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Sushi Quality Fish?

And I suppose there's no Easter bunny either.

Jan 04, 2007
Lichtblau in Los Angeles Area

What's the most indulgent thing you ate/drank over the holidays?

Braised veal cheek with a subtle black truffle sauce garnsihed with [drum roll please] veal marrow.

Jan 04, 2007
Lichtblau in Not About Food

Sushi Quality Fish?

Where do Sushi restaurants get there fish? Is this guarded informtation? Anyone interested in hiring a private investigator to follow top sushi chefs to their mongers? Will I lose a pinky if I ask too many questions? I know there's plenty of good fish around, and I really like the Santa Monica seafood market, but even there I'm not always convinced that their fish is really fresh enough to eat raw. Can anyone reccomend a really good fish market?

Jan 04, 2007
Lichtblau in Los Angeles Area

Chefs with balls (pehaps quite literally) in LA.

I moved to LA not long ago from the [only slightly] more cultured east coast, and I'm having a terrible time finding restaurants that serve any kind of interesting game or secondadry cuts of meat. Everything seems to be filets and chicken. I think T.K. said it best; that making boring food like that isn't cooking, its just heating (wait a minute, he lives in California). So what's the deal with the rest of them. Is it just LA? Then again, I can't imagine getting anything other than a quinoa colon-blow nine times out of ten in northern califonia. It seems like almost monthly there is some new asian vegetable that is all the rage in every trendy restauarant in town, but when it comes to substance, the meat, nobody seems to be able to get away from the basics. Who cares about a shiso salad if your serving it with seared salmon? I want wild boar, phesant, woodcock, sweetbreads, even rabbit is hard to come by... The closest I've come are at some of the fine taco trucks in town (I'm thinking especially of "Taco Zone" on Alvarado and Montana in Echo Park) who make some awesome Lengua and Cabeza tacos. Where should I go?

DL

Dec 29, 2006
Lichtblau in Los Angeles Area

Pines of Rome in Los Angeles

First of all, there's no need for diplomacy here, Los Angeles does not have "great" Italian food. Even Osteria Angelini, which was flatly reccomended to me as the best fine dining Italian in LA, doesn't hold a candle to even more modest places of similar scope in Italian neighborhoods on the east coast. In my opinion there are only two Italian places in LA worth going to. The first, which is the better of the two and closer to what I think you're looking for, is Casa Bianca on Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock- it is without question the best pizza in the city, they're closed on Sundays and Mondays and the rest of the week there's a line out the door, but its the real deal. The other place I like is Al Gelato on robertson. Its more of a glorified deli than a real restaurant but they make good red-sauce italian and have excellent meat-balls. The gelato isn't bad either.

DL

Dec 22, 2006
Lichtblau in Los Angeles Area