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  1. You would have a hard time finding good German food in LA

    28 Replies
    1. re: honkman

      ...except at the Red Lion. Mmm.

      1. re: honkman

        3 Square (Hans Rockenwagner's restaurant ) on Abott Kinney in Venice.

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        3 Square Cafe
        1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

        1. re: foodiemahoodie

          3 Square has not much to do with German food.

          1. re: honkman

            Not loaded with traditional dishes, but there are some - and some with a strong Teutonic element.

            Sous vide octopus - not German, on a bed of pickled cabbage - which would be.

            Schnitzel, Berliners, apple pancakes. Hans is German, and there is usually something on the menu that would satisfy your German jones. But no, not an actual German restaurant. Despite what might be the greatest name for a German restaurant ever.

            1. re: foodiemahoodie

              3 square is the greatest name for a German restaurant ????

              Or do Rockenwagner is a great name for it ????????

              Thanks man.

              1. re: kevin

                Rockenwagner. Sorry.

                1. re: foodiemahoodie

                  No worries.

                  It's just my illiteracy. :)

        2. re: honkman

          Yeah, but Jagerhaus in Anaheim is worth the drive. I never knew how truly good it was until I traveled to Germany. The brats, kraut, wiener schnitzel, potato pancakes, and spätzle are all equal to or greater than anything I actually had in Germany.

          Truly remarkable food, and you usually end up gorging yourself for like $25-$30/person.

          Everything is made in-house. I guess the decor of the place and/or its location keep it from being booked solid every night. Too bad really, they deserve significantly more acclaim than they get.

          1. re: BacoMan

            I have to added a hardy second for Jagerhaus. It's the best German food I've found in the LA area (like the Angels they're not in LA). An added note is they quite often have some wonderful game dishes as well and a few good German biers.

            SteveO

            1. re: SteveOtruba

              you guys might like the phoenix club -- they hosted the oc brew ho ho. also in anaheim.

              here's menu and they do have happy hours

              http://www.thephoenixclub.com/wp-cont...

              1. re: jessejames

                Yup... also a good choice and probably less than a mile apart on the other side of the freeway off Ball Rd. They also have the larger bier selection of the two.

                SteveO

                1. re: jessejames

                  I've been there. Food isn't as good as Jagerhaus, and it costs about 2x as much.

                  And they're in almost identical locations.

                  I have no idea why you'd bother to go to the Pheonix Club other than social reasons, for unless you just really prefer buffet style dining.

                  1. re: BacoMan

                    baco - it was great for the brew ho ho. you might check that out (or the brew haha)....you get a glass and drink as much as you like from many exotic brews.

                    1. re: jessejames

                      I love the Phoenix Club for Oktoberfest and their Sunday brunch, but other than that, the restaurant has slipped in the sit-down dining room over the past 10 years or so. Fewer menu items, and the food at Jagerhaus is much better quality.

                      1. re: jessejames

                        Maybe it's better for drinking if you do that then, idk...

                        Food before drink for me. You can get a huge glass (.5 liter) of German hefeweizen for $5.50 to go with your meal at Jägerhaus, just like in Germany. Good enough for me.

                        1. re: BacoMan

                          I thought this kind of food only meant to prolong extended drinking bouts...cue the vat of hot cheese scene from beerfest

                          1. re: BacoMan

                            Do they car the boot there ??????

                            It's roughly about a 2liter glass of beer shaped like the proverbial boot.

                            1. re: kevin

                              Yeah.

                              1. re: kevin

                                that movie is awesome

                      2. re: SteveOtruba

                        How about The Swiss Chef in Valley Glen? I have had very good food there and it's in L.A. proper.

                        1. re: SeaCook

                          what do you recommend there? i drive by it all the time.

                          1. re: ns1

                            When I was there I shared the Lazy Susan for 2 (I shared it with 3 other people with no problem) That had crudites, pickles, salad and liverwurst that is made in house). For entree Eisbein a cured and boiled pork shank with spaztle and red cabbage. Everyone was very satisfied with their food We had dessert next door where there is live jazz on Saturdays. Here The Swiss Chef site:

                            http://www.swisschefusa.com/main.html

                            The also have Swiss and Italian food. It is called the Swiss Chef after all!

                            1. re: ns1

                              I forgot to add they have really good soft pretzels.

                              1. re: SeaCook

                                not gonna lie - the menu indicates a restaurant with an identity problem. gordon ramsey would not be amused.

                                1. re: ns1

                                  Remember Swiss cuisine is influenced by cuisines from the countries ir borders. Germany, Italy & France plus it's own unique cuisine. I don't see it as an identity problem but an honest assessment of the cuisine of Switzerland. Chef Ulli has won awards and he plays a mean accordion. :-)

                                  You might also try Van Nuys German Deli on Roscoe in North Hills. It has been there for ages and for a good reason. Excellent German sausages and cold cuts. Try the onion liverwurst.

                                  1. re: SeaCook

                                    There is also Chalet Edelweiss http://www.yelp.com/biz/chalet-edelwe... just barely north of LAX.

                                    1. re: Servorg

                                      Which has some tangential ties to ON the watefront in venice.

                                2. re: SeaCook

                                  good to know.

                                  wow;

                      3. Those damn delicious Manhattan Specials--I have found them on occasion at Bevmo, and Domianos carries them. But why can't I walk ito 7-11 and buy them? :(

                        4 Replies
                        1. re: schrutefarms

                          What is a Manhattan Special?

                          1. re: bringiton

                            It's a soft drink... I usually see the Espresso one at various cafes around town... like Curious Palate or Mondo Tacos...

                            --Dommy!

                            1. re: Dommy

                              They stock it at Bay Cites.

                              Yes, it's an Espresso Soda poo.

                              1. re: kevin

                                NOT POO!!!!!!!
                                It's great! Cola/espresso TOGETHER AS ONE!!!!!!!!

                        2. Fry sauce. This is a condiment that is widely available where I grew up in Utah, but really difficult to find almost everywhere else.

                          You would also have a hard time finding Scottish food here.

                          10 Replies
                          1. re: mollyomormon

                            I had never heard of fry sauce (not having grown up in Utah), so I googled it, and get what I didn't at first glance: it is a sauce for dipping fries (I was thinking it was some type of fried sauce, which sounded more intriguing somehow :-)). However, the recipe I found says it is just a mixture of ketchup and mayonaisse. Is it really more than that? If not, couldn't you concoct your own (even on the fly in a restaurant?)

                            1. re: susancinsf

                              "(even on the fly in a restaurant?)"

                              Waiter, there is fry sauce on my soups fly!

                              1. re: susancinsf

                                It's generally also some spices, although I'm not sure which. Different restaurants have different blends. I've tried making it at home using the ketchup and mayo method but to no avail!

                                1. re: mollyomormon

                                  Paprika.

                              2. re: mollyomormon

                                mollyomormon

                                Have you tried Buchanan Arms in Burbank for Scottish food? I love their Scotch pie and thiers cocl-a-leekie soup.

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                                Buchanan Arms Restaurant
                                2013 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

                                1. re: SeaCook

                                  No, I have not! thanks for the rec!

                                2. re: mollyomormon

                                  Does the twist on Scottish-Jewish food at the Gorbal's in DTLA count?

                                  1. re: New Trial

                                    wow, going to have to check this out. My grandmother was of Latvian Jewish descent but grew up in Scotland, so I can totally see this.

                                    Honestly, I am at least halfway convinced that if you look hard enough, you can find just about anything in LA. Well, almost everything, except perhaps for good bagels (?) ...

                                    Any of you who aren't familiar with it owe it to yourselves to check out the definitive blog on the related topic of finding all of the world's cuisines in LA, or within a days travel time of LA:

                                    http://manbitesworld.com/

                                    1. re: susancinsf

                                      Ha! clearly Scotland day was one of the manbitesworld dinners I missed! From the look of the post, it doesn't look like I missed much though :).

                                  2. re: mollyomormon

                                    We were roaming the aisles of the Culver City Target and they now have Fry Sauce there

                                  3. Elephant ears. The fried dough with sugar and cinnamon on top that you get at fairs and carnivals in the Midwest. If I am wrong, please steer me toward the nearest Red Barn.

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                                    1. re: designjb

                                      I'm almost certain I had an elephant ear at Randy's Donuts a couple of years ago. Their Web site ( www.randys-donuts.com -- which I nominate for Most Lame in LA) lists something called a "Cinnamon Crunch," and that could be it.

                                      BTW, I'd add to the list: Norwegian lefse (popular in the Northern Plains states). It's a flatbread that's, in effect, potato gnocchi dough made with a little milk, flattened, and cooked on a griddle. Also: gooey butter-crumb coffee cake, St. Louis-style.

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                                      Randy's Donuts
                                      805 West Manchester Ave, Inglewood, CA 90301

                                      1. re: hnsbmg

                                        HaHa! You can get Lefse from the Sons of Norway Lodge in Van Nuys. We are always making it. Call Ole, the President, and he can hook you up. (818) 342-5986. Also, we will be hosting a lefse-making class sometime soon if anyone is interested. I will post.
                                        One more thing, I have posted here for the past several years when the lodge has their annual Lutefisk dinner - it is usually in early to mid-November. They have all you can eat Lefse (amongst other things). Enjoy!

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                                        Sons of Norway
                                        14312 Friar St, Los Angeles, CA 91401

                                        1. re: WildSwede

                                          Another place you can get lefse (I think it is shipped in from the midwest) is at Olson's Deli on Pico.

                                      2. re: designjb

                                        Closest I've seen is at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Indian fry bread and funnel cakes are similar, but just don't cut it.

