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momoftwo Jun 21, 2013 08:26 AM

HI All, my son is travelling to the long beach area at the end of the month. So looking forward to the mexican food trucks and trying lots of good west coast food. I would like to pack him off with some East coast tasties that he can give to his host family to try. Any suggestions of treats that travel well but are not available on the west coast? We are sending a jar of local honey, so far that's all that is on the list.
Thanks!

  1. A5 KOBE Jun 21, 2013 08:30 AM

    Yuengling beer
    Drake's coffee cake
    Cronut (if you live in NY)

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      lad1818 Jun 21, 2013 03:30 PM

      Good luck finding a Drake's coffee cake these days. Or a Drake's anything. (If you do, bring me one too.)

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        A5 KOBE Jun 24, 2013 03:34 PM

        They used to sell them on the Staten Island ferry. Are they really that hard to find now?

    2. PeterCC Jun 21, 2013 08:36 AM

      Where are you located on the East Coast?

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        momoftwo Jun 21, 2013 01:40 PM

        Boston area

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          Ciao Bob Jun 21, 2013 03:01 PM

          You won't find any scrod out here.

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            lapizzamaven Aug 9, 2013 10:18 PM

            that's what you think, Ciao Bob!

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            E Eto Jun 23, 2013 11:28 AM

            From Boston, get some almond biscotti from Modern Pastry in the North End. While biscotti can be found in LA, I haven't found any better, even in NYC. Maybe get some torrone while you're at it. I'm not sure if I've found the variety of torrone anywhere else that's available at Modern.

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              Dirtywextraolives Jun 23, 2013 01:33 PM

              Great bakery. Great call.

        2. pinehurst Jun 21, 2013 08:40 AM

          Is Marshmallow Fluff available in LA? Vermont maple syrup. New England style clam chowder.

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            Savour Jun 21, 2013 09:46 AM

            You can get all of these things in LA, pretty easily. Clam Chowder probably doesn't travel too well.

            Coffee Milk. Dr. Brown's Soda. Wild Blueberries. Italian pastries are also hard to find here.

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              Dirtywextraolives Jun 21, 2013 09:48 AM

              I've seen wild blueberries in the frozen case at my Von's.....

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                TravelPath Jun 21, 2013 03:44 PM

                ...and TJs!

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                  westsidegal Aug 14, 2013 11:32 PM

                  and at TJ's.

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                  Mattapoisett in LA Jun 21, 2013 09:55 PM

                  You can get Autocrat Syrup at the Cheese Store of Silverlake But you will pay $$$$$$ for it.

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                    New Trial Jun 22, 2013 01:47 AM

                    Dr. Brown's is widely available at most decent delis. Brent's even has it in large format. Some of the more upscale Supermarkets, such as Gelson's, are likely to carry it as well.

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                      ns1 Jun 22, 2013 03:13 AM

                      I've seen dr browns around LA

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                        ns1 Jul 27, 2013 06:35 PM

                        followup: available @ cost plus world market, 1.49 each.

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                      Dirtywextraolives Jun 21, 2013 09:47 AM

                      No fluff out here, it's Kraft marshmallow creme......

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                        mrsantora Jun 21, 2013 03:17 PM

                        You can get Fluff at World market Cost Plus.

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                        ns1 Jun 21, 2013 08:42 AM

                        Halal Chicken n rice. Overrated as hell but strangely addictive and can't be found in la.

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                          A5 KOBE Jun 21, 2013 08:47 AM

                          You wonder why nobody has opened up a stand already. I would travel for that.

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                            TonyC Jun 21, 2013 09:38 AM

                            zam zam's "chicken n rice" is basically superior to any Halal cart in Manhattan.

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                              ipsedixit Jun 21, 2013 06:32 PM

                              No, it's not. Just not.

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                                Mr Taster Jun 22, 2013 11:58 PM

                                Do tell. I got the combo biryani plate at zam zam for the first time a few days ago and I was pretty overwhelmed by virtually everything about it.

                                Mr Taster

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                                  ipsedixit Jun 24, 2013 09:37 AM

                                  The white sauce makes it better.

                                  It's also cheaper (if memory serves), which is pretty amazing considering you're in Midtown.

                                  (by the way, I"m just talking about the guys on 53/6, not the mushroom imitators strewn throughout Midtown W)

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                                    E Eto Jun 24, 2013 09:48 AM

                                    The Halal guys on 53rd/6th are pretty good, but definitely not the best. There are several places strewn around midtown and around the boroughs that do a good or better version. You should try out a few to see which ones you might like.

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                                      ipsedixit Jun 24, 2013 09:55 AM

                                      One can only take so much of that stuff in one visit.

                                      And I'm not sure it's really good enough to travel out of Midtown for a chicken plate, much less to the Outer Boroughs.

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                                      Mr Taster Jun 24, 2013 10:02 AM

                                      > The white sauce makes it better.

                                      Whose white sauce, Zam Zam or the 53/6 Halal cart? Sounds like you're talking about Zam Zam, since you don't like it (and the white sauce makes it better)

                                      But then you say:

                                      >> It's also cheaper (if memory serves), which is pretty amazing considering you're in Midtown.

                                      Now you're talking about the 53/6 cart. Totally confused.

                                      Mr Taster

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                                        ipsedixit Jun 24, 2013 01:55 PM

                                        White sauce at 53/6.

