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about 22 hours ago
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

Where to find thin sliced bread for tea sandwiches?

Bea's Bakery, at 18450 Clark St. in Tarzana (near the intersection of Ventura Blvd. and Reseda Blvd.) has slicers it titles "regular" and "thin." eaurae, I don't know how thin you need your bread sliced but Bea's thin slicing machine gets it pretty dang thin. They also have several varieties of white bread, and you might want to think about putting some of your sandwiches on egg bread.

Aug 24, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area
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missing Kate Mantilini.....

People are going to ... Kate Mantilini. The one that's still open. It's in Woodland Hills.

Aug 14, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

A Good Diner

Nat's West Cafe, 8336 Topanga Canyon Blvd in Canoga Park - 1 block north of Roscoe. My go-to there is the "early bird" breakfast, served opening until 11 a.m.: 2 eggs, hash browns or home fries, 2 bacon, toast or a house-made muffin, $7.95, including coffee. I always order it with one of their excellent house-made cinnamon rolls. Also house-made are the spicy turkey sausage, green salsa, and 2 kinds of jam. Pretty much (if not exactly) the same menu as at Nat's Early Bite Coffee Shop on Burbank Blvd. in Van Nuys, but IMO the guy who cooks the eggs at Nat's West has a slightly better touch, and I find the room more attractive and the seating more comfortable.

Aug 12, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area
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LA restaurant not too far from Woodland Hills

Last time I was there -- and it was a while ago -- there were 3 2-tops near the fireplace: one directly in front (THE primo spot, reserve it for an anniversary) and two to the sides.

Jul 20, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

LA restaurant not too far from Woodland Hills

The elk tenderloin at the Saddle Peak Lodge might be the single best piece of meat I've ever had. And the restaurant is an experience; I suggest asking for a table in the main room (downstairs), somewhere near a fireplace.

Sherman Oaks dining 'renaissance' - will it draw Angelenos?

No. 2 on the Weekly's list of the ten best restaurants in the San Fernando Valley is the Saddle Peak Lodge. The Saddle Peak Lodge is indeed a very fine restaurant, but IT IS NOT IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY. It is in the Santa Monica Mountains, north and west of the San Fernando Valley. Having lived in the Santa Monica Mountains (Topanga Canyon) for the last 30+ years, I get testy when folks make this egregious error.

Sherman Oaks dining 'renaissance' - will it draw Angelenos?

People who live in Sherman Oaks ARE "Angelenos," since Sherman Oaks is firmly in the City of Los Angeles.

Jul 13, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

Mark Gold pop-up Eva Sunday dinner

Tonight (Sunday, 6/22/14) Mark Gold re-opened Eva for the evening -- well, sort of. He put on an Eva-style Sunday prix fixe dinner at Gorge, on the Sunset Strip - a small room that, as it turned out, was not big enough for the crowd that turned out. The menu, served family style (as Mark always did on Sunday nights at Eva) consisted of a very nice mixed-green salad with chunks of apricot; roast chicken served with roasted carrots; roasted beef, with a very luscious puree of potato, roasted onions, and an herb rub; and a banana split, made with what tasted like house-made ice cream and sauces. $52 per person (total, including tax and tip), including free-flowing wine, and well worth it. The crowd, which appeared to be 100% Eva fans, was in a very good mood, and the atmosphere was party. Lots of fun, delicious food, a good time chatting with the strangers at the next tables, and of course it was a pleasure to see Mark and his wife, who ran the front of the house at Eva. Mark Gold definitely needs to open another restaurant, but in the meantime he can put on as many pop-ups as his heart desires. I'll be there.

Jun 22, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

Van Nuys lunch

When I asked a Brent's waiter, he told me that there is nothing particularly black about "black pastrami" and noted what you did: they use the same pastrami in all pastrami dishes. And is is a EXCELLENT reuben.

Jun 18, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

The Pastrami List 2014

Like comparing the brisket my New York grandmother made for Passover with a smoked brisket from Texas.

Jun 04, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

Doboshe torte or sacher torte, etc ???? the dnemakrina goods roughly.

