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Help...love papa Christos for lunch BUT it's closed on Mondays...need a great lunch spot instead

Try Bloom on Pico. Healthy salads and great lamburgers. Nice patio. BYOB.

Oct 20, 2011
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Recommendation for inexpensive but good dinner for 8 in West LA on a Monday night

About two hundred feet East of Versailles is Gloria's - home of amazing Pupusas and Nicaraguan food. It's simply wonderful.

Oct 12, 2011
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Antica Pizzeria

Pepe Miele who owned Antica Pizza in the Marina is an officially recognized master Neapolitan pizza maker - there are only two in the US. So he'll no doubt open soon in another location.

But living near the Marina, Antica Pizzeria's closing has left a void the Pizzaeria Antica at SM Place can't fill. Luckily a surprising substiute has opened - Pitfire Pizza on Washington Blve, just East of Costco. Surprisingly excellent.

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Antica Pizzeria
13455 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Pitfire Pizza
108 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Oct 12, 2011
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Antica Pizzeria

Try Bollini's Pizza just off the 60 in Monterey Park. It's exceptional. You can read my review from a few years ago when it first opened.

Oct 12, 2011
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Saturday dinner relaxed great food near LAX

Just got back from Portland and yes, the food is very good - especially the locally grown produce. In Venice I'd go to Lily's on Abbot Kinney - order their dirty mojitos and sit outside - French, relaxed , quiet enough to talk and hear. A delight.

In Santa Monica I'd go to Zengo in the Santa Monica Placemall - more expensive - more crowded, more electric. Terriffic Latino asian fusion food. Very attractive crowd - hot scene - but noisy.

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Zengo
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sep 10, 2011
Jeryy in Los Angeles Area

Current best sunday brunch buffet?

Has anyone been to the Loews Santa Monica recently? - they used to have an awesome brunch.

Sep 08, 2011
Jeryy in Los Angeles Area

Italian Beef in SoCal

I've been to Portillo's - it's just okay. A better option would be ask the people at the hot food counter at the front of the Bay Cities store to make you a pot roast sandwich and add some of their warm red and green peppers and sauce. Voila! a fabulous Italian beef sandwich on the best bread in the city.

It may not be 100% authentic ( meat sliced a little too thick) but it sure beats driving to Buena Park.

Aug 17, 2011
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In need of fabulous, delicious, fun place for 60th Birthday feast!

Stop! Go no further! Your search is over! Go to Koutoubia, a Moroccan restaurant on Westwood Blvd between Olympic and Santa Monica. You simply can't do better for both food, ambience and personal attention. You really feel as if you've been transported to Morocco. Michel, the proprietor and chef, is a delightful, gracious character - you feel you're in his home, sitting among the pillows and banquettes. It's both spacious and intimate and not noisy like Carousel or darkly cramped like Marouch.
He will cook to order, or make suggestions - your Dad will have a totally SPLENDID, memorable birthday. I've been to all the above mentioned places and this is , hands down, by far the best for what you need. And the prices are reasonable. It's a gem - I'm 61 and if it were my birthday, and my rotten children had any imagination, this is where I'd ask for.

28 reviews

Aug 5, 2011 – (310) 475-0729. 2116 Westwood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90025 34.045 -118.4326 .... “ The food was amazing, especially the Moroccan salad. ...
►Koutoubia, offers the Best Moroccan food in Los Angeles:Moroccan ...
www.koutoubiarestaurant.com/ - CachedBest Couscous Dish in Los Angeles, Moroccan Catering, Moroccan food.
2116 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025-6331
(310) 475-0729

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Koutoubia
2116 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Aug 14, 2011
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Got the Hots for Grilled Octopots!

malibu seafood good but not great, but perfect for a summer evening by the sea. and very reasonable prices.

Jul 29, 2011
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Disappointed in Wood Spoon

a BIG. DISAPPOINTMENT - FIRST TIME THERE.. NOTHING WAS GREAT AND THE
VAUNTED CHICKEN POT PIE ISN'T AS GOOD AS MARIE CALLENDAR'S. PLUS THE SERVICE WAS SLOW. ALL IN ALL A WASTE OF TIME.

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Wood Spoon
107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Jun 16, 2011
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Great chili fries and more at Santa Maria BBQ

I know chili fries aren't up there in the foodie pantheon like soup dumplings or sushi stroganoff, but I love this place - love their tri-tip, chicken, especially their fabulous, juicy, perfect burgers and their chili fries. The fries are fresh (I order them well done) and the chili is hand made from their leftover tri-tip. It's the real deal - not like the chili-brick slop they use at Tommys and most burger stands; they should serve that stuff in a diaper.

