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hbsmithie Mar 19, 2009 03:03 PM

I just started working in Eagle Rock, and so far the only place I've been to for lunch is Auntie Em's, which - at the risk of annoying some die-hard fans - I think is a bit overpriced. Usually I either bring my own food or meet friends in Pasadena or Glendale, but I'd rather stay closer to work. I haven't tried Casa Bianca yet, but I don't think they're open for lunch. What are some other good (and on the cheaper side) places for lunch around here? I'm open to pretty much any type of food, as long as it's tasty (which is why I'm here, obviously). Thanks!

  1. Vaya Con Carne Mar 19, 2009 03:21 PM

    Head down York to My Taco in Highland Park. Or for that matter, explore other Mexican options in HP, such as El Huarache Azteca.

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    My Taco
    6300 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

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    1. re: Vaya Con Carne
      lotta_cox Mar 27, 2009 05:48 PM

      I have had great food every time I have gone to The York, including last night.

    2. Chowpatty Mar 19, 2009 03:22 PM

      The Oinkster
      Spitz
      Brownstone Pizza
      Senor Fish

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        a213b Mar 19, 2009 03:25 PM

        I completely and wholeheartedly second the Oinkster.

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          A5 KOBE Mar 28, 2009 06:01 PM

          The only thing good at Oinkster is the fries. The burger is okay, but can definitely get a better one and the pastrami is bland and disgusting. The BBQ is horrible as well, especially for the price they charge.

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            a213b Mar 28, 2009 09:32 PM

            The burger I had was delicious; one of the better ones I've had in the city. The fries, as you mentioned, were outstanding.

            And they at least get the sauce right for a North Carolina-style Pulled-Pork Sandwich, though the one I ate there was pretty tasty in general.

            1. re: a213b
              A5 KOBE Mar 28, 2009 11:00 PM

              I cringe at the thought of spending another eight dollars on a pastrami or pulled pork sandwich of that caliber.

              The only thing I get there is the cheeseburger and fries. But if you like, I can't argue with that. I'll travel to Gardena and get my pulled pork fix at Jaybee's. hahaha

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              Food Guy 1 Jun 20, 2010 11:58 AM

              Do you have taste buds? This is one of the best pastrami sandwiches in town! Bland? House cured pastrami and the red cabbage combo is amazing. The Oinkster gets very high marks from the real critics for a good reason, the food is excellent.

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              Oinkster
              2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

              1. re: Food Guy 1
                Servorg Jun 20, 2010 01:04 PM

                "Do you have taste buds?"

                Evidently he has his own and doesn't have to share yours.

                1. re: Servorg
                  mrshankly Jun 22, 2010 07:56 PM

                  Well said Servorg.

                  I found the Oinkster to be uneventful but I'll have to give it another try soon since it's been getting some positive reviews.

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                  Oinkster
                  2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                    happybaker Jun 22, 2010 09:21 PM

                    I do like their fries. Truly.

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                      mrshankly Jun 23, 2010 01:19 PM

                      I visited the Oinkster last night and while it's not my favorite pastrami, it wasn't too bad. The texture was a little gristly but the flavor with their smoked curing was unique and tasty. Yes, the fries are great. I'll definitely go back for them.

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                      Oinkster
                      2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                        rednyellow Jun 23, 2010 06:20 PM

                        Add me to the list of people that just don't get Oinkster. If it was a short walk from me, I'm sure I'd go but over all the food just disappointed me. It wasn't terrible, it just didn't really impress either.

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                        Oinkster
                        2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                        1. re: rednyellow
                          JAB Jun 24, 2010 01:43 PM

                          I'll jump on the anti-Oikster band wagon. That is with the exception of the fries.

                    2. re: Food Guy 1
                      A5 KOBE Jun 20, 2010 08:16 PM

                      It is not even in comparison to the likes of Langer's or Brent's. And JayBee's is by far a much better pulled pork sandwich. And I do not base food off of what critics say.

                      You better call up the James Beard Foundation then, because apparently you and your critics have found next years obvious winner for Best Restaurant.

