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No judgments, no qualifications, no nothing. No explanation necessary.

Free pass here.

I just want to know what restaurant in LA is your absolute favorite. Not necessarily the "best" or "most expensive" (although it might be both, but who knows), just your favorite.

Like that pair of shoes that's totally broken-in, fits your feet like a pair of gloves (no we're not talking Vibram here), and which you would feel comfortable trekking the Sahara in. Not the best, or most expensive or the most stylish, just your favorite pair of loafers, sneakers, pumps, heels, whatever.

Mine might by SinBaLa.

Yours?

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  1. The closest thing I have found so far: Il Grano

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    1. re: whiner

      It is really wonderful, I don't disagree. Only wished I lived closer, especially given the great lunch special.

    2. Maybe Sotto

      1. Gjelina

        1. Pann's

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          1. re: Servorg

            What do you get at Pann's??

            I recently moved to the culinary wasteland of Baldwin Hills Estates so Pann's isn't too far.

            1. re: john gonzales

              Patty Melt.

              Corned Beef Hash.

              Blackened Catfish.

              Fried chicken and waffles.

              Nuff Said and superlative.

              1. re: kevin

                That Patty Melt is ridiculous.....

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  Don't forget Pann's tasty roasted turkey dinner. And their Tuesday night short ribs are pretty good too.

              2. re: john gonzales

                Sorry for getting lost in the ozone, John. Yes, the patty melt, as long as you like medium rare it's a great item. I like the onion rings better than the fries. I also like their wings, either as a dinner with mashed and the fresh, steamed spinach or with the waffle.

                On Saturdays I sometimes get their ribs. Breakfast is a winning idea and I like their country breakfast with sausage patties, potatoes with onions and green peppers and their country biscuits are smothered with sausage gravy, to gild the lily, (their biscuits are as good as I've found in Los Angeles).

                Their split pea soup is also tasty and I've never had better corned beef hash anywhere, but the problem is the CBH is a very infrequent guest on their menu and I can't figure out when or if it will be there!

                1. re: Servorg

                  Very infrequent is putting it lightly.

              3. re: Servorg

                I will surprise no CH veterans by agreeing with Servorg. There are two things I'm not fond of there (the waffles and the rolls) and one thing that is unaccountably awful (the corn muffins), but everything else I've had over the last twelve years has been either very good or damn good. They get slams for their undersalted vegetables, but those are cooked from fresh, not frozen, and there's salt on the table. And if you find them boring (as I do) just get the wonderful sautéed spinach.

                Although I live nowhere close - Pasadena, for Pete's sake! - I grab at every opportunity to be somewhere near the Magic Triangle of La Cienega, La Tijera and Centinela around midday.

                1. re: Will Owen

                  Pann's is what I always imagine Norms or Denny's to be like if either were any good.

              4. Vito. I have others for special occasions that I would call favorites, but Vito is my favorite pair of jeans.

                1. l spend about two weeks every year to be with my daughter in Los Angeles. As she does not travel often we consider this her vacation and we go to the best places we can find. Over the years we have been to just about every considered top restaurant. At this point my favorite, just encountered this January would be Shunji. All we ate were sushi/sashimi, no cooked dishes and it blew a lot of wind up our skirt/pants. Other qualifiers might be Providence due to their cheese course or Red Medicine when they served the uni porridge or even Pizzeria Mozza for their caponata, but right now Shunji and l can thank Porthos for the recommendation.

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                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                    How nice for you & your daughter; she will treasure those memories for a long time....

                  2. Melisse is my ultimate favorite restaurant, one I wish I could eat at all the time.

                    Brents Deli is my favorite go-to restaurant where I can go often.

                    1. J&J here in the greater L.A. area. Fernando's in Macau if we're talking worldwide.

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                      1. re: estone888

                        We are on the LA board, aren't we? If we're talking outside of LA, I'm sure we would all have more to "brag" about.....

                      2. Nanbankan

                        1. Langer's Deli

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                          1. re: wienermobile

                            & Sea Harbour

                          2. Shinsengumi in MPK

                            1. Enoteca Drago.

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                              1. re: RicRios

                                Gone, near as I can tell. Try his Villa Alloro a block away.

