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Leaving Friday at 6 am. What are the best places to eat in all of Central America?

That's interesting rworange. Cas is a type of guava. Yes I love tropical fruit and the coffee (and the plaintains and beans) but as far as cooked foods I was underwhelmed. Spoiled by Peru I guess.

Street signs and number addresses are actually a rarity in Costa Rica. Driving is an experience. I had not ever seen anyone walking a pushcart on a freeway before.

Apr 07, 2011
mlgb in Latin America & Caribbean

Wonderful food in places off Chowhound radar? Lynwood, for example.

Yes you are right reality check.

I am still so anxiously awaiting another Chowhound recommendation for my neighborhood. Waiting. Waiting....along with the usual Chowhound comments about how unfortunately located it may be at "Crenshaw and Driveby". Oh wait, that was Eatalian in West Compton(on Yelp since February 2010 4 to 4.5).

Apr 06, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Wonderful food in places off Chowhound radar? Lynwood, for example.

So which of the restaurants that I listed have you been to, or do you just rely on your one and only local friend?

If you've lived here for over 30 years as I have, you have been to all the tried and true places, including the two restaurants in LB ever mentioned on chowhound.

When something great and new opens, like El Pollo Imperial in north Long Beach, are you rejecting trying it just because Yelpers like it?

And what if your one friend doesn't ever go to North Long Beach? Which, if they've never heard of BnB, is my suspicion.

The V Room gets 4 stars on Yelp. Guess you better scratch that from your list. Oh first, what was the food item that you liked? And the name of the Tex Mex place? Woops.

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El Pollo Imperial
5991 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805

Apr 06, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Wonderful food in places off Chowhound radar? Lynwood, for example.

Chowhound.. BakeNBroil, BakeNBroil, BakeNBroil.

Without Yelp, explorations in Long Beach would be dull indeed.

There are some of us who will bravely subject our own tastebuds to a 4 or 5-star Yelp rated local restaurant without waitng for the chowhound self-annointed seal of approval.

I'm not even sure how these little undiscovered treasures manage to survive without the four or five of you who ever venture into the hood beyond the comforts of your exquisite pie and burger specials.

Apr 05, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Low Brow, but Delicious - Where to find Good Humor Toasted Almond Ice Cream Bar?

99Cent did not have that flavor, just pink and a few chocolate flavored ones. Now you have me wanting to try them and I was never before tempted.

Apr 05, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Low Brow, but Delicious - Where to find Good Humor Toasted Almond Ice Cream Bar?

Grade D?

I'm not sure if they carry the flavor the OP is looking for. If I remember the Good Humor bars are sold by the individual bar at 99C though, not multi-packs.

I wonder if Superior carries them.

Apr 04, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Low Brow, but Delicious - Where to find Good Humor Toasted Almond Ice Cream Bar?

I could be wrong but I think the 99 Cent Store may carry Good Humor. I'll check next time I'm there. They also carry Blue Bunny Ice Cream novelties from time to time.

As in everything else 99 Cent Store, it's hit or miss on availability.

Apr 04, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Wonderful food in places off Chowhound radar? Lynwood, for example.

IMHO, "Chowhounds at large" have largely abandoned Chowhound, for the convenient search and mapping tools to be found at Yelp, which also has a wider and deeper geographic & demographic participation. The handful of active LA chowhounds may feel they know better, but they aren't out there in the hood.

We'll see if anyone else plays.

Apr 04, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Wonderful food in places off Chowhound radar? Lynwood, for example.

Long Beach

El Pollo Imperial (Peruvian specialties, not just chicken)
Thai Corner (Thai chicken salad and papaya salad)
Riveras Mexican
Alsace Lorraine Fine Pastries (almond star danish)

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Thai Corner Restaurant
2615 Carson St, Lakewood, CA 90712

El Pollo Imperial
5991 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805

Apr 04, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Downtown near (or easy from) Union Station

La Luz del Dia in Olvera Street has good soft tacos. Cross Alameda at Los Angeles Street and it will be right on the plaza there at the end of Olvera Street.

