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"Endangered Species" Restaurants: Any Must-Go's Before They Shutter Soon?

J.L. May 14, 2014 06:28 PM

I was enjoying dinner at Ramayani Westwood the other night. The proprietor/chefs Hertha & Jim Tan (God bless them, they've been toiling away there since the 1980s) seem just a bit more frail every time I visit Ramayani.

... which got me wondering: Are there any great eateries in Southern California I should try before they inevitably shutter?

Don't get me wrong: My latest meal at Ramayani was still excellent, as usual, but I just can't help but wonder how much longer the Tans can hold out before calling it quits?

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    chrishei RE: J.L. May 15, 2014 12:23 AM


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      J.L. RE: chrishei May 15, 2014 01:20 AM


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        Porthos RE: chrishei May 15, 2014 09:25 AM

        As in they serve "endangered species"? ;-)

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          Shaft4783 RE: chrishei May 19, 2014 09:28 PM

          Anyone know how the sentencing went? I've been writing yamakase emails all week trying to get in. Nothing. Worried they've shut down.

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            chrishei RE: Shaft4783 May 20, 2014 12:57 PM

            Kevin and I were thinking about going sometime in the next month or 2, though I haven't called yet. I have seen some fairly recent reports/photos though, so I don't think they've shut down (yet). But they're usually really good re reply to emails/requests from the website.

        2. Servorg RE: J.L. May 15, 2014 07:37 AM

          Beverly Hills Newport Tan Cang

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            phamschottler RE: Servorg May 15, 2014 09:29 AM

            Ha! Um, possibly.

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              jessejames RE: phamschottler May 15, 2014 09:30 AM

              I hope not. I want that lobster!

          2. wienermobile RE: J.L. May 15, 2014 09:18 AM


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              phamschottler RE: wienermobile May 15, 2014 10:20 AM

              I totally see this happening. Which is sad, because I really really love Arby's (NOT joking).

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                latindancer RE: phamschottler May 15, 2014 12:22 PM

                You're not one of my high school cheapskate boyfriends, by any chance, are you?
                I learned to hate Arby's.

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                  susiequeue RE: phamschottler May 16, 2014 07:06 PM

                  Am I the only one who never knew Arby's meant RB (roast beef)...? Singed, Just Curious

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                    Mr Taster RE: susiequeue May 17, 2014 11:17 AM

                    An old boss from my college days once told me that Arby's is an acronym for "America's Roast Beef, Yes Sir" and I never quite knew if that was a joke.

                    Mr Taster

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                      Tripeler RE: Mr Taster May 18, 2014 03:44 AM

                      Actually, I think that was from one of their TV ads. I just read elsewhere on the 'net that RB was actually the first letters of the family names of the two founders. So likely it doesn't stand for Roast Beef in the first place.

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                        wienermobile RE: Tripeler May 19, 2014 10:58 PM

                        Arby's was founded in Boardman, Ohio, in 1964 by Forrest and Leroy Raffel, owners of a restaurant equipment business who believed there was a market opportunity for a fast food franchise based on a food other than hamburgers. The brothers wanted to call their restaurants "Big Tex", but that name was already used by an Akron business. Instead, they chose the name "Arby's", based on R. B., the initials of Raffel Brothers.

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                          Tripeler RE: wienermobile May 20, 2014 01:24 AM

                          Thanks Wienermobile for clearing that up.

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                            Mr Taster RE: wienermobile May 20, 2014 08:58 AM

                            Twenty years of confusion gone. Thanks, wienermobile.


                            Mr Taster

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                              Tripeler RE: Mr Taster May 23, 2014 05:33 PM

                              I've had Arby's food about twice in the past twenty years.

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                                Mr Taster RE: Tripeler May 23, 2014 10:23 PM

                                Me too... what point are you making? :)

                                Mr Taster

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                                  Tripeler RE: Mr Taster May 24, 2014 04:54 AM

                                  Well, for me, I have not been confused for twenty years over the name of the place. That's because I rarely eat there. I supposed there are so many other things I am confused about...

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                  jessejames RE: J.L. May 15, 2014 09:25 AM

                  I know a lot of hounds love it, but I live nearby and it is very empty...red medicine.

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                    chrishei RE: jessejames May 15, 2014 09:47 AM

                    I wouldn't be surprised. Wonder if the Times write-up will help.

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                      Porthos RE: jessejames May 15, 2014 09:54 AM

                      You've been predicting their imminent closure for 2 years now... ;-)

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                        jessejames RE: Porthos May 15, 2014 09:57 AM

                        Yeah, it's fucking empty...but I guess a few late night whales like you keep it afloat?? anyways, I'm not rooting for closure...im really glad u do like it...

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                        TonyC RE: CharlesDarwin May 16, 2014 11:25 AM

                        i just love the fact that Charles Darwin is participating in this thread.

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                          CharlesDarwin RE: TonyC May 17, 2014 11:09 AM

                          Now, given the circumstances, I probably better don't.

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                            Tripeler RE: CharlesDarwin May 18, 2014 03:46 AM

                            Chances are, your real name is really Charles Darwin. Life may not be easy for you some times...

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                          FoodShutterbug RE: jessejames May 23, 2014 06:15 PM

                          I'm going to RM this weekend in part because of your post and curiosity.

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                            jessejames RE: FoodShutterbug May 23, 2014 08:09 PM

                            Hope it's great for you. Certainly has a lot of good reviews too. Maybe just not my kind of thing. The photo on the gold list does look like a terrarium tho.