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                                          Mr Taster Jun 24, 2013 02:00 PM

                                          I see. So, the reason you believe the NYC halal carts are better than Zam Zam is because of their white sauce and the cheaper price. Got it.

                                          Mr Taster

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                                            ipsedixit Jun 24, 2013 02:29 PM

                                            Bingo!

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                                    TonyC Jun 24, 2013 08:51 AM

                                    it is, it really is. even better when you're being swarmed by folks, just coming out of the noon prayer, eyeing your precious table. a side of dirty street slush shower while waiting in the freezing cold not included.

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                                      ipsedixit Jun 24, 2013 09:38 AM

                                      I'm an atheist, maybe that's why.

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                                      BrewNChow Aug 14, 2013 02:42 PM

                                      I just got back from New York and I was thinking about this post when I tried the famous halal cart's food.

                                      Zam Zam's biryani and the 53/6 cart's chicken/lamb and rice plates are very different beasts. Both are great meals.

                                      That said, Ipsy's take on this shocks the conscience. Rest assured, he's in the minority.

                                      BTW the white sauce, at least to my taste buds, is miracle whip. Can't really tell if there's anything else in it.

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                                        Dirtywextraolives Aug 14, 2013 03:04 PM

                                        The white sauce is a simple concoction of mayo, yogurt, sugar, salt, and vinegar (I think that's it, I've made it before). Close but certainly not just plain MW.

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                                    Kalivs Jun 22, 2013 04:33 AM

                                    New Jersey has really good biryani.

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                                    js76wisco Jun 21, 2013 09:46 AM

                                    White Castle
                                    Corona lemon ice king
                                    Semolina rolls
                                    Snapple Orangeade
                                    Greek food in Astoria
                                    Good old school Italian red sauce type joints with red/white tablecloths

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                                      Dirtywextraolives Jun 21, 2013 09:49 AM

                                      We have White Castle in the freezer case here.....

                                    2. Ciao Bob Jun 21, 2013 09:48 AM

                                      Egg Rolls

                                      1. Ciao Bob Jun 21, 2013 09:49 AM

                                        Fried Egg Sandwich on a Crusty Poppy Roll

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                                          happybaker Jun 21, 2013 09:04 PM

                                          NYC's "Egg on a Roll" is out egg burrito.

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                                          Dirtywextraolives Jun 21, 2013 09:53 AM

                                          Cans of chopped quahogs, we don't have those types of clams on the west coast. Then they can make NE style chowder.
                                          Autocrat(?) coffee syrup.
                                          Sunbeam brand split top hot dogs rolls. I've ordered them directly from a mail order source and store them in the freezer for lobster rolls.
                                          Wise potato chips.
                                          B&M brown bread in the can.

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                                            laliz Jun 21, 2013 10:02 AM

                                            I was going to say Wise Potato chips too

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                                              A5 KOBE Jun 21, 2013 10:04 AM

                                              They actually sell Wise potato chips at Family Dollar store.

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                                                Feed_me Jun 23, 2013 02:10 AM

                                                Boo's Cheesesteaks stocks Wise Chips.

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                                              laliz Jun 21, 2013 10:02 AM

                                              the originals in the blue/turqoise bag

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                                                JAB Jun 21, 2013 10:23 AM

                                                Coffee Syrup; that brought back memories.

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                                                  Dirtywextraolives Jun 21, 2013 10:45 AM

                                                  :)

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                                                    TravelPath Jun 21, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                    I am slowly making my way through the case of Autocrat I purchased in Providence a few years ago :)

                                                2. Ciao Bob Jun 21, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                  Dunkin' Donuts Coffee

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                                                    PeterCC Jun 21, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                    My wife, a native Angelino who moved to CT for 7 years to be with me before we moved (back for her) to L.A. a decade ago, loves DD's iced coffee. She is super excited that they're coming out here in a year or two.

                                                    (Except for the religious quotes on the cups, I preferred Bess Eaton's iced coffee, before they became Tim Hortons.)

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                                                      Dirtywextraolives Jun 21, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                      They have their own line of beans that they sell here. God, it just isn't a street corner in New England if there isn't a DD on it....

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                                                        TravelPath Jun 21, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                        So true...but wait until they start opening the 150 stores in SoCal they announced,,,then we will take them for granted like we did in N.E.!

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                                                        mcel215 Jun 22, 2013 03:20 AM

                                                        My niece misses this most of all ~

                                                        www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                                                      3. Baron Jun 21, 2013 01:06 PM

                                                        Blue fish.

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                                                          tcamp Jun 21, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                          And blue crabs.

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                                                            happybaker Jun 21, 2013 09:05 PM

                                                            You can get live blue crabs out here.

                                                            My fav experience with that was a seafood store in Thai Town on melrose and they had a sign that basically said "Do not taunt the blue crabs".

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                                                          namstermonster Jun 21, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                          +1 on cronut.
                                                          also halal (lamb not chicken)
                                                          flour's sticky buns

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                                                            silence9 Jun 21, 2013 02:48 PM

                                                            A decent REAL bagel. Make it a dozen... A real east coast bagel doesn't even need butter or cream cheese or lox. A real water bagel is fine snacking even if untoasted. Same goes for REAL challah. Just pull it apart and chew...

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                                                              happybaker Jun 21, 2013 09:06 PM

                                                              Have you tried Diamond Bakery's challah?

                                                              I make my own (from my grandmother's recipe) but it's the best bought challah I've found out here.

