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  • kevin Feb 6, 2014 04:08 PM
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according to the yelp page, and the prices are not too dear.

And they have the bbq fried chicken on the menu, i wonder if hopefully it's the same recipe.

or did they change it ?

but the dishes do sound good.

yelper link:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/my-two-cents-...

i couldn't quite make out the pic of the takeout menu, but it looked like the seafood gumbo was made with "veggie andouile sausage " yeah, a big no-no, but oh well …...

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  1. What restaurant please?

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    1. re: Jerseygirl111

      Who's on first? Joan's on Third? My Two Cents?

      1. re: J.L.

        Yeah. I'm not a fan of Joan's on third.

        And I don't thinking there's currently a restaurant or cafe called Who's on First.

        1. re: J.L.

          My Two Cents is on Pico.

          1. re: latindancer

            Yep. It's on Pico on that gentrifying stretch for lack of a better term.

      2. sorry, forgot the yelp link:

        http://www.yelp.com/biz/my-two-cents-...

        1. Same recipe as whose? This is a confusing post, as though it is a comment that was meant to be added to a different thread and mistakenly wound up as a new thread.

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          1. re: greygarious

            you're right.

            i rushed to rite, stupid not so smart fone.

          2. It is on our list. We went to try it during the holidays and hit them on a night they were closed.

            1. I'm flying in from Houston just to try this place. Hope it's open.

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              1. re: James Cristinian

                Seriously? How did you even hear about it? I've heard nothing about it and it's right by Paper or Plastic, which is somewhere I semi-frequent for the great espresso, and venison.

                1. re: BacoMan

                  Yeah. Wow. Someones flying in just for it. How did you hear about it ?

              2. I highly recommend 'My Two Cents'. When I'm driving down Pico, from downtown, I always stop in. Actually, the entire Pico corridor in that area is becoming known for some very nice little restaurants.
                The owner, alone, is one reason to stop by…incredibly nice, great personality and loves what she does. She, basically, does all the cooking.
                I'm partial to the shrimp & grits. The grits are some of the creamiest I've ever had, anywhere….along with a side of greens and I'm happy. Her sister does the baking and there's a cake that sells out a few hours after opening.
                It's important to give this place a try.

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                1. re: latindancer

                  That's was I was hoping.

                  But for some reason no one mentioned it on this board. And usually hounds are on it in an instant.

                  1. re: latindancer

                    I've been expecting that stretch to get better. Paper or Plastic is making food that is better than most of the high-end restaurants in the city without anyone noticing somehow.

                    I've been wondering how they could be alone down there.

                    1. re: BacoMan

                      Who says no one is noticing?

                      1. re: J.L.

                        Me. There are no reviews by J Gold, LA Weekly, LA Eater, etc... No talk on Chowhound... and no food bloggers rushing there. The place doesn't have insatiable crowds, and impossible-to-get reservations.

                        It does not appear that they are getting the attention they deserve.

                        Of course SOME people are noticing, but mostly the people who already went there anyway it seems like.

                        Maybe they just haven't paid the food mafia their dues or something...idk...

                        1. re: BacoMan

                          This in regards to all joints on that stretch of Pico or just Paper and Plastic ??????

                          Thanks man.

                          1. re: kevin

                            haha, I was originally thinking Paper or Plastic, but it really applies to everything in that stretch.

                      2. re: BacoMan

                        <making food hat is better than most of the high-end restaurants in the city>

                        I'll have to agree with this and the prices are much more reasonable.
                        On my way to DT, heading east from the westside, I'll occasionally stop in to Paper or Plastic.
                        They carry my, at the present moment, favorite espresso in town…Handsome.
                        The sandwich I ordered a few days ago to take away was their Turkey Avocado and Bacon. The sandwich is not only delicious but huge. It comes with a side salad and an outstanding dressing. $12.
                        Any other place in the city the sandwich wouldn't be nearly as tasty, it'd be much smaller and they'd easily get away with charging at least $20.
                        I can only imagine, taking this restaurant and placing it on Abbott Kinney, what the prices would be.
                        In my opinion the food's much better than any place I've found in that area. The breakfast items are stellar.
                        I'm impressed with the stretch on Pico that is becoming a destination for some.
                        The places aren't bustling yet but I'm hoping with a little word-of-mouth things will get better for them.
                        They deserve it.

                        1. re: latindancer

                          "They carry my, at the present moment, favorite espresso in town…Handsome. "

                          Yes, they often have Handsome's Dandy on the espresso machine, which is one of my favorite espressos ever.

