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Los Angeles Dish of the Month (Jan 2013) - Nominations

It's time to choose a Dish of the Month for Los Angeles for January 2013

The idea is this: choose a 'Dish of the Month' for the LA area 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, but it probably makes sense to choose something that locals are excited about trying and finding the best versions! In SF, the dish of the month inspired a few Chowdowns so people could try the dish together....hopefully this can happen in LA too!

This is the nomination thread for January 2013…you can nominate as many dishes as you want, but once we do the voting thread (which will start on December 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 December 28th.

Let the nominations begin!

Dave MP

Previous Dish of the Month Discussion for LA:

BBQ Brisket: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875871
Roast Chicken: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/880578

Another note: I am looking for a volunteer who is based in LA who would like to take over this nomination/voting/counting process for Dish of the Month. I'd like someone to take the reigns so this project can continue in LA, and I will be able to support whoever takes over. If you are interested, shoot me an email: davemphound AT gmail.com

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  1. SOUP
    SALAD
    FRIED CHICKEN
    SANDWICH

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    1. re: Porthos

      Thanks for the nominations. I think that fried chicken could work great, but the other three are probably a bit too broad.

      For me, a dish is a combination of an ingredient and a preparation. So, fried chicken is a great example...chicken (ingredient), fried (preparation).

      I do think it would be great to choose something in January that's a bit easier to find/consume than roast chicken or bbq brisket....but I'm worried going too broad (soup, salad) defeats the purpose here.

      1. re: Dave MP

        I think Porthos is just trying to hedge his bets in case he wins ... while still retaining his voting eligibility. :-)

        1. re: Dave MP

          I thought we had said it was okay to go "broad" in the December nomination tread (eg. best pasta).

          Given the LA board's lack of participation maybe something like soup or salad could get more participation without having to resort to bottled water or gum ;)

          1. re: Porthos

            I would personally suggest aiming for something that is widely available and easy to eat both on your own and with others. I think this is a better strategy to increase participation than choosing something very broad, and I think it will be way more useful.

            I'd much rather see reports about fried chicken from two different places than 1 review of tomato soup and another review of chicken soup.

            1. re: Dave MP

              I realize I don't live in LA, which is why I won't be participating in the voting thread, but here are some ideas that have come up elsewhere. Feel free to second these if you want to see any of them go on to voting:

              CHILAQUILES
              TAMALES
              RAMEN
              PAPAYA SALAD
              WAFFLES
              CREPES
              POZOLE
              DAN DAN MIAN
              NACHOS
              GNOCCHI
              FALAFEL
              FLAN

      2. Broader...

        BRAISED RED MEAT
        VEAL DISH
        PIZZA
        RICE DISH

        Narrower...

        OSSO BUCO
        B-B-Q RIBS
        TOMATO SAUCE-BASED-DISH
        WHITE MEAT FILLET SEA FISH (EG. HALIBUT, JOHN DORY, SOLE, SEA BASS)

        1. my top picks:
          beet salad
          brussel sprouts
          teriyaki sandwich
          beef koobideh

          more ideas:
          macarons
          espresso
          ice cream or gelato
          french fries
          onion rings
          buffalo wings
          pasta carbonara
          pad thai
          mapo tofu
          risotto
          panna cotta
          philly cheesesteak
          ramen
          xlb
          banh mi
          tacos
          tamales
          paletas

          1. Pork Chop or pork dish

              1. re: yummyewe

                Hey there,

                Thanks for playing. But nominations for January have been closed now for about a month and a half.

                Your nominations are great nonetheless, so perhaps you could save them and re-nominate them for the March Dish of the Month, which I will start a thread for in probably a couple of weeks.

                So be sure to look for a post asking for March nomination towards the end of February.