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                                                                Mr Taster Jun 23, 2013 12:06 AM

                                                                Absolutely. I love their challah so much that I had them bake my wedding loaf, which we ate with Langer's pastrami at our traditional Chinese banquet at Mission 261.

                                                                N. B. I grew up in New Jersey and nobody I knew called them water bagels. In fact the first time I heard the term was after I moved out here. Back home they're simply called "plain bagels".

                                                                Mr Taster

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                                                                  happybaker Jun 23, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                                  "Absolutely. I love their challah so much that I had them bake my wedding loaf, which we ate with Langer's pastrami at our traditional Chinese banquet at Mission 261."

                                                                  Wow! Now THAT'S a banquet! : )

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                                                                    heinous Jul 23, 2013 04:50 PM

                                                                    Hi there! This is off topic, but I have a friend who is thinking about Mission 261 for a small Chinese banquet. How was your experience there? Space? Food? Thanks for any help! :)

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                                                                      Mr Taster Jul 24, 2013 03:17 AM

                                                                      We had a great experience. The food was very good, and they didn't nickel and dime for anything, really. The price of the meal (plus gratuity) is all we paid, and it gave us access to both the courtyard and the dining room and all A/V equipment.

                                                                      Since my wedding in 2007, they've remodeled significantly and I heard there's a management change, so please bear that in mind.

                                                                      Here's the report from 2007
                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/377001

                                                                      Mr Taster

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                                                                        heinous Jul 27, 2013 06:40 AM

                                                                        Thanks for the reply! Your wedding sounds like it was awesome - love the mix of Chinese and Jewish traditions. :) A belated congratulations to you and your LTA!

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                                                                mrsantora Jun 21, 2013 03:25 PM

                                                                Personally, I miss the brick oven backed Semolina Bread from Brooklyn. I'm a Jersey boy, but the stuff from Brooklyn is far superior. OUt here, the best you can get is at La Brea Bakery on Saturday mornings. They'll make a half dozen loaves. It's good, but not like back east.

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                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Jun 21, 2013 04:22 PM

                                                                  OMG, that is sooooooo true! When I first moved out here, I just couldn't understand why the bread SUCKED so badly!! And even now, 20 years later, I can think of maybe two decent bakeries out here..... Lucky for me I'm used to it now, and have to cut way down on bread consumption anyway, but it still blows my mind that you can hardly find any decent, freshly made bread.

                                                                2. JAB Jun 21, 2013 06:33 PM

                                                                  Fried Dough - besides Clam Fritters (which are now apparently available at 2 LA restaurants), the other seaside treat that I remember was Fried Dough. Available either savory with tomato sauce and grated cheese or sweet dusted in powdered sugar.

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                                                                    PeterCC Jun 21, 2013 06:50 PM

                                                                    Doughboys!

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                                                                      JAB Jun 21, 2013 07:02 PM

                                                                      Weird, I don't know them by that name like I didn't know Clam Fritters by Clam Cakes.

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                                                                        PeterCC Jun 21, 2013 07:12 PM

                                                                        May be a Rhode Island thing...

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                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Jun 21, 2013 07:23 PM

                                                                          Oh, it totally is.... No one knows what you're talking about if you call them clam cakes.... People have looked at me sideways when I've referred to them....

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                                                                            JAB Jun 21, 2013 07:31 PM

                                                                            Where do you stand on Fried Dough vs Doughboy?

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                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Jun 21, 2013 07:59 PM

                                                                              Oh, I don't think I stand at all, as in, I've never been to Doughboys and I do not eat fried dough anymore.

                                                                              Plus, I get the feeling, that the memory of eating it will always be better than trying to replicate the same taste & emotions from the past, here in LA and now. Now that I need Zantac.....

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                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Jun 21, 2013 07:42 PM

                                                                          I think Doughboys is a place that makes fried dough...... Maybe I am mistaken.... But yes, that's a good one and they were staples at every Italian Fest I attended back in CT. I think they do makethem out here at the county fairs.

                                                                    2. ipsedixit Jun 21, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                      Toscanini's ice cream.

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                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Jun 21, 2013 07:43 PM

                                                                        It seems many are conjuring up nostalgia with their answers, but also it seems many of the answers would not travel very well..... Sorry about that, momoftwo......

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                                                                          Food_destroyed_my_life Jun 21, 2013 07:56 PM

                                                                          Second Autocrat coffee syrup, wise chips (blue bag), utz crab chip, bialys. Entenmann's coffee cake. What about a lobster tail from essential bakery (BOS)? Dr. Brown's cel-rey.

                                                                          I have travelled with a pizza from Lombardi's Coal fired pizza from JFK to LAX no problem, just folded it into two and carried it on. I even told the guys at Lombardi that I was taking it back to LA, and they told me about the folding trick.

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                                                                            JThur01 Jun 22, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                                            Entemann's? This is getting ridiculous. I've seen Entemann's around California for more than 30 years now. Has anyone seeking out these "can't find them here"'s checked the respective companies website? You know...store locator?

                                                                            As several have pointed out here, it's not that difficult to find Dr. Brown's either, even the cel-ray.

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                                                                              PeterCC Jun 22, 2013 02:40 PM

                                                                              I can't find Hellmann's or Edy's out here. ;-)

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                                                                                happybaker Jun 22, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                                                I was going to reply and then - got it. Funny boy!

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                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Jun 22, 2013 03:18 PM

                                                                                  Hahaha, I too thought immediately of Hellmann's....