                              2. Sam Woo
                                Any Sam Woo works for me.

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                                1. re: selfportrait93

                                  Hit Sam Woo in Chinatown after the book festival - handy stop off the Gold Line - and it's our new C-Town favorite. The fried vermicelli Singapore style was a brilliant late lunch, and damn fine refried with an egg on it. I could cheerfully eat my way through their Specials banners, and might even try to. Mrs. O was nuts for her tofu dish, and even though it turned out probably not to be vegetarian after all (had chicken in it, or an amazingly good fake version) she barely left enough for my next day's lunch.

                                2. Chinois if someone else is paying, I have a discount, or special occasion.
                                  Gjelina if I am hosting, on the patio or the small room in back.
                                  Dino's or Carnitas Michaocan for lunch downtown alone.
                                  Yang Chow or Langer's for lunch with a group.

                                  1. As before Sotto for everyday. Loved Yamakasi but that is a different experience. For shoes off Barone's Pizza!

                                    1. Toscana

                                      1. I'm sorry but I cannot choose just one place, it is impossible. Sorry to mess up your thread. But I have to break them out into categories. They are my faves based on food & service.

                                        No Longer With Us: (by FAR my absolute faves in LA ever)
                                        L'Orangerie
                                        Ortolan

                                        Casual:
                                        Three way tie between Plan Check, La SuperRica and Freddy Smalls

                                        My Husband's picks: (as he gets to dine out more w clients)
                                        Melisse & Spago

                                        Mine: (since my job is with children)
                                        Craft & Melisse

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                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                          Is that the "new" Spago?

                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                            Yes.

                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                              The new Spago is unconscionably expensive and although the food is good, IMHO it's not great and definitely not worth the cost.

                                              1. re: josephnl

                                                Okay........ I don't recall asking for your opinion, but you are most certainly entitled to it...... Perhaps you did not read the OP carefully..... That's okay, we all make mistakes.

                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                  Sorry!

                                                  1. re: josephnl

                                                    No worries!

                                            2. re: ipsedixit

                                              Really? What do you like there?

                                              1. re: Thor123

                                                You replied to me, but I believe you are addressing Dirtywextraolives re: Spago, right?

                                                Regardless, the spirit of this post in the OP was

                                                >>> No judgments, no qualifications, no nothing. No explanation necessary.
                                                Free pass here.<<<

                                                Cheers.

                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                  Thank you for your response, ipsedixit.

                                                  Thor, it was my husband's choice, not mine as I have not been and do not dine out with clients on an expense account. Also, I asked him what he had there, and he cannot recall ;) - he has much more pressing things to store in his mind......and I reserve him that right....

                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                    No problem, Dirty (can I even call you that?).

                                                    This thread was meant as a simple survey, unshackled from any and all judgments so that we can be free with out responses.

                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                      My question was actually about La Scala and was wondering if you were a chop salad fan or something else? Is that ok to ask?

                                                      1. re: Thor123

                                                        Now, this is just bizarre.

                                                        Neither myself nor Dirtywextraolives mentioned La Scala.

                                                        The only mention of La Scala was by Francesca, down BELOW this thread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8999...

                                                        Weird ...

                                                        But back to your question. You can certainly ask anything you want, God of Thunder and Son of Oden, but I was hoping this thread could be sort of a "time-out" zone where people could post without feeling any pressure to justify or explain their choices.

                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                          The God of Thunder can read your minds!!! Sorry for the miscommunication and everyone can keep their reason for La Scala being a favorite a secret unto themselves. So says the Son of Oden!

                                                          1. re: Thor123

                                                            Just read that your favorite restaurant doesn't "serve" oden (although nice for you that they serve, Oden, in case you want to take your dad to dinner there).

                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                              Don't mess with the Gods Servorg!!

                                                            2. re: Thor123

                                                              I often wish I had a hammer such as Mjolnir to hammer some bad eateries into submission. Hammer time!

                                                        2. re: ipsedixit

                                                          Since you asked, of course!

                                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                                            Yeah, I was about to call you dirty dirty. (Just joking, it was too good to pass up).

                                                            I have to say Spago does make some of the best tasting menus in town, ever.

                                                            So Spago would be a great choice.

                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                              Does Spago still do tasting menus? Last time I was there about 2 months ago, none was evident on the presented menu. Does one need to request a tasting menu?

