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cinefoodie Feb 26, 2014 01:35 PM

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

  1. FallingLeaves Mar 5, 2014 07:07 PM

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

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      JudiAU Mar 4, 2014 08:32 PM

      RIP Campanile.

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        Jase Mar 4, 2014 08:14 PM

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

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          bringiton Mar 4, 2014 05:07 PM

          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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            nosh Mar 4, 2014 06:19 PM

            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.

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              Will Owen Mar 4, 2014 08:59 PM

              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.

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            cfylong Mar 4, 2014 01:57 PM

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

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              Novelli Mar 3, 2014 09:11 AM

              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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                Dirtywextraolives Mar 3, 2014 10:27 PM

                Now THAT sounds like pure southern comfort food!

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                lakeshow318 Mar 2, 2014 04:30 PM

                Metro cafe in culver city

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                  foufou Mar 1, 2014 05:30 AM

                  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. EarlyBird Feb 28, 2014 01:17 PM

                    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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                      cinefoodie Feb 28, 2014 01:58 PM

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

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                        EarlyBird Mar 3, 2014 08:49 AM

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

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                      foodiemahoodie Feb 28, 2014 02:02 AM

                      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.

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                        schrutefarms Feb 27, 2014 10:58 PM

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

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                          kevin Feb 28, 2014 12:04 AM

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

                          Let me know when.

                          Thanks.

                        2. MissBubbles Feb 27, 2014 10:17 PM

                          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

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                            vickie2172 Feb 27, 2014 09:13 PM

                            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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                              wienermobile Feb 28, 2014 01:04 AM

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

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                                kevin Feb 28, 2014 01:19 AM

                                Where's Saigon Dish at ????

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                                  Dommy Feb 28, 2014 10:59 AM

                                  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!

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                                    wienermobile Mar 1, 2014 08:07 AM

                                    ...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

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                                  Dommy Feb 28, 2014 10:59 AM

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

                                  --Dommy!

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                                  Dommy Feb 28, 2014 10:58 AM

                                  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. ipsedixit Feb 27, 2014 08:30 PM

                                  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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                                    happybaker Feb 27, 2014 08:34 PM

                                    Argh!

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

                                    That's why you are king.

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                                      ipsedixit Feb 27, 2014 08:35 PM

                                      Can I now be your cat?

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                                        happybaker Feb 27, 2014 09:25 PM

                                        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...

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                                    brandygirl Feb 27, 2014 07:11 PM

                                    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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                                      kevin Feb 27, 2014 07:38 PM

                                      Brandy you are my kind of girl.

                                      Email me and well grab some

                                      Brandy together.

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                                        brandygirl Mar 4, 2014 10:16 PM

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

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                                        JeMange Feb 27, 2014 08:06 PM

                                        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!

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                                          brandygirl Mar 4, 2014 10:20 PM

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

                                      3. Will Owen Feb 27, 2014 05:43 PM

                                        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. JAB Feb 27, 2014 05:20 PM

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

                                          1. Wayno Feb 27, 2014 05:09 PM

                                            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).

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                                              VealParmGuy Feb 27, 2014 11:36 AM

                                              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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                                                cinefoodie Feb 27, 2014 04:42 PM

                                                What, no Fu's Palace love? :)

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                                                  happybaker Feb 27, 2014 04:54 PM

                                                  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!

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                                                    cinefoodie Feb 27, 2014 10:52 PM

                                                    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!

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                                                New Trial Feb 27, 2014 01:03 AM

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

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                                                  Dommy Feb 27, 2014 09:45 AM

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

                                                  --Dommy!

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                                                    happybaker Feb 27, 2014 10:49 AM

                                                    Dommy -

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

                                                    Um - does that mean every day?

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                                                      kevin Feb 27, 2014 10:51 AM

                                                      looks like it. :)

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                                                        happybaker Feb 27, 2014 11:39 AM

                                                        Whee!

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

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                                                      wienermobile Feb 27, 2014 04:56 PM

                                                      Musso & Frank's Thursday night chicken pot pie.

