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Here's mine: Feng Mao (1 or 2). Mutton Kebabs. Hite. Heaven.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/feng-mao-mutt...

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  1. Pann's Turkey Dinner.

     
     
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    1. re: wienermobile

      Pann's medium rare patty melt with baked potato as an upgrade

      1. re: Servorg

        Sounds awfully comforting. Love that you can get them med rare.

        1. re: Servorg

          Similar dish... except I swap out with the spinach and then put the spinach in my patty melt and pretend I'm eating healthy...

          --Dommy!

          1. re: Dommy

            That spinach is so good it makes me forget how boring the regular vegetables are, just as the biscuit can make me forgive the awful "cornbread." Keeps their only flaws from being fatal.

            That patty melt is not comfort to me, because it's just too damn big. Fried chicken (leg & thigh), mashed potato and gravy, sautéed spinach, biscuit. Preferably served by Brenda. Oh, and that split pea soup to start. Lawdy lawdy …

            1. re: Will Owen

              And a slab of that homemade tasting yellow cake frosted with chocolate.

              And that garlic cheese toast.

        2. re: wienermobile

          by the way wienermobile, I was at Pepy's Galley this morning and they had a Turkey Plate special. Gotta say, it was a good looking plate piled high with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and a big pile of spinach all for $9.95.

          1. re: orythedog

            Next to the bowling alley ?????

            That's our main man Sevrogs joint.

            What else is good there ??????

            1. re: kevin

              Chilaquiles verde w over-easy eggs on top, Machacca and eggs, thin discs of chorizo, burgers, menudo, impressive looking plates of fish. Club sandwiches. One of my favorite spots. But I keep going back for the Chilaquiles...

              1. re: orythedog

                The fish plates sounds really interesting. :)

                1. re: orythedog

                  Sunny side up on the eggs on my chilaquiles. Pepy's is within walking distance and it's a local comfort spot for us.

                  We also really like their version of a patty melt. It's not traditional with rye bread, but I like the buttered sourdough they use. Patty is cooked to order, juicy and tasty. I get it rare and with extra grilled onions. I usually pass on the tomato though since they are hardly ever ripe.

                  Finally a bowl of their chili is always good.

                  1. re: Jase

                    Please tell an SGV inhabitant where Pepy's might be found. "Next to the bowling alley" sounds a lot like the place across from the Santa Monica Civic Center, which we treasure.

                    1. re: Will Owen

                      Pepy's is in Mar Vista, on Venice in-between Inglewood and Centinella

                      http://www.yelp.com/biz/pepys-galley-...

                      --Dommy!

                      1. re: Will Owen

                        website with pics and menu!
                        http://pepysgalley.com/

                        1. re: Will Owen

                          Will, if you ever go on a Sunday for breakfast at Pepy's it is directly across the street from the Mar Vista Farmers Market and you can eat two birds with one fork...(g)

                          1. re: Servorg

                            And so is the Venice grindhouse for some great coffeee.

                            1. re: Servorg

                              Sevrog, what's your favorites at Pepys Galley ????????

                              1. re: kevin

                                I do like their turkey dinner, but typically I end up getting breakfast. The chilaquiles or they do a Hawaiian style breakfast that is grilled veggies and Portuguese sausage mixed into steamed Japanese style rice as a special on the board behind the counter, or the Polish sausage and eggs with an English muffin. And you know I like to start with a small bowl of their chili with onions and grated cheese I think since I've recommended it here before.

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  Ok.

                                  What cheese is in the chilaquiles is it the crumbled cojitia (sp?) cheese ?????????

                                  If so, can I get it without that cheese. Thanks man.

                                  Let me know if you'd ever like a partner in crime to hit up Peppys.

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    Not a clue as to what cheese is used. I'm sure they would leave whatever type it is off if you ask them to omit it.

                    2. re: orythedog

                      Fresh Turkey? Gotta try it. Thanks.

                  2. tacos manzano
                    http://www.yelp.com/biz/tacos-manzano...

                    tacos always make me feel better. even more so when it's tuesdays and tacos are only $1 each.

                    let's be real here - when I need comfort food I'm not getting into my car and driving > 5 minutes.

                    1. 49ers at Original Pancake House...over, and over, and over, again.

