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Los Angeles - Local

Hummus B&G is an Israeli eatery that does really good hummus/chick pea/salad dishes, kabobs and bakes fresh laffa. Itzak Hagidol is similar but "nicer." You know SF a lot better than me but I don't recall anything like these in SF.

about 2 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Lindy and Grundy Closed!

Each of us chooses our own furniture and where to put it. You seem dead set on pulling out all of mine, putting in yours and placing it where it suits you but telling me to live with it.

about 4 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Sherry Yards New Bakery

I read the same. Sang Yoon was collaborating if I recall. If so, this should be no slouch.

about 5 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Lindy and Grundy Closed!

I guess that goes hand-in-hand with my frustration of finding Jamaica's Cakes having their lemon-coconut cake only in a vegan version - life sucks.

And here's a quote to ponder for the "real" on-going disagreement:

Eating ethically is not a purity pissing contest...

- Christopher Cox, Slate

about 6 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area
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When does the oyster die?

Sorry to sound provincial - LA is my home (one of a handful born here). Nothing has changed my opinion for the better since I last posted here over five years ago.

about 6 hours ago
bulavinaka in General Topics

When does the oyster die?

I don't recall anyone posting this Slate article from a few years ago:

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/fo...

about 6 hours ago
bulavinaka in General Topics

Solo Business Trip to LA area - Recommendations?

Which would be far better for the OP. But I don't know if lunch at Shunji would shine like their dinner would.

about 6 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Lindy and Grundy Closed!

Quit being a buzz-killer - joke.

about 6 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Lindy and Grundy Closed!

Concentrated/Confined Animal Feeding Operations? C'mon folks - some acronyms are not worthy. LOL

about 6 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles - Local

I feel Gjelina is as good as its counterparts up north. The talents of Travis Lett and Nicole (Mournian) Rucker are a huge part of why. Another major aspect is that both chefs focus on sourcing the freshest seasonal ingredients of the highest quality available (seriously). I know that they get most of their produce delivered straight from many farms/farmers markets on a daily basis. Everything else being equal between them and other eateries, this makes a huge difference.

about 6 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Sherry Yards New Bakery

If my memory isn't failing me, the last thing I read was November. But that estimate was months ago.

about 6 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Clusi Batusi

>>We need more non Asian places in the neighborhood.<<

I agree but also say good luck. I think it's safe to say that the majority of eaters who come to Sawtelle are looking for Asian food. It's safe to say that the majority of those eaters are Asian as well. Italian is very hit/miss with Asians depending on their culture and upbringing.

about 7 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles - Local

>>Looking for recs on a Saturday night dinner, friend coming down from San Francisco and wants "local." Perhaps something unique to LA?<<

Much of what is great in SF has made its way down to LA in some form. A lot of what adds to the depth and breadth of food fun unique to LA is driven by its various immigrant influences. LA is so geographically large that immigrant communities can concentrate themselves en masse, from as little as a few blocks to across several conjoined small cities.

>>What would you suggest that is not Asian or Latin cusine (sic)?<<

The majority of these influential communities are from Latin America and Asia. With your added condition, I feel you've eliminated a lot of good recs (present and potential) that otherwise fit the condition you originally established.

Poster Eudoxus has a far better grasp of the food scene in SF than me, but my take is this. Italian is neck deep in SF - farm-to-table as well. SF is surrounded by or close to so many farms, ranches, wineries, breweries, artisanal makers of food, etc. that much of what is very good in LA is great in SF. SF has some nice Asian and Latin places that are more at a fine dining level compared to LA. But because of SF's limited geographic size, LA is comparatively much deeper in representations and spin-offs of these cultures' cuisines.

Here's a few you might consider that may not fit the formulaic perception of Latin or Asian. I'm a Hound-lite so hopefully these will not only offer a chance to reconsider but draw in more discussion:

Latin: Chichen Itza, La Casita, Babita, Corazon y Miel, Ricardo Zarate's various eateries, Guerrilla Tacos, Colonia Taco Lounge, Bizarra Capital, Guisados, Coni'Seafood, Rivera

Asian: Roy Choi's various eateries, Park's, Kobawoo, Shunji, n/naka, Tsujita, Torihei, Mori, Kiriko, Night + Market, Ruen Pair, Lum-Ka-Naad, Starry Kitchen, Newport Tang Cang Seafood,

Under the radar: The Hart and the Hunter, Mantee, Attari, Bludso's (two locations), Red Medicine (soon to close), Hummus Bar & Grill, Itzik Hagadol, Shaherzad, Hayat's, Skaf's

about 7 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Solo Business Trip to LA area - Recommendations?

Shunji is in West L.A. They are a stone's throw east of Santa Monica.

about 8 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Lindy and Grundy Closed!

Acronyms - WTF? J/K

Thanks for the clarification - another hound learned.

about 12 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Lindy and Grundy Closed!

VC? HCM? I'm lost...

about 12 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Today is my lucky day, Ike's Place Westwood soft opens with free sandwiches!

Huge line on friday, no line on saturday. Looked at the menu and thought the names were entertaining. Offering Halal will definitely improve food choices for that segment. But aside from that and Dutch Crunch, where's the mojo?

about 17 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Where to go for good "jack of all trades"Japanese restaurant?

Sanuki no Sato is a solid jack of all trades. Considering the size of their menu, their quality is quite good. They also have tatami rooms.

about 17 hours ago
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, October 2014 -- Voting

FRENCH FRIES

Best QPR raw shrimp?

Quality/price ratio = best bang for your buck

Mahi Mahi Seafood Grill - just about perfect (for casual reasonably priced SaMo seafood)

Thanks, Ciao Bob. Do you know the origin of their salmon? My pops thinks salmon is fountain-of-youth-on-a-fin, and that salmon is salmon.

Mahi Mahi Seafood Grill
2840 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 998-1100
http://www.mahimahiseafoodgrillsantam...

Where to go for good "jack of all trades"Japanese restaurant?

What - and do away with my tepid shot at living on the edge? Besides, don't they know who I am? :)

L.A. Dish of the Month, October 2014 -- Voting

Tip the scale = shift the balance = change the lead from Latin American seafood to French fries. You need to do all CAPS if you want your vote to count.

L.A. Dish of the Month, October 2014 -- Voting

kevin, CAPS bro. French fries are making a last minute run. You just might tip the scales with a legit vote.

Where to go for good "jack of all trades"Japanese restaurant?

Torihei is a mob scene. We've given up on even trying anymore. Channeling a famous Yogi-ism...

Where to go for good "jack of all trades"Japanese restaurant?

Bet'cha the South Bay would gladly trade you one for a Brent's.

Where to go for good "jack of all trades"Japanese restaurant?

Komatsu is a tempura specialist. Haven't been to their new location but they did have good combo options centered around tempura. Service was good, interior was starting to show its age. I prefer Inaba for food, service and atmosphere but Komatsu is a decent casual alternative food-wise.

Yet, another Korean Barbecue Posting

Woh! Invaluable!

Sep 27, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Yet, another Korean Barbecue Posting

Great info - thank you.

Sep 27, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Call me an old fashion prude, but I don't think this is appropriate. "Mom Bakes Vagina Cookies For 2nd Graders"

I was thinking George Clinton tribute bakery called, "MUNCHIES."

Sep 27, 2014
bulavinaka in Food Media & News