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Hypnotic23 Jul 29, 2007 09:50 AM

One of my co-workers had a Kobe Beef Burger at this spot last week, he told me it was a must try burger.

I've had the pizza which was average yet now I'm tempted to go back to try this burger.

Any feedback?

Thanks,

Stuart

P.S.-Also heard FIREFLY makes an unbelievable burger too!

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    chewingvampire Jul 30, 2007 02:30 PM

    Not sure about the Kobe beef burger...i've been there a few times and to me food is only average...food selection is also pretty limited...i never know what i really want to get each time...i only like it for the relaxed, comfortable atmosphere...

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      chefinthecity Jul 30, 2007 01:31 PM

      how funny - i've just returned from a short vacation in L.A. to visit my dad and where did we eat - but both Sparks AND firefly!

      Sparks is consistent and solid - probably one of my favorite picks in that area, simply because of its convienience and stablility - you can always count on a good meal there, which i find suprisingly not to be the case for restaurants on ventura. The last time we ate there my dad got the KOBE beef hamburger with... avocado/ maytag blue cheese i THINK, although i'm not sure. It is one of the few places that they'll order hamburgers - and they say its great.

      As to firefly - i had a great experience there on Friday night. My dad, his girlfriend and i arrived at 6:30 and were promptly seated in the outside area near the fire in the middle. We weren't very hungry so we ordered 4 appetizers to split and 1 entree - and although i was felt guilty for our "cheap"ish behavior it IS L.A. and restaurants are so used to everyone being on a diet anyway (and no one i knew was looking).
      we ordered
      Steak tartare with quail egg and white truffle
      roasted baby beet salad with mizuna
      braised artichoke with chipotle and roasted gypsy pepper
      and i feel ridiculous because i can't for the life of me remember what the hell my 4th appetizer was.... ugh! i never forget - i'm a chef for godsakes. well, it couldn't have been that great if i can't even remember.

      for our entree we split the grilled ribeye steak with a leek,pepper and arugula salad. Surprisingly unadorned and bare - our steak was also very medium when we ordered medium rare. My dad's girlfriend and i finished our portions - but my dad, being the man that he is - complained to the waitress that "it was dry" (even though it was sitting in a puddle of its own delicious juice) and he "wasn't satisfied" (i didn't happen to notice a "satisfaction guaranteed" sign on the door).... i was sinking lower into my seat, hiding my eyes and trying not to be involved in this unnecessary act from my dad - bracing for the worst from my waitress.... when i heard her very politely say that she would gladly take it from the check. She was amazing about the situation, and handled it with SUCH grace - that when the check came, i left her a 40% tip.

      All in all our experience there was a very good one - our appetizers (the ones i can remember) were really great, our service was pleasant and our desserts were pretty mouth-watering (DO order the bread pudding).

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        Diana Jul 30, 2007 11:24 AM

        Seriously..I found the pizza to be exactly like Weight-Wathcer's frozen pizza in taste and texture.

        Never had the burger, but the pizza was so unimpressive, I never went back.

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        1. re: Diana
          Hypnotic23 Jul 30, 2007 12:59 PM

          I agree with all the above, this is a KOBE BEEF burger on La Brea Bakery brioche bread, according to their website

          http://www.sparkwoodfiregrill.com/

          this is the only thing I am curious to try at this spot and only if I'm in the area, if not I'll stick with the burger at FIREFLY, again this is for more gourmet burgers in the Studio City area

        2. Das Ubergeek Jul 30, 2007 11:08 AM

          Is it as salty as everything else they serve? Because man, I'm no neophyte when it comes to sodium consumption but it leaves me reeling and drinking water a litre at a time when I eat there, both Studio City and Huntington Beach.

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            carter Jul 29, 2007 08:11 PM

            So average and noisy that after 5 years, I still will not return.

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            1. re: carter
              Hypnotic23 Jul 30, 2007 08:30 AM

              I told myself 5 years ago the same, that I would never return yet I trust my friends taste in burgers, this is the only thing I would give a shot if I return is their Kobe Beef burger, I'll report back after I try it.

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              bite bite Jul 29, 2007 01:40 PM

              Have eaten there a couple times. Found the experience so average my mind glazes over just thinking about it.

              1. bodie Jul 29, 2007 01:12 PM

                Stuart,
                I've never had their burger. I think Spark is acceptable for salads and apps, and maybe a pizza. The meat I've had there has been so dry as to be on the edge of inedibility. It is popular but to me, merely inexplicable. Also, incredibly noisy.
                -bodie

                1. Steve2 in LA Jul 29, 2007 01:11 PM

                  While I can't speak to the burger, the Grilled Rib-Eye has always been fantastic. Not a bad price either, particularly when it's a special accompanied with the Arugula Salad. You've got to cherry-pick at SWF but there's some "cherce" items.

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