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Chick-fil-A to Pasadena

I hear they're also opening outlets in WeHo, the Castro in SF, and Provincetown. (not)

about 4 hours ago
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WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

No. In 'n' Out fries are unredeemable.

about 20 hours ago
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WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

See?! I got slammed for finding Grimaldi's crust too soggy on both visits here.

Will try extra crispy next time.

about 21 hours ago
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Mel's Fish Shack?!

Love Mel's...the one on Jefferson east of La Brea. Their oyster po'boy, while not quite authentic NOLA style, is IMHO the best in L.A.

about 23 hours ago
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Farewell to my favorite Chili Cheeseburger, Tommy's on Lincoln to close

I completely agree, and I actually have a wacky theory about that. Because the shack is space-challenged, they store their buns for the day outside, in the sun. That gets them a little bit pre-cooked, which allows them to hold up better to the mess that is a Tommy's burger.

Could also just be that the grill at the shack is the older, and therefore more seasoned, one.

1 day ago
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Aroma Cafe Hollywood - Report

You should go. Mostly it's a very different palette of spices. They do "normal" Western style ice cream, but their specialties are based on rosewater: Creamy Rosewater, Rosewater/Saffron, Orange Flower Water, Rosewater/Ginger, etc.

And a "Mashti" is a scoop of ice cream between two light, waffly sugar wafers. So good. They sell them packaged and frozen to go, too. More here:

http://www.mashtimalone.com/Ingredien...

1 day ago
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Aroma Cafe Hollywood - Report

I like Compadre just fine, although I have gotten ill from food there a couple of times, so my wife never lets us go anymore. I miss the flaming margaritas.

OT, I noticed that Valdez Guitars closed recently. End of an era, that.

1 day ago
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Aroma Cafe Hollywood - Report

Thanks, glad to know it hasn't been tried and despised. This location wasn't particularly loud. But it's right on Sunset, so the occasional semi or fire truck can be earsplitting if sitting on the patio.

It's kind of huge (on the lot formerly occupied by Denny's), with loads of seating indoors and out. And I haven't been when it's packed.

MarkC: I like Greenblatt's for Jewish deli, Baby Blues BBQ for their brisket, Griddle Cafe (but only if there's no wait), Pinche's for Mexican lunches. Pa Ord for Thai noodles on Sunset/LaBrea, and Mashti Malone's across the street for Persian ice cream. Lots of people like Cheebo but it's never done much for me. Likewise Bossa Nova. And today I'll be heading to Carney's for National Hot Dog Day.

Will definitely try the Jachnun, thanks for the recommendation!

1 day ago
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Aroma Cafe Hollywood - Report

It's practically the closest restaurant to me, even closer than Greenblatt's, the Griddle Cafe, Cheebo, etc. I'd been to the Tujunga version a couple of times. Yet when it opened oh-so-close to me, years ago, I was reticent. It was too popular. Jammed with industry hipsters.

But today, on a MONDAY, I had a hankering for Griddle Cafe and their massive pancakes. Still, a line, on Monday.

So we went to Aroma.

Holy crap!

First of all and who knew for a cafe/bakery: Full Bar!

Second, just a massive menu. Surely they can't do it all well (Gordon Ramsay would have it down to five dishes), but...

It's Mediterranean food (Israeli owned) the likes of which I haven't had outside of my trip to Turkey. Their #1 Breakfast is two eggs as you like with a salad (for breakfast! so Mediterranean) with julienned cucumber, tomato, and shaved feta. The shaved feta was unbelievable. Not your crumbly feta, it melted creamily in the mouth.

I ordered my eggs poached, medium well, and they came out just so.

#1 also included a pint of (truly) fresh squeezed OJ, bottomless coffee, their baked in house olive bread, house made marmalade, and their "olive cheese spread," which was like the cream cheese/salmon mix you get at your local bagelry, but with kalamatas instead of salmon. I mean, come on!

Wife had one of their (several) breakfast "burritos" (not really, because the wrapper is an ultra-thin, grilled lavash bread. I'm not generally a fan of "wraps," but this was really good): omelette, avocado, smoked salmon, spicy sauce.

The menu is ridiculous. Everything from beef stroganoff (with rice rather than noodles, which some will appreciate) to fish tacos, to filet mignon to all manner of Mediterrean staples like eggplant, puff pastry thingies w/fillings.

They also do smoothies, shakes, have 8-10 beers on tap, $5 house wine happy hour every day, drink specials, $9 all you can drink mimosas on weekends...

Please, someone tell me why it sucks so I don't go there all the time.

PS: did I mention "Full Bar?"

Jul 22, 2014
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Yummy Food Day in East Los Angeles!

A two-burrito lunch! Color me impressed.

Jul 18, 2014
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Chibiscus - Excellent Tonkotsu Ramen in Hollywood

I'm not a ramen expert by any means, but I stumbled into this place by accident a couple of days ago (it's next door to our vet) and was blown away. I had the spicy chicken shoyu ramen. The awesome thing about this is that the chicken gets the same 14-hour slow cook treatment that the pork (a la Daikokuya) does. It was unlike any chicken I've ever had, so smoky and savory. And yes, the noodles were perfectly al dente, and the half-soft-boiled egg was a small miracle.

Also had their pork buns, like little peking duck wraps but with grilled pork, cilantro, pickled ginger and a sweet plum-ish sauce. Can't wait to go back for the tonkatsu ramen.

Jul 18, 2014
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WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

There's now a second branch of Village Pizza near Yucca/Cahuenga as well.

