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Best Take Out Options in LA?

Porthos Jan 22, 2014 12:34 AM

Sure there's pizza and Chinese fast food and even Sushi. Would love to hear about everyone's favorite takeout spot! The more unique the better.

I'll start. When I lived in Westwood, I would love me some takeout/delivery from Shamshiri Grill.

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    set0312 Jan 22, 2014 12:40 AM

    Zam Zam. And soups and tamales (the baked one) from Chichen Itza. So good.

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      Porthos Jan 22, 2014 12:44 AM

      Attaching photo from ZamZam. I really have to get myself over there for some biryani!

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        Porthos Jan 22, 2014 12:52 AM

        For comparison, the goat biryani from All Indian Sweets and Snacks in Torrance.

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      jesstifer Jan 22, 2014 02:07 AM

      Of course takeout is all about proximity. I live in the heart of Hollywood, Runyon Canyon-ish.

      For us:

      Pizza - still, after all these decades: Raffallo's on Sunset/LaBrea (despite the new proximity of Joe's, Vito's, Antica, and Pizza Bella, which are all great; but thin NY crust just doesn't hold up to delivery as well, and if you're going to fire up the oven to reheat you might as well make it from scratch, amiright?

      Raffallo's comes hot and gooey and flavorful and consistent right out of the box: The iPhone of pizzas.

      Chinese - I still like Le Mandarette on LaBrea/Hollywood. I think they're Singaporean owned, so it's eclectic. Their prawns and scallops are big and juicy; they have a variety of noodles; and although it's nothing like Chung King in SGV, they actually have an approximation of Sichuan/Hunan wontons in spicy sauce. A little too sweet, too doughy, but soooo worth the half hour not spent on the 4-level. I also like their tofu skin dishes: one with mustard greens and chili (also available with chicken), one with spinach and bean sprout. Also the simple prawns with black bean sauce and zucchini: if you like those ingredients, you'll find them treated nicely.

      Sushi - Soy Sauce Roll and Bowl has the worst name and the best delivery around. Korean owned, basic nigiri, but some really quite good chirashi and excellent specialty rolls delivered to order but PDQ and cheap, with a smile, complimentary miso, and a coupon for your next visit. Udon in winter, too. And it's all surprisingly fresh.

      Indian - Gate of India. Their tandoori oven dishes, especially chicken and Naan are bordering on exceptional; The best selection of Naan in Hollywood, hands down.
      Curries and the like are good, but order extra meat. Their basmati rice is some of the best I've had.

      Mexican - I like Pinche's, but their always-talking-on-the-cell-phone staff grow increasingly annoying. Fortunately, we have a new contender in Calle Tacos. They seem to do everything well, have my favorite veggie burrito (and by that I do NOT mean "grilled bell peppers," yuck) since, and this will date people, the original Anelcy's. And the staff is as charming as ducks in a bucket, whatever that means.

      Tonight we discovered, while dining in on a Groupon, that Baby Bell's BBQ Santa Monica, 1 block east of Fairfax, would deliver to us. We're recently back from NOLA and had NO PROBLEM with their BBQ brisket, spicy/sweet wings, grilled artichoke (actually that needs a thicker sauce), chipotle chile/cotija cheese on roasted corn cobs, with collards, fried green tomatoes, sweet potato fries, corn bread...nor their $4 happy hour martinis, which were refilled at $4 even long after happy hour was over. (I love you!) We will try their takeout.

      And then once a week, El Pollo Loco. Which is arguably SoCal's single most representative chain and gets not nearly enough love here. It's the Starbucks of LA. I have a feeling we could all get rich off of it. Why do we not get rich off of it???

      And for burger needs Five Guys > In'N'Out.

      Further afield: can't pass Olvera Street without downing four (4) Juanita's—NOT Ceilito Lindo's—taquitos.

      Let the games begin.

