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What Are Your New Years Resolution Restaurants?

Happy New Year, everyone! I know some of you made resolutions to visit certain restaurants last year, with varying degrees of success. So what restaurants do you resolve to visit this year, that you've never been to before? Here's my list:

1. Urasawa (Beverly Hills)
2. Fathers Office 2 (Culver City, when it opens)
3. Mon Land Hot Pot City (Rowland Heights)
4. Philips BBQ (Leimert Park)
5. Pacific Dining Car (Downtown)

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  1. Bashan
    and I'll second Fathers Office 2 and
    Philips BBQ
    also:
    Stuffed Sandwich
    the Dumpling place in El Monte
    the new Din Tai Fung
    La Mill Coffee
    lunch/burger at Comme Ca (only went to the opening night and a special dinner here, never tried ordering from the regular menu)
    I hope you get to go to Urasawa -- I don't think I'll get to do it this year.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      I guess I should tack Comme Ca onto my list but only for the burger. I'm not really fiending for straight-uprench f French (hence no Bashan from my list). Not that would mind going to either to eat French food, it's just not high on my priority list.

      1. re: SauceSupreme

        Good Morning Sauce...
        I would not consider BASHAN french...it's just darned good food.
        It's become one of my problem destination spots..."problem" meaning that even when I have perfectly good food in my fridge, I find a reason to go there for dinner anyway.
        My resolution is to go to BASHAN less than 4x times a month (vs the 6-8x a month I've gone since they opened in Sept...what's my probelem! I'm begining to think their food is laced with crack or something)

        Oh, ans Suace, they are great with solo diners...I always ask to take a little table in the back by the kitchen so I can watch all the food go by...it's such a tease.

      2. re: Chowpatty

        Oh yeah, forgot Babita, Hatfield's and Fraiche.

      3. 1. Ortolan
        2. Sona
        3. Il Grano

        1. bashan
          melisse
          lucques
          hatfield's
          bastide
          craft
          fraiche
          foundry
          kiriko
          la mill
          urasawa?!

          1. The Counter
            Oinkster
            Senior Fish
            Comme Ca
            China Islamic
            Don Sassabune
            Hummus Bar
            Bashan
            Asa Ramen
            Musha
            Uzbekistan
            That Afghani place in Pasadena
            Din Tai Fun
            Pure Luck
            Scoops
            3 Square
            The Griddle
            Baby Blues
            Luques
            The Water Grill
            Cube
            OPus
            Chosun Galbee
            Jingo
            Europane
            Ce Fiore
            10th Street Cafe
            a slew of meditarranian palces
            and tons more I can't think of. Will I get to all of them. Doubtful.

            1. 1. Melisse (going there this Saturday!)
              2. Bashan
              3. Bastide

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              1. re: PrettyPlaty

                Good Morning Pretty Platty,
                Please let me know how your evening at Melisse goes...I'm dying to go.

              2. I crossed one of mine off last week when I finally tried the ramen at Santouka.

                Here are the others:

                1. I'm embarassed to admit that I still haven't had dim sum in SGV so that's my most pressing one.
                2. Babita
                3. Musha in Torrance. I'm interested generally in trying out a lot more of the Japanese options in Gardena/Torrance.
                4. Jitlada!
                5. Bashan. I'm dying to try the pork belly there.

                1. Bastide
                  Saddle Peak Lodge
                  Pecorino
                  All 'Angelo
                  Babita
                  Osteria Mozza
                  Hatfield's
                  Rustic Canyon...........

                  1. Spago
                    Guelaguetza
                    La Flor de Yucatan
                    Larkin's
                    Milk
                    Macau Street
                    J&J
                    Angelini Osteria
                    Grace or Providence
                    Let's Be Frank

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                    1. re: notmartha

                      FYI...Macau Street in Artesia/Cerritos has closed down, it's now Crabulicious.

                      1. re: justagthing

                        Thanks for the warning. I didn't even know they have a branch at Cerritos - was thinking of Monterey Park. Let me guess - Crabulicious is another vietnamese-cajun place?

                        1. re: notmartha

                          Actually, it's not. Looked at the menu yesterday and it looked interesting. Have heard some good things, so will have to check it out soon.

