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best paella in los angeles?

yabadabadoo Nov 6, 2007 03:34 PM

Celebrating my mother's birthday this weekend and she loves paella. Being the good son that I am.......nudge, nudge, wink, wink........I said to myself "let's do Paella". So, I am looking for a place that can accomadate a party of 8 to 10 people, be child friendly and offer good wines. If it is close to the Fairfax District even better, though, I am willing to drive for that great paella. Thank you in advance.

  1. DiveFan Nov 6, 2007 10:04 PM

    Recent topic on Spanish food from........Three Days ago:

    The LA Spanish place map has eight entries including the above mentions:

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    1. re: DiveFan
      yabadabadoo Nov 7, 2007 09:54 AM

      Thank you for the links. I did read the comments from three days ago and felt if I mentioned paella specifically that I may get better results. Though paella is spanish not every tapas bar makes paella. I have heard that Cha Cha Cha,a caribbean style restaurant, has paella on their menu and was wondering if there was any other non-Spanish restaurant that may serve paella.

      1. re: yabadabadoo
        hrhboo Nov 7, 2007 10:09 AM

        Los Balcones serves a version of Arroz Con Mariscos that is actually better than most of the paella I have eaten in LA.

        1. re: hrhboo
          wilafur Nov 7, 2007 10:14 AM

          hrhboo, is the arroz con mariscos at el balcones made in a similar fashion as spanish paella? reason i am asking is that i went to a peruvian joint behind the orange curtain and ordered the arroz con mariscos and it was essentially like a fried rice with seafood...it was good but just wasn't what i was expecting. i was expecting a crispy pan of rice and seafood cooked over an open flame.

          1. re: wilafur
            hrhboo Nov 7, 2007 10:23 AM

            It is very similar to paella but without the lovely crusty bits. The rice is moist and infused with plenty of saffron and fresh perfectly cooked seafood.

            I don't know of a single place in LA that makes paella better than homemade, but I've yet to try Das Ubergeek's La Espanola rec.

            1. re: hrhboo
              wilafur Nov 7, 2007 10:30 AM

              thank you.

              for me it's all about the crispy crusty bits. bummer. but i'll give it a try at los balcones.....as it does sound quite good.

              1. re: wilafur
                yabadabadoo Nov 9, 2007 02:31 PM

                made reservations for La Paella, will report back with my thoughts.

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      jflo Nov 6, 2007 08:07 PM

      My fave is this authentic, family-style place south of Beverly Center:

      La Paella
      476 S San Vicente Blvd
      Los Angeles, CA 90048-4107
      Phone: (323) 951-0745

      1. Das Ubergeek Nov 6, 2007 03:44 PM

        Nobody ever does a search first... sigh.

        It's on Saturday lunch only at La Espanola, a cured meat and Spanish provision store in an ugly warehouse in Harbor City off the 110 freeway. You have to call on Friday to reserve your portion.

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek
          yabadabadoo Nov 6, 2007 04:01 PM

          sorry, forgot to mention that this is for dinner.

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