      1. ipsedixit Jan 22, 2014 05:09 AM

        The bandeja paisa @ Sabor Colombiano

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          Porthos Jan 22, 2014 08:03 AM

          Nice! Bandeja paisa. A seemingly random collection of food on a plate but oh so good: steak, rice, beans, fried egg, sausage, chicharrones, fried/grilled corn cake. Didn't realize we had a good Colombian option in town. The ajiaco and empanadas look pretty good. Have you tried them?

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            ipsedixit Jan 22, 2014 10:19 AM

            Everything there is pretty good to this neophyte palate.

            Huntington Park is really an underrated and unrecognized food destination in LA.

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              Butter Fight Jan 22, 2014 12:37 PM

              Have you been to La Fonda Antioquena on Melrose?
              It's the only Colombian I know. I thought it was pretty good, but I also didn't have anything else to compare it to.

              1. re: Butter Fight
                ipsedixit Jan 23, 2014 06:47 PM


                What do you get there? Not that it matters to me, I suppose, since I can't really imagine going to Melrose for Columbian ...

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                  Butter Fight Feb 5, 2014 12:47 PM

                  I had the Bandeja Paisa. I thought it was tasty, but kind of pricey at around 14.

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                    ipsedixit Feb 6, 2014 01:04 PM

                    Did you dust it off by yourself?

                    For me that plate is a two-person effort. If one, it's a two-meal endeavor!

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                      Butter Fight Feb 6, 2014 04:34 PM

                      I definitely had it for lunch again the next day. It's a good amount of food

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                        ipsedixit Feb 6, 2014 06:35 PM

                        That's sort of why I don't think 14 is that outrageous.

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            Porthos Feb 12, 2014 05:52 PM

            Greetings from Cali, Colombia. A little mondongo Colombian style for ya. Yes, that's pork neck in the middle. So good I got 2. A whopping $2USD.

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              J.L. Feb 12, 2014 06:12 PM

              Awesome, Porthos. Hit up Cartagena, if you haven't done so already.

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                Dirtywextraolives Feb 12, 2014 06:47 PM

                But...... Is it takeout in LA?!?

            2. wienermobile Jan 22, 2014 08:31 AM

              Bludso's Compton and their Texas sampler. Great food. Enought for 4. Around $30. Reheats great at home. And they are really nice people. Always call ahead and it's there waiting for you.

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                Ogawak Jan 22, 2014 09:08 AM

                My take-out route would be along the 405 from Carson to the 10 west to Santa Monica, M-TH

                Flossie's for certain, either the plates or the buckets
                La Playa Market in Lennox for Mexican style BBQ chicken
                101 Noodle Express Fox Hills for beef rolls
                Hannosuke (it actually holds up pretty well) Detour onto the 90 to Centinela
                Milo & Olive pizzas
                Bay Cities
                Father's Office
                I often have a hankering for take out Chinese, and opt for Chinese Friends in Hawthorne when SGV is not an option.
                Bludso's when I take the 105 to the beach.
                RIP Honey's Kettle of Compton (alt route) for their gas buster special: 2 thighs, 2 biscuits for $5.

                I may have to check out Shamshiri, though I hate traffic going that way.

                Porthos, what are your take out options where you live now?

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                1. re: Ogawak
                  wienermobile Jan 22, 2014 10:12 AM

                  Flossie's catfish, fried chicken, mac & cheese and meat loaf all travel very well as does the the oxtail on weekends. Closed Mondays

                  3566 Redondo Beach Blvd
                  Torrance, CA 90504

                  And the secret to Bay Cities is order on-line 45 minutes ahead of your pick up and you never have to wait. Closed Mondays.

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                    Dirtywextraolives Jan 22, 2014 11:31 AM

                    But you still have to park your car, not always easy..... (Referring to BC Deli)

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                      wienermobile Jan 22, 2014 11:40 AM

                      I can always find metered parking up a few blocks on Broadway, a bit harder around 12:30pm lunch rush.

                  2. re: Ogawak
                    Porthos Jan 22, 2014 10:36 AM

                    I live in OC now. Don't typically do take out but when I do, I'll grab a pollo a la brasa from Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken to go or some chile stew with nopales and pork ribs from Trejos. Also grabbed a Hawaiian dinner plate to go from Da Hawaiian Kitchen a few months back.




