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malibumike May 15, 2009 08:12 AM

I love Guy Fieri's DD&D's on the Food Channel but I cannot find anything good in the Los Angeles, Ventura CA area. It seems like everything is in the South. Any body know of anything in the area that is as Decadent and good as seen on this show? Maybe something similar to HoDads in San Diego. TIA

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    Burger Boy RE: malibumike May 15, 2009 08:28 AM

    Try the Nickel Diner for biscuits and gravy, or Panns for chicken and waffles or their biscuits and gravy. El Tepeyac for a Hollenbeck burrito or a Manuel's special. Try an Oki DOgi fully loaded. LA has lots of DD&D's. Try J&S for a Special Quesadilla or a hot dog taquito., Langer's for the worlds best pastrami. Bay Cities or East Side Deli for a great Italian sub. Gafey Streeet Diner has been on the food network or go to Joe's in Redondo for a Mad Dog or a John Wayne. Get the Hang Over Cure at Millie's on Sunset.

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      Endsinavowel RE: Burger Boy May 16, 2009 06:15 PM

      I had the biscuits and gravy at the Nickel Diner in January and was totally put off by the cloyingly sweet gravy. They told me the chef used chicken and apple sausage for the gravy. ??????? Then I told them he's never tasted the gravy himself since he would know how badly it tasted, don't get too cheffy with the recipe and to go back to regular pork sausage for the gravy. Have they changed the B&G since then?

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        Burger Boy RE: Endsinavowel May 17, 2009 09:00 AM

        The flavor was a little sweet but the consistency was what i loved so much, not a thick globular gelatinous blob. Mayby more savory and peppery for me would amke it the best. I like Panns and Gaffey Street Diner also.

    2. Servorg RE: malibumike May 15, 2009 08:34 AM

      Burger Boy has hit a lot of good ideas. If you are down OC way try the Harbor House in either Sunset Beach or Dana Point. Open 365/24

      Add: Hawaiian food places usually live up the DD&D's ethos. Check out this recent review on the Coffee Shop at the Gardena Bowl (plus it has some other places mentioned as well).


      Harbor House Cafe
      34157 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629

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        Burger Boy RE: Servorg May 15, 2009 09:04 AM

        I was disappointed with the Gardena Bowl, it is a dive though. Try Aloha Food Factory talked about a few posts below this one.

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          junglekitte RE: Servorg May 15, 2009 11:30 AM

          Harbor House is not very good! Granted its one of the only places (if not THE only place) open 24 hours in the area so if you're starving at 4am it serves its purpose. But to specifically seek out a decadent diner meal I would not recommend Harbor House.

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            josephnl RE: junglekitte May 15, 2009 12:42 PM

            Harbor House is pretty good for breakfast...bacon and eggs, omelettes, etc., but their coffee pretty poor. And for other meals, I agree, it's not great.

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            peppermonkey RE: Servorg May 15, 2009 02:39 PM

            ooo harbor house gravy fries...brings back memories

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              Servorg RE: peppermonkey May 15, 2009 04:18 PM

              Call me crazy - I like their breakfasts a lot. It's the only meal I go for so other offerings will have to wait for some out of the ordinary event for me to give them a try. Although now you have me interested in the gravy fries I will admit.

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                peppermonkey RE: Servorg May 16, 2009 09:47 AM

                Don't expect too much...I just remember them being good when I was a hungry college student late at night....and they were fun b/c they were new to me

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            silence9 RE: malibumike May 15, 2009 08:50 AM

            Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles!

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              JBC RE: malibumike May 15, 2009 09:05 AM

              There have been 5 places from the L.A.-Uberoplois that have appeared on D,D & Ds:

              Patrick's Roadhouse - Santa Monica

              Baby Blues BBQ - Venice

              Jay Bee's BBQ - Gardena
              (310) 532-1064

              Gaffey St. Diner - San Pedro
              (310) 548-6724

              Schooner or Later - Long Beach

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                Norm Man RE: kevin May 15, 2009 12:16 PM

                Munch Box
                21532 Devonshire St.
                Chatsworth, CA 91311
                (818) 998-9240


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                  TChappy40 RE: Norm Man May 15, 2009 01:48 PM

                  This used to be a Sat. family favorite for lunch but the food has gone downhill

                2. Will Owen RE: Brussels Sprout May 15, 2009 01:53 PM

                  Pann's is "Inglewood Adjacent", on an island sorta between Inglewood and Culver City.

