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veggietraveler Feb 13, 2010 12:21 PM

Okay, here are the rules :)

1. It has to be a particular food item -- no "best Mexican restaurant." But instead, Best Chille Relleno.
2. Be specific. Super specific. If you like fake-y nachos with fake-y cheese sauce, yay for you. But write that. Like this: Best Fake-y Nachos with Fake-y Cheese Sauce - ___. Especially be specific about controversial foods, i.e. pizza.
3. Limit yourself. You don't have to be an expert on everything. This should be a food you love, that you have eaten all over town, that you have searched high and low for the very best. One great post is so much better than twenty posts about "bests" that are only just "most popular," or bests that are only the best you've had because you haven't had many.
4. Anywhere in LA County.
4. It has to be not only the best in L.A., but amongst the best anywhere. So, for example, if I were posting in San Francisco, I might write: "Best Movie Theater Popcorn: Red Vic's." But that's because it's fresh and fantastic, served in a big wooden bowl, with real-real butter (not "real" butter-sauce) and nutritional yeast and is super yum. Whereas in L.A. I've never had movie theater popcorn that was amazing. Thus "Best Movie Theater Popcorn" is simply not a category for me in L.A. (feel free to disagree!). Again, only post if it's not only the best in L.A., but would stand up pretty much anywhere.
5. Only one food item per post.

I'll do the first two to get us started. Let the posts begin!

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    veggietraveler RE: veggietraveler Feb 13, 2010 12:22 PM

    Best Chocolate Brownie (high quality, rich) - Sweets for the Soul - Atwater

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      Burger Boy RE: veggietraveler Feb 13, 2010 04:27 PM

      Second that!

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      veggietraveler RE: veggietraveler Feb 13, 2010 12:22 PM

      Best Grilled Artichoke - Little Dom's - Los Feliz

      1. goodhealthgourmet RE: veggietraveler Feb 13, 2010 02:26 PM

        Best All-Natural (i.e. no artificial sweeteners, thickeners or other junk) Frozen Yogurt...sno:la in Beverly Hills.

        their chocolate/sour cherry combo is the best fro-yo i've had *anywhere,* not just LA.

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          veggietraveler RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 13, 2010 03:42 PM

          Good one! How is it sweetened?

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            goodhealthgourmet RE: veggietraveler Feb 13, 2010 04:51 PM

            the plain isn't sweetened at all, and the other flavors are sweetened with fruit puree and/or fruit juice concentrate. the shop is totally eco-friendly - solar-powered yogurt machines, biodegradable cups, wooden spoons...even the counter is made from recycled computer chips.

            i wish they had a location down here in San Diego - i miss it!

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              Mr Taster RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 16, 2010 08:53 AM

              I walked past sno:LA about a month ago and it looked as if they had shut down.

              Mr Taster

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                js76wisco RE: Mr Taster Feb 16, 2010 04:13 PM

                Walked by there this weekend and it was certainly closed. It didn't look like they were still in business although they still had signage up.

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                  goodhealthgourmet RE: js76wisco Feb 16, 2010 04:19 PM

                  noooooo!

                  you're right. i just called and the number's disconnected. why do all the good ones die?

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                    liu RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 17, 2010 09:32 AM

                    I also called both the Beverly Hills number and the Santa Monica number; both are disconnected.

                    I never got there, but it was on my list...I'm so disappointed.

                    Their website shows photos of their Kyoto shop; I wonder if that location has also closed.

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            westsidegal RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 13, 2010 09:02 PM

            completely agree with snola as best in this category

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              goodhealthgourmet RE: westsidegal Feb 14, 2010 08:39 AM

              have a little extra for me when you go! i'm making a beeline for that place the next time i'm in town...

          3. Joe Blowe RE: veggietraveler Feb 13, 2010 02:51 PM

            Best Fish Taco:  Tacos Baja Ensenada.

            http://www.chow.com/restaurants/163/t...

            Flame on.

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              iluvcheese RE: Joe Blowe Feb 14, 2010 07:10 PM

              I second that! delish!

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                liu RE: Joe Blowe Feb 14, 2010 08:40 PM

                Love TBE!

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                  MeowMixx RE: Joe Blowe Aug 25, 2010 11:47 AM

                  Sorry. Best fish taco - Ricky's

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                    Mr Taster RE: MeowMixx Aug 25, 2010 12:05 PM

                    My one and only fish taco at Ricky's was, unfortunately, bland. TBE sometimes misses the Crunch Bus™, though occasionally I've gotten very good ones there. My only experience getting consistently crunchy, flavorful fish tacos in LA is at Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada.

