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The Best Take Out Windows (ie Top Round & Horse Theif)

Dommy Apr 19, 2014 05:04 PM

I had mentioned in another post and those who had to listen to me drone at the chow meet up, now that P and I have a real house, we are fostering puppies. This current puppy is a Shepusky. So she's a little shy (shep). Very stubborn. (usky) She's new to the whole leash thing and not sure if she likes it yet, but LOVES riding the car. So for her first restaurant we went to Horse Theif. It was very easy, she didn't get too overwhelmed and she learned how to climb in and out of the car like a little lady. *whew!*

So we don't think she's quite ready for patio dining yet but we'd still like to get the occasional good grub. So just like Horse Thief (our the other option was Top Round), we are looking for the best restauants with take out windows so we can order outside with her and eat outside. Puppy has safety harness so we will travel, where ever and bonus if they have "healthy" options!


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  1. wienermobile RE: Dommy Apr 19, 2014 05:54 PM

    Langer's Car Delivery and Cupids Hot Dogs.

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      Dirtywextraolives RE: wienermobile Apr 19, 2014 06:57 PM

      Ah yes, Cupids is decent. I've only been to the one in Northridge. They have others, right?

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        wienermobile RE: Dirtywextraolives Apr 24, 2014 10:45 PM

        That's one of the last originals left.

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      nosh RE: Dommy Apr 19, 2014 06:18 PM

      Carnitas Michaocan, on the N/W corner of North Broadway at 19th, above Chinatown and before Lincoln Heights. Good carne asada, better al pastor (especially if fresh-sliced from the rotisserie spit), and my favorite salsa rona in SoCal -- brick-red, thin, spicy, smoky, complex, and hot. Tacos are tiny, burritos are big, and you can get cheese-fries with meat and jalapeños on top that are immense. Parking in the rear, order at one window, pick up at the other, and covered picnic-table eating area.

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        Dirtywextraolives RE: nosh Apr 19, 2014 06:57 PM

        That. Sounds. Killer.

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          Dommy RE: nosh Apr 20, 2014 12:23 AM

          This is PERFECT!!! Thank you, I can pick up a LB of Carnitas and then healthify the rest... :DD


        2. Servorg RE: Dommy Apr 19, 2014 06:24 PM

          Yuca's http://www.yucasla.com/

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            Dommy RE: Servorg Apr 20, 2014 12:27 AM

            I always forget about Yucas... I need to try that Burger Ipse always raves about having the Yucatecan Spices!!


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              JeMange RE: Dommy Apr 22, 2014 03:10 PM

              One of my top five burgers in the city. Their cochinita pibil ain't too bad, either.

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            Dirtywextraolives RE: Dommy Apr 21, 2014 06:04 PM

            Don't know if this is convenient to you but the new Oinkster might work and they claim to have a dog friendly patio.


            1. orythedog RE: Dommy Apr 24, 2014 09:38 PM

              Dogs welcome on the patio @ LAMILL

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                nosh RE: Dommy Apr 24, 2014 10:48 PM

                Just a quick note, because I'm not taking the time to search for the fairly recent thread about the place:

                Stopped in at Top Round for a very quick lunch yesterday. Had their basic roast beef sandwich -- beef was good, I really liked the buttered toasted bun, not a bad value at all for $4.95 + tax. Their namesake sauce, a cross between steak sauce, bbq sauce, and ketchup, was very good with the sandwich. Could have used some au jus, which I was told was 50 cents extra. [And damn, I just checked -- menu says it comes with au jus.] Place was very busy at lunch. Orders of curly fries I saw -- $2.95 -- were very big, sorta on the thin side, and not very curly, much more natural than say the ones at JITB.

                1. wienermobile RE: Dommy Apr 24, 2014 10:50 PM

                  Now don't yell at me but….Tito's Taco. I always get the beef and cheese burrito.

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                    Mattapoisett in LA RE: wienermobile Apr 25, 2014 09:15 AM

                    Been there. Hate that.

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                      wienermobile RE: Mattapoisett in LA Apr 25, 2014 10:41 AM

                      Thanks for not yelling hat me in all caps.