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                        carter Jun 20, 2010 08:27 PM

                        Norm Langer taught Andre how to make pastrami, and the student learned very well.
                        Good pastrami sandwich indeed.
                        Brents is not even in the same class for pastrami.
                        As a quality restaurant, yes, but the pastrami is not his strong suit.
                        Consistency is.

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                          A5 KOBE Jun 20, 2010 08:54 PM

                          I am sure the owner's of Langer's happily handed over the recipe. I asked them for a photocopy just last week and they were happy to oblige.

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                            ChrisG.PersonalChef Aug 2, 2010 01:06 AM

                            As an out of towner hoo occasionally visits, I don't go wen places get mixed reviews like this. Thanks guys.

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                      foodiemahoodie Jun 23, 2010 10:48 PM

                      Great fries.

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                    Jack Flash Mar 19, 2009 03:57 PM

                    I recently tried Brownstone in Pasadena, and I'll respectfully disagree if it's similar to teh Pasadena location. I don't know how similar the two branches are, but while I enjoyed the ultra-thinness of the crust, I found Brownstone's pies to be curiously devoid of flavor. They didn't taste bad; they just had no flavor whatsoever. Not in the sauce, not in the cheese, not in the sausage topping.

                    Oinkster, on the other hand, is a definite yes!

                    1. re: Jack Flash
                      mrshankly Mar 19, 2009 04:45 PM

                      I've never tried the one in Pasadena but the one in Eagle Rock surprised me in the exact opposite way... a thin pizza with so much flavor. I wonder if the preparation/proportions are different between the two locations.

                      BTW, Brownstone now offers (some of the best, IMHO) calzones that are off the menu but available for order. HIGHLY recommend their calzones as I was floored at how light but flavorful their's is.

                      In any case, I recommend Brownstone as well as the Coffee Table which is right up the street from there as well. Dave's Chillin' and Grillin' is good, not great, but the guy is so passionate about what he does that it's worth patronizing the place.

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                        mrshankly Mar 27, 2009 05:25 PM

                        Jack, I tried the Brownstone in Pasadena today and you are right. It is noticeably different and lacking in flavor. Really a disappointment compared to the flavor and texture of the Eagle Rock branch (which I personally love).

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                          Jack Flash Mar 27, 2009 05:39 PM

                          It's good to know that (a) I'm not the only one who found it lacking and (b) other branches are different. I'm now interested in trying the one in Eagle Rock; it's not too far away.

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                      oldiebutfoodie Mar 19, 2009 03:26 PM

                      Senor Fish, Oinkster, Spitz (those are just off the top of my head, so to speak, and are "tasty")

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                      Oinkster
                      2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                      Senor Fish
                      4803 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                      Spitz
                      2506 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                        Briggs Mar 19, 2009 04:41 PM

                        The Bucket (great burgers - and I mean great)
                        Dave's Chillin' & Grillin' (sandwiches & smoothies from a guy who cares)
                        Folliero's (NY style pizza a couple of minutes away in Highland Park)
                        Polka (Polish - more reasonable lunch menu)
                        Coffee Table (excellent salads and sandwiches - and a not too bad burger)
                        Camilo's (a little more formal, but I believe they have salads & sandwiches at lunch)
                        Lemongrass (good Vietnamese I like the bahn mi)
                        Panang (decent Thai)
                        Sicha Siam (ditto)
                        Mediterranean restaurant in the CVS/Super A shopping center is pretty okay
                        La Fuente (some CH'rs love it)
                        OK Chinese (same strip mall as La Fuente - surprisingly decent fast food Chinese - always a line at dinner)
                        Stoney Point (on the Eagle Rock/Pasadena border - similar to Camilo's)
                        Sorrentino's on the Eagle Rock/Pasadena border
                        Finally - Fresh & Easy has good prepared sandwiches that are ridiculously cheap if you want to grab something quick.

                        Think these might be a good start?

                        FWIW - BIG yes to My Taco & Senior Fish. You also have the York on York (duh), for some very decent, but pricy bar food). IMHO, Oinkster is NOT the second coming (Dave's C&G has better sandwiches and he works harder to please). I agree about Brownstone - not terrible, just meh.