                    Mr Taster

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                    Ensenada Restaurant
                    851 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

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                      Servorg RE: Mr Taster Aug 25, 2010 12:24 PM

                      Looks like it might be time for a reread of: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6766...

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                        Mr Taster RE: Servorg Aug 25, 2010 01:26 PM

                        Yeah, I'm fully open to the suggestion that Ricky had an off day, since I've only ever given him one shot. However, because of the absurd line waiting ritual, I am disinclined to try it again when Best Fish Tacos, in my experience, is reliably great.

                        Mr Taster

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                      liu RE: MeowMixx Aug 25, 2010 07:52 PM

                      MeowMixx...I love Ricky's!
                      Why do I have to choose?

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                    Burger Boy RE: veggietraveler Feb 13, 2010 04:31 PM

                    Best Hamburger 26 Beach Restaurant

                    Best Mac & Cheese Blue Star

                    Best NY Pizza Vito's

                    Best Pizza Petrillo's

                    Best Pastrami Langer's

                    Best Martini Musso & Franks

                    Best Beer with Topless Dancer's Sam's Hofbrau

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                      flylice2x RE: Burger Boy Feb 13, 2010 09:39 PM

                      Are the topless dancers the best too? I guess with enough beers, they will...

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                        mdpilam RE: flylice2x Feb 14, 2010 07:04 PM

                        They most definitely aren't!!!

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                          Burger Boy RE: mdpilam Feb 14, 2010 09:49 PM

                          comme ci comme ca

                    2. westsidegal RE: veggietraveler Feb 13, 2010 09:05 PM

                      best mojarra frita : mariscos chente

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                        Ciao Bob RE: westsidegal Mar 31, 2010 05:14 PM

                        OMG that is sooooo good westside gal - had it today...thanks. A nice change of pace from my Chente go-to's!

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                        degustateur RE: veggietraveler Feb 13, 2010 10:16 PM

                        Best Charcuterie – Church & State

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                          schrutefarms RE: veggietraveler Feb 13, 2010 10:32 PM

                          Best dessert-Butterscotch Budino @ Mozza.

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                            baloney RE: schrutefarms Feb 14, 2010 07:50 AM

                            I used to think so too, until I had the butterscotch pudding at Gjelina...

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                              budlit RE: baloney Feb 14, 2010 10:02 AM

                              same here, i think one of the differences is gjelina is a pot de creme and mozza is a pudding.

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                                Mr Taster RE: budlit Feb 16, 2010 08:55 AM

                                I recently had a slice of the butterscotch pie at House of Pies on Vermont.... good lord, was that delicious. Perfectly sweet (as in not too much) and just ever so slightly salty. A massive slice cost a few bucks.

                                Mr Taster

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                                  baloney RE: Mr Taster Feb 16, 2010 09:01 AM

                                  Wow, I just saw a pic of the butterscotch pie and it does look great. If you've tried the pies at Bake N Broil, how would you compare crusts and overall pie-y-ness at House of Pies? I need to get over there ASAP and do my own taste test!

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                                    Mr Taster RE: baloney Feb 16, 2010 10:19 AM

                                    I've never tried the pies at Bake N Broil, but the pie at House of Pies was tops. Crust was wondefully light and flaky... it might have been the crust itself that lent the slight saltiness to the slice. The slice I ordered was probably a good 1/6 to 1/4 of the whole pie.

                                    Mr Taster

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                                      baloney RE: Mr Taster Aug 31, 2010 02:15 PM

                                      I finally made it to House of Pies today and tried a slice of the butterscotch and banana cream and let's just say Bake N Broil does not need to worry about anything. Could've been an off day or maybe my timing was off(10-11am ish) but the slices I got had the saddest, soggiest crusts I've recently encountered. The butterscotch tasted really sweet actually, and no saltiness apparent. The BC fared a little better but I hated that they were clearly too lazy to slice the bananas any smaller than in half! The cream tasted like jello vanilla pudding and BnB's whipped cream is also far superior to HoP's. And a final insult, the two slices almost cost $10! BnB's is much cheaper. Again, coulda been an off day but I probably will not be going back.

