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Changes on Sawtelle - Waffles and a new sushi place?

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igj May 8, 2007 06:38 PM

Walking down Sawtelle today I noticed that Sushi Tenn is gone and there is a sign for a new sushi place coming in its stead. I also noticed that that the cafe next door to Kirkiko and Yakitori-Ya --most recently called Catch 22, I believe-- is also defunct and there is a waffle place (Baby Waffles???) going into that space.

Anyone have the 411 on either of these changes?

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    greengelato May 8, 2007 06:49 PM

    i was on sawtelle today, too and noticed the same thing. baby blonde waffles... man, that location has had so much business turnaround since relaxstation left. anyway, i peeked in and saw that the menu consists of regular, strawberry, chocolate, and some other flavor of waffles...all for a very reasonable price. looks like they're trying to start up a new dessert trend. it better be dang good to compete with neighboring pinkberry and beard papas.

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      spicygal May 9, 2007 05:05 PM

      Where is the Pinkberry on Sawtelle? I drive down that street often and have never seen it...

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        Dommy May 9, 2007 05:33 PM

        Because you can't really see it from the street. It's in the court yard of the complex that Kiriko is in....

        --Dommy!

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          igj May 9, 2007 07:30 PM

          Which may be why it is one of the 'saner' Pinkberrys around :)

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            PandanExpress May 10, 2007 10:47 AM

            Just don't go on a Friday night. On my way out of Yashima on a Friday night, there was such a line at Pinkberry that any thoughts of grabbing some frozen yogurt left me.

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          wilafur May 9, 2007 05:41 PM

          its in the olympic collection plaza....as dommy said, you can't really see it from the street.

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        cynthia105 May 8, 2007 10:15 PM

        Does anyone know whether or not it's good? Waffles...sounds pretty good to me!

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          duckduckgoose May 9, 2007 02:38 PM

          The waffle place isn't open yet. Also a new sushi place is moving into the old Sasabune place.

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            rhymes13 May 14, 2007 02:31 PM

            A friend told me about the new store and I popped in today after some ramen. They are open and they're delish! Perfect size; not to big and not to small. Easy to hold in one hand but still room to pile on lots of goodies. Try chocolate and strawberries!!
            Pinkberry is out Babyblonde Waffles are in!!!

            Babyblonde Waffles
            11301 W. Olympic Blvd., #103

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            cupcake May 9, 2007 04:58 PM

            The new sushi place is coming in two weeks, by the former owners of HAMA SUSHI!! It is going to be called Bar Hama!!

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              igj May 9, 2007 04:59 PM

              Is that in the former Sasabune space or the Sushi Tenn space?

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                highermath May 10, 2007 07:10 AM

                That will, in theory, be in the ex-Sasabune space, now relieved of its cheesy Mexican restaurant facade.

            2. bigtums May 10, 2007 12:21 PM

              I was in Japan a few years ago and came across a waffle snack spot. It was really good. They were thick like belgium waffles and about the size of the palm of your hand. It was really easy to eat and walk with it. So I'm not surprised that they might make a run of it here in LA, especially around Sawtelle. I'm just guessing that this place will be similar to the place in Japan.

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                alexfood May 10, 2007 12:29 PM

                I had that too! I think they were called Meineken or something else that sounded like a beer label. They were great snacks; I had one half-covered with chocoloate and loved it.

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                  bigtums May 10, 2007 12:33 PM

                  Oh my gosh! I had the chocolate one too and I made my husband get the plain one. They were both good, but it's not like I ran to get another one before I left the great land of the rising sun. There were too many other GREAT treats to eat. I do remember them having a box of them to go packed like some Entemann donuts.

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                tinks May 10, 2007 06:14 PM

                i am POed catch 22 is gone. i moved here from san francisco for school, and i live up the street right where the 405 and 10 intersect. anyway, sawtelle is miserable except for that japanese district. catch 22 was the best. i went there all the time.. they seemed to be doing pretty well. i can't believe it!

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                  cupcake May 14, 2007 10:07 PM

                  The new Bar Hama is supposed to open this week in the old Sasabune place...has anyone seen if they look like they'll open on schedule?

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                    miffy May 14, 2007 10:15 PM

                    BabyBlonde Waffle sounds cute enough to visit!!!!
                    I heard that Pinkberry's yogurt was not yogurt at all and it was some un-natural powder mix- that was not healthy?? is that true?

