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Dec 7, 2008 03:55 PM

5 best bites of 2008?

Here are mine, in no particular order (and, of course, only limited to restaurants for purposes of this question):

the soft shell crab sandwich at Hungry Cat
steak tartare at Anisette
beef roll at Mama's Kitchen
pork belly at Robata-ya
foie gras at Robata-ya

I can't believe two of my top five bites were at Robata-ya, especially when I've been eating out so much this past year with manbitesworld (, but that pork belly is ridiculous, as is the foie gras.

I'd love to hear others...

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  1. In no particular order:

    Sous-vide chicken at Hatfield's
    Butterscotch budino at Pizzeria Mozza
    Bacon-wrapped dates at A.O.C.
    A perfect bulgogi ssam (dduk-bossam, daikon, kimchi, bulgogi) at Guh Mok, in Torrance
    Soft-shell crab sandwich from Spago, at Wally's Wine Fest

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    1. re: donnival

      Sous vide short ribs at Hatfields even better! Best short ribs I have ever encountered.

    2. Hi mollyomormon,

      Nice topic. :) This is going to be tough... (not counting my eats in Japan this year (^_~)...

      * Grade A5 Hokkaido-Gyu Poached at Urasawa
      * Zosui (Made from scratch Chicken Soup) at Yakitori Bincho / Izakaya Bincho
      * Hokkaido Scallop Sashimi at Providence(!)
      * I Ravioli: Ravioli Carbonara with Speck at Valentino
      * Berkshire Rack Of Pork & Black Lentils at Craft

      Honorable Mention (darn you, mollyomormon for making me choose only 5! :P) -

      * Agedashi Tofu at Izakaya Bincho
      * Il Fegato D'Anatra (Foie Gras Creme Caramel, Fig Puree) at Drago Centro
      * Oh-Toro (Fattiest Bluefin Tuna Belly) at Sushi Zo
      * Atole de Guayaba (Hot Masa Drink with Guava) at Breed Street (Street Vendor)
      * Buta no Kakuni (Braised Pork Belly) at Izakaya Bincho

      And there's probably another 20 dishes I forgot. :)

      4 Replies
      1. re: exilekiss

        thanks, exilekiss! i have to add these to my to-do list!

        1. re: exilekiss

          where's breed street for the atole drink?

          and also foie gras creme caramel??? really. was it dessert or an appetizer.?

          1. re: kevin

            Hi kevin,

            The wonderful Breed Street! :) See this Chow thread and my link in there has a review, pictures, etc., and the Chow Place links.


            And, the Foie Gras Creme Caramel was an amuse bouche / appetizer. Yes, it sounds wild, but it was SO good! :) More details here:



            1. re: exilekiss

              Yes, the Foie Gras creme Caramel at Drago Centro is amazing!

        2. Hmm Top 5 in no order...

          Potato Balls - Portos
          Sweet corn agnolotti w/ truffle shavings - Spago
          Steak tartare - Totoraku
          Tuna Sushi & Holy Cow - Go's Mart
          Chicken Wings - Kyochon or bonchon i just need my KFC fix.

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          1. re: ldodb

            The fact that Totoraku has steak tartare and that I'm unlikely to ever be able to eat it is almost painful...

            1. re: mollyomormon

              i still don't understand how they're able to stay in business and refuse business. the whole thing about being a public ... (what's the word) being licensed, they can't refuse service say based on race or gender... ah well.

              1. re: mollyomormon

                He really does an amazing job with this dish, it has some sesame oil on it with a quail egg, and im not sure what all else, but it truly is awesome.

              2. re: ldodb

                ummm Potato Balls from Portos are the best!

              3. Great Thread:
                Fish Head Casserole - Hunan Seafood
                Manhattan made with Old Potero Rye - Bar at Comme Ca
                Telegio and Nettles Pizza - Pizzeria Mozza
                Pork Neck/Potato Soup - Ham Ji Park
                Tasmanian Sea Trout - Providence

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                1. re: Ciao Bob

                  been meaning to try ham ji park for a while now but finally did it after seeing it on your top five. had the soup to go. one soup is enough for two people. didn't know that when i ordered two soups. loved it. will be eating the leftovers tonight and will definitely be going back. thanks for the reminder.

                2. Dear God. I have no idea how to respond to this.