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The Golden State on Fairfax

I've been twice already and was happy with both experiences.

First time: I had a regular hot dog topped with peppers and onions, ketchup, and mustard. Potato salad on the side. I had never tried a Lets Be Frank dog before, but really enjoyed it-- had a nice flavor and great snap to it. Washed it down with a Craftsmen Hef. Good combo. Boyfriend had the Brat with cole slaw. It was good, but I liked my choice more :) We ordered a root beer float with brown bread gelato for dessert. That was a definite highlight!

Second time: My bf and I both got the burger which was FANTASTIC. Cooked to perfection (medium rare) and served on a really great bun. I had reg. fries, he had the sweet potato wedges. Both deelish. This time I had the Allagash which might be my new favorite beer :)

Adding to the experience, the woman at the counter (blond girl) is absolutely adorable and super sweet...for all you single men out there! :)

We'll definitely be back. The only problem is the wait. If you go with friends, have one of them grab a table while you order. Then switch!

Mar 11, 2009
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

Eclectic Girl's Night Out- Need Recs!

Uhhhh... that's a possibility. Any recommendations in the $45-$60 range, or did you just want to give me advice on being a generous friend?

Mar 11, 2009
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

Eclectic Girl's Night Out- Need Recs!

I'll definitely check it out at some point, but by the looks of the web-site -- it does look a little too pricey for Miss. Broke-As-A-Joke.

I told you this was a challenge!

Mar 11, 2009
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

Eclectic Girl's Night Out- Need Recs!

Really good rec! I'm a west-sider, but we need a place that is farther east. Two of the girls are coming from Los Feliz and Hollywood :(

P.S. Wine/ beer places are fine too.

Mar 10, 2009
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

Eclectic Girl's Night Out- Need Recs!

I'm going out for dinner tomorrow night with my college roommates. Great friends, but we're all totally different (especially when it comes to food)... so it's always a challenge to pick a place!

Here's the scoop:
1. Me- a beer loving, carnivorous, eat-anything type of girl. Not picky.
2. Self-proclaimed "health-freak" nutritionist who gave up drinking last year (for health reasons). She's the veggie and fish type, but will do chicken and turkey as long as it's free-range, grass-fed, blah blah blah... you get the idea.
3. A booze-hound alcoholic (in a good way). Full bar's a plus for her! She likes simple meat-and-potato type food. She always suggests Cheesecake Factory (if that tells you anything)!
4. She'll eat anything and is very adventurous when it comes to food, BUT she's broke-as-a-joke. Price is a concern for this one. She'd like to keep her portion of the bill under $30.

We've decided to meet somewhere east-side-ish. I'm thinking Century City, Beverly Hills, W. Hollywood, Koreatown. We'd like a place with a nice atmosphere.

Sushi might be the best option, but I am open to other suggestions...

Mar 10, 2009
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

Fine Dining near LAX airport?

I have to take a client out to dinner tomorrow night near LAX -- could be Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, etc. Just don't want to stray too far away from the airport and surrounding areas as he's staying at a hotel near LAX.

Any suggestions??

Steakhouses, Italian, Continental would be best. No sushi. Thanks!

Sep 30, 2008
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

Upscale Cuban in LA?

I had a wonderful Cuban meal with a friend at Mercedes' Cuban Grill, in the Marina Del Rey, last night. The ambiance is really nice. Lush tropical setting inside. Tables outside too. We ordered a couple of Margarita's at the bar while we waited for a table outside. The margs were delicious and we only had to wait 10 minutes for a table. We started with the Caribbean Tuna Pica "RAW" appetizer which was wonderful. Then we split the Ropa Vieja (flank steak stew meat over rice and black beans, served with plantains). It was comfort food at it's best. Wonderful meal, beautiful setting, excellent people watching!! Honestly, before going I thought that the place would be another mediocre tourist trap... but it soo wasn't. Definitely a pleasant surprise. Their menu is posted on citysearch.

http://losangeles.citysearch.com/prof...

