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are there some places you eat @ once a week and what do you order?

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for me it's 2 chicago dogs at carneys (toasted w/ spicy mustard) usually mid week and bandera normally on sunday, usually we get a ceasar w/ light dressing and white meat chick and the prime rib sandwich

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  1. Of late, I have been hitting Annapurna in Culver City at least once a week. It may just be the novelty of not needing to drive down to Artesia to have good, sit down restaurant dosas and other Southern Indian goodies. I love their rava masala dosa and the spring dosa. I seem to be alternating between the two.

    Annapurna Cuisine
    10200 Venice Blvd.
    Culver City

    1. Closest thing to once a week (because I unfortunately don't have the time - long hrs at work!):
      Dim Sum at VIP Harbor Seafood (outstanding pork shu mai are my favorite)
      Mabo Ramen at Asahi on Sawtelle
      Caprese sandwich at Bay Cities on Lincoln.
      Love these places, but thanks to the board, I have been trying lots of new places recently. Thanks all for the outstanding suggestions!!

      1. Fukyo Sushi, usually Thursday or Friday lunch. Omakase.

        Il Grano, Friday or Saturday dinner. Crudo (always) and either risotto or whateveer Sal tells me is good.

        Oceanfront, when we're not at Il Grano. Calimari fritti from the bar menu, and either filet or pork chop.

        Peppone, usually Sunday when Il Grano is closed. Caesar salad or calimari fritti, shrimp fra diavolo or Alfredo.

        The Beach Club, Friday, Saturday or Sunday default. Normally sauteed sand dabs.

        Except for Il Grano these wouldn't be my first choices for going-to-the-same-place-week-in-and-week-out weekend dinners but the 90 year old in-laws are set in their ways.

        1. HAKATA RAMEN, Shinsengumi
          2015 W. Redondo Bch Blvd., #C, Gardena, CA
          Tel: (310)329-1335
          - I've been frequenting Hakata Ramen in Gardena a lot because I work in El Segundo. I usually get the lunch set w/ ramen and fried rice. The fried rice is so incredibly good!

          JR Seafood on Santa Monica
          - when I'm too lazy to cook dinner, I usually get take-out from here. Westlake beef soup, ma po tofu, and sauteed fish fillet with gai lan.

          Sokongdong Tofu
          2716 W. Olympic Bl., #104
          Los Angeles, CA 90006
          - There was about a year when I was traveling for work where every Thursday night after my bf picked me up from the airport, we would go here for dinner. I usually get the mushroom soon tofu or the dumpling soon tofu w/ the dumplings that are panfried. Yum! Mouth is actually watering now b/c haven't been in awhile.

          Have fun!

          Link: http://www.aidslifecycle.org/3209

          1. Chandra Thai (Pasadena) - order delivered. Tom Yum soup (no meat, just some mushrooms) they charge me 1/2 price! I get this about 100% of the time (I TOTALLY CRAVE IT). Chicken Larb - 1.5 spicy - I get this about 85% of the time. Sometimes Pad Thai, Rad Nar, Spicy Fried Rice (very good), Sweet & Sour Pork (amazingly good), Crispy Avocado Rolls, Crab Langoon, Wontons, Spicy Mint Leaves Chicken, Kang Karee, Thai Spicy Noodle.

            1. l

              Lee Kam Kee in Alhambra - lemongrass pork and cha gio.

              Mae Ploy Thai in Silver Lake - mint leaf chicken, tom yum goong, BBQ pork or BBQ beef.

              And, yes, Chipotle - barbacoa or carnitas burrito bowl.

              1. Marios Italian Deli in Glendale for the roast beef sandwich, extra onions and mayo/mustard mix.
                Vintage Cafe - Altadena for breakfast fare. eggs and bacon, breakfast burritos, etc.

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                1. re: martyR

                  What do you think of Mario's for Italian groceries, as well as for food? I always pass by it and its closed.

                  1. re: cp

                    I'm not an expert, but their sausages are good IMO. they have a large selection of olive oils and pretty good house-made lasagna. But I'm usually there just for the sandwich.

