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Are Food Feuds (or Food Wars, depending what channel you watch) in Los Angeles?

ipsedixit Oct 11, 2010 10:20 AM

If you watch Food Network, you'll know about Food Feuds with Michael Simon.

If you watch the Travel Channel, you'll know about Food Wars.

But the idea is the same, two local favorites battle it out for "The Best" or supremacy in that particular food genre.

Like, Pat and Geno's for the Philly Cheesesteak. Or Juniors and Eileens for the NY-Style Cheesecake. Etc.

Are there similar food feuds or wars in Los Angeles?

Here's my very truncated and limited list and my educated guess at what the hoi polloi would consider the winner in parentheses:

- Pastrami Sandwich: Langer's v. Canter's (winner: Langer's?)

- Xiao Long Bao: Din Tai Fung v. Dean Sin World (winner: Din Tai Fung?)

- Best high-end burger: Father's Office v. Foundry (winner: FO?)

- Dim Sum: Elite v. Sea Harbour (winner: __?)

- Fish Tacos: Best Fish Tacos Ensenada v. Tacos Baja Ensenada (winner: __?)

- Korean BBQ: Park's v. Soot Bull Jeep (winner: Park's?)

- Omakase (traditional edomae): Zo v. Mori (winner: Mori?)


Other food feuds or wars?

  1. n
    ns1 Oct 11, 2010 10:29 AM

    "- Fish Tacos: Best Fish Tacos Ensenada v. Tacos Baja Ensenada (winner: __?)"

    Ricky's VS All

    Taco Zone vs La Estrella
    Fabs Vs Slaw Dogs
    Santouka vs Daikokuya

    327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Tacos Baja Ensenada
    385 W Whittier Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640

    La Estrella Restaurant
    330 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

    Tacos Ensenada
    24601 Raymond Way Ste 1, Lake Forest, CA 92630

    The Slaw Dogs
    720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

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    1. re: ns1
      Burger Boy Oct 11, 2010 12:01 PM

      Fab's is a slam dunk on that one!

    2. t
      taiwanesesmalleats Oct 11, 2010 11:54 AM

      Philippe's vs Cole's

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      1. re: taiwanesesmalleats
        ipsedixit Oct 11, 2010 12:11 PM

        Yes, of course. How could I forget that one.

      2. b
        Burger Boy Oct 11, 2010 11:58 AM

        If you are gonna do burgers you need to include 26 Beach! The Katsu California Roll Hamburger and now The Yuki Spicy Tuna Burger. This place is doing the most innovative burgers in LA! Check this out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK401k...

        26 Beach
        3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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          Burger Boy Oct 11, 2010 12:01 PM

          Tito's Tacos vs Pepe's in Alhambra
          Brooklyn Bagel vs Western Bagel
          Casa Bianca vs Petrillos
          Vito''s vs Village Pizza

          Tito's Tacos
          11222 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90230

          Western Bagel
          21749 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

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          1. re: Burger Boy
            ipsedixit Oct 11, 2010 12:12 PM

            Is there really a battle between bagels? I think the general consensus is that either (1) they are all bad or (2) they are all about the same.

            1. re: Burger Boy
              Mr Taster Oct 13, 2010 07:09 PM

              Vito's vs. Village seems like an awfully random pairing when interloper Joe's of Bleecker is right up the street from Vito.

              Mr Taster

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              Burger Boy Oct 11, 2010 12:02 PM

              Who would you nominate for Sushi?

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                andytseng Oct 11, 2010 12:15 PM

                Does anyone really consider Canter's pastrami to be better than Langer's? I think people just go there because of convenience (hours and location).

                I don't think there are many (if any) food "feuds" in LA, but maybe we could play host to an In-n-Out vs. Five Guys war.

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                1. re: andytseng
                  reality check Oct 11, 2010 12:17 PM

                  I can understand why Five Guys and In N Out, wouldn't be on the list. Five Guys has only five LA area locations, and three of them opened up within the past 6-8 months. So not enough people have tried Five Guys.

                  I would add, Fosselmans vs Handels.

                  1. re: reality check
                    Burger Boy Oct 11, 2010 01:02 PM

                    Is that really a battle, they are both great! Maybe Scoops vs The Italian way up on Lake Street.

                  2. re: andytseng
                    ipsedixit Oct 11, 2010 01:06 PM

                    "I don't think there are many (if any) food "feuds" in LA, but maybe we could play host to an In-n-Out vs. Five Guys war."


                    I really don't think that's regional enough. In N Out versus Tommy's maybe?

                    I think you're right re: Langer's and pastrami.

                    Maybe a better pastrami question would be The Hat versus Oinkster?

                    Or if you want to stick with Langer's and pastrami, maybe it should be which Langer's sandwich is the best -- i.e. No. 1 versus No. 19?

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                    Ogawak Oct 12, 2010 11:26 AM

                    I think a classic battle in LA is:

                    Apple Pan vs. Pie N Burger and throw in a Jongewaard's Bake N Broil

                    I think Langers needs to go up against Brent's

                    How about New Moon vs. Paul's Kitchen?