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                        eeka Mar 19, 2009 04:22 PM

                        Armon's
                        Pete's
                        Tommy's
                        O.K. Chinese
                        Classic Thai
                        Mediterranean Triangle
                        L&L Hawaiian
                        Dave's Chillin and Grillin
                        Jerry's Mexican Grill

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                          jotoll Mar 19, 2009 04:47 PM

                          All great suggestions!

                          Also, the Glendale Zankou is really quite close to E.R.-- just head West on Colorado and you're there in 5 minutes.

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                            ohdaylay Mar 19, 2009 04:48 PM

                            You gotta try Oinkster. Great food, kind of crowded sometimes. If you go, get the pastrami. Nice choice. Oh, and the alioli is great with the fries. Tommy's ain't bad either. If you want a gatropub, go to The York, on York. It is near the border of Highland Park and Eagle Rock.

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                              ihrtfud Mar 27, 2009 05:33 PM

                              At Oinkster, I suggest the Royale burger: a patty, pastrami, bacon, cheese and chili!!! It's huge (obviously), it costs less than eight bucks and they'll cook it as rare as you want. Downside: You'll probably go into a food coma once you get back to work.

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                              eeka Mar 19, 2009 05:12 PM

                              Almost forgot, Eagle Rock Bakery for good sanwiches

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                                JeetJet Mar 28, 2009 08:36 AM

                                Great call. Eagle Rock Bakery has the best sandwches in L.A. and for two reasons. First, they bake the best sandwich rolls this side of NYC. The crust is perfect, the tug could not be better and the chew is also a true east coast quality.The bread sticks by the front door are great also. If the OP takes some of those back to the co-workers it will crreate friends for life. On Saturday morning try the pizza bread -- OMG!. Second, they have a great selection of deli meats.and cheeses. They will make a custom sandwich for you or you can buy the bread rolls and other stuff to make your own. I have bought a couple rolls, a peperoni stick and some cheese and that is a picnic for two just waiting to happen. Directly accross from Tommy's. Take a ticket, wait in line, make your order and wait again. It is these waits, which pay off with great food at the end of the wait, which add to the NYC feel of the place.

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                                  WildSwede Jun 28, 2010 03:35 PM

                                  They bake the bread that Scarantino's serves (and the now gone Dino's in Pasadena). I so love that bread and their sandwiches!

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                                  Scarantino's
                                  2055 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

                              2. Bob Brooks Mar 27, 2009 05:42 PM

                                You must go to Polka. Wonderful pork schnitzel and a lovely, friendly place to lunch.

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                                  ezdinero Jun 21, 2010 11:30 AM

                                  On the corner of Colorado Blvd and Eagle Rock there is a little strip mall there.. (behind a Blockbuster from what I remember). Anyways, in the corner there's a Peruvian restaurant that is the epitome of "hole in the wall" but they serve authentic Peruvian food. Try the Lomo Saltado.. you won't be disappointed.

                                  They also have the best rotisserie chicken.

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                                    WildSwede Jul 7, 2010 01:20 PM

                                    Does anyone know what this place is called? Or if there are any other good Peruvian restaurants in the Burbank/Glendale/Eagle Rock area? Thanks!

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                                      Servorg Jul 7, 2010 02:32 PM

                                      Could be the Pollos A La Brasa in Eagle Rock. Isn't it right there?

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                                        happybaker Jul 9, 2010 12:46 PM

                                        It IS Pollos a la Brasa, thanks Servog for catching that!

                                        I've never made it to the one in Koreatown, but seeing this was so close, I drove over today to check it out. Tiny. Dive-y. And it smelled WONDERFUL! Got the quarter chicken lunch special ($4.50) and was very happy. Flavorful, moist and the spicy sauce was yummy : )

                                        I will be back!

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                                          WildSwede Aug 2, 2010 01:35 PM

                                          Thank you! I will have to try it!

                                  2. lil mikey Jun 21, 2010 01:23 PM

                                    CaCao Mexicatessen has fancy Mexican that's not bad.
                                    Lemongrass has Viet Fusion... good spring rolls.