                                                  2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                    I miss L'Orangerie. Good food, and lots of character. Clive Davis (founder of Arista Records) was quite a regular there, and he would bring his latest protogee/find to serenade the dining room, often to less than desirable effect, but some nights - It was magical.

                                                    Ortolan was superb as well. Chef Christopher Eme and his wife Jeri Ryan made for a formidable team, much like Chef Ludo & Krissy. I hope he opens another eatery in L.A.

                                                    1. re: J.L.

                                                      Chef Eme is looking for investors to open a more casual concept in the Ortolan space. Been waiting almost a year for more updates on it.....

                                                      Totally agree with your descriptions of L'Orangerie..... I became engaged there. It was always a magical and beautiful spot for us.....we ran into Merv Griffin who was entertaining Nancy Reagan there when we last went on our ninth wedding anniversary. Sadly it closed the following year.

                                                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                        An ardent investor is here. :)

                                                        The Reagans also loved the old Chasens, though you can still check out those deliciously crummy booths at britol farms.

                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                          Same here, I'd invest in a heartbeat.....

                                                      2. re: J.L.

                                                        You know, I only went to L'Orangerie once to treat someone for their birthday but I still remember the experience today.

                                                        Of course, they loved it, but my pocket book is still mad at me.

                                                        1. re: J.L.

                                                          I took Chowpup to L'Orangerie for his 21st birthday years ago and he has never forgotten that special dinner/event - the egg with the top off and caviar in there somewhere (wish I could remember the name of the dish) was something dreams are made of.

                                                          1. re: ZoeZ

                                                            That's where I went for my 21st birthday, about a thousand years ago. The egg with caviar was the highlight of a great meal. Melisse in Santa Monica serves something similar, if you have a craving for it.

                                                      3. Madeo...although Melisse and Patina are tied for close seconds.

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                                                        1. re: josephnl

                                                          I second, third, and fourth madeo's

                                                        2. I've had transcendent meals at places like Melisse and Providence. On the other end, I regularly eat lunch at good Sinaloense restaurants where I can get good, inexpensive, delicious seafood.

                                                          But my current favorite is Racion in Pasadena. The food is wonderful, it's not expensive given the level of food, the chef and staff are great, they're very accommodating, I've had three of my favorite meals in the past few years there in the past few months, really love what they're doing.

                                                          My next favorites are Il Grano on the westside and Nishi-ya in Glendale, just love the great fish at both places, quality doesn't get higher and the hype is low on both.

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                                                          1. re: Robert Thornton

                                                            Totally with you on Racion.

                                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                                              Interestingly enough, I had one of the best desserts of the past few years at Racion.

                                                              And those codfish fritters and lamby meatballs are damn good.

                                                              I still have to try that bottle of wine that has the tasting notes of a runny french bleu cheese.

                                                            2. re: Robert Thornton

                                                              This has convinced me to try it - I live about a mile away but for some reason haven't made it yet.

                                                              1. re: Robert Thornton

                                                                are you referencing Coni's Seafood, with the peripatetic Sergio, for Sinaloa cuisine by way of Nayarit ?

                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                  I actually live much further east (Claremont), and there are some good places out here, like Mariscos El Ostion in Pomona or a couple of places in Ontario. But am moving back west, so your recs are good to know.

                                                              2. La Scala

                                                                1. Pastrami sandwich at Izzy' Deli.

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                                                                  1. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                    For realzies? (note to self: must find Izzy's Deli and investigate.)

                                                                    1. re: whiner

                                                                      It's 24-hour pastrami joint (with good pastrami). What's not to like? Add the sweet-hot mustard and it's heaven.

                                                                      1. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                        It may be a 24 joint.

                                                                        But the pastrami is not very good or even merely good.

                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                          My joke, if anyone tells me someone wants to meet there, is always "Izzy he really planning to eat there?"

                                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                                            and many people feel Pann's is not very good but to each their own.

                                                                            1. re: jessejames

                                                                              I joke about Izzy's, but I still go there, especially for breakfast at 4 AM. Ever since Dolores stopped serving 24/7 and then shuttered it has reduced the local options to Norm's, Jerry's and the Pacific Dining Car for all night breakfast.

                                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                                have you tried the patty melt at norms? i know you like the one at panns but the norms one hits spot for me.

