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What restaurant, if any, do you go a few times a week ?

kevin Jun 10, 2013 05:28 PM


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  1. J.L. RE: kevin Jun 10, 2013 05:35 PM


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      kevin RE: J.L. Jun 10, 2013 05:37 PM

      Seriously ?

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        J.L. RE: kevin Jun 10, 2013 06:12 PM

        Or was it Urasawa?

        Heheheh.... I kid.

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          PeterCC RE: kevin Jun 10, 2013 07:06 PM

          Only J.L. can say this and we'd have to pause and wonder if he was kidding. Not I, not chrishei, not even Porthos or Ciao Bob, can pull this off, I think. ;-)

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            kevin RE: PeterCC Jun 10, 2013 07:09 PM


            imagine for a moment that Shunji's was essentially your neighborhood diner where you drop in a few nights a week. Now that's the life. Actually maybe not. I don't know if I could handle the time investment every night either, besides the major hit to the wallet.

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              Porthos RE: PeterCC Jun 10, 2013 07:19 PM

              I didn't pause and wonder for a second.

              I have no doubt he does.

              Any man that can out sushi me and eat more babi guling than me does not joke about matters such as this.

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                J.L. RE: Porthos Jun 10, 2013 08:32 PM

                A reiminder that it's time to return to Bali for some more of that incredible pork at Ibu Oka!

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                  Porthos RE: J.L. Jun 10, 2013 08:39 PM

                  1/4 suckling pig and 1/4 baby goat at Panchita, Lima. Suckling pig every bit as incredible as Ibu Oka. Baby goat, meat so sweet it can only be milk fed. You'd love it.

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                    J.L. RE: Porthos Jun 10, 2013 11:21 PM

                    D'oh! And we trekked Peru only a few years back! Well, I guess I can go back and check on the Nazca Lines, which I missed last time... :-P

                    Yes, the ceviche in Lima IS all that.

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                      Porthos RE: J.L. Jun 11, 2013 06:55 AM

                      Completely agree re. ceviche. Not the biggest fan here, blown away there. Can see how Nobu Matsuhisa was inspired there.

                      Just as impressive, is their many types of arroz con mariscos. Several of which contain fresh sea cucumber! Have never seen sea cucumber outside of Asian preps and never fresh, always previously dried.

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          Thor123 RE: kevin Jun 10, 2013 06:20 PM

          Trimana is in my building and for lunch has good chicken noodle soup and chicken salad sand that I eat all the time. Other than that none, but regular take out:

          El Pollo loco
          Da Pesquale
          Emporium Thai
          Le Chine Wok

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            kevin RE: Thor123 Jun 10, 2013 06:49 PM

            Damn, I should have prefaced this by stating "besides Trimana".

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              latindancer RE: kevin Jun 10, 2013 06:58 PM

              Trimana :).

              I love their grilled cheese, veggie burgers, soups/chili and the best sweet potato fries ever.
              Their salads are wonderful as is their balsamic dressing.

              Gulfstream at Century City. I love their fish and fantastic service.
              Clementine. At least twice a week.
              Nate n Al's breakfast.

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                Thor123 RE: latindancer Jun 11, 2013 10:27 AM

                You are right about Trimana's salads and the balsamic dressing. The will also do a variation of their cobb with spinach salad (rather than iceberg), grilled chicken (rather than processed turkey) and turkey bacon (rather than pork) that is really good.

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                  ipsedixit RE: Thor123 Jun 11, 2013 10:45 AM

                  If you ever get a chance, you should try Chop't sometime if you're ever out in NY or DC.

                  If you like Trimana's salads, then Chop't will rock your world.

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                    Thor123 RE: ipsedixit Jun 11, 2013 11:30 AM

                    Not saying that Trimana is the best or even close to it. Just good an convenient. Greenleaf Chop Shop in BH does really good salads. Link below.


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                      latindancer RE: Thor123 Jun 11, 2013 11:41 AM

                      No, it's certainly not the 'best or even close to it'. What I do love about the place (all of them from what I've experienced) is how it's run and the really fresh ingredients they use. I can always be assured of consistency.

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                    latindancer RE: Thor123 Jun 11, 2013 11:41 AM

                    Those are good things to know.

            2. PeterCC RE: kevin Jun 10, 2013 07:31 PM

              Tender Greens probably comes closest to the multiple times a week criteria, though we did go to Tar & Roses twice last week and Shunji twice in one week recently, but those are definitely outliers. If we include take-out, maybe Fresh Bros.

