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Food + TV in SF Valley?

On Ventura just east of Woodman in Sherman Oaks is Boneyard Bistro, most of the tables are faced toward the their overhead screen (except the booth area) - the TV is on most of the time and Monday nights are 1/2 off beer prices. It's not a sports bar and they offer ribs, burgers, steaks, Fish, Fried mac n cheese as well as healthier and Vegetarian choices, macn n cheese.

I personally like it there as service is outstanding, friendly servers and food is good, but I do recommend either getting there early or call in for reservations, the place is small.

I second Stanley's as well but you do have to sit at the bar.

If you want to drive to Hollywood, there's Big Wangs on Cahuenga and Selma - that's your typical sports bar (sometimes rowdy), but they do have multiple big screens and big rooms and the typical greasy but extensive sports bar menus, my favorite meal there is the dessert ; sizzling hot chocolate chip cookie served on a hot plate, topped with vanilla ice cream.

May 14, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Caterer for work lunch in Eagle Rock

I used to order from Vinaigrettes or Organic to Go for twice a week lunches for our employees and now I've learned that they have merged their menus so you get the best of both; a variety of hot foods, organic selections and even ethnic foods from Mexican, Chinese, Mediterranean, Southern Style etc...

Their prices were reasonable and they will work with you on your needs and you don't need to tip to the drivers since Organics to Go have a no tipping policy.

You must order the Thai Vegetable Soup, that was a hit even with the non-vegetarians.

Here is the number of the catering three one zero, nine zero three, sixty-seven, thirty-three.

May 11, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Venice Beach

Hal's Bar and Grill on Abbot Kinney and California - Jazz nights are Sunday and Monday. My favorite meal there is either the penne pasta, grilled half chicken with the yummiest fries, and the flat iron steak. Save room for dessert especially the bread pudding, I'm not a big fan of bread puddings, but Hal's pudding is delicious. Prices are reasonable.
Then walk over to Brigs for late night cap and just chill, also on Abbot Kinney

For Mexican cuisine - La Cabana is decent although I have not been there in years and from what I remember, strong but delicious margaritas, super friendly staff and the tastiest empanadas . La Cabana is on Rose and Lincoln, I used to walk there since I lived in Venice, but parking is one of the cons, do not park across at the grocery parking lot - they will tow!

Other nearby venues to also check out:
If you're into people watching, have a drink and not care about the food try:
James Beach on Venice and Pacific
World Cafe on Main Street

Bar sights on Main; Finn McCool's, Library Alehouse, O'Brien's, Rick's Tavern

May 10, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Grill Lyon Closing 05/13

Oh no...I am going to miss their monkfish pastry puff. Do you know if they will be opening up in a different part of town or closing down period?

May 10, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Valley BBQ?

Here are a few places that is better than Mr. Cecil's, in my opinion

Boneyard Bistro on Ventura, east of Woodman. Portions are much bigger than Mr.Cecil's and service is outstanding. Have extensive beer and wines from around the world. Monday night is 1/2 off beers, and Tuesday is 1/2 off wine bottles - ask for Martin, he is one of the best servers.

Uncle Andre's BBQ in Studio City on Moorpark and Colfax - the beef ribs are incredible, service is super slooooow but worth the wait, service can be better, but you go for the food

Although Jr's BBQ in Culver City tops them all...

May 10, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Fernando Valley business cas dinner

In addition to the mentioned venues try:

Boneyard Bistro on Ventura and east of Woodman - although it may be a bit noisy inside, they do have front patio. Some nights are 1/2 price off their extensive beer list or wine bottles. I don't remember if they have a full bar though.

Mistral on Ventura and Dixie Canyon - Great atmosphere and very tasty - must try the chicken with mushroom sauce, other dishes are just as wonderful.

May 09, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Genghis Cohen - what to order?

Thank you everyone for your suggestions and advice on getting there early - made it and we ordered Kung Pao Scallops, Shanghai Chicken, Szechuan Green Beans and Buddha's Veggie Delight and of course the dumplings, we were quite satisfied... knew I can count on Chowhoundies for excelent recommendations!

May 08, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Genghis Cohen - what to order?

Thank you for the suggestions, I may have to order each and share around the table. Question though, we like our foods spicy, would it be out of line if we ask them to step it up a notch or two?

May 04, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Genghis Cohen - what to order?