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                      1. re: orythedog

                        Was there today and had the 49er's. one of the best pancakes in LA.

                      2. Casa Escobar in SaMo. Combo plate #1 with a stiff margarita on the rocks, no salt. They are so pleasant there.

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                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          Haven't been there, Dirty, but I read on Eater today that they are opening in the Malibu Inn. That sounds like a worthy destination for a good margy near the ocean.
                          http://la.eater.com/archives/2014/01/...

                          1. re: Wayno

                            Yes, I know. We were thinking of going by this weekend to check it out.... Thought they were open by now.... And I assume the food will be the same as SaMo, old school Mexican, not gourmet or trendy at all. But comforting, nonetheless.

                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                              And what about that piano bar, a blast from the past.

                              1. re: kevin

                                Oh yea.... Actually in all the times we've been, I've only seen her once. It's pretty comical, actually. I kinda feel bad for lounge lizards......

                        2. Ten Ren at City of Industry.

                          stewed pork with rice or Braised pork on rice.

                          1. Dai Ho (weekdays after 3:30 p.m.)

                            SinBaLa (all other times)

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                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              Wait a second… Dai Ho is still open after 330 ?

                              that's news to me.

                              1. re: kevin

                                It closes at 3. Everyday.

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  I thought you said you go to Dai Ho after 330pm on weekdays ????

                                  So it's not closed or ...

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    leftovers in the dumpster. (and now everyone knows)

                            2. Emerald Thai in Culver City.

                              Is there better Thai in LA?
                              Almost every Thai restaurant in Thai town can cook circles around Emerald.
                              Even some places on the westside are better.
                              There is absolutely nothing on this menu that is not offered at every other Thai place.

                              Still.
                              My family has been going there for 20+ years, the owner Mr Nit is very friendly and welcoming, as soon as we walk in they start making our order, and finally they make it SPICY.
                              The food is not the best, but being at Emerald makes me happy and not having to argue with the server about actually wanting it spicy makes the experience easier.

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                              1. re: Butter Fight

                                comfort food is rarely "the best"

                                1. re: Butter Fight

                                  Wow Butter, saw your comment earlier, but didn't know it was MY Emerald, which i always considered located in Palms, being on the North side of Venice Bl., and also never attached the Thai to the Emerald name!
                                  Then I thought 2 Emeralds so close by?
                                  Looked it up and Voila! I'm amazed that i did not put it together earlier, esp since we go there alot!

                                  Actually since 1990 and enjoy it just as you do.
                                  We pretty much order the same thing each time:
                                  The Sweet & Sour Sauce whole pomfret fish with vegetables and sweet and sour sauce.
                                  and/or
                                  The Thai Spicy Sweet Chili Sauce whole pomfret fish with onion, sliced tomatoes & crispy fried basil leaves.
                                  and always,Lemongrass Soup with Shrimp only.
                                  Comfort indeed! Being at Emerald makes us happy too!

                                  1. re: VenusCafe

                                    ...and we always have their FANTASTIC Lemongrass Soup with Shrimp. Really good

                                    1. re: VenusCafe

                                      The Tom Yum? Actually one of my favorites. I like that it isn't sweet and they don't skimp on the sour like a lot of other places (Ruen Pair!?). I also like that it isn't served in that stupid metal doughnut shaped bowl.

                                      1. re: Butter Fight

                                        yes, the Tom Yum...but sans the chicken! But what is the donut shaped metal bowl? I cannot place it.

                                  2. re: Butter Fight

                                    "...and finally they make it SPICY."

                                    This could make for a whole other thread probably, but I find it comical when I go to my local Thai place and ask for it to be "a little spicy please," my intention being to make it spicier than usual.

                                    "Not spicy?" "No, a little bit spicier than normal." "Little spicy?" "No, not less spicy, but a little more spicy." "Extra spicy?" And it goes on.

                                    I either end up with them having made it less spicy than regular, or they make it so my tongue melts. There's got to be a better way.

                                    1. re: EarlyBird

                                      This was a process that I believe took months of asking for very spicy and then spicier and slicer each week. It also helps that my parents can handle basically any heat and eat habaneros raw, so they knew it wasn't going to be too much.

                                      1. re: Butter Fight

                                        I'm thinking of bringing a visual aide the next time I order.