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                                                        Dommy Feb 27, 2014 05:02 PM

                                                        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!

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                                                    happybaker Feb 26, 2014 08:34 PM

                                                    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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                                                      ipsedixit Feb 26, 2014 08:49 PM

                                                      Can I be you cat?

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                                                        happybaker Feb 26, 2014 09:05 PM

                                                        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.

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                                                          Dommy Feb 27, 2014 09:43 AM

                                                          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!

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                                                            happybaker Mar 4, 2014 08:07 PM

                                                            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!

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                                                          bringiton Mar 4, 2014 05:14 PM

                                                          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. JeMange Feb 26, 2014 07:56 PM

                                                        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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                                                          SilverlakeGirl Feb 26, 2014 08:03 PM

                                                          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.

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                                                            JeMange Feb 26, 2014 08:07 PM

                                                            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.

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                                                              kevin Feb 26, 2014 08:09 PM

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

                                                              And hounds are usually onto the newest joint pretty quick.

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                                                                JeMange Feb 26, 2014 08:13 PM

                                                                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.

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                                                                  kevin Feb 26, 2014 08:28 PM

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

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                                                                    JeMange Feb 26, 2014 08:30 PM

                                                                    Actually, they're steeper.

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

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

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                                                                SilverlakeGirl Feb 26, 2014 08:24 PM

                                                                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...

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                                                                  JeMange Feb 26, 2014 08:27 PM

                                                                  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.

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                                                                    SilverlakeGirl Feb 26, 2014 08:50 PM

                                                                    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.

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                                                                      JeMange Feb 26, 2014 08:53 PM

                                                                      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.

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                                                                    JeMange Mar 1, 2014 05:44 PM

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

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                                                                    LAgirl2 Feb 26, 2014 09:06 PM

                                                                    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.

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                                                                      SilverlakeGirl Feb 26, 2014 09:29 PM

                                                                      Thanks.

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

                                                                      The hamburgers looked good. [hoping]

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                                                                        kevin Feb 26, 2014 10:10 PM

                                                                        I'll hit it up
                                                                        Shortly too.

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                                                                nosh Feb 26, 2014 07:55 PM

                                                                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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                                                                  JeMange Feb 26, 2014 08:09 PM

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

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                                                                  kevin Feb 26, 2014 07:51 PM

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

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                                                                    kevin Feb 26, 2014 07:50 PM

                                                                    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.

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                                                                      maudies5 Feb 26, 2014 07:26 PM

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

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                                                                        elhcpa Feb 26, 2014 06:56 PM

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

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                                                                          Dommy Feb 27, 2014 09:40 AM

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

                                                                          --Dommy!

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                                                                            orythedog Feb 28, 2014 01:11 PM

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

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                                                                              Dommy Feb 28, 2014 02:16 PM

                                                                              We order both and mix... ;)

                                                                              --Dommy!

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                                                                                Butter Fight Feb 28, 2014 04:14 PM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                                  orythedog Mar 4, 2014 03:19 PM

                                                                                  #salsaverderules

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                                                                              budlit Feb 27, 2014 10:42 AM

                                                                              Yes!!

                                                                            3. wienermobile Feb 26, 2014 06:49 PM

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

                                                                              1. westsidegal Feb 26, 2014 05:31 PM

                                                                                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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                                                                                  ipsedixit Feb 26, 2014 06:39 PM

                                                                                  gelato lounge in marina del rey.
                                                                                  ___________________________

                                                                                  My kind of gal!
                                                                                  Westside, eastside, whateverside.

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                                                                                    westsidegal Feb 26, 2014 08:24 PM

                                                                                    ;-)

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                                                                                    cinefoodie Feb 26, 2014 07:26 PM

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

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                                                                                      westsidegal Feb 26, 2014 08:21 PM

                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                        cinefoodie Feb 26, 2014 08:35 PM

                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                          westsidegal Feb 26, 2014 08:46 PM

                                                                                          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. . . .

