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Favorite foods served on a paper plate? [non-food truck edition]

What good eats are served on a paper from a real-live brick-and-mortar restaurant?

For me:

Tomato Pie
Gerlach's Grill

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  1. The Hat
    Mom's Burgers

    And if plastic plates count, then Papa Christos.

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      1. re: A5 KOBE

        I was trying to remember if papa Cristos was on paper or plastic, but thanks for clearing that up.

        1. re: granadafan

          The Fish Grill. All locations, all of their menu. Simply yum.

          And falafel at Pitaway on Melrose. Mmm

          1. re: Miri1

            Pita way also gives you all you can eat salads which is really swell.

      2. Pacific Fish Center (Redondo Beach Pier)

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          1. re: kevin

            There is a simple search function available to all Hounds on this board. If one uses it, one will come upon this thread:


            IF ones uses it, that is...

        1. Ricky's fish tacos
          The Hat
          & Bludso's Compton

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          1. re: wienermobile

            "Ricky's fish tacos"

            I think carts violate the spirit of the "no truck" rule... ;-D>

            1. re: Servorg

              Sorry. You are right. Then let me add El Burrito Jr.

              1. re: wienermobile

                I just wonder if the food tastes any different on paper, Melmac, stainless steel or fine china?

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    That reminds me of the paper I end up eating every once in a while when I don't peel it back quite far enough on my sandwich or burrito...(g) It doesn't actually have much taste, but my fiber intake is definitely enhanced when that happens.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      Paper is also a great receptacle for cheese residue.

          2. I can't believe no one else has thrown Apple Pan into the mix yet.

            1. TLT
              HUMBLE POTATO (if plastic baskets lined with wax paper count)

              1. Sweet potato fries at Father's Office.

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                1. re: Local

                  Mine always have come in a stainless steel (mini) shopping cart, albeit with some sort of white paper lining the cart so the fries don't fall through and for sanitary reasons (I'm sure).

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Point taken ;)

                    edit my post, (borrowing westsidegal's qualification)-
                    if paper lined mini-fryer baskets count...;)

                2. any fried clam plate, clamroll or lobster roll served t a seaside joint

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                  1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                    lol...see my post that just came in just after yours...

                  2. Neptune's Net has always served their fish tacos and other fried clams, etc. in little paper "boats" (for lack of a better description).

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                    1. re: Servorg

                      the fish tacos at neptune's net may be my LEAST favourite food served on a paper plate.

                      1. re: linus

                        Although their fried clams, shrimp, squid and scallops can be good

                        1. re: Servorg

                          to each their own. i take out of town guests to neptune's net because it's a fun drive and a cool spot to drink beer from a bottle while sitting outside and digging the local colour.

                          the food, though, is always more o.k. than good. i always wish it was better, but then it would probably be a different place.

                          their port a potties are very clean, though.

                      2. re: Servorg

                        The steamed lobster, which you will shell out some dough for, is also served on paper plates along with a jigger of drawn butter in a tiny paper cup on the side.

                      3. India Sweets and Spices (Canoga Park)

                        1. Vito's (pizza).

                          Falafel Palace (lamb gyros combo w/ayce pickles, cabbage, peppers).

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                          1. re: silence9

                            Wheres falafel palace ? for some reason, i have not heard about it before.

                            1. re: kevin

                              It is in Northridge. on Reseda blvd. just a bit north of Nordhoff. There's a good shave ice kiosk (Get Shaved) and a banh mi joint (Bun Me) frequented by the college kids, also just south of there... Nothing fancy about Falafel Palace, just some good fuckin' lamb gyros and combo plates...

                              1. re: silence9

                                Oh, it's within a couple or rather few blocks of Pita Pocket.

                                I think Bun Me is the joint where I got the Vietnamese coffee from and there is a starbucks in the same minimall as Falafel Palace, correct ?

                                1. re: kevin

                                  The Starbucks is in the same minimall as Bun Me...

