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  1. honkman Jun 23, 2010 10:52 AM

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

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      thestratbrat Jun 23, 2010 06:22 PM

      ...except at the Red Lion. Mmm.

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        foodiemahoodie Jun 23, 2010 10:41 PM

        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

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          honkman Jun 23, 2010 11:02 PM

          3 Square has not much to do with German food.

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            foodiemahoodie Apr 3, 2014 02:42 PM

            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.

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              kevin Apr 3, 2014 02:48 PM

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

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

              Thanks man.

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                foodiemahoodie Apr 3, 2014 02:50 PM

                Rockenwagner. Sorry.

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                  kevin Apr 3, 2014 02:53 PM

                  No worries.

                  It's just my illiteracy. :)

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        schrutefarms Jun 23, 2010 11:02 AM

        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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          bringiton Dec 27, 2013 04:10 PM

          What is a Manhattan Special?

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            Dommy Dec 27, 2013 08:40 PM

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

            --Dommy!

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              kevin Dec 31, 2013 10:52 AM

              They stock it at Bay Cites.

              Yes, it's an Espresso Soda poo.

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                schrutefarms Apr 3, 2014 02:57 PM

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

        2. mollyomormon Jun 23, 2010 11:07 AM

          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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            susancinsf Jun 23, 2010 12:07 PM

            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?)

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              Servorg Jun 23, 2010 12:09 PM

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

              Waiter, there is fry sauce on my soups fly!

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                mollyomormon Jun 23, 2010 12:12 PM

                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!

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                  jarednielsen Mar 3, 2012 04:14 PM

                  Paprika.

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                SeaCook Jun 24, 2010 11:39 AM

                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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                2013 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

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                  mollyomormon Jun 24, 2010 12:24 PM

                  No, I have not! thanks for the rec!

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                  New Trial Jun 25, 2010 12:03 AM

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

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                    susancinsf Jun 25, 2010 06:43 PM

                    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/

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                      mollyomormon Jun 25, 2010 06:59 PM

                      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 :).

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                    Mattapoisett in LA Mar 3, 2012 04:43 PM

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

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                    designjb Jun 23, 2010 11:15 AM

                    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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                      hnsbmg Jun 23, 2010 01:21 PM

                      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

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                        WildSwede Jun 24, 2010 03:45 PM

                        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

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                          WildSwede Jun 30, 2010 12:27 PM

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

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                        heckonwheels Jun 23, 2010 05:08 PM

                        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.

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                          jdwdeville Jun 23, 2010 05:59 PM

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

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                            JAB Jun 24, 2010 01:13 PM

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

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                            Emme Jun 23, 2010 10:05 PM

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

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                              Burger Boy Jun 23, 2010 10:10 PM

                              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.

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                                dahulagirl Dec 14, 2011 11:47 AM

                                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. mucho gordo Jun 23, 2010 11:27 AM

                                Indian Pudding and whole fried clams (with belly)

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                                  jdwdeville Jun 23, 2010 06:02 PM

                                  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.

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                                    Mattapoisett in LA Jun 23, 2010 10:24 PM

                                    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.

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                                      mucho gordo Jun 24, 2010 10:09 AM

                                      Not yet but, rest assured, I will.

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                                        dmode1975 Jul 7, 2010 09:04 PM

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

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                                          Burger Boy Jul 7, 2010 10:06 PM

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

                                  2. Servorg Jun 23, 2010 11:28 AM

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

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                                      mucho gordo Jun 23, 2010 11:32 AM

                                      You're right! I forgot to mention that.

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                                        foodiemahoodie Jun 23, 2010 10:44 PM

                                        Doesn't Blue Plate Oysterette have lobster rolls?

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                                        1415 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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                                          Mattapoisett in LA Jun 23, 2010 10:53 PM

                                          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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                                          1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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                                            mucho gordo Jun 24, 2010 10:11 AM

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

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                                              Mattapoisett in LA Jun 24, 2010 11:07 AM

                                              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.

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                                                mucho gordo Jun 24, 2010 11:35 AM

                                                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.

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                                                  maxzook Jun 24, 2010 11:50 AM

                                                  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.

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                                                    Servorg Jun 24, 2010 11:59 AM

                                                    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?

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                                                      maxzook Jun 24, 2010 01:56 PM

                                                      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.

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                                                      mucho gordo Jun 24, 2010 12:08 PM

                                                      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.

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                                                        WisePix Jun 30, 2010 02:27 PM

                                                        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

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                                                          mucho gordo Jun 30, 2010 02:40 PM

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

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                                                            bulavinaka Jul 1, 2010 05:39 PM

                                                            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
                                                      hrhboo Jun 28, 2010 07:55 PM

                                                      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.

