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NY seems to dominate most episodes, but So Cal's well represented but I've only tried a couple (Office Burger, Godmother). What have you tried from the list? Good or just hype? I'm willing to drive if it's good.

SEASON 1:

Episode: "Between Bread"

Pastrami Sandwich - Langer's Deli
704 S. Alvarado
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 483-8050
www.langersdeli.com

Godmother Sandwich - Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
1517 Lincoln Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Episode: "With Bacon"

Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar - Animal
435 N. Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-599-6990
www.animalrestaurant.com

Office Burger - Father's Office
3229 Helms Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
310-736-2224
fathersoffice.com

Episode: "Sugar Rush"

S'Mores - Luna Park
672 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 934-2110
www.lunaparkla.com

Chocolate Hazelnut Purse: - Riva Restaurant
312 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451 -7482
www.rivarestaurantla.com

Episode: "Pizza"

Breakfast Pizza - Little Dom's
2128 Hillhurst Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 661-0055
www.littledoms.com

Episode: "Wake Up Call"

Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes - BLD
7450 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 930-9744
www.bldrestaurant.com

Pasta Mama - Hugo's
8401 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 654-3993
www.hugosrestaurant.com

Episode: "With My Hands"

Chocolate Coconut Cupcake - Joan's on Third
8350 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-2285
www.joansonthird.com

Episode: "Filled With Envy"

Famous Garlic Noodles - Crustacean
9846 Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 205-8990
www.anfamily.com

Shanghai Lobster - Chinois on Main
2709 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 392-9025
www.wolfgangpuck.com

SEASON 2:

Episode: "Hometown Favorites"

Burger - Umami Burger
4655 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027
323-931-3000
www.umamiburger.com

Episode: "Cheesy"

Macaroni and Cheese - Cafe des Artistes
1534 N Mccadden Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 469-7300
www.cafedesartistes.info

Lasagna Verde - Angelini Osteria
7313 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 297-0070
www.angeliniosteria.com

Episode: "Meat Fest"

Bar-B-Q Beef Sandwich - Cold Spring Tavern
5995 Stagecoach Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 967-0066
www.coldspringtavern.com

Episode: "Snack Attack"

Korean Short Rib Tacos - Kogi BBQ Truck
Los Angeles, CA
kogibbq.com

Lamb Skewers - A.O.C.
8022 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 653-6359
www.aocwinebar.com

Episode: "Chocolate"

Chicken Mole - Loteria Grill
6627 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 465-2500
www.loteriagrill.com

Episode: "Crunchy"

Onion Rings - Akasha
9543 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 845-1700
www.akasharestaurant.com

Caramel Corn - Arclight Cinemas
6360 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 464-4226
www.arclightcinemas.com

Episode: "The Classics"

Chicken Pot Pie - WoodSpoon
107 West 9th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 629-1765
woodspoonla.blogspot.com

Chili Dog - Carneys
8351 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 654-8300
carneytrain.com

Episode: "Hot & Spicy"

Crying Tiger Pork - Jitlada
5233 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 663-3104
www.jitlada.com

Episode: "Served Cold"

Egg Salad Sandwich - Euro Pane
900 E Colorado Blvd #107
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 577-1828

SEASON 3:

Episode: "Grilled"

Korean BBQ Beef Short Ribs -Chosun Galbee
3330 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 734-3330
www.chosungalbee.com

Grilled Diver Scallops - The Ranch House
102 Besant Road
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-2360
www.theranchhouse.com

Episode: "Simply Irrestible"

Grilled Cheese w/Short Ribs -The Foundry on Melrose
7465 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 651-0915
www.thefoundryonmelrose.com

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Angelini Osteria
7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Jitlada
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Luna Park
672 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

BLD Restaurant
7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Bay Cities Italian Deli
1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Ranch House
500 W Lomita Ave, Ojai, CA 93023

Loteria Grill
6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Akasha
9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Father's Office
3229 Helms Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034

Little Dom's
2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Kogi
Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

Umami Burger
850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Main St Cafe
450 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

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  1. If memory serves Dommy and i have had between us 19 things on the list Most would be thought of as good but some like the Wood spoon Pot Pie were Excellent. It really depended on the source of the rec. and the staff the night we went. [Riva served us a cooled Chocolate Hazelnut Purse which is not awesome just pretty good]

    7 Replies
    1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

      I should also note that I MADE Pasta Mama as per the Video on Hugo's site (It's AWESOME) and is not being counter in our tally of 19.

      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

        19! That's impressive.

        I've only tried Office Burger & Godmother. FO burger was just ok to me, but will definitely try again, as the sides & beer were worth the trip. Godmother was ok, but was in a hurry so bought a pre-made one, which was probably a mistake. Will try again, but order fresh.

        As a sidenote:
        Only thing I've made from the show are the Union Bar Nuts from the "Snacks" episode. Super-easy & good, but found need to up the butter amount a bit. Used mixed raw nuts and added handful of unsalted peanuts from Trader Joe's. I chop the rosemary a bit more than how it looks on the show.

        1. re: pharmnerd

          Thanks... things like The Garlic Noodles and Shanghai Lobster were part of my ole' wine and dine days... and NOT my choice... LOL! We love the show, if anything it can a be a trip down memory lane.... keep waiting for Micheal's pea soup to show up.... LOL!!

          --Dommy!

        2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

          Add one more for the first season, Animal's Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar. It was better than I thought (Not a huge fan of rich chocolate desserts) but not the most impressive item of the meal. I much prefer the Sirarcha Bar at Chego for a crunchy chocolate bar...

          --Dommy!

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          Chego
          3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

          1. re: Dommy

            the chego sirarcha bar is pretty good?> have you tried the fried apple pie with cheddar ice cream at a frame, that was pretty darn good i thought, though the portion was way too huge.

            1. re: kevin

              Yup! I got it as a whim one day but it really works, and it's not only about the heat, but the textures and how chocolate really plays off a savory flavoring.

              http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/20...

              Have yet to make it to A Frame... will have to check it out!

              --Dommy!