                                      My rating of butterscotchy desserts: Gjelina, Mozza, Jar

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                                      House of Pies
                                      1869 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                      Gjelina
                                      1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

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                                schrutefarms RE: baloney Feb 28, 2010 10:25 PM

                                Mmmm....I just had a salted ameretto gelato at Gjelina....so good....

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                                  Tripeler RE: schrutefarms Feb 28, 2010 10:57 PM

                                  Years ago I had a "salted Galliano" dessert. Wow. The salt really amped up the anise flavor in a highly unusual way. Gelato certainly benefits from imagination.

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                                  aching RE: baloney Mar 29, 2010 03:59 PM

                                  I agree - the butterscotch pot de creme at Gjelina has ruined me for all other butterscotch desserts, including Mozza's budino!

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                                  Gjelina
                                  1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

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                                    Funwithfood RE: baloney May 15, 2010 09:50 PM

                                    Better than Jar's, please describe...

                                3. Emme RE: veggietraveler Feb 14, 2010 12:06 AM

                                  Best Store-Bought Chocolate Cake: Pavillon's Mile High Chocolate Layer Cake
                                  Best Store-Bought Rotisserie Chicken: Costco
                                  Best Cobber: Cynthia's
                                  Best Salad: Ivy's Grilled Vegetable Salad (w/ or w/o shrimp)
                                  Best Over-the-Top Pancakes (or breakfast really): Griddle Cafe
                                  Best Matzah Ball Soup: toss-up Mel's Diner and Naten'n'Al's
                                  Best Tarte Tatin: Ivy
                                  Best Glazed Old-Fashioned Donuts: K's Donut Emporium in Sherman Oaks
                                  Best Chocolate Souffle: Bistro Garden (was Le Dome RIP)

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                                    Joe Blowe RE: Emme Feb 14, 2010 07:43 AM

                                    Aww, go ahead! Rule No. 5 wasn't important anyway ;-)

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                                      goodhealthgourmet RE: Emme Feb 14, 2010 08:36 AM

                                      you know, i was going to say the Ivy salad, but ever since i discovered that my home version is even better, i don't want to call it the "best" anymore! ;)

                                      but i will add one more that i can't believe i neglected to include in my initial reply...
                                      Best Union of Unrelated Traditional Breakfast Ingredients in One Dish: Egg White Oatmeal Frittata at Hugo's.

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                                        Emme RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 14, 2010 06:53 PM

                                        Sshhh don't tell, my favorite Egg White Omelette with caramelized onions and tomatoes and spinach (and formerly mushrooms) is at Jerry's Deli. Yes, sad I know, but they do it just the way I like it. Egg whites dry, cooked, then folded around my cooked ingredients, no filling cooked into the eggs. I like Hugo's well enough, but they don't put enough filling in their omelettes for my tastes.

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                                          goodhealthgourmet RE: Emme Feb 14, 2010 07:09 PM

                                          no, no, the dish at Hugo's isn't an omelette...it's an airy, baked pancake-like egg-white frittata base with their multi-grain oatmeal folded into it. they serve it with sides of cottage cheese, applesauce & strawberries, but i always ordered it with yogurt, which i would sweeten a little and spread onto the frittata, before topping the whole thing with sliced strawberries. sooooo good! of course since it's not GF i cant eat it anymore. boo.

                                          http://www.hugosrestaurant.com/menu/b...

                                    2. mollyomormon RE: veggietraveler Feb 14, 2010 09:39 AM

                                      Best chilaquiles -- Pepy's Galley

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                                        aventinus RE: veggietraveler Feb 14, 2010 07:54 PM

                                        Best butter croissant: Le Pain du Jour on Pico in Santa Monica.

                                        1. ipsedixit RE: veggietraveler Feb 14, 2010 08:14 PM

                                          Best chili fries guaranteed to give an insatiable urge for Tums and to turn your fingers a freakish flourescent yellow-orange can be found at .... The Hat.

                                          1. mollyomormon RE: veggietraveler Feb 15, 2010 10:02 AM

                                            Best blue crab handroll = Sushi Zo

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                                              westsidegal RE: mollyomormon Feb 15, 2010 02:23 PM

                                              best monkfish liver = sushi zo

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                                                mollyomormon RE: westsidegal Feb 15, 2010 05:23 PM

                                                mmm...I love Sushi Zo's monkfish liver but I think I have to give the edge to Echigo on that dish.

