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Connie and Ted's happy hour

Actually a buck and two thirds. More than Blue Plate or Littlefork at HH. But it's closer to me, so there's that.

32 minutes ago
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Where To Eat Near Downtown?

Best thread ever.

Oct 19, 2014
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Ralph's Deli Fried "Burritos" (Actually Small Chimichangas)

I'm a bone dry Ketel martini guy. And medium bodied red wine. Though i enjoy bourbon during the colder months. Hmmm... is it bourbon time yet?

Oct 17, 2014
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Ralph's Deli Fried "Burritos" (Actually Small Chimichangas)

Their liquor aisle is pretty, but too 'spensive. Gotta go to TJ's or BevMo for wine, Smart & Final for booze, Ralph's for everything else (and those fried burritos).

Oct 14, 2014
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Ralph's Deli Fried "Burritos" (Actually Small Chimichangas)

Yeah, their mac 'n' cheese is Stouffer's. I asked.

When they have "burritos" they're in the same tray as the potato wedges.

Oct 14, 2014
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Ralph's Deli Fried "Burritos" (Actually Small Chimichangas)

Yep, ground beef and bean, but mostly crispy crunchy tortilla. Next time in I must ask if (like their Stouffer's mac and cheese) it's a burrito they sell in their frozen section, deep fried. Bet it is.

Oct 14, 2014
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Ralph's Deli Fried "Burritos" (Actually Small Chimichangas)

Reality ripped straight from the pages of a Seinfeld script. The muffins!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Show...

Oct 14, 2014
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Ralph's Deli Fried "Burritos" (Actually Small Chimichangas)

Rock n' roll Ralph's on Sunset often has these, in the area with fried chicken and home fries and all that. About the size of a pack of Virginia Slims, $1.49

I suddenly cannot get enough of them. Does anyone know if they actually contain crack?

Oct 14, 2014
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Duck

Went there last night after seeing it in the LA Weekly's "Best of." Holy duck fat, was that good!" Got the spicy and the regular. The fried rice made in the duck fat at the end was life-changing!

Oct 11, 2014
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LA County Fair - 2014 roundup

It was packed...and I mean packed...tonight.

Sep 27, 2014
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LA County Fair - 2014 roundup

Just got back from my last visit this year.

Had the XLB at Dumpling Master. Terrible. They had one overwhelmed guy making every single order, taking portioned dumplings from Zip-loc bags in a freezer and dumping them on a griddle (or into a steamer, in the case of the XLB).

I waited 15 minutes with loads of other for a half dozen XLB. They had been cooking so long there was no "juicy" in that "juicy bun." Took 'em back. Got a second set, exactly the same. No soup, dumpling skin stuck solid to the bottom of the tin...

Just...no.

Harold and Belle's, on the other hand, was delish. Fine crawfish etoufee. They were also doing charred oysters, shucked to order and grilled on the half shell with a drizzle of butter and spices. Half a dozen for $11.95.

And they were Blue Points.

That was good.

So was Heart, btw. Those Wilson gals still got it goin' on.

Sep 27, 2014
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Two L.A. Hounds for Five Days. Food and Sights Itinerary?

Thanks for so many comments and suggestions here. I promised I'd report back and here I am.

We were stranded in Reston the first two nights; few option there, really, but Clyde's did the trick. Big strong Long Island Ice teas, and throughly serviceable and (for this CA boy) CHEAP lobster.

Second day we visited the Air and Space Museum at Dulles in the morning, which was awesome, but the only food there was a single McDonalds. We were starving, and taking public transport (NEVER AGAIN)and figured our best bet was to go back to the airport for a pub that apparantly USED to be in the main terminal. We were able to get a blood-sugar saving tuna sandwich.

Isn't it curious how a foodie quest can quickly turn into a starvation vacation?

Once in the city, we did better. Ipsedixit's recommendations are well known to us to be overly fussy and not our style (though we stand strong with him on DeSano Pizza Bakery here in L.A.) So we skipped those, and had a great Lobster Roll at Lobster Lukes and fine half-smokes at Ben's Chili Bowl. (We'll try their competitors next time.

