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LA Dish of the Month (Nov 2012) - Nominations

Dave MP Oct 25, 2012 01:06 PM

Hi LA Hounds,

Neighborhood of the month has been going in Los Angeles now for two months, but we haven't tried doing Dish of the Month yet. I'd like to try it for November...and after November, we can see if we want to a) continue only Dish of the Month b) continue only Neighborhood of the Month or c) do both!

So, on that note, I'd like to introduce the nomination thread for Dish of the Month November 2012

The idea is this: choose a 'Dish of the Month' for LA/OC and then collectively try as many versions of this dish as possible, reporting back with details and photos. It's great to talk about places you've been in the past, but the idea is to explore new places and make new discoveries.

The dish that gets chosen might be something very specific (minestrone soup, xiao long bao) but might also be more of a dish category (stuffed pasta dishes, Asian fried chicken). It's up to the users on this board, but it probably makes sense to choose something that locals are excited about trying and finding the best versions! In SF, this project has inspired some Chowhound meet-ups, so hopefully that could happen in LA too. This works especially well when the chosen dish is better shared (like sticky rice stuffed chicken in SF)

This is the nomination thread for November 2012…you can nominate as many dishes as you want, but once we do the voting thread (which will start on October 29), it will be one vote per user.

To nominate a dish, post it in ALL CAPS in the responses below. This thread will be open until October 29th.

Let the nominations begin!

Dave MP

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  1. Dave MP RE: Dave MP Oct 25, 2012 01:09 PM

    Here are some initial nominations. I'll leave the actual voting up to the LA hounds who will be eating and reporting back....but since there's no limit to nominations, here are some ideas (some borrowed from DOTM in other cities). Feel free to second these and/or nominate other dishes.






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      LisaCD RE: Dave MP Oct 25, 2012 03:02 PM

      I'm nominating and voting for:


      It's delicious and the weather is sort of getting cold enough to enjoy a nice warm bowl of it.

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        carter RE: LisaCD Oct 25, 2012 09:07 PM

        One of the more uninteresting items on any restaurant menu, proving ymmv!

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        Dirtywextraolives RE: Dave MP Oct 25, 2012 03:40 PM

        KALE SALAD

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          PeterCC RE: Dirtywextraolives Oct 25, 2012 10:20 PM

          POUTINE would be interesting, since you'll really have to hunt for it from the handful of food trucks and restaurants in LA serving it.

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            eatsfood RE: PeterCC Oct 27, 2012 08:07 AM

            I'm not voting, but might I suggest widening to "fries with stuff on them"?

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              bulavinaka RE: eatsfood Oct 27, 2012 09:02 AM

              "Guilded" fries?

        2. Porthos RE: Dave MP Oct 25, 2012 03:44 PM


          1. PeterCC RE: Dave MP Oct 25, 2012 10:23 PM

            To go with my alter ego (The Offalo), I say OFFAL. Or if you want more specifics, since it seems to be a hip ingredient now (found at places such as Animal, UMAMIcatessen, Tar & Roses, etc., as well as Chinese restaurants and markets), PIG EARS.


            CHICKEN WINGS (not necessarily buffalo wings)

            1. ipsedixit RE: Dave MP Oct 26, 2012 07:34 AM

              CHICKEN FEET

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                bulavinaka RE: ipsedixit Oct 27, 2012 06:20 AM

                Do we consider chicken feet as offal for this thread?

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                  ipsedixit RE: bulavinaka Oct 27, 2012 11:58 AM

                  Not if you're a chicken.

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                    bulavinaka RE: ipsedixit Oct 27, 2012 12:12 PM

                    Proud Bird?

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                      ipsedixit RE: bulavinaka Oct 27, 2012 12:20 PM

                      If you're the chicken, would you consider your feet as "entrails"?

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                        bulavinaka RE: ipsedixit Oct 27, 2012 12:28 PM

                        Offal seems to have various meanings. I know its origins refer to those inards, but it seems to now include parts that were previously discarded/not utilized e.g. pig ears, trotters, r.e. mainstream culture here.

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                Eliorr RE: Dave MP Oct 26, 2012 10:18 PM

                I second CHICKEN FEET. Though I think we will have a tough time finding places that serve them and hounders that will actually eat them. The only reason I can eat them, I think, is because my mom used to put them in chicken soup. other than that, their gross. So really this will turn into more of a survivor episode.
                If not CHICKEN FEET I suggest
                Would really like to see a list of all the best places, but lets agree to exclude the super, crazy expensive ones. So put a dollar limit. I, for one, would like to know of all the places I can get a good reasonably priced steak.