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                maudies5 RE: kevin Jun 10, 2013 08:08 PM

                Huckleberry for take out and Farmshop for a light lunch.

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                  chrishei RE: kevin Jun 10, 2013 09:27 PM

                  I have a spreadsheet to prevent this dilemma...

                  But closest restaurant would be Tsujita.

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                    PeterCC RE: chrishei Jun 10, 2013 11:29 PM

                    "Where everybody knows your name... And they're always glad you came..."

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                      J.L. RE: PeterCC Jun 11, 2013 12:02 AM


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                        ipsedixit RE: J.L. Jun 11, 2013 04:09 AM

                        Ahem, don't you mean ... "Norm"?

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                          J.L. RE: ipsedixit Jun 11, 2013 09:15 AM

                          Of course, but that wouldn't be as appropriate for a restaurant board, would it?! :-)

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                            kevin RE: J.L. Jun 11, 2013 11:40 AM


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                    Kalivs RE: kevin Jun 10, 2013 11:52 PM

                    Lum ka Naad, pizza rev, Baja fresh, small island, mandarin deli & India sweets & spices are all in rotation for lunch four times a week.

                    1. Ciao Bob RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 08:46 AM

                      Not every single week but these are places I often go a few times a week:
                      St John's Cafeteria
                      Tacos Punta Cabras
                      Shunji (seriously)
                      Giorgio Baldi
                      Yabu (Pico)
                      Salt's Cure
                      Whole Foods (Santa Monica)

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                        PeterCC RE: Ciao Bob Jun 11, 2013 09:31 AM

                        I stand corrected. :-)

                        At the risk of over-saturating the board, would love to read a write-up of one of your experiences at Shunji. After all, you started it all last year, and based on my two recent visits and J.L.'s three recent visits, Shunji can obviously provide widely varying dishes even for those regulars who dine there as often as you do.

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                          Ciao Bob RE: PeterCC Jun 11, 2013 10:21 AM

                          Sorry, Peter, I cannot really.
                          Reporting is as individual as art - there are some wonderfully detailed, representational hounds and there are impressionists. I am not a detail hound by any means. I am so grateful that there are so many detail hounds around here (like you) to read all their luxurious detail. I don’t think I am really an impressionist either – that’s too lofty for my prose. We are lucky to have many of those hounds as well. We do have some wonderful impressionistic, and funny, writers here. I am more of an indiscriminate bulk-collector/first-responder/canary-in-a-coal mine (when things are not so good, or going downhill)/lucky finder of a diamond-in-the-rough (when things are good, and/or going uphill).
                          For sure, Shunji is a detail chef - he seems always aware of what is great that day, what I like in general or have expressed as my preference for that day, and what he has served me recently.
                          Plus I am a crappy, impatient photographer.

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                            kevin RE: Ciao Bob Jun 11, 2013 11:42 AM

                            CB, has an exceptional point.

                            I'm neither a first responder nor a humorous writer nor an erudite raconteur nor an investigative reporter of the first degree.

                            So I will have to settle for ...

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                              JAB RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 12:01 PM

                              You may not be a humorous writer intentionally...

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                                PeterCC RE: JAB Jun 11, 2013 12:34 PM


                            2. re: Ciao Bob
                              PeterCC RE: Ciao Bob Jun 11, 2013 12:38 PM

                              Bob, that was a rather eloquent defense of why you can't write eloquently on your meals. ;-)

                              I personally find my own prose, especially the ones where I try to adopt a more professional tone, a little too verbose and flowery (my wife was making fun of some of the passages in my Paiche review), but as someone in one of the many subthreads on the JGold 101 post said, writing casually for the board and writing a publication-quality review (or at least striving to write at that level) are two very different things.

                              Mostly, I just appreciate more voices in the mix. :-)

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                                kevin RE: PeterCC Jun 11, 2013 12:43 PM

                                Yes, Bob put it quite well.

                        2. Savour RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 11:34 AM

                          Not every week, but there have been weeks where the Little Flower Candy Company Cafe has seen us 3 or 4 times.

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                            latindancer RE: Savour Jun 11, 2013 11:40 AM

                            Oh, I just love the food at Little Flower Candy Company. Their sandwiches and soups are great along with some of their specials I've tried.
                            If I lived in that neighborhood it would surely be on my every other day list.