                    1. re: Porthos
                      Ogawak Jan 22, 2014 12:44 PM

                      Thanks. I've actually heard good things about Da Hawaiian Kitchen.

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                      VenusCafe Feb 5, 2014 12:14 PM

                      Great list, ogawak, and right along our route.
                      Does Father's Office allow ketchup in the homes that host their take out???

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                        Servorg Feb 5, 2014 12:17 PM

                        "Does Father's Office allow ketchup in the homes
                        that host their take out???"

                        I believe that they require you to sign on to an injunction that is issued through the Superior Court of Tomato County that precludes ketchup in any home having take out from F'sO...

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                          Butter Fight Feb 5, 2014 12:40 PM

                          My experience was far more insidious, as soon as the food entered my house, all my ketchup bottles exploded...

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                            wienermobile Feb 5, 2014 01:38 PM

                            The rules: Sang Yoon is infamous for allowing no substitutions or alterations of any type on the food served at Father's Office, including no ketchup including to-go or at home or risk the lifetime ban. (from wikipedia)

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                            J.L. Feb 6, 2014 06:43 PM

                            You must truthfully answer the following question: "Do you own any ketchup, catsup, or ketchup-like products in your home?"

                            If you answer "Yes", then...

                            "No take out for you!"

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                              mc michael Apr 10, 2014 08:33 PM

                              How about sriracha?

                          3. re: VenusCafe
                            Ogawak Feb 5, 2014 01:57 PM

                            That's the beauty of take out. Sang has no control over my kitchen.

                            I want to add to my list: Roscoe's on Manchester near the 405, and just down the street from Randy's donuts. They have 5 thighs for $6.00, which alleviates the loss of Honey's on my route.

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                              wienermobile Feb 5, 2014 02:02 PM

                              What about the tiny cameras in the to-go boxes?

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                                Ogawak Feb 5, 2014 02:57 PM

                                Uh oh

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                            bulavinaka Feb 5, 2014 03:02 PM

                            Attari is worth trying as well.

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                              Ogawak Apr 9, 2014 04:02 PM

                              I thought I would update this list to include Orleans and York on Florence off the 405. Just perfect. Thanks to Dommy and Matapoisett.

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                                westsidegal Apr 9, 2014 04:19 PM

                                imho, all great deep fat fried food, like the kind they serve at Orleans and York should be eaten immediately after leaving the fryer.

                                that said, clearly Orleans and York have a dedicated take-out following of people who didn't get the message about me being appointed as sheriff of deep fat fried food consumption in inglewood.

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                                  Ogawak Apr 9, 2014 04:30 PM

                                  You're right about deep fat fried food, Nothing like eating it there. The sandwiches are pretty big, so we eat half there, take the rest home and toast it in the toaster oven the next day.

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                                    westsidegal Apr 9, 2014 05:42 PM

                                    one advantage of being a pig is that i can easily consume that whole sandwich while sitting there.

                                    1. re: Ogawak
                                      Ogawak Apr 9, 2014 10:10 PM

                                      Of course most foods taste best at the restaurant rather than at home anyway: pizzas, burgers, Persian...

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                                        J.L. Apr 9, 2014 11:52 PM

                                        ... Except cold KFC chicken thighs, straight from the fridge.

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                                      ipsedixit Apr 9, 2014 08:03 PM

                                      I think you're generally right about deep-fat fried foods best enjoyed straight out of the deep-fryer.

                                      But that said, deep-fried slices of ginger are great after a night in the fridge. Much better than straight out of the fryer.

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                                        westsidegal Apr 9, 2014 08:36 PM

                                        do you make them or can i buy them somewhere on the westside?
                                        sounds like something i'd go for.

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                                          ipsedixit Apr 9, 2014 08:40 PM

                                          I make them.

                                          I'm weird. Yes, I know.

