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Jan 4, 2013 06:18 PM

CONFESSION TIME: Places you're super curious about but too scared to try. I'll start.......

What's with that place on La Brea a block or so south of Washington near the 10 Freeway.

It's called Taurus Flavors....has a sandwich board out on La Brea with picture of a bull on it. I "think" it's some kind of Philly Cheesesteak joint. I've been curious about it for YEARS but too scared to try.

Has ANYONE ever ventured in????

Ok that's mine.........who's next???

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  1. I've always been afraid to go to Coles since I've been raised on Phillippes..! Really.

    1. I guess I've been too scared to try Bludso's (that's the one in Compton, right?); when I was much younger driving into "ghetto" neighborhoods did not scare me, though, as a woman I wouldn't do it alone at night. But since moving out west, and heeding my new husband's warning (15 years ago) "stay north of the ten freeway", I've never ventured (alone) to find out if their BBQ was all that...... Some day I will.... As I've had no qualms going through Highland Park or McArthur Park during the day....

      14 Replies
      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

        I think the area gets a bad rap. (Yes, pun is sorely intended).

        But you can try Bludso's when he pairs up with the Golden State guys in a few months on LaBrea, near Beverly, in the old Tarpit space.

        1. re: kevin

          Yes, I heard, thanks for the reminder. And I agree with you, it does. But again, it's a bit different to be a lone woman in the area, than a lone man....just sayin.

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            Bludso's is not at all threatening during the daytime, which is best for picking up BBQ anyway. It is a haul on the freeways, but it is located on a major boulevard in an area with retail businesses up and down the street with its own small parking alongside. If anyone finds themselves traveling up or down the 405 just S/E of Long Beach it is a quick exit off the freeway north, or if speeding east or west on the 105 it is an easy exit south. BBQ travels and keeps well, so this is a destination that is well-worth trying out. In my experience the servers, staff, and other customers waiting inside are friendly and welcoming to newcomers who are sampling the goodness.

            1. re: nosh

              I've also had good experiences going there to pickup bbq in the day time. have not been there at night.

              1. re: jasongg06

                agree 100%, but they tend to run out of Brisket and other things in the early evening so go pick up early.

                1. re: wienermobile

                  I guess since I grew up in the West Adams area (and never had a problem) thoughts like that don't deter me. Of course I try to be prudent, but I've eaten at Johnny's Pastrami (on Adams, east of Crenshaw) at all hours of the day and night.
                  I remember being on jury duty in Compton and Inglewood and walking in the area looking for possible eating places. I do recall finding an elderly couple manning a bbq place in Compton and thinking "this must be the real deal." Sadly the worst bbq I've had the misfortune to eat. I'm more intimidated by traffic which cuts down my excursions into SGV to partake of asian cuisine. I find Garfield and Atlantic to have some of the craziest drivers ever. I'm also trying to cut down on long drives with the price of petrol and all that.

        2. re: Dirtywextraolives

          <stay north of the ten freeway>

          I know so many westsiders who've never crossed over LaCienega & Pico east and south, let alone south of the 10 so I guess I understand the thought process but oh....the food that's being missed and the places you'd see & the fun you'd have... It's one of the greatest things about LA....the adventure and the exploring and the finding.

          1. re: latindancer

            I get it, believe me I do. Most of the time, I am on my own, and do a lot of my chowhounding while my kids are in school. Like I said above, I have no problem learning my way around and circling for parking....I used to live in Boston so it's second nature to me. I will definitely be trying them, it just depends on when I can get out there when I am on that side of town. But I appreciate all the encouragement, and I really do want tot support these local businesses with chow worthy food. And thanks to all of you, I know where to find it.... I am eternally grateful.

            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

              Glad to hear that other people felt relatively safe during the day, but I'm a man and didn't feel particularly comfortable walking near Bludso's during the day (a feeling that was only intensified when a police car chased another car into the nearby fast-food parking lot and pulled out the driver....).

              Having said that, the food is so good that it might be worth the risks.... ;)

              1. re: ilysla

                <worth the risks...)>

                As with anything in life, it requires risk....although I would hardly describe what you're saying as a risk.
                I've seen the same thing happen in Venice and lots of areas on the westside.

                1. re: latindancer

                  The gentrification of various parts of LA is a relatively new phenomenon (or maybe I'm just older than I want to admit!).