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                                                        mucho gordo Jul 1, 2010 11:10 AM

                                                        Sounds like a tasty dilemma

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                                                    kandykane Dec 14, 2011 02:20 PM

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

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                                                    JJS360 Jan 13, 2011 12:06 PM

                                                    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/

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                                                      Dommy Jan 18, 2011 11:07 AM

                                                      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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                                                        Peripatetic Jan 18, 2011 03:43 PM

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

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                                                          WildSwede Jan 20, 2011 12:26 PM

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

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                                                            Peripatetic Jan 21, 2011 12:00 AM

                                                            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!

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                                                              mmbond Jan 27, 2011 02:15 PM

                                                              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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                                                              , Los Angeles, CA

                                                              BP Oysterette
                                                              1355 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                                                    mdpilam Jun 23, 2010 11:28 AM

                                                    Cheese curds.

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                                                      Burger Boy Jun 23, 2010 11:58 AM

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

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                                                        Steve2 in LA Jun 23, 2010 01:01 PM

                                                        So does the Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City.

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                                                        12023 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA

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                                                          mdpilam Jun 23, 2010 08:39 PM

                                                          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).

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                                                        WildSwede Jun 24, 2010 03:48 PM

                                                        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!

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                                                          kevin Jul 15, 2010 09:19 PM

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

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                                                            mdpilam Jul 15, 2010 10:05 PM

                                                            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.

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                                                          spoggly Jun 24, 2010 04:14 PM

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

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                                                            huaqiao Jun 25, 2010 09:55 AM

                                                            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.

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                                                              yummyewe Dec 30, 2010 08:18 AM

                                                              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.

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                                                            degustateur Jun 23, 2010 12:08 PM

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

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                                                              mucho gordo Jun 23, 2010 12:34 PM

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

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                                                                Burger Boy Jun 23, 2010 01:09 PM

                                                                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

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                                                                  heckonwheels Jun 23, 2010 05:29 PM

                                                                  Marconda also sells it.

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                                                                  SugarFrosted Jul 14, 2010 05:02 PM

                                                                  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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                                                                  2560 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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                                                                    Burger Boy Jul 15, 2010 12:07 AM

                                                                    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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                                                                    2212 W Vernon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008

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                                                                      Ciao Bob Jul 17, 2010 10:12 AM

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

                                                                    2. re: degustateur
                                                                      Hershey Bomar Mar 3, 2011 09:24 AM

                                                                      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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                                                                      2212 W Vernon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008

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                                                                        kevin Mar 3, 2011 07:45 PM

                                                                        wow awesome

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                                                                        tom borland Mar 27, 2011 09:25 PM

                                                                        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.

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                                                                          kevin Mar 27, 2011 09:40 PM

                                                                          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. maxzook Jun 23, 2010 12:09 PM

                                                                        Pizza baked in a coal-burning oven.

                                                                        Steamed hamburgers.

                                                                        Grape-nuts ice cream.

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                                                                          mollyomormon Jun 23, 2010 12:17 PM

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

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                                                                            crystaw Jun 23, 2010 04:22 PM

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

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                                                                              ipsedixit Jun 23, 2010 04:41 PM

                                                                              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.

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                                                                                maxzook Jun 23, 2010 04:54 PM

                                                                                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...

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                                                                                  ipsedixit Jun 23, 2010 04:58 PM

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

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                                                                              taiwanesesmalleats Jun 23, 2010 04:55 PM

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

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                                                                                ipsedixit Jun 23, 2010 04:59 PM

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

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                                                                                  J.L. Jun 23, 2010 05:37 PM

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

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                                                                                    ipsedixit Jun 23, 2010 06:53 PM

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

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                                                                              WSB Jun 23, 2010 12:21 PM

                                                                              Pierogies

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                                                                                mollyomormon Jun 23, 2010 12:33 PM

                                                                                Have you had the ones at Warszawa?

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                                                                                1414 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                                                                                  WSB Jun 24, 2010 08:12 AM

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

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                                                                                    mollyomormon Jun 24, 2010 09:29 AM

                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                      Servorg Jun 24, 2010 09:39 AM

                                                                                      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).

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                                                                                        WSB Jun 24, 2010 02:34 PM

                                                                                        Thanks Servorg need to give it a try

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                                                                                          bringiton Dec 27, 2013 04:13 PM

                                                                                          Steel City Food Truck serves yummy pierogies.

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                                                                                  schrutefarms Jun 23, 2010 12:56 PM

                                                                                  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!!

