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ISO: sweet potatoes (not fries!)

camarokyle Aug 11, 2006 02:07 AM

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?

  1. ChinoWayne Aug 13, 2006 08:06 AM

    Go in to hock, buy some gas, and drive out to Joey's BBQ in Chino, get some beef ribs and opt for the baked sweet potato, with either butter or marshmallo cream.

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    1. re: ChinoWayne
      camarokyle Aug 13, 2006 03:27 PM

      Awesome, thanks so much for the options. Looks like there are quite a few more places than I thought. If there are any others, please add to the list.
      Thanks again

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      ray9x Aug 13, 2006 01:36 AM

      One of the carts next to the California Market in LA has sweet potatoes. And the other one (Koo's Grill) has really hot, syrup-filled wheat pancakes. Totally awesome.

      450 S. Western Ave.
      Los Angeles, CA 90020

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        Ernie Aug 11, 2006 04:11 PM

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

        1. Das Ubergeek Aug 11, 2006 04:44 AM

          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. Professor Salt Aug 11, 2006 04:38 AM

            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
              PseudoNerd Aug 13, 2006 12:57 AM

              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
                Professor Salt Aug 13, 2006 01:58 AM

                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
                  PseudoNerd Aug 13, 2006 07:56 AM

                  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.

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              Itslikeimsayin Aug 11, 2006 04:27 AM

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

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                Just One Bite Aug 11, 2006 03:36 AM

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

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                1. re: Just One Bite
                  camarokyle Aug 11, 2006 04:06 AM

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

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