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Boars Head Hot Dogs

Rock 'n' Roll Ralph's on Sunset/Poinsettia has them, too. Had one for lunch yesterday.

I've been meaning to ask, does anyone know of a retail dog with even more snap? Boar's Head are the best I've found, but I'd love to get a snap of the Carney's/Pinks variety at home.

Jul 31, 2015
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Tacos El Gavilan Coming to La Brea/Sunset

What turns you off about their tacos? If you like the al pastor (which, yes, is very good), why is it better on a sope than on a taco?

Jul 07, 2015
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Tacos El Gavilan Coming to La Brea/Sunset

Went to PokiNometry yesterday. Spectacular, indeed! But what the hell with that location???

Jul 07, 2015
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Tacos El Gavilan Coming to La Brea/Sunset

Missed this post somehow. I had asada, al pastor, buche.

La Numero Uno is pretty great, but I've only had pupusas there. I should try tacos/burritos. I haven't made it to Rincon Oaxaqueño yet.

My go-tos have been Calle Tacos and Pinche's...and AstroBurger when I'm craving a veggie burrito (but BYO salsa).

I haven't been to Dos Burritos in prolly 20 years. Used to be sooo greasy. Is it really in the discussion?

Jul 07, 2015
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Tacos El Gavilan Coming to La Brea/Sunset

Was there at lunch today, and parking was no worse than usual. The problems with that lot could be easily mitigated: move the La Brea entrance to the far south end of the lot, where there are almost always spaces that are impossible to get to because of the traffic flow.

Jun 30, 2015
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Tacos El Gavilan Coming to La Brea/Sunset

Just got back from a quick three-taco lunch at TeG. Thumbs up. The meats were tasty, though obviously not grilled to order like King of Grill. The prices (1.39 tacos, 5.49 burritos) are kind of revolutionary for sit-down in Hollywood, where tacos tend to run to $2.00 and burritos to $7.00 or more (witness Calle Tacos). And free frijoles de la olla? Love that! Salsas are limited to one red, one green, but both were excellent.

Big advantage over KoG is location, location, location. Indoors, clean, and air conditioned scores points with me over the skanky, noisy Mashti Malone strip mall parking lot.

For quality of food, KoG wins. But especially with hot summer months coming, TeG looms more attractive.

Will have to get back soon to try burritos, tortas and mulitas.

Jun 30, 2015
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Tacos El Gavilan Coming to La Brea/Sunset

Glad to see some love for Soy Sauce. Well, if not love, at least it's cheap, friendly, and they deliver. I'll have to check out Luv2Eat, RoRo's, and Pokinometry. I also recommend Hibiscus, if you haven't been. The Carving Board is good too, if hipster sammiches are your thing.

I like King of Grill pretty well. Especially their free grilled whole onions, those are like crack. Disappointed to hear that TeG isn't even that good.

Jun 29, 2015
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Tacos El Gavilan Coming to La Brea/Sunset

What's good there? Looks like it's opening any day now.

Jun 23, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

Hey, that looks good! Nice char, and I like the generous portion of burrata.

Jun 23, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

I was referring to the Deep Dish, above. Again, vodka. (Not again, now, again then...oh never mind.)

Jun 23, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

I really appreciate the quoties around "pizza."

Jun 23, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

No embarrassment. I get a slice every time I go.

Jun 23, 2015
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pizza

You mean 170/101. But the last time that was a "simple jaunt" was on Carmageddon.

Jun 23, 2015
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pizza

I'm inclined to answer "no." But others may have succeeded where I failed.

I go old school there: Little Toni's, Vito's, Pinocchio's, although the last two are Burbank.

Jun 23, 2015
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do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

Talk Like Yoda day, was this not?

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

Shocked by the lack of love for Red China here. Currently the best, IMHO.

Jun 23, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2015 -- Nominations

ESPECIALLY CHILI CHEESE DOGS.

Jun 22, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

Sorry, late, vodka:

This is not pizza.

Apostates!

Best Steakhouse in L.A.? Comparable to Porter House or Peter Luger?

Agree about Cut. Feels like a CPK or Boston Market in there.

Jun 11, 2015
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Best Steakhouse in L.A.? Comparable to Porter House or Peter Luger?

Mastros Beverly Hills. I've never noticed the glitz, too busy moaning over my New York strip.

Jun 11, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

DeSano Pizza Bakery in East Hollywood. One Margherita DOC, one Diavola. Both exquisite. paired with a $15 half bottle of Chianti and a spinach, artichoke, mushroom, and dried cranberry salad.

Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

Wait, is there a Chinese Islamic in Arcadia? I still mourn the loss of the one on Valley/New.

Jun 04, 2015
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Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

I think your list is fantastic. The only help I would offer is this: if you want someone to come along and help you eat all that stuff in 5 days, well...I could prolly clear my schedule.

OK, one suggestion: I've recently been to Elite and Sea Harbour, and I think that Red China, in Arcadia, is the current tops for dim sum.

Also, for first time visitors, you'll be flummoxed by how spread out L.A. is. Almost nothing is "walkable." Plan to drive everywhere, and find yourself pleasantly surprised if two destinations are within a five or ten minute walk of each other.

Finally, so excited for you that you are into "seafood" and "tacos" and you're going to Ricky's. Not to over-hype it, but, yum!

