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

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    1. re: A5 KOBE

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

      1. re: lad1818

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

    2. Where are you located on the East Coast?

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      1. re: PeterCC

        Boston area

        1. re: momoftwo

          You won't find any scrod out here.

          1. re: Ciao Bob

            that's what you think, Ciao Bob!

          2. re: momoftwo

            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.

            1. re: E Eto

              Great bakery. Great call.

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

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          1. re: pinehurst

            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.

            1. re: Savour

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

              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                ...and TJs!

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  and at TJ's.

                2. re: Savour

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

                  1. re: Savour

                    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.

                    1. re: Savour

                      I've seen dr browns around LA

                      1. re: ns1

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

                    2. re: pinehurst

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

                      1. re: pinehurst

                        You can get Fluff at World market Cost Plus.

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

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                        1. re: ns1

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

                          1. re: ns1

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

                            1. re: TonyC

                              No, it's not. Just not.

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                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

                                1. re: Mr Taster

                                  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)

                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                    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.

                                    1. re: E Eto

                                      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.

                                    2. re: ipsedixit

                                      > 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

                                      1. re: Mr Taster

                                        White sauce at 53/6.

                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                          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

                                          1. re: Mr Taster

                                            Bingo!

                                  2. re: ipsedixit

                                    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.

                                    1. re: TonyC

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

                                    2. re: ipsedixit

                                      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.

                                      1. re: BrewNChow

                                        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.

                                  3. re: ns1

                                    New Jersey has really good biryani.

                                  4. 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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                                    1. re: js76wisco

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

                                    2. Egg Rolls

                                      1. Fried Egg Sandwich on a Crusty Poppy Roll

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                                        1. re: Ciao Bob

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

                                        2. 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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                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                            I was going to say Wise Potato chips too

                                            1. re: laliz

                                              They actually sell Wise potato chips at Family Dollar store.

                                              1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                Boo's Cheesesteaks stocks Wise Chips.

                                            2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                              the originals in the blue/turqoise bag

                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                Coffee Syrup; that brought back memories.

                                                1. re: JAB

                                                  :)

                                                  1. re: JAB

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

                                                2. Dunkin' Donuts Coffee

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                                                  1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                    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.)

                                                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                      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....

                                                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                        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.!

                                                      2. re: Ciao Bob

                                                        My niece misses this most of all ~

                                                        www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                                                      3. Blue fish.

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                                                        1. re: Baron

                                                          And blue crabs.

                                                          1. re: tcamp

                                                            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".

                                                        2. +1 on cronut.
                                                          also halal (lamb not chicken)
                                                          flour's sticky buns

                                                          1. 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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                                                            1. re: silence9

                                                              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.

                                                              1. re: happybaker

                                                                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

                                                                1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                  "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! : )

                                                                  1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                    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! :)

                                                                    1. re: heinous

                                                                      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

                                                                      1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                        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!

                                                              2. 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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                                                                1. re: mrsantora

                                                                  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. 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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                                                                  1. re: JAB

                                                                    Doughboys!

                                                                    1. re: PeterCC

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

                                                                      1. re: JAB

                                                                        May be a Rhode Island thing...

                                                                        1. re: PeterCC

                                                                          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....

                                                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                            Where do you stand on Fried Dough vs Doughboy?

                                                                            1. re: JAB

                                                                              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.....

                                                                        2. re: JAB

                                                                          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. Toscanini's ice cream.

                                                                      1. 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......

                                                                        1. 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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                                                                          1. re: Food_destroyed_my_life

                                                                            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.

                                                                            1. re: JThur01

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

                                                                              1. re: PeterCC

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

                                                                                1. re: PeterCC

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

                                                                            2. 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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                                                                              1. re: happybaker

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

                                                                              2. Martin's Potato Rolls

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

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                                                                                  1. re: flowergirl

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

                                                                                    1. re: JThur01

                                                                                      Check Philly's best locations

                                                                                      1. re: ns1

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                        1. re: Feed_me

                                                                                          Boo's is awesome, shill away.

                                                                                          1. re: ns1

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

                                                                                  2. 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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                                                                                    1. re: Ernie

                                                                                      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

                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                      1. re: JThur01

                                                                                        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

                                                                                        1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                          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...

                                                                                          1. re: PeterCC

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

                                                                                          2. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                            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.

                                                                                            1. re: JThur01

                                                                                              I remember a dd on harbor in costa mesa.

                                                                                              1. re: JThur01

                                                                                                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 :-)

                                                                                                1. re: JThur01

                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                  1. re: Mr Taster

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

                                                                                                    1. re: JThur01

                                                                                                      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

                                                                                              2. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                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.

                                                                                              3. re: JThur01

                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                1. re: PeterCC

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

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

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                                                                                                1. re: reedux

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

                                                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                    Frozen White Castles = not even in the same ballpark.

                                                                                                    ugh.

                                                                                                    1. re: laliz

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

                                                                                                      1. re: laliz

                                                                                                        Meh. About as edible as the real thing.

                                                                                                        1. re: laliz

                                                                                                          Yeah, the frozen ones taste better.

                                                                                                          1. re: laliz

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

                                                                                                            1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

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

                                                                                                      2. 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)

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

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                                                                                                          1. re: Sam D.

                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                            1. re: Sam D.

                                                                                                              Scrapple in LA? Where?

                                                                                                              1. re: oldusedcop

                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                1. re: oldusedcop

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

                                                                                                                  1. re: oldusedcop

                                                                                                                    Lindy and Grundy makes their own as well...

                                                                                                                    --Dommy!

                                                                                                                    1. re: Dommy

                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                      1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                        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!

                                                                                                                2. 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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                                                                                                                  1. re: john gonzales

                                                                                                                    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/

                                                                                                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                      1. re: john gonzales

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

                                                                                                                    2. re: john gonzales

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                      1. re: steveahn

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

                                                                                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

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

                                                                                                                        2. re: steveahn

                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                          1. re: steveahn

                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                            1. re: john gonzales

                                                                                                                              Very good to know, thanks to both of you.

                                                                                                                              1. re: john gonzales

                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                1. re: john gonzales

                                                                                                                                  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!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: john gonzales

                                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

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

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                        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! ;-)

                                                                                                                                        1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                                          “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.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: john gonzales

                                                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Mr Taster

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

                                                                                                                                            1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                                              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?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: john gonzales

                                                                                                                                                Yes, both trucks have both kinds.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: john gonzales

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

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: john gonzales

                                                                                                                                                LOL
                                                                                                                                                for sure we should

                                                                                                                                          3. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                                                                                            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.....

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                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. Tastykakes

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: katydid13

                                                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                                                        2. Steak/turkey tips

                                                                                                                                          1. Birch Beer

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                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)

                                                                                                                                                1. re: csnyde

                                                                                                                                                  They have Birch Beer at Dunkin Donuts?

                                                                                                                                            2. Black and White Cookies.

                                                                                                                                              Prove me wrong. Please.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                                                                                                                                1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                    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. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: PeterCC

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

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JAB

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

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

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

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

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

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Wayno

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

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                  Yup, really. From Stamford.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                                                    :)

                                                                                                                                                                    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!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Wayno

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

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Wayno

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

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Wayno

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

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                                                                    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......

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: PeterCC

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

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                    You had a short drive to Jimmy's.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: JAB

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

                                                                                                                                                                2. Utz Potato Chips

                                                                                                                                                                  1. 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

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Amazing no one said Philly's soft pretzels.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: arepo

                                                                                                                                                                        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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                                                                                            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

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

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                                Great video, Servorg. Thank you for that.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                                  +1. Thanks, Servorg....