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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:

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. 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.

                          1. 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

                            1. RICE DISHES
                              BBQ RIBS
                              FISH (VERTEBRATES / ENDOSKELETON)

                                          1. re: A5 KOBE

                                            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.

                                            1. re: nosh

                                              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

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

                                                1. re: Porthos

                                                  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

                                                    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.

                                                  2. re: Porthos

                                                    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

                                                      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.

                                              1. it's summer ya'll

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

                                                23 Replies
                                                1. re: ns1

                                                  I think ICE CREAM BASED PRODUCTS is perfect.

                                                    1. re: PeterCC

                                                      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...

                                                      1. re: ns1

                                                        Yes, and ice cream sandwiches - my favorite!

                                                        1. re: aching

                                                          time to rally the 'hounds :D

                                                          1. re: aching

                                                            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?

                                                            1. re: PeterCC

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

                                                              1. re: PeterCC

                                                                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

                                                                  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

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

                                                                    But sorbet? No. Sherbert, yes.

                                                          2. re: PeterCC

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

                                                              1. re: PeterCC

                                                                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

                                                                  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

                                                                    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

                                                                      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).

                                                                      1. re: PeterCC

                                                                        GS beer floats are good and their burger is excellent.

                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                          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. :-)

                                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                                            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.

                                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                                              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.

                                                                              1. re: linus

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

                                                                                1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                                  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!