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                                                                                    WSB Jun 24, 2010 08:15 AM

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

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                                                                                    WildSwede Jun 24, 2010 03:52 PM

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

                                                                                  3. wienermobile Jun 23, 2010 01:04 PM

                                                                                    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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                                                                                      blizz Jun 28, 2010 09:31 AM

                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                        wienermobile Jun 28, 2010 10:57 AM

                                                                                        Thanks

                                                                                         
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                                                                                        GenevieveCa Jun 30, 2010 10:28 AM

                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                          Dommy Jul 3, 2010 04:30 PM

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

                                                                                          --Dommy!

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                                                                                            SugarFrosted Jul 14, 2010 05:04 PM

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

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                                                                                        Jase Jun 23, 2010 03:31 PM

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

                                                                                        1. martyR Jun 23, 2010 03:49 PM

                                                                                          Scrapple

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                                                                                            laliz Jun 25, 2010 11:29 AM

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

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                                                                                              mucho gordo Jun 25, 2010 11:55 AM

                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                              Trager May 1, 2012 07:39 PM

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

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                                                                                                kevin May 1, 2012 07:50 PM

                                                                                                Is it alwyas on their menu?

                                                                                                Wow, never knew about that.

                                                                                                Thanks for the tip.

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                                                                                                  Servorg May 1, 2012 08:01 PM

                                                                                                  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).

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                                                                                                    kevin May 1, 2012 08:18 PM

                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                      Trager May 2, 2012 12:38 AM

                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                        Hillbilly Moonshiner May 2, 2012 05:16 PM

                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                          Trager May 3, 2012 08:27 AM

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

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                                                                                                            Peripatetic May 3, 2012 11:16 AM

                                                                                                            "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

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                                                                                                Dommy May 2, 2012 05:25 PM

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

                                                                                                --Dommy!

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                                                                                                outshined Jun 23, 2010 03:58 PM

                                                                                                Yuengling Beer.

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                                                                                                  heckonwheels Jun 23, 2010 05:30 PM

                                                                                                  I'm sure Stuffed Sandwich would have it.

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                                                                                                  1145 E Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA

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                                                                                                    mygirlbakes AL Jun 23, 2010 10:22 PM

                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                      outshined Jun 24, 2010 10:27 AM

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

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                                                                                                        ipsedixit Jun 24, 2010 10:33 AM

                                                                                                        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).

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                                                                                                          TracyO Sep 24, 2011 12:23 PM

                                                                                                          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

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                                                                                                            Servorg Sep 24, 2011 12:46 PM

                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                      maxzook Jun 24, 2010 10:39 AM

                                                                                                      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

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                                                                                                        Octhemike Apr 19, 2012 10:02 AM

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

                                                                                                        http://www.brickyardnoho.com/

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                                                                                                          JAB Apr 19, 2012 10:15 AM

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

                                                                                                      2. Peripatetic Jun 23, 2010 04:20 PM

                                                                                                        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

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                                                                                                          Servorg Jun 23, 2010 04:27 PM

                                                                                                          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

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                                                                                                            Peripatetic Jun 23, 2010 04:35 PM

                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                              Will Owen Jun 23, 2010 05:02 PM

                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                            foodiemahoodie Jun 23, 2010 10:46 PM

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

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                                                                                                              Peripatetic Jun 24, 2010 02:00 AM

                                                                                                              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

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                                                                                                              orythedog Jun 24, 2010 11:30 AM

                                                                                                              NY style egg rolls at Genghis Cohen

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                                                                                                              740 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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                                                                                                                Ciao Bob Jun 27, 2010 10:51 PM

                                                                                                                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

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                                                                                                                  Peripatetic Jun 28, 2010 12:56 AM

                                                                                                                  Interesting! Is it roasted or stewed?

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                                                                                                                    Ciao Bob Jun 28, 2010 02:21 PM

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

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                                                                                                                    huaqiao Jun 30, 2010 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                    dahulagirl Apr 19, 2012 11:01 AM

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

                                                                                                                  4. Will Owen Jun 23, 2010 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                      Jordan Jun 25, 2010 10:39 AM

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

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                                                                                                                      gbpniko Jun 23, 2010 05:20 PM

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

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                                                                                                                        Peripatetic Jun 24, 2010 02:17 AM

                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                          Honeychan Jul 3, 2010 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                            Ogawak Jul 4, 2010 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                              ellen4441 Jul 7, 2010 10:07 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                ba623 Apr 19, 2012 10:36 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                  dahulagirl Apr 19, 2012 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                  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/

                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                  WisePix Jul 7, 2010 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                  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

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                                                                                                                                    Peripatetic Jul 7, 2010 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                    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

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                                                                                                                                  huaqiao Jun 24, 2010 10:34 AM

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

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

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                                                                                                                                    Peripatetic Jun 24, 2010 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                      1newyorkguy Jun 26, 2010 02:22 AM

                                                                                                                                      they have it at Lucky Devil's in hollywood

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                                                                                                                                      6613 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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                                                                                                                                        Peripatetic Jun 28, 2010 01:14 AM

                                                                                                                                        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 . . .