                                        1. re: designjb

                                          Love these- growing up in Rhode Island we called them "doughboys".
                                          My belly is rather glad I can't find them here, however.

                                          1. re: jdwdeville

                                            I remember just the name fried dough. Either sweet with powdered sugar or savory with tomato sauce and a little cheese. Oh, the memories.

                                          2. re: designjb

                                            maybe i'm wrong, but have you tried Viktor Benes'?
                                            http://www.viktorbenes.com/pastries_d...

                                            1. re: designjb

                                              The bakery in So. Pasadena, Union Bakery I think. There used to be a place on Vine & Fountain, Vietnamese run that made the best ones, every morning I would go there.

                                              1. re: designjb

                                                The have the BEST elephant ears (also called Palm Leaves) at Porto's Bakery (Glendale and Burbank).

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                                                Porto's Bakery
                                                3614 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

                                              2. Indian Pudding and whole fried clams (with belly)

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                                                1. re: mucho gordo

                                                  Mucho, have you been to BP Oysterette on Ocean ave in SM? Whole belly Ipswich clams there are as good or better than some of the classic places I tried them at on a recent trip back home to New England.

                                                  1. re: jdwdeville

                                                    Unfortunately when I had them, they were incredibly mushy and did not have any of the sweetness should have. I will try them again on your recommendation to see if it was just a fluke.

                                                    1. re: jdwdeville

                                                      Not yet but, rest assured, I will.

                                                      1. re: mucho gordo

                                                        BP Oysterette is criminally over-priced and not all that great. Just sayin'.

                                                        1. re: dmode1975

                                                          Do you have a place you can recommend? I need a good spot for a date next week.

                                                  2. Classic New England style lobster rolls...(dammit!)

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                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                      You're right! I forgot to mention that.

                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                        Doesn't Blue Plate Oysterette have lobster rolls?

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                                                        Blue Plate
                                                        1415 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

                                                        1. re: foodiemahoodie

                                                          Yes, but I liked Hungry Cat's better. There was too much dressing and the bun while the right shape, was not the right texture. But I still prefer making my own.

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                                                          The Hungry Cat
                                                          1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                                          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                            If my memory serves me correctly, there shouldn't be any dressing; just melted butter.

                                                            1. re: mucho gordo

                                                              Depends on where you are. All of the ones I had growing up near the Cape and in Maine had a very light Mayo dressing. I would only come across ones w/butter rarely. apparently the further south you go the more likely to get butter in your Lobster roll. Butter and Vinegar was for Lobster not in a roll since the nature of it make the rolls turn into mush. Not good eats.

                                                              1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                You're right about the further south you go,,,,I'm a CT Yankee and I remember they used butter and the buns did not get mushy; probably because we ate them so fast there wasn't any time for mush to set in.

                                                                1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                  Fwiw I grew up in Fairfield County CT which is as far south as you can get and still be in New England, and I don't recall the lobster rolls having anything other than a mayo dressing.

                                                                  1. re: maxzook

                                                                    So the photos I've seen over the years of the lobster rolls at Red's up in Maine are atypical then?

                                                                    http://images.travelpod.com/users/jmb...

                                                                    I also found other places that do LR's with butter. The Maine Diner up in Wells ME and Johnny Ad's in CT are two of them. So maybe the melted butter style isn't quite as rare as Unicorns and Hen's Teeth when it comes right down to it?

                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                      Well, I haven't lived in CT for over thirty years, and I'm not going to claim I've had THAT many lobster rolls in my life. I'm just saying that having had them throughout New England I didn't see a geographically-based preference for butter in Conn. or RI vs mayo in Mass. or Maine.

                                                                    2. re: maxzook

                                                                      The reason I remember butter so vividly is, as a kid back in the '50's, I would ride my bike a few blocks to D'Andrea's Drive-In (in Hamden) and buy a lobster roll. The melted butter would drip on my shirt and my mother yelled at me for permanently staining my shirt.

                                                                      1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                        I just found out that Mendocino Farms (3 locations--two downtown, 1 Marina del Rey) has a lobster roll called the Mendo’s Untraditional Lobster Roll (sauteed lobster with meyer lemon celery aioli, applewood smoked bacon, tomatoes, and shredded romaine on Breadbar’s roll.) Sounds intense... but I haven't actually checked them out yet. Maybe someone else on the thread has?

                                                                        www.wisepix.com

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                                                                        Mendocino Farms
                                                                        300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                                                        1. re: WisePix

                                                                          Trendy, not traditional. No self-respecting N.E. purist would touch it.

                                                                          1. re: WisePix

                                                                            We tried it the other night - as simple and straight-forward as New England lobster rolls sound, I think yankees would consider this one blasphemy, but it was very good for what it was.

                                                                    3. re: mucho gordo

                                                                      BP Oysterette has 2 kinds of lobster roll, one served hot dressed with butter and another served cold with mayo. I can never decide which one I like more.

                                                                      1. re: hrhboo

                                                                        Sounds like a tasty dilemma

                                                                  2. re: foodiemahoodie

                                                                    that suck-
                                                                    don't go to BPO-
                                                                    Food is unedible and prices outrageous

                                                                  3. re: Servorg

                                                                    Just came across this discussion. The Lobsta truck started rolling in Dec, and serves lobster rolls with either melted butter or the "traditional" way with mayo. I haven't eaten these, so I cannot comment on the quality. http://lobstatruck.com/

                                                                    1. re: JJS360

                                                                      We were exceptionally pleased with the Lobsta Truck. Good lobster, the right buns... Our favorite of the ones we've tried so far!

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                                                                      Lobsta Truck
                                                                      , Los Angeles, CA

                                                                      1. re: Dommy

                                                                        Yay, I've been waiting for the official blessing!

                                                                        1. re: Peripatetic

                                                                          So you've been depriving yourself of their deliciousness for 2 months since the first reviews were written about them? Poor you!

                                                                          1. re: WildSwede

                                                                            I live and work in Pasadena but always seem to be busy when the truck is out this way. Now I'll make it a priority to be un-busy!

                                                                            1. re: Peripatetic

                                                                              Lobsta Truck offers the best Lobster Roll hands down! I'm from New England and trust me, these guys got it right and are reaping the rewards. Always a long line, but very much worth the wait! and for those who think it's expensive,at $11 a pop, try BP Oysterettes $20 tasteless version - bleh!

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                                                                              Lobsta Truck
                                                                              , Los Angeles, CA

                                                                              BP Oysterette
                                                                              1355 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                                                  4. Cheese curds.

                                                                    9 Replies
                                                                    1. re: mdpilam

                                                                      Trader Joe's had cheese curds with in the last year.

                                                                      1. re: Burger Boy

                                                                        So does the Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City.

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                                                                        Artisan Cheese Gallery
                                                                        12023 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA

                                                                        1. re: Steve2 in LA

                                                                          I didn't try TJ's or the Artisan Gallery (I live on the Westside), but I tried some at the SM FM (the one on Pico), and these weren't very good - they didn't squeak.

                                                                          More importantly though, I haven't found decent fried curds. A&W's sucks and so does 8 oz's version (I sent em back I was so disappointed).

                                                                      2. re: mdpilam

                                                                        Really? I found the fried cheese curds at the A&W in Cerritos - on Alondra (?) near the 605 really good. The white cheddar ones, too. Just like in WI.
                                                                        Also, I recently saw on a LA restaurant menu that they have them fried... I just cannot remember at the moment. As soon as I do, I will let you know.
                                                                        They used to have a cheese vendor at the FM in Pasadena who sold them - they squeeked!

                                                                        1. re: WildSwede

                                                                          fried cheese curds was on the 80z burger bar menu as of a couple years back.

                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                            I mentioned that I tried them and they sucked (so much so I sent them back). I've resigned to just having them when I go back to MN to visit family.

                                                                        2. re: mdpilam

                                                                          FRESH cheese curds is the key. Curds that are still warm from the cheese factory and have that squeak when eating them.

                                                                          1. re: spoggly

                                                                            I remember seeing a cheese guy at the Torrance Farmer's Market with fresh cheese curds. I had some and they were pretty good, but I've never had good midwestern cheese curds so I don't know how they stack up.

                                                                            1. re: spoggly

                                                                              The idea of having "fresh from the factory" cheese curds is preposterous. I grew up eating cheese curds at the farmers market in Madison. Two hours into the morning - three days after the curds had been made - they would still squeak. The only trick is that they didn't get frozen or experience too radical a temperature change (warm-cold-warm). Cheese is like wine. Once it is brought to room temp, it loses it's purpose when you re-chill it.

                                                                          2. You would have a hard time finding Cajun boudin in Los Angeles.

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                                                                            1. re: degustateur

                                                                              Mom's BBQ on Vanowen and Hazeltine usually has it.

                                                                              1. re: degustateur

                                                                                Huntington Meats in The Farmer's Market carries some and there are a couple of other places that escape me. Maybe New Orleans or Louisiana Seafood on Arlington & Vernon? I think Money Savers Meats on Florence also carries some.

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                                                                                Huntington Meats
                                                                                6333 W 3rd St # 350, Los Angeles, CA

                                                                                Louisiana Seafood
                                                                                12625 Frederick St Ste I10, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

                                                                                1. re: Burger Boy

                                                                                  Marconda also sells it.

                                                                                2. re: degustateur

                                                                                  Boudin can be found, but alas, great Creole food is nowhere in this town. You'd think with so many families with roots in New Orleans and Louisiana living here in LA that there would be a GREAT Creole restaurant here. I've heard that Harold and Belle's is just ok, and that Uncle Darrow's is a nice idea but not even close to the real thing. Can anyone show us the way to authentic Creole-French or Creole-Italian food in Los Angeles?

