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I'm stumped. Where do I go for dinner after stopping at The Cobbler Lady?

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snooze button Mar 21, 2007 12:42 PM

I took my friend to Capital Seafood for dim sum just a while ago, and I started telling him about the Cobbler Lady. After we wiped our lips from drooling, we decided to grab dessert (again) after work.... and grab a slice each of the peach and blackberry cobbler.... then hit dinner. I'm too full from brunch and can't think of where to take him to dinner. We're both food whores, so anything goes.

Where would you go that would be a nice compliment to dessert and an earlier rich meal? We'd barely make it in time at TCL so I doubt eating there is a possibility. Thanks in advance for any input.

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  1. liu RE: snooze button Mar 21, 2007 01:14 PM

    Capital Seafood and The Cobbler Lady...this sounds like my path on a Saturday! I would immediately head to Pasadena so that you can compare the cobbler from The Cobbler Lady with the Cobbler Factory (I haven't been yet but am plotting out my trip for Saturday). By the way, did you like the peach or the blackberry better? I loved the blackberry over the cherry, slightly, but I will try the peach next -- if you say so!

    Seriously, I would head to something like sushi or izakaya (ItaCho or Orris or Musha or many others that are mentioned on this board) so that you can order as you go...depending on your hunger. This way, you don't have to commit to a full dinner plate, even though I think I probably end up eating the same quantity at an izakaya or a sushi bar. It just feels like less because the plates are small-ish!

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      snooze button RE: liu Mar 21, 2007 01:33 PM

      This is my first time trying the peach so I'll report back with a thorough analysis. I like the sushi idea because it's got some portion control potential.... I took him out to Kanpai this past Saturday so I just hope he's not "fished" out.... I never am. =)

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        liu RE: snooze button Mar 21, 2007 01:42 PM

        "I never am." Nor I!
        No matter how full I feel or how "not" hungry I might be, I can always do sushi!

    2. Cicely RE: snooze button Mar 21, 2007 01:34 PM

      I love the Creole Chef. As the name suggests, it's mostly New Orleans fare, but the concept is gourmet take-out (though there are a few tables there and it's fairly pleasant) and there are some light options, like the Creole Chef salad: "fresh field greens with glazed pecans, tomatoes, spicy fired onions, red beans and our original andouille dressing." Andouille (sausage) dressing sounds a little freaky (and looks it - it's pink!) but is actually tasty, in a sort of sweet-smoky-creamy way. Don't worry, the sausage is fully cooked and you don't get chunks of it or anything. They also make an incredible tomatoey crab bisque.

      Other than that, can't think of much that's light in that neighborhood...

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        snooze button RE: Cicely Mar 21, 2007 03:36 PM

        hmm...the glazed pecans and andouille dressing sound like a nice pairing. Okay I'll present both ideas and see what he selects. Thank you.

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        Burger Boy RE: snooze button Mar 21, 2007 04:02 PM

        Go to Phillips and get some BBQ to go (to go only)! Go home and sit in your backyard or on you patio with a cold one, some BBQ and that cobbler with your name all over it.

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          SoCalMuncher RE: Burger Boy Mar 21, 2007 05:21 PM

          Seconded!

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            kevin RE: SoCalMuncher Mar 21, 2007 05:24 PM

            phillip's that's exactly what i did earlier today, and after it was a blackberry cobbler from cobbler lady (too bad they didn't have cherry today, also it's a little on the pricey side).

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              liu RE: kevin Mar 21, 2007 05:42 PM

              kevin - I preferred the blackberry just a bit over the cherry. But those are the only two I have tried. I think I need to try all of them before I pass judgment, huh!

              I also want to try the Cobbler Factory in Pasadena, which has been recommended highly on this board. Have you been?

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                Burger Boy RE: liu Mar 21, 2007 08:58 PM

                Cobbler Factory is very good also, it is sweeter, but i believe they use honey, check with them on this. For me it is Cobbler Lady and Cobbler Factory down to the wire, a photo finish......................Cobbler Lady by a neck ! Everyone else is 5 lengths back.

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                  kevin RE: liu Mar 21, 2007 09:17 PM

                  yeah, is there only cobbler joint in pasadena? if so i have. just tried the peach cobbler there with vanilla ice cream, individual size, all for 3.50, not too bad. haven't been back in quite a while, but it's also sweeter, and they serve gumbo too.

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                    jackattack RE: liu Mar 22, 2007 05:01 PM

                    I thought I heard Huell Howserr say that The Cobbler Factory has closed? Or maybe they are still open but not the original owners?...(who would be about 100 years old by now!)