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                  bad nono RE: Dave MP Oct 26, 2012 10:44 PM


                  But I'll be gone from LA in November, so I'll live vicariously through everybody's postings. Have fun everyone!

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                    bulavinaka RE: bad nono Oct 27, 2012 06:28 AM

                    Our town is knee-deep in donuts, and would be one of the easier to access. I wish Mister Donut in Japan would open a unit here in LA - they'd be a game-changer...

                    >>But I'll be gone from LA in November...<<

                    NO - SAY IT ISN'T SO!!! Do us proud in Belgium...

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                    bulavinaka RE: Dave MP Oct 27, 2012 06:37 AM

                    If this weather continues to broil our brains, I'd vote ICE CREAM.

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                      Eliorr RE: bulavinaka Oct 27, 2012 09:53 AM

                      I second support ice cream but want to extend FROZEN DESSERTS i live popsicles and shaved ice so we can include those. That is my second choice though after Steak.

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                        liu RE: bulavinaka Oct 27, 2012 10:04 PM

                        SHAVE ICE!

                      2. E Eto RE: Dave MP Oct 27, 2012 09:43 AM

                        CHILI FRIES
                        TUNA MELT
                        PAD THAI
                        SOONDUBU (TOFU)
                        SHIMESABA (Mackerel)
                        BREAD PUDDING
                        HUEVOS RANCHEROS

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                          Dirtywextraolives RE: Dave MP Oct 27, 2012 10:10 AM

                          BONE MARROW

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                            Eliorr RE: Dirtywextraolives Oct 27, 2012 10:17 AM

                            Do they serve bone marrow as a dish? Never saw it, I do suck the bones like a 60 year old guy but would be offensive to release all the Hounders to suck on bones around town....

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                              Dirtywextraolives RE: Eliorr Oct 27, 2012 10:32 AM


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                                Eliorr RE: Dirtywextraolives Oct 27, 2012 10:42 AM


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                                  PeterCC RE: Eliorr Oct 27, 2012 02:57 PM

                                  It's fairly common. There's the classic osso bucco at Italian restaurants, but many other places serve their own take on it, e.g. Animal has "marrow bone, chimichurri, caramelized onions", Tar & Roses has"bone marrow / pickled onion marmalade / sea salt / sourdough".

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                                    Eliorr RE: PeterCC Oct 28, 2012 09:30 AM

                                    thanks. Osso bucco I know but didn't realize there are the other options. which would you say is the best to try (and I am asking publicly as I doubt that bone marrow will be the dish selected so no vote rigging...)

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                                    Dirtywextraolives RE: Eliorr Oct 27, 2012 04:11 PM

                                    Church & State
                                    Pizzeria Mozza
                                    Freddy Smalls

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                                      chrishei RE: Eliorr Oct 27, 2012 10:31 PM

                                      Comme Ca
                                      Father's Office
                                      The Spice Table (probably my fave)

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                                        ns1 RE: chrishei Oct 28, 2012 09:21 AM

                                        Spice tables marrow did little for me. Probably needed another 5-10 minutes in the oven. Prawn on top saved it.

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                                          J.L. RE: ns1 Oct 28, 2012 07:57 PM

                                          I might consider eating sauteed pocket lint if they put a prawn on top...

                              2. ChinoWayne RE: Dave MP Oct 27, 2012 11:32 AM

                                See my reply here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875292

                                1. J.L. RE: Dave MP Oct 28, 2012 10:45 AM

                                  I think I already know the answer, but I want to stimulate the discussion by adding...


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                                    dgusanz RE: Dave MP Oct 28, 2012 01:08 PM


                                    Taco stands, taco trucks, more upscale restaurants and even at home.

                                    Mexican tacos, asian fusion tacos, seafood tacos, vegan tacos, every kind of taco you can conceive of.

                                    What could be more LA than taking something good in and of itself and then taking it to all kinds of new levels?

                                    But then I am relatively new here.....

                                    1. wienermobile RE: Dave MP Oct 28, 2012 01:17 PM

                                      BBQ Brisket

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                                        Porthos RE: wienermobile Oct 28, 2012 04:46 PM

                                        Since pork sandwich probably won't win...

                                        +1 BBQ BRISKET

                                      2. Dave MP RE: Dave MP Oct 29, 2012 12:30 PM

                                        Nomination period has ended, and the voting thread is now up. Everyone should feel free to vote, regardless of whether you participated in the nominations. Remember to vote in ALL CAPS: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875527

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