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                              The Oracle RE: Savour Jun 11, 2013 11:43 AM

                              Love that place (I'm hooked on their quiche and bread pudding!) ...and those pretzel rolls are no joke!

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                                kevin RE: Savour Jun 11, 2013 11:44 AM

                                In Eagle Rock/Pasadena area, correct ?

                                I always consider that no-man's-land.

                                What do you get their besides their caramels which are pretty good of course and of which I used to purchase at Clementine's ?????

                                Thanks for reminding me.

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                                  The Oracle RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 12:03 PM

                                  Yep, right at the border (on the Pasadena side) - just west of the bridge. Another gem in the area-ish is Lemon Poppy Kitchen. YUM!

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                                    Savour RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 12:03 PM

                                    We often go for breakfast (their lattes are excellent). We usually start with a buttermilk pretzel roll and a honey lavender scone. Then I usually get either their breakfast sandwich, strata (made with leftover pretzel rolls) or one of the puff pastry tartines - ham and gruyere, or tomato and goat cheese, or sometimes a kale and cheese croissant.

                                    For lunch their French ham and butter sandwich is simple but wonderful, as is the broccolini and burrata sandwich. I like their Vietnamese chicken sandwich, though obv. it's not a banh mi.

                                    If we're stopping in at an off hour, it's likely to be something from the bakery case - either one of the aforementioned scones, or a slice of their foley cake, or a nutella croissant, or a salted caramel sticky bun.

                                    Eagle Rock/Highland Park has a lot of great stuff that it didn't have a few years ago. I'll happily take it over west side traffic!

                                2. The Oracle RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 11:39 AM

                                  The Market Grill in Monrovia... burger heaven... huge salads w homemade dressing... daily soup specials. Love the place... and the people running the joint are so nice!

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                                    ipsedixit RE: The Oracle Jun 11, 2013 01:33 PM

                                    Bacon chocolate chip cookies!

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                                    chris1621 RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 11:42 AM

                                    Mainly all for lunch:

                                    Mendocino Farms
                                    Chop Stop
                                    Pizza Rustica
                                    Fresh Corn Grill

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                                      kevin RE: chris1621 Jun 11, 2013 11:46 AM

                                      Fresh Corn Grill now officially reminds me of the Ivy without the heavy duty prices. :)

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                                        chris1621 RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 11:56 AM

                                        Totally! I usually get the grilled vegetable salad - just for half the price of the one at the Ivy! :)

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                                          maudies5 RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 07:57 PM

                                          I heard that the cooks are Ivy back of the house veterans

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                                        brandygirl RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 11:44 AM

                                        Brents deli.
                                        My favorite breakfast choices: Lox Benedict, or Bagel with Lox and Cream Cheese, or Ron's Special Brunch, or in the fall their pumpkin pancakes with nuts, or latkes, or blintzes, (or their sampler with both)

                                        Lunch or Dinner choices: pastrami or corned beef or turkey on rye, or French Dip with either roast beef or brisket, or Phily steak sandwich with brisket instead of roast beef.

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                                          JAB RE: brandygirl Jun 11, 2013 11:59 AM

                                          How I envy you!

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                                            wienermobile RE: JAB Jun 11, 2013 12:20 PM

                                            Me too! Lucky. I would be there a few times a week if it wasn't a 25 mile drive for me. HEAR THAT BRENT'S COME ON OVER TO THE WESTSIDE PLEASE!

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                                              brandygirl RE: wienermobile Jun 11, 2013 12:26 PM

                                              There's not much out here in the northwest corner of the valley, so I am grateful for what we do have.

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                                            TonyC RE: brandygirl Jun 11, 2013 12:28 PM

                                            You win at this thread.

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                                              Robert Thornton RE: brandygirl Jun 12, 2013 04:23 PM

                                              Good call on Brent's, me too if I lived closer.

                                            2. westsidegal RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 11:45 AM

                                              humble potato.

                                              even the times that i don't stay there and have their tempeh burger, because i am addicted to their Yuzu slaw, i will bring the slaw home a couple of times a week and cover home made food with it.

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                                                kevin RE: westsidegal Jun 11, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                I'll now have to retry that tempeh burger. And I'll get it with the slaw on top. (Sometimes I'm out that way near Playa/W'r so hence I need some decent eats in the area).

                                                Do they put a mayo based sauce on the tempeh burger ?