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                                                                                  Uncle Darrow's
                                                                                  2560 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                                                                                  1. re: SugarFrosted

                                                                                    I think Money Saver Meats on Florence makes Boudain. I have seen it at the Market kitty corner to New Orleans Fish Market @ 2212 West Vernon Avenue, Los Angeles - (323) 296-3817

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                                                                                    New Orleans Fish Market
                                                                                    2212 W Vernon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008

                                                                                    1. re: SugarFrosted

                                                                                      Unfortunately, here's the only way I know: LAX - MSY

                                                                                    2. re: degustateur

                                                                                      Turners Poultry (Near Watt's towers) carries all the boudin that Zummo's makes (best selection in LA) -- smoked, jalapeño, crawfish, shrimp. 'Course Zummo's is from Texas not Louisiana. Spells boudin incorrectly as boudain, and it's frozen... But I'm not complaining we are lucky to have it.

                                                                                      Mom's has it but never when I'm there. Rajun Cajun has it but it's just okay. The New Orleans Fish Market makes there own seafood variety.

                                                                                      Turners Poultry
                                                                                      11123 South Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059-1119
                                                                                      (323) 564-2040 ‎

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                                                                                      New Orleans Fish Market
                                                                                      2212 W Vernon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008

                                                                                      1. re: Hershey Bomar

                                                                                        wow awesome

                                                                                      2. re: degustateur

                                                                                        I would add to that, tasso, pickled pork, and cajun meat pies, as well as patton's hot sausage patties, And the hot sausage links "louisiana style" that are sold around here are an abomination.

                                                                                        1. re: tom borland

                                                                                          I always wanted a joint in LA that doled up the La. goods.

                                                                                          Is the joint on vernon with the bbbq shrimp no good? I guess they only carry Zatarain's and other spices.

                                                                                      3. Pizza baked in a coal-burning oven.

                                                                                        Steamed hamburgers.

                                                                                        Grape-nuts ice cream.

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                                                                                        1. re: maxzook

                                                                                          is grape nuts ice cream different than the brown bread ice cream at Scoops?? sounds delicious.

                                                                                          1. re: mollyomormon

                                                                                            I was wondering that too! Man, I adore the brown bread ice cream...

                                                                                            1. re: mollyomormon

                                                                                              If the grape nuts ice cream that max is referring to is the same I've had back east, then it's not the same as Scoops famous brown bread ice cream. Same sort of mouthfeel, but the grape nuts ice cream is less sweet.

                                                                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                Ipse has the gist of it. It's big in New England ... Jane & Michael Stern talk about it a lot.

                                                                                                What I remember is that it isn't oversweet, and the ice cream isn't flavored so it's all about crunchiness and mouthfeel. I hadn't thought if Scoops might do something like it (I've never had their brown bread ice cream).

                                                                                                http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Re...

                                                                                                1. re: maxzook

                                                                                                  You owe it to yourself to try the brown bread ice cream.

                                                                                            2. re: maxzook

                                                                                              For some reason, I feel like Scoops had a Grape-nuts flavor once. But I could be wrong.

                                                                                              1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

                                                                                                Didn't Tai once do a Grape-Nuts olive oil ice cream? Or am I imagining things ...

                                                                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                  Why, yes he did. I bought a pint of it. Yum.

                                                                                                  1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                    Whew. For a minute there I thought I had OD'd on too much ice cream ...

                                                                                            3. Pierogies

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                                                                                              1. re: WSB

                                                                                                Have you had the ones at Warszawa?

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                                                                                                Warszawa Restaurant
                                                                                                1414 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                                                                                1. re: mollyomormon

                                                                                                  No not yet on a scale from 1 - 10 how would you rate them?

                                                                                                  1. re: WSB

                                                                                                    I really love them, but I don't come from a polish background so I don't have much to compare. I will say that a friend who is from a polish background has made this her special occasion restaurant because she loves them so much. If you end up going, the duck is also worth a try if you enjoy duck.

                                                                                                    1. re: mollyomormon

                                                                                                      They have a great patio and on a warm summer night it's a wonderful place to nosh and drink. Plus they do some interesting special events (see on their web site under that heading): http://www.warszawarestaurant.com/ (all of which I am sure you know MoM - just saying it for WSB and others who come along to this tread afterwards).

                                                                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                        Thanks Servorg need to give it a try

                                                                                                        1. re: WSB

                                                                                                          Steel City Food Truck serves yummy pierogies.

                                                                                                2. re: WSB

                                                                                                  I KNOW it's not the same, but Mrs. T's frozen pierogies are, IMHO, delicious boiled, fried with butter and onions, and seved up with sour cream!!

                                                                                                  1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                    TJ will carry them on occasion their a little bit beter then Mrs. T's

                                                                                                  2. re: WSB

                                                                                                    Have you tried the ones at Polka in Eagle Rock? YUM!

                                                                                                  3. Roasted Chicken flavored Lay's potato chips. (Had them in Paris just cause I thought they sounder weird and unexpectedly they were really surprisingly good)

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                                                                                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                      I don't know about LA specifically but these are definitely available in the US. I've seen them in a number of Indian grocery stores throughout the country. There's also a more gourmet brand called Tyrrell's which has similar flavors and is available in LA.

                                                                                                      1. re: blizz

                                                                                                        Thanks

                                                                                                         
                                                                                                      2. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                        Ketchup chips, or All dressed chips, we have them up in Montreal, sometimes i've seen them on the east coast, but never here. And the Ketchup Fries chips are NOT the same.

                                                                                                        1. re: GenevieveCa

                                                                                                          I believe that Earls Gourmet Grub in Mar Vista has Ketchup Chips... Chips are their 'thing'

                                                                                                          --Dommy!

                                                                                                          1. re: Dommy

                                                                                                            They also have Zapp's Potato Chips from New Orleans and Utz Potato Chips from the East Coast!

                                                                                                      3. NY Style Chinese...heh, heh...

                                                                                                        1. Scrapple

                                                                                                          11 Replies
                                                                                                          1. re: martyR

                                                                                                            I've found Jones (brand) scrapple in the frozen food section at the grocery store

                                                                                                            1. re: laliz

                                                                                                              Tried it once. Maybe I didn't fix it right or the way they do in Philly but I found it to be tasteless and bland.

                                                                                                            2. re: martyR

                                                                                                              Philly's Best in Irvine serves up scrapple flown in from the motherland during AM Eagles games.

                                                                                                              1. re: Trager

                                                                                                                Is it alwyas on their menu?

                                                                                                                Wow, never knew about that.

                                                                                                                Thanks for the tip.

                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                  By my count the Eagles have 9 "morning" games here on the west coast next season. That means 9 times you can get scrapple (assuming Trager is right about this).

                                                                                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                    Sadly, I didn't pay attention to the teams or games. I'll take food any day over sports. And that's my lot in life.

                                                                                                                    I'll only go to a sports event if I the eats are good, or I can go on a junk-food malaise.

                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                      I grew up in Philly, and have a good friend who's a huge Eagles fan. We used to get together at that PB to watch games, and it's a heck of an experience. There's a guy who pulls up to the store with a pair of seats salvaged from Veteran's Stadium mounted to the back of his truck. They also carry Frank's beverages, which I can't find anywhere else here in SoCal. You could probably call to make sure just prior to the first morning game, but I'd be surprised if they stopped with the scrapple tradition.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Trager

                                                                                                                        I think head cheese is a better Philly-style breakfast meat than scrapple, though less popular, and I haven't seen it in LA either. Other possibilities include apple dumplings, shoe fly pie, Pat's / Geno's - style long rolls, the Le Bec Fin dessert cart, and a yearly bike race featuring more morning-drunkenness than Mardi Gras.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Hillbilly Moonshiner

                                                                                                                          Le Bec Fin is still open? I haven't been there in yeeeeears.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Trager

                                                                                                                            "The fate of Le Bec-Fin was sealed, however, after an unfavorable local review, prompting Perrier to announce his retirement in February 2012 and immediately sell Le Bec-Fin to one of its former managers, Nicolas Fanucci, who will re-open the restaurant in June 2012 after remodeling and making minor adjustments. Master chef Walter Abrams, formerly of the restaurant French Laundry, will lead the kitchen, stressing locally-grown ingredients and fresh produce."

                                                                                                                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Bec-Fin

                                                                                                              2. re: martyR

                                                                                                                Lindy and Grundy's sometimes makes fresh scrapple. Call ahead...

                                                                                                                --Dommy!

                                                                                                              3. Yuengling Beer.

                                                                                                                9 Replies
                                                                                                                1. re: outshined

                                                                                                                  I'm sure Stuffed Sandwich would have it.

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                                                                                                                  1145 E Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA

                                                                                                                  1. re: heckonwheels

                                                                                                                    Doesn't seem to be on their beer menu, actually, but please do correct me if I'm just not seeing it (it's a BIG menu!) Easy to overlook I'm sure.

                                                                                                                    1. re: heckonwheels

                                                                                                                      Nowhere on the West Coast. I have no idea why.

                                                                                                                      1. re: outshined

                                                                                                                        Yuengling is sort of like the east coast beer equivalent of In-N-Out.

                                                                                                                        They don't distribute outside of the eastern seaboard b/c of limited distribution facilities and channels (and they don't ship their beer b/c of the Byzantine morass of state and federal alcohol laws).

                                                                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                          Way back to the pirogues. I'm Russian, not Polish, but the ones at Warszawa are REALLY great. My favorite are the mushroom. Better fried than steamed (like most things). If you want something non-traditional try their salmon dumplings which are sublime. This is the only truly European restaurant I've been to in Los Angeles. I'd love to hear of others.

