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What's your favorite restaurant?

ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 11:47 AM

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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    whiner RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 11:51 AM

    The closest thing I have found so far: Il Grano

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      Robert Thornton RE: whiner Apr 28, 2013 10:22 PM

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

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      Thor123 RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 12:06 PM

      Maybe Sotto

      1. cookie monster RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 12:08 PM

        Gjelina

        1. Servorg RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 12:12 PM

          Pann's

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            john gonzales RE: Servorg Apr 30, 2013 03:52 PM

            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.

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              kevin RE: john gonzales Apr 30, 2013 05:53 PM

              Patty Melt.

              Corned Beef Hash.

              Blackened Catfish.

              Fried chicken and waffles.

              Nuff Said and superlative.

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                Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Apr 30, 2013 06:54 PM

                That Patty Melt is ridiculous.....

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                  wienermobile RE: Dirtywextraolives Apr 30, 2013 06:59 PM

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

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                Servorg RE: john gonzales Apr 30, 2013 07:03 PM

                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!

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                  kevin RE: Servorg Apr 30, 2013 07:21 PM

                  Very infrequent is putting it lightly.

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                Will Owen RE: Servorg Apr 30, 2013 05:31 PM

                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.

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                  kevin RE: Will Owen Apr 30, 2013 05:53 PM

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

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                yogachik RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 12:14 PM

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

                1. Delucacheesemonger RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 12:42 PM

                  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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                    Dirtywextraolives RE: Delucacheesemonger Apr 28, 2013 04:50 PM

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

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                    brandygirl RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 12:54 PM

                    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.

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                      estone888 RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 02:04 PM

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

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                        Dirtywextraolives RE: estone888 Apr 28, 2013 04:52 PM

                        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. soniabegonia RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 04:09 PM

                        Nanbankan

                        1. wienermobile RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 04:25 PM

                          Langer's Deli

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                            wienermobile RE: wienermobile Apr 27, 2013 05:20 PM

                            & Sea Harbour

                          2. blimpbinge RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 04:28 PM

                            Shinsengumi in MPK

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                              RicRios RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 04:33 PM

                              Enoteca Drago.

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                                lesliesue RE: RicRios May 2, 2014 12:26 PM

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

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                                selfportrait93 RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 04:36 PM

                                Sam Woo
                                Any Sam Woo works for me.

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                                  Will Owen RE: selfportrait93 Apr 30, 2013 05:42 PM

                                  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.

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                                  nosh RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 04:45 PM

                                  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.

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                                    Thor123 RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 05:33 PM

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

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                                      maudies5 RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 05:55 PM

                                      Toscana

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                                        Dirtywextraolives RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 07:06 PM

                                        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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                                          ipsedixit RE: Dirtywextraolives Apr 27, 2013 07:12 PM

                                          Is that the "new" Spago?

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                                            Dirtywextraolives RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 07:16 PM

                                            Yes.

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                                              josephnl RE: Dirtywextraolives Apr 28, 2013 04:33 PM

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

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                                                Dirtywextraolives RE: josephnl Apr 28, 2013 04:48 PM

                                                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.

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                                                  josephnl RE: Dirtywextraolives Apr 28, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                  Sorry!

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                                                    Dirtywextraolives RE: josephnl Apr 28, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                    No worries!

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                                              Thor123 RE: ipsedixit Apr 28, 2013 12:04 PM

                                              Really? What do you like there?

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                                                ipsedixit RE: Thor123 Apr 28, 2013 12:07 PM

                                                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.

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                                                  Dirtywextraolives RE: ipsedixit Apr 28, 2013 03:42 PM

                                                  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....

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                                                    ipsedixit RE: Dirtywextraolives Apr 28, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                    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.

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                                                      Thor123 RE: ipsedixit Apr 29, 2013 11:21 AM

                                                      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?

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                                                        ipsedixit RE: Thor123 Apr 29, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                        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.

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                                                          Thor123 RE: ipsedixit Apr 29, 2013 02:45 PM

                                                          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!

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                                                            Servorg RE: Thor123 Apr 29, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                            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).

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                                                              Thor123 RE: Servorg Apr 29, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                              Don't mess with the Gods Servorg!!

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                                                              J.L. RE: Thor123 Apr 29, 2013 05:25 PM

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

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                                                          Dirtywextraolives RE: ipsedixit Apr 29, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                          Since you asked, of course!

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                                                            kevin RE: ipsedixit Apr 30, 2013 05:55 PM

                                                            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.