Going to Genghis Cohen to see a friend play, I've never been there, any suggestions what to order? I'm not that picky but thought someone here might have a favorite dish or suggest what not to order. Thanks.

May 04, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

The Ubergeeks are moving to north OC!

Congratulations!! I too was raised in the OC and ended up in Sherman Oaks (not by choice), but I love asian foods particularly Indonesian, so here are the fav's around OC.

Rowland Heights
Banana Bay Restaurant, reasonable prices with good food, blend of Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Philipino with big screen tv's to catch a game, it's a rather large restaurant, it's clean, and have live band on the weekends and it does get noisy. Address is: 18230 Colima Rd., Tel: 626.839.5511
There are also korean and japanese restaurants in the same plaza, have not checked them out though

Diamond Bar
Asian Deli - Indonesian restaurant, have not been there in a while since they changed owners, but I heard it is still good (by another fellow asian of course!) 23545 Palomino Drive, Tel; 909.861.1427

Bellflower/Artesia
Toko Rame - Arguably the tastiest Indonesian restaurant (aside from Simpang Asia in West LA), it's small and you may have a tough time finding parking, but it is well worth it. on 17155 Bellflower Blvd, tel: 562.920.8002

West Covina - Satay Fong also Indonesian, address is: 989 S. Glendora, tel: 626.337.111

Tustin - Zov's Bistro, it's mediterranean/middle eastern, a bit more upscale than the above listed, but for special occasions. 17440 E. 17th street, Tel: 714.838.8855. The chef also offers cooking classes...

Have fun and good luck with the move!

May 03, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

WESTSIDE REHEARSAL DINNER HELP!

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!! I went to an engagement party at the W in Westwood - it was held in the patio and the room adjacent to it and had the Audio/Visual equipment and DJ set up also. There were about 100 people that attended and we were not cramped at all. Good luck.

Here is the info:
W Los Angeles Westwood
930 Hilgard Ave., 90024
Tel: 310-208-8765

May 03, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Fun Place in Alhambra

I don't know if Rowland Heights is far from you, I think it's less than 20 miles, but try Banana Bay, they have all sorts of Asian foods, from Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Philipines and it's a fun atmosphere, some nights maybe loud so that's an indication of fun right? Some nights, they have a live band and also have big screen televisions all around. Restaurant itself is clean and huuge, food is good quality, prices are very reasonable, you can have a la carte meals or family style.
Here is their info
Banana Bay Restaurant,
18230 Colima Road, Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Tel: 626.839.5511

May 03, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Dinner Recs between Thousand Oaks & Pasadena, easy-ish freeway access

Maybe it was an off night at Gochi, the meats were not as fresh and had a slightly off smell and the kalbi soup was not good, I do agree that the portion at Gochi are bigger, but then I had the worst stomach ache the next day. I was just at Gyu Kaku the other night and their misujo (30 day aged) steak was really good and tender and their Kalbi soup was good. I'll give Gochi another try. Thanks.

May 02, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Dinner Recs between Thousand Oaks & Pasadena, easy-ish freeway access

If you want to try Japanese BBQ - try Gyu Kaku in Sherman Oaks, Ventura/Van Nuys, behind El Torito. I actually like it better at Gyu Kaku than Gochi in Encino, quality of the food is better also.

May 02, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Where do SF locals go for crabs?

That's just too bad .. thanks for the warning!

May 02, 2007
dshm in San Francisco Bay Area

Japanese friends in town-need USA food in Hollywood

How about Citizen Smith or Big Wangs on Cahuenga

Citizen Smith - try the mac n cheese, management changed so don't know if it's good anymore, they have had mixed reviews though from quality of foods and service, but I was there last year a few times and did not have problems with either.

Big Wangs - casual sports bar, have BBQ meats, pizzas, Quesadilla etc, but it may be too loud as it is a sports bar, but not "chain-like" bars such as Yankee Doodles. Good thing is they are inexpensive and lot's of big screen TV's.

Cinespace - Movie and dinner all in one space, you may need to call and check the schedule, otherwise it's a cool space.

Hollywood and Vine Restaurant - kind of 1940's feel with modern touches, food is decent.

Good luck

May 02, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Long Beach Rec(?)

La Creperie Cafe on 2nd street - 4911 E 2nd Street. Then go to the Basement and listen to live music.

