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Help in Northridge-Chatsworth-Valencia-Woodland Hills area

I believe its on Devonshire just EAST of Topanga - South side of the street.

May 07, 2011
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

3 Nights in LA. Where to eat?

Just did the TM at the Dining Room this weekend -- GO!!!! It was great. A couple of weeks we did the 10yr Anniv TM at Melisse and well, I think they should give the Dining Room one of their stars -- I don't particularly like the feel of the room which is just so dated and hotel-ish but a few bites into the meal and you will forget all about it!! As for the rest of your list - haven't been to the new Hatfield's but hear only good things and Providence is always a treat. Reviews of the BH Bouchon have been mixed and personally, it doesn't excite me but I think if you are eating at this level - the cost of Urasawa isn't really that much different when all is said and done and the experience is so worth it that I would even give up one of the dinners out to be able to afford the luxury of Urasawa - which will be a dinner that will haunt you for a looong, looong time. Personally, I am very eager to try the new Bar210 in the old Trader Vic's location -- and I'm looking forward to hear what Kevineats has to say about it! ;)
Have a great trip!!!

Mar 07, 2010
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

Melisse 10-yr Anniversary - The Ten Classic Dishes

We indulged in the anniversary retrospective a couple weeks ago and several of the courses were different from those listed above -- we didn't know about the corkage so we took the pairings which added $95 to each and we certainly didn't get a gift card --
Actually, I was underwhelmed and found the service to be spotty and the timing between courses very strange -- sometimes extremely looong and sometimes almost rushed - a few of the courses were truly sensational and special - notably the egg, the fois gras and the cheese tart. However, the soup was salty with a "fried burrata pillow" that lacked the gooey wonderfulness of the burrata experience -- the lobster bolognese was boring - hardly my favorite dish of the evening - and all in all it was nice evening but not the kind you talk about and dream about for weeks after - maybe it was the 2 stars and I just expected too much... personally I preferred Providence and Ortolan and in the 2 star division, think Urasawa offers the better experience (albeit very different) hands down, any day. I would go back to Melisse and certainly think it is Michelin worthy - but better than its one star competitors? not so sure... at $245pp ($150 + 95 ... the gift card promo must have expired) the anniv. menu failed to knock my socks off... if anyone who had the menu in the summer has been back recently, I would welcome hearing a comparative narrative...

Feb 15, 2010
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

Bridal Shower in Santa Monica - Need some help

maybe not exactly what you are asking for but we were at Venice beach recently and the Hotel Erwin has a new roof top bar that looked like it would be really cool for a bachlorette party - you mention neighborhood bars so I thought maybe it would fit the bill -- definitely has views! I would check it out.

Oct 10, 2009
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

Chatsworth Bound

Try the seafood cocktail - that's what I always order and its consistently good - not great - but good.

Oct 10, 2009
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

Chatsworth Bound

Not a bad list... I agree. How about adding Hot's Cantina (across from Galleria by Albertson's) and the Korean BBQ on the SE corner behind the carwash (forget name-like 3 one syllable korean words) -- also, Buenos Aires Grill for the gaucho steak & creamed spinach plus decent wines and great BYOB policy & of course, Brent's -- only thing I would argue on yourliost is Vincenzo's - I think their pie has gone down hill -- I actually think Maria's (Nord/Reseda) makes a decent pizza and ceaser and Punjab - blech -- Woodlands is much better (lassen and Topanga) if you want Indian.

Oct 10, 2009
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

ideas for party food needed!

IN and OUT has a pretty big minimum for their truck, I think - Do you need to have the same menu for kids and adults?? Medit. stuff -- hummus, pita, falafel, kabobs, israeli salad or tabouli -- stuff like that always is good and inexpensive...deliuvery pizza for most kids is a no brainer, although mine is not really a fan (for her 5th b-day party I had to talk her out of serving steamed clams! lol)...for an easy something baja fresh does a decent catering job suitable for kids and adults?? And last but not least - there is always Costco.

Oct 10, 2009
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

New to SFV, where should I eat?!

Other cheap eats in the area worthy of mention would include King's on Reseda just south of Plummer and not quite as cheap but yummy, Hot's Cantina at Dev & Reseda/NW corner (depends on what you order) -- the food court at Galleria Market (Dev and Reseda/SW corner) has some good cheap eats, too.

