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Any better subs than the ones at Giamela's?

I know it's about 8 years later and maybe you've moved to Arizona by now, but this thread just got resurrected and I have to say, your comment that you "love ethnic foods when prepared by those who are of the same ethnic background" is completely ridiculous.

I don't really know what you mean by "ethic food," but I'd certainly rather eat good Thai food prepared by Mexicans that shit Mexican food prepared by Mexicans.

Aug 22, 2012
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

Fish and Chips

Golden State has a fish and chips special on the menu at least once a week, I believe. It's fantastic.

Also, haven't been in a while, but the Gorbals downtown used to have a fish and chips on the menu that was great. The batter was almost black (made with a super dark beer and maybe squid ink) which led to a really cool effect when you cracked it open and it was bright white inside.

May 21, 2012
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

Place w/ Great Food to Watch the Longhorns?

Thanks. Cover 3 looks like a possibility. I was also thinking maybe some BBQ place would suit our needs.

Definitely don't think we're getting anything close to Uchiko that night.

Dec 20, 2011
terwilliger in Austin

Place w/ Great Food to Watch the Longhorns?

I'm going to be in town for a couple nights. One of those nights (Dec. 28) happens to be the evening of the Holiday Bowl. My girlfriend, whose interest in good food is outweighed only by her obsession with the Longhorns, made me cancel our Uchiko reservation for that night so we could watch the game.

Is there anywhere we can go to watch the game that is also going to have some really, really great food? And I don't just mean having the game on the one TV above the bar. I'm looking for a place that will have some other fans, that's going to be loud, but that also has delicious food. Don't care at all about price/genre.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Dec 20, 2011
terwilliger in Austin

21st Birthday in Los Angeles... HELP!!

Given your cost constraints and ID situation, I think you should be looking at Koreatown. There are plenty of places in that neighborhood - both Korean BBQ and not -- when the food will come out to under $20 per person. I personally like Soot Bull Jeep, but there's lots and lots (and lots) of debate on this board about the best quality/price.

Also think about Bicycle and Gogi in Ktown, which offers unlimited booze for something less than $20, which, depending on how much you drink, can be a great deal.

As for going out after, the bars in Ktown are pretty loose with ID's. I'm not going to name names, but this was my go-to neighborhood back in my under-21 days. Or get a private Karaoke room somewhere.

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Soot Bull Jeep
3136 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

May 30, 2011
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

ISO: good food, full bar, east of western, not downtown

Taylor's is a great idea. And Osteria La Buca is on the short list if I give up my quest to find something further east. I've never been but heard good things.

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La Buca
5210 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Apr 12, 2011
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

ISO: good food, full bar, east of western, not downtown

Interesting. I'll be honest, I didn't even know the Dresden had food. Is it any good?

Apr 11, 2011
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

ISO: good food, full bar, east of western, not downtown

This is a super-specific request, so I appreciate any help you all might be able to offer.

As the title implies, I'm looking for a restaurant with great food and a full bar that's east of Western. But, for various reasons, not really looking for places downtown (which rules out Church & State, Drago Centro, Gorbals, Rivera, among others). I'm sure there are some excellent divey places in/around K-town which fit the bill, but I'm looking for something kind of, I guess, more date-appropriate (think early date, before you're 100% comfortable wrapping barely-cooked meat in a lettuce leaf, stuffing it with a whole clove of garlic, throwing some sauce on there, and going to town).

All signs point to Little Dom's, right? I agree -- people may be divided about the food there, but I think it's very good and occassionally great. Little Dom's is a good backup, but I'm sort of bored of it.

So, any ideas?

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Little Dom's
2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Drago Centro
525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Church & State
1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

The Gorbals
501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Apr 11, 2011
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

What do you think is the best quality organic milk in Los Angeles?

You have done an pretty intense amount of research for someone who drinks milk once a year.

Mar 15, 2011
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

Bowl of punch?

I don't have any westside ideas for you, but The Edison in downtown makes a very good bowl of punch and takes reservations. It's a fun spot if you haven't been, and I think a good place for a 25th birthday.

There's only the slightest twinge of Hollywood attitude at The Edison. There are bouncers, and there is a dress code. But the bouncers are nice, the dress code is easy to follow, and you can bypass the long line if you make a reservation.

Feb 09, 2011
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

Magnificent Mile Late Night?

