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Sweet Amsterdam

FWIW ... aebleskivers are Danish, not Dutch.

Now, if they're making garnalenkroketten, then I'm going to have to give them a try

Jul 28, 2015
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ALERT: Chef Change at smoke.oil.salt

My one meal at Taberna Arros y Vi was so gawdawful (rubbery, oversalted tapas, freezing white Rioja) I found myself wishing it was still the Tudor House. Because at that point, a pot of Earl Grey and a few scones & jam would have hit the spot...

Jul 21, 2015
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Dinner in Arcadia

Zelo - Great if you dig cornmeal-crust pizza. If that's just too crunchy/gritty for your tastes, then no

The Derby - Oddly, the bar burger at the Derby is one of the best "straight" burgers (i.e. no creative ingredients) in the SGV. Only available in the bar section, I think

Claro's - If the concert permits picnicking, just stock up at the deli counter here

Sesame Grill - If you order carefully (some entrees are way overpriced, others a bargain, can never figure this place out) you can have a nice dinner here

Sweet Hot Chicken - OK, so it is technically Asian, but probably not in the sense you were thinking

Taco Lita - Hey, you said no Mexican, and it certainly isn't ;)

Jul 20, 2015
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Dingle Berries Coffee & Tea (Temple City) has the best boba in SGV

Tried their Holy Crap (deep-fried PB&J) and Dirty French Maid (milk tea + espresso shot) today, both were ridiculously tasty. They were also offering 6 free samples for newbies, so availed myself of those, too.

I'll take your word for it on the boba; best in the SGV or not, I'm just not really a boba guy.

Also took a pass on the Whorechata Milf Tea.

(If anyone is trying to map this place, it's technically in Rosemead, not TC)

Jul 15, 2015
Bradbury in Los Angeles Area

Comfort LA has the best cornbread this side of the Mississippi

Thanks for the heads-up, but that might be the most puzzling restaurant website ever ... is this place really only open for Fri/Sat late night dining and early Sunday dinner? And only has two entrees (wings and a chicken combo)? And a Cleveland phone number?

Jul 07, 2015
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Halfway spot between Hollywood and Anaheim (with tweens and teens)

Do (or might) your teens enjoy D.I.Y. Korean barbecue? If so, there's no shortage of options in the Buena Park / La Mirada / Cerritos area.

Jul 03, 2015
Bradbury in Los Angeles Area

Chef Eric Greenspan's on Fire

If it is, I hope they're not paying their PR people too much, because "chef on fire" is some pretty bad imagery for a headline...

Best Patty Melt in LA is @ Osso DTLA

Back out an 18% tip from that, and you're looking at a $14.40/$28.80 half/whole chicken. More than KFC, to be sure, but compared to what Houston's (just an example, not that I really dislike the place) wants you to pay for some of their entrees these days, it's not all that bad a deal.

What's more surprising is that there's no "volume discount" on the whole bird. Given that pricing, why *wouldn't* you just order two half chickens? Easier to share that way, among other things.

Jul 02, 2015
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Best omakase under $50

I once got out of Ichi for $50 (before tax & tip) but, truth to tell, I had been a bit under the weather and wasn't very hungry that night. Usually the omakase there sets me back about $70-80pp, which considering the quality, presentation, personal attention, etc. isn't all that bad a deal compared to some other places.

El Cristalazo - Glorious Camphechana

Finally made it to El Cristalazo tonight; had the campechana, the marlin tacos, the momias, and the cucumber/chia water. All were amazing. (As was the "unicorn St. Jude" statue, but that's another story...)

Will try to make it back soon to try the aguachile, the lemon-pepper shrimp burger, and the flan (and perhaps whatever their closest approximation of pescado zarandeado might be)

Jun 29, 2015
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Best spots to buy coffee beans on the west side?

Have you ever tried Alana's, at one of several westside farmer's markets? (I usually buy them at West LA or Redondo). He's a very knowledgeable guy, gets some great beans and roasts them by hand less than 2 days before market, and is a good source for tips on how to get the best out of them depending on the brew method you're using.

Jun 29, 2015
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Most underrated LA restaurants

I had the grimmest of expectations for a restaurant named for a line of overpriced cabana wear for middle-aged dudes, but the two times I've been to Tommy Bahama's (once in Laguna, once in Palm Desert) I was forced to admit my meal was ... actually surprisingly good.

Jun 25, 2015
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Best Cambodian restaurant(s) in Long Beach

Sure, you could stroll Little Armenia, but as its largely congruous with Thai Town, you're more likely to find some good boat noodles there :)

LA is a bit weird like that (at least in terms of official neighborhood designations): for the best Armenian food selection, you go not to Little Armenia, but to Glendale. For Chinese, you go not to Chinatown but to the SGV. For Filipino, you go not to Historic Filipinotown but to Eagle Rock or West Covina. For the Japanese, you go not to Little Tokyo but to Torrance.

And so on. Once upon a time, you went to Boyle Heights for the best kosher chow. It wouldn't surprise me if, 10-20 years from now, people skip K-town and go to the Buena Park/Cerritos/Fullerton area instead.

Best Cambodian restaurant(s) in Long Beach

Both you and your car should be just fine. The broader point (as I noted above) is that Little Cambodia isn't really a "let's just stroll around for a couple hours and explore this place" type of destination in the same way that some other SoCal Chowhound-ly areas are.

Jun 21, 2015
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Best Cambodian restaurant(s) in Long Beach

I've had good meals at Phnom Penh Noodle and Little La Lune. I'll have to add the disclaimer, though, that I don't know as much about Cambodian food (or get the hang of it, so to speak) as I do about other SE Asian cuisines. Also, if you're looking for a really immersive ethnic-food travel destination, such as K-town or Little Saigon or Valley Blvd in the SGV, you might find Little Cambodia a bit ... underwhelming.