                                    1. Tom P Jun 21, 2010 04:47 PM

                                      There is a relatively new place on the west end of Colorado in Eagle Rock called FOUR CAFE that is wonderful. Kind of Eagle Rock's version of Tender Greens. Home owned by a lovely couple who do the cooking and run the place. I've had three lunches there now and all three were superb:

                                      http://www.fourcafe.net/Four_Cafe/Fou...

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                                      Four Cafe
                                      2122 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                                        Clyde Jun 23, 2010 04:08 PM

                                        Four Cafe is great! also, just to not post twice, this is for the post below this one re: taco spot. The Tofu Tacos are great! haven't had anything else though except guacamole fries. but they have this great marinade for the tofu, so that's the only reason i go. what about dave's chillin and grillin? haven't been myself but want try it out. also, close is highland park where you can have good girl dinnette or foliero's pizza! those two places are fantastic!

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                                        Cubancoffee Jun 21, 2010 07:00 PM

                                        Can't believe no one has mentioned the La Estralla taco truck that's pretty much permanently parked at the (formerly) Valero gas station at Colorado & Highland View. One of the best taco trucks in town. I would not recommend Taco Spot unless you're looking for gringo Mexican food.

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                                        Taco Spot
                                        2006 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                                          Briggs Jun 22, 2010 12:13 AM

                                          While I prefer My Taco about 5 minutes away, I've had worse than Taco Spot. It may be gringo Mex, but at least it's decent gringo Mex.

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                                          Taco Spot
                                          2006 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                          My Taco Restaurant
                                          6300 York Blvd Ste 4, Los Angeles, CA 90042

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                                            Briggs Jun 22, 2010 10:34 PM

                                            Let me revise my Taco Spot opinion. Went tonight - The machaca wasn't too bad, but the carne asada tacos were pretty bland & dried out.

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                                            Taco Spot
                                            2006 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                                            ezdinero Jun 22, 2010 02:29 PM

                                            La Estrella is awesome, no doubt! I used to live in Eagle Rock and this was a must go for me on Friday Nights. How about Rambo's Tacos (also a taco Truck) parked on Eagle Rock Blvd. they were pretty good as well.

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                                            La Estrella Restaurant
                                            330 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

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                                              ns1 Aug 2, 2010 01:22 PM

                                              just discovered this place last week, fantastic al pastor.

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                                              will47 Jun 23, 2010 06:13 PM

                                              Blue Hen is Ok; not the greatest, but I stop by every once in a while for variety. Bougie Viet food with mostly certified organic ingredients.

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                                              Blue Hen
                                              1743 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                              1. Will Owen Jun 23, 2010 08:36 PM

                                                I like Auntie Em's and the Oinkster, especially the former's meatloaf sandwich and the latter's burger and THOSE FRIES. Their pastrami gets mixed reviews; I love it, but like the burger better. I am also very fond of perching on the deck at Señor Fish and sucking up a shrimp or scallop taco or both, whilst listening to the fake bird tweetling in the real tree. The food's just okay but I like it, and I keep trying to feed that damn bird...

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                                                Oinkster
                                                2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                                                  carter Jun 23, 2010 09:15 PM

                                                  We need to talk!!!

                                                2. katkoupai Jun 25, 2010 07:43 AM

                                                  Trader Joe's (grab a salad and a drink to go)
                                                  The Coffee Table
                                                  Senor Fish
                                                  Eagle Rock mall food court (lots of Asian and Filipino options)
                                                  Spitz

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                                                    Clyde Jun 25, 2010 09:51 AM

                                                    Cacao next to trader joe's. HIGHLY recommend the corn on the cob, it's unlike any other that i'd had. we also had a variety of vegetarian tacos. YUM! also love senor fish.

                                                    1. katkoupai Jun 25, 2010 02:31 PM

                                                      Also, if you are willing to drive ten to fifteen minutes, Skaf's in Glendale is one of my fav places to eat. I love their cabbage salad. Yum! You can take Colorado Blvd. down to Verdugo, turn right, and it's on the corner Verdugo and Chevy Chase, in a small parking lot next to a pharmacy. Check their hours to see when/if they are open for lunch.