Thanks much. Bijan's seems like a great option if we can't make it to the Purple Pig in time. Much appreciated.

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Bijan's
663 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

Dec 16, 2010
terwilliger in Chicago Area

Magnificent Mile Late Night?

Girlfriend and I are arriving in Chicago late tomorrow (Friday) night and heading to our hotel in the Magnificent Mile area. I expect we'll both be starving. I'm wondering if the board has any ideas for good late-night eats in the area. And I mean late -- like 1am or after. At that hour, and after travel, we probably won't have the energy for a long trip.

I'm aware of the Purple Pig, and am hoping that works out. But according to their website the kitchen closes at 1am, and that's going to be cutting it close for us.

Thanks in advance for the help. I promise to repay the favor if anyone needs good spots in Los Angeles.

Dec 16, 2010
terwilliger in Chicago Area

Anybody know of a Thai place that serves Pad Thai like they do in Thailand?

Just checked out the Yelp link. Sounds like it is back on, to some extent. Great news.

Dec 06, 2010
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

Anybody know of a Thai place that serves Pad Thai like they do in Thailand?

I thought the Wat Thai food stalls were long gone. Am I wrong about that? I hope I am.

Dec 05, 2010
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2010

OVER $25

Lucques
4 on 6
Church & State
Pizzeria Mozza
Animal

Under $25
Mendocino Farms
Golden State
Tacos Baja Ensenada
Dean Sin World
KyoChon

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Lucques
8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Dean Sin World
306 N Garfield Ave # 2, Monterey Park, CA

Tacos Baja Ensenada
385 W Whittier Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640

Church & State
1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

The Golden State
426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Pizzeria Mozza
641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Mendocino Farms
444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Nov 17, 2010
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

Least Deserving Restaurant in Jonathan Gold's 99 Essentials 2010

Interesting. I've eaten at both places several times and have never really felt much of a similarity. I think the rooms and the vibes are entirely different. There's definitely a small overlap in terms of what's being served, but both places change their menus pretty frequently. And Animal's menu is tiny compared to Lazy Ox. But that's just my take.

Nov 12, 2010
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

Least Deserving Restaurant in Jonathan Gold's 99 Essentials 2010

How is Lazy Ox an Animal copycat? (Not arguing with you, just interested in hearing why you think that).

Nov 12, 2010
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

Ridiculous Donuts

The Nickel Diner downtown is well-known for its bacon donut. It's quite good.

FWIW, I thought Voodoo donuts were pretty blah. They just tasted like sweet. The only memorable thing about the place is the line.

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Nickel Diner
524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Nov 11, 2010
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

Least Deserving Restaurant in Jonathan Gold's 99 Essentials 2010

Restaurants automatically get good reviews because they are in Mar Vista? Say more.

Nov 11, 2010
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

Least Deserving Restaurant in Jonathan Gold's 99 Essentials 2010

I don't think it's a definitive list of the 99 "best" restaurants in LA, and I don't think it's supposed to be. These are meant to be restaurants that are essential to LA; that is, restaurants that embody LA's essence. By that standard, I think J. Gold's list is a success. If someone who had never been to this city was coming here for a week, took a random sample of 15 of these restaurants, and ate at each of them, I think that person would (1) have 15 meals that range from good to incredible and (2) get a real sense of what the LA restaurant scene is all about.

Nov 11, 2010
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

A-Frame

Hmm, I think the Anchorman is one that I really enjoyed. But I'm partial to scotch-based drinks, so that may be why.

Nov 09, 2010
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

A-Frame

Their version of a penicillin was good, though I'm not sure what they called it. I also had a tasty and refreshing drink made with gin and vietnamese mint. Not particualrly strong, but would be great on a warm night.

Nov 09, 2010
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

A-Frame

I don't know how much, if any, MSG is in the food.

Nov 09, 2010
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

A-Frame

What do you consider acceptable foods to eat at restaurants?

I go out to eat for good food and a fun experience. I've had great meals at the Bazaar, where my group has ordered things that I couldn't even fathom making at home. But I've had equally enjoyable meals eating steak frites at Church & State, a burger at Golden State, and barely-poached shrimp at Water Grill. Sure, I can make all of those things myself, and pretty fell, but it doesn't mean I'm not interested in a restaurant preparation. Complicated things aren't always better.