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                                            westsidegal Apr 9, 2014 10:22 PM

                                            i am now obsessing about making them.
                                            do you use a batter?
                                            or breading?

                                            what kind of oil?

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                                              ipsedixit Apr 10, 2014 06:49 PM

                                              No breading/batter.

                                              Corn oil.

                                              Think "kale chips" but with ginger slices.

                                              Use young ginger, peel first.


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                                        Servorg Apr 9, 2014 08:50 PM

                                        How does this rule explain the goodness of cold, or even reheated, fried chicken? Or maybe that's the exception that proves the rule?

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                                          westsidegal Apr 9, 2014 10:24 PM

                                          imho, cold or reheated fried chicken is not nearly as good as hot-from-the-fryer freshly cooked fried chicken with a CRISPY HOT coating.

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                                    Dirtywextraolives Jan 22, 2014 09:15 AM

                                    Much to the chagrin of Mr. Taster, I love getting the ahi tuna tartar to go from Pearl Dragon in my hood. The won ton strips are packed separately as to not get soggy. This is my go to to go order when my guys are out of town......

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                                      Servorg Jan 22, 2014 09:17 AM

                                      That sounds good. We do get take out pretty frequently from Don Antonio's and San Francisco Grill and semi-frequently from Chutney's.

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                                        Dirtywextraolives Jan 22, 2014 09:21 AM

                                        Is Chutneys any good? Always wondered about that place.

                                        We are also fortunate enough to have excellent (IMO) Indian in the Palisades and their takeout is just as wonderful as eating there. Taj Palace for lamb vindaloo, mugali korma, masalas, pakoras, naans & saffron rice.

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                                          Servorg Jan 22, 2014 09:45 AM

                                          We really like their meat (ground beef with spices as far as I can tell) samosas. We often get their "family dinner" which is 8 pieces of chicken cooked in their tandoori oven along with rice, naan, salad and vegetable of the day (typically the veggie of the day is cauliflower, peas and potatoes in a curry coating - not a sauce so I'm not sure how exactly to describe it) for $19.50. We usually upgrade the naan to garlic naan and we always get an order or raita with the family chicken dinner.

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                                            Dirtywextraolives Jan 22, 2014 11:30 AM

                                            Good to know, thanks!

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                                            Wayno Jan 22, 2014 12:44 PM

                                            Where's our Palisades Indian? I'm the only one in the house who likes Indian, but, since I'm the one who handles the takeout chores, my vote prevails.

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                                              Dirtywextraolives Jan 22, 2014 12:51 PM

                                              It's on La Cruz, south of Sunset behind Chase Bank. Second floor next to Modo Mio. You can park under the building.

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                                                Servorg Jan 22, 2014 12:54 PM

                                                Is this it? http://www.tajpacificpalisades.com/

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                                                  Dirtywextraolives Jan 22, 2014 01:31 PM

                                                  Yup, that's it. Probably one of the best restaurants we have here.

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                                                    Wayno Jan 22, 2014 01:56 PM

                                                    I need to start checking out our side streets. I divert from Sunset only when I go up to MG (and when the kids are visiting and we hit one of the 2 frozen yogurt shops with the array of mix-ins).

                                      2. Savour Jan 22, 2014 09:23 AM

                                        I live in Pasadena so my takeout does not equal all the westsider's takeout.

                                        Eggplant pizza from Casabianca, with or without sausage. It may or may not be the greatest pizza in LA, but it's damn fine takeout when it's 3 miles from your house.

                                        Lamb Barbacoa from My Taco.

                                        The Shawarma sandwich (and the pilaf, and the hummus, and the cabbage salad) from Sahara, or the Lula Kebobs from Mediterranean Grill.

                                        Banh Mi - We usually go to Banh Mi & Che Cali because we are lazy.

                                        Roma Deli Sandwiches

                                        Tacos from Cacao Mexicatessen

                                        1. wienermobile Jan 22, 2014 10:15 AM

                                          To Go Sushi at Kula, you stand by the conveyor belt as the sushi goes around and you pack it yourself. Still only $2 a plate.

