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May 12, 2014 12:58 PM

"Chef" The Film & It's Food

Saw "Chef" The Film over the weekend and I think most Chowhhounds would truly enjoy this wonderful film. Truly entertaining. Warning you will leave the theater very hungry. Article from LA Times has food recommendations for after you see the film:

Kogi (Roy Choi was the great food consultant and co-producer)

For Cuban: Versailles in Culver City, Los Angeles, Encino and Manhattan Beach; Porto's Bakery & Café in Burbank, Glendale and Downey; Xiomara on Melrose in Los Angeles.

For grilled cheese: Greenspan's Grilled Cheese in Los Angeles, Heywood Grilled Cheese in Silver Lake, Fred 62 in Los Feliz.

For Texas-style barbecue: Bludso's in Compton, Bludso's Bar-&-Que in Los Angeles, Horse Thief BBQ at Grand Central Market, Smoke City Market in Van Nuys.

For pasta: Angelini Osteria in Los Angeles, Bestia in downtown Los Angeles, Bucato in Culver City.

Enjoy the film and the food….

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  1. I think we will all dream of Austin's Franklin BBQ Texas brisket sliders. Does anyone in LA serve anything like that?

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    1. re: wienermobile

      This is probably a different kind of bbq than the one you're talking about, but I've become a big fan of Hiatus Urban BBQ at San Vicente and La Brea. The owner, Andrew, does four "proteins" and combines them with a slaw, sauce and topping. You can have a plate, salad or sandwich. He shops at the farmers market, and the slaws are incredible...kale/apple, radicchio/blue cheese, crunchy ramen and broccoli. He does a bacon onion jam that is killer. So far I've had the brisket and the pork....both excellent. The website explains it better than
      I do. And it's very reasonable.

      1. re: perk

        That sounds pretty enticing. Here's a link to the site:

          1. re: wienermobile

            Please add Big Mista to the BBQ list. Anyone know when their downtown location will open?

            1. re: wienermobile

              Plus 1 on Big Mista ... superb pork ribs

              1. re: sanstonsils

                Another Big Mista's fan - their brisket is flavorful and oh so tender.

    2. I took my Mom to see it and we both enjoyed it! Even at 2 hours in length, I felt like it moved along at a good pace. The storyline was interesting and believable, the casting spot-on. I give it 4 tacos!

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        1. re: wienermobile

          Today on Twitter, Choi, who was food consultant for the movie, retweeted Favreau: "@RidingShotGunLA is doing an #ElJefePopUp@theLineHotelLA 5/15 8-11. If you thought his #cubano looked good in Chef, wait til you taste it.
          A spokeswoman for Pot confirmed that an El Jefe pop-up would take place Thursday at Pot.

            1. re: Dommy

              Does anyone know if it's a food truck in the Line Hotel's Parking lot or it's actually served inside Pot restaurant ?

                1. re: TheOffalo

                  Thanks, will try to make it after Clipper's game.

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    Little more info on the "CHEF" pop up at POT 8pm-11pm on Thursday 5/15….
                    "There's no word on whether Favreau himself will be making Cubanos. On Thursday's menu are El Jefe's Cubano sandwiches (traditionally made with ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard) for $7, guava cheesecake for $3, El Jefe cake for $3 and beer and mojito drink specials. The regular menu and bar service at Pot Lobby Bar and Pot Cafe also will be available. Tunes by "Chef" music supervisor DJ Mathieu Schreyer. "

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      Bonus: The first 100 guests also get a movie poster.

                        1. re: wienermobile

                          Did anyone make it to the pop up last night?

                          1. re: wienermobile


                            But come guys, please don't spoil the actual movie for me as I have not seen it yet for crying out loud. :)

                            1. re: kevin

                              oh, c'mon. You can pretty much figure out the plot and how it ends without even seeing it! LOL

                              1. re: Novelli

                                Spolier "they eat a lot of really good food and no one dies".

                                1. re: wienermobile

                                  damnit, thanks wiener.

                                  thanks a lot for spoiling the whole action-packed, edge of your seat cooking demonstrations.

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    Spoiler 2….Or I forgot the pig dies at the beginning….

                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                      Will you please stop it Wiener. You're ruining it for me. :)

                              2. re: wienermobile

                                Staying at the Line. The pop-up was held at the lobby café. Cubano sandwiches, mojitos, desserts. Was having coffee earlier in the afternoon and Roy was in the lobby--staff was hanging posters, a small model truck "El Jefe" was on the counter.

                                Came back at around 8:30 or so and the line had dissipated. Didn't see Jon Favreau in attendance, and since we were coming back from dinner, didn't stop for anything to eat.

            1. re: JAB

              Mostly LA, but also Miami, New Orleans and Austin. A true food lovers journey of the USA.

              1. re: wienermobile

                Gee, looks like LA may be a foodie destination after all (g)...What a shock!

            2. "heywood" is definitely legit.

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                1. re: wienermobile

                  their namesake is the second coming of christ.

                  The Heywood – $12
                  Our 2-year aged English cheddar with a caramelized onion confit spread onto fresh whole grain bread.

                2. re: ns1

                  They may well be legit, and the sandwiches for the most part look really good, but aren't we all tired of "curated"? At least I didn't see anything called "artisanal" …

                3. For a Cubano, Del Rey Kitchen is the best I've had in L.A. by FAR. Saw the film last week and it was a total Macho Fairytale (Novela actually based on the ending) but they did a great job with the food porn shots. Hmmmmm...


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                  1. re: Dommy

                    Del Rey Kitchen has a Cuban sandwich?

                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                      Gah! Thanks for the catch... That should be Del Rey Deli -



                      1. re: Dommy

                        Thank you! Will have to try it - I had given up on finding a good Cuban here

                          1. re: Dommy

                            Thanks Dommy! Looks nice -- toasty, melty, tangy and porky! Looking forward.

                            1. re: Dommy

                              How do they do replicating that elusive bread?

                              1. re: Wayno

                                The bread is off. But not so much that it distracts from the overall goodness of what is inside. This is the best Cuban in L.A. Not best Cuban in Miami.


                          2. re: Dommy

                            Too many Del Rey places. I had previously already gotten DRK confused with Cafe Del Rey.

                            1. re: TheOffalo

                              I KNOW! I've been trying to get my CWs to Del Rey Kitchen now that they serve lunch. "Oh! Cafe Del Rey... yeah, it's great... But a bit spendy for lunch" NOOOOOoooo...