                    2. Tama Sushi
                      Bashan
                      Jitlada
                      Josie
                      Babita
                      Brent's
                      Pollo a la Brasa
                      Julienne

                      I am looking forward to every meal.

                      1. Just to show you how bad my fix is, I keep a running list...

                        Contemporary

                        Josie

                        Joe’s

                        Osteria Mozza

                        Cube http://wwwcubemarketplace.com/images/...

                        Pacific Dining Car

                        Village Idiot

                        Hatfield’s

                        James Beach

                        Camden House

                        Chinois

                        Houston’s/Bandera

                        Punch Grille?

                        Michael’s

                        26 Beach

                        Ethnic

                        Papa Christo

                        Delphia (http://la.eater.com/archives/2007/09/...

                        )

                        Rayhaan Persian in Culver City

                        Bar Pinxto

                        Café Brasil

                        Bossa Nova

                        Brasa Brasil Grill (www.brasabrasilgrill.com

                        )

                        Cafe Dahab (Kefta sandwiches! http://www.cafedahab.com/menu.nxg

                        Versaille

                        Tagine

                        Special Occasion

                        Craft

                        La Boheme? (boring menu, William strongly recommends

                        )

                        Cafe Stella (very small, French)

                        Matisse

                        Providence (new seafood restaurant by owners of Melisse, lots of Seafood options)

                        Brass Cap

                        Sona

                        Luques

                        Ortolan

                        Fraiche

                        La Cachette http://www.lacachetterestaurant.com/d...

                        Josie

                        Michael’s

                        French

                        Bistro L'Hermitage (http://www.bistrohermitage.com/

                        )

                        Lilly’s

                        Café Marguerite (http://losangeles.citysearchcom/profi...)

                        Chez Mimi http://www.chezmimirestaurant.com/din...

                        Italian

                        Via Veneto

                        Alejo’s

                        Piccolo

                        Capo

                        La Bote

                        Asian (non-sushi

                        )

                        PF Changs

                        Bangkok West

                        The Orchid

                        Latitude Thai

                        Yose

                        East Wind

                        Hu’s Chinese on National

                        Japanese Sushi

                        Tengu (http://www.tengu.com/flash.html

                        )

                        Koroza (Speilman’s place)

                        U-Zen 9.3 Overall

                        11951 Santa Monica Blvd

                        Shige 9.1 Overall

                        401 Santa Monica Blvd.

                        Sushi House 9.0 Overall

                        12013 W Pico Blvd

                        Taiko 8.8 Overall

                        11677 San Vicente Blvd Ste 302

                        Japenese Noodles

                        Yabu 9.3 Overall

                        11820 W Pico Blvd

                        Yokohama Ramen 9.0

                        11660 Gateway Blvd

                        Moroccan

                        Cayenne Café 9.4

                        7169 Beverly Blvd

                        Tagine

                        Sofi

                        8030 3/4 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA

                        Mexican

                        El Chavo

                        El Compadre (Sunset & Gardner)

                        Gardens of Taxco (Santa Monica and Harper)

                        La Tasca

                        Babita Mexican San Gabriel http://www.yelp.com/biz/TbAb9fFN4hUe3...

                        Venice Cantina (9.1) (http://losangeles.citysearchcom/profi...

                        )

                        El Cayote (9.0) (http://losangeles.citysearchcom/profi...

                        )

                        Baja Cantina (http://losangeles.citysearchcom/profi...

                        )

                        Lare’s

                        Oaxacan (Guetzel…, Casita, Monte Alban) http://www.chowhound.com/topics/385349

                        Casual

                        Joe’s Pizza

                        Coop Pizza

                        Villa Pizza

                        Bondi BBQ

                        Pitfire Pizza Company

                        Stone Fire Pizza

                        The Victorian on Main St.

                        Aunt Kizzie’s

                        Cynthia’s (Best Fried Chicken + blackberry cobbler

                        )

                        Roscoe’s

                        Langer’s Deli

                        Stroh’s Gourmet

                        L&L

                        Killer Shrimp

                        Cora’s

                        Arnie Morton’s downtown (sirloin burger)

                        Houston’s

                        Rae’s Diner

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                        1. re: ElJeffe

                          It's a pretty long list, so you're probably okay with skipping PF Chang and Killer Shrimp. I'd even toss Brasa Brasil out, too, but I'll save that verdict for when I finally try out the feijoada at Cafe Brasil.

