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kevin Jul 15, 2013 04:52 PM

Any cuisine is fine. Just the paramters are what would be your favorite.

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  1. wienermobile RE: kevin Jul 15, 2013 05:03 PM

    Langer's but you can't get any sides or a drink. Hot pastrami on rye $13.50 Is just water ok? You are over budget for a #19 by 50 cents.

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      ns1 RE: wienermobile Jul 15, 2013 06:38 PM

      The cost of a soft drink at langers is obscene.

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        LuluTheMagnificent RE: ns1 Jul 19, 2013 03:30 PM

        how much is it?

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          wienermobile RE: LuluTheMagnificent Jul 19, 2013 03:32 PM

          $2.95 for soda, ice tea, lemonade or a Dr. Browns.

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            ns1 RE: wienermobile Jul 19, 2013 04:22 PM

            Which basically means you're at 20 bucks for a sandwich and a drink, not including tip.

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              wienermobile RE: ns1 Jul 19, 2013 04:27 PM

              Yes but worth it.

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                ns1 RE: wienermobile Jul 19, 2013 04:33 PM

                Not arguing that point but the total cost of a trip to Langer's makes it a special occasion lunch for this poor ass 'hound.

                You can easily drop 50 bucks (after tax/tip) on 2 soft drinks 2 sandwiches 1 fries.

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                  kevin RE: ns1 Jul 20, 2013 03:39 PM

                  Yes.

                  Very easily.

                  And I don't think it really flies as a neighborhood deli, but then again it's not a neighborhood deli.

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                    Kalivs RE: ns1 Jul 31, 2013 04:15 PM

                    It's even worse when you forget about the parking lot, park at a meter on street cleaning day, and get a ticket.

                    Still, the sandwich is great

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        ns1 RE: kevin Jul 15, 2013 06:38 PM

        hoyka thai noodle.

        15pp = eat like a king status

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          omieurhomie RE: ns1 Jul 16, 2013 01:24 PM

          +1. Their roast duck and boat noodles...

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            ns1 RE: omieurhomie Jul 16, 2013 01:27 PM

            +1, although lately I've been digging on the hoyka noodles too.

            Also been exploring the menu a little bit more - papaya salad w/ crispy pork + fried pork appetizer = awesome.

            that fried pork appetizer is the culinary equivalent of fried crack. Good enough to be ordered as a to-go item, to be snacked on while watching TV later.

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              linus RE: ns1 Jul 16, 2013 03:15 PM

              i usually get this thai salad thing that's extraordinary, in that i've never tasted anything (except maybe in burma) that tastes quite like it.
              i can't remember the name, but i see thai folks ordering it. it's a bunch of separate ingredients, served with a cup of...dip/sauce/goo and a fish ball or two.
              i'm not even sure how to eat it, but it sure is good.

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                ns1 RE: linus Jul 16, 2013 03:52 PM

                i need to know what this is NOW.

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                  linus RE: ns1 Jul 16, 2013 06:54 PM

                  i searched the pics on yelp and didn't recognize it, and there wasn't an intelligible photo of the complete menu, either.
                  i can't remember if it was on the menu or the specials board, but they've had it every time i've gone there.

                  darn it, i wish i could help you out and remember more.
                  it has a funky, herbal flavour that's unique, even for quality l.a. thai joints. maybe there are some noodles in it after all.
                  but it comes with everything separated on the plate.
                  i'll bet tonyc knows what it is.

                  sigh.

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                omieurhomie RE: ns1 Jul 16, 2013 03:45 PM

                haha funny you mentioned that papaya salad ns1. I noticed that on the blackboard AFTER I ordered my noodles... I guess I have to go back soon!

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                  ns1 RE: omieurhomie Jul 16, 2013 03:52 PM

                  I didn't even NOTICE the blackboard until my 10th visit or so.

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                    omieurhomie RE: ns1 Jul 16, 2013 04:52 PM

                    haha yeah it's tucked away in the corner. So sneaky.

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              Jack Flash RE: ns1 Jul 19, 2013 11:07 AM

              Is this the tiny place on Hollywood near Western, in the space that (back in the 80s) used to be a Mongolian BBQ?

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                ns1 RE: Jack Flash Jul 19, 2013 11:11 AM

                http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-original-...

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                  Jack Flash RE: ns1 Jul 19, 2013 11:27 AM

                  Thanks.