          2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

            update on the Chocolate Hazelnut Purse:
            i had one at Fraiche about a week ago.
            completely unbalanced, underwhelming dessert.
            big gloppy, syrupy, very dense, VERY sugary chocolate goopy bomb, wrapped in thin pastry, with a tiny tablespoon of vanilla ice cream which i'm sure was meant to offset the tremendous heaviness and sugariness of the chocolate goopy thing. the ice cream might have had some of that effect if they had put more than a tablespoon of it on the plate. . .

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            Fraiche
            9411 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

          3. IMO Langer's is all that it's made to be - a solid, east coast quality pastrami that's definitely worth the visit (of course, the hours can be an obstacle). Have not been to Bay Cities for a measure-up though I intend to in the upcoming month.

            The Bacon chocolate brunch bar at Animal is certainly worthwhile - it means you'll not only enjoy a great dessert, but (obligatorily) all the meaty pleasures that preclude it.

            In terms of burgers, I'll take Umami over FO any day. Discounting the unnecessary attitude from FO, I think the Umami burger is simply better. Both are tasty but neither is truly transcendent - still in search of that.

            Everyone always talks about that Lasagna Verde at Angelini Osteria. Personally, I didn't much care for it.

            I actually remember watching the episode where Marc Summers dubbed Carney's TBTIEA. I was kind of shocked.

            Funny thing - I actually tried to order the Crying Tiger my first time at Jitlada, as a test of palate. Server said it wasn't as painful as I might have been anticipating, and directed me to order another item. I'll have to try it when I go back.

            Cho Sun Galbee's short ribs might very well be the priciest item on that list. More than likely you're paying extra to eat in a place that is less resembling of a chimney than most Korean BBQ's; in my book, though... where there is marbling, there is ...
            .. well, me.

            1. If you would like to see what LA board hounds have eaten that they recall as being the "best" single dishes or bites they've had, here are a couple of prior threads which address those very issues: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/694465 and http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6877...

              1. Eastside market and italian deli
                #7 hot roast beef and pastrami sandwich, delish
                Eastside Market & Italian Deli
                1013 Alpine street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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                Eastside Market
                1013 Alpine St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                1. I've tried 18 of the 28 listed, and of those 18, the only two that I think really approach being worthy of the lofty title are:

                  Loteria Grill's Mole - the best
                  BLD's Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes - not a big fan of BLD in general, but those pancakes...

                  Beyond that, the others I've had that I'd say are definitely worth a try are:

                  Langer's Pastrami
                  Father's Office Burger
                  Crustacean Garlic Noodles
                  Umami Burger
                  Cafe des Artistes Macaroni and Cheese
                  Kogi Short Rib Tacos

                  And the ones I'd take off the list are:

                  Animal Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar - love Animal, but this is their least impressive item
                  Luna Park S'Mores - really? whatever
                  Hugo's Pasta Mama - maybe I caught them on a bad day, but mine was almost inedibley dry and bland
                  Angelini Osteria Lasagna Verde - eh
                  A.O.C. Lamb Skewers - love A.O.C., love lamb, but these were just okay
                  Akasha Onion Rings - Duff went a little overboard, these were good, but not great
                  Arclight Caramel Corn - eh
                  Carneys Chili Dog - eh
                  The Foundry Grilled Cheese - way too much going on
                  Bay Cities Godmother - let’s agree to disagree

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                  1. re: wutzizname

                    18! Y'all are impressive.

                    Your "worthy" and "worth a try" are now on my short list. Interesting about the Lamb Skewers, as they looked awesome on the show. Will probably give it try some day though.

                    Agree, it's hard to wade thru Duff's enthusiasm to tell how good it is. Looked like any ol' onion ring to me.

                    1. re: pharmnerd

                      Part of the reason I like the show is because it seems SO much more genuine than anything on the food network. You can see the spark and passion in the eyes of many of the food personalities that made me believe, for the first time, that they DO really love good food and the effort put behind it. Lemme tell ya, when Giada raved about Woodspoon... my respect for her increased 1000x... Plus, they are really hitting good vibe with the show. The most recent when Sunny snorted... "What does Fondant Boy know about Chili?!" I almost fell off my couch...

                      1. re: pharmnerd

                        I had the AOC lamb skewers 2 weeks ago, they were good but not memorable. I had much better lamb skewers in Greece, for example.

                        In that list I had Chosun's ribs too. OK, nothing so special about them.

                        Umami's burger. I'm more into the Port & Stilton one than their signature burger, it is my favorite LA burger. But I'm totally biased because I live right around the corner of the original location and I can walk and pick up my burger to go. The Umami is very good, but I don't dream about it, whereas the port & stilton one...

                        Joan's on 3rd cupcake. meh. Too sweet.

                        And that's all.

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                        AOC
                        8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                        M Restaurant - Hotel Metropole
                        205 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704

                        1. re: bad nono

                          Umami Triple Pork burger does it for me...and AOC's bacon wrapped dates seemed like they were their signature dish when they first opened...

                    2. Whoa, first of all thanks for tracking all of down for us.

                      As to your question, of the ones I've tried these are indeed good:

                      - Chicken pot pie at Woodspoon
                      - Egg salad sandwich at Europane
                      - Breakfast pizza at Little Dom's

                      The ones that are more hype than hope for me:

                      - Office burger at Father's Office
                      - No. 19 at Langer's (duck!)
                      - Garlic noodles at Crustacean
                      - Short ribs at Chosun Galbee

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                      Little Dom's
                      2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                      Father's Office Bar
                      1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

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                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Yeah, I have no life and was REALLY bored last night.

                        Hmm. Seems the Pot Pie is receiving a few nods. Added to my "list" and as a plus, only a short drive away.

                        1. re: pharmnerd

                          Worth it... plus Woodspoon all around has excellent Apps and a wonderful cinnamon water, even my jaded top chef able mom attempted to make herself... LOL!

                          --Dommy!

                          1. re: pharmnerd

                            In addition to the pot pie at Wood Spoon, my husband loves the steak sandwich and we both love the pork burger...

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                            Wood Spoon
                            107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

                            1. re: aching

                              ... and don't forget her cookies!

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                Whaaaaa....??? Coooooooookies???

                                1. re: aching

                                  Seriously. what? I've been to Wood Spoon maybe 15 times, and I've never had the cookies. What have I been missing!

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                                  Wood Spoon
                                  107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

                                  1. re: andytseng

                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3916...

