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Poll: What restaurants do you eat in most often?

Taiko in Brentwood. Noodles and donburi.

Hurry Curry of Tokyo on Sawtelle.

Ramenya on Olympic. The best fried rice.

El Super Taco for great, cheap tacos and a good salsa bar.

17th Street Cafe in Santa Monica.

Yung Dong Tofu House in San Gabriel on Las Tunas. Fabulous tofu hot pots and Korean BBQ.

Mandarin Chateau. The best Chinese food in Chinatown.

Sep 13, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

WEST LA: Tacos and Soup?

And that's how I found El Super Taco. Also believe what Bandini has to say about Tacos Por Favor's chorizo and cheese tacos. They are THAT GOOD, I just went to El Super Taco first because you said West LA, not Santa Monica.

Eat at both!

Sep 07, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

WEST LA: Tacos and Soup?

Right next to Monte Alban is El Super Taco. They're in the same strip mall.

Go there as soon as possible!!! They have numerous types of tacos: fish, carnitas, suadero, cabeza, pollo, chorizo, you name it. I've never had a bad experience there. Tacos are only $1.10 each, every day. My boyfriend and I have been going there at least once a week since we discovered it. And it's open really late on the weekends too, with no lines.

It's a couple blocks east of Bundy on Santa Monica Blvd. Enjoy!

Sep 06, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

24 hours in Santa Monica what to eat?

I don't know the bus route, but you're talking about Broadway downtown. It's an awesome street, with the Grand Central Market http://www.grandcentralsquare.com/ on one end and the Orpheum Theatre at the other end. I highly suggest shopping and eating at the Market and wandering down the street westbound and checking out the architecture.

Aug 24, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

Ramen Wars!

Sorry to report that Yokohama's gone, at least from that location.

There's a new place there called "Asian-ya" and it's owned by the same people that own Ramenya. They serve Korean tofu soup and other assorted Asian (mostly Korean and Japanese) dishes. I tried it last week and it was okay, but nothing to write home about.

Aug 03, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

Who has the best hummus?

I couldn't bring myself to read this whole thread, but the best hummus I've had recently I bought at the grocery store. It was called "sabra" I believe, and I tried the pine nut version (they also have a version that's called "greek" which I have not yet tried).

It was very good, nice consistency and proper flavor. And as far as tastes go, I agree with those comments I skimmed above about TJs hummus--one of the few places they have failed.

Give sabra a chance, especially considering it's pretty cheap and you can have it at home and eat it at your leisure.

Jun 25, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

Need good rec for Arabic/Lebanese food in LA Area

I know many a Jordanian who claims that the shwarma at Zankou is the closest you can get to the actual thing in Amman. My friend's brother, who lives in San Francisco, makes her bring it to him on the plane when she comes to visit. They may enjoy a little taste of home from there.

Also, I've had some good Arabic food at Sham on Santa Monica in Santa Monica, but don't let them try the mansaf, it's just not as good as the real thing.

Jun 25, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

Best Japanese Curry

I LOVE Japanese curry.

I think Hurry Curry is much better than Curry House. Plus, Curry House has been consistently upping their prices and downsizing their portions.

I've also had good curry at Sawtelle Kitchen and Blue Marlin, but I think Hurry Curry is the best on Sawtelle. The spinach and mushroom curry is excellent, as is the plain old chicken curry, which is amazingly tender.

Jun 20, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

"cheap eats," anyone?

I would say under $10 per person is "cheap." But that's only my definition after moving to LA--in places in PA where I grew up its still easy to come in under $5 in many places for good cheap eats.

Jun 13, 2007
voodoochild in Not About Food

philly cheesesteak!

It is a non alcoholic drink, yes. Similar to rootbeer, but with a sharper flavor. I don't know how to describe it and do it justice, but it's fabulous.

I heard they sell a variety at Target now, but I don't go 'round those parts too often. I would definitely try it out if given the opportunity.

Jun 12, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

philly cheesesteak!

Birch Beer?!?!?!? Yeah!!!!! I haven't seen Birch Beer since growing up in PA. We used to get it by the keg for parties in the summer. One keg of real beer, one keg of birch. Yum.

I've gotta get myself to Pasadena. Thanks Jack Flash, you just made my day!

Jun 12, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

sweet lady jane- incredibly rude!

I've never been there, and after reading this thread, will never go, but here's more fodder for the fight:

http://www.laist.com/2007/06/08/sweet...

Apparently don't go there for a wedding cake either.

Jun 08, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

Going to RAMEN-YA tomorrow... Need advice!

Wow, that really surprises me, because I've had chashu there before, and other pork-included noodles, and have always found their meat to be really tender and almost falling apart. Granted, I wouldn't describe it as fatty, but it's surely not shoe leather.

Jun 07, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

Going to RAMEN-YA tomorrow... Need advice!

Okay, so after writing that for you yesterday I ended up picking up their pork fried rice for dinner. SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good. Just ask for extra ginger, cuz you're going to want some in every bite.

Let me know once you've gone, and I hope you enjoy.

Jun 07, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

Going to RAMEN-YA tomorrow... Need advice!

Ramen-ya is open seven days a week now. You can go (could have gone) today.

The jya jya men is a thick gelatinous gravy with ground pork in it. It's good and a bit spicy, but not too much. I prefer it hot over cold, but you can get it either way. I also stay away from the very spicy.