                          Now, Handsome actually has an official cafe outpost in the Arts District, but funnily enough I have found my shots of Dandy to be more to my liking at PoP as opposed to Handsome's own place. Also, Handsome closes at 6 PM, which is outrageous. I tried to go tonight, and didn't make it. PoP is open till 10 pm, the most reasonable hour for a coffee shop of its magnitude in all of LA.

                          "The places aren't bustling yet but I'm hoping with a little word-of-mouth things will get better for them."

                          I find a weird inverse relation. I was once there on a Wednesday night, and the place was packed. I stopped in last Saturday night and I was one of 3 people for most of the time.

                          I am not sure why they aren't constantly packed though. I think too many people don't trust the area, or else it has eluded the food press somehow. It is truly beyond me.

                          I myself was not trustworthy, I admit. I thought there was no way they could pull off the somewhat pretentious-sounding items on their dinner menu in such a casual setting.

                          When you say, "I can only imagine, taking this restaurant and placing it on Abbott Kinney, what the prices would be." You are quite right though. Heck, the food they are producing is probably more elegantly plated, and better done than anything I've ever had on Abbott Kinney, and for about 50% less.

                          The venison I had last Saturday was only $24, and it tasted like a $50 plate. However, I don't have much to compare it to. I've been thinking of going to Church & State for their venison saddle to compare, but I can't imagine it being any better, despite it costing $38.

                          In some ways, I almost hope they stay hidden!

                          But I am glad someone else appreciate them as well.

                          1. re: BacoMan

                            Though it must be said there's really almost no such thing as a straight up $50 plate in town.

                            And when I had a plate of venison with a slab of foie gras a few years back at the much fancier, sit down, waiter service Boneyard Bistro it was $39 a pop.

                            1. re: kevin

                              "Though it must be said there's really almost no such thing as a straight up $50 plate in town."

                              What do you mean by this exact? I mean, yeah, obviously it's just a general number. I guess Venison seems to more commonly go closer to $40 though. Still, $24 is well below that.

                              Never been to Boneyard Bistro, so not sure how to compare.

                              1. re: BacoMan

                                What I'm trying to say if you get what I'm saying is that Paper and Plastik is not a bargain, not by a long shot.

                                Other joints in town that are similarly situated (i.e. order at the counter and then they deliver your food) is the same, or very close to the same price.

                                Nuff said.

                                1. re: kevin

                                  So...a meal of the same quality as place charging 50% more is not any kind of bargain to you? Just what the hell is a bargain to you then??

                          2. re: latindancer

                            I don't know about the $12 turkey, avocado, and bacon sandwich.

                            It sounds like even if you were to get that on Abbot Kinney or somewhere in a prime area of Santa Monica that it would still be $12, if not possibly like $13 or maybe $13.50, but it definitely wouldn't be close to $20 for the sandwich before tax and tip. Just my thoughts, though I could be wrong as I usually am.

                            1. re: kevin

                              No, it would be about $20 with tax in those areas. Look at the prices of sandwiches at, for example, the Larder's (at Burton way, Maple, etc...). They charge about $15-$18 for sandwiches of the same caliber just because they are in Bev Hills/WeHo area.

                              1. re: BacoMan

                                Well not exactly.

                                Those places are also sit-down joint with waiter service and all the rest of the trappings so it's not just the pricier real estate that has upped the prices.

                                1. re: kevin

                                  PoP is sit-down with waiter service, too.

                                  Did you mean to say it is just the higher real estate prices making the dishes cost more elsewhere?

                                  1. re: BacoMan

                                    Nope.

                                    You order at the counter at Paper and Platik.

                                    The other joints you mentioned are sit down restaurants with waiter service that waits on you.

                                    Nuff said.

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      Nope. You are wrong.

                                      Would you like to bet me money on it?

                                      You order coffee at the bar. If you have dinner, a waiter seats you, and waits on you. You order from the table, with a menu, and everything.

                                      I'll bet you any amount of money you want on this.

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        <Nope. You order at the counter at Paper and Plastik>
                                        The other joints you mentioned are sit down restaurants with waiter service that waits on you>

                                        What are you talking about?
                                        Paper and Plastik is a full service restaurant. I'm a little disappointed, Kevin, that you'd post this.
                                        it's not the type of inaccuracy the restaurant deserves and people MAY come away, because you're a regular on CH,
                                        believing what you post.
                                        It's totally inaccurate.

                                        1. re: latindancer

                                          I ordered at the counter. And no one waited on me as a waiter would first initially.

                                          Id love to
                                          Be proven wrong on that though. :)

                                          And no Mr. Baco I'm not placing a bet with you.

