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Your single favorite dish in LA

sillygoosedown Mar 13, 2010 07:04 PM

Name the dish that has given you the most pleasure.

My answer: Zelo's spinach-pesto pizza.

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    aceofcakes Jul 11, 2010 09:41 PM

    The burger at Comme Ca. Something that seems simple but is truly the work of a master chef.

    1. maxzook Mar 16, 2010 09:11 AM

      The Really Risque Rice at the late, lamented Chopstix on Melrose.


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        ankimo Jul 11, 2010 09:04 PM

        hard to choose, but definitely khao kanah mu grob at Pa Ord (crispy pork belly with chinese broccoli)

      2. mnosyne Mar 16, 2010 07:46 AM

        Gino Angelini's meatballs in tomato sauce!

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          kauma Mar 16, 2010 06:36 AM

          Mine, too, changes from moment to moment, thanks to this wondrous city.

          But overall I'd have to say: Grenadine of beef at Musso & Frank. Bliss!

          1. wienermobile Mar 14, 2010 11:31 PM

            The whole sizzling catfish with ginger and ponzu sauce at Chinois on Main Street.

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              westsidegal Mar 15, 2010 06:02 PM

              i love that catfish too.
              another fried fish that is terrific, and costs far less, is the mojarra frita (sp?) at mariscos chente.

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              degustateur Mar 14, 2010 10:51 PM

              A “sticky-worthy” topic, silkygoosedown! Kind of a running sub-total of the essence of Chowhound LA. It would be great if we all had photos to attach and share.

              As several have alluded, “favorite dish” is an ever-moving target for me as well. Currently, it’s a tie between:

              Pied de Cochon at Church & State
              Quenelles de Brochet at Le Saint Amour

              Neither, however, can top the Calf’s Brains Omelet at Ray’s Redwood Kitchen (R.I.P, 25 years).

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                jesstifer Mar 14, 2010 04:45 PM

                Tofu bowl with pork at Beverly Soon Tofu. With grilled squid, if I'm allowed to get the combination.

                1. Steve2 in LA Mar 14, 2010 01:26 PM

                  Shredded Pig Ear in Chili-Lime sauce with a Fried Egg at Animal. mmmm!

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                  1. re: Steve2 in LA
                    mdpilam Mar 16, 2010 08:56 AM

                    I was going to say this too. Was my favorite dish there in our visit; the spiciness of the sauce with the porkiness of the pig's ear with the egg just combine for a perfect combination.

                  2. Moomin Mar 14, 2010 11:38 AM

                    It's day to day. I've presently got an unholy obsession with the Charcoal Smoked Cauliflower at both Samosa House and Bawarchi.

                    Of course, last year it would have been Pescado Zarandeado at Mariscos Chente... and before that kaeng khĩaw-wãan khài “mang-kon” at Jitlada... and five years ago it would have been Langers Pastrami...

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                      liu Mar 14, 2010 01:41 PM

                      "It's day to day."

                      I so agree with you, Moomin! Just when I am sure that I have found my very favorite, another comes along! We have so much amazing food in this city!

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                        ipsedixit Mar 14, 2010 01:48 PM

                        Day to day??

                        It's more like hour to hour for me ...

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                          bulavinaka Mar 14, 2010 01:56 PM

                          Please keep us updated on your new favorites - I for one would appreciate this. TIA!

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                            ipsedixit Mar 14, 2010 02:21 PM

                            Well, let's see, on Sunday, February 14, 2010, at around 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. my favorite single dish in greater Los Angeles would've easily been the sweet potato pizza at Pizza & Chicken Love Letter in Rowland Heights.

                            Here's the deal. You like sweet potatoes? The asian kind? Well, lookee here. Order up the Sweet Potato Gold Pizza.

                            Why, you ask?

                            First, the crust is filled with mashed sweet potatoes. Yeah, Pizza Hut you suck cuz all you've got is stuffed crust with cheese. These guys made the entire crust stuffed with sweet potatoes. PWND.

                            Second, the toppings on the pizza is the perfect blend of sweet and savory. You need more sweet potatoes? Diced and sprinkled liberally as topping numero uno. You want more sweets? Chunks of pineapples are also added. You want some savory to go with your sweets? Check. Sausages galore. You worry this ain't a pizza without the traditional toppings? Rest assured ... tangy tomato sauce and cheese are all there.

                            Yeah, for that one hour on that Sunday afternoon, this was my single favorite dish in LA.


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                              bulavinaka Mar 14, 2010 03:01 PM

                              Such intriguing creations would almost have to come from somewhere in this Asiatic, as would a place named Pizza & Chicken Love Letter. And on Valentine's Day even? Pizza, Love and Valentine's day!

                              Rowland Heights is a stretch for me being from the Westside, but this place sounds interesting enough that I may have to make the trek soon. Keep those hourly updates coming. :)

                              1. re: ipsedixit
                                Servorg Mar 15, 2010 07:41 AM

                                "Pizza & Chicken Love Letter"

                                Have you eaten at Mr. Pizza Factory http://www.mrpizza.co.kr/Global/En/ in K town. Sounds very similar (is the one in Rowland Heights also Korean owned)?

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                                  ipsedixit Mar 15, 2010 07:59 AM

                                  No, I have not.