                                      2. re: EarlyBird

                                        LMAO!!

                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                          Like one of those pain charts they give kids in the hospital with faces that range from smiley-to-crying. I'd point somewhere in the range of bothered to distressed. "THAT spicy!"

                                    2. Old Country Cafe. Kick back, watch Taiwanese game show or music videos on the TV. Though it's been far too long since I've been. They used to know me there.

                                      Same for Uncle Yu's. At one point, I could no more than sit down before a waitress would tell me the stinky tofu was on its way :-)

                                      1. gelato lounge in marina del rey.

                                        just came from there. had two flavors in the same cone: chocolate sorbetto (the best!) and vanilla bean.

                                        (rumor has it that they will be opening a second place in manhattan beach soon)

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                                        1. re: westsidegal

                                          gelato lounge in marina del rey.
                                          ___________________________

                                          My kind of gal!
                                          Westside, eastside, whateverside.

                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                            ;-)

                                          2. re: westsidegal

                                            That sounds terrific. Any thoughts on the Culver City Bulgarini?

                                            1. re: cinefoodie

                                              re: culver city bulgarini

                                              1) normally, when i need comforting during the week, i need it sometime after 6 pm (i.e. after bulgarini CC is closed)

                                              2) normally, when i need gelato-comfort, the quantity that i require would have me spending an inordinate amount of money at the CC bulgarini

                                              3) the last time i was there one of the flavors had ice crystals in it. if i'm going to make a special trip, and fight the road work on venice blvd, and spend a fortune, i don't want any ice crystals

                                              4) the almond flavor had chunks of almond SHELL in it. really don't want to risk over a grand for a new crown. . . .

                                              5) the GOOD part of bulgarini CC is that their FLAVORS are great, but all-in-all, for me, gelato lounge wins on the overall score.
                                              should be noted: if you are a dark chocolate fanatic, as i am, the flavor to get at gelato lounge is: CHOCOLATE SORBETTO because, to my palate, the intensity of the chocolate flavor is greater in the sorbetto than in the gelato. also, the sorbetto is less sweet.

                                              1. re: westsidegal

                                                Thank you for the detailed thoughts. I will be heading to Gelato Lounge for the chocolate sorbetto, which sounds superb. Although in fairness to Bulgarini, I have enjoyed their dark chocolate orange flavor on more than one occasion.

                                                1. re: cinefoodie

                                                  be sure to call first to make sure that the chocolate sorbetto is available because they rotate their flavors:

                                                  310-822-1404

                                                  if i find myself near bulgarini during the hours that they are open i will definitely try that dark chocolate orange. i suspect it is my mission in life to find all good chocolate frozen desserts on the west side. . . .

                                          3. also Langer's and Brent's…Pastrami on rye and matzo ball soup.

                                            1. Chilaquiles at Pepy's Galley in Mar Vista...

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                                              1. re: elhcpa

                                                Absolutely! There are lots of REALLY good Chilaquilles in the city. But this is still the best...

                                                --Dommy!

                                                1. re: Dommy

                                                  Either the Chilaquilles verde or the Machaca and eggs...hard to choose.

                                                  1. re: orythedog

                                                    We order both and mix... ;)

                                                    --Dommy!

                                                    1. re: orythedog

                                                      wait wait wait. You can order the chilaquiles verde and not just rojo?
                                                      You blew my mind.
                                                      That garlicky pico de gallo is incredible too.

                                                      1. re: Butter Fight

                                                        #salsaverderules

                                                  2. re: elhcpa

                                                    Yes!!

                                                  3. Kate Mantilini for a cup of split pea soup and 1/2 a Chatham sandwich

                                                    1. apple pan, egg salad, slice of pumpkin cream or coconut cream pie.

                                                      eduardo's shrimp burrito.

                                                      mandarin kitchen's lobster.

                                                      shunji, shunji, shunji.

                                                      musso and frank, crab louisee, or flannel cakes, a couple martinis or their other drinks.

                                                      eggplant pargmigiano, garlic cheese toast, tana's.

                                                      1. yes, also, pann's for the blackened catfish and eggs, and the waffle of course.

                                                        1. Dino's on Pico at Berendo for the chicken special with extra sauce.

                                                          Zankou Chicken on Sepulveda south of Santa Monica Blvd. for the chicken tarna wrap with extra garlic.