                                  As for Bun Me, it may be a bit (OK, alot) westernized, but the Bun Bo Hue (soup) is bracingly flavorful without being murky and has rather clean/bright notes without the usual blood cubes. Their chao gio and their spicy ginger wings are the tiniest I've ever seen (like appetizers for wee elves), but the cute vietnamese girls at the front counter have starrysmiles & winsome glances that go from here till next Saturday. Ahh, to be 21 again!

                                  1. re: silence9

                                    Hmm. I will return for the "cute Vietnamese girls" alone again.

                                    That is more than reason enough. And maybe I'll do a side by side taste test of the pita at Palace and the one at Pocket.

                                    There looks like there will be a Northride/CSUN adjacent food crawl in the works in the near future.

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      Then don't forget Cupid's Hot Dogs on your crawl.

                          2. +1 for grandma slice @ tomato pie


                            al pastor hard shell tacos, el taco llama north hollywood

                                1. re: maudies5

                                  Is it patterned after California Fish Grill, which has a number of locations around the Southland ?

                                2. Very very very easy answer. Anything from the Crab Cooker (two locations, Newport Beach and Tustin). I would say the Manhattan style Clam Chowder is consistently one of my favorite soups, and is served in a paper cup... and the shrimp skewers with slaw and rice pilaf is right up there too.

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                                  1. re: DrBruin

                                    I was just about to post the same thing. I only recognize the Newport Beach spot! It's truly the best food served on paper; their lobster tail trumps it all!
                                    We're going for my birthday on the 23rd.

                                  2. Not as often due to the use of styrofoam, I would say the majority of Pit BBQs. Here in the south at least.

                                    1. although i already mentioned the Humble Potato on lincoln in westchester, their YUZU JAPANESE SLAW side order is actually served on a paper plate. (as opposed to a plastic basket lined with wax paper)
                                      this is a duplicate of the description of it that i posted in the "under $2" thread.

                                      this is NOT the mayo laden wilted stuff with which most of us grew up.

                                      the slaw itself is NOT the stuff that comes from a plastic bag.

                                      the slaw is made up of sliced green cabbage, red cabbage, red onions, carrots, and FRESH JALEPENO PEPPERS (i.e. NOT the canned or the pickled stuff) that are all sliced in the restaurant.

                                      the dressing has NO MAYO. it is a citrusy vinaigrette that is NOT oily. (i suspect that it doesn't even contain oil.)

                                      the slaw is dressed to order; that is, they put the dressing on the vegetables right before it is served to you. the vegetables don't sit around in the dressing like they do at virtually every other restaurant i've tried.

                                      what you get is an great combination of bright, spicy, flavors AND crisp textures every time.

                                      they charge a buck for the stuff as a topping on a burger, and a couple of cents under $2 as a side order served in one of those cardboard "boats." (dunno the real name for those things)

                                      i like this slaw so much that i get it both as a burger topping AND as a side order at the same time.

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                                      1. re: westsidegal

                                        damn, i may have to try the slaw next time. (though so far i didn't like their tempeh indonesian sauce burger at all, nor the hot dog that they have there, and the fries are ok, i do have to say that the fried foods and tempeh are very filing and greasy which is not exactly a good thing, so the slaw does sound to be somewhat out of character for the place).

                                        I did like their avocado smoothie, i told them to lay of the the hershey's syrup though.

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          try the slaw as a topping on the burger.
                                          it cuts the richness and gives the whole thing a lot of crunch and adds more layers of flavor.

                                          1. re: westsidegal

                                            yeah, i may give it one more shot with their beef burger and add the slaw.

                                            skip the fries.

                                            and wash it down with the avocado shake.

                                            in some ways, with the chicken meatballs and the fried chicken katsu (have you had the fried chicken patty there ?) it seems like a fast-food version of an izakaya almost with fusion-y touches.

                                            1. re: kevin

                                              i haven't tried the chicken because i no longer eat poultry.
                                              the only fries i eat are the sweet potato fries at the counter.

                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                          Good one.

                                          Now the lines are going to be even longer.