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

ipsedixit Jul 21, 2013 10:46 AM

It's that time of the month again -- to nominate what we'd like to see for the Dish of the Month for August.

The July 2013 Dish of the Month was Sandwiches, lets see what everyone feels like putting under the spotlight for August.

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

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

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

HAMBURGERS
HOT DOGS
DURIAN
PORK BUNG

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

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

- ipsedixit

Previous Dish of the Month Discussions for LA:

Sandwiches: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/907564
Tacos: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/902860
Meatballs: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/900427
Burritos: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/896577
Eggs: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892386
Dumplings: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/888751
Pork Chop: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884484
BBQ Brisket: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875871
Roast Chicken: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/880578

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  1. JAB RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2013 10:50 AM

    KUROBUTA PORK BUNG

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    1. re: JAB
      ipsedixit RE: JAB Jul 21, 2013 10:57 AM

      I was actually hoping someone would nominate Kurobuta pork bung hot dogs.

      Oh well.

    2. Porthos RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2013 11:48 AM

      HAMBURGERS

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        Porthos RE: Porthos Jul 21, 2013 12:10 PM

        RICE DISHES

        Paella, arroz con pollo, arroz con mariscos, risotto, fried rice, chazuke, truffle gohan, unagi rice, biriyani, broken rice plates...

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          SilverlakeGirl RE: Porthos Jul 21, 2013 12:16 PM

          RICE DISHES

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            ipsedixit RE: Porthos Jul 21, 2013 12:23 PM

            Does that include horchata?

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              Porthos RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2013 12:41 PM

              Rice dishes not things made with rice. Or rice noodles, mochi, sake, etc. would be game.

              Should probably go ahead and take sushi, rice balls, and zong zi, cuban tamales, off the table also. Emphasis on "dish" and saving the tamales stuff for maybe TAMALE dish of the month.

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                ipsedixit RE: Porthos Jul 21, 2013 06:10 PM

                I'm not really sure how emphasizing "dish" would exclude things like sushi or tamales or zong zi. What about nian gao?

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                  Porthos RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2013 06:26 PM

                  Yep. Trying to exclude that too.

                  Grains must be whole as a criteria? It's broad enough already. See it like excluding burgers from sandwich DOM.

                  It's arbitrary. And risotto has already failed several times on its own so maybe something more broad can get it going.

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                    ipsedixit RE: Porthos Jul 21, 2013 06:30 PM

                    Wait, "grains must be whole"?

                    How does that exclude sushi or zong zi?

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                      Porthos RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2013 06:34 PM

                      Do you really consider sushi as a dish?

                      Maybe a bad question to ask a lawyer ;)

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                        ipsedixit RE: Porthos Jul 21, 2013 06:37 PM

                        I don't really care what it is, I just think we need to define "rice dishes" now before it becomes a dish of the month.

                        Because if it remains amorphous you know some Chowhound who enjoys extra olive juice in their cocktail will come a callin'.

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                          Porthos RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2013 06:40 PM

                          Rice dishes.

                          -grains must be whole
                          -no sushi
                          -no tamales (including zong zi)

                          1. re: Porthos
                            A5 KOBE RE: Porthos Jul 21, 2013 10:31 PM

                            GOHAN

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                            bulavinaka RE: ipsedixit Jul 22, 2013 07:36 PM

                            Pardon my forwardness, but when the whining starts, you just need to lay down the f-in' law - Ipse-style.

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                              ipsedixit RE: bulavinaka Jul 22, 2013 07:52 PM

                              Don't you know it, b? I just wish I could.

                              But alas there is a time and place for all things and this is not that place, nor time.

          2. SilverlakeGirl RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2013 11:56 AM

            OCTOPUS
            SALAD

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              nosh RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2013 01:17 PM

              Fried chicken!

