Care to share your favorite off-menu items?
I order lox with Eggs Benedict at Brent's. I had really enjoyed a Scottish Eggs Benedict and asked if they serve it at Brents.
They grill the lox a bit and I ask for the eggs poached hard. One waitress called it "Lox Benny." With the potatoes, it makes a tasty, hearty brunch.
be sure to ask for the great savory mango/banana soup they serve at samosa house.
i NEVER see it posted on the menu, but they do, in fact, serve it quite often.
Just had a brilliant off-menu dish at Thai Boom on Venice this weekend:
kao pat pongalee bpoo - yellow curry crab fried rice. I asked for it; they happily made it. It was pretty great and it was just one part of a great meal.
The pongalee is a different yellow curry than the gaeng galee that one usually finds in Thai places in the US. In this case, it is a dry curry - meaning the fried rice is not soaked in a wet curry, but spiced with yellow curry.
This is a dish I swooned over while on vacation on Koh Samui years ago, but I couldn't easily find it when I moved to Bangkok. So, getting it in LA seems a treat. It isn't really a stand alone dish; it should be part of a meal with some veggies and maybe a fish dish.
I imagine friendly places like Thai Boom will make a lot of off-menu dishes if you know what to ask for...