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Hammer19 Jun 23, 2012 04:11 PM

Ok tired of eating sushi this week so I'm ready for some major beef consumption... Who has the best steak in town?

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    andrew_eats Jun 30, 2012 04:17 AM

    I like the steak, pork chop, and other grilled meats/fish at Salt's Cure.

    1. A5 KOBE Jun 26, 2012 08:24 AM

      Dry age, wet age, or wagyu?

      1. ipsedixit Jun 26, 2012 07:37 AM

        Ribeye Cap at Totoratku.

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        1. re: ipsedixit
          Dirtywextraolives Jun 26, 2012 09:22 AM

          Is that the Japanese place next to the west side pavilion, by any chance?

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives
            BrewNChow Jun 26, 2012 05:12 PM

            No, it's the dingy little hidden "teriyaki house" on pico, near overland that you'd never think was a $$$$ restaurant from the outside..,,

            You need to have an "in" to get in.

            No mention of Cut in this thread? I don't have enough love of steak to throw down the bills for that, so I haven't tried it.

            1. re: BrewNChow
              Servorg Jun 26, 2012 06:09 PM

              I think he was getting it mixed up with the "fancy" rice place: http://www.torafuku-usa.com/

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                J.L. Jun 26, 2012 06:45 PM

                Kamado rice is common in Japan, but I suppose it's "fancy" here in the states.

              2. re: BrewNChow
                Dirtywextraolives Jun 28, 2012 08:04 AM

                Why bother to recommend it if it's a place that you need to have an "in" to get in?

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                  J.L. Jun 28, 2012 10:42 AM

                  'Cuz the food is incredible. And some Chowhounds have that "in".

                  Cultural note: Many restaurants in Japan have an "invitation only" dining policy. Your first visit is as a guest of "a regular". After the initial visit, the owner may give you a business card with a reservation line. From that point on, you can make your own reservations.

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                    Dirtywextraolives Jun 28, 2012 11:31 AM

                    But that begs the question, how is the OP supposed to get in, unless one of you regulars invites him/her?

                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                      J.L. Jun 28, 2012 04:45 PM

                      ... And therein lies the rub. But see, if you don't know about it to begin with, you'll never even get the opportunity to taste this incredible beef.

                      I got my "in" because I heard about Totoraku, AKA the "secret beef house" from Chowhound, and a few other online sites. I then asked all my friends if any of them were "regulars" at Totoraku, and lo' and behold - one of my good friends was indeed a proud cardholder of the secret business card! (we had just never talked about it before then...)

                      The next time he made a reservation at Totoraku, I was invited as a guest. The meal was fabulous, I brought a great bottle of wine to share with Oyama-san, and at the end of the meal, I was offered a business card as well!

                      Moral of my story: Be persistent. Ask around. Yes, it's a lot of work to a mere restaurant reservation here in the states, but it is what it is.

                      ... That's my story, and I'm sticking to it...

                      1. re: J.L.
                        Dirtywextraolives Jun 28, 2012 07:44 PM

                        Lucky you!! Seems to me, then, you should be extending an invitation to the OP to dine with you at the secret beef house, so that you can share your wisdom with him or her, and they, too can be invited back by the house. Then when we get the OP's opinion as to whether it is " all that", we can then know it is the real deal. Otherwise, it just sounds like you, and the other lucky CHers who have been, are just talking smack.

                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                          ipsedixit Jun 28, 2012 08:34 PM

                          J.L.'s point is totally valid.

                          Unless and until you know that you cannot get into a place, you may not even know that it exists.

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                            Dirtywextraolives Jun 29, 2012 11:49 AM

                            Nowhere in my post have I stated that his point wasn't valid. Just making the point that to recommend a place that is exclusive in its availability isn't really helpful. It's like recommending a private club for its wonderful steak. You may be right in that the dish is the best and worth bragging about, but you cannot get in to verify it unless you are a member or invited guest of that club. Hence the suggestion to invite the OP so he/she can experience it firsthand and form an opinion on his/her own.

                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                              Servorg Jun 29, 2012 11:55 AM

                              Some people will be motivated to see if they can't wrangle an invite. Some people will be totally turned off by the whole phony "exclusivity" thing and decide they don't want to go even if they have an in. Some just like reading along and living vicariously. And on, and on and on with all the reactions we can come up with.

                              Since this whole site is dedicated to not only the active posters but the lurkers and the future finders of CH then it can't be a bad thing to make places "known" - even if they may never be within the reach of most of us here...