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                                                                              happybaker Jun 21, 2013 09:09 PM

                                                                              Don't know if it's a Boston thing, but it's a New York thing - chocolate covered jelly grahams.

                                                                              My Dad's fav thing from his childhood, I adore them but I either need to bring them back from Fairway Market on my own, or order them from Ashers or Economy Candy.

                                                                              With all our New York transplants out here, still can't get them locally.

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                                                                                LA Buckeye Fan Aug 12, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                                                I think Brent's carries those. As well as cel-ray and ubet. Too boot.

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                                                                                pizzafreak Jun 22, 2013 05:30 AM

                                                                                Martin's Potato Rolls

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                                                                                  flowergirl Jun 22, 2013 10:02 AM

                                                                                  TastyKake - I was never a fan but people love them. Good hard shell crabs

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                                                                                    JThur01 Jun 22, 2013 11:59 AM

                                                                                    Used to get TastyKakes in San Diego when I was a kid. Yep...

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                                                                                      ns1 Jun 22, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                      Check Philly's best locations

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                                                                                        Feed_me Jun 23, 2013 02:13 AM

                                                                                        Not a shill for Boo's, but I decided to mention they have TastyKakes down here instead of my earlier post about a certain brand of chips.

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                                                                                          ns1 Jun 23, 2013 11:13 AM

                                                                                          Boo's is awesome, shill away.

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                                                                                            A5 KOBE Jun 24, 2013 03:33 PM

                                                                                            They have those peanut butter Tasty Kakes at Walmart, you get like 8 packages for $2.

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                                                                                    Ernie Jun 22, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                                                    As I read this list while eating avocados and tomatoes from the yard, I realize we are not really missing that much on this side of the country.

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                                                                                      momoftwo Jun 22, 2013 06:15 PM

                                                                                      I'm sure that's true. I love the great fresh products you have out there. Just hoping to treat this family to something special....pure maple syrup is on the list for sure

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                                                                                      JThur01 Jun 22, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                      And, as evidenced by ensuing posts and is usually the case...most of it turns out to be available. Now, clearly, it's not the same and would never be as good :-) but, nevertheless, much of it you "can get here"

                                                                                      Wild blueberries? They aren't native solely to the east coast. Lotsa blueberries in Oregon and they are grown in Northern California, which are sent here. Seen 'em.

                                                                                      Dr. Brown's? Seen it many places.

                                                                                      Dunkin' Donuts? I've tried pointing it out to the LA Weekly food folk, but when DD opens in So Cal, it will mark a RETURN. There were several DD's in OC and the South Bay in the 80s. The last CA locations were in San Diego and Sacramento and only closed about a decade ago (if that).

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                                                                                        Mr Taster Jun 23, 2013 12:20 AM

                                                                                        Years ago, I remember seeing a building on PCH in Redondo that was clearly a former Dunkin Donuts, with the brown slightly pitched roof.

                                                                                        I grew up in New Jersey, in the era of "time to make the donuts". And truth be told, DD was ordinary. I think it had more of a following for my Boston relatives since it's kind of their thing, and they take ownership of it.

                                                                                        Now don't get me wrong. I like their donuts, and I respect them for sticking with fresh coffee for all those decades when virtually every other restaurant converted to sewer sludge in the 70s and 80s. But DD is no Bob's. They are no Donut Man. They are no Primos. We pioneered donut architecture, fecrissakes.

                                                                                        LA is a donut town, and in the end, after the novelty dies down, they're going to have to distinguish themselves to survive.

                                                                                        By the way, are the folks at LA Weekly really so shortsighted/forgetful/young (or some combo of the three) that it's really an uphill battle for you to get them to understand DD history in Socal?

                                                                                        Mr Taster

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                                                                                          PeterCC Jun 23, 2013 12:47 AM

                                                                                          Most of my friends in New England who love DD love them for their coffee, not their donuts. Not to say they don't like their donuts, but DD is still the go-to place for coffee in the Northeast even with the Northwest's interloper Starbucks spreading across the country: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/specia...

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                                                                                            granadafan Jun 23, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                                            There are plenty of coffee shops with better coffee than Dunkin Donuts. Pete's Coffee immediately comes to mind, Intelligenista, etc.

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                                                                                            JThur01 Jun 23, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                                                            More the latter, or folks that have listened too intently to all the people who talk about there not being any DDs here. Well, yes...now. Transplants that got here after DDs (or never got out of certain parts of LA) go on about there being no DDs and somehow that gets written that they are "coming to LA" (shakes head).

                                                                                            The specific PCH location that you and bulavinaka mention is one I clearly remember as well. And, yes, Peter CC, there were several around the South Bay at one point..and more in Orange County.

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                                                                                              ns1 Jun 23, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                                                              I remember a dd on harbor in costa mesa.

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                                                                                                JThur01 Jun 27, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                                                Thinking about it further, it is down to the particular writers at LAW being transplants and not being familiar with a (not so distant) earlier time in LA. There simply weren't any DD here since they've arrived, and their experience combined with many people pointing out how "there aren't any Dunkin' Donuts here." that results in that = never.

                                                                                                And I'm not using "transplants" perjoratively, since I'm not a native either :-)

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                                                                                                  Mr Taster Jun 27, 2013 11:23 AM

                                                                                                  Transplants or no, it riles me when people publish declarative, authoritative statements when in actuality they do not have the breadth of experience or knowledge to be able to do so accurately.