                    Epilogue: I just googled their phone number and dialed, it came back as number-not-in-service. (sigh).

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                      sel RE: jackattack Mar 22, 2007 05:24 PM

                      I bought a cobbler at The Cobbler Factory about 2 months ago. Mr. Gore, the retired garbage man that started the business has in fact passed. I believe that his children/grandchildren have continued the business. Although extremely disorganized, they were very friendly and the cobbler tastes as good as ever!

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                    Skunk2Racer RE: kevin Mar 21, 2007 05:48 PM

                    Try Dinner at Chef Marylins across from philips BBQ on the same side of the street as TACO HELL...... Good soul Food 99 Cent Sides except for the yams they are $2 The greens are Excellent! Green beans, succotash, Black eyed peas, Red beans & Rice..... Uh you get charged $2???!!! 99 cents for the red Beans & 99cents for the plain steamed white rice..... Fried chicken is EXCELLENT! DON'T Get Wings though You get Charged MUCH more than Drumsticks or Thighs????!!!! Breasts are the same price as Wings????!!!! WTF???!!! Just look at the Steam tables for all the Other items. Some Look TIRED..... The last time the Short ribs & brisket looked like BEEF JERKEY..... But the Giant turkey wings looked good.... well check it out for Yourself....ENJOY!

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                      Burger Boy RE: kevin Mar 21, 2007 08:55 PM

                      It is a bit pricey, but so worth it. I got the cherry last week, and i hate cherry pie, i should have got the big one, i will go back and get a large for the next BBQ i go to, or maybe when i just want to be a pig, along with some french vanilla ice cream ! ! !

                2. Oishii Eats RE: snooze button Mar 21, 2007 06:19 PM

                  I love The Cobbler Lady. It's just down the street from where I work too! The only downfall to their delicious peach cobbler is that they don't use fresh peaches while they're in season. :(

                  For dinner, if you guys have $$$ you can hit up Harold and Belle's (2920 W Jefferson) for the real deal creole/cajun. For cheaper creole/cajun, there's Bayou Grille (1400 N. La Brea). They've got a great shrimp po'boy and gumbo goin' on. Mama's House is in the same shopping plaza and they've got great fried chicken. M&M used to be my hang out when I was in grad school, but I find the portions way too filling now. Chef Marilyn by Taco Bell on Crenshaw is pretty cheap. I'd go there for a quick soul food dinner. If you're hitting up TCL on a Sunday, I highly recommend Dulan's (4859 S. Crenshaw).

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                    liu RE: Oishii Eats Mar 21, 2007 07:58 PM

                    Sooooo...cobbler and then creole, or vice-versa?

                    Thanks for all these great suggestions in the same-ish neighborhood.

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                      Burger Boy RE: Oishii Eats Mar 21, 2007 09:00 PM

                      Does Dulans still do brunch ? ? ?

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                        Oishii Eats RE: Burger Boy Mar 22, 2007 04:59 PM

                        They're only open on Sundays for Brunch and dinner!

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                      snooze button RE: snooze button Mar 22, 2007 12:09 PM

                      Thanks for the rec's. Some great ideas out there.

                      However, my dining partner went for the nostalgic choice (La Barca on Vermont). I used to live in one of the very few houses on Vermont just north of LB and south of USC, so I grew up eating there with my folks. Anyway, The Cobbler Lady rocked our worlds. We got there just as they were closing. So while we waited for our table at La Barca, we DEVOURED the peach cobbler. Good golly it's just like being home, laying on a hammock under the shade, the sun shining, the cool breeze flowing and the birds a'churpin. I was starving so that could've affected my taste buds. I didn't really care. Anyway... I like that it's not too sweet and... just not too anything. The crust was crisp but soft enough to be able to use a plastic spoon.

                      We had noticed at TCL, a young woman eating some blackberry cobbler with her hands. I couldn't help but admire that.... and so hours later.... away from the public and bright lights... we dove into the blackberry with nothing but our fingers doing the scooping. I highly recommend it.

                      As for the peach vs blackberry... I'd like to try the peach when they don't use canned. I still liked it and would order it again... it's a good "sweet" option... whereas the blackberry is more of a "sweet and tart" option. I'd go with what the mood strikes for... I'm more of a mix n' match type... so both work for me.

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                        liu RE: snooze button Mar 22, 2007 01:16 PM

                        I love your write-up! I want to go back and duplicate the hammock thing you had goin' on! And I love that you admitted to diving in (with your partner in crime) with your fingers...sounds like something Nigella Lawson would do at the end of her show when she sneaks back into the kitchen in the dark...

                        Thanks, snooze button!

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