                2. r
                  rabo encendido


                  All for boat noodles, loaded with beef, tripe, tendon, liver. Once every two weeks or so. SAPP is the best, but closes early. Satisfies my noodes in soup jones, which strikes about thrice weekly.

                  EL GRAN BURRITO

                  For the Wednesday birria special. Deep purple, grease-laden stew with huge chunks of goat. I eat it often, but if I ate it once a week, I'd be beyond obese.

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                  1. re: rabo encendido
                    rabo encendido

                    Sorry....MUST include Banana Leaf, at the Fairfax FM. Mee goreng with satay. Truly a once-a-week order.

                  2. For people in downtown LA. Tokyo Cafe in Little Tokyo (these are the same owners from the original Tokyo Gardens in little Tokyo. Cha shu / Shu mai Combination. Pantry for breakfast, lunch, dinner whenever. Ask for the fresh salsa if you like spicy.

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                    1. re: Food Lover

                      Was this the place that was an old-timey diner that served both American and Japanese food for dirt cheap?

                      If so, perhaps I can begin to sleep at night again - the name of that joint has been escaping me forever.

                        1. re: littleblackmaryjanes

                          This is the place. The new name is Tokyo Cafe. Heres the address: 116 Judge john Aiso Street, LA, CA 90012 (213)628-3017

                        2. re: Food Lover

                          I've heard nothing but good things about Tokyo Cafe's cha shu. What time do they close?

                          1. re: weebie

                            Cha Shu is only served at lunch. Heres the hours M-Sat. 11:00am-2:00pm, 5:00-8:00pm closed between 2-5

                          2. re: Food Lover

                            Is this the luncheon place with tonkatsu?

                            1. re: corydon

                              I think you might be thinking of another place - Reikai's Kitchen, in the Little Tokyo Towers. They've been praised here for their tonkatsu... I need to try both ASAP.

                            2. re: Food Lover

                              I love,love,love the gyoza at Tokyo Cafe. I was despondent when the former Tokyo Gardens closed its doors, until a post more than a year ago (was it yours, Food Lover?) alerted me that the owners had opened another place. I was ecstatic to find that they were still making their gyoza the same way. They are flat, rectangular pillows of herbed meat and goodness. The dough is thin and they are always crispy, and delicious with a mixture of rice vinegar, chili oil, and soy. I always get two orders (one order=6 for $3.75) whenever I go there. They used to laugh at me, but it was worth it. Now they don't even ask!

                            3. At least once a week, I get a turkey and bacon on wheat with everything at Nazo's downtown for lunch. Best deal for the amount and quality of sandwich within walking distance of 7 and fig (5 bucks for a sando and selection of chips)

                              Probably once every week to every other week we order a meatball, onion and mushroom pizza with extra sauce, well done, at Carmine's to go. Much easier to get to and just as good, if not better, than Casa Bianca from where we live...

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                              1. re: z-man

                                Amen, my man! I, too, think that Carmine's (of course well done) is better than Casa Bianca. Have you gone to their happy hour? GREAT prices and you can get the Bambino Pizzas (4 varieties - 1 with 2 toppings) for a couple 'a bucks (and as many as you want before 7). Also other items at great prices as well - calamari, mozzarella sticks, zucchini sticks, their chicken tenders (which are my fave), etc.

                                1. re: WildSwede

                                  Wow! That sounds great. Will definitely have to check Carmine's out for HH soon. How does it compare to McCormick & Shmick's HH?

                                  1. re: Alan

                                    I have not been to McCormick's for HH - YET. Carmine's is the place that always comes to mind when we think HH, so that is where we go (and we know there is (usually) parking and the food and drinks are always great! They have $2 well and tap and Tuesdays is $2 (or $3) martini night (smaller than their usual size - which is $7 during happy hour - I think all their other drinks are $1 off during HH). They make the BEST lemondrop martinis (the one that is not avail during HH) using fresh-squeezed lemons). But they have a really eclectic list of martinis.
                                    I hear that Mc's has really really good HH prices - like a burger and tacos for a couple of dollars. I have friends who like it. Have you been? What do you get?

