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Aug 11, 2006 02:07 AM

ISO: sweet potatoes (not fries!)

Okay, I know there are many places in LA with sweet potato fries, but I can't find any with whole sweet potatoes. I would like to find somewhere that offers sweet potatoes (preferably not yams, but am open to suggestions) in the LA area. I am in the downtown area, so somewhere near there would be nice, but I am willing to venture out as far as Santa Monica as I am out there alot for school. Any suggestions?

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  1. I have seen them at Koo Koo Roo, but it might be a seasonal thing.

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    1. re: Just One Bite

      Wow, that's almost perfect. Cheap, fast, and close by. Thanks. Any others? Any places with real sweet potatoes? Thanks again.

    2. Either Outback Steakhouse or Lone Star Steakhouse, or possibly both, offer a sweet potato as a side.

      1. Whole roasted sweet potatoes (yaki imo) are a common Japanese street vendor treat. On weekends, there's a yaki imo cart outside the Mitsuwa supermarket in Costa Mesa. Try calling their Little Tokyo location to see if they have one.

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        1. re: Professor Salt

          Really??? Is it a seasonal thing? I mean, I wouldn't drive all the way to Costa Mesa for something I could make at home, but still...! Are they roasted over coal or a gas flame?? 0_o

          1. re: PseudoNerd

            It's not always parked out front, that's all I can say for certain. Is it worth it to drive all the way from L.A. for this? I wouldn't, but that's just me.

            It's roasted over gas and smells great even though coal would be dreamy in a "natsukashii" (nostalgic) way. I sorta doubt that any street vendor (even in Japan) still uses coals, though.

            1. re: Professor Salt

              Really? Not even in Japan? Now that's truly disappointing. You're right, I wouldn't drive all the way to Costa Mesa for just yakiimo. I might, however, stop by if/when I accompany friends on their marathon shopping expeditions.

        2. Every Peruvian restaurant in the city serves sweet potato with cebiche. I like it best at Las Quenas, on Sherman Way and Bellaire in North Hollywood, but that's not exactly close to downtown.

          1. Not sure if it is currently on the menu, but AOC has a delicious sweet potato dish with romesco and bacon.