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                                                                                                                          1414 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                                                                                                          1. re: TracyO

                                                                                                                            If you love Polish or European pierogies in general check out J & T European Gourment Foods on Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica.

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                                                                                                                            1128 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                                                                                                    2. re: outshined

                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/332293

                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/587680

                                                                                                                      According to the above, Yuengling isn't distributed in California, but John's Philly Grille may still carry it.

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                                                                                                                      16061 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

                                                                                                                      John's Philly Grille
                                                                                                                      20379 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

                                                                                                                      John's Philly Grille
                                                                                                                      550 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste 102, Seal Beach, CA 90740

                                                                                                                      1. re: outshined

                                                                                                                        I was just at the Brickyard Pub in Noho this weekend and they had it.

                                                                                                                        http://www.brickyardnoho.com/

                                                                                                                        1. re: Octhemike

                                                                                                                          I've seen at at Ramirez Liquor in EastLos as well.

                                                                                                                      2. There's two sides to this: dishes that you don't expect to find in LA, and dishes that are surprising omissions.

                                                                                                                        Don't expect:
                                                                                                                        - Schweinshaxe (though I understand Jagerhaus in Anaheim has it)
                                                                                                                        - Semmelknödel
                                                                                                                        - Curry wurst
                                                                                                                        - Rijsttafel
                                                                                                                        - Bitterballen
                                                                                                                        - Käsekrainer (though someone should really open a käsekrainer chain here!)
                                                                                                                        - Tafelspitz
                                                                                                                        - Kedgeree

                                                                                                                        Surprising omissions:
                                                                                                                        - Mission-style burritos (I know there are some approximations, but not the real deal)
                                                                                                                        - New York-style egg rolls
                                                                                                                        - Crispy aromatic duck (though I believe Mr Chow's has a version)
                                                                                                                        - Smörgåsbord

                                                                                                                        11 Replies
                                                                                                                        1. re: Peripatetic

                                                                                                                          I believe that Ramayani on Westwood Blvd. just north of Santa Monica Blvd. offers a Rijsttafel. I have not had it so don't know the quality.

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                                                                                                                          1777 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

                                                                                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                            You're right; there's even photo evidence:

                                                                                                                            http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/COWNd6...

                                                                                                                            Surprising to see it at what appears to be an otherwise authentic Indonesian restaurant.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Peripatetic

                                                                                                                              It's authentic Indonesian, but it's clear the owners kinda miss the Dutch, judging from the mixture of Asian and European goodies for sale at the front of the place. Imagine a Macanese restaurant with Portuguese-accented dishes, or an Indian restaurant with Anglo-Indian... oh, that's right, there ARE some, aren't there?

                                                                                                                              We've eaten there once, and the cooking was excellent, especially for the prices; it looks fancy, but lunch is 'way reasonable. I would like to have a rijstaffel once in my life, at least, and this looks like one of the few spots left on earth.

                                                                                                                          2. re: Peripatetic

                                                                                                                            What's a "New York" style egg roll?

                                                                                                                            1. re: foodiemahoodie

                                                                                                                              It's a staple of Americanized Chinese food in New York and Boston. The kind I grew up with was filled with cabbage and iridescent roast pork, and had a thick skin that blistered during frying. Typically it's served with "duck sauce", which is sort of like sweet red dipping sauce you get here, but with a more apple / apricot tang.

                                                                                                                              Numerous threads have been dedicated to this elusive specialty over the years:

                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/76077
                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/350293
                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/457711
                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/370251
                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/347244
                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/647551

                                                                                                                            2. re: Peripatetic

                                                                                                                              NY style egg rolls at Genghis Cohen

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                                                                                                                              740 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                                                                                                                              1. re: Peripatetic

                                                                                                                                This is one of the best ch threads i've read in years! Keep 'em comin'

                                                                                                                                Re: Schweinshaxe - this is hardly trad. German, and yet, strangely, it is damn close. Either way it is the best pig knuckle I know in LA: German Pork ______ (the blank here is filled in with something, maybe "leg" on the menu) aka "kaa moo" at
                                                                                                                                Nad Pob Thai Cafe
                                                                                                                                4321 W Sunset Blvd
                                                                                                                                Los Angeles, CA 90029

                                                                                                                                1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                  Interesting! Is it roasted or stewed?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Peripatetic

                                                                                                                                    Very crunchy skin, might be roasted or possibly fried in some manner.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                    I saw some nice schweinshaxe in a Thai food court in Bangkok years back. I'll check to see if I still have the pic when I get home.

                                                                                                                                    German pig knuckle is very well known in Asia.

                                                                                                                                  3. re: Peripatetic

                                                                                                                                    New Moon in Valencia, Downtown, and Montrose have very good New York Style Egg Rolls.
                                                                                                                                    http://www.newmoonrestaurants.com/men...

                                                                                                                                  4. Decent cornbread. Fresh field peas. Dry-cured bacon with some FLAVOR (sorry, Niman Ranch!). Chicago-style kielbasa. AYCE catfish. Lightning bugs... okay, those aren't edible.

                                                                                                                                    Of course, you'll also seldom if ever be able to find a day when the temperature and humidity are both pushing 100... ;-)

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                      Can't help you with the other things, but try Nueske's bacon, available (for a price!) at Gelson's and How's.

                                                                                                                                    2. Frozen custard. I know a few places had a go at it a few years ago.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: gbpniko

                                                                                                                                        Totally agree -- I should have put this in my "surprising omissions" category. Silky Smooth claimed to have it, but I thought their product was a poor imitation. A moot point, as they closed around two years ago.

                                                                                                                                        There's a Sheriden's in Henderson just outside Las Vegas. Apparently this is the closest proper frozen custard to LA. I sure wish one of the dozens of me-too froyo places would realize there's a real opportunity here.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Peripatetic

                                                                                                                                          THIS, a million times, this. Living in Vegas, i've gotten addicted to frozen custard at Sheridan's. My mom who's in Burbank is very jealous of my glowing praise of frozen custard, and would love nothing more than to try it finally.

                                                                                                                                          Maybe 31 Flavors has it out for -any- competition in iced treat products in So Cal?? Is there any Hawaiian shave ice in LA either?? Hmmm, the mind boggles...

                                                                                                                                          LA is missing a smorgasbord, great German food, but the frozen custard is the worst travesty they are denied.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Honeychan

                                                                                                                                            Since you live in Vegas, I recommend Nielsen's for frozen custard. I plan to try Sheridan's as well.

                                                                                                                                            Re: Hawaiian shave ice, I recommend Get Shaved in Northridge. The ice is authentic, shaved fine, as are the syrups.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Honeychan

                                                                                                                                              What about that Danish Smorgasbord place on Ventura Blvd, in the Woodland Hills/Tarzana area...(the name escapes me)
                                                                                                                                              Is it still around?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Honeychan

                                                                                                                                                Brian's Shave Ice on Sawtelle, they have Dole Whip too! My Kama'aina hubby gives it a thumbs up.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Honeychan

                                                                                                                                                  Take it from this local girl, Get Shaved in Northridge has DA BEST fo' real Hawaii shave ice in So Cal. Hands down. In my 15 years in LA I have sampled shave ice in many places and have been disapointed until I found Get Shaved a few years ago. The owners did their research all over Hawaii and it shows in their product. They make their own syrups too.

                                                                                                                                                  They also have a roaming truck which is how they started.

                                                                                                                                                  Here's a pic of their #4 Monkey Brains
                                                                                                                                                  Strawberry and Banana Shave Ice with Sweetened Condensed Milk

                                                                                                                                                  http://www.getshavedice.com/

                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                2. re: Peripatetic

                                                                                                                                                  I've never had frozen custard, but here's a chow thread I found.... maybe this will help?
                                                                                                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/416143

                                                                                                                                                  www.wisepix.com

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: WisePix

                                                                                                                                                    I remember this thread. More or less arrives at the conclusion that true frozen custard isn't available in LA. Lucky Devils apparently has a version, but it's not soft-serve. Silky Smooth had a version, but the egg content was comparatively low, and they have since closed.

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                                                                                                                                                    6613 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                                                                                                                                3. re: gbpniko

                                                                                                                                                  Not sure how authentic it is, but it's pretty tasty:

                                                                                                                                                  http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2009/...

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: huaqiao

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks! I actually have them on my list of places to try, but forgot about them. I just don't get to that part of OC very often.

                                                                                                                                                    It's still a mystery to me that Vancouver _Washington_ (suburb of Portland) can have a Sheriden's, but there's no frozen custard to be found in LA county.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Peripatetic

                                                                                                                                                      they have it at Lucky Devil's in hollywood

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                                                                                                                                                      Lucky Devils
                                                                                                                                                      6613 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: 1newyorkguy

                                                                                                                                                        Interesting, I never noticed it before. The menu says "from Pennsylvania" so presumably not freshly made, but sounds like it's worth trying. It will be hard to pass up the toasted almond shake . . .

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Peripatetic

                                                                                                                                                        I've visited several Sheridan's locations around the country and think they're good but not great -- somewhat bland texture and distant, as opposed to subtle, flavors, e.g. The deliciously intense Heath Bar and caramel-crunch hurricane (the Platonic Ideal of a DQ Blizzard) that I ate at Handel's in Upland the other day was infinitely superior to anything I've ever had at a Sheridan's.

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                                                                                                                                                        373 S Mountain Ave, Upland, CA 91786

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: hnsbmg

                                                                                                                                                          There is also a new Handel's Ice Cream that just opened on PCH in Redondo Beach.