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                                                  westsidegal RE: mollyomormon Mar 28, 2010 11:21 PM

                                                  tried echigo's on your recommendation.
                                                  gotta admit, it's sublime.

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                                                    mollyomormon RE: westsidegal Mar 29, 2010 10:59 AM

                                                    oh, fantastic! So glad you enjoyed it. I was just there on Saturday night and it's as good as ever.

                                            2. westsidegal RE: veggietraveler Feb 15, 2010 02:24 PM

                                              best homemade tofu = musha santa monica

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                                                mollyomormon RE: westsidegal Feb 15, 2010 05:24 PM

                                                have you had the cheese tofu at Musha? Or if that what you're referring to? If it's a different dish, then I have to try it. I really, really love the cheese tofu.

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                                                  westsidegal RE: mollyomormon Feb 15, 2010 06:29 PM

                                                  i haven't tried the cheese tofu.
                                                  the dish i'm talking about is called PURE TOFU.

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                                                    mollyomormon RE: westsidegal Feb 16, 2010 09:14 AM

                                                    I will definitely have to try it.

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                                                      will47 RE: westsidegal May 19, 2010 08:02 PM

                                                      Yeah - the cheese tofu is something different. The "pure tofu" at Musha is really delicious.

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                                                      Musha
                                                      424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                                                        choctastic RE: will47 Aug 25, 2010 09:37 AM

                                                        Have you guys bought tofu from Meiji Tofu in Gardena? The freshly made tofu in the bamboo basket is like a rich custard. Out of this world. Best I've had in the States. I love the rich, creamy, unsweetened soy milk as well. Tiny shop.

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                                                        Meiji Tofu
                                                        16440 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA

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                                                    hyacinthgirl RE: westsidegal Feb 18, 2010 12:53 PM

                                                    I'd also put Musha down for best veggie laden feel better when you're sick miso soup

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                                                      MeowMixx RE: westsidegal Aug 25, 2010 11:50 AM

                                                      Haven't had Musha's but Mori Sushi's homemade tofu was out of this world

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                                                      Mori Sushi
                                                      11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                                      Musha
                                                      424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                                                        mollyomormon RE: MeowMixx Aug 25, 2010 01:31 PM

                                                        Agreed. Mori-san's homemade tofu kills Musha's.

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                                                        Musha
                                                        424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                                                          jdwdeville RE: MeowMixx Aug 31, 2010 06:18 PM

                                                          Totally agreed! I avoid tofu religiously- you should've seen the astounded look on my wife's face when I put that dish away in seconds flat.

                                                      2. choctastic RE: veggietraveler Feb 15, 2010 05:38 PM

                                                        Since I am a plant-eater, I'm stuck with the veggie stuff.

                                                        Best Soy Ice Cream Flavors ever: Scoops
                                                        Best Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcake and Warm Chocolate Dipped Donut: Babycakes
                                                        Best Fake Mongolian "Beef": Loving Hut, Alhambra branch.
                                                        Best vegan/gluten-free Mac & Cheese (only when they've freshly made it): Veggie Grill

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                                                          rickym13 RE: choctastic Feb 15, 2010 05:52 PM

                                                          Best: green chili and cheese burrito : al & bea's

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                                                            peppermonkey RE: rickym13 Feb 27, 2010 10:13 AM

                                                            I say Lupe's #2 for green and cheese

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                                                            1newyorkguy RE: choctastic Feb 16, 2010 04:50 PM

                                                            Didn't care for VG's m & c. A much better vegan version can be found at Stuff I Eat in Inglewood.

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                                                              goodhealthgourmet RE: 1newyorkguy Feb 16, 2010 06:24 PM

                                                              but is the m&c at Stuff I Eat also gluten free?

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                                                                choctastic RE: 1newyorkguy Feb 17, 2010 07:10 AM

                                                                I haven't been to Stuff I Eat. Thanks! I will say that the quality of VG's mac and cheese is variable, depending on the location and also depending on the time of day. That's unfortunate.

                                                                BTW, if you want the M&C gluten-free at Veggie Grill, you have to specify NO BREADCRUMBS ON TOP. I think it's crappy that you have to specify that, but apparently everyone wants a crispy top.

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                                                                  1newyorkguy RE: choctastic Feb 26, 2010 03:21 PM

                                                                  check it out! yummy place...definitely get their black eyed peas.

