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Good Old Fashioned Stew

gdrace Feb 26, 2008 12:20 AM

The title says it all. I love stew as a comfort food. Not looking to spend much just want a big bowl of meaty comfort food.


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  1. Servorg RE: gdrace Feb 26, 2008 07:37 AM

    With top pastry crust: www.obriensonmain.com

    Without pastry crust: www.sonnymcleans.com

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      nosh RE: gdrace Feb 26, 2008 09:08 AM

      One of the lesser-known offerings at Phillippe's across from Union Station is the bowl of beef stew. Now, I've been critical of Phillippe's for their dipped sandwiches, which keep getting smaller and smaller while more and more expensive. But their beef stew is very traditional and a good value. Not high cuisine by any measure -- the beef is not fall-apart tender and the gravy is on the thinner, au jus side rather than being thick, nuanced, and savory. But its good for what it is, and comforting and filling.

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        gdrace RE: nosh Feb 26, 2008 10:18 AM

        Thank you both for the responses. I am looking for a hearty thick stew so I think I will pass on Phillippe's but thank you nonetheless.

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        ausfrench RE: gdrace Feb 26, 2008 10:21 AM

        I don't know if you're even in Orange County, but Black Sheep Bistro in Tustin has 'stew night' every Wednesday night in Winter/Fall. Delicious!

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          JBC RE: gdrace Feb 26, 2008 11:06 AM

          Sounds like your describing Bigos - Polish Hunter's Stew:

          Might be more than you want to spend, but available at:



          1. DanaB RE: gdrace Feb 26, 2008 12:21 PM

            They have a very nice boeuf bourguignon, served over noodles, at Canele in Atwater Village. While not cheap (the entree is $21), it's hearty and delicious.


            Second the recommendation for the beef goulash at Polka, in Eagle Rock. It's a giant plate of food for $15.99.


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              Silverlaker RE: DanaB Feb 26, 2008 02:34 PM

              Go to Polka in glendale -- we were just there. Very good, and reasonable priced. (btw, it's also very easy to make esp if you have a dutch oven).

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              anothernotch RE: gdrace Feb 26, 2008 03:05 PM

              While it's been quite some time since I've sampled the dish, Art's deli in Studio City makes a great tomato based beef stew.

              1. Emme RE: gdrace Feb 27, 2008 09:53 AM

                Daily Grill, surprisingly enough!

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