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kevin Jul 29, 2013 03:49 PM

anyone been ?

What are your thoughts ?

Is it possibly even somewhat palateable ?

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    flowergirl Aug 5, 2013 06:33 PM

    I so want Billingsley's to be good. I would love to find this type of place on the Westside but with great food. Anyone been to The Chicken Coop on the Costa Mesa/Newport Beach border? I have gone back to Chez Jay and The Galley in S M and they were barely edible.

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      Servorg Aug 5, 2013 06:37 PM

      I have to wonder if Billingsley will be able to survive the loss of most of their parking area in back to the Expo Line construction?

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        kevin Aug 5, 2013 06:41 PM

        jay's is very edible. at least at lunch or brunch.

        Scrambled eggs set just so.

        great bloody mary's.

        an eggs benedict that is textbook-perfect.

        pretty good sand dabs and a tartare sauce that is quite unique.

        pancakes with blueberry sauce are not half bad either.

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          foodiemahoodie Aug 6, 2013 01:06 AM

          I'd go to Chez Jay's to drink, but not eat. I'd have to get drunk to eat there. I didn't know they were open for brunch, then again - why go? (BTW - Piccolo Hostaria is open for brunch - and pretty good. Iv'e been a few times now).

          I did go to Billingsley's to pick up some prime rib dinner to go to feed a hangover. It wasn't great, but it was much cheaper (and no worse) than Pacific Dining Car's prime rib.

          Hm. Something good about Billingsley's - you can always get a table!

          This would be a good place to go belly-up and have someone turn it into a good restaurant. I like the funky setting and location.

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        Thor123 Jul 29, 2013 06:43 PM

        Yuck! Not good in any way.

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          kevin Jul 29, 2013 06:52 PM

          That's what I thought.

          And then I even checked the menu and the prices were not cheap. The steaks ranged in price from 27 bucks to 29 for a full meal. For that price, one could go to Taylor's at the very least.

          Tana's it is, for the classic old world environment.

          1. re: kevin
            Servorg Jul 29, 2013 08:00 PM

            If you are looking for a "change up" and want the old school vibe it's definitely worth the trek out to the Dal Rae http://www.dalrae.com/ in Pico Rivera for drinks and dinner.

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              kevin Jul 29, 2013 08:31 PM

              Only problem is Dal Rae is a huge trek. Though their food is supposed to be quite good.

              I've only tried their chocolate souffle. (yeah, I know it's weird but they possibly make the best version in town).

        2. mucho gordo Jul 29, 2013 06:10 PM

          I see it more as a 19th hole for the golfers and a venue for weddings and banquets rather than a restaurant such as the Smoke House.

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            kevin Jul 29, 2013 06:11 PM

            ok, thanks gordo.

          2. Servorg Jul 29, 2013 03:53 PM

            Take palatable off the table...except perhaps for their toasted cheese bread.

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              kevin Jul 29, 2013 04:03 PM

              Decent to have a drink ? (I'm shrugging my shoulders here) And just soak it with a few loaves of the toasted cheese bread ?

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                Servorg Jul 29, 2013 04:23 PM

                Just go a block or two west and drink at Freddy Smalls or across the street at San Francisco Saloon.

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                  kevin Jul 29, 2013 04:26 PM

                  ok, will do.

                  freddy smalls i haven't been to in a while and then in case i'm hungry after mori will be the order of the day.

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