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uhockey coming to LA, kinda last minute - looking for someplace open all-day Saturday.

uhockey Jan 13, 2013 08:22 AM

Hi Hounds! With the NHL finally getting their crap together I'm putting together a last minute visit to LA next weekend (1/19-1/20.) Game and banner raising is at noon which means it should end around ~3:00. Looking for a spot open for lunch/brunch/early dinner/happy hour around that time, though most spots seem to close between lunch and dinner service.

Any genre - divey to upscale - works for me.

Probably doing Red Medicine late for dinner, or Alma if I can get in.




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    mc michael RE: uhockey Jan 13, 2013 08:47 AM

    I would expect one or more of the area steak houses (Palm, Flemings, Arnie Morton's or even Riordan's) to be open.

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      uhockey RE: mc michael Jan 13, 2013 09:13 AM

      Pass. Thinking something non-chain - Lazy Ox would be great if the game lets out before 3, but seems questionable.

      Nickel Diner might work, not sure how good Bottega Louie is, The Parish cafe seems alright, or perhaps Wurstkuche?


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        Dirtywextraolives RE: uhockey Jan 13, 2013 09:33 AM

        Don't think the Parish is open all day, it serves breakfast & dinner, iirc. UMAMIcatessan is, however, and I think they have a happy hour. Did not realize they were part of the same restaurant group as Red Medicine, though....

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          uhockey RE: Dirtywextraolives Jan 13, 2013 11:37 AM

          ...hmm, that looks like a solid choice as well. Thanks!


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          westsidegal RE: uhockey Jan 13, 2013 09:39 AM

          would nix bottega louie.

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            uhockey RE: westsidegal Jan 13, 2013 11:18 AM

            Was thinking the same.

            Where else should I be looking? I figure yours is a good opinion considering the lunch at Gjelina. :-)


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              westsidegal RE: uhockey Jan 13, 2013 12:55 PM

              thanks for the compliment.
              sadly, i only have comprehensive knowledge of the westside of town.
              imho, others on this board have the more comprehensive knowledge base that you need for this.

      2. Servorg RE: uhockey Jan 13, 2013 09:08 AM

        Plan Check http://www.plancheckbar.com/

        1. wienermobile RE: uhockey Jan 13, 2013 09:14 AM

          Langer's Deli is open and serving till 4pm.

          1. Searching4Dunny RE: uhockey Jan 13, 2013 09:59 AM

            Industriel would suit your scheduling requirements.

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              uhockey RE: Searching4Dunny Jan 13, 2013 11:22 AM

              I dig the menu. How is the food?
              ...also, what is with these places serving foie gras? I thought such behavior was frowned upon in California.


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                Searching4Dunny RE: uhockey Jan 13, 2013 11:33 AM

                Food was very good but not great the one time I was there for dinner. I have heard some complaints about service but did not experience anything negative. I would say it is a good back up spot if you are having trouble finding a board "favorite".

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                  uhockey RE: Searching4Dunny Jan 21, 2013 08:32 PM

                  Went along with another hound and had a great lunch/brunch. We had a Whole Wheat Croissant, Daily Bread with Compounded Butter, Scone with Clotted Cream and Raspberry Jam, Brioche French Toast with Blackberry Compote, Whipped Cream and Vanilla Maple Syrup, Farm Egg - Crispy Soft Poached, Bacon Leek Risotto, Spinach, Parmesan, Truffle Oil, and Duck, Duck, Goose: House Duck Sausage, Duck Fat Biscuits, Faux Gras Gravy, Scrambled Eggs.

                  Everything was good to great, the croissant, duck sausage, and French toast particularly nice, and service was pleasant and attentive. Its not 'destination dining,' but it definitely fit the bill.

                  Also went to Semi Sweet that day for a snack and find it surprising they don't get more love here.

                  Alma for dinner was outstanding - I need to write longer thoughts on that in the near future.


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                    Searching4Dunny RE: uhockey Jan 21, 2013 10:24 PM

                    Glad you had a nice meal. I will have to swing by for brunch soon.