                                                          More upscale, Nook Bistro for the mac'n'cheese as app split, whatever the braised beef is (or used to be -- short rib, pot roast) or the chicken paillard.

                                                          Amandine for the quiche, and maybe a croissant to take home (eat in the car).

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                                                          1. re: nosh

                                                            +1 for Dino's. Love how the fries soak up that vinegary sauce!

                                                          2. Square One french toast w/whatever stewed fruit compote is on offer. Thick cut Nueske bacon.

                                                            Brite Spot tuna melt or swiss cheese burger or fish/chips plus cup after cup of Stumptown coffee.

                                                            Patra Burger double cheese w/everything.

                                                            Poutine at Jay's Bar in Silver Lake.

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                                                            1. re: JeMange

                                                              Twice I have tried to find Jay's Bar. I must get an address.

                                                              Have you tried Square One in Echo Park's Boat House? And a new square one at Hyperion and Griffith Park ... with the huge duck motif.

                                                              1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                                Jay's Bar is in the "mystery mall" where Garage Pizza, Saito Sushi and Agra are located. It's in the storefront that used to house Nadpob thai. The food is serviceable. The poutine is really the only thing I can recommend with confidence. Their booze selection, OTOH, is fantastic. Impressive array of brown alcohols, tequilas and craft beers.

                                                                Haven't tried the boathouse Square One and had no idea about the other one. Hyperion and Griffith Park, you say? That's right down the hill from my house.

                                                                1. re: JeMange

                                                                  i hadn't heard anyone anywhere mention Jay's Bar either.

                                                                  And hounds are usually onto the newest joint pretty quick.

                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                    It's a pretty new place. Owned by the same folks that own Garage Pizza.

                                                                    Not the most charming of locations but, as I said, the booze selection is great. We end up going there for a few pops and a quick bite before heading elsewhere. It doesn't hurt that I can stumble down the hill from my house. Stumbling back up, however, is another matter.

                                                                    1. re: JeMange

                                                                      Those Silver lake hills are like the streets of San Francisco.

                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                        Actually, they're steeper.

                                                                        http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/02...

                                                                        We're number 1! We're number 1!

                                                                  2. re: JeMange

                                                                    Thank you. I shall try to dine ... or imbibe at Jay's tomorrow.

                                                                    The Square One Duck is at the old SiLa space. /more here:

                                                                    http://la.eater.com/tags/lucky-duck-b...

                                                                    1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                                      Man, I hate when writers refer to Silver Lake as "SiLa."

                                                                      Yeah, that location is pretty much cursed but I hope they can make it work. Had a single, terrible meal at that location when it was SiLa Bistro or some such.

                                                                      1. re: JeMange

                                                                        Maybe some will hate me, but when they're hanging over my plate with their pierced lip and eye, I lose my appetite. I can't stop looking at the lip ... and their hands.

                                                                        That was SiLA. I told them their location was the Bermuda Triangle of restaurants, I was so so fed up with them. They closed two weeks later. I hope I helped.

                                                                        1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                                          We had a different but equally lame experience there. The place was empty and the "host" was wearing threadbare gray sweatpants and a flannel shirt and spent more time on his laptop (Facebook) than on his guests. Service was inattentive to the point of being nonexistent.

                                                                          Oh, and it didn't help that the food was atrocious.

                                                                      2. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                                        Did you end up going to Jay's? What did you think, drink and eat?

                                                                      3. re: JeMange

                                                                        I went to Jay's a couple of weeks ago for the first time to meet with some fellow creatives (their suggestion--one of the guys is from Canada and this is his favorite drinking spot, that also will play hockey on the TV). This place was completely off my radar. But despite the converted cinderblock minimall storefront, I had a good time. As JeMange mentioned, good selection of booze. They also have a couple of good taps and the wine by the glass that night was decent. The only food we got was the poutine and I thought it was pretty tasty and went well w/ the drinks. They have happy hour specials and the place was full by 8pm. I would go back for drinks + poutine also.

                                                                        1. re: LAgirl2

                                                                          Thanks.

                                                                          I'm familiar with Garage Pizza who apparently owns Jay's and is right next door.

