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Jun 27, 2006 10:21 PM

Release my inner vampire: Craving for garlic (not Zankou)

I am craving garlic and I've had zankou already three times this week. Where do I go now? I'm thinking maybe Korean or Cuban or? Thanks!

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  1. Stinking Rose, a garlic restaurant at 50 N. La Cienega in Los Angeles. Every dish is a garlic dish. The signature dish is the 40-clove garlic chicken. Also try the appetizer. I forgot the name, but you get a basket of bread with a hot pan of roasted garlic. Finally, end the meal with garlic ice cream. I know some people may find this disgusting sounding, but the garlic flavor actually accentuates the vanilla ice cream, which is topped with a caramel sauce. A few seconds after the vanilla ice cream melts on your tongue, you taste the garlic. It's a fun restaurant.

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    1. re: Pamela

      The only thing that's 'good' at Stinking Rose is the Bagna Calda (the appetizer described above). Everything else is a horrific mess and a poor excuse for food.

      1. re: The Oracle

        Rats. It sounds like the food at Stinking Rose went downhill then. I haven't been in a while, but I've eaten at the Stinking Rose at least a dozen times. The first 10-11 times, I always ordered the 40-clove garlic chicken and the Bagna Calda. Then I ordered the halibut, which didn't have that much garlic in it. Never had bad food here, although one time they did not have the garlic ice cream. I still think it's a fun place to take out-of-towners and people unaquainted with a themed restaurant.

    2. Cuban: Lemon Garlic Chicken at Havana Mania in Redondo Beach. Or go for roast pig on Tuesday. Lot's of garlic in that. I think it is much better than Versailles.

      The next thing that comes to mind is the garlic dip at Alejo's Presto Tratoria in Playa Del Rey. Not quite the same since the owner passed a few years back but the garlic dip and bread is still wonderful and will leave it coming from your skin the next day.

      1. i suggest a nice steak at maestro's with the garlic/blue cheese/olive oil sauce on the side

        1. Gather up five or six of your best friends and head over to NBC Seafood (404 S Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park, (626) 282-2323) for a live king crab with garlic sauce. Unbelievably good, and possibly the best use of garlic I have ever experienced. See:

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          1. re: David Kahn

            Along these lines, many Chinese seafood places have a house special crab with fried minced garlic, maybe SEAFOOD VILLAGE is the best known.

            1. re: babalu

              Concur on the SEAFOOD VILLAGE rec.

              As to NBC, it's stir-fried garlic crab really pales in comparison to Seafood Village's rendition. Sort of like an American cheese slice versus a hand-crafted mozarella ball, less depth and character.

              1. re: babalu

                And further along these lines, I always like to test various Chinese restaurants' renditions of eggplant stir fried with garlic. When it's executed well its pungent and the eggplant is cut in to "sticks" that come to the table practically molten in temperature and creaminess.

                1. re: ChinoWayne

                  This reminds me that the Japanese Cafe on first street, Suehiro, makes a stir fried eggplant dish with garlic that is great.

            2. How about Versaille for their version of Cuban Garlic Chicken. Good Plantains too ;-)