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                              FoodShutterbug RE: jessejames May 23, 2014 09:21 PM

                              Thanks Jesse. Perhaps I'll report -- newbie jitters, we'll see. Hoping to get some decent pix.

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                                FoodShutterbug RE: FoodShutterbug May 29, 2014 01:46 AM

                                I didn't get into the Clusi Batusi meet-up, but had more than enough food at Red Medicine last weekend b/c I ordered the $65 tasting menu. I'll post a separate report with pix.

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                                  J.L. RE: FoodShutterbug May 29, 2014 09:12 AM

                                  Great! Thanks! Thanks for your interest in the Chowmeet!

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                                    kevin RE: J.L. May 29, 2014 10:36 AM

                                    The next chow meet:

                                    RAMAYAMI ??????????

                                    I'll have a few Ice Tellers. I don't know if it's dessert, a shake, a savory dish, or what ?????? but i love it.

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                                      J.L. RE: kevin May 29, 2014 10:38 AM

                                      Will you actually not flake this time?

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                                        kevin RE: J.L. May 29, 2014 10:46 AM

                                        I won't. :)

                                        And you could help prop up Ramayami so it would go the way of the wooly mammoth or dinosaurs (i take that back there's still a few dinosaurs posting on the board :) ).

                                        Sorry, I missed out had to go to a relative's engagement's party, which i forgot about and was mandatory.

                                        my bad.

                                        it did sound great, and someone brought Barolos ??? if i'm drinking wine that's my favorite shit.

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                                      FoodShutterbug RE: J.L. May 31, 2014 12:27 AM

                                      Thanks for coordinating it, J.L.! Although I missed it, I appreciate knowing Michelle is open to such events. From the looks of the menu it seems he heartfully presented Tuscan fare.

                          2. Chandavkl RE: J.L. May 15, 2014 02:46 PM

                            Philippe Chow. I don't know how the new Beverly Hills location has lasted eight months. We were the only customers there during lunch time one day last week. Not that the food is any good, but it's a place that has to be seen to be believed.

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                              yogachik RE: J.L. May 16, 2014 08:10 AM

                              Marix Tex Mex in Santa Monica Canyon. Used to be my go-to for those fajita tacos on a Tuesday and was always packed and fun - with several bartenders. Now it's empty and just plain awful, and only one bartender.

                              1. TonyC RE: J.L. May 16, 2014 09:10 AM


                                Tacos DF. (doesn't rhyme with the above, had to quarantine it with a <return>)
                                maybe Hye.

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                                  JThur01 RE: TonyC May 23, 2014 10:45 AM

                                  Lacha? Already "endangerd"? Wow, sad. And Yoma would make me very sad.

                                  As for "endangered", fair to say hundreds of SGV restaurants at any given moment?

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                                    JThur01 RE: JThur01 May 23, 2014 04:29 PM

                                    Yeesh, "endangered" even...

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                                      Tripeler RE: JThur01 May 23, 2014 05:33 PM

                                      Certainly not "engendered".

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                                        JThur01 RE: Tripeler May 24, 2014 09:16 AM

                                        Or and other "gerd" (my fingers are still faster than my proofing).

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                                    condiment RE: TonyC May 24, 2014 04:33 PM

                                    Tacos DF? But where will I get chicharron prensado . . . on the two occasions a year I happen to be in South Gate.

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                                      TonyC RE: condiment May 27, 2014 02:29 PM

                                      So sorry, I'm nowhere near eidetic. That's "Antojitos" DF, East LA, not "Tacos" DF. South Gate chilangos are still eating a-ok last I checked.

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                                    mc michael RE: J.L. May 16, 2014 09:59 AM

                                    Nothing lasts forever, although Le Tour d'Argent has been around a long long time.

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                                      CharlesDarwin RE: mc michael May 16, 2014 11:22 AM

                                      "La" Tour, Monsieur!
                                      ( "Tour" being feminine )

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                                        mc michael RE: CharlesDarwin May 16, 2014 11:46 AM


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                                        latindancer RE: mc michael May 16, 2014 07:05 PM

                                        <Nothing lasts forever>

                                        Especially in Los Angeles.

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                                          mc michael RE: latindancer May 16, 2014 08:36 PM

                                          C'est vrai!

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                                            ilysla RE: latindancer May 23, 2014 06:52 PM

                                            Oh, certain things do.... Materialism, political and civic indifference, class warfare....

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                                          whiner RE: J.L. May 17, 2014 03:19 AM

                                          Where can I get Komoto Dragon?

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                                            Servorg RE: whiner May 17, 2014 03:27 AM

                                            Check with Phil Bronstein about that idea: http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=93137 (Some days you get the dragon and some days the dragon gets you)

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                                              mc michael RE: whiner May 17, 2014 07:39 AM


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                                                whiner RE: whiner May 24, 2014 12:36 AM

                                                Huh. Clearly we don't have fans of 'The Freshman' on this board...

                                              2. Ciao Bob RE: J.L. May 23, 2014 10:21 AM

                                                This thread sent me off to Ramayani last night. It was excellent. Thanks J.L. "Frail" is an understatement. But it seems like they have children working there to avert extinction.

                                                What dishes do you generally get?

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                                                  kevin RE: Ciao Bob May 27, 2014 05:46 PM

                                                  The mighty ice teller.

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                                                    flowergirl RE: kevin May 27, 2014 06:53 PM

                                                    I doubt you care but just in case - Kate Mantillini in B H is closing in a couple weeks. Their hot turkey sandwich happens to be delicious.

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