                                                                                1. re: jessejames

                                                                                  Years years years upon years ago, I used to hit up the Norm's patty melt. But Pann's is just so much better, it's night and day.

                                                                                  The beef quality is really great at Pann's though Norm's meat is not so good.

                                                                                  But yes to each their very own.

                                                                                2. re: Servorg

                                                                                  Dolores was pretty vile I have to say.

                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                    I give special dispensation to those places in the 24/7 club (especially those in my neighborhood), and Dolores' breakfast was better than Jerry's...

                                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                                      You know what, it ain't 24 7, more like open till 1am on weekdays I think. But for the area, Cafe 50s is pretty damn good.

                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                        That, unfortunately, is right when I'm thinking about getting up to get on my bike. During my long weekend rides I leave someplace between 1 and 2 AM and finish someplace between 3 and 5 AM, depending on various contingencies. So breakfast, depending on hunger quotient, usually gets eaten in the 4:30 to 7 AM time frame. I do tend to go eat a little later if it's someplace that has a dish that I absolutely crave, like the chorizo bowl at Ronnie's or the CBH at Pann's (when I feel outstandingly lucky).

                                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                                          Yeah, that corned beef hash is erratic at best. No joke.

                                                                                          And I think Pann's opens at 7am and maybe Ronnie's too.

                                                                                          I kind of crave the Ronnie's double cheeseburger sometimes which reminds me of a burger that I would have got at Disneyland or Knott's Berry Farm, years ago. Yes, very weird but it's sort of a nostalgic craving. But the double cheeseburger combo still cannot hold a candle to the patty melt at Pann's.

                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                            Ronnie's opens at 7:30 AM. Pann's at 7 AM, same as John O'Groats on Pico. You ought to hit up O'Groats for their mashed potato pancakes sometime...

                                                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                                                              Is it pancake batter mixed with mashed potatoes ?

                                                                                              Oh, and I forget, does o groats serve corned beef hash too ?

                                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                                No pancake batter in the potato pancakes, although I've been known to order two buttermilk pancakes on the side with chocolate chips, just to gild the lily completely. They do CBH, but it's just not the style/type I like...too dry.

                                                                                              2. re: Servorg

                                                                                                @Servorg, you on bikeforums?

                                                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                                                  No. I ride for exercise and mental health reasons. I don't do any organized rides, or read up on what's going on with others. I like the serenity of the solo outing and the serenity of the solo breakfast afterward. My biggest issue going out really early is the LA Times doesn't get delivered until about 6 AM, so I am reduced to reading something else while dining before then.

                                                                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                    Well, if it's the weekend you can read the weekend edition of the Times on a Saturday morning.

                                                                                          2. re: kevin

                                                                                            I have a weakness for the Cafe 50s hot turkey sandwich, smothered in extra gravy. $9.95, but I almost always have some kind of coupon for 20% to half off. Soft toast, decent mashed potatoes, turkey slices taste more real than processed. A nice indulgence.

                                                                                      2. re: Servorg

                                                                                        Interestingly, Dolores reduced its hours for a couple years and then added hookahs to the mix and had a $5 kabab and coke special but for some reason I never got around to trying the special (it smelled really good on that charcoal grill outside).

                                                                                  2. re: kevin

                                                                                    Now, now.... Chef don't judge.... (We're not supposed to be judging....)

                                                                              2. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                                Black pastrami in any guise at Brent's deli.

                                                                              3. Giorgio Baldi

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                                                                                1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                  Damn, that reminds me of a return visit that needs to be done.

                                                                                  But sometimes, usually always, I just can't deal with the service, the litany of specials that takes the better part of an hour to announce, and the exoribitant prices.

                                                                                2. Elite in Monterey Park.

                                                                                  1. Mori Sushi. Last time I was there: cherry blossom mochi and soy sauce ice cream.

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                                                                                    1. re: AlkieGourmand

                                                                                      The Whipped Tofu dessert with blackened sugar was exceptional for a dessert that by its description sounds merely pedestrian.

                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                        Yeah. I asked him how they made it once, thinking perhaps I could do it at home. It was a fairly complicated process involving the addition of egg whites.

