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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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    JBC 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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    1. re: JBC
      r
      rickym13 Feb 2, 2011 03:21 PM

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

    2. a
      a213b 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.

      1. r
        reality check 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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        1. re: reality check
          Das Ubergeek 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. A5 KOBE 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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          1. re: A5 KOBE
            bigtums Jan 29, 2011 07:28 AM

            Wow cook's torta? I'm envious.

            1. re: A5 KOBE
              peppermonkey 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.

            2. goodhealthgourmet 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. J.L. 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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                1. re: J.L.
                  ipsedixit 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

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    J.L. 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!

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

                      No fair!

                2. KimatMenus Jan 28, 2011 03:47 PM

                  I'm working my way through Delphi Greek

                  1. n
                    ns1 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. SilverlakeGirl 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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                      1. re: SilverlakeGirl
                        ipsedixit 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.

                        1. re: ipsedixit
                          monku Jan 28, 2011 06:03 PM

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

                          1. re: monku
                            ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 06:09 PM

                            And your point is ...?

                            1. re: ipsedixit
                              monku 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.

                              1. re: monku
                                Mattapoisett in LA 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

                                1. re: Mattapoisett in LA
                                  monku Jan 31, 2011 07:27 PM

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

                                2. re: monku
                                  Dommy 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!

                            2. re: ipsedixit
                              SilverlakeGirl 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.

                              1. re: SilverlakeGirl
                                ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 07:45 PM

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

                                1. re: ipsedixit
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                                  outshined 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.

                                  1. re: outshined
                                    ipsedixit Jan 31, 2011 01:50 PM

                                    Ok, there it is.

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

                          2. Ciao Bob 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. raytamsgv 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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                              1. re: raytamsgv
                                ipsedixit 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

                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                  j
                                  JThur01 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

                                  1. re: JThur01
                                    ipsedixit Jan 31, 2011 06:36 PM

                                    yup

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                                Clyde 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. m
                                  mc michael 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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                                  1. re: mc michael
                                    m
                                    maudies5 Jan 28, 2011 01:02 PM

                                    The Apple Pan

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

                                  2. Das Ubergeek 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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