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Outing to Sabroso for Bean & Cheese Burritos...

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

about 20 hours ago
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

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
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

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
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

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.

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

That'll tie in nicely with our visit to Arlington. Thanks!

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

Now we're talkin'. Loves me some shrimp and grits!

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

I shall reconsider my stand on Ethiopian. Loves me some ingira! My first was in Berkeley, circa 1981, at that Ethiopian place on Telegraph.

And yes, there's a shuttle to the Metro, which if it isn't frequent and snappy, I will complain about here.

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

Thanks, that's a great start. I just stumbled upon this Google map posted here which will be helpful. http://bit.ly/1txcsb5

Native American sounds great. So does Zaytinya.

I live minutes from Little Ethiopia in Hollywood, so will probably skip that there.

Fish market sounds like fun. Do they do oysters? Lobster roll? (a little too far south, I know, but still) What about other places for other seafood stuff? Crab boil?

Great to know about the half smoke at Eastern Market. I've been told we have to go to Ben's, but I'm chili dog fiend, so perhaps I'll taste test!

Also should note, neither of us are beer drinkers. Wine yes. And for dinners, full bar is a must.

As for McCormick and Schmick? I would never flame as a guest on a new board, but, well, we have those here. ;-)

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

Wife and I are coming for a rare (but not first time) trip to D.C., arriving Friday night Sept. 12, leaving late afternoon the following Wednesday. We're only busy Saturday night and plan to spend the rest of the time sightseeing the usual stuff: the Mall, monuments, Library of Congress, National Archives, Arlington, Smithsonian, etc.

And of course we're Hounds so we want to make sure we hit the best eats nearby those places or any other places you might suggest.

Our tastes aren't spendy, generally preferring homey, classic, neighborhood places, though we don't mind paying for good steak, sushi, seafood or the latest celebrity chef once or twice while on vacation. We like classic, "institution" type places for lunch. Burger joints, hot dog joints, crab shacks, pizza?

We live in L.A. where we get pretty much all the Korean, Mexican and Chinese we need. Particularly interested in "you can only get it here" places: crabs, clams, ???.

We're staying at the Hilton in Alexandria. Planning to Metro it for the most part, though cabs/Uber are also possible. Sunday most of the sights aren't open, so that looks like an open day. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Costco Wild Troll Caught Fresh King Salmon

To which I'll add: don't eat farmed salmon. Just don't. Bad for the oceans, bad for you.

Aug 28, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Any good new(ish) restuarants in and around the San Fernando Valley that are a must try?

Dang, that sounds good. What kind of oysters on Mondays?

Aug 26, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Moving to Los Feliz from Seattle, Please Help.

Correction: that's spelled "Zankou" for your Googling/Yelping pleasure.

Though not Turkish (it's Israeli) I've recently decided that the shwarma at Ta Eem Grill on Melrose a short drive west of you is the best in town, and their selection of salads, tahini etc. remind me very much of the best food I had in Turkey.

In addition to the Grand Central Market, there's the Original Farmer's Market in Hollywood (not to be confused with the Hollywood Farmer's Market mentioned elsewhere) that has a glimmer of the Pike's Place vibe. My favorite thing there happens to be Moishe's, which will also fill your Levantine food needs.

Aug 26, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

anybody have any RECENT experience at Harold and Belle's?

Well...You know how you'll occasionally notice a somewhat different interaction with staff and management if you're a non-Asian dining in an Asian restaurant?

It was a little like that. Nothing overt, just...we didn't get a "come back soon" warm fuzzy. Perhaps it was just, as someone mentioned, the chill of formality we were feeling. Snobby service is snobby service.

Anyway, didn't mean to start a thing, nor would I begrudge anyone their feelings, yea or nay, about white hipsters (which I certainly was) crashing their ethnic neighborhood restaurants. If H&B's was really memorable, I might go back just like I do to many of those Asian restaurants. Except it wasn't.

I'm happy to visit their location at the Fair.

Aug 26, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Costco Wild Troll Caught Fresh King Salmon

Yeah, that stuff is good. We had some of the Burbank variety, wood planked, last night. You have to get it while it's in season.

Wife and I were recently in the Columbia River Gorge area and had some chinook salmon pulled right of the river by the native fishermen. Holy--um--mackerel, it was good..

Aug 26, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

anybody have any RECENT experience at Harold and Belle's?

My wife and I both felt a little racially vibed the one time we dined there, years ago. But they've had a shack at the LA County Fair the past three or so years, so I hit them up there, along with Pink's and King Taco and corn, lots of corn. Pretty good. No Little Jewel.

Hm. Occurs to me there hasn't been a recent County Fair thread. Going on Friday, maybe I'll start one.

Aug 26, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Need a new place for Chinese beef rolls... :(

But what about the beef roll at Arcadia 101 Noodle Express? With opening day at Santa Anita less than a month away, I needs to know.

Aug 24, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

Kevin, agreed that everything needed mo heat, especially the "spicy" sausage. I loved it, but I went through several packets of Crystal. But hey, they have packets of Crystal!

And yeah, I was a little shocked at $4.25 for a can of Blue Runner red beans. But, um... that's cheaper than NOLA, right? Maybe?

Must say, the sausages at the counter looked delectable, especially the Boudin. Anyone taken those home and cooked 'em yet?

Aug 24, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

Picked up lunch there today. About 10 people dining in at 11:45. I only got items that would travel well because I was driving an hour plus before eating.

Roast beef, catfish, spicy sausage po'boys; cochon de lait parish fair sandwich.

Everything was perfect, really. Favorite was the sausage. Can't wait to go back and try the more-essential-to-eat-immediately fried items. Surf n' turf, shrimp and oyster po'boys and crawfish mac & cheese, I'm talkin' to you!

Carne Asada Burrito or Taco in Los Angeles

I find it interesting that this bumped up thread from just two years is probably the first mention of a California burrito. Now they're freaking everywhere. I also suspect that the lightning use of the word "Cali" has come from the "Cali Burrito."

These are SD imports of which I disapprove.

Aug 19, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

You'll notice there's no Italian on my list. :-(

Plenty of pizza now, but for primi and secondi, slim pickin's. I've never liked Fabiolus. Ca' Brea was passable back in the day, likewise Caffe Angeli. Vivoli Cafe was good briefly, but fell off. Trastavere at Hollywood and Highland doesn't totally suck in every way. Miceli's has one or two simple dishes I like when I'm in a mood to bear singing waiters. Rainbow Bar 'n' Grill. But "real" Italian, I haven't found.

New-ish Travertine scares me with its J├Ąger shots vibe.

Place on La Brea I've been meaning to try, Cafe Verona, looks promising. Anyone been?

http://www.cafeveronala.com/

Aug 15, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

Some great recommendations here for new things to try in my neighborhood. I do loves me some Chowhound.

Aug 15, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area