Sep 15, 2009
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

New to the SF. Valley. Where are the best places to eat??

Tragic,
I don't know Vip's but I know the rest of these places and I think its a decent list for that area - I'll try Vip's based on your rate the rater score (lol)... I love Cici's for breakfast (Vent/Vanalden) & have you tried Aroma Cafe on Ventura in the same vicinity (maybe Lindley-ish?)
Out of curiosity, I've been wanting to try that pseudo-churrascarria place (Kravings?) on Ventura -- anyone been?

Sep 15, 2009
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

Bobs Big Boy Northridge

Flames (which was gross the one time we ate there) is a Mexican joint now - haven't been yet but looks like it might have promise. If you'r looking for a decent meal in that hood - try Buenos Aires in the same parking lot as the new BBB (by Target on Corbin).
As for BBB, I'm looking forward to the nostalgia of a burger and fudgecake!

Sep 15, 2009
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

Peanut Butter Lovers of LA; I seek your wisdom!

we found amazing gourmet pb at Artisan Cheese in Studio City - they even did a tasting for us -- everything from cookie dough to banana to curry...I personally am insane for the dark chocolate chunk

Sep 15, 2009
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

First date help! "Deep" valley Encino/Reseda/Northridge? Tues. Sept. 15th.

For a good bar in that area try Laurel Tavern on Ventura near Laurel Cyn -- fun, casual bar with decent vibe - kinda an LA version of cheers...

Sep 15, 2009
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

Pinot Noir - Food Pairing [from General Topics]

I love lamb with Pinot -- I also like duck, quail, squab, and rabbit - mushroons are a magical pairing with pinot. I am huge Merry Edwards fan and she often gives suggested pairings for each wine she makes -- all of which are superb.
As for Wilmette Pinots - we have been loving on the Auteur (hope I spelled that right) Pinots lately...bon appetite!!

Apr 25, 2009
truefoodie in Wine

Best wine you've had under $15

Costco has a 25th anniv Montes Alpha Cab and its great - only 15.99 -- I was VERY surprised at how much I like it...highly recommended.

Apr 25, 2009
truefoodie in Wine

Best wine you've had under $15

Second on the Robert and the Kim - both way better than their price tags would suggest.
In the under $15, I also love the Marquis Phillips Syrah and the much mentioned Norton Reserve Malbec.

Apr 25, 2009
truefoodie in Wine

HUGE Brisket Problem!

oops - see I posted my response before I read yours -- AGREED. Coke is definitely the best... use it all the time -- crack myself up, but it works!

Apr 07, 2009
truefoodie in Home Cooking

HUGE Brisket Problem!

DON'T LAUGH!! But a can of coke works perfectly - carmelizes, tenderizes, and adds a perfect sweetness. I guarantee you rave reviews even though it sounds gross and weird.

Apr 07, 2009
truefoodie in Home Cooking

Can you help me pick a restaurant...

Musha is a no brainer -- enjoy!

Feb 19, 2009
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

Best won ton soup?

I was going to just post that place! Happened to read a review and was in that area the other night and it was great - partcularly the won ton soup and Pad Thai Krua Thai (heck - while you are there). As for the soup, the vegetable was crunchy, the wonton chewy - not slimy - lots of roastes pork... very good. I second the rec.

Feb 19, 2009
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

Seeking Fuul / ful - Ethiopian / Eritrean breakfast on the west side / Santa Monica?

I'd imagine one of the places in Little Ethiopia (Faifax/Olympic - ish) would be the ticket -- if you are into Ethiopian food it would be worth a trip to that hood to check it out. Actually, I would search Ethopian on this board and I am certain you find some faves in that area.
Personally, I'm not a big fan of Ethiopian food but I think Diana had recommended a place that she thought was particularly good once upon a time...

Feb 19, 2009
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

Between Northridge & Pasadena; dietary restrictions...

I love Bashan - Montrose/Glendale on Verdugo - near where the 210 and the 134 meet.
Great fish and also some vegetarian options.

Feb 13, 2009
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

Amber's Chicken & Donut -Encino (broasted chicken - yummy!)