                                                                                    2. Kanda Sushi in Thousand Oaks. Friendly, quite traditional sushi bar and a place with a wide selection that I still know some of the fish only by the Japanese name.

                                                                                      1. Bouchon is comfortable shoes. The trifecta of the bistro, the bar at the bistro and the ground-floor Bar Bouchon work for me when I'm in town. Shunji for a bit of self indulgence.

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                                                                                        1. re: steve h.

                                                                                          Monday, May 6, is Ad Hoc fried chicken day (5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.) at Bouchon Bistro.

                                                                                          Tasty stuff.

                                                                                        2. Currently, Red Medicine.
                                                                                          Know that I can pop in to the bar late at night for small bites and a cocktail or bring out-of-town guests for a ridiculously unique meal w/ wine pairing that they'll still be talking about more than a year later.

                                                                                          Previously, the late, lamented, Bastide...
                                                                                          Such a beautiful, intimate space. Went there on several occasions when a former girlfriend would book commercial work with the owner, Joe Pytka. We'd celebrate her good fortune with dinner at his space and chat with him after if he was in the house. Dinner and lunch while Alain Giraud was at the helm. Dinner while Ludo Lefebvre was in charge (our 2nd with him, having eaten at L'Orangerie shortly after he began his stint there). And finally, a last meal there with a friend who had never been. Paul Shoemaker was the Chef; Pieter Verheyde the Sommelier. Our reservations were for 7pm; we arrived at 6:30. We were whisked to the table under the Olive tree on the West Side of the patio. M. Verheyde arrived within 2 minutes to greet us bearing a bottle of Dom Ruinart ("the oldest established Champagne house" - 1729) and poured us several glasses...
                                                                                          For the next 6 1/2 hours - no, that is not a typo - we were serenaded with the most exquisite tastes in the most relaxingly romantic atmosphere imaginable outside of a few hectares in the south of France while discussing Food and Politics and Philosophy... basically reliving the mythical heydays of Monticello. The conclusion involved M. Verheyde asking if we liked Congac. When we replied, "mais, bien sur".. He disappeared for just a few moments and then reappeared with a bottle, whose name I cannot recall, explaining as we sipped this nectar that this was his family's production and that there were but a very few cases available every year for his family... as the rest were dedicated for consumption at the U.N. in Geneva!
                                                                                          Truly sublime...

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                                                                                          1. re: FranklinJefferson

                                                                                            Such great memories from Bastide! I have fond, fond memories of Bastide as well.

                                                                                            1. re: J.L.

                                                                                              Damn, I missed out on Bastide. I'm crying here almost, a half day repast, are you kidding me ?

                                                                                              That sound beyond exceptional.

                                                                                              And on another note, is Giraud doing relatively great things in the vein of Bastide at his newish spot in the Pac Sades ?

                                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                                Chef Giraud is mainly staying within classic French bistro realms.... Unfortunately, the neighborhood needed and wanted a more neighborhood type of place, and it coincided with the economic woes outside of the little bubble that we live in.... He does do a lot of Farmer's Market special dinners and Tasting Menus.

                                                                                          2. Shunji

                                                                                            1. nem nuong ninh hoa
                                                                                              park's bbq
                                                                                              mexicali taco co

                                                                                              never a bad meal, always leave satisfied.

                                                                                              1. All things being equal.....Providence.

                                                                                                1. I like cafe Stella for the eggs & French toast. The patio is amazing, too. I love Bludso's but I have yet to try its newer incarnation in Hollywood. And I really enjoy the chettinadu chicken & kothu paroda at valley India cafe

                                                                                                  1. I think Langer's fits both my "one place I take out of town visitors (especially if from NYC, for obvious reasons)," and my "last meal on earth" criteria. A trip there embodies everything that I love about Los Angeles.

                                                                                                    1. Two choices:

                                                                                                      Dean Sin World. Those dumplings and the wonderful ladies in back who don't speak any English.

                                                                                                      Won Kok: House Special Chow Fun and take home cream buns and baked bao. Free parking in Chinatown a plus.

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                                                                                                      1. re: Ogawak

                                                                                                        do they serve fish dumplings here ?

                                                                                                      2. I would have to say Maximiliano in HP. The pasta is always cooked perfectly, the fish special always comforts. (I kinda avoid their pizza, not bad but just not great) We love the friendly staff and the interesting wines by the glass. Also their Brunch might be my favourite in LA. Breakfast pasta with poached egg and amazing bloody marys. mmmmmm Plus a lovely outdoor patio.