                  I just discovered HoyKa a couple of weeks ago. It was pretty good, but I prefer the nearby Pa Ord. Maybe I didn't order quite the right thing (no complaints, though).

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                    ns1 RE: Jack Flash Jul 19, 2013 11:33 AM

                    I would be inclined to go to Pa Ord more often if they weren't so freaking busy - I could never get in/out of there within my 90 minute lunch.

                    I didn't find Pa Ord noticeably better than Hoyka the few times I went, so I go to the restaurant where I can actually get seated in a reasonable amount of time.

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                      Jack Flash RE: ns1 Jul 19, 2013 12:24 PM

                      I see. I've been fortunate to go to Pa Ord at non-peak hours (e.g., 6:00 pm yesterday) and have had no trouble either parking or getting my food (got there, ordered takeout and was on my way home in <15 minutes).

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              nosh RE: kevin Jul 15, 2013 06:40 PM

              Yang Chow with a group.

              1. katydid13 RE: kevin Jul 15, 2013 08:23 PM

                Cafe Verona, 201 S. LaBrea.

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                  Tyus4pt8 RE: kevin Jul 15, 2013 11:00 PM

                  Tie between Beverly Soon Tofu in Ktown and San Marcos in Van Nuys

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                    whiner RE: kevin Jul 16, 2013 01:01 AM

                    800 Degrees

                    1. ipsedixit RE: kevin Jul 16, 2013 09:13 AM

                      SinBaLa.

                      And I'd have enough left over to buy some sausages to take home.

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                        J.L. RE: ipsedixit Jul 31, 2013 11:33 AM

                        +1

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                          J.L. RE: ipsedixit Jul 31, 2013 11:40 AM

                          Current champ for "Best Paella in Town" clocks in at less than $10 per racion (in a styrofoam serving box) at La Espanola in Harbor City.

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                            kevin RE: J.L. Jul 31, 2013 03:40 PM

                            racion ?

                            isn't that the name of the tapas joint in old town ?

                            is it possible to get the paella there at La Esponala without the sausage and the chicken, so basically the seafood with the rice, or would that also throw everything off and fuck up the crust on the rice ?????

                            thanks man.

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                              bulavinaka RE: kevin Jul 31, 2013 03:51 PM

                              I'm pretty sure J.L. was flexing his fluency with espanol:

                              http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ración

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                                kevin RE: bulavinaka Jul 31, 2013 04:08 PM

                                thanks man.

                                my bad.

                                you are too kind.

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                                  bulavinaka RE: kevin Jul 31, 2013 04:09 PM

                                  We got your six bro...

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                                    kevin RE: bulavinaka Jul 31, 2013 04:11 PM

                                    i'm trying to cut back on the foul language.

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                                      Servorg RE: kevin Jul 31, 2013 04:15 PM

                                      Increase the fowl language and decrease the foul...you got to accentuate the positive http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZUmAb...

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                                        kevin RE: Servorg Jul 31, 2013 04:28 PM

                                        I cracked a mini-laugh at that one.

                                        An old curmudgeonly laugh.

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                                        bulavinaka RE: kevin Jul 31, 2013 04:27 PM

                                        I like to think of it as sprinkles on the cake. Sure it's not necessary, but ain't it festive?

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                                          kevin RE: bulavinaka Jul 31, 2013 04:29 PM

                                          Now that's what I'm talking about.

                                          Sprinkles on the cake, or rather the stewed cherry in an old fashioned, or the hot fudge on a delicious fuckin ice cream sundae.

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                                            bulavinaka RE: kevin Jul 31, 2013 04:30 PM

                                            Woah stallion!

                          2. Servorg RE: kevin Jul 16, 2013 09:41 AM

                            2 plates of Dino's crazy chicken & fries...with a few bucks left over.

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                              kevin RE: Servorg Jul 16, 2013 09:57 AM

                              that's a good idea.

                              two plates would be the appropirate size, with an extra order of fries sluiced with that gravy, the spicy sauce i mean, and a biggee orange bang.

                              life is good.

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                                nosh RE: kevin Jul 16, 2013 06:38 PM

                                Dino's chicken combo recently was raised to $5.99 from a decade or more (?) at $5.50. Still fits, just warning you.

                                I know we are talking about the Dino's on Pico at Berendo, two blocks west of Vermont. I know the Dino's on Main above downtown and east of Chinatown is separately owned. What about the newer one in Artesia, same ownership -- is the chicken the same?