                          1. re: SauceSupreme

                            The one time we had the feijoada at Cafe Brasil, we were sorely dissapointed. There was a couple of chunks of stringy pork, some slices of sausage and that was it. No organ meat to speak of and it just didn't have that heartiness you expect from the dish. It was also a bit on the watery side as feijoada's go. And for $16, the portions were small. Good thing I didn't care for it.

                            We even went on a Sunday thinking that it would increase the chances of a good dish. Now this was at the Washington Place branch, can't vouch for the Venice branch one.

                            We both thought the feijoada at Brasa Brasil was better. My wife loves dishes like this and cassoulets. We were even lowering our standards since its within waking distance for us and we were hoping it could be a regular stop to satisfy the cravings easily. But even with that, we wouldn't order it again there regardless of how desparately we're craving it.

                            In fact considering the price, I'd rather go to Brasa Grill pay the couple bucks extra just to have some feijoda from the buffet.

                          2. re: ElJeffe

                            To further narrow your list, I'm pretty positive that Venice Cantina closed a while back.

                            1. re: ElJeffe

                              you could skip houston/bandera, pacific dining car, and hu's for that matter
                              nothing special there

                              1. re: paulfromla

                                Sorry to disagree, paulfromla, but a burger at Houston's is a must! Best classic burger I've ever eaten. Also, their ribs are unlike any other ribs I've had. The best way to eat at Houston's, imho, is go with someone and split a cheeseburger and the ribs.

                                1. re: paulfromla

                                  I disagree. The French Dip at Bandera is extraordinary (best in LA) and a must-try

                                  1. re: Ernie

                                    i will yield on houston's - never had the cheeseburgers and i did put their ribs on a "must" list elsewhere - so that might seem a little inconsistent - but i'm not standing down from bandera's which is literally half a block from me and has never failed to disappoint with their food - drinks now that's another question...

                                    1. re: paulfromla

                                      Where have you had a better French dip?

                                      1. re: Ernie

                                        aargh - now i have to go back to bandera yet again and try the french dip - oh well, there's worse things in life...usually i don't go for sandwiches when going out to dinner esp. at $20 a pop but i'm willing to try it

                                  2. re: paulfromla

                                    Disagree on Bandera. The free corkage is a phenomenal perk and the food, albeit classic american fare, is consistently good.

                                2. Urasawa
                                  Ortolon
                                  Angelini Osteria
                                  Mori Sushi (to compare to Zo)

                                  1. Babita
                                    Stuffed Sandwich/Father's Office 2
                                    Vietnam Restaurant
                                    Santouka/Asa/Gardena
                                    Echigo/Kiriko/Sasabune
                                    and Big Wangs for those tater tots!

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                                    1. re: snooze button

                                      Tater tots!!!!!????
                                      What and where is Big Wangs, and do they really have tater tots?
                                      I can't resist tater tots and I sure miss the Sonic tater tots from the days I was in MO.

                                      1. re: tatertotsrock

                                        This thread (check out the post started by Sauce Supreme) was the source of my current craving:

                                        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/448458

                                        I've had Sonic's tater tots somewhere in the OC...... but something tells me that Big Wangs serves up a whole other category of tater goodness.

                                    2. Osteria Mozza
                                      Table 8
                                      The Cut
                                      The Lodge

                                      1. VP Tofu

                                        Pa Pa Walk

                                        Park's BBQ

                                        The Waffle

                                        Cafe Z

                                        Social (for Michel Richard's return)

                                        1. Yesterday, I knocked the first off my list:

                                          Sushi Nishi-ya.
                                          Wow. I don't want to say anthing else because I want to make sure I can continue to get a seat at the bar...if it means anything, I will be there again for dinner on Friday...mmm, I can't wait.