There was also a Clyde's right near our hotel at Mark Center, so we went there again. The service was awful, and while my lobster pot pie was a bit of a revelation, my wife's whole medium lobster was distinctly ammonia-ish. Not as good as suburban Clydes.

We tried to make it to Old Ebbit's Grill for Happy Hour Oysters, but we were informed that it stopped at 6, not 7 as I thought. So we cajoled a very helpful Uber driver to get us to Hank's Oyster Bar before they were done. They were delightful, attentive, the martinis and $5 wines and beers and local oysters were great, and we would've stayed for dinner except we wanted ethiopian near our hotel.

By the time we got anywhere near Ethiopian, we were exhausted. Ethiopian, next trip.

Last night, after a necessary lunch in the Capitol cafeteria, we Ubered to the Quarterdeck in Alexandria for blue crabs. Delightful, and a thing that doesn't happen here in L.A. Alas, they were down to "mediums." But there was still plenty sweet crab meat, and some good bread too. And some cheap beers.

Y'all have better booze prices there than than in the heart o' Hollywood.

Finally the morning we left, we went to Bayou Bakery in Arlington for breakfast. That was nice. Good coffee, though the beignets were undercooked. I was looking forward to constructing a biscuit with ham and stuff, but I was half an hour too late.

All in all there were passable impressions of dishes more famous to the north (Lobster Roll) and south (blue crab, pulled pork), but I came away without a sense of what the DC owns. Is it the halfsmoke? I mean it was good, but it wants a snap!

Outing to Sabroso for Bean & Cheese Burritos...

I was in the Deep Valley, and went there for lunch today. Very tasty bean & cheese, IMHO, although lardy and I paid for it later. I personally didn't need more enchilada sauce in it, as it was plenty goopy already, and that sauce didn't have a lot going on. I slathered on two bowlsful of their very tasty salsa verde and plenty of Tapatio by the time I was done. The cheese ratio was fine for me, too.

Yeah, I liked it. But I confess I gazed wistfully at the Del Taco a half block away when I was done.

But I fear that place is not long for this world. I dined in, and was there for forty-five minutes or so, smack at lunch hour. Alone the whole time. It took them nearly 15 minutes to bring me a bean and cheese burrito, nothing else. What, did they hafta grow the beans?

And the whole place smelled like B.O. Not onions...B.O. (This is not a health/vermin/whatever complaint, merely a bouquet review, so please do not remove.)

Also, is that Cupid's one of the original, approved ones? I always go the one across from CSUN.

Sep 24, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

LA County Fair - 2014 roundup

ns1, I haven't done Harold and Belle's this year. It used to be, before Orleans and York and Little Jewel, the best approximation of NOLA food I could find in L.A. It's not anymore, but as of last year, their etouffee was still really good.

bringiton, horse racing in SoCal is going through a needed shakeout. Santa Anita is a lovely place to spend a day at the track, and is doing fine. Hollywood Park used to be, but it went downhill big time the last decade or so. Fairplex was the worst. Poorly maintained, too-short track, unbearable heat...if you were a horse, would you want to train/run there?

Santa Anita and Los Alamitos (which is quite nice) are taking over most of their dates. This is a good thing.

Oh, plus and food (so on-topic:) the Mexican place at Los Alamitos is arguably the best food at any of those tracks. ;-)

Sep 24, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

LA County Fair - 2014 roundup

I've been a couple of times this year.

Correct that there is no horse racing. But there's a new lane that goes from the blue gate to the pig race area, and there's some new stuff there, notably a Cardenas outlet that was handing out some verry yummy samples of grilled chicken. That's also where the Clydesdales have moved to.

There's also (this was new last year) an upscale sandwiches and sliders place on the patio outside the beer/wine tasting room, where we like to watch the sun set before doing Luminasia, which is very cool indeed. The lobster slider is delicious. I'd stick with the sliders. The sandwiches are huge and very rich, too big to allow for the kind of grazing the Fair requires. Likewise the quesadillas: big enough for four.