The shoyu ramen is very simple and very good. The wonton men is excellent. My boyfriend really likes the Sanmar Men, its more substantive than many of the other ramen dishes because its in a gravy and includes alot of seafood.

Also, it's not on the menu but their cold noodle for the summer is great on a hot day, or any day! It's got a nice light sauce with cucumber, pickled ginger, shredded chicken, seaweed, and maybe some sprouts. I get it when it's too hot for shoyu.

They've also got GREAT fried rice.

Jun 06, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

the best SANDWICH in (Los Angeles) period.

I have never seen City Chicken outside of Pittsburgh. In fact, I don't recall even seeing it in restuarants in Western PA, I think it's probably only a home cooking thing.

I do know that any butcher in Pittsburgh, if you ask for City Chicken, will cut up the pork and veal and skewer it for you, so I think it's exclusively on a stick. Funny thing is I hated it when I was young and now that I live here I crave it regularly.

May 30, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

the best SANDWICH in (Los Angeles) period.

Wiki is good for some things, but categorizing food isn't necessarily one of them.

As an original Pittsburger, I went on there to find "City Chicken" a local delicacy made not-of-chicken, but rather, pork and veal.

Wiki told me City Chicken was a chicken fried steak.

May 29, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

Not fancy, just GOOD food in Big Bear

Thanks guys! I'll try 'em out!

May 24, 2007
voodoochild in California

Not fancy, just GOOD food in Big Bear

Did you say pie??? Any other identifying info even if you can't remember the name? We'll have a kitchen in the condo we rented, but I was hoping for some hearty mountain food up there. Guess now I know to do some grocery shopping beforehand, huh?

May 23, 2007
voodoochild in California

Not fancy, just GOOD food in Big Bear

Going to Big Bear on vacation in a few weeks and looking for some recommendations in Big Bear. I don't care about decor or ambiance, just the taste and quality of the food. Thanks!

May 23, 2007
voodoochild in California

Changes on Sawtelle - Waffles and a new sushi place?

Tried babyblonde for the first time last night. It followed a great meal at Kiriko so maybe that heightened my expectations, but it was NOT good.

The waffles, although I was assured by the sales guy that they're special Belgian blah blah blah were nothing special, and they simply cut them up, dumped some fruit on top, and drizzled a little chocolate. SUPER OVERPRICED for what you get and not very good, especially considering the rest of the street.

I very much got the impression that "babyblonde" was some place pulled together in two seconds to compete in the new beard papa/pinkberry japanese dessert explosion.

May 21, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

Best Chinese in Chinatown?

Mandarin Chateau. By far the best Chinese in Chinatown. It's been there for 30 years and my boyfriend's Taiwanese family has been going there apparently since he was in the womb.

Mandarin Chateau
970 North Broadway, Suite 114
Los Angeles, CA

May 11, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

your favorite cheese for grilled cheese sandwiches?

Good, sharp provolone (the kind that comes wrapped in a wax ball) makes the most excellent grilled cheese ever.

May 10, 2007
voodoochild in Home Cooking

Westside cold jellyfish?

Nigiya Market on Sawtelle has all kinds of cold Japanese salads in their refrigerator section. My favorite is the seaweed salad, it's obviously not jellyfish, but it fits your critera of cold, crunchy, gelatinous protein. They may have a jellyfish salad as well--I haven't looked for it. I believe they have some sunumonos as well. So sorry if i butchered the Japanese.

May 10, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

Third St in Santa Monica - Help!

Houstons is also at 2nd and Wilshire, and it's always a safe place for a business dinner.

May 10, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

sushi take out on the westside

Asakuma has two locations that are take-out only in addition to their main location on Barrington and Wilshire. The take out is pretty good and fresh. Definitely don't go to Sushi King for take out--they'll screw you on the portions.

May 09, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

In search of new Shawarma spot - Willing to drive.

Sham is okay, but I wasn't impressed that I had to order any sides separately, rather than getting a side of hummus or something with my entree.

Zankou's good and no-nonsense. In fact, I'm going to have a shawarma sandwich today for lunch--beef, tahini, tomatoes--what could be better?

May 09, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

BEST MEAT IN LA

I hope you're on the Westside for these recs to work, but both are great places with knowledgable butchers:
Vicente Foods on San Vicente in Brentwood
The Farms at 21st and Montana in Santa Monica. The Farms has a good deli too.

May 08, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

Looking for trad Japanese on Westside tonite

I second Taiko. I go to this place probably once a week and get consistently good food and service. They have an extensive menu with everything from simple kid-friendly foods like tempura and teriyaki to sushi and delicate tofu dishes. But don't get me wrong, it's good quality authentic Japanese.

It's not fancy, not too expensive, and always full of families. Places like Hide or Kiriko aren't really the kind of place I'd take a kid for her birthday.

There's also a frozen yogurt place next door that you could go to instead of Beard Papas.

In the alternative, Asakuma's good too, but a little more grown-up.

May 07, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area

The Ubergeeks are moving to north OC!

It may not be in little Palestine, but Zena's Lebanese Cuisine in Orange is amazing. They have perhaps the best tabbouli I've had. I actually ordered a whole stuffed lamb from there recently for a party and it was great! Stuffed with meat and rice and served with grilled veggies.

Zena's Lebanese Cuisine
2094 N Tustin St
Orange, CA

May 03, 2007
voodoochild in Los Angeles Area