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                                            bringiton Jan 22, 2014 10:17 AM

                                            Eduardo's in Westwood for mexican food (typically their tacos,border burrito, shrimp burrito or grilled veggie burrito) and Bay Cities on the weekend for sandwiches.

                                            1. wienermobile Jan 22, 2014 10:20 AM

                                              Mendocino Farms is great for sandwiches and salads on the go and everything travels very well. I do wish you could order on line.

                                              1. rmarisco Jan 22, 2014 10:53 AM

                                                Hollywood - bossa nova brazilian restaurant.

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                                                  Ernie Jan 22, 2014 11:02 AM

                                                  I'm in Alhambra and my takeout rotation usually involves 101 Noodle Express, Tasty Garden for HK café, Golden Deli for Viet, Kosuke for ramen & katsu and Bánh Mì My-Tho

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                                                    carter Jan 22, 2014 11:49 AM

                                                    If you live near a Gelson's Market, their Moroccan Chicken at the hot bar is very good, with the Chicken Tikki Marsala not too bad either.
                                                    Think about $10 for a container that serves 2 very nicely. Add a veggie at home, and dinner is ready.
                                                    Also, their roasted free-range chicken at $9.99 serves 3-4, and is very tasty. Add sides as desired.

                                                    1. wienermobile Jan 22, 2014 11:54 AM

                                                      Nothing could be easier than Langer's Curb Side Pick Up. Call or fax your order in and they bring their hot juicy smokey and spicy Pastrami on rye right to your car in front of the restaurant on 7th Street for both Large or small orders alike.

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                                                        Thor123 Jan 22, 2014 12:04 PM

                                                        We take out from Shamshiri Grill almost every Sunday night.

                                                        1. omotosando Jan 22, 2014 07:12 PM

                                                          Erewhon Market on Beverly near Fairfax. It's on the pricey side, but better than most restaurants unless we are talking high end restaurants.

                                                          Can't stand the prepared foods at Whole Foods or Gelson's, but Erewhon is good stuff.

                                                          I get the wild salmon with rice and vegetables in the hot case, the miso soup (chicken soup is also good), the chef salad with turkey bacon (really good and will hold in the fridge for a day or two), the Greek yogurt with fruit and topping (won't hold in the fridge for much longer than a day -- after that the topping gets soggy), the vegan bacon sandwich or the Chipotle turkey sandwich (they also have turkey cranberry, but I haven't tried that one - they use really good bread for their prepared sandwiches), the raw lemon cheesecake (some of their "raw" desserts are a little weird, but this one is good and all of their baked desserts are fabulous, albeit fattening), the kale salad, the Indian style cooked cauliflower. I could go on. . .

                                                          Oh, and the prepared sushi is the freshest I have had of supermarket sushi and they only use wild salmon, but I wish they didn't use whole grain rice (whole grain rice and sushi is just wrong).

                                                          The fresh juices in the glass bottles are also fabulous, albeit pricey. I like the lemon, burdock, ginger and cayenne.

                                                          Get a KCRW card -- it gets you a 10% discount and will more than pay for itself if you frequent Erewhon.

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                                                            BacoMan Feb 6, 2014 03:54 PM

                                                            What is a KCRW card??

                                                            I go to Erewhon all the time for the juices, and to hit the food bar!

                                                            They make simple grilled chicken sing with flavor somehow! And the options are always quite varied. Plus, they make by far the best salad dressings (tarragon) that I have ever tasted (and I don't usually like salad dressing).

                                                            The place is incredible, and, if you get stuff from the cold bar, you're talking about a mere $10 for a pound of organic food. When I need a quick mid-day bite I go in, get some tuna + their fresh guar + spices + a bag of chips for like $5. Or a bunch of chicken breast and beets dressed up with tarragon and cilantro. But there are tons of other options you can makeup on your own.

                                                            Their fresh-grilled wild-caught salmon is also extraordinary, and rivals stuff you will pay $25-$30 for in restaurants.

