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Culina - T50 Promo

Thanks for sharing. Got a link?

about 12 hours ago
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Dress Formal + Eat with a Budget in LA

You can go anywhere you wish dressed up. There's just no guarantee that the other diners will be dressed up as well. I've been to Providence numerous times where I saw other diners in jeans. If you guys want to have a fun night out dressed up, do it and don't worry about how other people are dressed.

Maré on Melrose would be a fun night out as the ambiance is very nice and the prices not too high.

Looking to join someone @ n/naka

I was not a fan of Azami. Felt it was super average as a sushi place in LA. I have higher hopes for n/naka though.

Aug 27, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Looking to join someone @ n/naka

I'm going in a few weeks. Do you not recommend the wine pairing?

Sushi in West LA worth hiring a sitter for?

Shunji's or Mori. For pure sushi, I think Mori is better, but complete meal, I prefer Shunji's.

Aug 27, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary Dinner

Tough to beat the outdoor patio at AOC on a nice summer night. I would remove O&P from this list as it's not a romantic meal by any means.

Cliffs Edge is very underrated and their patio is also lovely, but I would say the food at AOC is probably better.

Korean vs. Japanese Sashimi ?

my favorite for korean hwe right now is Wassada. Although, their live uni is awful.

Aug 20, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Sasabune, Beverly Hills

why no bluefin?

Aug 19, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Fleming's Steakhouse Coming To Pasadena

It's not. Flemings is much better. Mortons is borderline bad.

Aug 15, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a Tasting Menu or Omakase near Pasadena

Maybe check out Bashan in Glendale. The chef/owner there used to work at Providence. They do a tasting menu there at a fraction of the cost of Providence.

Aug 13, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a Tasting Menu or Omakase near Pasadena

Kimagure is great but they are not open on Sundays

Aug 13, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Tue night dinner in downtown area

Haven't been myself but Broken Spanish seems to fit the bill. New, interesting food in downtown.

Aug 12, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Hatch Chile Roasting Schedule 2015. Please Add Dates.

what does one do with roasted hatch chiles?

Aug 07, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Chi Spacca - New Chef

I told you so!!!

/WilliamBeckett

Aug 04, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

How Does I Get a Reservation at n/naka These Days??

Only way is to call them.

Jul 28, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Omakase Journey Take Two

If you're willing to drive, go to Sushi Kimagure in Pasadena for dinner. His nigiri is excellent.

Jul 14, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Eating in Paris with a young toddler

Another great find we discovered on this trip was Bellota-Bellota. After further research, looks like they have several locations throughout Paris. We were near the 6th so we shopped at the St. Germain location for their wonderful Jamon Iberico. At 30 euros/100g, it was very reasonable compared to the prices in LA, although no where near as cheap as what I've paid in Spain. Great place to pick up some goodies for a picnic at Jardin de Luxemberg.

Jul 13, 2015
TailbackU in France

Shunji's day off?

Tuesdays

Jul 12, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Eating in Paris with a young toddler

We're now back from our trip. We managed to make it to AG and Louis, thanks to the recommendations of this board. We went to AG on a Saturday night for dinner at 7:15pm. When we arrived, we were the first guests seated but the restaurant quickly filled up by around 7:30pm. We were given a 4 top which was nice as we had room for our child to have her own seat and plenty of space where we weren't disrupting the other diners nearby. I was a bit surprised to see that most of the diners when we were there were english speakers, mostly american/canadian by the lack of accents. I'm guessing maybe the locals eat much later.

Anyways, on to the food. We did the 3 course dinner priced at 40 euros. The portions were a very generous so we were pretty full by the end. My wife and I each ordered different items as to try as many dishes as possible. The standouts were the duck breast and a chocolate/sea salt caramel dessert (pics attached). Of the 6 dishes we had, I'd say only one was a miss, which was a sea bass tartare. The fish didn't taste very fresh. Everything else was excellent to very good. This is a restaurant I would gladly come back to if I lived in Paris. Service was also very good and they didn't seem to mind our toddler at all even though we had to take her for short walks outside during the meal.