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                                    JBC Mar 15, 2010 08:16 AM

                                    O.K. - It's 8:15 a.m., Monday morning - "What's your favorite dish right NOW ! "

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                              liu Mar 14, 2010 02:03 PM

                              ipsedixit -- Oh, to be a teenager again and be able to consume those huge quantities!

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                                SauceSupreme Mar 14, 2010 04:14 PM

                                There are medicinal herbs that might facilitate that consumption. All perfectly legal, of course. ;)

                                I've gotta pay a vist to any place called Pizza and Chicken Love Letter.

                          2. re: Moomin
                            goodhealthgourmet Mar 14, 2010 03:49 PM

                            smoked cauliflower???? i'm drooling...and seriously tempted to rearrange my schedule this week to accommodate a drive up to LA so i can have some!!!

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                              Moomin Mar 14, 2010 07:11 PM

                              I wouldn't drive too far unless this is a serious fascination... Samosa House is local to me, so I'm particularly partial...

                              Also... check the Samosa House Twitter feed before you set out! It's not an every day item and they regularly sell out!

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                                goodhealthgourmet Mar 14, 2010 08:56 PM

                                well, i wasn't *totally* serious about it. i do have several reasons to be up in LA, i've just been avoiding it because i hate the drive...i figured the cauliflower might give me a little extra motivation ;) but i'll definitely check the twitter feed before/if i go - thanks for the heads-up!

                          3. SauceSupreme Mar 14, 2010 11:14 AM

                            While my previous post showed how much I missed the beef roll from 101 Noodle Express, I'm inclined to agree with Dommy: the boat noodles from Sapp.

                            1. liu Mar 14, 2010 10:13 AM

                              Steaming house sugar cake at Elite...so very simple and so perfect with a hot cup of their tea!

                              1. nsxtasy Mar 14, 2010 07:06 AM

                                Seared foie gras on a biscuit with maple sausage gravy, at Animal.

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                                  rednyellow Mar 14, 2010 07:19 PM

                                  That's certainly the best I've had in a while.

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                                    TravelPath Mar 14, 2010 11:40 PM

                                    Oh my ...yes!!!

                                  2. Dommy Mar 13, 2010 10:06 PM

                                    Boat Noodles at Sapp Coffee House...


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                                      Porthos Mar 15, 2010 04:42 PM

                                      May have to agree with that. Definitely 1 of 2 of all time.

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                                      brandon g Mar 13, 2010 09:29 PM

                                      Any agnolotti at Angelini Osteria

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                                        Jwsel Mar 13, 2010 07:58 PM

                                        The truffle egg at Melisse. $85 for the dish, but it is probably the best thing I have ever eaten.

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                                          foodiemahoodie Mar 14, 2010 06:29 PM

                                          Hm. I haven't tried the truffle egg (maybe I'm just too damn cheap) . But I was torn between the coddled egg caviar (at Melisse) by I think it might be slightly edged out by the sweet corn ravioli with truffle jus (or is it truffle froth? Broth? Foam?). This is a seasonal dish, so you'll have to wait a month or two.

                                          I also crave the charred octopus salad at Mozza Hosteria. I might have to go get some. Right now. Hm.

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                                            Jwsel Mar 14, 2010 09:12 PM

                                            The truffle egg is unlike any egg I've ever tried. It's poached (or prepared in some similar fashion), but the white is incredibly light and airy, like the lightest omelet I've ever tried. The menu describes it as a "melting organic egg" and that description is apt. It sits on a sauce made from truffles and has a light truffle foam. I cannot really describe the sauce except to say that it was earthy but not heavy, and everyone at the table tried to sop up every drop. That alone would have made it one of the best dishes I've ever had, but then they brought out a large black truffle and shaved close to half of it over the top of the egg. I swear they put so much truffle on it that I almost wanted to tell them to stop.

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                                              ipsedixit Mar 14, 2010 09:21 PM

                                              This sort of reminds me of L'Orangerie's famous egg caviar app -- scrambled eggs put back into their shell and topped with a spoonful of caviar.

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                                                BubblyOne Mar 16, 2010 08:15 AM

                                                Same with The Ritz egg, still served in Newport, even though Hans Prager is long gone. Scrambled eggs with salmon, back in the shell, topped with caviar and served with a shot of vodka on the side. I believe I had it at the old Scandia as well, when he was chef there.

                                          2. re: Jwsel
                                            NAspy Mar 15, 2010 05:29 PM

                                            I wonder if it's like the egg with caviar at Ortolan which seemed very much like the class one at L'Orangerie. We had this at Ortolan's VDay dinner and it was outstanding and the first dish that came to mind with this thread.

                                            In a more prosaic vein, I would say Vito's pizza with mushrooms.

                                            1. re: Jwsel
                                              dotrat Mar 17, 2010 08:56 PM

                                              Yes, Josiah's Truffle Egg is by far the best thing I've ever eaten and I've had the pleasure of enjoying it on more than one occasion. It's nothing like a scramble though. Instead it's more like a poached egg yolk surrounded by whipped (and maybe poached?) egg whites topped with shaved truffles & truffle sauce. When you take a bite the yolk from the center oozes & mixes with the sauce. It's accompanied by brioche toasts as well. Pure heaven. It's unlike anything I've ever seen before & is not always available obviously.

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                                              conor610 Mar 13, 2010 07:56 PM

                                              Osteria Mozza's bucatini all'amatriciana.

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