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Best Burger in LA?

I second Father's Office!

Feb 21, 2008
amoretignis in Los Angeles Area

Good place to eat in Koreatown area

I second Soot Bull Jeep. I don't like Cho Sun Galbee very much. It's too "sceny" and the meat has no taste.

Feb 21, 2008
amoretignis in Los Angeles Area

From Brooklyn to LA, where should I go?

That's a tough question to answer! Any particular cuisine? Price range? I was just in NY (Manhattan) this past week. Here are a two things here in LA that I prefer over NY - sushi and Korean BBQ. You are welcome to try them out and see if you agree.

Sushi Sushi (326 1/2 Beverly Dr, BH 90212)
There are many great sushi places in LA but this is my favorite. This is a go to place for Japanese business men. It's traditional Japanese fare and the sushi is melt-in-your-mouth fresh.

Soot Bull Jeep (3136 W 8th St, LA 90005)
Confirmed by me and my NY-Korean foodie friend, LA has better Korean BBQ. This is the "closest" to Santa Monica located in Koreatown near Downtown. The meat is tender, has an extra sweet, savory depth I haven't had anywhere else. Bring your dirtiest clothes, you will smell like BBQ for the rest of the night.

Other suggestions if you're not into sushi or Korean BBQ:

California
- Table 8
- Polo Lounge (celebrity hotspot)
- Hatfields
- Sona

Michelin Starred (some, not all):
- Spago
- Urasawa
- Melisse
- Matsuhisa

If you want NY celebrity in LA
- Osteria Mozza
- STK
- Cut

Miscellaneous
- Pinks Hot Dog (a must when you're in LA)
- Father's Office (best gastropub burger I've had)
- Langer's (LA's best pastrami sandwich shop, but Katz's may be better)

I've only been here for a few years, and the ones listed are a few that have stood out to me. Thankfully there are many great restaurants to explore in this fine city. Hope this helps!!

Feb 21, 2008
amoretignis in Los Angeles Area

Being dragged to Pink Taco - anything edible?

Breadbar is excellent! I frequent the one on 3rd Street. It's casual, non-pretentious french fare. Every dish I've tried so far has been perfectly satisfying. If you show up late enough, they'll be generous and throw in some fantastic fresh bread for free. You haven't experienced real bread until you've had bread from Kayser.

The husband and I had were in a similar predicament when a friend of ours was having a CAA going away party at Pink Taco. Fear of experiencing a Hard Rock Cafe type of dinner prohibited us from eating for the hour we spent schmoozing. Tired and hungry we made a beeline to Breadbar to eat. The perfect escape.

Sep 01, 2007
amoretignis in Los Angeles Area

Traditional Nigiri in L.A. (not for the fashionable crowd)

I second that. Hands down the best purist sushi restaurant I've had to date.

Jul 20, 2007
amoretignis in Los Angeles Area

Chocolate Chip Cookies And... ?

Fantastic! Chocolate chip cookies, ice cream and chocolate covered strawberries it is.

Thanks for the priceless feedback!

Jun 12, 2007
amoretignis in Home Cooking

Chocolate Chip Cookies And... ?

I was thinking of chocolate covered strawberries as well. Does it go with chocolate chip cookies and ice cream?

Jun 12, 2007
amoretignis in Home Cooking

Chocolate Chip Cookies And... ?

I agree with the vanilla. It'll best compliment the cookies. Thanks again for the recommendation. :)

Jun 12, 2007
amoretignis in Home Cooking

Chocolate Chip Cookies And... ?

Vanilla ice cream sounds great! My chocolate chip cookies are fairly soft and chewy. I've never tested to see if it can withstand the force of ice cream. I guess we'll just have to find out tomorrow.

If we were in the same city I would have been happy to send some cookies over! :)

Jun 12, 2007
amoretignis in Home Cooking

Chocolate Chip Cookies And... ?

Hello Hounders,

A co-worker's birthday is tomorrow and she's not a cake eater. She likes mousse, chocolate chip cookies, and snickers. :)

I've decided to make my chewy chocolate chip cookies but it feels incomplete. Are there any compliments to chocolate chip cookies other than milk? Please advise. Thanks so much!

Jun 12, 2007
amoretignis in Home Cooking

Marinade for Kalbi at Soot Bull Jeep?