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                                                                                                                                        hnsbmg Jun 26, 2010 05:34 AM

                                                                                                                                        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

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                                                                                                                                          wienermobile Jun 26, 2010 09:19 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                    farmertomato Jun 23, 2010 05:27 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                      jdwdeville Jun 23, 2010 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                        farmertomato Jun 23, 2010 08:02 PM

                                                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                                                          Will Owen Jun 23, 2010 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                            farmertomato Jun 23, 2010 10:19 PM

                                                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                                                        WildSwede Jun 24, 2010 03:55 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                          Servorg Jun 24, 2010 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                          Chili John's?

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                                                                                                                                          2018 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Servorg
                                                                                                                                            WildSwede Jun 24, 2010 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                            Yes, thanks!!

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                                                                                                                                              SeaCook Jun 24, 2010 04:08 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                              2018 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

                                                                                                                                              1. re: SeaCook
                                                                                                                                                WildSwede Jun 25, 2010 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                  maxzook Jun 28, 2010 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                  They close in July.

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                                                                                                                                                  reality check Jun 28, 2010 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                  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

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                                                                                                                                                ipsedixit Jun 24, 2010 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                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

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                                                                                                                                                  farmertomato Jun 24, 2010 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                  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

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                                                                                                                                                cant talk...eating Jul 5, 2010 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                  WildSwede Jul 12, 2010 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                  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!!

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                                                                                                                                                    SeaCook Jul 14, 2010 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                      WildSwede Jul 14, 2010 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                      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!

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                                                                                                                                                      cant talk...eating Jul 29, 2010 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                    amberk414 Mar 26, 2011 07:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                    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. J.L. Jun 23, 2010 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                      la2tokyo Jun 23, 2010 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                      lol kujira.

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                                                                                                                                                        Peripatetic Jun 24, 2010 02:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                          J.L. Jun 24, 2010 03:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                            Peripatetic Jun 24, 2010 04:59 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                              J.L. Jun 24, 2010 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                Peripatetic Jun 24, 2010 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                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?

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                                                                                                                                                                  J.L. Jun 24, 2010 08:49 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                    Peripatetic Jun 24, 2010 11:30 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                            Steve2 in LA Jun 24, 2010 12:22 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                              mollyomormon Jun 24, 2010 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                                                                                J.L. Jun 24, 2010 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                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]

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                                                                                                                                                                  trvlcrzy Jul 15, 2010 05:31 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                    J.L. Jul 16, 2010 10:40 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                      susancinsf Jul 29, 2010 12:43 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                  tnsquire Jun 24, 2010 11:36 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                    J.L. Jun 25, 2010 10:49 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                      Servorg Jun 25, 2010 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      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

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                                                                                                                                                                        J.L. Jun 25, 2010 02:11 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                    aching Jul 15, 2010 08:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    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

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                                                                                                                                                                      mollyomormon Jul 15, 2010 09:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      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!

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                                                                                                                                                                        hnsbmg Jul 16, 2010 12:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                        J.L. Jul 16, 2010 01:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Tried Surfas jamon - Not good.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                      WildSwede Jun 24, 2010 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      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?

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                                                                                                                                                                        Honeychan Jul 3, 2010 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                      mucho gordo Jun 24, 2010 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                        kauma Jun 24, 2010 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                          mollyomormon Jun 24, 2010 06:40 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                            kauma Jun 25, 2010 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            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...

                                                                                                                                                                            ; )

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                                                                                                                                                                            WildSwede Jun 25, 2010 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            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

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                                                                                                                                                                              kauma Jun 25, 2010 10:43 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                              Of course I'll be there...

                                                                                                                                                                              Tusend tak!

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                                                                                                                                                                                gnarlex Jun 25, 2010 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  kauma Jun 26, 2010 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  WildSwede Jun 28, 2010 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                SeaCook Jun 28, 2010 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  SeaCook Jun 28, 2010 12:37 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                    WildSwede Jun 28, 2010 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                cant talk...eating Jul 30, 2010 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                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

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                                                                                                                                                                                  bulavinaka Jul 31, 2010 05:58 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                jdwdeville Jun 23, 2010 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                  martyR Jun 23, 2010 06:44 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                    ateawrecks Apr 28, 2012 08:23 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Servorg Apr 29, 2012 04:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      "...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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                    veronykah May 1, 2012 04:32 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                    mangetoutoc Jun 23, 2010 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    - 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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                                                                                                                                                                                      maudies5 Jun 23, 2010 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Fresh striped sea bass

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Burger Boy Jun 23, 2010 09:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        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

