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LA Dish of the Month (Nov 2012) - Nominations

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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. 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.

    CHILAQUILES

    THAI GREEN CURRY

    WAFFLES

    MANGO LASSI

    PAPAYA SALAD

    1. I'm nominating and voting for:

      RAMEN.

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

      1 Reply
      1. re: LisaCD

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

      2. THAI GREEN CURRY
        PIZZA
        POUTINE
        CHEESEBURGER
        KALE SALAD
        GRILLED SANDWICH

        3 Replies
        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

          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.

          1. re: PeterCC

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

            1. re: eatsfood

              "Guilded" fries?

        2. PORK SANDWICH

          1. 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.

            HOT DOGS/SAUSAGES

            CHICKEN WINGS (not necessarily buffalo wings)

            1. CHICKEN FEET

              5 Replies
              1. re: ipsedixit

                Do we consider chicken feet as offal for this thread?

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  Not if you're a chicken.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Proud Bird?

                    1. re: bulavinaka

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

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        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.

              2. 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
                STEAK.
                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.

                1. PUPUSAS
                  GELATO
                  DONUTS

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

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: bad nono

                    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...

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

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                    1. re: bulavinaka

                      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.

                      1. re: bulavinaka

                        SHAVE ICE!

                      2. CHILI FRIES
                        TUNA MELT
                        FALAFELS
                        PAD THAI
                        SOONDUBU (TOFU)
                        LASAGNA
                        CEVICHE
                        SHIMESABA (Mackerel)
                        BREAD PUDDING
                        HUEVOS RANCHEROS

                        1. BONE MARROW

                          9 Replies
                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                            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....

                            1. re: Eliorr

                              Yes.

                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                Where?

                                1. re: Eliorr

                                  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".

                                  1. re: PeterCC

                                    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...)

                                  2. re: Eliorr

                                    Church & State
                                    Pizzeria Mozza
                                    Freddy Smalls

                                    1. re: Eliorr

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

                                      1. re: chrishei

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

                                        1. re: ns1

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

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

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

                                  PAELLA.

                                  1. TACOS

                                    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. BBQ Brisket

                                      1 Reply
                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                        Since pork sandwich probably won't win...

                                        +1 BBQ BRISKET

                                      2. 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