                                    1. re: WildSwede

                                      The shrimp pesto pizza is yummy, mini jambalaya is tasty, so is their grilled cajun fish tacos. Their 7 oz burger and fries is such a deal at 1.95. If you're still hungry, their chili dog is real good too.

                                      Check out the link for the rest of their HH menu though it is missing some items on it like the pizza and chili dog.

                                      BTW-we checked on Dino's Saturday night on your rec from Feb. Really enjoyed it. It was really good comfort food and the service was excellent. We had an older gentleman waiting on us and he should be teaching waitering 101. Thanks for rec!

                                      Scarantino's in Glendale is their sister restaurant which we enjoy also.

                                      Link: http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/m...

                                      1. re: Alan

                                        Hi Alan. Thanks for the menu. I definitely have to try it... it is one block from my work.
                                        I am so glad that you liked Dino's. I have always enjoyed it and do not have a problem going in there by myself for dinner (and lunch) - very comfortable. I have not tried Scarantino's (odd since I worked in Glendale for 5 1/2 years) but always wanted to. Is the food the same as Dino's?

                                        1. re: WildSwede

                                          I believe so. Haven't been in a while. A little less formal than Dino's.

                                  2. re: WildSwede

                                    There is no universe where the pizza at Carmine's is better than the pizza at Casa Bianca - which come to think of it, I end up eating once a week. The wait is a ton less at Carmine's, and you can get a drink, but the pizza is just one step above the industrial, especially when compared to the crisp, garlicky glory of Casa Bianca's hand-thrown pies with feied eggplant and fennel-intensive homemade sausage.

                                    1. re: condiment

                                      To each their own...

                                  3. re: z-man

                                    Where is Carmines?

                                    1. re: rubyesque

                                      One in South Pasadena 424 Fair Oaks Ave. South Pasadena (626) 799-2266 on Fair Oaks just north of the 110 Freeway. Another in Arcadia - 311 E. Live Oak Ave. Arcadia (626) 445-4726. See link below. I love their pasta pescatore, gumbi, veal dishes, salads, etc.

                                      Link: http://www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/...

                                    2. re: z-man

                                      We eat at Calif. Pizza Kitchen at least once a week because I'm hooked on their smoked applewood bacon and gorgonzola chopped salad with gorgonzola vinagrette dressing, hold the onion rings on top. My husband likes the thin-crusted (Sicilian style) pizza with capers, olives, and pepper flakes and pepperoni. Pedestrian yes, but also good and convenient.

                                    3. abbots pizza is across the street from where I work, so I stop by once or twice a week for a slice. pepperoni or cheese. much better when it's fresh out of the oven, like everything else.

                                      1. kang kang at valley and garfield intersection, next door to starbucks --- buffet line where they have $4 meals of three chinese dishes, a soup, bowl of rice. no msg and decent choices out of the three dishes to pick, and 70 cent hong do su (red bean pastries)

                                        1. The 2 lb carne asada burrito w/ guacamole from Ana Maria-Grand Central Market

                                          Preserved vegetable and shredded pork with handmade noodles @ Mandarin Deli

                                          Any grilled fish plate combo at Gerlach's Grill

                                          And after last night's experience, a kold kut banh mi from KP's vietnamese american deli. Wow, that was freakin' awesome!

                                          1. We eat at Ca Del Sole about once a week (our only night out, usually). I have osso buoco, my husband has stinco (lamb shank) and our daughter has gnocchi. If there's a pureed soup we'll have soup, too. No dessert, maybe espresso.

                                            1. My partner and I get take-out weekly from one of several inexpensive nearby places. We especially like places where one dish will feed both of us or where 2 dishes are very cheap (but tasty, of course).

                                              Zankou Chicken -- two 1/4 chicken plates
                                              Elena's -- chicken + lulu or lamb kabob combo (1 dish!)
                                              Cafe La Paz -- 2 pupusas and a chicken or fish dish (with lettuce instead of macaroni salad)
                                              Rodeo Grill -- 1/2 chicken plate and an enchilada plate
                                              Spain Restaurant -- 1/2 chicken take-out special (1 dish)

                                              We're trying to work Papa Christo's into the rotation but keep being foiled by the distance and the 8pm closing time.

