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Jul 21, 2013 10:46 AM

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

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:


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:

Pork Chop:
BBQ Brisket:
Roast Chicken:

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    1. re: JAB

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

      Oh well.

      1. re: Porthos


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

            1. re: ipsedixit

              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.

              1. re: Porthos

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

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  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.

                  1. re: Porthos

                    Wait, "grains must be whole"?

                    How does that exclude sushi or zong zi?

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Do you really consider sushi as a dish?

                      Maybe a bad question to ask a lawyer ;)

                      1. re: Porthos

                        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'.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Rice dishes.

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

                          1. re: ipsedixit

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

                            1. re: bulavinaka

                              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.

                1. re: Thor123

                  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

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

                    You? How many do you see?

                      1. re: nosh


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

                        1. re: nosh

                          He means you didn't use all caps.

                          1. re: Porthos

                            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.

                    1. re: ns1

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

                      1. re: ns1

                        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.