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Jun 23, 2010 10:42 AM

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

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      1. re: honkman

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

        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: 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.


            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


              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.


                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) 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.

                      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:


                            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: Servorg

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

                      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? :(

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                          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...


                            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!!!!!!!!

                        1. 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.

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                          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!

                              2. re: mollyomormon


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

                                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:


                                    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 ( -- 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.

                                      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!

                                        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.

                                            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).

                                                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: 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.