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L.A. Dish of the Month, March 2015 -- SEAFOOD SANDWICHES

I love tuna melts, and eat them wherever I am, and whenever possible. My favorites are usually in delis, because they tend to use pickle relish and a dash of garlic. But I've excellent tuna melts in other restaurants, too, and really, the variety is quite nice. I live near Brent's, so they've become my standard, but I can't remember eating one I did not like. Give me a tuna melt with cheddar cheese, toasted with a tomato, on either rye or sour dough. Fries, chips...or...heck, I'm open to a lot of things with the sandwich. Brent's has Dr. Brown's cream soda.

Mar 10, 2015
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Open on Christmas day/night?

We usually go to a matinee movie and then early dinner on Christmas. But, most restaurants are closed. Any thoughts, recommendations
, or???

Dec 10, 2014
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In search of... Japanese Whisky for sale in L.A. area

Costco in Northridge had some Japanese whiskey/malt. Was pricey but I don't remember the name.

Dec 08, 2014
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Roll 'N Rye 'n Culver City Closing?

Brent's also has amazing brisket. And their Jewish rye is fresh and tasty.

Sep 08, 2014
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Brisket Sandwich

I'll second Brent's. Their brisket is moist and tender. Bread: always get the rye. Cole slaw on the side; a potato knish always a good idea. Dr. Brown's cream soda = ecstacy. What else do you need? Okay, maybe a black and white...

Jun 09, 2014
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Local craft beer suggestions? Where to buy?

Ladyface in Agoura has some wonderful beers. Just west of 101 on Kanan and Agoura Road.

May 06, 2014
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Los Angeles Dish of the Month, May 2014, Voting

SPRING PRODUCE

What could be less boring? We live in LA --yay fresh Spring produce!

Apr 27, 2014
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What’s new in Agoura Hills/Oak Park

Ate at Lure about 2 weeks ago. I really enjoyed my Atlantic Char. Wife and friends had no complaints with their food, either. Good service, too.

Feb 13, 2014
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Pre-theater dinner in Toluca Lake

We may try Smokehouse. Last time we did it, it wasn't fun, but that was many moons ago. Might try it again.

Feb 11, 2014
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Pre-theater dinner in Toluca Lake

Anyplace with a bar? A martini would be a good pre-theater drink.

Feb 11, 2014
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Pre-theater dinner in Toluca Lake

Going to the Falcon Theater (Riverside Dr. near Pass Ave) this Saturday night. Any ideas for one-stop dining and theater? Don't want to go to the Smokehouse, or Bob's. A bar would be nice. And don't want to break the bank. Thoughts?

Feb 11, 2014
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Christmas night restaurants in the Valley?

Probably the West Valley or somthing along or near Ventura Blvd; and early evening.

Dec 21, 2013
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Christmas night restaurants in the Valley?

I need a recommendation for restaurants open Christmas night in the San Fernando Valley. I know there are plenty of good places in the City, but what about the City's red-haired stepchild, The Valley? Any ideas?

Dec 20, 2013
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Brents Deli, Northridge

I live not-too-far and go to Brent's fairly often. Sometimes even the best gets it wrong. Try it again. Also, I think their brisket is about the best I've eaten, anywhere. I prefer the hot brisket sandwich, and for dessert try the black and white cookies.

Nov 25, 2013
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Hey Westsidegal! Thanks for the Itzik Hagadol recs

I've been a few times. Only problem is that there is too much to eat, and it all tastes great. Bring your appetite. Very casual, too. Kinda funky/casual.

Nov 20, 2013
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A pastrami sandwich as good as Langers

If it can get any better than Brent's (great pastrami on great Russian rye), then we're in some kind of 7th, or 8th, heaven. Plus, I just learned that Brent's bakes their own black and white cookies. That and a cream soda....oh man....

Nov 13, 2013
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Most Interesting Bakeries in LA?

Try their black and whites, as well. It's a keeper.

Jul 28, 2013
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Dine in Movie Theaters. Specifically the AMC in the Marina

Went to Cineopolis in Thousand Oaks some time back. Not a good experience. Very expensive, food was meh (I'm being generous) but it was a sloppy, distracting, and annoying event. The movie? Missed a lot of it due to the ordering of food and people commenting about the service (both good and bad).

My opinion: food and movies work at home, not in the theatre.

Jun 30, 2013
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THE ONLY RESTAURANT LEFT IN LOS ANGELES

Of course! That's so obvious!

Jun 27, 2013
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Where can I find the biggest vodka selections at a liquor store in LA?

I second that. Plus, the prices are usually better than anywhere else (including Costco!).

Feb 04, 2013
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Juniors Deli is Closing:(

Santa Monica?!!

Jan 01, 2013
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Best Kosher caterer for large (400+) wedding?

There is a new Kosher caterer at Temple Ramat Zion in Northridge. Hovav Ben-Tov is also listed on Angie's list. I've tried several of his dishes and have had some private catering done by him, and I think he's excellent.

The Temple's phone number is (818) 360-1881.

Nov 14, 2012
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Canter's is Slipping

Well, looks like someone dropped the "B" word: Brent's. Yes, compared to Brent's, Canter's is slipping. As a youth (many moons ago), I remember hearing that Canter's was slipping. That was in the 60's. In reality, it's never been very good. Sometimes just good is fine, and Canter's being where it is and what it does, is just fine enough. There are better delis in LA, but there is only one Canter's.

And yes, Brent's is the best in LA, overall (IMHO). But if there is better, I'm ready to find out myself. mmmm

Aug 24, 2012
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Pre-Greek Theatre dinner. What's new and good in the area?

Do they have a bar?

Jun 08, 2012
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Pre-Greek Theatre dinner. What's new and good in the area?

Has anyone eaten at Home?

Jun 08, 2012
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Pre-Greek Theatre dinner. What's new and good in the area?

It's summer! What's new and good for a pre -Greek Theatre dinner, these days? Any recs?

Jun 07, 2012
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Recommendations for Catering in Pacific Palisades area for wedding venue that doesn't have a kitchen?

Hovav Ben Tov is excellent. Give him a try: http://hovavcatering.com/ (310) 230-0587.

Nov 15, 2011
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Strip Mall Hidden Gems in the San Fernando Valley and West Side?

I discovered Roladin Bakery and Cafe in Loehmann's Plaza Reseda. It is an Israeli gem, like the much larger and very busy Aroma Cafe in Encino, but a lot more accessible. Great sandwiches, soups, salads. The sabich sandwich is currently my favorite.

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Roladin Bakery Cafe
19365 Victory Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91335

Jul 14, 2011
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Best farmers market for tourists?

In my opinion, if this is your first visit to LA, I would still recommend the Farmer's Market at the Grove. It is not a real Farmer's Market (as has been pointed out), but you are a tourist! LA has lots of great food options, and those of us living here have many wonderful choices. But a tourist needs to see places that natives would never visit a second time.

Enjoy yourself.
Either way, you can't go wrong...

Apr 21, 2011
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Costco Hot dog

I agree!!! Now I order the cheese pizza by the slice. The HN dogs were the best and I'd pay a few cents more (or whatever!) to get it. The Kirkland Dog does not compare, in my book.

Apr 21, 2011
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