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Anything like "stinking rose" that doesn't suck?

ns1 Aug 27, 2008 09:59 AM

GF really wants to go, based on CH reviews I'd rather not.

Is there a restaurant around here with a similar concept that CH can recommend?

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    attran99 RE: ns1 Aug 27, 2008 10:10 AM

    Does she want to go for the garlic or the kitsch?

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      ns1 RE: attran99 Aug 27, 2008 10:22 AM


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        carter RE: ns1 Aug 27, 2008 10:57 AM

        Zankou chicken!

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      Low Blood Sugar RE: ns1 Aug 27, 2008 10:55 AM

      I think it's unlikely to find a similar place because other restaurants that might be garlic-oriented would be dedicated to a particular ethnic food(ie, italian, etc). Stinking Rose is all over the place with their menu...

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        silverlakebodhisattva RE: Low Blood Sugar Aug 27, 2008 12:29 PM

        While the other posters are correct, in that you probably can't find a place that does "garlic-centered" food from a bunch of different cuisines in a mediocre fashion, you can certainly find a substantial number of places that will provide superior food of the sort in which they specialize, well-laden with garlic, and probably at a more reasonable price. Korean BBC places often have cloves of raw garlic offered as essentially part of the condiment array; I think I've seen a couple of Japanese "garlic restaurants" (including one in Corona Del Mar, I think) IIRC, there's a number of things on the menu at Palms (the Thai place with the Elvis impersonator, not the steak chaim) which J Gold described as being served on a bed of fried garlic which was so full it looked like a plate of granola...

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        silence9 RE: ns1 Aug 27, 2008 12:02 PM


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          Servorg RE: silence9 Nov 26, 2008 04:35 AM

          Just to update this thread, Gorikee is no longer in existence.

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          ns1 RE: ns1 Aug 27, 2008 12:06 PM

          Sorry, to specify, it should be a restaurant that somehow takes garlic to the forefront and showcases it in new, unsuspecting ways.

          and doesn't suck.

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            Mr Taster RE: ns1 Aug 27, 2008 12:07 PM

            Gorikee in Woodland Hills.

            Mr Taster

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              slacker RE: ns1 Aug 27, 2008 12:34 PM

              Well, there is always the boiling crab. Forefront yes, new and unsuspecting, no. But you will reek for days.

            2. Servorg RE: ns1 Aug 27, 2008 12:22 PM

              I don't think you are going to find a restaurant that is both good and specializes in all dishes garlic. If you are trying to assist your girl friend in scratching her itch you should hie thee down to either of the Korean chicken places and get the garlic infused choice.


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                Mr Taster RE: Servorg Aug 27, 2008 12:52 PM

                What's wrong with Gorikee?? It's all garlic-centered dishes in a family run bistro with reasonable prices and solid food.

                Mr Taster

                Gorikee Restaurant - duplicate
                21799 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA

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                JBC RE: ns1 Aug 27, 2008 12:40 PM

                Another vote for:

                Gorikee - Woodland Hills

                Actualy I think their name officially is, or was, Gorikee Garlic Fusion. And I believe the first dish on their menu was "Whole Garlic Confit" = whole roasted bulbs of garlic in a sauce.

                The problem with Zankou to me is the lack of quality control at their various locations. The one in WLA didn't match the favorable reviews people gave of their food which they probably had at the original location in Glendale (?).

                1. nomnomnoms RE: ns1 Aug 27, 2008 12:42 PM

                  there's Garlic jJo's in newport beach/corona del mar, but that might be a tad bit far for you... their food is good and less gimmicky. It's the second-in-chain store of a Japanese-Italian chain.

                  Garlic Jo's
                  2332 W Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663

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                    ns1 RE: nomnomnoms Aug 27, 2008 01:50 PM

                    My parents are in OC so this is fairly reasonable

                    Gorikee also seems like a good recommendation.

                    Been to boiling crab a ton, love kbbq places, and I think the garlic spread @Skafs is addictive

                    Thanks guys

                  2. Sarah RE: ns1 Aug 27, 2008 12:44 PM

                    Surely there must be a dish or two that doesn't suck...no?

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                      silverlakebodhisattva RE: Sarah Aug 27, 2008 01:53 PM

                      Sorry to seem like a crank, or a cheapskate, but considering the prices at Stinking Rose, (garlic chicken $20; side of garlic mashed potatoes, $7.00, plus parking in BH) that ain't much of a rec: "If you look at the menu carefully, you can find SOME things which don't suck..."

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