                                                                                                                                                  2. a. Cincinnati-style chili
                                                                                                                                                    b. New Mexico-style green chile stew

                                                                                                                                                    19 Replies
                                                                                                                                                    1. re: farmertomato

                                                                                                                                                      funny, cooking cincy-style "cheese coneys" for a homesick SO as I type this. Cincy chili is a surprising omission, considering the scope of chilli styles available here at the specialist restaurants.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jdwdeville

                                                                                                                                                        There was a Cincy chili house on Van Nuys Blvd for a little while, run by a Skyline alum, and it was pretty good. I don't Californians out here quite get the concept. I begged the fellow who owned Chili My Soul to do a Cincy, and he promised he would--a promise he took to his grave. A bummer in so many ways.

                                                                                                                                                        I make a damned fine Skyline myself, substituting turkey for beef--a change which no one ever notices.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: farmertomato

                                                                                                                                                          No, I don't suppose they would ;-)

                                                                                                                                                          One of the main Cincinnati chili houses (Queen City, Crown City, some name like that) opened a place on Elliston Place in Nashville, a 2-block backwater where for some reason everyone thinks you can sell out-of-town food to the natives and make money at it. The Coney Dog bombed, the NY Pizza bombed, the Sherlock Holmes Pub actually lived for a few years, but Cincy chili didn't have a chance. NASHVILLE chili was weird enough already, but cloves and cinnamon was too much to bear.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                            The last time I went to Nashville, I figured SURELY Skyline had established a presence there, but no such luck. They are in Indianapolis, at least. None in LA, probably ever.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: farmertomato

                                                                                                                                                        How about that place in Burbank - crap, I cannot remember the name. They do Cincy chili all 5 ways.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                          Chili John's?

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                                                                                                                                                          2018 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                            Yes, thanks!!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                              Yep Chili Johns on Burbank Blvd. serves Cincy chili all 5 ways. Very good too. Not open on Sundays.

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                                                                                                                                                              Chili John's
                                                                                                                                                              2018 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: SeaCook

                                                                                                                                                                I think they are only open til 4 and then they are closed for about a month in the summer. I would definitely call before going over to make sure they are open.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                                  They close in July.

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: SeaCook

                                                                                                                                                                  No way, is chili on a 5 way at Chili Johns anything like Cinncy chili. Cinncy chili has different spices and flavors than regular chili.

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                                                                                                                                                                  2018 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                                I know that Chili John's in Burbank will do Cincinnati Chili for you, but it's not listed on the menu, however.

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                                                                                                                                                                2018 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                  I've been to Chili John's, and while they will do chili with spaghetti, the seasonings are nothing like Cincinnati-style: cinnamon, chocolate, etc. Sometimes I'll have it just for the similarity, but then I have to go home and make my own.

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                                                                                                                                                                  2018 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

                                                                                                                                                              3. re: farmertomato

                                                                                                                                                                NM style green chili: can't remember if I've posted on it, but Leo's in Lawndale (just so. of 405 Fwy. on Inglewood Blvd.) does a decent green chili that's pretty similar to what I've had in NM/El Paso. Not saying it's going to be the real deal but worth having if you're in the area.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: cant talk...eating

                                                                                                                                                                  Hi cant. Does the green chili you speak of have chunks of beef and is pretty spicy? I had some at The Fry Bread House in Phoenix a few months back (it was served with Fry Bread and I thought I had died and gone to heaven!) and had it there (the owner is from a tribe in New Mexico and this was made with Hatch chilis). I have been craving it ever since. I need to find a good recipe since I plan on getting some hatch chilis next month. Thanks! BTW, if anyone has a good recipe, can you please post it on the recipe board? TIA!!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                                    NM green chili stew should be made with pork not beef. If I ever did up one of my NM cusine cookbooks I'll post a recipe in the appropiate forum.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: SeaCook

                                                                                                                                                                      Hmmm, I looked at the Fry House's menu and it said they use beef. However, I can totally see how it would be made with pork (this was my first experience with it). If you find a recipe that is good I would really appreciate your posting it, especially since I plan on getting some hatch chiles next month! Thank you so much!

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                                      Wild - just saw this. It's pork, typical of what's pretty common in NM. Very spare - just meat in sauce (don't remember beans, but possibly), and not really spicy (i.e., really different from the ubiquitous chile verde plates and burritos out here). I may be out on a limb, but I think the green-ness is from green chiles and not from tomatillos like the north/west Mexican version we have in L.A./SoCal, but I'll pay more attention next time and report back.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: farmertomato

                                                                                                                                                                    I second New Mexico green chile stew. I have yet to have a New Mexican meal in Los Angeles that I haven't home cooked.

                                                                                                                                                                  3. Hokkien mee
                                                                                                                                                                    Real Jamon Iberico / Jabugo de Bellotas
                                                                                                                                                                    Pierre Marcolini chocolates
                                                                                                                                                                    L'Aduree macarons
                                                                                                                                                                    Frigo Pie (Spanish ice cream shaped liked a foot)
                                                                                                                                                                    Linzer torte
                                                                                                                                                                    Kujira (nowadays)
                                                                                                                                                                    High end Scandanavian cuisine

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                      lol kujira.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                        While Ladurée macaroons proper haven't made it here, Pauline (Beverly Hills) and Euro Pane (Pasadena) do acceptable versions.

                                                                                                                                                                        I think Espanola Meats (Harbor City) and Surfas (Culver City) have real Jamon Iberico.

                                                                                                                                                                        Agree about Linzer torte: I wish I could find Linzer torte as good as I used to get from Kleine Konditorei (RIP) when I lived in Yorkville (Manhattan) in the 80's.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Peripatetic

                                                                                                                                                                          When it comes to macarons: "Acceptable" is not acceptable... Only Laduree will do.

                                                                                                                                                                          While I adore the people and the paella at La Espanola (and I go there regularly for other Spanish groceries they offer), their best jamon isn't even in the same ballpark as real Spanish Jamon Jabugo de Bellotas. Surfas' jamon is just plain weak.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                            This list will get exponentially long if you change it to: "you would have a hard time finding THE BEST _________ in Los Angeles"!

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Peripatetic

                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, but adhering to the original post, my original reply on Jun 23 simply referred to Laduree macarons. The whole argument about quality began only after you brought it up. I am fully aware that macarons exist (and in abundance) in L.A.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                It will also go exponential if you change it to: "you would have a hard time finding SPECIFIC PRODUCER _________ in Los Angeles" :)

                                                                                                                                                                                EDIT:

                                                                                                                                                                                I guess a few submissions (Yuengling Beer, Dunkin Donuts iced "regular" coffee) have been producer specific, so clearly my view isn't universal. :) I do agree that Laduree macaroons are outstanding, and that Paulette and Euro Pane, while good, aren't a match.

                                                                                                                                                                                BTW, I was just reminded that the best macaroons I've had in LA were from Jin Patisserie. Have you tried theirs?

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Peripatetic

                                                                                                                                                                                  I have tried Jin's macarons, and they're OK. My favorite macarons in L.A. are from Frances Bakery in Little Tokyo.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I haven't tried theirs yet, but will make a point of it.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Peripatetic

                                                                                                                                                                            I bought some Jamón Ibérico at the Beverly Hills Cheese Shop awhile ago. Beautiful stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Steve2 in LA

                                                                                                                                                                              I think they source theirs through La Espagnola, but I could be wrong. Btw, if the stuff from La Espagnola is the lower grade jamon iberico de bellota, i cannot wait to try the real thing!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mollyomormon

                                                                                                                                                                                I can only describe the native jamon Jabugo in Spain as transcendent, otherworldly - Probably the best cured meat on this planet.

                                                                                                                                                                                ...And probably illegal to import to the U.S., given current laws. [sigh]

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                  You mean like this??? Photo taken in Granada (check out the price).

                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: trvlcrzy

                                                                                                                                                                                    ... And like this (photo taken in Valencia)...

                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: trvlcrzy

                                                                                                                                                                                      When I first saw this post, I thought you meant Granada Hills and got very excited... :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Steve2 in LA

                                                                                                                                                                                  seen iberico at bristol farms for a 100 a pound,i will stay with parma at that price

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: tnsquire

                                                                                                                                                                                    I've tried that too. Expensive and not good... :(

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I believe the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills carries a couple of types (IIRC) too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      419 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                                        Tried that too (3 times!). Alas, no dice.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Steve2 in LA

                                                                                                                                                                                    I saw some at Surfas a while back - it was selling for something like $115/pound. I've also seen it at Rivera for something like $45 for an appetizer portion. I couldn't speak to the quality of either though - it's too expensive for me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    8777 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                                                                                                                                                                                    Rivera Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                    1050 S. Flower Street, #102, Los Angeles, CA 90015

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: aching

                                                                                                                                                                                      This is the same stuff that's available at La Espagnola and Cheese Store of Beverly Hills and, according to J.L., not the jamon. Still, if you end up getting a windfall, I completely think it's worth it to buy it at Surfas!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mollyomormon

                                                                                                                                                                                        I had the Surfas Jamón Ibérico several months ago and thought it was merely OK -- not nearly as good as fine Parma or Smithfield hams (like the Smithfield my girlfriend and I had for Christmas dinner at Windows on the World in NYC in 1997 -- the only time I've ever been served a thick slice of country ham). Surfas cut my jamón from a nearly finished piece, so it might have been visiting LA too long.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: aching

                                                                                                                                                                                        Tried Surfas jamon - Not good.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Tried Rivera's jamon too - It's not up to snuff (sadly).

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Peripatetic

                                                                                                                                                                                      I think Euro Pane's macarons are very, very good. For high-end Scandinavian, come on over to my mom's. Atho, come to think of it, I don't think I even know what would be considered high end! ;-)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Wonder if Berolina Bakery in Montrose does Linzer tortes. Maybe the bakery in Alpine Village?