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                                                              josephnl RE: kevin May 1, 2013 12:24 AM

                                                              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?

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                                                    J.L. RE: Dirtywextraolives Apr 27, 2013 11:27 PM

                                                    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.

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                                                      Dirtywextraolives RE: J.L. Apr 28, 2013 08:57 AM

                                                      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.

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                                                        kevin RE: Dirtywextraolives Apr 30, 2013 05:57 PM

                                                        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.

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                                                          Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Apr 30, 2013 06:53 PM

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

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                                                        kjonyou RE: J.L. Apr 30, 2013 12:54 AM

                                                        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.

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                                                          ZoeZ RE: J.L. Aug 8, 2013 11:23 AM

                                                          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.

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                                                            brandygirl RE: ZoeZ Aug 10, 2013 02:27 PM

                                                            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.

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                                                        josephnl RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 08:43 PM

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

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                                                          kevin RE: josephnl Apr 30, 2013 05:57 PM

                                                          I second, third, and fourth madeo's

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                                                          Robert Thornton RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 10:00 PM

                                                          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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                                                            ipsedixit RE: Robert Thornton Apr 27, 2013 10:02 PM

                                                            Totally with you on Racion.

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                                                              kevin RE: ipsedixit Apr 30, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                              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.

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                                                              Savour RE: Robert Thornton Apr 30, 2013 01:35 PM

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

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                                                                kevin RE: Robert Thornton Apr 30, 2013 05:58 PM

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

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                                                                  Robert Thornton RE: kevin Apr 30, 2013 11:31 PM

                                                                  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.

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                                                                Francesca RE: ipsedixit Apr 28, 2013 12:06 AM

                                                                La Scala

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                                                                  aynrandgirl RE: ipsedixit Apr 28, 2013 03:10 AM

                                                                  Pastrami sandwich at Izzy' Deli.

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                                                                    whiner RE: aynrandgirl Apr 28, 2013 09:59 PM

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

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                                                                      aynrandgirl RE: whiner May 5, 2013 03:55 AM

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

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                                                                        kevin RE: aynrandgirl May 5, 2013 11:07 PM

                                                                        It may be a 24 joint.

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

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                                                                          Servorg RE: kevin May 6, 2013 05:22 AM

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

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                                                                            jessejames RE: Servorg May 6, 2013 09:47 AM

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

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                                                                              Servorg RE: jessejames May 6, 2013 09:54 AM

                                                                              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.

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                                                                                jessejames RE: Servorg May 6, 2013 10:08 AM

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

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                                                                                  kevin RE: jessejames May 6, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                  kevin RE: Servorg May 6, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                                                  Dolores was pretty vile I have to say.

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                                                                                    Servorg RE: kevin May 6, 2013 10:35 AM

                                                                                    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...

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                                                                                      kevin RE: Servorg May 6, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                        Servorg RE: kevin May 6, 2013 10:52 AM

                                                                                        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).

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                                                                                          kevin RE: Servorg May 6, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                            Servorg RE: kevin May 6, 2013 11:25 AM

                                                                                            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...

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                                                                                              kevin RE: Servorg May 6, 2013 11:40 AM

                                                                                              Is it pancake batter mixed with mashed potatoes ?

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

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                                                                                                Servorg RE: kevin May 6, 2013 11:44 AM

                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                ns1 RE: Servorg May 6, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                                                                @Servorg, you on bikeforums?

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                                                                                                  Servorg RE: ns1 May 6, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                    kevin RE: Servorg May 6, 2013 11:57 AM

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

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                                                                                            nosh RE: kevin May 7, 2013 07:31 PM

                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                        kevin RE: Servorg May 6, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                        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).

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                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin May 6, 2013 06:05 PM

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

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                                                                                lesliesue RE: aynrandgirl May 2, 2014 12:33 PM

                                                                                Black pastrami in any guise at Brent's deli.

                                                                              3. Ciao Bob RE: ipsedixit Apr 29, 2013 01:45 PM

                                                                                Giorgio Baldi

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                                                                                  kevin RE: Ciao Bob Apr 30, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                                                  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. raytamsgv RE: ipsedixit Apr 29, 2013 03:21 PM

                                                                                  Elite in Monterey Park.

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                                                                                    AlkieGourmand RE: ipsedixit Apr 29, 2013 06:26 PM

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

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                                                                                      kevin RE: AlkieGourmand Apr 30, 2013 06:01 PM

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

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                                                                                        AlkieGourmand RE: kevin Apr 30, 2013 09:23 PM

                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                      SteveOtruba RE: ipsedixit Apr 30, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                                                      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. steve h. RE: ipsedixit Apr 30, 2013 03:43 PM

                                                                                        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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                                                                                          steve h. RE: steve h. May 1, 2013 10:25 AM

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

                                                                                          Tasty stuff.

