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)
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.
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.
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.
Yesterday, I knocked the first off my list:
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 :
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.
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.
Just to show you how bad my fix is, I keep a running list...
Pacific Dining Car
Rayhaan Persian in Culver City
Brasa Brasil Grill (www.brasabrasilgrill.com)
Cafe Dahab (Kefta sandwiches! http://www.cafedahab.com/menu.nxg
La Boheme? (boring menu, William strongly recommends)
Cafe Stella (very small, French)
Providence (new seafood restaurant by owners of Melisse, lots of Seafood options)
La Cachette http://www.lacachetterestaurant.com/dinner.html#
Bistro L'Hermitage (http://www.bistrohermitage.com/)
Hu’s Chinese on National
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
Yabu 9.3 Overall
11820 W Pico Blvd
Yokohama Ramen 9.0
11660 Gateway Blvd
Cayenne Café 9.4
7169 Beverly Blvd
8030 3/4 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA
El Compadre (Sunset & Gardner)
Gardens of Taxco (Santa Monica and Harper)
Babita Mexican San Gabriel http://www.yelp.com/biz/TbAb9fFN4hUe3AAvV_jUDA
Oaxacan (Guetzel…, Casita, Monte Alban) http://www.chowhound.com/topics/385349
Pitfire Pizza Company
Stone Fire Pizza
The Victorian on Main St.
Cynthia’s (Best Fried Chicken + blackberry cobbler)
Arnie Morton’s downtown (sirloin burger)
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.
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...
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.
3. Musha in Torrance. I'm interested generally in trying out a lot more of the Japanese options in Gardena/Torrance.
5. Bashan. I'm dying to try the pork belly there.
That Afghani place in Pasadena
Din Tai Fun
The Water Grill
10th Street Cafe
a slew of meditarranian palces
and tons more I can't think of. Will I get to all of them. Doubtful.
and I'll second Fathers Office 2 and
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!
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.