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                Thor123 RE: nosh Jul 21, 2013 01:18 PM

                FRIED CHICKEN

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                  nosh RE: Thor123 Jul 21, 2013 01:23 PM

                  Let the landslide begin! People's fried chicken -- hot, crispy and cheap. Three pieces for $24 (or $38) is for the unthinking affluent. Fill me up on crispy juicy goodness with some leftover cold for a snack!

                  1. re: nosh
                    ipsedixit RE: nosh Jul 21, 2013 09:09 PM

                    So far, nosh, I count only one vote for fried chicken.

                    You? How many do you see?

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                      nosh RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2013 09:13 PM

                      Two -- me and Thor.

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                        ipsedixit RE: nosh Jul 21, 2013 09:23 PM

                        Nope.

                        I still count just one, and I'm done counting. For now.

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                          Porthos RE: nosh Jul 21, 2013 09:37 PM

                          He means you didn't use all caps.

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                            nosh RE: Porthos Jul 21, 2013 09:51 PM

                            FRIED CHICKEN.

                            Thanks Porthos. Embarrassing that a lawyer didn't read all the rules. I kept looking and looking thinking Thor was correcting my spelling.

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                      wienermobile RE: Thor123 Jul 22, 2013 12:55 PM

                      FRIED CHICKEN

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                    ns1 RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2013 06:29 PM

                    RICE DISHES

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                      ns1 RE: ns1 Jul 24, 2013 04:44 PM

                      ipsedexit - anyway you can remove this vote? I want ice cream based products to win damnit.

                      1. re: ns1
                        ipsedixit RE: ns1 Jul 24, 2013 04:45 PM

                        It's just a nomination thread, and the way things are going ice cream based products looks like a lock to advance to the next round, so I wouldn't sweat it.

                        1. re: ns1
                          PeterCC RE: ns1 Jul 24, 2013 04:49 PM

                          Rice cream based products.

                      2. wienermobile RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2013 06:36 PM

                        PANCAKES & WAFFLES

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                          WildSwede RE: wienermobile Jul 22, 2013 04:50 PM

                          PANCAKES & WAFFLES!

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                          avar RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2013 06:37 PM

                          BBQ PORK RIBS

                          1. ElsieDee RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2013 08:05 PM

                            SALADS

                            Here's my theory toward successful DotM topics: I think general is a lot easier than specific (that's fairly self-explanatory), but I also think that making sure the category is wide enough to encompass different eating styles / diets also helps. For example, I like the idea of hamburgers, but would rather it be "burgers" to encompass options other than beef-centric meat patties.

                            Normally, I'd throw in a vote for burgers right here, but since we just did sandwiches, I think a switch to something other than "stuff between a bun" might be fun. LCD

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                              whiner RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2013 09:02 PM

                              RICE DISHES
                              SALADS
                              HAMBURGERS
                              BBQ RIBS
                              FISH (VERTEBRATES / ENDOSKELETON)

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                                chowseeker1999 RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2013 11:16 PM

                                SALAD

                                1. Ciao Bob RE: ipsedixit Jul 22, 2013 09:02 AM

                                  Noodles

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                                    ns1 RE: Ciao Bob Jul 22, 2013 09:11 AM

                                    Caps

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                                      Ciao Bob RE: Ciao Bob Jul 22, 2013 09:52 AM

                                      NOODLES

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                                      OCSteve RE: ipsedixit Jul 22, 2013 10:16 AM

                                      HAMBURGERS

                                      1. Searching4Dunny RE: ipsedixit Jul 22, 2013 11:05 AM

                                        LASAGNA

                                        1. A5 KOBE RE: ipsedixit Jul 22, 2013 11:14 AM

                                          FRENCH FRIES
                                          PORK BELLY
                                          CORN

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                                            nosh RE: A5 KOBE Jul 22, 2013 06:53 PM

                                            As of now, white corn is 5 ears for a buck at several grocers. I've fared best at Sprout's -- there is a relatively new location on Westwood Blvd. where the former Ross used to be. Really sweet -- simply boiled and then buttered and salted.

