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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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"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 Jäger 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
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"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
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"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

It's not great, mind you. But I have a similar relationship to it as yours with King of the Grill.

And maybe I'll give Hoy's Wok another try. It went way downhill when they expanded in...what, 1989 or so? But they're still there, so they must be doing something right.

Man, we could use some real Chinese in Hollywood.

Aug 15, 2014
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"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

I actually just checked their lunch menu, and the prices are identical to dinner!

Aug 15, 2014
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"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

Yes, sorry, got my Mandarettes backwards. But I don't find Le Mandarette godawful. Most solid delivery Chinese in the area, IMHO. I love their tofu skin (or chicken) with mustard greens and red chili. They use nice big juicy prawns and scallops in their seafood dishes. And the "steamed wonton in chef's special spicy sweet sauce" is a noble, albeit pale, attempt at Sichuan style spicy wonton that I can get behind.

Aug 15, 2014
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"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

Itacho, still good. And yes to Wirtshaus and Tinga.

But East India Grill is nasty.

Aug 15, 2014
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"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

Cat and Fiddle has a great happy hour. Pints half off. Dunno about food, because who cares? Pints half off!

Aug 15, 2014
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"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

I really want to like King of the Grill, it's a few blocks from me. I've found everything to be bland and literally lukewarm (I could go on for hours about the horrors of cheese-that-is-not-even-slightly-melted.)

What do you like there?

Aug 15, 2014
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"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

Della Terra looks nice. But $20 for a Bolognese? $26 for Spaghetti alla Vongole?

I'll fly to Tuscany, thanks very much.

Aug 15, 2014
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"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

Excited to hear they've reopened! I loved that place.

Aug 15, 2014
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"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

Lived in this neighborhood 30 years.

All within five-ten mins:

Baby Blue's BBQ
Jones (Kinder, gentler Musso's)
Pa Ord Noodle (La Brea Sunset branch)
Cafe Aroma
Chibiscus
Tere's Mexican Grill
Mission Cantina
Second Greenblatt's
Golden State, for burgers
Griddle Cafe (anytime there's no line, which is rare, but can be done)
Stella Barra
Shintaro. Vastly underrated sushi, IMHO. Franklin/Highland
Delancey. Vastly underrated pizza.
Balcones del Peru
Cactus (Vine/Fountain branch)
And sorry, but, El Coyote. There's really no better place to spend a reasonably priced, very merry night. I'm currently jonesing for a ground beef and bean burrito, mojado.

For happy hour, most of the above (especially Cafe Aroma), but also

Blue Palm
Velvet Margarita
Delphine (Only in the bar, for oysters. Do not eat dinner there, period.)

Things I disagree with:

Off Vine (Pricey, so 90s)
Pikey (Pricey, so 2010s)
Hoy's Wok (so 80s, and just no. Better greasy Chinese takeout/ delivery a block north at Mandarette, not to be confused with Le Mandarette)

Aug 15, 2014
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Favorite sushi right now? With low price as a consern.

Did you really reply to my post mentioning Sushi Go 55 by saying no one here has mentioned it? ;-)

Aug 13, 2014
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Favorite sushi right now? With low price as a consern.

I haven't been for awhile, but my jury duty go-to lunch downtown is the lunch special at Go 55. $11.50 for five pieces of excellent nigiri and a blue crab handroll. That even leaves room for another item or two.

Aug 13, 2014
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Wexler's Deli - Yesterday

Inventive + Elite (when applied to something that by definition should be traditional and accessible) = Hipster.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Aug 10, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

If I may kevin for a moment:

When open ??????

Aug 08, 2014
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Chili coming up again

I have a long-time former Taos-resident friend who brings over New Mexican Green Chili for me a lot, because she knows I love SoCal style chile verde. Of course the two are very different things, but it's true, it doesn't exist in L.A. that I know of.

Aug 08, 2014
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Hat's Pastrami Chili Cheese French Fries

Whenever I'm going to a pot luck in the Pasadena area I bring two orders of Hat CCFs. They're gone instantly.

Aug 05, 2014
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Hat's Pastrami Chili Cheese French Fries

It's the orange-and-brown standard.

Aug 04, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014: COCKTAILS and Bar Food

Sizzler's vs. Souplantation, and yet ipsedixit hasn't weighed in?

I'm reeling in shock.

THIS is a thread on which I can and will post almost daily.

We were seeing some live theater (happens once or twice a year, and I need cocktail fortification) with a large group (make that a double) in Burbank (triple!), so we went to Tally Rand, and sat in the bar.

$7.50 Ketel One sidecar martinis a la Musso: Just as good, just as large, and almost half the price.

Their "Super Tuna Melt" (w/avocado), which my neighbor to the left had, is about as good as a melt gets.

My wife thinks their turkey burger/turkey patty melts rival Pann's.

I had their "Famous Fried Chicken." While the wing and thigh might have deserved some Burbank fame (nice crispy batter), the dry breast kinda killed it. Pann's need not fear.

Still, few better places in Burbank for pre-show dining. They got a loud, large, tipsy group in and out in plenty of time for our show on a busy Friday night.

And ya gotta love the vintage, Matterhorn-era signage.

"Veggie" (The Word That Dare Not Speak Its Name) Burritos

How have I missed this place. Pics look lovely. I'm also intrigued by the photos of their chile verde. The description is "costillas" en chile verde, but it looks more like shoulder. Anyone had it?

Aug 02, 2014
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