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
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!!
re: Kitchen Queen
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!!
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
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…
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 ...
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
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