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                                              bulavinaka RE: nosh Jul 22, 2013 07:40 PM

                                              Been picking up corn (OG style yellow with complimentary worm inside; variety "Merlin") at "The Garden of..." stand - Sunday Mar Vista FM. So frickin' good. Eating it straight up raw, raw and/or blanched/sliced for the basis of a great corn salad.

                                              1. re: bulavinaka
                                                Porthos RE: bulavinaka Jul 22, 2013 08:57 PM

                                                Love OG yellow corn. Very hard to find these days.

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                                                  A5 KOBE RE: Porthos Jul 22, 2013 09:32 PM

                                                  The side order of corn at Craft is amazing. I doubt it wins DOTM but I would not mind having a reason to go to Craft.

                                                  1. re: A5 KOBE
                                                    Porthos RE: A5 KOBE Jul 22, 2013 09:40 PM

                                                    Well, corn would include tamales...

                                                    Even if it doesn't win, DineLA or no reason at all seems like a good enough reason to go to Craft.

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                                                      A5 KOBE RE: Porthos Jul 22, 2013 09:55 PM

                                                      Very true.

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                                                    bulavinaka RE: Porthos Jul 22, 2013 10:08 PM

                                                    It's been at the Mar Vista FM now for two-three weeks. Don't know "The Garden of..." schedule at the FMs. Their corn was mentioned on "Good Food" as well as David Karp.

                                                    1. re: bulavinaka
                                                      Searching4Dunny RE: bulavinaka Jul 22, 2013 10:37 PM

                                                      The KCRW show "Good Food" had a segment this past weekend about the yellow corn sold by a couple at the Santa Monica FM. The product sounded great and the show talked about the how to deal with the worms.

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                                                        bulavinaka RE: Searching4Dunny Jul 22, 2013 11:13 PM

                                                        10-4. That's the one...

                                            2. ipsedixit RE: ipsedixit Jul 24, 2013 01:09 PM

                                              Bump

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                                                ns1 RE: ipsedixit Jul 24, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                it's summer ya'll

                                                DRINKS (ALL KINDS)
                                                SALADS
                                                ICE CREAM BASED PRODUCTS (including ice cream, gelato)

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                                                  aching RE: ns1 Jul 24, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                  I think ICE CREAM BASED PRODUCTS is perfect.

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                                                    PeterCC RE: aching Jul 24, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                    Including floats, shakes, etc?

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                                                      ns1 RE: PeterCC Jul 24, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                      yup, that's why I phrased it the way I did. It would provide the perfect opportunity for me to try the ube shake @ Oinkster...

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                                                        aching RE: ns1 Jul 24, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                        Yes, and ice cream sandwiches - my favorite!

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                                                          ns1 RE: aching Jul 24, 2013 01:57 PM

                                                          time to rally the 'hounds :D

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                                                            PeterCC RE: aching Jul 24, 2013 02:04 PM

                                                            Alright, I'm game. ICE CREAM BASED PRODUCTS including just plain ice cream, sherbet, sorbet, gelato, non-dairy (soy/coconut milk based), etc, and products made with/from them (ice cream cake, ice cream sandwiches, shakes, floats, etc.)?

                                                            But NOT including granitas, shaved ice, shave ice, snowy, etc? What about something like Blockheads Shavery that is like frozen ice milk? Or froyo from the likes of Pinkberry, Menchie's, Yogurtland?

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                                                              ns1 RE: PeterCC Jul 24, 2013 02:39 PM

                                                              I'll defer to ipsedexit if/when we get there.

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                                                                ipsedixit RE: PeterCC Jul 24, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                But NOT including granitas, shaved ice, shave ice, snowy, etc? What about something like Blockheads Shavery that is like frozen ice milk? Or froyo from the likes of Pinkberry, Menchie's, Yogurtland?
                                                                ________________________

                                                                I think if we do ice cream based products anything with cream/milk is fair game. So froyo would be fair game, but shaved snow would not.