                    Is there a Cut vs. Mastro's vs. Ruth Chris battle?

                    Or Vito's vs. Joe's?

                    New Moon Restaurant
                    2138 Verdugo Blvd, Montrose, CA 91020

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

                    Paul's Kitchen
                    1012 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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                    1. re: Ogawak
                      ns1 Oct 12, 2010 11:34 AM

                      Vito's v Joe's

                      = Vito's

                    2. Peripatetic Oct 13, 2010 03:00 AM

                      Fun topic! I'll add:

                      Bob's vs Stan's (vs Randy's)

                      Pann's vs Roscoe's

                      Kyochon vs BonChon

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                      1. re: Peripatetic
                        ns1 Oct 13, 2010 08:13 AM


                        1. re: ns1
                          Peripatetic Oct 13, 2010 02:58 PM

                          Agreed, though the sport is to identify the rivalry, not pick the (sometimes obvious) winner.

                        2. re: Peripatetic
                          Peripatetic Oct 13, 2010 03:04 PM

                          Maybe also: Pinkberry vs Red Mango

                          There are many other decent froyo places, but arguably Pinkberry pinched the concept from Red Mango, so it's something of a grudge match.

                          1. re: Peripatetic
                            ipsedixit Oct 13, 2010 03:17 PM

                            "Maybe also Pinkberry vs Red Mango"

                            Meh, that's so 2008. :-)

                          2. re: Peripatetic
                            Peripatetic Oct 13, 2010 03:17 PM

                            Another possibility: BCD Tofu vs Beverly Tofu

                            I've never been to either, though, as I'm So Kong Dong devotee.

                            1. re: Peripatetic
                              taiwanesesmalleats Oct 13, 2010 06:22 PM

                              If anything, it'd be Beverly vs So Kong Dong IMO.

                              So Kong Dong
                              2716 W Olympic Blvd Ste 104, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                              1. re: taiwanesesmalleats
                                Peripatetic Oct 13, 2010 08:53 PM

                                Google agrees with you:

                                "beverly tofu" "bcd tofu" site:chow.com = 29 results
                                "bcd tofu" "so kong dong" site:chow.com = 50 results
                                "beverly tofu" "so kong dong" site:chow.com = 53 results

                                1. re: Peripatetic
                                  taiwanesesmalleats Oct 14, 2010 08:41 PM

                                  In that battle, my vote is for Beverly. ;)

                                  1. re: taiwanesesmalleats
                                    Mr Taster Oct 15, 2010 11:25 AM

                                    Beverly for the beautiful, smoky, perfectly cooked bbq squid!

                                    Mr Taster

                          3. DrBruin Oct 13, 2010 03:57 AM

                            Bay Cities Godmother vs. Subway's Spicy Italian.

                            Kidding... about Subway. Is there a comparable italian deli meat sandwich to Bay Cities that people are equally passionate about?

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                            1. re: DrBruin
                              mdpilam Oct 13, 2010 07:06 PM

                              Just had Wally's Italian Hero (in their cheese shop), and I'd say it rivaled Bay Cities - though I really like their spicy hot pepper relish. But I prefer Wally's ciabatta roll, as it is easier to eat.

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                              Ogawak Oct 13, 2010 08:52 AM

                              How about:

                              Bludso's vs. BigMista
                              Phillips vs Porky's

                              On ones previously mentioned:

                              I really like:
                              Stan's vs. Bob's vs. Randy's
                              Phillipes vs. Coles
                              Elite vs. Sea Harbour
                              Din Tai Fung vs. Dean Sin World
                              Parks vs. Soot Bul Jeep
                              Santouka vs. Daikokuya

                              Are there really peers/rivals for:

                              El Tepeyec Hollenbeck burrito
                              Langer's pastrami
                              Bay Cities Godmother
                              Vito's (Mozza doesn't really count)
                              Father's Office hamburger
                              Bulgarini gelato?

                              Din Tai Fung Restaurant
                              1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

                              327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                              3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                              Dean Sin World
                              306 N Garfield Ave # 2, Monterey Park, CA

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

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                              1. re: Ogawak
                                ipsedixit Oct 13, 2010 09:59 AM

                                Actually, I think Scoops gelato can give Bulgarini a run for its money.

                                I know people think of Scoops more for ice cream -- and Tai's outrageous creations -- but give his gelato a try sometime. You'll be surprised.

                                1. re: Ogawak
                                  Peripatetic Oct 13, 2010 02:59 PM

                                  FO vs Umami? They even have dueling service issues.

                                2. ipsedixit Oct 13, 2010 10:06 AM

                                  We should probably add a Banh Mi battle (so obvious, how could I forget) ...

                                  In the chain/franchise category: Lee's v. Mr. Baguette

                                  In the Mom&Pop category: Baguette City v. Banh Mi My Tho

                                  Mr. Baguette
                                  400 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

                                  Banh Mi My Tho
                                  304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

                                  Baguette City
                                  9505 Garvey Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733

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