                                                      Skaf's (Lebanese food)
                                                      367 N Chevy Chase #A
                                                      Glendale, CA 91206

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                                                        apple7blue Aug 2, 2010 02:04 AM

                                                        Skip Casa Bianca . . . I used to live in Eagle Rock. I'd like to recommend Julio's but it closed down. It was near the new Fresh--um, I forgot the rest of the grocery name--American Tesco's. The reason I decided to post was that I heard Julio decided to open up again. Apparently he closed because he won the lotto. There is/was a Julio's in Artesia on Pioneer connected but not as good and way more expensive.

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                                                          LakerFan Aug 2, 2010 12:56 PM

                                                          Wow, Julio's has been closed for a long time - i heard about the lottery win, but not about the new restaurant.

                                                          my list of recs
                                                          Senor Fish
                                                          Oinkster
                                                          Tommys
                                                          The Bucket
                                                          Spitz
                                                          Cacao Mexicatessen
                                                          Pollos A La Brasa
                                                          Eagle Rock Bakery
                                                          Dave's Grilling and Chillin (If Dave is there)
                                                          Taco trucks - Estrella, Leo, Rambos (later afternoon usually)
                                                          Eagle Rock Mall for filipino fast food

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                                                          Oinkster
                                                          2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA

                                                          Mexicatessen
                                                          830 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

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                                                          sammycakes Aug 18, 2010 01:17 PM

                                                          I've worked in Eagle Rock/Highland Park for the last five years. My thoughts:

                                                          Oinkster: decent burgers (especially with add ons), honey mustard sauce is addictive, but generally overpriced. Worth checking out, but definitely not worth the hype. I don't get the clamor over the fries. Lines can get ridiculous.

                                                          Tacos La Estrella: The perfect truck taco, imo. I eat here more than I should.

                                                          Taco Spot: surprisingly decent gringo mex if you order the plates off the menu (as opposed to burritos/tacos). Reasonably priced. Plates come well appointed (salad, rice, beans, guac, etc). Zero atmosphere.

                                                          Little Flower Candy Co: Further up Colorado, approaching Pasadena. Ladies who lunch kinda place with delicious sandwiches, salads and soups. Rarely disappointed here. My veggie friend dreams of their brown rice bowl.

                                                          Auntie Ems: decent, but, honestly, once Little Flower came on the scene, I've stopped going since the food is very similar. The BLT is very good, though, and the soups are consistently tasty.

                                                          Coffee Table: much larger menu than either of Auntie Ems or Little Flower, but worse quality across the board than either as well. Every time I've gone, the food has been 'meh'. I'd stick to the breakfasts.

                                                          Dave's Chillin and Grillin: Decent "dude" kinda sandwiches – meatball, sausage, roast beef melt, tuna melt, hot turkey, etc. Run by a proud Bostonian.

                                                          My Taco: I guess it's okay, but I don't get the hype. I'd much rather go to La Estrella or El Huarache Azteca.

                                                          (a bit further, deep into Highland Park) Via Mar: Tremendous fish, shrimp and lobster tacos.

                                                          Señor Fish: Completely mediocre every time I've had it (which is too often since my co workers love this place)

                                                          Spitz: Totally westernized middle eastern food in a kind of chain-feel restaurant. I guess it's fine in a fix, but it really pales compared to so many other wrap shacks. The fries are okay, I guess.

                                                          Colombo's: classic 50's style Americanized Italian food. Obviously not very good, but the restaurant certainly has it's charms (unintentionally funny decor, bar fly regulars at noon).

                                                          Pollo a la Brasa: While they can't compare to the Pollo a la Brasa on Western and 8th (but, really, who can?), they serve pretty decent rotisserie chicken at great prices.

                                                          Blue Hen: Overpriced and mediocre. Good Girl Dinette does this food much, much better, but unfortunately they're not open for lunch. If you do go, I'd stick to the banh mi or the congee that's available on weekends.

                                                          Lemongrass: mediocre Vietnamese, but it hits the spot sometimes. Not a fan of their banh mi or pho, but the buns are passable and I kinda like the tomato fried rice with shrimp and pork.