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                                                                                                                                                                                          maudies5 Jun 23, 2010 10:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                      mdpilam Jun 23, 2010 08:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dill Pickle chips.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        OCSteve Jun 24, 2010 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        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

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                                                                                                                                                                                          mdpilam Jun 24, 2010 11:12 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                            silleehillee Jun 25, 2010 10:38 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                        nachosaurus Jun 23, 2010 09:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                          DrBruin Jun 23, 2010 11:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          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

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                                                                                                                                                                                            OCSteve Jun 24, 2010 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                              stopurmakingmehungry Mar 7, 2011 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            gnarlex Jun 25, 2010 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            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

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Servorg Jun 25, 2010 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              They began opening on Saturday's too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            thursday Jun 23, 2010 10:11 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Peripatetic Jun 24, 2010 02:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                thursday Jun 25, 2010 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Peripatetic Jun 25, 2010 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                ITry Jun 25, 2010 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                bad nono Jun 23, 2010 10:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                  susans Jun 24, 2010 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    bad nono Jun 25, 2010 08:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      susans Jun 26, 2010 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        bad nono Jun 26, 2010 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          susans Jun 27, 2010 06:40 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      khh1138 Jun 25, 2010 09:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      WildSwede Jun 25, 2010 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                        bad nono Jun 25, 2010 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          WildSwede Jun 28, 2010 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            bad nono Jun 28, 2010 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                              WildSwede Jun 28, 2010 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                SeaCook Jun 29, 2010 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                          carter Jun 27, 2010 09:34 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Peripatetic Jun 28, 2010 12:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              WildSwede Jun 28, 2010 11:53 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Will Owen Jun 25, 2010 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            bad nono Jun 25, 2010 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                              SeaCook Jun 29, 2010 10:26 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Burger Boy Jul 7, 2010 10:08 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                ellen4441 Jul 7, 2010 10:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                cant talk...eating Jul 29, 2010 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. DrBruin Jun 23, 2010 11:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tnsquire Jun 24, 2010 11:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. A5 KOBE Jun 23, 2010 11:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sticky toffee pudding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Champagne macrons

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ElissaInPlaya Jun 24, 2010 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. creamfinger Jun 23, 2010 11:55 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ciaolette Jun 24, 2010 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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 .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jdwdeville Jun 24, 2010 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        " 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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ipsedixit Jun 24, 2010 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jdwdeville Jun 24, 2010 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              carter Jun 27, 2010 09:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Servorg Jun 24, 2010 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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. nomnomnoms Jun 24, 2010 11:01 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            exilekiss Jun 24, 2010 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hi nomnomnoms,

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Enjoy~

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              nomnomnoms Jun 28, 2010 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              !!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              thanks exilekiss c:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jdwdeville Jun 24, 2010 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JAB Jun 24, 2010 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              OMG yes. Clam fritters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mollyomormon Jun 24, 2010 01:48 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jdwdeville Jun 24, 2010 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mollyomormon Jun 24, 2010 05:25 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cdub Jun 24, 2010 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WSB Jun 24, 2010 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Haluski a dish of fried noodles,bacon and cabbage

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    E Eto Jun 26, 2010 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      veronykah May 1, 2012 04:34 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wienermobile May 1, 2012 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nothing....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          aynrandgirl May 1, 2012 10:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pinks serves a rather mediocre chili dog in my opinion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      burntwater Jun 24, 2010 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Green tea donuts with black sesame seeds

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jeddie Jun 24, 2010 09:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. mrgreenbeenz Jun 24, 2010 05:01 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. mrgreenbeenz Jun 24, 2010 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh yeah, and those good Argentine Alfahores.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bulavinaka Jun 24, 2010 09:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              New Trial Jun 25, 2010 12:01 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. mrgreenbeenz Jun 24, 2010 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                flowergirl Jun 24, 2010 08:24 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. 1newyorkguy Jun 24, 2010 11:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  stuffed shells

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SamVee May 8, 2012 07:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tnsquire Jun 24, 2010 11:33 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Calipoutine Mar 7, 2011 02:32 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        happybaker Mar 7, 2011 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Agree with Calipoutine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You could also check Galco's in Highland Park.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ally bo bally Jun 25, 2010 01:29 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bria Silbert Jun 25, 2010 05:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin Jul 15, 2010 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          coffee sodas, you can get em at bay cities.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hnsbmg Jul 16, 2010 12:28 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. WildSwede Jun 25, 2010 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. ipsedixit Jun 25, 2010 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Big Turk ice cream.