                                                                                                  Mr Taster

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                                                                                                    JThur01 Jun 27, 2013 03:13 PM

                                                                                                    Concur completely. I offer that not as an excuse or endorsement, but simply as an explanation.

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                                                                                                      Mr Taster Jun 27, 2013 03:48 PM

                                                                                                      I understand. It's probably more of an issue for me that the editors are not doing their job in vetting stories more thoroughly. Tom Brokaw did a great interview on The Daily Show a few days ago where he talked about this very thing.

                                                                                                      Mr Taster

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                                                                                                Novelli Aug 13, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                                                                yes. There used to be a Dunkin Donuts on the corner of PCH and Aviation just crossing into Hermosa Beach (now a pinkberry).

                                                                                                There was also one on the corner of Hawthorne Blvd and Torrance Blvd years ago. It then changed to DK Donuts.

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                                                                                                PeterCC Jun 23, 2013 12:44 AM

                                                                                                I think I remember coming across a DD near LAX or maybe a bit south (in the South Bay, as you said) less than 2 decades ago IIRC (on a visit, before I moved here). There is one still open at Camp Pendleton Marine Corp Base.

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                                                                                                  bulavinaka Jun 23, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                                                                  DD definitely had a shop around PCH/Aviation. Used to get their donut holes and coffee in the 80s - pop-chew-slurp.

                                                                                              4. reedux Jun 23, 2013 12:27 AM

                                                                                                White Castle! i dunno how! but I know they don't have any locations on the west coast.

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                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Jun 23, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                                                                  No but they are sold in our freezers here.......

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                                                                                                    laliz Jun 26, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                                                    Frozen White Castles = not even in the same ballpark.

                                                                                                    ugh.

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                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Jun 26, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                                                                      No shit, but you can't say we *can't* get them in LA.....

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                                                                                                        ns1 Jun 26, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                        Meh. About as edible as the real thing.

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                                                                                                          A5 KOBE Jun 26, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                                                          Yeah, the frozen ones taste better.

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                                                                                                            LA Buckeye Fan Aug 12, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                                                                            I made the mistake of trying White Castle sober.:(

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                                                                                                              ns1 Aug 12, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                                                              +1, wifey and I couldn't even finish the 6 pack of sliders we bought.

                                                                                                      2. PommeDeGuerre Jun 23, 2013 12:55 AM

                                                                                                        There's this thing called the internet so, no, there is nothing you can't get out on the West coast which you can get on the East coast (for a price and a wait)

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                                                                                                          Sam D. Jun 23, 2013 04:34 AM

                                                                                                          Pennsylvania scrapple. You can find it in LA but it's not easy.

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                                                                                                            E Eto Jun 23, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                                                                            I'll see your Pennsylvania scrapple, and raise you Lebanon balogna. It was quite a hit when I brought some back for my LA relatives.

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                                                                                                              oldusedcop Aug 9, 2013 03:56 PM

                                                                                                              Scrapple in LA? Where?

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                                                                                                                Servorg Aug 9, 2013 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                I can't tell you how it is (and even if I'd had it that wouldn't mean much since I would have nothing in my dining experience ledger to compare it against) but Doughboys Cafe http://doughboysbakeryla.com/Home_Pag... has it on their menu.

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                                                                                                                  A5 KOBE Aug 12, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                  They used to sell it at Stater Bros in the frozen section. Not sure if they still have it.

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                                                                                                                    Dommy Aug 13, 2013 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                    Lindy and Grundy makes their own as well...

                                                                                                                    --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                      Mr Taster Aug 13, 2013 10:34 PM

                                                                                                                      Do you shop there, Dommy?

                                                                                                                      I went in there once inquiring about ground pork and was treated so rudely, as if ground pork was a big deal ("we only do it on Fridays by special order)") and no explanation why, no attempt at customer service. I went to Huntington Meats Dien the street and they ground me a fresh batch.

                                                                                                                      Since then, I refer to them at Lindy & Grumpy.

                                                                                                                      Mr Taster

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                                                                                                                        Dommy Aug 13, 2013 11:07 PM

                                                                                                                        Actually I do... And it's kinda funny because I tend to be quite a bit low key, but they actually know me because I spoke to them about something we share in common (Completely aside from the food thing).

                                                                                                                        I do appreciate what they are trying to do and I tend to be more flexible cook so I can usually make do with what they have on hand, I also shop at McCalls and Cookbook, so I'm kinda used to the idea of if I have my heart set... to call first...

                                                                                                                        That being said, I'm no dummy when it comes to buying their meats. There are some things they do I just don't buy... their over priced stocks, gimmicky ground beef or badly aged steaks (Although they have come a long way from where they were before)... We stick with the real cuts...

                                                                                                                        --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                  john gonzales Jun 23, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                  If he were bringing to me I'd ask for some foie gras and some Katz's pastrami. Though one can get Langers' as a substitute. It's hard to get good fried belly clams, but one can't exactly travel with them.

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                                                                                                                    wienermobile Jun 23, 2013 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                    Katz's does ship it's Pastrami nationwide
                                                                                                                    Sliced = $11.88 per 1/2 lb
                                                                                                                    Whole = $12.35/lb
                                                                                                                    Plus shipping
                                                                                                                    http://katzsdelicatessen.com/ship/shop/

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                                                                                                                      john gonzales Jun 23, 2013 07:49 PM

                                                                                                                      Yeah thanks, I knew that. I have been forever contemplating a Katz's- Langer's throwdown. It's the overnight shipping that is the impediment, though I'm still going to do it someday soon.