                                    1. re: Servorg

                                      Yup.

                          2. re: ipsedixit

                            Can you describe the chicken pot pie? (and do they sell them whole?)

                            1. re: Funwithfood

                              It's a chicken pot pie with a nice flaky crust, not to heavy, but not too flakey (have you had the flying pie man's meat pie? That verges on too flaky). The filling is well spiced, complex, but not challenging... it also have of texture points... the traditional ones but then has the bonus of melty logs of hearts of palm. The pie is of good size, not huge, but not this tiny precious this either. Totally worth the drive and visit to try at least once...

                              --Dommy!

                              1. re: Dommy

                                Interesting and intriguing description! Hearts of palm, now that's an unusual ingredient for chicken pot pie.

                                "(have you had the flying pie man's meat pie? That verges on too flaky)"
                                .....I've not had this pie, where is this place?

                                I love the chicken pot pie from Clementine's. How would the above compare?

                                P.S. One of the owners of Roman Cucina in Fullerton told me about a guy who makes killer chicken pot pies in Huntington Beach and delivers them but I'm too far.

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                                Roman Cucina
                                211 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832

                                1. re: Funwithfood

                                  I've actually never had the Clementine Chicken Pot Pie... I need to try it out...

                                  Flying Pie Man is the winner of this year's Good Food Pie contest. He's a Japanese man and currently sells his pies mail order. Although he does occassionally show up at shows like Artisanal LA and at the Cheese Cave in Claremont...

                                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/dommichu...

                                  http://flyingpieman.blogspot.com/

                                  --Dommy!

                                  1. re: Dommy

                                    Well I will certainly have to taste one of his pies!

                                    1. re: Funwithfood

                                      We did have the Flying Pie Man's pies. They were good, but not something I'd go out of my way for...he's moved up north btw.

                              2. re: Funwithfood

                                To add onto Dommy's description - the pies are single-serving size, maybe 5 or 6 inches in diameter. I always eat half and take the other half home. One of the things I love about it is that the filling is of perfect consistency - not too runny, as some other pot pies are. Also, it comes with a sort of Brazilian aioli sauce which adds the perfect creamy-spicy note to each bite of pie. And the chicken is perfectly moist and tender - no dried-out chunks. Yum!

                                1. re: aching

                                  Yes, it's small (or smaller than most chicken pies around town) but I also think's it's heavier (denser maybe?) than most of the larger pies. In this case, the looks can be deceiving as to how filling the pie can be.

                                  I dunno if it's necessarily the best pie around, but it is very very good.

                            2. I've had ten:

                              - Pastrami Sandwich - Langer's Deli
                              - Godmother Sandwich - Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
                              - Office Burger - Father's Office
                              - Chocolate Coconut Cupcake - Joan's on Third
                              - Burger - Umami Burger
                              - Lamb Skewers - A.O.C
                              - Onion Rings - Akasha
                              - Caramel Corn - Arclight Cinemas
                              - Chicken Pot Pie - WoodSpoon
                              - Korean BBQ Beef Short Ribs -Chosun Galbee

                              I'm so happy to see Wood Spoon on this list - the chicken pot pie is SO wonderful, and the owner, Natalia, is one of the nicest people in the world.

                              I just had the lamb skewers at AOC last month, and they were fantastic. I wished it was not a small plate though but rather a gigantic plate! It was but a mouthful when split between three people.

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                              AOC
                              8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                              Bay Cities Italian Deli
                              1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                              Akasha
                              9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                              Umami Burger
                              850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                              Wood Spoon
                              107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

                              Father's Office Bar
                              1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

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                              1. re: aching

                                I noticed you're the only one that mentioned having eaten the Chocolate Coconut Cupcake at Joan's on Third. I tried it and was not a fan at all. How this compares to Sprinkles' Red Velvet, I have no idea. I am wondering if this has to do w/ my disdain for Alex Guarnaschelli though.

                                btw.. I've had 11

                                1. re: andytseng

                                  I've had it and agree with you... I much prefer Susie Cakes for Cupcakes...

                                  --Dommy!

                                  1. re: Dommy

                                    Agree 100% on SusieCakes

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                                    SusieCakes
                                    2043 Westcliff Dr, Newport Beach, CA

                                    1. re: Dommy

                                      susie cakes also sells a petit lemon bar type of thing that i like.
                                      dunno what they call it.

                                    2. re: andytseng

                                      I'm the wrong person to ask because I'm not a cupcake connoisseur at all. Frankly, I think cupcakes are very awkward - it's hard to get the right amount of frosting and the right amount of cake in the same bite, and it always ends up on my face or in my lap or both. Give me a slice of cake instead any day!

                                      But, that said, I thought Joan's cupcake was a bit too sweet. I prefer Vanilla Bakeshop....

                                      1. re: aching

                                        Forgive the very late reply (just started reading this thread), but the trick is to rip the cupcake in half and smush the former bottom on top of the frosting. Voilà, instant cupcake sandwich.

                                    3. re: aching

                                      Thanks for piping up about the Lamb Skewers! I haven't had them in AGES and have been itching to head back to AOC... Woodburning oven is just calling me...

                                      --Dommy!

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                                      AOC
                                      8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                    4. Is Chosun Galbee better than Parks BBQ?

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

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                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                        Hardly... it's just more 'polished'. I am guessing the person who picked it, had an experience like me. Invited to a party meant to 'impress'...

                                        --Dommy!

                                      2. how about the banana cream pie from bandaras

                                        1. Great topic to liven up the board. I will learn something from this post. Thanks.

                                          1. Pastrami Sandwich - Langer's Deli
                                            - Hands down the best Pastrami (and YES, better than Brent's). The Reuben style with zippy cheese is the way to go

                                            Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar - Animal
                                            - Pretty delish. My only criticism is that the bacon bits were a little overcooked; although, I believe it was intended to be this way. In my amateur opinion, leaving a little bit of fat un-rendered in the bits allows for a more harmonious play between the bacon fat and the luscious ganache. But hey, I'de order it again in a pig's heartbeat.

                                            Office Burger - Father's Office
                                            - Nice but massively over-hyped. It lacks the juiciness and serious beef flavor that I expect from a burger. However, finding a better sweet potato fry would not be an easy task.