                                              When we lived on the Westside, these were the places:

                                              Taste of India (at Motor & Venice) -- a chicken plate and the goat curry
                                              Sunnin -- chicken + kafta kabob combo (1 dish)
                                              Guillen Mariscos taco stand (Lincoln, 1 1/2 blocks north of Rose) -- 2 burritos and sometimes the ceviche

                                              1. Lately, my room mate and I have been going to Manna for all-you-can-eat korean bbq about 3 or 4x a week. We are looking into a 12-step program for it.

                                                1. If I could eat this once a week & suffer no detriment to my health, I would totally get a pastrami sandwich and onion rings from The Hat. But, I limit myself to 1x per month. Sorry for digressing.

                                                  1. Tacos La Bufadora in El Monte. Fish Tacos

                                                    1. 1) Clementine. I generally order a sandwich (most frequently one involving grilled or melted cheese), deviled egg, and limeade for my lunch, plus 2 salad combos to take home and share with my wife for a light dinner, and a few cookies or other baked goods.

                                                      2) John O'Groats. It is just a few minutes' walk from my house so it is an easy choice for lunch, either for informal business meetings (a remarkably diverse clientele shows up there daily) or to sit alone at the counter. My choices vary through the whole breakfast and lunch menu, but frequent choices include the BLT, fish & chips, the spinach salad /w applewood bacon dried fruit & feta, the "quesadillas" (made with biscuit dough tortillas, they are a long way from "authentic" but darned good), and the 7-grain granola pancakes with almond. NOTE: despite the proximity, we almost NEVER try to eat here on the weekends, and I can't recommend anyone else try this either, the waits are ridiculous.

                                                      1. I could sit outside at Gaby's Mediterranean every night with my own bottle of wine and eat a fatoosh salad and an order of rakakat. 20 Washington, Marina del Rey. Open until 1am and only $5.50 corkage.

                                                        1. I do eat healthy, I do eat at better restaurants. But, when I first moved out here, I was eating at Carney's and Tommy's once a week. We didn't and still don't have chili (brick) like this on the east coast. Since I gained 20 lbs. I'm down to once a year, but I still enjoy it.

                                                          1. shamshiri grill--
                                                            i get their vegetarian gormeh sabzi with adas polo made with brown rice.
                                                            sometimes i can't control myself and get their dolmas (which are stuffed with a lentil filling instead of the oily white rice that others use) in addition to the above.
                                                            if i REALLY can't control myself, i also add an order of falafal and of hummous.

                                                            samosa house
                                                            i order whatever looks good on the steam table and i ask if they have any of their mango/pistachio/banana soup behind the counter to add to the order.

                                                            their all-you-can-eat lunch special that is served to you--(i.e.NOT a buffet)

                                                            interim cafe (in santa monica, this was the original newsroom)
                                                            any of their salads, soups, daily special.

                                                            dinah's family restaurant
                                                            the chile relleno omlet
                                                            or the apple pancake
                                                            or the german pancake.

                                                            ayara thai cuisine
                                                            prik king
                                                            thai boom
                                                            prik pao

                                                            tacqueria sanchez
                                                            any of their tostadas
                                                            the mojarra fritto (or is it fritta?)

                                                            1. Breakfast at Shoop's deli on Main st. in Ocean Park- Green Eggs And Ham.
                                                              Metro Cafe in C.C. for dinner- anything- it's all good.

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                                                              1. re: antob

                                                                now that you bring up metro cafe, i have to plug their terrific burrata starter.
                                                                the cheese is always really fresh, the 'salad' base upon which they place it is always perfect with roasted peppers, baby lettuce, and just the right amount of vinaigrette.

                                                              2. Chao Krung. On Fairfax, S. of Beverly(think). Across from CBS. For the lunch buffet. Usually very fresh, always revolving. My selectarian GF, loves the vege options. We wish they bottled the peanut dressing. Friendliest ladies working in LA.