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                                                  westsidegal RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 02:15 PM

                                                  not when i order it.
                                                  i believe their normal hp sauce has mayo.
                                                  i tell them to give me either ketchup or tonkatsu sauce or both.

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                                                    kevin RE: westsidegal Jun 11, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                    That sounds good.

                                                    I'll probably just give a whirl with the tonkatsu sauce and the slaw.

                                                    And the avocado shake sans chocolate syrup.

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                                                JudiAU RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                I eat at Clementine, either location, very often.

                                                Somewhere on Sawtelle at least once a week for lunch.

                                                Somewhere on Beverly Drive at least once a week for lunch i.e. Momed/Cabbage Patch/Saffron/Bouchon

                                                A few of the ersatz Swill Hut Century City choices, but never by choice.

                                                And with the kids we hit Golden State, Fm Moishes/Loteria/, Hirozen, Mendocino Farms and ramen probably once a week. They also loved Sawtelle Kitchen and Beacon before they closed.

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                                                  kevin RE: JudiAU Jun 11, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                  I liked Beacon a lot. Damnit, I just wish it were still open.

                                                  Swill Huts ????

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                                                    Thor123 RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 01:07 PM

                                                    Was Beacon in Culver City?

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                                                      kevin RE: Thor123 Jun 11, 2013 01:15 PM

                                                      Yeah, right across from the Paris style bistro/bakery.

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                                                        Thor123 RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                        They had great Chinese chicken salad as I recall.

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                                                          kevin RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 01:27 PM

                                                          They had the filet mignu with the wasabi relish that was great.

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                                                          PeterCC RE: Thor123 Jun 11, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                          Where Evan Funke (late of Rustic Canyon and the Porchetta Truck) is going in with Bucato.

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                                                        maudies5 RE: JudiAU Jun 11, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                        Had Clementine's vegetarian lasagna for the first time. No pasta. Layers of vegetables and béchamel and cheese. Delicious. Ate half last night as main dish and more tonight as a side. Great dish.

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                                                          kevin RE: maudies5 Jun 11, 2013 07:56 PM

                                                          That's one place that I have not been to in years.

                                                          I remember really liking their turkey sandwich, the roast beef with horseradish sauce, the egg salad, and their cupcakes with a very sophisticated chocolate frosting. In addition to their butterscotch pudding and banana cream pie.

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                                                            latindancer RE: maudies5 Jun 11, 2013 08:51 PM

                                                            I agree, maudie, that lasagna is pretty nice.

                                                            I also love their Greek salad, if you haven't tried it.

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                                                              maudies5 RE: latindancer Jun 11, 2013 09:51 PM

                                                              My husband loves the Greek salad! I love the Tuscan bean soup and the deviled eggs. No better deviled eggs anywhere!!
                                                              The butterscotch brownie is another clear winner. One just has to arrive a little before noon or the place gets crazy. Also, very important to check take out orders. They do have a tendency to screw them up (as does Huckleberry). Word of caution: Do not get hot soups to go. That container always leaks. Better to get the frozen ones. I like that I can check menu daily at www.clementineonine.com

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                                                                JudiAU RE: maudies5 Jun 12, 2013 06:37 PM

                                                                Agreed about checking take out orders. We are well stocked with frozen soup. My kids adore the frozen borscht.

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                                                                  latindancer RE: maudies5 Jun 12, 2013 07:07 PM

                                                                  Oh yes, those deviled eggs are delicious, I agree.
                                                                  I'm a huge fan of ordering 'any 3' choices in the refrigerated case. I also agree about the butterscotch brownie....it's my favorite. I've had a few problems, over the years, with take-out orders. I now check it before I walk out the door just in case.

                                                          2. PaulF RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 01:34 PM

                                                            The places I eat in most often are Rutt's Hut and Ronnie's Diner.

                                                            This doesn't count Il Trammezzino, which is in the building where I work. I probably eat there three or four times a week, breakfast and lunch included.

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                                                              ozhead RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                              Nat's West coffee shop, Topanga Cyn, Blvd. one block north of Roscoe. I almost always order the "Early Bird" breakfast: 2 eggs, hash browns or home fries (both excellent), 2 slices of bacon, toast or house-made muffin (many varieties, all excellent -- including wonderful cinnamon rolls), coffee included -- $7.25. I augment this with a side of country gravy ($0.95), and judiciously apply their house-made, hot salsa verde. They also make 2 jams in-house, and their biscuits and gravy are likewise excellent.