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm coming to LA next weekend for my Mom's b-day, when's dinner served??*lol* I promise to sing and dance for my supper ^__^

                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, the last time I was in the bakery in Alpine Village (in April) they had Linzer torte. Looked divine! I forget about Berolina, and I used to work in Montrose many years ago! They- should- have it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        , Compton, CA 90221

                                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I believe Benes bakeries have Linzer tortes. I'm not sure if the original location on 3rd and La Cienega is still there but they are in all the Gelson's markets.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                        J.L. is so right! High-end Scandinavian cuisine! I've always wondered why Samuelsson hasn't opened a restaurant in L.A....

                                                                                                                                                                                        (Mind you, I'd be happy if someone opened even a LOW-end Scando place here...)

                                                                                                                                                                                        And I'll be delighted to be proven wrong, but I think one would have a hard time finding a good Wiener Backhendl in town.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kauma

                                                                                                                                                                                          Would AK on Abbott Kinney would have qualified before it became the Tasting Kitchen?

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mollyomormon

                                                                                                                                                                                            I'll have to defer to someone else on that one, Ms. Molly - I've never been.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Heck, I'm going to have to dig out some recipes from the family...

                                                                                                                                                                                            ; )

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: kauma

                                                                                                                                                                                            In the meantime, you will have to do with the dinners at the Sons of Norway.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            14312 Friar St, Los Angeles, CA 91401

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, you. You're such a promoter. ; )

                                                                                                                                                                                              Of course I'll be there...

                                                                                                                                                                                              Tusend tak!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kauma

                                                                                                                                                                                                Back when there were only a handful of high-end restaurants in L.A. (early-'70's, pre- Ma Maison), there was Scandia on the Sunset Strip. High-end, special occasion Scandinavian dining. Long gone, of course.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gnarlex

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dear gnarlex...I remember Scandia well. Wonderful dishes - and that lovely copper bar!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  And I do miss (from more recent years) Gustaf Anders. Exquisite food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Mind you, I'm no Scandie snob - I'm a second-generation Angelena, and I love me some MANY cuisines!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: kauma

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, people keep asking and since all the restaurants (except Ikea) that serve Scandinavian food are long gone, SoN is the only place to get it - and it is homemade!! If people stop asking the same question, I will stop answering! Before I was born, my mom was a waitress at Scandia!

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: kauma

                                                                                                                                                                                                Used to have high end Scandanavian here. There was a Scadia Restaurant on Sunset Blvd and one in Beverly Hills whose name escapes me but they had really good princess cake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: SeaCook

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I remember the one in Beverly Hills was The Konditori. Does anyone remember it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SeaCook

                                                                                                                                                                                                    My mom talks about it all the time - okay, maybe not all the time, but she definitely mentions it when she talks about her hangouts before I came along.

                                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Doesn't Yazmin (in Alhambra) have Hokkien mee? I think I ordered it last time. Thick round noodles, sweet soy sauce. Good stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                27 E Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: cant talk...eating

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes they do, although it's been a while for us. So does Manja Malaysian Cuisine in WeHo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  8165 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Oddly, San Diego style "California" burritos are quite lacking here (no rice, no beans, the original "California" burrito has carne asada, cheese, salsa fresca, and french fries!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jdwdeville

                                                                                                                                                                                                  You can get a burrito with fries in it at the Top's on Allen and Walnut in Pasadena

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: martyR

                                                                                                                                                                                                    and at Cinco de Mayo in culver city, across the street from tito's tacos

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ateawrecks

                                                                                                                                                                                                      "...across the street from tito's tacos"

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cinco de Mayo is on the same little stretch of Washington Place (but it is across two driveways) as Tito's...

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: jdwdeville

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mmm, like the ones they had at the restaurant formerly known as Santana's...now its Fresh Mex or something....

                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. - paprikas szalonna (not even at Otto's when I've checked)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    - good, dense chewy bagels that aren't too damned sweet and cakey (winkers suck!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    - duck sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Wise onion rings (which beat the hell out of Funyons)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fortunately, we've found much of the other stuff we crave in the time we've been here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mangetoutoc

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fresh striped sea bass

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: maudies5

                                                                                                                                                                                                        26 Beach does a whole striped bass. I think the flash fry it and the oven roast it. I tasted my friends and she loved it, I enjoyed it, very clean just lemons and limes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Burger Boy

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds good. Wonder if it was farm raised. I always look forward to the wild striped sea bass on the east coast. Definitely willing to try 26 Beach. That presentation sounds wonderful and delicate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Dill Pickle chips.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mdpilam

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't know where you are, but Slater's 50/50 in Anaheim Hills has them. I haven't tried them, but everything else I've had there is great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        6362 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd, Anaheim, CA 92807

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: OCSteve

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sorry, I should have been more clear; not looking for actual fried (dill) pickle (chips), but Dill Pickle Potato Chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mdpilam

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've seen the Pringle's version at Ralph's and Walmart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. chicago-style pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                        chicken parmesan sandwich

                                                                                                                                                                                                        really really good clam chowder

                                                                                                                                                                                                        not exactly a philly cheese steak -- but the kind of grilled steak sandwiches they have back east. there are like 1000s of places all over that make a yummy grilled steak sandwich with cheese, etc. -- they don't have that here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        hot pretzels from a cart.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nachosaurus

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Really really good clam chowder?
                                                                                                                                                                                                          New England Style - I liked what I had at Providence... it's more of an artsy type chowda.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Manhattan Style - I love the Crab Cooker in Orange County (one in Tustin, one in Newport Beach).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          17260 17th St, Tustin, CA 92780

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: DrBruin

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Agree on the Crab Cooker, and as long as you're in OC, check out the Chicago-style pizza at Tony's Little Italy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1828 N Placentia Ave, Placentia, CA 92870

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: OCSteve

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Agree with the Tony's rec - it's wonderful. I get the stuffed sausage, garlic and mushrooms. I usually do pepperoni, but you miss the charring with a stuffed pizza, and the flavor suffers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              For good New England style clam chowder, try the Original Fish Company in Los Alamitos, CA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: nachosaurus

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Victor Jr's in Culver City has an excellent chicken parm sandwich. Closed weekends

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            10113 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gnarlex

                                                                                                                                                                                                              They began opening on Saturday's too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              10113 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Proper Chicago deep-dish pizza.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ricotta pie.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Light and airy French baguettes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: thursday

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Banh Mi Che Cali does light and airy French baguettes. They won't make a Parisian weep, but they're definitely closer in spirit to the original than La Brea and supermarket brands. And a good deal at $1 each.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Peripatetic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Which Banh Me Che Cali, or is it a chain? I'm googling and a few different ones come up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                And Chicago Pasta House is the closest to authentic-LOOKING I've seen...shall have to make the trip to Moreno Valley to taste it! Thanks for the tip!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: thursday

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's a local chain -- there's three in the SGV and three in Garden Grove/Westminster. I've only been to Alhambra one, so I can't vouch for the quality of the bread from the others. The key thing is they haven't succumbed to the apparent American preference for dense, glutinous baguettes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: thursday

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've never been to Chicago, so I don't know how authentic it is. The owner is a friendly old Italian from Chicago, if that helps. The stuffed pizza and thin crust were both fantastic!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chicago Pasta House (www.chicagopastahouse.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                )24667 Sunnymead Boulevard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Moreno Valley

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                24667 Sunnymead Blvd, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. real French bread (totally impossible given that the flours and therefore the yeast are so different). A real saucisse sèche and any saucisson that isn't a sorry gloopy heap of tasteless goo. Real goat cheese that doesn't taste like plaster or ammonia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                And, of late, it's been impossible to find real blackberry jam (made with sugar, not HFCS). Mirabelles. Also, bootleg Calvados like back home. *sigh*.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also, finding fresh lychees (spelling?) while not downright impossible, takes more time and energy than I would like to spend on the hunt.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                real fromage blanc. I never found it in the US. re-*sigh*.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                anybody ever found langoustines in LA?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: bad nono

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You can always buy French blackberry jam made with sugar and I've seen a new product from Knotts made with sugar only. Just looked it up, it is the Signature Collection. However, I have not bought it, so cannot say if it is any good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: susans

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the Bonne Maman one has disappeared from the shelves a year ago. All the rest I've seen is made with HFCS. I can find blackberry preserves but it's not the same (I don't want whole blackberries in syrup, I want spreadable jam). Thanks for the Knotts info, I'll check it out!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: bad nono

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Is it just the blackberry? I bought Bonne Maman raspberry jam last week and it has no HFCS. The use by date is 12/17/2011.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: susans

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        yes, it's just the Bonne Maman blackberry jam that has disappeared, I used to find it in most LA supermarkets, but not for the last 6 months or so.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: bad nono

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was in Pavilions today and saw that their Organics brand blackberry is made with sugar only.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: susans

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've tried every flavour of the new Knott's line. Definitely better with sugar than HFCS, but still just too sweet. I don't get why they don't have about 1/2 as much sugar in these preserves. It really gets in the way of the taste of the fruit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: bad nono

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Try E Waldo Ward for the Blackberry Jam. I have not had theirs, but all the jams I have had are delish - and they are local in Sierra Madre!! Good luck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.waldoward.com/Default.aspx

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      897 Granite Dr, Pasadena, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hey, thanks a lot! I'm looking up their website, is there anything else from them you recommend? I'm eying the mustard relish and the olives too.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Maybe I should go on a mini foodie road trip and go there, and stop by Montrose on the way per Will Owen advice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: bad nono