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Olvera Street
845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Apr 03, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Cheap eats near The Standard Downtown

Disagree about eating at rooftop of the Standard. Overpriced and undergood, with lots of douchebag scenery. But to each their own!

Apr 03, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant Venue for 100? (DTLA)

You might see what the Biltmore can do, some of their spaces are fantastic.

Apr 02, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Help for visiting San Francisco chowhound

Rivera is more than "Mexican" and pricey but recommended. Review their online menus, they have different menus for different seating areas (strange, I know).

For the not too expensive and not adventurous crowd, I second the Roy's suggestion below. Colori Kitchen is a not too adventurous, not too expensive Italian, but closed Sun-Mon dinner. Even so, I think the Roy's set menu will be a better value.

Bottega Louie is very noisy, so don't go if you want to have a conversation.

Apr 02, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Downtown (Near 7th/Fig) Lunch Deals

More likely than not it's a hike up Fig to the Union Bank Plaza for George's Greek or La Salsa, or into the Bonaventure for Olive Branch.

Mendocino Farms is good .

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Olive Branch
404 S Figueroa St Ste 418B, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Apr 02, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Leaving Friday at 6 am. What are the best places to eat in all of Central America?

There is a legendary :sorbeteria: in the central Market..Lola Moro. The only thing to get there is the "clove" flavored ice cream. It's got an old fashioned crunchy ice texture.

I have to say the food in Costa Rica was a major let down, as much as I like fried plaintain and rice and beans it gets to you after a while.

Apr 01, 2011
mlgb in Latin America & Caribbean

Cheap eats near The Standard Downtown

I'm not exactly sure how to work "authentic" into this, but if you're willing to take the DASH bus or Red Line to Little Tokyo I think Suehiro will fit inexpensive and authentic. You might also like Lazy Ox Canteen.

As for innovative but expensive, you have lots of choices nearby.

There are lots of threads on Downtown but I'm not ifeeling linking to them for you at the moment.

If I had to chose one place to eat downtown it would be Rivera.

If you can get to Mo-Chica I think that fits all three but it isn't walking distance.

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Suehiro Cafe
337 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Mo-Chica
3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Lazy Ox Canteen
241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Apr 01, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

What are your favorite dives and cheap eats WORTH THE DRIVE?

By that criterion we should all be going to McDs. My theory is that Titos was in the right place at the right time..in the locational comfort zone of pot smoking Westsiders who couldn't find anything else open late at night. Not that I would know anything about that.

Mar 31, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

What are your favorite dives and cheap eats WORTH THE DRIVE?

I live around the corner and don't think it's worth the drive for anything other than some takeout desserts. Which I would just as soon do from several other options on Atlantic.

Mar 31, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Is there any terrific pizza in OC?

In today's LA Times, Ecco, 2937 Bristol, Costa Mesa

http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

Mar 31, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Disney Update?

We do one grease bomb split 4 ways. That's all we can handle at our advanced ages. And I will never eat one a few days before a cholesterol test ever again.

Also, given the portion sizes, I don't find main courses overpriced, since they can often be split. And the kid meals at $6 including a small beverage are also a good deal.

I skip the soft drinks and bring a few apples and snacks.

Dole Whips are pineapple flavored soft serve. They also have pineapple juice and floats (the whip in the juice..mmm!)

Mar 30, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

*You* eat the Uncrustables, Wolfgang Puck, or some thoughts on the substandard dining options at LA's cultural institutions

Isn't the Baja Fresh just a block east of the Page?

Mar 30, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Disney Update?

Dinner Buffet is $27++, they don't do it every night. Breakfast buffet is $24++

Can find updated prices at allears.net

Mar 30, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Disney Update?

If you want to see the World of Color show, look into the meal/Fastpass combination tickets.

Wine Country Trattoria is good, but I think if you have to eat at Ariels then it would not make much sense to have two sit down meals the same day, however they do have a dinner package that includes preferred seating at the World of Color.

