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NICE BRUNCH AT LA FRITE/SHERMAN OAKS

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howard81 Aug 21, 2006 03:03 AM

I've seen some derogatory remarks about La Frite, and some remarks about the food being just mediocre. I beg to differ. I went there for brunch today with a couple of friends. I enjoyed what was probably the best french toast I've ever had. Just loved it. Thick slices of bread ... a nice sprinkling of miscellaneous berries, and a choice of maple syrup or fresh whipped cream. I opted for the whipped cream ... sooo good! The coffee was good too! My friends responded with equally postive remarks! Different strokes for different folks, eh?

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    carter Aug 21, 2006 03:06 AM

    I like La Frite, yet have never done brunch there, nor many other places for that matter.
    Did you go to Sherman Oaks whose setting is much better than the one in Woodland Hills? Great little bistro that has been around forever, given the age of the Valley restaurant scene. Very reliable dinner also.

    1. Kitchen Queen Aug 21, 2006 04:41 AM

      So good to hear such news. I recently suggested for another thread. I was a frequent patron to the Woodland Hills La Frite back in the days when it was called Yellowfingers. Loved their chicken salad with fresh pineapple and slivered almonds. Anyone remember??? :) KQ

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      1. re: Kitchen Queen
        NeNePie Aug 22, 2006 01:25 AM

        Love(d) that salad! Love all of 'em really. The nicoise; the spinach, bacon, and chicken; the walnuts and asparagus... but wasn't it duck with the pineapple and almonds? Who knows. It's all good.

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        cimero Aug 21, 2006 09:34 PM

        i want to add another very enthusiastic review for La Frite...I LOVE this restaurant. I get the moules frite...mussels and french fries, which is always excellent and for me as good as what I get in France. I've never had this dish in the U.S. anywhere near this good!! I start with the steamed artichoke and finish with the moules and it is heaven on earth!!!

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          Kitchen Queen Aug 22, 2006 03:19 AM

          Cimero - Love your choices!!! I think it's time for a revisit and, for me to try your meal.

          To NeNePie: No, it was always chicken breast. I DON'T eat duck.

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            carter Aug 22, 2006 04:07 AM

            You really should try duck - it has soooooo much flavor, and, like chicken, can be prepared in many different ways, not just with the cloying sweet sauces. Order it rare to maximize flavor!

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              Kitchen Queen Aug 22, 2006 06:01 AM

              Sorry Carter...Used to be vegan. It's all I can do now to eat a chicken (and seafood) :)KQ

        2. NeNePie Aug 22, 2006 01:22 AM

          I was a happy Yellowfingers customer. I'm a happy La Frite customer now, though I much prefer the Woodland Hills location. The food is usually better there! We asked the waiter about it once and he said that a lot of the basics are made at the Woodland HIlls location and shared between the two, and that the more serious chefs are at WH. I can't vouch for that statement but I can say the food seems consistently better over there. The chocolate souffle is much, much better in WH. I'm very fond of their salads, which are made with care, and the mussels and chopped steak are also terrific.

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            carter Aug 22, 2006 01:32 AM

            I have only eaten in the Woodland Hills version once, and that alone deters me from a rerun, in that I felt like I was in a cafeteria, sans line. Seemed like an open barn with no allure whatsoever, as opposed to the coziness/true French bistro feel of the Sherman Oaks unit.
            cimero - I almost always get the same app and entree. True goodness.

          2. NeNePie Aug 22, 2006 01:49 AM

            Ahh, well yes the atmosphere in Sherman Oaks is nice and cozy for sure!

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              cimero Aug 23, 2006 08:37 PM

              To Kitchen Queen & NeNePie....I sometimes have them hold the creme in the broth of the mussels...to save calories...(a hound has to keep an eye on her hind...LOL)...it's still terrific with just the wine broth...but if you can afford those extra cals....go for the creme!

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                NeNePie Aug 24, 2006 01:21 AM

                All mussels are good! I had mussels at Ca del Sole on Saturday night. They don't use cream, and there was a strong taste of fennel which tasted good with mussels. Not so good for dipping the bread, though, :( but the olive pate is so good there it doesn't matter.

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