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                                                                lil mikey RE: choctastic Aug 25, 2010 02:26 PM

                                                                Best vegan/gluten-free mac & cheese - A Taste of Life

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                                                                flowergirl RE: veggietraveler Feb 15, 2010 05:51 PM

                                                                Best Pizza - still searching
                                                                Best hot turkey sandwich - Kate Mantilini
                                                                Best Burger - Richmond Bar and Grille - El Segundo
                                                                Best Waffles - Rosco's
                                                                Best Dessert - banana pie at La Grande Orange in S M
                                                                Best Soft shell crabs - The Ivy on Robertson
                                                                Best Asian soup - Tofuya in West L A

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                                                                  ReelMike84 RE: flowergirl Feb 15, 2010 08:50 PM

                                                                  How does the banana creme pie at Le Grande Orange compare to Apple Pan's versio?

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                                                                  aventinus RE: veggietraveler Feb 15, 2010 06:04 PM

                                                                  Best gourmet pizza = Zelo in Arcadia

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                                                                    arrowheadguy RE: veggietraveler Feb 15, 2010 08:09 PM

                                                                    Best Pastraimi Sandwich-Langers !

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                                                                      mdpilam RE: veggietraveler Feb 15, 2010 10:02 PM

                                                                      Best (BBQ) brisket: BigMista's
                                                                      Best al pastor tacos: El Chato
                                                                      Best Philly Cheesesteak: South Philly Experience
                                                                      Best (Taqueria) al pastor burrito: La Taquiza

                                                                      1. Mr Taster RE: veggietraveler Feb 16, 2010 08:58 AM

                                                                        Best breakfast hash browns = Harry's Family Restaurant in Burbank.

                                                                        Mr Taster

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                                                                          orythedog RE: Mr Taster Mar 31, 2010 01:24 PM

                                                                          Have you had the hashbrowns at Pacific Dining Car? or at Sugar Shack on Main Street in Huntington Beach? They are CHOW worthy.

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                                                                          Pacific Dining Car
                                                                          1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                                                                          Sugar Shack Cafe
                                                                          213 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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                                                                            Honeychan RE: Mr Taster May 15, 2010 09:50 PM

                                                                            Best old-fashioned waffle (not Belgian) EVER is at Harry's!

                                                                            Best curry fried rice: Koraku in LT

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                                                                            Koraku
                                                                            314 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                                                                          2. martyR RE: veggietraveler Feb 16, 2010 11:06 AM

                                                                            XLB - Dean Sin World
                                                                            Pork shoulder sandwich - JayBees
                                                                            Spare ribs - J n J's
                                                                            Chile en Nogada - Babita
                                                                            Chicken fried steak - Eat at Joes

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                                                                              la tache burger RE: martyR Feb 17, 2010 09:50 AM

                                                                              nice list

                                                                            2. Servorg RE: veggietraveler Feb 16, 2010 11:33 AM

                                                                              Best sweetbreads and bbq pork belly slyders - Animal Restaurant on N Fairfax

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                                                                                lil mikey RE: Servorg Aug 25, 2010 02:28 PM

                                                                                Also best Pig's Tail with Buffalo Sauce at Animal.

                                                                              2. orythedog RE: veggietraveler Feb 16, 2010 01:12 PM

                                                                                Best rib tips - Bludso's BBQ

                                                                                Best pancakes - 49ers at original pancake House

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                                                                                  mdpilam RE: veggietraveler Feb 17, 2010 09:25 AM

                                                                                  Best cemitas: the truck on Venice & Clarington (in front of Smart & Final).

                                                                                  1. A5 KOBE RE: veggietraveler Feb 17, 2010 09:39 AM

                                                                                    Chorizo and Eggs - Ciro's

                                                                                    BBQ Pork Buns - Sea Harbour

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                                                                                      kelleywith2ees RE: A5 KOBE Aug 23, 2010 12:46 PM

                                                                                      Are the pork buns at Sea Harbour baked or steamed?

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                                                                                      bruinike RE: veggietraveler Feb 17, 2010 06:01 PM

                                                                                      Best Lobster Baked Hand roll - Sushi Kiyono
                                                                                      Best Flour Tortillas - Pacos
                                                                                      Best Yellowtail - Bastide
                                                                                      Best Brown Rice - Soi56
                                                                                      Best Hummus - Skaff's Grill
                                                                                      Best Cookies N Cream Frozen Yogurt - Penguins
                                                                                      Best Gourmet Pizza - Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                      Best Pizza by the Slice - Tomato Pie
                                                                                      Best Turkey Burger - Hinano
                                                                                      Best Sashimi Platter - Sushi Gen
                                                                                      Best Raw Kale Salad - Food
                                                                                      Best Healthy Smoothies - Bodyfactory
                                                                                      Best Stuffed Squid - tie between Echigo/Sasabune for Japanese version and La Botte for Italian version

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                                                                                        mollyomormon RE: bruinike Feb 18, 2010 09:01 AM

                                                                                        I tried that yellowtail last night. Delicious.