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                                  kevin RE: nosh Jul 16, 2013 06:44 PM

                                  I've only been to what I believe to be the original location in Pico Union, near Normandie.

                                  I ain't got the foggiest clue about other locations.

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                                    Norm Man RE: nosh Jul 19, 2013 03:50 PM

                                    The owner of Dino's Burgers Pico has 5 locations: Pico, Pico Rivera, Azusa, Pomona and Huntington Park. I think the Pomona location is a franchised location whikle the other locations are family-owned.

                                    http://dinoschickenandburgers.com/loc...

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                                      Mr Taster RE: nosh Jul 22, 2013 05:19 PM

                                      When I first went (circa 2003) it was about $3.50, which at the time was still a ridiculous deal. $6 now feels like a more down to earth price.

                                      Mr Taster

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                                    WildSwede RE: Servorg Jul 19, 2013 01:33 PM

                                    I have been dreaming about that chicken for a few months now. Need to get my butt over there. I have only been to the Azusa location and that one has the same owner as the LA location. Cannot imagine that they would franchise out... the workers there told me that the owner or his son(s) come and make the sauce for the chicken themselves. No one else knows the recipe. I swear, I would swim in that sauce if it wouldn't turn me yellow and burn my eyes!!

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                                      kevin RE: WildSwede Jul 20, 2013 03:42 PM

                                      Wild swede , you have never been to the Pico-union location ?

                                      In that case, you are seriously overdue on a visit.

                                      And get an order of fries on that side drenched in that lip-smacking, deliriously delicious vinegar and chili and chicken drippings-laced sauce.

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                                        WildSwede RE: kevin Jul 21, 2013 12:03 AM

                                        Yeah, only been to the Azuza location. They know me there now - they start making my order before I even get to the register. I also return mid-meal for them to put more sauce and shake on my chicken and well-done fries! Lip-smacking is absolutely a spot-on description! ;-)

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                                          nosh RE: WildSwede Jul 21, 2013 05:47 AM

                                          I go to the Pico at Berendo location. I also order extra "sauce." Having read about it on this board, I asked for welldone fries two or three times -- didn't notice any difference, and from the speed my order came out (always dependent on the chicken) I doubt they fried a special batch or anything...

                                          Back in the day -- WAAY back in the day shortly after the L.A. Times had an article lauding them -- at least two decades ago they would give me "extra sauce" in a little container to dip the fries and chicken. But that stopped almost as soon as it began.

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                                            WildSwede RE: nosh Jul 22, 2013 04:55 PM

                                            Yeah, I think they are afraid that someone will try and figure out what is in the sauce. When I get to go, I usually take my own containers since with the extra sauce, it usually sloshes all over the place. They will not put the sauce into a container by itself. Must be in with the chicken or fries (if you order only the fries with the sauce). They have always done my fries well done for me. I think I wait a little longer, but it just adds to the enjoyment when I finally get it. I also take some of the juice from the yellow chiles and some lemons and put both on top of it all.
                                            Either way, I am just glad they are nearby! ;-)

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                                      djquinnc RE: Servorg Jul 28, 2013 08:22 AM

                                      The Dino's on Telegraph in Pico Rivera is tasty as hell.

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                                      TailbackU RE: kevin Jul 16, 2013 11:32 AM

                                      Lomo Saltado from Mario's Peruvian

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                                        omieurhomie RE: kevin Jul 16, 2013 01:25 PM

                                        Mexicali for vampiros and cachetadas

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                                          BrewNChow RE: kevin Jul 16, 2013 02:30 PM

                                          That's an easy one. Zam Zam.

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                                            Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Jul 16, 2013 03:32 PM

                                            Not favorites in town, but tasty meals convenient to me:

                                            Beech Street cafe
                                            Any sandwich but I really like the chicken, chile, rocket and
                                            the Italian grinder
                                            $12 each, served w house salad, Caesar or pasta salad)

                                            Cafe Vida
                                            Any organic scramble ( turkey burger & California are good)
                                            $11.75, served w toast, bagel or Eng muffin, fruit or greens
                                            Chicken Jalapeño melt sandwich, $11.50
                                            Southwest turkey roll up, &10.95
                                            Served with baby greens or Caesar salad, fries or sweet potato fries, which are addicting.