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                                                                                                                        wienermobile Jun 24, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                        Yes Katz's shipping is expensive...up to $16 for ground, $28 for 2 day and up to $37 for next day shipping.

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                                                                                                                      steveahn Jun 24, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                      You can get some really good Ipswich fried clams in Santa Monica at this place called Sonny Mclean's Irish Pub. Place is basically a Boston-themed sports bar so if you're a Laker fan, try not to let it get to you. The address is 2615 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA.

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                                                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Jun 24, 2013 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                        I've always wanted to try that place, I go by it often. Are they belly clams or strips?

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                                                                                                                          steveahn Jun 24, 2013 09:36 PM

                                                                                                                          Belly for sure. Shocking how good they were. btw, they went really well with a pint of sam adams winter ale!

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                                                                                                                          Ciao Bob Jun 25, 2013 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                          WOW - that is really interesting. I always knew Sonn'y's had a New Egland connection but I never thought it might have good fried clams. Thanks.

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                                                                                                                            john gonzales Jun 25, 2013 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                            Agreed. Having grown up with summers on the Cape, I'm a belly clam freak. Sonny Mclean's version is fully adequate, especially considering how hard they are to find in LA. I think they went downhill a little a bout five years back, but over the past couple of years seem to have improved. The lobster roll is not bad either. My wife and I go there and share the two.

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                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Jun 25, 2013 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                              Very good to know, thanks to both of you.

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                                                                                                                                Mr Taster Jun 25, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                Very much appreciated. This is one of those things that is totally off the Chowhound radar and is much appreciated. I'll report back if we get a chance to check it out.

                                                                                                                                Mr Taster

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                                                                                                                                  PeterCC Jun 25, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                  Thanks steveahn and john gonzales! I didn't realize there was a place relatively close to me that served decent fried clam bellies. Will have to try that AND the lobster roll!

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                                                                                                                                    Mattapoisett in LA Jun 25, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                    I will have to go back since it has been a long time since I've been there. Dommy and I we're just dating and I wanted to giver her a sense of what she'd be encountering back east. I remember the Lobster Roll had ground shrimp filler and the Clam roll had issues too. I have seen on their website they have a new chef who may have kicked it up a few notches. This may because of Cousins Maine and The Lobstah Truck and others offereing a product closer to the real thing. I will check it out.

                                                                                                                                    My review from 2005:
                                                                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/73477

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                                                                                                                                      Ciao Bob Jun 25, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                      "Wooooooooosh" goes the sound of the wind, blowing through a hole in my sails.

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                                                                                                                                        PeterCC Aug 8, 2013 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                        I was perusing this post to see what kind of stuff I should re-sample while I'm back on the right coast, and I just noticed... You sure do like your boating metaphors! ;-)

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                                                                                                                                          Ciao Bob Aug 9, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                          “Rosencrantz: We might as well be dead. Do you think death could possibly be a boat?
                                                                                                                                          Guildenstern: No, no, no... Death is...not. Death isn't. You take my meaning. Death is the ultimate negative. Not-being. You can't not-be on a boat.
                                                                                                                                          Rosencrantz: I've frequently not been on boats.
                                                                                                                                          Guildenstern: No, no, no--what you've been is not on boats.”
                                                                                                                                          ― Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

                                                                                                                                          Perhaps, Stoppard's first, and last, Chowhound nod.

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                                                                                                                                        john gonzales Jun 25, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                        Try it again. I do think the couple of times I've been over the past 1-2 years were better than where they were at 3+ years ago. I'm not saying that they have great versions like the days on Buzzard's Bay. But even finding belly clams here in LA is a big challenge and lobster rolls have seemingly come back into vogue. The issue I have with a lot of the lobster rolls is that some of the higher-end chefs have strayed quite a bit from the simple standard. I'm not a clam roll guy.
                                                                                                                                        I didn't notice any bay shrimp floating around in the roll. I seem to recall the roll was a little bigger than ideal. I think the clams at Blue Plate Oysterette might be a little crispier, but the portion is small and the pricing in general is higher. At Sonny's we can split the clams, lobster roll and two beers and get out for under $50 including. t & t.
                                                                                                                                        I've yet to try Cousins. I went to find it in Playa last weekend at a free concert and the line was like a half-hour long.

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                                                                                                                                          Mr Taster Jun 25, 2013 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                          I had Cousins and Lobsta Truck within a day or two and the texture of Cousins was slightly mealy. Lobsta Truck's lobster tasted snappier, fresher. I'd be curious to hear if others have done a similar comparison.

                                                                                                                                          Mr Taster

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                                                                                                                                            PeterCC Jun 25, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                            I had the opposite experience. Right now Cousins is tops in L.A. for me. Have to try Sonny McLean's now though. :-)

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                                                                                                                                              john gonzales Jun 25, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                                              I have yet to try either as I'm partial to sitting and enjoying my food over a beverage. Does Lobsta truck have both the Maine and the Connecticut rolls?

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                                                                                                                                                PeterCC Jun 25, 2013 06:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                Yes, both trucks have both kinds.

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                                                                                                                                            Ciao Bob Jun 25, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                            I am surely going to try it jg, probably tomorrow night.

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                                                                                                                                              john gonzales Jun 25, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                              Don't know if you know, but I am a friend of Chet's and Bella's as well. I told them the other night that we should all have a dinner together.