Santa Maria is to savor. I'm not a big fan of the ribs - but a lot of people are. I prefer Baby Blues. But this is a heck of a nice place, less cramped and far more relaxed than BB's. The people are cool and nice, the prices reasonable, the food carefully made with enough deftness to enhance, not overwhelm the natural flavors of the high quality ingredients. It's not fusion anything but more importantly it's not confusion -it's brilliant back to basics.

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Santa Maria Barbeque
9552 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Jun 11, 2011
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What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

The worst chain I ever ate at, by a wide margin, is The Waffle House throughout the South. Hideous food - accent on the GRITS - revolting decor and huge fat people scarfing down waffles. UGH!

Jerry

May 14, 2011
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ISO - Your favorite chili powder?

Hi - I want to cook up a batch, ( a couple of gallons) of chili, but I find the McCormick's supermarket chili powder to be less than flavorful. And I can't seem to find Wick Fowler's here. Anybody got some good suggestions on the West Side? Thanks.

Apr 23, 2011
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ISO - decent brunch near E. Hollywood/ Western Ave.?

Any recs? Looking for pleasant ambience, hopefully a patio? Not more than 15 bucks per person - party of 2. Alchohol - mimosas etc. a plus but not neccessary. Good coffee a must.Thanks

Apr 16, 2011
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Real Fish and Chips

I've tried H.Salt a couple of time in hopes of something good - but left disapointed. They are standardized franchise operations - not bad, not great. I'm just wishing for a dedicated F&C place that does it right.

Now that I think of it, the best places here in SoCal are usually black-owned "You buy 'em, we fry 'em" fish places. But the fries often leave a lot to be desired. Fresh fries , rather than frozen, are a rarity in LA with fish.

Mar 11, 2011
Jeryy in Los Angeles Area

Real Fish and Chips

Here's the problem - every place mentioned is a bar and/ or restaurant - nobody's operating say "Jose's Fish & Chips" or " Clive's Fish & Chips." There's no specialists out there. Like In 'n' Out Burger they'd just make two things plus drinks - and do the two things very well.

With all the food trucks now proliferating you'd think someone would open a F&C wagon - and if the fries were good enough they'd make money without selling a single order of fish. Great french fry trucks where I come from.

I'm from Toronto and the best F&C I've ever had came from two places - the venerable Penrose F&C on Mt. Pleasant and Caz' Great Fish on Davenport - better than anything I ever had on my many trips to England. Penrose uses halibut and Caz' uses haddock. And I've never had even adequate F&C here in LA - including the King's Head.

Mar 03, 2011
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Housemade ketchup?

The Curious Palate on Venice Blvd in Mar Vista makes a really good, nicely complex ketchup. But, the thing about Heinz is, its value is not measured by objective criteria: it's more familiar than mother's milk - it defines the word for me. It's really Proustian in its appeal - a plate of french fries, good or bad, wouldn't make my heart sing without Heinz ketchup.

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The Curious Palate
12034 Venice Boulevard, Mar Vista, CA

Feb 15, 2011
Jeryy in Los Angeles Area

ISO - Dried Cottage Cheese aka "Pot Cheese"

Thanks. Where can you buy hoop cheese?

Feb 06, 2011
Jeryy in Los Angeles Area

ISO - Dried Cottage Cheese aka "Pot Cheese"

My wife wants to make cheese knishes like her Russian grandmother used to make, using dried cottage cheese or "Pot cheese" (as it was then called.) Does anyone know where it can be purchased?
Many thanks.

Feb 06, 2011
Jeryy in Los Angeles Area

ISO - Seafood or fish sausage

Thank you, GK, but Whole Foods didn't have them. But I finally found some at Gordon's Fish Market on Pico Blvd near Doheny. They have a nice selection as well, helpful staff and owner. A gem of a smoked fish and fresh fish store. They're Kosher, so no shellfish.

Dec 29, 2010
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Gastropubs in LA - maybe it's time to start a list?

waterloo & city is damn good. be sure to try their truffle oil pizza.

Dec 29, 2010
Jeryy in Los Angeles Area

ISO - Seafood or fish sausage

Thank you, but I called Bristol Farms - discontinued. So far, no luck.

Dec 28, 2010
Jeryy in Los Angeles Area

ISO - Seafood or fish sausage

Trader Joe's and some Whole Foods Markets used to carry seafood sausage, but no longer do. Does any one know a good retail source? Fresh is preferable but pre-packaged, frozen would do. I live in West LA so some retailer nearby would be handy. Thanks and Happy New Year ( which is what I need the sausage for)..