                                            Palisades Garden Cafe
                                            Burgers, turkey, veggie & pastrami burgers, $6.95
                                            Seasoned fries $2.75
                                            Chili cheese fries $3.95

                                            1. westsidegal RE: kevin Jul 16, 2013 04:11 PM

                                              does inglewood, near hollywood park, count as "in town?"

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                                                kevin RE: westsidegal Jul 16, 2013 04:27 PM

                                                For you (I'll make an exception), it sure does.

                                                So if it's in Inglewood or even Lynwood or Maywood, etc, please do proceed.

                                                Thanks.

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                                                  westsidegal RE: kevin Jul 16, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                  Coni'Seafood, of course.

                                                  second choice:
                                                  Cafe Gratitude

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                                                jgilbert1000 RE: kevin Jul 19, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                Eduardo's shrimp burrito or grilled veggie burrito.

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                                                  kevin RE: jgilbert1000 Jul 20, 2013 03:42 PM

                                                  I love that shrimp burrito.

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                                                    Ciao Bob RE: kevin Jul 29, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                    What's the big deal with Eduardo's? What's so great about that shrimp burrito?

                                                    I hear about it a fair amount, but have never tried it, because...well....I do not know exactly why. Something just puts me off whenever I think about it. I get the sense it is a "cultish" item, probably because most of the folks who mention it to me, don't actually like Mexican food...they like Mexican Phony Phast Phood (wish I knew how to do Mr. Taster's little trademark symbol). Like Baja fresh or Poquito Mas. If I am in that area I will go to Tacomiendo. But maybe I am wrong about this.

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                                                      EarlyBird RE: Ciao Bob Jul 29, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                      Are you saying that Baja Fresh or Poquito Mas are Phony Phast Phood? If so, how so?

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                                                        Ciao Bob RE: EarlyBird Jul 29, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                        I am saying that. Hard to explain, how, precisely but these are the things that put me off, and Baja is much worse than Poquito (which I used to like before tasting less Souless Mexican food): tepid "gringo flavorings," lousy chips, tasteless tortillas, rubbery white meat chicken.

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                                                          kevin RE: Ciao Bob Jul 29, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                          Yeah, Bob, those shrimp burritos are definitely not authentic, traditional, etc (fill in the blank).

                                                          But to me, they are still quite delicious, no matter how heretical that may sound.

                                                          To me the way the tomato sauce in there mixes with the sauteed shrimp and cheese is a thing of utter beauty to me. Much better than the sum of its parts.

                                                          anyhow, i'm probably on the minority in really likeing and enjoying it.

                                                          but i do.

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                                                            Ciao Bob RE: kevin Jul 30, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                            Well, I had the shrimp burrito last night at Eduardo's and I agree it is more than the sum of it's parts. Quite nice. It falls apart very fast - I had a drippy mess that I had to dump into the pastic basket and eat with a fork after just a few bites. But I enjoyed the experience. Doubt I would go back but for a one-off, quick meal, why not?

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                                                              kevin RE: Ciao Bob Jul 30, 2013 02:09 PM

                                                              I like it a lot more than others.

                                                              I devour it in a matter of seconds before it disintegrates.

                                                              But for me, I hit it up frequently.

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                                                              westsidegal RE: kevin Aug 3, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                              haven't tried them, but just confirming your description--
                                                              they contain both shrimp AND cheese, right?

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                                                                kevin RE: westsidegal Aug 3, 2013 05:41 PM

                                                                Yes. Both. To me, it just tastes disgustingly great.

                                                                But I am afraid if you try and don't like it, you'll give me shit for it.

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                                                                  Ciao Bob RE: westsidegal Aug 3, 2013 05:42 PM

                                                                  Yes. So do Coni's Marlin tacos - it ain't Italian, as you well know.

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                                                                    bulavinaka RE: Ciao Bob Aug 3, 2013 06:01 PM

                                                                    Smoked marlin and cheese dolded in a torrilla - what's not to like?

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                                                                      Servorg RE: bulavinaka Aug 3, 2013 06:05 PM

                                                                      Some people get totally weirded out by seafood and cheese in the same dish. I've always had a soft spot in my taste buds for shrimp parmigiana, so it has never bothered me. I like the one I've had at Fabrocini's Italian Kitchen in Tarzana.

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                                                                        bulavinaka RE: Servorg Aug 3, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                                        If it tastes good...