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            laliz Jun 25, 2010 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 Brick Cheese

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ellen4441 Jul 7, 2010 10:56 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              yogachik Jun 25, 2010 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MissCast Jun 25, 2010 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pitfire Pizza keeps chili olive oil on the tables.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ideefixed Jun 27, 2010 10:08 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  thursday Jun 25, 2010 03:09 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mucho gordo Jun 25, 2010 03:35 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      thursday Jun 25, 2010 03:58 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mucho gordo Jun 25, 2010 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Servorg Jun 25, 2010 04:52 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Arizona Ave Santa Monica CA, Arizona Ave Santa Monica, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Servorg Jun 25, 2010 04:56 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              thursday Jun 26, 2010 12:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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. Tripeler Jun 26, 2010 03:47 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Or would you?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ipsedixit Jun 26, 2010 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mucho gordo Jun 26, 2010 11:24 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tripeler Jun 26, 2010 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. J.L. Jun 26, 2010 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          French Polynesian poisson cru

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dad4Three Jun 26, 2010 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Try to find a good American buffet, impossible.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Steve2 in LA Jun 26, 2010 04:38 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hnsbmg Jun 27, 2010 02:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ellen4441 Jul 7, 2010 10:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              citizenx Jun 26, 2010 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                smiling ed Jun 26, 2010 03:54 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  yinyangdi Jun 30, 2010 09:23 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Servorg Jul 3, 2010 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    822 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. J.L. Jun 27, 2010 03:11 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ideefixed Jun 27, 2010 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cost Plus.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      J.L. Jun 27, 2010 02:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        honkman Jun 27, 2010 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          J.L. Jun 27, 2010 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Servorg Jun 27, 2010 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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. WisePix Jun 27, 2010 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Servorg Jun 27, 2010 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "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/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WisePix Jun 27, 2010 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Servorg Jun 27, 2010 03:59 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WisePix Jul 3, 2010 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Servorg Jul 3, 2010 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Burger Boy Jul 5, 2010 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WisePix Jul 7, 2010 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Burger Boy Jul 7, 2010 10:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Servorg Jul 8, 2010 03:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3426 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Burger Boy Jul 12, 2010 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank You, your the best!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JosephEBacon Jun 27, 2010 08:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          farmertomato Jun 27, 2010 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tom borland Mar 27, 2011 10:27 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          B Minus Jun 28, 2010 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          L&P Soda for NZ.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sparkareno Jun 28, 2010 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            peameal coated real canadian bacon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            real soft serve custard

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ipsedixit Jun 28, 2010 04:12 PM

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sparkareno Jun 29, 2010 12:18 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ogawak Jul 4, 2010 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hnsbmg Jul 5, 2010 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Peripatetic Jul 5, 2010 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bringiton Dec 27, 2013 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. WildSwede Jun 28, 2010 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. J.L. Jun 28, 2010 06:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Exotic Kit Kat flavors, like in Japan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Curry, Shoyu, Wasabi etc...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2ndAvenue Jun 28, 2010 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mucho gordo Jun 29, 2010 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Check out Gio Cucina in Encino

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2ndAvenue Jun 30, 2010 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mucho gordo Jun 30, 2010 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        huaqiao Jun 30, 2010 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Aquirke Jun 28, 2010 11:53 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          trimtab Jun 29, 2010 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            yogacat Jun 29, 2010 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sure wish i could find a fragel in los angeles

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              barryc May 5, 2013 05:16 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rcompton Jun 30, 2010 12:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Boiled peanuts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Servorg Jun 30, 2010 03:10 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                11628 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 9, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  E Eto Jun 30, 2010 08:52 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    luckattack Jul 2, 2010 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You can get boiled peanuts from those old ladies in Chinatown if you trust time. Otherwise, they are also at some of the Viet sandwich shops on the counter. I think I saw it at Van's Bakery once in San Gabriel.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      J.B. Jul 9, 2010 01:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can buy them at the Asian grocery store, Ranch 99, in the refrigerated section. If you want them warm, that's self-serve. Hmmm.... I'm getting hungry...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kiriann Jul 28, 2010 09:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nook on Santa Monica Blvd. gives everyone boiled peanuts to start

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        malibumike Jun 30, 2010 08:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Real Churned Buttermilk, disappeared from LA about 1960, you have to go back east or down south in quaker country to find it now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          maxcatsilver Jun 30, 2010 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kewpie's sesame mayonnaise. And while on the sesame theme, commercially available black sesame ice cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            J.B. Jul 9, 2010 01:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've never heard of it... is that different than the Kewpie's you can get now at any Japanese grocery store like Marukai or Nijiya Market???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Juji Jun 30, 2010 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Danish sausage. Have to go to Solvang to get my fix. Unless someone knows otherwise.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LakerFan Jun 30, 2010 08:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sesame pancake sandwiches