Jul 21, 2008
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

Sherman Oaks/ Encino Recs

Thanks so much! I can't wait to try all your recs -- especially Thai 'n' I... I love mee krob!!

Jul 14, 2008
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

Sherman Oaks/ Encino Recs

I've been in the Valley a lot recently and need recs on good places to eat!! Anything on/ or around Ventura Blvd. (as far west as Balboa Blvd. and as far east as Woodman Ave would be the area I'm looking for).

I'm totally unfamiliar with the Valley -- so I've been sticking to chains like El Pollo Loco, Roman's for sandwiches, and Fatburger.... desperate for new/unique places to become obsessed with!

I'm open to all types of cuisine. Sit-down, and take-out. Upscale, and hole-in-the-wall.

What are your favorite places to grab a bite in the area?

Jul 14, 2008
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

French Onion Soup

Just tried the French Onion Soup at Anisette..... fabulous! Thanks for the wonderful rec!

Jul 08, 2008
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

French Onion Soup

Thanks! I'll try Doughboys next.

Jul 07, 2008
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

French Onion Soup

I often crave a good crock of baked French Onion Soup.... but have yet to find my go-to place to get it. There's nothing better than the rich flavor of beef broth, caramelized onions, a dry/crusty crouton and gooey melted swiss cheese!

I used to love the French Onion Soup at "Dive", Steven Spielberg's yellow-submarine themed restaurant in the Century City Shopping Mall. Sadly, Dive tanked in 1999 and I've been missing it ever since.

Anybody have any favorite places for French Onion Soup in LA? Anywhere from the San Fernando Valley to the Marina Del Rey.... willing to travel for my fix!

Jul 07, 2008
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

French Onion Soup

I often crave a good crock of baked French Onion Soup.... but have yet to find my go-to place to get it. There's nothing better than the rich flavor of beef broth, caramelized onions, a dry/crusty crouton and gooey melted swiss cheese!

I used to love the French Onion Soup at "Dive", Steven Spielberg's yellow-submarine themed restaurant in the Century City Shopping Mall. Sadly, Dive tanked in 1999 and I've been missing it ever since.

Anybody have any favorite places for French Onion Soup in LA? Anywhere from the San Fernando Valley to the Marina Del Rey.... willing to travel for my fix!

Jul 07, 2008
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Thai Rant

I too live in Santa Monica. Whenever we want Thai, we take a trip down the California Incline to PCH, up towards Malibu and land at Cholada (a.k.a. "Thai Beach Cuisine"). It's a beautiful drive that only takes about 10 minutes from SM.

I've never been disappointed by Cholada. In fact, I actually prefer it to many of the places that I've been in Thai Town. Their staples (coconut soup, yellow curry, pad thai, gai koa, pad-see-ew, etc.) are all EXCELLENT. I also really like the "Curry Powder Shrimp" dish off the Chef's Special section of the menu.

The restaurant has a casual atmosphere and a fun beachy vibe. It's a great "sweat pants" type place, but also fun for dates.

http://www.choladathaicuisine.com/cho...

Jun 10, 2008
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

Affordable Eats

Thanks so much! These places sound great :-)

Affordable Eats

Thanks!!

Affordable Eats

I'm a 'hound from Los Angeles who needs your help!! :-)

Me and my boyfriend are flying up to San Fran on Friday morning for a weekend get-away with another couple. We will all be staying with a girlfriend of mine who lives in the Russian Hill/ Marina area... but we're willing to explore other areas for good cheap eats.

My friend works at a restaurant called "Circa," just to give you an idea of her scene. Anyway, eating out every meal with a group of six can be pricey! We love food, want to have great culinary experiences while in the city, but are POOR as all hell.

Any ideas? I need recs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Any type of food is ok (from sushi to lebanese) as long as it has a good bang-for-your-buck ratio! Thanks!!!

Where to get the best FLAN in LA?

