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Best Mac and Cheese - LA

Current fave? FORAGE, in Silverlake. But then, I'm seriously crushing on this restaurant, in general.

Mar 03, 2011
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Where to dine in Compton/Santa Fe Springs/Norwalk?

OMG u rock -- jeez, now I may have to go down there, as well!!

May 11, 2008
cleanmyplate in Los Angeles Area

Where to dine in Compton/Santa Fe Springs/Norwalk?

A friend's in town for just one week, is kinda limited to the above areas (& environs), and is despairing of finding a decent mail.

I KNOW there's gotta be some jewels in the vicinity...

(I've already told him about Honey's Kettle, but that's as far as I got)

Suggestions? (ANY and ALL appreciated)

May 08, 2008
cleanmyplate in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for Cinco de Mayo meal?

Yeah, I know, Olivera Street...
But OTHER than that, any ideas in the Hollywood/WeHo/Beverly Center area?
(Gardens of Taxco is closed on Mondays)
If not, I'll happily head to Guelaguetza...

Gracias.

May 05, 2008
cleanmyplate in Los Angeles Area

Looking for an UNUSUAL restaurant

"AND THE WINNER IS..."
First of all, THANKS for all the great suggestions!
Several were right on the money... I know, since I've already CELEBRATED my birthday there (Polka, La Golondrina, Carousel - swell places, all)!
Others will definitely be on my future party list (Phong Din, The Prince, Soot Bull Jeep).
And thanks for reminding me about the Water Fest at Wat Thai -- can't wait to go again.
For you Damon's (and even Trader Vic's) fans, if you've haven't been, you ougtha check out Bahooka's in Rosemead (if only for the ambience & drinks).
And I'd definitely add Marrakesh in Studio City to any list of Moroccan "group" eateries (tons of private/semi-private rooms, reasonably priced.)
I look forward to trying Green Field, as well as Crystal -- having already had memorable party experiences at Uzbekistan and Traktir (Hollywood & WeHo, respectively).
And I think I can a wrangle a friend to take me to the Dal Rae as a bd gift. :)
Finally, if you're looking for a one-of-a-kind dining experience, you might wanna head over to Athen's Royal Garden in North Hollywood, PRONTO -- even though if the service is so-so, and you may well be the only diners there (and it's Armenian, not Greek -- go figure). It's all outdoors amidst fake waterfalls and concrete Koi ponds... with live BUNNIES and BIRDS hoppin'/flyin' around!! (Plus, my friends & I thought the hummus, grape leaves, tabouli,etc. were as good/better as any we've had in LA). I would've definitely had my party there -- had they not just SOLD the place! (I think they're closing 4/16th) :(
Anyway, I've picked TWO places for this year's birthday bashe(s), namely...
(drum roll, please)
Guantanamera Cuban Restaurant, in Burbank (authentic food, great mojitos, private room, LIVE music)
AND
the Tam O'Shanter (it was the70-year-kilt-wearing waitresses that got my attention... but the chilled salad forks, Toad-in-the-hole, and "specialty" souffles which sealed the deal)
Thanks, "mlgb" -- contact me if you'd like to be my guest of honor at either place!
ludditeboy@sbcglobal.net
(And if anyone would like to take ME to dinner at Opaque, feel free... LOL!)

Apr 09, 2007
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Looking for an UNUSUAL restaurant

That is a great idea -- and I've done it -- but if I can pass along a VERY smart suggestion:
START and FINISH the horseback riding in Burbank (there's a stable there, as well) --- then finish the evening at the restaurant. The combo of Mexican food & margaritas has been known to make some people queasy on the return trip on the back of a horse... :)

Apr 09, 2007
cleanmyplate in Los Angeles Area

Help! Name of restaurant in North Hollywood

First of all - THANK YOU for the amazingly prompt reply! (I'm impressed)
Secondly - I just came from having dinner there with some friends. It's definitely unique, alright; all outdoors, with babbling brooks, koi pond/wishing well, birds (both caged and uncaged) and yes, adorable bunny rabbits hopping out. And -- surprise, surprise -- the food was quite delicious -- easily on par with Carousel (and for some dishes, better!!).
The ONLY downside? They're CLOSING on April 16th.
So if you want to try it, I'd suggest you do so soon.
Many thanks, again.

Apr 01, 2007
cleanmyplate in Los Angeles Area

Looking for an UNUSUAL restaurant

My birthday's fast approaching, and in keeping with my tradition of celebrating it at a MEMORABLE eatery, I'm trying to find a place that fits that description. Past examples: Bahooka's, Guelaguetza, Lowenbrau Keller... You get the idea - a place
a) with an extremely UNIQUE ambience
b) with decent-to-great food (while food's less important in this case, I still want it to be edible!)
c) reasonably priced
d) within a 10-mile (give or take) radius of the city

Ethnic restaurants are great (and seem to most often fit the specs. Although if Clifton's was open later at night, I have it there in heartbeat). If it's got a private room, or is small enough to take over with 30 people (eg. Polka) -- so much the better.

I welcome all suggestions. (And would be happy to invite the winner -- as my guest -- to the celebration... which is always a blast!)

Apr 01, 2007
cleanmyplate in Los Angeles Area

Best Mac and Cheese - LA

maybe not the best - but certianly the most surprisingly yummy: the VEGAN (!) mac & cheese at Madeleine Bistro, in Tarzana. Go figure.
p.s. thanks for the question - now I've got a BUNCH more places to try! :)

Apr 01, 2007
cleanmyplate in Los Angeles Area

Help! Name of restaurant in North Hollywood

I'm racking my brain to think of the name of this restaurant I heard about which I think:
a. is on Magnolia
b. has been there a while
c. serves mediteranean/greek inspired food
d. has TREES indoors as well as
e. live RABBITS (to pet, not to eat)
Ring a bell?
(If not, I'd also welcome any suggestions of any really UNUSUAL restaurants in the L.A. area with decent-to-great food -- eg., Lowenbrau Keller, Bahooka's, Guelaguetza, etc.)
Thanks!

Mar 31, 2007
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