I've never had the dobash cake from Bea's, but everything I HAVE had from Bea's has been excellent -- both breads and sweets.

Jun 03, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

My son wants steak for his graduation dinner

+1 for crazy.

May 19, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

Tacos

Taqueria La Colmena, on Milpas in Santa Barbara, makes terrific tacos -- better, IMO, than La Super-Rica a few blocks away. They cater, and will do so in the LA area (I know, because I have asked them). (805) 845-6970

May 18, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area
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Top Round Roast Beef

I had lunch there yesterday with my daughter, who went to college in St.L and stayed there for 3 years after that -- not really "someone from St. Louis," but an old St. Louis hand. And, more to the point, a Ted Drews aficionado. When we ordered our sandwiches I asked her whether we should order custard as well, since she had tried some on a previous visit. She made a face and advised strongly against.

May 15, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

SF Valley/West Hills

Nat's West Cafe in Canoga Park (Topanga Cyn., 1 block north of Roscoe). Best breakfast for many miles around.

May 15, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

You would have a hard time finding _________in Los Angeles...

I draw that line on the far side of deep-fried butter. Mmmmmm ... deep-fried butter...

May 01, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

who is the best Argentinan Butcher in Los Angeles?

"who is the best Argentinan Butcher in Los Angeles?"

My vote goes to Juan Peron, even though he's not actually in Los Angeles.

May 01, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

Classy, secluded bunch for Wife's 40th bday?

+1 for Saddle Peak Lodge, but it doesn't comport with the OP's geographical criteria. Too bad, though, because it would be perfect.

You would have a hard time finding _________in Los Angeles...

Outback Steakhouse:

http://www.outback.com/menu/bloomin-o...

Now if you wanted to be nitpicky, you might assert that there are no Outback Steakhouses in the city of Los Angeles. But though the website does not use the name "Los Angeles," there is a store in Northridge, which is part of Los Angeles. There are also other Outback Steakhouses in the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, e.g., in Burbank, in Long Beach, in Glendale.

Also: where is the obvious place to look for battered and fried foods? Why at the Los Angeles County Fair, of course, where blooming onions are readily available every September.

Apr 30, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

You would have a hard time finding _________in Los Angeles...

You would have a hard time finding Mount Rushmore in Los Angeles

Apr 30, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

Excellent Peruvian food in L.A.?

Check out Paiche in Marina del Rey. Website: paichela.com

Apr 30, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

Ferrarini Products at Costco Alhambra

They ain't got no distractions, don't hear no buzzers or bells.

Apr 25, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

Albacore at Ventura Fish Company 4/26 and 4/27

Wait a sec. They "have caught large amounts of albacore" -- i.e., they already have the fish -- and they are going to be selling it NEXT weekend? And "[n]one of the fish is ever frozen"? Gonna be some pretty smelly albacore, I would think.

Apr 18, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

A highly opinionated old Jewish man is taking us out to Yang Chow (Chinatown)

The basic asparagus is good, and 'tis the season.

Apr 17, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

San Fernando Valley - Lobster?

Calabasas is most certainly in the Valley.

Apr 12, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

El Nido Restaurant: Worth A Try

This is a block or so from where my daughter lives. When she was moving in we got a bunch of stuff from El Nido to feed the folks helping her move. I don't remember what, exactly, but I'm sure it included a variety of pupusas. What I do remember is people exclaiming about how good the food was.

Mar 29, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

Dining Options while on college visit

La Super Rica is a terrific place. Even better in Santa Barbara is La Colmena ("the beehive"), about 5 blocks southeastward from La Super Rica on Milpas St.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/taqueria-la-c...

Mar 10, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

Hows last location is closing!

Whose last location?

Mar 06, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area

Your best, most recent breakfast...

The early bird special at Nat's West Cafe in Canoga Park: 2 eggs over easy (always exactly right), 2 meaty strips of bacon, crisp hash browns (their home fries are equally good), a house-made cinnamon roll, coffee: $7.95. I add a side of sausage-filled country gravy for 95 cents more, and apply a liberal dose of the excellent -- and spicy -- house-made salsa. You will not need lunch.

Feb 23, 2014
ozhead in Los Angeles Area