Jun 02, 2015
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Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

+1 to Mashti Malone's. Plus it's right across the street from the Hollywood/LaBrea outlet of Pa Ord for Boat Noodles. Makes for a perfect cool-down after your (spicy, be careful when deciding between "medium" and "spicy") noodles.

Jun 02, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- Voting

PIZZA

May 28, 2015
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first time in LA!!! give me your top 5.

Wow, that is tough. If my midwestern friend came to town for the first time, and I were responsible for five meals, not too-fancy, historical, hip, "mind blowing" food, driving distance from Silver Lake...

1. Red China in Arcadia for dim sum.

I think it's the current best San Gabriel Valley dim sum, though others mentioned here are great, too. Once there, you're also two blocks from Santa Anita Park, the most stunning horse racing venue in the country, home to Seabiscuit, California Chrome, and American Pharoah. The sandwiches at The Carvery there are mouth-watering.

2. Beverly Soon Tofu for Koreatown.

Get a combo with a bowl of tofu stew and your grilled meat of choice (or the grilled chili squid, yum! and some soju. Quintessential Koreatown, and much hipper than Park's.

3. Night + Market (Sunset Strip) for Thai.

Have a drink before or after at the Rainbow Room or Sky Bar or Bar Marmont, because Sunset Strip.

4. Original Tommy's, Beverly & Rampart.

They arguably invented the chili cheeseburger, one of LA's great exports. Silver Lake adjacent.

5. Taquitos on historic Olvera Street.

Most will recommend El Cielito Lindo at the bottom of the street. They invented the taquito, and Orson Welles ate 44 of them at a sitting there. But I prefer Juanita's a couple of doors up. Taste a couple from both places. If the taquitos only pique your appetite for sit-down, California-style Mexican and margaritas, you could do a lot worse than La Golondrina, also on Olvera Street. It's in the oldest brick building in Los Angeles.

Honorable mentions:

Ricky's Fish Tacos (so hard to leave him out!)
Mariscos Jalisco (shrimp taco is the definition of mind-blowing)
Kogi Truck (the only non-taco truck worth it...it started the craze)
Carney's (chili cheese dog, second choice for burger behind Tommy's)
Yuca's (for burritos)
Musso and Frank (Food maybe not mind-blowing, though very good, but the atmosphere, history and martinis are.)
Pann's (prolly close to a Nashville diner, but worth it for Googie architecture; plus you've seen it in a million movies and TV shows.)
Langer's.

Have fun and report back!

Villa Catrina in Arcadia. Anyone Been?

Good question. I do not.

I should note that we only had corn tortillas, made in a press, so "hand made" is a bit of a misnomer. Still..."fresh-made."

I'd have to go back to see about the flour tortillas.

May 19, 2015
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Villa Catrina in Arcadia. Anyone Been?

We'll go to Hot n' Sweet next time, meanwhile here's a report on Villa Catrina.

Better than expected, bordering on "wow, really good!" First good sign was lady right next to the front door making fresh tortillas. The place is HUGE inside. Apparently it was formerly a Delmonico's? A large front room with full bar and a bazillion big screens showing Dodgers SNLA, a second dining room, and one or two big (and fully occupied, at 5:00 on Sunday) banquet rooms.

Next good sign was said tortilla lady bringing our table a little amuse bouche of mini-quesadillas made with said tortillas. Nice! Service was a little harried (banquets, perhaps?) but we successfully got good chips and excellent guacamole. Red table salsa was nice: fresh with big chunks of onion and a nice medium kick.

The menu is a fairly eclectic mix of regional cuisines. Veracruz, Guadalajara, even Yucatecan. There was a cochinita pibil on the menu that looked great and was much discussed, but no one ended up ordering. No tostadas or big combo plates. Well there was one combo plate, but that's about it. The menu proclaimed that the had the "Best Chile Verde," which I love, and a Yelper had mentioned that they gave "tastes" of their food. So I asked, and they obliged. It was nice, tender, stewed, tangy, picante; not a last minute toss of salsa verde with carnitas as a lot of places do. Other plates at the table were a Dos Equis marinated flank steak, a cheese enchilada, a chicken mole, and, the winner of the bunch, a bowl of carne en su juga, a spicy stew of beef with bacon. The only disappointment was the mole, which was that sticky sweet negro that comes when the restaurant really doesn't do mole.

Portions were huge. Tortillas were delicious and flowing liberally. Only tried their house margarita, which wasn't anything to write home about but was strong and only $4.25. Desserts, made in house, sounded good but were out of the question.

Bill for 4 (only 2 margaritas) was $71 pre-tip.

We'll be going back. They have some habañero chicken drumettes with cilantro dipping sauce and an unusual torta thingy and some seafood dishes I want to try.

And more tortillas.

Favorite burger for $5 or less?

+1 on Yuca's. Though I actually think their chili dog is even better, so I usually get that if I'm not getting a burrito.

+2 On Tommy's. Their single cheeseburger is $2.40.

Little Cheeseburger at 5 Guys is outside the parameters, alas!

And although I never go there anymore because of politics and sexist ads, I would add a Carl's Jr. Famous Star.

Villa Catrina in Arcadia. Anyone Been?

Wow, that looks interesting and twisted. Especially weird is the almost El Coyote style "house salad," The K-Philly Cheese Steak, and the various wild wangs. Will certainly try it out. But oh, for a full bar!

PS ipse, did I just see you use Shakey's as a positive? Perhaps I'm all wrong about you.

May 17, 2015
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