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                                                                                          FranklinJefferson RE: ipsedixit Apr 30, 2013 05:16 PM

                                                                                          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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                                                                                            J.L. RE: FranklinJefferson Apr 30, 2013 05:31 PM

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

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                                                                                              kevin RE: J.L. Apr 30, 2013 06:02 PM

                                                                                              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 ?

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                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Apr 30, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                                                                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. PeterCC RE: ipsedixit Apr 30, 2013 05:57 PM

                                                                                            Shunji

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                                                                                              ns1 RE: ipsedixit Apr 30, 2013 06:19 PM

                                                                                              nem nuong ninh hoa
                                                                                              park's bbq
                                                                                              mexicali taco co

                                                                                              never a bad meal, always leave satisfied.

                                                                                              1. perk RE: ipsedixit Apr 30, 2013 07:01 PM

                                                                                                All things being equal.....Providence.

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                                                                                                  Kalivs RE: ipsedixit May 1, 2013 12:37 AM

                                                                                                  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

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                                                                                                    ronsilverado RE: ipsedixit May 1, 2013 01:18 AM

                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                      Ogawak RE: ipsedixit May 1, 2013 08:06 AM

                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                        kevin RE: Ogawak May 1, 2013 12:28 PM

                                                                                                        do they serve fish dumplings here ?

                                                                                                      2. MissBubbles RE: ipsedixit May 1, 2013 10:41 AM

                                                                                                        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. VenusCafe RE: ipsedixit May 1, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                                                                          no question about it:
                                                                                                          Nobu in Malibu

                                                                                                          off my list:
                                                                                                          Providence

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                                                                                                            kevin RE: VenusCafe May 1, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                            jessejames RE: ipsedixit May 6, 2013 10:18 AM

                                                                                                            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. A5 KOBE RE: ipsedixit May 6, 2013 11:58 AM

                                                                                                              In N Out

                                                                                                              3 x 3 animal style and fries.

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                                                                                                                josephnl RE: A5 KOBE May 6, 2013 01:37 PM

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

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                                                                                                                  JAB RE: josephnl May 6, 2013 01:46 PM

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

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                                                                                                                    OCSteve RE: josephnl May 6, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                    3 patties, 3 slices of cheese.

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                                                                                                                      wienermobile RE: OCSteve May 6, 2013 01:50 PM

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

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                                                                                                                        kevin RE: wienermobile May 6, 2013 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                        Darn.

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

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                                                                                                                          kevin RE: wienermobile May 6, 2013 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                          Correction: I devoured a 3 x 2.

                                                                                                                          3 patties and 2 cheese slices.

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                                                                                                                            wienermobile RE: kevin May 6, 2013 02:40 PM

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

                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                              kevin RE: wienermobile May 6, 2013 03:20 PM

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

                                                                                                                              That is really an eye-opener.

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                                                                                                                                wienermobile RE: wienermobile May 6, 2013 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                                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...

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                                                                                                                              A5 KOBE RE: wienermobile May 6, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                              3x3 add double double protein style. ;)

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                                                                                                                                kevin RE: A5 KOBE May 6, 2013 03:19 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                  A5 KOBE RE: kevin May 6, 2013 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                    kevin RE: A5 KOBE May 6, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                      ns1 RE: kevin May 6, 2013 03:43 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                        jessejames RE: ns1 May 6, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                                        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

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                                                                                                                                          kevin RE: jessejames May 6, 2013 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                            wienermobile RE: kevin May 6, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                            ask for fries well, they are much better.

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                                                                                                                                              JAB RE: wienermobile May 6, 2013 05:26 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives RE: A5 KOBE May 6, 2013 08:53 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                    ns1 RE: Dirtywextraolives May 6, 2013 08:57 PM

                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                      latindancer RE: ns1 May 6, 2013 09:02 PM

                                                                                                                                      Me too....

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

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                                                                                                                                        wienermobile RE: latindancer May 6, 2013 09:10 PM

                                                                                                                                        A Double Double is 670 calories.

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                                                                                                                                          latindancer RE: wienermobile May 6, 2013 09:15 PM

                                                                                                                                          Yikes :).