                  If we're going to include Oki Dog, I think we need to count The Bucket in Eagle Rock as well.

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                    Burger Boy RE: Brussels Sprout May 17, 2009 09:02 AM

                    Taco Bell on Peck Rd., north of Valley Blvd still does the Bell Beefer with cheese, you have to ask for it.

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                      attran99 RE: Burger Boy May 17, 2009 12:47 PM

                      I'm not so sure you would want to eat at Taco Bell. My sister-in-law worked there not long ago, and said that the refried beans is rehydrated powder as are all the the sauces and most of the food is microwaved. Thinking about all the preservatives and stuff they use makes me think of a very un-Chowfriendly experience.

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                        Burger Boy RE: attran99 May 17, 2009 10:48 PM

                        This is for the world famous long gone Bell Beefer w/cheese. It is so damn good. No beans included.

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                          kevin RE: Burger Boy May 18, 2009 08:29 AM

                          oh, yeah, taco bell is so damn good, it does put a damper on my chowish tendencies. but sometimes it's like manna from the heavens.

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                      bigmista RE: malibumike May 15, 2009 11:00 AM

                      B&R Burgers in Hawthorne
                      The Pantry in Downtown L.A.
                      Bludso's In Compton

                      1. David Kahn RE: malibumike May 15, 2009 11:33 AM

                        Here's a map of the places DD&D has featured: http://www.communitywalk.com/united_s... . Looks like there's four or five places in the greater LA area. (In my very limited experience, once a place is featured on this show, it immediately turns into a zoo, so be prepared to wait.)

                        1. wowimadog RE: malibumike May 15, 2009 12:58 PM

                          chris cognac, who is on the police force in los angeles, used to have a show called "the hungry detective" on the food network. if memory serves, he did feature some dives. you can find some of his recommendations here, though your eyes may start bleeding from looking at his site's background pattern: http://www.culinarydetective.com/mydi...

                          1. Hughlipton RE: malibumike May 15, 2009 01:20 PM

                            Go to Andria's in the Ventura Harbr. It's a wait in line, place your order and then go pick it up. Great Clam chowder, fish and chips. It's a great seafood diner.

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                              Will Owen RE: Hughlipton May 15, 2009 01:55 PM

                              Oh, and don't forget the Busy Bee Cafe on Main Street in Ventura. It's an old diner that's been spiffed up, but only just enough so your shoes won't stick to the floor...

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                              ozhead RE: malibumike May 15, 2009 01:53 PM

                              There is a book called "Fantastic Dives," which lists/describes/reviews a bunch of dives in the greater LA area. It is years old, and I have no idea whether it has been revised, but I'm guessing many of the places listed are still going strong. Here's a link to where it is (or may be) available: https://www.ecampus.com/book/97808747...

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                                DiveFan RE: ozhead May 15, 2009 02:21 PM

                                I have the book and the lists of the known survivors:

                                Where do you think Divefan got his handle?

                                I'd put my South Bay favorites up, but I do NOT want the curse of Guy Fieri to be upon them.

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                                  JBC RE: DiveFan May 15, 2009 02:23 PM

                                  Because you're a Chelsea supporter !!!

                                  Bye Bye Drogba.

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                                    ozhead RE: DiveFan May 15, 2009 02:24 PM

                                    Great public service, DiveFan -- thanks!!

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                                  ultraviolet RE: malibumike May 15, 2009 02:38 PM

                                  Snug Harbor in Santa Monica, on Wilshire near 26th.
                                  Best biscuits and gravy I've ever had. Great burgers and the cake shake.
                                  Vanilla ice cream blended with a piece of chocolate fudge cake. Yum!!!!
                                  I think it's been there since WWII. Only open until 3pm, and crowded breakfast on weekends.

                                  1. Servorg RE: malibumike May 15, 2009 04:24 PM

                                    One other place that I forgot about till now, The Shack (especially / only the one in Playa Del Rey). Grilled 1/2 lb double cheeseburger with spicy portugese sausage or louisiana hot link combo and 100 ft to the beach. Definitely belongs in this thread

                                    The Shack
                                    185 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

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                                      ultraviolet RE: Servorg May 16, 2009 03:08 PM

                                      The Shack rocks!!

                                    2. wienermobile RE: malibumike May 15, 2009 06:29 PM

                                      Please don't forget Langer's...

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