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

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?

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  1. 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

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

      1. re: josephnl

        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.

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

      Seafood Village


      Wood Spoon

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Fosselmans ... ummmmmm. Excellent choice.

        1. re: ohdaylay

          Especially the ultra smooth, ultra delicious Taro.

        2. re: ipsedixit

          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

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

        3. Metro Cafe
          Inaka Seafood Gourmet
          Meals by Genet

          mrhooks can you get me into Totoraku?

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          1. re: J.L.

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

            1. re: bulavinaka

              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

                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

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

            1. 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.)

              1. 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

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

                  thanks, never heard of it before.


                  1. re: kevin

                    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

                      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

                        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

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


                            1. re: mollyomormon

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



                              1. re: kevin

                                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

                                  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

                                    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.

                            2. re: mollyomormon

                              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

                                Perhaps Frog's Breath could make you one?

                                    1. re: Dommy

                                      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

                                        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

                                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

                                  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

                                    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. chameau
                        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. 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

                            although their pastrami sandwich was utterly and completely horrible.

                            1. re: kevin

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

                            1. 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

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

                                1. re: J.L.

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