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Jul 27, 2007 12:10 AM


If you could eat anywhere in LA for your last meal, where would it be and what would you eat??

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  1. Either the roast chicken at Versailles or anything at C & O Trattoria - I would die happy with the taste of their garlic rolls on my tongue, long after singing "That's Amore."

    1. I could say something fancy like a tasting menu at Providence or Sona but really, I'd want to get a couple of tijuana dogs from the vendor at the studio city farmer's market and load 'em up with toppings. With my cholesterol, it'd probably be my last meal anyway.

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      1. re: bodie

        Every time I eat one of those, I think it'll be my last meal. I get mine loaded with all the onions, peppers, mayo, mustard, and ketchup that the lady will give me. Nothing beats that greasy goodness after a night of tequila! I go to whatever stand is outside whatever bar/club I'm leaving, but my favorite used to be outside of Joseph's in Hollywood on Monday nights. Now that Joseph's is, er, wack...I go local.

      2. Oki Dog

        "a couple of hot dogs wrapped in a tortilla with chili, pickles, mustard, a slice of fried pastrami and a torrent of goopy American cheese - a cross-cultural burrito that's pretty hard to stomach unless you've got the tum of a 16-year-old, but strangely delicious nonetheless." -Jonathan Gold

        Come to think of it, that's probably what would kill me!

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          1. re: alliebear

            Oki Dog (Fairfax 2 or 3 blocks north of Melrose on the E side of the street)

            1. re: Servorg

              Be warned - it's not for the faint of heart...

              1. re: bulavinaka

                It's for making your heart pump faintly...

                1. re: Servorg

                  I think my heart stopped... I'm still trying to digest that dog that I tried back in 1987... :)

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    There's also an Oki Dog on Pico, couple blocks west of La Brea.

                    1. re: wutzizname

                      Are these really that good? Should I believe the hype? Sounds like slop. If the chili is a good meaty chili gravy goop of a mess I might like it. Don't get me wrong. I do like my slop. I however do not like pastrami.

                      1. re: missmodular818

                        I must confess, I've never tried one (I just know where they are) so I'll have to defer to Gingergirl's rapturous description below.

                        My sense though, from reading about the fabled Oki Dog over the years, is that they're appeal is more on the culinary equivalent of the bungee jump...the real joy is less about the doing than it is the having done.

                        Or if you prefer a theatrical analogy: I remember Porky's as being a great film when I was 15, but I kinda doubt I’d feel the same way now.

          2. re: Oh Robin

            "Heartily" agree. Oki Dogs are "to die for."

          3. Fried chicken or a French Dip and several excellent microbrew beers suggested by my favorite bartender at Good in Sunset Junction, sitting at one of the four-person sidewalk tables, with my lover, my ex lover, and several good friends. (This is a last meal fantasy, after all...) I basically lived in there for awhile, with the ex. I miss it.

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            1. re: JDar

              never been there but if it was my last meal and it has to be in L.A.


              1. re: rickym13

                urasawa in deed

                now if we're talking prison, i'd say a few slices from vito's, some carne asada tacos from la taquiza, a few scoops of ice cream from fossellmans, and an extra large orange bang

                1. re: ns1

                  Second - ribeye from Mastros with a side of anything.

                  I lived right near Oki thru most of my 20's and 30's. First time I ever saw an Oki Dog being prepared, I almost got sick. BUT TO TASTE ONE - OMG! The sum total of all its off-the-wall ingredients somehow evolves into an incredible explosion of deliciousness at first bite. Of course, if you're not a goopy, greasy, "chili-dog aficionado," don't even think about it. Could I actually digest one today? Dunno - but I had to wipe some drool off the computer screen just thinking about it.

                  ns1 - Had many a great bkfast at Ship's -- but don't remember the scrambled eggs; however, from your description, sounds similar to a heavenly breakfast I had years ago in Oregon. The scrambled eggs were the best. After begging the chef, the "trick" I was told, is to use extremely fresh eggs and to add a small amount of dry pancake mix to whatever recipe is used. Who knew.

            2. sushi zo omakase.
              i've never tried urasawa, so since presumably there won't be a 'redo' if i like zo better, i'd stick to zo.

              it's too bad that i couldn't find the cook who used to make the world's best scrambled eggs at the ships on olympic, nobody else has ever come close--firm but not rubbery, dry but still tender. dunno how he did it.