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Is there anywhere to have a nice dinner in downtown LA?

this is the answer

Jan 21, 2015
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Heads up: Canele is now serving ramen

I like Canele a lot but this just seems like a gimmick to try to capitalize on the ramen craze that we're going through right now. Just stick to what you do well and keep improving on that. There are plenty of ramen shops in this city.

Jan 19, 2015
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Lucky Duck Closing

their price point was offbase for the food and location. And don't get me started on their tiny pours of wines for the prices they were charging.

Jan 16, 2015
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TERRINE on Beverly

Any other reports of this place?

Jan 16, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Redbird (Downtown)

pricey

$111 for a 32oz porterhouse steak (not wagyu). this is the most expensive item on the menu.

Yelp has pics of the menu showing prices

Jan 16, 2015
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Republique Dinner Review-L.A.

not that any of this really matters, but food is not that expensive at Republique. Would be difficult to order $250 worth of food for just two people unless one likes to just over order and waste food. My guess is that at least $350 of the bill was in booze.

Jan 15, 2015
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Republique Dinner Review-L.A.

even with booze, that's a very healthy bill for Republique. Like I said, must have drank some mighty fine wines....

Jan 14, 2015
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Republique Dinner Review-L.A.

Must have drank some nice wines...

Jan 13, 2015
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Lunasia (Pasadena)

Jan 12, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Quiet, interesting restaurant downtown or hollywood

Papilles

Jan 11, 2015
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best shabu shabu in LA?

Seoul Garden in Ktown. Yes ktown.

CA Foie Gras Import Ban-Struck Down by Court

Melisse will have it on the menu tonight

Jan 07, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

CA Foie Gras Import Ban-Struck Down by Court

so where are going to be the best places to get my foie fix in? I'm thinking Walter Manzke is going to serve a good version at Republique.

Jan 07, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

If you had to pick 3 of the 5 which would you choose?

pretty much

Jan 04, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

New Years Eve Meal Sans Prix Fixe and Party

I just had a FANTASTIC meal at All'Acqua in Atwater Village, the new italian restaurant from the same people that own Barbrix and Cooks County. They are serving a normal menu on NYE and if you go early enough, shouldn't be hard to get a table. Their pizzas were also really good.

Dec 31, 2014
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Tomato Pie Pizza Joint Coming to South Pasadena

given your screen name, i'm surprised at your take on Tomato Pie, because you would be wrong. Tomato Pie is one of best NY style pizza joints in LA and if you ordered the bbq chicken pizza on your one and only visit, then I would file that under "user error."

Why does Sushi Kimagure not get much love here?

see, that's the thing for me...i think ike-san's fish is just as good if not even better than Zo or Shunji. Maybe it's because I've been a regular customer of his for close to 10 years now but everything he serves me is simply amazing and super fresh. I also really like the fact that his nigiri portion sizes are much larger than Zo.

Dec 16, 2014
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Why does Sushi Kimagure not get much love here?

makes sense. I too don't like to travel too far for food especially when I can get something equally good nearby. Still, it seems like whenever someone asks for top sushi recommendations regardless of geographical area, Kimagure is hardly ever mentioned.

Dec 16, 2014
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Why does Sushi Kimagure not get much love here?

Yes his prices have definitely gone up since he moved out of Hollywood.

Dec 16, 2014
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Why does Sushi Kimagure not get much love here?

I've eaten at most of the top sushi places in the LA area and for pure nigiri sushi, I find myself coming back to Kimagure as my favorite. Yes Mori's rice is exceptional if not perfect, but something about it is just not as satisfying as Kimagure to me. Shunji's cooked dishes are michelin star worthy but I felt like his nigiri left something to be desired. Kiriko and Zo are also both very good but for what they charge, I'll pick Kimagure every time.

You guys can tell me to go pound sand because I know how much all of you love these places. Don't get me wrong, all these places are very very good but every time I eat at these places, I leave feeling like I would rather spend my money at Kimagure.

I will now go hide while you guys vote to kick me off the island.

Dec 16, 2014
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$3.69/lb for prime beef!!

was it a price mistake or a crazy sale price?

Dec 16, 2014
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Stir Market porchetta

thanks for the report. Will have to check it out.

Dec 12, 2014
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Stir Market porchetta

Has anyone been here to try their porchetta? Pic looks legit w/ crispy skin and all.

Does anyone enjoy shopping at Gelsons market as much as I do?

the $5 off coupons i get in the mail every week definitely helps

Dec 10, 2014
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Mori Sushi: Still Sushi Perfection

Just came back from doing a lunch omakase at Mori. Maru-san was a very gracious host and the presentation of everything that was served was meticulous. That rice is indeed perfection.

The standouts were both types of uni...was interesting that he served the santa barbara variety without nori while the hokkaido version was wrapped in nori. And the wild yellowtail was amazing.

Dec 09, 2014
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Champagne Report, 2014

thanks! is bighammerwines.com an actual store in van nuys or online only?

Dec 09, 2014
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Pizza at Grimaldi's

yup it's really good

Dec 09, 2014
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Champagne Report, 2014

No prices for Krug??????????????

best price i've found is at KnL at $150, which is actually an amazing price.

Dec 09, 2014
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Bestia or Factory Kitchen

of the two, Bestia is far superior imho

Dec 08, 2014
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Hatfields closing end of December

wow that's really surprising. While I haven't been there in a few years, the 3 times I've been, it's always been busy and business seemed to be good. Sad to see them go.

Dec 04, 2014
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