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Jan 8, 2009 03:13 PM

Les Carbonades Flamandes (Flemish carbonade)

I am studying different versions of this dish, to make myself this weekend. Does anyone know where I can compare my version to an authentic chef's version, not too far from Altadena/SGV?

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  1. I think your best bet is Brussels Bistro in Laguna Beach.

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    1. re: bad nono

      I'm thinking this might be luck on 2 counts -- I got stuck flying to Brussels last year on the way to Stockholm and I got married in Laguna Beach!!!

      I will look into this, even though it is not a drive for an easy daytrip, we're missing the OC and were thinking of a weekend down there soon.

    2. It's not exactly convenient to you, but the best version I've had in Southern California is the Belgian beef stew at The Kitchen in Silver Lake. Authentic in everything but name.

      The Kitchen
      4348 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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      1. re: maxzook

        The Kitchens Belgian stew really is great, especially with the cold weather.

        1. re: rednyellow

          Thanks for the comments, kind of a narrow question.

          Silver Lake is closer but Belgian Bistro is at a desired destination for us soon, so I think I will check them both out not too long from now.

          I think what I made came out to die for, and I want to try it while the weather is cooler . . . I'm just into the comfort foods right now but this warm weather is making me wonder where winter went.

          Anything else special at these places I should consider trying, perhaps something to offset the richness of the stew?

          1. re: MaryT

            The side of spinach that comes with the stew (along with mashed potatoes) is the perfect compliment. I'd start with their wonderful bruschetta topped with eggplant caponata and mozzarella. Call first ... they have been known to sell out of this, it's probably their most popular dish.

            Check out their full menu on their website:


            And I'll be curious to hear how it compares to the Belgian Bistro's version ... this is definitely a dish worth traveling for!