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What's the last place you tried just because you felt like being adventureous and didn't first check out Chowhound to see if there were any reviews... (Lenzini's)

PaulF Nov 30, 2006 11:21 PM

In my case, it's Lenzini's Pizza on Lincoln in Marina Del Rey.

It's up the street from my dry cleaners and I park in front of it all the time. I stopped in once looking for a menu and they gave me a magnet and some coupons instead.

Lenzini's is a very inexpensive place to get pizza. The have lots of 2 for 1 specials. I think that 241 is even part of their phone number.

We had two medium, two topping pizzas for like 14 dollars. It's something like that. With an x-large soda and a generous tip it came to 20 bucks even, I think.

The pizza was okay. We ordered both with pepperoni and sausage. One of them had no cheese, because that's the way I like pizza (don't ask). The cheese eaters said they really liked the pizza and want to eat there again. They are 10 and 15, which means they are not connoisseurs of fine dining, but the do eat a lot of pizza at parties and with their friends. I thought it was okay, better or at least as good chain store delivery pizza. The pepperoni tasted better than the sausage, which was sort of like little sausage balls, perfect in shape, I liked the thin crust, too.

We'll give the place another shot, they have hot wings that we'd like to try. We'd also use it for days when the kids have friends over, the deals on the coupons make if a bargain place.

So, is this a great place? Nope. Worth a try if you live in the Marina? Sure. They also have free delivery, if you care (we're in Culver City and they said they would come up that far -- within three miles). Glad I went, if for no other reason than sometimes it's fun to try a place that you haven't heard anything about -- no posts, no review. Sometimes you just have to take one for the team.

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    chowmominLA Dec 1, 2006 10:14 PM

    Sohoju's, a Korean BBQ in Little Tokyo. I was very pleased.

    1. notmartha Dec 1, 2006 08:34 PM

      Not many chowhound posts on the restaurants near my home, so I have to always chance the neighborhood joints. A lot of times it was because it was next to some place we were shopping.

      Most recent 'experiment' was the pan de sel from the bakery at Island Grocery at West Covina, after a trip to Pinoy Pinay.

      Also checked Thai Basil in West Covina, again very good - one of the better ones around my home.

      Moma & Papa's NY pizza in Rowland Heights (in keeping with the pizza theme of the original post) is also very good (except a bit heavy on the garlic in the tomato sauce).

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        Cinnamon Dec 1, 2006 12:30 AM

        I'm not telling. It was so bad I don't want them to know my name on ChowHound and that I disapprove. And now I must always check ChowHound!

        1. ipsedixit Nov 30, 2006 11:59 PM

          Actually, I go often to places before checking them out on Chowhound, esp. the "hole-in-the-wall" kind.

          Some notables:

          SAHEE (in Alhambra) for pho.
          PIZZA NEXT DOOR (downtown LA) for pizza
          WEENEEZ (downtown LA) for hotdogs
          EL ANTOJITO (downtown LA) for sopes and tacos

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          1. re: ipsedixit
            Dommy Dec 1, 2006 12:19 AM

            How was WEENEEZ? I saw that the other day and laughed... :)

            --Dommy!

            1. re: ipsedixit
              ipsedixit Dec 1, 2006 04:57 PM

              Weeneez ... nothing to write home about. Hot dogs were very pedestrian, cole slaw was bland.

              I do like the fact that they serve Fritos with chili and sour cream. Yeah, I know, I can make this at home, but there's something to be said about the convenience factor.

              It's also a little pricey for me, Costco dogs are a much better bang for the buck.

              1. re: ipsedixit
                Dommy Dec 1, 2006 08:00 PM

                Thanks... We used to live a few blocks away from Costco and I always had to fight the urge to go down there for the Hotdogs... LOL!! :)

                --Dommy!

            2. Clare K Nov 30, 2006 11:53 PM

              I went to Granville Cafe in Burbank about a week after they opened (I know, huge risk!!), and was absolutely surprised at how wonderful everything was. I was just there again today for the tomato bisque and noticed how crowded it's getting. It was one of those rare times where you go to a new place with no info (or warning!), and everything works out.

              I'm happy to see that it's doing well. It has become one of my favorite lunch places.

              1. kingkong5 Nov 30, 2006 11:47 PM

                I went to Crustacean in Beverly Hills without checking Chowhound. Although the food wasn't terrible, the prices were way out of line and the service was horrid. After searching chowhound for reviews, I could've saved myself all that money by not going, or at least going with lower expectations.

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