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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...

              1. IIRC, John Gold noted that some of the "wild" dishes ( fried frog, etc.) at Palms Thai were served on beds of fried garlic.

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                1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                  That reminds me. The whole fried fish at Jitlada features lots of deep fried garlic and turmeric.

                2. I thought anything from Stinking Rose is suppose to be FILLED with Garlic? I have yet to been there myself :-(

                  Stinking Rose
                  55 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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                  1. re: kelvlam

                    I've never been to the LA Stinking Rose, but the branch in SF was the worst meal I've ever had in that city.

                    1. re: kelvlam

                      With so many other options, there's little reason now, if there ever was, for patronizing S.R.. When there are places with GOOD food with a mess o' garlic, there's very little reason to pay too much for food at the SR which has as its only virtue that it contains a mess o' garlic.

                      1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                        woh... ok. shall I say I'm glad I still haven't been there? :-)

                        1. re: kelvlam

                          It's not as bad as silverlakebodhisattva is making it sound. In fact, I wouldn't even call it "bad" so much as overpriced. The only thing I've ever had at the Stinking Rose that I couldn't find elsewhere that was worth the trip was their garlic ice cream. It's really a neat experience if you haven't had it. Of course, their Bagna Calda (roasted garlic that you spread on foccacia) is also delicious. I do think, however, that their entrees are way overpriced. I've never been bowled over by any of the entrees I've had (Crab, Prime Rib, Lasagna) , but they were all tasty - just not amazing. For the price, I was not impressed.

                          Still, if you're ever up for appetizers, drinks and then dessert, it's not a bad place to go.

                          1. re: RaeRenee

                            thx RaeRenne. Maybe when I get a bonus check then I'll consider to go :-p

                            1. re: RaeRenee

                              Gorikee does better bagna Calda style garlic. If Scoops has garlic Ice cream, trust it will be better.

                        2. re: kelvlam

                          Their food isn't quite as garlicky as I'd like, but I LOVE their garlic ice cream.

                        3. I'm sure a lot of Japanese and Korean pubs will also feature grilled garlic on a skewer.

                          1. I LOVE the spaghetti aglio olio at Axe, and it has a ton of garlic, way too much for me, I scrape off most of it from the top where it's all sitting when you get the dish. Heaven.

                            1. Can't let the thread die without at least a mention of the tasty garlic paste offered at Zankou Chicken. I love a healthy smear on a torn piece of pita, then tear off some shreds of chicken, including some skin, and make a little wrap. Delicious!

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                              1. re: nosh

                                I used to love that stuff until I decided to add some leftover paste to a stir fry. It didn't melt, didn't change shape, just kind of sat there and coagulated in weird ways.

                                An internet search showed that other people experienced the same thing. Now I can't bear the thought of eating something that does not act like food. It looks like a fatty paste, it has mouthfeel like a fat, but it doesn't act like one when exposed to heat.

                                  1. re: Hershey Bomar

                                    I asked a few years ago. They said the Zankou garlic paste was garlic, lemon juice, and salt, pureed into a paste.

                                    1. re: nosh

                                      I made the toum recipe posted on Chowhound years ago by Chris G. It worked as advertised with mashed potato. That's what keeps the oil emulsified despite high heat or thermonuclear war.


                                      1. re: Professor Salt

                                        Can one fry Zankou garlic paste? I just had images of garlic-potato pancakes flitting through my head...

                                        1. re: a_and_w

                                          I've had no luck with it in a skillet. However, you might be able to roll it up in falafel-sized balls, bread and deep fry it....

                                          The next problem would be finding an appropriate dipping sauce.

                                1. re: nosh

                                  I tried the Zankou Chicken at Anaheim location, just because all the talk about how it's -the best- chicken place and how it's kick @$$ garlic paste...

                                  maybe I'm just picky or what not. or maybe it's just this location... but I just aint' digging their rotisserie chicken much.

                                  and like metaphora said, that paste... just... sorta weird for me. it's in such a solid state :-s

                                  1. re: kelvlam

                                    Zankou quality really does seem to vary by location. I'm often disappointed with the rotisserie chicken at the Pasadena one, for instance, but the Glendale one seems consistently good to me.

                                    I love that garlic paste. Perhaps too much!

                                    1. re: garvanza girl

                                      Zankou Pasadena is 10x better than the Glendale branch.

                                2. while i'm pretty sure it doesn't have the most garlic of any dish, the pomodoro omlette at griddle cafe is pretty impressive. i left craving some more because of amount of garlic in that omlette.

                                  1. A dish called Won Ton Bombs at Bamboo Restaurant on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. Had them with my buddy one night. Wife left the bedroom to sleep elsewhere.

                                    1. The garlic loaded crab at Seafood Village. I forget the name of the dish, but most every table with have an order. Just point at someone else's table, and get you one.

                                      See photo below for garliciousness. Fried bits of garlic coat every piece of crab, and there's a deep bed of garlic on the plate, which the photo doesn't show. If you feel you need more garlic after this dish, it's time for you to move to Gilroy.

                                      Seafood Village Restaurant
                                      684 W Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

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                                      1. re: Professor Salt

                                        I've had that item there and yes, it is garlic loaded.

                                      2. Garlic Tacos at Azteca in Garden Grove (across from Costco on "historic main street")
                                        If you can get past the Elvis decor and don't mind the old school molten cheese plate style of Mexican food, the garlic tacos are awesome. But they are one of those things that seem like a good idea at the time and later are regretted.

                                        1. i love the chicken gizzards and whole garlic cloves and jalapeno slices on a sizzling platter that can be found at most korean or taiwanese pubs...

                                          while eating soup noodles in beijing, you hold raw garlic in your left hand and chopsticks in your right and alternate bites of noodles and garlic. that shit is the (stink) bomb!

                                          1. The garlic bread at La Scala is loaded with garlic chunks. The bread is just a raft serving as a delivery vehicle for the thick coating of garlic.

                                            Delicious. It may not be on the menu, but they make it.