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Los Angeles Dish of the Month (July 2013) - Nominations

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Summer is officially upon us. What better way to ring in summer than to nominate a Dish of the Month for July, right?

The June 2013 Dish of the Month was Tacos, lets see what July brings us.

The idea is this: choose a 'Dish of the Month' for the LA area and then collectively try as many versions of this dish as possible during the month of July, reporting back with details and photos. It's great to talk about places you've been in the past, but the idea is to explore new places and make new discoveries.

The dish that gets chosen might be something very specific (pig intestines) but might also be more of a dish category (ice cream). It's up to everyone here, but it probably makes sense to choose something that locals are excited about trying and finding the best and most interesting versions!

Some ideas off the top of my head to perhaps get the juices flowing:

FILLED PASTAS (e.g. Ravioli, Dumplings, etc.)
GLUTEN-FREE DISHES
HUMMUS
KARAAGE
PIG CHEEKS

Anyway, this is the nomination thread for July 2013…you can nominate as many dishes as you want, but once we do the voting thread (which will start on June 26), it will be one vote per user.

To nominate a dish, please (please!) post it in ALL CAPS in the responses below. This thread will be open until 11:59 PM PDT on June 25th.

- ipsedixit

Previous Dish of the Month Discussions for LA:

Tacos: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/902860
Meatballs: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/900427
Burritos: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/896577
Eggs: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892386
Dumplings: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/888751
Pork Chop: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884484
BBQ Brisket: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875871
Roast Chicken: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/880578

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  1. LAMB SHANK

    1. CHEEKS of any variety.

      1. PANCAKES AND WAFFLES

        1 Reply
        1. re: wienermobile

          PANCAKES AND WAFFLES

        2. SHELLFISH + SQUID

          ETA: MOLLUSKS

          CRUSTACEANS

          thank you, Porthos!

          1 Reply
          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            Mollusks cover both. Better chance of getting that category through instead of splitting up shellfish, squid, octopus, oysters, clams, etc. Won't include crustacean shellfish though like shrimp and lobster.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mollusca...

          2. SANDWICH

            1. SANDWICH
              ICE CREAM (CAN EVEN BE ICE CREAM SANDWICH):)

              1. KARAAGE (not just chicken)
                CRUSTACEANS
                MOLLUSKS

                2 Replies
                1. re: PeterCC

                  Usually Karaage is only chicken, but occasionally it is pieces of fish, according to my wife, who is Japanese.

                  1. re: Tripeler

                    I've seen the fried squid at Japanese markets labeled Ika Karaage. *shrug*

                2. SANDWICH
                  RIBS

                  1. SANDWICH

                    1. RIBS
                      FISH (ENDOSKELETON, NOT RAW)
                      DUCK BREAST
                      SALAD

                      1. MAC N CHEESE
                        SALAD
                        SANDWICH

                        1. SANDWICH

                          1. FRIED CHICKEN
                            SANDWICH
                            DONUTS
                            CAKE

                            1. CARPACCIO
                              SANDWICH
                              FRIED CHICKEN

                              1 Reply
                              1. re: yogachik

                                PLUS ON ON FRIED CHICKEN

                              2. FRIED CHICKEN
                                SANDWICH

                                1. Ethnic breads, challahs, bialys, pitas, tortillas, naan.

                                  1 Reply
                                  1. re: Mas o Menos

                                    All caps please.

                                  2. SANDWICH

                                    1. PIZZA

                                      1. FUFU

                                        1 Reply
                                        1. re: Jase

                                          I think you'd have better luck nominating a category like mashed potatoes and then arguing that fufu is a type of mashed potato.

                                        2. BLT

                                          'Tis the season.

                                          10 Replies
                                          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                            BLT!!! Although i do love me some mashed potatoes...

                                            1. re: Dommy

                                              Why not vote sandwiches and do BLT as part of that? :)

                                              1. re: Porthos

                                                Sandwiches are too broad a topic.

                                                1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                  Exactly. Endless possibilities. Philly cheesesteak, BLT, pulled pork, pastrami, egg salad, fried chicken, roast chicken, lobster roll, meatball, tortas...

                                                  1. re: Porthos

                                                    What it will turn out to be is 50 responses on how good the Godmother is. 40 responses on how Awesome the Langers' #19 is and 20 countering that the #19 sucks and you need to get the Plain Pastrami with Just mustard. And while Dommy and I might be able to get a few BLT posts in between the Magnificent Europane Egg Salad posts, we might not find any ones from other hounds with different tastes, experiences and geography to give us a BLT rec which will make Me look forward to opening the thread.

                                                    Making the DOTM thread too broad, makes it useless.

                                                    1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                      And sandwiches like the patacon pisao or jibarito con lechon would be never discussed.

                                                      1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                        Well you can vote for specific sandwiches with little chance of success or use sandwich as an opportunity to introduce us all to your favorite rendition of a sandwich (via photos and exploration that month). Use it to show the rest of us where you find this delicious patacon pisao. I for one would would like to know. Isn't that the point of DOM?

                                                        Or get ready for fried chicken.

                                                        1. re: Porthos

                                                          And in 6 months we'll run out of topics cause we'll have covered "everything" but not all that well.

                                                        2. re: A5 KOBE

                                                          Responding to A5Kobe

                                                          Or be lost in the wash of so many posts.

                                                          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                            Could not agree more. Topic should be more narrow than just sandwiches.... That would cover burgers also.....

                                            2. LOBSTER ROLL

                                              1. FRIED CHICKEN

                                                1 Reply
                                                1. re: Thor123

                                                  FRIED CHICKEN

                                                2. FREEBIRD!

                                                  1 Reply
                                                  1. re: linus

                                                    Burritos have been done already.

                                                  2. PORK CHEEKS

                                                    1. ETHNIC BREADS, CHALLAHS, BOLILOS, PITAS.

                                                      1. WATER

                                                        1 Reply
                                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/906718

                                                        2. FALAFEL

                                                          1. BANH MI

                                                            1. FRIED CHICKEN

                                                              1. Guys, this thread has already been closed since 6/25

                                                                3 Replies
                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                  BANH MI :-)

                                                                  1. re: J.L.

                                                                    I almost made one today for lunch.... Now you're tempting me, so I'm making it tomorrow ;)

                                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                      Hehehe... Mission accomplished. :-)