                                          I would also like to go to :

                                          Hatfields

                                          Fraiche

                                          Kiriko

                                          Osteria La Buca (I used to go quite a bit but haven't been since they re-opened/expanded)

                                          Hungry Cat (I used to pretty much live at the bar for lunch but haven't been since they re-opened/expande) Tried to go yesterday but they were closed for lunch...perfect, since I finally got to try Sushi Nishi-ya.

                                          I'm sure the list will grow over the year.

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                                          1. re: tatertotsrock

                                            They told me on New Years that Hungry Cat is re-opening for lunch on the 15th.

                                            1. re: SauceSupreme

                                              Did any menu changes come along with the redesign & expansion? The escolar special I had needs to become a regular item!

                                              1. re: ElJeffe

                                                Well the food menu always rotates anyway, so it's tough to tell. The main effect is an expanded raw offering, naturally. I don't recall I'd ever seen a caviar sampler there before, but I could be mistaken. One of my old favorites (crab legs in mustard butter) is off the main dinner menu, but that's probably because of too much overlap with the raw menu.

                                              2. re: SauceSupreme

                                                Thanks SauceSupreme,

                                                I really miss my lunchtime drinks and snacks!

                                            2. This is painful as I didn't keep last years 1 resolution (Ursawa). But this year I have already started my "Bastide fund".

                                              Bastide
                                              Craft
                                              Angelini Osteria
                                              Jiraffe - on Monday
                                              Father's office
                                              Santouku
                                              Inn of the Seventh Ray
                                              AOC
                                              Mozza - either
                                              ...and Ursawa

                                              1. Gordon Ramsay at The London
                                                Mori (also to compare with Sushi Zo)
                                                Father's Office 2
                                                Woody's bbq
                                                new Din Tai Fung location
                                                revised menu at Opus
                                                Honda Ya (to round out the JTown izakayas)

                                                1. 1. Paseo Cantina in the Paseo Colorado, Pasadena.

                                                  http://www.paseocantina.com/index.html

                                                  2. Any good restaurants in LA with views of the city (don't know which ones yet).

                                                  3. Houston's

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                                                  1. re: katkoupai

                                                    I finally tried Houston's in Pasadena. The portions were very generous. I tried the caesar salad and roasted artichoke appetizer. A friend tried the pork ribs with coleslaw and french fries. The food was very good. Next time, I will try the prime rib, but I will need to be sure to be very hungry. The ribs took up half of a big plate. I liked that the caesar salad dressing tasted very fresh.

                                                  2. Fraiche
                                                    Father's Office and 2
                                                    Comme Ca
                                                    Little Door
                                                    Babita
                                                    Michaels
                                                    Table 8
                                                    Madeo

                                                    Any of these that I shouldn't rush to??

                                                    4 Replies
                                                    1. re: jenngen

                                                      If you've not been to the original Father's Office, I would actually start there as a baseline before visiting its Culver City outpost. I expect FO2 to be a madhouse when it opens, whereas the Santa Monica location is as solid as ever. To answer your question, don't rush to FO2 if you've not been to FO1.

                                                      1. re: SauceSupreme

                                                        father's office
                                                        fraiche
                                                        hatfields
                                                        sona
                                                        comme ca
                                                        jar
                                                        patina
                                                        more good steakhouses......

                                                        1. re: SauceSupreme

                                                          But the SM Father's Office is already a madhouse!

                                                          1. re: Diana

                                                            True, by which I meant to say that FO2 would be even MORE of a madhouse. I'd say it's the most anticipated opening since Mozza and Craft.

                                                      2. Angeli Cafe, Saddle Peak Lodge, Pizzeria Mozza, Water Grill, and, even though it's not in LA, French Laundry. I think I'll have to get another job!

                                                        1. How's everyone doing on their New Years Resolutions? So far, I've only crossed off Urasawa off the list (but I guess if you had to cross off just one, that would be it).

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                                                          1. re: SauceSupreme

                                                            Hi, Sauce. I tried the Paseo Cantina and Houston's, but I haven't tried a dinner place in LA with a city view. I still don't know where to go for that.

                                                            I did have drinks at the bar at the Bonaventure Hotel-- decent drink and great view. :)

                                                            I also finally passed by the Hungry Cat in Hollywood, but I did not go in.