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                E Eto Jun 30, 2010 09:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You mean, like these?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4078/4...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I can't remember which dumpling place this was in the San Gabriel Valley.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ipsedixit Jun 30, 2010 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Those are beef rolls, which I do not believe LakerFan was referring to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As to where beef rolls can be found in SGV? They're basically ubiquitous, with 101 Noodle the de facto pioneer and champ, due in large part to a glowing review from Jonathan Gold.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bulavinaka Jul 1, 2010 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't know if 101's is rated the best or not, but since this was the first place I tried it, and since I did really like it, my tastebuds have been programmed to accept their type of beef roll. I've yet to find another that I can favorably compare to their version. Any suggestions? Thanks...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ipsedixit Jul 2, 2010 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lots and lots of choices, let see ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Noodle House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JTYH (called beef pancake, iirc)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mama's Kitchen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Michelle's Pancakes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And countless others that I have yet to try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Of course Taiwanese chain tea houses all now have beef rolls of one sort or another, e.g. Tea Station, Cha, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LakerFan Jul 12, 2010 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the replies, but sesame pancake sandwiches are a little different from the beef rolls you can find in SGV, but within the same family. The ones that I crave are from Vanessa's dumpling house in Chinatown NY.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2008/0...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They seem to spreading to other dumpling houses over there, so hopefully it makes the leap and comes this way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          vayabobo Mar 2, 2012 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lakerfan, any luck finding a proper sesame pancake a la Vanessa's in SGV?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I dare someone to find bierocks (aka runzas, bierochen) available in LA, except perhaps at some sort of festival with a German-American theme. If you can name a place, I will be duly impressed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  eartha Jul 1, 2010 04:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Coney Island Hot Dogs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Indian Fry Bread
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WildSwede Jul 1, 2010 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    YES! Indian Fry Bread. LOVE IT!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      stopurmakingmehungry Mar 7, 2011 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Second that emotion! We hit up all of the native American festivals - one at CSULB, another in oldtown Pomona to name a couple.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ElissaInPlaya Jul 1, 2010 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There is a Cornish Pasty shop in Los Alamitos. I don't love pasties, but a good friend swears by this place: Pasty Kitchen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3641 Katella Avenue, Los Alamitos, CA 90720-3106

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        creamfinger Jul 3, 2010 02:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just out of curiosity, what is a Coney Island hot dog? I'm a New Yorker and this isn't a term I know, unless you just mean a hot dog from Nathan's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mattapoisett in LA Jul 3, 2010 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          From Wikipedia:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Coney Island hot dog (also Coney dog or Coney) refers to a hot dog made from beef with casing, topped with an all-meat chili, diced yellow onion and yellow mustard. The variety is a fixture in Detroit, Michigan,[1] served there and in the "heartland" states of the American Midwest. Despite the name, the "Coney Island" preparation style has little direct association with Coney Island itself beyond recognition of the birthplace of the original hot dog.[1]

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            creamfinger Jul 3, 2010 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the cut and paste job from Wikipedia, but I wanted to know what Eartha's definition of a Coney Island hot dog is. Food is very personal and doesn't often match the dictionary definition.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Servorg Jul 3, 2010 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm going to hazard another guess (which is an enjoyable pastime on a lazy 4th of July weekend Saturday) and say she meant: http://www.coneyislandhotdog.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                creamfinger Jul 3, 2010 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks, but I think "Coney Island Station" is just this restaurant's name. If you look at the menu, it consists of a plain hot dog, a hot dog with cheese and a chili dog... which of those is the "Coney Island"?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Servorg Jul 3, 2010 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Any dog from Coney Island is a Coney Island dog...It's a tautology dog! ;-D>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Seriously, I would say she meant to say Nathan's and just got its location mixed up with its famous product....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    creamfinger Jul 3, 2010 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Servog, I appreciate your desire to help, but it's all guessing. Mattapoisett in LA linked a Wikipedia definition for a Coney Island that is most definitely not a Nathan's hot dog, and your guessing it is. Like I said, I'm really curious what the original poster (Eartha) meant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just out of curiosity, if you believed she was referring Nathan's, why did you post a link to a chain of restaurants in Wisconsin?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Servorg Jul 3, 2010 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Humor (which obviously missed its mark by a wide margin unfortunately). The world (especially these days) can always use a little more.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mollyomormon Jul 3, 2010 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Truly one of the most intense hot dog discussions I've seen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If wikipedia says that's what a Coney Island dog is, then it's so.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Servorg Jul 3, 2010 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's probably best if I bow (wow) out of this one now... ;-D>

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            creamfinger Jul 3, 2010 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Me too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Burger Boy Jul 5, 2010 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wikipedia is a JOKE! A encyclopedia of sorts that anyone can add to or edit. I think I might get my own wikipedia page. BurgerBoy, a Los Angeles native, raised on Cassell's, Jay's, Hampton's, Hamburger Hamlet and Orange Julius first had a 26 Beach hamburger around 1983. etc. etc. etc