This is really embarrassing to admit..... but, I LOVE the flan from El Pollo Loco. It's definitely a guilty pleasure of mine :-)

May 21, 2008
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

Joe's of Bleecker Street - Unbelievable

I don't get the hype. I was so excited to try Joe's after reading all the hoopla surrounding it's opening. We ordered 1 cheese and 1 pepperoni pizza to share between 4 people. I don't know if it was an "off" night, but the cheese pizza was burnt (dark, dark brown on the bottom) and had hardly any cheese on it. It tasted like burnt bread sprinkled with a LITTLE mozzarella on top. Really disappointing. The pepperoni was slightly better, but nothing to rave about. I might give Joe's one more try -- seeing as I live in Santa Monica, but not any time soon.

Nov 15, 2007
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

Manhattan's Best

Thanks! I have a lot of research to to!

Nov 15, 2007
KaceyLaine in Manhattan

Manhattan's Best

My boyfriend and I will be traveling to New York in mid-December to visit family and friends! Our friends have good taste... but we don't want to leave our fate solely in their hands! I'm a total "LA Chowhound," so I knew that this would be the best place to get advice. Any restaurants that are an absolute must? My boyfriend's dead-set on trying Batali's Babbo... so I'm sure we'll give that a try.
We'll be visiting for five days -- so I'm interested in breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. We're lovers of all types of food. Thanks for the help!

Nov 14, 2007
KaceyLaine in Manhattan

Spicy Sichuan Cold Noodles

Thanks! I'll definitely check them out! Anyone know of any places closer to the Westside?

Jul 26, 2007
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

Red Velvet Cupcakes or Cake?

I love the red velvet cupcakes at Jamaica's Cakes! The cake is much softer than many others I've tried.

Jamaica's Cakes
11511 W. Pico Blvd (N. Side of Street Between Barrington and Sawtelle)
West Los Angeles, CA 90064

310-478-1971
open Tuesday-Saturday: 8:30AM-6:00PM
closed Sunday and Monday

Jul 21, 2007
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

Spicy Sichuan Cold Noodles

I am in LOVE with the cold noodles at "Little Sichuan" in San Mateo, where my Grandmother lives. Is there any such thing in the LA area? The dish that I'm referring to consists of heavily-spiced thin noodles, served cold. I believe the dish is spiced with some sort of hot chile sauce, giving the noodles a reddish hue. The mound of cold deliciousness is then topped off with very finely ground pork. I need to find a local source! Can anyone help???

Jul 21, 2007
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

best non-mozza pizza in LA?

I think Casa Bianca's meatball and pepperoni pizza is AMAZING..... but even their plain old cheese is something-to-rave-about! I love love love Casa Bianca!

Jul 17, 2007
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

To-Go Father's Day Picnic

What is the best place on the Westside to pick up picnic food (sandwiches, etc.) for Father's Day picnic tomorrow. Must be open on Sundays! Thanks for the tips :-)

Jun 16, 2007
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

Cuban in LA

If you like Cuban food "El Floridita" is an excellent choice! Also, Thursday nights are a good night to go if you're trying to save a few bucks -- they lower their prices on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays (nights when there's no Entertainment). Everything there is great!

http://www.elfloridita.com/index.htm

May 25, 2007
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

Great Salads

I tried "Andrea's Favorite Salad" for lunch yesterday. LOVED it! I'd never been to Bossa Nova before, and they just opened one down the street from my work -- on Pico near Westwood Blvd. Great new place for lunch. Thanks for the recommendation!

May 25, 2007
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

Cake for 25th Anniversary - this weekend

They do sell cakes by the slice, coffee, etc. Everything I've ever tried is DELISH! Her brownies and little tarts are especially fantastic. Also, Jamaica is super sweet.

May 25, 2007
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area

Cake for 25th Anniversary - this weekend

I love Jamaica's Cakes! She made the most delicious cake for my Aunt. Her pastries/cookies/other goodies are also to-die-for!

Jamaica's Cakes
11511 W. Pico Blvd (Between Barrington and Sawtelle)
West Los Angeles, CA 90064

310-478-1971
open Tuesday-Saturday: 8:30AM-6:00PM
closed Sunday and Monday

May 24, 2007
KaceyLaine in Los Angeles Area