Jul 16, 2014
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WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

Damiano's Mr. Pizza closed some time ago. Can't say I miss it.

Jul 16, 2014
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Report: Desano's Pizza in East Hollywood

Yeah, no, wasn't hating at all. Grimaldi's in Brooklyn is the apotheosis of pizza for me. The two that I've had at other branches were both soggy in the middle, and really nothing like the original. Maybe I just got unlucky twice?

Jul 16, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Tipping during happy hour

Wait...someone still drinks martinis with gin?

Jul 12, 2014
jesstifer in Not About Food

Where to hold a wake this friday in Los Angeles (likely a banquet hall, near downtown, not too expensive)??

I was going to suggest Casey's Irish Bar and Grill, but then got to the open casket part. Yeah, no.

Jul 12, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

Hey here's a question: I "follow" a few people, but I'm not sure what that means. Am I supposed to get notifications, or is there a place where my followers posts are collected, or ???.

Jul 12, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

It's all fun and games until someone gets poke'd in the listicles!

Yeah, but you might as well be groaning about "the Talkies."

For better or worse, this is what people are reading nowadays.

Jul 12, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

It's all fun and games until someone gets poke'd in the listicles!

I've had the pleasure of eating a lot of poke in Hawaii. The "Island Eats" photo in the first link looks like da kine. Likewise Fish King and Seasalt.

Guerilla Tacos and the architecturally stacked "tuna tartare" in the lead photo...muy haole. Tuna tartare, ceviche, and poke are very different animals.

This from a haole dude, with all apologies.

Jul 12, 2014
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Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

Who doesn't love Porthos and Ernie ????

Jul 11, 2014
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Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

WildSwede, it seems likely that we've met.

If not in this life...POSSIBLY ANOTHER ???? (punctuation: for kevin)

And I totally agree about the rest.

Jul 11, 2014
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Banh Mi Che H & J, Chinatown

I like banh mi, and I cannot lie.

Jul 11, 2014
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Banh Mi Che H & J, Chinatown

My wife just came back from a trip downtown very excited about the sandwiches she just had here. It's in the space that used to be occupied by Rainbow Bakery, on College between Hill and Broadway. That was always our non-SGV go-to banh mi (love the free parking), and we were bummed when there was briefly a different ownership that was decidedly not as good.

But now there is yet another owner, and another name. Wife's a banh mi freak, and if she loved it I'm optimistic. There are couple of 5 star reviews and tasty looking photos on Yelp. All sandwiches are $3.00.

Has anyone here tried it yet?

Jul 11, 2014
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Do you know of great weekly specials which a restaurant runs on a particular day of the week?

The bouillabaisse is one of the few things I love at Musso's...aside from the martinis, of course. I'll have to try the pot pie.

Jul 11, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Do you know of great weekly specials which a restaurant runs on a particular day of the week?

My wife and I have arguments about which night we should go to Taix for their nightly "Cuisine Grand-Mere" specials.

She loves the Saturday Duck a L'orange. I love the Sunday Veal Blanquette (so...fucking...good!)

We both love the Tuesday Braised Oxtail.

But mostly we crave Thursday's Braised Rabbit with Mushrooms, Pearl Onions, and Mustard.

Because there just ain't enough rabbit dinners in these here parts (just a few miles away from the Conejo Valley, for chrissake), and they do 'em up right.

Avec les vins Francais, bon marché. ;-)

Jul 11, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

Nooooooooo!!!!

Jul 11, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

Good god, I am so excited about this. As someone who, on a recent RV road trip around the Western US, filled up thousands of dollars worth of gas at Costco and had many slices of pizza at Costco...

ICE CREAM BARS?!?

Never had one. I think I need some toilet paper.

Jul 10, 2014
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And yet another list: Burritos

Did a thing about it here. Long story, but the review is realz. http://www.theperfectburrito.com/blog/

Jul 10, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

And yet another list: Burritos

I agree that we might be more of a taco town. (Though my own percentage of sampling the recent "top tacos" lists is rather sad.) I've always maintained that SF has the best burritos. SD; meh, I have yet to taste one that's worthy. The #35 on that list looks good, though.

But to have multiple representatives from not just NY, but CHICAGO?! And only ONE from only L.A.? That's just wrong.

Yuca's should be there. So should be the chile verde or chile relleno from Johnny's in L.A. adjacent Ventura. (I currently have half dozen of each frozen in my fridge.)

Again, although I might quibble, I really can't argue with the Azteca chile relleno at #1.

You should try it. And I should try Gilbert's.

Jul 10, 2014
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Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

Servorg, because Servorg. (Even though tonight, we have issues.)

WildSwede, because we agree about most things. Likewise TonyC.

kevin, though I cringe at his (seriously, gigabytes a day!) wasting of bandwidth with question marks and LMGTFY moments. I wonder, how much bandwidth does each question mark consume?

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BTW, "dope" as an adjective went out with the Authentic Cafe. ;-)

But seriously: kevin.

ipsedixit, because while I disagree with him about almost everything gastronomically (de gustibus...), like all evil geniuses, his knowledge is encyclopedic. His posts are Hemingwayesque in their succinctness.

He is this board's Great Foil.

And my new fave? jessejames, because he has good taste (viz. his constant championing of Greenblatt's) and is skilled at toning down a nearly out of control discussion.

Plus, everyone called me "jessejames" in elementary school, and I love that he owns it.

I think that's "firmly in the positive," right? My moral compass has never been very reliable.

Jul 10, 2014
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