Whitewater Snacks cafe in Grand Californian Hotel does a good job on grilled sandwiches and nachos.

My experience with Storytellers is that the service can be very slow, I only suggest the buffet.
On the regular menu we have had some real stinkers (spaghetti) but the corn chowder is great.

I actually do like the Thunder Ranch BBQ especially for big eaters since it is AYCE, the ribs are baked and sauced, though, not really BBQ. When we go we get one person with a veggie platter which is tofu and veg skewers, but they don't care if you swap around since it's all the same price.

Last time I was at the Hungry Bear (post McD but preremodel) it was awful.

Last few times at Plaza Inn the chicken was flabby, but we go at off hours, obviously it wasn't freshly made.

Beer truck is at Pacific Wharf.

Cocina Cucamonga is not as bad as it used to be, but still isn't great.

Good coffee can also be had at La Brea Bakery Cafe at Downtown Disney. Inside, the Cappucino cart at the top end of Main Street, and especially at the Mint Julep bar (they have the Monin syrups there). In CalAdventure there is another Cappo cart (I think near the bridge to Pacific Wharf) and Bakersfield Bakery near the entrance has good coffee drinks.

Krispy Treats are their own rice krispy bars. I buy them at the candy stores (usually one to take home) since they are not the prepackaged ones with gloppy fake frosting. A lot of the food outlets now are only carrying the glop jobs.

Rancho del Zocalo is very pleasant and some of the items are fine.

Cove Bar is upstairs and behind Ariel's Grotto, you'll see it on the righthand side as you cross the bridge over to the funzone. I gather that they have dropped my favorite item,. the calamari.

Yes I think the two names for the wine tasting are the same, but not positive what is going on upstairs at this time.

There are fruit stand carts and popcorn carts all over the parks, with the same stuff. You don't have to make a special trip to Pooh Corner. There is a big fruit cart on Main Street (right hand side about midblock as you enter, you can get an idea of what they carry).

Corn dogs are grease bombs. Be sure you understand that.

For updates on menus, the allears.net website is the best.

Mar 30, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

What are your favorite dives and cheap eats WORTH THE DRIVE?

+1

Some of it is nostalgia from the UCLA students when that was one of the few late night places. But the tacos are disgusting. Grey mystery meat. My reaction was "What the $%^ is in here?"

Mar 28, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Fresh & Easy stores - when will they open?

Lucky for you if you have a neighborhood where Trader Joe's will locate. Some of the excitement is because F& E actually gives shoppers in underserved urban areas a choice. It's not supposed to be a destination, it's a neighborhood store.

The prices seem far better than what I see in the major supermarket chains. Assuming your neighborhood has access to one of those.

The complaints seem to come primarily from Trader Joe's fans and anti-Tesco propaganda. When they opened here there was a lot of picketing and pamphleting but that seems to have vanished.

Mar 26, 2011
mlgb in San Francisco Bay Area

Anyone else sauté vegetables but call it stir-fry?

Sounds familiar.

Mar 26, 2011
mlgb in Home Cooking

The best haute cuisine restaurants LA has to offer.

Apparently not (see below).

Mar 26, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Looks like Bistro LQ has closed (updated 3/25/2011)

I guess SIV got that one right.

Mar 26, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area

Anyone else sauté vegetables but call it stir-fry?

The way I was taught was to start by heating the oil with ginger and garlic, then fry the meat and veg separately. Throwing a bit of liquid on the veggies to steam them without covering isn't cheating. At the end put everything back in and add whatever sauce you are using.

You might also cut the broccoli differently so that it cooks faster and marinate the meat.

At least that's how my Chinese roommate taught me.

Mar 25, 2011
mlgb in Home Cooking

What are your favorite dives and cheap eats WORTH THE DRIVE?

You believe? Yes it's in Long Beach. But, no it isn't worth the drive, and particularly not for "general".

If driving to Long Beach I would suggest El Pollo Imperial for Peruvian.

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El Pollo Imperial
5991 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805

Mar 25, 2011
mlgb in Los Angeles Area