                                                                          The hamburgers looked good. [hoping]

                                                                          1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                                            I'll hit it up
                                                                            Shortly too.

                                                                  3. Ice cream at Scoops - on York or Heliotrope. Really great ice cream really cheap. It makes me feel happy, safe and hopeful.

                                                                    Nick's Cafe downtown for breakfast on the weekend. Getting good eggs, great potatoes (ask for them deep fried), killer homemade salsa and the blueberry compote with coffee for free on Saturday and Sunday? With the same sassy but kind waitress? Life is good and all things seem possible.

                                                                    And for my cat Whitepaw? The roast chicken from Costco. One mushed up chunk of that (with schmalz) and everything is better.

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                                                                    1. re: happybaker

                                                                      Can I be you cat?

                                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                        I don't think you'd want to be - you'd have to get fixed. House rules!

                                                                        But she gets honey smoked salmon. Lox. Rare rib eye bits. Raw chopped chicken. Tuna juice.

                                                                        And heck, whatever makes her happy makes me happy - it's comfort food for all : )

                                                                        Disclaimer - she's 16 years old, with kidney disease. So of course I'm going to spoil her!

                                                                        Double disclaimer - if you are one of our cats, and we have a food that makes you nutty with joy? You are going to get some treats. Life is too short to hold back happiness. So sue me.

                                                                        1. re: happybaker

                                                                          The cutest cat story I've experienced recently was a who was telling us their cat was about to turn 20... the wife spun around to the husband, "We gotta go get some Sunchips after we leave here tonight!". Sunchips were the cats favorite treat. :)

                                                                          --Dommy!

                                                                          1. re: Dommy

                                                                            Dommy - I've never had chip eaters.

                                                                            The closest I got were two abyssinian's who were crazy for mandlebrot (aka mandlebread/jewish almond biscotti.) I had to stand by it while it cooled - or they'd run off with whole cookies and I'd just find crumbs, later.

                                                                            And even after I packed them up in zip lock bags they had to be in a closet or cupboard that closed tightly - or I'd go back a week later and find the bag had been chewed through and the mandlebread, pillaged.

                                                                            But hey, for them it was comfort food!

                                                                        2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                          Here's what I do with the Costco roast chicken. Buy a package of corn tortillas, blacken them to taste directly over the fire on your stove then put them in a frying pan with some jack cheese till the cheese melts. Put in some chicken pieces. Remove from the pan and put in some fresh avocado slices and perhaps some salsa.

                                                                      2. Waterloo & City for chicken pot pie. Especially on chilly (and, this week, wet) nights.

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                                                                        1. re: New Trial

                                                                          !!! I didn't know they ahd Chicken Pot Pie! And it's on their Happy Hour menu!!!

                                                                          --Dommy!

                                                                          1. re: Dommy

                                                                            Dommy -

                                                                            I just looked at their Happy Hour menu. Holy cow! They say it's Monday - Sunday.

                                                                            Um - does that mean every day?

                                                                            1. re: happybaker

                                                                              looks like it. :)

                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                Whee!

                                                                                (Sometimes I need a hip to dork translator. Thanks for stepping in!)

                                                                            2. re: Dommy

                                                                              Musso & Frank's Thursday night chicken pot pie.

                                                                              1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                Done it. It's a good pie, although not quite like the swanson ones that is my ultimate chicken pot pie model. It's more like a chicken stew en croute and then they dump it over on your plate...

                                                                                As far as my current favorite Chicken Pot Pie, I really liked the ones at Bronzed Aussie. Although just in generally they ahve good meat pies. For at home, the frozen chicken pot pies they sell at Marconas really can't be beat. Cheap too.

                                                                                --Dommy!

                                                                          2. Greenblatt's #7 with Corned Beef.

                                                                            Pan Fried Potstickers from just about anywhere, but Hunan Cafe, Ghengis Cohen or Twin Dragon usually does the trick.

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                                                                            1. re: VealParmGuy

                                                                              What, no Fu's Palace love? :)

                                                                              1. re: cinefoodie

                                                                                Absolutely - tons of Fu's Palace love!

                                                                                But we don't live by there anymore, so the drive takes away the comfort factor. Miss them heaps!

