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Mastro's, CUT, or STK? Looking for best steak in LA

Prefer Wolfgang's Steak and service to Mastros. In Brentwood, nothing beats Toscana's seared and then finished in the wood burning oven.

about 5 hours ago
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Restaurants with private rooms in West LA

Napa Valley is a good option

about 6 hours ago
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Birthday cake, good place to order?

+1 for Susiecakes.

about 6 hours ago
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

It all came down to that dough hook attachment on the Cuisinart.

about 7 hours ago
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Restaurants with private rooms in West LA

The Op did mention "mid range" budget. Seems as though that would exclude Melisse.

about 7 hours ago
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Actually, not a big deal to bake your own bread and BTW I have 4 boys.

about 7 hours ago
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

where to buy saffron?

Vicente Foods has it. Under lock and key. Manager has to get it for you.

1 day ago
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Brunch in Santa Monica

I wandered about that, phamschottler. I drove by today and saw that the resale clothing store next to M&O had a sign that they had moved. It sure would make sense for M&O to expand their seating by taking over the space next door.

1 day ago
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Farmshop buys their bread from The Larder. I agree it's good.

Apr 14, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Try Bouchon in Beverly Hills.

Apr 14, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area
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Brentwood Cafe last night

I see it more as a daytime restaurant, I could see having an early dinner there with the kids after a game at one of the parks on Barrington. Check the website. They also have a takeout menu.http://cafebrentwood.com/menu/

Apr 12, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Brentwood Cafe last night

Directly across from Lemonade and next door to The Brentwood

Apr 12, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Brentwood Cafe last night

I've been there a few times for lunch. Not much atmosphere. Cramped indoor area, small space. Very nice outdoor area. Bruce Marder's is trying to make this cafe a success so he has his Brentwood Restaurant chef working both places and his Capo chef, Ricky, overseeing Vicente, the Brentwood chef. I do like the food. Many of the same items as The Brentwood menu, but less expensive. Beer and wine only, but some patrons have cocktails at The Brentwood Bar and dine at the Cafe. They offer a $22 prix fixe 3 course meal each evening. Also, offer discounts to Brentwood and Archer school students. Service can be a bit slow when busy. I do know that Executive Chef, Ricky buys all of his produce at Sm farmers mkt for all of Marder's restaurants. I highly recommend the soups and omeletttes.

Apr 12, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

CiBOTECA in Santa Monica?

Bought some items today for take out. 1 serving of lasagna and 1 serving of eggplant parmigiana. Also, small portion of braised fennel as a side.
Lasagna was very very salty. I thought it would be a winner as it seemed to be more about the pasta than about tons of cheese. No sauce, so the dish was quite dry. I do not recommend the lasagna.
Eggplant fared a bit better.
The braised fennel was done beautifully.
Bought 2 pieces of teeny chocolates @$2.00 a piece. Very expensive for not anything-special chocolates.
Nice people working there.
I can not imagine how this place is going to succeed, particularly as Bay Cities really is within walking distance and Guidi Marcello has so much more variety.

Apr 10, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

What's your drink of choice to get at a bar/restaurant and what is it and where do you get it at ?

After careful consideration, I have decided that I prefer my Manhattan with rye.

Apr 10, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

CiBOTECA in Santa Monica?

Definitely, a "New Yorkers definition of walking distance"....
Still, all close. (by car).

Apr 09, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Dan Tanas - what to order?

If you want the best calves liver, go to The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills. Musso and Frank also does a credible job.

Apr 09, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Baby Friendly in LA

All of Montana Avenue in Santa Monica is baby friendly.

Apr 08, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area
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Romantic Italian Restaurants on the West Side?

Well said, westsidegal. When we host someone at a restaurant our expectation is that our guest will be comfortable enough to order what they wish off of the menu. I suppose "discretion" would be not ordering a boatload of white truffles.I

Apr 08, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Finally Fishing With Dynamite Tonight! Must-orders?

Why? Because I love simply prepared, fresh seafood and FWD ranks among the best. I explained in my original post what I like. I recommended oysters, crab cake, shrimp po boy.

Apr 07, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area
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Romantic Italian Restaurants on the West Side?

Agree about inconsistency at Capo. Blame Bruce Marder. When he is focused on Capo, it is stellar. Unfortunately, there are times he puts Capo on auto pilot while he attends to his other business ventures. His chef, Ricky, is now trying to jump start Cafe Brentwood. BTW, many of Bruce's creations can be found at The Brentwood for a lot less money, and some of those same dishes are also at Cora's and Cafe Brentwood for even less (the ravioli dishes being one example).

Apr 07, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area
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Finally Fishing With Dynamite Tonight! Must-orders?

It's a destination restaurant for me.

Apr 07, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Romantic Italian Restaurants on the West Side?

IMHO, difficult to stay within $100 pp budget. Not unlike Baldi.

Apr 07, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Romantic Italian Restaurants on the West Side?

The Brentwood, although not Italian, is romantic. Request table #1 or Table #19. They are isolated, quiet and farthest from the bar. Good menu, good (if not memorable) food and very good cocktails. The lighting is very dim. They have a nice wine list.

Apr 07, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

LA Weekly 10 Best LA Bagels

Yep. Great place to go after a weekend matinee at the Music Center.

Apr 07, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Chicken Pot Pies?

+1 on Clementine's. The individual one can feed two if you have a salad or something else to accompany it. I also like to take home their braised brisket. Another case of individual one feeding two.

Apr 07, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Romantic Italian Restaurants on the West Side?

You seriously can not consider Villetta. They are in serious financial trouble. Bankruptcy court is expected to make decision this week if they will be able to re-organize. This is not speculation. It is a matter of public record.
Peppone is dark, has nice booths, but I find the food to be mediocre.

Apr 07, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Bucato

Telling customers that they not make reservations even one day in advance is hardly analogous to a no ketchup policy.

Apr 06, 2014
maudies5 in Los Angeles Area

Chablis vegetable pairing?

Sweet Rose Creamery will likely have some kind of vegetable based ice cream which would work.

Apr 06, 2014
maudies5 in Wine

Chablis vegetable pairing?

Beets are colorful and pretty now, so a beet gazpacho would also work. Had a good beet gazpacho at Breadbar in Century City a couple of weeks ago. I asked them to lace it with a little goat cheese. Was really good with that addition.

Apr 06, 2014
maudies5 in Wine