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Places We Resolve to Go More Often.....

Funwithfood Mar 1, 2009 07:50 PM

I had the best meal I've had in a long time...for only $9.99. It was Bacon-Wrapped shrimp stuffed with cheese and served with grilled vegetables, herbed rice, and a lime cream sauce. The bacon was crisp, but the shrimp were tender and sweet, and oozed with cheese at the bite...so delicious! I vow to go there more often; Taco Mesa on 19th Street in Costa Mesa.

Where do you resolve to go to more often?

  1. lotta_cox Mar 30, 2009 11:29 AM

    So many places, but at the top of the list is Izayoi. Close to my house, delicious. Loves. But there is always some new shiny object tempting me to elsewhere.

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    1. re: lotta_cox
      J.L. Mar 30, 2009 05:43 PM

      For those who have enjoyed Izayoi... Have you tried Raku Plus, just up the street?

      1. re: J.L.
        lotta_cox Mar 30, 2009 06:46 PM

        No, I have not. I will take that as a rec though, as I live close and dine in Little Tokyo often.



    2. wienermobile Mar 4, 2009 03:59 PM


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        bulavinaka Mar 3, 2009 06:19 PM

        I'm adding The Curious Palate to my list...

        The Curious Palate
        12034 Venice Boulevard, Mar Vista, CA

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        1. re: bulavinaka
          kevin Mar 3, 2009 08:20 PM

          although their pastrami sandwich was utterly and completely horrible.

          1. re: kevin
            bulavinaka Mar 4, 2009 06:21 AM

            Sorry to hear that - saw your post on the other thread. The meatloaf is great.

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          Clyde Mar 2, 2009 04:24 PM

          vitos (i don't know why i'm not there once a week)
          joom bangkock cafe for thai
          senor fish
          nevermind my wish list of restaurants to try...

          1. mollyomormon Mar 2, 2009 01:49 PM

            Andrew's Cheese Store--I was in this past week and Andrew steered me to Marisa, an awesome cheese from Carr Valley Cheese which paired perfectly with a bunch of beets I roasted last night. While talking to Andrew, I asked him about the grilled cheese and beer pairing nights he's been doing and ended up reserving spaces at the one this past Friday. So much fun. You get 6 course of grilled cheese rounds (more cheese brolied over sliced baguettes) and beer to go with each. Anyway, I love this place and am resolving to buy cheese there once a week.

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            1. re: mollyomormon
              kevin Mar 2, 2009 02:23 PM

              address? is that the full name andrew's cheese store?

              thanks, never heard of it before.


              1. re: kevin
                Mattapoisett in LA Mar 2, 2009 02:31 PM

                Andrew's Cheese Shop
                728 Montana Avenue
                Santa Monica, CA 90403


                Andrews Cheese Shop
                728 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

                1. re: Mattapoisett in LA
                  Funwithfood Mar 3, 2009 05:27 AM

                  Thanks for the link, I'll give it a try next time I'm in SM.
                  (His website is about the worst I've seen--needs better pics, and better colors!)

                  1. re: Funwithfood
                    mollyomormon Mar 3, 2009 11:11 AM

                    yeah, the website is not great. I just talked to him about doing another grilled cheese and beer night on the 27th so let me know if you want to come and eat cheese with other hounds!

                    1. re: mollyomormon
                      kevin Mar 3, 2009 11:21 AM

                      Sounds pretty good, I take that it;s a relatively new shoppe.?


                      1. re: kevin
                        mollyomormon Mar 3, 2009 11:23 AM

                        it opened last summer.

                        1. re: mollyomormon
                          kevin Mar 3, 2009 11:25 AM

                          is wine also served for some great wine and cheese pairings/



                          1. re: kevin
                            mollyomormon Mar 3, 2009 11:28 AM

                            nah, he's just pairing with beer right now, although i'm sure if you wanted to arrange a night with wine pairings, he'd be open to doing it if you got together enough people. he's in the process of trying to get his license to sell wine right now.

                            1. re: mollyomormon
                              wiz Mar 4, 2009 10:06 AM

                              Whats the deal with the beer and wine, I am in the wine biz, and the license is for both beer and wine!

                              1. re: wiz
                                mollyomormon Mar 4, 2009 10:09 AM

                                right. currently, he is not selling beer or wine out of the store. the beer and cheese tastings feature beer from his private stash and it's after hours when the store is shut down. once he gets the license, he'll be able to sell both.

                                1. re: wiz
                                  kevin Mar 4, 2009 10:10 AM

                                  Good question, I'd like to know too.


                        2. re: mollyomormon
                          Funwithfood Mar 3, 2009 05:24 PM

                          I live in the OC, so it's not often I can get out there--sounds delish--wish I lived nearby! (I could use a grilled cheese sandwich right about now...)

                          1. re: Funwithfood
                            Das Ubergeek Mar 3, 2009 07:44 PM

                            Perhaps Frog's Breath could make you one?

                            1. re: Das Ubergeek
                              Funwithfood Mar 4, 2009 06:38 AM

                              Frog's Breath?

                              1. re: Funwithfood
                                Dommy Mar 4, 2009 09:04 AM

                                Cheese Shop in Old Town Orange...



