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It's Artichoke Season - Who's Got 'Em?

aching Apr 13, 2011 06:58 AM

My husband and I absolutely love artichokes, so I'm wondering - which LA restaurants are serving great artichoke dishes? We recently had some great ones, grilled, at Houston's (of all places) - they had a gorgeous smoky flavor. Please share if you have any to recommend!

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    carter Apr 13, 2011 09:09 AM

    I'd like to find a grocery store that has quality ones that I can cook at home. The selection so far this season has been terrible. Maybe with less rain and cold, things will start to improve, but so far, this season has been a bust.

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      ozhead Apr 14, 2011 06:13 AM

      I bought some really excellent artichokes yesterday at Ralphs (Topanga and Ventura store). Very large, very fresh, meaty, delicious, and a buck and half each. As good as anything I have seen at the farmers' market, and considerably cheaper.

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        sparkareno Apr 18, 2011 06:49 PM

        I second Ralph's. I bought a HUGE tasty one yesterday for $1.50. I might have to go back for more.

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        justanotherpenguin Apr 14, 2011 06:50 AM

        not quite in your area, but in the last couple of weeks we have found fantastic artichokes in the temecula area and in san diego. at vons in san diego and stater bros in temecula. maybe you should check out your vons. (i swear that one pair that we got at stater is the best fresh artichoke that i've ever had!)

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          Jase Apr 14, 2011 08:42 AM

          Any farmer's market near you? The last couple of weeks the artichokes have looked really good. Not so much before that.

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            WildSwede Apr 14, 2011 11:27 AM

            I bought beautiful ones at the Monrovia Farmer's Market a few weeks ago.

        2. wienermobile Apr 13, 2011 09:21 AM

          at Gjelina Braised Artichokes with Burrata, Mint-Pistachio Pesto & Crispy Shallot.

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          Gjelina
          1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

          1. wienermobile Apr 13, 2011 09:32 AM

            Artichokes al forno with ricotta crostini at Pizzeria Mozza.

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            Pizzeria Mozza
            641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            1. aching Apr 13, 2011 10:20 AM

              And now I'm starving. Serves me right for starting this thread! Gjelina and Pizzeria Mozza are two of my favorite restaurants - I must have these dishes!

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              Pizzeria Mozza
              641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

              Gjelina
              1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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                carter Apr 13, 2011 08:09 PM

                Why do artichokes have to be served with cheese to be good?
                Plain, or slightly modified, sans cheese, are so good, and in at least one opinion, cheese lessens the enjoyment of an artichoke.

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                  Scotty Apr 13, 2011 09:45 PM

                  I love to eat my artichokes cold and dipped in mayo-I guess most restaurants don't serve that way.

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                    aching Apr 14, 2011 06:04 AM

                    *Why do artichokes have to be served with cheese to be good?*

                    I didn't say they did! I love them pretty much any way. The ones I had at Houston's were simply grilled and served with aioli, and they really were fantastic.

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                      WildSwede Apr 14, 2011 11:28 AM

                      I steam them with some garlic butter. Yum!

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                        justanotherpenguin Apr 15, 2011 05:28 AM

                        thumbs up!

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                  rumdad Apr 13, 2011 02:29 PM

                  Walt's Wharf in Seal Beach does it for me

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                  Walt's Wharf Restaurant
                  201 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740

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                    OCnoms Apr 21, 2011 09:13 PM

                    Yum, Walt's Wharf always serves up a nice grilled choke. A little farther south is Durty Nelly's (hate the name, we just call it Nelly's) by the John Wayne Airport. They do a nice steamed, meaty 'choke and serve it with drawn butter and (tastes like Hellman's) mayo. Simple, lovely, satisfying, and more affordable than Walt's Wharf. Good for the 'choke folk. Plus, they have free wi-fi and a friendly, attentive staff.

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                    Walt's Wharf Restaurant
                    201 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740

                    Durty Nelly's
                    2915 Red Hill Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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                    senzanome Apr 15, 2011 09:54 PM

                    We found some at our local farmer's market. Also saw some at Stater Bros. and Albertson/s.

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                      Bugg Superstar Apr 18, 2011 12:00 PM

                      Has anyone spotted small/baby artichokes? if so, where? thank you!

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                        angelini17 Apr 20, 2011 08:01 PM

                        If you are willing to drive to Orange County, The Wild Artichoke in Yorba Linda has artichoke confit and other artichoke dishes> Nice intimate setting too. You can go to their website by googling The Wild Artichoke Restaurant.

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                        The Wild Artichoke
                        4973 Yorba Ranch Rd Ste A, Yorba Linda, CA 92887

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                          compucook Apr 21, 2011 12:09 PM

                          Our favorite would be Bandera in West LA. Their smoky grilled artichoke is heavenly!

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                            Motherhubbard Apr 21, 2011 05:04 PM

                            Gulfstream across from Houston's in Century City Mall has great artichokes.

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                            Gulfstream
                            10250 Santa Monica Blvd 656, Los Angeles, CA

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                              aching Apr 22, 2011 12:08 PM

                              I think Bandera and Gulfstream are both Hillstone restaurants, as is Houston's where we had such a good one a few weeks ago. Hillstone apparently knows their way around an artichoke!

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                              Gulfstream
                              10250 Santa Monica Blvd 656, Los Angeles, CA

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