                  Venice was were you went if you wanted a good chance of getting shot when I was growing up. Just a few yrs ago, I got trapped in a circle mob that was watching two females fight. Even recently, I felt uncomfortable parking a short distance from Larry's (although I very much liked the food). I've scratched my head when I read posts here that try to minimize that Providence is in a bit of a rundown area (or that judge others harshly for commenting that it is). When I was young, Old Town Pasadena was where you went to get drugs, if you lived in the San Marino/Pasadena; obviously, that area has entirely changed, although I can't think of any hugely chow-ish in the immediate area that makes me want to return.

                  Everybody has a different comfort level regarding their safety. ::shrug::

                  1. re: ilysla

                    I know when I need to be careful so that really isn't an issue with me. I'm not careless, by any stretch of the imagination, however I am extremely adventurous in my life and I'd rather risk things than play it so safe that it seems uninteresting.
                    I also know where I need to go find the best LA Blues & Jazz and great food to sit and listen to it. By many people's standards, a few in this discussion, I'm taking my life in my hands when I choose to do it. If I live in LA I'm going to feel it, experience it and take it all in.
                    My belief is that areas that become gentrified tend to lose their character, their soul and, many times, their integrity.

              2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                For what it's worth, I'm a lone woman, and I go to Bludso's for BBQ all the time. Go during the day - I've never had trouble finding parking right nearby. Call your order ahead so you don't have to wait, and you'll be in and out in no time. :) I've never felt unsafe there - it's on a major street, and there are other shops nearby with people coming in and out.

                Rib tips! :)

            2. re: Dirtywextraolives

              another nice one. I've been trying all the bbq joints in greater LA for a year. This one seems to be skipped over and over, it's time to buck the Fk up.

            3. I'm intimidated by dim sum in authentic Chinese restaurants

              9 Replies
              1. re: GreekChorus

                Would Sea Harbour be considered authentic ?

                1. re: kevin

                  Agree. Sea Harbour has picture menus with english and a menu number under each photo. To order you just check the numbered box on an order sheet and the wonderful food just starts coming. Now how easy is that?

                  1. re: kevin

                    idk. I grew up in the 626 and non-American Chinese restaurants intimidate me.

                  2. re: GreekChorus

                    Flirting with the cart ladies at 888 is the only kind my wife lets me get away with, because that's the only way we're gonna get the really good stuff and not the "gwei-low-down"... ;-)

                    1. re: Bradbury

                      To be fair, though, the only thing to be scared of at 888 is the parking lot. It's in the top 3 of my "SGV's most terrifying lots" list, with the one at Hawaii Supermarket and the one at the Arcadia Ranch 99.

                      1. re: Bradbury

                        Yep, I always find street parking for 888 even if I have to walk a ways. Hawaii is a real problem. I also have given up going to Trader Joe's because generally they have truly awful parking lots as well - and there is just something about the spacing of the aisles that sort of creeps me out. (The Silverlake Trader Joe's is possibly the worst parking lot in the city of Los Angeles.)

                        1. re: estone888

                          i usually avoid busy parking situations in 626 by getting their 1hr before prime time. While it's true that you may be wasting precious time just sitting around a near-empty lot before their opening time or bz time, you may end up saving more time and avoiding the parking headache by doing so.

                          The thing I hate the most is when my friends or relatives can't make up their minds and I have to end up driving to or meeting them there during the worst possible hours.. then it's just a "deal with it" mentality lol

                        2. re: Bradbury

                          Hee hee. I get nervous in the Pasadena Cost Plus parking lot and always park on the street. PS - their Swedish Pancake Mix is aweome!!

                    2. Really curious about Taurus Flavors too! I just detoured past it the other day just to see if it was still open (it was). Definitely about the sketchiest-looking eatery around. By the way, don't be intimidated by El Nido around the corner (on La Brea), despite it's tinted windows ; )

                      The one time I went to Woody's Bbq (middle of the day) I was so viscerally uncomfortable I just got it to-go. That area (Inglewood) just has a creepy vibe, one I don't get in, say, San Pedro or Highland Park, despite similar gang/crime situation. Part of it is how busy a place is - JR's Bbq on La Cienega is always packed, and with postmen, cops, whatever, and I'll go there any day.

                      Heck, I can't bring myself to go to Gjelina either, but that's because of the scene-sters out front and because I can't ever hope to fit in, but the gut feeling's similarly uncomfortable.

                      Thank you, doctor, I feel better now.

                      1. Urasawa (sp?). But I'm mostly afraid my credit card will be declined.