                              1. re: Servorg
                                Dirtywextraolives Jun 29, 2012 12:10 PM

                                Now, there's an explanation I can live with.

            2. re: ipsedixit
              J.L. Jun 26, 2012 09:26 AM


              1. re: ipsedixit
                Porthos Jun 26, 2012 05:27 PM

                +1 on the ribeye outside cap.

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  Ernie Jun 27, 2012 11:41 PM

                  Yes, rib eye at Totoraku is great. Great tongue too

                2. wienermobile Jun 26, 2012 07:31 AM

                  Park's BBQ has some of the best cuts of meat in town with wonderful Korean flavors. One of my favorites in LA,

                  1. wienermobile Jun 25, 2012 03:08 PM

                    Fogo de Chao to put any steak lover into a wonderful meat induced coma (plus the best salad bar in town to wet your appetite first),

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                      Dirtywextraolives Jun 25, 2012 08:46 PM

                      I really need to try that place. Plus I have two growing boys with hollow legs that could do me proud. Think we'll go this weekend, thanks for reminding me!!

                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                        J.L. Jun 25, 2012 11:55 PM

                        Don't forget the awesome creme de papaya dessert afterwards to help you digest all that protein!

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                          Dirtywextraolives Jun 26, 2012 09:21 AM

                          Thanks for the advice!!

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                            wienermobile Jun 26, 2012 06:06 PM

                            Fogo de Chao is part of this summer's DineLA July 16th-27th.

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                              Dirtywextraolives Jun 26, 2012 07:19 PM

                              Great to know, thank you.

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                                downastro Jun 27, 2012 11:19 AM

                                I went for dinner last go around and it was just a massive crush of people. Unless there is no other way you can afford to visit, I would avoid during DineLA.

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                                  Dirtywextraolives Jun 27, 2012 11:21 AM

                                  Good point. Thank you.

                                  1. re: downastro
                                    J.L. Jun 27, 2012 06:02 PM

                                    Agree. DineLA is to be avoided.

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                                      Dirtywextraolives Jun 27, 2012 08:43 PM

                                      You know, I've never tried it before, always had a bad feeling, glad you both have confirmed it. I will go on our own, thanks for the insight.

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                                        foufou Jun 27, 2012 09:32 PM

                                        I have had great DINELA experience(s) including a DINELA lunch at Fogo......

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                                          wienermobile Jun 27, 2012 11:22 PM

                                          So have I and at DineLA you get the same meal at dinner for $45 instead of $58. Excellent service even with the crowds.

                                          1. re: wienermobile
                                            chrishei Jun 28, 2012 11:00 AM

                                            Agree that Fogo is the one truly good deal for DineLA, since it's the same meal for less. But yeah, waiting time can be 1+ hour even after your reservation time...

                                            1. re: chrishei
                                              foufou Jun 28, 2012 11:19 AM

                                              Consider lunch rather than dinner for DINELA.....we were seated immediately and had noon reservation

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                                                attran99 Jun 28, 2012 11:40 AM

                                                I've done Fogo for DineLA three times...and never had to wait long for my reserved table at all. Albeit, my reservation is usually earlier during dinner service.

                                      2. re: downastro
                                        Johnny L Jun 30, 2012 02:32 AM

                                        When they use to do lunch on weekends I went for DineLA on a Sunday and it wasn't packed, moderately busy. Too bad they stopped lunch service on weekends. I may have to find friends willing to go on a weekday this year.

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                              allyoucanet Jun 25, 2012 01:30 PM

                              Best place without emptying your bank account is Taylor's.

                              1. LA Buckeye Fan Jun 25, 2012 12:48 PM

                                I like Mastros too. But on someone elses dime. :(

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                                  Thor123 Jun 24, 2012 07:29 PM

                                  My choice would be Dan Tanas. Sit in the bar room. Maestros is a good choice too.

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                                    Dirtywextraolives Jun 25, 2012 08:46 PM

                                    Love Dan Tana's. Never get the steak though. Can't resist their veal chop or parm. Will have to break out of my habit next time, thanks!

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                                    estone888 Jun 23, 2012 04:23 PM

                                    A lot to chew on in this fairly recent thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/794178

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                                    1. re: estone888
                                      Hammer19 Jun 23, 2012 05:07 PM

                                      Thanks estone888 didn't see the post from July..... I'll take a look at it!

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