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Jan 28, 2011 09:15 AM

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

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

But this thread about trying all 300+ dishes at Jitlada,, 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. 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.

    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

    1. 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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      1. re: mc michael

        The Apple Pan

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

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

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

        1. 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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          1. re: raytamsgv

            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.

            Tasty Garden
            1212 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

            1. re: ipsedixit

              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.

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

          2. 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


            Nom Nom Truck

            Phillips Barbeque

            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