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Los Angeles Dish of the Month (March 2014) - Nominations

ipsedixit Feb 18, 2014 07:41 AM

Los Angeles Dish of the Month (March 2014) - Nominations

We all know the drill by now, but in case you do not. 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 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 (chili fries) but might also be more of a dish category (potatoes). 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 start the new year off.

Menu Items < $10
Menu Items > $25
Food on a stick

Anyway, this is the nomination thread for March 2014 …you can nominate as many dishes as you want, but once we do the voting thread, 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 PT on February 22th.

- ipsedixit

Previous Dish of the Month Discussions for LA:

Pasta: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/962696
Fried Foods: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/929784
Pancakes, Waffles & French Toast: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/926270
Soup: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922507
Koreatown: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918747
Fried Fish: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/915324
Salad: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/911495
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

  1. orythedog Feb 23, 2014 03:54 PM

    Did someone say PIE? I thought I heard the crowd roar about PIE. Mmmmm...PIE. PIE, PIE, PIE!

    1. Ciao Bob Feb 21, 2014 10:47 AM

      TARTAR (thanks, dirtywithextra - have no idea what it is other than something that has to do with a goopy fried fish sauce that I hate, but I'll take anything other than pie).

      27 Replies
      1. re: Ciao Bob
        ipsedixit Feb 21, 2014 10:52 AM

        Second cousin, once removed, of Ranch Dressing.

        1. re: ipsedixit
          J.L. Feb 21, 2014 10:58 AM

          The in-laws: Thousand Island.

          1. re: J.L.
            orythedog Feb 21, 2014 08:39 PM

            On the other hand, the sexy, newly divorced MILF:

            Green Goddess.

        2. re: Ciao Bob
          carter Feb 21, 2014 11:44 AM

          Did dirtywithextra have in mind the tartar as you envision, or actually steak tartare? Just a question.
          To me, the better option would be the tartare, as you can have all that gloppy sauce people use to hide the taste of good fish, even if it is fried.

          1. re: carter
            Ciao Bob Feb 21, 2014 11:54 AM

            I hope you are right Cartere. That would be an awesome DOTM.

            1. re: Ciao Bob
              ipsedixit Feb 21, 2014 03:30 PM

              I'm really pulling for tartar.

              Can you imagine a whole month of eating tartar sauce with anything and everything.

              Toro with tartar sauce.
              Uni with tartar sauce.
              A5 Wagyu with tartar sauce.
              Gelato with tartar sauce.

              The possibilities are endless. And mind-blowing.

              I bet tempura would go pretty good with tartar sauce.

              1. re: ipsedixit
                Dirtywextraolives Feb 21, 2014 03:39 PM

                Everything goes well with tartar sauce.......

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                  ipsedixit Feb 21, 2014 03:42 PM


                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    J.L. Feb 21, 2014 03:56 PM

                    Tartare with tartar...

                  2. re: Dirtywextraolives
                    kevin Feb 21, 2014 07:10 PM

                    Especially the French fries at Tanas.

                    Dirty sexy, let me know if you want to hit it up.

                    And I'm free next week.

                    1. re: kevin
                      Dirtywextraolives Feb 21, 2014 07:38 PM

                      I've got about one more week of the hellacious basketball schedule, then I'll be good to go. I'll email you.....

                  3. re: ipsedixit
                    steve h. Feb 21, 2014 04:51 PM

                    I can just see Nicky the Vest watching me dig into a small plate of meatballs at the bar at Rao's on 114th St. up in Harlem.

                    Nick: You want cheese with that?
                    Me: No. Get me some tartar sauce.
                    Fade to black.

                    1. re: steve h.
                      J.L. Feb 21, 2014 05:15 PM

                      Chef Sang Yoon is watching me like an eagle surveys his prey as I receive an order of the FO Office Burger and shoestring fries...

                      Me: "Can I get some tartar sauce with that?"

                      (Don't worry, ipse will surely visit me later in the hospital with flowers and ketchup in hand...)

                      1. re: J.L.
                        steve h. Feb 21, 2014 05:33 PM


                        1. re: J.L.
                          Dirtywextraolives Feb 21, 2014 07:04 PM

                          Can I sign your cast?

                      2. re: ipsedixit
                        kevin Feb 21, 2014 07:08 PM

                        And a plethora of Filet I Fishes sandwiches.

                        Morgan Spurlick ain't got nothing on me.

                        No joke.

                        And that's the downright truth. :)

                        1. re: ipsedixit
                          carter Feb 22, 2014 08:53 PM

                          Can't imagine any of those items with tartar that are not BETTER without tartar.
                          No surprise you say, Carter hates tartar sauce, and your assumption would be very, very correct.
                          Nothing better than tartar sauce with catsup - aka thousand island dressing - being the only thing worse!

                          1. re: carter
                            VenusCafe Feb 28, 2014 10:50 AM

                            No tartar for cartar?
                            Try tartar generously dosed with a huge hunka Horseradish!

                            1. re: VenusCafe
                              J.L. Feb 28, 2014 04:52 PM

                              That would be a hunka hunka burnin' love...

                    2. re: Ciao Bob
                      Dirtywextraolives Feb 21, 2014 12:20 PM

                      Lol, I mean as in AHI TARTAR, or like BEEF TARTAR, aka CARPACCIO

                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                        kevin Feb 21, 2014 12:39 PM

                        Or TORO TARTARE ?????

