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Food Network's "Best Thing I Ever Ate". What have you tried in L.A.?

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...