Other than that, just the stand-bys of Tastee Chips, roasted corn (now also available off-the-cob, elote-style, at a couple of locations), Pink's without a line, King Taco, and Harold and Belle's for me.

Oh, I did notice that in one of the shopping/demo pavilions, in the southwest corner, there was a stand serving XLB. I didn't try them, but will on Friday.

If you happen to visit the tablescape competition...my wife won third prize for her Greek myth inspired table. (I wrote the menu. Because food.)

I'm Going Deaf Eating Out in LA

I have a story about being in an elevator: just me, Steve Allen, and Marcel Marceau. But to post it here would be off-topic.

Sep 21, 2014
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Mr. Baguette Downtown? In The Bonaventure?

Was so excited to learn, via Yelp, that there was a Mr. Baguette downtown. Then navigated to the location. When wife and I realized it was somewhere in the maze of the Bonaventure, we drove to San Gabriel instead.

Sep 20, 2014
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Outing to Sabroso for Bean & Cheese Burritos...

Sorry was out of town; I would've done this!

Sep 18, 2014
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Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

An "A" rating.

Two L.A. Hounds for Five Days. Food and Sights Itinerary?

Actually, and speaking of crabs, getting one cracked at the Crab Station outside Alioto's is one of my SF-must-do stops.

Two L.A. Hounds for Five Days. Food and Sights Itinerary?

Is this the same Clyde's that's in Mark Center? Cuz that's where we're staying. Could be handy.

Two L.A. Hounds for Five Days. Food and Sights Itinerary?

Done it, and looking forward to doing it again. This looks like a great option.

Two L.A. Hounds for Five Days. Food and Sights Itinerary?

When I'm in my home town, sure, I'm always looking for something off the beaten path. But when I'm in fact a tourist, in town for just a few days, I have no problem hitting a few historic, tourist packed places, especially if they do at least one thing particularly well, like Katz's in NYC (pastrami) , El Coyote in L.A. (margaritas), or Acme Oyster House in NOLA.

Report: Desano's Pizza in East Hollywood

That's terrific news! Was there yesterday and bemoaning the lack of wine. Pizza was so good.

Sep 08, 2014
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Two L.A. Hounds for Five Days. Food and Sights Itinerary?

chowser, of course Ben's is on the must do list.

I wonder if Ipsedixit, who has had the Lobsta Truck in L.A. and Hungry Cat's abomination, and presumably redhook's too, thinks I should bypass?

Me, I'd love just about any lobster roll, less than $18, served in a big comfy booth, where you can also get a martini. Because that DOESN'T exist in L.A.

Two L.A. Hounds for Five Days. Food and Sights Itinerary?

Ah, so you were a Northsider.

Elitist. ;-)

Two L.A. Hounds for Five Days. Food and Sights Itinerary?

Ebbit's sounds like precisely my kinda place.

With all due respect to Ipsedixit (with whose work on the L.A. board I'm very familiar) I can pretty much guess where not to go to by his posts: so fussy and spendy!

Although we do agree about DeSano Pizzeria Bakery here in L.A., so there's always room for compromise. I hear there's a need for that in D.C. ;-)

Thank you all so much for your responses.

I'm officially hungry, and I promise to report back.

Katsu-ya v. SugarFISH: Pre-Hollywood Bowl Dinner

Katsu-ya is ok, but yeah, the crowds, especially on weekends, are pretty ridiculous. I'm not sure they even take reservations, but I could be wrong.

And personally, I don't do Nowaza style sushi, cuze warm rice.

Another option would be to take an earlier shuttle and walk down Highland to Franklin, and eat at Shintaro. It not life-changing sushi, but comparable to Katsu-ya, IMHO. And they seem to always have live scallops, which I love. They also have a full "if perfunctory) bar, which is nice.

Sep 06, 2014
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Two L.A. Hounds for Five Days. Food and Sights Itinerary?

Where do you suggest for oysters, the happy hour kind? Looking at Luke's Lobsters, Rappahannock Oyster Bar, Hank's.

Two L.A. Hounds for Five Days. Food and Sights Itinerary?

Had no idea till yesterday that a "half smoke" even existed! I'm very excited.