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Aug 26, 2009 11:20 AM

WORD ASSOCIATION: I say [restaurant name], you think [specific dish]?

Ok, so this is self-explanatory.

What dishes to you immediately associate with a given restaurant?

I'm not talking about what restaurant makes the "best" dish. For example, you might think that Brent's has the "best" pastrami, but most people I think would say "Langer's" if you said, "pastrami sandwich".

And let's exclude one-item specialty joints -- i.e. Pink's (hot dogs) or Father's Office (burgers). That's just too easy.

With that said, here's my preliminary list ... feel free to add, disagree, etc.

Langer's - Pastrami Sandwich
Din Tai Fung - XLB
101 Noodle House - Beef Roll
Lou - Pig Candy
AOC - Bacon wrapped figs
Babita - Shrimp Topolobampo
Tacos Baja Ensenada - Fish tacos
Wood Spoon - Pork Burger
El Cholo - Green corn tamales
Old Country Cafe - Taiwanese pork chop rice
Dong Nguyen - Hainan Chicken Rice
Yang Chow - Slippery Shrimp
Pete's Cafe - Blue Cheese Fries

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    1. fun topic!

      The Ivy - Grilled Vegetable Salad
      Crustacean - Garlic Noodles (with the caveat that i'm *not* a fan of them, but there was a recent thread about this dish)
      Hugo's - Oatmeal Frittata
      Cynthia's - Fried Chicken
      BLD - Blueberry-Ricotta Pancakes
      Jar - pot roast
      Il Grano - Heirloom Tomato Salad
      Nobu/Matsuhisa - Miso-Glazed Black Cod
      Houston's - a toss-up between the Veggie Burger & the Artichoke Dip
      Chin Chin - Chinese Chicken Salad
      Pizzeria Mozza -Fennel Sausage Pizza
      Katsu-Ya - Spicy Tuna w/Crispy Rice

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Ivy - yup
        Hugo's - i think of mung beans and of course my egg white omelettes...
        Cynthia's... COBBLER! :)
        Katsu-Ya - albacore with ponzu sauce... sob

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          1. Savoy - Hainan Chicken with rice
            Yung Ho - Dou jiang and you tiao
            Apple Pan - Banana cream pie

            1. For me, AOC = arugula with apples and speck, since a photo of that dish accompanied the first review I ever read. And El Cholo = nachos, since they claim to have invented that dish.

              Lucques = short ribs
              Saddle Peak Lodge = elk
              Kang Kang Food Court = shengjianbao
              Izakaya Bincho = buta no kakuni
              Kate Mantilini = mac 'n' cheese
              Josie = buffalo burger (or tagine)
              Campanile = grilled cheese
              Canelé = pommes Anna (just a side dish, but still)
              Providence = some fancy cocktail-flavored gelée
              Urasawa = gold ;-)

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              1. re: mrhooks

                Huckleberry -- maple bacon biscuit
                Amandine -- croissant
                Nook -- shrimp and grits
                Echigo -- monkfish liver
                Zo -- blue crab handrolls
                Mariscos Chente -- snook or shrimp diablo
                Animal -- loco moco
                Surfa's -- tuna fish sandwich
                Bay Cities -- Godmother
                Hinano -- burger
                Golden State -- beer floats
                Wurstkuche -- fries
                Sapp -- boat noodles
                Jitlada -- green mussels
                Orris -- grilled romaine
                Susiecakes -- red velvet cake
                El Parian -- birria
                Tacos Por Favor -- chorizo and cheese tacos
                Primo's -- buttermilk bars
                Masan -- octopus
                Gilbert's -- fernando's burrito
                ondal2 -- spicy crab soup

                1. re: mollyomormon

                  Awww, I forgot Tacos Por Favor!!! Only for me it = tacos al pastor w/ red salsa!

                  Surfas = tuna fish sandwich??? I would say: Surfa's = the start of great cookin'
                  Wurstkuche = rabbit/veal sausages & Chimay
                  Great list, M O'M!!

                  1. re: Phurstluv

                    Thanks! I know the tuna fish sandwich one is weird, but it's my favorite tuna fish sandwich ever. I should specify that I meant from Cafe Surfas. I just looked at their online menu, though, and it looks like they're no longer making it with fiscalini cheddar. Damn!

                    1. re: mollyomormon

                      WHAT??! How could they, that's the best cheese!! And you're right, now I get it and I also like the tuna, but had a different sammie last time I was there, and cannot recall what it was for the life of me!! Oh well, due to go back real soon!

                      1. re: mollyomormon

                        some more I thought of:

                        Venice Beach Wines -- Lambwich
                        Santa Monica Seafood -- clam chowder (the other food i've tried there is NOT good but this is really delicious)
                        Senor Fred -- scallop burrito
                        Church & State -- bone marrow
                        Comme Ca -- croque madame (at brunch)
                        Mama's Kitchen -- beef rolls
                        China Islamic -- hand cut noodles
                        Lu din Gee -- peking duck

                        1. re: mollyomormon

                          God, you're good!!!

                          Totally agree with the Church & State = bone marrow app (un freakin' believable!!)

                          Okay, you eat out way too much, obviously don't have two little kids to take care of, lucky girl!!!!