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Vegas Buffet - Wynn or Bellagio?

THank God, for your review, I was thinking the same thing, about people with specific palates. I would guess I've been to every buffet (except the circus circus group) at least several times in the last 30 years. Wynn takes the cake, and even serves some good ones. Limited selection (compared to others) and almost everything I'd be happy with in moderate priced restaurants as a sole main course. Wynn winns.

Jun 05, 2010
LuigiOrtega in Las Vegas

Where's the best/most authentic place to have a philly cheesesteak in socal? Ala Gino's/Pat's in philly, thanx

Lee's is related to the chain on the east coast late 80's five of them opened in the Area, not enough for Franchisor support and now this is the last one and is independent. Great owner, always there, great food every single thing on the menu

Apr 21, 2010
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

My Bug Eating Adventure! [pics]

I've had several bugs there, they charred my scorpions. But, what do you say, "these scorpions weren't cooked correctly."? Everything else was okay, nothing tasted gross. My saying is I'll eat anything as long as it doesn't crawl off the plate under its own power.

Sep 08, 2008
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Zo -- Only if you'll pay $150/person to be insulted by the rude and arrogant Keizo

I'm greatfull for the information here. When a thread gets this long, and I've tried a particular restaurant the law of averages usually is consistant. That being said I find the following comment in general ludicrous

I don't expect chefs to be friendly, really any more than I *expect* a doctor or a lawyer to be friendly.

Lawyers, Doctors, and "Chefs" are not God, are not special or different (as people) then any other person. They've learned a craft, kudos to them. It doesn't cost any more, or take additional time to be friendly, and actually would probably relieve their stress. I expect everyone to treat me as I would them.

DISPLAY KITCHENS: and Sushi Bars probably led the way, the chef is out in front and he had better well be at least, nice. You really want to look at someone the whole meal that looks annoyed. THere are plenty of restaurants for them to be their nasty selves in the back room.

Aug 31, 2008
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

philly cheesesteak!

I knew the original owner. He worked in Restaurant equipment sales in Philly. He sold out about 12 years ago or more. Made a dang good cheesesteak. Haven't been there in a while, I'll have to try it, sounds like the new owners stuck to his recipe.

Jul 22, 2008
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

are there some places you eat @ once a week and what do you order?

I do eat healthy, I do eat at better restaurants. But, when I first moved out here, I was eating at Carney's and Tommy's once a week. We didn't and still don't have chili (brick) like this on the east coast. Since I gained 20 lbs. I'm down to once a year, but I still enjoy it.

Jul 05, 2008
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

Veal Parm.-Sherman Oaks area, suggestions?

I thought I was the only weird one. Why would you buy an expensive cut of meat and bury it. Then again, I've probably never had a good veal done correctly parmesaned.

Jul 05, 2008
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

Zankou. Downhill fast AND they changed the garlic paste!!!

I believe each of the restaurants is owned by different family members. There was a Mild falling out some years ago. So there might be differences between them.

Mardiros Iskenderian, 56, founder of the popular Zankou Chicken restaurant chain, shot and killed his sister, Dzovig Marjik, 45, and his mother Marjarit

Jul 04, 2008
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

Pizzeria Mozza - your thoughts

You hit many nails on their perspective heads. Lots has happened over the years with bread making. NUMBER ONE no more bromide in flour in many states (including california). Taking away bromide is like taking away lard from tortillas. No more hydrogenated oils, there is no real replacement. Instead of retarding dough's (sometimes letting them sit for days in a refrigerator, they now add conditioners and just proof (warm) dough for a brief time. Did a long review of Mozza when it first opened, you really nailed it, she's trying to do something different, and I too like it. There's enough decent traditional places around, and as stated above I'm okay with the oil.

Jul 04, 2008
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

Pizzeria Mozza - your thoughts

Here you go 60 comments on Mozza http://www.chowhound.com/topics/405016
Yes, you are right about the olive oil, but ours wasn't that overbearing and very tasty, but I did get one with sauce(no oil( that was excellent for one of three we had.