May 02, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Where do SF locals go for crabs?

Really? That is so unfortunate. I was there last October didn't have the time to visit last month when I was in the Bay. What was it that went downhill - food or venue itself?

May 02, 2007
dshm in San Francisco Bay Area

Where do SF locals go for crabs?

Thanh Long 4101 Judah Street
on the corner of 46th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122
415.665.1146
http://www.anfamily.com/portalpage.html

My sister and her husband (she's asian, he's american) always take us to Thanh Long. It is considered Vietnames but the crab there is delicious. It's part of the An Family restaurant such as Crustacean in SF and Beverly Hills. But we like Thanh Long much much better, food tastes better there. You also have to try the crab fried rice and the garlic noodles.

As far as Chowder, the best is still found in your neck of the woods in Back Bay :-)

May 02, 2007
dshm in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch in Orange, CA

Here are a few options:

Orange circle restaurants - Starting at Chapman and Main
Felix Continental (Cuban) - reliably good food
Citrus City Grille
Watson Drug Store and Soda Fountain - ole fashioned chocolate sodas

The Block at Orange - City Blvd and the 22 freeway
Cafe Tu Tu Tango
Corner Bakery Cafe
Market Broiler - Seafood and fish specialties

Closer to the hospital would be the Main Place mall Olive Garden & CPK but try the places in the Orange Circle, much better.

Have a great lunch!

May 02, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Help! Need venue recommendations for Mother’s Day for 25 people?

Don't I know it, my family and extended family are now coming in from different parts of the country (just found out today eeks) I may have found something though - it's the Amazon Churrascaria in Fullerton - have you been to that particular venue? I've been to Fogo in BH and Gaucho's in Glendale as comparison...

May 02, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Westside Italian - 10 People - Tonight!

I agree with LisaStitch, Tanino in Westwood is great and if they are out of towners, walk them over to Didi Riese for the famous ice-cream cookie sandwiches or just their cookies. We did just that for our clients from Boston - Tanino and Didi Riese afterward and they were just delighted and Westwood Village reminded them of some of their Back Bay venues....

May 02, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

It's Wednesday...is it a special night anywhere?

Hi Mojoeater, my BF is into microbrews (he's a colorado boy), do you know offhand what they offer on a regular night? Thanks

May 02, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Help! Need venue recommendations for Mother’s Day for 25 people?

Help! Need venue recommendations for Mother’s Day for 25 people? Either in Orange, Tustin, Irvine, Fullerton, Alhambra, Rosemead? Must be kid friendly, does not have to be buffet although that may be the best, but nothing that will break the bank. Any suggestions for this late in the game?

May 02, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Best Souffle in LA and OC

Bistango in Irvine - chocolate souffle or grand marnier souffle and different sorts of fraiche creme's and sauces to accompany - yummy!!

May 02, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Mother's Day Kid Friendly

How about Marmalade Cafe on Ventura/Kester in Sherman Oaks for brunch or even Jinky's Cafe also on Ventura/Hazeltine also in SO, they have an extensive menu other than brunch. Just make sure you get there early especially on a weekend, the line gets long.

May 01, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Bitterballen

Call Simpang Asia in Cheviot Hills it's an Indonesian Market/Cafe, sometimes they may have it or you may special order - the cooks there know how to make everything....

May 01, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Who makes the best Smoothies in the west LA area?

I know exactly the smoothie spot you had your last one at cheviot hills. There is the Indonesian Market next door called Simpang Asia and they have the exotic fruit smoothies from jackfruit, avocado, or durian (labeled as stinky fruit) but it tastes so good. It's on National Place.

May 01, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

HELP! Lunch recs needed near Wilshire & Westwood Blvd

I am with you on Sister's Cafe - what is up with the dry sandwiches??

May 01, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area

Burbank Sunday

Try Sebastian's on Riverside Drive it's Burbank/Toluca Lake border. Wonderful patio area and cool lounge inside. You will usually see Sebastian, the chef/owner behind the kitchen and if he is there you're in for a treat...have one of his pizzas, it's good!

Another place is Gindi Thai (Thai/Japanese fusion). It's a nice place with great service and although it's not the usual Thai place (in a good way), but it's still good and you have a lot of options on the menu. Portions are generous. This place is also on Riverside Drive.

May 01, 2007
dshm in Los Angeles Area