                                                                                                        1. no question about it:
                                                                                                          Nobu in Malibu

                                                                                                          off my list:
                                                                                                          Providence

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                                                                                                          1. re: VenusCafe

                                                                                                            Just for clarification sake since I'm very interested. Do you mean the new Nobu in Malibu that opened a few months ago to a year ago, that's very sleek and faces the ocean or do you mean the old location in the cross creek road market in Malibu in that shopping mall complex ????

                                                                                                            thanks.

                                                                                                          2. I enjoy Lawry's.
                                                                                                            The many memories of special events and whatever bday or occasion brings us there then.
                                                                                                            The excellent service and friendly waitresses and carvers.
                                                                                                            The ease of ordering and streamlined menu of exactly what I like best.
                                                                                                            Of course, the amazing roast beef that I could never do at home with all the trimmings and the hot fudge sundae in a chilled silver bowl closer that I never have room for but eat anyway.
                                                                                                            I know the many hunting tapestries and tudor art may be overdone for some but I feel like a king there.
                                                                                                            The price is right too -- a lot of value for the dollar.

                                                                                                            1. In N Out

                                                                                                              3 x 3 animal style and fries.

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                                                                                                              1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                                                                I know animal style, but haven't a clue re 3x3...please explain?

                                                                                                                1. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                  Double Double plus 1, plus 1. 3 burgers and 3 slices of cheese. 4X4, 5X5 etc...

                                                                                                                  1. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                    3 patties, 3 slices of cheese.

                                                                                                                    1. re: OCSteve

                                                                                                                      They will no longer make any burger larger than a 4x4. Company policy.

                                                                                                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                        Darn.

                                                                                                                        Yea, I had a 3 x 3 a couple months back and that was more than enough for me.

                                                                                                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                          Correction: I devoured a 3 x 2.

                                                                                                                          3 patties and 2 cheese slices.

                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                            This is why...Photo of In N' Out 100x100 from a while back.

                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                              Perhaps but not exactly. You should also post the "after" photo.

                                                                                                                              That is really an eye-opener.

                                                                                                                              1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                The receipt for 100x100 $97.66 - 1 Dbl/Dbl, 98 Extra patties in 2004. More photos at link:
                                                                                                                                http://www.whatupwilly.com/2006/01/in...

                                                                                                                            2. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                              3x3 add double double protein style. ;)

                                                                                                                              1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                                                                                You could always go in line a couple different times and do your own mash up.

                                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                  Most locations will make you a burger within their own discretion. I got a 5x5 and they charged it as a 3x3 + 2x2 protein style. There are ways around the computer system and an experienced cashier will gladly inform the cook what it means in the p.o.s. terminal. But I feel a 3x3 is the perfect meat to bun ratio. Sometimes 4x3 if hungry.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                                                                                    I have to get a slice less of the cheese if it's a 3 by, so instead it's a 3 x 2.

                                                                                                                                    and with a 5 by, 3 slices would do the trick.

                                                                                                                                    That seems to be the appropriate ratio for me.

                                                                                                                                    Hopefully I can get the 8 by 8, or rather 8 by 5 the next time I go there.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                      And here I am ordering 2x1's...FSM.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                        you guys probably know this but i just learned they will add chopped chilis, like diced peppercinis/sport peppers, at least the two locations i tried it at...i still don't like the fries but man those burgers are good

                                                                                                                                        1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                          The chopped chilis are great.

                                                                                                                                          And you can also have the mustard grilled on to there too.

                                                                                                                                          i detest their version of cheese fries though. and the fries itself.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                            ask for fries well, they are much better.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                              I go light well. Well sometimes gets you potato sticks and not fries.

                                                                                                                                2. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                                                                                  Can you guys quit it now?! Now I'm jonesin' for a double double.... Need that like a hole in the head....

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                    I love me some InO burgers, but I went back for animal style fries and man...never again. It was cool back in the stoned college days, but now it just feels like a heart attack.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                      Me too....

                                                                                                                                      I'm trying to figure out all the calories in some of the descriptions here.
                                                                                                                                      I work out but whoa....