                                            Burger - Umami Burger
                                            - THE BEST BURGER I EVER ATE Period. The So-cal, Hatch, Truffle, Pork, Manly, and Port Stilton are my favorites. Not to keen on the Umami and Turkey Burgers.

                                            Korean Short Rib Tacos - Kogi BBQ Truck
                                            - Very good but a little overspiced for me. I would like to taste the meat a little more but I eat here whenever I see the truck.

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                                            Kogi
                                            Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

                                            Umami Burger
                                            850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                            Father's Office Bar
                                            1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

                                            M Restaurant - Hotel Metropole
                                            205 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704

                                            1. I'm an LA novice! I've only had the caramel corn (yum) and the kogi tacos......the tacos were good but not good enough to wait in a long line for. Luckily I didn't have to (are they still popular, btw?).

                                              I also ordered the beef jerky from the salty episode that comes from Ohio and it was AAAAAAMAAAAAZING.

                                              1. Had my first Langer's #19 today. It's the real deal. Looks/tastes exactly as described by Adam Gertler in the show. Ask for hot mustard if need to counter the sweetness of the cole slaw. A definite "must try" in my book.

                                                Hoping to hit Wood Spoon for the pot pie soon.

                                                1. I've been to Langers for the Pastrami and the Beef Brisket. I got the Pastrami on rye and the Brisket I think on rye and sometimes on sour dough. I used to work in downtown LA and used to take the bus over there or if I took a long lunch I would walk. It's quite a distance to walk but if I took a long lunch I could do it and burn the calories I ate. I have not been there in years though. I wish I had seen the episode when I went there.

                                                  To me though the "Pastrami" taste like corned beef to me though.

                                                  1. Langers #19. Sorry for the awful pic, but I was in a hurry to dig in. Was to-go, so looks a little smashed.

                                                     
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                                                    1. re: pharmnerd

                                                      I was eating at Langers with a friend about 8 years ago and in walks in Actor, Producer, Writer, Albert Brooks. He is in with another guy. So he eats and gets up and we look at him and he sees us and he gives us a wave. I suppose the guy he was in there with him is another Hollywood guy and they are talking some development deal. There are no studios near Langers, no ritzy neighborhoods (the opposite) so I suppose they came all the way to Langers with the intent on having some great food. You have to really like a place to drive a distance to get to it if you are not normally in the neighborhood.

                                                    2. FYI, saw a couple new episodes with reference to 2 LA dishes, both from WP by coincidence:

                                                      Episode: "Close to Home"

                                                      Wolfgang Puck - Whole Branzino Roasted in Sea Salt - Angelini Osteria
                                                      7313 Beverly Boulevard
                                                      Los Angeles, CA 90036
                                                      (323) 297-0070
                                                      www.angeliniosteria.com

                                                      Episode: "Bang for the Buck"

                                                      Wolfgang Puck - French Dipped Sandwiches - Philippe, The Original
                                                      1001 N. Alameda St.
                                                      Los Angeles, CA 90012
                                                      (213) 628-3781
                                                      www.philippes.com

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                                                      Angelini Osteria
                                                      7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                      1. More SoCal entrants for Season 4. I've only tried Slippery Shrimp at Yang Chow (good, but best thing I ever at???). The Pot Roast at Jar looked interesting because, well, it looks like pot roast.

                                                        Episode: "At a Deli"

                                                        Marc Summers - Corned Beef Sandwich - Brent's Delicatessen and Restaurant
                                                        19565 Parthenia St.
                                                        Northridge, CA 91324
                                                        (818) 886-5679
                                                        www.brentsdeli.com

                                                        Episode: "With Chopsticks"

                                                        Adam Gertler - Slippery Shrimp - Yang Chow
                                                        819 N. Broadway
                                                        Los Angeles, CA 90012
                                                        (213) 625-0811
                                                        www.yangchow.com

                                                        Episode: "That I'm Thankful For"

                                                        Jeff Henderson - Sweet Potato Cheesecake - Harriet's Cheesecakes
                                                        1515 Centinela Ave
                                                        Inglewood, CA 90302
                                                        310-419-2259

                                                        Cat Cora - Mandoo Vegetable Dumplings - Susan Feniger's Street
                                                        724 N. Highland Ave.
                                                        Los Angeles, CA 90038
                                                        323-203-0500
                                                        www.eatatstreet.com

                                                        Episode: "Crazy Good"

                                                        Rocco DiSpirito - Pot Roast - Jar
                                                        8225 Beverly Blvd.
                                                        Los Angeles, CA
                                                        323-655-6566
                                                        www.thejar.com

                                                        Giada De Laurentiis - Matterhorn Cake - Sweet Surrender
                                                        6439 Ming Ave.
                                                        Bakersfield, CA 93309
                                                        661-835-8530
                                                        www.sweetsurrenderbakery.com

                                                        Episode: "With Garlic"

                                                        Eric Greenspan - Garlic Naan - Al-Noor
                                                        15112 Inglewood Ave.
                                                        Lawndale, CA 90260
                                                        (310) 675-4700
                                                        www.alnoor-restaurant.net

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                                                        Yang Chow Restaurant
                                                        819 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                                                        10 Replies
                                                        1. re: pharmnerd

                                                          Dommy and I went to Al-Noor because of the episode and while the garlic naan good the chile naan was excellent

                                                          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                            I love Brent's deli. The corned beef is great but their Black Pastrami Rueben is one of the best sandwiches in LA.

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                                                            Brent's Deli
                                                            19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324

                                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                                              Nothing can touch that sandwich.

                                                              1. re: wienermobile

                                                                what makes it a black pastrami reuben, rather than just a mere pastrami reuben?

                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                  Nothing at all, it's just the name they call it and it's a great sandwich.
                                                                  From their menu: Black Pastrami Reuben Incredible!
                                                                  Served on Grilled Rye Bread
                                                                  with Melted Swiss Cheese,
                                                                  Hot Sauerkraut and Russian Dressing... “It will melt
                                                                  in your mouth.”
                                                                  http://www.brentsdeli.com/

                                                              2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                Yeah, the garlic was good, but not POW garlic... The Chile Naan however was one of the best breads EVAH!! Beautiful too...

