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LA's Oldest Still-Thriving Restaurants

FYI, Greenblatt's claims 1926 on their signage.

Is there anywhere to have a nice dinner in downtown LA?

I've only been for oyster happy hour, but Faith and Flower seems to fit the bill. If the food at Cicada were a notch better, I'd suggest that. But I'm not.

Jan 21, 2015
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Tacos El Gavilan Coming to La Brea/Sunset

Even an approximate emulation of King Taco would be welcome in the heart of Hollywood.

Dec 30, 2014
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Tacos El Gavilan Coming to La Brea/Sunset

Apparently the cursed space that has been variously a Boston Market (remember them?) and a Pho Citi in the horrible Ross mini-mall is transforming into a Tacos El Gavilan.

Is something to be even moderately excited about?

Dec 30, 2014
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Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

Man, this list just goes to show how desperate the Valley Mexican scene is, when Don Cuco's gets some love.

Dec 29, 2014
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Tito's Tacos

"Tito's NOSTALGIA and COMFORT food is true, but not the heart of the matter. Umami and RITUALIZATION are the reasons I love Tito's. The flavor profiles are CARVED INTO THE NEURO PATHWAYS of my brain."

(My emphasis)

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See what you did there? The heart of the matter is precisely nostalgia and comfort: You were conditioned to love the flavor, and love the ritual that you have performed countless times before.

All discussion of authenticity and eggrolls and pizza (what, no bagels?) aside, the point is that even in the genre of crispy-shelled, shredded lettuce, orange cheese, SoCal style tacos (a genre I love!), Tito's are not even in the top twenty. Love for them is strictly nostalgia. (And there's nothing wrong with that. My favorite taquitos are still the ones at Lupe's in Thousand Oaks. But I would not try to convince anyone that they should go try them.)

I think we can prove it. Chime in here if all of the following are true:

a) You grew up in SoCal.
b) You like the style of taco under discussion, and have been eating them since you were a kid.
c) You didn't have a Tito's taco until you were an adult.
d) You think Tito's tacos are something special.

Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?

Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

"We have access to so much of the real stuff here in the area"

Where, please?

Dec 28, 2014
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PIZZA TAKE OUT MELROSE AND SWEETZER

Hounds here are mostly thin crust aficionados. Mozza, Tomato Pie, Vito's...all thin, which IMHO is less desirabe for takeout as it doesn't hold the heat. Especially true if it's for office lunch where there's no oven to re-heat.

Dec 28, 2014
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Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

There simply is no great Mexican food in Sherman Oaks. Mexicali might be the best, but the noise level is unbearable. Casa Vega is too small, and doesnt take reservations even for groups, unless I'm mistaken. El Torito Grill probably your best bet, if you downplay it enough. ;-)

One wonders why there isn't a Border Grill on Ventura Blvd. It'd be mobbed.

Dec 28, 2014
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Buck a shuck

Where are the oysters from?

Dec 28, 2014
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My "SGV" Christmas will be at Taipei Garden (Arcadia) -- what about yours?

Ipse, even though you ranked 888 higher on your Top Ten?

Dec 24, 2014
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My "SGV" Christmas will be at Taipei Garden (Arcadia) -- what about yours?

I've spent all day pondering dim sum options for tomorrow. Group of 4. Carts are a requirement. (Not mine.) Getting to the SGV at 10:30. What's the current sweet spot, taking into account Chow-worthiness, value, and wait time between 888, Ocean Star, Capital, and New Capital?

Dec 24, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, December 2014 -- Voting

CHILI (and especially the cheese fries part)

Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

Ah, validation! Glad you enjoyed. I too am curious about the $25 lobster dinner. Busy this Wednesday, maybe next.

Nov 17, 2014
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Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

Oh, and I forgot to mention: after martinis we got a wine flight which if I recall was $7 for a "taste" of any three of their by-the-glass wines. The pours were huge for a tasting. In fact, we had planned to go to a movie afterwards, but we were too ripped.

Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

Agrade, did you go, and if so how was it?

Nov 13, 2014
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Dinner close to Cedars Sinai - Public Transit-friendly locations most appreciated

My wife was just at the Beverly Center a couple of days ago and she claims they're tearing out the food court entirely.

She has, however, been known to be wrong.