Also the Lamplighter in Chatsworth (surprisingly good broasted chicken) --
but if you are in Chatsworth - go for the FRIED and hit up Les Sisters instead

Feb 13, 2009
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

Santa Barbara wine country wineries?

We like Brandywine (Sauv Blanc and Bouchet), Artiste (red blends), Alma Rosa (Pinot), Blackjack (Pinot)-- liked Foley better before they moved - their sister winery at the old site is nice (name escapes me) pretty property...
Zaca Mesa mkes some really nice Syrahs, Fiddlehead has some good Pinots, too.

Feb 13, 2009
truefoodie in California

Need help with Valentine's Menu...

The cornish hens isn't a bad plan - the duck sounds good too - I actually saw a recipe with raspberries and shallots that sounded pretty yum recently... maybe a wild mushroom risotto with ?? -- keep 'em coming -- I'm on the edge of inspiration! lol

Feb 11, 2009
truefoodie in Home Cooking

In Photos: We Eat Everything at Sushi Zo, or, Probably Second Best After Urasawa

OOPs - one more thing - Go's really has NO ambience - almost negative ambience - that is a draw back for a $400 meal... I don't mind casual but the harsh lighting is a drag and many of the dishes - although well constructed and yummy - lacked the artistic detail of a "finer" place. All the same - I would still go back and thought for what we got - it was well worth the price.

Feb 11, 2009
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

In Photos: We Eat Everything at Sushi Zo, or, Probably Second Best After Urasawa

Ate at Go's on Sat. night - wasn't too impressed with the first 2 courses - ankimo in a pretty heavy miso sweet sauce that I thought overpowered the monkfish liver followed by an unsinspired spanish mackarel with sea salt that was way too cold and not particularly flavorful - but then things got rolling - amazing toro collar, an assortment of sashimi's (shrimp, scallop, yellowtail, mackarel,++) each piece topped with uni and then shaved truffles! YUM! great oysters, a few gold flaked delights - hard to remember (unlike you I dine sans notepad and camera!) -- not a great sake selection, should have brought the champagne we were contemplating but was worried about having to drink $200 champagne out of $2 glasses (I hate that) - turns out their bar ware isn't bad (haha) - a whole other league compared to Urasawa but also half the price - heavy omakase for two was $360 including alcohol and tax - $425 out the door...interesting crowd, too. Would definately go back.
As for Asenabo - try it again...and get the uni tempura - it is insane.

Feb 11, 2009
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

what goes with Vodka sauce?

Vodka sauce on farfalle with a nice baked salmon...yum.

Feb 11, 2009
truefoodie in Home Cooking

Need help with Valentine's Menu...

Having a small dinner party with 3 or 4 couples - one person doesn't eat beef and another won't eat seafood!! NEED HELP!! Was thinking figs with goat cheese and prosciutto for an appie - probably something chocolate (flourless chocolate??) for dessert... but what do I serve in between? Anyway you slice it, chicken just seems so dull and unromantic!
Calling all foodies - your inspired suggestions are needed!

Feb 11, 2009
truefoodie in Home Cooking

In Photos: We Eat Everything at Sushi Zo, or, Probably Second Best After Urasawa

I knew it looked weird when I typed it...that's why! lol

Feb 03, 2009
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area

In Photos: We Eat Everything at Sushi Zo, or, Probably Second Best After Urasawa

We'll have to give Zo a go - but I must say, after your review and pix I am surprised everyone puts Zo 2nd to Urasawa - must be a pretty distant 2nd from the looks of it - surprised to see it ahead of Asanebu -- based on photos and review, I am gonna find it hard to justify the drive from the valley (oh stop laughing!) with Asanebu right here and never disappointing... Zo looks like it was basically all just sushi - perhaps fresh and wonderful but still seems to be lacking all the creativity and art and variety of Urasawa - btw - has anyone tried Go'sMart in Canoga Park/West Hills? I keep hearing about this hidden gem... Anyway - love your reviews, Kevin - and at about $160pp incl. booze - it is A LOT less $$ than Urasawa , too. (btw - I heard Go's was pricey but is byob with NO CORKAGE - which may help keep the $ down- haha!!) If anyone has been to Go's - I'd love to hear what you thought...

Feb 03, 2009
truefoodie in Los Angeles Area