                                                                http://yfrog.com/c8uo30j

                                                                --Dommy!

                                                              3. re: pharmnerd

                                                                LOVE Al-Noor. Not only is their garlic naan delicious, but their parathas are perfection. I also have not ever had a better palak paneer!

                                                                1. re: pharmnerd

                                                                  Hit most of these as well... although now they are running out of ideas and I recently went to a PR site that was touting they got one of their clients on the show. SERIOUS let down...

                                                                  --Dommy!

                                                                  1. re: Dommy

                                                                    Gotta take all the "best of" food shows with a grain of salt I guess.

                                                                    1. re: pharmnerd

                                                                      Yeah, they had me going on this one, at least initially because the chef's talked so passionately about the foods. Sometimes they would be more passionate about the dishes here then they would be about the dishes on their own show! I mean seeing Alton Brown wax poetic about the beauty of bibimbap (one of my favorite things ever!) was so refreshing... Anyway, like I mentioned now you can tell who is phoning it in.... :/

                                                                      --Dommy!

                                                                2. I always considered myself a junior foodie. I guess I have graduated to the big time!

                                                                  Pastrami Sandwich - Langer's -
                                                                  I love this sandwich. It rivals my first experience at 2nd Ave Deli. Surprisingly they they don't have great pickles.
                                                                  Godmother - Bay Cities
                                                                  Old school LA. Darn good.
                                                                  Pasta Mama - Hugo's
                                                                  Another excellent LA standby.
                                                                  Caramel Corn - Arclight Cinemas
                                                                  Surprised how tasty, but kinda greasy.
                                                                  Chocolate Coconut Cupcake - Joan's on 3rd
                                                                  Umami Burger - Umami Burger
                                                                  Good burger. Not the best just darn good.
                                                                  Lasagne Verde - Angelini Osteria
                                                                  Amazing.
                                                                  Short Rib Taco's - Kogi
                                                                  Whatever! I prefer Chego's beef bowl!
                                                                  Chicken Mole - Loteria Grill
                                                                  Pretty good. I love the potato tacos.
                                                                  Chili Dog - Carney's
                                                                  Ate here my whole life. Nothing beats Tommy's on Rampart though.
                                                                  BBQ Short Ribs - Chosun Galbee
                                                                  Great vibe for big groups of friends.
                                                                  Whole Branzino Roasted in Sea Salt - Angelini Osteria
                                                                  Excellent.
                                                                  French Dipped Sandwiches - Philippe, The Original
                                                                  You're not a real resident of LA if you haven't had this. I prefer the lamb double dip. Don't forget the mustard. You gotta try the pickled egg for kicks!

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                                                                  Angelini Osteria
                                                                  7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                  Loteria Grill
                                                                  6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                  Kogi
                                                                  Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

                                                                  Umami Burger
                                                                  850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                  Chego
                                                                  3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                                                                  1. The Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar is absolutely amazing! It totally got me hooked on the bacon/chocolate pairing! In the past year and a half since I've had it I've been trying to convince my culinary team to use the pairing more often (or at all) and everyone just looks at me like I'm nuts. Same with the pig ear in the sambal sauce and fried egg. Oh well.

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                                                                    Animal
                                                                    435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                    1. I did pretty good w/ 10 checked off the list but this thread is more awesome for putting 6 new spots on my absolutely must-try list.

                                                                      thumbs up in order of preference:
                                                                      langer's pastrami - the best!
                                                                      europane egg salad - perfection.
                                                                      Philippe french dip - the mustard is what elevates this for me but i'd rather have a cole's dip
                                                                      bay cities godmother - though i find the bread the best part, too many elements for it to be a perfect sandwich for me
                                                                      kogi short rib tacos - tasty but not worth the wait
                                                                      BLD ricotta pancakes - better than everything else on the menu but not worth a special trip
                                                                      slippery shrimp @ yang chow - good in a guilty pleasure sort of way

                                                                      thumbs down:

                                                                      little dom's breakfast pizza - the crust gets soggy within seconds of arriving to your table, every other thing on the menu is better than their pizzas
                                                                      umami burger / office burger - overhyped and not that delicious

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                                                                      BLD Restaurant
                                                                      7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                      4 Replies
                                                                      1. re: maiweezy

                                                                        I prefer Cole's too! I think we're in the minority here though.

                                                                        1. re: aching

                                                                          Nope -- Eastside Market Deli -- much bigger and more satisfying.

                                                                          On the westside, Victor Jr.'s does a great Italian beef with dipping jus on the side.

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                                                                          Eastside Market
                                                                          1013 Alpine St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                                                                          Victor Jr's
                                                                          10113 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                                                                          1. re: nosh

                                                                            Added to my "gotta try" list. Thanks for heads-up. How might it compare to Portillo's in Buena Park?

                                                                          2. re: aching

                                                                            philippes doesn't make a french dip, they make a roast beef sandwich with soggy bread.

                                                                        2. So I visited LA for the first time this week (from Montreal). I ended up trying some of the things on this list and here is what I thought.

                                                                          Korean Short Rib Tacos - Kogi BBQ Truck
                                                                          really liked these, I also tried the spicy pork and tofu ones which were good but these were REALLY good.

                                                                          Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes - BLD
                                                                          Really enjoyed these! They were soo rich though I was feeling it for a while after.
                                                                          Also tryed their benedicts and only thought they were ok,

                                                                          Umami Burger
                                                                          LOVED IT!!! Probably the best burger I ever had.. Had the Truffled cheese one, really amazing

                                                                          Pasta Mama - Hugo's
                                                                          Really disappointed in this one. Just made me think how the hell can someone say this is the best thing he ever ate!!! It was really nothing special but still ok. My girlfriend had the Chilaquiles and those were just pretty crap.

                                                                          Godmother Sandwich - Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
                                                                          Another disappointment. Come on its just a regular sandwich with cold cuts in it! How is that the best thing you ever ate! I did enjoy the place though, would definetly be one of my spots if lived down here.