                    I definitely have Alma on my list. The reports have been very impressive. Looking forward to your write up.

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                      kevin RE: uhockey Jan 22, 2013 12:56 PM

                      Which place is this with the duck sausage, and duck duck goose, that sounds pretty good.

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                        Servorg RE: kevin Jan 22, 2013 12:58 PM


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                          kevin RE: Servorg Jan 22, 2013 12:59 PM

                          Thanks for the prompt response.

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                            kevin RE: Servorg Jan 22, 2013 12:59 PM

                            I'll have to give it a shot if other hounds concur too, since originally i heard poor reviews on that joint.

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                  gmk1322 RE: uhockey Jan 13, 2013 11:25 AM

                  How about BLD? They will be doing their supper menu (breakfast, lunchy) foods from 3-5.

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                    uhockey RE: gmk1322 Jan 13, 2013 12:08 PM

                    They might make for a better 8am the following day - though that would prevent yet another visit to Griddle Café.

                    Anyone else doing a really good Sunday Brunch in LA (myself favoring sweet > savory)

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                      wienermobile RE: uhockey Jan 13, 2013 12:18 PM

                      My favorite bunch is a bit of a drive, but I love Saddle Peak Lodge's Sunday brunch with their rabbit confit pot pie & wild game sausage trio.

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                        soniabegonia RE: uhockey Jan 13, 2013 12:26 PM

                        Sycamore Kitchen for the buckwheat blintz and pork hash would be a far better choice than BLD but BLD does have better coffee. never been to Griddle. the buckwheat blintzes are some of the most delicious sweet breakfast items I've had in a long time. Karen Hatfield does sweets right.

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                          uhockey RE: soniabegonia Jan 13, 2013 01:07 PM

                          ...this definitely fits my palate.
                          The flaw with Griddle (and here actually) is that I'm traveling solo and there are FAR too many things I want to try.


                    2. ipsedixit RE: uhockey Jan 13, 2013 11:28 AM


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                        uhockey RE: ipsedixit Jan 13, 2013 11:54 AM

                        This was suggested above - menu looks appealing - might be the right answer.


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                          ipsedixit RE: uhockey Jan 13, 2013 12:02 PM

                          Or just go to Cole's.

                          I've recently come to appreciate the joys of a Sazerac paired with a beefy French dip.


                      2. Delucacheesemonger RE: uhockey Jan 13, 2013 11:47 AM

                        Miss you by a week. Will be at Red M on the 24th and Gjelina on the 27th.

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                          uhockey RE: Delucacheesemonger Jan 13, 2013 11:59 AM

                          I'm thinking a return to Red Medicine - but Son of a Gun, Alma and Bestia all have a lot of appeal as well.


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                            soniabegonia RE: uhockey Jan 13, 2013 12:21 PM

                            for my money Alma>Bestia>RM>SoG. Highly recommend sat visit to Alma if you can swing it. I must say all are great choices but Alma is a cut above the rest.

                          2. re: Delucacheesemonger
                            Porthos RE: Delucacheesemonger Jan 13, 2013 12:42 PM

                            And Totoraku on the 26th! ;)

                            You guys should both add n/naka chef's tasting. The abalone spaghetti with white truffles is killing it these days. As good as any Frenchie prep.

                            @uhockey. Maybe Father's Office Culver City for burger and beer?

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                              uhockey RE: Porthos Jan 13, 2013 01:03 PM

                              ...lol Porthos. Yes, we all know my love of burgers and beer.


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                                kevin RE: Porthos Jan 13, 2013 01:10 PM

                                Totoraku on the 26th ???

                                Is there like a chowhound dinner going on ???

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                                  J.L. RE: kevin Jan 13, 2013 01:12 PM

                                  D'oh! Porthos let the cat out of the bag!

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                                    kevin RE: J.L. Jan 13, 2013 01:49 PM


                                    Can I please get the details too ? Pretty please.

                                    Thank you. :)

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