                                                            I can't believe I could have been getting 10% off all this time though! It already seems like such a great bargain! haha

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                                                              omotosando Feb 6, 2014 04:22 PM

                                                              You make a minimum $60 tax-deductible contribution to public radio station KCRW http://www.kcrw.com/join/join_us_faq and you get a "fringe benefits" card, which is good for 10% off at Erewhon (and other places as well, but I seem not to frequent any of the other places that give you discounts).

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                                                                condementia Feb 6, 2014 06:32 PM

                                                                I recently got an amazing deal through the KCRW online store -- dinner for 2 at n/naka for $87.50.

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                                                                  BacoMan Feb 6, 2014 07:14 PM

                                                                  How is that possible? Isn't it like $160/person normally? Are deals of that magnitude common at such ultra-exclusive restaurants??

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                                                                    omotosando Feb 6, 2014 10:37 PM

                                                                    I don't know anything about n/naka, but I just noticed that there are a lot of restaurants where you can use your KCRW card for discounts, including 15% off at Mozza2Go. http://www.kcrw.com/benefits/list?c=3

                                                                    Also, 10% off on Joan's on Third and 15% at Little Next Door. http://www.kcrw.com/benefits/list?x=3...

                                                                    I have just been using the card at Erewhon and had no idea.

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                                                              Thor123 Apr 9, 2014 04:24 PM

                                                              I really like the lime chicken dish they sometimes have at Erewhon. I find the take out foods at Whole Foods hit and miss. Some is pretty good, others not. There Mary's roast chicken as well as there fried chicken are both particularly bad.

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                                                              ebethsdad Jan 22, 2014 07:23 PM

                                                              In the Valley I am partial to Lola's wood-roasted chicken and fat French fries. Catty corner is Don Adrian's for cemitas poblana. Joe's Falafel makes great laffa sandwiches, although I still love Skaf's Grill, especially their kefta kabob. The Farm Boy has really good market sushi, and Korean specialties. For tacos I still like Tacos la Fonda.

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                                                                Dirtywextraolives Jan 22, 2014 08:51 PM

                                                                Can you tell me where in the valley these places are located? I have been traveling there more and more, and would love to know of more options of where to eat, thanks!

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                                                                  ebethsdad Jan 22, 2014 09:08 PM

                                                                  Lola's and Don Adrian's are northeast and southwest corners of Victory and Kester. Joe's Falafel is 3535 Cahuenga. Skaf's Grill is northeast corner of Laurel Cyn and Oxnard. Farm Boy is in the Trader Joe's plaza on Hazeltine and Riverside. Tacos la Fonda is a truck in the car wash at Victory and Vanowen after 6:30. If you're not just doing takeout I highly recommend Puro Sabor, lovely Peruvian place on the est side of Van Nuys just south of Victory. Enjoy!

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                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Jan 23, 2014 08:45 AM

                                                                    Thanks for the detailed info, appreciate it!

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                                                                      ebethsdad Jan 23, 2014 12:25 PM

                                                                      My pleasure.

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                                                                    medrite Feb 7, 2014 01:26 PM

                                                                    For takeout Mexican La Fogata on Van Nuys Boulevard just north of the 101 exit is also very good, at least to this gringo's palate.

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                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Feb 7, 2014 02:59 PM

                                                                      Oh, I know where that is, good to know, thanks!

                                                                2. A5 KOBE Jan 24, 2014 08:56 AM

                                                                  Costco rotisserie chicken + King Taco green salsa + corn tortillas

                                                                  Chorizo and egg burrito at La Azteca Tortilleria

                                                                  Pork chop fried rice at Din Tai Fung

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                                                                    ns1 Jan 24, 2014 10:24 AM

                                                                    a modified version of your #1

                                                                    fried chicken from el pollo campero, salsa from anywhere, + flour tortillas (the good fresh stretchy flour ones, not the crappy american store bought ones)

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                                                                      linus Jan 24, 2014 11:04 AM

                                                                      i guess i have to try pollo campero again, because the one time i did (i think it was the one at vineland, and like, sherman way, near the vallarta supermarket), it was straight outta meh-ville.
                                                                      popeye's the vastly superior option.

