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Are there any restaurants where you've actually tried every single item on the menu?

ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 09:15 AM

Chains (e.g. In N Out) exempted.

But this thread about trying all 300+ dishes at Jitlada, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7623..., got me thinking.

Are there restaurants out there where you've tried every single item on the menu? Was it worth the effort? Did it make you appreciate the restaurant more? Less?

Maybe this should be done more. I know I can get pretty myopic in my menu choices when it comes to my favorite joints, and I'm pretty sure alot of 'Hounds out there are the same (e.g. the No. 19 at Langer's comes to mind).

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  1. Das Ubergeek RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 10:40 AM

    I have tried every single thing on Skaf's menu.

    I have eaten every single thing on Mariscos Chente's menu (or I had the last time I went—I don't know if there are additional items now).

    I have eaten every single thing on Xanh Bistro's menu.

    I have eaten, in one combination or another, every topping for com tam they sell at Com Tam Thuan Kieu.

    I have eaten ALMOST every single thing on Thai Nakorn's menu.

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    Thai Nakorn
    11951 Beach Blvd, Stanton, CA 90680

    Xanh Bistro
    16161 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

    Mariscos Chente
    4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Com Tam Thuan Kieu
    120 E Valley Blvd Ste I, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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      mc michael RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 12:35 PM

      Everytime I've gotten close to trying everything on a place's menu (not often), they went and added more things.

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        maudies5 RE: mc michael Jan 28, 2011 01:02 PM

        The Apple Pan

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

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        Clyde RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 01:16 PM

        Singapore's Banana Leaf. I've tried EVERYTHING.

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        Singapore's Banana Leaf
        6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        1. raytamsgv RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 01:19 PM

          I don't think this is possible when a restaurant has hundreds of items. However, in the case of many Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants, I've probably eaten almost all the dishes but just not at one restaurant. I do try new items on a frequent basis.

          I wouldn't try it, if I were you. You would eventually start going to that restaurant as a chore, and you won't be able to enjoy their food anymore.

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            ipsedixit RE: raytamsgv Jan 28, 2011 02:29 PM

            I'm pretty close with Tasty Garden.

            Probably 85% there, missing some of the more pedestrian beef and chicken dishes and a few of the fried rice varieties, but other than that I think I've covered everything else at least once.

            I should add that, after thinking about it some more, I have indeed tried every single item on Won Won Kitchen's menu.

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            Tasty Garden
            1212 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

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              JThur01 RE: ipsedixit Jan 31, 2011 06:31 PM

              ipsedixit, does this count the (fairly) recent menu changes at Tasty Garden? I am impressed.

              It's for another thread, but you should list your favorites for both Tasty Garden and Won Won.

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              Tasty Garden
              288 W Valley Blvd 110, Alhambra, CA 91801

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                ipsedixit RE: JThur01 Jan 31, 2011 06:36 PM

                yup

          2. Ciao Bob RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 01:32 PM

            Father's Office. I've had the burger but I'm not a burger guy. So most times my friends want burgers I get to eat the rest of the limited offerngs.

            Giorgio Baldi - everything except all the desserts.

            Santouka Ramen WLA

            Kokeekoko

            Nom Nom Truck

            Phillips Barbeque

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            Santouka Ramen
            21515 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

            Phillips Barbeque
            2619 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

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

            1. SilverlakeGirl RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 03:02 PM

              I'm pretty close to being through Phillipe's French Dip. But I've been going there since I was a child.

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                ipsedixit RE: SilverlakeGirl Jan 28, 2011 05:58 PM

                Really? Wow.

                Have you tried all of Philippe's salads? I don't think I know anyone who's ever ordered one. In fact, I'd be hard pressed to recall seeing anyone even eating one.

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                  monku RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 06:03 PM

                  Philippe's menu
                  http://www.philippes.com/menu.pdf

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                    ipsedixit RE: monku Jan 28, 2011 06:09 PM

                    And your point is ...?

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                      monku RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 06:47 PM

                      No point.
                      Just an FYI on their menu.
                      You're right, I've never seen anyone eat a salad entree there.

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                        Mattapoisett in LA RE: monku Jan 31, 2011 02:28 PM

                        Dommy has. Ask her. I go to a meeting there on the last Tuesday of every month and have perused the menu more than most. I am currently taking a shine to their tuna with a fair amount of the mustard on it and I like the Chicken and Wild Rice [cream] Soup

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                          monku RE: Mattapoisett in LA Jan 31, 2011 07:27 PM

                          I like their chili, even though it's Dolores Chili Brick.

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                          Dommy RE: monku Feb 1, 2011 02:13 PM

                          Philipes is a destination for most folks... even if you go there regularly, you go there for a reason... We happen to be in one of those situations where we 'find' ourselves there...

                          Anyway, yes, I've had the garden salad and it was typical. It's good if you don't want a french dip or soup (it tends to get a bit stuffy in the meeting rooms, especially in the summer) but there are 100s of better salads in this city...

                          --Dommy!

