 2 weeks ago from the supermarket. She looked so pathetic trying to pick at it... I can't do that to her again.

Anyway favorite picks for Philly Cheese Steaks? Not the end of the world if there's no decent option for my lady, I'll just drop her off at La Provence.

Dec 15, 2006
FishFood in Los Angeles Area

You guys aren't going to like this...

This has been a really helpful discussion! I've only tried about half of the restaurants suggested... Sounds like I've got a lot of eating to do.

As a transplant, there's no way of knowing about a lot of the off the beaten track restaurants suggested - I really appreciate all the suggestions, and am happy to know that I didn't know everything!

Nov 14, 2006
FishFood in New Orleans

You guys aren't going to like this...

I think the "richly not diversely" hit the nail on the head. I was spoiled by all the options in the bigger city, and have had a rough time adjusting my expectations.

Anyway... it'll be tough, but I think I can make it through.

Nov 13, 2006
FishFood in New Orleans

* Something Different B-day Party *

1 other suggestion:

A few weeks ago a Russian friend of mine took a few friends out to a place called Roberts Russian Cuisine on La Brea in Hollywood. He chose it saying it was where all the Russians throw their parties (if they're not too big - the place is pretty small).

It doesn't look like much from the outside, and the inside isn't done up ridiculously as some Russian places are - in fact, it's not really done up at all. Very low key.

The food was incredible, and the place couldn't be more authentic. The only problem is that the owners barely speak English, and assumed everyone at the table spoke Russian. The place would be kind of intimidating if there wasn't someone who actually understood what was being said to us.

We ate a 2 hour lunch, rounded off with some baklavah, some ice-cream thing dipped in chocolate and Armenian (...seems a lot like Turkish) coffee.

If you can invite a Russian, or aren't intimidated by people asking you questions in a foreign language, do it. The menu has English on it. Start with a lot of appetizers for the table.

Everybody really enjoyed it.

Nov 13, 2006
FishFood in Los Angeles Area

You guys aren't going to like this...

I moved from Los Angeles to New Orleans a few years ago, and I have to say - I miss the food.

While there are some restaurants that serve very good regional cuisine, there's not much in the way of ethnic food available at all.

No good Chinese, no Persian, mediocre Indian (very limited selection), no great Mexican, no Russian that I know of, etc.... There are thousands of Middle Eastern places, and a helluva lot of sushi spots, but I want more choice. I know Los Angeles is a much larger city than NOLA, and I know its more of a melting pot, so I guess a wider variety of restaurants is expected.

Whenever I tell someone from LA I'm in New Orleans, they always respond with "you must LOVE the food", and I do - but I have to say, there's much more really good food in Los Angeles.

Nov 13, 2006
FishFood in New Orleans

* Something Different B-day Party *

I posted this same response to someone else last night. The food isn't so unique in Los Angeles, but the place is definitely different, and for a celebration, it can be a lot of fun:

Not at all sure if you're interested in it, but one option would be The Gardens of Taxco in West Hollywood.

It's not so much a ritzy scene as a romantic Mexican type place. The atmosphere is very different, lively and fun. It's kind of modeled after a low lit colorful Mexican. dining room The service is very good, with very friendly, hospitable staff (the minute you've taken a sip from your margarita, they fill it up from the pitcher on the table).

It's kind of a low lights, crowded, friendly staff, good (not the best in Los Angeles - but very good) Mexican food type place. There are 5 dinner options (chicken, steak, vegetarian, seafood and I believe something else), each 5 courses.

If you're looking to dress up and eat gourmet, it's not the spot. But for a celebration toasted with margaritas, I'd definitely suggest it.

2 things:

1. the salsa they serve with the chips is incredible, and it's usually some time before the first course, and in between courses, but lay off the chips. The meal is ridiculously huge.

2. They only offer a house margarita which is blended, and orangy-yellow - not traditional, but it packs a punch and seems to grow on you as the courses are served.

Nov 13, 2006
FishFood in Los Angeles Area

One night in LA - Birthday celebration

Not at all sure if you're interested in it, but one option would be The Gardens of Taxco in West Hollywood.

It's not so much a ritzy scene as a romantic Mexican type place. The atmosphere is very different, lively and fun. It's kind of modeled after a low lit colorful Mexican. dining room The service is very good, with very friendly, hospitable staff (the minute you've taken a sip from your margarita, they fill it up from the pitcher on the table).

It's kind of a low lights, crowded, friendly staff, good (not the best in Los Angeles - but very good) Mexican food type place. There are 5 dinner options (chicken, steak, vegetarian, seafood and I believe something else), each 5 courses.

If you're looking to dress up and eat gourmet, it's not the spot. But for a celebration toasted with margaritas, I'd definitely suggest it.

2 things:

1. the salsa they serve with the chips is incredible, and it's usually some time before the first course, and in between courses, but lay off the chips. The meal is ridiculously huge.

2. They only offer a house margarita which is blended, and orangy-yellow - not traditional, but it packs a punch and seems to grow on you as the courses are served.

Nov 13, 2006
FishFood in Los Angeles Area