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                                                                kevin RE: ozhead Jun 11, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                                Wow, I passed by there early in the morning a couple months back and it sure looked like a good old fashioned coffee shoppe.

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                                                                  PaulF RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 07:56 PM

                                                                  For what it's worth, I've rec'd Nat's sister (brother) location several times on CH.

                                                                  It's at Burbank and Hazeltine.

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                                                                ilysla RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 06:43 PM

                                                                - California Chicken Cafe
                                                                - Gelson's (the 1/2 sandwich + 2 sides is an outstanding deal at $5.99; I go there so frequently that multiple employees at the service deli know my name)
                                                                - Jack in the Box (you know, the southwest salad + grilled chicken is actually not bad)

                                                                - La Bottega
                                                                - Monte Alban

                                                                Tried to go to Tacos Punta Cabras yesterday for the first time, and they were booked out for a private party! Argh!

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                                                                  PeterCC RE: ilysla Jun 11, 2013 07:03 PM

                                                                  It was for their Supper Liberation Front event. See http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/899710

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                                                                    ilysla RE: PeterCC Jun 11, 2013 07:30 PM

                                                                    Thanks for the info. The hastily and handwritten note stating that they were closed for an event didn't necessarily make me think that they posted ahead of time. Will def check the website next time I'm thinking of going!

                                                                    To Kevin: I'm partial to the tacos enchilados (cheese only) there, as well as the horchata (not cloyingly sweet). I also once had the Volcan (def made for sharing), which was enjoyable, as was the queso fundido (just make sure you really, REALLY like LOTS of cheese....).

                                                                    I find the non-chicken meat there to be rather tough, and I'd avoid the yellow mole (which was pretty insipid the 1-2 times I had it) altogether.

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                                                                      kevin RE: ilysla Jun 11, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                                      Stupid question: But do they happen to have an seafood preps there with mole sauce ?

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                                                                        ilysla RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 08:06 PM

                                                                        Apparently, but not much:


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                                                                        PeterCC RE: ilysla Jun 12, 2013 03:16 PM

                                                                        You should go this week. Usually after one of their SLF dinners, they'll have leftover fresh ingredients and will make special tacos, tostadas, or cocteles for the following few days.

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                                                                          Ciao Bob RE: PeterCC Jun 12, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                                          As always, Peter, you are correct - they were preparing a bunch of artichokes for a special when I went for lunch yesterday. But I was too early.

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                                                                            ilysla RE: PeterCC Jun 12, 2013 06:04 PM

                                                                            Will try but they close rather early (8PM, I think)? I work late most nights, which is unfortunate. =( Might be able to make it work this Friday but was hoping to try the happy hr at FIG (again, for the first time) since I so rarely get an weekday afternoon off. Between the two, which would you recommend (FIG vs. TPC, and, yes, I realize that they must be very different animals)?

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                                                                              kevin RE: ilysla Jun 12, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                                              Both. :)

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                                                                                PeterCC RE: ilysla Jun 12, 2013 07:20 PM

                                                                                Actually I think TPC closes at 7. Between the two, I would probably choose FIG. Obviously more variety of dishes.

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                                                                          kevin RE: ilysla Jun 11, 2013 07:08 PM

                                                                          Yeah, you have to get to TPC on the double.

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                                                                            kevin RE: ilysla Jun 11, 2013 07:08 PM

                                                                            I haven't been to Monte Alban in years. What do you get there ?

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                                                                              Robert Thornton RE: ilysla Jun 12, 2013 04:24 PM

                                                                              Agreed on La Bottega

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                                                                              1foodie1 RE: kevin Jun 11, 2013 10:00 PM

                                                                              Thyme in Santa Monica for their trio of salads (from the case). Always the delicious shrimp salad, the sesame oil sugar snap peas and the roasted broccoli. Not cheap, but delicious!!!

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                                                                                kevin RE: 1foodie1 Jun 11, 2013 10:54 PM

                                                                                On Ocean Park, right ?

                                                                                I get this place confused with the joint in Burbank.

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                                                                                  Servorg RE: kevin Jun 12, 2013 08:44 AM

                                                                                  Thyme is an easy double with Bob's Market. Park at Bob's, do your shopping and hit up Thyme without moving your car.

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                                                                                    kevin RE: Servorg Jun 12, 2013 10:37 AM

                                                                                    Thanks. Damn, I sure miss Gagnier's over there.

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