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Anybody been to West End Craft Cocktail and Bar on Westwood Blvd?

Looks like they renovated or maybe I just never noticed it before? Any experiences to share? Menu looks interesting.

Aug 03, 2014
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ISO Sheng Jian Bao

These are the same thing. Not all shen jian bao have sesame seeds. Gosh all this bao talk has got me craving these...

Aug 03, 2014
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ISO Sheng Jian Bao

Tasty Noodle House is best IMHO. Small joint next to the always busy Golden Deli on Las Tunas

Aug 02, 2014
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Best Donut, Los Angeles

Primo's choco or maple cake donut. Don't get Stan's in Westwood. All the combos are way too sweet. Would go to Donut Man but it's too freaking far...

Jul 31, 2014
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Maude in Beverly Hills. Any early reports?

I know! I am very surprised Maude hasn't been talked up more on this board. Went there for our anniversary dinner yesterday and was thoroughly impressed. Best 'high end' meal we've had in LA for a very long time. For $75, it's a steal. Compared to recent experiences at Shunji, for example, Maude is our current favorite! The service is super friendly and not stuffy. Like eating at a good friends table. Highly recommended!!

Mar 30, 2014
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Your Go To Comfort Spot

Metro cafe in culver city

Mar 02, 2014
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do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

I like King Hua because they don't put cilantro in their dishes. That being said, the steamed dumpling skins at King Hua are slightly inferior to Elite. They do fried dishes and baked dishes quite well at King Hua. Plus it's close to Costco for the after dim sum run.

Mar 02, 2014
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Best Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie from a bakery in West Los Angeles

just tried Urth Cafe's pumpkin pie and not impressed. Graham cracker crust(?) or whatever the crust was was gummy and thick. The filling was not bad.

I think I'm just going with tried and true Marie Callendar's.

Sometimes new or trendy isn't always better I guess. Maybe if I have time, I'll try Gelson's since so many people are talking about it.

Nov 24, 2013
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DineLA Summer 2013 (7/15-26)

We're regulars at Waterloo & City, and you are right. The DineLA menu was a steal. Our favorite was the heirloom tomato burrata salad w tomato sorbet. Very refreshing. I liked the house made mortadella which came with mini grilled cheese sandwiches. One thing I have to say is that all of the courses are very generous. Really is too much food - haha. Best sticky toffee pudding IMHO is also thankfully available

Jul 20, 2013
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Where does one go for authentic Americanized Chinese food?

Fu Yuan Lo in Palos Verdes

Jul 10, 2013
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Lian Wu? (Wax apple/nose apple/etc.) available in LA?

My all time favorite fruit. Just bought a tree from San Gabriel Nursery. They say it will fruit this year. Will keep you posted.

Jun 22, 2013
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Any great Thai / Indian restaurants in the Westside?

Hopeless and here's a funny take on the probable reason.


May 18, 2013
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What are your 5 favorite restaurants in LA?

Huge Tree Pastry (2-3 times a month)
Metro Diner (Twice a month)
Gjelina (Once a month)
Mozza (Once a month)
Ricky's Fish Tacos (used to be twice a month) :(

May 15, 2013
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Orris is changing (a lot)....

Decided to try out the new menu on Mother's Day. Food was just as delicious as before. Old favorites like the shrimp tempura with curry flavor and the shrimp ravioli were just as we remembered. We also had the seafood marinara, bacon carbonara, and the mushroom and mustard green pastas. All were excellent. The mustard green pasta reminded me of a Chinese noodle dish and was very memorable. Excellent food but am worried as there were very few patrons. Hope business picks up!

May 16, 2012
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AAA Thai Market (Venice and Sepulveda)

It's kinda open. I went in last week and it had bare bones groceries but most of the shelves are bare and the fridge had only a couple of things. Nothing exciting yet. I asked if they were going to have more groceries and prepared foods, and they said they're still waiting on their city permit...

May 16, 2011
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Mother's Day takeout?

My grandmother is awaiting hip replacement surgery and can't really get out of the house, so my family wants to take our mother's day celebration to her. Anybody have a good place to get nice takeout for Mother's day in the Los Angeles area? Things that will hold up to a 1 hour drive would be best. Many thanks!

May 02, 2011
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New to Palos Verdes - seeking recommendations

chinese (none are thaaat good) but: shanghai palace (shanghainese), harbor palace (cantonese seafood)

japanese is actually rather good as there are many salarymen and first generation japanese in the southbay. my favs that are closest to PV are iccho, koraku, and curry house.

i've eaten pizza at lamppost pizza for the last 30+ years and it's a place where you can grab a pizza and beer and watch the lakers/dodgers game with the family.

i know that san pedro can be a little far depending where on the hill you live, so we tend to frequent torrance a bit more when i visit.

