WORD ASSOCIATION: I say [restaurant name], you think [specific dish]?
- ipsedixit Aug 26, 2009 11:20 AM
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
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
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 ;-)
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
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
Ranch House = New Orleans delight
Hugo's = Pasta Mama / Papa
Musso & Frank = flannel cakes, sauerbraten
Square One = eggs Benedict
The Kitchen = Belgian beef stew
Fred 62 = Mac Daddy & Cheese
Gumbo Pot = jambalaya
Salomi = lamb rogan josh
Jonathan's at Peirano's = paella
Downey's = steak with asparagus
Big Mista's = brisket, mac & cheese
Oinkster = Oinkster Pastrami
As soon as i save this I'll think of a bunch more ...
Bay Cities Deli = Godmother Sub
Kate Mantilini = fresh guacamole (if you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out)
PF Changs = crispy green beans w/ spicy dipping sauce
Malo (Silverlake) = chips w/ salsa flight & cucumber margaritas
Crustacean = Roasted Cracked Crab
Cheesecake Factory = Boston House Salad
Ruth’s Chris & Roy’s (tie) = Crab Cakes (FYI Roy’s isn’t carrying them right now due to ‘the high cost of crab’ – if they served them, they’d ‘have to charge $40 for them’).
This is a realllly short list…
Bludso's - Texas sampler
Bob's Okazuya - Hawaiian style mac/potato salad
Guiliano's - Torpedo sandwich
El Tepeyac - Hollenbeck
TnT Aloha Cafe - Portuguese sausage patty
XIV - Caviar parfait
Awesome post!! Love the Pink's & FO references the most!!!
Can't believe nobody listed:
Roscoe's = fried chicken & waffles w/gravy
El Tepeyac = monster burritos (insert your fave flavor) (never mind)
Chinois = crispy mongolian lamb (I think that's what it's called if not just the description)
Chavez Ravine = Dodger dogs
Gladstones = Grease
TOFU - Vinh Loi !!!
3 times in 2 weeks... Monday, Kevin was there. He and I "experimented for fun" . I gave him a suggestion taken from a dish I love at Sanamluang.. He said, "Give me 5 minutes"...I said, "ok". Then out came this insanely delish garlic, chili shrimp...genius. Not on the menu but, anything you want, he says, when he is there, he'll custom and make for you!!
He seemed more than willing to please anyone who stepped in his place, but I would ask anyway. And, only him. not his wife or anyone else behind the counter. He also said that he soon will be the subject on a vegetarian T.V. special airing for Channel 9 and 5 -perhaps during the evening news??? He also said he has been on the Discovery Channel 57 times!!
Square One = Brioche French Toast
Oinkster = Ube Shake
Pizzeria Mozza = Butterscotch Budino
What's with my sweet tooth today???
101 Noodle Express - BEEF ROLL!
Jitlada - Green Curry w/Fish balls
Taco Zone - Suadero Tacos (although I prefer the cabeza)
The Kitchen - Pan Seared Chicken
Ragin Cajun - Gumbalaya
The Gardens of Taxco - Chicken Mole (Not hot...SPIIIIICY!)
The Original Pancake House - Bacon Pancakes
Johnny's Pastrami - Pastrami (duh.)
Havana Mania - Lechon or Oxtails