                                                                                1. re: happybaker

                                                                                  Glad to hear. They're still awfully comforting...especially their sauteed shrimp (just plump, good-sized shrimp in a delicious scallion sauce - no filler). But of course, those pot stickers, and paper-wrapped chicken can warm up a weary nostalgia seeking soul too!

                                                                            2. A bowl of straciatella soup at the bar at Guido's on Santa Monica just east of Bundy (at least when I lived only about 100 yards away).

                                                                              1. Mandarin Noodle House in Monterey Park for Beef Noodle Soup with Handmade Noodles.

                                                                                1. Butter Fight's post reminded me that OUR comfort spot is equally Not Great, except for the extremely good margaritas: Amigo's in Pasadena. We stumbled in there at first because (1) they advertise COCKTAILS, and (2) they're open until midnight seven days a week, a rare thing in Pasadena. The food is … adequate, for the most part. Nothing awful, unlike that place on Honolulu in Montrose that we've been dragged to twice, but nothing really stands out. Still, there's more than one reason that all the Bungalow Heaven "lads" and most of their straight friends have adopted it as their Official Margarita Therapy Station, starting with those margs (though less wonderful by the pitcher), then the fabulous selection on the jukebox, and then the friendly and ever-cheerful wait staff. I do really like the chile relleno … and, when it's there, the company!

                                                                                  1. Breakfast: Brent's lox benedict or omelet or scrambled eggs with hash browns/home fries and lox/BBQ cod.

                                                                                    Lunch: Brent's hot pastrami or one of their melts with steak fries; Poquito Mas carnitas burrito; King's Fish House clam chowder.

                                                                                    Dinner: San Carlos Deli's lasagna; Dan Tana's veal parmesan and garlic cheese bread; Houston's cheeseburger; Sevan Chicken's chicken with garlic sauce.

                                                                                    When I'm Sick: Jerry's Deli matzo ball soup with rice

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                                                                                    1. re: brandygirl

                                                                                      Brandy you are my kind of girl.

                                                                                      Email me and well grab some

                                                                                      Brandy together.

                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                        Thanks, Kevin! I will email you. However, I'll let you in on a secret: I actually hate drinking Brandy.

                                                                                      2. re: brandygirl

                                                                                        I think San Carlo is amazing! It doesn't get anywhere near the love it so richly deserves.

                                                                                        San Carlo > Bay Cities.

                                                                                        If it were closer to me, I'd be significantly fatter than I already am!

                                                                                        1. re: JeMange

                                                                                          You are so right. I would pick San Carlos's sandwich over the Godmother any day. And I am significantly fatter :(

                                                                                      3. Couple more:

                                                                                        WoodSpoon: chicken pot pie and whatever dessert Natalia has up her sleeve.

                                                                                        Costco/Fosselman's: Buy churro from Costco and hustle over and eat it with two scoops of pistachio and chocolate chip ice cream.

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                                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                          Argh!

                                                                                          Why did I never think of that Costco/Fosselman's combo?!

                                                                                          That's why you are king.

                                                                                          1. re: happybaker

                                                                                            Can I now be your cat?

                                                                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                              Honorary cat. You're in!

                                                                                              (This way you can still have treats, without being snipped as the LA City rules dictate...)

                                                                                              Just let me know where to send your collar and lox bits...

                                                                                        2. Saigon Dish in Lawndale

                                                                                          After a bad day, nothing beats a bowl of soup with yellow egg noodles with shrimp, chashu and shrimp wontons (#18 Mi/ Hu Tieu Hoanh Thanh, Tom).

                                                                                          The owner always welcomes guests with a smile.

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                                                                                          1. re: vickie2172

                                                                                            Saigon Dish is by far the friendliest restaurant I have ever been to…and the food is good too.

                                                                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                              Where's Saigon Dish at ????

                                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                                http://www.yelp.com/biz/saigon-dish-l...

                                                                                                It's right off the freeway. But it's not a destination restaurant... it's just my first choice of Vietnamese in the South Bay/LAX/Culver City area...

                                                                                                --Dommy!

                                                                                                1. re: Dommy

                                                                                                  ...agree but It's a wonderful neighborhood restaurant if your are in the area. They also make a good vegetarian Pho.
                                                                                                  http://saigondish.info

                                                                                                  15725 Hawthorne Blvd. Suite 108
                                                                                                  Lawndale, CA 90260

                                                                                              2. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                He knows everyone... It's really kinda cute. So glad it's been a good model for him. :)

                                                                                                --Dommy!