                                                                Is that cool?

                                                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                  PeterCC RE: ipsedixit Jul 24, 2013 04:34 PM

                                                                  That's cool with me, but what about ice cream made from soy or coconut (or almond or whatever other non-animal) milk? Human breastmilk? ;-)

                                                                  (Also, sorbet does not have milk, so fair game or no?)

                                                                  1. re: PeterCC
                                                                    ipsedixit RE: PeterCC Jul 24, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                    I think non-animal milk would be fair game (gotta appease those strict vegetarians amongst us).

                                                                    But sorbet? No. Sherbert, yes.

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                                                                      Searching4Dunny RE: ipsedixit Jul 24, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                                      Hell yeah sherbert.

                                                          2. re: PeterCC
                                                            Searching4Dunny RE: PeterCC Jul 24, 2013 02:22 PM

                                                            If ice cream is the DOM then I will look forward to the boozy milkshakes around town.

                                                            1. re: Searching4Dunny
                                                              PeterCC RE: Searching4Dunny Jul 24, 2013 02:24 PM

                                                              Beer floats, my friend...

                                                              1. re: PeterCC
                                                                Servorg RE: PeterCC Jul 24, 2013 02:55 PM

                                                                Because of its low specific gravity, I suppose. (I know I have trouble with gravity when too much beer is floating my back teeth).

                                                                1. re: Servorg
                                                                  PeterCC RE: Servorg Jul 24, 2013 03:00 PM

                                                                  Didn't realize my comment could be read as a crash blossom (now, do I link to a reference of what that means, or let you Google it...?) I meant like "root beer floats" but substitute real beer. :-)

                                                                  1. re: PeterCC
                                                                    Servorg RE: PeterCC Jul 24, 2013 03:24 PM

                                                                    It was reminded me of a film title too...but I'll admit to knowing that you meant the potable idea. Have you sampled same at Golden State across from Animal on Fairfax?

                                                                    1. re: Servorg
                                                                      PeterCC RE: Servorg Jul 24, 2013 03:36 PM

                                                                      No I haven't. Truth be told, I've only had one beer float ever, at Father's Office in SM. It was a Young's Double-Chocolate Stout with some non-standard ice cream (marshmallow maybe). Actually pretty good. Probably my favorite thing that I had there that meal (yes, I liked it more than the burger).

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                                                                        Servorg RE: PeterCC Jul 24, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                                        GS beer floats are good and their burger is excellent.

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                                                                          PeterCC RE: Servorg Jul 24, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                                          That's what I hear, about GS's burgers. But then that's what I heard about FO's. Though I also heard that FO's was overrated and not so much for GS's, but maybe GS's underrated to begin with. Regardless, GS's burgers were already on my to-try list and now, thanks to you, so are their beer floats. :-)

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                                                                            wienermobile RE: Servorg Jul 24, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                            Golden State's burger is my favorite in LA at the moment. Wonderful combination of meat, perfect bun and toppings, Great fish and chips on Fridays too.

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                                                                              linus RE: Servorg Jul 24, 2013 04:15 PM

                                                                              both golden state and father's office have excellent burgers.
                                                                              i like floating, and i like beer.
                                                                              i'm not emotionally ready to do them together.

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                                                                                A5 KOBE RE: linus Jul 24, 2013 04:25 PM

                                                                                All this talk about shakes is giving me a craving for a Butterfinger Sonic blast.

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                                                                                  ns1 RE: A5 KOBE Jul 24, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                  less talk more votes for ice cream based products plz.

                                                                                  it makes WAY MORE SENSE to do this DOM in Summer, and we're not going to get another chance until next summer!

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                                                            ZoeZ RE: ipsedixit Jul 31, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                            SALAD

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