                                                                          Other things I had that were not on the list was a breakfast sandwhich at 26 beach , which was very sloppy and made me and my girl very angry but it was pretty good despite.
                                                                          Had a lobster roll from lobsta truck which was ok.
                                                                          In n out burger was horrible Im sorry to say. tasted like mcdonalds.
                                                                          Hama Sushi in little tokyo was pretty good considering there wasnt teriyaki and tempura which I would normally order both of when going out for sushi. Liked the spicy tuna hand rolls very much
                                                                          Had a fish taco at Baja fresh which I kinda enjoyed surprisingly.
                                                                          And finally Woodspoon was closed so i couldnt try the chicken pot pie :<
                                                                          Definetley cant wait to come back, lots more to explore!

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                                                                          BLD Restaurant
                                                                          7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                          Bay Cities Italian Deli
                                                                          1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                                                          Umami Burger
                                                                          850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                          Hama Sushi
                                                                          347 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                                                                          10 Replies
                                                                          1. re: jay_81k

                                                                            How did a sloppy sandwich at 26 Beach make you and your companion "very angry" (there has to be some sort of story behind that particular statement)?

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                                                                            26 Beach
                                                                            3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

                                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                                              Well everytime we tried taking a bite the whole sandwich would fall apart. It was quite frustrating. My girlfriend ended up eating it open faced with a fork and knife. All the ingedients inside the sandwich were good though

                                                                            2. re: jay_81k

                                                                              Jay...
                                                                              Of course Hana Sushi did not have teriyaki and tempura. It's a sushi shop. Perhaps you should have gone to a regular Japanese restaurant, which would normally serve things like teriyaki and tempura.

                                                                              1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                I had no idea, went with friends who recommended it. Wasnt a big deal though.

                                                                              2. re: jay_81k

                                                                                "In n out burger was horrible Im sorry to say. tasted like mcdonalds."

                                                                                McDonald's where you live must be mighty good.

                                                                                1. re: JAB

                                                                                  Funny you say that, actually the quality of mcdonalds is apparently better in canada. But still garbage in my opinion. Maybe my expectations were really high considering I heard from many people that its great, but its a paper thin burger with what tasted like big mac sauce. There's just so many better options. It boggles my mind how everybody thinks that its a good burger. Am I the only one who feels this way??

                                                                                  1. re: jay_81k

                                                                                    I like the burger but hate the fries.

                                                                                    1. re: jay_81k

                                                                                      It's just a cheap drive through burger done well and made fresh to order, not frozen. Nothing like McDonald's at all

                                                                                  2. re: jay_81k

                                                                                    Agree about In n Out Burger, it's flat out awful.

                                                                                    1. re: OC Mutt

                                                                                      +2 OC Mutt and jay_81k

                                                                                  3. More from Season 3:

                                                                                    Episode: "Sliced"

                                                                                    Duff Goldman - Charcuterie de la Maison - Church & State
                                                                                    1850 Industrial St
                                                                                    Los Angeles, CA 90021
                                                                                    www.churchandstatebistro.com

                                                                                    And, from Season 4:

                                                                                    Episode: "With Garlic"

                                                                                    Duff Goldman - Half Chicken with Garlic Sauce - Zankou Chicken
                                                                                    multiple Los Angeles area locations
                                                                                    Los Angeles, CA
                                                                                    www.zankouchicken.com

                                                                                    I know there's a lot of Zankou chain-haters, but when you hit it on a good time/day (juicy meat, crispy skin, etc), it's more than worth the price of entry IMO.

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                                                                                    Church & State
                                                                                    1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

                                                                                    4 Replies
                                                                                    1. re: pharmnerd

                                                                                      Agreed! I have one of those otherworldy experiences at the Pasadena Zankou last time I went. Fabulous.

                                                                                      1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                        why was it so great?

                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                          Don't know. I have been eating at Zankou for over 10 years and the last time it was really, really good. Probably the best it has been in at least the past 5 years.

                                                                                      2. re: pharmnerd

                                                                                        In case you missed it, Bernard Manzke, late of Church & State, is now in residence at Le Saint Amour in Culver City. This estimable brasserie now boasts the #1 pate & #2 sausage maker in the city -- Bruno Herve-Commereuc -- & the #1 sausage & #2 pate maker -- Manzke -- in the same kitchen. Charcuterie platter is smaller & pricier than Bruno's halcyon Angelique Cafe days, but still rocks the taste buds.

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                                                                                        Church & State
                                                                                        1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

                                                                                        Le Saint Amour
                                                                                        9725 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                                                                                      3. Just had the Office Burger at Father's Office last week. Pretty damn good. Not Mindblowing, but almost.

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                                                                                        Father's Office
                                                                                        1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

                                                                                        Father's Office Bar
                                                                                        1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

                                                                                        1. This list is pretty spot on! I'd also add Hickory Burger from Apple Pan, Fried Chicken Sandwich from Son of a Gun, Jitlada Morning Glory salad, Mastros steak, Spicy Tuna and crispy rice at Izaka Ya, corned beef sandwich at Nate 'N Al's

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                                                                                          Jitlada
                                                                                          5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                                          Apple Pan
                                                                                          10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                                                                          Mastros Restaurant
                                                                                          2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

                                                                                          Son of a Gun
                                                                                          8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                                                                          1 Reply
                                                                                          1. re: jamiemica

                                                                                            man, that fried chicken sandwich from Son of a Gun was fucking awesome.

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                                                                                            Son of a Gun
                                                                                            8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                                                                          2. OK, here's what I've tried:

                                                                                            1. Umami Burger -- the SoCal burger is my favorite burger, ever, period. There is no burger that is so juicy and delicious, and the SoCal has the good old melty american cheese and thousand island dressing to make it perfect. Umami Burger is definitely worth a drive.
                                                                                            2. Phillipe's French Dip -- I've been in love with the pork sandwich (double dipped) since I was a kid -- used to be a reward for me and my sister after flouride treatments from our dentist in Little Tokyo. Worth a drive. The macaroni salad, potato salad, and mustard are all must-haves too. Much better than its rival Cole's.