Nov 13, 2014
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Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

And of course you didn't go there because you were full from the Rainbow.

This place could compete with the Rainbow.

Nov 11, 2014
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Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

It's here. The place between Rock & Reilly's (same ownership) and the Whiskey. The second story balcony is the place to be.

Nov 11, 2014
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Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

It's in the space that used to be Duke's, next door to the Whisky.

Nov 11, 2014
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Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

I'm not a beer drinker so I didn't notice. But I'm sure they do.

Nov 11, 2014
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Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

Went here specifically for the $1 oyster night. Knocked back a couple dozen Bahia Falsas. I'm not generally a fan of Baja oysters, but these were good: nicely chilled and well-shucked. Wife and I shared some of the other small plates. Yellowfin Tuna/Salmon Carpaccio was a little bland, but the Charred Brussels Sprouts and the Truffle Mushroom Flatbread were good.

Another nice surprise was that we were there at happy hour, and the $7 martinis were generous pours. I'm usually a Ketel One guy, but the house vodka was Svedka, which is acceptable. The place has a 1920s theme that borders on kitschy, but we liked it. And we got buzzed and full of oysters and more for under $30 pp. We'll be back.

Only in LA - Thanksgiving guacamole T.O. area

Well the best answer to the OP's question is here.

http://www.latinomeatmarket.com/home....

But I doubt they'll be open on Thanksgiving, and you want guacamole to be fresh, fresh, fresh.

So the best non-answer is yeah, you should really make it yourself. Thanks to global trade, there are perfectly good avocados available here year round. The ones at Costco are terrific. They stock them not-quite-ripe, but if you buy them two days before and put them in a paper bag at room temp until you prepare the guac, you'll be golden.

And Agrade is right, it needn't be a pain. The less you do to a good avocado the better. I even think the cilantro and pepper are optional. I use just avocado, lemon, and salt.

Nov 11, 2014
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where can i find puerto nuevo style lobster?

Actually, the menu at Ortega's looks and sounds about right!

Nov 10, 2014
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Who makes good BBQ Baked Beans?

Sorry to rain on the nostalgia parade. For me there is no such thing as "good" BBQ baked beans.

Santa Maria style piquinto beans, yes. Baked beans a la Love's...no.

But that's just me. I really prefer to save almost all of the sugar in my meal for the dessert. Of which I will have precisely one bite.

Nov 10, 2014
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where can i find puerto nuevo style lobster?

Allow me to 'splain.

Puerto Nuevo in 2014 is a pale imitation Puerto Nuevo in the 70s/80s. Then, you could order the "large" lobster without the waiter telling you "no large." Likewise the "medium."

"Only small."

But last I checked, you can still get "Puerto Nuevo" style lobster in Puerto Nuevo. (though not for much longer, I fear.)

Anything in SoCal right now is pale imitation of even today's Puerto Nuevo; much less "back in the day" Puerto Nuevo.

Nov 10, 2014
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where can i find puerto nuevo style lobster?

Yeah. Everything suggested here is a pale imitation.

Black beans? Seriously?

That is one dish for which you have to make the drive. And even then, it's not the same as back in the day, as the local lobsters there are fished out. :-(

Nov 09, 2014
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LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

Except that fat in food has been pretty much proven to be not detrimental to your health. In fact, mostly the opposite. Artifically "Non-fat"or "low fat" food, on the other hand...

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

RE: Chateau Marmont/Runyon Canyon is my hood.

Pa Ord on Sunset/La Brea for Thai Boat Noodles.

Mashti Malone's across the street from Pa Ord for unique Rosewater ice cream. Get a "Mashti."

Pinche's Tacos, right across the street from Chateau Marmont, for solid, sit-down lunchtime Mexican (of which there's surprisingly little listed here, for an East Coaster coming to Alta California.

Greenblatt's for Jewish Deli.

Hibiscus for unique asian fusion food in a funky strip mall.

Also, near Griffith Park: Yuca's, an even funkier taco stand on Hillhurst that servers arguably the best burritos in L.A....certainly the only ones to have won a James Beard award.

These are all inexpensive, $ - $$ options.

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

Actually I'm surprised and delighted to see that a chili burger w/cheese comes in at only 675 calories. I might have to have 'em more often.

Oh, and I totally recommend Tommy's to the OP.

Oct 31, 2014
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