                                                                                                                                      1. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                                        A Double Double is 670 calories.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                          Yikes :).

                                                                                                                                          1. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                                            That's barely a third of the FDA recommended daily calories for a typical adult.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                              Yep.

                                                                                                                                              So tomorrow, because of the craving I now have after reading this thread, I'll have 3 Double Doubles with a fry and chocolate shake.
                                                                                                                                              That'll complete my daily calories for the day...
                                                                                                                                              and swim 5 miles.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                                                Sounds like a pretty good day to me. :-)

                                                                                                                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                  3 double doubles is about the equivalent of two ice cream bars at Costco....loLolol

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                                                                                                    I'm thinking the Double Double(3) may have a little more nutrition?

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                    :).

                                                                                                                                                  3. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                                                    since i have a deep cynicism about the accuracy of all of these calorie counts, do that for a couple of days and let me know how it goes, ok?

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                                                                      I was pretty much joking, Westsidegal :). Perhaps with a little bit of wishful thinking thrown in.

                                                                                                                                                      I can't imagine eating even one of those suckers, as much as I love them, and not seeing it on the scale the next couple of days.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                            Oh, I hear ya.... I don't order fries anymore, gave them up so as not to feel as guilty ordering the burgers....now I just steal some of my kids and I'm satisfied....

                                                                                                                                      2. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                        They will no longer make any burger larger than a 4x4. Company policy.
                                                                                                                                        ______________________

                                                                                                                                        Not true.

                                                                                                                                        No comment about the company policy, however.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                          I can see the Westwood Village In'n'Out sign from my living room windows, For me now it is only once every two or three months. I've gone from the grilled onions that melt into the cheese to the raw sliced onion, no sauce to light sauce, vary between adding pickles or not. Usually a double-double. Those buns are extraordinary, nicely crisped, perfect texture.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                            With all this InO talk, I took my kids there today as it fit into our schedule. Like you, over the years, my order and frequency have changed up a bit. What used to be an order of double-double animal style with fries, has become a single cheeseburger (only animal style when I have the time to wait which I didn't tonight)no onion, (the raw repeats on me), protein style, no fries. Sucks getting older. And bummed I didn't request pickles either..... Oh well, maybe in another month or so.....

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                              "Sucks getting older."

                                                                                                                                              And if you should survive to 105,
                                                                                                                                              Look at all you'll derive out of being alive!
                                                                                                                                              And here is the best part, you have a head start
                                                                                                                                              If you are among the very young at heart.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                Thanks! I would be lucky, wouldn't I? As I read that, for a minute I thought it was from one of our favorite
                                                                                                                                                Dr. Seuss' books that we read to the kids, even now, Oh the Places You'll Go..... Then I realized it was from that song. Thanks, for the smile! I should revise my attitude and just say, it's not easy getting old....but I'm glad for the opportunity anyway!

                                                                                                                                3. Leila's in Oak Park

                                                                                                                                  1. Dan Tana's

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                                                      My historic favorite! Love the chicken beckerman (dark meat) and the steak and peppers and the vibe. Be sure to sit in the bar room.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Thor123

                                                                                                                                        We plan to go very soon. Why the bar room? Is is louder/quieter, nicer ambiance, better service??

                                                                                                                                        1. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                                          Get that Dabney Coleman. with sliced tomatoes rather than the pasta which is utterly dreadful

                                                                                                                                          and tiramisu for dessert.

                                                                                                                                          A great steakhouse meal.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                                            The bar room is where the scene is has a much better vibe. Always a host characters at the bar. The back room is much more sedate. Respectfully, disagree with Kevin about the pasta, the side of pasta with meat sauce is pretty good.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Thor123

                                                                                                                                              I've never eaten at the bar, before.

                                                                                                                                              Can one eat and drink at the bar ?

                                                                                                                                              In fact, I've never noticed a spare bar seat.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                Yes, but yes, it's very difficult to get a seat at the bar, esp at peak dining times & nights like Fri & Sat. They have a very loyal following of regulars.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                  You can eat at the bar if you can get a seat, but I was talking about a table in the front room. The bar itself is too crowded to eat comfortably.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                    <Can one eat and drink at the bar?>

                                                                                                                                                    Yes. It's the best seat in the house...or one of them.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Thor123

                                                                                                                                                    i don't often eat alfredo, but that works well as a side with the steak...i did really like the steak and peppers too...was nice and medium rare inside the tournedos, and had some mushrooms to boot. old school. what is the chicken beckerman?