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                                                                                          bruinike RE: bruinike Feb 28, 2010 12:04 PM

                                                                                          Best Fake Meats/Tofu - Vinh Loi Tofu in Reseda. Just tried it last week and am now obsessed with their chicken curry and their black pepper fish.

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                                                                                            westsidegal RE: bruinike Feb 28, 2010 04:25 PM

                                                                                            i agree that the food they serve at vinh loi tofu is terrific

                                                                                        2. mollyomormon RE: veggietraveler Feb 17, 2010 06:19 PM

                                                                                          Best Prepared Salad case -- Huckleberry

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                                                                                            bruinike RE: mollyomormon Feb 17, 2010 07:04 PM

                                                                                            Speaking of Huckleberry, they have the Best Pastry with Bacon in their Maple Bacon Biscuit (more of a scone though really)

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                                                                                            kauma RE: veggietraveler Feb 18, 2010 08:07 AM

                                                                                            Best grenadine of beef: Musso!

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                                                                                              redrover RE: kauma Feb 18, 2010 07:19 PM

                                                                                              Best chocolate croissant/pan au chocolat--Amandine Patisserie

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                                                                                              js76wisco RE: veggietraveler Feb 26, 2010 03:28 PM

                                                                                              Best Chinese brocoli with cripsy pork - Ruen Pair.

                                                                                              The pork isn't crispy as much as it is deep fried to crunchy perfection. The sauce ties everything together. As much as I enjoy Jitlada and some other Thai places I can't go anywhere else when craving Thai.

                                                                                              1. maxzook RE: veggietraveler Feb 28, 2010 10:23 AM

                                                                                                Best medianoche: Porto's

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                                                                                                  Burger Boy RE: maxzook Mar 28, 2010 11:07 PM

                                                                                                  Try Tropical Bakery in Silver Lake. They make a medianoche like you should, in a press!

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                                                                                                  2900 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                                                                                                2. maxzook RE: veggietraveler Feb 28, 2010 10:25 AM

                                                                                                  Best "California pizza": lamb sausage pizza at Caioti

                                                                                                  1. maxzook RE: veggietraveler Feb 28, 2010 10:27 AM

                                                                                                    Best Jewish-deli pastrami-on-rye sandwich: Langer's
                                                                                                    Best house-made pastrami sandwich not from a Jewish deli: Oinkster
                                                                                                    (two different things, imho)

                                                                                                    1. wienermobile RE: veggietraveler Feb 28, 2010 04:08 PM

                                                                                                      Best English Toffee- Little John's Candy- 3rd and Fairfax- Farmers Market
                                                                                                      http://www.littlejohnscandies.com/

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                                                                                                        orythedog RE: wienermobile Mar 31, 2010 01:28 PM

                                                                                                        Try enstrom almond toffee www.enstrom.com It is a best in class type of item

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                                                                                                        veggietraveler RE: veggietraveler Mar 28, 2010 10:41 PM

                                                                                                        Best Tofu Dish - Rice Cakes with Crispy Scallion Tofu at Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park

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                                                                                                        Good Girl Dinette
                                                                                                        110 North Avenue 56, Los Angeles, CA 90042

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                                                                                                          bulavinaka RE: veggietraveler Mar 31, 2010 06:42 PM

                                                                                                          Copied and pasted my post under the "Best Sandwich" post for this category as well:

                                                                                                          Best sweet sandwich: Strawberry and homemade nutella stuffed croissant at Bite Bar & Bakery in Santa Monica. Sliced farmers' market fresh strawberries and super dark rich homemade nutella stuffed and spread in probably the best croissant I've tried in LA in a while. So simple in execution, but the quality of the ingredients speak for themselves.

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                                                                                                          3221 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

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                                                                                                            Sandra W RE: veggietraveler Apr 1, 2010 05:00 PM

                                                                                                            Poutine with oxtail and cheddar cheese. Animal, on Fairfax. Go to the bar, order a drink and poutine. You'll thank me.