                                                          Panang and the other Thai place across the street: Disgusting.

                                                          Brownstone Pizzeria: It'll do for when you feel like a slice. The crust is nice, but the sauce is rather bland. I usually go the full monty with the toppings (oregano, salt, pepper, parm, etc)

                                                          CaCao Mexicatessen: Wildly overpriced, but decent food nonetheless.

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                                                          Taco Spot
                                                          2006 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                                          El Huarache Azteca
                                                          1378 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

                                                          Oinkster
                                                          2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA

                                                          Blue Hen
                                                          1743 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                                          Good Girl Dinette
                                                          110 North Avenue 56, Los Angeles, CA 90042

                                                          Panang Restaurant
                                                          1801 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                                          Mexicatessen
                                                          830 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

                                                          La Estrella Restaurant
                                                          330 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

                                                          My Taco Restaurant
                                                          6300 York Blvd Ste 4, Los Angeles, CA 90042

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                                                            Servorg Aug 18, 2010 01:23 PM

                                                            CaCao website and menu here:

                                                            http://www.cacaodeli.com

                                                            http://www.cacaodeli.com/view_menu.jpg

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                                                              A5 KOBE Aug 19, 2010 12:36 AM

                                                              Totally agree about Spitz. I actually found it quite bad, just meat drenched in sauce.

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                                                                avivale Aug 19, 2010 10:25 AM

                                                                Just to throw another opinion into the mix, I really like Spitz. I like the fresh bread, I like the seasoned meat, I like the veggies. I always ask them to hold the tzatziki sauce, and request "Meditteranean style", which adds some zing thanks to humus, feta cheese, and olives.

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                                                                ns1 Aug 20, 2010 03:31 PM

                                                                was just at la estrella today, god that al pastor is so good

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                                                                  WildSwede Aug 20, 2010 04:32 PM

                                                                  Yes, especially with their red salsa!!

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                                                                    ns1 Aug 20, 2010 06:01 PM

                                                                    the key is the lime, which most taco stands leave out.

                                                                    also

                                                                    WTF is that salt for?

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                                                                      WildSwede Aug 20, 2010 06:59 PM

                                                                      I smother mine with the red salsa and lime - and keep adding more!! Some people like salt!! ;-)

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                                                                        apple7blue Aug 21, 2010 01:13 AM

                                                                        Tequila?

                                                                2. WildSwede Aug 19, 2010 01:43 PM

                                                                  I recently tried Buff Wings (northwest corner of York & ER Blvd) and posted about it a few weeks ago. They have very good hot wings (nice and meaty) but their "Ghetto Dog" won me over!

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                                                                  Buff Wings
                                                                  4411 Eagle Rock Blvd N, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                                                                    cjla Aug 19, 2010 02:50 PM

                                                                    Yeah, I've been there twice in two weeks, but for dinner. Their "hot" makes me sweat, and my lips tingle in the best way! I'm so-so on their fries, and wish they had celery or carrots, though.

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                                                                      WildSwede Aug 20, 2010 02:52 PM

                                                                      Yeah, I get the fries cooked well done (my standard). Wish he would put more seasoning on them. Celery and carrots would be a nice addition - I didn't even think of that when I was there. Wonder if we ask him - he seems to be open to suggestions. On another wing note, went to Alondra Hot Wings last night, I wasn't impressed.

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                                                                      sammycakes Aug 19, 2010 03:38 PM

                                                                      I've been there a couple times and I feel like there's something just a bit off with the taste balance. Like the chicken is too big and meaty for the sauces. Maybe I'm just used to OB Bear's spicy, garlicky, sticky wings (where the wings are big but the sauce is so forceful it overpowers the chicken anyway). I'll have to try the Ghetto Dog, though. I really want to like this place.

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                                                                      sammycakes Aug 19, 2010 02:23 PM

                                                                      One more that slipped my mind...

                                                                      Larkins: Bouge-y soul food. Nice ambiance, really good food. Only open for lunch Wed-Fri. Big fan of the hot link po boy, catfish po boy, and meatloaf sandwich. Fried chicken is juicy and tender. Serves excellent homemade punch and spicy ginger beer from Galcos. Service is pleasant but painfully slow.