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                        jessejames RE: wienermobile Apr 25, 2014 10:43 AM

                        i like it. taco bell and del taco too

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                          Mattapoisett in LA RE: wienermobile Apr 25, 2014 11:51 AM

                          I'm sorry Weinermobile. It's a visceral reaction to TIto's When I came to LA and before I met Dommy, my Mexican palate had only included Taco Bell and SF Mission Burritos. I lived in Mar Vista and could bike to Titos which many told me to try. To say the least it wasn't great. and in the 12 years since I been back 2 more times to confirm what I should know by now.

                          The thing is, I for the most part get why people like or dislike things [the #19 debate or Baco Mercat] and I like grease Bombs [The Hat Pastrami Fries anyone?] But I still don't get Titos Tacos and Burritos

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                            Mr Taster RE: Mattapoisett in LA Apr 25, 2014 01:43 PM

                            I had the same visceral, negative reaction to Tito's that bordered on resentful.

                            A native LA friend of mine raved about the place-- happy memories going there with his dad and brothers. And then I went, and it was just SO damned bland! And don't get me started on the green water that they call guacamole.

                            I wasn't even really a chowhound at that time, and my palate and experience with food was certainly much less than it is now. But I still instinctively knew bad food when I tasted it, even when so many others seemed to be enjoying it. See Columbia, Missouri Olive Garden, Mr Taster's college first date experience, for similarly disappointing, viscerally negative results.

                            Mr Taster

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                              ns1 RE: Mr Taster Apr 25, 2014 01:45 PM

                              Same experience at Tito's for me. Once was enough. The department next to mine offered to bring us free Tito's one day for lunch. I passed ^_^

                    2. Mr Taster RE: Dommy Apr 25, 2014 11:22 AM

                      Congrats on becoming homeowners! Are you still in Culver City? (Edit: Wait, I remember-- downtown LA arts district, near that expensive organic place :)

                      I'd say a near perfect afternoon for us would consist of a Bludso's Texas Sampler eaten at Kenneth Hahn park, with that view of the city, downtown skyline, and mountains behind.


                      Then you can nap off the carbo frenzy in each others' arms, on the grass, under the afternoon sun.

                      Mr Taster

                      1. Dommy RE: Dommy Apr 25, 2014 11:34 AM

                        We actually are closer to USC, which is where the rescue is located. And that afternoon sounds wonderful! Except I can't enter Bludsos with the Puppy and I don't want to leave her tied out in front, hence this post looking for places not just to sit and eat outside, but also to have the ability just to walk up to the counter and order from outside...

                        BTW... I just realized one of my favorite places has the same kinda set up... DINOS!!


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                          Mr Taster RE: Dommy Apr 25, 2014 11:38 AM

                          For what it's worth, Bludso's actually does have a window facing the sidewalk. (I saw it when I was there on Weds.) They might be able to accommodate you.

                          Mr Taster

                        2. Dommy RE: Dommy Apr 25, 2014 11:36 AM

                          LOL! When we were house hunting, we saw a place on the other side of the Freeway from Titos and in their for sale flyer, they talked up walking to Titos as a major feature... LOL!!


                          1. Dommy RE: Dommy Apr 25, 2014 11:38 AM

                            Glad you like it! I think it's great... they have the most addicitive horsey sauce... OMG.


                            1. Dommy RE: Dommy Apr 25, 2014 11:41 AM

                              AH! I've always just walked in... LOL! I've give them a call then. I'm already used to being that person who calls and says "I wanna stop by... but can I bring my dog..."


                              1. Dommy RE: Dommy Apr 25, 2014 02:41 PM

                                Yep. A lot of it is Nostalgia... I once had someone tell me that it reminded him of how his mom made tacos. His mom wasn't Mexican in the slightest... LOL!


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                                  JudiAU RE: Dommy Apr 26, 2014 01:50 PM

                                  FYI- Top Round has hiked prices considerably since they opened, added a pretty tasty chicken sandwich as well as a sad-ish kale salad. Roast beef sandwiches with fixin's are now $7.The shakes and ice cream have not improved. I thought the roast beef was pretty lackluster but enjoyed the new sandwich.

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                                    Servorg RE: JudiAU Apr 26, 2014 02:19 PM

                                    "...as well as a sad-ish kale salad. "

                                    To those of us fans of Tim Allen's character on Last Man Standing the words "sad -ish or no ish- and kale" are completely redundant terms. ;-D>

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