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                                                                                                                                            ipsedixit RE: latindancer May 6, 2013 09:18 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                              latindancer RE: ipsedixit May 6, 2013 09:40 PM

                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                ipsedixit RE: latindancer May 6, 2013 09:46 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                  A5 KOBE RE: ipsedixit May 6, 2013 09:59 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                    latindancer RE: A5 KOBE May 7, 2013 07:32 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                    latindancer RE: ipsedixit May 7, 2013 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                    :).

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                                                                                                                                                    westsidegal RE: latindancer May 7, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                    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?

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                                                                                                                                                      latindancer RE: westsidegal May 7, 2013 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives RE: ns1 May 6, 2013 09:06 PM

                                                                                                                                            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....

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                                                                                                                                        ipsedixit RE: wienermobile May 6, 2013 06:56 PM

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

                                                                                                                                        Not true.

                                                                                                                                        No comment about the company policy, however.

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                                                                                                                                          nosh RE: ipsedixit May 7, 2013 07:38 PM

                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives RE: nosh May 7, 2013 07:48 PM

                                                                                                                                            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.....

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                                                                                                                                              Servorg RE: Dirtywextraolives May 7, 2013 08:03 PM

                                                                                                                                              "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.

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                                                                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives RE: Servorg May 7, 2013 08:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                  gdodgerfan RE: ipsedixit May 6, 2013 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                  Leila's in Oak Park

                                                                                                                                  1. Beach Chick RE: ipsedixit May 6, 2013 09:57 PM

                                                                                                                                    Dan Tana's

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                                                                                                                                      Thor123 RE: Beach Chick May 7, 2013 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                        josephnl RE: Thor123 May 7, 2013 10:53 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                          kevin RE: josephnl May 7, 2013 10:55 AM

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

                                                                                                                                          and tiramisu for dessert.

                                                                                                                                          A great steakhouse meal.

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                                                                                                                                            Thor123 RE: josephnl May 7, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                              kevin RE: Thor123 May 7, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin May 7, 2013 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                  Thor123 RE: kevin May 7, 2013 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                    latindancer RE: kevin May 7, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                    <Can one eat and drink at the bar?>

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

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                                                                                                                                                    jessejames RE: Thor123 May 7, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                    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?

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                                                                                                                                                      Servorg RE: jessejames May 7, 2013 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                      "what is the chicken beckerman?"

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

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                                                                                                                                                        jessejames RE: Servorg May 7, 2013 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                          Thor123 RE: Servorg May 7, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                          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,

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                                                                                                                                                            jessejames RE: Thor123 May 7, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                              kevin RE: jessejames May 7, 2013 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                              tiramisu all the way.

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                                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives RE: josephnl May 7, 2013 01:36 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                    latindancer RE: Beach Chick May 7, 2013 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Remarkable :-).

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                                                                                                                                                      Thor123 RE: latindancer May 7, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                      que?

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                                                                                                                                                        latindancer RE: Thor123 May 7, 2013 07:58 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                        Beach Chick RE: latindancer May 8, 2013 03:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                        LOL..

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                                                                                                                                                        Thor123 RE: Beach Chick May 8, 2013 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                        never mind.

                                                                                                                                                      4. Ciao Bob RE: ipsedixit May 7, 2013 10:25 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                        1. xox RE: ipsedixit May 7, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                            J.L. RE: xox May 7, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                            It's even better in the Downtown location.

                                                                                                                                                          2. ipsedixit RE: ipsedixit May 7, 2013 07:32 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives RE: ipsedixit May 7, 2013 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                              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.....

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                                                                                                                                                                kevin RE: Dirtywextraolives May 7, 2013 09:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin May 7, 2013 09:38 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                    ipsedixit RE: Dirtywextraolives May 7, 2013 09:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    A "side" of Lipitor?!?

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

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                                                                                                                                                                    ns1 RE: kevin May 7, 2013 10:45 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                      kevin RE: ns1 May 8, 2013 09:48 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                  wienermobile RE: ipsedixit May 7, 2013 10:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Yes to that mountain of the Hat's pastrami

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                                                                                                                                                                  mrsjoujou RE: ipsedixit May 8, 2013 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Ink.

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                                                                                                                                                                    clintonhillbilly RE: ipsedixit Aug 8, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Pa Ord

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                                                                                                                                                                        lesliesue RE: ipsedixit May 2, 2014 12:31 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                        S&W Diner and Jinkys for breakfast and lunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                          nosh RE: lesliesue May 2, 2014 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                          martan RE: ipsedixit May 2, 2014 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Barbrix. By a mile.

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