Jul 02, 2008
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

ThaiTalian in Pasadena closes...

Part of the problem is as your saying. But, mostly people are creatures of Habit. Lines out the door as a previous poster has added are unfortunately reserved for the "chains" and Sushi restaurants which haven't developed a successful chain. I love when I go into an "Upscale" mall that tries to have "unique" and interesting independant restaurants in the food court, and inevitably the line 6 times as long at Burger King or Panda express. Fred's is an exetremely successful restaurant chain in San Diego with the managerial experience out the wazoo, yet they have yet to develope a following in Old Town, because no one here has heard of them.

Jul 02, 2008
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

Heart of India Cafe -- Noxious

I used to live about a mile away. (moved to Rancho Cucamonga) Always had a great meal there.

Jun 18, 2008
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

Casa Bianca Pizza in Eagle Rock

Pizza in NY and Philly always had canned mushrooms. Regular mushrooms are dry to start with and can burn, but are less rubbery. Canned cooked up nice, but are a bit more rubbery, out here most older places made it fresh and that's what people who are native are use to and like. 6 of one kind...

Mar 30, 2008
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

Ontario Airport Redux

Had my business around the corner until a few years ago. Baker's (Archibald north of the 10 is 2 a step above most burger joints and makes REAL milkshakes. Directly across the street is a hamburger place (cant think of the name) that looks like a chain but only has a few locations. Great sandwiches, period end of story, plus they have what approaches a full menu. Rosa's is expensive and hit or miss. There's a decent Indian place in the same mini mall. Forget Ontario MIlls, like someone suggested go to Victoria Gardens Kings Seafood, expect a LONG wait for Lucilles ( WELL worth it), but you can go to the bar and they have the full menu. Plus checkout Bass Outdoor store. THE BIGGEST PLACE YOU"VE EVER SEEN. Plus they also have a seafood restaurant. Forget MEx in that area. Kickback Jacks, hellman and Foothill. GREAT breakfast good lunch only open till 3

Feb 23, 2008
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

TOP 5 SIT DOWN BBQ JOINTS IN LOS ANGELES???

Hands down for all the things you want... Lucilles. there's like 5 or 6 the closest one is about 40 minutes from LA as someone already stated. Long Beach, Rancho Cucamonga. Live Music, great bar scene, great barbecue, neat decor, fun signs, and a real long wait (I wonder why)

Dec 06, 2007
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

Pasadena Whole Foods - wow!

From the posts this sounds like Whole Foods counter attack to Wegman's on the East Coast. Haven't been there yet, but I'm in Pasadena so I'll head there today. Has anyone been to a Wegman's, do they seem similar?

Dec 01, 2007
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

Tonny's - Pasadena

With all these great recommendations Tonny's is next on my list. Sadly, in Pasadena, outside of Old town, malls and older restaurants that are Grandfathered in, you must close by ten. The law is to keep the neighborhoods quiet and safe and no amount of people not living within 1000 ft will get the city to change its mind. Though if someone would post the date of the hearing I would go and show my support.

Oct 20, 2007
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

Bandera - Changes For the Worse

ABSOLUTELY MY TOP PET PEEVE!! So many restaurants are going to Bloody Mary Mix, yet still charge a premium. And, so far I haven't tasted one that comes even close, (read the label, many have sweeteners). Unexceptable for anything but someone (else's)'s home.

Sep 19, 2007
LuigiOrtega in Chains

The search for the best soda???

Also Real Soda in Real Bottles www.realsoda.com has stuff from around the world.

Aug 29, 2007
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

philly cheesesteak!

I've been to Fredo's several times, and I have to differ with you I do not think Fredo's is the best cheesesteak in Pasadena. I think it's one of the best cheesesteaks in all of Southern CA, and I have been to most time them. LO's Cafe is a restaurant with over 70 different items for sale, cheesesteaks being but one. But, that with less then a year in business, that many posters would compare a restaurant that sells cheesesteaks as one of their items to a place that is a dedicated Philly steak house, makes us feel honered. I implore everyone in the LA area that likes Cheesesteaks to check out Fredo's AND Tastycakes are a definate must!!!!