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                                                                                                                                                Ciao Bob Jun 25, 2013 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                LOL
                                                                                                                                                for sure we should

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                                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Jun 25, 2013 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                            Or from Blue Plate Oysterette down the road..... They make decent fried Ipswich clams and lobster rolls also, though probably at a higher price point.....

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                                                                                                                                              Ciao Bob Jun 27, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                              Sonny McClean's last night.
                                                                                                                                              The fried clams were "adequate" as john g says, but not stellar by any means. The lobster roll was vile - tons of mayo, scraggly lobster and a thick, grilled sourdough roll.

                                                                                                                                              Loved the red pepper hummus and house-made chicken curry pot pie. Saw a pizza that looked (and sounded!) great if you like crispy thin crust.
                                                                                                                                              And the beer selection is outta-site.
                                                                                                                                              For bar food the place probably is one of the tops in town. For good New England Seafood - I'm still looking.

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                                                                                                                                                ns1 Jun 27, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                Not exactly what you're looking for but check out Littlefork.

                                                                                                                                                I'm more a fan of their oyster products than their clam product but I hear it's authentic to the NE style.

                                                                                                                                      3. katydid13 Jun 26, 2013 07:56 PM

                                                                                                                                        Tastykakes

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                                                                                                                                          TravelPath Jul 2, 2013 11:21 PM

                                                                                                                                          I believe they are available at some/all? of Philly's Best locations in SoCal. I know I have eaten them at their Fountain Valley location!

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                                                                                                                                          Steak/turkey tips

                                                                                                                                          1. JAB Jul 8, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                            Birch Beer

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                                                                                                                                              Mr Taster Jul 8, 2013 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                              Unless you go to Galco's Soda Pop Stop, or to the Galco-sponsored summer soda tasting on July 28.

                                                                                                                                              http://www.ttdila.com/2013/06/galcos-...

                                                                                                                                              Mr Taster

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                                                                                                                                                csnyde Jul 23, 2013 09:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                if Dunkin Donuts has a drive thru ....they will be a hit. That and price point is what gives McDonalds any leverage on Starbucks. (for the record I really don't like McDonalds or Starbucks coffee but it is what it is)

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                                                                                                                                                  JAB Jul 24, 2013 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                  They have Birch Beer at Dunkin Donuts?

                                                                                                                                            2. ipsedixit Jul 27, 2013 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                              Black and White Cookies.

                                                                                                                                              Prove me wrong. Please.

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                                                                                                                                                bulavinaka Jul 27, 2013 10:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                Bea's has a black & white that tastes good. East Coast good? Dunno...

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                                                                                                                                                  Servorg Aug 9, 2013 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Probably they just fly them in from NY but Barney Greengrass has always had the large ones and even mini ones.

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                                                                                                                                                    bulavinaka Aug 9, 2013 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Bea's version is about five to six inches in diameter. The cookie is kinda soft and yellow - sorta like a cookie that tastes like yellow cake. The frostings are powdered sugar base.

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                                                                                                                                                    westsidegal Aug 14, 2013 07:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                    dunno about these days, but when i lived in the valley the BEA'S black and white cookies fresh were far better than any other black and white cookie that was shipped here.

                                                                                                                                                  3. Ttrockwood Jul 27, 2013 07:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Hi momoftwo,
                                                                                                                                                    I see this was originally posted a while ago, but my suggestions would be to go to your local farmers market and pick up some super-local handmade jams or pickles. Local flavored olive oils or aged cheeses may also be found there and would travel well.
                                                                                                                                                    Please dont send dunkin donuts coffee, it is appreciated best by those who grew up drinking it.
                                                                                                                                                    Unique splitz pretzels are not easy to find in cali, they make interesting flavors like a pumpernickle.

                                                                                                                                                    1. PeterCC Aug 8, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I'm headed back to New England soon (RI, MA, CT, specifically) and was looking forward to having many of the foods mentioned in this thread, and other New England favorites. What places shouldn't I miss, for good New England seafood, interesting eats, et cetera?

                                                                                                                                                      (I toyed with starting a separate thread but I figured it would either get closed or moved to the Boston/Southern New England boards, which is not what I want. I specifically want my fellow current L.A. residents' take on the places they'd go to when they're out in New England.)

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                                                                                                                                                        JAB Aug 8, 2013 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                        My family's favorite spot was Jimmy's Savin Rock in CT should you find yourself in that part of CT.

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                                                                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Aug 9, 2013 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Ate there my whole youth. Great fried seafood platters, dogs and burgers.

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                                                                                                                                                            JAB Aug 10, 2013 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I don't recall ever having a burger there. My grandfather started the "tradition" of a hot dog for dessert after our seafood mains.

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                                                                                                                                                              Wayno Aug 10, 2013 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Jeez, Dirty, looks like I've followed in your footsteps (or vice versa) from southern Connecticut to the Palisades.

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                                                                                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives Aug 10, 2013 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                No way, really? Now I really want to pick your brain, lol! We really should have a chowdown in the palisades!

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                                                                                                                                                                  Wayno Aug 12, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Yup, really. From Stamford.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Aug 12, 2013 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    :)

                                                                                                                                                                    We really should meet with our significant chow partners for a meal or drinks. If you're interested, and don't mind advertising your email, I will email you. But I can understand if you don't want to. Either way, nice to have an neighbor from the old hood in the new hood!