                                                                                              3. re: vickie2172

                                                                                                YAY!!! I adore Saigon Dish. It's not the most refined Vietnamese food but he hits ALL the right points... They are also one of the few Vietnamese places (even in Little Saigon) that has Bahn Hoi. One of my favorite foods ever.

                                                                                                --Dommy!

                                                                                              4. Philippe-Lamb dip, double dipped with swiss, coleslaw, pinot noir & berry pie.

                                                                                                GIGO’s Cafe & Deli- rare steak pho with a good dollop of dried chili oil.

                                                                                                Eagle Rock Italian Bakery- Salami sub with provalone

                                                                                                Houston's Pasadena- Crab cakes & rose champagne

                                                                                                1. Garden Delux from Astro Burger, no cheese, extra thousand island, cut in half. Onion rings with ranch. Cherry Coke.

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                                                                                                  1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                    Shrutey , i'm down to hit it up with you.

                                                                                                    Let me know when.

                                                                                                    Thanks.

                                                                                                  2. When I'm hungover I crave comfort food. Turkey dinner at Pann's (available all day). Or the brisket at Brent's.

                                                                                                    I also like Tom Kha Gai soup - which I might at Bangkok West in SanMo.

                                                                                                    And sometimes the burger (with swiss cheese) and fries at Hal's.

                                                                                                    1. Fiddler's Bistro
                                                                                                      6009 W 3rd St.
                                                                                                      Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                      http://fiddlersbistro.com/

                                                                                                      Great service, reasonable prices, and the food is always prepared just perfectly. Everything from salmon, meatloaf, lamb kebobs, soups, salads, breakfasts...all are excellent.

                                                                                                      For "comfort" I love their meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

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                                                                                                      1. re: EarlyBird

                                                                                                        Good rec! Really enjoyed it when I lived in walking distance. Comfort perfected.

                                                                                                        1. re: cinefoodie

                                                                                                          We're luck to be able to walk there in 10 minutes.

                                                                                                      2. Bay Cities for the hot corned beef/pastrami sandwiches...this sandwich reminds me of a NYC favorite that I ate too often from a deli on 103rd and Broadway years ago

                                                                                                        1. Metro cafe in culver city

                                                                                                          1. Mamma Joan's Soul Food
                                                                                                            5496 W Centinela Ave
                                                                                                            Los Angeles, CA 90045

                                                                                                            They used to be in San Pedro but moved out to Ladera Heights last year. I crave them something fierce. I still drive for a plate of their smothered fried chicken, candied yams, cornbread dressing, and collard greens, washed down with their bread pudding with rum sauce.

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                                                                                                            1. re: Novelli

                                                                                                              Now THAT sounds like pure southern comfort food!

                                                                                                            2. Paul's Kitchen for one note Americanized Chinese food. Like the egg foo young, cha shu, lobster sauce shrimp, and their old, broken rice.

                                                                                                              1. Yang Chow in Chinatown for spicy won ton soup. There is something about the chili and the garlic when it paralyzes your vocal chords and makes your tear up that is magical.

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                                                                                                                1. re: bringiton

                                                                                                                  Yang Chow's spicy won ton soup is great. Note that it is found on the "specials" part of the menu and not with the regular soups, appetizers.

                                                                                                                  And of course this brings up the Slippery Shrimp.

                                                                                                                  1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                    Two dishes I never thought I'd eat in public: Yang Chow's Slippery Shrimp, and Yang Chow's Orange Flavor Beef. Both totally inauthentic, both ****ing irresistible.When my late pa-in-law took us out for Chinese at night, or when he ordered in takeout,we had two orders of the shrimp and one of the beef. However, I must say that their stir-fried spinach is every bit as good as Pann's sautéed version.

                                                                                                                2. Sam Woo's in Alhambra. Roast Duck, beef brisket chowmein extra crispy and beef chow fun. Lots of the hot chile oil

                                                                                                                  1. RIP Campanile.

                                                                                                                    1. The Only Place in Town in Sierra Madre.
                                                                                                                      http://www.theonlyplaceintown.com