                                1. re: Dommy
                                  Funwithfood Mar 4, 2009 10:23 AM

                                  I'm so out of the "food loop" I hadn't heard of this place...what are the specialties, based on your experience?

                                  1. re: Funwithfood
                                    kevin Mar 4, 2009 10:38 AM

                                    I haven't been here, but it does carry a wide selection of cheeses to my knowledge at least for Orange, and the Orange Circle. And it seems to be one of the newer restaurants and food shoppes to open in the Circle in the past five years. Other than that, I haven't got a clue on it's exact wares.


                          2. re: mollyomormon
                            hyacinthgirl Mar 4, 2009 11:46 AM

                            Thanks for the recommendation! I got an email from him saying he added a date on the 29th. Can't wait.... mmm.... cheese....

                            1. re: hyacinthgirl
                              hyacinthgirl Mar 30, 2009 09:51 AM

                              Molly, thanks for the heads up, this was a really great night out. The cheeses and beers were wonderfully paired up and just made me happy!
                              To answer the earlier question- he's going with beer and grilled cheese pairing, but a group that came last night brought their own wine and did some double fisting. They seemed to be having the best time... : )

                              1. re: hyacinthgirl
                                mollyomormon Mar 30, 2009 02:30 PM

                                So glad you enjoyed it! As I said upthread, I reserved the whole place for a group of my friends last Friday night and it was a resounding success. I'm still getting thank you emails, even though all I did was coordinate a date and tell everyone where and when to show up with their $35. Andrew really in a fantastic host and I can't wait to go again!

                  2. sbritchky Mar 2, 2009 01:03 PM

                    Yuca's (Not for the burgers, ipsedixit, but for the delicately juicy and flavorful, anti-gross cochinita pibil burrito, although I have heard the burgers are great.)

                    Glacier Ice Cream (For excellent ice cream scooped into the best waffle cones and cups I've had. Once in a blue moon their machine messes up, and a housemade waffle comes out tough. Just tell them, and they'll replace it.)

                    Valentino (One of the best Italian restaurants in the U.S. by my experience and dear to my Italian tongue and heart. I've been going since the Eighties when it was on Lincoln in SM but just don't get over there as often as should be required by law.)

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                      outshined Mar 2, 2009 12:45 PM

                      Angelini Osteria. All my sig other and I do is talk about how great it was - a year ago.

                      1. J.L. Mar 2, 2009 12:16 AM

                        Metro Cafe
                        Inaka Seafood Gourmet
                        Meals by Genet

                        mrhooks can you get me into Totoraku?

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                        1. re: J.L.
                          bulavinaka Mar 2, 2009 06:35 AM

                          Was at Metro Cafe a week ago for dinner. They are still on the top of their game.

                          1. re: bulavinaka
                            westsidegal Mar 2, 2009 08:48 AM

                            was there for dinner last friday.
                            the food was flawless, but the bread, which had always been exceptional was soft (like maybe it had been microwaved?). the gummy bread ruiined the great bread/ajvar combo.

                            1. re: westsidegal
                              bulavinaka Mar 2, 2009 11:12 AM

                              Sorry to hear about the bread - always look forward to it even more so because of the ajvar. Hopefully it was a fluke. With their track record, I am confident it was.

                              1. re: bulavinaka
                                westsidegal Mar 30, 2009 11:36 AM

                                the bread was a fluke. i went back again last friday and they were back to serving delicious bread.
                                sadly, though, they omitted the roasted peppers that they serve with their burrata starter. i'm hoping that this was just because they ran out late in the evening and not because they've changed the receipe.

                                the place was packed at 9pm and the kitchen and waitstaff was hammered

                        2. ipsedixit Mar 1, 2009 09:48 PM

                          Yuca's (not for the tacos, but for the burgers)

                          Seafood Village


                          Wood Spoon

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                          1. re: ipsedixit
                            ohdaylay Mar 3, 2009 03:38 PM

                            Fosselmans ... ummmmmm. Excellent choice.

                            1. re: ohdaylay
                              kevin Mar 3, 2009 03:51 PM

                              Especially the ultra smooth, ultra delicious Taro.

                            2. re: ipsedixit
                              maxzook Mar 3, 2009 03:57 PM

                              It drives me crazy that I live walking distance from Yuca's, but I always forget about them when I'm looking for a local lunch. Maybe this weekend ...

                              1. re: maxzook
                                ipsedixit Mar 3, 2009 08:54 PM

                                If I lived within "walking distance" of Yuca's I might end up not being able to walk after a few days ...

                            3. Das Ubergeek Mar 1, 2009 09:00 PM

                              I always resolve to go to Vito's more often, but in the meantime next time you go to Taco Mesa get the taco alambre -- OMG.

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                              1. re: Das Ubergeek
                                josephnl Mar 1, 2009 09:41 PM

                                Taco Mesa and Taco Rosa are under the same ownership. How do they compare?

                                1. re: josephnl
                                  Das Ubergeek Mar 1, 2009 09:46 PM

                                  Taco Mesa is the quick-service place; Taco Rosa is the sit-down and has slightly more upscale food (and much more upscale prices). Taco Rosa has the brunch, too.

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