The last time I was at Soot Bull Jeep, I willed myself to ask them what was in there marinade. With the assumption that it was a tightly held secret, my strategy was to compliment and inquire in tiny little steps. Loose version of the dialogue:

"Excuse me. The kalbi is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! What is in the marinade?"
<Smile from the waitress.>
"Is there honey in it?"
"Yes."
"Is there garlic in it?"
"Yes."
"Soy Sauce?"
"Yes."
"Green onions?"
"Yes."
"... Anyway... It's fantastic. I'm in heaven. I wish I could make something as great as this."
<Another smile and then she walked away.>

I gave up. I realized my complimentary dialogue had quickly turned into an inquisition - very awkward. I wish I knew some Korean so I could have developed a rapport with her. Maybe then she would have easily given up the marinade recipe that I covet.

To the point, 'hounders, anyone have an idea of why the marinade is so darn good? Is it the honey? Is it the garlic? Is it magic? If anyone out there managed to get a recipe from these lovely waitresses please share your strategy! I would love to hear your story! Hope to hear from you soon!

Jun 05, 2007
amoretignis in Home Cooking

HELP!! SUSHI with friends WEST LA/SM/Westwood

Sushi Sushi on Beverly Dr near Olympic (326 1/2 Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212). The a la carte menu is reasonable and you can't go wrong with the Chef's Choice 8pc or 10pc. I treated friends who came into town earlier this week from Berkeley and they reported it was the best sushi they've ever had. I don't know if it betrays the kind of sushi they've had in the past but I do agree that this traditional sushi restaurant is quite the experience. :)

Jun 02, 2007
amoretignis in Los Angeles Area

Dressing to Compliment Pear & Gorgonzola Salad?

I have a birthday dinner to prepare tomorrow and my husband just informed me he would like pear and gorgonzola in the salad. Because he's the birthday boy I will provide. Do any of you 'hounders have suggestions on a dressing recipe that would compliment this lovely combination? Thank you in advance! :)

Jun 01, 2007
amoretignis in Home Cooking

Fried Fish near Beverly Hills?

I think this may be a stretch but my co-workers are craving yummy deep fried fish for lunch. Are there any restaurants that would satisfy this request? Preferrably near Wilshire and La Cienega? Thank you in advance!

Jun 01, 2007
amoretignis in Los Angeles Area

I tried MIKA SUSHI on Olympic and Sepulveda

Would Sushi Sushi be considered low key? Sushi Sushi's located on Beverly just north of Olympic. It's traditional sushi that won't break the bank if you choose to go a la carte. I show up early evening (before 8pm) and have had no difficulty getting seated. It's small, quiet and the fish is divine.

May 15, 2007
amoretignis in Los Angeles Area

Main Entree for Husband's Birthday Party?

Do you now where I can find the Marcella Hazan recipe?

May 14, 2007
amoretignis in Home Cooking

Main Entree for Husband's Birthday Party?

Hi bac528, thanks for the suggestion! How long do you marinate the rib lamb chops?

May 14, 2007
amoretignis in Home Cooking

Main Entree for Husband's Birthday Party?

Hello fellow foodies! My husband's 30th birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks and I've been slowly building a menu together. As it stands, I have not decided on the meat/main entree. I have attached the tenative menu below. Again, this is a working menu and I may swap some things out. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Something tasty, simple to medium, for about 15 ppl. Thank you ahead of time!

Ball-and-Chain's Tentative Menu
Antipasto:
- Fruit & cheese board w/pancetta & crackers
- Roasted garlic crostini w/tapenade
- Roasted garlic crostini w/tomato & basil
- Wild mushroom crostini
Primo: Caesar salad w/parmagiano reggiano
Secondo: Meat entree (UNDECIDED)
Contorno:
- French potato salad
- Roasted asparagus or haricort verts with shallots
Dolce:
- Strawberry NY style cheesecake on graham cracker crust
- Chocolate covered strawberries
Caffe: French press or loose leaf tea
Digestivo: Selected wines & champagne

May 14, 2007
amoretignis in Home Cooking

Korean BBQ place that uses charcoal???

I have said this before and I will say it again. My last meal on earth is going to be at Soot Bull Jeep. Their kalbi is to die for. So much more flavor than any other Korean BBQ place I've been to (I've eaten in SF, SD and LA, not NY). I've taken my husband, mother, brother, brother's baby's mama, friends, lovers, everyone I know in LA to Soot Bull Jeep. Parking is a pain but if you are up to eating kick ass Korean BBQ during lunch on weekends, you'll be guaranteed a parking spot in their coveted parking lot strip. Remember to wear clothes from the hamper, the charcoal meat will stick to you and you will not be suitable for public afterward. So either go immediately home and shower, or just immediately hole up in K-town's many private karaoke rooms. Karaoke will always love you, no matter how bad you smell.

With that said, I haven't tried Ham Ji Park but I will now if there's a possibility of having an even better last meal on earth experience.

May 11, 2007
amoretignis in Los Angeles Area