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Restaurant Resolutions in 2009

Last year, I had the resolutions of trying a new restaurant each week, or 52 new restaurants for the year, and I was able to accomplish it! Still, I didn't get to some of the restaurants I had resolved to try on my list last year. This year, I'm resolving that at least half the new restaurants I try will be ethnic food and I especially want to explore the offerings in Torrance and Gardena and the SGV in more depth. On my list:

Babita
Moles La Tia
Shin-Sen-Gumi
RH Andaz
Ricky's Fish Tacos
Grace
J&J
SinBala
Horon
Mochica
Lazy Ox Canteen

there are a ton more, but I need to put some more thought into it. I'd love to hear what others have planned.

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  1. i'll be starting the year off with:
    Flaming Clam Grill of Cheongdamdong

      1. re: SauceSupreme

        If they're still serving the Saur Kraut cocktail, you have to try it! I'd be really interested to know what you think.

        1. re: mollyomormon

          I just found a recipe for the Sour Kraut. Looks like it's a Delilah cocktail, plus mustard and orange marmalade. It isn't on the Copa D'oro menu anymore, but I'm going to have to make it tonight as I'm incredibly curious.

      2. I love this post. I am proud of myself as I really ventured out in 2009 and averaged about 2 new places a week (new to me that is). This year I hope to hit AT LEAST the following:

        Sushi Zo
        Ruen Pair
        The Tasting Kitchen
        Chabuya
        Josie
        Pizzeria Ortica
        Bulgarini Gelato
        Babita
        Ramen California
        Marche LA

        There are ton of more for me as well and this doesn't include all the new restaurants due to open - Hatfields, Osaka, The District, Waterloo & City, First & Hope and all the great ones I discovered that I want to return to or old favorites. Fun and daunting at the same time!

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        1. re: bruinike

          Bouchon. Sounds good, although a "destination restaurant.
          No "destination" restaurants. They don't seem to last very long. The neighborhood ones are the keepers.
          Non-molecular restaurants (foam free-please).
          No offal, please
          Quiet. Conversation-friendly.
          Guess I'll not be visiting Bazaar or Animal. Honestly, every time I read a review of Animal ..... never mind. To each his own.

        2. I intend to eat my way through the whole menu at Break of Dawn http://breakofdawnrestaurant.com/ in Laguna Hills OC (it's a dirty job but somebody has to do it... ;-D> ).

          1. I'm hoping to win the Mega Millions Lottery (or start a new project at a rediculous high pay scale) so I can afford all those places that I've only read about here and elsewhere! Especially that Japanese place in BH that some of you bloggers describe with both words and food porn pics, it's torture!!!