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Feb 19, 2014 02:45 PM

Fatal Attraction

What LA restos do you swear you'll never return to, but one or two things keeps pulling you back?

I'll start: the banchan and soy marinated raw crabs at Soban (

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  1. Why would you not want to return somewhere that has food so good you always think about getting it?...

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    1. re: BacoMan

      Because everything else about the place puts you off...

      1. re: cinefoodie

        What sucks so bad about soban?

        I am not sure I am aware of these places. Does having to drive a ways count as being off-putting?

        1. re: BacoMan

          Yes, a long drive definitely counts.

          1. re: cinefoodie

            Oh, ok. Then surely everyone has a huge list of these since we all have to drive a long ways to get almost anywhere in LA haha

            I guess I am going to pick something that is even worse than average: the original Freebird's World Burrito in Santa Barbara. It's always packed, it's not super clean, there's no restroom, it's cramped, and it's a three-four hour round trip of driving. But god damn if the nachos aren't legendary enough to make me make that drive at least a couple of times a year.

            1. re: BacoMan

              dunno how it compares to the orginal, but you do kow that there is a freebird's burrito place near the marina (near the corner of lincoln and washington)?

              1. re: westsidegal

                I'll tell you, since you don't know. It's total shit. All of the Freebird's besides the original in SB are a ripoff-franchise of that spot, that serve shitty quality food, in a style only loosely based off of the original.

                Very sad. The original Freeibrid's and the franchises are separate restaurants in everything but licensed name.

    2. Huckleberry on a weekend morning. Long line, way expensive for brunch, and boy was my duck hash disappointing last time I went. But I'll be back--man cannot subsist on the lox sandwich from Bagel Nosh alone.

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      1. re: Tyus4pt8

        The food sucks, and it's overpriced? Why would you keep going back?

        1. re: Tyus4pt8

          "man cannot subsist on the lox sandwich from Bagel Nosh alone" Says who? ;>)

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          1. Why wouldn't you want to return to Soban??? Everything is so good

            1. Mori sushi.

              The cost drives me away.

              The impeccable sushi brings me back.

              I enjoy Mori all the way up to receiving the bill - which always seems like a pig in a poke. I wish I could figure out their pricing. It seems to depend on the weather, which I find more predictable. Then again, most of the better sushi restaurants have non linear, random dynamic pricing.

              Wish i liked Shunji, Kiriko, etc as much as other posters.

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              1. re: foodiemahoodie

                That's exactly the kind of example I'm talking about. Something repels you (like price, location, or service), but the food just makes it impossible to quit...

                1. re: cinefoodie

                  There are also guilty pleasures - places you crave, stop, eat and then hate yourself for lacking self-discipline.

                  I feel that way after devouring two or three Cupid's chili dogs in one sitting And the place in Canoga Park - the one I grew up with as a kid - is such a fucking, run-down pit that I find it kind of infuriating. Insulting.

                  1. re: foodiemahoodie

                    Agreed, another dimension to the category. For me there's a pho place that's such a dive it's hard to bear, but that damn delicious pho bac!!!