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                                                                          kevin RE: Servorg Aug 3, 2013 10:04 PM

                                                                          Just had it at Tana's and it was disgustingly delicious.

                                                                          And so were the beef curtains.

                                                                          Thor. Your new drink is the house Capp.

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                                                                        westsidegal RE: Ciao Bob Aug 11, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                                        i never order the marlin tacos at Coni'Seafood.

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                                                                    EarlyBird RE: Ciao Bob Jul 30, 2013 10:14 AM

                                                                    I would definitely say that Baja Fresh is in the fast food category - a good fast food rendition of Mexican food nonetheless.

                                                                    I have to disagree however on Poquito Mas. They get high marks from me for making their own tortillas.

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                                                                      Ciao Bob RE: EarlyBird Jul 30, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                      I agree wit you there, Baja < Poquito (ha) but neither make me feel like I am cozying up to somebody's abuelo en Pueblo.

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                                                                  Mr Taster RE: Ciao Bob Jul 29, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                  In MS Word, Alt + Ctrl + T

                                                                  Then copy/paste

                                                                  Mr Taster™

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                                                                    Ciao Bob RE: Mr Taster Jul 29, 2013 02:29 PM

                                                                    Thanks™

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                                                                      kevin RE: Ciao Bob Jul 29, 2013 03:42 PM

                                                                      You can't trademark Thanks, or can you ?

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                                                                      kevin RE: Mr Taster Jul 29, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                                      Thanks taster, i also wanted to know how to do the dope trademark ting too.

                                                              2. WildSwede RE: kevin Jul 19, 2013 01:35 PM

                                                                Settebello Pizza - Margherita
                                                                Pho Licious - Filet Mignon Pho
                                                                Hollywood Thai Noodles - Hollywood Pork Noodles (lg) & Mango w/ Sticky Rice
                                                                YUM!

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                                                                  silverlakebodhisattva RE: kevin Jul 19, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                  For a solo diner, the chicken dinner at Versailles is still listed at $12.99. (Unlike Dino's, you actually get to sit down at a table and they bring you the food on an actual plate!) ...and at the Venice Bl. location, still consistent.

                                                                  Cam the Man, his new girlfriend, me and the Woman In The Hat did a lotta damage in Thaitown two weeks ago for $15 per.

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                                                                    kevin RE: silverlakebodhisattva Jul 20, 2013 03:43 PM

                                                                    Cam the Man ????

                                                                    The Woman in the Hat ????

                                                                    Translation. Please ?

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                                                                      silverlakebodhisattva RE: kevin Jul 22, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                                      The Chowpup, (see e.g., http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/83778) (grown to be a man and a serious Chowhound himself) and my Chow-Spouse.

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                                                                      WildSwede RE: silverlakebodhisattva Jul 21, 2013 12:05 AM

                                                                      SL - they have always brought my chix and fries to me on a plate at Dino's!! ;-)

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                                                                        nosh RE: WildSwede Jul 21, 2013 05:48 AM

                                                                        Plate or styrofoam container? A flat plate wouldn't have a prayer of holding everything.

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                                                                          Norm Man RE: nosh Jul 22, 2013 01:32 PM

                                                                          Dino's Burgers Azusa serves its chicken plate on a plate while Dino's Burgers Pico serves its chicken plate in a Styrofoam Container. I have dined at both of these locations.

                                                                          Not sure how the other 3 Dino burgers locations (Pico Rivera, Pomona and Huntintgon park) serves their chicken plates as I have NOT dined at these 3 locations.

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                                                                            JAB RE: Norm Man Jul 22, 2013 01:35 PM

                                                                            HP in styro.

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                                                                            WildSwede RE: nosh Jul 22, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                                            Yes, Azusa on hard ceramic plates, oval, like the kind you see at old-school cafeterias, with a little lip on it. And metal silverware. It is comical watching them try to balance the plate when they bring it to me since that thing is overflowing with sauce! They have to walk very, very slowly!

                                                                            To go is in the styrofoam.

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                                                                              kevin RE: WildSwede Jul 22, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                                              that location sounds like a sitdown restaurant.

                                                                              that's very interesting.

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                                                                                WildSwede RE: kevin Jul 23, 2013 11:41 AM

                                                                                Well, sort of. No waitress service, but you order and then take your number and sit down. They bring the food to you.