                                                                                                            1. Funwithfood RE: veggietraveler May 15, 2010 09:52 PM

                                                                                                              Best chocolate ganache raspberry cupake: Vanilla Bake Shop

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                                                                                                              Vanilla Bake Shop
                                                                                                              512 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                                                                                                                maudies5 RE: Funwithfood May 15, 2010 10:06 PM

                                                                                                                Best croissant: Bite Bakery
                                                                                                                Best hot breakfast: toss up: brisket hash or eggs benedict at Tavern
                                                                                                                Best Springtime appetizer: polenta, asparagus with breaded poached egg
                                                                                                                Best mayo-free tuna salad: Huckleberry
                                                                                                                Best chocolate cake: SusieCakes
                                                                                                                Favorite new sandwich item: Crab panini at Bite
                                                                                                                Dessert which makes my husband so happy: salted carmel thing at Huckleberry

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                                                                                                                2043 Westcliff Dr, Newport Beach, CA

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                                                                                                                  Funwithfood RE: maudies5 May 19, 2010 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                  The salted caramel bar at Huckleberry is memorable!

                                                                                                                  P.S. I've never eaten a SusieCakes cake, but was unimpressed with their cupcake samples. What makes their chocolate cake a stand-out IYO?

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                                                                                                                  2043 Westcliff Dr, Newport Beach, CA

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                                                                                                                    bulavinaka RE: Funwithfood May 19, 2010 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                    The cake portion is really moist, and it's six layers of cake and of course another six of frosting. And I think the multiple thin layers not only works the decadence factor, it also makes the cake itself more architectually sound. It's not so chocolatey in flavor (I personally prefer more), but has a nice medium chocolate tone to it. The cake is truly sultry when cutting it with a fork - there's practically no resistance from the cake itself - each layer just gives way with almost no resistance to the fork. And once in the mouth, it has a really nice combination of mouthfeel and rich flavors from the frosting and cake that hit high points with a true cake lover.

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                                                                                                                      Funwithfood RE: bulavinaka May 19, 2010 08:55 PM

                                                                                                                      They ought to hire you as their marketing rep, I'm hungry just reading the description! (...and perhaps recommend they work on their food photography: Their photos are an incentive NOT to buy!)

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                                                                                                                        bulavinaka RE: Funwithfood May 19, 2010 09:13 PM

                                                                                                                        :) I tend to ramble too much.

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                                                                                                                    ApprenticeGourmet RE: maudies5 Aug 25, 2010 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                    Huckleberry also has the best carrot cake and lemon bars. Out of this world!

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                                                                                                                  RicRios RE: veggietraveler May 19, 2010 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                  Best tacos de asada: El Parian
                                                                                                                  Best risotto nero: Drago SM
                                                                                                                  Best cannoli: Valentino
                                                                                                                  Best sushi (meaning both rice AND fish): Mori

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                                                                                                                  2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

                                                                                                                  El Parian
                                                                                                                  155 E 7th St, Oxnard, CA 93030

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                                                                                                                    kelleywith2ees RE: veggietraveler Aug 23, 2010 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                    Best tamale: Green Tamales at Border Grill in Santa Monica.

                                                                                                                    These are nothing like any tamales you've ever eaten and so, so good. Almost more like a steamed sweet corn pudding. I could have just kept eating and eating.

                                                                                                                    (The chocolate chip cheesecake with berries was great too!)

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                                                                                                                    1445 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                                                                                                                      sammycakes RE: veggietraveler Aug 25, 2010 11:51 PM

                                                                                                                      Best salami sandwich: Larchmont Wine and Cheese

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                                                                                                                        jdwdeville RE: veggietraveler Aug 31, 2010 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                        "Best Korean Pork Ribs or Is That the Soju Talking experience:"
                                                                                                                        Dan Sung Sa- I think we've been through 12 orders or more of these things in the last 4 visits.

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                                                                                                                          rmb123 RE: veggietraveler Apr 28, 2011 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                          Best Chile Relleno Burrito: Lalo's in Ventura.

                                                                                                                          1. goodhealthgourmet RE: veggietraveler May 12, 2011 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                            for all you fans of Travis Lett's butterscotch pot de creme at Gjelina:
                                                                                                                            http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

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                                                                                                                            1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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                                                                                                                              Funwithfood RE: goodhealthgourmet May 12, 2011 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                              Mmm that sounds really good.

