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bmsyko Oct 20, 2012 09:28 PM

Looking for places with good comfort food

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    Ernie Oct 27, 2012 10:13 AM

    Phillipe's
    Musso & Frank
    Mi India Bonita
    Langer's
    Steak & Stein
    Jongewaard's Bake 'n' Broil
    Petrillo's
    Taihei

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      rjw_lgb_ca Oct 30, 2012 12:59 PM

      +1 on Jongewaard's Bake 'n' Broil.

      I would add another Long Beach area place called the Heritage, on Carson (near Paramount). Big servings of subtly-elevated comfort food in classic diner surroundings.

    2. Kate is always hungry Oct 26, 2012 11:44 PM

      If I could only eat in one restaurant the rest of my life it would be Rae's on Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. Eggs & toast, hamburger, chicken salad sandwich, hot beef sandwich, secret bakery chocolate cake :)

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        Dirtywextraolives Oct 27, 2012 10:18 AM

        Always wondered about that place....then thought I read on this board somewhere that is was dreadful...hmmmm

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          Kate is always hungry Oct 29, 2012 06:52 PM

          It's just a little coffee shop with old orange vinyl seating. Haven't been there on Sunday morning for a while but people lined up to get in for Sunday breakfast. Still my favorite place for diner food.

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            maudies5 Oct 29, 2012 07:50 PM

            Rae's is a greasy spoon.. Not a place I would recommend. I never understand why people line up for greasy, basic food. I can understand the line at John O'
            Groats. I just don't get the love for Rae's.

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              Kate is always hungry Oct 29, 2012 10:24 PM

              I live across the street from Jinky's in Sherman Oaks. I ate there when they first opened and wasn't impressed. Never went back. They are usually packed for Sunday brunch. I don't see what people see there. I ate at John O'Groats years ago when they opened on Pico. Hardly recall what I had. I guess it's really a matter of personal taste. ???

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                westsidegal Oct 30, 2012 11:19 AM

                +1 maudies5

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              whatsfordinner Oct 30, 2012 12:09 PM

              Love Rae's for breakfast: eggs with a grilled jalapeno. It's a Santa Monica institution, sort of like Cora's was before it went upscale.

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                wolf Oct 30, 2012 01:28 PM

                rae's needs a good steam cleaning and menu upgrade..the food is not health friendly in any way..the feel of the place is just "tired"..but..for that "homecooked" feel of "breakfast" this is your place..

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                  wienermobile Oct 30, 2012 03:18 PM

                  I agree with the steam cleaning.

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                foodiemahoodie Oct 30, 2012 12:30 AM

                Rae's?! Really?

                IMHO it's just average coffee shop food.

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                  latindancer Oct 30, 2012 12:40 PM

                  Yeah, it's like Jan's on Beverly.

                  I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why there's a wait most of the time to eat average/below average food. The price is definately right but....

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                    Dirtywextraolives Oct 30, 2012 02:14 PM

                    A lot of people are just lazy, or don't know how to cook.

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                Thor123 Oct 21, 2012 02:36 PM

                The Brentwood.

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                  maudies5 Oct 21, 2012 07:32 PM

                  I agree with Thor123. Brentwood has great comfort food: Chicken pot pie, meatloaf and mashed potatoes, roast chicken, fried chicken, chicken chili and the ultimate in comfort food-- spaghetti and meatballs. I also love that everything is available for takeout.

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                    foodiemahoodie Oct 30, 2012 12:29 AM

                    Agree. Brentwood is upscale comfort food done. Not cheap, but very well done.

                2. ipsedixit Oct 20, 2012 10:02 PM

                  Pann's

                  The Hat

                  Original Pancake House

                  Sam Woo (Alhambra)

                  Tarantino's

                  Ho Ho Kitchen

                  Daikokuya

                  Kobawoo

                  Earthen

                  Mother Dough

                  Kagaya

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                    bmsyko Oct 20, 2012 10:59 PM

                    Wow, thanks!

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                      wienermobile Oct 20, 2012 11:19 PM

                      Really good list. I would also add Brent's, Langer's, Plan Check , Uncle Biil's and the soon to reopen Clifton's Cafeteria.

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                        ipsedixit Oct 21, 2012 11:40 AM

                        Definitely Clifton's.

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                          Dirtywextraolives Oct 21, 2012 02:35 PM

                          +1 for Plan Check & Uncle Bill's.

                          I also find Phillippe's & El Tepeyac's food comforting..... ;-))

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                          Servorg Oct 21, 2012 11:46 AM

                          Had a patty melt at Pann's last night (in fact my wife had one too). I get fries with mine and my wife gets onion rings with hers and then we swap some, so each of ends up with half and half. I also had a brownie shake. If you looked in the encyclopedia under the term "comfort food" you'd find a photo of Pann's patty melt. And they were doing pretty good business last night. Good to see them thriving.

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                            ipsedixit Oct 21, 2012 11:53 AM

                            A bit Zocor with your coffee this morning, perhaps? :-)

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                              Servorg Oct 21, 2012 11:55 AM

                              My LDL can beat up your LDL! ;-D>

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                              Will Owen Oct 21, 2012 01:36 PM

                              I don't think I hit the gym nearly enough to take on a Pann's patty melt anymore, darn it. I did however have an extremely tasty, much smaller one (1/3 lb.) at Twohey's the other day. I would add that place to the list for anyone around the upper west end of the SGV, and perhaps its neighbor on Huntington about a half-mile east, Colonial Kitchen. Strange in a way that such a posh suburb as San Marino should have two, but then it's got a lot of retirees who can afford to eat out frequently. I go there to feel young …

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                                ipsedixit Oct 21, 2012 02:45 PM

                                Twohey's is a great addition to the list. I grew up on the Stinko Burger and one of their Vanilla Milkshakes.

                                In the same vein, although not nearly as good, I would also add Bob's Big Boy to the list. The Big Boy Combo, finished off with one of their cheesecakes topped with totally fake red syrup and mostly out-of-season strawberries was a reward every time my report card justified it.

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                                jessejames Oct 21, 2012 01:42 PM

                                To each his own.

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                                  Servorg Oct 21, 2012 03:39 PM

                                  A comforting thought...

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                                    Will Owen Oct 21, 2012 05:36 PM

                                    Exact-a-mente, brother. If Pann's didn't have a detractor or two we'd never get seated! Okay, now I really do have to find some excuse to get down there … it's been too damn long.

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                                      wienermobile Oct 21, 2012 05:40 PM

                                      Just had Pann's fresh roasted turkey dinner and it's wonderful.

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                                        foodiemahoodie Oct 30, 2012 12:28 AM

                                        I've had both hits and misses, from recs on CH. Pann's had it's supporters and detractors. But I was looking for a place that served up a better than passable turkey dinner. So I gave it a try this past summer. Wanted the roasted turkey, but they were out of turkey gravy. So I got it with chicken fried steak gravy. Mashed potatoes, stuffing. Very, very happy with the meal. Look forward to going back.

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