Aug 29, 2007
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

Claremont Colleges area visit - please advise

If you've been to a Churrascaria go back to the board and have some fun at the places mentioned. BUT, if you haven't there's one just 15 minutes away in Azuza. Greenfields, use the search for address and revues. It's as good as any CHurrascaria I've ever been to. It's a buffet that comes to your table. They bring 15 different meats on skewers, some great some a bit chewy, some exotic, over to your table, then there's a buffet table in the center with a ton of vegetables, salad fixin's and other stuff so you'll fill up and not eat all their meat. If you haven't done one, this will be the diffenitive fun night out. Even if you hate it, the next time someone asks if you've eaten at a churrascaria, you can do the been there, done that, thing.

Aug 26, 2007
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

Back from New Jersey with some out-of-place cravings...

Owning a restaurant I don't like to put down others. Use the search engine and your judgement about Jerry's. Usually most of the Delis out here will make the sandwich that way. I just prefer to order coleslaw and russian dressing on the side and make it the way "I" like it since it's something they just don't do everyday.

Aug 25, 2007
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

Back from New Jersey with some out-of-place cravings...

Jerry's Deli has it (cole slaw and russian on rye) under Sky highs. Growing up in Philly that was my favorite Deli treat, we called them Specials (i.e. Roast beef special). Every deli out here will give you a side of slaw and russian or Thousand Island (russian with relish) I've done it at Brents. I know what your talking about with the red sauce, just was in Philly, went to the most famous middle of the Italian neighborhood place Villa Roma. Haven't found that style out here, good luck.

Aug 25, 2007
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

Jack in the Box Tacos (new recipe?)

One of my guilty pleasures. Though they are owned my Purina. Maybe that's why I purred everytime I ate one. There's one down the block I'll give it a try and report back

Aug 24, 2007
LuigiOrtega in Chains

Best SEAFOOD PASTA in LA & surrounding area??

Just there last night and had it. Fantastic, nice place, great service. As our Governer says. I'll be back!

Aug 24, 2007
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

A Tale Of Two Steaks: New York Grill & Arroyo Chop House

Fantastic Revue! I "had" a business in Ontario/Rancho Cucamonga area. We had to wine and dine major players in our industry and sadly NY Grill is the only place to go in that area. Plus we only did lunches there, for dinners we had to come into LA. NY Grill does fairly well, I do not understand why a high caliber restaurant wouldn't work out there. By the way have you gone to Sycamore Inn? New owners a few years ago spruced up the place, my meal was decent but not special, then again it was right after the changeover.

Aug 24, 2007
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

Tommy's a retrospective

I absolutely can't fathom why they put both mustard and chili on automatically. Even for mustard lovers it really disguises the chili.

I have an iron stomach and nothing ever bothered me, but when I first moved out here someone told me don't eat at Tommy's two days in a row. Well, actually lets just say it didn't bother my stomach. But, of course I thought it was an anomaly and had to try it again the following week. Same result. So Tommy's became a once a week tradition for me until I started gaining weight. Now its' about once a year. Love the chili Tamales

Aug 24, 2007
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area

peanut butter substitute

As Kimberlya stated almonds and cashews are not tree nuts, also brazil macadamia and pistatios. I'd check with your doctor. But, one of these should work.

Aug 24, 2007
LuigiOrtega in General Topics

Lake Como Italy recommendations [Moved from International board]

Thanks. I've been looking at the older threads, I'll try to check some of those places out

Aug 21, 2007
LuigiOrtega in Italy

Good Italian in Pasadena

Briganti's in S. Pasadena. Do a search, all good revues

Aug 19, 2007
LuigiOrtega in Los Angeles Area