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Looking for some good restaurant mushroom dishes

Simple shitake mushroom yakitori at Honda-Ya. Had it on Friday. Really tasty.

2 days ago
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Does this look like a paella?

Looks like someone ladled bouillabaisse over cooked short grain rice.

Jul 26, 2015
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Baker Cakemaker (Hollywood)

I hear you. It's just about balancing your "need" for a malasada with the arduous process of ordering one from them. In the end, I don't need one badly enough to plan ahead.

"Hm... I may want fried dough in three hours, I guess I should place a call."

Not likely.

Jul 17, 2015
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Pre-cooked lobster meat

They carry stuff resembling cold water lobster at TJs but definitely not the real thing. Also, frozen lobster ain't the best.

Jul 17, 2015
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Pre-cooked lobster meat

I'd call knuckle and claw.

http://www.knuckleandclaw.com/

Jul 17, 2015
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Baker Cakemaker (Hollywood)

So, I finally made it to this joint and my feelings are mixed.

Walk in and it's empty - meaning the bakery cases look like they've been picked over by vultures. It's a little after 10 AM - they just opened.

I ask the guy for a malasada and he says they only make them after six and mostly by special order. Most of the time he only makes them to order, meaning I should call ahead if I want one, which begs the questions:

1) who calls ahead to place a special order for what is basically a donut?
2) who eats donuts after 6pm?

Not sure if their approach to doing business is especially viable.

On the plus side, the ensaymadas were pretty good, especially the butter/sugar. A flavor reminiscent of brioche with more of a crumble/cake-like texture.

Jul 17, 2015
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Grand Central Market - hours warning

Someone's hangry.

Sushi pioneer Noritoshi Kanai is ambassador of Japanese values, traditions

He has a beautiful smile. :|

Mufaletta in Los Angeles

Disagree. I find everything there to be overstuffed.

Jul 05, 2015
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Mufaletta in Los Angeles

While I'm no expert on muffuletta, the one at Little Jewel in Chinatown is pretty darn tasty.

http://littlejewel.la/

Pimento Cheese 911

Why doesn't your friend just whip up a batch? It's super easy to make at home.

http://www.southernliving.com/food/ki...

Jun 28, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2015 -- Voting

My mistake. I guess I should read carefully.

SKEWERS.

Jun 27, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2015 -- Voting

Skewers. I'm itching to try Dune in Atwater.

Jun 27, 2015
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Baker Cakemaker (Hollywood)

Awesome. It's been too long since I had good ensaymada and malasadas.

Thanks. Will hit it up tomorrow.

Jun 24, 2015
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French speaking restaurant in LA or OC

I was gonna suggest Cafe Beaujolais but, while it's very French, the last coupla meals I had there were subpar.

Jun 16, 2015
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BEST FRENCH FRIES IN LOS ANGELES

I'll +1 the fries at Haché LA. Consistently crispy and fluffy inside, plus the aioli is awesomely garlicky.

Jun 15, 2015
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All'Acqua - New in Atwater

Been around for over a year. Solid place. Like the bar. I appreciate that the menu is solidly MOR - the chef isn't pushing boundaries or turning out stunt food.

Jun 13, 2015
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Bryant Ng re-emerges!

Bummer, as I tend to avoid Santa Monica like it's infectious.

Jun 12, 2015
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Craft bacon in LA.

Jon's market carries all sorts of tasty bacon that's sold in slab form - brands with Eastern European names (I can't recall) that are produced locally. The Hungarian-style that's rubbed in paprika is very, very good. Cured and not at all smoky.

Belcampo Meat Co. also has some interesting stuff - their English style "streaky" bacon is quite good.

Jun 12, 2015
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Best Steakhouse in L.A.? Comparable to Porter House or Peter Luger?

I'll use the standard descriptor I always use - Mastro's reminds me more of a Tel Aviv nightclub than a traditional steakhouse. The guy on the second floor playing keyboards + the horrifying botoxed cougars + dudes wearing as much perfume/cologne as female diners + the annoying upsells from the wait staff... not my cup of tea. Cheesy.

Steaks are okay - just okay and side items like the lobster mash are pretty blech.

Jun 11, 2015
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Best Steakhouse in L.A.? Comparable to Porter House or Peter Luger?

Wolfgangs. Cut. Nick and Stef's.

Mastro's gets a lot of love on this board but I just don't get it. It's all about the glitz for some people.

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

Thanks for the suggestion. Actually, Frank Pepe's in New Haven, CT has been serving a Neapolitan style white clam pie for nearly 100 years.

are there any good dive bars left in greater downtown LA?

It's not the real thing and there's no reason to eat it at all.

Jun 08, 2015
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are there any good dive bars left in greater downtown LA?

Jumbos is the vegan "cheese" of strip clubs.

Jun 08, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

"Mister White" from Tomato Pie in Silver Lake topped with prosciutto, arugula and caramelized onions.

Chewy crust and the right amount of toppings. I gild the lily with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and some chili flakes.

Chow worthy food in the most unexpected places

EGB is the kind of place that sells based on low price. It's also the kind of place where you don't want to touch anything due to its questionable cleanliness.

Jun 08, 2015
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Caramelized Spam Biscuit (or why Found Coffee is a true gem)

If I find everything about Spam to be utterly revolting could this convert me? Full disclosure, I'm half Filipino.

Jun 07, 2015
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A not very extensive report on Barrel and Ashes.

'hos gotta eat.

Jun 07, 2015
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are there any good dive bars left in greater downtown LA?

Jeezus, I was just going to write the same thing.

Your description of Jumbos is spot on. I want my filth authentically filthy, not presented in a "meta" way and processed through an alt/art-school filter.

Jun 07, 2015
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Superman Ice Cream

Personally, I love my low quality "vanilla" ice cream doused in buckets of food coloring. Yum!

Jun 07, 2015
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