We also had lunch at Louis. Restaurant was completely empty outside of the 3 of us, one american family w/ 2 kids, and a pair of local business lunchers. They serve a 3 course lunch meal priced at 33 euros I believe. Unlike AG, you don't get to choose your courses here, rather it's a tasting menu of sort, where you eat what the chef prepares. First course was a beet gazpacho w/ lime sorbet. Maybe I just didn't get this dish but the flavors did not work for me at all. Big miss. 2nd course was a chicken breast w/ wild mushrooms. Absolutely fantastic. Might be the best single dish we had on our trip (pic attached). Dessert was a coconut panna cotta. Was just ok, nothing special. Overall, outside of the chicken dish, the lunch was just ok in my opinion and probably would not return. Service was also friendly and did not seem to mind our toddler at all.

We also had dinner reservations at Maitiere A for our last night that we had to cancel because our kid was too tired and cranky.

In our limited experience and opinion, if you are traveling in Paris with a toddler and your heart's desire is to eat well, don't let the naysayers stop you from seeking out good food. Use common sense as to not disturb other diners or cause a scene, but most places seem to be very accepting of children.

Jul 10, 2015
TailbackU in France

Best Inexpensive Korean BBQ with a Non Pork/Beef Eater

ugh Jae Bu Do was so horribly bad the one time I went.

Jul 10, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

All'Acqua - New in Atwater

Their pizzas are also fantastic. They hired the pizza maker from Sotto but strangely enough, it's not as wet in the center, which imo is a good thing.

Jun 15, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Chow worthy food in the most unexpected places

the spirit of my original post wasn't necessarily to highlight restaurants that don't look like chow worthy places from the physical appearance of the establishment. Rather, to highlight chow worthy food from otherwise non chow worthy establishments.

For example, the burgers are McDonald's are terrible but their fries are terrific.

Chow worthy food in the most unexpected places

EGB chicken is $14 versus $12 for your spot. So not sure who is trying to sell based on low price.

In all seriousness, I thought the chicken at EGB had much better flavors and more of the smoke taste. The tortillas are also hand made albeit slightly too thick for it to be perfect. The salsas are also far superior.

Jun 08, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Anyone tried grilled octopus at chi SPACCA?

I haven't had it, but $65 for grilled octopus??? Are they serving the whole octopus? It better be.

Jun 05, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Chow worthy food in the most unexpected places

I've had their chicken. It was average at best. If you like that style of chicken, try the chicken from El Gran Burrito on Vermont and Santa Monica. Their version is much better. Absolutely delicious.

Jun 05, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Chow worthy food in the most unexpected places

I stopped by the Z Pizza in Silver Lake to pick up a sandwich for lunch today. I know their pizzas are average at best so I stayed away from that but they had an italian sub called "Supersub" served on a baguette. We all know good bread makes the sandwich and this was no exception. My goodness was that baguette delicious. I may have lucked out because my baguette had come out right out of the oven (fwiw, I don't think they bake the breads fresh in house but rather receive them par baked and finish it in the oven in house) but it may have been one of the best baguettes I've had in the city. The fillings in the sandwich weren't too shabby either with a mix of ham, pepperoni, salami and veggies.

It's an 8" sub and comes with a bag of traditional Lay's potato chips for $7.95 + tax.

This may be blasphemy around here, but I think I enjoyed it more than the Godmother.

Jun 05, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

ISO pre-Pantages Restaurant suggestions

May 27, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Republique or Odys and Penelope tonight?

have been to Republique twice and enjoyed it. Haven't been to O&P yet but heard it's good. Where should I eat tonight?

Where can I buy whole beef rib racks?

thanks for the tip. I go there from time to time to pick up empanadas. But I've never been impressed by their meat quality.

May 22, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Where can I buy whole beef rib racks?

i want to smoke some beef ribs like they do at Odys and Penelope. Where can I source these beefy meaty ribs ideally in prime grade? I wish Costco would carry them given their excellent prices on prime beef but I haven't seen any.

I'm in Los Feliz, so the closer the better.

May 21, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area