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TLT lunch today (extremely short review)

westsidegal Nov 6, 2012 02:42 PM

had three items:

Edamame Hummus
Edamame, Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Fresh Chips.

Red Chili Flakes, Cheese Sauce, Garlic.
(the cauliflower was roasted or sauteed, but was NOT greasy)

Blistered Bok Choy
Toasted Peanuts, Ponzu, Sesame.

all three were better than solid.
the price: quality: quantity ratios were phenomenal

TLT is to small plates what 800 degrees is to pizza.
sometimes you want good small plates WITHOUT paying $50/pp.
the total damage for the three items was $15 INCLUDING a tip and tax.
an absolutely unbelievable deal for this level of cooking.

i'm sold.
it's going on my regular rotation.

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  1. wienermobile RE: westsidegal Nov 6, 2012 02:46 PM

    Sounds good. Thanks for being the first to try it for us.
    How busy was it? Did anything else look good?

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    1. re: wienermobile
      westsidegal RE: wienermobile Nov 6, 2012 03:00 PM

      there was a very short line when i entered at 1pm.
      took about 6 minutes to give my order after entering the door.
      about 70% of the seats were taken so there was still plenty of seating available.

      everything looked good.

    2. Mattapoisett in LA RE: westsidegal Nov 12, 2012 08:01 PM

      Went for lunch today and I very much agree with Westsidegal. I had the Wild Rice Salad with seared ahi. Note If you order the salad alone it is mostly white rice so it needs either the seared fish of the day or a veggie dish to become balanced. I had the Mr Potato Head taco. My first thought was Acerbic with lime juice, but in finishing it I thought it was good. To drink was a Blood Orange Lime-ade which I could drink a gallon of. Price for this was just under $20 +Tip

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        ilysla RE: westsidegal Nov 12, 2012 11:53 PM

        Hmmm.... Good to know that the food rises above the rather, er, interesting decor. My partner will be happy to hear that there's actually a tapas-style place that's a good value (and we *loved* 800 Degrees)!

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        1. re: ilysla
          westsidegal RE: ilysla Mar 10, 2013 09:59 PM

          i think the decor is supposed to have an industrial/edgy feel.
          all in all, i like the decor, and i like the cleanliness even more.

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          kevin RE: westsidegal Mar 10, 2013 08:24 PM

          That's an interesting concept where you can in fact get a few small plates that are high quality for way under a $20 spot.

          Maybe they are onto something.

          Ok, I'm sold on giving it a try.

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            kevin RE: westsidegal Mar 10, 2013 08:25 PM

            Is this order at the counter-style ? And then they bring the food to your table ?

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              westsidegal RE: kevin Mar 10, 2013 09:57 PM

              it's order at the counter, they give you a beeper, and supposedly you go to pick up your food when they beep.
              (but truly, at the hours that i usually go, it's empty enough that when they see my beeper go off they will often just walk the food to where i'm sitting)

              the "boats" that hold up the wax paper upon which the food sits, are disposable cardboard. also, the wax paper they use is thicker/stronger than the norm. very hygienic. i much prefer this.

              the place is kept very clean. the tables are always clean. at TLT, i've NEVER been faced with the greasy/sticky tables that i've experienced at chego and wurstkuche

              all the tables are communal.

              1. re: westsidegal
                kevin RE: westsidegal Mar 10, 2013 11:07 PM

                Chego was very greasy and sticky and pretty all around filthy but I guess that is sort of par for the course for that joint.

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              New Trial RE: westsidegal Mar 11, 2013 01:15 AM

              The March 8th L.A. Weekly (p.25) has a 30% off TLT coupon for food (not beverages) good through March 13, 2013.

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