                        I'm so down.

                        1. re: kevin
                          J.L. Feb 21, 2014 03:04 PM

                          Attaching a gratuitous Urasawa photo of my serving of Japanese wagyu beef tartare (from Kyushu), with caviar...

                          1. re: J.L.
                            kevin Feb 21, 2014 07:11 PM

                            You treating me to Urasawa Mr. j to the l. ???????

                            1. re: J.L.
                              chewbacca Feb 22, 2014 08:04 PM

                              Wow that looks amazing. However this month I am voting for LAMB. Pie sounds great but is more of a berry- autumn thing for me. If pies wins I will certainly seek out lemon and lime. Win-win.

                              1. re: chewbacca
                                Porthos Feb 22, 2014 08:17 PM

                                I'm going straight meat pies.

                                Indian spiced lamb pie:


                            2. re: kevin
                              Dirtywextraolives Feb 21, 2014 03:39 PM

                              YES! Whatever tartare floats your boat!

                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                kevin Feb 21, 2014 07:11 PM

                                Sweet. :)

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                          carter Feb 21, 2014 10:37 AM


                          1. d
                            Dirtywextraolives Feb 21, 2014 10:22 AM

                            REUBEN SANDWICHES
                            PORK BELLY

                            1. d
                              DWB Feb 21, 2014 08:04 AM


                              1. aching Feb 19, 2014 07:07 AM


                                1. steve h. Feb 18, 2014 06:21 PM


                                  1. k
                                    kevin Feb 18, 2014 06:02 PM

                                    Menu items under 10 bucks since I'm going BK as we speak.

                                    3 Replies
                                    1. re: kevin
                                      wienermobile Feb 18, 2014 08:48 PM

                                      Please tell me you don't mean Burger King? Please?

                                      1. re: wienermobile
                                        kevin Feb 19, 2014 12:34 AM

                                        BK = bankruptcy in the mortgage loan brokering industry.

                                        1. re: kevin
                                          ipsedixit Feb 19, 2014 02:47 AM

                                          And here I thought you were talking about a bespoke Koenigsegg CC.

                                    2. J.L. Feb 18, 2014 06:00 PM

                                      If 3/14 isn't a PI month, then I don't know what is.

                                      7 Replies
                                      1. re: J.L.
                                        kevin Feb 18, 2014 06:04 PM

                                        I thought April was the month for pies. >???? or usually closer to the summer months.

                                        1. re: kevin
                                          J.L. Feb 18, 2014 06:45 PM

                                          π ≈ 3.14

                                          It's a rather unique occurrence in March this year (2014, right?). (In this century, at least...)

                                          OK, I will shut my π hole now.

                                          1. re: J.L.
                                            kevin Feb 18, 2014 06:47 PM

                                            I always wondered why it was 3.14 for the first after the 3.

                                            JL, are you one of those math geeks that can recite it to a thousand numbers after the .14 ??????? :)

                                            1. re: kevin
                                              J.L. Feb 18, 2014 07:52 PM

                                              No, that isn't me. I knew Caltech was not in my future the moment I saw my SAT math score.

                                              1. re: J.L.
                                                ipsedixit Feb 18, 2014 07:58 PM

                                                That's cuz you were headed to MIT. Full ride, no less.

                                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                                  J.L. Feb 18, 2014 08:40 PM


                                        2. re: J.L.
                                          WildSwede Feb 21, 2014 03:32 PM


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                                          Dirtywextraolives Feb 18, 2014 05:31 PM

                                          CORNED BEEF
                                          ROAST PORK
                                          SHORT RIBS
                                          BBQ RIBS
                                          MACARONI & CHEESE

                                          1. JAB Feb 18, 2014 04:05 PM


                                            1. Mattapoisett in LA Feb 18, 2014 02:10 PM


                                              1. wienermobile Feb 18, 2014 11:31 AM

                                                PIE!!!! Apple Pot Pie Blueberry Pecan. Me so happy.

                                                1 Reply
                                                1. re: wienermobile
                                                  wienermobile Feb 18, 2014 11:38 AM


                                                2. A5 KOBE Feb 18, 2014 10:58 AM


                                                  The possibilities are endless!!!

                                                  Would love to discover a great key lime pie in LA.

                                                  1. orythedog Feb 18, 2014 10:11 AM

                                                    PIE...mmmmm, sounds good. Voting over. March is PIE month.

                                                    1. J.L. Feb 18, 2014 09:23 AM

                                                      Oh I have been waiiting for this one, in honor of 3/14....


                                                      4 Replies
                                                      1. re: J.L.
                                                        carter Feb 18, 2014 12:50 PM

                                                        Do pizza pies also count, or chicken pies, or ?

                                                        1. re: carter
                                                          wienermobile Feb 18, 2014 01:01 PM

                                                          I would think yes to pot pie and no to pizza.

                                                          1. re: wienermobile
                                                            A5 KOBE Feb 18, 2014 01:53 PM


                                                        2. re: J.L.
                                                          kevin Feb 18, 2014 06:03 PM

                                                          Is 3/14 national pie day ????????????

                                                          That's a funny date to eat pie on.

                                                          I always thought it was in April.

                                                          Anyhow, pies are under 10 bucks a slice usually so maybe I'll chain my vote to that shit.

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