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                                                                        Cubancoffee Aug 19, 2010 07:05 PM

                                                                        We have tried to like Larkins, but as a son of the South I find most of their dishes a bit off. I understand reinventing classic dishes, but boneless, skinless fried chicken just isn't fried chicken IMHO. And the sewer gas smell the last time we were there made dining on the patio impossible.

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                                                                        Larkin's
                                                                        1496 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                                                                          sammycakes Aug 20, 2010 12:57 PM

                                                                          That's too bad. Gotta admit it's been a while since I've gone. I only had the chicken once a long time ago, but I don't remember it being boneless and skinless then... pretty sure I got a drumstick and a thigh with skin on, but maybe I'm misremembering. Also too bad about the sewer smell; I've enjoyed eating on the back patio under the banana trees.

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                                                                            googooR Aug 21, 2010 11:03 AM

                                                                            Checked out Larkin finally. Heard so much about their Fried Ckn. So we ordered the FC and a Fried Catfish Poor Boy. I hate to say that I was quite disappointed. 3 pieces of Fried Ckn w 3 sides for $15! A little pricey I thought..but I am ok if it was special and delicious...but NO.. the center of my ckn thigh was lukewarm even after they made a 2nd piece for me (which was nice of them)!!! Most likely the ckn was pre cooked/steamed (and kept in frig) and taken out to be battered and fried, I am sorry...but a piece of fried chicken should be sizzling hot inside and outside!! Flavor was good. though. Love the sides of Spicey Collar Greens and not bad fried okra. Re: Poor Boy..I don't get it..whitebread is so thick and cold..chef could easily throw it on the grill to sofen a bit and give it some aroma w/out sudtomers asking (maybe that's the authentic way..but when bread is so thick and cold- as in not so fresh...a chef should modify a little to compensate). Fish was a bit thin but flavoring of the greens/mayo was good. Waiting for the food to come was too long...almost 15 min and weren't many people there. Another over rated place...just like Oinster...shocked w how un-special the pastrami was...but the FRIES were yummy...haha w all the beef fat I am sure.

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                                                                              googooR Aug 21, 2010 11:14 AM

                                                                              correction: that was 2 sides w the freid ckn (3 pieces of wither thigh or leg)

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                                                                                justanotherpenguin Aug 21, 2010 09:02 PM

                                                                                wife and i went to larkin once about 2 years ago, after reading the raves on this board. have not been back, and have no desire to go. lousy service and the food appears to be very hit or miss.

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                                                                            Clyde Aug 20, 2010 10:05 AM

                                                                            if you want thai, i think the best thai in the area is sicha siam, next to buff wings - york/eagle rock blvd. it's not as good as my favorite places on the west side, but better than thai eagle rox, etc.

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                                                                              monku Aug 20, 2010 10:14 AM

                                                                              Not an authority on Thai food, but Panang has as good a Pad Thai I've had anywhere. Spme of their other stuff is alright too.

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                                                                              1801 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                                                                                Briggs Aug 20, 2010 12:19 PM

                                                                                Agreed on both Panang & Sicha Siam. I also think they're the best in the area. Sicha also delivers to Mt. Washington - a MAJOR plus.

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                                                                                4403 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                                                                Panang Restaurant
                                                                                1801 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                                                                                  sammycakes Aug 20, 2010 01:01 PM

                                                                                  Panang, really? The Pad Thai I had was sickly sweet to the point of being inedible.

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                                                                                  1801 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                                                                                    monku Aug 20, 2010 01:47 PM

                                                                                    Went the other night and I hadn't been for a while and sweetness wasn't present. Might depend who makes it. That night some guy was cooking and not the regular lady. Your right, it shouldn't be sweet.

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                                                                                hpsquared Dec 11, 2010 05:20 PM

                                                                                i just want to say: think twice about adding Camilo's to your list. Any restaurant that serves bread that you can mold into balls a la Wonder Bread is a bad restaurant in my book.

                                                                                But would like to second the Polka recommendation. :)

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