If you want incredibly sophisticated food, don't go a A-Frame. If you want incredibly tasty food in a fun environment, I suggest you check it out.

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Water Grill
544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Church & State
1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

The Golden State
426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Nov 08, 2010
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

A-Frame

I've only been once, but I thought it was great. I'm not the biggest Kogi fan in the world and am somewhat skeptical of the Roy Choi hype machine, so I was ready to dislike this place. But it won me over pretty quickly. The space is nice, the service is incredibly friendly, and the outdoor area by the firepit is an exceedingly pleasant place to wait for a table.

As for the food, I agree with vogachik -- the kettle corn with nori is absurdly good. I also liked the beef jerky and mixed nuts. Surprisingly, I found the kim chee pretty blah. Beer can chicken was incredible and I wanted to bottle the green salsa (even though I can make a pretty good version of it myself). But I thought the best main dish we had was the peel and eat shrimp, which a perfectly cooked and covered in some kind of spicy lime salt. They come with a cocktail sauce that is tasty but extraneous -- all these shrimp need is the salt.

I don't know if it was because everyone was excited to be at this brand-new spot, but the communal tables worked better here than at most other restaurants. We actually met the people sitting around us and shared food with them.

Can't wait to go back.

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Kogi
Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

Nov 08, 2010
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

Lucques

I go to Lucques about once a year, and my most recent visit was about a month ago for the Sunday Supper. I've honestly never had anything less than an exquisite meal there. The service has always been great and I think both the dining room and the patio are among the nicest settings for a dinner in Los Angeles.

It's definitely not a deal (even if you do the Sunday Supper), and for the money you spend there are plenty of other delicious restaurants you could try. But after quite a few pricey meals around LA, I've found myself saying, "I wish I'd spent that money at Lucques."

Also, for what it's worth, Chef Goin was in the house for my most recent dinner there.

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Lucques
8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Sep 15, 2010
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

Taco Caterers

There is a great taco table that sets up across from Tony's bar in the industrial district of downtown that does catering. I used them for a party of about 35 people and they were great -- on time. delicious food, fresh-tasting salsas. All the guests were raving about how good they were.

I don't know that they will do a "tasting" for you, but you can just go to the stand and try their tacos for $1 each.

Their set-up is not "shiny," but nobody seemed put off by the look of it when they were shoving al pastor down their faces.

I have the contact info somewhere if you are interested. Otherwise just go to the stand and talk to them -- they are set up every night. They speak English.

Sep 07, 2010
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

Taco Catering?

Does anyone have recs for someone who could come to a backyard party and set up a taco table? I'd strongly prefer more "traditional" tacos a la Highland Park street vendors as opposed to something in the Kogi vein. I'm sure this can't be hard to find, and I'd likely have some success just asking around at my favorite taco stands, but just curious if anyone has had luck doing this in the past.

Thanks for the help!

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Kogi
Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

Mar 30, 2010
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

Rivera vs. Church and State vs. Lazy Ox Canteen

If you really want to walk between dinner and Staples, Rivera is the only choice. The walk between Lazy Ox and Staples is definitely two miles, and unless you know your way around downtown you're going to pass through some real sketchy areas. Church & State is farther away and you may pass through even sketchier areas. But Rivera is great. Go with streetgourmetla's food recs, definitely sample the cocktail menu, and you'll have a great time.

Sarcasmsk: I live in downtown and have been to all three of these places a bunch of times. If proximity to Staples isn't an issue, I think Church & State is the right choice, hands down. It's easily my favorite restaurant downtown. Only caveat is that I haven't been since Manzke left. Between Lazy Ox and Rivera I'd probably pick Lazy Ox, but only because it's more fun and less formal, which is usually what I'm going for if I decide to stay in the neighborhood.

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Church & State
1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Mar 26, 2010
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area

Good ethnic restaurant moderately priced, good wine

Mo Chica is a great Peruvian place near Downtown/USC. I think it fits all your criteria except that it doesn't have any wine list -- it's BYOB.

You may also want to consider some of the Ethiopian places on Fairfax, though I'm not sure about their wine lists.

Also, though Musha in Santa Monica may be too crowded for your tastes, I think it's pretty great izakaya food, particularly for the Westside.

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Musha
424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Mar 26, 2010
terwilliger in Los Angeles Area