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                      bulavinaka May 14, 2007 10:26 PM

                      Lots of active posts right now on PB - try looking under "Chains" and "General Chowhound Topics." You'll be red-eyed from reading all of the info...

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                      Beignets May 20, 2007 03:39 PM

                      We went to BabyBlonde twice now. Last Friday and today which is their grand opening mentioned above. We got the Strawberry, Cinnamon, Original and Chocolate waffles plus the BB combo which is 2 varieties and coffee (combo is 6 bucks) and mango freeze. So I think we pretty much have tried everything they ahve to offer. The verdict? Disappointed. Very. Both times, the waffles tasted very flour-y. You can taste the flour as if you're eating raw dough. From the exterior, it looked done enough (good brown color) but the insides are undone, very dough-y. I know it's supposed to be a thick Belgian waffle but I didn't expect to eat just dough. There were none of the advertised "Madagascar" vanilla aroma. The chocolate is essentially plain waffle lathered with Nutella. On their grand opening day, amongst others, we got 2 chocolates and the Nutella were so sparsely applied it was insulting. I'd understand it if the place was hopping, but other than the friends of the employees/owners(?), there were a total of 4 people in the place. Unacceptable. I live close by so I was excited to get another goodies place, but having been twice and trying out essentially their entire menu, I'd rather get Relaxstation back.

                      The store itself reeks cheap in my opinion, which is disappointing given the prices. It seemed hurriedly and carelessly done. A friend commented "Yet another place trying to milk money for nothing" - it pretty much summarized it. Hopefully they'll improve otherwise this place won't last.

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                        bassbiz May 20, 2007 07:34 PM

                        I went today as well for the first time, I was the only customer at 11am. I had a combo for $4.95, two original with two toppings, strawberries and blueberries with the whipped cream topping. I think it said the combo should come with tea or coffee, which I didn't get, but really don't care since I did my order to go. I didn't think it was very flour-y, but maybe mine was mixed a little better? LOL.
                        I live close enough that I wouldn't mind popping in every so often, but those portions, yikes tiny! They asked me how I heard about this place, so they are probably reading this thread as we speak, LOL.

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                          PayOrPlay May 20, 2007 08:33 PM

                          I concur with Beignets; I wasn't excited by anything I tried at Baby Blonde, and the price is awfully high for the portion size.

                          (Oh, and Beignets, love your handle, and if you ever find acceptable beignets in LA, please please let us know. Lord knows the Gumbo Pot ain't it.)

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                            TracyS May 21, 2007 12:44 PM

                            Definitely agree. Reposting something that was lost when the original thread was deleted:

                            Tried this a few days ago out of curiosity for what might be the next big Asian food trend - I don't think this is it. I tried the babyblonde special which is two original waffles with two toppings. Included free in all orders are your choices of whipped cream, chocolate, and nutella. There are various fruit toppings and I found it odd that they are not listed anywhere and are the containers are covered with semi-transparent-but-not-really lids so that I was guessing what the topping options were.

                            The waffles were cold, and the toppings were cold and sparse. I imagine they came out of the tray under the heat lamp in the glass case up front. I guess I could have asked for it to be freshly made, but I wanted to see how an order was normally prepared and sort of think that it should be made to order anyway. I probably will not return.

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                              Beignets Jun 7, 2007 10:48 PM

                              Such a late reply but....

                              Ralph Brennan's in downtown Disney is good. Otherwise, get a packaged Cafe Du Monde beignet mix at Surfas and a quart of oil then follow the direction. It's messy but it's worth it! Either way, no easy way to get them in LA, sorry.

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                            cynthia105 May 21, 2007 10:22 AM

                            Was dissapointed at their waffles! Definitely won't take over PinkBerry..

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                              voodoochild May 21, 2007 02:08 PM

                              Tried babyblonde for the first time last night. It followed a great meal at Kiriko so maybe that heightened my expectations, but it was NOT good.

                              The waffles, although I was assured by the sales guy that they're special Belgian blah blah blah were nothing special, and they simply cut them up, dumped some fruit on top, and drizzled a little chocolate. SUPER OVERPRICED for what you get and not very good, especially considering the rest of the street.

                              I very much got the impression that "babyblonde" was some place pulled together in two seconds to compete in the new beard papa/pinkberry japanese dessert explosion.

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