Dec 27, 2010
Jeryy in Los Angeles Area

ISO - Baked (stuffed) clams NY style

Yes, now I remember having them at Dan Tana's - they were fine. Thank you.

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Dan Tana's Restaurant
9071 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Dec 16, 2010
Jeryy in Los Angeles Area

ISO - Baked (stuffed) clams NY style

I've got an urge for some NY style Italian baked clams. Anyone know of any good place near the West Side? Thanks

Dec 15, 2010
Jeryy in Los Angeles Area

ISO - Dinner in Long Beach Saturday - Any recs?

Thank you.

Oct 22, 2010
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ISO - Dinner in Long Beach Saturday - Any recs?

We're going to the theater in Long Beach Saturday night - on E. Ocean Blvd. Looking for something wonderful and reasonably priced. What we don't like are formal steakhouse type places - prefer ethnic including Italian, or maybe seafood - as long as it's not McCormick and Scmick-style sterility. Thanks.

Oct 22, 2010
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Zengo - New Santa Monica Place masterpiece

The newly redeveloped Santa Monica Place Mall at the foot of the Third Street Promenade has been spectacularly redone - if you like that sort of thing. It's a massive, multi-level City-Walk like experience - far too crowded and sensually overloading for my taste. But should you venture to the top, where the high end restaurants are located, Zengo will transcend any and all shopping mall misgivings.

Zengo is the latest iteration of a chain that was started by Richard Sandoval , a very gifted chef-visionary in Denver. The cuisine is Asian-Latino fusion, which often can be spotty and inconsistent - great dishes alongside mediocre ones. Zengo here, and I presume in their other locations in NYC, Washington DC, Denver and others, is simply amazing. It's a huge 300 seat place serving a vast and varied menu - yet every dish - and every taste component of the mostly multi-flavored dishes was spectacular.

Four of us had what we all considered one of the greatest meals of our lives. Considering that the chain's major investor is tenor and conductor Placido Domingo, I can't resist calling the sublime mixture of tastes and textures utterly symphonic in its power and elucidation. We felt, at the end, like we should be standing, yelling "Bravisimo" at Sandoval and his staff.

The dining motif is small, rather expensive, perfectly prepared plates combining Asian and Latino elements, served to be shared - the name is a Japanese concept of give and take. And believe me, the food was so wonderful we were tempted to grab dishes from other tables.

. For example, they offer tiny Peking duck tacos and a sort of Carnitas Pad Thai. A plate of black cod was simply Asian, yet as silky and mesmerizing as anything at LeBernardin. It was quite honestly the best piece of fish I've ever eaten in my life - after ordering one, we simply HAD to order another.

Sometimes the "branding" of dishes as fusion was a bit fanciful - the Churrasco Argentine skirt steak, marinated in chimichurri and topped with a chipotle dressing was wonderful- BOTH bites of it. Yes, the portions are that small - especially by Argentine standards. But it was accompanied by tempura onion rings so goooood, no great, that we ordered a side dish of same. If there's a Chowhound thread for best onion rings ( I recall that there is) these should be at the top of the list.

Sandoval's imagination is remarkable - a Hot and Sour Egg Drop soup with Foie Gras filled wontons could have been sheer idiocy in other hands. Instead, it was sheer delight - the lightest, most feathery wontons ever in a broth that only nodded to its namesakes, yet was nonetheless delicious.

For desert we had a lemony angel food cake in a mango glaze, a Mexican chocolate mousse cake with chocolate cracklings and a sublime Panna Cotta. Our friends, who spend a month in Italy every year, pronounced the panna cotta the best they've ever had in America.

We finished off the evening with some 68 year old Tequila, so smooth it put single malt scotches to shame.

I wish I was a better food writer - I simply can't do justice to the ingredients and preparation. But I can say, if you can tolerate miniscule portions of incredible food at fairly expensive prices, in a big, noisy but exciting place, hurry over to Zengo. Dinner for four (we gorged ourselves) was around $350.00 including margaritas and tip. The service was flawless and wonderfully cheerful. By the way, four or six people would seem to be optimal for the food sharing experience. But Zengo is truly something special. Bravo!.

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Zengo
622 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

Aug 17, 2010
Jeryy in Los Angeles Area

Peruvian Cuisine for Easter Sunday Linner

Try Cuzqo on Santa Monica Blvd & Barry Ave. in West LA.

Apr 01, 2010
Jeryy in Los Angeles Area

Good steak near LAX

Definately George Petralli's on Sepulveda at Jefferson - 5 minutes north of LAX. Excellent steaks, more reasonable than Palm, Ruth Chris etc.

Mar 05, 2010
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