                                          1. re: kevin

                                            I've ordered coffee only at the counter and take away. That's all.
                                            The rest of it is sit-down. With waiters who take your order and deliver it to your table.
                                            What'd you order at the counter that'd have been brought to your table after you'd ordered?
                                            Just wondering as you've not mentioned anything you've eaten there, that I've seen on this thread.
                                            Did you enjoy the meal you ordered?

                        2. kevin: it may be a no-no to you, but to me, it is a big motivator to actually go and try this restaurant.
                          one man's poison. . . . .

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                          1. re: westsidegal

                            Ok. I will go and report back shortly.

                            1. re: kevin

                              Great.

                              I hope you like it, Kevin, as I'm all in favor of supporting some really wonderful examples of how a person can bring their talent with food to reality and fulfill their dream.
                              She's completely 'hands on' and I respect that.
                              Not to mention her wonderful food.
                              I'm anxious to hear your feedback.

                              1. re: latindancer

                                Btw. Have you tried her BBQ fried chicken yet ?

                                And years ago, about a decade ago, did you ever try Paio on Hyperion ????

                                1. re: kevin

                                  <Have you tried her BBQ fried chicken yet?>

                                  Kevin, I'm so addicted to her shrimp and grits and greens I haven't tried it yet.
                                  Maybe this weekend.
                                  Sadly, I never got myself to Paio.

                                  1. re: latindancer

                                    Hopefully I'll try it tomorrow.

                                    And when my jalopy was in the shop along Pico I hit up Paper and Platic for the first time for a cappachino.

                                    After having my espresso drink, I looked at the chalkboard menu above and noticed entrees such as braised duck among other slightly uppity dishes and then realized I had not merely entered a coffee house.

                                    Btw, Latin dancer, what do you recommend fr desserts at my two cents.

                                    I'll prolly go for Thr shrimp ad grits as well as the BBQ fried chicken and a side of those greens and then dessert or two.

                                    And maybe after I'll walk to Hollywood Pizza for a chitown pie.

                                    Sounds like a potentially good lunch to me.

                                2. re: latindancer

                                  Just got back from the Sunday brunch.

                                  The crack cake was Ok, though way way way way too sweet for me.

                                  I did like the biscuit but wish they didn't douse it with honey already.

                                  And I also tried the shrimp and grits, which I thought was ok, but way way way too heavy and rich for me, or it just may have been that I got shit-plastered full from the crack cake at the very beginning.

                                  I may hit it up for the BBQ fried chicken on a non-brunch day, or rather the Seafood Gumbo.

                                  The shrimp with the grits were quite good though.

                                  Two Cents is definitely a very quirky joint, in a quirky part of town that still deep in the throes of an ongoing gentrification of sorts. The wait for your food is considerable too, but then again it seems like most of the goods are cooked to order.

                                  And I couldn't quite figure out that braised egg that comes with the breakfast dishes, and I was not a fan of them.

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    In one paragraph you say the shrimp and grits were 'ok' and the next next paragraph you say they were 'quite good'.
                                    Which is it?
                                    It's okay if you weren't impressed with the place….I kind of feel that way about a few places that some Chowhounders feel are some of the 'best' in the city... Actually, so damn outstanding they're ready to plunk down a mortgage payment to pay for it all and I come away from these places saying to myself 'huh?' My 'favorites' are the ones where I'm not only paying an arm and a leg for a 'emporer's new clothes' meal but I'm also having to endure attitude that makes me gag…as if I'm supposed to bow in honor just to eat their mediocre food.
                                    To each their own, right?
                                    It's what makes CH interesting.

                                    1. re: latindancer

                                      Exactly. You have a point.

                                      Yeah. Just ok.

                            2. Just got back from the Sunday brunch.

                              The crack cake was Ok, though way way way way too sweet for me.

                              I did like the biscuit but wish they didn't douse it with honey already.

                              And I also tried the shrimp and grits, which I thought was ok, but way way way too heavy and rich for me, or it just may have been that I got shit-plastered full from the crack cake at the very beginning.

                              I may hit it up for the BBQ fried chicken on a non-brunch day, or rather the Seafood Gumbo.

                              The shrimp with the grits were quite good though.

                              Two Cents is definitely a very quirky joint, in a quirky part of town that still deep in the throes of an ongoing gentrification of sorts. The wait for your food is considerable too, but then again it seems like most of the goods are cooked to order.

                              And I couldn't quite figure out that braised egg that comes with the breakfast dishes, and I was not a fan of them…..

                              And so it goes.