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Feb 22, 2007 05:58 PM

Best "free" appetizer in LA?

Some of my favorites recently:

-Is the amuse considered free? I liked the savory panna cotta one I had at Opus and their bread basket was good too

-The bread at Angeli Cafe!

-I love the spicy carrots at Gilbert's and also love asking for "el diablo," their really hot table salsa

-Had a very good bread basket at Penthouse, the new restaurant atop the Huntley where Toppers once was.

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  1. The cheeses, charcuterie and tapas at Vinum Populi's happy hour. It's mostly the tapas from their regular menu laid out on the bar until they're gone.

    The chips with warm red mole and Oaxacan cheese at Guelaguetza.

    I am also partial to the housemade flour tortillas at Paco's, but they're pretty much the only reason I ever dine there! I love the warm fresh bread with garlic/basil olive oil at La Vecchia too.

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    1. re: hrhboo

      ooooh...I love the tortilla's at Paco's, spread with butter and they are divine!

    2. The three things that came to mind are the tortillas from Paco's, the chips and salsa at Don Antonio's and the papadum from Nawab on Wilshire in SM.

      1. Fow about the garlic-oil and bread at Alejo's?

        1. The endless garlic bread knots at C & O Trattoria! And when they harden, you can chuck them at people you don't like =)

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            1. re: Diana

              marina del rey. on washington blvd, a block or 2 from the ocean.

            2. re: hey sugar

              Yes, I love their garlic knots. There's actually two locations, one right on the beach (C&O Cucina-VERY casual) and C&O Trattoria which is about a 1/2 mile from the water. Both on Washington. I prefer C&O Trattoria because it's a little nicer and they don't do the group singing thing which I think is pretty tacky. The menus and prices are the same as far as I can tell.

              1. re: hey sugar

                Yeah - basically the only reason to go here is the knots. I order spinach salad with dressing on the side and drink I can fill my tummy with garlic, oil and rolls! .

              2. I LOVE the dip and bread at Tony's Taverna in Malibu. I could make a meal of that and a bottle o' retsina.

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                1. re: luvgrub

                  Oh, that dip is SO good. I think it's kind of a cross between guacamole and taramosalata.

                  1. re: luvgrub

                    Oh YES, how could I forget about Tony Taverna's taramasalata and pita!!! That stuff is like CRACK (not that I'd know.)

                    The taramasalata at Delphi on Westwood and (about) Rochester is also amazing.

                    1. re: luvgrub

                      I'll vouch for this as well as the chips and mole at Guelaguetza