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                                                                        ns1 Jan 24, 2014 11:06 AM

                                                                        i love me some popeyes on tues/thurs, but the seasoning @ el pollo campero is money.

                                                                        i go to the same one on sherman too - my only caveat is they give you corn tortillas which get destroyed by the steam when doing take out, so i stop by paquito mas (don't judge) to get fresh flour tortillas. oh the tortilla chips suck too.

                                                                        1. re: ns1
                                                                          linus Jan 24, 2014 11:09 AM

                                                                          i still think you should hit up the outdoor grilled chicken at vineland and...burbank. outside the mexican restaurant in the strip mall, across from anawalt lumber on one side and the clown, i think, on the other.
                                                                          i remember that being excellent.

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                                                                            ns1 Jan 24, 2014 11:29 AM

                                                                            i'll check it out one of these days. i drive by it all the time. it is def. vineland/burbank.

                                                                            they do the grilled chicken/tortillas/salsa thing?

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                                                                              linus Jan 24, 2014 03:22 PM


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                                                                                ns1 Jan 24, 2014 03:25 PM

                                                                                nice, maybe now I won't have to drive to el pollo unico.

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                                                                            ebethsdad Jan 24, 2014 12:36 PM

                                                                            Try the tortillas from Vallarta - their inhouse brand made in the store. Often they are so fresh they're still hot.

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                                                                          orythedog Jan 24, 2014 03:32 PM


                                                                          I tried those deep fried chorizo quesadilla/taco things yesterday. And then I briefly thought about going to Philips BBQ around the corner but dismissed that idea.

                                                                          The quesadillas were really tasty. Can't wit to go back. Having trouble remembering the name though. Thnaks for the rec.

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                                                                            ns1 Jan 24, 2014 03:38 PM

                                                                            where are we talking about? you sure you replying to the right person? lol

                                                                      2. Wayno Jan 24, 2014 10:07 AM

                                                                        The tamales that are made at, but also sold frozen at, the Pacific Palisades farmers market on Sundays. Heated some up for the first time last night and really enjoyed them.

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                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Jan 24, 2014 10:56 AM

                                                                          Oh that's great to know, my youngest just discovered he LOVES beef tamales.... I will try them thanks!

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                                                                            Wayno Jan 24, 2014 10:05 PM

                                                                            I recommend steaming to reheat. Nuking dries 'em out.

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                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Jan 25, 2014 08:33 AM

                                                                              Great, thanks.

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                                                                              Eggiest Feb 5, 2014 01:43 PM

                                                                              I like to pan fry in butter until masa is golden brown and crispy - delish!

                                                                            3. re: Wayno
                                                                              wendorte Feb 5, 2014 12:45 PM

                                                                              Corn maiden tamales are ok to say the least. You should try Gourmet Tamales at the Brentwood market on Sundays. Much more flavorful. I worked the Palisades market and had Corn Maidens quite often and I always found they lacked something. I grew up on tamales, so I am a bit critical.

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                                                                                ilysla Apr 9, 2014 05:05 PM

                                                                                Is this the one that has the "healthy" tamales (the Palisades one)? If so, I also found them to be rather bland. Definitely prefer the ones at the Brentwood FM.

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                                                                              whiner Jan 25, 2014 06:49 PM

                                                                              -Shamshiri (Westwood)
                                                                              -Anarbagh (Woodland Hills)
                                                                              -Niroj (Agoura Hills)
                                                                              -800 Degrees (Westwood)
                                                                              -Umami Burger (Various Locations, I go to T.O.)

                                                                              At least up here in Agoura Hills and surrounding areas everything has takeout. Literally, The Grill on the Alley Westlake Village has an entire curbside pickup operation. I once got take out from Mastro's (T.O.) So it really depends upon parameters.