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                                                                            silverlakebodhisattva RE: WildSwede Jul 22, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                                            Not to gainsay Dino's, which I love, but Versailles actually has plates,and non-plastic flatware, and waiters, and a wine/beer license, and stuff like that. Also, unlike Versailles', Dino's chickens seem to be shrinking in the last few years. They're not down to game-hen size yet, but they seem headed that way...

                                                                        2. SIMIHOUND RE: kevin Jul 22, 2013 12:58 PM

                                                                          Panini Cafe Woodland Hills

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                                                                            Thor123 RE: SIMIHOUND Jul 22, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                                            Panini is a really good value. At the one in BH, they do a chicken kabab family special that has 4 portions of the chicken kabab (more like 6), a mediterranean salad (also huge) and a large platter of rice or grain (they will let you mix) for about $32. Its a ton of food. For a few bucks more you can get 16 oz of humus and a basket of pita. Good quality and value.

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                                                                              john gonzales RE: Thor123 Jul 23, 2013 10:07 AM

                                                                              I've not been able to come up with my answer yet, but Panini crossed my mind. I just went to the downtown one last week and grab their food to take to the Dodger game quite a bit. The chicken kabab plate is my favorite as well. The value is even better if one is faced with just downtown options. One can even park fro free at the Ralph's across the street with any purchase.

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                                                                            Ogawak RE: kevin Jul 22, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                            Can't really say if it's my favorite $15 meal, but I greatly enjoyed the $15 box lunch I had recently at Aburiya Toranoko. It consisted of tuna and salmon sashimi, a two-shrimp&veggies tempura, plus a third entree. In this case it was a terrific subtle and juicy chicken teriyaki.

                                                                            1. Will Owen RE: kevin Jul 22, 2013 02:04 PM

                                                                              For "American" food it's Pann's, surprise surprise. Dim sum it's 888, soup is Pho 79, breakfast Square One … since I don't have a "favorite" cuisine from one day to the next, it's impossible for me to have just one favorite restaurant, especially in that price range. Even within categories, if I wanted CFS and eggs instead of that precious salmon Benedict w/salad for breakfast I'd go for Rod's or Harry's.

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                                                                                kevin RE: Will Owen Jul 22, 2013 02:05 PM

                                                                                which was the joint you ordered the salmon benedict with salad at ?

                                                                                thanks.

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                                                                                  Will Owen RE: kevin Jul 22, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                                                  Square One Dining. House-cured salmon, lovely crunchy fried potato bird-nests, freshly poached eggs, hollandaise. The menu lists it with grits, but the first time I ordered it the grits were gone, so I got the house salad instead - baby arugula and the like, nice lemony dressing. It was so fabulous I've gotten it that way ever since. I mean, hell, I can make grits at home …

                                                                                  It might have gone beyond our $15 limit by now, though; it was right on the nub, like Langer's sandwich, where if you get anything but water you're over $15.

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                                                                                    kevin RE: Will Owen Jul 22, 2013 02:36 PM

                                                                                    No worries.

                                                                                    Even if it is streching the $15 set price that I posted above, this salmon benedict still sounds great.

                                                                                    And I haven't been to Square One Dining in years. And i believe it's because I don't usually end up in that area, and usually on the weekends I don't want to drive an hour to get there and then have the privilege of waiting more than a couple hours on line.

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                                                                                bulavinaka RE: kevin Jul 22, 2013 06:37 PM

                                                                                Natas on Ventura in Sherman Oaks and Kotohira on Redondo Beach in Gardena easily fit in this category. Most of their menu entrees are in the $10 range. The service at both is quite good. Kotohira makes it easier by including genmaicha, takuan and Japanese potato salad to each order, which is already quite generous in size and dishes.

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                                                                                  Ogawak RE: bulavinaka Jul 23, 2013 07:44 AM

                                                                                  I love Kotohira's udon combinations, especially unagi and shioyaki saba and sanma.

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                                                                                    bulavinaka RE: Ogawak Jul 23, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                                                    Saba and sanma enters the realm of OG hardcore Buddhahead.

                                                                                2. estnyboer RE: kevin Jul 22, 2013 08:10 PM

                                                                                  Fuego Grill, 7th Street between Main and Los Angeles. 3 delicious al pastor tacos carved straight off of the spit for $4 dollars with delicious salsas and pickled ensaladas to choose from. No table service. Get on it!