                                                                                            3. Slippery Shrimp at Yang Chow -- very good but really sweet. To me, not worth a long drive. Yang Chow does have another location in Canoga Park though if that's closer (or is it Woodland Hills?)
                                                                                            4. Korean Short Rib Tacos from Kogi's -- Yes, worth a drive to have them at least once. Personally I prefer going to the Alibi Room to get them to waiting outside in front of a truck. Alibi has a decent beer selection and there's some stuff on the Kogi menu there you can't get from the trucks. Personally I like the short rib sliders even better than the tacos, and the kimchee quesadilla is deliciously indulgent with some sort of red pepper aoili.
                                                                                            5. Half chicken with garlic sauce from Zankou -- Their garlic sauce is fantastic. Personally, I prefer the chicken tarna sandwich with double garlic sauce. It's worth a drive. That garlic sauce is unforgettable. The rotisserie chicken at Zankou is good but not the best ever, however, the tarna is done shawarma-style and spiced, super-tender.
                                                                                            6. I have not tried the chocolate-coconut cupcake but I want to give a shout out to the Oinkster's peanut butter and jelly cupcake, which is amazing. Like biting into your happiest childhood memory.

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                                                                                            Oinkster
                                                                                            2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                                                                            Alibi Room
                                                                                            12236 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                                                                                            Yang Chow
                                                                                            6443 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91303

                                                                                            Kogi
                                                                                            Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

                                                                                            Umami Burger
                                                                                            850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                            Little Tokyo Restaurant
                                                                                            150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773

                                                                                            Canoga Cafe
                                                                                            6200 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

                                                                                            1. I really WANT to try the Foundry's grilled cheese w/short ribs!!

                                                                                              Have tried:
                                                                                              Langers-#19 is good, but it's more like corned beef than the east coast pastrami I knew & loved
                                                                                              Phillipe's-def. an institution, lamb double dip is good, but the lines suck
                                                                                              Bay Cities-Godmother is good b/c of the bread, that's about it, like their hot subs better
                                                                                              Animal-Bacon crunch bar, was good, but too full from the other menu items to consider it best
                                                                                              Yang Chow-we had one down the street from us in Pasadena the only shrimp my DH would eat
                                                                                              Crustacean-garlic noodles are good, but not best
                                                                                              Umami-only have had the Hatch burger, but it is delicious

                                                                                              1. FWIW, Season 5 has started.

                                                                                                Episode: "Combos"

                                                                                                Duff Goldman -Chicken & Waffles -Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n Waffles
                                                                                                1514 North Gower Street
                                                                                                Los Angeles, CA 90028
                                                                                                (323) 466-7453
                                                                                                www.roscoeschickenandwaffles.com

                                                                                                Episode: "Fried Chicken"

                                                                                                Michael Symond -Coconut Fried Chicken -Cha Cha Chicken
                                                                                                1906 Ocean Avenue
                                                                                                Santa Monica, CA 90405-1044
                                                                                                (310) 581-1684
                                                                                                www.chachachicken.com

                                                                                                1 Reply
                                                                                                1. re: pharmnerd

                                                                                                  I do love the chicken and waffles at Roscoe's, nice comfort food. (I've gone to the one in Pasadena and Long Beach, the former was better.)

                                                                                                2. S'mores at Luna Park: Presentation and that chocolate (which I'm addicted to) were great.
                                                                                                  No. 19 at Langers: Unlke any pastrami I've had. Wonderful and definitely worth the 1.5 hour drive.
                                                                                                  Hazelnut purse at Riva: Called ahead and found out they were out of business.
                                                                                                  Chili dog at Carney's: A solid dog, but nothing great. Still go at least once because it's a classic joint. (If you're looking for classic chili-smothered grub from an iconic LA eatery, you can't do better than the original Tommy's on Rampart late night on some summer weekend.

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                                                                                                  Luna Park
                                                                                                  672 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                  3 Replies
                                                                                                  1. re: randyolson

                                                                                                    wehre's riva, and i may be confusing that with riversa, the jon sedlar joint?

                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                      Riva was in Santa Monica.

                                                                                                    2. re: randyolson

                                                                                                      imho, ya didn't miss anything of value in that purse and you saved the time and gas of the drive involved: a win-win

                                                                                                    3. More from Season 5:

                                                                                                      Episode: "Better Than Mine"

                                                                                                      The Waffle - Red Velvet Waffle
                                                                                                      Guest: Susan Feniger
                                                                                                      6255 W Sunset Blvd
                                                                                                      Los Angeles, CA 90028
                                                                                                      (323) 465-6901
                                                                                                      www.thewaffle.us/site/home.html

                                                                                                      Samosa House - Samosas
                                                                                                      Guest: Aarti Sequeira
                                                                                                      11510 West Washington Boulevard
                                                                                                      Los Angeles, CA 90066
                                                                                                      (310) 398-6766
                                                                                                      www.samosahouse.net

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                                                                                                      Samosa House
                                                                                                      11510 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA

                                                                                                      1 Reply
                                                                                                      1. re: pharmnerd

                                                                                                        Tried Samosa House the other day -- excellent samose pastry and fluffy vegetable filling. Up there with the best I've had, but I prefer a more heavily spiced filling. Also had some yummy banana curry.

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                                                                                                        Samosa House
                                                                                                        11510 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA

                                                                                                      2. I Love Cole's French Dip or Philippe Original Restaurant for their French Dip . But for Pastrami it has to be Johnnies Pastrami Restaurant in Culver City -The Best !!!

                                                                                                        1. The Farm - brownies
                                                                                                          Nate n Als - potato pancakes.....both r not to be missed

                                                                                                          1. More Season 5: Farrell's? Serious? Everything else looked good on TV at least.

                                                                                                            Episode: “Old School”

                                                                                                            La Scala – Jean Leon Original Chopped Salad
                                                                                                            Guest: Gail Simmons
                                                                                                            434 N Canon Dr
                                                                                                            Beverly Hills, CA 90210
                                                                                                            (310) 275-0579
                                                                                                            www.lascalabeverlyhills.com

                                                                                                            Episode: “Ice Creamy”

                                                                                                            Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurant – Gibson Girl
                                                                                                            Guest: ?
                                                                                                            799 The Shops at Mission Viejo
                                                                                                            Mission Viejo, CA 92691
                                                                                                            (949) 364-5411
                                                                                                            www.farrellsusa.com