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Everything I have had is great. The olives are fantastic! I always have them in my cupboard. They have been there for close to 100 years, iirc. Really great, family run place. It is fun to just go walk around the area. They also let me pick some of their Seville oranges when I wanted to make marmalade a few years ago. Great people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm very grateful to you for that link, and I've discovered my very good friends live round the corner. And, wow, the letting you pick the Seville orange. I'm totally patronizing the place next time I'm in Sierra Madre.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            897 Granite Dr, Pasadena, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: bad nono

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am glad that you will be visiting them. They even were great early one Saturday morning when my car battery died in front of the house and they let me use their phone and hang with them (got a tour of the place) for several hours while AAA came, left and came back. Really great products and great people! You will have a great day in Sierra Madre - great little town. Also, during the Wistaria festival, they make a Wistaria Jelly which is really very good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I second E. Waldo Ward. It's been there over 100 years and they will let you sample anything they make.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                273 E Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, CA 91024

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not sure how the Madre link ended up on your post, yet that place is gonzo about 6-12 months ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: carter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's the CH autolink feature thinking that the "Madre" in Sierra Madre is a reference to the departed. Discussion here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/663117

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Peripatetic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah, this is J-Lo's now-defunct restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: bad nono

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just got some Summer Sausage from Schreiner's in Montrose that, while definitely not a French saucisse, is far from gooey or gloppy. You have to peel off the inedible casing, and then you have a fine-textured, very firm sausage that is dry to the touch, tender and mellow in the mouth, with a lovely meaty taste and just enough salt. I would happily put slices of this on buttered baguette (and in fact I think I will!). I do like the oily, chunky dry Italian stuff, but I can overdose on that pretty easily. This stuff I could sit down and eat a pound of, should reason and good sense not interfere...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think the closest I've ever come to saucisse sèche is some stuff I've found at Claro's. I should try Guidi Marcello sometimes, it's closer to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The thing is, I miss the edible casing and white powdery stuff, which I understand from reading some blog or other is washed off from US-made dry sausages because ordinary natives are scared. That's what makes the texture much more interesting (like olives are better with the pit inside and shrimps with their head on, etc).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And, thanks everybody for the jam recommendations!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1649 10th St, Santa Monica, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nicole's Gourmet Foods in S. Pas carries saucisse seche.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              921 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: dmode1975

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Calvados is everywhere Bristol Farms, Beverage Warehouse, Bev Mo etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4935 McConnell Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Burger Boy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                this is what I LOVE about this thread ...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                a Chowhound cannot find a certain food in L.A., and they are led there by another Chowhounder!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: bad nono

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm pretty sure I saw sugar-only blackberry jam at Howie's Ranch Market (San Gabriel Blvd. and Duarte) - they have their own label, and I got some boysenberry but I think there was blackberry too. Odd little market, sort of mom-and-pop yet gourmet (with a separate meat section).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6580 N San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Hmmm...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. A bialy (or even a bagel) that would give what you can find in NY a run for their money.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Gourmet food trucks without twitter, some patience, and a GPS (or mapquest, a Thomas guide, etc.).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: DrBruin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dr.i ran the nosh of BH on roxbury and sm blvd now i have not been in there since i left 10 years ago but we used to make real ny bagels we hand rolled them bolled them in water and baked them and my friend made the bialys his dad did it in brooklyn. i know they dont have those but see if they still make them that way . most now a days they are machine rolled and steamed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Sticky toffee pudding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Champagne macrons

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Waterloo & City has a lovely sticky toffee pudding on its dessert menu. I enjoyed it last Saturday with an Irish friend (He vouched for its authenticity.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Oyster stew. So simple to make, yet no restaurants do... at least not in LA.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: creamfinger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Abalone served simply: pounded, light egg batter, sauted in butter, lemon....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spiny lobster split and grilled, butter, lemon, salsa....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Neither of these should be a stretch, as the lobster you can get in Baja and abalone served like this can be found in SF.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And , what I don't dream I will ever find on the west coast, a real Maryland crab cake, such as Faidleys...o...m...g.........
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I see a seafood theme here, and I guess that what I find lacking,really, since we are on the edge of the Pacific Ocean,is outstanding, old school seafood .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ciaolette

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        " I guess that what I find lacking,really, since we are on the edge of the Pacific Ocean,is outstanding, old school seafood ."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Couldn't agree more! About a year ago, fed up, I took to the boards looking for some proper "Seafood Shack"-type cooking: fresh, no frills, no fancy sauces, compotes, and bisques. What we came up with was pretty much BP and the place on the ?Redondo? pier. Sad, really.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jdwdeville

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There are a few places in the San Pedro harbor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And depending on your definition of "old school seafood" Fisherman's Outlet Restaurant in DTLA might qualify.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          529 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            my definition-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bowls of steamed clams and mussels with big hunks of bread for soaking up the sauce,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            most seafood super simply cooked and served with maybe just lemon wedges,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the most complicated sauce is tartar (but that is homemade),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            only a few things fried (and those so lightly it doesn't cover up freshness or hide freezer shrimp)....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i could go on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As long as you want grease with your fish- truly makes a seafood lover cringe. Seldom do you even get the seafood taste for the grease that is present.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Better off at Red Lobster, and that is saying a LOT.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: jdwdeville

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A couple of other places to you might give a try this summer and see what you think.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              25653 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Neptune's Net Seafood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              42505 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. sazae, or conch. i want to eat them off the grill with a little bit of soy sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nomnomnoms

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hi nomnomnoms,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love Sazae. :) You can find it at Maki Zushi (live!). :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/534352

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Enjoy~

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: exilekiss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              !!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              thanks exilekiss c:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. -a good lechon asado and a cafe colada
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -conch fritters a la Key West
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -clam cakes a la Rhode Island
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -guava/cream cheese breakfast pastries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -Dunkin Donuts iced "regular" coffees

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jdwdeville

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              OMG yes. Clam fritters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jdwdeville

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                are guava cream cheese pastries different than what they sell at Porto's?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mollyomormon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  not likely- Portos is Cuban, right? I haven't been there yet, just missing my everyday Miami breakfast of sweet strong Cuban coffee and pastelitos...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jdwdeville

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    definitely try them if you get the chance. they're fantastic, even if not what you were referring to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. those chicken pitas that you find on every halal cart in ny. that yellow chicken in a pita with some salad and both the yogurt sauce and hot sauce for like $3. i'd like to think it exists in la and i just didn't know about it much like finding langers after having katz.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: cdub

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Haluski a dish of fried noodles,bacon and cabbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cdub

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The NYC halal cart food is something that was invented in NYC, which is why you don't find it anywhere else. It is one of the recent food "innovations" in NYC, and has been copied and tweaked by people of different Muslim nationalities. It's like trying to find a Tommy's style chili-burger, or Pinks style chili dog in NYC. Doesn't exist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: E Eto

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Out of curiosity, what's so special about a Pink's chili dog that you wouldn't find it in NYC?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: veronykah

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nothing....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: veronykah

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pinks serves a rather mediocre chili dog in my opinion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Green tea donuts with black sesame seeds

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: burntwater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        While no sesame seeds, Gyenari in Culver City has pretty good green tea donuts though I'm not too fond of the choco-mint dipping sauce they serve with it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Chesapeake Bay Soft Shell Crabs pan fried on white bread with mayo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Oh yeah, and those good Argentine Alfahores.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mrgreenbeenz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Try Grand Casino Bakery and Cafe in Downtown Culver City for alfajores. They usually have two sizes filled with dulce de leche, and certain times of the year they also offer them filled with membrillo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mrgreenbeenz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There is a Peruvian cafe on Michelson near Von Karman in Irvine called Renzo's that offers good alfajores.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Damn, they keep coming to me! Green Tea and Black Sesame mixed soft-serve ice cream. I could get it at the Mitsuwa in NJ - WHY NOT HERE!!! WE HAVE LIKE 7 MITSUWAS IN A 50 MILE RADIUS!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Hard Shell Crabs - Steamed Ipswich Clams - Steak Sandwiches on crispy bread (not sourdough)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. stuffed shells

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: 1newyorkguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Claros Italian Deli in San Gabriel, Arcadia and other locations has their own frozen stuffed shells and sometimes in the hot case. They cater also. The shells are vegetarian.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. goo goo clusters. i know you can get them online but wish i didnt have to pay to ship

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: tnsquire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ive seen these at the 99 cents store and sometimes Big Lots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Calipoutine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Agree with Calipoutine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You could also check Galco's in Highland Park.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Now that City Bakery has closed .... Pretzel Croissants!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ally bo bally

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Those damn delicious Manhattan Specials-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What is this??? I don't even know what they are but because I can't have them I want them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Bria Silbert

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          coffee sodas, you can get em at bay cities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also at Gerard's in Redlands -- I have one but haven't tried it, yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Toro Tomat Suppe med Macaroni in the red pouch. Damn, that is good. Cannot get here - tried Olsen's, Norwegian Seamens' Church, etc. They say it does not sell altho it is some of the best tomato soup I have ever had. My whole family knows that it brings back great memories of school in Norway for me so whenever they visit or Christmas comes around, I get a bunch!! But it would still be great to be able to run to a store and pick some up!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Big Turk ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not just LA, cannot find anywhere in the contiguous U.S.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6824...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. 1 Brick Cheese

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 Wise Potato Chips

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: laliz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              don't feel bad about the Wise Potato Chips, cuz IMO, they dont make them like they used to !!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Chili infused Olive Oil. The kind that, when you have a pizza in the South of France, is brought to your table. Real dried red pepper(and herbs) inside the bottle of olive oil, usually made by the restaurant, but that you can also buy anywhere in Nice or surrounding towns.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bay Cities used to have a selection of chili olive oils (no longer), and I know A l'Olivier makes a chili olive oil, but it's not the same. And I know of no restaurant that offers it with bread or pizza. And I mean olive oil, not with Balsamic (because there are some bread dipping oil/vinegar mixes out there), and some restaurants that make this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: yogachik