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                                                                                                                                                                      Wayno Aug 14, 2013 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I think meeting up in the Palisades would be great. After I return from some upcoming travels, I will add my email to my profile (at least temporarily) and you can then email me and we'll see if we can set something up. So far, I've only sampled a few places: Taste, a little take-out from Pearl Dragon, and several visits to Casa Nostra (which is a 2-minute walk for us), and 1 croissant from MG. And also that little Thai hole-in-the-wall just north on PCH right past the Reel Inn (and I thought it - the Thai place, not the Reel Inn - was pretty good, especially considering where it is and how convenient to us). Still want to hit Ritrovo, Mimi and a meal at MG.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Aug 14, 2013 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Sounds great! Let me know when you put it up.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Ciao Bob Aug 14, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          FWIW, Cholada is the name of the Thai place on PCH.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Ciao Bob Aug 13, 2013 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Pat's Hubba Hubba - Cheese Steak Pizziola with Hot Chili

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                                                                                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives Aug 9, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Where in NE are you going to be?

                                                                                                                                                                From my hometown area, don't miss the pizza on
                                                                                                                                                                Wooster st in new haven for clam pizza. pepe's & Sally's make the best.

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                                                                                                                                                                  PeterCC Aug 9, 2013 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I'll be in South-Central... Rhode Island. ;-) Will be visiting friends in the greater Boston area. Will spend a little time in SECT (Mystic, Groton, etc) and some time up in the Danbury area. And probably a day trip to NYC.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Aug 9, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Ah. SC RI, is that like Cranston?! J/K, probably more like West Warwick-East Greenwich area?

                                                                                                                                                                    George's of Galilee on Point Judith was my family's go to spot for chowder & clam cakes, including a dozen to go for my dad for the ride home and the next day's breakfast......

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                                                                                                                                                                      PeterCC Aug 9, 2013 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, wow that's eerily accurate! I've been to George's but not for a long time.

                                                                                                                                                                      It probably wasn't the best but I was very nostalgic of the clam cakes at Rocky Point amusement park.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Aug 9, 2013 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, I'm sure it's all nostalgia at this point!

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                                                                                                                                                                    JAB Aug 10, 2013 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    You had a short drive to Jimmy's.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Aug 10, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Oh yes. We ate there quite often, but it was it still considered a treat.

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                                                                                                                                                                  drsmoke Aug 9, 2013 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Utz Potato Chips

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Wayno Aug 9, 2013 04:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Here's one from the far recesses of my memory bank (with the deposits made in my southwest Connecticut childhood): pizza fritta.

                                                                                                                                                                    And here's a thread discussing it:
                                                                                                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/418043

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                                                                                                                                                                      arepo Aug 10, 2013 06:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Amazing no one said Philly's soft pretzels.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Servorg Aug 10, 2013 06:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        How do Philly's soft pretzels differ from ones sold at places like the Auntie Anne's outlets I see around the L.A. area?

                                                                                                                                                                      2. westsidegal Aug 14, 2013 11:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        the problems that i am having with your request are:
                                                                                                                                                                        1) most of the east coast foods that are "better" than those found on the west coast, will get so degraded by the trip that they will be "worse" by the time they arrive here.
                                                                                                                                                                        cured meats come under this heading. also, truly, NY pastrami that has traveled a day to LA isn't so wonderfully special when compared to Langers pastrami in LA

                                                                                                                                                                        i've seen people recommending bialys and bagels to you. really? you think a bread that has very little oil/fat will be ANY good after a day? there is a reason that all decent bialy/bagel shops EVERYWHERE make the stuff on an ongoing basis ALL DAY.
                                                                                                                                                                        after a few hours of standing the stuff is not special, it turns into a form of so-so white bread: that's why any DECENT bialy/bagel place will dispose of any left over stock at the end of EVERY day

                                                                                                                                                                        2) many of the "better" east coast foods are only "better" because people who have moved here from the east coast are nostalgic about them. this nostalgia won't necessarily be shared by the recipeients. brands of potato chips and mediocre coffee come under this heading.

                                                                                                                                                                        3) stuff that is jarred/canned/dry can be ordered and sent via internet/amazon.

                                                                                                                                                                        i wish i had some better ideas for you.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Mr Taster Aug 15, 2013 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Westsidegal,

                                                                                                                                                                          I mostly agree with you, with few exceptions. Katz's will vacuum seal the pastrami for long distance travel, which does a good job of preserving texture, and I find the seasoning of Katz's to be ever so slightly better than Langer's. Pickles, of course, travel well as long as they're stored in mason jars in brine (and as long as you've gone to a good pickle maker like Pickle Guys or the former Guss', which note operate out of Brooklyn due to having lost a lawsuit against the fake Guss', which make far inferior pickles.) And S&s cheesecake is sold frozen, so packed in a suitcase with freezer packs, you could conceivably get one to LA in pristine condition.

                                                                                                                                                                          Mr Taster

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                                                                                                                                                                            silence9 Aug 19, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Harrummpph! I've eaten stale west coast bagels and stale east coast bagels, and stale east coast bagels are better. But you are nonetheless correct, stale does not merit the trouble/cost of transcontinental travel...

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: silence9
                                                                                                                                                                              Servorg Aug 19, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              TMZ has a fairly amusing video http://www.tmz.com/2011/10/07/bagel-w... on this very subject.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Servorg
                                                                                                                                                                                Tripeler Aug 20, 2013 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Great video, Servorg. Thank you for that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  silence9 Aug 20, 2013 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  +1. Thanks, Servorg....

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