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Ye Olde Kings Head- Santa Monica

reality check Feb 14, 2011 03:43 PM

Drove and walked by Ye Olde Kings Head in Santa Monica. It will be closed due to an electrical fire. It was on my list to try their fish and chips. Guess I'm going to have to wait awhile to try them.

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    EricDC Feb 15, 2011 10:00 AM

    It could be closed down forever due to an electrical maelstrom, and you still wouldn't be missing much.

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    1. re: EricDC
      Servorg Feb 15, 2011 03:06 PM

      They are open for business (until 10 tonight). They closed very briefly - through Sunday - but are now running normally.

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        mollyomormon Feb 19, 2011 08:00 PM

        It's definitely open again; I was just there on Friday.

    2. Phurstluv Feb 15, 2011 02:50 PM

      That's too bad. Great place to drink pints and play darts.

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        Bradbury Feb 15, 2011 03:57 PM

        It was never exactly anyone's idea of a culinary wonderland, but the King's Head does indeed do a decent plate of fish and chips. (I know 'decent' doesn't sound like high praise, but you'd be amazed just how many restaurants can screw up a relatively simple dish like this...) And their Christmas pudding is high on my list of 'guilty pleasure desserts'.

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          khh1138 Feb 19, 2011 03:57 PM

          Agreed! I think I've had at least 15 awful renditions of fish & chips in LA and exactly 2 decent ones, one of which was at King's Head (the other is at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena). It's something I don't like to make for myself, so I'm glad there are at least a couple of places on either side of town to go to for this kind of food.

          Lucky Baldwins
          17 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

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            Phurstluv Feb 19, 2011 04:02 PM

            John O'Groats on Ventura in Encino has very good fish and chips also, fyi.

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              reality check Feb 19, 2011 06:31 PM

              Isn't there a John O'Groats on Pico, near a park?

              John O'Groats
              10516 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                goodhealthgourmet Feb 19, 2011 07:10 PM

                yup. see your place link :)

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                  reality check Feb 20, 2011 07:10 PM

                  I didn't place that link there. CH automatically places links, sometimes the wrong link.

                  So any difference in food quality between the two John O'Groats?

                  John O'Groats
                  10516 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                    goodhealthgourmet Feb 20, 2011 07:21 PM

                    since you asked, i assumed the one attached to your post was an automatic one and not intentionally added by you, but it happened to be the location you inquired about so i figured pointing it out to you was easier than typing the address & info.

                    unfortunately i can't help you with the differences in quality - only been to the Westside one and it was back in the good old days of gluten.

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                      Phurstluv Feb 20, 2011 07:40 PM

                      Well, according to the waitress we had, she claimed the Pico branch did use some different ingredients, but I can't really recall exactly what we were referring to. And I have only eaten at the Encino/Sherman Oaks one.

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                    cagey Feb 20, 2011 05:53 PM

                    3 words for you on the fish n' chips at O'Groats.

                    Bit ... O'.... Scotland.

                    Old timers will remember that name. Same fish n chips breading at John O'Groats. Do a CH board search on John O'Groats for the background details (if interested).

                    John O'Groats
                    10516 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                    1. re: cagey
                      paprkutr Feb 20, 2011 06:07 PM

                      Remember the fried chicken?

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                        cagey Feb 20, 2011 09:38 PM

                        Oh do I......

                        From my seat, B.o.S was the one of the best in the city.

                  3. re: Phurstluv
                    khh1138 Feb 19, 2011 07:15 PM

                    No kidding? I've only ever had breakfast there -- but I've always really enjoyed it. Thanks for the tip! :)

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                      Phurstluv Feb 20, 2011 08:15 AM

                      Their fish tacos rock too.

              2. J.L. Feb 20, 2011 08:49 PM

                It may have its detractors, but I still like Ye Olde Kings Head for their English breakfasts.

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                  hrhboo Feb 20, 2011 09:29 PM

                  I'm with you on that. I'm a displaced Brit and nowhere else in LA comes close to hitting the spot. King size is def the way to go!

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                  sushigirlie Feb 21, 2011 05:05 AM

                  I haven't really had any good food there. It strikes me as authentic British cuisine.

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                    Servorg Feb 21, 2011 05:46 AM

                    When speaking of "authentic" fish and chips the Brit's do it better than anyone. I've had some absolutely incredibly delicious examples at take away places around Victoria station in London and YO King's Head does a fine example when one takes into account the fact that they are 5,400 + air miles from home.

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