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

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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      1. re: chrishei

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

        1. re: chrishei

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

          1. re: Shaft4783

            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. Beverly Hills Newport Tan Cang

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            1. re: wienermobile

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

              1. re: phamschottler

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

                1. re: phamschottler

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

                  1. re: susiequeue

                    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

                    1. re: Mr Taster

                      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.

                      1. re: Tripeler

                        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.

                        1. re: wienermobile

                          Thanks Wienermobile for clearing that up.

                            1. re: Mr Taster

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

                              1. re: Tripeler

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

                                Mr Taster

                                1. re: Mr Taster

                                  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...

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

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                  1. re: jessejames

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

                    1. re: jessejames

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

                      1. re: Porthos

                        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...

                      2. re: CharlesDarwin

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

                        1. re: TonyC

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

                          1. re: CharlesDarwin

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

                        2. re: jessejames

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

                          1. re: FoodShutterbug

                            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.

                            1. re: jessejames

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

                              1. re: FoodShutterbug

                                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.

                                1. re: FoodShutterbug

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

                                  1. re: J.L.

                                    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.

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      Will you actually not flake this time?

                                      1. re: J.L.

                                        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.

                                    2. re: J.L.

                                      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. 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.

                            1. 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. Yoma.
                                Lacha.
                                Aga.

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

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                                1. re: TonyC

                                  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?

                                      1. re: Tripeler

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

                                  1. re: TonyC

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

                                    1. re: condiment

                                      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.

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

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                                    1. re: mc michael

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

                                      1. re: mc michael

                                        <Nothing lasts forever>

                                        Especially in Los Angeles.

                                          1. re: latindancer

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

                                        1. Where can I get Komoto Dragon?

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                                          1. re: whiner

                                            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)

                                              1. re: whiner

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

                                              2. 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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                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                    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.