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Where should I eat my first oxtail

mcsmcs Oct 28, 2006 04:05 AM

So I'm waiting for my food at Chef Marylinn's in Crenshaw when I realized: despite being a fairly adventurous eater, I've never eaten an oxtail. I want my first time to be gentle, but intense. Where's a good introductory oxtail in LA?

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  1. ladius Oct 28, 2006 04:16 AM

    well, there's a Cuban dish of oxtail at Versailles in the Palms/Culver City area that is pretty good.

    There's also a Korean oxtail soup which is very good. however, I'm not sure if there's any restaurant that serves it.

    oxtail is very tender. you pretty much can't go wrong.

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      USCott Oct 28, 2006 08:58 PM

      i second the oxtail at versailles. it is excellent and, IMHO, better than the signature garlic chicken dish which can often be too dry for my tastes.

      1. re: ladius
        Slotkins Oct 29, 2006 04:15 PM

        Your first suggestion was the hands down winner:

        1415 S. La Cienega Blvd.
        Los Angeles, CA

        also excellent at Versailles:
        PORK - Roasted To Perfection With A Touch Of An Old Cuban Recipe (Served with Fried Sweet Plantains and Your Choice of Rice and Beans or Moro)

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        judge dee Oct 28, 2006 04:21 AM

        Angelini Osteria offers excellent oxtail. Order it when the weather cools.

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          mnosyne Oct 28, 2006 04:20 PM

          Gino's oxtail is absolutely sublime!!

        2. monku Oct 28, 2006 05:18 AM

          Bruddah's Hawaiian restaurant in Gardena restaurant has oxtail stew or oxtail soup.

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            kure Oct 28, 2006 04:27 PM

            You can get oxtail at several of the HK style restaurants in SGV. Phoenix Inn in Alhambra makes a good oxtail dish.

            1. Candy Oct 28, 2006 04:32 PM

              Did you know that so called ox tail is just beef tail? Unless you know someone butchering an ox it is really difficult to come by the real thing. I think the flavor and texture is pretty much like good shortribs.

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                comidachameleon Oct 28, 2006 04:34 PM

                If you can splurge and want Italian, call Valentino in Santa Monica and see if they have it on the menu (it is sometimes featured there, in winter months).

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                  stevedoggiedogg Oct 28, 2006 05:28 PM

                  Krua Thai on Sherman Way has a delicious oxtail soup.

                  Steve Doggie-Dogg

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                    budlit Oct 28, 2006 06:45 PM

                    port royal on broadway in santa monica has a good jamaican style

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                      WINDELLA Oct 28, 2006 11:25 PM

                      M & M Soul food restaurant in Long Beach has great oxtails.This location has good service unlike some of the other locations.

                      1. pleasurepalate Oct 29, 2006 04:09 PM

                        There's also a Filipino oxtail dish called kare-kare, which is like a stew cooked with the oxtail, vegetables (beans, eggplant, bok choy) and a thick peanut sauce. You'd eat this dish with white rice. I've them at Asian Noodles in Chinatown and that dish was pretty good.

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                        1. amandine Oct 29, 2006 11:42 PM

                          as someone who's never had oxtail, is it something that requires a "gentle" introduction? is it an acquired taste perhaps and in what way? thanks.

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                            MMRuth Oct 29, 2006 11:50 PM

                            I don't think it is - it sounds like it would, but it doesn't.

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                              monku Oct 29, 2006 11:59 PM

                              Nothing about an acquired taste. Closest part of the beef cattle in taste and texture would be short ribs with the meat practically falling off the bone.

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