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                                                                                socalwoman Feb 5, 2014 07:39 AM

                                                                                How to get fat and happy in Downey:

                                                                                Downey Pizza Co. on Florence has a pastrami pizza that uses lean, tender pastrami and the perfect amount of mustard and pickles. Trust me on this one.

                                                                                There's a little hole-in-the-wall place on Paramount Blvd called El Chilito that has killer super burritos. Get them with chicken. Avoid anything else there.

                                                                                For a fried food fix, Mr. Pete's on Firestone Blvd does fried zucchini and mushrooms just right.

                                                                                The tamales are to die for at Anapola's on Florence. Just about everything in their deli (it's inside a supermarket) is good.

                                                                                There's a Portos Bakery on Firestone. They make some potato balls that are truly addictive.

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                                                                                  condementia Feb 5, 2014 12:41 PM

                                                                                  The whole roasted chicken (under the heat lamp, used to be on a cart near the entrance) from the Albertson's in WLA, at the intersection of Sepulveda and Palms.

                                                                                  Zankou chicken (some locations are better than others but if I get a sudden craving, I go to the closest one)

                                                                                  Fish tacos from Tacos Baja in ELA, on Whittier just east of Atlantic (http://tacosbaja.com/


                                                                                  Behari kabab and nehari, with naan from Shahnawaz in Lakewood (12225 Centralia St, Lakewood, CA 90715; 562-402-7443)

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                                                                                    susans Apr 10, 2014 12:11 PM

                                                                                    What else is good at Shahnawaz? Do you recommend any of the veggie or rice dishes?

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                                                                                      condementia Apr 10, 2014 01:40 PM

                                                                                      Sorry I can't be of much help. I haven't tried their biryanis (more of a steamed rice or polao person) and the only thing in the vegetable category I tried was the jalapeno. I like the flavor but it usually has a lot of oil.

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                                                                                    jdwdeville Feb 6, 2014 07:32 PM

                                                                                    I'm partial to the Chicago deep dish pizzas at Masa of Echo Park- it's a bright spot in an otherwise takeout desert…

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                                                                                      Thor123 Apr 9, 2014 04:09 PM

                                                                                      We take out from Shamshiri regularly. Really like the lamb shank


                                                                                      Pollo a la Brasa
                                                                                      Frida - carnitas platter or short ribs
                                                                                      Baronies Pizza
                                                                                      El Pollo Loco - not very chow-ish, but must confess
                                                                                      For Westside Chinese - Le Chin Wok (Peking Duck)
                                                                                      Hardy's Best BBQ - behind Hardy's Meat Market (weekends only)
                                                                                      Fried Chicken Sand - Honor Bar
                                                                                      Wolfgang's - chop salad

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                                                                                        Ernie Apr 9, 2014 04:54 PM

                                                                                        Hainan chicken from Savoy Kitchen

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                                                                                          ns1 Apr 9, 2014 05:06 PM

                                                                                          just need to ask them for copius amounts of extra sauce.

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                                                                                            Ernie Apr 9, 2014 05:08 PM

                                                                                            Yes, exactly! That ginger and soy are like crack

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                                                                                          mover44 Apr 9, 2014 05:33 PM

                                                                                          Here is a South Bay listing:

                                                                                          Rice Things (Redondo) - Japanese Combinations

                                                                                          Costco (Hawthorne) - Chicken, Pizza and Frozen Yogurt

                                                                                          Bristol Farms (Manhattan Beach)- Carved to order Turkey sandwiches at lunch.

                                                                                          Seafood Port (Torrance) - Cantonese style Chinese

                                                                                          Chicken Maison - Med. Chicken, try the spice style, good and unique

                                                                                          Rod's (Redondo Beach) - Breakfast, Burritos, Greek Salad and Chili Chees Fries.

                                                                                          Blue Salt Grill - Casual Seafood

                                                                                          Bakers Dozen (Redondo) - Donuts

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                                                                                            mc michael Apr 10, 2014 08:36 PM

                                                                                            Excellent down and dirty take out here.

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