Apr 13, 2011
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Good beer selection?

try beverage warehouse in culver city...or bevmo

Apr 11, 2011
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Top Chef All-Stars - Ep. #11 - 02/23/11 (Spoilers)

dale!!!??? why do they keep consistently mediocre chefs while sending gifted chefs home? i'm losing interest in the finale cuz it won't have the top 2, 3, or 4 chefs. lame.

Feb 23, 2011
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Coco Ichibanya in Torrance

Anybody try the new branch of the famous curry restaurant chain in Torrance? Just saw it driving back home and looks pretty nice.

2455 Sepulveda Blvd
Torrance, CA 90501
Neighborhood: Torrance

Feb 04, 2011
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Hide Sushi visit...

glad you posted this. i think hide is a great place for very decent and moderately priced sushi. in fact it's my dad's favorite place. he used to live in the neighborhood back in the 70s-80s and i don't think the place has changed much since then, and he likes it like that. you're not going to get nouveau japanese cuisine, but most people who go there aren't looking for that. straight up tempura and sushi.

Feb 06, 2010
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Pizzeria Mozza

haha. i'd like to see someone try that somewhere in monterey park. i think the waiters there might pistol whip you.

Jan 25, 2010
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ISO Taiwanese sit-down, family-style dinner

Had a very nice sit down meal with my family a few weeks ago at Cafe Fusion in Arcadia. It's nice cuz the decor is quite modern and the place is very clean. The whole fish with lotus seed is delicious as is the pork rump. They had a good version of three cups chicken as well. Also it's the only place I've had Taiwanese style raw cockles. Definitely worth a trip esp if you're family is looking for something on the nicer side.

510 E Live Oak Ave
Arcadia, CA 91006
(626) 447-6488

Jan 18, 2010
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Tacos in the Westside

My wife and I eat tacos here on the westside pretty regularly and we like 'em in this order:
1. Tacos Por Favor
2. El Super Taco (although as previously mentioned, the tortas are the real star here)
3. Tacomiendo
4. Pili's Tacos (only when drunk and around the area)

Jan 02, 2010
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Diner Food on the Westside

hmmm....will definitely try peppy's. sounds like a good divey, old school diner.

Oct 28, 2009
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Diner Food on the Westside

My wife and I were watching a Food Network show on some old school diners, and I got really nostalgic about this diner we used to go to all the time in Torrance called the Parasol diner. Had great pancakes, blue plate specials, sandwiches, and pies. Anybody recommend somewhere in West LA where the food is old school, where I won't find compote next to my pancakes, and the clientele is equally old school?

Oct 26, 2009
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If you moved to the Palos Verdes area, where would you end up eating?

Nobody actually eats in PV. I spent my entire childhood there, and I think the only places actually in Palos Verdes that we ate were:
Fu Yuan Lo: Americanized Chinese but it was the ONLY Chinese in 1980.
McDonald's: since deceased
Admiral Risty's: for "special occasions"

Torrance, Redondo, Lomita, and Gardena are at your fingertips though. You've just got to readjust and understand that any good food is 20 minutes away.

Oct 21, 2009
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DineLA- running reviews of places so far

Went to Marrakesh for DineLA simply because I've been fiending for Morroccan food for maybe a year. The place was almost empty except for three other couples also doing the DineLA thing (note: it was also 6 pm on a Monday). The soup was not bad, but nothing super. The salad which was cucumbers with mint, pickled carrots, and a baba ghanoush type dish was pretty good. The chicken with olives and preserved lemons was pretty decent, and the lamb was just meh. BUT the bistilla! The bistilla was as I remembered it in Morrocco. Powdered sugar on top, flaky crust, and creamy/chicken goodness. Sweet and savory. Yum! And they give you a ton. We were a party of two and we pretty much have enough for two more meals. I saw a lone diner next to us who basically got served the same amount of food. So basically, I recommend it for the atmosphere (minus the Rubinesque belly dancer) and the bistilla. Might be interesting to come back and just order bistilla and some more interesting dishes.

Anyways, off to Grace tomorrow.

Oct 13, 2009
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Cemitas @ Venice and 405... are they gone?

it's the same truck that's at the smart and final on venice blvd in culver city in the afternoons. but yeah, i haven't seen it there in a little while. i did enjoy their cemitas about 3 weeks ago though on the late night.

Sep 30, 2009
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fresh tortillas on west side?

awesome! thanks soooo much

Jul 14, 2009
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