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Jan 16, 2007 09:28 PM

Eagle Rock - Dine-In and Take-Out

My co-CH just started a new job in the Eagle Rock area and we're looking forward to the new dining options - looking for both dine-in and carry-out, open for just about anything.

What restaurants do you recommend and what should we order? Anything to watch out for?

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  1. Lots of good options. In no particular order:

    Dave's Chilling & Grilling - best sandwich in Eagle Rock, hands down. Don't know where he gets his pastrami, but it's the leanest, best pastrami I've ever eaten.

    Cafe Beaujolais - Should be an LA landmark, you're practically entering Paris when you step inside. Great service, great wine, good food, makes for a great dinner.

    Blue Hen - I'm partial because I'm friends with one of the owners. Might not be the best Vietnamese food going, but the atmosphere is nice, and just about everything on the menu will satisfy.

    Mia Sushi - Most worthwhile sushi this far from the ocean.

    Casa Bianca - This place is the subject of countless debates. You can find threads a mile long arguing this place pro and can. Order a pizza to go, just to see what the hype is about. Though, if I want a pizza, I prefer...

    The Capri - Nothing flashy, but my personal favorite pizza in the 'Rock. Thin crust that's always the right balance of chewy and crispy. Good toppings, and the cheese is just right.

    Oinkster - Also the subject of a lot of debate. I didn't care for it on my first visit, but I think I'm on their wavelength now, and like it a lot for what it is.

    Taco Bell - Just kidding.

    Coffee Table - My girlfriend swears by the feta cheese & tomato omelette. Service is slow, but the food is good, and it's a fine place to linger over breakfast and the Sunday paper.

    Spitz - Kebob sandwiches, awesome french fries, very tasty stuff. Plus, the 'world famous' gelato is almost as good as they claim it is.

    Sizzler - Eagle Rock's premier steakhouse. Just checking to see if you've read this far, ha ha ha.

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    1. re: Detroit Slim

      Maybe I was there on a bad night, but the Capri pizza was like a frozen pizza at best. Cardboardish crust from dough that seemingly had never been held, much less kneaded, by the hands of a human.

    2. What about Polka?

      "..a Polish restaurant near where Eagle Rock fades into Glendale..."

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      1. for wines check out the colorado wine co. a few blocks off colorado and eagle rock intersection. owned by a lovely young couple and a great little gem. not an eatery as you asked for, but i figured i'd pass along the tip anyway.

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        1. re: uclakajun

          not an eatery?

          they have a wine bar in the back and host tastings every week!

          well, a drinkery, i guess.

          nothing in this store is expensive, and i mean that in a good way.

        2. and what about Auntie Em's ?

          1. Agree with most of these- Coffee Table is great for breakfast, lunch.....I've never had a problem with the service and the food is fresh, tasty. Highly recommend their lentil soup when they have it, burgers and sandwiches.

            Auntie Em's is just ok- people used to freak out about it but I never really got it. The sandwiches are dry, cupcakes dry....not really sure what all the fuss is about but maybe I caught them on bad days.

            Fattys- STAY AWAY. Worst service on the planet....truly, in the universe. I honestly can't tell you how the food is because when you're treated like dirt, the focus just isn't on the food.

            Agree with Beaujolais- GET THE HALIBUT. You'll be tempted by the meat on the menu (it's great too) but please -on your first visit to Beaujolais, one MUST get the halibut.

            There are lots of Mexican options in Highland Park as well, so hope you can get down to our hood sometime!

            Tuna Toast:

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            1. re: tokyoastrogirl

              I agree with you 100% on Fatty's! "worst service .. in the universe" doesn't even begin to describe. Try abusive, demeaning, service! Are they even open anymore? Last time I was dragged there kicking and screaming for brunch, there was a sign that said they were only open for dinner. (ridiculous, since they had a brisk brunch business) But every time I've driven by in the evening they look closed! Good riddance, but if someone knows the recipe for the Elvis Parsley, please let me know so I can recreate it without being insulted.

              1. re: Lachyky

                From what I gather, the two women who own the restaurant and property have never been in the restaurant business and don't really even need to be open, so there you have it. If you have a place that's heart is not into it, or they are not passionate about food it reflects on what you get on your plate, and how it is served to you.

              2. re: tokyoastrogirl

                ugh- hear, hear.

                evil place. was decent under the previous owners.

                Also- soon to open


                1. re: julietg

                  Yes - Larkin's! Has anyone been to one of the tasting dinners yet? I'm going this Friday and will report back...the menu looks AMAZING (fried chicken, catfish, etc.). Also, though I don't live in the EG but love it and make visits regularly, I've found I really adore the cute Thai place right next door to Cafe Beaujolais...white house with porch. Anyone know it or have an opinion? Have never understood why my friends would repeatedly be disappointed by Fatty's or Aunti Em's when that place was in existence.

                  1. re: neobite

                    You're talking about Classic Thai or as we call it - Bland Thai. Nice intimate setting with incredibly boring food. Not horrible, just tasteless. And IIRC, not cheap. We prefer Panang across the street. We also like Sicha Siam for more earthy Thai food.