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Best beef stew?

Where, in LA, have you had the best beef stew? I've thought about cooking up a batch but my old recipe seems just that-- old hat. I'm looking to taste some inspiration.

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  1. If you're willing to drive on over to OC, El Sabroso Grill (which is around the corner from another Mexican standout, El Farolito), has DELICIOUS beef stew.

    It was by accident that I was there (El Farolito had a 30 min wait). The place was kinda big for a hole-in-the-wall kinda place. But b/c it was cold, beef stew sounded appropriate. And OMG, it was as good as home-made stew! With big ole chuncks of beef that are tender, with minimal veggies and delicious broth. Beef stew is something I rarely order out, but this surely was a standout. Though I often go to El Farolito for other dishes, I always return to El Sabroso Grill whenever the hankering for beef stew hits.

    214 W Sante Fe Ave
    Placentia, CA 92870

    1. Another OC suggestion- Muldoon's at Fashion Island. I love their beef stew and soda bread. Nice chunks of beef and potatoes in a savory gravy with additional fresh veggies added on top. It's very good and was a frequent craving of mine when pregnant.

      1. Couple of suggestions.

        For down-home American beef stew, try Philippes in downtown. http://www.philippes.com/menu/

        For an Asian twist, I like the curry beef stew at Baccali in Alhambra (245 W. Valley Blvd, Alhambra (626) 570-8333)

        1. Just had The COCIDO mexican beef stew at Carnitas Michocan 3 Corner of Hoover & Venice Excellent....... 2 Big Chunks of Beef in a Rich Beef Broth with Carrots, Potato, Cabbage,Zuchinni, & Chayote(Squash) Comes with mexican rice, onions, cilantro, tortillas, Chili & Chili Sauce

          1. Not the 'best' but in a pinch Gelson's has a darn good version. Check the hot foods deli case.

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            1. re: cobalt

              That's not a bad rec. Along the same lines, I would try the beef stew at Whole Foods.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Have to disagree with Whole Foods recommendation. Sorry. It's coming from a commissary which makes me think of hospital Stew.

                1. re: maudies5

                  Never said it was gourmet. Just that if you need something in a pinch, in a grab-and-go fashion, it'll do.

                  1. re: maudies5

                    i actually made beef stew earlier this week with my crock pot and sampled some whole foods beef stew while mine was in the cooker. i think mine was better, which is not to say that i'm a good cook. ;)