                                                                                                                              I didn't know that L.A. Times had their recipes online--thanks so much for the link!

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                                                                                                                                goodhealthgourmet RE: Funwithfood May 12, 2011 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                really? you didn't know? i'm so glad i posted it then! FYI, there are tons of web-only recipes on the site as well. between the LAT & NYT, one could probably stay busy in the kitchen for a lifetime without ever opening another cookbook or newspaper food section :)

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                                                                                                                                  Funwithfood RE: goodhealthgourmet May 12, 2011 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                  I used to love their '10 Best Recipes of the Year'. Do they still publish those at the end of the year?

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                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet RE: Funwithfood May 12, 2011 08:45 PM

                                                                                                                                    http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

                                                                                                                                    ;)

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                                                                                                                                      Funwithfood RE: goodhealthgourmet May 12, 2011 09:41 PM

                                                                                                                                      Thanks they look delish, but the recipes don't open when I click on them. Am I doing something wrong?

                                                                                                                                      I can't wait to get back to cooking more...since I started doing food photography, I hardly cook anymore! :)

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                                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet RE: Funwithfood May 12, 2011 09:57 PM

                                                                                                                                        see the row of numbers across the top of that photo collage? starting with 2, each one links to a single dish. so click on one, and when you get to the page, click the blue hyperlink below the photo of the dish that says Click here for the recipe.

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                                                                                                                                          Funwithfood RE: goodhealthgourmet May 13, 2011 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                          Ha, the finished dumplings as the first recipe messed me up-the cover photo is just the prep shot! All good now :).

                                                                                                                                          P.S. That 'Crack Pie' sounds divine!

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                                                                                                                                            goodhealthgourmet RE: Funwithfood May 13, 2011 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/687144

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                                                                                                                                              Funwithfood RE: goodhealthgourmet May 13, 2011 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                              Thanks, I read the entire thread. Wow, quite the controversial pie!

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                                                                                                                              tissue RE: veggietraveler May 12, 2011 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                              Best bibim naeng myun - Western Doma Noodles
                                                                                                                              Best seafood pancake - Park's BBQ
                                                                                                                              Best braised daikon - Torihei
                                                                                                                              Best rice porridge - Good Girl Dinette
                                                                                                                              Best lasagna - Angelini Osteria
                                                                                                                              Best sandwich - Mendocino Farms asian pork belly
                                                                                                                              Best salad - Tender Greens Harvest salad with peaches and goat cheese, Urth's farmer's salad with the fennel
                                                                                                                              Best mac n cheese - tie between Rush Street and Akasha
                                                                                                                              Best handroll - Sushi Ike's king crab handroll and the tuna handroll, Sushi Zo's uni handroll
                                                                                                                              Best grand marnier souffle - Polo lounge
                                                                                                                              Best oreo cheesecake - Porto's
                                                                                                                              Best ceviche - Black Snapper ceviche at Boss Sushi
                                                                                                                              Bestt uni pasta - Providence
                                                                                                                              Best chicken soup - Din Tai Fung
                                                                                                                              Best steak frites - Church and State

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                                                                                                                              7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                                              Din Tai Fung Restaurant
                                                                                                                              1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

                                                                                                                              Park's BBQ
                                                                                                                              955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                                                                                                                              Sushi Zo
                                                                                                                              9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                                                                                                                              Akasha
                                                                                                                              9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                                                                                                                              Rush Street
                                                                                                                              9546 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

                                                                                                                              Torihei
                                                                                                                              1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

                                                                                                                              Good Girl Dinette
                                                                                                                              110 North Avenue 56, Los Angeles, CA 90042

                                                                                                                              Boss Sushi
                                                                                                                              268 S La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

                                                                                                                              Mendocino Farms
                                                                                                                              444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                                                                                                              Tender Greens
                                                                                                                              6290 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                                                                                                              1. goodhealthgourmet RE: veggietraveler May 12, 2011 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                Best Polenta: Creamy Polenta with Fricassee of Truffled Mushrooms at Scarpetta.

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                                                                                                                                225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                                                                                                                                  Onara RE: veggietraveler May 12, 2011 10:16 PM

                                                                                                                                  I'm visiting LA next month. Just wanted to thank you all for this thread. Feel free to have my reply deleted after you've read it, since it just clutters an otherwise succinct bank of information

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