                                                                                  Westside? Attari Grill. Any one of their delicious sandwiches and a small barley soup will get you in under the $15 bar.

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                                                                                    noshie RE: kevin Jul 27, 2013 10:01 PM

                                                                                    Rahel with the restaurant.com coupon

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                                                                                      Sam D. RE: kevin Jul 28, 2013 07:27 PM

                                                                                      There are so many that fit the <$15, it's hard to narrow it down to just one.

                                                                                      1. Taylor's Steak House - Lunch menu at either location.

                                                                                      2. Lusys Mediterranean Cafe & Grill in Van Nuys.

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                                                                                        csnyde RE: kevin Jul 28, 2013 08:00 PM

                                                                                        The Bobbie sandwich at Capriottis or the chicken with Garlic sauce at Zankou

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                                                                                          archer RE: kevin Jul 28, 2013 09:33 PM

                                                                                          Sunday dinner @ Dominick's--$15. Always good & great patio.

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                                                                                            djquinnc RE: kevin Jul 29, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                                            Finally made it out to Ciro's for the first time last night. Great value. Super delicious. Jukebox full of Art Laboe Show classics. And complimentary avocado salsa for the table that many other joints would charge a pretty penny for. Can't wait to go back.

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                                                                                              Servorg RE: djquinnc Jul 29, 2013 08:53 AM

                                                                                              I think their shredded beef tacos are great. Wished I lived closer but probably a good thing I don't for my health's sake.

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                                                                                                kevin RE: Servorg Jul 29, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                                Do they make cheese enchiladas here in that classic enchilada sauce and topped with sliced olives if so I will need to make a trip here a couple weeks into my diet.

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                                                                                                kevin RE: djquinnc Jul 29, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                                art laboe is dope.

                                                                                                now that's what i'm talking about.

                                                                                              3. EarlyBird RE: kevin Jul 29, 2013 09:33 AM

                                                                                                A big gnarly carnitas in green sauce burrito at El Abajeno.

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                                                                                                  kevin RE: kevin Jul 29, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                                  is Ciro's cash only ?

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                                                                                                    djquinnc RE: kevin Jul 29, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                                                    They take credit cards as well as cash.

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                                                                                                    jgilbert1000 RE: kevin Jul 30, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                                                    Fresh Corn Grill.

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                                                                                                      cincodemayo1 RE: kevin Jul 31, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                                                      Take A Bao on Ventura in Studio City (or in the Century City mall). Everything on the menu is under $15 (most items closer to $10), and the salads, soups and plates are generous in size.

                                                                                                      Even better, go for Happy Hour...apps are about $3, bao are $4, and beer and wine are between $4 - $6. The GF and I go for happy hour and fill up for under $30 (drinks included).

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                                                                                                        greta9a RE: kevin Jul 31, 2013 05:31 PM

                                                                                                        Chicken Curry at Pingtung on Melrose. $6.95, comes with a cup of soup. PLENTY of deliciousness. Enough to share.

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                                                                                                          Axlsgoddess RE: kevin Aug 3, 2013 06:39 PM

                                                                                                          Salsa and Beer, the one on White Oak

                                                                                                          1. tenxtone76 RE: kevin Aug 11, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                                                                            Wako Tonkatsu is up there. Prolly under $11 before tax and tip. Comes with a couple sides even. I'm gonna ask people, doesn't it suck at this point to post about good restaurants and then have a hard time getting a table in a few months after they blow up? That def seemed to happen with Pa Ord.

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                                                                                                              ns1 RE: tenxtone76 Aug 11, 2013 12:15 PM

                                                                                                              Well that's a better option then having the place shut down (see: pho minh)

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                                                                                                                kevin RE: ns1 Aug 11, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                What happened to Pho Minh ?

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                                                                                                                  westsidegal RE: ns1 Aug 11, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                  textone76 and ns 1: you've both defined the existential questions of parcipation on this board.

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                                                                                                                    ns1 RE: westsidegal Aug 11, 2013 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                    Sorry wat?

                                                                                                              2. echoparkdirt RE: kevin Aug 11, 2013 06:20 PM

                                                                                                                Pa Ord
                                                                                                                Zam Zam

                                                                                                                1. J.L. RE: kevin Aug 11, 2013 08:51 PM

                                                                                                                  I forgot about Hannosuke.

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