(YMMV, of course, but if I were spending a day moseying up the 405 between SNA and the Westside, and wanted a couple of excellent, moderately priced Asian meals, I'd probably swing by Vien Dong in Westminster for lunch and Torihei in Torrance for an early izakaya dinner.)

Jun 20, 2015
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Chow worthy food in the most unexpected places

Love their Red Line burger, plus the Gem City Club, Angry Beast, and most of their dessert specials. Never really got the hang of their hot dogs, though.

Also worth noting: Market Grill is about a 3 minute walk from Trader Joe's corporate HQ, which provides a hefty share of their average lunch crowd.

Jun 11, 2015
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Favorite burger for $5 or less?

> Perhaps I will start a post on this subject.....beginning with In & Out printing biblical scripture on the bottom of their cups.

Mehhhh ... In-n-Out just prints verse locations, on the inside rim of the bottom of the cup. You'd have to look for it to find it, and even then you wouldn't know what the verse actually said until you looked it up. For the life of me, I don't know why people get worked up about this. (Especially considering how much better In-n-Out treats their employees - and anyone seeing/hearing their ads - compared to their major chain competitors.)

Villa Catrina in Arcadia. Anyone Been?

I've tried Hot N Sweet twice now, and really wanted to like it more than I actually did. The Korean tacos were a bit bland; the pizza toppings were good but they haven't figured out how to make a decent crust.

The hot sweet garlic wings were tasty at time time, however I think someone in the kitchen has an overly-heavy hand on the MSG shaker ... I'm not normally too sensitive to that (I'm an SGV veteran after all) but both times I found myself waking up at 3am with a dull headache and a cotton tongue.

May 20, 2015
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Villa Catrina in Arcadia. Anyone Been?

Arcadia doesn't exactly have a profusion of good Mexican places (nor do most of its neighbors, except perhaps El Monte) so this looks promising.

I wonder if it has a bit of a "location curse", though, considering that the previous Mexican restaurant in that space was so truly gawdawful - it was the sort of place you'd take your kid's soccer team when you just couldn't bear the thought of Chuck E Cheese (not that it was much of an improvement, though). Perhaps word hasn't quite gotten around that there's something better there now.

May 20, 2015
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Favorite burger for $5 or less?

An animal-style Double Double is an old sentimental favorite, but lately the ABC burger at B-Man's has been giving it a run for my (not so much) money...

May 18, 2015
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Great Lentil Soup?

I've no idea if it's presently on their menu, but the lentil soup with pork confit and pickled pears that I had last year at Alma was a true game-changer for me.

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

Whether or not In-N-Out is overrated depends on exactly which claims were being made on its behalf in the first place. If it was "the greatest burger ever!" then yeah, that's a hell of an overstatement. But if it was "best burger at the $3.xx price point in a large-ish chain" ... then that's not such a crazy claim to make.

Spicy in the North SGV, Tomorrow

Hai Di Lao is a pretty solid choice; if you want something cheaper with less ambiance, the hot pot place in the Arcadia Ranch 99 center (name escapes me) isn't bad either. Actually, the hottest thing I've ever eaten in Arcadia are the extra-hot Korean-style wings at Sweet Hot Chicken.

There's not much worth recommending for Indian or Thai along that stretch of the 210, but if your friend wants something else she can't find in NYC, how about really good fish tacos at Tacos Ensenada? (not far from Irwindale, if that helps)

Apr 10, 2015
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South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

The Arcadia DTF took the black sesame dumplings off the menu about 5 years ago.

But they've always kept some handy for anyone who asks politely. Which we always do. :)

Aug 18, 2014
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Best lunch in Costa Mesa/Irvine/Santa Ana for under $10

The carnitas burrito (or, if you've got extra Lipitor handy, the surtido burrito) at Sahuayo Primo on Main St. north of Warner in Santa Ana. Throw in a trip to the pickle bar and a tamarindo and you're still out of there for under 8 bucks. Get a horchata instead if that's how you roll, but I find the extra acidity in the tamarindo helps cut through the glorious pork fat and creamy lardy beans on that burrito...

Aug 18, 2014
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Chick-fil-A to Pasadena

This is actually a pretty smart move on their part; their new-ish location in Azusa is doing crazy business mostly because it's right across the street from APU.

Most of their earlier LA locations seemed to be in car-dependent shopping sprawls; they seem to have finally clued in to the pedestrian college kid business opportunity.

Jul 24, 2014
Bradbury in Los Angeles Area

Local craft beer suggestions? Where to buy?

I do a fair amount of local beer tasting; my favorite craft breweries in the area of this particular board (LA/Orange/SB counties) would be, in *very* rough order:

Hangar 24 (Redlands)
Bruery (Placentia)
Monkish (Torrance)
Craftsman (Pasadena)
3 Weavers (soon-to-be Inglewood)
Strand (Torrance)
Golden Road (Glendale)
Pacific Plate (Monrovia)
Eagle Rock (Glassell Park)

All of them have bottles and/or growlers available onsite to go.

My quest to find a great entree salad in OC

Roasted duck salad @ Brodard

Apr 18, 2014
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Shellfish -- L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2014

Tried the scallops with spring pea puree, lardons, and brussel crisps at AltaEats this week ... can recommend quite highly indeed :)

Apr 05, 2014
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Beyond tacos, which food trucks are worth it and why?

Never knew "light well" was an available option (that is, one that could be put on the ticket sent to the kitchen).

If so, I'll definitely have to try that, because at my local In-n-Out, the regular fries are mushy and the well-done ones are toothpicks.

Mar 29, 2014
Bradbury in Los Angeles Area