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Feb 11, 2008 08:21 AM

Garlic Lovers: What dish served in LA has the most garlic?

My vote easily goes to the Garlic Soup at Il Chianti in Lomita. It has more garlic than anything I've *ever* eaten. There was easily between 1.5 - 2 heads of garlic in one bowl. It wasn't mellow, sweet, roasted garlic either, but garlic cooked till it had just lost its edge.

The menu described it as a "Roman Egg Drop Soup" and there were chunks of egg in the soup. But there were more chunks of al dente garlic than egg in the soup, around 3-5 chunks of garlic in each spoonful. By chunks, I mean pieces that were larger than cooked arborio rice. It was almost too much garlic, but how great to finally find a dish that satisfies my craving for garlic!

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  1. My vote goes to Uncle Moki's Original Hawaiian Shrimp. Almost too much garlic. If you have tried Giovanni's shrimp truck on the North Shore and liked what you ate then you will be happy with Moki's.

    I just ate there again last week with my son. I noticed that some kind of chicken was added to the menu. I really wish the shrimp was pealed. The way it is made with the skin still on most of the flavor is on the outside of the skin. It would be a shame to just peal it off so if you want the true garlic flavor you must first suck on that whole shrimp before you peal it.

    3560 S La Cienega Blvd Ste F
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    Cross Street: Rodeo Road)
    This place opens at 12:00 noon.

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    1. re: JeetJet

      The "whole shebang" from Boiling Crab has a TON of garlic...

      1. re: ns1

        I can attest to that - you can't see it in the bag, but you will be burping that up for at least a day after.

        The next contender is Manie's at Rowland Heights. Their lamp chop is topped with a ton of fried minced garlic - at least 2-3 TBSP's worth.

        1. re: notmartha

          Is Manie's the one inside the Hong Kong Plaza, off Colima in between Fullerton & Nogalas?

    2. Garlic Confit - Whole heads of garlic slow cooked in extra virgin olive oil till golden brown. Served with sweet & spicy miso with a walnut crushed sauce.

      Gorikee Garlic Fusion
      21799 Ventura Blvd.
      Woodland Hills
      (818) 932-9149

      Now the bad news, it's apparently been sold:

      1. Short of eating a bagna calda from Stinking Rose, I'll put in a rec for the fried chicken at Kyochon, which has an awesome garlic flavor (they certainly weren't shy about adding it in their marinade) to go with crisp chicken skin.

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        1. re: SauceSupreme

          Awesome! I've been looking for some good Korean fried chicken. Will have to check it out.

          1. re: SauceSupreme

            I was also thinking of Kyochon fried chicken. I tasted the garlic for 2 days after and it was worth it. The chicken wings are delicious.

          2. In memorium, the pickled garlic chicken at Swasdee in N. Hollywood, across from the Wat Thai Temple. Swasdee moved out to points west, but the pickled garlic chicken didn't. If anyone knows where I can get this dish, I'll take you out for it.

            1. Spaghetti with garlic and oil at Little Toni's in North Hollywood. The garlic is thinly sliced (not chopped) and crisped, and there is a *lot* of it (and oil and pasta and nothing else ...) Not a romantic-date meal, that's for sure ...

              Little Toni's
              4745 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602

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                1. re: maudies5

                  Totally -- sweat garlic for a week after that one. Good at the time -- but not wild on the recovery time...