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                      SilverlakeGirl RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 07:31 PM

                      Okay, I've been through almost all the breakfasts, all the French Dips, many of the other sandwiches, all of the soups, chilis, stews, all of the sides, desserts, etc. Even the bar.

                      Yes, I drew a total blank at the salads. I haven't had one. I'll make a point next time.

                      Silverlake is close, breakfast is great ... relaxing at lunch/dinner. But then, I've been eating there a long, long time.

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                        ipsedixit RE: SilverlakeGirl Jan 28, 2011 07:45 PM

                        Totally agree that breakfast is great, a very underrated aspect of Philippes.

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                          outshined RE: ipsedixit Jan 31, 2011 01:48 PM

                          Know what else surprised me at Philippe? The brownie. I'm not a dessert person but now we make it a point to order it always. I don't even care if it's from some sort of mix. It is heaven.

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                            ipsedixit RE: outshined Jan 31, 2011 01:50 PM

                            Ok, there it is.

                            My next order at Philippes. The chicken and berry salad and a brownie.

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                    ns1 RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 03:05 PM

                    Ricky's Fish Tacos

                    LOL

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                    Ricky's Fish Tacos
                    1400 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                    1. KimatMenus RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 03:47 PM

                      I'm working my way through Delphi Greek

                      1. J.L. RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 06:44 PM

                        Din Tai Fung
                        LudoBites 4.0, 5.0
                        Matsuhisa
                        Place Yuu
                        Joe's Pizza of Bleecker Street (excluding the infinite combos on the do-it-yourself pizza orders)
                        Cafe Angelino
                        Father's Office
                        Santouka
                        Urasawa (excluding the booze, of course) :-)

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

                        Urasawa Restaurant
                        218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                        Matsuhisa
                        129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

                        Santouka
                        3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                        Cafe Angelino
                        8735 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                        Place Yuu
                        2101 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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

                        LudoBites
                        Roving wildly, Los Angeles, CA

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                          ipsedixit RE: J.L. Jan 28, 2011 06:47 PM

                          Is there even a "menu" (in the traditional sense) at Urasawa?

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                          Urasawa Restaurant
                          218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                            J.L. RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 07:55 PM

                            My point exactly. I just eat everything placed in front of me. I assume the kaiseki is the entire menu that night. I've even eaten the mochi reserved for Hiro-san's staff during one visit!

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                              ipsedixit RE: J.L. Jan 28, 2011 07:57 PM

                              No fair!

                        2. goodhealthgourmet RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 07:10 PM

                          i came close at Josie in SM a few years back...probably only a couple of dishes short. sadly it's never gonna happen anywhere for me now unless someone rolls out a 100% GF menu. if i *could* do it, the first place that comes to mind right now is Scarpetta - i'd gladly dive into every dish on that menu that i haven't tried yet.

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                          Scarpetta
                          225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                          1. A5 KOBE RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 11:42 PM

                            Mama's Lu Dumpling House (except bitter melon cuz I don't like it)
                            Oomasa
                            Cook's Tortas
                            Bludso's
                            Dim Sum Express
                            Sunny Blue (excluding the frozen yogurt--does that count?)

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                              bigtums RE: A5 KOBE Jan 29, 2011 07:28 AM

                              Wow cook's torta? I'm envious.

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                                peppermonkey RE: A5 KOBE Jan 31, 2011 02:32 PM

                                I've had everything currently on the slow to change blackboard as well but he has something along the lines of 400-500 tortas. Those numbers are the actual numbers specific tortas.

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                                reality check RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 11:59 PM

                                What about any restaurant that you feel is worth trying every single item on the menu?

                                Some places are one trick ponies; Langers for example, so why bother trying everything on the menu?

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                                  Das Ubergeek RE: reality check Jan 29, 2011 06:54 PM

                                  When I have a talented chef I want to taste different things... and in some cases, the menu is a list of specialities, so it's not hard. Ngu Binh, for example, has a list ten items long. I've had them all.

                                  Then there are the places where I know I should order something different, but can never bring myself to. Hanoi Restaurant, for example—I'm sure there are other things worth eating besides bun cha.

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                                  Ngu Binh Restaurant
                                  14072 Magnolia St, Westminster, CA 92683

                                2. a213b RE: ipsedixit Jan 29, 2011 08:52 AM

                                  Animal.

                                  I know, I know, their menu changes, but they seem to rotate dishes in and out, so I've certainly tried all of their staples, and then each time I am in I seem to get everything new.

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                                    JBC RE: ipsedixit Feb 1, 2011 02:25 PM

                                    O.K., I'll bite:

                                    Matsuhisa

                                    Knoll's Black Forest (R.I.P) - Everything but the Pig's Knuckle & any item with cheese (about 2?).

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                                    Matsuhisa
                                    129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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                                      rickym13 RE: JBC Feb 2, 2011 03:21 PM

                                      father's office
                                      cook's torta
                                      elite dim sum
                                      bollini
                                      daikokuya

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