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pitfire Pizza keeps chili olive oil on the tables.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: yogachik

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Any TJ Maxx or Marshalls has this stuff, as does M. Marcel in the Farmer's Market.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Ugli fruit! Don't know why no one imports it here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: thursday

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Someone does. I've seen them in Ralph's

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      !!! Which Ralph's? I've been looking for these for 10 years!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: thursday

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It was either Topanga and Ventura or Coldwater and Ventura. Those are the only 2 we shop at. Most likely, the Topanga one. We're there every Sat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: thursday

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Have you tried the Wednesday Farmer's Market in Santa Monica?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There was also another fairly recent thread on this question: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6548...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I started that thread... =^_^= But I didn't have any luck with the carribbean markets listed this winter...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'll have to try the Topanga Ralph's come December -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. You would have a hard time finding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Blanche de Namur
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in Los Angeles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Or would you?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Have you tried Hi-Time Wine Cellars and at the Cap N Cork Jr. Market in Los Feliz.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        250 Ogle St, Costa Mesa, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vendome Liquors. $7.99/bottle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.vendomes.com/advanced_sear...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ipse and Mucho,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the response. I was curious about this beer once I saw this thread.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think it is by far the best Belgian White beer I have ever had.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. French Polynesian poisson cru

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Try to find a good American buffet, impossible.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Dad4Three

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think "Good American Buffet" may be an oxymoron.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Steve2 in LA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That depends on the meaning of "may." Anyone from the South or Midwest should have a very positive view of buffets and cafeterias. I'd kill for a good one in Southern California.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: hnsbmg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Some good Sunday brunches, though...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  like at the Universal City Hilton ....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Mother's Day one is a real madhouse, set up in a HUGE banquet room...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But they have their buffet every Sunday, in the regular , smaller buffet room..
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  prime rib, beef ribs, usually...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Merkts cheddar cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This is amazing on a burger.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TSA took it away from me last time I was in Chicago. I guess it wasn't solid enough for them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Buggers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. You would have a hard time finding Blue Fish in LA.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: smiling ed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Blue Fish was a daily special at Tender Greens at Sunset/Vine (Hollywood) last week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: yinyangdi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We had it a couple of times during the (very) brief incarnation of Menemsha (now Beachwood) in Marina Del Rey. It was good, but really nothing I miss or would go out of my way to look for.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Haribo Gummibarchen (Gummi Bears) which are made in GERMANY (not Hungary, not Turkey, not Spain, but Deutschland)...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cost Plus.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ideefixed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Haribo Gummi Bears are made all over the world (read the fine print on the bag!), but I want the ones made in Germany. I've been to 4 different Cost Plus locations, and so far, each one sells the Turkish or Hungarian made varieties.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tell me which Cost Plus location you found the GERMAN-made ones, ideefixed, and I'll make a beeline for it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You can sometimes find Haribo stuff from Germany (not always the Gummibaerchen) at the Euro Market in the Old World Village in Huntington Beach or at Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: honkman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Non-Gummibarchen Haribo stuff made in Germany, I can find easily in L.A. (Coca-Cola bottles, gummi frogs, etc.) ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BUT for some reason, the Gummi Bears made in Germany are "verboten" in L.A.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've tried Tip Top in Carlsbad - none.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've tried Alpine Village - none.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Amazon bag for sale online, which Servorg alluded to, is not made in Germany either (sigh):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/imag...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In the deepest, darkest part of the rain forest one finds the shy and rare "German Gummi Bear" - http://www.amazon.com/Haribo-Gummi-Ca... ;-D>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. You would have a hard time finding Haitian food in LA... I just had Haitian cuisine for the first time in Miami, and it was phenomenal. Too bad I won't be finding much of that around here. :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: WisePix

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Too bad I won't be finding much of that around here. :("

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Turn that frown upside down! http://www.tigeorgeschicken.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ADD: For a nice photo spread (and review) check out this link to "Man Bites World" on TiGeorges http://manbitesworld.com/articles/54/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ooh thanx Servorg! I actually heard of this place and got turned away because it looked like a fine dining take... whereas the place we ate at in Miami, Chez le Bebe was straight up down home cooking, cheap and huge! But I will check this place out after seeing those pictures... only thing is, it looks like TiGeorge's is closed temporarily after a fire at the restaurant?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: WisePix

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Are they still out of commission? If so, hopefully they will rise again. The chicken really was worth the drive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Servorg, I just checked on Yelp and as of 6/28 they are still closed :( Although their website is still up and says they will be open... it's been a long time since the fire happened and it doesn't look like any remodeling is being done.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: WisePix

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I Haiti to hear that...damn fine chicken http://www.foodgps.com/wp-content/upl... - perhaps they will rise again. Sometimes insurance settlements and getting city building permits takes a loooong time to come to fruition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Petrillo"s Pizza in San Gabriel took a year and a half to re-open after a fire. The owner, insurance and city BS made it take so looooonng. I hope Ti George's re-opens also.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Burger Boy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the encouragement... I hope so too now that I've seen so many people recommend it, and I'm hankering for some goat!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: WisePix

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There is a place on Washington west of Western that does Jamaican goat and great patties, I forget the name, it is on the south side of street on the east corner. Naturalist or Naturalarts, something close to that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Burger Boy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Place Link for Natraliart. They even have a nice web site (which I added to the place link). Their menu includes things like Ackee and Cod Fish and Curry Goat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank You, your the best!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. This native Pittsburgher does have a hard time finding Pierogis, Primanti Bros. Sandwiches, chip-chopped ham, Wise potato chips, Isaly's ice cream, Tom Tucker Mint Ginger Ale, Victory or Kahn's Wieners, Snyders potato chips, Town Talk bread, Tambellini's hot sausage...oh, I better stop, I'm getting hungry :-(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JosephEBacon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm a big enthusiast for local food favorites, but I couldn't get behind the fries on the burger thing with Primanti Bros. It just tasted mushy to me. Is there some special secret appeal there that I didn't get? I thought their chili was surprisingly good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I understand there's one in Fort Lauderdale, for what that's worth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: farmertomato

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You can wise chips at the Philly's Best Cheese steaks in Downey or Monrovia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. L&P Soda for NZ.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. peameal coated real canadian bacon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            real soft serve custard

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sparkareno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              May I ask what "fake" soft serve custard would be?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not trying to be snarky, but genuinely curious as I really like custard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In Michigan I get this super rich eggy custard ice cream. I haven't seen it here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Strickland's would be considered fake custard. As good as it is, there is no egg in the recipe. It does have the consistency of custard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ogawak

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In fact, the Irvine Web site ( http://www.stricklands.info/base.cfm?... ) has the word "custard" in the page title, even though the recipe has never used eggs. Nevertheless, their turtle sundae is significantly better than any sundae I've ordered at a Sheridans. I once had them make it into a shake (with the nuts on the side), and it was delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: hnsbmg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think the confusion is deliberate. Their "about us" page (http://www.stricklands.info/site.cfm/... ) talks about their "award-winning frozen custard", and goes on to say:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "In 2002, Strickland's Marketing Corp. was formed to duplicate the success of the original Strickland's. After reverse-engineering machines that produce the same great taste as the originals"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But they never say that it's no longer frozen custard! You have to read the nutrition information to work that out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Personally I think this borders on dishonesty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: sparkareno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My mom brings peameal coated canadian bacon back from Canada in her luggage and we freeze it for a realy nice breakfast on Christmas morning. It is so tasty!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Really, REALLY delicious Tortilla Soup like I had in Cabo San Jose several years ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Swedish Paron Glass (Pear Ice Cream - creamy), Swedish butter (salted - yum!), Swedish milk - hmmm, maybe I should just move to Sweden! ;-)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The "krokan" ice cream topping that they put on soft serve in Norway. '
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Walleye sandwiches, Fish Frys, super-fantastic biscuits n gravy. Rosemary & Sea salt bagels. Knokkelost.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Exotic Kit Kat flavors, like in Japan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Curry, Shoyu, Wasabi etc...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A restaurant that makes a good pasta puttanesca, fra diavolo, or alfredo. Fresh pasta spun in a wheel of Parmesan. Also, I rarely see tortellini in Italian restaurants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If I see one more pasta stuffed with pumpkin or squash I'm gonna puke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: 2ndAvenue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Check out Gio Cucina in Encino

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gordo -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Am I missing something? I just looked up their menu online and they don't have a single one of these items on the menu. They do, however, have a pumpkin tortellini - strike one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: 2ndAvenue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I can only speak about the fra diavolo. When I was there I did not see it on the menu either but the special that night was jumbo prawns. I asked the waiter about fra diavolo. He thought it could be done and checked with the chef. Chef said 'no problem'. IOW, if it's not on the menu, ask; they'll accommodate if possible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They have them sometimes at the Mitsuwa in Torrance. They're expensive, though. I was there a few weeks ago and they had maple and some sort of fruit milk flavors. I've seen strawberry, roast sweet potato, and a few other flavors there in the past.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Irish Coddle, I miss it, its so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://our-ireland.com/articles/tradi...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. You'd have a hard time finding GOETTA in Los Angeles. God knows I've tried. It's a German dish found in the Midwest, comprised of shredded pork, oatmeal, and suet. Great with eggs and toast or potatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. sure wish i could find a fragel in los angeles

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: yogacat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i was just thinking about a fragel this week. the bagel factory in AA is long gone though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Boiled peanuts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rcompton

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Although I hated them, I believe you still get them as a little freebie starter at Nook in WLA.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: rcompton

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've heard you can get some at the Eagle Rock farmer's market.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rcompton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    l