                                                                                                            Bulgarini Gelato - Torta Gelato with Chocolate and Pistacchio
                                                                                                            Guest: ?
                                                                                                            749 E. Altadena Dr.
                                                                                                            Altadena, CA 91001
                                                                                                            (626) 791-6174
                                                                                                            www.bulgarinigelato.com

                                                                                                            Episode: “French Favorites”

                                                                                                            Lucques – Braised Shortribs
                                                                                                            Guest: ?
                                                                                                            8474 Melrose Ave.
                                                                                                            West Hollywood, CA 90069
                                                                                                            (323) 655-6277
                                                                                                            http://www.lucques.com

                                                                                                            Episode: “Finger Foods”

                                                                                                            Meals By Genet – Dorowat (Ethiopian Chicken Stew
                                                                                                            )Guest: Melissa D’Arabian
                                                                                                            1053 S. Fairfax Ave.
                                                                                                            Los Angeles, CA 90019
                                                                                                            (323) 938-9304
                                                                                                            www.mealsbygenet.com

                                                                                                            The Gorbals – Bacon Wrapped Matzoh Balls
                                                                                                            Guest: Rahm Fama
                                                                                                            501 S. Spring St.
                                                                                                            Los Angeles, CA 90013
                                                                                                            (213) 488-3408
                                                                                                            thegorbals.squarespace.com

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                                                                                                            Meals By Genet
                                                                                                            1053 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

                                                                                                            Bulgarini Gelato
                                                                                                            749 E Altadena Dr, Altadena, CA 91001

                                                                                                            Lucques
                                                                                                            8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

                                                                                                            La Scala
                                                                                                            1100 S San Pedro St Ste A0, Los Angeles, CA 90015

                                                                                                            The Gorbals
                                                                                                            501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                                                                                                            Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant
                                                                                                            799 The Shops Blvd, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

                                                                                                            5 Replies
                                                                                                            1. re: pharmnerd

                                                                                                              Yes, the bacon-wrapped matzoh balls at the Gorbals are really, really good. If you go try the latkes too.

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                                                                                                              The Gorbals
                                                                                                              501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                                                                                                              1. re: clintonhillbilly

                                                                                                                the best part is the smoked apple sauce that goes with it.

                                                                                                              2. re: pharmnerd

                                                                                                                "Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurant – Gibson Girl"
                                                                                                                Recommended by Mo Rocca (comedian and host of Foodography)

                                                                                                                "Lucques – Braised Shortribs"
                                                                                                                Recommended by Frank Bruni (NY Times food critic)

                                                                                                                1. re: 2roadsdiverge

                                                                                                                  Thank you. The online info has become more sketchy & I deleted the Tivo'd shows. Frank Bruni's recs always look awesome.

                                                                                                                2. re: pharmnerd

                                                                                                                  The bulgarini gelato person was Aarti Party.

                                                                                                                  Makes me question whether the torta is that good... never tried that specific thing.

                                                                                                                3. The chicken teriyaki/tempura combo at Noshi Sushi is great. They use chicken breast with a light teriyaki sauce - most restaurant teriyaki sauces are too sweet. Noshi's is light and nicely seasoned. The tempura isn't overly breaded or greasy. They give you a nice salad. It's a good value for the buck.

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                                                                                                                  Noshi Sushi
                                                                                                                  4430 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

                                                                                                                  1. Season 6 is complete...I think. Any of these worthy of the distinction?

                                                                                                                    Episode: "Messy"

                                                                                                                    The Boiling Crab
                                                                                                                    742 W Valley Blvd.
                                                                                                                    Alhambra, CA 91803
                                                                                                                    (626) 576-9368
                                                                                                                    http://www.theboilingcrab.com/

                                                                                                                    On Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Simon Majumdar skips the crab and goes for the finger-licking good, as spicy as you want them, shrimp at The Boiling Crab in Alhambra, CA.

                                                                                                                    Episode: "As Good As Moms"

                                                                                                                    La Poubelle
                                                                                                                    5907 Franklin Ave.
                                                                                                                    Hollywood, CA 90028
                                                                                                                    (323) 465-0807
                                                                                                                    http://www.lapoubellebistro.com/

                                                                                                                    On Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Curtis Stone reveals his favorite French dish that he raves is as good as his moms, the Coq Au Vin, at La Poubelle in Hollywood, CA.

                                                                                                                    Lukshon
                                                                                                                    3239 Helms Ave.
                                                                                                                    Culver City, CA 90232
                                                                                                                    (310) 202-6808
                                                                                                                    http://www.lukshon.com/

                                                                                                                    On Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Candace Nelson raves about the Spicy Chicken Pops, drumettes dusted with spicy sichuan salt and garlic, that are as good as her moms, at Lukshon in Culver City, CA.

                                                                                                                    Spago Beverly Hills
                                                                                                                    176 N. Canon Dr.
                                                                                                                    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
                                                                                                                    (310) 385-0880
                                                                                                                    http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restauran...

                                                                                                                    Wolfgang Puck praises the Kaiserschmarrn, a warm pancake-like dessert crafted by the executive chef from Wolfgang's own restaurant, Spago, in Beverly Hills, CA, and claims it's as good as his moms.

                                                                                                                    Episode: "Frightfully Good"

                                                                                                                    Animal Restaurant
                                                                                                                    435 N. Fairfax Ave.
                                                                                                                    Los Angeles, CA 90036
                                                                                                                    323-782-9225
                                                                                                                    http://www.animalrestaurant.com

                                                                                                                    Duff Goldman prefers the fresh, local ingredients and the classic American cuisine at Animal in Los Angeles, CA, on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Pig tails.

                                                                                                                    Episode: "Bird is the Word"

                                                                                                                    A-Frame
                                                                                                                    12565 Washington Blvd.
                                                                                                                    Los Angeles, CA 90066
                                                                                                                    (310) 398-7700
                                                                                                                    http://aframela.com/new/

                                                                                                                    Susan Feniger's bird dish of choice, the Cracklin' Beer Can Chicken, is a delicious, old school favorite at A-Frame in Los Angeles, CA, on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate.

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                                                                                                                    Spago
                                                                                                                    176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                    La Poubelle
                                                                                                                    5907 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                                                                                                    Lukshon
                                                                                                                    3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

                                                                                                                    A-Frame
                                                                                                                    12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066