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  eartha Jul 6, 2010 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To MattLA and creamfinger, sorry for the LATE TO THE PLATE RESPONSE, but your both cut to the chase. I grew up in Michigan and Coney Island Hotdogs were a speciality in certain areas. Usually steamed buns, smaller dogs but bite-worthy and came with the condiments of your choice. Also, the restaurants were always steamy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My favorites were the coney with mustard, streak of ketchup, lots of onions and sauerkraut.....or the coney with mustard, onions and chili. Always steamy, hot and sensatinoal. Usually had both with the deliciously limp fries that sent me to heaven. Mostly in the Detroit and Port Huron areas, and usually Greek in ownership. These Coneys are smaller in size than standard hotdogs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  One cousin just visited that part of Michigan and I begged her to go to Coney Island restaurants in Port Huron. These are not Nathens.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SeaCook Jul 7, 2010 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So how is a Coney Dog (mustard onions & chili) different than a chilli dog from Pink's or Cupid's?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      maxzook Jul 7, 2010 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Several of the books in Jane and Michael Stern's Roadfood series go into detail about so-called Coney Island hot dogs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Going back to the early twentieth century and the popularity of Coney Island as an amusement park destination, the name became commonly associated with hot dogs in the same way that, say, Philadelphia is linked with cheese-steak sandwiches. Throughout the U.S., hot-dog-stand proprietors adopted "Coney Island" or "Coneys" as a common slang term for hot dogs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      However, unlike Philadelphia cheese-steaks which tend to have certain commonalities of preparation, each region -- sometimes each individual stand -- had their own idea of what a "Coney" was. I know the term is common throughout New England, for example, and although most New England dogs were served with rolls that were split across the top, every Coney dog was differently prepared.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In short, there is no such thing as a universal definition of a Coney Island hot dog.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ellen4441 Jul 7, 2010 11:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        yup , and there's lots of good hot dog debates on those Roadfood.com forums ! You Chowhounders thought things were getting heated up on HERE , lol ?!?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        eartha Jul 7, 2010 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Taste.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                huaqiao Jul 7, 2010 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dunno if this place is any good:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.yelp.com/biz/carms-coneys-...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                huaqiao Jul 1, 2010 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I wish we could get Taiwanese apple milk here. It's fairly easy to find a reasonable facsimile of the more iconic papaya milk, but what I really crave are those cartons of apple milk you can get from any 7-11 in Taiwan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I specifically picked a layover in Taipei once on a flight to SE Asia just to see if there was a 7-11 in the airport where I could get some apple milk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. flylice2x Jul 1, 2010 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Laulau Leaves

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    J.B. Jul 9, 2010 01:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Have you tried Marukai (www.marukai.com) in Gardena???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      dahulagirl Apr 19, 2012 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I agree with J.B. I got some Hawaii Luau (Taro Leaves) from Marukai in Gardena last year. I would call first to see if they have them in stock because they dont have them every day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jadekarrde Jul 2, 2010 12:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      freshwater perch, sunfish, goggleeye (rock bass) and largemouth bass. grew up fishing these river fish and eating them that day in the midwest. in particular the roe was always my favorite (like the fish filets, it was dredged in a flour & cornmeal mixture and gently pan fried). A good mess of fish and subsequent fish fry is something I've not had in years. le sigh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Catfish does not count, that's more of a pond/lake fish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nor does trout, that's a coldwater river fish and you only fish it in March in our family, and anyway where I'm from they're not truly wild and you can taste they were all raised in hatcheries. I'm thinking of summer river fish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        eartha Jul 2, 2010 11:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes! Freshwater Perch (Lake Huron)..........and how about those all night fresh smelt fish frys, smelt out of the St. Clair River after a few hard hours netting them ...on a warm spring night?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've just dropped about 40 years to get to those memories ~~ I looked better then, too. One more "I've died and gone to heaven" moment.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dommy Jul 3, 2010 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can get fresh fried smelt at Quality seafood... Hmmmm! They are like Fish French Fries... :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jadekarrde Jul 4, 2010 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the closest thing to freshwater fish I've had in LA was when my Japanese friend decided to cook Shishamo and rice. Shishamo are basically japanese smelt, but I've never actually had smelt when it was called smelt, myself. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tinnywatty Jul 2, 2010 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          real, fresh salt water taffy, in barrels by flavor. not the mixed flavors prepackaged stuff that's been around for a couple years.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oddly enough, we have it in separate barrels back home in Minnesota- not fresh though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jordan Jul 2, 2010 08:41 PM