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                                                                                    JThur01 Feb 26, 2014 04:33 PM

                                                                                    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 :-)

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                                                                                      Butter Fight Feb 26, 2014 04:04 PM

                                                                                      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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                                                                                        ns1 Feb 26, 2014 04:09 PM

                                                                                        comfort food is rarely "the best"

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                                                                                          VenusCafe Feb 28, 2014 12:01 PM

                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                            VenusCafe Feb 28, 2014 01:07 PM

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

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                                                                                              Butter Fight Feb 28, 2014 01:16 PM

                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                VenusCafe Mar 4, 2014 02:28 PM

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

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                                                                                            EarlyBird Mar 3, 2014 12:26 PM

                                                                                            "...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.

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                                                                                              Butter Fight Mar 3, 2014 01:01 PM

                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                EarlyBird Mar 3, 2014 02:26 PM

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

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                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives Mar 3, 2014 10:26 PM

                                                                                                LMAO!!

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                                                                                                  EarlyBird Mar 4, 2014 05:09 PM

                                                                                                  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. ipsedixit Feb 26, 2014 04:01 PM

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

                                                                                              SinBaLa (all other times)

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                                                                                                kevin Feb 26, 2014 07:47 PM

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

                                                                                                that's news to me.

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                                                                                                  ipsedixit Feb 26, 2014 07:53 PM

                                                                                                  It closes at 3. Everyday.

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                                                                                                    kevin Feb 26, 2014 07:54 PM

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

                                                                                                    So it's not closed or ...

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                                                                                                      barryc Feb 27, 2014 02:10 AM

                                                                                                      leftovers in the dumpster. (and now everyone knows)

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                                                                                                JMan604 Feb 26, 2014 03:38 PM

                                                                                                Ten Ren at City of Industry.

                                                                                                stewed pork with rice or Braised pork on rice.

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                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Feb 26, 2014 03:35 PM

                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                    Wayno Feb 26, 2014 05:37 PM

                                                                                                    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/...

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                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Feb 26, 2014 07:06 PM

                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                        kevin Feb 26, 2014 07:47 PM

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

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                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Feb 26, 2014 08:16 PM

                                                                                                          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. orythedog Feb 26, 2014 02:24 PM

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

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                                                                                                      wienermobile Feb 26, 2014 03:01 PM

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

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                                                                                                      ns1 Feb 26, 2014 02:00 PM

                                                                                                      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. wienermobile Feb 26, 2014 01:56 PM

                                                                                                        Pann's Turkey Dinner.

                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                          Servorg Feb 26, 2014 02:11 PM

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

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                                                                                                            cinefoodie Feb 26, 2014 02:37 PM

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

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                                                                                                              Dommy Feb 27, 2014 09:38 AM

                                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                                Will Owen Feb 27, 2014 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                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 …

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                                                                                                                  kevin Feb 27, 2014 05:53 PM

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

                                                                                                                  And that garlic cheese toast.

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                                                                                                              orythedog Mar 2, 2014 02:27 PM

                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                kevin Mar 2, 2014 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                Next to the bowling alley ?????

                                                                                                                That's our main man Sevrogs joint.

                                                                                                                What else is good there ??????

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                                                                                                                  orythedog Mar 3, 2014 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                  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...

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                                                                                                                    kevin Mar 3, 2014 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                    The fish plates sounds really interesting. :)

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                                                                                                                      Jase Mar 4, 2014 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                        Will Owen Mar 4, 2014 08:51 PM

                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                          Dommy Mar 4, 2014 08:56 PM

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

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

                                                                                                                          --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                            Jase Mar 4, 2014 09:05 PM

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

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                                                                                                                              Servorg Mar 5, 2014 04:14 AM

                                                                                                                              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)

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                                                                                                                                kevin Mar 5, 2014 07:06 AM

                                                                                                                                And so is the Venice grindhouse for some great coffeee.

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                                                                                                                                  kevin Mar 5, 2014 07:06 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                    Servorg Mar 5, 2014 07:15 AM

                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                      kevin Mar 5, 2014 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                        Servorg Mar 5, 2014 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                          wienermobile Mar 2, 2014 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                          Fresh Turkey? Gotta try it. Thanks.

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