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                      "what is the chicken beckerman?"

                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5792...

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                        thanks.
                                                                                                                                                        sounds good but hard to pass up the beef or veal dishes. sounds like a dish for the wife to order...my brother is the leader of this strategy but i suspect you as a hound have deployed this before.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                          The key thing with the beckerman is to order the dark meat. I made the mistake of not asking for dark and it came out very dry and not special. The dark is great and a huge portion. Jessejames' wife would have to be a pretty big eater to polish it all off; especially with the pasta and a starter,

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Thor123

                                                                                                                                                            she's not, but i am, that's why her order might work out here!

                                                                                                                                                            have you tried the spumoni at dan tanas? we really like it.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                              tiramisu all the way.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                                                      The whole place gets pretty loud, as the drinks are good & strong....

                                                                                                                                                  3. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                                                                    Remarkable :-).

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                                                      que?

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Thor123

                                                                                                                                                        I have a super, extra love for Dan Tana's for many, many reasons.
                                                                                                                                                        Nice to know another feels the same.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                                                        LOL..

                                                                                                                                                      3. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                                                                        never mind.

                                                                                                                                                      4. Might have to change to Trios Mec after dinner last night.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Late night bone-in rib eye steaks at Pacific Dining Car in Santa Monica. Great steaks and great service served up in a large booth...

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: xox

                                                                                                                                                            It's even better in the Downtown location.

                                                                                                                                                          2. It saddens me a bit that no one has mentioned The Hat ...

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                              If it makes you feel any better, I was really partial to Tops, on the east side, when I lived on that side of town..... Chili cheese fries, burgers, garden burgers & the tuna sando w avocado were my staples. I know, it's not the Hat.....

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                A hat chili cheese fries with the tomatoes and pickles and pastrami bits riding shotgun would be quite nice right about now.

                                                                                                                                                                And some extra cheddar on the side to cheese it up.

                                                                                                                                                                And then an egg salad sandwich from Europane for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                  Ha! Sounds awesome! But you forgot the side of Lipitor.....

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                    A "side" of Lipitor?!?

                                                                                                                                                                    Don't you mean a "Lipitor-chaser" for each bite?

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                    srsly pastrami chili cheese fries are so good. i like it way better than the sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                      Yes. And for some reason for the past decade I had been ordering them separately.

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                  Yes to that mountain of the Hat's pastrami

                                                                                                                                                                3. Ink.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Favorite as in most blew my mind? n/naka in Palms. I've only been once and had the 10 course vegetarian tasting. It literally made me high, and I was only drinking tea.

                                                                                                                                                                    Favorite neighborhood weekday meal: Maximiliano's in HP. I second all that MissBubbles said. I love their plain cheese pizza, it's actually incredibly delicious. A great spot for a nice craft beer and some pizza or pasta, with reliably excellent service.

                                                                                                                                                                    Favorite old-school place: Taix in Echo Park. I know I'm in the minority being as big a fan of Taix as I am, but I love the fact that some of the waiters have been serving there for 40 years. It's got such an old school vibe (I always sit in the dining room, not the bar) and most of the food is really tasty and a good bargain. It's not the best French food ever, but it's a great place for roast chicken and fries, or some trout almondine or short ribs. You can't beat getting a nice salad and tureen of soup for $4 extra. I love that you never need a reservation and you are never, ever rushed. For my birthday I had no trouble reserving a table for 12 on a Saturday night even though people were not all showing up at the same time, and no problem hanging out at that table from 8 till midnight getting progressively drunker.

                                                                                                                                                                    Favorite date night: the Parish. Classy, romantic, with terrific food.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Pa Ord

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Wolfgangs (the steakhouse, not related to Mr. Puck.

                                                                                                                                                                        S&W Diner and Jinkys for breakfast and lunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: lesliesue

                                                                                                                                                                          Love S & W Diner for breakfast. If I'm really hungry.

                                                                                                                                                                          If not so hungry -- Amandine, for the quiche or french toast and one of their fantastic croissants.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Barbrix. By a mile.